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INTRODUCTION: "Keys for Living God's Will" by the respected religious Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. is a regular feature of each issue. Fr. Hampsch continues with excerpts from his book, co-authored by Clint Kelly, entitled "Faith: Key to the Heart of God" in which we see Fr. John's teachings put into succinct stories that all can relate to and which will unlock the door to understanding how faith can come alive in our own daily experience. Father has made available, through God's Living Word, how to capture Heaven's fire in our soul and how to blaze a victory trail both here on earth and in Heaven. Fr. John illustrates how Jesus exudes faith in and for us and only by loving Him unconditionally can we truly demonstrate our love for Him through nurturing our faith as he illustrates in his thirty-third installment: Vertical Growth: Our Cooperation. Fr. John's column along with columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Father Stephen Valenta, O.F.M. Conv. promise simple, but effective and vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. We invite you to visit his website at http://members.aol.com/HampschCTM/ctm/home.html or you can reach him at HampschCTM@aol.com or John Hampsch@WebTV.com by e-mail.
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     A second way to build faith is by allowing God to make His presence felt through the charismatic gifts, especially prophecy. How many persons really open themselves to hear the gift of prophecy operating? In I Corinthians 14:22, Paul says prophecy (not necessarily futuristic events) is what Christians need. Unbelievers arenít'í ready for it; their faith isnít'í deep enough. He says an unsaved person or one without the charismatic gifts upon hearing tongues is likely to think the tongues-speaker is crazy (I Corinthians 14:23). But on the other hand, he says, if you exercise prophecy (a gift higher than the gift of tongues) and that same unspiritual person comes into the prayer assembly, the prophecies (messages from God) will convince him of the fact that he is a sinner and his conscience will be pricked." "As he listens, his secret thoughts will be laid bare and he will fall down on his knees and worship God and declare that God is really there among you." This, then, is another way that God projects His presence to stimulate faith - through the charismatic gift of prophecy, authentically used.

      As God speaks to us through Scripture as a form of public revelation, He speaks to us also through prophecy as a form of private revelation (and, of course, the gift of discernment is to be used to determine the authenticity of each prophecy). Our faith is thus stimulated by public (scriptural) revelation and well-discerned private (prophetic) revelation.

      I remember hearing a very "high-octane" prophecy from a person who was clearly a genuine prophetónot just a person with a gift of prophecy, but with a well-developed ministry of prophecy. With over a thousand people present at this charismatic Mass, this fellow stood and spoke a couple of simple sentences of prophecy of God, and spoke a couple of simple sentences of prophecy of God, referring to His love for us. It was incredibly powerful and left a perceptible impact on everyone thereóprobably more effective than a hundred sermons in its power of conviction. Iím sure everyone there was given a surge of faith that had long-lasting effects. Today, years later, people still speak about that short prophecy. Faith, especially faith in Godís love for us (I John 4:16 and Romans 5:5) can be enormously expanded through prophecy (I Corinthians 14:24 and 25).

Next Installment: Vertical Growth:Our Cooperation - part three

To review Father Hampsch's previous columns in this series, go to Archives beginning with the May 12, 1997 issue of A CALL TO PEACE: volume 8, no. 10.

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