1 Corinthians 12: 1- 11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
1 Corinthians 12:31 – But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Today, we will begin to explore and unveil all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how to walk in them.
There are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit and they are in 3 categories. They are as follows: –
Revelation gifts – They reveal something
Word of wisdom, Word of knowledge, Discerning of Spirits
Utterance gifts – They say something
Prophecy, divers kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues
Power gifts – they do something
Gift of faith, working of miracles, and the gifts of healing
Who are they for? – For the entire church with no exception. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for you.
What is their purpose and benefits? To profit the whole body of Christ and that includes you.
How are they divided and how do they work? As the Spirit wills, we cannot operate the gift of the spirit as we will but as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11
How do they operate? Differently.
How do you get them to manifest in your life? Through a consistent red-hot desire for them.
Revelation gifts – Word of wisdom, Word of knowledge, Discerning of Spirits
Everything within the realm of knowledge – facts, events, purpose, motive, origin, destiny, human, divine, or satanic, natural or supernatural, past, present or future – comes within the focal range of these three gifts. They include in their comprehensive scope all that God knows. There is nothing that God knows that may not be made known to man as the Spirit wills through the agency of one or more of these gifts.
The gift of the word of wisdom – NOT THE GIFT OF WISDOM – it is a supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning the divine purpose in the mind and will of God concerning people, places and things. God reveals His purpose and plan for the future through the word of wisdom. It deals and speaks of the future. As a word is a fragment of a sentence so also is the word of wisdom a fragment of the mind of God. The gifts of the word of knowledge and word of wisdom mostly operate together.
The word of wisdom may be given by an audible voice, a vision, or a dream. It may come through the gift of prophecy, or through tongues and interpretation. For example Joseph received a word of wisdom through a dream, which revealed God’s plan and purpose for the future. Most Old Testament prophecies came through the gift of the word of wisdom.
Examples of the operation of the gift of the word of wisdom –Acts 11:28-30, prophet Agabus.
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability , determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did , and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Acts 8:26-35 – Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
The gift of the Word of Knowledge
The word of knowledge is the supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit of certain facts in the mind of God. It deals with the past and present. The word of knowledge is not the same as natural or intellectual knowledge acquired through science, education, profound knowledge of the bible, knowledge from years of work with God, etc. It is by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. This gift could manifest through visions, inward revelation, tongues and interpretation, the gift of prophecy, angelic visitation.
Through the word of knowledge, the discouraged can be comforted, the saints gladdened, lost property recovered, the enemy defeated, and the Lord Jesus Christ glorified.
Bible examples of the manifestation of the word of Knowledge – Acts 9:10-12, Ananias and Paul
Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Acts 10:9-20 – Peter and Cornelius.
The gift of discerning of Spirits – To discern means to see and differentiate
This gift gives insight into the spirit world. It is limited to revelation about spirits. It gives supernatural insight into the realm of the spirit. Please note it is not discerning of evil spirit. It has to do with insight into both spirit realm of the good and bad.
Through this gift you can discern the similitude of God, You can discern Christ, the Holy Spirit, spirits behind a particular manifestation. Discerning of spirits is not mind reading, it is not psychological insight, mental penetration, and power to discern the faults of others and find faults. Remember with gift of discerning of spirit you actually see into spirit world.
Bible examples of the manifestation of the gift of discerning of Spirits.
Acts 16:16-18 – Paul and girl with the spirit of divination.
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.
Isaiah in the year king Uzziah died – Isaiah 6:1 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple
For further Study
Acts 10:9-20 ,Acts 8:26-35
Personal declaration for the day
I will cooperate with The Holy Spirit and manifest the gifts of the Holy Spirit
Questions for you to reflect on
Name the revelation gifts?
Have you ever seen them in action?
Do you know that we are to live the life of victory through consistent manifestation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?