|THE MANIFESTATION GIFTS|
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For some background teaching on this topic see:
Receive the Holy Spirit
Use the Gifts
Living Out the Gifts
LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE 9 MIRACULOUS GIFTS .
"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."
These refer to Ministerial (
"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."
These gifts are different to the previous ones. They are supernatural manifestations of the Spirit's power and are released with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We may see them like a toolbox that we can dip into as the Lord wills. According to our 'uniform' each of these manifestations will take a slightly different form (e.g. a hammer for a doctor is different to a hammer for a builder).
Some important points about the 9 gifts:
These are not
spiritual fruit as they are not linked to spiritual maturity. They can be
The role of the Holy Spirit is to inspire and anoint, the role of the believer is to yield or surrender. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, never over riding our free will.
These gifts are given by grace and operate through faith.
given not for the person who acts as the channel, but for the benefit of
are released as God wills in any ministry situation and are the tools of our
ministry gifts. At any time the best gift is the one most needed at that
particular moment (
The purpose of the gifts varies with the gift but in general we can say that they include building up the church, exhortation of believers, comfort, warning, confirmation of the word, ministry to needs, demonstration of the reality of God to unbelievers, revealing facts or situations not known to the natural mind and/or power to deal with evil spirits.
These Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit are generally categorized in three groups:
(1) Revelation gifts;
(2) Utterance gifts
(3) Power gifts.
LESSON 2: THE REVELATION GIFTS
We shall deal in this lesson with the three revelation gifts, these are Spiritual gifts that reveal something:
(i) The word of wisdom
(ii) The word of knowledge
(iii) The discerning of spirits
These gifts operate best in an atmosphere of quiet strong faith. In these gifts the Holy Spirit makes Himself known in divinely imparted knowledge and wisdom and in knowing whether we are dealing with evil spirits, human spirits, or the Divine Spirit.
THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE
This is a supernatural revelation of things that are not previously known to the one receiving the word. The Holy Spirit brings this knowledge to the mind of the believer at the moment of need.
The Gift of the Word of Knowledge is just that a 'word' or a 'part'. God is all knowing but He does not reveal everything He knows to man. He gives a word or part of what He knows. A word is a fragmentary part of a sentence, so a word of knowledge would simply be a fragmentary part of the entire knowledge or counsel of God.
It is often given in conjunction with another of the gifts such as healing (e.g. 'this person is suffering from colon cancer'). It requires wisdom as to how to apply it and faith for speaking it out.
The Word of Knowledge is not:
1) Is not natural knowledge.
2) Is not a profound knowledge of the Bible.
3) Is not knowledge of God through close communion with Him.
The Bible has examples of the Word of Knowledge manifest through a vision, a dream, a message from an angel, or through the gift of prophecy, or directly from God to an individual.
Biblical examples of the Word of Knowledge:
1) John on the Isle of Patmos --
2) To Ananias about Paul --
3) To Peter in Joppa --
4) To Samuel regarding Saul's donkeys --
5) Jesus at the well with the woman --
6) Regarding Ananias and Sapphira --
How do I know how the Gift of the Word of Knowledge operates?
We most likely receive the message from God's Spirit through our human spirit and speak what comes to our mind. To some it is like a screen in our minds and we begin to see the picture frame by frame. Then we begin to describe these frames to the individual. Others may just begin to have an unction by the Spirit to speak and sentence by sentence the thing is revealed, as one thought after another begins to flow. Sometimes it comes as an actual feeling of pain in the area God want to heal the other person.
THE WORD OF WISDOM
This is a supernatural flash of inspiration that enables us to speak the right word in a difficult situation with an ability beyond our own natural wisdom.
The gift of the Word of Wisdom usually works in conjunction with the Word of Knowledge. It will often give supernatural guidance and direction in a tough situation. It will be specific, accurate and related to the present need.
Let us look at some Biblical examples of The Word of Wisdom:
King Solomon -
Paul and team -
How do I know how the Gift of the Word of Wisdom operates?
This Gift of the Holy Spirit operates in the same manner as The Gift of the Word of Knowledge. It may come either as a picture in our mind or by faith as we just open our mouths. God is faithful to show us the part that is needed to help the individual(s) in their particular situation. Remember that the Gift of the Word of Wisdom gives us the revelation of the ways of God in very specific situations.
THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
This gift of the Holy Spirit gives us supernatural insight into the spirit world, to see what spirit is behind a person , teaching or situation.
"To discern" means to perceive by seeing or hearing. Discerning of spirits is the same as seeing or hearing in the realm of spirits. This gift has a more limited range of operation, because it is limited to a single class of objects -- spirits. It reveals the kind of spirit that is in operation behind a supernatural manifestation, whether evil, human, or Holy Spirit.
What Discerning of Spirits is not:
1) It is not the gift of discernment. It could be Word of Knowledge.
2) It is not spiritual mind reading. Not power to discern faults in others
3) It is not just discerning of evil spirits but of human and good spirits.
This Gift is used to help many who are ensnared by Satan, to help the captives be set free. We must remember that supernatural manifestations can come from different sources. Many things that seem to be supernatural or miraculous to us actually do not come from God. Remember that Satan comes as an angel of light and is a supernatural being. Too many people are ready to follow anything that is supernatural or spectacular whether it is of God or not. Supernatural manifestations are not necessarily a demonstration of the Spirit of God. If the Discerning of Spirits is in operation, we can know the spirit behind a given manifestation or operation.
In the book of Acts the 16 chapter verses 16 - 18, we see this gift in operation with Paul.
Usually, a person who has been involved in witchcraft will display what seems to be the valid gift of Discerning of Spirits, when it is nothing more than the working of a familiar spirit.
This gift needs to be in operation more today than ever before. The Body of Christ is
being invaded by seducing spirits,
doctrines of devils like never before (
LESSON 3: THE VOCAL GIFTS
In this lesson we will deal with the three oral gifts, these are Spiritual gifts that say something:
(I) The gift of prophecy
(ii) The gift of diverse kinds of tongues
(iii) The gift of interpretation of tongues
These gifts are not very well
received in some congregations. The gift of prophecy, if used in the
congregation, would bring edification, encouragement, and comfort to the Body of
Christ. It takes the gift of tongues and interpretation working together to be
edifying in a group situation (see
THE GIFT OF PROPHECY
Prophecy is a supernatural utterance in a known tongue. It is the speaking for or on behalf of God by the direct inspiration of His Spirit.
The Hebrew of "to prophesy" is to
flow forth, to bubble forth like a fountain, to let drop, to lift up, to tumble
forth, and to spring forth. The Greek word "prophesy" means to speak for
another. We are told to desire to prophesy (
Those who prophesy are not prophets, for in the office of a prophet there would be other gifts in operation. Prophets may foretell but those prophesying with this gift usually forth-tell quickened words of edification and comfort to the Body.
Prophecy can be spoken, sung,
written or come in the form of a dream or a vision (
All prophecies must be judged by the
witness that is felt by the body of believers (must be Biblical, confirm what
the Spirit is already saying and bring comfort and edification). Where the
witness is strong, hearts may be greatly stirred and a sense of excitement can
grip a whole congregation as all sense the presence of the Lord
Example of the Gift of Prophecy:
Paul at Philips house --
Paul and Barnabus set apart
We need to be very careful about
personal prophecies; lives can be ruined through the misuse of this gift. That
is why there is a need to practice in the Body where we can be corrected.
Personal prophecies usually confirm what the person has already been gleaning
from the Lord. Often prophecy will confirm a person's ministry and act as part
of the setting apart of that person for the ministry (
THE GIFT OF DIVERSE KINDS OF TONGUES
Speaking in diverse kinds of tongues is the public supernatural utterance in an unknown tongue.
It is languages never learned by the speaker, nor understood by the speaker, nor understood by the hearer. It has nothing at all to do with linguistic ability, with the mind or the intellect of man.
There are two types of tongues:
Private tongues for personal edification an
Public tongues that need to be interpreted (
This is referring to the public
tongues that must operate with interpretation so as to be edifying to others. It
is especially a sign to unbelievers (
When bringing forth tongues in a
meeting or praying we should desire to interpret (
THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES
The interpretation of tongues is a supernatural speaking forth in an understandable language of that which has been said in an unknown tongue.
It is not translation of tongues; it is the interpretation of tongues, giving the sense of what was uttered in the unknown language.
This gift is the least of all the gifts because it depends upon another gift --diverse kinds of tongues -- in order to operate. The purpose of this gift is to render understanding of tongues to the hearers so that the whole congregation may be edified.
Tongues may be short but the interpretation may be long, to give a clear understanding of what God is saying.
The interpretation often comes
across as a prophecy but the exact words would be directed to God rather than
from God (
LESSON 4: THE POWER GIFTS
We shall deal in this lesson with the three power gifts; these are Spiritual gifts that do something:
(i) The gift of faith
(ii) The working of miracles
(iii) The gifts of healing
When we remember that the whole purpose of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to build up the church, we can see why we must take great care how to use them not bringing confusion in the church by unseemly behavior or presumption.
THE GIFT OF FAITH
The gift of Faith is a gift of the Spirit to the believer in order that he might receive believe God for mighty miracles and works of God.
As with the other gifts mentioned
this gift of the Spirit is supernatural. In the Amplified Bible this gift is
called wonder-working faith. It is more than general faith or saving faith (
The other power gifts operate in
conjunction with this gift of faith (
We see the gift of Faith in casting out of devils or demons. We need this gift in operation and exercise it as we cast out the demons.
This gift of faith is more of a process and is manifested by the Holy Spirit to enable a person to receive a miracle beyond the capacity of ordinary faith to receive. It could be faith for healing, for miraculous provision and so forth.
The disciples -
THE GIFT OF THE WORKING OF MIRACLES
A miracle can be defined as a supernatural intervention by God in the ordinary course of nature. They come through the power of the Spirit over the material creation in ways other than healing.
Raising the dead is a miracle as it changes the order of material principles as does the growing back of a limb that was not there!
This is called the Working of Miracles as there are many kinds of miracles from God miraculously causing a car to work that has a broken part or an empty tank to miraculously proving food in a cupboard that was empty.
A look at the gift of working of miracles in the Bible:
1) Moses on Egypt --
2) Elijah and the widow woman's cruse of oil --
3) Jesus feeding the five thousand --
4) Divine judgment on Ananias and Sapphira --
5) Paul to Elymas the sorcerer --
6) Jesus speaking to the sea --
The gift of Working of Miracles could also be called the working of acts of power. The Greek for Miracles is the word "dunamis", translated into such terms as acts of power, explosions of almightiness or impelling, staggering wonders or astonishments.
The Working of Miracles is the mighty power of God flowing through a person, the same power that created the universe.
Why don't we see this gift more in the Body of Christ? Because we do not earnestly desire spiritual gifts! If someone desires something, he is going to make an effort in that direction in order to see what he desires to come to pass. The word 'covet' means earnestly desire. Many are not very earnest about making sure there desires are fulfilled. Start praying for the fullness of the spiritual gifts to be in manifestation.
THE GIFTS OF HEALING
The gifts of healing are manifested for the supernatural healing of sickness and disease without any natural source or means.
These are, as you will notice, in the plural tense. There are many manifestations to these gifts. Being that God uses different personalities and each of us operate differently. The word 'gifts' could also refer to different types of healing such as physical, emotional or spiritual healing. Hence, healing could be physical healing, emotional inner healing or deliverance (casting out of demons).
Jesus said "freely you have
received, freely give" (
Some people have a greater success in some areas of healing than others.
It is important that we pray for
healing only in conjunction with a word of knowledge. We can always pray a
person can be healed generally as part of their salvation 'By His stripes
they are healed'
There is no set formula for healing! In the Bible we see healing come in response to...
The spoken word (
Putting unbelievers out (
- Shadows and handkerchiefs!
If no healing occurs do not be discouraged. Keep praying in faith and do not blame anyone's lack of faith for the lack of a healing. God is sovereign and will heal in His time and His way.
Anointed objects -
RIGHTLY USING THE MANIFESTATIONAL GIFTS
Guidelines for receiving and moving in these 9 gifts:
i. Enter into the supernatural realm through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Stay in that realm by praying in tongues daily and continually seeking to drink from the rivers of living water.
ii. Desire and seek the gifts, waiting on the Lord in prayer and desiring to be used to minister in the Body, especially before a meeting.
Search the Word to know and understand how
the gifts operate. There is no virtue in ignorance (
iv. Believe! Have faith that God will answer your prayer and believe what the Word says, that the gifts are for all believers.
v. In the meeting, have an attitude of expectancy. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit and be ready to receive whatever He would bring to you.
vi. Seek further help and understanding as to when and how to move from the leaders. Be teachable and learn when and how to move and how to test what you receive. If any inspiration involves ministering to others and you are not a recognized minister in the Body, share what you have received quietly with the leaders and allow them to direct you.
vii. Never be discouraged by guidance and correction from the leaders. Keep trying; it is the only way to grow.
viii. Do not quench the Spirit. When the anointing and inspiration come move in faith. If in prophecy and tongues you only have the first word and feel the anointing, step out in faith and believe God to receive more as you speak. If you have a picture or the general sense of what the Lord is desiring to say, step out in faith, believing for the words to express it.
ix. Give the glory to God. Keep a balance between resisting and trace of pride that may try to creep in and a false humility which is an attempt to avoid pride and can prevent us from doing anything.