The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
By: Author Michael Bradley
Posted on Last updated: June 9, 2023
In addition to the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit , the Bible also tells us that there are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.
For the record, we feel that the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit are much more important than the 9 gifts are.
As the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit have to do with God imparting part of His divine nature into the core of our personalities to help make us into a much better and holy people.
God’s ultimate aim for all of us is our sanctification in Him , and part of that sanctification process has to do with the Holy Spirit Himself transmitting 9 specific divine qualities and attributes into our personalities.
But if the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit are the cake, then the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit are the icing on the cake.
Put these two together, and allow God to work with a believer with both sets of these 9 fruits and 9 gifts.
And you will have one mighty sanctified soldier of Jesus Christ, as the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit will give you some serious heavy ammunition to have at your disposal as you walk with God’s anointing in your daily life.
I call the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit torpedo gifts, as the Holy Spirit can manifest any one of these 9 gifts through any believer anytime that He will want to do so.
Each one of these gifts are major power gifts, and they are all direct, supernatural, miraculous manifestations direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.
And any Christian can get themselves in proper place to receive these 9 gifts, as the apostle Paul himself tells us not to be afraid to try and stir up these 9 specific gifts with the Lord.
Here is the direct verse from our Bible on the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit:
“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 12:7-11)
Now I will number and bold each one of these 9 gifts of the Spirit so you can have all of them right at the top of this article at a very quick glance:
- The Word of Knowledge
- The Word of Wisdom
- The Gift of Prophecy
- The Gift of Faith
- The Gifts of Healings
- The Working of Miracles
- The Discerning of Spirits
- Different Kinds of Tongues
- The Interpretation of Tongues
Not only does the Bible tell us that these 9 gifts of the Spirit are available to all believers, but then it takes it one step further and tells us that we can actually try and stir these 9 gifts up with the Lord.
Here are 5 very good verses telling us to not only desire spiritual gifts, but to also not be afraid to try and stir these gifts up with the Lord:
1. “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy .” (1 Corinthians 14:39) 2. “… and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy .” (1 Corinthians 14:1) 3. “ Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophecies .” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) 4. “ Do not neglect the gift that is in you … Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Timothy 4:14) 5. “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6)
As such, every believer should go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to release these 9 gifts through them anytime that He will want to do so.
Let God know that you will be a willing vessel for the manifestations of these gifts, and that you will give Him a full and solid green light to manifest these gifts though you at anytime that He will want to do so.
These 9 gifts are a tremendous help and aid to not only you in your own personal walk with the Lord, but many of them can be also used to help other people out as special needs and circumstances arise in their lives.
Notice the very first line in this verse says that these 9 gifts are given to each one for the “profit of all.”
I will go ahead and break down each one of these 9 gifts of the Spirit into their own article so you can click on the link to read each one. And then come back and read my conclusion.
As you reach each of the gifts you can see exactly what each one of these 9 gifts are all about, and how important they can become in your life if you will only allow the Holy Spirit to manifest them through you at anytime that He will want to do so.
The Word of Knowledge – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This first gift I will talk about is the one I believe will manifest the most in your daily life with the Lord.
With God having absolute perfect knowledge on all things, and with us having knowledge levels that are completely imperfect and limited, this means that we all need to receive words of knowledge from the Lord on a very regular and frequent basis in order to be able to safely journey through this life.
As such, I believe the Holy Spirit will really manifest this specific gift with a lot of frequency in your daily life if you can learn how to pick it up from Him when it does come in.
I believe that the Holy Spirit actually manifests this gift a lot more than people realize, but they fail to realize it or pick it up when it does come their way because they have never been taught that the Holy Spirit can do this for them in the first place.
The Word of Knowledge is simply the Holy Spirit transmitting His specific knowledge to you on something that you would have no ability or means to be able to know about with your own limited intelligence and knowledge levels.
It is supernatural knowledge and insight being given directly to you by the Holy Spirit Himself, not by your own mind or your own intelligence levels.
These words of knowledge that you can receive direct from the Holy Spirit can literally cover an infinite number of things in your daily life.
They can cover anything from something very trivial such as where you may have misplaced your car keys at, to giving you life-saving knowledge on how to solve an impending crisis or emergency.
Here are some specific examples of where you can receive a direct word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit covering just about anything and everything in your daily life:
- How to solve a math problem at school if you are a student.
- How to solve a specific problem at your place of employment.
- Where you may have misplaced your car keys at.
- Knowledge on what a certain Scripture verse may mean and how it can apply to your own personal life.
- How to properly witness to an unsaved family member.
- How to solve a marital dispute.
- How to start up a new business.
- Where to look for that next new job if you have just been laid off.
- Who God wants you to marry in this life.
- How to counsel someone who has just had an impending tragedy hit them full force.
- What your specific calling in the Lord is going to be in this life.
- Word of knowledge that God wants to heal someone of a specific illness.
As you can see from these kinds of examples, there is literally nothing that the Holy Spirit cannot get into in your own personal life where He can then give you a word of knowledge on how to properly handle something that you are currently dealing with, or give you a word of knowledge to help someone else out with what they may be dealing with on their end.
With our own knowledge levels being so limited, so imperfect, and so incomplete, we all need words of knowledge from the Lord on some kind of regular basis in this life so that we can make it through this life in one piece and get to where we need to go in our divine destinies with Him.
How exactly does the Holy Spirit transmit an actual Word of Knowledge to us? I believe the number one way that He will communicate a Word of Knowledge to us is through the inner knowing .
The Bible say that the Holy Spirit will bear “witness” with our human spirits.
This inner witness is what I call the inner knowing. All of a sudden, you will receive a without-a-doubt type knowing on the knowledge that He is trying to transmit to you. It can come in the form of a thought or an impression on your mind, or possibly come in the form of a vision or a picture in your mind’s eye.
I have found from personal experience that the Holy Spirit loves to communicate knowledge through these pictures, which are really visions in your mind’s eye. These pictures can be used to give you quite a bit of information and knowledge on what He is trying to give you knowledge on.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes much more information and knowledge can be conveyed to you by way of a simple picture rather than Him trying to give you all words or sentences, depending on exactly what you are dealing with.
The only problem with these pictures in your mind’s eye is that you have to learn how to discern the difference between when a vision is coming in from the Holy Spirit and when a vision is coming in from your own natural imagination, as your own natural imagination has the power and the ability to conjure up their own mental pictures in your mind’s eyes.
Over time, the Holy Spirit can teach you how to do discern the difference between the two if you would really like for Him to do this for you. This is something that you can learn how to do with Him through a process of trial and error.
This is why this particular gift is so important and so needed in this day and age, as most of us are always facing some kind of roadblocks or obstacles on a regular basis in our daily lives.
As such, we all need the knowledge of God flowing through us so we can make it through all of these obstacles, and then get to where we need to go with the Lord and fully accomplish everything that He will like for us to do for Him in this life.
That is why the Bible tells us that “without knowledge” we can perish and go into captivity in this life. And sometimes only the supernatural knowledge of God can help keep us out of harm’s way in this life, since our own knowledge and intelligence levels are so imperfect and so limited.
The Word of Wisdom – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This next gift at times will work in conjunction with the word of knowledge. Sometimes all you need is a direct word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit and it will completely solve the problem or dilemma you are dealing with.
However, there will be other times that a word of knowledge will not be quite enough to solve the problem. This is where you will now need a word of wisdom. A word of wisdom will give you the ability to be able to properly apply the knowledge that you may already have on a particular situation.
In our article, “Seeking After the Knowledge of God,” we explain to you the difference between knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. For instance, if someone gives you a car manual that will show you how to rebuild a car engine, that manual will give you all of the actual knowledge you will need to learn how to do it. But all of that knowledge will not do you any good unless you first understand what you are reading.
If you can understand what you are reading, then the next and final step will be to have the actual wisdom to be able to actually rebuild a car engine out in your garage once you try and do it. All of that knowledge from the car manual, and all of that understanding of that knowledge will do you no good in real life if you do not have the wisdom to be able to apply that knowledge to a real life working situation.
This is why we all need words of wisdom from the Holy Spirit in our daily life, so we will know how to handle more complex types of problems or issues that can occur at a moment’s notice in our daily lives.
Here are some specific examples where we could receive words of wisdom direct from the Holy Spirit:
- You have just found out that your spouse has been cheating on you. You will now need God’s wisdom on exactly how to handle this crisis.
- Your boss has just given you a new tough assignment and you are not sure on how to get the job properly done. You will now need God’s knowledge and wisdom on how to get this new assignment successfully completed.
- Your finances have spiraled out of control and you will now need God’s guidance and wisdom on how to keep yourself out of bankruptcy.
- You have just been named in an unjust lawsuit and you will now need God’s wisdom on how to properly handle it.
As you can see, there are literally an infinite number of possibilities where you will need God’s wisdom to get you safely though the problem or dilemma you are now having to face.
Again, since our own human intelligence is so imperfect and so limited in its ability to apply real wisdom to handle and solve some of life’s real tough problems, we all need the wisdom of God flowing through our lives on a regular basis so we can handle and overcome many of life’s adversities that can get thrown our way at any time.
The Gift of Prophecy – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This next gift may just be the greatest of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The reason I say this is because the apostle Paul, in the second verse above, purposely singles out this gift when telling you to seek after the spiritual gifts.
He says in this verse to “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”
With him purposely singling out the gift of prophecy in comparison to the rest of the 9 gifts in this verse, I believe that this may be a tell to us that the gift of prophecy may be the greatest of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.
And when you think about exactly what this gift is all about, I believe that he may be right on the money.
The gift of prophecy is when you get a direct Word from the Lord to usually give to someone else. And when I say a direct word, I mean the message from the Lord that will be given to you will literally be word for word.
When you get one of these, you need to try and either write or type all of it out if you are in a place to be able to do so.
I do not believe there is anything greater than to be able to receive a direct, clear, prophetic Word from the Lord to be able to give to someone else in order to help edify and build them up, or to help them out with something specific they may be dealing with, with you being the actual messenger of that prophetic word to that someone.
As such, they all need to be recorded and written down if at all possible.
However, there will be times that you will not be able to record it.
All of a sudden the Holy Spirit will give you a direct, clear, prophetic word to give to someone else. You speak out the word to this person and then you will be done with it. It might be a very short word and it really does not need to be recorded or written down.
But there will be other times that you will be in a place to properly record it. And depending on what the Lord is giving you a direct message on and how long it is, you should make every attempt to get it down on paper, as they are real trophies and treasures when they do come in from the Lord.
The Bible tells us that God uses the gift of prophecy to speak edification, exhortation, and comfort to other people.
Here is the specific verse giving us this direct revelation on what the main use of prophecy is all about:
“But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” (1 Corinthians 14:4)
Many times prophecy is also used to help confirm what has already been given to the person earlier on by the Lord. Sometimes God will confirm for you what He has already told you earlier so you will know that it really was Him all along giving you that specific message.
And one of the ways that He can confirm a previous message that He has already given you is by giving you a direct prophecy through another believer.
Prophecies from the Lord can cover an extremely wide range of situations and issues, covering everything from predicting future events like they use to do in the OT, to giving someone counsel, encouragement, confirmation, instruction, and possible correction when it may be needed.
Also, all prophecy needs to be properly tested, as the Bible tells us that there will always be false prophets walking among us, along with the possibility of well-meaning believers prophesying out of their own imaginations. Here is the verse giving us this direct warning:
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)
All prophecy always needs to line up with Scripture. If it does not, it should be immediately rejected. God will never go against His own Word when delivering a prophetic word to someone.
Again, any believer can have the Lord manifest this gift through them at anytime that He will want to do so. You do not have to hold the actual office of a prophet in order for God to manifest this gift through you from time to time.
The Bible tells us that in the latter days God will be pouring out His Holy Spirit upon all flesh and when He does, it says our sons and daughters will be prophesying.
This means that there are going to be many believers who are going to be getting this gift manifesting through them with a lot of frequency in the coming years.
When Paul says in the above two verses to “desire earnestly to prophesy” and to “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy,” you know that this is something that the Lord would really like to do more of with His children.
Again, if you would like the Lord to manifest this gift through you from time to time so you can be a direct messenger for Him to someone else, just go to Him in prayer and tell Him that you would be more than happy to be a willing and yielded vessel for Him to manifest this particular gift through if He would like to do so.
And then keep your radars up, always being open and sensitive to the Holy Spirit if He will want to start manifesting this gift through you so He can use it to help build others up and bring some comfort, joy, peace, or direction into their lives.
The Gift of Faith – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This next gift, the gift of faith, is something that comes directly from the Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells us that we all have a certain measure of faith that has already been given to us by the Lord. God has to give each person a certain measure of faith or we would not be able to get saved, as the Bible tells us that we are saved by “ faith” through grace.
And then over the course of our walks with the Lord, our faith will continue to grow to higher levels as we continue to draw closer to the Lord in our own personal relationship with Him and increase our knowledge levels about Him through the study of Scripture.
However, there will be times that our own levels of faith in the Lord will not be enough to get the job done with what He may be asking us to do for Him. Here is an example:
Say God has been manifesting the gift of healing through you from time to time to heal a few minor ailments or illnesses on a few people.
Your confidence and faith levels are then starting to build up because God is now starting to use you in this manner and you now have had a few good successes on these smaller illnesses.
But then all of a sudden God tells you to walk up to a paraplegic, lay hands on him, and then command him to get out of his wheelchair and start walking.
All of a sudden you can immediately sense in your mind and in your spirit that your own levels of faith are not going to be good enough or high enough to try and do this, as you have never tried to heal someone of something this heavy before.
And this is where the Holy Spirit will now be moving in big time so this miracle can be fully accomplished for the Lord.
The Holy Spirit will then manifest His own divine faith right up into you so you can now believe and operate on that faith – so you will now have the actual courage to walk up to this person, lay hands on him, and then tell him to get out of that wheelchair and start walking.
Sometimes it will take higher levels of faith to pull down a major miracle from the Lord, and where our faith levels will not be high enough or good enough to be able to do this, this is where the direct faith of the Holy Spirit Himself will then move up in us and pick up the slack with our own imperfect faith levels so God can then manifest the miracle that He will be looking to do through us.
Sometimes God may ask you to do something that will be out of your comfort zone . Fear and panic will immediately set in because you have never done what He is now asking you to do.
If and when this should ever happen to you, just ask the Holy Spirit to manifest His faith, courage, and boldness up in you so you will have His faith, strength, and courage to do what God is asking you to do for Him.
This particular gift could be a lifesaver, depending on what God may be asking you to do for Him. If God is asking you to go into a burning building to rescue a child, there will be a very good chance that the Holy Spirit will immediately manifest His faith and courage right up in you so you can take on this dangerous assignment.
Firemen, policemen, and our military especially need this particular gift to help them do heroic acts, as many of them could easily let fear and panic set in on them, which would then keep them from being able to perform a major rescue operation.
Again, there are just a wide variety of situations and circumstances where you will need this gift to be manifested up in you by the Holy Spirit. That is why the Holy Spirit is called the Helper in the Bible, so He can help you with a lot of different areas in your daily life where you will have trouble in dealing with.
The Gifts of Healings – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Per the article we just did titled, “ The Great Commission – Save, Heal, Deliver and Disciple, ” one of the things that Jesus is wanting all of us to do for Him to is pray for the sick.
And if we do, then many of the times they will “recover,” which means that He is going to heal them. So it should come as no surprise that we have the gift of healing as one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.
What this means is that at anytime the Holy Spirit can manifest this special gift through any believer so He can then heal someone of any kind of disease, illness, or sickness.
You do not have to have the gift of healing as any kind of a full time ministry to be able to have the Holy Spirit do this through you. Again, this can literally happen to any single believer at anytime with the Lord.
As such, this is another gift that you will definitely want to try and stir up with the Lord, because there are just so many people who need some kind of healing due to the fact that we still have to deal with all kinds of diseases, sicknesses, and illnesses on a regular basis as a result of the Adamic curse that is still in full operation on this earth.
Not only can the Holy Spirit directly heal you with your own personal prayers to the Lord, but He can also use you as an anointed vessel to manifest His healing power through to help heal someone else – if you will only have the courage to speak out what He wants you to say to that person, and then lay hands on that person for the healing power to be transmitted into their body to the affected body part that will need the healing.
Also notice that the wording being used in this verse is that this is the “gifts” of healing. The word “gifts” is plural, which means there are different kinds of healings the Lord will want to do.
What people who walk with this kind of anointing on a regular basis have found out is that some people will be more gifted and anointed in some areas than they will be in other areas.
For instance, some people may have more success with healing bad back cases, where another may have a stronger anointing to heal cancer cases. In other words, the Lord will sometimes specialize on the kinds of healings He will want to do through an individual believer.
Your part is to just tell the Lord that you would like to have a big part in this special gift, and then let Him decide as to how He will want to use you in this area and what areas you will be stronger in than other areas.
In the Spiritual Warfare section of our site, we have an article titled, “Healing Verses of the Bible.” In this article are 89 of the best healing verses in all of the Bible.
If you would like the Lord to use you in this specific area, it would be our recommendation that you study and meditate on the verses that are in this article, as it will show you that both God the Father in the OT and Jesus Christ in the NT were constantly healing people on a regular basis.
And if God does not change, and He is the same today as He was yesterday, then that means He will still want to continue His healing ministry in this day and age, and thus will anoint His believers with His healing power through the Holy Spirit from time to time when they will either need it for themselves or someone else they may be praying for.
The Working of Miracles – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This next gift from the Holy Spirit is where you can get into some real heavy, jaw-dropping, knock-your-socks off type of supernatural activity from Him.
Some of the different Bible Dictionaries describe the word miracle as the following:
- An intervention in the natural universe by God
- A phenomena that transcends natural laws
- A divine act by which God reveals Himself to people
Good examples of actual miracles from the Bible are the following:
- Jesus and the apostles healing and casting demons out of people.
- Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding of Cana.
- Jesus feeding 5000 people by multiplying 5 loaves of bread and two fish.
- God parting the Red Sea for Moses and the children of Israel.
- Daniel not being eaten by the lions in the lion’s den.
- Peter walking on water.
If you study the Bible very carefully from start to finish, it is literally one miracle after another with both God the Father and Jesus Christ. Our God is a miracle-working God and He still loves to do them for His people.
The Bible says that God does not change, and if both Him and Jesus were constantly doing miracles in both the OT and NT, then God will also be wanting to do miracles in our day and age.
And with this specific gift being listed as one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit, then you know that God is trying to tell all of us that He still wants to do them, even in the jaded and skeptical times that we are now currently living in.
Again, do not be afraid of this heavy gift from the Lord, and do not quench the Holy Spirit with any lack of faith or belief if He ever wants to try and do one for either you, or for any other people you may be working with.
Remember, the Bible tells us that absolutely nothing is impossible with God, which will include any divine miracle that He will want to perform.
The Discerning of Spirits – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This next gift is one that is really needed in the dangerous and perilous times that we are now living in.
The first thing to notice about this gift is that the “s” in the word “spirits” is with a small “s.” This means that it is not referring to the Holy Spirit. The only other spirits that are out there that this gift is referring to are the following three kinds of spirits:
- Demonic spirits
- God’s angels
- Human spirits
What happens in this gift is that the Holy Spirit will give you supernatural discernment, insight, and knowledge involving these three kinds of spirits. Many of the times, this gift will be be used to fully expose what is really going on and operating behind the scenes with someone.
Here is how this gift will come into play with each one of these kinds of spirits.
A) Demonic Spirits – with demonic spirits still being allowed to roam in the air and interact with us to some degree in this life, we really need this gift in full operation today just to handle this one type of bad evil spirit.
As you know, many times demons can literally enter into a person’s body if they have the appropriate legal rights to be able to do so. But once they are in someone’s body, they will then try and hide and not show themselves.
They know if they get caught and exposed on the inside of that person’s’ body, they risk that person either finding Jesus if they are not saved yet, or if it is a Christian, that this person will then seek out a deliverance from another believer.
Since some demons are very good at hiding on the inside of someone once they enter in, God needs to activate this gift through some of His own so they can detect when a demon is on the inside of someone and expose its presence.
Once the demon has been exposed, then you can set the person up for a deliverance. But the first thing to be able to do is to discern and detect that the demons are already on the inside of that person in the first place.
There are several ways that this type of discernment can work in this realm.
First, the people who have this gift in operation from the Holy Spirit will sometimes be able to “see” the demons manifest through a person’s eyes. Sometimes the demons just cannot help themselves and they sometimes will rise up and show themselves through a person’s eyes. They will literally be looking directly at you through this person’s eyes.
When you see this kind of a manifestation happen, what you will see is pure hate and pure evil looking at you. You will be able to tell that this is not the person they are residing in. This kind of a look can also be caught on camera quite a bit, as demons sometimes like to show themselves when that person is getting their picture taken.
Again, you do need this gift of discerning of spirits from the Holy Spirit to be able to see this when it happens, but it is very easily seen by the people who do have this gift in full operation from the Holy Spirit.
Another way that the Holy Spirit will help you discern and sense demons in someone is through either a sense of smell or a sense of feeling. Some people will get a real sick feeling in their stomach, like they want to vomit when they either see or get around someone who has a demon on the inside of them.
I have a friend who has this special gifting on the inside of her from the Holy Spirit, and this is always one of her tells when she knows that she is sensing a demon on the inside of someone.
Other people will be able to literally smell their presence, and their smell is extremely noxious and toxic. The people who have this kind of gifting say it is the worse smell they have ever smelled.
What the Holy Spirit is doing with this kind of gift is pulling back the curtains in the spiritual realm and allowing you to either see, feel, or smell the demons in the person they are residing in.
Then once the demons have been exposed as being on the inside of that person, then you can move in to set that person up for a deliverance if they will be open to it.
Another way you can pick up a demon being on the inside of someone is just through a strong inner knowing or a strong sensing from the Holy Spirit.
You may not be able to see them in the person’s eyes when they do come up and manifest, or feel them or smell them, but you can get a strong inner knowing or a strong sensing from the Holy Spirit that this person does have demons on the inside of them.
B) God’s Angels – The Bible tells us that God’s angels are also spirit beings. They are ministering spirits.
Throughout history God’s angels have appeared to people many times. The Bible is full of these kinds of stories from the Virgin Mary, to Daniel, to the apostle John in the Book of Revelation .
However, the Bible also warns us that Satan and his demons can appear to us as angels of light. As a result, you will need proper discernment from the Holy Spirit if an angel were to ever appear to you.
The false religions of Islam and Mormonism are two perfect examples of demons appearing as angels of light to the two people who started these two false religions.
If those two people would have known how to properly test a spirit appearing to them, those two demon angels could have easily been stopped dead in their tracks and those two false religions could have easily been prevented from ever having started up.
If an angel were all of a sudden to ever appear to you, the first thing you will need to do is properly test it out. 1 John tells us exactly how to do this. Here is the verse:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, BUT TEST THE SPIRITS , whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-4)
What this means is that you directly ask the angel to identify who his Lord and Master is. He better say that it is Jesus Christ. Then you ask him to confess to you that Jesus Christ has come to our earth in the flesh.
If the angel cannot make this direct confession to you that Jesus Christ has already come to our earth in the flesh, then you are dealing with a real, live, demonic spirit masquerading as an angel of light.
At this point, you should command the demon to now leave you in the name of Jesus Christ.
In addition to the above test, you could also receive a strong discerning of spirits direct from the Holy Spirit. You will immediately sense that something is not right with this angel, and you will then pick up with a strong inner knowing that this is not an angel from God.
If it is an angel from God, you should feel a sense of peace and comfort coming in from the Holy Spirit, as He should be bearing witness that this is one of God’s angels.
C) Human Spirits – in addition to angels and demonic spirits, the third kind of spirit this gift is referring to is just our own human spirits. For instance, someone could have a bad spirit of pride on them.
It will not be a demonic spirit giving this person this kind of bad pride, it will just be his own natural spirit, as we are all totally capable of having bad kinds of spirits build up in our systems without the help of any kind of demonic spirits, since we have already been born into this world as corrupt sinners.
Where this gift will really come into play is on discerning some of the real bad apples that are out there, especially those of the criminal type such as money scammers and swindlers. Pedophiles are especially good at seducing some of the family members so they can then work themselves into getting closer to some of their younger children.
That is why parents especially have to keep a sharp eye on any new people who come into their immediate circle of influence.
Just realize that this is a gift that the Holy Spirit can manifest for you and to always keep yourself open and sensitive to anything that the Holy Spirit may want to transmit your way if you ever do come across a few bad apples such as these types.
God the Father is very protective over His own, and He will not hesitate to have His Holy Spirit give you major warning signals if you ever start to cross paths with a bad and evil apple who is either targeting you, or any of your close friends or family members for some kind of an evil act.
Different Kinds of Tongues – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gift of tongues is simply the Holy Spirit giving you the supernatural ability to speak in a foreign tongue that you have no knowledge or ability to speak out on your own.
There are two types of tongues He can give you. One is a tongue of this earth. For instance, if your native language is English, then He can give you the ability to speak in Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish.
The other type of tongue that He can give you is a tongue direct from heaven, a heavenly language that is not of this earth. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that there are “tongues of angels.”
But in either event, it will be a foreign language that you will not be able to speak out on your own, and only the Holy Spirit’s supernatural transmission of this language out of your spirit will give you the ability to be able to speak this language out.
And whatever tongue the Holy Spirit will give you, you will be able to use it 24/7, whenever you want. It will be your own personal, private, prayer language between you and the Lord.
The only problem with this gift is that for the most part, you will never know or understand what you are praying about when you go into this gift.
The Bible tells us that we will be speaking out “mysteries,” and only God the Father and the Holy Spirit will be knowing exactly what the prayer will be about on any given occasion when you are actually doing it.
So if we will not know exactly what we are praying about when using this gift, then why would God even want us to have this kind of a gift in the first place? I believe the reason is in the verse where it says that sometimes we will not know how to pray as we ought to.
Sometimes we will not be able to find the right words to use in our own personal prayers to the Lord due to our own natural imperfections in being able to properly communicate with Him.
Here is the verse that will show us that sometimes we will not know how to pray as we ought, and that we all need the Holy Spirit to come and help us out in our own personal prayer life with God the Father:
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
I believe the Holy Spirit is the Master Prayer to God the Father and as such, He is allowing us to have direct access into His own personal prayer life with God the Father. In other words, He is asking us to play a part of and to share with Him on His own direct, personal prayers to God the Father.
Even though you will not know what you are praying about when you do go into your gift of tongues, at least you will have the honor and privilege of being able to pray direct to God the Father with the Holy Spirit.
And since the Holy Spirit knows how to present a perfect prayer to God the Father, then you can actually play a part in that perfect prayer to God the Father.
Another reason that you will want this gift is for emergency type situations.
I cannot tell you how may testimonies I have seen or read where the Holy Spirit will all of a sudden prompt someone to start praying in tongues, and then later on that person finds out that the prayer they were just doing in tongues was just used to save someone else’s life.
Since the Holy Spirit is God and Lord Himself, this means He can perfectly see into the future.
And if He sees a fatal accident getting ready to occur, He can prompt you to start praying in tongues to God the Father to stop the impending tragedy from occurring.
You have no idea how many lives you may be instrumental in saving if you will only allow God to give this gift to you and then go into it whenever the Holy Spirit will prompt you to do it.
This gift cannot only be used to save your own personal life from impending disaster, but it can also be used to save the lives of people who may be very close to you, such as your immediate family members, close friends, or co-workers.
For the most part, the gift of tongues will be used as your own personal, private, prayer language between you and the Lord. If it is done in a church setting by someone, then there should be someone who will have the interpretation of that tongue, otherwise no one will know what that person is praying about and it will not be able to edify the flock in the setting that it is occurring.
Now here are some additional verses on the gift of tongues:
“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (1 Corinthians 14:2) “I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.” ( 1 Corinthians 14:5) “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:13-14) “Though I speak with tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” ( 1 Corinthians 13:1) “Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers…” (1 Corinthians 14:22) “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:39-40)
Notice in the first verse that it is telling you that you are speaking mysteries when you are praying in your tongue. The 4th verse tells you that your tongue will either becoming from men or angels, which means that it will either be a language of this earth or a language direct from heaven.
Notice in the 3rd verse that Paul is telling you that you pray to interpret your own tongue so you can understand what you are praying about, which will lead us right into the next gift, the interpretation of tongues.
Also notice that when you are praying in your tongue, that you are praying out of your spirit, not out of your mind. You are also praying in the Holy Spirit when you are praying in your tongue.
With our inability to be perfect prayer warriors with God the Father, I believe this is one gift that God would like all of His children to have.
When you find yourself wanting to pray to God, but you find yourself falling short in how you want to pray or what you want to pray about, you can just go into your gift of tongues with the Holy Spirit and then end up giving God a perfect prayer, since the prayer will becoming direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.
This a very powerful prayer tool to have in your own arsenal since you are opening yourself up direct to the Holy Spirit and His ability to perfectly pray to God the Father.
You are joining forces with the third Person of the Trinity who is God and Lord Himself, who is the Master Prayer and Intercessor with God the Father.
Just meditate on this mind-blowing reality, and then see if you will not want to go to God the Father and ask Him to release this powerful gift to you through the Holy Spirit.
The Interpretation of Tongues – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This next gift is where the Holy Spirit will give you the interpretation of the tongues that you have either done for yourself or when they are being done by someone else in a church setting.
Here are the two main verses telling you where the gift of interpretation will come into play with the gift of tongues:
“If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.” (1 Corinthians 14: 27-28) “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:13-14)
The first verse has to do with others interpreting a tongue when it is done in a church service. The second verse is showing you that the Holy Spirit can give you the interpretation of your own tongue as you are praying in it all by yourself.
Again, another very powerful gift that you can ask to receive from the Lord if you would like to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with Him.
Just stop and think about what all 9 of these gifts from the Holy Spirit are really about. We are talking about God Almighty Himself coming down and manifesting a part of Himself through these 9 gifts, since God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are perfectly one with one another in the Divine Trinity.
This is what I call push-the-envelope kind of activity with the Lord. With every single one of these 9 gifts being direct, miraculous manifestations from the Holy Spirit, you are attempting to tread into deeper waters with the Lord. And that is exactly what God is asking all of us to do with these 9 special gifts.
When the apostle Paul, who I believe was the greatest of all of the New Testament apostles, tells us to “desire earnestly” these spiritual gifts and not to be afraid to try and stir these gifts up with the Lord, then you know God the Father is giving all us a big, fat, whopper green light to come after these 9 specific gifts.
Just think how many more people you can help and save if you will allow the Holy Spirit to manifest some of these 9 gifts through you from time to time.
Each one of these 9 gifts are major power gifts, and most of them are allowing the Lord to come in and manifest Himself to help someone else out.
Though Jesus is in heaven right now with His Father, we all still have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. And through the Holy Spirit, both God the Father and Jesus Christ can still manifest Themselves into our daily lives and any situations that we will need Their help on.
God and Jesus are still in the rescue, help, and deliverance business – and if you will allow God to manifest these 9 gifts through you from time to time, you yourself can become an actual partaker in some of Their divine, rescue, deliverance missions.
You yourself can help carry on the divine supernatural ministry that Jesus left behind when He ascended to His Father.
Per the new article we just put up, “The Great Commission – Save, Heal, Deliver and Disciple,” these 9 special power gifts will really help you in being to able save, heal, deliver, and disciple other people in this life.
I call these torpedo gifts, because they are like bullets loaded in a gun, ready to shoot out of you at anytime under the control and direction of the Holy Spirit. These 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit are the ammunition you will need to go to war for the Lord to help set the captives free, as the Bible is telling all of us to learn how to become good soldiers of Jesus Christ.
Combine these 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit with the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit so God can transform and mold you into the kind of person He wants you to become in Him, and you will then become a truly sanctified, fully-loaded, God-warrior like King David and Joshua were.
Then you will be ready to take on the real Goliaths of this world with absolutely no fear, since you know now that you have the power of the Holy Spirit Himself on the inside of you.
Then along with these 9 special powerful gifts of the Spirit that can be manifested through you at anytime to help either yourself or any other people as different needs will arise in their lives.
Saturday 6th of May 2023
I was born-again 62yrs ago at 6. I received the baptism of the HS only 2yrs ago (2021). I m working on a study to help understand the gift of tounges. The HS has pointed to me two types of tounges: heaven-oriented and earth oriented. Wow, how exciting the HS has confirmed my concept with your article. Thank you.
Thursday 13th of April 2023
Thank you for this excellent teaching my brother, may God bless you and your family, this really helps and puts things into perspective, and how also Jesus wants to share these gifts with us. God bless.
Thursday 14th of October 2021
How to get these gifts operating in us I am a servant of God and looking badly to have them at you in me for the body of christ
Saturday 28th of August 2021
Thank you for your thoughts on this subject. It is rare to see someone understand that God equipped us with the complete power from on high. Given that Jesus promised we'd do the works he did and more (leading someone into the new birth something not available while Jesus was personally present), how can anyone say God does not want us to heal, cast out our devils, receive words of knowledge, etc?
I do have one observation you may want to consider. According to 1 Cor 12:7, what the church typically calls "gifts" are actually called "manifestations" by God. As a respecter of God's word, I trust you want to call things what God calls them as opposed to accepting tradition. A gift is a gift and a manifestation is a manifestation. They are two different things and God was careful in how He revealed them to us. God purified every word 7 times. I believe we should be equally careful to call things what God calls them.
There is one gift, holy spirit. Holy spirit, being spirit, can not be seen, heard, felt, tasted, or smelled. It can't be detected by any of our five senses. However, God made 9 different ways in which that invisible gift can be "manifested" into the sense world. They are those listed in 1 Cor 12:7-10.
Once again, thanks for your life and your service to our wonderful God and His son Jesus Christ. I love you as a brother!
Sunday 9th of May 2021
Outstanding presentation of information and scripture all in one place; thank you!!!!
Biblical Explanation of the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
A frequent topic in the church today is spiritual gifts. The apostle Paul talks about them in his letters to the early churches, and they are passed down to us in Scripture to inform us how the Holy Spirit works in us for the good of the earthly church. In addition to His direct work in our hearts and in our circumstances, the Holy Spirit passes on the power of God to us, which manifests itself differently and in different proportions in each of our lives. We call these “spiritual gifts.”
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, which says:
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God Who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, Who apportions to each one individually as He wills.”
From this passage we can pull nine distinct spiritual gifts:
- Word of wisdom
- Word of knowledge
- Gift of faith
- Gift of healing
- Working of miracles
- Distinguishing between spirits
- Speaking in tongues
- Interpreting tongues
There is a current debate on whether or not some gifts have disappeared from the world today, or whether all are present and active among believers. No matter which side of that debate someone falls on, the fact remains that all nine of these gifts were present in the early church, and are given to us as real and specific ways that the Holy Spirit moves in our lives.
#1 Word of Wisdom The word of wisdom and the word of knowledge are closely related; but just as they are listed separately in Scripture, they should be understood separately.
Wisdom typically means the proper application of knowledge. Viewed in this light, the spiritual gift of the word of wisdom is understanding how to apply the truth of God in situations that may arise in life. They may be circumstances in our own lives, or in the lives of those around us; if we have the gift of wisdom, we will almost instinctively know what God would have us do. This can apply to a new job, whether or not to marry someone, the best way to confront or forgive someone who is inflicting harm on others, or any other circumstance that requires discernment and wisdom to apply the Scriptures properly.
This doctrine has been abused in the early church through the practice of Gnosticism, which states that there is “secret knowledge” available only to a select few believers. This is not reinforced by the rest of the Bible, as we believe that God has distributed both the spiritual gifts and the path to salvation to everyone equally.
#2 Word of Knowledge The word of knowledge is slightly more practical in nature, and typically refers to the right knowledge and interpretation of Scripture, or of doctrinal issues.
It is important for all believers to be able to articulate what they believe and to defend their faith to others who may want to learn more or who may challenge the Bible. In scholarly circles, this area of study and practice is called apologetics. The word means “defense of the faith,” and usually pits the believer against a non-believer in a debate about what Scripture says.
While we should not seek out arguments to enter or argue for the sake of winning, we should always be willing to give a defense for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. To this end, we should practice the gift of knowledge so that we can understand and interpret Scripture properly in the way that God intended for it to be given.
#3 Gift of Faith Faith is a major topic of Scripture and is critical to the life of the believer. We can only be saved from the power of sin by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus, and we can only withstand temptation through our faith in God’s power and ability to deliver us from it.
Everyone possesses some measure of faith, but it must be put into practice regularly in order to strengthen it. It may also be necessary during some of the hardest times in your life when faith simply seems impossible. But if we can overcome our fear and doubt, and choose to trust in God, our faith can be strengthened and we will have a greater measure of faith when the next crisis comes.
#4 Gift of Healing Healing can be indirectly linked to faith, as it refers to supernatural healing that defies known medical science. In other words, it is miraculous healing that relies on the power of the Holy Spirit instead of we would understand as typical modes of healing.
Most denominations teach that this sort of healing requires an extraordinary amount of faith. Sometimes this faith is only required of the person performing or requesting the healing, and in some cases, strong faith is also required on the part of the one who needs the healing (for example, both the person proclaiming healing over a sick person as well as the sick person himself). However, it is cited several times in Scripture as a gift used throughout the early church and can be found in religious circles today.
#5 Working of Miracles Miracles are a more visibly supernatural act and are usually regarded as an “extinct” spiritual gift. This does not preclude the intervention of God in the natural world, because He is the true source of all miracles and can never be limited by human imagination or understanding. However, many conservative denominations believe that this gift has fallen away due to the death of the original apostles.
Whatever the case, we should always keep our hearts open to the possibility that God will do great things in our lives and in our world – even things that we would never expect or believe to be true but for His direct intervention.
#6 Prophecy Some passages state that the gift of prophecy is the greatest of the spiritual gifts, although they all have tremendous value for the church.
It also carries different explanations. In most cases in the Bible, prophecy is a direct word from the Lord meant to be relayed exactly as it was received. Some theologians believe that it instead means a word of encouragement or exhortation; it then takes on the meaning of speaking directly into someone’s life and circumstances with a word from Scripture. In either case, it does require direct action when the truth of God is clear for a given situation.
#7 Distinguishing Between Spirits Both angels and demons are actively at work in the world, and it takes a great level of spiritual discernment to understand the source of supernatural activity. Coupled with knowledge and wisdom, we should seek to distinguish between the spirits that seek to influence this world either for God or for the devil. Someone may claim that they received a message from God, but if it does not align with the truth of the Bible, we should be quick to recognize a human or demonic influence at that moment.
#8 Speaking in Tongues This gift is believed to be all but gone from the modern world. It does not refer simply to speaking in different languages but is an ecstatic practice that involves speaking with the language of angels or other supernatural beings.
Again, we should never assume that such things are impossible for God, but there are very few reputable sources for speaking in tongues today.
#9 Interpreting Tongues Paired very closely with speaking in tongues, this gift involves the interpretation of the tongue being spoken so that others can plainly understand the message the speaker receives.
Paul spoke of this gift in the context of a church service, instructing believers that no one should speak in tongues in church unless there was someone else ready to interpret. This was said so that Paul could ensure that the entire congregation could benefit from the message, which reinforces the communal nature of the spiritual gifts.
We have all received the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and all of these spiritual gifts, as well as other powers from God, are present in each one of us. We should seek to discern where we have been gifted the most prominently for ourselves, then seek to use that gift for the betterment of the whole church.
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What Are the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit? Understanding Their Purpose
August 2, 2023 by Curt Landry Ministries
The Bible tells us there are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are the manifestations of the power and authority given to you by the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish His will on earth.
As Believers, we have an inheritance of power and authority .
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14).
Therefore, ask for these gifts of the Holy Spirit to be manifest in your life!
What Is the Purpose of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?…
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for you to use how you want. They have specific purposes for God’s Kingdom. They are intended to glorify God by revealing more of who He is and displaying His sovereignty and power over all things.
The purpose of the Spirit’s manifestations is to benefit the Body of Christ.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…” — 1 Corinthians 12:7
They are available to all Believers and distributed by the Holy Spirit according to His will.
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” — 1 Corinthians 12:11
What Does the Bible Say About the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
God’s Word tells us that we should earnestly seek and desire these gifts , not quenching the Spirit.
- “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy…”— 1 Corinthians 14:39
- “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”— 1 Corinthians 14:1
- “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies .”—1 Thessalonians 5:19-20
- “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”— 1 Timothy 4:14-15
- “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”— 2 Timothy 1:6
1 Corinthians 12 – The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Bible Verse
“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 12:4-11 (emphasis added)
What Are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
As mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, the gifts of the Holy Spirit include wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
But what does each one of these gifts truly mean?
Let us examine these gifts more closely…
- The Word of Wisdom —This gift of the Holy Spirit works with the word of knowledge. It gives you the ability and understanding of how to apply the word of knowledge.
- The Word of Knowledge —This gift of the Holy Spirit is knowing something you cannot know based on your human intelligence.
- The Gift of Faith —This gift of the Holy Spirit grows as we walk with the Lord. You are saved by faith. The gift of faith is knowing full well that you cannot accomplish something alone but that the Lord has empowered you to move into new levels to do miracles and wonders in His name.
- The Gifts of Healings —There are actually different kinds of healings that the Spirit will do. Notice that the scripture says “gifts,” plural. These gifts equip you in various ways to access healing for yourself or be an anointed vessel that will heal others.
- The Working of Miracles —This gift of the Holy Spirit is depicted throughout the Bible, from Moses parting the Red Sea to Jesus feeding 5,000 people. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, He is still in the business of working miracles. Similar to the word of knowledge, this spiritual gift is manifested by the Holy Spirit, not human efforts. The work is unexplainable by nature. It edifies and delivers others.
- The Gift of Prophecy —This gift of the Holy Spirit is one that the scripture says “to especially desire.” This gift is a direct Word from the Lord to be given to someone else to edify and build them up.
- The Discerning of Spirits —This gift of the Holy Spirit equips the discerner to see evil spirits operating in someone’s life. The Holy Spirit pulls back the curtains, exposing the evil spirits so that the person can experience a breakthrough from their bondage.
- Different Kinds of Tongues —This gift of the Holy Spirit is simply a supernatural ability to speak and pray in a tongue you do not naturally know. This can be spoken in prayer directly to God or in an assembly where God anoints another Believer, with the gift of interpretation, to interpret the word spoken in the native tongue of the congregation (1 Corinthians 14:2, 13-14).
- The Interpretation of Tongues —This gift of the Holy Spirit is to interpret the tongue that was spoken. This can be for yourself (see 1 Corinthians 14:13-14) or the Church (see 1 Corinthians 14:27-28).
A Warning – Do Not Forget or Fail to Understand
First Corinthians 12 begins with this powerful statement from Paul.
- “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…”— 1 Corinthians 12:1
The word used in the original Greek translation for “do not be ignorant” is agnoein, which means…
- To not perceive or recognize
- To not know
- To fail to understand
- To be ignorant or uninformed
This may sound harsh, but Paul is warning the Church that we must stay spiritually awake, understanding and searching the scriptures so that we can stand firm in the faith.
Am I “Spiritual” Enough to Receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Paul also addresses the Corinthians’ concern: Am I spiritual enough to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit? This may be a question you’ve had.
Fortunately, Paul goes on to answer this.
- Paul reminds them that they were Gentiles carried away by “dumb idols.” Paul wants them to remember (to not forget or not recognize— agnoein ) that they are no longer carried away by idols but instead are grafted into the family of God ( see Romans 11:17 ) by the blood of Jesus Christ—Yeshua Messiah.
- Paul reassures that every Believer has the Holy Spirit and is “spiritual enough” to receive because of His indwelling. If someone weren’t “spiritual enough,” they could not be able to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord ( see 1 Corinthians 12:3 ).
In short, don’t forget who you are now in Christ Jesus. Don’t forget that your past does not dictate your future because, in Him, you’ve been reconciled and restored. You have been given a hope and a future far better than you can imagine!
Stand Firm and Stay Awake
As mentioned, Paul exhorts the Corinthians to not be “uninformed.” In short, to stand firm in what is true and stay awake because…
- The enemy walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)
- The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10)
- The enemy exalts himself and wants you to put any and all things above God (2 Corinthians 10:5)
- God wants you to know what is good, acceptable, and His will (Romans 12:1-2)
- God wants you to experience the blessings of love, power, and a sound mind and not live in fear (2 Timothy 1:7-10)
- God wants you to fulfill your purpose, glorify Him, and experience His covenant peace (Hebrews 13:20-21)
One way to stay awake is to seek and ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul is speaking to the Gentiles in Corinth, but his message applies to us today in that we can get “carried away” with past idols. So then, we must stay aligned with God, not allowing the old to carry us away from the new that God has.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit take you into deeper waters with God. As Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “…to whom much is given, from him much will be required…” Therefore, we cannot be spiritually asleep and expect to activate these gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Let us wake up to the new thing God wants to do! We have a charge to ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to utilize them for the Body of Christ.
We should not be ignorant about how the gifts of the Holy Spirit are manifested.
- “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.”— 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
We are in a season that is like no other. We are in a season longing for the Living Water to carve new streams and rivers in the wilderness to bring wholeness and revival. So let us actively invite the fire of the Holy Spirit to come upon us, purifying us and preparing us for our finest hour.
Prepare your heart for His instruction. There is no denying He is doing something new within each of us and the Body of Christ.
Open your heart and hands and receive fresh oil and new wine, and the Lord will open the streams in the wastelands of your life, accelerating your Kingdom authority by the power of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit!
Curt Landry was born and raised in Los Angeles, C.A. in a secular home…
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We believe that there is one God, our creator, manifested into three persons God the Father, Jesus the Son, our Savior and the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of God, who provides spiritual power for daily living and Godly service.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
By Derek Prince
Part 1: Who Is The Holy Spirit (Introduction) Part 2: The Holy Spirit Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipresent Part 3: The Selfless Servant Part 4: The Spirit Of Truth
In this Teaching Letter series, Who Is the Holy Spirit? , our objective has been to increase our understanding of the role and impact of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This month’s teaching focuses on the wonderful gifts available to each of us as believers through the Holy Spirit.
Earlier in this series, I pointed out that the servant of Abraham who found Isaac’s bride was a type of the Holy Spirit. In that story, when Abraham sent his servant from Canaan to Paddan Aram to seek a bride for Isaac, the servant took ten camels loaded with gifts, including precious jewelry.
When the servant found the young woman who was to become Isaac’s bride, his first act was to place on her face a very conspicuous nose jewel. By accepting this gift, Rebecca committed herself to become Isaac’s bride.
Had she refused the gift, she would have rejected and dishonored Isaac, eliminating her opportunity to be his bride. Today, in a similar way, God has sent His Holy Spirit with abundant provision for the bride of His Son Jesus—the Church. Included in that provision are nine beautiful spiritual gifts. By accepting these gifts, the Church is marked out as the one who is committed to become the Bride of Christ.
Nine Supernatural Gifts
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8–10. To bring out their exact meaning, I offer the following literal translation:
- A word of wisdom;
- A word of knowledge;
- Gifts of healings;
- Workings of miracles (literally, powers);
- Discernings of spirits;
- Kinds of tongues;
- Interpretation of tongues.
All these gifts are “manifestations.” The Holy Spirit Himself is invisible. But through these gifts, He impacts our senses in ways that we can see, hear, or feel.
All of these gifts are “for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7). Through them, Christians can minister to one another. They all serve some practical purpose. They are tools, not toys. All these gifts are supernatural. They are not the product of natural ability or special education.
Available to All
It is often suggested that these gifts were withdrawn at the close of the apostolic age and are not available today. However, Paul thanked God for the Christians at Corinth because “you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” Obviously, therefore, Christians are expected to continue to exercise spiritual gifts until the return of Christ.
The first two gifts Paul lists—a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge—are related in a practical way. A word of knowledge gives us the facts about a situation. Then a word of wisdom shows us how God wants us to deal with that situation.
Some of the gifts are plural in both parts: e.g. gifts of healings; workings of miracles; discernings of spirits; kinds of tongues. This indicates that each healing, each miracle, each discerning, each utterance in a certain tongue (language) is a gift. If a certain gift regularly manifests itself through a certain person, we may say that the person has that gift.
Received – Not Earned
It must be emphasized that all these are gifts of God’s grace. They are received by faith. We can never earn them. We can never be “good enough” to exercise them.
In 1941 in the middle of the night, I had a powerful, life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ in a barrack room of the British Army. About a week later, in the same barrack room, I spoke for the first time in an unknown tongue. Then—quite unexpectedly—I went on to speak out the “interpretation” in beautiful, poetic English. It was an outline of God’s plan for my life and ministry, which was fulfilled—stage by stage—throughout the course of my life.
From 1957 to 1961, I served as Principal of a Teacher Training College for African teachers in Kenya. During that time, we had a sovereign visitation of the Holy Spirit in our college. In meetings with my students, I saw all nine gifts of the Spirit in operation among us at various times. I also saw two of my students—on different occasions—raised from the dead. They both testified later of what they had experienced while their spirits were out of their bodies.
Workings of Miracles
Later, in America, I received an unexpected “gift” for ministering to people who had leg problems. As I seated them in a chair and held their feet in my hands, the shorter leg would grow out in front of my eyes and they would be healed. Some people, however, suggested that this was not an appropriate ministry for a dignified, scholarly Bible teacher. I decided to ask the Lord about this, and I felt He gave me this answer: “I have given you a gift. There are two things you can do with it. You can use it and get more. Or you can fail to use it and lose it.” There and then I decided to go on using what God had given me, and indeed I did receive more.
On occasion I have seen a short leg grow out as much as two inches. Also, the release of God’s supernatural power in this way triggered other miracles. In one place, without any special prayer being offered, a man was healed of three major infi rmities and delivered from nicotine addiction.
I remember one lady who came with a paper bag in her hand and a 1½-inch buildup on the heel of one shoe. When I took her feet in my hands, her short leg grew out 1½ inches. Then she opened her paper bag and took out a pair of new shoes with perfectly normal heels. They fitted her perfectly. I eventually decided that the scriptural name for my gift was “workings of miracles (power).”
Limitations of Spiritual Gifts
It has been exciting to witness and recount the ways in which the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit have been manifested. At the same time, however, it is important to understand that there are definite limits to what we can expect from spiritual gifts.
First of all, spiritual gifts are limited to the present life. Speaking of the gifts of prophecy, tongues, and the word of knowledge, Paul says:
“But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” (Corinthians 13:8-10)
We are still living in the “imperfect” age. But when we pass from time to eternity and then put on our resurrection bodies, we will no longer need the fragmentary blessings that come to us through tongues or prophecy or a word of knowledge. The same applies to other gifts such as healings or miracles. Our resurrection bodies will never need them!
If people are excessively preoccupied with spiritual gifts, it often indicates that they are more concerned with the matters of time than eternity. Such people need to heed Paul’s warning: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
A Matter of Character
More important still, the exercise of spiritual gifts gives no indication of a person’s character. Let me illustrate with a crude example. Suppose a person who is lazy, deceitful, and conceited receives an unearned gift of one million dollars. His character will not be changed at all. He will still be lazy, deceitful, conceited. In fact, he may even be more conceited because he has a million dollars in his bank account!
The same applies to a person who receives a dramatic spiritual gift such as prophecy or healings or miracles. If that person was weak and unstable before, he or she will be just as weak and unstable afterwards. But this person’s new gift will give greater infl uence with people and the added responsibility of exercising it in a way that is righteous and pleasing to God.
A major problem in Christianity is that people tend to assess ministers more by their gifts than by their character. Yet repeated experience has demonstrated that it is possible for a person to exercise dramatic, impressive gifts and yet have a very defective character. Sometimes such people may even use their gifts to cover up the imperfections of their characters.
As a young preacher, I greatly admired an older man who had a spectacular ministry of miracles. He also taught very forcefully that it is possible for a Christian to live without ever sinning. Yet eventually, he divorced his wife, married his secretary, and died an alcoholic. Other well-known and successful preachers have experienced similar personal tragedies.
Fruits – Not Gifts
When confronted with cases such as these, people often respond, “But surely if a person misuses one of these gifts, God would take it away!” But the answer is, “No!” The gifts of the Spirit are exactly what the name implies: genuine gifts. Not loans with conditions attached or a repayment schedule.
“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29)
Once we receive one of these gifts, we are free to use it, misuse it, or just not use it at all. Ultimately, however, God will require an account of what we have done—or not done—with the gifts He has given us through His Holy Spirit.
We need to always bear in mind the admonition of Jesus:
“You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16)
Not by their gifts, but by their fruits—which will be the focus of our next Teaching Legacy letter.
Jesus followed up this admonition in Matthew 7 with an explicit warning—that the exercise of spiritual gifts is not necessarily a passport to heaven:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (vv. 21-23)
This warning indicates that it is possible for a person to exercise spiritual gifts and at the same time to “practice lawlessness.” What is “lawlessness?” It is an arrogant assumption that God’s moral and ethical standards no longer apply to those who are able to exercise gifts of supernatural power.
How Do We Respond?
When we see this arrogance regarding the gifts of the Spirit, it confronts us with the need to make difficult personal decisions. How should we respond?
First of all, we must keep in mind Paul’s warning to Timothy:
“Do not... share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22)
Second, in regard to these unethical ministries, there is the reminder Jesus gave—that heaven is for those who do the will of the Father. You and I need to ask ourselves: “What is the will of God in my life? What does my Father expect of me?”
For my part, I feel the Lord has given me a clear, simple answer: “This is the will of God, that you should be holy.” To this the Holy Spirit has added a warning: “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). It is my determination to “pursue holiness.”
How about you? Would you take a moment now to commit yourself to the Lord in the proper use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Dear Lord, Thank You that You have made these wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit available to me. I receive them now, and ask that You would help me to move in them properly and humbly. I commit myself to this path, and ask for Your guidance. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Part 6: The Fruit of the Holy Spirit
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- The Holy Spirit In You
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