To each person has been given the ability to manifest the Spirit for the common good. To one has been given a message of wisdom by the Spirit; to another the ability to speak with knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit; to another miraculous results; to another prophecy; to another the ability to distinguish between spirits; to another various kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. I Corinthians 12:7-10
The Holy Spirit has revealed nine supernatural gifts for the common good:
1) Word of Wisdom-A person is in need of God’s Wisdom, the Holy Spirit gives another believer a practical set of instructions from the mind of God that gives the seeking person the solution they need for their problem, circumstance or decision.
Solomon using the word of wisdom-I Kings 3:16-28
2) Word of Knowledge– A word is given to a believer outside their natural realm of knowledge from God; the word is very detailed in nature.
Jesus gives the woman at the well a word of knowledge about very personal details in her life. John 6:17-18
3) Gift of Faith – The inward knowing from the Lord that a situation that is impossible in the human realm to be solved; will be solved by God. Example: A major ministry accrued a 6million dollar TV debt and God wiped the debt out. The Lord gave the leaders of the ministry the ability to believe Him for the cancellation of the debt.
Jesus used the gift of faith when He calmed the storm. Matthew 8:23-27
4) Gifts of Healing– God gives the gifts of healing to some believer’s so He can restore health to the sick. Benny Hinn, manifests the gifts of healing in his crusades. He will call out certain sickness and God will heal the people who have that sickness. He will also call people up to the stage and he will lay hands on them and God will heal them of their illnesses.
Paul manifested the gift of healing. Acts 14:9-10
5) Gift of miracles – The gift of miracles operates when God manifest His glory through a believer to another person with extraordinary results occurring.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead; the gift of miracles in action. John 11:43-44
6) Gift of Prophecy – The person operating in the gift of prophecy will be given supernatural revelation from God about future events. God will use this gift to reveal the hidden secrets of the heart.
Jesus reveals the evil intentions of the scribe’s hearts. Matthew 9:3-4
Agabus, tells of the future worldwide drought – Acts 11:28
7) Discernment of Spirits – God gives the recipient the ability to the see into the spiritual realm and “discerns” if the spiritual activity is of Satan or God.
Jesus discerns the working of Satan-Matthew 16:23
Paul discerns the activity of Satan-Acts 16:18
Read the wonderful article by Jake about the gift of discernment of spirits.
8) Gift of Tongues – The speaker is given the ability by God to speak in an unknown tongue.
The believers spoke in unknown tongues they hand not learned : Acts 2:4
9) Interpretation of Tongues – The recipient is given the ability by God to interpret the message of unknown tongues.
The hearers interpreted the messages of unknown tongues that the speakers had not learned on the day of Pentecost: Acts 2:6-11
Have you ever in your Christian experience operated in any of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit? Do you have an inward desire from the Holy Spirit to use any of these gifts?