Friday, October 25, 2013

The Ministering Gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church #7

Who resist steadfast in the faith.

1 Cor 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.
:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to those dumb idols, however you were led.
:3 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.
:4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
:5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
:6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works in all.
:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
:10 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.
:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

The gifts of the Spirit are:

  1. word of wisdom
  2. word of knowledge
  3. faith
  4. healing
  5. miracles
  6. prophecy
  7. discerning of spirits
  8. tongues
  9. interpretation of tongues

Just as when you eat, all parts of your physical body benefits from it, so it is with the spirit.

The more we eat of spiritual food, the better we grow in the spirit.

We must be careful that our spiritual food is not contaminated, just as we need to be careful our regular food is not contaminated.

We need to take care of what we hear, and how we hear.

God gave you all your physical body for a reason. He also placed you in a church body for a reason.

1 Cor 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

2 Tim 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

He is telling us to kindle afresh the gifts, keep them in full fire, keep ablaze, keep them burning. That is what the word stir there means.

How important are the gifts God has blessed you with? Are you using them?

The 9 gifts of the Spirit are:

  1. gifts of revelation are knowledge, wisdom and discerning.
  2. Gifts of communication are prophecy, tongues and interpretation of tongues.
  3. Gifts of power are healing, miracles and faith.

He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us, instruct us, to give us revelation.

Jn 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Jn 16:12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,
:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
:14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
:15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

The Holy Spirit will teach us what God wants to show us.

One of the Holy Spirit's function is to endow us with gifts.

Word of knowledge. The Greek word for knowledge is Gnosis which means know. Agnosis means don't know. Word is logos which means revelation, discourse. Revelation of knowing.

God revealing to someone by the Holy Spirit what He wants them to know.

Usually used for providing healing, deliverance, etc. To set people free.

A word of knowledge always deals with known fact, known by God and by the person who it is for, usually deals with the past or present.

Word of wisdom deals with the future. (known by God)

Revelation 1 tells us He will show us things that were, are and are to come.

Chapters 1 -3 word of knowledge. 4 on word of wisdom.

1 Sam 9:15 Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear the day before Saul came, saying,
:16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me.”
:17 So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over My people.”

:20 But as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not be anxious about them, for they have been found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on you and on all your father's house?”

Those verses show word of wisdom and knowledge.

2 Kings 6:8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.”
:9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying,”Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there. “
:10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.
:11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”
:12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”

God gave Elisha word of knowledge to deliver the Israelis.

Word of knowledge is almost always given to profit people.

God gave Peter word of knowledge with Ananias and Saphria. The church profited from that.

2 Kings 4:26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, “is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, “it is well.”
:27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”

He he didn't get word of knowledge from God.

Maybe God was trying to see where the woman was spiritually.

Word of knowledge is something God reveals. It is not something you can learn. You can however learn to listen to God.

You need to be careful not to operate by the flesh.

Satan can reveal things also but it won't bring forth deliverance.

Ask: who gets the glory? To see if it is God.

Jesus operated in word of knowledge.

Jn 1 :48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

Because of word of knowledge he believed.

1 Jn 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

Job 37:16 Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

God will reveal sin to bring you to repentance so you can receive forgiveness. When you receive a word of knowledge you must respond in faith.

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