1. Three revelation gifts i.e spiritual gifts that reveal something: They spring from God’s omniscient (All knowing).
a. The word of wisdom
b. The word of knowledge
c. The discerning of spirits
2. Three power gifts. i.e Spiritual gifts that do something: They spring from God’s omnipotent (All powerful).
a. The gift of faith
b. The gifts of healings.
c. The working of miracles.
3. Three utterance or inspirational gifts. i.e Spiritual gifts that say something: They spring from God’s omnipresent (present every where).
b. Divers kinds of tongues
c. Interpretation of tongues.
We shall start from the first which is the word of wisdom. We’ll jus give like two examples because of our time
WORD OF WISDOM:
The word of wisdom is a supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning the divine purpose and plan in the mind and will of God. It deals with the FUTURE or what is to happen.
– It is given to a person through words, visions or dreams. It provides understanding and instruction on what action must be taken.
– It is NOT revealed through human ability or natural wisdom. It is God’s revelation of His plans and purposes.
– Please note that the word of wisdom is not the gift of wisdom or intelligence. Solomon never had this gift of word of wisdom, what he had was wisdom.
– This is not the ability to know how to handle life situations or challenges. But it could be a revealed Word by the Holy Spirit on how to handle a particular situation or problem.
– It is not the ability to know how to give good counsel or advice.
– It is not the ability to interpret scriptures.
– It is not wisdom sanctified to the service of God.
WORD OF KNOWLEDGE: This is the revelation of past or present facts or events that cannot be known through our natural senses. They are revealed to the speaker by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
– This is not the ability to understand scriptures and you can have this gift without being able to interpret scriptures at all, even a baby Christian can have this gift.
– It is given to a person through words, visions or dreams.
Once again pls note that the word of wisdom is not the same with natural wisdom. Because all the gifts are supernatural and none of them is natural or from the mind..
– The word of wisdom could come to someone in form of dreams like Joseph, in visions like Daniel, through angels like Gideon and in a voice like Moses.
The simple difference between WOW and WOK is that, The word of knowledge deals with the past and the present while the word of wisdom deals with the future.
LET ME MAKE THIS MORE CLEARER…
It is word of KNOWLEDGE to know by the help of the Holy Spirit the address, the situation of a person or telephone number or name, etc of a person.
But it is word of WISDOM that reveals the plan of God for the future with precision.
– Moses had the word of wisdom when he was commissioned to go and save the children of Israel from bondage.
– Jonah: the word of wisdom was at work when he was sent to Nineveh..
So I’ll just simply define the rest and when next we meet, we shall be looking at the examples
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS This gift gives insight into the spirit world. It is discerning of all spirits and it is not the discerning of devils alone.
*There are three kinds of spirits:
a. Divine Spirit
b. Human spirit
*this is not the power to discover or find fault in others. Everyone easily find fault but this is not what this gift is all about.
*it is a gift to discern spirits both good and evil. Stephen was able to see/discern the similitude of God and to see the risen Christ sitted at the right hand of God through this gift (Acts 7:55-58).
* it is discerning of the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Cherubims, Arch angels, host of angels, Satan and his agents.
But you must also note that many a times we can have two or three or even four of the gifts manifesting together..
Ananias was not even an apostle but we can find at least four gifts operating thru him to reach out unto Paul
Word of wisdom, knowledge, gifts of healing, faith and prophecy
So many a times, the gifts can manifest together
THE GIFT OF FAITH : The Gift of Special Faith Is Not the Same as Saving Faith Every believer already has general faith or saving faith, which is also a gift.
This gift of faith can help you to trust God for anything, no matter how great.
The gift of faith does not grow but saving faith grows
The gifts of healings.
Note that, all miraculous healings whether, lame, blind, missing body part, palsy, and etc are all the manifestation of the gifts of healings. But some people that were born with some body parts missing will require the manifestation of the working of miracles..
There are many gifts of healings because Jesus took 39 stripes for our healing.
– A single person does not have ALL the gifts of healings except Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus always heals everyone(all manner of sicknesses and diseases).
If you want to heal everyone then you’ll have to build up their faith
U can be healed without d gifts of healings if u believe d word of God and apply it to your life mk11:24
This is why some people have the gifts for taking care of certain diseases more easily than others. You can’t give what you don’t have.
But we can press into God and have more manifestations of the gifts but we can’t have all in manifestation through a single person.
This is why we need unity and love in the church, because all the gifts can function in a church through different persons and also this does not stop people from receiving healing by simple faith.
And one thing with these gifts of the spirit is that
Most people God has called into certain ministries will be equipped with some certain gifts to stand in those offices
But some ministers may never get it until they submit themselves to grace
Association matters wen it comes to Impactation
The manifestations I had before was personal… Most of the manifestations of d word of wisdom and other ones were for only me, though very few for other tins but until I come in contact with some certain people I never had it manifested thru me to bless others more
This is why we must get out of pride and humble ourselves to receive what God has deposited in others
I was so hungry to hear God’s voice one night, that I just sat down expecting Him to speak, ahaha…. We must know God wants to talk to us and thru us if we must flow in these gifts without sweat….
We must be ready to go thru for Him so we can grow in the gifts
Getting the gifts and anointing is more easier than maintaining it and increasing it
The anointing for instance, WILL NEVER increase if you are not willing to yield to the Holy Spirit, you must be WILLING to fast and pray, you MUST be WILLING to study the word…
THE WORKING OF MIRACLES:
Howard Carter said, “The working of miracles is a supernatural manifestation of the power of God that alters (that is, changes), suspends (that is, lays aside), or in some other way controls the laws of nature.”
We can change our world with these first 6gifts
And the last 3 is for the church
Gift of prophecy::
The main purpose of the gift of prophecy is Edification, Exhortation and Comfort….1 Cor 14:3
The gift of prophecy has no prediction
And its different from the gift of word of wisdom
The word of wisdom has prediction and cud giv direction
The combination of tongues and interpretation of tongues equals the simple gift of prophecy
Verse 11 of first Corinthians said but ALL these gifts works by the same Holy Spirit, who divides it to EVERY MAN severally as He wills
The Holy Spirit is the giver and thank God All the gifts work
There are ministry gifts also but our major concern today is on the gifts alone
How we can covet them
This is the truth:::
Covet earnestly the best gifts.
If u know the kind of ministry God has given you.
U must covet the gifts that pertain to that office
A teacher or pastor can covet the word of Knowledge, word of wisdom and even gifts of healings and prophecy
But all the three power gifts and revelational gifts may function in the ministry of the evangelist
To stand in d office of a prophet, you MUST function in the gift of prophecy, word of knowledge and wisdom
But a times discerning of spirits
MOST prophets hav an healing ministry
So prophets may flow many a times in healing anointing also
But every believer has at least one gift
Now covet is something that’s very wrong
If I say I covet someone’s car
Its like taking forcefully what belongs to another person
Pls sir!! Is playing instruments n singing a gift of d spirit?
Those ones are ministry gifta
Choir, ushers and d rest ar under d ministry gift of helps
But that’s not our focus tonight
So the same God who said don’t b covetous gave an exemption
U must not be covetous but wen it comes to d gifts be as covetous as u can
I have listened to adeboye many times, when he became a pastor, he wasn’t functioning in d gifts he needed
That’s what I meant wen I say, if u don’t get the gifts, u can go to God, stay there till u get it
Adeboye was extremely covetous, but he got it
Coveting is not just asking oh
Its taking it by force
U get before God, ask and keep asking till u see the manifestations
Coveting may take some times bcos God may want to check if u really need wat u said u need.. But the truth is dat, He knows u need them
But He wants to b sure u ar sure of what u ar asking
But it will definitely come
Someone can also lay hands on u to receive the gifts
But as I’ve said
For u to grow in them, u must be committed to God
Getting is more easier than even sustaining it
This is why u must make up ur mind to walk with God and work for God all d days of ur life
Its ur consistency and ur commitment that make it grow
Laying hands on u can get it into u
But u must grow in them
But there’s an important warning
Wigglesworth Said ” Do not seek the gifts unless you are purposed to abide in the Holy Spirit. They should be manifested only in the power of the Holy Spirit”.
Now we must know the difference BTW the gifts and power
While it is right to covet earnestly the best gifts, you must recognize that the all-important thing is to be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost Himself. You will never have trouble with people who are filled with the power of the Holy Ghost, but you will have a lot of trouble with people who have the gifts and have no power. The Lord wants us to come behind in no gift, but at the same time He wants us to be so filled with the Holy Ghost that it will be the Holy Spirit manifesting Himself through the gifts. Where the glory of God alone is desired you can look for every needed gift to be made manifest. To glorify God is better than to idolize gifts. We prefer the power of God to any gift..
Without Holiness, the power of the Holy Spirit won’t work through you.
Please understand that, the presence of spiritual gifts does not proof the level of spirituality of any man or woman. But the presence of the power can proof the level of your spirituality.
What helped me on time was that I got to know about the power before God opened my eyes to understand the gifts
the gifts of the spirit can also be made manifest when you have the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and also note that it is possible to have the gifts without the power.
The only way that mighty power of the Holy Spirit can keep flowing through you is through a lifestyle of Holiness and personal relationship with God. I’ve seen men who have the power and are doing far more than those who have the gifts. Bcos to have the power, you have to be approved of God but the gifts can still remain in you even after you have backslided..
Now this is what I mean, there are men who have power with God, God literally commits Himself to these men, He gives them the authority to command a thing and see it happen, they share in that same power that God manifested at creation. These men may have the gifts function in their lives in a more dynamic way than those who don’t have power with God. Few example of men who have power with God:
Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul, Stephen, Woodworth Etter, Wigglesworth, Lester Sumrall, Kathryn Kuhlman, kenneth Hagin, Adeboye, Oritsejafor, Oyedepo, Enenche, David Ogbueli, etc…
Those who have power with God are literally clothed with God, God is there portion, nothing can harm them, they are placed over territories and kingdoms/nations to rule over.
How can you have power with God?
Its extremely simple but hard to do, it’s just RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD and to be SOLD OUT COMPLETELY TO GOD.
If I tell you the price to have power with God is cheap, I would be deceiving you. As simple as those two things are, it will only take grace and higher level of determination and consistency to obtain. I.e You press into God till God literally tells you “I commit myself to you, whenever you speak I’ll confirm it”. This is what it means to have power with God..
The power of God can be touched it is tangible, it is feelable
But you must pay the price to scale great heights…
This is the end of our teaching tonight… And my prayer is that we may not just covet the gifts alone, but that we enter into a covenant wit God
This is where the power lies
If u can press in, God will help u
May God give u d grace to pay the price required
U will arrive there but u dnt have to give up bcos of ur weakness
Tell ur weakness, I’ll see ur end and rise to move on
Remember, COVET EARNESTLY THE BEST GIFTS”