What can take years to change a person, the Holy Spirit only takes minutes. God works into our lives through spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit is actively working in our lives and gives us gifts. We need these gifts in us, because we don’t have abilities enough in us to meet the needs of others. Let the Holy Spirit open our hearts and glorify God for He is the prime mover and He builds up our body. Then will our lives be marked by holiness enabling the Holy Spirit to change and transform us from inside out.
Spiritual gifts are special abilities given to us by the Holy Spirit. We did purchased it but is given freely. As followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit decides who gets what gifts. Among the gifts that are freely given are word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of the Holy Spirit, acts of miracles and healings, delivering of prophecy, etc.
Holy Spirit gives us word of wisdom to speak into a particular situation. Matthew: 10. 19. But when they deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak. 20. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you.
Word of knowledge is information from the Holy Spirit that is not open to public, but only to the person that bears witness to God. John: 4. 16. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17. The woman answered and said unto him, I have no husband. Jesus saith unto her, Thou saidst well, I have no husband: 18. for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this hast thou said truly. 19. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Discerning of the Holy Spirit, we don’t discern by outlook and appearance only but through the nudging and telling of the Holy Spirit as in Paul with slave girl in Acts: 16. 14. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul. 15. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she constrained us. 16. And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. 17. The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim unto you the way of salvation. 18. And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour.
Acts of miracles and healings is special happenings beyond human and scientific and technological abilities. We need to pray regularly because we believe in a God that heals.
Delivering of prophecy are words given to the church or individual to be expanded and given to many. Prophecies can come through impression or contemplation by the Holy Spirit or from the meditation of the Word. Acts: 13. 2. And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the church and not for individuals, in order to build up the body of Christ. These gifts are apportioned to all body of Christ, that through strong faith and clean heart are worthy of receiving such grace poured out by God. So that the body of Christ built through discipleship and the ministry of the Word can operate effectively as noted in Ephesians: 4. 7. But unto each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 11. And he gave some [to be] apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12. for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: 13. till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Whatever the gifts you received is important, for your sake, for others sake and for a common good. 1 Corinthians: 12. 7. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal.
The gifts are for the sharing of the Word and open up hearts to the Gospel. Acts: 4. 4. But many of them that heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
Spiritual gifts glorifies God, because it is God who enables for the exercise of our gifts. It’s not his or hers, it’s God.
1 Peter: 4. 10. according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God; 11. if any man speaketh, [speaking] as it were oracles of God; is any man ministereth, [ministering] as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Eagerly desire the spiritual gifts because we need it and we need the Holy Spirit to come in His power as mentioned in 1 Corinthians: 12. 31. But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you.
Follow the way of love for one another, to access and exercise our spiritual gifts as described in 1 Corinthians: 14. 1. Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy. Because love is motivation to exercise the gifts. When we share lives with others we get to feel God’s love. Ministering to hurting people we will recognize that we need God, because we will feel inadequate ourselves and need God to administer to the needy, despair and destitute.
God has given us these gifts in order for us to step out for His Kingdom and glorify His name. Let us pray for humility, teachability, receptivity and sensibility to what the Holy Spirit is saying and prompting us. According to Romans: 12. 6. And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of our faith; 7. or ministry, [let us give ourselves] to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching; 8. or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting: he that giveth, [let him do it] with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness. And in Ephesians: 4. 11. And he gave some [to be] apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Also in 1 Peter: 4. 11. if any man speaketh, [speaking] as it were oracles of God; is any man ministereth, [ministering] as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Again in 1 Corinthians: 12. 1. Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 4. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5. And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord. 6. And there are diversities of workings, but the same God, who worketh all things in all. 7. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal. 8. For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: 9. to another faith, in the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, in the one Spirit; 10. and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues: 11. but all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will.