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Gifts of the Spirit

Gifts of the Spirit

These gifts are neither ones that a person is born with nor do they come automatically at salvation. They are the operations of the Holy Spirit within a person, and only occur on two conditions. 1) a born again believer has asked the Lord to baptize him in the Holy Ghost, and 2) the believer acts on the gifts when prompted by the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit are specifically for the Ministry of God’s Word to build up people and to bring glory to God and his Word. Jesus prohibited the apostles from ministering until they had received the power from on high. Neither did Jesus begin his public ministry until he was baptized in the Spirit. Certain spiritual gifts of the Holy Ghost operate more frequently in people with certain motivational gifts, and who are working in certain offices of church ministry.

The operations of the Spirit are movements of the Holy Spirit upon believers who will respond to those movements.
The Spiritual Gifts are operations of the Holy Spirit that come with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. These are temporary operations of the Spirit as He moves upon the minister to meet a specific need. All the gifts are the work of the Holy Spirit, therefore can occur in all baptized believers, but certain temperaments enable some gifts to operate more frequently.

1 Cor 12:8-11

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man
severally as he will. (KJV)

Word of Wisdom

Natural wisdom is gleaned through life’s experience. The Word of Wisdom is an insight on how to deal with a situation that comes directly from the Lord. There are times when you have to ask God for the wisdom as according to James.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. (James 1:5-6 KJV)

There are other times when it is given to you by the Lord unasked, but greatly appreciated.

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, teacher, exhorter
Ministry Functions: Prophet, evangelists, pastors

Word of Knowledge

Like wisdom, there is natural knowledge gained by experience and study, and there is a supernatural knowledge that comes from Lord. A Word of Knowledge is when the Spirit tells you something about someone else that you would otherwise not have any other awareness of it. Such was the case with Peter with Ananias and Sapphira.

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (Acts 5:3 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, administration, ministry
Ministry Functions: Prophets, evangelists, pastors, apostles


There is also a natural faith and the supernatural gift of faith given by the Holy Ghost. This is given at a time when the faith is most needed. It is also experienced when one “prays through” and one knows for certain that God has heard your prayer.

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. (Acts 6:8 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Giving, administration,
Ministry Functions: Apostles, evangelists, pastors


Healing can be natural or instantaneous by the power of God, or, even a combination of both depending on the recipient’s faith.

1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
(Luke 9:1-2 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Mercy, ministry
Ministry Functions: Pastors, evangelists, apostles


All supernatural acts of the Holy Ghost are miraculous, but the gift of miracles refers to a creative miracle. For example, a man with out an eye in his eye socket gets a new eye, or even can see through the socket with out the eye.

41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. (Mark 6:41-44 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, exhortation, mercy
Ministry Functions: Apostles, prophets, evangelists


It is not necessary to be a prophet to prophesies. A prophecy comes forth when one senses that the Lord intends to speak. Sometimes one knows some of the prophecy before speaking, but most of the time it comes forth as one speaks. But it is necessary to begin speaking.

For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. (1 Cor 14:31 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, exhortation, teacher
Ministry Functions: Prophets, teachers, worship leaders


It is the special gift whereby the Spirit certain Christians to know with assurance whether some behavior is of God or of Satan. It is also the awareness of the fruit of satanic influence, such as homosexuality.

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she
many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus
Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
(Acts 16:16-18 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, giving, administration
Ministry Functions: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors


Speaking in tongues is a prayer language of faith. Evangelicals are confused between speaking in tongues and prophesying in tongues. They are two different operations of the Holy Spirit. The prayer language can be spoken anytime and anywhere, and is used by the Lord for intercession and edification of the believer. A prophecy in tongues is the sense that the Lord wants to speak and it comes out as tongues. A prophecy in tongues is meant for interpretation. The prayer language is not, although it is fruitful to ask God for interpretation in one’s own prayer language.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (1 Cor 14:2 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, exhortation, teachers, administrators
Ministry Functions: Apostles, prophets, evangelists

Interpretation of Tongues

The interpretation of tongues acts the same way as uttering a prophecy. It is given by faith when one senses the Lord moving upon the interpreter. An interpretation is not a translation. An interpretation is the point given. Even translators do not translate literally since it cannot always translate.

I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. (1 Cor 14:5 KJV)

Motivational gifts: Prophecy, exhortation,
Ministry Functions: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors

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