Lesson 4
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In Acts 1:4,5 Jesus was with His disciples,
'and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of Me. For John truly baptised with water; but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost not many days hence'.

'Wait' in the dictionary says, “to stay in one place, remaining active in expectancy of something, be prepared for something”. For a Christian to wait for the promise of the Father is to wait in one place, inactive, but in prayer. To become in Christ, prepared for the promise of the Father - the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord showed me to build a prayer tabernacle after the pattern He gave to Moses. It shows us how to come into the presence of God in a thorough and beautiful way. The “outer court” deals with flesh and sin. The “inner court” deals with our soul. The “show bread” represents our will which must be submitted to the will of God. The “candlestick” represents our intellect and mind which must come under the authority of Christ, and the incense deals with our emotions.
We then enter the “holy of holies” that deals with our spirits in worship, fellowship and revelation. We come into the presence of God through our worship. We then meet God in fellowship and dialogue. From here, we come into revelation where God reveals to us what He desires to be revealed to us. This can be by direction, by building us up and encouraging us, or by baptising us in the Holy Spirit. All of this happens as we wait on God and becoming prepared in His presence to meet with Him, hear Him, and to receive from Him, whether it be direction, baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing or equipping us with gifts for service.

The promise of the Holy Spirit was met in Acts 2:1-4
'And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. ' And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance'.

If we read on we will see how the baptism of the Holy Spirit transformed their lives making them bold and effective, enabling them to move forward in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. To save the lost, heal the sick, and deliver the oppressed throughout the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit then moved through many men and women throughout history, and today through us who are baptised in the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts will only be completed with the second coming of Jesus because the promise of the Holy Spirit is not restricted to the disciples or to the early church, but is for every believer who will receive the Holy Spirit up to the time of the second coming of Christ.

The person of the Holy Spirit comes into one with nine gifts to enable us to preach the gospel in power. These are found in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,
'Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.

This passage shows us over and over that all the gifts are from the same Holy Spirit, and is for all who receive the Holy Spirit. God divides severally as He wills; which means that we can receive more than one gift, sometimes several or even all.
To make it easier to remember all the gifts, we can separate them into 3 groups:-


3 vocal gifts
3 revelation or intellectual gifts.
3 power gifts.


We will start with the vocal gifts.

As these were the first gifts the disciples moved in Acts 2:4,
'And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance'.

The first vocal gift is the gift of tongues, which has several functions. The gift of tongues brings us quicker and deeper, into the presence of God.
Secondly, the gift of tongues enables us to pray the right prayer for others, and makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered when we pray for others. Romans 8:26,27,

'Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God'.
Thirdly, the gift of of tongues enables us to speak in a language we cannot speak. Acts 2:6, 11 says,
'Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language'.
'Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God'.

I have only had this experience once. I was invited to speak to a youth group in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The leader suddenly realised I could not Afrikaans and she was unable to translate and it was too late to replace me, so I had to go up to the lectern. “Help me Lord” I prayed and began to pray in tongues. I noticed the young ones were listening intently so I carried on in tongues. The then knelt on the ground and began to worship God. I stopped! The leader then rushed forward and exclaimed, “I thought you couldn’t speak Afrikaans!” “I can’t!”, I replied. She said, “you have just given the best gospel message I have ever heard in perfect Afrikaans and all these young people have just received Jesus as Lord and Saviour!”
Fourthly, tongues helps us to take the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) Ephesians 6:17,18,
'And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints'.

Fifthly, tongues gives us a Word from God in a tongue in a special language which can be used in a public place like a church as a message from God to the congregation to be followed with interpretation:- 1 Corinthians: 14,1,2. The church would be encouraged and edified by the message 1Corinthians14,3 which would also be a sign for unbelievers:- Acts 2:16-11, Mark 16:17-18, 1 Corinthians:14:22. 1 Corinthians 14:3.

The second vocal gift is “interpretation of tongues” where the tongue is interpreted by oneself or another person:- 1 Corinthians 14:13. As we step out in faith and begin to speak God will fill our mouth with the interpretation:- 1 Corinthians 14:27. There may be more than 1 interpreter but not more than 3 (1 Corinthians 14,29).

The 3rd vocal gift is the gift of prophecy. The Old Testament speaks about this in 1 Samuel 10:6 and Joel 2:28. A clear inspired word from the Lord in the known tongue of the people to encourage and strengthen their faith. This spontaneous word from God will edify one person or the whole group.
If the Lord wants to prophecy through you, He will quicken your spirit and speak through your own natural voice in your own language. 1 Corinthians 14:1 encourages us all to eagerly desire this gift. In order to move in the vocal gifts or any of the gifts, you must know God in prayer and be able to hear Him speak to you. If you cannot hear God, it is then impossible to move in these gifts.

The 3 Revelation (intellectual) gifts are “discernment”, “knowledge” and “wisdom”.


The gift of discernment helps us in the following ways:-
Firstly, the gift of discernment shows us what is from God, what is of the flesh, and what is of the devil. This gift works so well with the gift of interpretation and prophecy. Of course, one can check if the Word agrees with scripture, brings glory to God, leads us towards God and brings freedom which agrees with inner witness of Holy Spirit. The person’s life should also show the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and the prophecies will be fulfilled if that person has truly heard from God. Yet, there is still a great need for the gift of discernment, as some may say the right words, but may not have come from God.
The gift of discernment will guide the group as to what God is actually saying, by waiting on God longer to re-direct them to confirm that the Word was correct. We need to do this for there are some false prophets that will say nice words, but they are not from God, but from the flesh and we need to discern these people from the true prophets.
In my own practical walk with God in different countries of Africa and Asia, I have needed the gift of discernment almost daily as to whom to trust and who not to trust. Where to go, and where not to go etc. I have found that this gift has protected me and led me forward safely.
The gift of discernment of spirit the type of spirit behind a person or message, with also the source, nature and activity. If the word is not from God, you will sense the nature of a human spirit, the presence of an evil spirit or even the presence of Satan. If the word is from God, you will sense the presence of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of the gift of discernment is. therefore, to detect false revelation or deception:- 1 Timothy 4:1,2 and 3:13. To discern the plans of Satan, to test the spirit of truth or error:- Acts 16:16-18, to deliver a person from evil spirits by casting them out:-Mark 16:17, Luke 10:19,20, and to keep sin away.

The “Word of Knowledge” is when you know that you know something, but do not know how you know it. This is a supernatural revelation of facts, past/present/future. About a person or situation not known to the natural mind.
Sometimes Holy Spirit will interrupt your thoughts with another thought, or word, or feeling, an impression or a vision, or simply an inner knowledge.
For instance, I often know if a certain person will be healed before they are healed. I will then say to them, the Lord will heal you. E.g. “you will be walking within a few minutes”. This increases their faith and sure enough they are walking within a few minutes.
Another time, Ernst Mesador, in Haiti, had a word of knowledge to get the orphans out of the orphanage as soon as possible. He obeyed this Word of Knowledge and got the children outside. A few seconds later an earthquake raised the orphanage to the ground and the children were saved! Other times, the gift or word of knowledge may only be part of the total situation. The Word of Knowledge builds faith and brings glory to God as He works in our midst by warning against danger, disclosing sin, or simply giving us encouragement.

“The Word of Wisdom”.
The Holy Spirit will give you God’s wisdom to move forward in a certain course of action. He may reveal God’s purpose and plans for your life and ministry. He may lead us how to lead a meeting in order to release the anointing.
This may come as a vision, or impression of how we should do things in a certain way before we actually do it. This happened to me in Ghana, when I was teaching on how to come into the presence of God in prayer. Suddenly I saw myself gathering the pastors into a circle. I called them forward and we formed a circle. In the increased intimacy of the circle, the Holy Spirit suddenly came down, and through a powerful tongue and interpretation gave us specific guidance on how to reach remote villages. We all responded to the Lord wholeheartedly.
Sometimes a word of knowledge and wisdom work together. In John 4:17,18, Jesus knew by the word of knowledge that the woman had had 5 husbands. He also received the Word of Wisdom that others would be saved by her, in her village. Other examples John 11:11, John 11:23. And to Peter Acts 10:19,20.

“The Revelation gifts”.
The Revelation gifts protect us and prepare us for effective ministry for things to come. In order to move in these gifts, you must be in contact with God in prayer, You must hear Him and obey Him. John 5:19 & Acts 14:9,10.
If you do what God has told you to do, He will confirm what He had told you to do with signs and wonders following. The 3 power gifts of healing, working miracles and great faith.

“The 3 Power Gifts”.


The “gift of faith” often works hand in hand with the other gifts, for a specific time or purpose, to accomplish a certain task. We may see it in advance and this gives us boldness to move, and step out in faith.
I was speaking in an Anglican church on the way to an airport in Kenya, when a man dying of HIV Aids was brought in on a stretcher and laid him down on the children's mat. I had no faith to pray for Him, but the Lord gave me a word of knowledge that He was going to heal him. The Lord then gave me a vision of His wisdom, of how He would do it with picture of myself pulling him to his feet. They called me forward, and as I stepped out faith rose within me, giving me the courage to take him by the hand and say – “In the name of Jesus rise up and walk!”. As I pulled him to his feet, he was healed and walked. Within a few weeks, this man had put on weight, got his HIV negative report and found himself a job. Through this miracle healing many became Christians in his village.
The “gift of faith” came once the “gift of wisdom” revealed the demonstration of God’s power that He was about to demonstrate. This enabled me to move out boldly in obedience, on the revelation I had received. (Other examples in the Bible, Matthew 2:19,20. Daniel 3:16-18. 1 Samuel 17,32,45,46. Acts 13:10,11, Acts 5:9-11).
The “gift of faith” may also be revealed for a more long-term task. For instance the Lord wanted us to build a 45 bed Christian holiday camp, but we only had £8.56 in the bank. Because we knew God wanted this, we went ahead, in faith, to build it. God gave us the determination and endurance to see this happen – and it did happen!

The working of miracles”.
The “working of miracles” is a supernatural demonstration that alters or controls the normal laws of nature. E.g. food being multiplied, rain suddenly coming to end drought. All of these I have seen God do. In Uganda in a severe war situation, a mango tree began to bear fruit continuously for 3 years to feed the refugees. These miracles are happening today.
In the Bible Jesus turned water into wine, calmed the storm, walked on water and few 5,000 people with only 5 loaves and 2 fish.
Mostly the working of miracles require action. When we receive a word of wisdom and obey the supernatural knowledge of what is about to happen and do it – so the miracle happens. E.g. the miracle happened as the fish and bread was handed out, it miraculously was replaced.
In the Bible God said to Moses in Exodus 14:15,16,
'And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 16 but lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea'.

Here, the Lord told Moses exactly what to do and what He was going to do. As Moses obeyed, so the miracle happened and the sea parted. We must first hear the Lord, then obey, in faith, what He has told us to do and the miracle will happen. Read Matthew 14:27-29, Luke 5:4-7 – for some more miracles Jesus did.

“The gifts of healing”
The “gifts of healing” is to the one who is sick. The Lord works in many different ways in healing the sick and can often use more than one gift to do so. Discernment in prayer, is so important to find out why the person is sick, or what is behind the cause. Is it the spirit of infirmity that can cause cancer or arthritis? If so, one will cast it out, in Jesus name, and the person will be healed. In deaf people, is it the deaf spirit or an injury or something else?. Once, when I prayed for deaf ears – the word blockage came into my mind – so I prayed for the blockage to be removed. Fluid came out of the ear and within a few minutes the man could hear perfectly. (study Matthew 9:4, Luke 13:11-16).
To receive the discernment needed, we must hear God clearly and obey Him exactly. Jesus always points to the Father, Jesus did nothing on His own strength or authority. He only did what He saw or heard the Father doing. He obeyed the Father on all occasions, and never guessed or took a chance. He only did as He heard from the Father. In the book of John, Jesus tells us 12 times about this. It is so important that I wrote a book “Dare to do only the Father’s will”. As I practised the different areas that Jesus speaks of in the book of John about obeying God, they transformed my whole life and ministry. Today, my main aim in life is to hear God and only to do what He tells me, not more, no less, exactly that. In my enthusiasm, I was inclined to do more than He asked me, and this nearly resulted in burnout. I have learnt that lesson now, and relax into His will for me, the place of security and well being. In prayer you can come to know the Father as Jesus knew the Father. When you know the Father and the Father knows you, He will show you what He is doing. He will reveal to you the discernment you need and as you move forward in faith, you will know the Father will do it and the healing or miracle will be accomplished.
The “gifts of knowledge and wisdom”, will help you know whether the sickness came to the person naturally, supernaturally, or passed through the family through unforgiveness, trauma, guilt or weakness in the body. Again, before we speak, stop, pray and listen for the “gift of knowledge” or “wisdom” – as God shows you how to pray for that person through these gifts, this may come through an impression, or vision (as we see ourselves ministering to that person in a certain way). When we obey and do it as we saw ourselves do it in the vision, the healing will happen. Another time, we may be given the root problem and as we tell the person what we have heard, the person will be set free and healed at the same time.
In Latvia, I prayed for a girl who wanted to be set free from a serious stutter. I prayed and asked the Lord how to pray for her. I saw in the Spirit a tractor approaching a very young girl. I told her what I had seen and she burst into tears and told me that a tractor had run over her when she was 4 years old. Although, she was unhurt, as the wheels had gone either side of her. She had had such a fright that she has been stuttering ever since. I told her that Jesus knew about this and had been there all the time wanting to comfort her. She cried out to Jesus – the fear left, and she was completely healed from the stutter from that moment.
Sometimes, you receive the “gift of faith” for a specific time and purpose where you do not yet have faith for. In Latvia, I had to pray for an 18 year old girl born with a deformed jaw, that caused the point of her chin to come on the left side of her face, with result that she had crooked teeth. I did not have the faith to pray for her, but still saw myself praying for her, so I prayed for her. I saw nothing happen, but that night, she ran up to us shouting, Look at my jaw, look at my teeth! She was completely healed during the day. We all burst into tears, God’s miracle had taken place. She looked so beautiful with a normal jaw.
The “gift of faith” can also be given through a vision, which will give you the faith to know that the person will be healed regardless of how impossible it will look. I have had this happen to me several times. Once I South Africa, I saw a 17 year old girl who had been in a wheelchair from birth. She had been born with a twisted spine. My heart went out to her, such a pretty girl doomed to spend the rest of her life in this old age home. Suddenly I saw her walking in my spirit and could hardly wait to pray for her. My chance came! I prayed for her and asked her to stand up. She told me she had never stood on her legs before. So I got 2 nurses to take one arm, and lift her to her feet. She stood for the first time in her life. Within the next half hour, we taught her how to walk with nurses helping her on both sides. Then we showed her how to walk with the aid of a walker, with the nurse holding the walker to stop it slipping. After I left, the Lord continued to heal her and within 3 months she could walk even without a walking stick.

Think:
*What are the three vocal gifts?
*What are the three intellectual/revelation gifts?
*What are the three power gifts?
*Give an example of where more than one gift is used in one miracle?

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