The Power Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 are:
- Gift of Faith
- Gifts of Healing (“gifts” is plural, meaning that there is more than one kind of healing. There is physical healing, emotional healing, mental healing, spiritual healing, relationship healing, financial healing, and more.)
- Gift of Miracles
Gift of Faith
Definition: The God-given ability to believe the Lord for the impossible in a particular situation. It goes beyond general faith (knowing God is able). It is where a person with this gift knows the will of God for a specific matter and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that it will happen.
Three Kinds of Faith Revealed in Scripture:
- Saving Faith – Initial faith response to God at salvation where we accept and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
- A Fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23) – Faith as an attribute within one’s character. It is developed by the Holy Spirit and our faith becomes more mature and strengthened over a process of time.
- Gift of Faith – A divine (sometimes instantaneous) faith that God downloads to someone to believe for a miracle, healing or for God to do something specific in someone’s life (such as believing for large sums of money or calling life back into the dead). The person with this gift receives a “quickening” from the Holy Spirit (the Lord revealing His will or plan about a matter) and the person has supernatural faith to believe for this miracle. It transcends human faith—it is God’s faith downloaded to a person.
There are examples of the operation of the Gift of Faith in Scripture:
- In John 11:11, Jesus knew Lazarus was dead, but He also knew that He was going to raise him from the dead. He had no doubt about it.
- In John 9:1-7, Jesus knew that the man born blind from birth would be healed so that the works of God would be made manifest.
- In Matthew 14:19-21, Jesus had the Gift of Faith when He took five loaves of bread and two fish, gave thanks to His Father, and began breaking the bread and fish into fragments. The food multiplied and 5,000 men (not including the women and children) were fed. There were twelve baskets of food left over. (With the women and children, it was probably 15,000 – 20,000 people present that were fed.)
- In Mark 4:39, when the storm arose on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus rebuked the wind and commanded the sea, saying “Peace, be still!”. The winds and the waves obeyed Him, and there was a great calm.
- In Acts 3:1-7, Peter had unwavering faith as he proclaimed a man’s healing and even took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet. Immediately the man’s feet and ankle bones were strengthened, and he walked, leaped and praised God as he entered into the Temple.
- In Joshua 10:12-14, Joshua was fighting a battle and had almost defeated his enemies when it was transitioning from afternoon to evening. Joshua rose up in faith, with no doubt in his heart that this miracle would take place, and commanded the sun to stand still upon Gibeon and the moon to stand still in the Valley of Ajalon. The sun stood still, and the moon did not move, until they had avenged themselves upon their enemies. The sun did not go down a whole entire day. There was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.
What key factor recurs over and over again in the Gift of Faith?
Knowing the will of God through the written Word, as well as through a Word of Knowledge, dreams or visions, or by the inward voice of the Holy Spirit. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Gifts of Healing
Definition: The God-given ability to supernaturally impart healing to others. There are several kinds of healing: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational, financial, and more. The person with this gift is not the healer. Jesus is the Healer. The person with this gift is the vessel whom God uses to flow through.
God uses different individuals to specialize in certain types of healing. For some, God uses them to bring emotional healing to people’s lives, and people are set free from bondages, captivity and inner wounds. Others are primarily used to bring physical healing. Some people have an anointing to pray for specific diseases, and they see many people healed from it. Some people have an anointing to minister to people who have addictions, and many people are set free. Some are called to help heal marriages and families.
Some healings are instantaneous, while others are gradual. What does gradual healing involve?
Being healed of inner problems, and the mind, soul and physical body responding accordingly. Often inner wounds can take years to heal.
Some sicknesses are healed over a period of minutes or hours. An example of this in Scripture is Luke 17:11-14 where Jesus met ten lepers who pleaded with Him to heal them. Jesus replied, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they obeyed and went their way, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
Some people are healed from physical sicknesses gradually over a period of time. They improve and get more and more well, until their healing is complete. Matthew 16:18 says, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” Total recovery does not always happen overnight. Sometimes it takes hours, days, weeks or months.
What means or methods were used in Scripture to operate the gifts of healing?
- Calling for the elders of the Church and anointing the sick with oil in the Name of the Lord (James 5:14).
- Holy Communion. My mother and I have seen sickness healed, as well as answers to prayer, when we took Communion over a particular situation. There is healing in the Blood Atonement.
- The spoken word or command (Matthew 8:8-13).
- Laying on of hands and prayer (Matthew 16:18).
- Handkerchiefs or aprons by the hands of Paul (Acts 19:11-12).
- The shadow of Peter walking by (Acts 5:15-16).
- Touching the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matthew 9:20-22; Matthew 14:34-36).
There are several ways a person may know if he/she has the Gift of Healing:
- Inner witness of the Holy Spirit
- You have visions and dreams, and see yourself healing the sick
- Ability to believe God for healing
- Compassion for the sick and afflicted
- By results (people who you minister to are healed)
- It was prophesied over you by the Elders and imparted to you by the laying on of hands
- Others will recognize this gift within you
There are at least ten purposes for the Gifts of Healing in operation:
- God loves His people and wants them to be in good health.
- Jesus heals because He is full of compassion. A leper came to Jesus, “…beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Mark 1:40). What was the Lord’s response? “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean” (verse 41). It was compassion that led to the miracle. Jesus Christ heals people today for the same reason, so that “…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
- Jesus heals because healing belongs to His children. Once, when Jesus was preaching near the city of Tyre, a Syrophenician fell at His feet, asking Him to cast an unclean spirit out of her daughter. Jesus said to her, “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs” (Mark 7:27-28). The Lord saw the woman’s faith and the daughter was delivered. If you are a child of the King, healing should come to you first, even before unbelievers receive their miracle. Yet I watch as those who do not know the Lord reach out in great faith, hungry for the crumbs. And time after time He pours out His healing virtue upon these people. Thank God, healing is often the entry point that helps people receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
- Jesus heals to bring glory to His Father. On the side of a mountain near the sea of Galilee, “great multitudes came unto Him…and he healed them…(and) the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:30-31). On another occasion, there was a similar response when Jesus healed a paralytic man. “…When the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God” (Matthew 9:8). All glory and praise belongs to the Father. Healing is a wonderful, awe-inspiring faith-builder that should lead to glorifying God.
- Jesus heals to fulfill God’s promises. At Capernaum, “they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17). When the Master heals, it is a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken through Isaiah. On the cross, Christ took our sickness and infirmities.
- Jesus heals also to confirm His own word. Healing was promised by the Father, then declared by Jesus Christ. He said, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (John 10:37-38). Christ knew exactly why He was sent to earth. He came to perform the works of His Father. Miracles confirm the spoken word of Jesus. He heals to fulfill His personal word to you.
- Every time the Lord heals, the devil’s defeat at the Cross is exposed once again. The Word tells us, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). At the house of Cornelius, Peter said, “You know…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:37-38).
- Healing and health are aspects of rectifying the curse of the law.
- To confirm the Gospel message with signs and wonders.
- Healing, along with salvation, is included in the Blood Atonement of Christ. Jesus not only bore our sins, but He also bore our diseases, sicknesses and sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus paid a heavy price so that we could be healed. He just wants us to believe and to receive it.
The original sources of sickness are:
When mankind fell and sin entered into the world, so did death and sickness. However, Jesus took the curse upon Himself and redeemed us from it. By accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we can have eternal life in Heaven one day (where there is no more curse, no death, no sickness, no darkness, no night, no weeping, no pain, no sin, no demons, no poverty).
While we’re here on this earth, we can enjoy abundant life right now. John 10:10 says, “For the thief (devil) comes only for to steal, and kill and destroy; but I have come so that you may have life and have it in abundance (till it overflows).” Part of abundant life is living free from sickness.
Things we can do in the natural also help us to live in good health. For example, good nutrition, clean water, exercise, vitamins and minerals, sleep and rest, recreation and relaxation, and getting sufficient sunshine. Avoiding strife, learning to forgive, being healed of anger and temper, removing the root of bitterness and having joy in your life contributes to better health.
God also heals us through doctors and medicine. It is off balance and foolish to refuse to go to doctors, or to the hospital, when you or your children need to. Also, it’s wise to remain on your medication until the doctor confirms you are healed and takes you off of it. Going to doctors and taking medicine does NOT imply a lack of faith on your part. God has given doctors wisdom and knowledge about how the body works and what to do to cure it. In the near future, God is going to reveal the cures to many dreadful diseases, such as cancer to scientists.
God just does not want us to exalt doctors above Him, because He is the Great Physician and our Creator. He ultimately knows how our bodies work and what to do to cure it.
Exodus 15:25-26 shows us a type and shadow of the redeeming work of Christ, and His Atonement on the Cross, which makes us well and whole:
“So Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree (represents the Cross). When he cast it into the [bitter] waters (represents the curse), the waters were made sweet (the curse broken).
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you (healing is part of the Atonement).’”
Gift of Miracles
Definition: It is God performing something supernatural, which transcends natural laws, through an individual.
One of the Greek words for “miracles” is dunamis (Strong’s #1411), where we get the word dynamite. It means “to be able or possible; force (literally or figuratively); miraculous power; a miracle.”
The Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “miracle” as the following: “an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God; a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement; an extraordinary event manifesting Divine intervention in human affairs.”
What is the place and importance of miracles in the Bible?
Miracles always accompanied Jesus and His disciples, as well as the apostles. Miracles, signs and wonders always accompanied the preaching of the Gospel. In the Old Testament, God displayed His awesome power through miracles, mostly for deliverance and preservation and to show the heathen nations that He is the One and Only True and Living God.
Miracles are governed by the will of God and the obedience of man.
There are four aspects relating to the working of miracles:
- Hearing the Word of God – God communicates His will to men through the Bible, a Word of Knowledge, a vision, an angel, through Jesus Christ directly in a vision, or an audible voice as in the case with Moses. Exodus 14:15-16 says, And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
- Believe the Word – Obey what God reveals to you. Accept and embrace it. In Exodus 14:21-22, it says: “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”
Mark 11:23 says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”
- Speak the Word – God releases His power by His spoken Word, and it comes into existence. Romans 4:17, in the Amplified Version, says: “Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”
The New King James Version says “Who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”
- Acting on the Word – Acts of faith which accompany the speaking of the Word. James 2:17 tells us that “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
The purposes of miracles are:
- For deliverance, preservation and provision
- Edification and building up of faith
- Accompanying the preaching of the Gospel
In the last day Church, miracles will operate on a large scale prior to the coming of the Lord. Creative miracles, such as body parts being restored, the raising of the dead, and speaking to the weather and elements and it obeys you will become common.