Pt. 4 – Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

To view photos of her: Maria Woodworth-etter – Image Results

When Mariah began ministering in Ohio in the early stages of her ministry, she went to various cities in the local area and preached revivals.  She went wherever she was invited.  A church, or group of churches, would invite her to come and hold meetings.  She stayed anywhere from a few days to several weeks.  One of the first places she held meetings was in a town called “Devil’s Den”.  It was distinguished for adultery and skepticism.

She also traveled to other states to hold meetings as well, even all the way West to California.  Mariah held a revival in Oakland, California in October of 1889.  Although there were no advertisements, crowds began to pack the tent.  A severe rain storm, as never before in the history of Oakland, poured down during the revival, but crowds still gathered in spite of the rain, cold and mud.  Within a few days of commencement, the tent was not able to accommodate the numbers of people who were coming to the meetings.  Mariah’s funds were depleted by this time, but God laid it upon some people’s hearts to purchase stoves to heat the inside of the tent.  Men also built a wooden floor inside the tent.

The Christians in Oakland decided that Mariah must have a larger tent, and they ordered a tent that was able to seat 8,000.  In a short time the tent was made and set up on the ground for a dedicatory service.  The dedication ceremony sermon was preached by the pastor of the M.E. Church of San Francisco.  Prayer was offered by the pastor of the M.E. Church of Oakland.  A number of other ministers were present.

Mariah commented (concerning the revival in Oakland) that she had never been in a meeting before where so many nationalities were represented in one place.  People came to the meetings from nearly all parts of the United States and the world.  And that is still the way Oakland is today.  The city of Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area is noted as being one of the top areas in the world which represents so many diverse cultures and races – and generally speaking, the cultures mix together rather than staying in their own separate groups.  In the Bay Area, segregation primarily occurs in churches, but you see many cultures mixed together in the workplace, marketplace, and in universities.

The Holy Spirit drew people to travel to the revival in Oakland.  The tent revival in Oakland was the largest out of all tent revivals in America (in 1889).  The last day of the revival, police were there just in case any trouble broke out due to the large crowds.  That day, the 8,000 seat tent was packed to capacity, and 10,000 people were outside and could not get in.

Mariah tells of a story of a 63 year old man who came to the Oakland revival.  He was a mocker.  He and some friends were visiting Oakland and heard about the meeting.  They came out of curiosity.  During the meeting, he made some light remarks to his friends about the power of God that was displayed and started boldly towards the pulpit to investigate.  But he fell to the floor by the power of God (like being struck with electricity) and laid there for two hours.  While in this condition, God gave him visions of heaven and hell, and told him to make a choice of the two.  He called upon the Lord to save him, and made a decision for Christ.  He came out of his partially conscious state praising God and realizing that he was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Mariah organized a church in Salem, Oregon around 1892.  She was not the founder of a denomination but she set up a church.  A pastor was appointed and the church began with 13 members.

She also established a mission in Portland, Oregon and left it with a Congregationalist minister.

Part 14: The Holy Spirit – Functions, Actions and Emotions


  1. Abides WITH us. (John 14:17, 2 Cor 13:14, 1 John 3:24, Phil 2:1, Ps 51:11, Ps 139:7)
  1. The Spirit can depart from people, as in the case with King Saul. (1 Sam 16:14)
  1. Abides INSIDE of the hearts/spirits of born again believers in Christ.  (Gen 41:38, Num 27:18, John 14:17, Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16, Gal 4:6, Eph 3:17, Eph 5:18, 2 Tim 1:14, 1 John 4:13, Rev 3:20)
  1. Spirit comes UPON people.  (Matt 3:16, Matt 12:18, Mk 1:10, Lk 1:35, Lk 2:25, Lk 3:22, Lk 4:18, Lk 24:49, John 1:32, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:17, Acts 10:44-45, Acts 11:15, 1 Pet 4:14, Num 11:25,29, Num 24:2, Judg 3:10, 1 Sam 10:10, 1 Sam 16:13, Isa 11:2, Isa 42:1, Joel 2:28)
  1. Spirit ENTERS into people.  (Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24)
  1. Spirit FILLS people.  (Ex 28:3, Ex 31:3, Ex 35:31, Ezek 36:27, Neh 9:30, Isa 63:11, Lk 1:15,41,67, Acts 2:4, Acts 4:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 6:3,5, Acts 7:55, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:38, Acts 11:24, Acts 13:9, Eph 5:18)
  1. Has a mind. (Rom 8:27, Isa 40:13-14)
  1. Has a will and determines decisions. (1 Cor 12:11, Acts 15:28)
  1. Possesses emotions.  Love (Rom 15:30).  Joy (1 Thess 1:6).  Peace (Rom 14:17).  Can be grieved (Eph 4:30).  Can be vexed (Isa 63:10).  Can feel anger, be provoked and tried (Acts 5:9, Heb 3:7-12 NKJV).
  1. He IS the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance.
  1. Can be resisted. (Acts 7:51)
  1. Can be lied to. (Acts 5:3)
  1. Can be blasphemed. (Matt 12:31-32)
  1. By lack of faith or rebellion, one can LIMIT the Spirit or tie His hands (Ps 78:41).  God wanted so much to pour out abundant blessings upon the children of Israel, but they continued to murmur, complain, doubt Him and provoke Him.  They limited the Holy One of Israel because they heard God’s Word, but did not mix it with faith.  They wouldn’t receive what God had for them, but instead, they had an evil heart of unbelief.  They resisted the Holy Ghost and spoke evil against the Lord and God’s servant Moses.  God won’t override our will.
  1. Can be quenched. (1 Thess 5:19)
  1. Can be rebelled against. (Ps 106:33, Isa 63:10)
  1. A person can harden their heart toward the Spirit (Heb 3:7-8).
  1. The Spirit speaks.  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” (Matt 10:20, Mk 13:11, John 16:13, Acts 8:29, Acts 10:19, Acts 13:2, Acts 21:11, Acts 28:25, 1 Tim 4:1-3, Heb 3:7, Rev 2:7,11,17,29, Rev 3:6,13,22, Rev 22:17, Ezek 2:2, Ezek 3:24, Ezek 11:1-2,5).
  1. The Spirit hears (John 16:13).
  1. The Holy Ghost commissions and sends forth into ministry (Acts 13:2-4).  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, “Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia, and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.  See also Isa 48:16, Acts 8:29-40, Acts 10:19-48.
  1. The Spirit forbids (Acts 16:6-7).
  1. The Spirit renews (Titus 3:5).
  1. Refreshes (Acts 3:19).  “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”
  1. Sanctifies (Rom 15:16, 2 Thess 2:13, 1 Pet 1:2).  Jesus said in Matt 3:11 and Luke 3:16 that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire.  The fire of the Holy Ghost purges impurities.  Malachi 3:2-3 says, “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
  1. Teaches (Neh 9:20, 1 Cor 2:13, John 14:26, Lk 12:11-12, 1 John 2:20).
  1. Appoints Overseers (Acts 20:28).
  1. Reveals things to us, Imparts Revelation. (Eph 1:17-19, Matt 16:16-17, Lk 2:26, John 16:13, 1 Cor 2:10)
  1. Strengthens (Eph 3:16).
  1. Quickens – brings life, makes alive (John 6:63, Rom 8:11, 1 Pet 3:18).  It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).
  1. Comforts (Acts 9:31, John 14:16,26, John 15:26, John 16:7).
  1. Intercedes (Rom 9:26-27).
  1. Imparts spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11, Heb 2:4). The nine Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 are:

Revelation Gifts:

  • Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Discerning of spirits

Utterance Gifts:

  • Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues

Power Gifts:

  • Faith, Healings (plural), Miracles

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 says, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

Hebrews 2:4 “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.”

  1. Leads and Guides (Matt 4:1, Lk 4:1, Rom 8:14, Gal 5:18, John 16:13).
  1. Strives with man for a long time, but won’t always strive with man (Gen 6:3, 1 Sam 16:14, Ps 51:11, Heb 6:4-6, Heb 10:26-31).
  1. Bears witness (Rom 8:16, Heb 10:15, 1 John 5:6).
  1. Testifies (John 15:26, Acts 5:32, Acts 20:23).
  1. The Spirit brings about rebirth and regeneration (John 3:5-8).
  1. The Holy Spirit is our seal (deposit of guarantee) of our salvation. Eph 1:13-14 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”  2 Cor 1:21-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
  1. Convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness (John 16:8).
  1. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus (John 16:14).
  1. The Spirit spoke through the prophets (2 Sam 23:2, Acts 1:16, Acts 21:10-11, Acts 28:25, 2 Pet 1:21).
  1. The Holy Ghost is the author of the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim 3:16-17).
  1. The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father (Lk 11:13).
  1. The Spirit was sent to this earth by the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 15:26).
  1. The Spirit only speaks what the Father and Son tell Him to speak (John 16:13).
  1. No man can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 12:3).
  1. The Spirit helps us pray, whether in our own tongue or in a language we’ve never learned. It could be a language of this earth or one of heaven.  (1 Cor 14:14-15, 1 Cor 13:1, Jude 20, Eph 6:18, Rom 8:26).
  1. The Holy Ghost descended upon Jesus Christ in bodily form, alighting on Him as of a dove (Luke 3:22).
  1. The Spirit overshadows.  He overshadowed Mary and she conceived Jesus the Messiah (Luke 1:35).  He overshadows us and we conceive and become pregnant spiritually, carrying the seed of dreams, promises and ministries that He places within us to be birthed.
  1. Endues us with power and boldness. (Luke 4:14, Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:38, Rom 15:13,19, 1 Cor 2:4)
  1. The anointing of the Holy Ghost heals. (Acts 10:38, Acts 4:29-31, Lk 5:17, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Isa 61:1-3 corresponds to Luke 4:18-21)
  1. The Spirit raised Christ from the dead and also quickens our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11).
  1. The Spirit imparts life (Isa 32:15, John 6:63, John 7:38-39, Rom 8:2,10, 2 Cor 3:6, Gal 6:8, Rev 11:11, Rev 21:6).
  1. The Holy Ghost imparts love inside of our hearts. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” (Rom 5:5).  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).  Also see Col 1:8, 1 Pet 1:22.
  1. The Holy Ghost imparts joy (Ps 16:11, Lk 1:41-45, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 13:52, Rom 14:17, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22, 1 Thess 1:6).
  1. The Spirit imparts peace (John 14:26-27, Rom 15:13, Gal 5:22-23, Eph 4:3, Phil 4:7)
  1. We are led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14). “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”  See also Gal 5:16-18 “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

The Living Bible words Gal 5:16-18 this way:  “I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.  For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. When you are guided by the Holy Spirit, you need no longer force yourself to obey Jewish laws.”

  1. The Holy Spirit works in our life to produce good fruit (Gal 5:22-23).  John 15:1-8 says, “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.  Apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”
  1. We are commanded to walk after, walk in, and live in the Spirit, and good fruit will be the result (Rom 8:1, Gal 3:3, Gal 5:16,25).
  1. The Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:9-11).  “For it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
  1. The anointing of the Holy Ghost breaks yokes and bondages off of our lives.  Isaiah 10:27 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” 2 Cor 3:17 states: “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
  1. Both the Spirit and the Bride say “Come” (Rev 22:17).
  1. The Spirit works in us to change us into the image of Jesus Christ.  It’s a step by step process, from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18).
  1. The Holy Spirit was the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night in the wilderness.
  1. The Holy Spirit is very tender and easily wounded. His heart is very sensitive.
  1. In many churches, the services are governed by man, and the Holy Spirit is either completely left out, or is restrained from moving the way in which He would like to move. The Spirit makes His presence known to those who want Him near. He wants to be welcomed, loved and embraced.  Even in our own personal lives, we can ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit and do our own thing. Or we can choose to yield to the Spirit’s leadings.
  1. The Holy Spirit usually speaks in a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12). To hear His Voice, we have to be still before Him (“Be still and know that I am God” – Ps 46:10).
  1. The Holy Spirit is Omnipotent (All-Powerful) – Job 33:4. “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.”
  1. The Spirit is Omniscient (All-Knowing) – Isa 40:13-15. “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.”
  1. The Spirit is Omni-Present (everywhere at the same time). Psalm 139:7 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
  1. The Holy Spirit wants us to come before His presence with singing and praise (Ps 95, Ps 100).  Worship through song and musical instruments ushers in God’s glory.  Have you noticed that when the congregation, or you by yourself, begin to worship the Lord especially through song and musical instruments, the Holy Spirit comes in.  His presence is so powerful, yet also so sweet.

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the Cloud. For the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”

  1. The Holy Ghost has the power to remove mountains in our life. Psalm 97:5 “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth”.  And Zechariah 4:6-7 says, “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”
  1. The Spirit gathers (Isa 34:16).
  1. The Spirit blows (Isa 40:7).
  1. The Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4).
  1. The Spirit translated people (carried them away, transported them) from one place to another.

PHILIP (Acts 8:39)

EZEKIEL (Ezek 3:12,14, Ezek 8:3,7,14,16, Ezek 11:1,24, Ezek 43:5)

ENOCH (Gen 5:24, xref Heb 11:5)

ELIJAH (2 Kings 2:11)

PAUL caught up to the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-4).

JOHN the Beloved caught up to the New Jerusalem and Heaven’s Throneroom (Book of Revelation).

  1. The Spirit of God lifts up a standard against the enemy (Isa 59:19).
  1. 2 Cor 13:14 encourages us to develop sweet communion with the Holy Spirit.  Phil 2:1 mentions the fellowship of the Spirit. He is very Precious. He is our Friend. He is the one who understands and knows you better than any other person. He is our life. David prayed, “Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps 51:11). And Moses said that he would not proceed unless God’s presence went with him (Ex 33:14-17).

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20).

  1. The Spirit governs the Church (Body of Christ).  The seven churches in Revelation 1-3 represent seven actual churches in John’s time. To us today, the seven churches speak of seven groups of people within the corporate body of Christ, or seven kinds of churches. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Rev 3:22).
  1. The Shekinah glory is usually associated with the presence of the Holy Spirit, although in a Bible Dictionary, I read that the Shekinah was an ancient angel which was later called the Shekinah.  Jesus is that ancient angel.  He is referred to as the angel of the Lord in the Old Testament when He would appear in person at times (called a theophany). He’s not an angel, in the sense of created angelic beings (because He and His Father created the angels).  The word angel means “messenger”.  Jesus is God.  Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of both the Father and the Son, and the Son proceeds from the Father.  Therefore, the Shekinah is the Holy Spirit, who issues out of Jesus. The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are three Persons of the Godhead, but one God. They can walk in and out of each other, and be literally one (yet three).
  1. Although the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and likes to be invited to come, He is also powerful and dramatic. He will come rushing in without necessarily being invited. His glory shall fill the entire earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
  1. Whoever blasphemes the Son will be forgiven. But whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven—not in this world, nor in the world to come (Matthew 12:31-32).

Part 13: Names and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is referred to by many names and symbols:


  1. LORD (Strong’s #3068 Old Testament): “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” in the Hebrew, meaning “self-existent”. The Jewish National Name of God – not a title, but a name. There are over 5,000 Old Testament Scriptures containing God’s Name Jehovah. Whenever you see LORD in all CAPS in the King James Version, the name Jehovah (Yahweh) is being referred to.


  1. I AM that I AM. The name Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word “hayah” (Strong’s Old Testament #1961, translated as “I AM”). In Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, “Tell the people that I AM that I AM has sent you.” Hayah is defined as “to exist, to be or become”.


  1. Lord (“Kurios” in the Greek, defined as Supreme in Authority, Master or Controller). In the Greek, “Lord” (kurios) is more of a respectful title than a name (Lord, Master, Sir). Also translated in some passages as “God”. Strong’s New Testament #2962.


  1. Adonai (translated into English as “Lord”). Used as a proper name of God only. Strong’s Old Testament #136. From #113 adown, meaning controller, sovereign, to rule, lord, master, owner.


  1. God (“Theos” in the Greek). New Testament Strong’s #2316. Defined as: A Deity, the Supreme Divinity; figurative, a magistrate.


  1. God (“El, Eloah, Elohim” in the Hebrew).

El is Old Testament Strong’s #410. El is defined as: strength, mighty, the Almighty. Translated as God.

Eloah is Old Testament Strong’s #433. Eloah is defined as: A Deity or The Deity. Translated as God.

Elohim is Old Testament Strong’s #430. Elohim is defined as: plural of 433 (Eloah); gods in the ordinary sense, but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the Supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates, and sometimes as a superlative.


  1. Shaddai (Almighty). Strong’s OT (Old Testament) #:7706. Defined as: Almighty, Most Powerful, Shaddai (Shadday), the Almighty (referring to the True God).


  1. Ruwach (Spirit). Strong’s OT:7307 and 7308. Defined as: wind, breath, a mind, a spirit, the seat of the mind and moral character. An ancient angel, and later the Shekinah.


  1. Pneuma (Spirit). Strong’s NT (New Testament) #4151. Defined as: from NT:4154; a current of air, breath (blast) or a breeze; to blow. By analogy or figuratively, a spirit, the rational soul, mental disposition, angel, demon, Divine God, Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Pneumatology is the study on the Holy Spirit.


  1. Spirit of God – Gen 1:2, 41:38; Ex 35:31; Num 24:2, 27:18; 1 Sam 10:10, 11:6, 19:20,23; 2 Chron 15:1, 24:20; Job 27:3, 33:4; Ezek 11:24; Matt 3:16, 12:28; Rom 8:9,14, 15:9; 1 Cor 2:11,14, 3:16, 7:40, 12:3; Eph 4:30; 1 John 4:2.


  1. Spirit of the Holy God – Dan 4:8-9,18; Dan 5:11,14.


  1. Breath of God / Breath of the Almighty – Job 27:3, 32:8, 33:4, 34:14; Ps 18:15, 33:6; Ezek 37:5-6; John 20:22.


  1. Spirit of our God – 1 Cor 6:11.


  1. Finger of God – Ex 8:19, Lk 11:20 correlates to Matt 12:28.


  1. Power of God – Micah 3:8, Lk 1:35, 4:14, 24:49; Acts 1:8, 6:8-10; 10:38; Rom 15:13,19; 1 Cor 2:4-5; 2 Cor 12:9, 13:4; Eph 3:20; 1 Thess 1:5; 2 Tim 3:5; 2 Pet 1:3.


  1. Spirit of Jehovah (Spirit of the Lord) – Judg 3:10, 6:34, 11:29, 13:25, 14:6,19, 15:15; 1 Sam 10:6, 16:13-14; 2 Sam 23:2; 1 Kings 18:12, 22:24; 2 Kings 2:16; 2 Chron 18:23, 20:14; Isa 11:2, 40:7,13, 59:19, 61:1, 63:14; Ezek 11:5, 37:1; Micah 2:7, 3:8; Lk 4:18; Acts 5:9, 8:39; 2 Cor 3:17-18.


  1. Spirit of the Living God – 2 Cor 3:3, 6:16. We are the temple of the Living God and He dwells in us.


  1. Holy Spirit – Ps 51:11; Isa 63:10-11; Lk 11:13; Eph 1:13, 4:30; 1 Thess 4:8.


  1. Free Spirit – Ps 51:12.


  1. Good Spirit – Neh 9:20, Ps 143:10.


  1. Spirit of Holiness – Rom 1:4.


  1. Holy Ghost – Matt 1:18,20; 3:11; 12:31-32; 28:19; Mark 1:8; 3:29; 12:36; 13:11; Luke 1:15,35,41,67; 2:25-26; 3:16,22; 4:1; 12:10,12; John 1:33; 7:39; 14:26; 20:22; Acts 1:2; 5:8,16; 2:4,33,38; 4:8,31; 5:3,32; 6:3,5; 7:51,55; 8:15,17-19; 9:17,31; 10:38,44-45,47; 11:15-16,24; 13:2,4,9,52; 15:8,28; 16:6; 19:2,6; 20:23,28; 21:11; 28:25; Romans 5:5; 9:1; 14:17; 15:13,16; 1 Cor 2:13; 6:19; 12:3; 2 Cor 6:6; 13:14; 1 Thess 1:5-6; 2 Tim 1:14; Titus 3:5; Heb 2:4; 3:7; 6:4; 9:8; 10:15; 1 Pet 1:12; 2 Pet 1:21; 1 John 5:7; Jude 20.


  1. Spirit of your Father – Matt 10:20, xref John 15:26. The Spirit proceeds from the Father. Romans 8:11 refers to the Spirit of the Father as the One who raised Christ from the dead. Other references: Eph 1:17-20; Acts 2:32-33; Rom 4:25; Heb 13:20-21; 1 Pet 1:3,21; 2 Cor 4:14; Acts 10:40.


  1. Spirit of His (God’s) Son – Gal 4:6. The Spirit also issues out of the Son. The Father and Son are distinct, yet have a oneness beyond human understanding. They share the same spirit. The Holy Spirit proceeds from them both. The Holy Ghost is both the Presence of the Father and Son.


  1. Spirit of Christ – Rom 8:9-10; 1 Pet 1:11.


  1. Spirit of Jesus Christ – Phil 1:19.


  1. Scriptures that indicate that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son: 1 Cor 15:45,47; Matt 18:20, 28:20; John 14:16-18; Rev 3:20,22; Rom 8:2,11.


  1. Spirit of Glory – 1 Pet 4:14, xref 1 Cor 2:8; James 2:1; Ps 24:7-10.


  1. Spirit of Adoption – Rom 8:15, xref Gal 4:4-6.


  1. Spirit of Grace – Heb 10:29, Zech 12:10.


  1. Spirit of Supplications – Zech 12:10, xref Rom 8:26-27; 1 Cor 14:2,14.


  1. Spirit of Truth – John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13; 1 John 4:6, 5:6.


  1. Spirit of Judgment / Spirit of Burning (Isa 4:4) – Burning speaks of the Holy Spirit’s purifying work in our hearts, conviction of sin, the refiner’s fire that burns away the dross so that you come out as pure gold, fit for the Master’s use to form you into a vessel of honor. Conforming you into the image of Jesus Christ. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Ghost and with fire (Matt 3:11, Luke 3:16).


  1. Eternal Spirit – Heb 9:14


  1. Comforter – “Parakletos” in the Greek. Translated in the KJV as “Comforter”. In other versions, parakletos is translated as: “Counselor, Helper, Advocate”. Parakletos is defined as: “summoned, called to one’s side, called to one’s aid, one who pleads the case of another before a judge, counsel for defense, legal assistant, a pleader, advocate, intercessor, helper, succorer, consoler.” John 14:16, 14:26; 15:26; 16:7.


  1. Holy Spirit of Promise – Eph 1:13-14; Lk 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:33; Gal 3:14.


  1. Rivers of Living Water – John 7:37-39; John 4:14, 6:35; Isa 35; Isa 41:18; Ps 36:9; Jer 2:13, 17:13; Rev 21:6.


  1. Well of Water Springing Up – John 4:14


  1. Pools of Refreshing Water – Isaiah 41:18.


  1. Rain – Hosea 6:2-3, 10:12; Joel 2:23; Isa 44:3; Zech 10:1.


  1. Rivers of Oil – Job 29:6


  1. Butter (rich anointing) – Job 29:6


  1. Fire of God – Ex 24:17; Mal 3:2-3; Isa 4:4; Ezek 1:27-28; Matt 3:11; Luke 3:16; Acts 2:3; Heb 12:29. The fire symbolizes the purging of impurities, sanctification, refining, so as to come out as gold. Fire speaks of being set ablaze for Christ. God is a consuming fire (Deut 4:24, 9:3, Heb 12:29). Also, flames of fire is one of the visible manifestations of the Holy Spirit, such as what happened at Mt. Sinai and on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is also the pillar of fire by night.


  1. Spirit of Life / Quickening Spirit – Rom 8:2,10-11; Rev 11:11; 1 Cor 15:45; John 5:21, 6:63; 2 Cor 3:6; 1 Pet 3:18.


  1. New Wine – Acts 2; Mark 2:22; Eph 5:18. New wine represents joy and the anointing. In Isaiah 65:8, the new wine symbolizes the anointing, and the cluster of grapes represents believers in the Body of Christ. The new wine (anointing) is found in the cluster (group ministry). Wine is made from the pressing of many grapes, versus just one grape. There is more power and anointing in team ministry than ministering solo.


  1. Dove – Mark 1:10. The Holy Spirit descended in bodily form upon Jesus Christ, hovering over like that of a dove. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is symbolized by the dove that Noah sent out and it returned to him with an olive branch in its mouth. The olive speaks of the oil of anointing.


  1. Seal of Guarantee – 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:13, 4:30.


  1. Shekinah Glory – The Nelson’s Bible Dictionary says that the Shekinah is the visible manifestation of the Presence of God. Although this word is not in the Bible, it’s found in later Jewish writings. Shekinah means: “dwelling”.


The Shekinah was a luminous cloud that rested above the Altar in the place of worship and lit up the room. It rested over the Mercy Seat. Angels and cherubim generally accompany the Shekinah. The Shekinah denotes a weighty presence (glory) that is visible. Rev 15:8; Rev 21:23; Ex 16:10; Ex 24:16-17; Ex 40:34-35; Num 20:6; 1 Kings 8:10-11; 2 Chron 5:13-14; 2 Chron 7:1-3; Ezek 10:4; Ezek 44:4; Hag 2:7,9.


The Shekinah glory was manifested in the forms of:


  • Pillar of cloud by day, pillar of fire by night
  • God speaking to Moses from the cloud
  • Smoke, incense, beautiful fragrance
  • Rain, liquid fire, flames of fire like on the Day of Pentecost
  • The color amber in Ezek 1:27
  • Rainbow in Ezek 1:28 and Rev 4:3.


The Shekinah, in Scripture, is usually referred to as the “glory” or “glory of the Lord”. The Hebrew word for “glory” is kabowd (Strong’s #3519, from #3513 kabed), meaning “weighty or heavy”. When the Skehinah glory is present, the atmosphere may feel thick and weighty, or like you are wading through water. One may feel warmth in their feet going up their legs or over their entire body. The Shekinah could also manifest as gold dust, oil, manna, gemstones, dew, and supernatural creative miracles.


When Solomon dedicated the temple, the Shekinah glory filled the place while the priests and Levites worshipped the Lord with the use of musical instruments and lifted their voices in song, so that the priests could not stand up to minister because of the cloud (1 Kings 8:10-11; 2 Chron 5:13-14).


In the passage of 2 Chronicles 7:1-4, when Solomon had finished praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. The priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. And when all the people of Israel saw how the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed with their faces upon the pavement and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. AMP


One thought is that besides worshipping the Lord, the glory also comes when the Lord accepts our spiritual sacrifices that we offer up to Him.


I read in a Bible Dictionary or Strong’s definition that the Shekinah was originally an ancient angel (Angel of the Lord), and later on referred to as the Shekinah. Could the Shekinah be Jesus Himself visiting us in person (but not always in a human form)? Some Bible Dictionaries say the Shekinah is the presence of the Holy Spirit.


  1. Presence of the Lord – Ex 33:14-15; Ps 16:11; Ps 51:11; Ps 68:8; Ps 95:2; Ps 97:5; Ps 100:2; Ps 139:7; Acts 3:19; Phil 2:1; John 14:17; John 15:26. In John 14:23, the Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father, and they make their abode with us through the Holy Spirit.


  1. Oil (Anointing) – 1 John 2:27; Isa 10:27; Zech 4:6; Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18. The Holy Spirit is represented by the olive oil used as the main ingredient in the anointing oil; the oil to keep the Golden Lampstand (Menorah) lit day and night; the oil to anoint priests, kings, leaders, and anoint the sick to be healed. The Holy Spirit is represented by the phrases: “oil of joy” and “oil of gladness” (Isa 61:1-3, Isa 51:11, Ps 45:7, Heb 1:9).


  1. Wind of God – John 3:8; Acts 2:2.


  1. Trumpet – Joel 2:1,15; 1 Cor 14:8; 2 Pet 1:21. The trumpet symbolizes the prophetic voice of God.


  1. Holy One – 1 John 2:20.


  1. Holy One of Israel – Ps 78:41 corresponds to Hebrews 3:7-12.


  1. Maker – Ps 95:6-11 corresponds to Heb 3:7-12.


  1. Lord of the whole earth – Ps 97:5.


  1. Sanctifier – Rom 15:16.


  1. Guide – John 16:13.


  1. Teacher – Lk 12:11-12; John 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13; 1 John 2:27.


  1. Intercessor – Rom 8:26-27.


  1. Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation – Eph 1:17-19


  1. Redeemer – Isa 47:4, 48:17.


  1. Creator – Job 33:4; Gen 1:2, 2:7; Ps 104:30.


  1. God of Covenant – Heb 10:15-17 and Heb 8:8-13 corresponds to Jer 31:31-34.


  1. Invisible God – Col 1:15; 1 Tim 1:17.


  1. Spirit of Love – Rom 5:5, 15:30; Gal 5:22-23.


  1. Husband – Isa 54:5; Ps 45:10-17; Jer 3:14; Hos 2:19-20.


  1. Acts 28:25-28 corresponds to Isa 6:8-10, the Holy Ghost doing the speaking:


Acts 28:25-28 says, So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers saying, ‘Go to this people and say: Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive. For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’ Therefore, let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!”


Isaiah 6:8-10 Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I, send me.” And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.


  1. Seven Spirits of God (References to the Seven Spirits of God are: Isaiah 11:1-5; Revelation 1:4-5; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6; Zechariah 4:1-6):


  1. Spirit of the Lord


  1. Spirit of Wisdom


  1. Spirit of Understanding


  1. Spirit of Counsel


  1. Spirit of Might


  1. Spirit of Knowledge


  1. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord


Some Bible teachers refer to Isaiah 11:1-5 as the 7 characteristics of the Holy Spirit, which would be:


  1. Spirit of Wisdom


  1. Spirit of Understanding


  1. Spirit of Counsel


  1. Spirit of Might


  1. Spirit of Knowledge


  1. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord


  1. Righteousness


The seven Spirits of God does not refer to seven numerical Holy Spirits. Other ways of saying it are: 7-fold Spirit of God, 7-fold dimensions of the Spirit of God, 7-fold manifestation of the Spirit of God, 7-fold characteristics of God.


  1. Golden Candlestick (Menorah with 7 lamps) – In Revelation 4:5, it refers to the seven lamps (which is the Golden Candlestick, also known as Menorah) burning before God’s Throne, which are the seven spirits of God. The Holy Spirit gives illumination, light, revelation, wisdom and truth.


Zechariah 4 talks about the seven burning lamps and then in Verse 6 relates it to the Holy Spirit when he says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts.”


In the same way that the Golden Lampstand in the Tabernacle remained lit at all times because of the oil (anointing), the Lord never wants the flame of His Spirit inside of us to grow cold or go out altogether. 1 Thess 5:19 says, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (NIV). The KJV translates this verse as: “Do not quench the Spirit.”


  1. The Number “9” – Nine is the number for the Holy Spirit:


9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit – Gal 5:22-23. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.


9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor 12:7-11.


Revelation Gifts: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits
Power Gifts: faith, working of miracles, gift of healings (plural)
Utterance Gifts: prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues


9 Graces of the Holy Spirit – 2 Pet 1:5-8. Diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, love.


Part 12: Gifts of the Spirit – Power Gifts Defined

The Power Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 are:

  1. Gift of Faith
  2. 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.)
  3. 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:

  1. Saving Faith – Initial faith response to God at salvation where we accept and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. 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.
  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.)
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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?

  1. Calling for the elders of the Church and anointing the sick with oil in the Name of the Lord (James 5:14).
  2. 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.
  3. The spoken word or command (Matthew 8:8-13).
  4. Laying on of hands and prayer (Matthew 16:18).
  5. Handkerchiefs or aprons by the hands of Paul (Acts 19:11-12).
  6. The shadow of Peter walking by (Acts 5:15-16).
  7. 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:

  1. Inner witness of the Holy Spirit
  2. You have visions and dreams, and see yourself healing the sick
  3. Ability to believe God for healing
  4. Compassion for the sick and afflicted
  5. By results (people who you minister to are healed)
  6. It was prophesied over you by the Elders and imparted to you by the laying on of hands
  7. Others will recognize this gift within you

There are at least ten purposes for the Gifts of Healing in operation:

  1. God loves His people and wants them to be in good health.
  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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).
  1. Healing and health are aspects of rectifying the curse of the law.
  1. To confirm the Gospel message with signs and wonders.
  1. 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:

  1. Satan
  2. Sin

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:

  1. 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.”
  1. 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.”

  1. 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.”

  1. 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:

  1. For deliverance, preservation and provision
  2. Edification and building up of faith
  3. 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.

Part 10: Gifts of the Spirit – Utterance Gifts Defined

The three Utterance Gifts of the Spirit are:

  1. Prophecy
  2. Tongues
  3. Interpretation of Tongues

Definition of the Gift of Prophecy

In the Old Testament, the main Hebrew word for “prophesy” is naba (5012), and is defined as: “to speak (or sing) by inspiration (in prediction or simple discourse).”

In the New Testament, the Greek word for “prophesy” is propheteuo (4395) and is defined as: “(from 4396); to foretell events, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office, poet.”

Therefore, to prophesy is to speak under the influence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and to speak forth the mind and counsel of God. Speaking a prophecy could be given via a simple discourse, singing or poetical. The Holy Spirit loves music and poetry.

Prophesying and Preaching

Prophesying and preaching are similar but not identical. Preaching may contain prophecy, but there is a difference between the two. Both of them involve speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Preaching is exhorting and declaring the Word, and includes teaching.

There is one Aramaic word which is translated as “prophesying”, and is defined as “inspired teaching” (Strong’s #5017 – nebuwah). That word is found in Ezra 6:14a, which says, “And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo.” This verse implies that Haggai and Zechariah were both prophets and inspired teachers of the law. The three gifts of prophecy, preaching and teaching overlap.

There is a difference between teaching and preaching:


The Hebrew (Old Testament) word lamad (Strong’s #3925), translated as “teach” or “teaching” means to goad, to instruct, to learn, to become skillful or an expert at something.

The Hebrew word yarah (Strong’s #3384), translated as “teach” or “teaching” means to flow as water (i.e. rain); to lay or throw an arrow (i.e. to shoot at a target); to point out (as by aiming the finger); to teach.

The Greek (New Testament) word matheteuo (Strong’s #3100), translated as “teach” means to become a pupil; to disciple; to enroll as a scholar; a learner; to instruct.

The Greek word katecheo (Strong’s #2727), translated as “teach” means to sound down into the ears, i.e. (by implication) to indoctrinate (catechize).

Teaching is building a foundation of “precept upon precept, line upon line”. Isaiah 28:10 says, “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”


The Hebrew word basar (Strong’s #1319), translated as “preach” means to be fresh, i.e. full (rosy, cheerful); to announce glad news; to bear, bring, carry, preach, and tell good tidings; a messenger; to publish; to show forth.

The Hebrew word qeriyah (Strong’s #7150), translated as “preaching” or “preach” means making a proclamation, pronounce, publish, to call forth.

The Greek word kerusso (Strong’s #2784), translated as “preach” or “preacher” means to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the Gospel); to proclaim, to publish.

The Greek word euaggelizo (Strong’s #2097), translated as “preach” means to announce good news (evangelize), especially the Gospel; to declare, bring or show glad tidings; preach the Gospel.

Prophecy is valid for our day and age.

1 Corinthians 12:10, 28-29 shows us that prophecy is one of the Gifts of the Spirit and the Lord wants us to exercise our gifts. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 we are told to not despise prophecies or quench the Spirit.

We are now living in the Kingdom Age (which started with the early New Testament church). The Gifts of the Spirit did not die out with the apostles. It just was not as heard of or written about for centuries following the early apostles. And people did not have Bibles back then like we have today. The Catholic Church ruled the religious world for centuries. There was a mixture of Christianity and idolatry in the Church. This truth of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit was revived with the Pentecostal and Charismatic outpourings in the last few centuries. People got a hold of what the Word teaches and ran with it.

Salvation by grace and faith alone through Jesus Christ was also not taught in the Church for centuries following the early apostles, but that doesn’t mean this truth died out. This truth was revived, with much persecution, by Martin Luther. During the centuries, water baptism by immersion was unheard of, but that doesn’t mean that that truth died out. It was revived by the Anabaptists, with much persecution.

There is a difference between the written prophecies of the Bible and prophecy that is spoken today.

Written Bible prophecy is a higher level of prophecy. It was given by God as the authoritative Word of God. Today, prophecies are to be judged by the Word.

In the Old Testament only a handful of people were filled with the Holy Spirit, such as prophets, priests, seers and godly kings. The majority of the people had to seek out a prophet to get a word from the Lord about a matter. However, since the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit indwells all believers. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all believers. We can now hear from the Lord for ourselves.

In the New Testament era, we are not to seek out prophets for direction and guidance in our lives. But rather, prophets usually CONFIRM what the Holy Spirit has already revealed to us. Whatever a prophet says should bear witness in your spirit.

2 Corinthians 13:1 says, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”

There are five primary purposes for prophecy in the local church.

  1. Edification – building up, erecting the church of God.
  1. Exhortation – encouragement, advice and earnest warning.
  1. Comfort – God speaking in great personal concern, tenderness and care; God drawing close to us.
  1. Convict and Convince – to speak to our own conscience or spirit and gently persuade us to change our ways.
  1. Instruction and Learning – God’s way of communicating to His people about practical life matters.

There are various ways that a prophecy may come to an individual.

  1. Spontaneous utterances
  2. Visions
  3. Dreams
  4. By an angel
  5. By Jesus Christ Himself appearing visibly in a vision to the prophet

There are at least five ways that a prophecy may be expressed by someone.

  1. Speaking or verbalizing
  2. Demonstrative actions (for example, in Acts 21:11 the prophet Agabus took Paul’s belt and bound his own hands and feet and prophesied that the Jews of Jerusalem would bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles to be imprisoned and eventually executed.)
  3. Writing prophecy down
  4. Through song or musical instruments
  5. Through liturgical dance

Should prophecy be judged?

The answer is YES.

1 Corinthians 14:29-33 says, “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If anything be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

1 John 4:1-3 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

1 Corinthians 13:9 says, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.”

Who is to judge prophecy?

  1. Every believer who has the Holy Spirit indwelling them.
  2. Elders of the local assembly.
  3. Those with the Gift of discerning of spirits.
  4. Other prophets.

There are at least five criteria by which prophecy is to be judged.

  1. By the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”)
  1. By witness of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”)
  1. By confession of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:1-3,6 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” Verse 6: “By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”)
  1. By its fruit (Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”)

Galations 5:22-26 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

  1. By fulfillment of the prophecy (Deuteronomy 18:21-22 “And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”)

This can be a sticky issue because there is responsibility on the part of the recipient of the prophecy to obey a directive, or take action, or do something on their part, for the prophetic word to come to pass. Also, the recipient has to have faith and speak words of faith for the promise to come to pass. Doubting and unbelief can nullify a prophetic word.

Also, there is the issue of timing. God has an appointed season and timing for bringing prophetic words to pass in our lives. Some words come to pass within a short time, while other words may take many years to be fulfilled.

There is a difference between the gift of prophecy and the office of the prophet.

Not everyone who prophesies is a prophet or prophetess. The prophet is a part of the five-fold ministry mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-16.

“And He Himself gave some to be 1) apostles, some 2) prophets, some 3) evangelists, and some 4) pastors and 5) teachers,

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,

for the edifying of the body of Christ,

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

The five-fold leadership equips (trains, teaches) the Body of Christ to do the work of the ministry.

God appoints individuals to these offices as He sees fit.

To be in the office of the prophet, an individual must be appointed by God to be in that leadership position, and be publicly acknowledged by man. The prophet should willingly submit to church or apostolic leadership (not be a lone ranger). The prophet must be a mature seasoned Christian (not in natural age but spiritually speaking). They must demonstrate good fruit (the fruit of the Spirit). They should have a good track record of prophecies they have spoken coming to pass. They should only speak what the Holy Spirit tells them to speak, not adding anything to it or taking anything away. The prophetic words they give are more weighty and authoritative than just simple prophecy. For example, they prophesy over nations and declare God’s purposes in the earth. When prophesying over individuals, they prophesy with detailed precision.

Also, they must operate in at least four of the Gifts of the Spirit:

  1. Gift of Prophecy
  2. Word of Knowledge
  3. Word of Wisdom
  4. Discerning of spirits

A prophet should have the Gift of Discerning of spirits to be able to see into the spirit realm to recognize angelic activity from demonic activity, to recognize truth from error, to recognize what is from God and what is from the enemy or what is just flesh.

A prophet has to have the gift of the Word of Knowledge to see things of the past, present and future. And then have the gift of the Word of Wisdom to give people direction as to what to do in a given situation.

Those who have the Gift of Prophecy speak under the influence of the Holy Spirit to one or more persons to give edification, exhortation and comfort.

When the Spirit of Prophecy is flowing in a meeting, anyone can prophesy when that anointing is present, even if they don’t have the Gift of Prophecy. An example is when King Saul began to prophesy when he came into the company of the prophets, and he was a changed man (1 Samuel 9:27 – 10:6).

There are some things that will contaminate prophecies being spoken.

  1. Root of bitterness (which defiles many – Hebrews 12:5).
  2. Unforgiveness
  3. Negative, critical attitudes
  4. Pride
  5. Stubbornness
  6. Antagonism
  7. Independent spirit
  8. Unyielding spirit
  9. Controlling spirit
  10. Anger displayed

There are some practical points of wisdom for those who prophesy in the Church:

  1. It is important to use good etiquette in your voice tone and mannerisms when prophesying. You should avoid yelling, screaming or other extremes in your voice or manner. You should avoid using harsh words or whipping the people. You should avoid scolding and lecturing.
  1. The timing of giving a prophetic word is important. You should be sensitive to the timing of the Holy Spirit and of those around you. Not all the prophets should speak in a given service (Paul said just two or three should speak in turns, and the other prophets should judge the words being spoken – 1 Corinthians 14:29-32).
  1. It is important for the prophecy to flow with the general theme of the service. If the word is on a totally different track, then wait until another time to share it.
  1. Avoid prophesying your pet doctrines or emphasis.
  1. Avoid giving out personal counsel to a need you are aware of.
  1. We are now living in the New Testament era. Prophetic words given today should be seasoned with grace to bring edification, exhortation and comfort to the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:3). A prophetic word should not be one of doom and gloom, or of whipping someone, or prophesying negative things to someone.

Even if the word involves warning, foretelling or prediction of something negative, the other part of that word should be redemptive, giving hope to the individual that if they choose to do this or that, that it can be averted. For example, in the Old Testament God sent prophets to warn the people that if they continued in idolatry that they would be taken into captivity. However, if they repented and walked in obedience to the Lord, it could be avoided. They didn’t listen and finally did end up being taken into exile in Babylon, but the positive part is that God said it would only last for 70 years and then they would return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.

Gift of Diverse Kinds of Tongues

The Gift of Tongues is the God-given supernatural ability to speak in languages that you do not know. It could be any ancient or current earthly language, or a language spoken in heaven. Most often it is speaking an earthly language you have never learned.

The Gift of Tongues is for giving a public prophecy to the Church in an unknown language, and then either interpreting it yourself afterwards or someone with the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues interpreting the prophetic word.

The Gift of Tongues could also be in operation to an audience of one or more in a setting outside of the local church. Sometimes God uses people with this gift to speak a word from the Lord to someone who speaks a different language to minister to that person and/or lead them to Christ.

On the Day of Pentecost, in Acts 2, when the Galileans were filled with the Holy Spirit they began to speak eloquently and fluently in the languages represented of the thousands of Jews present for the Feast of Pentecost. They were declaring the wonderful works of God.

It was a sign and a wonder, because the Galileans were considered to be uneducated, crude in their speech, and rough around the edges. But when the Holy Spirit baptized them, they spoke as if they were highly educated and fluent in many languages. As a result, 3,000 people were saved the first day and the early church was birthed.

The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues is the supernatural ability to interpret what was spoken, or prophesied, in an unknown tongue into the language of the hearers so that all may understand.

There are three purposes for Tongues and Interpretation in the assembly.

  1. A sign to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:21-22).
  1. He who prophesies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort to believers (1 Corinthians 14:3-5). When a person gives a public prophecy in an unknown language, then that prophetic word should be interpreted by either the person who has the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues or by the person who gave the prophetic word in tongues.
  1. Lift congregation into praise or prayer (1 Corinthians 14:13-15 “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the Spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the Spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”)

In what ways are Tongues a sign to unbelievers?

  1. Evidence of the supernatural
  2. Sense of the supernatural
  3. Witness of hearing a foreign language they may know

Not everyone has the Gift of Tongues or Interpretation of Tongues. However, all believers can speak or pray in tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:4-31 teaches that we all have our own gifts given to us by God, and we form one body.

The Gift of Tongues is for the edification of the Church. The Gift of Tongues is giving a public prophecy, or declaration, in a language you do not know, and then either you or someone with the gift of Interpretation of Tongues interpreting the word. Or as in the case in Acts 2, the Galileans spoke in the languages of the nations of Jews present for the Feast of Pentecost (and no interpreter was necessary … the Jews understood what the Galileans were saying). The Galileans were declaring the wonderful works of God.

Speaking or praying in tongues is for your own self-edification for your own personal prayer life.

I go into detail about the difference between speaking in tongues and the Gift of Tongues in another post. It’s very important to know this.

Pt. 5 – Speaking in Tongues vs. Gift of Tongues

There is a difference between “interpretation” and “translation”, as it relates to the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues.

To interpret is to explain, expound or unfold. To translate is to convert from one language to another.

When interpreting a message in tongues, the interpreter does not translate the language into the language of the hearers, but rather explains, expounds and unfolds what was said in tongues.

Who is to interpret tongues in the assembly?

The one to whom this Gift has been given to. If there is no interpreter, the one who has the Gift of Tongues should pray that he/she may interpret the prophecy they just gave so that all may be edified.

In previous posts, I went into great detail about speaking in tongues. To learn more, please click here:

Pt. 3 – The Significance of Galileans Speaking in Tongues

Pt. 4 – Tongues: Q & A

Pt. 5 – Speaking in Tongues vs. Gift of Tongues

Pt. 6 – Benefits of Tongues by Dr. Leroy Thompson

Part 9: Gifts of the Spirit – Revelation Gifts Defined

The three Revelation Gifts of the Spirit, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, are:

  1. Word of Wisdom
  2. Word of Knowledge
  3. Discerning of spirits

Definition of the Word of Wisdom

Defined as: “The word” of wisdom from God concerning a particular situation, circumstance or subject.

It’s not just natural wisdom, but it is a directional word from God as to what to do in a specific matter.

The Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge often go hand in hand. They are dual gifts. Those who have the Gift of the Word of Wisdom usually also have the Gift of the Word of Knowledge.

Knowledge is a revelation of facts and information about a person or matter. Wisdom is knowledge in action. Wisdom is knowing what to do with that information. A Word of Wisdom tells one what to do in a given situation.

A good example of the Word of Wisdom and Word of Knowledge working together in action given by Jesus in His earthly ministry was in the account of the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:6-30) who was an outcast. His Word of Knowledge was that she had had five husbands, and the man she was now living with was not her husband. His Word of Wisdom was that those who drank from Jacob’s well would thirst again, but the water He would give them they would never thirst again (the water speaking of the Holy Spirit). Jesus also told her that God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

After Jesus had a Word of Knowledge about her life, He spoke with the Word of Wisdom and told her what she needed to do to find the love, satisfaction and wholeness in her life. She responded by going into the town and telling everyone that she met a man who told her everything she had ever done, and that He was the Christ. Everyone then came from the town to see Jesus.

There are five primary ways in which the Word of Wisdom is manifested:

  1. By the Holy Spirit speaking within
  2. As a revealed application of Scripture
  3. By an audible voice or an angel
  4. By dreams, visions and trances
  5. By the unanimity of the Spirit among spiritual leaders


Definition of the Word of Knowledge

Defined as: A fragment of supernatural knowledge imparted to a person with this Gift concerning facts, details and information about someone else or a situation that you would normally have no knowledge of.

Six examples of the Word of Knowledge involves:

  1. Facts about the past, present or future – John 1:1-5
  2. Whereabouts of men – Acts 9:10-18
  3. The inner thoughts, or plans, of men’s hearts – Luke 5:22
  4. Warning of coming danger – Acts 20:28-30
  5. Exposing hypocrisy – Luke 12:1-12
  6. Revealing deception – Acts 5:1-10

The Word of Knowledge could include knowledge about someone’s personal life, business or ministry. This Gift is not meant to embarrass or discredit anyone, but it is God’s way of letting that person know that He is aware of and understands their situation, and that He cares.

There are four primary ways the Word of Knowledge is manifested:

  1. Impression by the Holy Spirit
  2. Vision or dream
  3. Quickening of Scripture
  4. Audible voice

Guidelines in operating in the Word of Knowledge:

  1. Privacy and confidentiality is essential if a word of knowledge is for an individual.
  2. Avoid pride. Our own words should be few and humble.
  3. When receiving a word of knowledge, ask God for wisdom in what to do with that knowledge.


Definition of Discerning of Spirits

Defined as: To perceive, distinguish or recognize the spirits which are behind manifestations, activities, or people’s behavior. It is a supernatural God-given ability. The spirits could be angels, demons, or the human spirit. This gift shows you what is of God, or what is of the devil, or what is of human flesh.

Prophets, seers and intercessors usually have this gift. God shows them the spirits behind people’s behavior, the spirits governing cities, government, education, economics, the arts and entertainment industry, churches and nations.

The Bible reveals several things about the spirit world. Five of them include:

  1. The Bible confirms the fact that the spirit world exists.
  2. The spirit world is more real than the physical realm we live in.
  3. The Bible teaches that God is a Spirit, and His entire realm is spirit realm.
  4. The realm of Satan is also a spirit realm.
  5. Mankind has a spirit which will live forever (whether in Heaven or Hell depending on whether or not one has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior).

In light of the purpose of discerning of spirits, how would the church be affected if this gift did not operate?

Answer: Deception and false prophets would go unrecognized and enter right into the church.

There are examples of the operation of the Gift of Discerning of spirits in the Word of God.

  1. In 2 Kings 6:16-17, Elisha literally saw the angelic armies of the Lord surrounding them.
  2. In Matthew 12:25, Jesus discerned the spirits of the Scribes and Pharisees.
  3. In Acts 5:3, Peter discerned the lying spirits of Ananias and Sapphira.
  4. In Acts 16:16-18, Paul discerned the spirit of divination operating through a young woman and he cast it out of her.

Part 8: Gifts of the Spirit – Three Categories of Gifts

Gifts of the Spirit – Three Categories of Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1-13

The three categories of the nine Gifts of the Spirit are:

  1. Revelation Gifts
    1. Word of Wisdom
    2. Word of Knowledge
    3. Discerning of spirits
  1. Utterance Gifts
    1. Prophecy
    2. Tongues
    3. Interpretation of Tongues
  1. Power Gifts
    1. Faith
    2. Healings
    3. Miracles

These Gifts operate through believers for the purpose of:

  1. Edifying the Body of Christ
  2. Encouraging and helping people
  3. Exhortation
  4. Comfort
  5. Doing the work of the ministry
  6. Living in victory
  7. The Holy Spirit is looking for vessels whom He can demonstrate His power through in the earth