Today I will be sharing with you on the nine (9) Gifts of the holy spirit and how you can receive them.
Let me begin by defining the word “Gift” according to the oxford dictionary the word Gift means ” Something given to another voluntarily, without charge. It also means,Something gained incidentally, without effort.
That is to say,Gifts are something given to you that you doesn’t labor or worked for.
Gift is also from the Greek word “χάρισμα” which is been translated charisma and it means
(a)a favor with which one receives without any merit of his own
(b)the gift of divine grace
(c)the gift of faith, knowledge, holiness, virtue
(d)the economy of divine grace, by which the pardon of sin and eternal salvation is appointed to sinners in consideration of the merits of Christ laid hold of by faith
(e)grace or gifts denoting extraordinary powers, distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating on their souls by the Holy Spirit
So Gifts of the holy spirit are Gifts from the Holy Spirit to believers or Christians that they doesn’t labour or worked for,it’s given to them because they have received the holy spirit. I can also put it this way, Gifts of the holyspirit are packages a believers receives when he/she becomes born again and the holy spirit has come upon him/her.
Gifts of the holy spirit are follow-come packages of the holy spirit to the believer.
In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
The Bible says
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. note
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. (Compare)
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. note
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
Now from the scripture above we can see that the Gifts of the holy spirit is given to believers to profit withal and for the effective work of the ministry.
The nine Gifts of the holy spirit.
1. Word of wisdom.
Word of wisdom is the first gifts of the holy spirit to the believer.
What is wisdom? According to the oxford dictionary wisdom means
1.An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.
2.A piece of wise advice.
The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.
3.The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.
4.The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.
5.The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.
That’s why king Solomon said in proverb. Pro 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom..”
So wisdom is the first package of the holy spirit to the believer, Wisdom will guide you into all truth, when the gift of word of wisdom is at work in your life child of God,you will not grope or walk about In darkness of life,you will know what to do,how to do,and where to do and at the right time.
At every moment of your life,you wouldn’t be confused, you just know what to do.you can’t walk in errors and confusion when the gift of the word of wisdom is at work in your life.
The holy spirit Will tell you the things you need to know,anything at all about life,business, marriage, finance, family, spouses, work e.t.c so you can’t work in errors and confusion.
2.Word Of Knowledge.
This is the second Gifts of the holy spirit to the believer.
What is knowledge?
Knowledge according to Oxford dictionary means
1.The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc.
2.Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something
So word of knowledge as a Gift of the holy spirit,is the supernatural abilities of the holy spirit to make things unknown to human senses and mind known to you. It’s the workings of the spirit in you to reveal the deep things of the spirit to you.
How does the gift of word of knowledge operate in a believers life?
1.for example you are given a new task in your office to do by your boss,and you seems not to be acquainted with the task,but by the workings of the holy spirit in you,you where able to carry out the task successful without errors or mistake that is the gift of word of knowledge at work in your life.
2.you find yourself in the midst of storms and hard problems, and you seems not to know what to do, but in the midst of that hard problems a solution came to your mind,telling you what to do and how to come out of that situation.that is the workings of the holy spirit in you through the Gift called word of knowledge.
3.For example you see a pastor preaching in church and suddenly He begins to call cases of people, telling them about their situations and problems and telling them also how they can come out of it,that is the gift of word of knowledge at work.
3.The Gift of Faith.
Faith is the third Gifts of the holy spirit.
What is faith?
According to the book of Hebrews chapter 11 and verses 1 The Bible said “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
Faith is not hope, Faith is the senior brother of hope.To have faith is to believe God without Even without seeing any evidence or anything in view.
So the Gift of Faith is the ability to believe God without any aorta of doubt in you.
Faith is the only language which God understands,
In Heb 11:6 The bible says “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is , and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.
For you to be born again requires faith, for you to receive any miracle from God,it requires your Faith.
Faith is a gift. And it’s a gift of the holy spirit.
The Bible said Stephen was a man that was “full” of Faith.
No wonder he wrought miracles and did signs and wonder in his time because he was operating on the gift of Faith
Acts 6:8 “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”
4. Gifts of healing.
The fourth Gifts of the holy spirit is the gift of healing.Don’t forget I said by a way of introduction that gifts of the holyspirit are the elements that they holy spirit deposited in you the moment he comes upon your life.
So the Gift of healing is from the Holy spirit to the believer that enables him/ her pray for people who are sick (any manner of ailment) and they will become well.
It’s not your ability but the ability of the holy spirit in you, working through you.
Any believer who has the gift of healing can pray for people who are sick and they will become well by the power of the holyspirit.
5.Workings of miracles
Workings of miracles is the filth Gifts of the holy spirit.
What is miracle?
(a)Miracle is An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin.
(b) miracle is a fortunate outcome that prevails despite overwhelming odds against it.
(c)Miracle is the supernatural acts of God beyond human description and comprehension.
(d)Miracle is the move of God that defiles natural laws medical explanation.
So the Gift of working of miracles is the supernatural abilities of the holy spirit to work through an individual and cause a change in people’s life and situation.
When a believer who has the gift of working of miracles prays for people, miracle must surely take place in their life life.
When you receives the gift of working of miracles, any where you go,you will become a miracle worker.
6.The Gifts of prophecy.
Prophecy is a gift,to prophesy is to foretell about future event.
On a normal grand there is no one that knows tomorrow or can predict what will happen tomorrow. But the person who has the gift of prophecy by the spirit he/she can foretell what Will happen tomorrow or a foretell what has happened in the past.all of this is powered by the holy spirit working through him/her.
7.Gift of Discerning of Spirit.
This is also called, the gift of discernment of Spirit.
And it’s the ability for you to know the spirit that is working or using any person at any time and anywhere.
The Bible said test all spirit if they are of the lord.
To everything that a person do or say there is a spirit responsible for it.
That is why when Jesus wants to perform deliverance on any person what He does is to cast out the Spirit responsible for that persons problem.when the Spirit responsible for the persons problem is gone, then that person will be free.
When you have the gift of discernment of Spirit in your life the following will happen in you.
1.It Will help you to stay at out of trouble.
2.It will help you not to be deceived or misled by anyone.
3.It will help you to know when someone is lieing to you.
4.It Will help you to avoid wrong business partners.
5.It Will help you to avoid wrong marriage partner
6.It will help you to make accurate and profitable decisions in life and destiny.
7.It will help you to choose wisely
8.The Gift of diverse kinds of tongues
We have the gift of tongues that is speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues is one of the evidence that you are filled with the holy spirit. But there is another dimension of tongues speaking, because you grow in your speaking in tongues,and that is what is called the Gift of diverse kind of tongues.
Any believer who has this Gift will begin to speak different kinds of tongues.
And of course you know in the book of acts chapter 2 when the the disciples of Jesus received the holy spirit on the day of Pentecost they began to speak in an unknown tongues.
9. Gift of interpretation of tongues.
This is the ninth Gifts of the holy spirit,
This very gift helps you to interpret any kind of tongues any one speaks. be it tongues of men or of Angeles.
This Gift helps you to know and understands what the person is saying in the Spirit and you can interprets it in a literal language.
How do I receive this nine Gifts of the holy spirit.
1.you must be born again.
This one is not negotiable, the Bible said in John3 :3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
For you to receive this nine Gifts of the holy spirit you must be born again.
2.You Must live a Holy life.
As the name implies it’s called ‘‘HOLY SPIRIT” and not UNCLEAN SPIRIT.
Holy spirit leaves in a clean vessel, so if you want him and his Gifts in your life you must be born again and live a Holy and a Righteous life.
3.You’ Must hunger and thirst for the Gifts of the holy spirit.
The Bible said blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.
You must be hungry for God before he can fill you..
Jesus entered the temple one day and cried John7:37-38 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.