Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for you today. There are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit in three categories: revelation gifts, power gifts, and utterance gifts. "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" Scripture declares that He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and power. The Holy Ghost is the power of God. You can expect Him to take an active role in your life as you experience the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, the anointing, and signs, wonders and miracles.
After Christ’s resurrection, He met with His disciples for forty days teaching about the kingdom of God. He told them not to go into the world until they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He said they would receive power to witness in all the world “after” the Holy Spirit had come on them (Acts 1:8). This is significant. Jesus knew what it would take to build a Church the gates of hell could not prevail against.
Not only will the Holy Spirit help strengthen your spirit man, pray effectively, give you the power to witness, He will also use you to flow in the supernatural power of God. The Holy Spirit is promised to every believer. He was given to empower you to do what God has called you to do. In other words, you are gifted by Him to do great things. When the Holy Spirit comes on you, not only will you speak with other tongues and prophesy like those in Scripture, you will also be a candidate for the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. Scripture lays out the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as following.
“Now there are diversities of gifts but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Notice “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” When you receive “the gift", the Holy Spirit, you also receive the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit “dividing to every man severally as He wills.” These gifts of the Holy Spirit are not just for the preacher; they are for every born-again believer that is baptized with the Holy Spirit. He is that “same Spirit” Paul was referring to.
REVELATION, POWER, AND UTTERANCE
The nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit can be broken down into three categories: revelation gifts, power gifts, and utterance gifts.
REVELATION GIFTS (A gift manifestation that knows something.)
1. A word of wisdom
2. A word of knowledge
3. Discerning of spirits
POWER GIFTS (A gift manifestation that does something.)
4. Gift of faith
5. Gifts of healing
UTTERANCE GIFTS (A gift manifestation that speaks something.)
8. Divers (diverse) kinds of tongues
9. Interpretation of tongues
These manifestations of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to every son and daughter of God after they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Wisdom and understanding are on the way.
So what are the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit?
They are a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, the gift of faith, gifts of healing, miracles, prophecy, divers kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
As already said, before Jesus was baptized by the Holy Spirit there were no miracles, healings, casting out demons, walking on water, rebuking storms, cursing fig trees or raising the dead. This is a simple but profound truth, Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, had no miracle-working power until the Holy Spirit came on Him. If Jesus Christ needed the Holy Spirit for effective ministry so do you.
WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING
Christ gave us other examples of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of believers and the Body of Christ. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” (Mark 16:15-20). These 'signs that follow' manifestations include:
Casting out devils
Speaking with new tongues
Taking up (Greek airō, removing) serpents
Laying hands on the sick for healing
All of these are examples of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of born-again believers. As already said, after Christ’s resurrection He told His disciples they would receive power after the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts 1:8). That same Holy Spirit power is available to you. Expect the Holy Spirit to take an active role in your life manifesting the nine gifts of the Spirit, advancing the Kingdom of God with the anointing, and with signs, wonders and mighty miracles following them that believe.
Let’s pray this simple prayer for the baptism of the Holy Spirit together.
Jesus, you are my Lord and my Savior. Lord, I want everything you have to give me including the Holy Spirit. I want the same precious gift of the Holy Spirit you poured out on your servants in that Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost. By faith and according to your word, baptize me, and fill me right now with your Holy Spirit. I accept your promise and baptism by faith. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
When you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, God supernaturally connects your tongue to your spirit man. So after you pray this prayer remember the Holy Spirit does not pray in tongues, you do. The Holy Spirit simply gives you the utterance to pray. Paul said, "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth." So open your mouth right now, do not pray in any language you know, and by faith go ahead and start praying in your heavenly language.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark STAY INFORMED
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