3 categories of gifts
1 Corinthians 12:8-10 lists the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. These can be broken down into 3 categories of 3 gifts each.
Gifts to do
Gift of faith: When I first became enthusiastic about the Lord, I began hearing about the gift of faith. I read in Mathew 17:20b where is said, If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
So, I kept asking the Lord for the gift of faith and He gave it to me. It wasn’t quite as large as a mustard seed. However, I began praying for all sorts of things including the weather and finances and they would often happen. My quality of life went way up.
However, he asked members of the congregation to come up and watch the miracle that was about to take place. When he asked that, he was operating in the gift of faith.
Gift of healing: Praying using the gift of healing is more powerful than praying using the gift of faith. The gift of healing is a special gift from the Holy Spirit.
This is explained in the YouTube video below. Among other things, it tells of a girl with scoliosis. She had been in a back brace of all of her life. She had to wear it 22 hours a day. After Steven Brooks prayed while operating in the gift of healing, she was completely healed. The doctor showed her the X-rays to verify it.
Gifts to know
The Word of Wisdom: Natural wisdom is something that we associate with aging. As people learn more, they learn the right application of that knowledge. That is natural wisdom. The Word of Wisdom could be thought of as the “supernatural application of knowledge.” Then there is the Spirit of Wisdom that we read about in the Book of Proverbs and in Isaiah 11:2. That is a spirit that has been around since before the world began.
The Word of Knowledge: This manifests itself as knowledge that cannot be know naturally. For instance, someone with this gift may supernaturally know things such as precisely what kind of infirmity a person has.
The Discerning of Spirits: People with the gift of the discerning of spirits can see, smell, touch, taste and/or hear beings such as angels and demons. This is more fully explained in the short YouTube video below.
Gifts to say
Prophecy: The gift of prophecy is the special ability to communicate a message of God to other people. 1 Corinthians 14:1b tells us to: eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. In other words, God really wants us to learn to communicate His messages to other people. The gift of prophecy may be used to
♦ Instruct or to
♦ Affect the actions and attitudes of unbelievers.
Tongues: The gift of tongues is an important gift. In 1 Corinthians 14:18 the Apostle Paul said, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.” Using this gift allows us to relate to God through our spirits rather than just our minds. It can also be a praise to God.
Interpretation of tongues: Someone with this gift can understand what a tongue-speaker is saying even though they do not understand the language being spoken. The interpreter can communicate the tongues message to everyone else so that they can benefit from the truth being spoken.
To hear Steven Brooks discuss the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit with Sid Roth, watch the TV archive now.