KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:8 ” For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;”
We now look at the second gift among the revelational gifts; that is the word of knowledge. The word of knowledge is when the Holy Spirit inspires one to know an event that has already happened or is in the process of happening. . This gift on many occasions exposes the work of the devil and brings to the fore any information that would save one from erring. The gift of the word of knowledge manifests when ministering to the sick. The Holy Spirit may reveal to the minister the health status of some of the audience. These revelation increases the faith of the person to open up to receive his or her healing. The Holy Spirit also may manifest this gift among the members to be a blessing to each other. These gifts always help the church to outwit Satan in his plans and scheming. When these gifts are absent a lot of things go on that frustrate the work of God as well as the lives of the brethren.
The following story is an illustration of this gift in the old testament 2nd Kings 5:21-27. In this story Naaman the Syrian general was healed by Elisha who refused to take any gift from Naaman. Gehazi secretly went to collect some items from Naaman. When here turned to the prophet; Elisha said he saw him collecting all those things from Naaman. He therefore asked for the leprosy of Naaman to come on Gehazi.
In the New Testament Ananias and the wife sold their price of land and took part of the money and brought the rest saying that was all that they received for selling it. Apostle Peter by the gift of the word of knowledge knew what actually transpired. He called their death and that was their end.(Acts 5:1-10). The Bible said in Acts 5:11 “And great fear came upon all the church and upon as many as heard these things”.
When these gifts are in operation it brings a great sanity into the church of God causes people to stop playing church.
What brings the frequent manifestation of these gifts? When the church begins to set themselves apart in Holiness and seek the face of the Lord in prayer. It is normally the spiritual slumber that keeps the gifts out of operation in most churches.
Start praying for their manifestation.
Heavenly Father I pray for the fire of the Holy Ghost to burn fervently in our midst to let all these gifts operate frequently.
Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
2 Kings 5:26 ” And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments,and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?”