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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:9. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

The gifts of healing is the only gift that is expressed in the plural. It is not gift of healing, rather it is gifts of healing

Why it is not stated just gift but gifts? There are so many categories of sicknesses, and although one may be graced to heal a number of sicknesses he finds it very easier healing a particular kind of sickness. There are some people who sing and lots of people would be getting healed. There are some who have a particular dance that they do that people would be healed. I know of some ministers who would bless water for people to take and they are made whole. They only requirement is that all these should be done in the name of the Lord and to His glory. Could there be a person who is graced to heal every kind of sickness? I believe it is possible.The scripture says with God all things are possible. Since He appoints His servants and declared that greater works than what He did would they do (John 14:12). I believe He can use someone to heal all manner of diseases. The Bible also said all things are possible to him that believes; if you can believe all things would be possible to you.

As i said earlier, there are certain ministers who minister to certain cases more easier than others.. What happens is the servant of God may be used to heal a number of the sicknesses but when it comes to a particular condition there is almost always a breakthrough. The late evangelist T.L Osborn was used mightily by the Lord to touch many lives. There were divers’ healings in His meetings, yet the deaf and dumb always predominate those that are set free.

There are others who are exceptionally successful when it comes to delivering the oppressed from demons

The gifts of healing always attracts a lot of glory and human praise. One must be very careful to always give God the glory when the Lord uses him or her in the healing of the sick. As we all know that no man heals anybody. It is the Holy Spirit working through us. We must be careful to always give God the glory.

The story is told of one man of God in the mid twentieth century called Stephen Jeffrey from Welsh, who was so mightily used of God to touch many lives. One condition he easily handled was rheumatoid arthritis. This man remarked one day that the whole world was at his feet.Within a short moment he was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis. The very condition he used to heal with ease. He died by this sickness.

Let’s always give the glory to God. To Him belong all praise, the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

  PRAYER

Father all glory, power and praise belong to you. You do all things to glorify your name. May you be praised for ever more.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Acts 14:14-15 ” Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea,and all things that are therein”:

Matthew 6:13.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:9″ To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit”;

How can one receive this gift of faith? I believe this is a question most of us would be asking.

The gift of faith goes with a lot of spiritual responsibilities. All things are possible to the man who has faith, and therefore one must not just be a wishy washy Christian to operate in this gift. 2nd Timothy 2:21 says “if a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and meet for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work”. The first step is to be sanctified or to be set apart unto the Lord. It is a heart for God, and exalts the Lord,that would fully trust Him against all odds.

One can receive this gift by desiring for it. 1st Corinthians 14:1 “follow after love and desire spiritual gifts….” Fasting and prayer has been one of the means to accelerate your desire for the things of the Spirit, Jesus said “this kind goes not away but by prayer and fasting”. Matthew 17:21. Many great men of God who have been used mightily by God, were people who fasted a lot. Some were called into the ministry and imparted with the gift of faith because they were waiting before God in fasting and prayer. The following is how God speaks about the man who fasts and does it rightly in Isaiah 58:12. “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places, thou shall raise up the foundation of many generations and thou shall be called the repairer of the breach. The restorer of paths to dwell in”. This is description of the man of faith.

This gift can also be received through associating with a man of God, with the gift of faith. This could be a personal association that is to live and relate with him or her directly, or indirectly, through watching his teaching materials, listening to his teaching materials. In Acts 4:13 the Bible said the scribes and Pharisees said considering the boldness of Peter and John, that although they were unlearned, they had been imparted with the faith of the Lord Jesus.

Another way to partake of the gift upon the man of God is to honour him with your substance. Isaac asked his son Esau to prepare a special food for him so he could bless him.

 PRAYER

Heavenly Father I pray that, out of what I have learnt, help me to avail myself to these things, so I would experience the gift of faith and become a blessing unto my world. In Jesus name I have prayed.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus”.

Romans 1:11” For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established”;

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:9  ” To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit”;

We now look at the last group of the nine supernatural gifts or manifestations of the Holy Spirit. This is the power gifts: This comprises the gift of faith, the gifts of healings and the gift of working of miracles.

These are called power gifts,because they all effect changes in situations. Power is the ability to cause a change.

We would consider the gift of faith in this study. Faith according to Hebrews 11:1, is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is joining with the supernatural God to bring about changes in the natural world. Faith is God working through a man to do supernatural things in the natural realm by the agency of the word.

There are various kinds of faith.We have great faith (Matthew 8:10). Little faith (Matthew 6:30), (Matthew 14:31). Weak faith (Romans 4:19). There is also a supernatural faith: This is called the gift of faith. (1st Corinthians 12:9).

The Bible described Stephen as a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. This simply means he was yielded to the Holy Spirit or the Holy Spirit had absolute control over him. The result is having the supernatural faith. Anyone with this gift of faith is an amazing man. He lives a supernatural life with great happenings all around him.

In the Old Testament men like Moses, who wrought great signs and wonders in Egypt, Elijah and Elisha who wrought so much supernatural feats had the supernatural faith. The Lord Jesus also operated with a supernatural faith. In Luke 4:29, the Jews out of hatred forced the Lord Jesus out of the temple and to the boundaries of the city to cast him down head long. The Bible said in Luke 4:30 “But he passing through the midst of them went his way”. This was an impossible moment of facing death, yet by faith he passed through them without they seeing Him. He did not panic but had to believe the word that God protects him and delivers him out of trouble. This is a supernatural faith or the gift of faith.

Apostle Paul also operated in the gift of faith. It takes the gift of faith for man to go through the kind of things he talked about in 2nd Corinthians 11.This kind of gift can operate in any child of God who yields to the control of the Holy Spirit as we saw in the experience of Stephen

 PRAYER

Heavenly Father the gift of faith is your delight for your children to walk in. I receive by faith this gift into my life today.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 11:33 “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,”

Hebrews 11:30 “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:10“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”:

The gift of the discerning of spirits is very vital for every Christian in the light of the great proliferation of demonic activities in these last days

One of the cautions the Bible states predominantly about the last days is to be watchful against being deceived(Matthew 25:5). The Lord said many will come in His name, yet they are under the influence of darkness. One must be able to discern the kind of spirit influencing such people. There are some ministers of the gospel who do everything that may appear they are genuine, yet deep down the scenes they are of something different. One needs this gift of discerning of spirits to know what kind of spirit is in operation so you would not be deceived.

The gift of discerning of spirits is also very vital during some cases of deliverance. Through the discerning of spirits the spirit behind a particular condition could be identified, making its expulsion very easy.

There has been cases of certain agents of darkness who have paved their way into very sensitive roles in churches only to ultimately cripple God’s work. Some pastor or Christians have mistakenly married certain agents of darkness only to ruin their life and ministry after they have lived together over a time.

In the light of these uncertainties of satanic schemings the Holy Spirit is ready to manifest this gift in the lives of any child of God who would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth (John 16:13) and would be ready to guide every child of God into knowing the truth about all of such matters

How does the Holy Spirit do this when one finds himself or herself in a case of demonic imposition? Like the case of Paul in Acts 16:18, the Holy Spirit was grieved within Him. Whenever you are not at peace concerning certain issues, seek the Lord’s guidance.

One way to increase your spiritual sensitivity is to cultivate a spirit of prayer. This always keeps your spirit edified such that you know the voice of the Spirit concerning various matters and individuals who are under the influence of the devil. Let the peace of God always rule (be your guide) as you relate in all matters.

NOTE: DON’T GO AROUND SUSPECTING PEOPLE: RATHER BE OPENED TO ALL, YET VERY SENSITIVE TO THE SPIRIT.

 PRAYER

Lord I pray for the spirit of prayer that I would be very sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit,discerning whatever spirit may be in operation

FURTHER STUDIES.

Jude 1:20.  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Thessalonians 5:21-22 ” Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

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KEY SCRIPTURE:  1 Corinthians 12:10 ” 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”:

Our next gift of the Holy Spirit to look at is the gift of discernment of spirits. This is one of the powerful weapons that the Holy Ghost uses to help the children of God, identify the devil and his deceptive schemes.

The number one work of the devil is to deceive. The Bible says in Rev. 12:9 as follows “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world… “. The Bible says he deceives the whole world. The enemy deceives by hiding behind all kinds of persons to speak or actin a particular way. When the Lord Jesus said to his disciples about His passion and death,  Apostle Peter took Him aside and rebuked Him saying “Be it far from thee Lord, this shall not be unto you”(Matthew 16:23). “But he turned and said unto Peter get thee behind me Satan thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.

The Lord Jesus discerned the spirit speaking through Peter and he addressed him rightly. What would have happened if He did not discern the spirit of deception? Many words we hear come from the deceiver, through any human vessel who allows himself. The Bible calls him the prince of the power of the air. He continually speaks to and through people. Please read through Acts 16:16-18. The young girl with the Spirit of divination kept shouting about Paul and Silas the following “These men are the servants of the most high God which show unto us the way of salvation”. Was this girl speaking the truth? Yes. Yet Paul commanded the spirit of divination to come out. Satan remains a deceiver any day. What the lady was doing was casting dust in the eyes of the people. If she could say the truth about Paul it meant what she was doing was also right. Paul was stirred by the Spirit to know that this was a contrary spirit.

The church of God needs this particular gift of discernment so much. In our earlier discussion we saw that Satan used Peter one of the closest apostles of Jesus to speak to the Lord. We also saw that Satan used a lady with the Spirit of divination to speak to the Apostle Paul. Deception can come from any quarters and we must be alert and allow the spirit to manifest this gift so we would not be led astray.

 PRAYER

I pray in the name of Jesus to open our eyes of understanding and the manifestation of the gift to know when the enemy is in operation.

FURTHER STUDIES: John 13:27″ And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, that thou doest, do quickly”.

 Matthew 16:23 ” But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.

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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.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father I pray for the fire of the Holy Ghost to burn fervently in our midst to let all these gifts operate frequently.

FURTHER STUDIES.

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?”

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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 revelational gifts. These include the word of wisdom, word of knowledge and the discernment of spirits.

We would look into details at the gift of the word of wisdom. The word of wisdom is when the Holy Spirit give some a message about the future concerning a brother or the church and the corresponding actions to be taken. It is a revelation of God’s wisdom concerning the fellow, the congregation or even the nation … This gift tells forth what is yet to happen. . Most prophets operate mostly in all the gifts of revelation.

The gift of the word of wisdom is not just a wise saying. A man like King Solomon had the gift of wisdom and so he was a very wise man. The word of wisdom is a knowledge gained into a little of God’s wisdom concerning a future event. We saw this being demonstrated in almost all the prophets. An example is in 2nd Kings 7:1, the prophet Elisha prophesied.”Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord, thus saith the Lord;tomorrow   about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria”. The message given by the prophet happened just as he predicted.

In the New Testament there were a number of prophets. One of such prophet was Agabus. Acts 11:28 “And there stood up one of them named Agabus and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar”. The apostles also operated in this gift.

As the scripture taught in 1st Corinthians 12, the gift of the word of wisdom also manifests among the members of the congregations of God. The Holy Spirit does these things to the profit or benefit all members of the church.

 This gifts gives the children of God an opportunity to know what is in the future and to act rightly to please God and to save themselves from the traps of the devil. It is a strong weapon to frustrate the activities of the devil. There are some brethren who start calling themselves prophets, the moment this gift begins to manifest through them. Some begin to feel so proud that they leave their respective places of worship to start a new church. This is very wrong. This gift was given to the church, but you were the candidate the Holy Spirit choose to manifest through,for the rest. Do not leave your congregation, stay and let God’s purpose for the church to be realised. Let heads of churches also allow such brethren to use the gift to bless the church. May there be order in God’s house

  PRAYER

Lord, make the church understand the dealings of the Spirit in these matters and help us all to rightly relate to one another in its use.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Acts 21:10-11 ” And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles”.

2 Timothy 3:1. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come”.

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