In my last post, I talked about the differences in the way God works in each of us. One of those was the manifestation – the appearance – of the Holy Spirit. He works differently in each of us, personally.
Today I want to begin explaining the different ways that the Spirit of God shows Himself in us.
To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
That’s quite a list. I want to take some time to explain what each of these is. Unfortunately, there are many who don’t believe that the Holy Spirit still functions in all of these. As far as I can see, none of the manifestations come with an expiration date.
The first thing we need to know is that these are not either/or. If the Holy Spirit chooses, He can work them all in the same person. Christ actually walked in all of these except tongues and interpretation. It’s up to the Spirit to decide what’s needed at the time.
We also need to see that these are supernatural manifestations. They point to the clear fact that God is working through you. They’re not something that you have the power to do on your own.
The Message of Wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to use the knowledge that you have to solve a problem. This is supernatural wisdom that God imparts to you when needed. So you could say that it’s a supernatural problem-solving ability.
This should be a common manifestation in the lives of God’s people. I know that in my life there were many times that God showed up like this in my job as an Electrical Engineer. My fellow workers knew my testimony, and they knew that because of this, I could come up with answers when no one else could.
Never think that it’s some flaky thing that makes you look and act weird. On the contrary, the gift should highlight the power of God and draw people to Christ.
The Message of Knowledge. This one is like the message of wisdom, but it’s a supernatural impartation of God’s knowledge. Knowledge is simply facts. When God uses this, you know things that you wouldn’t have known by any natural means.
It could be facts about people, places or things. When you know something that you have no way of knowing, it points to a source beyond yourself.
Many times I’ve heard believers say, “It was like a voice on the inside said…” Then they either say that they wished they’d listened to it, or they’re glad they did listen.
We need to spend more time in the Lord’s presence so that we can be sensitive to His voice. I believe that God wants to speak more often than we’re in a position to hear.
Faith. Too often we don’t understand this one. It’s not talking about the normal faith in God that we have toward His Word. This is a supernatural faith that God imparts to us when we need it.
This is especially true of believers who are facing persecution or a severe trial. When there’s absolutely no way out, a supernatural, incomprehensible faith rises up on the inside of you. You have no explanation as to why you have peace and trust during the situation in which you find yourself.
This causes the people around you to question what makes you so different. The answer should draw them to Christ.
In my next post, I’ll continue my look at these important works of the Holy Spirit in us.
Questions: Has the Holy Spirit worked these in you? How and when have you experienced them?
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