Continuing with some definitions of what spiritual gifts look like. If you recognise yourself in either of these, consider speaking to your local minister.
The gift of the Word of Wisdom is the divine enablement to understand Yahweh’s perspective on life’s situations and share those insights in a simple, understandable way. It’s the ability to explain what to do and how to do it.
One of the characteristics found in people who have the gift of the word of wisdom is a desire to hide Yahweh’s word in their heart to share it. People with wisdom are patient, understanding, and very gentle with people. Wise people know how to be patient; they understand the ways of Yahweh; they are good mediators in a conflict because they can explain what’s going on; they emphasise practical application.
The gift of the word of knowledge is the divine enablement to bring truth to the Body through a revelation or biblical insight; to gain knowledge not acquired by natural observation or means. It is also the ability to discover, collect, analyse, and organise information that is vital to individual believers or the entire church family. It includes the ability to comprehend a large amount of information and provide it when needed for effective decision making.
Examples: Daniel 1:17 says, “To these four young men Yahweh gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.” He gave the ability to them; it was a gift. The Bible is very positive about making decisions based on knowledge. When you read Proverbs you find it says, in effect, ‘Get the facts!’ In a business decision, a financial decision, a church decision it says, ‘Get the facts!’ Don’t just depend on feelings.
The gift of faith is the divine enablement to trust Yahweh for what cannot be seen and to act on His promise, regardless of what the circumstances indicate. It is the willingness to be seen to risk failure in pursuit of a Yah-given vision, expecting Him to handle the obstacles. How do you know if you have the gift of faith? You love to take risks; it doesn’t threaten you to go ‘out on a limb’, and you should never be afraid to do so because that’s where the fruit is! Another thing about the gift of faith is that it enables the ability to persevere. People with the gift of faith just don’t know how to give up; they keep on keeping on: they don’t know how to quit. An oak tree is just a little nut that refused to give its ground! These people are positive in spite of problems; they trust Yahweh for the impossible; they dream big dreams; they take big risks; they have a big vision. They have the ability to believe Yahweh about things when others are hesitant. We all have faith, but some people have the gift of faith to believe Yahweh in greater degrees than others.
The gift of healing is a divine enablement to bring restoration and wholeness to the sick and diseased; it is the ability to pray in faith for people who need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing - and to see Yahweh answer.
The gift of miracles is a divine enablement to authenticate the ministry and message of Yahweh through supernatural interventions which bring glory to Him.
This is the divine enablement to publicly communicate Yahweh’s Word in a way that not only convinces unbelievers, but both challenges and comforts believers. It’s a very public gift and includes the ability to persuasively declare Yahweh’s will.1 Corinthians 14:3 says prophecy does three things; it’s for edification, exhortation and comfort. In other words it builds up, it fires up and it holds up! When people who have this gift speak, Yahweh’s blessing is obvious. This gift helps us to recognise what Yahweh is doing in the world. When a person has this gift his or her life is/must be consistent with it.
Discernment is the divine enablement to distinguish right from wrong, truth from error, and to give an immediate evaluation based on Yahweh’s Word. It is also the ability to discern whether the source of an experience is Satan, self, or Yahweh’s Spirit. This gift is vastly needed in the church today. It is the gift that protects the church from going off into extremes. Some of you may have this gift but you’re not able to use it because you don’t yet have enough understanding of the Bible to know what Yahweh has said.
This is the divine enablement to speak, worship, or pray in a language unknown to the speaker. People with this gift can receive a spontaneous message from the Spirit which is made known to the congregation through the gift of interpretation. People with this gift can pray and worship Yahweh with unknown words too deep for the mind to understand.
This is the divine enablement to make known to the congregation any message that was spoken in tongues. The person with this gift glorifies Yahweh and builds up the Body of Messiah by interpreting a timely message from Yahweh.