Devotional

The Discerning of Spirits

December 9, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the … discerning of spirits. 1 Corinthians 12:7–8, 10 The ability to recognize false teaching and false teachers is an ability given by God referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:10 as the “discerning of […]

How God Uses the Gift of Prophecy

December 2, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … prophecy. 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 As stated last week, prophecy is a wonderful gift. But among the charismatics, prophesying, or being prophesied over, is a great obsession, and this has led to some being […]

The Gift of Prophecy

November 25, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … prophecy. 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 Prophecy is a direct word from God resulting in “edification and exhortation and comfort“ (1 Corinthians 14:3). When someone is prophesying, they are speaking under the immediate inspiration of […]

Miracles

November 18, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … the working of miracles. 1 Corinthians 12:7–9 A miracle is when God operates according to laws that are higher than the laws of nature. We have many examples of miracles in the Bible. […]

The Gift of Healing, Part 2

November 11, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … gifts of healing. 1 Corinthians 12:7–9 So are there people who can simply choose to heal anyone, anywhere, at any time? As mentioned last week, the evidence is against this. There is no […]

The Gift of Healing

November 4, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … gifts of healing. 1 Corinthians 12:7–9 The gift of healing is probably the most sought-after of all the spiritual gifts. At one time or another, we have all longed to be healed or […]

The Gift of Faith

October 28, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … faith by the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:7–9 The gift of faith is not the same as saving faith. All believers in Christ have saving faith, or they would not be Christians. The […]

The Word of Knowledge

October 21, 2019

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. … to another [is given] the word of knowledge …” 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8a The word of knowledge is not divine assistance in the accumulation of knowledge, but rather knowledge previously unknown which is supernaturally and instantly imparted to the believer by the Holy Spirit. Jesus […]

How Does the Word of Wisdom Function Today?

October 14, 2019

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. … for to one is given the word of wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8a Now that we know what the word of wisdom is, how does it function? How does this apply to the life of the believer today? We can receive a word of wisdom […]

What Is the Word of Wisdom?

October 7, 2019

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. … for to one is given the word of wisdom.” 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8a The word of wisdom is the impartation of divine wisdom by the immediate intervention of the Holy Spirit. I have experienced this gift operating many times in the course of pastoral counseling. […]