Gifts of the Holy Spirit

AIM: To give give you a sound teaching on the 9 Gift’s of the Holy Spirit. God’s ultimate aim for all of us is our sanctification in Him, and part of that sanctification process has to do with the Holy Spirit Himself transmitting 9 specific, divine qualities and attributes into our personalities.





The power of the Holy Spirit also brings Gift’s and these Gift’s manifest within a persons life for the edification of the individual and Church.  The Holy Spirit gives these Gift’s as He chooses and to whom He chooses. Every Believer that is Baptised in the Holy Spirit has at least one Gift if not more.


The 9 Gifts of the Spirit can be divided into 3 Groups of three.

    - Word of Wisdom
    - Word of Knowledge
    - Discerning of Spirits

    - Faith
    - Gift’s of Healings
    - Working of Miracles

    - Prophecy
    - Tongues
    - Interpretation of Tongues




1. Word of Wisdom
A supernatural revelation of divine nature, will or purpose.


This gift operates by the Holy Spirit granting you insight, understanding or direction about what to do in a given situation. It’s divine wisdom not wisdom learned or experienced.


This wisdom gives you the best solution of a conflict or a problem. It gives the best and most effective answer to a difficult question. The best way of acting in a problematic situation and the best even excellent way to apply practical knowledge in a direct way.


Examples of this are: 1 Kings 17:8-16, 2 Kings 6:1-7, John 3:34, John 8:1-12, Matthew 22:15-22


2. Word of Knowledge

A divine revelation of natural information. A fact that is revealed to unlock, uncover or provide knowledge.


This knowledge is in harmony with the Holy Scriptures, true, factual, trustworthy and pure. This knowledge has to with human matters or problems. When spoken it can reveal the intents and attitudes of the human mind & heart.

Knowledge of which must be said it could not be known but by divine inspiration.


Examples of this are: Exodus 31:3, 35:31, 1 Kings 7:14, 2 Kings 6:8-12, 1 Samuel 9:1-27, 2 Chronicles 1:10-13, Isaiah 11:2, Daniel 5:12, John 4:1-26, Matthew 21:1-9, Colossians 2:3


3. Discerning of spirits

Supernaturally knowing the spirit of another human, such as his or her motivations or intent (honesty or deceit) or the spiritual motivation (fleshly or demonic) in a given situation.


With the gift of discerning of spirits you can perceive or even see which type of spirit (either good or evil) is operating in a certain situation.


The ability to discern the hidden source of spiritual power through which a person is thinking or and acting, which could not be discerned by human insight.


We must discern this gifts from:

  • Psychological insight in the nature, psyche and hidden motives of men.

  • Insight through occult practices as channeling and fortune telling.

Examples of this are: 2 Kings 6:13-18, Mark 9:14-29, Acts 16:1-24






4. Faith

The ability to believe God for any request, in spite of situation or circumstances.


This is supernatural faith that the Holy Spirit gives us. The gift of faith comes into operation when our own faith stops or reaches a limit.


A strong conviction or certainty, not reached by human reasoning or feelings that expresses itself in a prophetic utterance or a word of authority and power - that makes things happen, in and through which God in the Name of Jesus Christ is Glorified.


This kind of faith knows that with God all things are possible and that everything is possible for Him that believes.


Examples of this are: Daniel 6:16-23, Luke 4:27-30


5. Gift’s of Healings

Effective intercession delivering a person from sickness or disease. Most often through prayer, the laying on of hands or deliverance.


It is the gift of supernatural healing (disease of ailment) without any natural or medical assistance.


The word gift’s and healings are both plural indicating that there are a variety or gifts of healings. Individuals may posses a gift of healing for a certain type of sickness.


Examples of the is are: The Ministry of Jesus, Acts 3;1-9, Matthew 8:14-17, 15:29-31


6. Working of Miracles

To supernaturally intervene in the natural order of a situation. An act super-ceding the laws of nature.


This is a supernatural intervention of the Holy Spirit’s power to change or alter natural events or circumstances.


The manifestation of exceptional powers in the Name of Jesus, that can not be ascribed to human strength or energy or workings. With the purpose to intervene in a natural process or condition in order to show the supernatural power of the Almighty God.


Examples of this are: Exodus 7 to Exodus 12, Joshua 10, Matthew 14:13-21






7. Prophecy

Communicating a divine revelation or communicating something that is hidden. To exhort, edify and enlighten. To bring comfort.


This is hearing what God is saying and declaring it. Prophecy is for edification (building us up) exhortation and comfort. Prophecy is simply hearing what God is saying at any particular time and declaring or proclaiming it.


Our preaching or our singing could be prophecy when we are hearing and saying what the Holy Spirit leads us to say. When the anointing of God comes upon a person than this gift may rise up more powerfully to bless and entire congregation.


Prophecy must be judged and evaluated by the Church. A Prophet is true if what he say’s actually happens. Prophecy must always line up with the Word of God.


Examples of this are: Numbers 11:16-30, 1 Kings 22:1-28, Acts 21:9-14


8. Tongues

A supernatural language known or unknown that is the initial sign of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is used privately for prayer or publicly for interpretation and edification.


It could be the tongues of another nation, or a heavenly language. Heavenly tongues are not understood by demon power. This hinders demon power from knowing the deep prayers of a believer and stops him from thwarting those plans from coming to pass.


Speaking and praying in tongues edifies the Believer and builds them up. Praying in tongues helps us to pray about those things we do not clearly understand.


Examples of this are: Mark 16:17, Acts 2;1-11, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-10, 1 Corinthians 14:3, 4, 22-33, Jude 20-21


9. Interpretation of Tongues

An intuitive understanding of a part or the whole of the things communicated in tongues while in prayer or praise.


When we pray in tongues we can ask God for the interpretation in our known language.

  • The interpretation can be a translation of the message in an unknown tongue.

  • The interpretation can be a translation of the main content of the unknown tongue.

  • The interpretation can be an explanation or enlargement on the message in an unknown tongue.

1 Corinthians 14;5, 13, 27




Conclusion: The Gifts of the Spirit are given to edify and build up the Church.