Gifts of the Spirit: The Power Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:7-11
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by [f]the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
The gift of working of miracles, healing and faith are usually referred to as the power or manifestation gifts. They are referred to in that manner because they manifest the supernatural power of God for all to see. Remember all these are gifts that operate under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Workings of miracles
This is a gift that allows one to tap into the power of God that then affects the natural as we know it in a way that cannot be explained. The first demonstration of the power of God in the ministry of Jesus is a good example of this. He turned water into wine by the power of God. Casting out of demonic spirits is also another very good example of this gift in operation.
Gift of healings
This gift enables one to function as an instrument of God’s healing grace in the lives of hurting people. The gifts of healings (double plural in the Greek text) include miraculous healing of the body, the mind, the emotions, and relationships. There are quite a number of examples of healings in the ministry of Jesus and also in the ministry of the Apostles in the book of acts. The healing of the lame man at the gate called beautiful is s great example.
Gift of faith.
This gift gives an individual an extraordinary confidence in God that is unshakable by situations, pain, apparent failure, or ridicule. This is the kind of faith that comes instantly concerning a situation, it is not a human kind of faith but one that is divinely inspired and it comes frequently in the form of a word. Matthew 21 is a great example, this is when Jesus cursed the fig tree and the next day when the disciples saw that it had withered just as Jesus had said, they were astonished.
Remember these gifts are given by the Spirit as he wills and they are for the benefit of all and not to elevate one and make them proud.
Have you operated in any of these three gifts? What was the situation and how did you handle it? What can the church do to allow more people to discover and operate in these gifts?
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