26 Nov Gifts pt. 3
Isn’t the gift of wise advice a supernatural release? What you seemed to say makes it possible for so many people to walk in this gift.
Sophos (wise)– wisdom, broad and full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters
- the wisdom which belongs to men
- spec. the varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience, and summed up in maxims and proverbs
- the science and learning
- the act of interpreting dreams and always giving the sagest advice
- the intelligence evinced in discovering the meaning of some mysterious number or vision
- skill in the management of affairs
- devout and proper prudence in intercourse with men not disciples of Christ, skill and discretion in imparting Christian truth
- the knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living
- supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God
- to Christ
- the wisdom of God as evinced in forming and executing counsels in the formation and government of the world and the scriptures
1 Corinthians 12
And now, dear brothers and sisters, I will write about the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives to each of us, for I must correct your misunderstandings about them. You know that when you were still pagans you were worshipping speechless idols. So I want yo to know how to discern what is truly from God: No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are all serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick.
He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
The Spirit gives special faith to another
Gives – to furnish or grant, to release to someone.
Could we consider that this word gives should be understood more as movements of the Holy Spirit into out lives. He is releasing into our lives certain opportunities or desires?
Special faith – the root word is, ‘pistis’ and the meaning is, “to be persuaded or to persuade.”
In simplest definition, it is the unique ability to be convinced that God is able to overcome in any situation.
How do these people do this? Is it just supernatural? Is it a gut belief that is stronger than most?
If so, we must conclude there are some who just believe bigger than others.
But, I am not convinced.
The root word means, “to be persuaded.” Consider a thought with me. In the natural, logically, how do I become persuaded of something?
Kris Vallaton, “A man with experience trumps a man with an argument.”
What if the experiences I have gone through, the moments where I needed God to meet me, the seemingly impossible moments that He provided for me, the tragedies and difficulties I have gone through…what if these are the very arena in which the Holy Spirit uses to release this gift of being persuaded?
What if my personal history and journey is part of my gifting? What if it has been released to me by the Holy Spirit. It isn’t just chance.
Remember where James says:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, (James 1v2)
He brings a simple revelation to life in this verse…our trials have a purpose.
They are the very place the Holy Spirit wants to release and give the supernatural gift of faith.
I am able to say, “hey…I went through ______ and HE met me. I know he will meet you.”
This is what I believe this gift is. I believe it is the perspective of heaven given to us to cause us to be persuaded of His favor and hand in our lives in our history. That persuasion causes me to believe and trust for more in the future. We all know what it is, I am just not sure we have ever realized WHERE he teaches and gives it.
Your personal history is intended to become the foundation for your eternal victory.
This gift is the supernatural ability to trust God for what He will do. It is often fueled by what we have learned he has done.
…and to someone else he gives the power to heal the sick.
power to heal the sick – the root phrase means, “special graces or gratuities to cure ailment.”
- The root word for special graces means, ‘ divine gratuity, deliverance from danger or passion, a special endowment’
We love the laying on of hands. I believe for it everyday. I am convinced this type of healing is for us. I am convinced it is one of the strongest witnesses to His power there is.
Jesus modeled it, and we are taught that it is one of the signs that will follow them that believe. (Mk16)
If Jesus declares this, we must push into this and learn to pray over sickness with a trust that HE HEALS.
Can I suggest there are fears that get in the way?
What if it doesn’t happen?
If they don’t get healed, it will hurt their trust in God.
What if they think I am crazy?
What does it look like to incorporate this cry for this grace into our lives?
I believe it looks like learning to declare His healing grace over illness. It is that simple.
We don’t ask, we hear him prompt our hearts to pray and we release healing.
In this phrase the primary indication is of healing or bringing a cure through supernatural means.
I would also encourage us to look at the rest of the definitions.
The word for healing in the Greek is, “a cure,” in the simplest reduction. It is a cure, with specificity to it being garnered from heaven
If this gift as a gift that is aimed at bringing cure to ailment, and if we understand it in this way,can’t we view divine healing from the laying on of hands and supernatural touch of God as one aspect of heavens influence?, but can’t we also view the skills and gifting of the medical fields as an aspect.
If we want to move further, we could consider fitness and physical health care fields as outworking of this grace.
What if I see all of His kids who work towards the cure of ailment as people empowered and graced by the Holy Spirit with a gift of healing?
Could it be that they chased these fields because of a core belief that God is able to heal?
A second thought…
Can I suggest that there is nothing within this word that deals exclusively with the physical body.
It deals with the presence of ailment and the bringing of a cure. Therefore, if I take this to it’s logical conclusion, must I not now include the possibility and even the probability that this grace is be released and displayed through all of his kids who work towards alleviating ailments?
In this way, if my life’s work is aimed at helping others towards health, emotional, physical, or spiritual, I can draw on the Holy Spirit for wisdom because I am flowing in my gifting! (seems very fun and unfair that our work could be empowered by the Holy Spirit..making us more accurate and successful)
The point is to highlight that ALL of these are accurate understands of this word. They are not in opposition, they are all the outworking of this grace to alleviate ailment.
The main point is that HE heals. Whether it is through the laying on of hands and prayer or the touch of professional, we have the right to believe HE WILL heal.
This gift looks like the passionate release of divine healing and health in people, freeing them from ailment.