Froukje Jansen used to give this teaching at a Christian School
in Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa:
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.
Our GIFT is the Holy Spirit, Who lives inside of us and he has brought
with Him a treasure chest full of gifts. John 3: 34 "For he whom God has
sent, speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
Interpretation: When God sends you to do what He has already beforehand
prepared for you to do (Eph 2:10), He will supply you with the right 'tools'
to do the job. The full measure of it. These 'tools' are what we call the
Gifts of the Spirit.
There are 9 gifts, mentioned in 1 Cor 12: 8-10
1. Word of knowledge - God drops into your mind and heart a little bit
of His knowledge about a person or situation. Examples of Word of knowledge:
a: healing - the person 'feels' the pain or affliction in his/her body
b: other - the person sees a vision, gets a picture in his/her mind, hears
an inner voice or an audible voice (the Lord's).
2. Word of Wisdom - God's wisdom as mentioned in James 3:17 Gods wisdom
how to APPLY the previous given Word of Knowledge. Or God's wisdom for
a certain situation. When given, this word brings PEACE.
3.Faith. - After God has shown you by the word of Knowledge that something
needs to be done, He gives you the 'how to do it' by the Word of Wisdom,
and then He gives you the Faith to do it.
Example from my own life: As a young christian I visited a sick friend
in hospital. As I walked into the ward, I passed a bed and the Lord spoke
to me by Word of Knowledge, I heard an inner voice saying: "This woman
needs to forgive". I did not know the woman, so I walked on to my friends
bed and sat down. I asked her, what's wrong with that woman? The answer
was: the doctors don't know, they have turned her inside out, she has terrible
pain in her stomach and thinks herself that she has cancer" I asked the
Lord, "why did You show me this?" I knew that God doesn't just give a word
of Knowledge to satisfy my curiosity, but because He is determined to do
something about the situation. So God answered inside of me by a Word of
Wisdom: "Go to that woman and tell her, when she forgives, I will heal
her". I was a bit nervous, because this had never happened to me before,
so I asked the Lord to give me the courage to go to her. He answered and
faith rose in my heart. I got up, walked up to her bed and opened my mouth
and heard myself saying: "I don't know you, but God knows you (tears in
the woman's eyes)." I thought: Wow, this hit home! I continued: "Youhave
been hurt, and God says, if you forgive, He will heal you" I then went
on to tell her FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE(!) how to forgive. Then I asked:
"May I pray for you?" She said it was ok, so I prayed that God would fulfill
His word and left. From my friend I heard that she left the hospital three
days later, totally healed.
4.Gifts of healing - I understand in the above story, that God also
gave me one of His gifts of healing to pass on to her when I prayed. There
are more than one gift of healing as you notice.
5.Working of miracles - Here the Lord God OUR CREATOR is at work. When
God creates something that isn't there, it is called a miracle. A simple
form of this is for example: when you have worn out discs in your spine
and after prayer God has replaced them with new ones . Or when a person
can see out of an empty eyesocket or can turn his neck, which had been
immobilized by steel rods , after prayer, etc.
6.Prophecy: The best example of this gift is found in Job 33 (reading
from Amplified). Elihu says, that God speaks in a dream and after that
draws a person to the gates of death and then he says: There is hope for
that person , if there be one, an interpreter, or a messenger, who can
shew that person how to be in right standing with God, then God will heal
him. Prophecy is when the Lord speaks through somebody.
7.Discerning of spirits. The ability to a: discern what the Lord wants
to do by His Spirit. If He is present to heal, if He is there to save souls,
if He wants to move prophetically.
b: discern which spirits are at work. In a meeting discern the difference
between a counterfeit or true move of God. Also to discern an evil spirit
in a person.
8. Divers kinds of tongues: The one example I know is, when somebody
speaks in tongues in a meeting and the Lord gives the interpretation to
another, of what is being said. Sometimes the tongue can be a language
which is only known by the person, whom God wants to speak to. Also in
intercession different kinds of tongues are used as inspired by the Holy
Spirit Who prays through us.
9. Interpretation of tongues: Just take note, it doesn't say: Translation
of tongues. One could say: I believe that the Lord is saying....
It has also been heard that missionaries in foreign fields have had
the experience that while they were trying to communicate, they would begin
to speak in tongues and just as on the day of Pentecost in the book of
Acts, the people heard them speak in their own language.
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