Understanding Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual gifts are discussed and listed in the following New Testament passages: 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 12:28; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Peter 4:11.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF WISDOM: The gift of wisdom is the ability to have insight into people and situations that is not obvious to the average person, combined with an understanding of what to do and how to do it. It is the ability to not only see, but also apply the principles of God’s Word to the practical matters of life by the “Spirit of wisdom” (Eph. 1:17). People with the Gift of Wisdom have an ability to synthesize biblical truth and apply it to people’s lives so that they make good choices and avoid foolish mistakes. These people today function well as coaches, counselors, and consultants.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE: The word of knowledge is the ability to research, remember, and make effective use of a variety of information on a number of diverse subjects. People with the Gift of Knowledge love to study, love to learn, and are not content with a surface-level knowledge of topics. People with this spiritual gift love God with all their mind (Mark 12:29-30). And these people tend to like footnotes.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF FAITH: The gift of faith is the ability to envision what needs to be done and to trust God to accomplish it even though it seems impossible to most people. People with the Gift of Faith trust God in difficult, even impossible situations when others are ready to give up. These people are often visionaries who dream big dreams, pray big prayers, and attempt big things for Jesus. These people also tend to be very convincing about the truth of Scripture because they themselves are so convinced of the truth and power of God and his Word.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF HEALING: The gift of healing is the ability to call on God to heal the sick through supernatural means for the purpose of revealing God. People with the Gift of Healing trust that God can heal the sick and pray in faith for the physical restoration of those in need. These people see healing as a sign that God uses to reveal his power to people so that many will come to believe in Jesus. (e.g., Gal. 4:13-14; Phil. 2:27; 1 Tim. 5:23; 2 Tim. 4:20).
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF MIRACLES: The gift of miracles is the ability to call on God to do supernatural acts that reveal his power. People with the gift of miracles see God show up in extraordinary ways, from daily little events to major public displays. People with this gift do not chase signs and wonders, but they do expect signs and wonders to follow God’s people who follow Jesus.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF DISCERNMENT: The spiritual gift of discernment is the ability to quickly perceive whether such things as people, events, or beliefs are from God or Satan. People with the gift of discernment know that Satan and his demons disguise themselves as holy (1 Cor. 11:14-15). They also know that Satan empowers counterfeit miracles (Ex. 7:11-22; 8:7; Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Tim. 3:8) to deceive people .