“For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:8)
Therefore, the Word of Knowledge is:
a. Supernatural revelation of the divine will and plan of God.
b. Supernatural insight or understanding of circumstances or a body of facts by revelation: that is, without assistance of any human resource but solely by divine aid.
c. Implies a deeper and more advanced understanding of communicated acts of God.
d. Involves moral wisdom for right living and relationships.
e. Requires objective and understanding concerning divine things in human duties.
f. May also refer to knowledge of God or of the things that belong to God, as related in the gospel.
“Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy.”
(1 Corinthians 14:1)
Paul urged his readers to make this way of love, the definitive characteristic of their own course of life. In turn this would lead us to desire the greater gifts, among which was prophecy.
There are 3 things we are to do:
- Follow after; pursue; divine love. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
- Earnestly desire; pursue; a more excellent way; the best gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:31)
- Covet prophesy, more than tongues, do not forbid speaking in tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39)
Many Christians have forsaken the pursuit of character in their pursuit of charisma, anointing, power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
They do not walk in love.
The love of God is the channel through which the Holy Spirit works. He does not work through our gifting alone – He works through LOVE.
In chapter 12 of Corinthians’- Paul gave evidence of the lack of love in the utilization of spiritual gifts.
In chapter 13 of Corinthians – Paul tells about our society that confuses love and lust. We can be impersonal and unloving towards people. God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others. It is utterly unselfish.
This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return.
Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.
“Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. In addition, everything you do must be done with love.”
(1 Corinthians 16:13 -14)
Desire to be used:
“Set one’s heart on; be earnest zealous; be wholehearted to fix the desire upon; to be enthusiastic for something; be fervent in spirit; to be zealous in the pursuit of good; to desire earnestly; pursue; to strive.”
God responds to our desire:
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”
“……The desire of the righteous shall be granted.” (Proverbs 10:24).
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
1. The Holy Spirit: “……. The Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul….’” (Acts 13:2) “So the Lord said to Ananias, “Arise and go to the street called Straight…..”’ (Acts 9:11)
2. The Human Spirit: Discerning between the Holy Spirit and the human spirit. Exercise caution when dealing with highly emotional areas; perceive the workings of the Spirit. Peter after receiving revelation about Jesus, later spoke from flesh. (Mark 8:29-33; Ezekiel 13:2-3)
3. An Unholy or Demonic Spirit: Seducing spirits can influence a vessel being used to bring a prophetic utterance if you allow anger, bitterness and sinful behavior. (1Timothy 4:1-2)
HOW DOES IT COME?
An all-knowing God (omniscient) shares pieces of information with His servants so that they can encourage, build and comfort people.
We hear in different ways:
Lord of God (logos or rhema); Concept; Intuition; Perception; God ideas; Vision; Pictures; Dreams; Audible voice; Inner voice: Inner witness; Revelation; Insight; Warning.
Jesus saw – the Eye-Gate:
“When Jesus saw the needs of people He was moved with compassion.” (Matthew 9:36; 15:32; 20:34; Luke 7:13)
Knowledge means – understanding, perception, and comprehension:
“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in, you hindered.” (Luke 11:52)
Revelation is conditional: All biblical prophecy has a condition. If you will – then I will. All personal prophecy requires a response from the hearer.
God’s sovereignty and freewill choice is to come into partnership and in obedience to His will. We need to respond by faith to the prophecies over our lives. Decide which words seem good and relevant then check words, which have not come to pass as yet. Ask yourself. “Will they bear fruit in the future?”
Revelation is also positional: Based on where we are He speaks to us in one city or nation and tells us to move to another place. Documenting insights we get from God can be very helpful as we look back on them years later.
We move into different seasons and God speaks about the changes to our circumstances and we can get shaken, however God is lighting our pathway ahead so that we can perceive His direction. (Psalm 119:105)
Revelation is also possessive: Our response to a word has a major effect on what happens. Repentance of an individual or a city can avert disaster.
Everything done without faith is sin (Romans14:23). Many times a word will come to test us and often our circumstances are used to test our motive or attitude.
Revelation is also progressive: most frequently, God does not reveal the full picture, or give us the full understanding. He only shows us the next move, to test our obedience. He will not give more of the puzzle until we follow the first instruction. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; it is the glory of kings to find it out.” (Proverbs 25:2).
Linda and I understood to a degree when God spoke to us out of Genesis 12:1-3 to leave our country, our home, our family and to move to a destination we did not know.
Reveal: (Strong’s-galah,) uncover, open, lay bare, strip away, expose, disclose, unveil. The Lord will lay bear, expose, or disclose certain information.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things, which are revealed, belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
Seeing and Hearing work together – they are two keys to Holy Spirit Ministry. They are principals of the Kingdom. “And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.” (John 3:32)
“For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” (Revelations 19:10)
He received the Spirit in FULLNESS with nothing held back and He alone has universal authority.
“And the man said to me, ‘Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.’” (Ezekiel 40:4)
4 – Commands to Ezekiel: 1. Behold with your eyes
2. Hear with your ears
3. Set your heart on all that I will show you
4. Declare all that you see to Israel
More than one revelation gift can be in operation as the Holy Spirit moves us.
· The Word of Knowledge (supernatural insight or understanding of circumstances)
· The Word of Wisdom (knowledge rightly applied, with wisdom and discernment)
· The Gift of Discerning of Spirits (implies the power of spiritual insight -supernatural revelation)
The Word of Knowledge: is supernatural revelation of divine knowledge or insight in the mind will, or plan and also the plans of others that man could not know of himself. This can mean the Holy Spirit will reveal a portion of His knowledge concerning something of the past, present, or future event.
The human spirit has the capacity to communicate the truth.
Another term for this type of occurrence would be intuition – having a feeling or an inner knowledge or something known or believed instinctively, without actual evidence for it.
The function of our human spirit is to reveal the truth in our inwards parts. It is also the place where we receive our knowing and our intuition about God and others.
“For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except a man’s own spirit within him”. (1 Corinthians 2:11)
A Good example:
This knowing begins in a mother’s womb as in (Luke 1:41) when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who was 6 months pregnant and when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the baby jumped in her womb.
There was an intuitive knowing by John the Baptist while he was in his mother’s womb that he was in the presence of Jesus, the Son of God, who at that time was in the womb of Mary.
The Holy Spirit prompted her to speak these words to Mary “Blessed (favoured of God) above all other women, are you and blessed (favoured of God) is the Fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)
These words spoken by Elizabeth went straight into Mary’s spirit and we can see how the Holy Spirit used these words to communicate encouragement, life, and truth into Mary’s life.
This intuitive knowing and revealing of the human spirit continues throughout a person’s lifetime.
The Holy Spirit can convict the human spirit.
The Holy Spirit is a creator and as He empowers our human spirit, He releases our creative gifting. The Holy Spirit empowers our human spirit to facilitate within us His purposes.
We all know that we are body, soul, and spirit and when we meet people we tend to meet them with our body first, then our souls (mind, emotions and wills) and then maybe we touch spirits.
But Paul encourages us in scripture that we are foremost spiritual beings and that if we change our thinking we can be led by the Spirit of God as we read in Romans 8:14. “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Therefore, our human spirit needs to be in alignment with the Holy Spirit and He will lead us, comfort us and encourage us into all truth, knowledge and conviction of right and wrong.
With His strength and power in our human spirit, we become aligned with Him – spirit to Spirit.
This way of living can make you very vulnerable especially if you are a sensitive person. When you open your spirit (your inner being), you can get wounded.
Therefore, we need to guard and treasure our human spirits but be ready to receive what is revealed to us as we draw near spirit to Spirit.
Biblical examples of Word of Knowledge:
Ananias: The conversions of Saul (Acts 9:1-31) especially verse (10 -18)
Cornelius: In a vision, an angel instructs him to find Simon Peter (Acts 10:1-8)
Peter: Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie? (Acts 5:3-4)
Peter: You are the Christ. (Matthew 16:16)
Agabus: Bound Paul’s hands and feet. (Acts 21:10-11)
Agabus: Going to be great famine (Acts11:27-28)
Jesus: Jesus knew that the woman had had five husbands. (John 4:15-19)
Elisha: God shows Ghazi’s greed. (2 Kings 5:25-26)
Elisha: God gives a word of knowledge for the king of Israel.
(2 Kings 6:9-12)
Samuel: The Lord shows the prophet where the donkeys were.
(1 Sam 9:19-20)