Word Up!

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

1 Corinthians 12:8 (NLT)
To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.

It is my firm belief that if people really understood the gifts of the Holy Spirit they wouldn’t be nearly as freaked out by them. So let’s take a look at some of them, and let’s start where Paul starts with what has traditionally been called the word of wisdom. According to my friend Bible scholar Stanley Horton, “This is a proclamation or a declaration of wisdom given to meet the need of some particular occasion or problem. It is not dependent on human ability or natural wisdom but is a revelation of divine counsel. Through this gift supernatural insight into both the need and into God’s Word bring the practical application of that Word to the need or problem at hand” (Horton, What the Bible Says about the Holy Spirit, 271). Are you hearing the practical nature of it? It is wise counsel to meet a specific need based on insights and applications from the Scripture. Is it supernatural? Yes it is. Is it super-freaky? No, it just God using someone to speak into the life of someone in need based on illuminations of God’s already inspired Word. Dr. Horton goes on to explain “Because it is a “message” of wisdom, it is clear that only enough is given for the need. This gift does not raise us to a new level of wisdom, nor does it make it impossible for us to make mistakes. It just lets us draw on God’s unlimited storehouse (Romans 11:33).” Again, the gifts are supernatural in nature, but practical in act and deed. The question is are we willing to let God use us in this gift, and are we willing to take the step of faith to use it?

In Christ,

Pastor Mark




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