GOD INSPIRES OUR MINDS WITH
GIFTS OF HIS SPIRIT
THROUGH THE WORD OF WISDOM
1 Cor 12:7-8 NKJV
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each
one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word
of wisdom through the Spirit...
A Word of Wisdom is usually one short sentence that
pierces with truth and relevance for the need. The word
of wisdom is the supernatural gift, imparting insight to
hone in on a core issue. It clears away the clutter by
giving understanding and revealing the true nature of
Frequently, the word of wisdom is evident in a problem
solving situation, such as when the Pharisees posed a
problem as to whether it was lawful to pay taxes to
Caesar. Jesus honed in on the issue by presenting the
picture of Caesar’s face on the coin and saying, “...render
therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and
unto God, the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21
I heard a line from a sermon that was quickened to my
ears as a word of wisdom. The pastor gave an example of
an Indian in a service who gave the following response
to a message: “Heavy wind, loud thunder, but no rain.”
I thought the Word spoke well of promoting miracle
ministries where people’s hearts become expectant, then
disappointed. Such heavy promotion also subtly alters
priorities to exalt the supernatural experience over a
relationship with the Lord.
A JOURNEY OR DESTINY?
WORD OF WISDOM: When walking a journey, we must
never lose sight of the goal. However, we must mark our
steps in character and love, else we will miss the mark.
WORD O’GRAM A JOURNEY OR DESTINY?
Jesus walked the
road slow enough to bring those He loved with Him.
Ordering His steps
in perfect timing, doors opened for His destiny.
why He came and what He had to do.
Ready to be poured
Not before His
pressured by men and spiritual forces.
Yielded only to
His Father’s plans.
Even driven out
because of ambition and zeal.
accomplish the goal but missing the point.
In hot pursuit of
why the race was won.
Yielded to passion
without knowledge or relationship.
Ps 127:2 NKJV
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who
build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman
stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up
early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for
so He gives His beloved sleep.
Eccl 1:13-14 NKJV
And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom
concerning all that is done under heaven; this
burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by
which they may be exercised. I have seen all the works
that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity
and grasping for the wind.
WORD OF WISDOM - In the Picture
How God speaks. Sometimes He frames our lives with a
foreground of people and circumstance. This brings an
added depth and perspective, that draws our focus to
search in the distance. If we receive His goodness
through these, we look past them and find God, Who has
been there all along. The foreground may be
overwhelming, and the God view quite small, but when we
allow the expanse of the perspective to fill our scope,
then the God view is massive and we can not contain Him
all in one panorama.
THROUGH THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE
...to another the word of knowledge through the same
The word of knowledge is the supernatural imparting of
facts not previously known to the giver. Often the
knowledge just pops into one’s mind and not knowing the
information prior, they know it is the Lord.
There are five ways the word of knowledge is received:
through sight, hearing, knowing, the senses and the
Dan 5:5 NKJV
In the same hour the fingers of a man's hand appeared
and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the
wall of the king's palace; and the king saw the part of
the hand that wrote.
One receives sight through pictures, visions and
dreams. In a public setting, a word of knowledge
through sight will usually come through a picture. A
particular picture not mentioned in the vision section,
is seeing a word written. I have
seen the writing of words
by God’s finger, my hand, a computer,
scriptures in the Bible, etc. Seeing a picture of the
written word is a common word of knowledge, through
sight. Anna saw the word, “faithful” written in bright
letters across the forehead of a man while she was
ministering to him. He said that he had been told that
by others which also confirmed and blessed her.
Acts 9:7 NKJV
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless,
hearing a voice but seeing no one.
The Lord will often speak necessary facts to the one
ministering. He can speak to our thoughts, through our
thoughts, or in an audible voice. The same is true with
hearing angels speak.
Matt 9:4-6 NKJV
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you
think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say,
'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and
Sometimes the word of knowledge just happens by an
inward knowing. When this occurs, the giver knows he
has received revelation from the Lord. One time I was
sitting near a gal in a conference, and we were sharing
the chair between us for our Bibles and note pads.
After she wrote something down, then placed her paper on
the chair, it started to fall off the chair. As I
reached out to grab the paper, the allegory was
quickened to me that the devourer was trying to steal
her Word. I knew in my heart this was true even though
I had never met her.
I asked the Lord if this was so and if I should share
it. Then as she stood up, her notebook fell to the
floor. This was my confirmation that I really
understood. So I prayed for an opportunity to share
with her, and after the meeting was over I asked her if
she had been given a Word from the Lord some time in her
past, where she deemed it valuable enough to write down,
but since then was doubting it. She looked absolutely
astonished and said, “Yes, I recently almost burned it,”
and she had come to the conference asking the Lord for a
special Word from Him about it! I told her that the
enemy had dispatched a spirit that was attempting to
devour that Word and that she needed to protect it.
I explained how when the Lord gives us Words, they often
come in seed form. We must keep them as in Mark 4, and
through the keeping process, they will bear fruit.
Sometimes, in the keeping, we must stand just like the
seed does and bear up under the cold windy times, the
dry hot times and still hold onto that Word. In time,
the Word He gives us will bring forth fruit with
patience. After I shared this, I prayed for her and
rebuked the devouring spirit. I asked the Lord to send
her confirmation and encouragement to keep that Word in
her heart and not let go of it. She was deeply
blessed. To this day, I do not know the Word she had
been given, but I know the enemy wanted to steal it.
WORD OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT A SPIDER 7/13/09
Today I had the most precious Word of knowledge about a
I was having my nails done and my knee was only a few
inches from the wall. Suddenly I saw this big brown
spider crawling along the wall and it was right near my
knee. I knew a gal that died from a brown recluse spider
bite and I did not know what a recluse spider looked
like. I have never been afraid of spiders, but since
this one was brown, I prayed.
In my mind, I spoke to the spider, bound it and said it
could not touch me nor harm me in any way. And then with
my hands still facing forward at the nail table, I
twisted my whole body with my knees to the far left -
away from that spider! Then I watched it move right
under the table. That made me much more nervous because
I knew it could drop onto my knee. I looked at my pants
to see how thick there were!
I was so distracted by not knowing where the spider was,
I finally prayed about it. I said, “Lord can You please
make this spider manifest?” On the word, “Manifest” I
had a word of knowledge that the spider had made its way
around the desk and was still on the wall, not under the
desk, and my eye fastened onto a place on the wall. At
the exact moment I knew this, the spider came out from
behind the desk at the exact location where my eye was
fastened. I had no doubt this was the Lord’s love for
This really touched me, because the Lord saw that I was
so distracted. He cared enough to let me know He’d heard
my prayer and was intimately involved with what matters
to me. I felt SO loved.
Luke 10:19-20 NKJV
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents
and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and
nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Acts 28:2-6 NKJV
But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid
them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat,
and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the
creature hanging from his hand, they said to one
another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though
he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to
live." But he shook off the creature into the fire and
suffered no harm.
CONFIRMATION UPDATE 7/14/09: FASTENING OUR EYES
I was really blessed by my spider story yesterday. Today
I listened to a sermon, it was mentioned that the word
of knowledge often happens in conjunction with one’s
eyes being fastened upon something or someone. That was
exactly what had happened with the spider.
Acts 3:4-7 NKJV
And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look
at us." So he gave them his attention, expecting to
receive something from them. Then Peter said, "Silver
and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and
Acts 14:9-10 NKJV
This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him
intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said
with a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" And
he leaped and walked.
2 Sam 5:23-24 NKJV
And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching
in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall
advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before
you to strike the camp of the Philistines.
The word of knowledge can be received by the Lord
opening the senses of the one ministering. A feeling of
warmth or pain may come in his own body where the Holy
Spirit wants to touch and heal in another. Sometimes
the Lord will open the other senses as He sees fit.
smelling and tasting.) I have a friend whose
hands sometimes get very hot when she prays for people.
It is a sign of the healing power of the Lord upon those
I was once listening to a lady’s testimony about losing
her husband and how the Lord fills that void. At the
same time, I was suddenly hit by a deep sense of
loneliness while sitting by a precious friend. It was
so intense that I began crying and the tears just
flowed. I knew I was feeling her pain and continued to
cry as I put my hand on her knee. I told her the Lord
felt her pain, and these were His tears for her. He
knew and He understood. We cried together and she was
comforted that the Lord knew and understood her deep
pain of loneliness. She mentioned several weeks later
that she had not forgotten that and that it was such a
comfort to her during her difficult times.
Another time, I was driving in the car to see a lady,
and my heart suddenly started to race and my breath
became short. It was so out of character for me, and I
said to myself, “This is fear I’m feeling!” I was
perfectly happy that day, and certainly not thinking
anything fearful. I rebuked the spirit of fear and
anxiety in Jesus’ name, and I immediately felt better.
When I arrived at my destination, the lady volunteered
she had been suffering panic attacks and had one that
morning prior to my arrival, but it had suddenly left.
I knew that was exactly what I had felt and that my
overcoming that spirit actually delivered her into
the spoken word:
Luke 1:42 NKJV
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said,
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit
of your womb!
The word of knowledge can also be spoken through the one
ministering, without his foreknowledge. The word simply
pops out, and after he speaks it he realizes it is a
gift from the Lord.
I had an interesting training from the Lord in learning
to recognize the word of knowledge. Although I’d
probably had thousands of pictures, and even more in
hearing, I had little practice in those knowing times
where I actually recognized it as the word of
knowledge. Then one day as I opened the mail box to
place my mail inside, I noticed another letter inside.
I knew something was wrong with the letter before I
turned it over. (Word through knowing.) So I picked it
up and saw that it was from my son, intending it to be
mailed. As I looked at it, I still had the nagging
feeling that something was wrong. I carefully looked to
see that he had addressed it properly, then said, “Oh
well, it will come back if something is wrong.” (Word
That day after the mailman had left our mail, he also
left that letter in the box, not mailed. Then the Lord
opened my eyes and I could clearly see that there was no
stamp! Now I thought it rather unusual that He blinded
my eyes as I went through such scrutiny over the letter,
knowing in my spirit something was wrong, even before I
ever looked at the front of the letter. Then I realized
He was teaching me that the inner knowing was the Holy
Spirit, and it was a word of knowledge. I realized I’d
had that feeling many times before and never realized it
was the gift of the word of knowledge functioning in
every day situations.
the gift of the Word of Knowledge are to:
1. Give warning
2 Kings 6:9-10 NLT
But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn
the king of Israel, "Do not go near that place, for the
Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there."
So the king of Israel would send word to the place
indicated by the man of God, warning the people there to
be on their guard. This happened several times.
Acts 10:15 NKJV
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What
God has cleansed you must not call common."
Acts 9:17 NKJV
And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and
laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord
Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has
sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled
with the Holy Spirit."
4. Uncover sin
2 Sam 12:7, 9 NKJV
Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! Thus
says the LORD God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over
Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul....
Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do
evil in His sight?
5. Disclose man’s thoughts
Acts 5:4 NKJV
While it remained, was it not your own? And after it
was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you
conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to
men but to God."
6. Identify healing
John 4:50 NKJV
Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So
the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and
he went his way.
7. Reveal God’s thoughts
Acts 9:15-16 NKJV
But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen
vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings,
and the children of Israel. For I will show him how
many things he must suffer for My name's sake."
8. Perceive what is missing
1 Sam 10:22 NKJV
Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, "Has the
man come here yet?" And the LORD answered, "There he
is, hidden among the equipment."
9. Ignite faith
John 4:39 NKJV
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in
Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He
told me all that I ever did."
10. Give encouragement
John 1:48 NKJV
Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus
answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you,
when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
In the above list, I used some Old Testament scriptures
as examples of the Holy Spirit’s gifts because God has
never changed. It was the same Holy Spirit back then,
as it is now after Pentecost. The only difference is
the Holy Spirit came upon the prophets, priests, etc.,
and did not dwell within them.
THROUGH DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
1 Cor 12:7,10
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each
one for the profit of all: ... to another discerning of
The gift of discerning of spirits is the ability to
discriminate different spirits. There are four types of
spirits: man’s spirit, God’s Spirit, angelic spirits and
1. MAN’S SPIRIT
Samuel went through the process of discerning the spirit
of man, in choosing David to be king. God told him not
to look on the outward appearance, when going through
the selection process. He discerned the brothers who
stood before him, refusing each as the choice to be king
over Israel. God allowed Samuel to go through this
process until David stood before him. The Lord then
spoke and said, “This is he.” (1 Samuel
Sometimes I have heard the hearts of people and
discerned these things were in their desires, prayers,
and possibly thoughts. Other times I have heard their
souls, and knew these did not align with God’s Word for
their life, and so I have prayed for them.
Acts 16:9 NKJV
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of
Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come
over to Macedonia and help us."
2. GOD’S SPIRIT
Eli discerned God’s Spirit was talking to the boy
Samuel, when Samuel did not know that. So often. we
hear the Lord’s voice speaking to us in the early
morning hours and do not perceive it is Him.
1 Sam 3:1-10 NLT
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel was serving the LORD by
assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the LORD
were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One
night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had just gone to
bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel
was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God.
Suddenly, the LORD called out, "Samuel! Samuel!" "Yes?"
Samuel replied. "What is it?" He jumped up and ran to
Eli. "Here I am. What do you need?" "I didn't call you,"
Eli replied. "Go on back to bed." So he did. Then the
LORD called out again, "Samuel!" Again Samuel jumped up
and ran to Eli. "Here I am," he said. "What do you
need?" "I didn't call you, my son," Eli said. "Go on
back to bed." Samuel did not yet know the LORD because
he had never had a message from the LORD before. So now
the LORD called a third time, and once more Samuel
jumped up and ran to Eli. "Here I am," he said. "What do
you need?" Then Eli realized it was the LORD who was
calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, "Go and lie down
again, and if someone calls again, say, 'Yes, LORD, your
servant is listening.' " So Samuel went back to bed.
And the LORD came and called as before, "Samuel!
Samuel!" And Samuel replied, "Yes, your servant is
3. ANGELIC SPIRITS
Hebrews 13:1 says, “Do not forget to entertain
strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly
entertained angels.” (NKJV) The Lord’s angels are
not always obvious in their appearance. Sometimes we
need to discern that they are angels! The scripture
also says that the enemy can be disguised as an angel of
light, therefore we must discern whether the angel
serves the Lord or the enemy.
2 Cor 11:14 NKJV
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself
into an angel of light.
I have seen a lot of angels in dreams and picture
visions. Angels that love the Lord have very lovely
countenances that express God’s love and joy.
CLICK HERE FOR LESSON ABOUT SEEING ANGELS
CLICK HERE FOR LESSON ABOUT ANGELS IN DREAMS
4. DEMONIC SPIRITS
Paul opposed the evil spirit that was actually saying
something good: “These men are the servants of the
Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
Paul discerned the spirit to be one of divination, and
rebuked it. (Acts 16:16-18 NKJV)
THE PROCESS OF DISCERNING
Some Greek definitions for discerning have negative
connotations: dispute, oppose, hesitate, contend,
differ, doubt, be partial, stagger, waver. These words
also happen to describe the process the receiver of
discernment goes through. The enemy is a liar and
deceiver. He tries to camouflage his works by
attempting to look good. When the receiver of
discernment is confronted with something that appears
good on the outside, but isn’t, it becomes a stumbling
block to his spirit. His flesh sees and hears that it
is good, but his spirit is disputing, opposing,
hesitating, contending, differing, doubting, staggering,
and wavering against the outward appearance.
I had an occurrence when I heard a spirit say to me that
there would be a break through in a meeting that I was
attending. It was a good message, and even said
something about the Lord. But my spirit hesitated even
though it was a good message and then suddenly I knew
that this was a religious spirit. I rebuked it in
Jesus’ Name, and it gave me all kinds of clack, being
very angry because the Lord had made it manifest. It
was a lesson that not all things heard are the Lord’s
voice, even though they sound like His voice.
Christians need discernment, especially when it comes to