Word of knowledge
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
Yesterday I talked about the first part of 1 Corinthians 12:8 and today I want to move on to the second part. It is the second in the list of Holy Spirit gifts, the word of knowledge. The word of knowledge gift is simply defined as knowing something specific without having learned it by natural means.
Again, Jesus operated in this gift when He talked to the women at the well in John chapter 4. He told her some specific things about her life that he would have no natural knowledge about without the Holy Spirit’s help. I would like to make a side note here that if Jesus needed to rely on the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need His help to reach the world. I know many would argue that He was God in the flesh and of course He knows everything, but Philippians 2:7 tells us that He emptied Himself to take on the form of a servant and the likeness of men. He walked this world as a person just like you and me, except He did it perfectly, with the Holy Spirit’s help.
The second example of the use of the word of wisdom is in Acts 9, when the Holy Spirit gave the disciple Ananias the address to the house where Saul/Paul was staying until someone came to lay hands on him. He said go to the street called Straight to the house of Judas to find Saul of Tarsus there. The GPS doesn’t even get that detailed. Ananias was given a word of knowledge so He could go minister to Saul before he was called Paul. Ananias was not a pastor or a teacher, but he was a Christian.
The importance of the word of knowledge is to minister to someone about something God is doing in their life. It is a confirmation to the unbeliever or new believer that God does actually know who they are and He wants them to turn to Him and trust Him. God wants His people to be able to operate in these gifts by following the Holy Spirit’s direction to talk to people that He is drawing in to Himself.
Today I want to encourage you, once again to talk to your Heavenly Father about the Holy Spirit’s empowerment in your life. Read the scripture and pray for revelation concerning the gifts. Open your heart to receive anything the Spirit of God wants to show you and trust that He will lead you in the path of His rightness.
Pray a prayer something like this: Heavenly Father, I want to be an effective witness for you in this world and I want to be a vessel that You can move through to reach people far from You. Empower me through Your Spirit to hear and know the way to touch lives, to let people know you love them, You know who they are and what they need right now. I put away my fear and preconceived ideas to open up my heart now to anything You want to teach me. Help me to be ready to receive your direction and move as the Your Spirit leads. I ask this in Jesus Holy name, Amen.
Today’s scripture reading: John 4:1-26