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A Word of Knowledge

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, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:7-8 (NKJV)

There is a phrase I like to say, “Where God guides, He provides.”  I think God will always provide the things we need, whether it is our daily provisions, time, talent, or any other spiritual gift or ability needed to do His will, and to serve the body of believers. One of these greatest provisions of gifts we can be given to help others is a “Word of knowledge” (1 Cor. 12:8). A word of knowledge is the unique ability to discern, and declare knowledge concerning a person or a situation, which could only be revealed supernaturally.  

We can see the apostle Paul using this gift when he spoke to the crew of a sailing ship — telling them it was a bad idea to set sail for Crete, saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss…” (Acts 27:10)  Paul had been given a word of knowledge — the ship would not make its destination, and there would be much loss, and he used this information for the good of all concerned.  

There will be many times when we are given a word of knowledge about someone or something they are involved in, and we must seek the Lord for His wisdom and will.  We must be responsible with this information, and remember that it was not given to us to somehow feel superior, or to have something on this person. It may be God simply intends for us to intercede in prayer for the person or situation we have been given a word of knowledge about, and it may be so that we are better prepared to help them once the situation is officially revealed.  Either way, we need to seek God in prayer for what He wants. 

I think it is important to understand a word of knowledge isn’t always a gift from God.  Satan and his emissaries will use supernatural knowledge as their weapons of choice when waging spiritual warfare.  Satan and his fallen angels cannot read our mind, but they can fire darts (thoughts) into our mind (Eph. 6:16).  So even though Satan isn’t omniscient (all knowing), it would be very easy for him to fire in a word of knowledge into our mind about something he has tempted someone else into doing.  

Even so, this is all the more reason to seek God as to how we can pray for this person, or better prepare ourselves to be ready to help them in whatever way the Lord leads us.  I think we can find great solace in God’s promise that He will use everything for good, for those who love Him, and who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). With knowledge comes great responsibility—with God’s wisdom to use this knowledge comes great rewards.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Cor. 12:8, what are the manifestations of the Holy Spirit given for?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to use the manifestations of the Holy Spirit for the profit of all? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s gifts and abilities, and choose to use them wisely for the profit of all. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for the gifts and abilities You have given to each of us.  Help me to use these gifts and abilities wisely and for the benefit of all. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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