We will continue our journey in the book of Acts discussing the supernatural. The last few weeks we picked up Paul’s journey back to Jerusalem in Acts 21: Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul's belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, "The Holy Spirit declares, 'So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.'"
We have been discussing how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit were important to the early church and how we need the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit personally and corporately even more today. There are nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit before we continue in Acts 21: The Nine Gifts are divided into three categories of three: First week we discussed the Three Gifts to Say (Speak). The second week we studied the Three Gifts to Know Gifts or Revelation Gifts and they often can work together. Today we continue to look at the three Gifts to Do (Gift of Working of Miracles)! A portion of the material comes from the great teacher Kenneth Hagin who is now with the Lord.
The Gift of the Working of Miracles definition by Pastor Cho in Korea: “A remarkable or surprising event that happens by the direct intervention of God, not following the general known laws of nature”
The word “working” is, of course, an action word and is translated from the Greek word “energema” meaning: “energy”, “to be in work, to be effective, active, operative, to energize or be energized”.
The word “miracles” is translated from the well-known word “dunamis” meaning: “act of power”; “special miraculous power”; “capability, power to do anything; then, power, might in action… a miracle as wrought by divine power; a work, with reference to the power required for its performance”.
A miracle can be defined as a supernatural intervention by God in the ordinary course of nature: a temporary
suspension of the accustomed order, or an interruption in the system of nature as we know it, operated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Whereas the gift of faith is a gift of the Spirit to the believer that he might receive miracles, the gift of the working of miracles is given to a believer that he might work a miracle. It is the mighty power of God flowing through a person (Howard Carter – “Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts”), an animal, or some other instrument (Lester Sumrall) to do something that could not be done normally.
When this gift is in manifestation through a believer, he participates in the same power of God that was in manifestation when God created the world.
When the Lord permits a person, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to speak a word and the miraculous occurs, then the same God who created the world is allowing some of His omnipotence to be manifested through that person.
In the gift of faith, God is working on our behalf, but independent of us – we do nothing. The exact opposite is true in the gift of the working of miracles: God is entrusting us with a strength, an energy that we do not normally have. The power of the Spirit of God surges through our hands, feet, and mind causing us to do or be something that is not normal or natural to our behavior.
The working of miracles is used to deliver people from unavoidable danger or harm. The gift of faith would carry a person through the danger with great peace and calm without the person being harmed at all. The gift of faith and the working of miracles work together under certain circumstances.
Unlike the gifts of healings, the gift of the working of miracles is more prominent in the Old Testament than in the New Testament.
I want to spend next week also discussing the Gift of Miracles because it is so supernatural that many children of God do not even believe it is possible for today but Father God never changes and we need all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation in our corporate and private lives.
Prayer Points: Father God in Jesus Name give us the faith not only to believe in the supernatural manifestations of the Gift of Miracles but the faith to believe that You desire to use believers like us in the Gift of Miracles. We yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit.