Bible Reading: Acts 5:1-16
Before moving on to the third gift of the Spirit in the category of gifts of revelation, I would like to take one final look at two further manifestations of the word of knowledge.
The church in the early chapters of the book of Acts was growing very quickly and the people were united and supporting and caring for one another [Acts 4:32-35]. Ananias and Sapphira were members of the early church, and by a word of knowledge, Peter saw that this couple had lied to the Holy Spirit. They had sold a possession [verse 1], but having made a promise to give the proceeds from the sale to the Lord, they only gave a part of what they had promised. The remainder they kept back for themselves, but then pretended that they had given everything to the Lord. Their sin was deception!
It would not have been possible for Peter to know by human knowledge what Ananias and Sapphira had done, but God knew and revealed it to Peter. The Bible says, “All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” [Hebrews 4:13]. The result of the word of knowledge in this situation was the judgment of hypocrisy, and the purifying of the church! Immediately after the judgment of Ananias and Sapphira, the church experienced an awesome sense of the presence of God and continuing power in the church [verse 12-16].
Some years ago I visited Australia and was asked to minister at a church that I had not been to before. I began by sharing my testimony, but the pastor interrupted me and asked me to move in the word of knowledge. He asked several people to stand up, and told them that I would come and speak a word of knowledge into their lives. At first I was horrified. I had never been put into a situation like this before. As I approached the first person, a woman, I was praying one of those arrow prayers for help. I looked at her and said, “Twenty-seven years ago you had an abortion and have been living with pain and condemnation ever since!” That was all I said. No one touched her, but she fell to the ground in a heap. Sometime later she sat up, and said, “I am free! It has all gone!” A word of knowledge had caused her to face up to her sin and she had been set free!
In a few words, what have you learned about the word of knowledge over these past six days?
What impact does the word of knowledge have in ministering to other people?
In what way does it always bring glory to God? How can we avoid taking that glory for ourselves?
Would you ask God to give you supernatural manifestations of His knowledge, and then be open to do this at whatever time He wishes to do so?