Guide to Experience Words Of Knowledge

Randy Clark (gleaning from John Wimber and the Vineyard movement) lists 7 common ways that the Holy Spirit reveals “words of knowledge” to us, specially in the context of healing and deliverance.

Note: Some theologians (ref. Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology and Sam Storms, The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts ) tend to subsume these “words” under the category of prophecy – reserving the term “words of knowledge” for revelation and gifting released by the Spirit in the context of teaching and evangelistic proclamation. While that maybe true, I will stick with with the common parlance within Charismatic circles. Most theologians agree that a strict definition is neither possible nor helpful.

What is a “Word of knowledge?”

It is revelatory insight given by the Holy Spirit related to a person or situation. It often shows us what God wants to do right now and is meant to encourage faith to believe God in that specific matter.

Sam Storms lists some possible examples in Scripture, but he does not consider them definitive examples. A sampling of his list:

John 1:43-51 Jesus reveals himself to Nathaniel

John 4 Jesus reveals himself to the Samaritan woman

Acts 5:1-11 Ananias sent to heal Saul

Here are the 7 most common ways that people tend to receive “Words of Knowledge”, especially in relationship to physical healing:

FEEL IT: We may feel a brief, sharp physical pain in our body, in a specific place. This may be related to one or several people nearby (in the meeting or grocery aisle!).

READ IT: Yeah, apparently some people just see words spelled out like a headline or ticker tape over someone. How weird is that? I’ve never gotten one of these before!

SEE IT: We get a mental picture in our mind revealing something. I usually get quite a bit of this. One other way to “see it” is to feel drawn to look at a specific object in the room, and then get a thought related to that object. Others have open visions, where they literally see something acted out and then snap back into reality after this.

THINK IT: If a strong and recurring thought or phrase that maybe somewhat random pops into your mind , it maybe a word of knowledge. I’ve had this happen to me a few times.

SAY IT: This is is real weird, because you will find yourself saying something you did not really plan on or think through very much. Randy says “it bypasses the cognitive processes of the brain”.

DREAM IT: There are times we dream something and then find ourselves in that same situation, which gives us faith to step out and “execute” the will of God. Other times we dream of someone being healed and that is God’s way of showing us what he is about to do.

EXPERIENCE IT: You literally experience something or an event (including seeing or hearing) that gives your inside information about what God wants to do. This is a little hard to define, but God sometimes will let us hear/see something that others don’t. Randy gives an example of hearing a phone ring, when there were no phones nearby. I once heard an airplane flying (relating to a word of knowledge) while others assured me that they heard nothing.
Have you experienced any of these? Would you like to? We are not to be passive or merely open , but we are exhorted by Paul to “earnestly desire spiritual gifts… for the common good”.


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