A Simple Look at Word of Knowledge, Prophecy and Word of Wisdom

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There exist three prophecy gifts and when properly understood and after you ask the Lord for the gift of prophecy you can operate in all of them and bless many people. In this short article I look at the gift of prophecy, word of knowledge and word of wisdom and show you how they are all part of the gift of prophecy but three distinct gifts. I will use a prophecy that someone did over me today and show you step by step through it.

To start with let me give you a simple idea of what the three gifts entail.


Prophecy is a written or spoken message off God ( the Spirit of God) through a human mouth or pen. Prophecies can be simple words strung together with a message, or a combination of a picture and words. A good combination of prophecy with a picture is a prophecy that I received the other day.

I see someone... it appears to be a man by the size and shape. He is wearing heavy combat boots that are very thick with loose dust. His shoe laces are untied and dragging on the ground. He is dressed in heavy clothing made of very rough material.. His back is bent...not from an infirmity but from fatigue. He walks along this long path alone..up ahead in the distance he sees what looks like a clearing...as he nears it he sees trees that are blooming and have an odour of freshness...like flowers...He sees beautiful lush plants and shrubs...He walks further into this area and sees a small body of water...like a stream...He hunches down dips his hand into the water and drinks...The water is cool and sweet...refreshing...He sighs...long and hard...He smiles and stands up. He is no longer bent over he is standing tall and smiling. The heavy layers of loose dust have fallen from his boots. His clothes are clean lighter weight and appropriate for where he is.. He has a look of satisfaction....of joy...of relief...of thanks that he has arrived.

At present I am going through a really rough time not being able to sleep at the right time at night. This has been going on for about a month. It has been wearing me down and like the man in the picture I am fatigued and bent over with troubles. This prophecy very clearly describes to me what I have been going through and also gives me hope that the answer is just around the corner and the end is in sight.

Not all people have pictures or see visions when they prophesy. Some people simply speak words and write words. All the words of a message can be called the prophecy, even scripture verses, but parts of the prophecy can also be words of knowledge and words of wisdom.

Words of knowledge

Words of knowledge are the part of a prophecy that are about a thing that is a fact that is presently in your life right now or has been in your past that the person prophesying in the natural sense of things would have no knowledge of. A word of knowledge is when Jesus said to the Samaritan woman that she had spoken correctly that she had lived with several husbands and that the man she was living with now wasn't her husband. That was knowledge that was divine in nature and she asked him if he was a prophet. When you deliver and accurate word of knowledge in a prophecy it really gets the persons attention and the stunning effect that they have on the recipients hasn't really changed today.

Words of wisdom

A word of wisdom is a word of divine direction by the Lord in the midst of prophecy. This might be something like don't sign that business deal tomorrow, or don't do this or that, or else be direction to do something. In the midst of prophecy, it isn't the person prophesying over you giving you advice, it is the Lord giving you divine direction.

In the Old Testament kings would consult a prophet when they went to war and ask if the Lord was going to show them favour and ask advice. Sometimes the prophet would speak a word of wisdom like dig a whole lot of trenches and fill them with water and when you hear this sound make a big noise. Something like that happened in the Bible and the enemy fled at the prophet's direction as the Lord did a miracle.

A word of wisdom might just be one line in a page of prophecy but it is one line that you should take note of and see that you do it.

So let us look at this prophecy and see what it entails as an example

The words of the prophecy are in italics and my description are below each of them.

You have had great distress in your life.

At 14 years of age I was sexually abused and this led into a life of addiction and a very sad life. Some fourteen years ago I developed a schizoaffective disorder ( Bipolar and schizophrenia) I have suffered greatly with this condition and my parents have suffered a lot during all of it also. For a total stranger to say this as the first words of a prophecy is very comforting to know that the Lord seems to know who he is speaking to. This is a classic word of knowledge. Some of you may say it is quite general, but how many people have had great distress in their life. She had my attention right away.

You have been in backslidden states several times in your life.

20 years of my life I was backslidden yet there were a couple of years in that 20 years that I was back on track again. Once again this is another word of knowledge. A skeptic might say it is too general also but to the person who has lived my life they have full knowledge that their life hasn't been to model Christian life.

The Spirit of the Lord shows me you cry out to him for restoration in many areas in your life.

I have done a lot of bad things in my life and in doing so picked up all sorts of demons and damaged myself in many ways. I am always in the lookout for a way to restore myself to the fullness that God has for me. There are areas of my life that I know I need work on. Next month I am booked in for a session with some spiritual counselling and healing at a local church and I am counting down that days. Once again this is a word of knowledge as only the Lord would know that I cry out for restoration.

Loneliness is one of the many areas in your life you seek God's hand in.

Since I have not been to work for a month I have been getting very lonely. I was only saying to my mother the other day that I have been getting lonely. This is another word of knowledge and a subject that weighs on my heart.

He is working on your Faith in the promises he has made or showed you.

This is a word of prophecy that isn't a word of knowledge but makes a lot of sense. I read a book on faith that had about fourteen stories of great people of faith and they asked them about their faith. The first three people in the book, one after the other said that the major contributing factor of their faith were the trials that they had endured.

In the midst of a major trial where I can't sleep properly God is reminding me that He is busy working on my faith. I was only thinking as I was trying to go to sleep tonight how was I ever going to be this great speaker in the future when I can't even sleep like an ordinary person.

Here God is saying this trial is for me to overcome and practice being an overcomer in once again and for me not to lose hope in all the promises that the Lord has made me.

He stops me and reminds me to tell you not to isolate yourself from the world.

With the above descriptions I hope you are able to see that this line is a word of wisdom. I have been doing exactly that. I have been at home away from my place of voluntary work for three weeks and I have been getting very lonely. The Lord here is telling me to go back and connect with the people. Even if I can't get into there until work is finished or half over, I can still go into our community centre and connect with people. The Lord doesn't want me to get so lonely and he wants me to connect and laugh and be with others.

Let your boldness show forth in the things of the kingdom...

Another word of wisdom. Another direction from the Lord.

As you can see there are many words of knowledge in this prophecy and two words of wisdom. It was a really refreshing word for me to get especially with the word of wisdom telling me to connect with the world. I really needed to hear that. I really needed to hear it!

I hope now that you have a good idea what prophecy, words of wisdom and words of knowledge are now. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you would like a prophecy of this person who prophesied this to me simply go to my site and ask for Bambi to prophesy over you.

If you have enjoyed my article you can read the book "The parables of Jesus made simple" for free here in its entirety or just selected parables in chapters at http://www.parables-of-jesus-christ.net/ The book will be published in book form in January 2011

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