The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In addition to the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, the Bible also tells us that there are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For the record, we feel that the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit are much more important than the 9 gifts are.

As the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit have to do with God imparting part of His divine nature into the core of our personalities to help make us into a much better and holy people.

God’s ultimate aim for all of us is our sanctification in Him, and part of that sanctification process has to do with the Holy Spirit Himself transmitting 9 specific divine qualities and attributes into our personalities.

But if the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit are the cake, then the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit are the icing on the cake.

Put these two together, and allow God to work with a believer with both sets of these 9 fruits and 9 gifts.

And you will have one mighty sanctified soldier of Jesus Christ, as the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit will give you some serious heavy ammunition to have at your disposal as you walk with God’s anointing in your daily life.

I call the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit torpedo gifts, as the Holy Spirit can manifest any one of these 9 gifts through any believer anytime that He will want to do so.

Each one of these gifts are major power gifts, and they are all direct, supernatural, miraculous manifestations direct from the Holy Spirit Himself.

And any Christian can get themselves in proper place to receive these 9 gifts, as the apostle Paul himself tells us not to be afraid to try and stir up these 9 specific gifts with the Lord.

Here is the direct verse from our Bible on the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit:

“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, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Now I will number and bold each one of these 9 gifts of the Spirit so you can have all of them right at the top of this article at a very quick glance:

Not only does the Bible tell us that these 9 gifts of the Spirit are available to all believers, but then it takes it one step further and tells us that we can actually try and stir these 9 gifts up with the Lord.

Here are 5 very good verses telling us to not only desire spiritual gifts, but to also not be afraid to try and stir these gifts up with the Lord:

1. “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy.” (1 Corinthians 14:39)

2. “… and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” (1 Corinthians 14:1)

3. “Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophecies.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

4. “Do not neglect the gift that is in you … Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Timothy 4:14)

5. “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6)

As such, every believer should go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to release these 9 gifts through them anytime that He will want to do so.

Let God know that you will be a willing vessel for the manifestations of these gifts, and that you will give Him a full and solid green light to manifest these gifts though you at anytime that He will want to do so.

These 9 gifts are a tremendous help and aid to not only you in your own personal walk with the Lord, but many of them can be also used to help other people out as special needs and circumstances arise in their lives.

Notice the very first line in this verse says that these 9 gifts are given to each one for the “profit of all.”

I will go ahead and break down each one of these 9 gifts of the Spirit into their own article so you can click on the link to read each one.  And then come back and read my conclusion.

As you reach each of the gifts  you can see exactly what each one of these 9 gifts are all about, and how important they can become in your life if you will only allow the Holy Spirit to manifest them through you at anytime that He will want to do so.


Just stop and think about what all 9 of these gifts from the Holy Spirit are really about. We are talking about God Almighty Himself coming down and manifesting a part of Himself through these 9 gifts, since God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are perfectly one with one another in the Divine Trinity.

This is what I call push-the-envelope kind of activity with the Lord. With every single one of these 9 gifts being direct, miraculous manifestations from the Holy Spirit, you are attempting to tread into deeper waters with the Lord. And that is exactly what God is asking all of us to do with these 9 special gifts.

When the apostle Paul, who I believe was the greatest of all of the New Testament apostles, tells us to “desire earnestly” these spiritual gifts and not to be afraid to try and stir these gifts up with the Lord, then you know God the Father is giving all us a big, fat, whopper green light to come after these 9 specific gifts.

Just think how many more people you can help and save if you will allow the Holy Spirit to manifest some of these 9 gifts through you from time to time.

Each one of these 9 gifts are major power gifts, and most of them are allowing the Lord to come in and manifest Himself to help someone else out.

Though Jesus is in heaven right now with His Father, we all still have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. And through the Holy Spirit, both God the Father and Jesus Christ can still manifest Themselves into our daily lives and any situations that we will need Their help on.

God and Jesus are still in the rescue, help, and deliverance business – and if you will allow God to manifest these 9 gifts through you from time to time, you yourself can become an actual partaker in some of Their divine, rescue, deliverance missions.

You yourself can help carry on the divine supernatural ministry that Jesus left behind when He ascended to His Father.

Per the new article we just put up, “The Great Commission – Save, Heal, Deliver and Disciple,” these 9 special power gifts will really help you in being to able save, heal, deliver, and disciple other people in this life.

I call these torpedo gifts, because they are like bullets loaded in a gun, ready to shoot out of you at anytime under the control and direction of the Holy Spirit. These 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit are the ammunition you will need to go to war for the Lord to help set the captives free, as the Bible is telling all of us to learn how to become good soldiers of Jesus Christ.

Combine these 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit with the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit so God can transform and mold you into the kind of person He wants you to become in Him, and you will then become a truly sanctified, fully-loaded, God-warrior like King David and Joshua were.

Then you will be ready to take on the real Goliaths of this world with absolutely no fear, since you know now that you have the power of the Holy Spirit Himself on the inside of you.

Then along with these 9 special powerful gifts of the Spirit that can be manifested through you at anytime to help either yourself or any other people as different needs will arise in their lives.

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  1. Louis Wright - November 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Excellent job on this piece about the gift of tongues. Seldom do I hear anyone give such a well balanced approach to this gift. It is a pity that most people will not get a chance to read it. Publish it somewhere else, as well. Maybe You-tube.

  2. Vidza Moses - October 30, 2018 at 6:49 am

    seek the Lord with a sincere heart and desire for his spirit to indwell you .
    NB having only the gift without the fruit is very dangerous. have both and live a righteous life.

  3. Femi Adebola - August 2, 2018 at 1:55 am

    God told us in 1corinthians 12 that the Holy Spirit distribute the gifts to each one as he determines. To one healing to another faith, to another speaking in tongues…. He never point to a particular gift as the one that that must be fanifested by his children, we are the ones expecting all believers to be able to speak in tongues, in verse ,30 of that chapter he ask Do all have gift of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? . Now when referring to all in verse 13 He say For we are ALL BAPTIZED BY ONE SPIRIT as to form one body, we can see that speaking in tongues is not the evidence of been baptized in the Holy Spirit. We are not forbidden to seek the gift of speaking in tongues we cannot overemphasise the importance in the edification of a believer 1 Corinthians 14:2,4 , keep on asking in faith if He can give it to you if He will

  4. William - July 20, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, It’s one Holy spirit but 9 manifestation of the Spirit for for the profit of all.

    While in Galatians 5:22-23. It’s one fruit but 9 flavors, namely Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

    Every believers who are influence by the Holy Spirit will have 9 possible flavors, some flavor are more prominent than the others. However, If you are not influence or “filled” with the Holy Spirit. You have only your own human manifestation.

    By the way, who can baptized us with the Holy Spirit. According to John the Baptist, It’s Jesus Christ himself. In Matthew 3:11 John the Baptist testified “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

    So gather If you wanted to be baptized with the Holy spirit, gather 2 or 3 believers of Jesus Christ and pray to Jesus Christ to validate testimony of John the Baptist to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. If testimony of John the baptist is credible, Jesus Christ will confirm his preaching and the Holy Spirit will comes as promised. So try it.

  5. Dan - July 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Recently, I was talking to someone who didn’t believe in praying “in tongues” within a regular church service, unless there is a translator present! What do people think about this? Surely, you can’t plan that kind of thing?

    • Rachel Barron - July 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      There is2 kinds of tongues,one is your own personal prayer language that you pray to God. The other is for the edifing of the body or church of Christ which needs to be interpreted in church

    • Rich Robson - September 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      It may be that 1 Corinthians 14:28 is saying that it should be the same person, not someone else, who interprets that which he spoke in tongues. I think that makes more sense in terms of edifying the body. What if a particular fellowship only had one person who believed to interpret and he was sick, unable to attend the service. Seems that would put God out of business until that person got better.

    • LaKia WATSON - November 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      A translator is needed to interpret what is being spoken. Before anyone speaks in tongues ppl have to agree, I think 3. Then if an interpreter is present and agrees to interpet, and three agree; only then a person can speak in tongues among others.It’s just like someone not fluent in speaking english or spanish, or fully understand the language or laws a person that speaks the language is used and an interpedtor is given to speak what the other person is saying in the language being spoken. It is a law of God to have these things in place so we know what is being spoken not to be in confusion of any tricks of evil.

  6. Gladys kuwema - June 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I remember always praying to God for me to speak in tongues but didn’t come through….it only happend to me a few months.I can pray in tongues and sing in tongues but do not know how to interpret them….I am not sure if the words that come out of my mouth after tongues usually comes in the language I can understand in the interpretation or maybe my own thoughts from my mind….I need advise

    • Dan - July 14, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      I have only one personal experience of translation, and it came during a regular church meeting. I felt God prompting me to offer a word, WHILE somone else was giving a tongue. The leader asked if anyone had a translation for the tongue, so up I went! To this day, I have no idea if what I shared was an “exact translation” of the tongue that had been shared, but if you’re in tune with God, he gives you the words to say.

      • Brenda sturkie - September 16, 2018 at 10:48 pm

        God said that if we did not praise him he would let the rock cry out. Why would you not believe that God could not interpret though another? It is our willingness for God to use is that would allow him to use us.

  7. Niane - June 15, 2018 at 10:55 am

    God can do anything through you. Ask yourself, “Why am I seeking gifts?” The Bible clearly says they are to “profit all.” Christianity is about glorifying Christ not us. What should be revered and shared more, gifts or His Word? If the practice of gifts does not fulfill the commandment of Acts 1:8 (the purpose of the church) then it is not scriptural. If you say prophesying (direct revelation from God) is being given, then you are saying the Word is incomplete.

    Please read the Bible as a whole and do not isolate verses. Learn who God is and how He wants us to live. The Bible is the revelation of God and is intended for us to know Him. Walk with Him and know Him and let His Spirit live in you and quit stressing about manifestations. He will work in you as He sees fit to profit His Kingdom.

    Praying for you all

  8. Howard Marks - May 31, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Kindly note answers has got to be based on what the word teaches.1st Cor 12 has so much to teach on these gifts. It tells us in verse 11 that its the Spirit that gives to every one as He wills, also to ONE is given … to Another is given…. this is shared as God sees fit and he will see fit based on ones desire and hunger also. Paul also went on to ask in vs 29-30 are all Apostles? Have all the gifts of healing, do all speak in tongues ect so not every one will have all the gifts if God chooses to share them up. In verse 31 he concludes ” covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show i unto you a more excellent way:- This more excellent way is :- LOVE. God bless you all

    • Lorraine Pecus - November 12, 2018 at 12:07 am

      I was taught that we receive ALL THE GIFTS. GOD gives us the discernment when and where to use a specific one according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

  9. Deanna A Riley - May 28, 2018 at 12:04 am

    I never knew what it meant when it happened to my daughter..Im calling my book Hell is also for real, but the more I study, what happened to her was a gift of prophecy and not the mark of the beast…

  10. emmanuel - May 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    well said but I believe peter was the greatest of all the apostles because he was given the mandate by Jesus christ

  11. mosaka raphael - March 24, 2018 at 4:32 am

    What is the clear differences between words of prophecy and words of knowledge?

    • Michael - May 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Prophecy is a direct message from God through a multitude of ways.

  12. Ruby - February 18, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Dear Victor

    Please, don’t think that it’s everybody who speaks absurd/ strange words in the church are actually under the influence of the holy spirit. Speaking in tongue is not something u can learn, study or acquire. It’s something u do under the control or influence of the holy spirit .

    • Saviour Abraham Umoren - October 12, 2018 at 1:56 am

      I greet you victor in the most holy spirit, please brother, I want you to know that one thing our Lord Jesus Christ hates so much is
      (1) abusing the gift of the holy spirit: i.e miss using, for a selfish gain, proud and parading showing to others that you now have the gift of the holy spirit….. Is wrong.
      (2) envy: being envious about others achievements, others have it and you don’t. is wrong, envy is a killer of one’s spiritual approach… If I may ask, what is your focus?
      Looking unto Jesus Christ the author and the finishers of our most holy faith…
      What is your relationship with Christ, and your personality in him…
      What is your level of right standing with him.
      And what is your mind set towards the gift of the holy spirit you are desiring. Romans12v1-2.
      The Bible says in John 8v32
      You shall know the truth and it make you free.
      What is that truth you think you know about Christ.
      The beginning of your knowing, is the beginning of the impartation of the gift of the holy spirit in your life.
      Don’t do it on your own self, but let be the to activate in you… John 14v16-17, 26 15v26, 16v7 this verses will help you…

  13. Victor C.Okwu - February 10, 2018 at 6:59 am

    All along l’ve been praying/fasting for the gift of speaking in tongues but have not received it. In a bible college class, l’m the only one left out. No gift! As a pastor, l feel odd, teaching/giving what l’ve not received. Please help me. Victor C. O.

    • Vundale - April 7, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Bless your heart Victor first we must be born again then called to our calling by GOD and not by an idea from ourselves or from someone other than GOD HIMSELF then we seek GOD for the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT then seek GOD for whatever gift that you desire like “tongues” etc that’s the order sir

    • Xander - May 9, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Dear Victor
      In the 12 Faith Confessions it says “I have no insecurities, because I see myself the way that God sees me” Often we desire things for ourselves and lookawayfrom what God wants us to see. Pray that you recieve this gift, but ask for it, for the right reason.


    • Ken - May 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Repeat “hallelujah” many times quickly. Let you tongue roll. It will come. Mark 16:17 Jesus promises it to all believers.

    • Brenda - September 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      I know that until you give up and let God take control it does not come. I learn that after seeking for God’s to give me the gift of tongues it seemed like it was not going to be. I remember saying God that is all I can do in others word I have my whole being to his will. At the moment I being to speak in a heavenly language.

  14. Victor - September 12, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Is it possible for an individual to possess the nine gift of the holy spirit?
    If yes, give an instance.

    • Ixollia - January 1, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Yes.. many Christians speak in tongues and prophecy. ..those are already two gifts
      It goes to show that it is possible, but only through prayer , fasting and a life dedicated entirely to Christ

    • kirksaaa - June 28, 2018 at 8:43 am

      He gives to each one, as He chooses. And will He not give good gifts to His children when they ask? If your heart is set to help/love others, your motive is right, “and it will be given to you”, you also need to ask in faith that God wants, delights, to help/love others through you. So don’t worry or fret, do not fear, but walk in the confidence that Hod will equip you on the spot for every good work. Intentionally put yourself in places where God can hook you up with people. Just say “hi”, with the smile of God’s look of Love and Favor on your face and in your eye, and tell them what you see in them. For God WILL give you wonderful words of Life to speak. You may stumble at first, DON’T give up, bu God’s good grace you will learn to ride that Horse like you’re a natural. Love you sweetheart! Now go git’m!

  15. Cynthia - March 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I am so happy when I read this article. I used to pray for the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit but sometimes I felt that I am being greedy, but after reading this article I learnt that It’s not a sin to pray for all the gifts. I thank God for giving me his gift of healing and speaking in tongues and I am still praying for all other gifts, especially the gifts of prophecy.

  16. paul - December 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    fruit is related to the character He builds in you – Christ’s – but to say the gifts are not as important shows a certain snobbishness. The body of believers today is largely impotent, not having much impact on society which is going to hell in a handbasket ( the early believers turned the world upside down), and basically not run much different from any other corporation. They seem to think they can fight spiritual warfare vs the powers of darkness, with man conceived / made weapons when Paul himself said spiritual weapons are required. Who negates the value of a word of knowledge, word of wisdom, gift of “extra faith” to achieve something at a given time, or how has the lack of discerning of spirits aided the devil in his machinations?

  17. Kristal Jordan - April 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I have asked for the gifts of the Spirit to manifest in me as well as the fruits of the Spirit. I spoke in tongues once while i was sleeping/dreaming but I havent spoken since. I dont understand that. I feel left out when i go to church sometimes and hear others speak in tongues or do their heavenly dance (shout). I do feel the presence of God and mostly i just cry, but I want more! Ive asked God several times to go higher in Him. Please pray for me.

    • LaTonya Johnson - May 21, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Keep asking, keep seeking Him and at the appointed time you will receive! Never give up, He will come!

    • Lynda - June 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Sister Kristal,

      Reflect over each part of the Word: who ALL danced, shouted and spoke in tongues? Certainly only a few . To be Spirit-indwelled Christian is to know who we are , who/what we are NOT, and to trust in God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We are to believe, trust, and follow Him as He sees fit which will always be His purpose (s). He never abandons us but is not always putting us into service. He provides rest and preparation time, purifying us as we grow in knowledge of Him.

      It is not about our performance, or worship but is about our most personal relationship with the Trinity /Triune God working in and/or through us temporarily , and/or permanently as He sees fit, for His purpose (s) as we allow and seek it.

      Only He can read the intentions of the heart and mind, telling us to “Go about the renewal of your mind”…thinking about His Word and will for each of us.

      Because He is The Creator, we can know we cannot create ourselves, therefore are His Creation, His servants, His “Children”, and that He loves us more than anyone can.

      We can INVITE HIM INTO OUR HEART, MIND AND BODY. We are indwelled by the Holy Spirit who knows us better than we know ourselves, will manifest as we YIELD and not try to “be ” what we want or think He is.

      He alone reads the intentions and mind of everyone at all times because He is the all knowing, all powerful, everywhere or anywhere He needs or wants to be…ONLY loving/ living/ Creator God.

      Trust Him to know when you are ready, yielded, prepared to receive, and have accepted His will and purpose for your life, giving up your own will and goals that do not match His.

      He will never force Himself onto or into us. He loves us but will not pamper and spoil us. Agape love is the highest and best love we can receive, and only He can give it, has it, and knows how to best express it to a YIELDED, sincere , ready child.

    • Monica Kinard - June 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Krystal, praying in tongues is a gift already given to you. When you pay in tongues, the Bibles tells us that it when we release our most hot and perfect prayer to the Father. In that time we are yielding our tongue to the spirit to pray the prayers that we are missing or aren’t aware of. Although it if a gift, you must practice and work that gift. When you are praying in your native language begin to allow the Holy Spirit to take over. It may sound funny at first but God will do the rest.

    • LaKia WATSON - November 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Ask in Jesus name, but not to praise yourself as to having the ability to do so, but to have within you to use the gifts to aid others. Your faith has to be very strong in God and of Jesus to aquire all all gifts and fruits. And with any aquired we are to boast not on ourselves but of God’s power. God allowed me to aquire all gifts, I’m thankful to show God working within and through me, but these gifts are not always to be revealed at least not when we want certain ones to. I have only spoken in tongue once, that I can remember and interped once or more as well. But it comes at a time when God wants to use us. Be hopeful, don’t doubt; your time will come.

  18. Boateng Joseph - April 17, 2016 at 5:07 am

    We (Christians are been baptized with the Holy Spirit to attain these spiritual gifts in order to wage spiritual combat against the Dark Kingdom. Therefore desire them and use them. Romans 16:20.

  19. Jeanette - March 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

    That is a very significant ‘s’ and you are correct. Unlike the gifts we expected to receive ALL the manifestations of THE fruit.

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