The Rector of the Pentecost University College (PUC), Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker, has indicated that the world today needs to encounter the power of the Holy Spirit in order to experience the miracles of Jesus Christ.
Speaking on the theme, “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” during a service with the Korle-Bu Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) on Sunday, October 14, 2018, Apostle Dr Walker drew the attention of Christians to the fact that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are real and of utmost relevance in the postmodern world.
Reading from 1 Corinthians chapter 12, he called on Christians to identify the spiritual gifts God has given them and operate in them to advance the Kingdom work, stating that, “So far as you have been born again by the Holy Spirit and also baptised in the Holy Spirit, you must operate in the spiritual gifts.”
Apostle Dr Daniel Walker, an Executive Council Member of The Church of Pentecost, revealed that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and causes people to yield to the Lord. He added that immediately someone accepts Christ, the person is baptised into Christ and becomes a child of God and part of the Church.
He put the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit under three categories: Revelation gifts (word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discernment of spirits) which he called “The eye of the Church;” the Power gifts (faith, healing, working of miracles), which he called “The hand of God in the Church,” and the Inspiration gifts (prophecy, speaking in diverse tongues, and interpretation of tongues), which he called “The voice of God in the Church.”
Touching on the revelation gifts, thus the word of knowledge, Apostle Dr Walker revealed that it is the supernatural revelation of information given for a specific purpose. He added that word of knowledge involves knowing truth about things that are happening now, things in the past or things that are yet to happen.
According to him, this spiritual gift is important in the issues of marriage, educational plans, or projects that one wants to carry out. He used the example of John’s revelation of issues concerning the seven churches in the province of Asia as recorded in Revelation chapters 1 to 3, to illustrate how the gift of word of knowledge operates.
On the gift of word of wisdom, he stated that it is a manifestation of the Spirit where the believer receives an insight or understanding on how to deal with a specific situation. He used the example of the prophetic illustration given by Agabus in Acts 21:10-11, to explain the gift of word of wisdom.
The PUC Rector also pointed out that the gift of discerning of spirit is the ability to discern the spirit world. He mentioned that this gift is the ability to figure out the true Spirit of God or otherwise that is operating. He prayed that this gift will abound in the church to prevent many believers from being deceived.
He encouraged Christians to be always ready to hear from God and operate in the gift of the Holy Spirit, saying, “The vessel that the spiritual gift is operating from is equally important as the gift itself.”
Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker revealed that his father Apostle Fred Diabene Walker (of blessed memory), was a good example of a Christian who operated in all the nine spiritual gifts. He used several examples in the ministry of his late father to establish the fact that the gifts of the Spirit are real.
He challenged Christians to desire and operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to put the Church on its toes.
Report by S. Ofotsu Ofoe