There are three categories of gifts, first received and divided up by revelation, by the late Howard Carter, a British WW II conscientious objectioner, while in prison. Brother Carter was a mentor to the late Lester Sumrall, whom I followed closely in life and ministry, and who became as a spiritual father to me, albeit from a distance. I had three glorious days in Liberia with him when I was a young missionary and was never quite the same. If you’re hungry and you possess a sensitivity and receptivity to the Lord, being around a man of such spiritual stature always has a profound effect on your spirit.

Anyway, back to these gifts of the Spirit. There are nine of them (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Three gifts are gifts of revelation and they flow through, and mainly affect, your human spirit. Then there are three gifts of power, and they mainly affect your physical body or circumstances of nature or divine protection in danger. The last three are gifts of utterance and they manifest by inspiration and flow through your mouth.

Almost always when people were filled with the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant they spoke (Luke 1:39-55; Acts 2:4, 4:31, 10:46, 19:6; Ephesians 5:18-19, Col. 3:16, James 5:13, Rev. 5:9, Rev. 7:9-11, Rev. 14:3, Rev. 15:2-4). These scriptures provide a separate study all in itself that is very enlightening.


For example, did you know that when the Spirit of God comes on you most of the time it’s for utterance to speak, not to just shake, and shout, and manifest outwardly? Personally, because of the fire of God in my belly, that is a constant manifestation in my life. I’ll admit, I’m a shouter and a bit of a screamer sometimes, and I had to learn to temper that and yield more to the utterances that were pressing against my lips. I found out that you don’t need to shout and holler to necessarily be anointed.

Now don’t misunderstand me, there is a time to shout, and holler, and shake, and dance, and run. I can do that with the best of them, but what often happens, especially when people are receiving the Holy Spirit baptism they short circuit the power of God by hollering or shaking when that power is meant to be released through their mouth in tongues, in praise, and/or in prophecy.

“For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.” (Acts 10:46)

“And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6)

Over the course of my lifetime I’ve laid hands and ministered individually and in masse to perhaps thousands of people. It is a pretty regular occurrence that some of them will scream, jump, and jerk, but still do not receive their prayer language. It was a little frustrating for me at times, so I had to give them more instructions on how to release that power they were sensing out of their mouths. The Lord taught me that. They were short circuiting the power by yelling, and jerking, and screaming when they just needed to speak in tongues.