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Movements of the Holy Spirit can take place in several different ways. Here are a few examples of the Holy Spirit moving:

– A young woman walks along the beach. No one else can be seen for miles. It is just her, and God. She feels at peace and so happy. She sings – not words, but sounds, beautiful sounds that form a lovely melody.

– A college-aged man sits and listens to a sermon. The sermon hits his heart so much that he cannot help but shout, “Come on!” and then start to clap.

– During worship the elderly man feels so much joy that he can’t help but dance. He squats up and down – moving his arms as if he were skiing.

– A man lies head in hand on the floor and just weeps. At first glance others may think something is wrong – that maybe he needs prayer – but, he is just enjoying the presence of God.

– The girl sits. She reads. All others around her are standing and singing the lyrics on the worship slide, but she stays in her chair – her Bible open on her lap. She may later stand up and shout a specific verse she feels God laid on her heart for the church, or she may just remain silent and let the words sink in.

– The young boy sees how his sister isn’t feeling well. He puts his hand on her and prays, “I thank you that she is healed God.”

– A woman can sense that God is speaking a word of encouragement to her that she is supposed to relay to another. She walks over to this person and says “I feel like God wants you to know you haven’t been forgotten. To remember that even the hairs on your head He has numbered.”

Let’s dive a little deeper to 5 biblical points, or illustrations of how the Holy Spirit can manifest.


Often times, when the Holy Spirit is upon us, we are given the power to do something a little out of our comfort zone. We may discover we have a new boldness to go up to someone and pray for them. We may have the strength to speak the truth when before we might have kept our mouth shut out of fear. The Holy Spirit washes over us with a super natural strength – maybe a physical strength like Samson had, or an internal strength to be courageous with words. We may receive a stronger back bone to stand up for what we believe in-figuratively and literally.

A few verses regarding power from the Holy Spirit are as follows:

“But, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8)

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord,” (Micah 3:8)

“…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:32)


When Jesus returned from the Jordan he was led and guided by the Holy Spirit while in the wilderness. While in the presence of Satan, Jesus’ words and actions were led by the Holy Spirit.

Often times when others may ask us hard-to-answer questions about our faith or life in general, we may seem to stumble to gather our words. The Holy Spirit can help guide us in speaking truth. He can put together the words of what we need to say. He can also lead us to the places He wants us to go – to the people we need to talk to.


David danced, others sing for joy to the Lord, and some shout to the Rock of Salvation (Psalm 45:1). Singing, clapping, and even weeping tears of joy can happen when the Holy Spirit manifests inside of us. Joy can be expressed in so many different ways other than previously mentioned: in art, in smiling, in laughing, even in being still. It is good to recognize the pure bubbling of happiness inside of us that stems from the Holy Spirit.


As the Holy Spirit guides us He may lead us to pray for healing over another. If this happens, we can then count on Jesus to work through us and a healing to take place. For in Matthew Jesus gave authority to His disciples to heal every kind of disease and sickness and in 1 Corinthians the gift of healing through the Holy Spirit is described.

Often times we may also feel the Holy Spirit working inside of ourselves – bringing healing to our own souls or bodies. In my experience, tears are shed and a feeling of warmth is poured throughout me as the Holy Spirit works. It is important that if called that we pray for others so that healing can manifest.


This is where interpretation of dreams and visions, or interpretation of tongues takes places. This is also where discernment of a particular situation and interceding happens. Such an example is of when Moses described that the Lord filled Bezalel with the Holy Spirit and in turn he had skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts (Exodus 35:31). Also as written in Romans that when we do not know how to pray for a situation the Holy Spirit will intercede for us (Romans 8:26-27).


As God has made us all uniquely, our experiences with the Holy Spirit can be unique and personalized as well. Just because we do not speak in tongues the same way as someone else, or even at all – maybe instead we weep – doesn’t mean we are any less filled with the Holy Spirit as our brother or sister in Christ is. The moving and manifesting of the Holy Spirit is not going to look the same for everyone. The cool thing about God is that He knows us so well inside and out that He knows just the right ways for the Holy Spirit to speak to us. It is important to recognize that just as people are given different gifts and talents, and that the Holy Spirit also works throughout the congregation in many different ways.

Lights UP North writes from deep inside the great Northern Woods in hopes of bringing inspiration, encouragement, and hope to others. Ministering to those who are suffering from eczema and allergies is another strong passion for Lights UP North.

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