Can You Feel The Presence Of The Holy Spirit?
Can you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when you join with other Christians? Are you conscious that the Holy Spirit of God is there in the room with you when you are praying and worshipping, and sharing the Word? I like to think that the strength of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God is in direct proportion to the intensity of the prayer being offered at the moment.
- Miracles and Spiritual Healing
I went many times to the healing/revival meetings of Bill Subritsky, a well known New Zealand/South Pacific evangelist. It was his practice to spend many hours in prayer before the meeting, and to have a team of strong pray-ers working in a room behind the stage while the meeting was in progress. Many dramatic healings and conversions, and miracles resulted from those meetings. (My wife, Mary, was cured of a BONE DEFORMITY!**) I am convinced of the direct connection between the praying and the miraculous results.
- Need For Caution
There is a powerful need for caution here in gauging the presence or absence of the Holy Spirit. There exists in some charismatic circles the belief that if those present all start making moo-ing and high pitched humming noises then the collective euphoria will induce the presence of the Holy Spirit of God. THIS IS FALLACY! It is NOT POSSIBLE to manipulate God. True collective singing in the spirit consists in simultaneous individual singing, pitched in musical harmonics, that sounds truly heavenly to those present. It sounds like angels voices and acts very powerfully on the emotions of those participating. A normal response to this experience is to feel totally uplifted, and to be in a mild, strong or even a total state of euphoria.
- Singing in The Spirit
I would caution all worship leaders here to avoid attempting to induce singing in the spirit as a regular response to group worship. I believe that singing in the spirit is an unusual response, not a regular response, and must be indulged only when led by the Holy Spirit of God. The suggestion that certain techniques of praise and worship will always lead to singing in the spirit is false, and is a totally unrealistic expectation* for the worshippers. It happens naturally when the collective worship has been going on for some time and spiritual feeling is very intense. This is a response to fervent prayer, and powerful worship, not to be attempted as an effect by worship leaders. True singing in the spirit will most likely start as a spontaneous individual response from among those present, not from the worship leader. It is characterized by those singularly pure musical notes which are the true harmonics of normal music. Individual singing in the spirit is often in natural language, not tongues, and may be either prophetic or inspirational in content.
*(An exception might be in the case of a totally committed group, meeting often)
- How to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit
My conclusion is that the absence or visible presence of the Holy Spirit of God is directly related to the sincerity and power of the prayer and worship being offered. It is worth considering here, that the recorded instances of revival have been preceded by intense and more or less continuous group prayer. Therefore, to collectively feel the presence of the Holy Spirit of God, you need to spent time in prayer and worship.
**Cured Bone Deformity. Please note there were “before” and “after” x rays of the bone, and also a subsequent video of this event, made by Dove Ministries”