How to Hear the Holy Spirit
What the Voice of the Holy Spirit Sounds/Feels Like
Question for class discussion:
Describe a time when the presence of the Holy Spirit was a very strong feeling for you. What did this encounter with God feel like?
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C.F. raised a question:
I always felt a very strong presence of the Holy Spirit after attending Life in the Spirit Seminars. Either I would feel the presence during the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or afterward. I would feel extremely happy, joyful — always thinking about God, talking to Him. It really felt totally awesome, marvelous, so much of joy I could radiate it to others. God felt very close — in me, with me, surrounding me — all over. In everything I did, He was there. Unfortunately after a few days/weeks, it dies down.
Seriously Terry, is it always like this? When one gets into a deeper, more serious relationship with Jesus, does one have the same feeling? Correct me if I am wrong. When one falls in love, with the presence of dopamine (hormones that’s exist when one’s in love) everything is so lovey-dovey, etc. But a few years down the road with marriage and all, it doesn’t stay that way, right? The relationship goes into a more mature state, where the initial feelings don’t matter anymore. Likewise does one have that ‘nice’ feeling all the time being filled with the Holy Spirit? Don’t we mature in our relationship with the Holy Spirit? We can’t possibly be feeling nice all the time right?
Reply from Terry:
We’re talking about two different experiences of the Holy Spirit’s presence. One is what you described feeling after the seminars. It’s like the initial romance of falling in love.
The other is what we experience when we grow more mature in our relationship with the Holy Spirit. We don’t feel it all the time, but we do feel it when we’re prayerfully turning our attention to God, to become aware of the Holy Spirit resonating with our own spirit. Beginners don’t experience this, because it’s a deeper level of prayer, a deeper connection to the Spirit of God, and it requires total surrender, tuning out the world and our own desires and everything else that is not God.
Addressing C.F., I would say that it is in our nature to be variable in emotions. It is human. Yet, sometimes you can love the thought of someone, and not that someone. The feeling passes so we can evaluate if our love is for God or if our love is for the feelings we experience. It is like being weaned from milk to invest more substantial food. Feelings come and go, but love is from the soul. It is about knowledge of the Truth of the other, and the relationship, regardless of the variations in the feeling.
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