Holy Spirit Manifestations

Just a note:  This is not intended as a complete article on the Holy Spirit. It is quite long, but don’t let that intimate you or keep you from reading all it has to say, even if you need to make more than one visit.  

While I chose to call it Holy Spirit Manifestations, it’s really an article in argument as to the truth of the Holy Spirit.  So while it’s purpose is to address those strange bodily manifestations we get all excited about, it does so in light of the scripture as a comparison to what is claimed by man and taught by God through His word. 

As God will not violate His character or His word I felt it was important to look at not only manifestations, but also the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.   When we see the truth as a whole it is easier to recognize the counterfeit.

Be blessed.   mk

For a great number of years Christians have been experiencing strange manifestations of the body. These often, but not always, happen while another person prays for them in the “laying on of hands”.  They have also been known to happen during times of deep worship. Such strangeness include falling down, (aka “slain”), odd bodily sensations, the feeling of heat or cold,  shaking, and other strange involuntary movements of the limbs often without the power of thier own to stop them.  These are attributed to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  But are they?

In addition, the Holy Spirit is explained as a weighty, tangible presence which is not only felt but can be passed from person to person.  You have to wonder if God, the Most High God who spoke all that we see into existence can actually be passed like a football.

In doing my own research, here is what I came up from using the Word of God, rather than the word of man.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is given upon salvation to empower the believer to fulfill the great commission.  We are told in the Word to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Here is how Jesus taught of the Spirit’s coming, He would bring truth and glorify Jesus, testify of Jesus and convict the world of sin.

John 16:13-15

13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and he will tell you things to come.  14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 “All things that the Father has are Mine, Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

John 15:26-27

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 16:8-11

8 “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment because the ruler of this world is judged.

These teachings regarding the Holy Sprit and even His character are quite different than what we are being taught and are experiencing today.  The Holy Spirit does not have His own personality. He is not a tangible presence that can be passed to another believer through touch (impartation) or by breathing or blowing on a person. He cannot and will not be commanded to do things by people. He is God, not a genie at our disposal.

Anointing From God

 1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

1 John 2:26, 27

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.     27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor: He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

Gifts and anointing are given to born again believers directly from God as He wills and to aid the believer fulfilling the great commission. They are given for the sole purpose of completing God’s plans and purposes on the earth and for no other reason. Spiritual gifts cannot be passed around from person to person or imparted from one person to another any more than the Holy Spirit can be. We cannot “will” a gift into a person simply because they want it, nor can we impart a teaching to another through the laying on of hands.

Gifts are not given as “mantles” by praying at someone’s grave site, nor is there any biblical indication that a believer has rights to or should ask for a mantle or gift of someone who has died.  Yes, Elisha received the “mantle” of Elijah but again, this is by way of the old covenant, not the new, and under what seemed to be very special circumstances.

Holy Spirit Manifestations

 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

The Holy Spirit does not manifest through water or electricity or grant us power to manipulate the atmosphere by the movement of our hands.  His presence does not cause a believer to fall to the ground or to become frozen as in a trance-like state or to shake, jerk, convulse, groan, moan, bend at the waist, go into a giving birth-like state, jump up and down, shout, scream or run around the room. He does not cause the believer to act like or to make sounds of an animal or snake, or to experience sensations of hot or cold or electricity.  He does not cause a feeling of drunkenness, slurred speech or other similar impairments, nor does He cause fits of uncontrolled laughter or tears.

There is nothing in the bible to substantiate these manifestations to be of the Holy Spirit, or to even be Godly.  Instead they seem to mimic death and various diseases and drunkenness and even behaviors of those who are demon possessed.

Isaiah 29:9-10

9 Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind!

They are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger but not with intoxicating drink.

10 For the Lord has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; and He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.

 Holy Spirit Fruit

Galatians 5:22 – 23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

If Jesus came to bring us freedom, would the Holy Spirit who reveals all truth and testifies of Christ cause us to act in such oppressive and uncontrolled behavior?  These manifestations do not match ones listed in scripture, nor do they prove they are actually from the Holy Spirit as they are in violation of His fruit and the characteristics of God. Think about it!

In my research I have found these manifestations to be of Satan, the occult and different religions, specifically in Hinduism, known as Kundalini. The similarities in the Kundalini Awakening and what we have been calling manifestations of the Holy Spirit are shockingly similar. See this article http://endtimesdeception.com/?p=509  I know it sounds crazy but these are crazy deceitful times we are in.

I still believe we can feel the power and presence of God in some situations. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, not physically.  We are assured of our faith because the Word of God is true, not because our flesh is.  Much, if not all, of this manifested behavior is not truly biblical, cannot be found in scripture, or proven to be characteristic of God, so whose manifestations are these?  And if such manifestations come upon a believer, how did it happen?

1 Timothy 5:22 Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.

Ephesians 5:6-7

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore, do not be partakers with them.

When we allow a person to lay hands on us, and come into agreement with that person, or when there is a “blanket” impartation happening in the room, again that we agree with, if we continue to be subject to false teaching and doctrine we allow that person to impart their demons.  Some time later we can begin to experience false signs and wonders, false prophecy, false tongues, gifting, etc., and the demonic manifestations.  They take up a presence in the spirit because we have agreed to it. This is why there is a mixture of spirits or spiritual manifestations and gifts, etc. Where in the word does it say that the Holy Spirit is tangible?

Like I did, the next time you feel yourself manifest, you may want to question who or what has touched you.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4

3 But I fear, lest somehow as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted – you may well put up with it!

Please become familiar with the truth behind the Toronto Blessing, which took place in 1994.  This is when and where much of the demonic was released upon the charismatic church and is taught and encouraged to this day.  Many of the leaders, teachers and prophets involved are the ones teaching false doctrine and prophecy today. (Other places with similar experiences were Brownsville and Dudley (UK) revivals.) Not only is this an accepted practice, but those who manifest are considered more spiritual or gifted than the ones who do not. This is a lie!

There is much to this deception and it is far reaching. Some believe this event was only a taste of what is to come; the great falling away.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.  This speaks of the anti-christ who is to come.

Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads let him understand)…

Consider this is an unholy person occupying a place reserved for God here on earth.  How closely related is this to a person who has been overtaken by another spirit in the place that should have been reserved and kept only for the presence of the Holy Spirit.  This person is given to fleshy manifestations and doctrines of demons who believe his experiences are from God!

Many of us have been taught that a Christian cannot be deceived. What foolishness!  The New Testament is full of scriptures that warn of deceitful teachings, teachers and false prophets and of those bringing another gospel or another Jesus!  We are also told to expose them for what they are!

Weighed and Found Wanting, a free on line book which I highly recommend, an account of the Toronto Blessing written by a pastor can be found here – http://www.kevinreeves.org/

 For understanding and dealing with manifestations seeFinding Freedom From The Spirits Of “Revival” When Evil Perseveres By Ed Tarkowski https://mkayla.wordpress.com/freedom-from-false-spirits-of-revival/

This is not an area to fool around with.  Please be wise!  Repent and return to your first love.

31 thoughts on “Holy Spirit Manifestations

  1. m’kayla’….beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…post! Love it. Love it.Love it. You are so correct concerning manifestations of the spirit. The Holy Comforter is the the Third Person of the Trinity, He is experienced ‘spiritually. I, have experienced much from the precious Holy Spirit. He is my teacher, my wisdom, my friend, my helper, and I ‘know’ his personality. When he speakes to me……he speaks ONLY scripture to my mind. And he links scriptures together and teaches me awesome truths which are totally proven by scripture. My spiritual gift is the gift of knowledge. But the sad thing is…that when I share these things with others…they are generally not received because of the ‘bad’ reviews concerning the Holy Spirit because of these who practice false manifestations. But…no matter that they listen or not. But the one thing I know clearly about the personality of the Holy Spirit….He is quiet. He is kind. He is humble. He helps me know the power and glory of the Father. He is precious. He is a servant. He is perfect. He is patient. And I remain in total awe that He would bother with ME.

    Again, what a touching and wise post.

    I am internetelias.wordpress.com


  2. HI.
    Yours is my first comment. Thanks for the encouraging words. I agree – the characteristics of the Holy Spirit are gentle and loving, not harsh or violent. Wow! How we’ve forgotten, or at least some of us. I am thankful that the Lord was so longsuffering toward me. And I do mean loooooongg… hehe

    Blessings to you and yours!


  3. Mkayla
    Great article.The gospel message is such a simple one ,as is the gift of the Holy Spirit. I am pleased for you that you have discovered the truth of the Spirit and the peace that He brings.Bless you as you continue on the narrow way.


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  5. Are you familiar with a book titled War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis? It was written with Evan Roberts, following the Welsh Revival. She lists all the same manifestations (100 years ago) that we see in modern Charismania and roots them in evil spirits. What is it they say about history and those who don’t learn from it? Thanks for your teaching…it has helped me with all the questions that arise in the process of coming out of Charismania.


    • theagonyofvictory,
      I am glad my info has been helpful to you. I’ve heard of the book and think I read some of it online, or sections of it were referred to, when I first began my research. Thanks for commenting. 🙂


  6. In your section on the Holy Spirit, please do not leave out the 8th chapter of Acts. Peter and John were laying hands on the Samaritans and the Samaritans were receiving the Holy Ghost. In so much that Simon offered the Apostles money for the power to do the same. So it is possible to lay hands on someone and pray that they receive the Holy Spirit.

    I do not like the choice of the word “impart” in this context as used by Todd, Bill and the others. It sounds more like a new age practice, where a spirit (usually demonic in nature) is transferred from one to another. Especially by means of touching the other person on the forehead.

    In the bible the practice of laying on of hands and praying for one to receive the Holy Spirit indicates that the Holy Spirit is sent from God and not passed from the person who is laying hands on another.


    • I disagree with your assumption of what you yourself believe to be how the Holy Spirit will effect an individual. Since baptism I have been filled daily by the Holy Spirit, and yes, at times His presence is so profound I feel intense peace within me, as well as a feeling similar to drunkenness. His presence is heavy, sedating, peaceful, and it effects everyone differently. When I pray, think of God, or outwardly exhibit kindness to others His presence becomes known immediately to me. I will twitch and my heart will race. I have had several encounters with Jesus as well since my baptism, which resulted in an indescribable peace that engulfed my body. I have not talked in tongues, cackled, or felt fire. I would like to think a relationship with The Creator of our universe is not limited to any boundaries your yourself have limited Him to.


  7. When in Acts the Holy Spirit came like a rushing mighty wind, the disciples came out of the upper room and were speaking all the known languages of the times to witness to the unbelievers. They were accused of being “DRUNK”. So I must disagree with some of your statement. I do agree about the other crazy manifestations you mentioned. I also agree with Clint. There was something that was seen to have a person want to buy the power to do it.


    • Accused of drunkenness, but were not drunk and there is no indication that the assumed drunkenness was because of manifestations, but because of the noise. Simon, who was a sorcerer, wanted to buy the power because he did not have a heart for God, only the power. We see the same attitude displayed in people who believe they have some special anointing to pass on, as well as in those who follow.


    • When you are drunk most are bold and willing to take on anybody – that is why they were accused of being drunk. They had been hiding for fear just days before now they spoke boldly and without fear – nowadays you might just say they must be pi–ed!! The lunacy we see, where people use the drunk bit to behave ridiculously is total deception.


  8. “1 John 2:11 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.”

    Hi M’Kayla, I was reading through your article today (VERY solid, BTW, I loved it), and I noticed a slight error. This Bible verse is 1 John 2:20, not 2:11. 🙂 Just thought I’d give you a heads up!

    – Canadian Reader


  9. hello i was experencing things like this shortly after i had yelled at god the father in anger over misunderstandings and lack of knowledge…i have asked for forgiveness for being scared of supernatural things and i just seem to have lost hope and faith after that…i kept expereicing sensations for a while after that and one day i was writting a letter to a spirirtiual man i know and everything ended then …no more sensations nothing…im being honest here i didnt truly love god as i was suppose to and have fallen way into sin as feel im without hope now…im scared i dont want to go to hell and the supernatiral and spiritual stuff kinda freaked me out …i guess if u can help at all that would be great thanks…signed felling damned …why didnt god know in my heart i was scared and lost with all the things i have read???


    • Mark,
      Yours is a perfect example that we cannot go by feelings, emotions or experiences to give us guidance. We must rely on the whole counsel of the word of God. First of all it is a good thing in a sense that you were scared by the supernatural things. While being scared in itself is not a good thing, being scared of things out of the supernatural is cause for alarm, the fear a type of warning.

      Rather than judge your own spiritual condition, or question your own salvation or God’s forgiveness to you in such a way, what does the bible say about these things to you? And to put your mind at ease, God did know the condition of your heart, your fear. He knows every thing about you.

      Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

      14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,e Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

      1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


    • You’re freaked out by the spiritual things God is showing you but not of long suffering in hell? God knows all your thoughts, but you should seek Him and tell Him how you feel as His mercy is great.


  10. Mark,
    M’Kayla hit it on the head. Be assured that many of us have struggled with the same thing you are describing. Jesus Christ and Him Crucified is sufficient to pull you through.

    “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)


  11. Hi m’kayla,
    I am 17 years old and I just got home from a summer camp with this church I haven’t really been attending but I went last year and it was great. It is a church camp and the churches that go have a heavy emphasis on visions, prophesy, recieving words for eachother,etc. They also have sozos although they weren’t offered this year. Anyways on the last day of camp a lot of people started to become “drunk in the Holy Spirit “. It really bothered me since all of the supernatural stuff I have never seen ( I grew up in a baptist church). I am now really confused and I wanted to know what you thought. If you could please comment back, I really liked the people there and made a lot friends and now I feel like I have been decieved. Thank you!


    • Sydney, God bless you – -you already know the truth. Those things are not discussed in the bible, are they? It is a good thing the Lord showed you the truth. Don’t let anyone steal that from you. These are the topics my blog covers. Please let me know if I can help you.


    • Sydney, I know your incident was 3 years ago, but did you see anyone with odd neck jerks after they received prayer or who didn’t have them before the meetings, then all of a sudden started to have them?

      How about shaking on the floor? & odd body movements all together, like walking as if drunk?


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    • Jaeson, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have fixed the links, however found that Ed Tarkowski has gone to be with the Lord and I cannot find the original article on line. However, years ago I posted it on the front page of my blog and simply linked back to that. 🙂


  13. Odd manifestations from Bethel:

    Hi, I’m wonderg if you’ve come across anyone or heard anything about involuntary movements: neck jerking, odd body movements(like someone is pushing you forward from your back causing your stomach area to jolt forward) after a person has been participated in prayer, fire tunnels, opening themselves to receive “more of God,” at Bethel or any of the “revival affiliates?” I guess Bethel would call it Holy Spirit “manifestation.”

    I was a student of Bethel’s “School of Supernatural Ministry,” back in 2009, had accepted their truth of Holy Spirit manifesting in odd ways & was “open” mentally to experiencing however Holy Spirit wanted to manifest in me or upon me.

    My body had never moved in the way it started to after I “mentally” opened up to whatever Holy Spirit wanted to. I just let go & allowed “whatever” to happen & all of a sudden I started to bounce in my seat, even flail around on the floor, where 2 other students carried me out, it was like no big deal & I just needed to let Holy Spirit do what He wanted to. Neck jerks started to occur, & other odd body movements & they have continued since then. I can control it, but feel like I become tense versus relaxed. When I try to relax my body, these jerks start to occur.

    Does this sound familiar to you?

    I am no longer involved & do not follow anything from Bethel anymore.

    *I posted this comment on one of your “Bethel” articles. I didn’t see my post when I refreshed the page. Then I saw this article & it seems more fitting for my comment.


    • Yes. This is performed via impartation of a demonic spirit resulting in uncontrollable manifestations of the body. Some people have connected it to Kundalini. The Holy Spirit does not take over a person in this way, as it is not characteristic nor biblical for Him to do so! In light of the fruits of the Spirit, one of which is self-control we can conclude that as truth!

      Since you are still under it’s influence, please repent and take control of your body. From experience, I have learned some movements are demonic, some are conditioned response. Satan will continue to torment you in this way as part of his deception. The Lord will meet you in the battle, but you also must fight against it. Please see the article on my home page which addresses this in depth – Freedom from False Spirits of Revival. https://mkayla.wordpress.com/freedom-from-false-spirits-of-revival/


  14. Wesleyan revivals had the same manifestations. This move of God transformed the UK spiritually and socially. We still see the evidence nearly three hundred years later.
    I am sorry that you think this way. It is always good to ask questions and to seek the truth, but there are stern warnings for those who ascribe the work of the Spirit to Satan.
    Ultimately the proof is by the fruit of our lives, I see a great deal of fruit coming from these ministries.


  15. Very Nice article and very in-depth biblical description of the Holy Spirit but remember, the Holy Sprit is God and God is Very Mysterious in his ways. Who can know it?


    • Lala, You asked the question about the Holy Spirit and God, as mysterious in His ways, and how can we know it? Through His word and just as my article pointed out. The Lord is told us all we need to know about Him in the pages of the bible.

      Be blessed.


  16. Very Nice article and very in-depth biblical description of the Holy Spirit but remember, the Holy Sprit is God and God is Very Mysterious in his ways. Who can know it?


    • I’ve deleted your first comment which was exactly like this one that I have approved, written under different ID’s. We know the Holy Spirit through the words of the bible. That’s the point of the article!


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