Is a believer supposed to be able to feel the Holy Spirit?

We are not filled with the Spirit because we feel we are, but because this is the privilege and possession of the Christian. Being filled or controlled by the Spirit is the result of walking in obedience to the Lord. This is a gift of grace and not an emotional feeling. Emotions can and will deceive us, and we can work ourselves up into an emotional frenzy that is purely from the flesh and not of the Holy Spirit. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature … Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16,25).

Having said that, we cannot deny that there are times when we can be overwhelmed by the presence and the power of the Spirit, and this is often an emotional experience. When that happens, it is a joy like no other. King David “danced with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14) when they brought up the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Experiencing joy by the Spirit is the understanding that as children of God we are being blessed by His grace. So, absolutely, the ministries of the Holy Spirit can involve our feelings and emotions. At the same time, we are not to base the assurance of our possession of the Holy Spirit on how we feel.

All those who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately and permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11). And, although some of the spiritual gifts have ceased (e.g., speaking in tongues and prophecy), the Holy Spirit still works in and through believers to accomplish His will. His power leads us, convicts us, teaches us, and equips us to do His work and spread the gospel. The Holy Spirit’s powerful indwelling is an amazing gift we should never take lightly.

6 thoughts on “Is a believer supposed to be able to feel the Holy Spirit?

  1. Yes, a believer can feel the holy spirit, but it’s a gift. Something giving…it is a feeling, an emotion..something that takes over you for a timely period. It happens with emotional turmoil and with extreme happiness. Both sides of emotions. The person has no control over it. BUT, it does not matter which end of the emotional scale the person is at…the holy spirit enters to lift them or lift your spirit higher.


    1. I have experienced the emotional uplifting as well at a few revivals. The first time I went back to church the spirit was powerful and overwhelming. I had gone through a lot during that time and was asking GOD for help. This lady came from no where and told me to get back into church. The moment I walked back into church; it looked like I was the only one in the room at the time. I had no control. The spirit just engulfed me and I was helpless, but I felt the love. An awesome experience.


  2. Thank you so much for sharing. There is so much false teaching out there, and so much emphasis on our emotions. This is a common sense and true definition of what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Have you ever read Jack Hyles’s book called “Meet The Holy Spirit?” It was written many years ago. (Dr. Hyles has been in heaven for many years now). It is truly inspired, well-written, and is a good study book on the subject.

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