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God's Manifest Presence

IV. Catalogue of Manifestations

The Hebrew and biblical model of the unity of personality implies that the spirit affects the body. At times the human spirit is so affected by the glory of God, the human body is not capable of containing the intensity of the spiritual encounters and strange physical behavior results. Sometimes, though certainly not always, the bodily responses are human responses to the Spirit's activity and not directly caused by the Holy Spirit. However, this does not imply that they are therefore carnal and should be forbidden. Following are phenomena that have been observed in contemporary experience:
shaking, jerking, loss of bodily strength, heavy breathing, eyes fluttering, lips trembling, oil on the body, changes in skin color, weeping, laughing, "drunkenness", staggering, travailing, dancing, falling, visions, hearing audibly into spirit realm, inspired utterances -- i.e. prophecy, tongues, interpretation, angelic visitations and manifestations, jumping, violent rolling, screaming, wind, heat, electricity, coldness, nausea as discernment of evil, smelling or tasting good or evil presences, tingling, pain in the body as discernment of illnesses, feeling heavy weight or lightness, trances-altered physical state while seeing and hearing into the spirit world, inability to speak normally, disruption of natural realm -- i.e. electrical circuits blown.

Revised: October 19, 1995