I love the move of the Holy Spirit. He is there guiding and gently nudging you in the right direction that God has preordained for you. I especially love when He moves through our church services. He touches one person after the other. What I mean is one person may shout for joy of the Spirit, then another and another, until the church is “tore up by the Spirit“!
It’s a blessing when the Spirit moves through the church and touches each saint. That person may have gone through a hard week. Maybe poverty or racism is draining their spirit. Maybe heartache and pain is hurting them. Maybe shame and anger is their constant companion. The saint could be struggling in a number of ways that only God knows. Then that saint will come to church to join together with the rest of the saints and worship the Living God under the power of the Holy Spirit of God. There’s nothing like being in the presence of the people of God when we express our joy and thankfulness to Him. The Holy Spirit gives us a great diversity of ways.
- Some ladies will scream out in a loud voice.
- Some men will shout out “Thank You Lord” over and over!
- Another will laugh! A joyfilled laugh!
- Some will shake their heads as though they’re saying no no no, I can’t believe how good you’ve been to us God!
- Some will moan under their breath.
- A few saints will jump up and dance like David!
- One or two will sing that song on their heart to the Lord
- Some will sob out loud, some will cry quietly
- Some folks run circles around the church!
- Many saints will sit still with their hands clasps to their hearts
- Some will just peek around at others as they see the power of the Holy Spirit in action
- All will be blessed if they allow the Spirit to enter their hearts
At my previous church, there was a man and a woman who both stand out in my mind. The woman would laugh out loud when the preacher spoke a good word of truth in his sermon. It could seem to some who didn’t know better that she was being disrespectful, but mostly we understand how the Spirit chooses to move. As for the man, he would talk at the preacher as he was preaching. We all knew that he wasn’t really speaking to the preacher, but to the truth of the Word. We understood the Holy Spirit’s move in the man.
At my current church, there’s a young man who stands up with his eyes shut tight, face upward and his index fingers pointing upward. He does this at any time he wants. We could be doing announcements and he just might stand up and point. He also likes to talk to the preacher as he preaches. Then there’s a young deacon who gets really excited when a good Word is being preached. He’ll keep saying Ah HAHN, AH HAHN, in a very loud voice and at every phrase. He seemed to be encouraging the preacher to keep preaching so that God’s truth will bless him! :) A preacher who knows the Holy Spirit won’t be distracted by these “distractions” but will allow them to encourage his preaching! That preacher understands the workings of the Holy Spirit in his people.
Personally, I’m a rocker. I can’t sit still when the Word is being preached. I also sit on the edge of my seat, because I can’t relax when a good Word is preached. I also tend to hoot when the preacher says something that convicts. The sound I make is saying ooh, that applies to me, and you, and you. Then there are those who say Well? at the right time.
There is so much fullness of expression in the black church. I completely love the black church. Yes the black church does exists, but it’s not in opposition to Jesus’ church. It is a part of the entire church of God. The Holy Spirit speaks to each of us in the way that we need, and we celebrate His goodness in our lives each in our own way. Yet it all is still worship that God requires of us, no matter what church we go to. The Spirit of God is diverse and beautiful, and He belongs to us all!
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