Below is an excellent short teaching on the seven sensations of the spirit man written by Pastor Neville Johnson. These sensations are experienced when the Holy Spirit communicates to our spirit the need to respond appropriately. As an intercessor I have experienced all of these, but had never really understood it in this detail. This is very helpful to understand yet another aspect of how God communicates to us and through us to accomplish His will.
May this help you and bless you!
In Christ, Sarah
Seven Sensations of the Spirit Man
By Pastor Neville Johnson
The Holy Spirit often speaks to us using feelings or sensations. These perceptions are often missed because we do not recognise them as originating from the Holy Spirit.
1) TO SIGH
When Jesus prayed for a blind man, the scripture said that He sighed:
And looking up to heaven, He sighed and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. Mark 7:34
Jesus sighed. The Greek word for sigh here is: “STENAZO” which means “to sigh or groan with a prayer burden”. This is a sensation that appears in your spirit generated by the Holy Spirit and essentially is a signal or a burden to pray. Often a burden comes this way when you find yourself sighing.
NOTE MARK 8:11-12…
And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
To sigh deeply is a particular spirit sensation that needs to be learned, recognised, and responded to. When it is easy to pray, you have a “Stenazo”. Did you ever wake at night with this sensation or maybe during the day? This sensation is God knocking on your door to try to get you to turn aside and pray. The “Stenazo” is not the prayer, it is the urge to pray.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23
The word “groan” here is the Greek word “STENAZO”.
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: (GK Stenazo) not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. II Corinthians 5:4
The Hebrew equivalent of “stenazo” is the word “anach” which means the same as “stenazo’”
Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes. Ezekiel 21:6
We must learn to sense this spirit sensation and respond to it – learning to respond to the movements of the Holy Spirit within us is important if we are to walk in the Spirit. Responding to this alert from the Holy Spirit can save your life or someone else’s life.
2) TO GROAN
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, John 11:33
Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. John 11:38
The Greek word for groan here is … “EMBRIMAOMAI” …. (Embri maomi), which has the meaning of “an infusion of indignation, with sense of authority coupled with indignation”.
It is a sensation expressed in an inward groaning, with a sense of indignation. A mix of anger and authority, I am sure many of you have experienced this but did you recognise it as a spiritual sensation?
This sensation can trigger the gift of faith and can trigger great miracles. In this case Jesus raised the dead.
3) TO BE TROUBLED IN SPIRIT
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. John 13:21
Troubled in Spirit: The Greek word for troubled here is “TARRASO”, and it means to stir, to agitate; it is a sense that something is wrong. This sensation can be so strong that it can impact on you physically, whereby you feel sick in the pit of your stomach, it is an inbuilt early warning system. This generally operates ahead of time, giving you time to pray. This is a very important sensation to learn. It can save you a lot of trouble. Many difficulties in your life can be avoided if you respond to the “Tarraso” in your spirit. Remember it is too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32
Here Jesus moved in a “Tarraso” in the Holy Spirit and avoided a calamity in Peter’s life.
4) PROVOKED IN SPIRIT
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Acts 17:16
The word “stirred” here is the Greek word “PAROXUNO”. This has the meaning: ‘You need to do something; to be stirred and provoked; a spirit sensation’. It is a sensation in your spirit which resembles a stirring, of being provoked bordering on zeal. We need to minister with “Paroxuno”, to have a godly zeal, a feeling, a spiritual sensation which eventually registers in your emotions.
5) TO BE PRESSED IN YOUR SPIRIT
And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. Acts 18:5
The word pressed here is the Greek word “SUNECHO” … it has nothing to do with the lack of time. It has the meaning to hold or press together; to ‘become one with’. To be pressed in spirit is a spiritual sensation of becoming consciously one with the Holy Spirit. It carries the thought of being pressed into the Holy Spirit.
This is a very powerful manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your spirit.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. II Corinthians 5:14
The word ‘constraineth’ here is the same Greek word “Sunecho”. The love of God ‘sunecho-ed’ him or pressed him into union with the Holy Spirit. When that happens love overcomes all fear and every sense or thought of failure. It makes one invincible.
In Acts 20:22 Paul said: I go bound in spirit;
The word bound is the Greek word “sunecho” – invincible, without any fear.
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts 20:22-23
When Paul said “I go bound in Spirit”, he was saying I go ‘sunechoed’ in spirit. He had no fear, he was lifted in spirit to another realm and taken over by the Holy Spirit, and nothing moved him, he was bound as one with the Holy Spirit. Martyrs testify of this sensation of the spirit, a condition which made them invincible. This produced a supernatural boldness.
The Greek word “KHARAH”, meaning: “a calm delight”. This is a sprit sensation that goes deeper than the emotions.
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17
Joy in the Holy Spirit is a spirit sensation
It is not dependent upon circumstances or emotions. It goes much deeper than happiness. Happiness is a sensation of one’s soul. Joy is a sensation of one’s spirit.
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. Colossians 1:11
Under adverse circumstances this brings great strength.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
7) THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16
The Greek word for witness here is the word “SUMMARTUREO” which means to corroborate, to bear witness. This operates as an affirmation or a check. A green light or a red light, it is a feeling, a sensation in one’s spirit of right or wrong. It is of utmost importance that you learn this sensation or feeling, it will keep you from much heartache.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO DEVELOP A WALK WITH THE LORD YOU MUST LEARN THE VARIOUS SENSATIONS OR FEELINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND YOU MUST LEARN TO RESPOND IN AN ADEQUATE WAY.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:13
Source: Our Finest Hour Newsletter – Author Neville Johnson