Groaning In The Spirit

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This next manifestation that is possible to receive from God through the Holy Spirit may be the one that may considered to be the most unpleasant. To have God manifest His love, joy, and peace to you through the Holy Spirit are very nice and pleasant manifestations to receive from the Lord.

However, when God decides to manifest His sadness or pain to you, this can be very uncomfortable.

Some of you have already had these sadness manifestations from the Holy Spirit. This is where God will manifest His sadness, not your sadness, on a particular issue that you may be dealing with.

Again, the way that you know that it is His sadness and not your own natural sadness, is that His sadness is much deeper and much more intense than your own natural sadness.

After you receive a few of these sadness manifestations, you can usually become quite adept in discerning when these manifestations are coming in from the Lord or when they are just coming in from your own natural emotions.

However, this next manifestation – groaning in the Spirit – is not as easy to handle. In this manifestation, you are not only feeling God’s sadness on a particular situation, but you are also feeling His pain. This pain is so intense, that you can actually feel a groaning within the actual manifestation itself.

This manifestation is definitely not for everyone. When this manifestation comes in on you with any kind of intensity, it will flatten you. What happens is that when your human body comes into physical contact with God’s manifestation of pain, it seems to overwhelm the circuits in your body.

Your energy levels will immediately decrease and your ability to focus and concentrate will be impaired. If you are lying down when it occurs, you will not want to get off the couch. You will just want to lie there until the manifestation subsides.

When God does allow you to experience His pain on something, He will respect your limits and He will pull the manifestation off you if you ask Him to do so. When you ask Him to pull it off you, it will disappear in 5-15 seconds.

It can come off you that fast. So if anyone of you receives this manifestation anytime in the near future, remember, God will pull it off you the second you ask Him too. You do not have to worry about God overwhelming you past your own personal limits.

Scripture Verses

1.  This first Scripture verse, where God is showing you that He can manifest some of His emotions to you through the Holy Spirit, is the one I stated in the last article on “Laughing in the Spirit.” For the purposes of this article, I will go ahead and restate this verse for you.

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him … and We will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:21)

Again, I believe the words “manifest Myself” to him is literal interpretation, and shows that God can manifest Himself and some of His emotions to us through the Holy Spirit if He should choose to do so.

2.  This next verse shows us that Jesus Himself had this groaning in His Spirit when He came upon the death of Lazarus. As you already know, Jesus ended up raising this man literally from the dead once he arrived on the scene. Here is the verse:

Then when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at his feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the Spirit and was troubled … Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lie against it … now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out …” (John 11:32-44)

Lazarus had been dead for 4 days by the time Jesus arrived on the scene. If you will notice when He first arrives on the scene, Lazarus’ sister Mary is weeping along with the other Jewish people who were with her.

They were all crying and weeping over the death of this man. When Jesus sees all of these people crying over this man, He then starts to get the groaning in His Spirit. He obviously was feeling their pain to the same degree they were and it was causing Him to groan with this severe and intense pain.

It also says that Jesus “groaned in Himself” a second time when He actually entered the tomb that Lazarus had been buried in. I believe what was happening was that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit were feeling and experiencing severe and intense pain over the death of this particular man.

When Jesus saw Lazarus’ sister and friends crying and weeping over his death, I believe God the Father allowed Jesus to raise this man from the dead through the power of the Holy Spirit just due to the fact that Jesus was feeling such intense sorrow and sadness for the grieving they were all going through.

This dramatic story right here shows us that God can and does actually feel our pain, sadness, and sorrow when we are faced with a real sad or traumatic situation. Many of the times when we are crying, God is crying right along side of us.

However, most of the time we cannot see or feel God crying with us on a sad situation unless He decides to manifest His sadness and pain to us through the Holy Spirit.

In my opinion, when God does decide to manifest His sadness and pain to you on a particular situation where you can actually feel what He is feeling – this is an incredible privilege, blessing, and honor – because God is sharing with you His feelings on the matter, even if it is feelings of sadness, sorrow, and pain.


If God’s pain is so intense and so uncomfortable to handle for any length of time, then why would any of us want to experience this particular unpleasant manifestation?

The answer is an analogy that I feel that the Lord gave to me to be able to understand all of this. The analogy is the “husband-wife” or “lover” analogy.

When two people are truly in love with one another, they are willing to share the good times with the bad times. When your lover is crying over a sad situation, you are feeling your lover’s pain because of the close, love-bond that exists between the two of you.

You are so in tune with your lover’s feelings and emotions, that sometimes you may be able to feel their pain to the same depth and degree they are.

Imagine your father has just died and you are really grieving over his death. Then all of sudden your lover or spouse says to you they will see you later after all of your grieving is over because they cannot deal with the pain that you are going through. How would that make you feel?

When true love is entered into between two people, you have to be willing to stand by your partner during the sad times, and be willing to feel and share some of their pain during their times of sadness.

The same analogy also applies to our personal relationship with God. Remember, the number one thing that God wants from each one of us is that we establish a loving, intimate, personal relationship with Him.

And in this personal relationship with God is our desire to want to share our thoughts, our feelings and our emotions with Him, just like two people will want to do in a normal human love relationship.

And then God wants to be able to share some of His thoughts, some of His feelings, and some of His emotions with us just like we will want to do with Him. And sometimes when God decides to share a feeling or emotion with us, He will literally manifest that feeling or emotion right up to us through the Holy Spirit.

You will thus be receiving an actual manifestation from God Himself. You will literally be feeling His actual emotion on something. He is sharing that emotion with you when He does this. He is allowing you to feel what He is feeling for that short period of time.

Do you see what an incredible privilege and blessing this is – to be able to feel, through an actual manifestation, what God is actually feeling about something? This is true sharing. This is what true love is all about.

If we can share our emotions and feelings with our natural lovers, then why can’t we be willing to share our emotions and feelings direct with God Himself – and then allow God to share back with us His feelings and emotions on any particular situation?


I know some of the above may sound too deep or too heavy to get into for some of you, but it really isn’t. Some of you have had the basic love stirrings from God through the Holy Spirit. This is just the next step up the ladder. You are simply allowing God to manifest His other emotions to you in addition to the love that you have already felt through the normal stirrings.

For those of you who would like to try and venture into a little deeper water with the Lord on this, simply go to Him in prayer, and ask Him, if it be His will to do so at your present level of spiritual development with Him, to release some of these other emotional manifestations up to you through the Holy Spirit.

Tell Him that He has a green light to manifest any of His other emotions anytime that He will want to do so with you.

For those of you who are willing to give it a try, I guarantee that you will get to know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit much better than you already do now. When you start feeling what

They are feeling, and you allow God to start to share His feelings and emotions with you within this manifestation realm, it will simply draw you that much closer to God in your own personal relationship with Him. It will help increase the love that you already have for Him because you will really see how much God really does love and care for all of the people who are in this world.

It’s one thing to know that God does love and care for all of us because the Bible tells us so. However, it’s another thing to be able to actually feel God’s love for us through some of these manifestations that He is capable of giving to us through the Holy Spirit.

One time I felt like the Lord gave me a powerful word about 12 years ago. He said to me: “Do you know how dry your walk would be with Me if from time to time I did not manifest Myself to you?”

I then received an immediate analogy of the lovers again. Imagine a love relationship with no physical intimacy, no touching, no hugging, no hand holding. The love relationship would dry up without the physical touch. It’s the same way in our personal relationship with God. God does want to “touch us” from time to time with these manifestations. They will help keep us from drying up in our walk with Him.

However, we always have to keep all of this in proper balance. Some people would go overboard with these manifestations. The only thing they would seek after would be these manifestations because of the intensity of them and because they make you feel so good when you do receive them.

I believe God will hold these manifestations back from these types of people because He will lose them due to them getting too flaky and too out of balance with all of it.

Remember, it’s the Word and Spirit working together that will cause true spiritual growth to occur in a born-again believer. If you have all Word, but no Holy Spirit, you will dry up. If you have all Holy Spirit, but no Word, you will blow up. However, if you have both the Word and the Holy Spirit – you will grow up.

The two will go perfectly hand-in-hand with one another when you stay in proper balance within these two realms.


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  1. That truly blessed me because due to research early I kept getting messages saying the groaning comes from your shame of disappointing God. But I would still groan everytime I hear something tangible about God or humanity and I had no shame. So again thanks God used you to put a true word to the groaning I have. Thanks. May God continue to use you.

  2. What is the sound of the Holy Spirit’s groaning because i heard the sound coming out of my mouth in bed when i am sleeping and i heard it once when I was in silence in prayer.

  3. I too never knew anything about a groaning spirit until i went through this myself. During leisure times when I was down on my knees or laying on my bed thinking about Messaiahs sacrifice on my behalf and the atonement he made with God the Father for my sake. During these times I’m feeling my body shaking, and I started groaning and travailing. It was something I have not experienced before. It was like my body had a mind of its own and I was overwhelmed by everything and every time I went through this experience I thought it was an anxiety attack sometimes I used to forget the things happened at that time. Once my parents called up for an ambulance too saying that I was suffering with some chronic mental disorder. Miraculously God saved me from them, hospitals and doctors hands. Nowadays I’m experiencing it regularly.., thankyou for taking initiative on this topic and guiding people like me in your website…

  4. I used to think it was the good heart of flesh that God gave me . It’s definitely not from me, sometimes I feel overwhelming love, 1 perfect definition of all that God is. But I have felt overwhelming pain for others in the deepest darkest grips of sin, I thought the pain was my own, after reading this I believe it was this manifestation, I have learned to take alot of pain, this communion brings ur spirit to it’s knees..Thank God 4 u, great article

  5. Thank you for the article. It is very enlightening. But, my question is, after God has expressed His sadness about an issue, what next?. Does His sadness resolve the issue?

  6. This started for me about 18 years ago, I didn’t know what it was, I would just feel like a pain in my heart and would have to cry like a baby, scream, and groan to get the energy and pain out. I would feel much better after it was over. It continued for about 5 years then stopped. My family thought I was losing it I think..I have been trying to get closer to Jesus in the last few months and I asked the to Holy Spirit to come to me. Well the pain and crying started again and it feels stronger this time. I looked up “crying in the Holy Spirit” and then it started to make sense to me. It seems to happen the more I read and hear about Jesus. It comes upon me almost every day now. I am SO happy to read this article as there doesn’t seem to be much out there about this phenomenon. Thank you!!

  7. My heart continues to stir/groan/ache/pain many times a day. It feels like physical pain but I know there is something more to it then that and I really have no idea why. I know that it’s not because I’m sad about anything, nor is it because I have some kind of emotion, but it continues to stay that way for a very long time. Especially if I am reading the bible, or maintaining a spiritually focused state (being in communion with God/The Holy Spirit). I have yet to fully understand what this was all about and it only relieves when I am able to fully express what I say. It’s like a full bottling up of emotions in a way, yet I can fully control it. I am still looking for answers and have read some years ago on a forum with something very similar to my experience. It really does feel like a heartache, to the extent that I even wondered if I had a physical problem. I am fairly young (32) and am in good health and have had check ups so I’m sure its not that. If anyone has any advice/information please let me know. Thank you brothers and sisters in Christ!

  8. Praise God,as I was reading your blog about laughing in the holy spirit yesterday night,i immediately bursted out laughing without stopping and and from there started speaking and praying in tongue and also laughing. It seems as I was speaking in different languages, from one language to another. After a while I started singing in tongue and it was so melodious. It was as if I was singing different different songs all in tongues. My voice voice was so fine and melodious that I couldn’t believe It was my voice. It came to a stage that I even cried and latter laughed. It was an amazing experience last night.

  9. I never knew anything about a groaning spirit until i went through this myself. It was during a late night when i was down on my knees repenting to god for all what i have done and hurt him. During this time i felt my body changing, and i started groaning and travailing. It was something i have not experienced before. It was like my body had a mind of its own and i remember my cry was very loud that i would cause the neighbors to rush in. I also was not able to see anything with my eyes as i was blinded for 2-3 Minutes with a bright light and i saw two hands. My wife had to pick me up from the ground and rest me on bed while i was still groaning so heavily that i had placed a pillow over my face to make sure i did not wake people up. The pain in my heart which i felt was intense that i could not bare it up, i had to tell the holy spirit to stop. And within 5 seconds it all settled down..

    This was truly a life changing experience which i encountered with Jesus my saviour.

  10. Thankyou for this information for the longest I have been experiencing these things and initially I was afraid because I couldn’t control my body and also I struggle with anxiety at that time last year I was overwhelmed by everything and every time I went into this experience I thought it was an anxiety attack but one Sunday someone prophesied over me and spoke the word travail and I later went home and seemed more information about this word and I fully didn’t understand I was led to the story of Hannah by my pastor and I understood a little but recently my pastor passed and I started to have all these emotions I couldn’t explain then that first Sunday we had without him physically being there we joined together in prayer my church and I started to travail and this time it was for a long time I had to dismiss myself from the sanctuary because it was so heavy

  11. So good to read this. I had been asking the Lord to give me groanings for a while so I could be more effective in my intercessions. Then He gave a dream where, long story short, I laid my hands over a book that contained the sins and pain of people, and when I did that, I started groaning and travailing. In the dream I said in my mind “Yes Lord, I want this”. And immediately got up at 3am ish. I was wide awake and started praying confirming to Him that I really wanted it. Now that I read your blog, I understood He was really asking me first if I really wanted it. 3 weeks passed since the dream and the experience. I finished a 3 day full fast and an anointed preacher was preaching at the church I attend to. At the end he started ministering and I started crying like a normal person and then it started to happen. I felt electric current going up and down my body and started travailing and making those agonizing sounds. I just couldn’t stop. I could hear the outside world but the sounds I was uttering were really loud. My fists closed from the electricity (it felt as if I was grabbing an electric cable). Someone started praying over my ear and sat me down (unfortunately) because when they did that, the experience started rapidly decreasing. After that I received some prophesy from the preacher, which had been confirmed by the Lord months before. Well, that’s my testimony for the glory of our Saviour. Thank you so much because it helped me understand what happened.

  12. I just experienced this manifestation, the groaning and then the laughter right after. I did not understand its meaning. I recall asking the Holy Spirit for interpretation while it was going on. After all was over, I experienced calmness in my room and all I could here was that it’s a manifestation. Your write up actually helped me grasp the meaning of the Holy Spirit’s groaning and laughter. His love for us is renewed every morning. Let love lead! May we all continually avail ourselves to be the living gospel.

  13. I believe this came upon me one night when I was driving and praying at the same time. I was terrified but God immedietly revealed to me that it was groaning in the spirit. It was so intense. Its only came once. I struggle to stay in my walk with Christ. My anger over powers me. But I continue to to pray that it be lifted in the sweet name of Jesus

  14. I just experienced this goaning l know GOD is expressing something to me. HE wants me to feel what HE is feeling and share HIS emotions l gladly except

    • I first felt this holy spirit of God speaking through me last year at church service. I was praising and word shipping the Lord like I usually do going into prayer. My body would get all hot and my hands would become clammy and I would feel a cool breeze come up against my back. I would begin to see a extremely bright light and hands and music all around me. Then all of a sudden I would feel this intense pain in my side and back. The next thing I know I begin to wail and groan in the spirit and don’t stop until the Lord decided to let me go, and then I would be passed out on the floor. While I’m down there I can see and hear my Lord talking to me. I can see myself floating and flying as the Lord begin to let me feel his pain as well as the people in the room. When I come through I’m extremely dizzy and have no idea how I ended up on the floor. When it first came over me I didn’t understand what was going on with me. Then I remembered that I had asked God to use me anyway that he wanted to use me. That night he gave me the evidence if speaking in tongue and wailing in the holy spirit. Thank you my Abba father for my relationship with you.

  15. Romans 8:26 actually found expression in my spiritual walk with God. Whenever I pray I actually groan like literally groan uncontrollably by the holyspirit. The first time it happened I was so overwhelmed and scared that the Holy Spirit had to tell not to worry and reminded me of Romans 8:26……It was so loud….I couldnt control it…It happens almost all the time now in my prayers, that I have to separate myself from family when I pray, some may not understand. This feeling is best known to myself and any other person who has experienced it. God really loves us, we should finish well most importantly!.,God bless y’all!

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