Laughing In The Spirit

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This is another phenomena that is under major attack by other Christians and Christian groups. A number of us have had this particular manifestation occur, so we all know, without any shadow of a doubt, that this is truly a real manifestation from the Lord.

In my opinion, this is one of the neatest manifestations that you can receive from the Lord. I never cease to marvel and awe at this manifestation when I get the chance to hear it come into manifestation through someone else.

For those of you who have never had this manifestation occur – it is simply either God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit laughing through your spirit. It is God literally laughing through the Holy Spirit, who is already living on the inside of your human spirit.

It is God’s laughter when it occurs, it is not your laughter. When it manifests, it will bubble and erupt right out of your belly area.

How do you know when it is God laughing through your spirit rather than your own natural laughter manifesting? When it comes from God through the Holy Spirit, it is much more intense and powerful than your own natural laughter. When it is coming direct from the Lord, you will literally be laughing as hard as you can for as long as it lasts. It can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 or 15 minutes.

If it lasts up to 10-15 minutes, there is a good chance that your stomach muscles will be sore for a day or two following it due to the maximum intensity of the actual laughter itself. There is also an extreme amount of joy that will come with it when it does manifest.

One of my personal friends has had this manifestation occur about 4 or 5 times right over the phone while we have been talking.

The way that I know it is coming from the Holy Spirit rather than it being her own natural laughter is that when it starts to erupt in her, it is much more stronger and intense than her own belly laugh is. It also feels much more fuller than her own laughter.

Another clue I have when it is the Holy Spirit rather than her own natural laughter is the tone of it.

When it is the Holy Spirit, the laughter has a higher pitch to it than her own natural laughter does. Her own normal laughter surprisingly has a lower pitch or tone to it as versus when the laughter is coming in from the Holy Spirit.

With her, since I know what her normal laughter sounds like, I can always easily discern when the laughter is coming in from God, or when it is coming from her own natural self.

And the times that I have heard it erupt right in the middle of one of our phone conversations is really a true blessing because I know it is coming direct from God Himself, and I always feel honored and blessed that He would show Himself this way right in the middle of one our phone conversations.

When it does manifest right in the middle of one our phone conversations, I have noticed that it can occur for absolutely no reason at all.

In this case, I have always felt that God is simply releasing His joy and laughter into the situation as if He is simply enjoying our company.

The other times it will manifest is when one of us says something that seems to hit God’s funny bone. When His laughter then manifests off a particular statement, I always feel like I get a little bit of insight as to what may make God laugh.

Now here are some of the attacks that are coming from other Christians who simply do not understand this manifestation.

Arguments Against This Manifestation

Their arguments against this manifestation as being from the Lord are the following:

  • Laughter is not the same thing as joy.
  • Laughter is not one of the 9 gifts of the Spirit.
  • Laughter is not listed as one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joy is, but not laughter or laughing.
  • God’s laughter is in no way imparted to the believer by the Holy Spirit.
  • “Holy laughter” or “laughing in the Spirit” is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible as an actual verifiable manifestation.

Now to the argument that I feel will give us the correct angle in which to look at this manifestation from.

Arguments For This Manifestation

1.  All of what they say is true per all of the above arguments. However, where they are missing the boat on in their arguments is the angle they are looking at this manifestation from. They are keying off the wrong Scripture verses.

The Bible says that God has made man in His image and likeness. We all know that many of our emotions are the same range of emotions that God has. We all have emotions such as love, joy, and sadness. And within our emotional structure is the ability to laugh.

If God has many of the same emotions we do since He has made all of us in the image and likeness of Himself, then it is only logical to conclude that God can and does laugh Himself. The Bible is full of stories showing the wide range of God’s emotions being expressed, with everything from extreme love, mercy, and kindness to furious anger and wrath.

There are also verses showing that God does have extreme joy and the ability to laugh within His personality.

So if God does have the actual ability to laugh Himself just like we all do – the 50 million dollar question is – can God manifest His laughter through the Holy Spirit on the inside of us where He is literally laughing through us?

Can He literally transmit His laughter through us as an actual manifestation?

I believe the answer is yes, and here is the verse that proves in my opinion that this laughing manifestation from the Lord can occur in us through the Holy Spirit.

“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 14:21-23)

I believe the two words “manifest Myself” are literal interpretation. I believe this verse is telling us that manifestations from God are possible to receive in this life.

We all have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. It is through the Holy Spirit that these manifestations from God are being transmitted to us.

2.  So if God can manifest some of His emotions on the inside of us where we can actually feel it, then it is only logical to conclude that God can also manifest His laughter on the inside of us. And we already know that God has plenty of joy and happiness within His own personality.

The above Scripture verse thus gives us the appropriate grounds in which to accept these emotional manifestations from the Lord on the inside of us through the Holy Spirit.

The Christians who are arguing against this manifestation are keying off the wrong Scripture verses. Just because laughter is not listed as one of the 9 fruits of the Spirit does not mean that it is not possible to receive it from the Lord.

For instance, the quality of boldness is not listed as one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. However, the Bible is full of stories of God’s boldness being manifested through the Holy Spirit onto His people.

Just look of the story of Pentecost itself. The apostles were a timid bunch until they received the Holy Spirit in the upper room on Pentecost. When they came out of that room, they came out with God’s boldness and courage operating through them because they were all now Spirit-filled and Spirit-empowered.

The boldness of the Holy Spirit was now operating through them because they were going to need His boldness in order to start preaching the Gospel and get the ball rolling.

However, boldness is not listed as one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. But there is no question that God can manifest His boldness through anyone should He choose to do so. And when He does decide to manifest His boldness through one of His own, it is an actual manifestation.

It is God’s boldness manifesting through you, it is not your own boldness.

So if God can manifest His emotion of boldness through you even though it is not listed as one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, then again, it is only logical to conclude that God can also manifest His other emotions through you such as laughter, even though some of these other emotions such as laughter are not listed as one of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.


If any of you are ever faced with other Christians who will try and argue that this manifestation is not from the Lord, try giving them the above argument off the above Scripture verse.

As for myself, I really believe that the above verse from John is the appropriate verse in which to base not only this particular manifestation on, but also any other emotional manifestations that God would like to manifest to us through the Holy Spirit from time to time.

I am going to go ahead and do another article on this topic. The next article will be titled “Groaning in the Spirit” and will also be in the Miscellaneous Section of our site.

This is where God will manifest His pain and sadness through you on a particular situation that you may be dealing with. There are some real interesting things that will occur when this particular manifestation comes in on you.


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  1. PS. 2:4
    In heaven the Lord laughs as He sits on His throne,making fun of the nations ( CEV ).

    This portion of scripture is proof that the Lord can laugh and He can also make us to laugh as in Ps. 126:2 We celebrated with laughter and joyful songs. In foreign nations it was said, “The Lord has worked miracles for His people.”

  2. I have recently experienced this. I was born again in 84. Got married, kids & divorced then terribly backslid for twenty years. I began living with a man on drugs and found the drugs a good way to dull the conviction. I ended up worse off then my unsaved partner and ended up a homeless heroin/fentanyl addict with several OD experiences. Through AA I reconnected with God who said the relationship had to go. During praise and worship at church I was on the floor some crying but a lot of deep sustained belly laughs and I think it was directed at the devil whose plans had failed. We are so afraid of the enemy but God laughs because He’s so much greater.

  3. Emotions and experiences do not prove Truth. Only the Word of God is what we lean on.

    • Terri are you saying that when you are feeling hunger now, that feeling of hunger does not mean you are really hungry right?

      God uses every avenue in His creation to communicate truth to us. One of these avenues is our EMOTIONS.

      Sarah said; God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me – Genesis 21:6.

      I hope you read that right? God has made her laugh! By virtue of that miracle, it sparked an uncontrollably contagious laughter that made others who hear her also laugh.

      God is God and decides and chooses to use what He chooses to use at any given point in time.

  4. Thank you for your post. I am still growing In Jesus Christ but I also want to let someone know how this laughter changed me. Yesterday as we were praying I started to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, everyone in the room was praying in tongues but and I could hear that their voices were no longer natural voices. They were so clear and powerful, I started feeling happy and happy. I started laughing and I could hear that the tone I was laughing with was not my natural tone. I am a new believer and after that I started asking myself was this God or not? This blog has helped me understand that it was really the Holy Spirit. After yesterday, I am filled with Joy and I feel like I want to experience that happiness again and again. This was my first time experiencing the Holy Spirit.

    God is real, Creator! Save my soul.

  5. What’s the purpose of laughing in the spirit?After the laughter…is there a change in your walk with God? Is there a transformation taking place? Because the presence of God will bring change. I know people who said they experienced laughter in the spirit….and are more miserable and sadly depressed. We serve a God of order not confusion.

    • Hey Ana!

      I recently have been laughing in the Spirit. I would call it more rejoicing in the Spirit. This started to manifest after going through “dark night of the Spirit” and seeking after God as Jeremiah 29:11 speaks of. God had been allowing the roots of my deepest wounds to be revealed and I decided to go uproot them in order to have the true freedom that Christ bought for us on the cross.

      The spiritual gifts are very real. The Holy Spirit in acts is the same Holy Spirit today. He is our counselor. If you ask, and seek, you will find them and you will be given them. Driving out demons and healing are real. I live with 5 other brothers in Christ, and we drove 2 demons (evil spirits) out 2 nights ago after praying over them and asking the Holy Spirit to fill them. It isn’t until we seek, and believe that God reveals more of Himself and His power to us. He is a gentleman, and a Good Father. He never gives us more of Him than we can bear – the good or the bad.

      Rejoicing in the Spirit is nothing more than pure joy – joy in its rawest form; a perfect joy. At times when I think about how amazing God is and the fact that I get to pray/ talk with Him, I get filled with so much joy that I start laughing and it is far greater than my normal laugh. Rejoicing in the Spirit is a form of speaking. It is a language. It is something that gives glory to God. It does because it is raw emotion. God is a person and full of emotion, but when He feels, He feels all of the emotion. Not 5/100%. Not 50/100%. Not 99/100%. He feels every emotion 100/100% every single time. One of the fruits of the Spirit is JOY. Laughter in its purest form is JOY. When the Holy Spirit has fed you this fruit, rejoicing/laughing in the Spirit can be a manifestation of this fruit. I believe when we fast, that is when the Spirit can feed us these fruits because they are not something we can pick and eat ourselves. It is a good gift from God. It is a perfect gift. Not everyone receives the same gifts. Not everyone will be given this type of rejoicing manifestation. I’m sure there are some that have led people astray with theatrics and shows, but just because people have done this does not diminish the Spirits power or gifts. The Holy Spirit is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

      What a joy it is to be sons and daughters of the Living God. What a joy it is to be His. What a joy it is to be dearly loved by Him. What a joy it is to be free to love Him.

      • Marcus,
        I love your explanation! Truly it brings JOY!
        Joy is a gift from God, only. Joy is a character of God. This I learned recently also, from my new husband that is also a gift from God.

        Thank you for sharing!

        Lisa D Smith

        • The Holy Spirit has shown me many things. Great and wonderful things that I don’t understand. I have prayed for others and the Spirit of Christ has healed them. I have seen physical manifestations on many occasions. The most astounding was a ball of light in the night sky directly above me. No it wasn’t E.T. but it lit up everything around me and there were no shadows on the ground. Of course I have experienced the laughter you can relate to. So much laughter that I was brought to tears.

    • My name is Lisa. I was going through a divorce over a decade ago that basically widened a wedge between me and my 17 year old son. I was heartbroken and devestated thinking I would never have a loving relationship with him again. One Sunday during our praise and worship service at church, I was overcome with this laughter that I could not halt. It was very joyful! I could feel my mood totally change and I was brought up in a very legalistic church background, so at that time, I had NO clue about Holy Laughter. Since that time I have opened my heart up to God and more recently totally surrendered to his will in my life and direction. I do not believe the laughter brought on anything evil at all. I believe it was given to me by God to show me that JOY is possible in all areas and after any event in my life…in anyone’s life. God is so good to us. A person is not all-knowing. Only God is omniscient. I also believe it began a healing process.

    • Amen, God is a God of order. Last night we were having a prayer meeting and while one man was praying some women started laughing “disturbing” the prayer the order. Why would God laugh through us to express His joy. The scripture mentioned in John is nothing about laughter, sorry. You laugh when someone tells a joke, or something funny happens, what is funny about a person busy praying to God, it is a “sacred moment” not a “laughing moment” disturbing the flow of the Spirit

  6. 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.

  7. may –be as satan sees one is willinjg to serve the Lord, he comes with an attack, Surely he can not possess a born again, but he can attack and make you think it is the Spirit, The bible says the fruit of the spirit is self control

    • Surprisingly, when God wants to bring this Joy and change the legalistic training that I experienced in my life, the laughter came and it was a beginning of my healing. Sometimes, I may like to experience it again, but I believe Father God knows better than me what I need. I will never in any way try to mock him by acting out of line as if this laughter was from myself. I don’t believe my experience as a Christian believer should be up for debate. I do hope it can help someone else surrender their all no matter what to the One True Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  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. Please give me one scripture that specifically says… Uncontrollable laughter is from God.
    Second please give one example of this happening in the Bible. Thank You God Bless

    • There is no scripture that says that this laughing is from God, defenitaly not the laughter i heard in churches, laughter that disrupt everything. The fruit of the spirit is self control. But satan , knowing his time is running out, attacks children of the Lord and makes them believe his mocking comes from God, because satan hates the name of Jesus, there are psychiatric illness that makes the patient laugh uncontrolably for no reason, and satan is using it to make people believe it is the Holy Spirit,, The Holy Spirit brings joy and laughter but not like a disrupt,

      • I had a huge conversion experience. I knew very little about Jesus and nothing of the Holy Spirit. When I decided to accept Jesus as saviour I had an immediate and powerful manifestation. I had no idea what was happening to me. I started to cry, crying with such intensity. Wave after wave of intense wailing, but then suddenly that stopped and I started to laugh. Oh what joy! I laughed and laughed and laughed like I had never done before. Literally rolling around the floor holding my stomach as this intense laughter came out of me. This went on for at least 20 minutes

        After that experience as I read my bible for the first time and listened to other people’s testimonies I realised who the Holy Spirit is and how these manifestations can occur. I had never seen or heard of any of this stuff. I was in someone’s living room!

        Noone can tell me that this was not God. That night changed my life and 25 years later I still burn with passion for our Lord

        To those that doubt about laughter I would say just because you don’t understand it, it doesn’t make it not real.

        I do understand though that I’m sure some people will have engaged in ‘Holy laughter’ when part of a crowd and it became a ‘learned response’. Like everything it is open to abuse, but do not doubt that God can and does use laughter in this way.

        It was the most wonderful of experiences, lavished upon me by the one who loves to give good gifts.

        • Hi David, I just had this uncontrollable laughing tonight at a prayer meeting at Church, along with another lady. I was praying for her son to accept the Lord and we both started laughing. She recognised it as a manifestation of the Spirit. We both laughed and laughed … it was crazy but in a way it was a release of stress for me as my husband has been ill for 3 weeks. Thank you for your comment, it helped me a lot.

        • I have experienced both weeping and laughter. The weeping was during a revival meeeting in church and I heard to Lord’s encouraging voice for me personally. Shortly after that, what I believe to be Holy Spirit laughter, came to me as I was driving a car. It filled me with joy as I drove 40 miles or more culminating in a “dunking” in a fountain of love I never knew existed this side of heaven. At that period of my life God became REAL to me. In His Presence there is fullness of joy!!

    • 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.
      John 14:21

      Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
      John 14:12

  10. First I want to thank you for sharing your insight on this topic. Laughing in the Spirit has happened a handful of times in my saved life of over 20 years. It also just happened yesturday on the 13th day of my 21 day fast. It was exactly as you described, and I’ve never personally belly laughed so hard, it cause my entire mid section to quiver. It is truly an abdominal workout, during and after. It occurred while I was alone in prayer speaking in tongues. BUT that nigh when I was going to bed I was thinking about the experience and the enemy began to cause me to question was this really God, was it a stronghold God was trying to free me from, was this demonic? I was confused, and deflated…. until I decided to search if anyone had insight on the internet. And thankfully you did. This was the first article I read and it affirmed me and my experience. 5 hanks again

  11. I just prayed and all I could do is say Jesus, then all of a sudden a laughter from inside of my belly came forth and I couldn’t even catch my breath! God is God and he will do as he sees fit to His children. We need Him in this hour of time! We need His laughter ! I need it! Seek first the kingdom of Heaven! I don’t understand it, but, it sure does feel good!!!!

  12. this manifestation is so true and it cleanses is spirit I was in church and they believed in this manifestation of the spirit it cleanse your spirit it cleanses your soul and I thought I’d never hear about it or know about it again but this is so true if it never happens to you you’re missing out speaking in tongue is amazing but having this laughing spirit is wonderful.

  13. About 20 years ago I was in a group of women, a couple of hundred aglow women the laughter started from the platform and spread through the crowd. And I am not one to do any of these “silly things” but at that point I could not help it. it came from the bottom of my stomach and as you have said my muscles ache it truly was laughter from the Holy Spirit

  14. Laughing in the Spirit is something ine will never understand until it happens to him/her. I neved paid attention to someone laughing in tge Spirit and I said I’m really not sure if it was genuine. But my son was diagnosed with a disorder and I was in such in deepest pain I’ve ever had. I sought the Lord for healing. That is the time I discovered that laughing in the Spirit is from God. As I prayed and poured my heart to the Lord tears streaming diwn my face, in the midst of it..I laughed so hard. It happened to me twice now.
    From then on, my sons symptoms improved..I could go on about that but for me, it was a laughter of victory from the Lord. Unless you experience will probably never know it is real. So I urge you brothers and in the relationship with Him so, so deeply and truly abide in Him and will expeerience it and just know it came from Him.

  15. I’ve had that deep belly joyous laugh that can only come from the Holy Spirit. The problem I had was that it was in church and I don’t think some welcomed it while others did. What do you do in situations like that when you’re just overcome by the Holy Spirit, but it’s not welcomed?

    • Be yourself and ignore what anybody else thinks.If it becomes a distraction to the service and they want you out, go outside somewhere until the Holy Spirit finishes with you.These are rare glorious moments you don`t want to miss.It might be a time of great breakthrough for you.

  16. i have laughed with that holy laughter unexpectedly and afterwards felt that depression began to lift from my soul.
    i have never had a happy heart but not have such a joy in my heart.
    i recently had a dream shereby i was laughing in the holy spirit.

  17. Where does the Word teach us to go into the world and teach the Spirit will make you have uncontrollable laughter? This is a deceptive trick from Satan to get ones focus off of the gospel! The only thing we are supposed to teach and preach is the coming of the Kingdom of God. The lust of the flesh , the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are all sensual things of this world and has nothing to do with ones freedom and salvation in Christ. 1 John 2:16.

  18. “If God has many of the same emotions we do since He has made all of us in the image and likeness of Himself, then it is only logical to conclude that God can and does laugh Himself.”

    This is poor theology. God’s attributes were give to us, with in our capacity as human. And due to our fallen nature, that has been tainted. We wrestle with the flesh daily, so you can’t assume all of our attributes are from God. This idea is reverse-engineering God’s image, and starting with us, rather than him. To say “I feel xyz, therefore God also feels xyz” is actually failing into self-idolatry.

    Please be careful people. Be prayerful and make sure you don’t just know the Word, but also understand it.

  19. I am now 71 y.o . Experienced the baptism in the spirit year 1977 in the catholic church Ormoc Leyte Philippines. The gift of the word of knowledge I ask from God because I want to preach his word thinking the word will just come out of my mouth to minister to others. I was a registered nurse already at that time married and with 2 small kids. If not for them I would have been in the mission field. Came to America when my visa was available. Had a lot of struggle as a nurse in a new modern place but God was faithful he help me passed the board exam for nurses with his gift he had given. “I can do all things through Christ”. In one of my difficult days when my 4th child was 12 yrs old then he does not want to go back in the chidren’s afternoon session, I was asking God to give me a birthday gift to touch my son instead. I was falling in line for the last hour to be prayed over by the visiting pastor. All I know I was knock down hard in the floor and was laughing so hard for a few minutes uninterrupted. Since then my worries regarding my children was removed. My concern for them I gave to him. Through the years when my faith is weak those are one of the STONES OF REMEMBRANCE I recall and it helps me to rise up and keep on serving him by preaching his word and doing bible studies. God knows how to touch us enough not to melt us with joy, just enough to encourage us and let us know we are loved. I love Him very much! Everything is easier with his anointing.

  20. Today there is alot of the world in the church. new age occult word of faith prosperity message. Satan can do anything that looks like God did this for me. That is why we need to check and line up everything with scripture. There is alot of witch craft gone on in churches today and say this is from God. I know cause a lot that happen to me over the past 20 plus years in the church was not from God . It was satan and my flesh. I was led down a road that left me in spiritual bondage and strong holds. I had to leave the church I was in when They started to put curses on me. I am no longer able to work. I went through a lot of demonic occult evil works manifest out of me. I to was slain in the spirit aleast I throught it was at the time. I would even roll up and down the row in the church I was in during a week of prayer meeting. At the time I thought this was of God. When it was nothing but witch craft. I was speaking in tonughes for awhile I thought it was of God to . Was never of God. Satan turns himself into an angel of light. The head is sick meaning the pastors. and the body is dieing meaning the church. church know your bible. I went back to KJSV. only. all other bibles leave out words like the NIV I found out that Bible was written by an unbeliever new age.. All these new bibles are written by Man Not the holy spirit. The Lord said no one is to add or take away from this book the bible. no wonder people are confused and deceive . Because they go by man and man also goes by experience . Never was man to rewrite the bible and leave out words change the real meaning of the word of God. So who’s bible you read you belive that is the man you follow. Wake up church. the world is in the church . we sre to come out of the world when we become born again. WhenI would let people know this is not of God. The answer I got a lot of times is I am not trusting God. Those same people believe the lie and are deceive. Christians are into deception cause they are falling for any thing today. we are to humble our self and take up the cross and follow him Daily. There are false pastors and teachers in the world more and more today who just want money as their God . So They peach a feel good message and say all the right things when in fact it comes from the pit of hell. People fall this false doctrine. Wake up church. if it’s not in the bible then its not true. read the KJSV only. Jesus Is coming very soon.

  21. I found this page because I had to see if someone else had just experienced what I just did. It was better than all the Christmases and birthdays and fun times I’ve ever had.

    I have always been an optimist. I try to find the joy, the silver lining, the good — whatever positive thing there is to be found — in each situation. But that all changed years ago. The man I married tends to be very negative and untrusting. He was attracted to my joy when we met. However over the years of our marriage I became more like him. Angry all the time, depressed and sad. I developed a very short temper, and became sarcastic and untrusting. Instead of sharing my joy with him, in my heart I accused him of stealing it. Lately, I’ve been desperate for my joy to return. Desperate for that bright-eyed approach to life, I turned on him and begged him to stop stealing my joy. It wasn’t getting through. I would cry and become angry, telling him that it’s his fault I’m like this.

    Recently, I began to dig back into God’s Word. Spending time each day studying Scripture and praying. I think I expected instant joy to return, but it seemed that the anger would bubble up in me again no sooner than I was done. But I believe that I was seeking God for my own selfish reasons and not for His glory. Today, something changed. I was so angry at my husband this morning. I wouldn’t speak to him, I could only cry a little and tell him I didn’t want to talk about it. I dropped him off at work, came home and got into my daily devotional, begging God to help me. I didn’t know what to do anymore. I felt like the only way I would have a better life is to divorce my husband. But I also knew in my heart that was not God’s answer, that was my way of finding a way out. Ultimately, I don’t want to be separated from my husband. I want him to experience the life-changing joy of the Lord.

    So, after my devotion and prayer, I jumped in the shower to get ready for my day. Normally, I play some music while I’m in there, I love to sing. But this time, I forgot to set it up so I was left to myself. I began to sing one of the older worship songs (There’s Something About That Name). That’s my go to. Singing the name of Jesus comes to me in times of desperation. Then the song The Joy of the Lord is My Strength popped in my head and I began to sing it. I got to the second verse that says “He give me living water and I thirst no more” and something came over me. I felt choked up like I was about to burst into tears but it became laughter. Loud, long laughter. I couldn’t stop laughing! And like you mention in your article, it wasn’t my normal laughter. It sounded almost foreign to me but it was SO DELIGHTFUL! It was truly a belly laugh, a bubbling over of joy that could not be contained. My stomach muscles began to tighten from not being used in this way for so many years. I can honestly say I have NEVER laughed like this. It wasn’t maniacal, it was delightful. As I laughed words filled my head and I began to speak them out loud: “This is the Glory of the Lord, this is the Glory of the Lord”. God was revealing Himself to me in that moment. The strength I was seeking came from His joy this morning. I knew in that moment the joy I was seeking had not been STOLEN by my husband or anyone else for that matter. I had given it away, bit by bit, over the years, and had allowed a self-indulgent, self-centered way of thinking to replace it, which opened the door to anger and depression.

    Once the laughter died down, I didn’t feel exhausted or drained like one would think. I felt EMBOLDENED and STRONG. I began to pray out loud for my husband, my marriage, standing in the gap and rebuking Satan and his attempts to steal and destroy. My husband isn’t a strong Christian, but he’s seeking. I felt bold and filled with righteous anger, rebuking Satan repeatedly and telling him “YOU WILL NOT PASS!”

    This is not my normal, daily life experience. And I’ll admit, had I seen it happen to someone else, I would have been skeptical. But it was — and is — real and genuine. To the person who commented about “self-control” and how this isn’t Biblical, I fiercely disagree. We are to exhibit self-control when it comes to sin — but when it comes to the Glory of the Lord, take me away. God wasn’t angry with me for laughing, He was filling me up with joy overflowing. I believe it’s because I stopped looking to my husband to refill it by changing his attitude. I looked to my Father, the AUTHOR of my joy, this time.

    “Take me past the outer courts, take me into the Holy Place, Lord I want to see your face.”

    This was, and is, the Glory of the Lord. I’ve received it, I will not discard it or give it away. I will spend time each day renewing it.

    Thank you Lord for such a gift. I was at my end this morning and You filled me with Your joy and Your glory surrounded me.

    • LOVE YOUR TESTIMONY. I totally agree with your assessment of your life and how the Lord brought you out. Don’t listen to the stiff neck people who can’t laugh. I guess the CHILDREN OF GOD were totally out of line when they realized what God had done for them? I guess scripture is showing you what not to do when you realize how GOOD GOD has been to you?

      Psa 126:1 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
      Psa 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
      Psa 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

      Or maybe God himself is out of line as scripture records these examples

      Psa_37:13  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
      Psa_52:6  The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
      Psa_59:8  But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

      Dig deep in scriptures???? How about this basic Test, If it goes against the Character of God then reject it. In other words, if God wouldn’t do it then you shouldn’t either. So let’s see if that holds up with Laughter? Does God Laugh? Does He approve of Laughter? THEN LAUGH. To the one who thinks LAUGHING isn’t of God must not believe that God wants you healed as Scientist has discovered that Laughter supports what the bible says. ” Laughter does good like a medicine”. If you ( the person who was so negative against Christine ) really think that we serve a God who doesn’t look at the enemies plans and LAUGHS then I have to question if you checked your brain at the door when you got saved (providing that you did, Romans 10:9-10) or you just have a hard heart.

      Christine, Keep Laughing, and from time to time have God tickle you with his Joy!!!!

    • I am indeed happy for you and pray His grace will continue upon you to fill you up with His love, peace and joy ever lasting in Jesus name.

  22. There is more scriptural evidence telling us to test the spirits against scripture than there is to “god manifesting his laughter” through us. I’d like one scriptural reference to Jesus laughing.

    One of the fruits of the spirit is self control”. Point blank, how can it be from god if it contradicts his spirit?

    Satan is an expert at mimicking joy. Where you go looking for an “other worldly” experience, Satan will be waiting right there to give you one.

    Just because you feel it’s from god, doesn’t mean it is. Dive a little deeper into scripture.

  23. From quite a bit of experience within the last year, to me, deep belly laughs are a sign of FREEDOM, from the chains, bonds & yokes that I had been carrying for years and years. Once I laid them at the foot of the cross and REALLY surrendered it all to Jesus, once and for all, I started to feel that peace that passes ALL understanding. Then it hits me that I really am forgiven. “What sin, what past, Jesus asks?” Then I’m overjoyed. I can’t control it, He’s laughing through me, and WITH me. There’s true freedom behind that laughter.

  24. All delusions manifested by evil to keep the real joy and peace of the Lord at bay… run and flee from this demonic practice… thus saith the Lord. they are not speaking from Me, and I did not call them. the devil masquerades as a angel of light and most today are ignorant of his schemes. He will always appeal to the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye, hasn’t changed his modus operandi since the garden of Eden, why should he when so many are naive and gullible.

  25. I am happy to read about this topic, because l have experience it often time, mostly after praying in the spirit or doing worship. l want you to know that God work in a mysterious way, His way are not our way and you cannot comprehend Him. If He choose to manifest Himself in us who can question Him. John 14:23
    23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. “

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