Updated: Jan 8, 2019
Too often the believer confuses these two or they lack the proper understanding of the two.
To understand the person of the Holy Spirit, is to know His character and His manifestation throughout the Scripture with Scriptural reference. Beginning with the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis. Which means origin. The origin of life on Earth as we know it today.
God created the Heaven and the Earth in the beginning. However, at an unknown point in time, we are told the Earth was without form, and void and there was darkness. There are three words to expound upon, in order to understand the moving of the Holy Spirit and the person of the Holy Spirit. The first two words are formless [without form] and void the original terms in the Hebrew language are tohu and bohu. They convey the idea of confusion and disorder. The last word is darkness. With that being said, this was the state of the Earth at that given time. Confusion, disorder and darkness. Next, we get a glimpse of the person or the character of the Holy Spirit. Despite the state of confusion and disorderedness. We are told the Holy Spirit, who is God as well. Moved upon this formless void and darkness.
The moving of the Holy Spirit here, carries the connotation of moving gently or the motion of brooding like a dove. Poole described such notions and rightly so as a metaphor form of birds hovering and fluttering over, and sitting upon their eggs and young ones, to cherish, warm, and quicken them. This tells us, and gives us an insight into the person of the Holy Spirit as the life giver, peaceful, thoughtful and gentle, not rambunctious. David painted the picture of the Holy Spirit in the 23 Psalms, as one who led His flocks beside still waters. Still waters are deep waters, and settled. The surrounding elements and wind do not move it, but quiet, peaceful and crystalline. The person of the Holy Spirit as described in these few illustrations is however unique from the moving of the Holy Spirit, two different things. This is where the lack of understanding resides sadly so among many believers. Although the Holy Spirit by nature is gentle. The cause of His moving is to quicken. However, the effects of His moving vary. Though He gently attend to us with love, but our responses are of a great magnitude with joyous thanksgiving. With which some may shout praises, leap for joy, dance and sing loud praises to the Lord. These are the effect of a quicken soul. However, this does not change the fact that the nature of the Holy Spirit remains the same as that of a gentle Spirit.
The misunderstanding on the part of the believer arise by attributing the feeling they feel with the person of the Holy Spirit. Thereby assuming that whosoever does not show such passion and exuberance, haven’t experienced the moving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, did not God created the great sequoia redwood tree, towering over 200 feet into the sky? Of a great magnitude, it sprung forth with boldness. Likewise, He created the duckweed plant, without any solid root and a grand display like that of the grand redwood tree. The duckweed quietly grows on the top of a quiet water. At the size of less than an inch. Diverse in the display, but moved upon by the same Spirit.
Likewise, the moving of the Holy Spirit upon the believer may cause one to raise their hands and worship. Whereas it may cause another to quietly pick up an ink and a paper and write from his soul, the wondrous blessing of the moving of the Holy Spirit as an amazing grace how sweet the sound.
The Holy Spirit is loving and gentle as a dove. His effect upon those who love His work, shall rejoice differently, but this one thing we all share, the joy we feel and the blessing thereof is brought forth only by the moving of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God and never self. Those that truly experience the moving of the Holy Spirit of God, will display gratitude for God, and true gratitude will show reverence towards God. That all may come into His presence with thanksgiving and reverence through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.