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At any point, can the Holy Spirit take control of a person completely so that the person may act beyond his control? I am trying to understand the Biblical view on this. My understanding is that the Holy Spirit is a submissive spirit, but, I have heard people say such as "Holy Spirit was controlling me". Looking forward eagerly for the answers.

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Whether or not it is technically possible, it would contradict the nature of God to do so.

To overwhelm a person dispenses with free will, and most Christians view God as granting mankind the ability to choose him freely. As illustrated in Hosea

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. (Hosea 2:14)

and Isaiah

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ 2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations — 3 a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick; (Isaiah 65:1-3)

God's nature is one of patience and long suffering towards his people. A formulation that occurs throughout the old testament testifies to his longsuffering as well:

I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity (Jonah 4:2)

In short, the nature of God is to woo, not whelm.

It is much like the old saw "Can God make a rock so big that he can't lift it?" In truth, God cannot, not because he lacks adequate strength, but rather because doing so would violate his own attributes. In the case of the rock, God is all-powerful. His omnipotence constrains him to be all-powerful. In the case of not overriding free will, his love constrains his action. Because God is all-loving, his attributes constrain him from overwhelming those he loves.

The Holy Spirit definitely compels people to act in accordance with the will of God (e.g. Acts 20:22)

"And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.

But, that is a far cry from a demon possession like experience.

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Yes it is possible. However, God prefers you doing what he wants you to do willingly.

Here are the references

This passage is interesting, you should read the whole chapter. Saul went to Naioth to do something else but something different happened

1 Samuel 19:23-24 So Saul (Saul, the king of Israel) went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

The effect of Spirit is likened to being drunk with wine. When you are drunk, you lose control and you do those things you wouldn't do normally. But unlike wine, you'll do positive things.

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit

The spirit came on Elijah and he ran unlike an ordinary man. Same is Samson.

1 Kings 18:45-46: 45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel

Ezekiel 47 describes the effect of the different level of the Holy Spirit, the highest compared to a river. The more the water, the less your resistance to it until it carries you to wherever it wants

Ezekiel 47:5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed

You can read this article for a better understanding and you are advised to reason with the content. You may not take it as it is.

But I cannot remember where this happened in the new testament.

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I must take offense with answer #2. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Therefore if the Spirit completely overtakes you it violates who He is and is at enmity with Himself. This is absolute proof that this "Holy laughter" and "being slain in the Spirit" cannot possibly be the work of the Holy Spirit. I have no doubt that "spirits" are involved but it is not God's. If the Holy Spirit takes control of you , you personally have lost all self-control. This is totally against the Nature of God. The Spirit of God will certainly empower you but never take your self-control. The scriptures used by answer #2 show this clearly. In every case they were led to do something, compelled to obey God, and were empowered to accomplish what they were called to do. It therefore must be either a "different" spirit that would take your self-control or the Bible is a lie. Being "controlled" by the Spirit is much different from obeying the Spirit. Obeying constitutes having a choice . You may well have a negative outcome from disobeying the Holy Spirit but you get to make that choice . Hope this helps. Amen

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Your answer would be strengthened by some exegesis. –  Kazark Oct 20 '12 at 13:20
    
Welcome to C.SE. You may want to check out our FAQ to find out what makes a good, supported answer. You should also be aware that as people vote on these answers, the order will change, so you should probably at least link directly to "answer #2" –  Affable Geek Oct 21 '12 at 22:15
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Salvation from hell is by grace through faith in Christ alone ( Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23).

Once a person received Christ the Lord as his Savior ( John 1:12), he/she is now possessing free will either to disobey God ( consequence is chastisement not hell- Hebrews ) or to obey God ( consequence is temporal blessings not heaven- Hebrews , Matthew 6:33).

As we can notice, the consequence of a believer's action always leads to persevering in the faith just as the Scriptures says " the just shall live by faith" and " from faith to faith"( Romans, Hebrews).

Hebrews 13:2 Look on Jesus who is the source and the completer of our faith.

What this means is that salvation from hell is monergistic but sanctification on earth is synergistic ( Philippians 2:11-13).

Therefore, the Holy Spirit cannot completely control the Christian in the sense that he/she did not choose it. God acts upon our choice. [ Note that this is only for those saved by grace through faith apart from any works].

The Christian will be under the complete control of the Holy Spirit via exterminating his/her free will to disobey either at death , rapture or at the resurrection.[ As to why God still allows his children to sin is for their sake because he\she can prove himself\herself the victory over sin he\she have in Christ Jesus].

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I surrendered my entire life to God and have allowed Holy Spirit to consume my entire being. I have been made into an entirely different man. I have friends from my past that tell me that I don't even look the same. It is a matter of allowing Him to do so. He will not force His will upon anyone but the moment you allow Him, He will take full control. I pray differently, act differently, and no longer have desires to do things that I used to do. I cannot explain it anyother way than that. This life is entirely different than how I was before this encounter.

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The Holy Spirit is a wonderful teacher who teaches all the things of God but He does not force us to do them. In the NT in the book of revelations it says that who has an ear to hear should listen to what the Spirit says to the Church. I believe we have to obey Him and thus how He gains control over us. He is a gentlemen He knocks meaning He does not use force. I pray that people of God read their bible for them to know God better.

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Welcome to he site! I don't disagree at all with what you're saying, but... (and I know this is going to not make sense at first) but this is more of a Truthy answer than what's generally looked for. (told you it wouldn't make sense.) When you get a chance, I recommend checking out the FAQ and then these posts, which clarify things a bit further. meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/faq –  David Stratton Feb 3 '13 at 21:11
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If you are thinking that there may be the same thing as "mounting the horse" in Voodoo, no. God gave us free will and He respects that which he created. You can ask God to take you over and remake your heart to obey, but He won't. Sanctification must be done by our renouncing the old nature and asking Him to finish the job. Satan hates God's image that is stamped on every human. Part of that is our free will.

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Welcome to he site! I don't disagree at all with what you're saying, but... (and I know this is going to not make sense at first) but this is more of a Truthy answer than what's generally looked for. (told you it wouldn't make sense.) When you get a chance, I recommend checking out the FAQ and then these posts, which clarify things a bit further. meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/faq –  David Stratton Feb 3 '13 at 21:11
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com•pel / kəmˈpel/ verb past tense: compelled; past participle: compelled 1. force or oblige (someone) to do something. "a sense of duty compelled Harry to answer her questions"

The answer to the question is YES!!! The Spirit can and does compell us regardless of what our Will is. When we accept Jesus we give up our rights, (designed to protect us from Men), and are completely in His charge. we WILL do His Will whether we want to or not.

See "Jonah"

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Welcome to the site! As a new visitor, I'd recommend checking out the following two posts, which are meant to help newcomers "learn the ropes": help page and How we are different than other sites? Also see What makes a good supported answer? –  David Stratton Oct 1 '13 at 0:58
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I've recently been studying the topic of the spirit control which is living from your spirit and not your flesh. Your spirit is in constant contact with God meaning that you have the ability to be led by God in every aspect and you also are in tune with Holy Spirit. So no Holy Spirit cannot consume you but you can be submitted to Holy Spirit and your spirit as well.

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Welcome to the site. We want our answers here to be based on solid Biblical or official teachings, not simply personal opinion or experience. Can you provide some scripture and/or references explaining your view? –  Flimzy Nov 11 '13 at 16:36
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I'm not disagreeing, but this answer would be a lot better if you could add references showing that this is a common understanding, and who teaches/believes it. On this site, we're not looking for personal interpretation, but rather focusing on what various Christian groups teach. See How we are different than other sites? and What makes a good supported answer? –  David Stratton Nov 11 '13 at 17:22
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