... As a result the Holy Spirit was taken away from Saul. Due to Deacon Mitchell’s faithfulness, grace and humility he promoted to the position of an Elder in 1985 For this, David would have his wives taken from him, see his relatives, including his children, die, and the child he had with Bathsheba would die. 8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. There was a punishment for David’s sin. The sad part is that the text tells us in 1 Samuel 10 that “God gave him another heart” (1 Samuel 10:9). Awesome, timely teaching that’s needed in our lives today. 21 So David came to Saul and stood before him. The Spirit of God brings peace, but when He departs, trouble and unrest are all that remain. The Israelites weren’t kings (the kingship didn’t even exist among them at the time), yet they had the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence. Rather, one should understand that Calvin’s doctrine is that he argues for unconditional perseverance (a perseverance that isn’t based on faith or anything else) while others such as Arminians argue for a conditiona l perseverance — that is, one must persevere in faith. Throughout all that happened, David wasn’t thinking about Uriah but rather, about himself. 10 So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? And if these two men had the Holy Spirit, then every saint in the Old Testament had the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. It is in the following chapter that we see the Holy Spirit depart from the life of Saul: 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. Why did the Holy Spirit depart from Saul? And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?”, 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. It is to Psalm 51 that we now turn. Saul builds a monument to himself, then says, “I have kept the commandment of the Lord” when he hadn’t. David’s response to Uriah’s death was “the sword devours one as well as another.” In other words, David’s response was one of indifference. He was one who pursued God’s heart. Saul then goes and seeks a medium/witch, against the direct commandment of the Lord. This seems terribly unfair to these corrupt children-because it is. Many Christians believe they are better than those who practice witchcraft, than those who bow down to statues, and do other sins, but God’s Word says that we aren’t any better. It is a vehement rejection of God that drives Him away. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy, Rom 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, See the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. Next: Protestant heresies today 1: – Making houses of cement sand stone and wood to be houses of the Lord, A servant of Jesus Christ strictly following Master's instructions. Let us no longer take the Spirit for granted. 18 Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? We, like the Pharisees, have put a hierarchy on sin: “murder is one of the worst,” adultery isn’t as bad, telling a ‘small’ lie is not as bad,” we say. There is no grading scale of sin in His eyes. David realizes that he is “dirty” and “filthy” in sin. 9 Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? If there is no power, no signs and wonders following the Servant who has not finished his/her race, the Holy Spirit has departed from the servant. What it proves to be for us is a psychological comfort that insulates us from the truth about our salvation and apostasy. Instead of obeying God and killing everything, Saul did what he believed “was right in his own eyes”: he killed the worthless items and spared the best. While David had always had a humble heart , He repented right away he accepted responsibility of his sin with Bathsheba,In another instance, when he looked at himself as a king by sending his servants to fetch water from a well Dangerous for anyone to cross over to , and they went and willingly obeyed him and made it through . 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. God gives this most severe iof commands to Saul regarding the Amalikites- destroy them all, even their animals- and take nothing for spoil. The result of this encounter is that Bathsheba became pregnant. The Spirit confirms to us that this new birth is real and that we truly belong to God (Romans 8:15–17). How do we know if the Holy Spirit has departed from a person or congregation? 14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. Saul used his power to choose to disobey the Lord willingly. It is a possibility worth pondering. Why Bathsheba mourned Uriah and then became David’s wife is likely chalked up to the fact that she had no choice in the matter. And then, to see Saul claim that he had “performed the commandment of the Lord” is even further proof of just how spiritually lost Saul was. Saul has built a monument to himself because he’s so full of himself; yet, when he’s called out about his sin, he’d rather blame the people than accept personal responsibility as Israel’s king. The wicked are never truly at ease, and the same can be said for the apostate king Saul. In it, we read the soul of a man who has been confronted by Nathan the prophet with the realization that he, David, has sinned before God. 5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”, 6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. If a person chooses herself/himself or chosen by the people to lead but not God choosing His servant, the power is hindered from being revealed to the congregation thus no signs and wonders are seen in a congregation. God disciplines those he loves in this life to conform us in our position as heirs of salvation, having the Spirit as a down payment of better things to come. Why the Holy Spirit Departs and How to Know if He has... 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The name “Isra’el” means “God contended” or “May God prevail.” This is why God refers to Israel as “My people, who are called by my name” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Other evidence that seems to deny the idea that only kings had the Holy Spirit is that Scripture says that even the wicked wilderness generation had the Holy Spirit at one time: 7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. Can you imagine your king being your worst enemy all because he lusts after your wife? He gives His Spirit to David, the man He has chosen to replace Saul as king. (v. 4) Epistle (328) Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40 … He also has rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23). 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” (1 Samuel 15:13-21). How do we know? When I made Saul king, Saul was godly. Answer: Simply put, no, the Holy Spirit will never leave a true believer. ** Check out this free infographic illustrating 13 ways the Holy Spirit worked in the Old Testament. When the Holy Spirit departs, the kingdom of Heaven has departed from a person or a congregation and the evil spirit takes over. God resist the proud and His holy spirit can’t dwell in a rebellious heart. Because Christ gives him a new spirit, the Holy Spirit does not leave him, except by reason of blasphemy if the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus the Holy Spirit will be with forever that means if you have been baptised by the Holy He will never leave. If you hold to Eternal Security, or Calvin’s view of Perseverance of the Saints, congratulations: you hold to the fifth tenet of “TULIP” (“P” stands for “Perseverance of the Saints”). And yet, losing the kingship was not the cause of the Holy Spirit’s departure, but rather, the result of Saul’s sin — which happens to be the reason why the Holy Spirit departs from Saul. Thus, to vex the Holy Spirit means that God’s presence was among them. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him—all the congregation.” (Numbers 27:18-21). The Holy Spirit: is God: As Comforter of the Church. If you disobey and rebel, the Holy Spirit will depart. He has no sin neither does He sin. God made promises to David in 2 Sam.7:11b-16 and 1Chron. Even after Samuel knew that Saul was evil, he still mourned for him. It’s easy to think that Saul willed his own death, but Samuel’s dire prophecy to Saul comes not because Saul chooses to die but because of the Lord God Himself: 13 So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. If Saul lost his salvation than why did Samuel say you and your sons will be with me tomorrow? 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. The Holy Spirit was given to convict us of sin and show us our need of a savior. As God told Samuel, “he [Saul] has turned back from following Me.” Saul’s loss of the kingship had everything to do with his spiritual condition: a man who was more concerned about building a monument to himself, then disobeying God by deeming the best of the sheep, oxen, and possessions worth keeping instead of destroying everything. So don’t lie to us. A believer in Christ is supernaturally made a clean and holy vessel by His blood, clean enough for the Holy Spirit to actually dwell inside him permanently. When he’s pressed about his sin, he blames “the people” twice, and then refers to God as Samuel’s God instead of his own. He had to have David come and play music to help with his mental anxiety and depression. There’s rationale behind why Calvinism can’t reconcile the Holy Spirit departing from elect Saul with its TULIP doctrine: it can’t be reconciled! That’s why Saul lost the kingship. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. Uriah was loyal to the king, though that loyalty was compromised by David. That little voice, however, may well have been the Holy Spirit trying to get your attention. What if the sinner believes he has committed this and no matter, how much pleas for forgiveness he sends to God, he feels like it returns back empty. But David remained at Jerusalem. It is enough to confess secret sins or sins committed only against God and known only to him, to God. In other words, Saul was so consumed with himself that before he went to do what God commanded him to do, he was occupied with his own self-glorifying monument. The Holy Spirit descended and in some way looked like a dove. If you do not believe, the Holy Spirit departs. As long as that we are not repeat offenders, and that we are broken in spirit when we ask for forgiveness and that we genuinely repent of our sins, he can never turn us away. Not only did the Lord send Nathan to rebuke David; He also told David that his love child with Bathsheba would die as a result. Why did the Holy Spirit depart from King Saul? 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. This is fact. ii. Saul was “so past” that phase in his life. But Uriah, the Hittite, a Gentile, was too loyal to David, the army, and Israel to have any pleasure with his wife while the nation was at war. There are many today who, like Saul, don’t grasp the idea that the Holy Spirit can depart from a believer’s life. 9a). The Lord said “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments” (v.11). “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” In the eyes of the Lord, to rebel against God is no different than if one committed witchcraft. In verse 10, David requests that God “create in me a clean heart,” a statement that shows that David cannot be clean unless God makes him clean. As Jesus was without sin so is the Holy Spirit. The idea is false for a few reasons. He has an evil spirit sent to him from the Lord, a sign that God had given Saul up to his eternal condemnation. (Psalm 51:1-19). And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14). Here in Psalm 51, David genuinely confessed his sin before God. ones. Then, when he went to pray to God about direction for the battle with the Philistines, he shows that he still didn’t understand what it meant for God to reject him as king. This is why he goes to pray about the battle against the Philistines. This leads to a person preaching a powerless gospel which is not Jesus Christ gospel. When a person or a congregation is in sin, the Holy Spirit departs; He does not sin nor live in sin with the person. Two Accounts Reconciled. 14 But he did not inquire of the Lord; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse. Could you give a citation for that from Calvin? He couldn’t call God his God because he had long abandoned God — which is why the Holy Spirit departs after God rejects Saul as king. God cannot be bought. When Saul is chosen by God, he ends up “hiding among the equipment.” He didn’t want the task, was quite the shyster. And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. God cannot be bribed, He cannot be “swayed” from righteousness, justice, or His Law. (1 Samuel 15:34-35). Thanks for post it. To sin is to commit idolatry because, when someone sins, he or she chooses to go his or her own way instead of God’s way. The Holy Spirit: is God: As Convincing of Sin, of Righteousness, and of Judgment. where is he that put his holy Spirit within him? Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. He abandoned the Holy Spirit long before the Holy Spirit abandoned him. Saul was God’s chosen, this no one denies. He destroyed man, animal- and something else: the Nephilim giants whom He had NOT created, that had artificially corrupted and driven the evil of men to a supernatural level of wickedness that the original creation was not even capable of on their own. If you cannot see not one but all the fruits of the Holy Spirit in a person or congregation, the Holy Spirit has departed. If the Holy Spirit were removed from us, we might as well be lost. There’s something else about the excerpt above worth pointing out: that is, Samuel never calls the Lord “the Lord my God,” but instead, “the Lord your God” when he’s talking to Samuel (1 Samuel 15:15, 21). He was overwhelmed with all the power he had come into, rather than remember why he was there in the first place. The Holy Spirit: is God: As Creator. The fact that David killed a Gentile just adds another complication to the circumstances. When the Holy Spirit is in a person or congregation, the kingdom of God is presence. But He allowed it still for greater purpose, please do not lie to us. At one point, Saul belonged to the Lord; over time, he had given that up and no longer followed the God of Israel. If we’re so busy pointing fingers at others and condemning them for their sin, then we’re cognizant of our own sin before God. See God chooses His own servants; you do not choose yourself. People rising up their hands during altar call is not a Biblically named sign following Jesus Christ servants. Samuel’s mourning for Saul before he delivered the divine rejection to Saul and after, shows us a man who loved God and loved His people. At the end of 2 Samuel 11, we see an injustice done, adultery, followed by another injustice, the death of a king-loyal soldier, and we think there’s no justice to be found in the world. The Lord’s response to Saul’s sin is that the Lord regrets making Saul king: 10 Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” 15 Then Nathan departed to his house. He isn’t a “Judas,” someone that will jump at something when money or possessions are given and forget His law. See signs and wonders follow Jesus Christ servants, If a person was once preaching a powerful gospel followed by signs and miracles, but no signs are seen, the Holy Spirit has departed from the person. 1 Pet 2:22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. They are damned. He is Fire. 27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight.” David acknowledges the wrong he’s done against God, and calls it “evil.”. Why did Gibson have the dove hover over Jesus at the time of His death on the cross? The answer is found in the church’s majority position on Eternal Security. And yet, we find this regenerate king apostatizing from God. After the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, a spirit of distress from the LORD began to torment him. We need God to “create” a clean heart within us, that which we do not have within ourselves. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23). For example, Romans 8:9 tells us, “…if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”. And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. See why the Holy Spirit departs. David took Uriah’s wife to be his own after she mourned the death of her husband. When we sin, we’re saying in effect that we hate God. David succeeds Saul, but David is key to helping us understand what happens to Saul. Saul was Israel’s first king, and Saul’s family line could’ve stayed on the throne if he had obeyed God. Saul wasn’t only egotistical and narcissistic at this point; he was also apostate, and happily so! But Uriah’s loyalty wasn’t wasted. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel. Samuel resided in Hades, which was separated into two different realms, as it were (Luke 16:19-31). Three years in, the power is what got to Saul. 1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. And idolatry and witchcraft are forms of “going around God” and despising His commandments. In either case, the Holy Spirit rested within Moses and the Wilderness Generation (at first). In this article, we’ll provide an answer to this question by looking at both Saul and David. You say that Calvin taught that God kind of “teases” grace, just to take it away. The Holy Spirit: is God: As Directing where the Gospel should be Preached. Saul was told “God has rejected you from being king” but he had no spiritual radar to discern just what that meant. But if you’re an eternal securitist who espouses the Doctrine of Eternal Security, “this never happens. The Spirit played a prominent role in the long span of Old Testament prophecy. God was taking away Saul’s kingdom, and so too the Spirit that empowered him as king. If you cannot see not one but all the fruits of the Holy Spirit in a person or congregation, the Holy Spirit has departed. Holy Spirit is holy, righteous and pure. God saw everything that happened. He would have become a corrupted, damned creature, beyond the grace and hope of redemption from sin that God reserves for His own people, the original race that He created to be able to receive it. 22 Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. President Uhuru Kenyatta Totally Doing Away With Deputy William Ruto (WORD... CoronaVirus in Kenya Statehouse (WORD Fulfilled), Former Kenya President Moi is Dead (Prophecy Fulfilled). When God Says No: How to Handle Unanswered Prayers in Your Life, Applying the Parable of the Good Samaritan to Our Lives Today, Comfort Zones and How They Hinder Us Spiritually. Saul was only repented so he can save his pride that’s how far he is gone from the Lord , his repentance is not from the heart . First, let it be known that David had seen Saul’s unrest, his depression, the void in his life that Saul experienced on a daily basis. If there are no miracles signs and wonders seen in a congregation, the Holy Spirit is not in the congregation and the main problem is the person leading the congregation. 21 He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the Lord for him by the judgment of the Urim. Saul was regenerate, but there was no irresistible grace at play. Repentance is the only key to keeping the Holy Spirit in you; making the Holy Spirit not to depart. Have great faith. Stubbornness “is as iniquity and idolatry.” To be stubborn is no different than sin (iniquity) and idolatry. The Lord made His decision to strip Saul of the kingship, and that was it. It’s because Saul turned back from following God that the Lord sent Samuel to tell Saul that God rejected him from being king. For you to be convicted in your heart that you have sinned against the Holyspirit and to ask for forgiveness for same, indicates that God wants to forgive you, that was why you were convicted in the spirit. 10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. This is the same Saul that built a monument at Carmel to himself. are all that await you. “How,” you ask? The presence of the Holy Spirit in a Jesus Christ servant preaching Jesus Christ gospel is seen only by power. And yet, in 2 Samuel 12, David has a different response than Saul did in 1 Samuel 15. We also are under covenant loyalty when we put our trust in Christ as our once for all substitutionary offering for sin. Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. If a person or congregation departs from the Truth, the Holy Spirit departs. The Spirit of the Lord came “upon” someone when He wanted them to do a unique task. David not only committed adultery with Uriah’s wife and had him killed to protect the sin, but killed him with the sword of the Ammonites or “the sword of Ammon.” The Ammonites were hated and despised by God, never spoken of by the Lord in good terms (Deuteronomy 23:3; Judges 10:6-7). You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. Langenscheidt's Hebrew-English Dictionary to the Old Testament (p. 324) defines rephaim as referring to the "departed spirits, shades." You may be struggling in manifesting one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit but in a person with the Holy Spirit, we see him/her fighting through the help of the Holy Spirit to manifest that fruit of the Spirit. If we realize how offensive the sin of others is to God, and we know we have sin in our lives too, then clearly, we’re aware of how heinous our sin is to God. See Biblical church leadership structure. Yet, David wasn’t without sin. David was that musician Saul selected. New American Standard Bible Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. And he came to him, and said to him: “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. Samuel’s words to Saul about the sacrifice are worth considering: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices. The big problem is if you do not see that you are sinning and the Holy Spirit has left you even after Him telling you to repent. Saul was feeling and experiencing the effects of the Holy Spirit’s departure. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? ** 5. Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. This is revealed in many different passages in the New Testament. See Grace: – God’s Riches At Christ Expense. The Holy S pirit is the 3rd person of the Blessed Trinity, and the one most active in the world today. And Saul disobeyed above all else, thus incurring divine wrath. Lastly, and this is worth saying: Saul was only rejected from being king because of his turning away from God, his apostasy. R. xxxvii. This verse very clearly states that if someone does not have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, then that person is not saved. Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Holy Fathers) Blessed areYou, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is. Many today would say, “The Holy Spirit can’t depart from the lives of genuine believers.” If this is true, then what did David fear? In just three short years, Saul, once a godly man, has become ungodly. Apparently, Nimrod was their willing guinea pig. Samuel, the prophet, is an example of a non-king who had the Spirit of God. Rebellion and failure to listen to God are just as bad as witchcraft and idolatry, the Lord says. Yes of course, go back to the Saviour to be embraced by Him again .. These creatures are not able to be redeemed by Christ’s blood. It was time to depart, and depart He did. Really, he would rather enjoy the riches of his position than remember why God assigned him to it in the first place. All that remained were the people, the sacrifices, and the prayers. The sin of widespread copulation with angels and/ or animals is the sin that brought a city or nation this most severe I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”, 14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”, 15 And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”, 16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! What about burial? 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. He didn’t feel any remorse for how separated from God he really was. Taking possessions that God has said He didn’t want, possessions that He wanted destroyed, then offering them to God doesn’t compensate for someone’s disobedience. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also. When someone says that the Holy Spirit departed from Saul because he lost the kingship, that simply isn’t true; rather, by apostatizing in his walk with the Lord, Saul walked away from the Holy Spirit. Psalm 51:11-12 (Psalm 50 in the Septuagint or LXX) are two key verses that strike at the heart of our discussion. How does a regenerate person apostatize from God? Samuel asks Saul a question here: “Do you really think God prioritizes the burnt offering above obedience to Him?” This is a serious question, because it shatters the basic understanding of the law that the Pharisees had. Only miracles, signs and wonders are Biblically mentioned as proof of the presence of the kingdom of heaven in a God servant. The whole point of Jesus coming and dying for us, taking our place, and becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) is because we sin and are in need of a Savior. And I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”, 17 So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? These words remind us that, to be unfaithful to someone, there must be a covenant. These promises are not based on David’s performance but on God’s faithful word. But there’s one sentence that suggests otherwise: “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord” (2 Samuel 11:27b).