Holy Spirit, in or out?


I Samuel 16:13-14:  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.  But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

The Holy Spirit leaves one and comes upon another.  Saul chose to rebel twice against God’s commandments .  He disobeyed Samuel’s instructions and tried to take the place of the prophet Samuel twice.  He lost favour both with God and with Samuel, thus allowing the Holy Spirit to depart from him and be controlled by an evil spirit.  David on the other hand was a man after God’s own heart.  The Spirit was upon David always.

It is terrible to have the Holy Spirit leave us and we fall into something destructive which will ultimately ruin our lives.  Allow the Holy Spirit to shape and mould your lives.  The more we try and be obedient to God, the more of God’s favour will be seen in our lives.  David was a very humble leader compared to Saul who had unreasonable demands and requests and also self-justified his mistakes.  David repented when the prophet pointed out his blatant sin whereas Saul blamed the circumstances.  Be humble and have a repentant heart when you sin for God to forgive and to use you again.

We are the temple of the Holy Ghost and He lives inside us now.  Let us wilfully make an attempt to allow Him to dwell inside us.  Rebellion, pride, and disobedience can take Him away from us.  If we are sensitive to His nudge and to His disciplinary correction, chances are that we may be found as “people after God’s own heart.”  Welcome, Holy Spirit.