In our last article, we sounded the warning not to grieve away the Spirit of God. But do you know what actually happens to people who do this?
We can answer to this question by, once again, looking into the life of King Saul. Saul caused the Spirit to depart from him by his disobedience to the commandments of God. But what were the effects of this separation on Saul’s life? Why this is dangerous for us to do in the last days?
When the Spirit of God left Saul, the Lord’s mercy left him as well. The Lord, in His mercy, blesses man with the Spirit of God. Among many other things, He protects us from the seducing spirits and demonic doctrines that cause many of us to depart from the Lord (Jn. 16; 1 Tim. 4:1). Such protection is conditional upon our obedience to the commandments of the Lord. But when Saul rejected these divine precepts, he rejected God’s mercy. He rejected His divine protection. As such, the Lord took it from him (2 Sam. 7:15).
Because his divine protection was gone, an evil spirit troubled Saul for the rest of his life (1 Sam. 16:14). Fallen man and angel alike are ever ready to grieve and even possess those who choose rebellion over righteousness. It is in these times, when man is possessed by these evil spirits, that man is most miserable. The deterioration of Saul’s character and the testimony of the Gospels make this understanding plain (1 Sam. 18:8-12, 22:6-8; 28:7-20; Mt. 17:14-18; Mk. 5:1-13; Lk. 11:24-26; 13:11-16).
Under the control of this evil spirit, Saul was led to persecute His people. The king of Israel, under the aegis of the evil spirit, relentlessly went after everyone who served the Lord. No one was off limits to him. He pursued his faithful servant, David, for the rest of his life (1 Sam. 19:1, 14, 15; 24, 26). He ordered his forces to massacre Nob, a city of priests. 85 priests of the Lord, along with their families and possessions, were slain that day (1 Sam. 22:11-19). Saul even tried to murder his own son, Jonathan (1 Sam. 20:30-33).
Why is this important now? Because men and women, in and out of the faith, are rejecting the Spirit of God. Some don’t even know it. With every decision to reject the commandments of the Lord, the world is slowly rejecting their divine protection. When this divine protection of the Holy Spirit is fully gone from the world, these fallen angels will trouble everyone who has Him not. Eventually, they will lead the world to persecute those few who still serve the Lord in those days. No one will be sacred to them in those days (2 Thess 2:10, 11; Rev 13:14, 15, 16:13, 14).
Those who would be filled with the Holy Spirit before this time must plead with the Lord, as David did, to be brought into harmony with His will. “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Ps. 51:11). Only those who do the will of their Father in heaven will receive the indwelling presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (Jn. 14:23).
“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (Acts 5:32).
“And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” (1 Jn. 3:24).