Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 7)
The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul's servants said to him, 'Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you. Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well'...
And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.
1 Samuel 16:14-16,23 (NKJV)
Demonic possession, demonic oppression: Are they real? Can terrible things like these happen to believers like us? Didn't King Saul believe in God and try to get His blessings? Modern Christians differ in their opinions on bad spirits: 'Spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms' (Ephesians 6:12).**
But we can see from Saul's reign and the ministry of Jesus, devilish legions can inflict injurious impairment. Even Job, God's servant who committed no reported wrong, experienced devastating torment under Satan's hand. Later, in 1 Corinthians 5, Paul teaches even more:***
Demonic interference, which must be approved by the Lord, isn't just punishment. It can be the toughest kind of love: a love pressing us to seek God in all due humility. If He allows offensive hits for reasons He knows are right, He can also remove these hits, bringing us to greater light.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider some relevant lessons. Back then, God's Spirit in young David caused troubling spirits to flee from Saul. Right now, you bring God to every set. How many troubling phantoms will flee? I praise God for the Light you carry.
At first Saul embraced God's carrier. Perhaps repentance was possible. But over time Saul chose the darkness. It was a deal-breaking decision. But at least he had a decision. Offering this choice is a great role, and it is one you are called to play.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devo Series: Deliverance (50 parts): http://amtcdevotions.org/deliverance-part-1-what-about-it
** Short article: Did God Send an Evil Spirit upon Saul? http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=1278
** Short article: Why did God send an evil spirit to torment King Saul? http://www.gotquestions.org/evil-spirit-Saul.html
** Short article: What does the Bible say about demon possession / demonic possession?http://www.gotquestions.org/demon-possession.html
*** 1 Corinthians 5: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.