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Three Ways To Recognize When The Spirit Of God Has Left You

Is it possible for the spirit of the Lord to leave you?

The Lord said that His Spirit will not always strive with men forever (Genesis 6:3). Although the Lord is long suffering He does not tolerate sin.

God will encourage you to repentance but if you harden your heart He will eventually leave you to your reprobate mind (Romans 1:28).

So, how will you know when God’s spirit has left you. There are three main ways.

1.  A period of dryness in your life

The Lord is no longer speaking to your heart and in spite of your many prayers, the Lord does not hear you.

There is a lack of revelation from God so you seek directions from prophets, horoscope, stars and zodiac signs and psychic.

Related: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

2. Constant trials with no period of rest.

When the Spirit of God is no longer with you, you will become vulnerable to the attack of the enemy and your trials will seem endless.

3. You return to your sinful lifestyle

If you feel compelled to return to your former sinful lifestyle, the Spirit of God is no longer with you. The Holy Spirit will only live in a clean heart.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. (Psalms 24:3-4)

King Saul, the first king of Israel, found himself in this low position when the Spirit of God left him due to his disobedience.

The Philistines threatened to attack and destroy Israel so the king sought the Lord for guidance.

But, in spite of the sacrifices that he made, God did not answer. It appeared as if the Lord had permanently rejected him.

Thus, the King decided to seek advice from a medium. He was returning to the spiritualists whom he had chased out of the land.

The prophet Samuel had died and was buried, so Saul disguised himself and visited one of these mediums to bring up the spirit of Samuel. He had returned to the dead spirits.

Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:31)

The medium was expecting a familiar spirit of Samuel but God intervened and sent the real spirit of Samual to pronounced judgment upon the king.

Then Samuel said: “So why do you ask me, seeing the Lord has departed from you and has become your enemy? And the Lord has done for Himself as He spoke by me. For the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David.

Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day. Moreover, the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 28:16-19)

After the king heard his impending doom he became weak with fear and refused to eat. However, the woman managed to comfort Saul and fed him and his servants.

When the Spirit of the Lord left Saul, he became vulnerable in the hands of the enemy who fed him.


If anyone finds themselves in this situation it is not too late for you because the Lord is calling you to repent.

If you refuse, a similar punishment as Saul’s will fall upon you.



  1. Good post, Beverley. We can always have a change of heart and tell our Father God we’re sorry for what we did, and not to bring it up again, for He’s forgivin us and has cast it as far as the east is from the west. Then draw nigh to Him, and He will draw nigh to us. Tell Him how much we love Him, for He wants our genuine heart felt love toward Him, which is blessing Him, which in turn He’ll bless us abundantly. This is the simplicity of the Gospel.

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  2. The Lord is a God of mercy and His mercy is everlasting. So, He is always willing and ready to forgive us when we call upon Him. Thank you, Susa, for your valuable input. Much blessings to you.


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