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.
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.
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.
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.
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.