How? When we disobey God, we become enemies of God. Obedience is an act of our will. We choose to obey or disobey. Normally if you were at one time God’s anointed, an evil spirit will take over when the Holy Spirit leaves. Sometimes this happens without the person knowing that they are now operating under a different spirit.
Do scriptures support this?
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
1 Thessalonians 5: 19 Do not quench the Spirit 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt,
Mathew 12 : 43 When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’On its arrival, it finds the house vacant, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and dwell there; and the final plight of that man is worse than the first. So will it be with this wicked generation.”
This is horrifying knowing that there are many people who think that they are serving God but instead they are serving self and under the influence of an evil spirit. Evil spiris do not only drive people around to do the devil’s errands but also trains them how to behave. We aught to repent and not be stubborn in our own ways. These ways lead to our spiritual death. One sure way of knowing that you are toying with a spiritual death is mental torments, heartbreaks, spiritual dryness and sorrows. This is a characteristic that an evil spirit is patched on your emotions because of your own stubbornness and ‘cleverness’. This just a beginning of a bigger fall. When your emotions have been secured by the devil, the rest will go downhill. If repentance does not follow, pride will follow and dependence on the flesh will take root. There will be strife, jealousy, materialism and hatred of the anointed servants of God
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death
Ending up being full of self, heartless and religious
There is one fascinating story of a man who was selfish, heartless and very religious. He was so religious that even when God rejected him, he was still prophesying. He had a contempt for God’s chosen. He disobeyed God and wanted to kill those who were being led by the Spirit of God because they didn’t do things his way or they overshadowed him. This man was King Saul.
Saul wanted his son Jonathan dead for disobeying him. Jonathan had chosen to obey the living God and had recognised that his father was not acting right. God gave him victory over the philistines and protected him from his own father
1 Samuel 14: 1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.
6 … “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”
8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.”
11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.” So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.”13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre. 15 Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.
Please note that while Jonathan and his servant were busy fighting the philistines, Saul and his army were stilled holed up in their hideout unaware that through the obidience of one man (Jonathan) who had sneaked out of the camp, God was fighting for them and the enemy was being scattered.
16 Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions. 17 Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.
18 Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.) 19 While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”
20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.
In the following verses, we see Soul’s ego getting on the way and starving his army who were already exhausted from the battle. The same thing we see in carnal Christians today who load others with unnecessary doctrines that are born out of self. They are useless spiritually tiring doctrines and traditions taught by demons.
23 So on that day the Lord saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven. 24 Now the Israelites were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, “Cursed be anyone who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!” So none of the troops tasted food. 25 The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground. 26 When they went into the woods, they saw the honey oozing out; yet no one put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened. 28 Then one of the soldiers told him, “Your father bound the army under a strict oath, saying, ‘Cursed be anyone who eats food today!’ That is why the men are faint.”
29 Jonathan said, “My father has made trouble for the country. See how my eyes brightened when I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much better it would have been if the men had eaten today some of the plunder they took from their enemies. Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?”
43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.”So Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the end of my staff. And now I must die!”
44 Saul said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan.” 45 But the men said to Saul, “Should Jonathan die—he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the Lord lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God’s help.” So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.
Saul was full of himself. Even in this battle with the philistines he treated it as His and not God’s. He was everything. He didn’t see the hand of God working because of Jonathan’s obedience but his solders saw it and protected Jonathan. Saul was preoccupied with self, was heartless and very religious. When the Spirit of God was busy slaying the enemy because of the action of faith by Jonathan, Saul was busy wasting time with the priest. Everything had to be done his way, he didn’t even allow the solders to eat. We do the same at the expense of mercy and obedience. We would rather that people do what we want them to do than let them obey God. We make people who obey God our enemies. We use our power to curse them and slander them.
1 Samuel 18: 6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. 7 As they danced, they sang:“Saul has slain his thousands,and David his tens of thousands.”
8 Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.10 The next day an evil a spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.
Sold to an evil Spirit due to disobedience
1 Samuel 16: 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil a spirit from the Lord tormented him.15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
Saul and his servants recognised that he was being tortured by an evil spirit and sought help from David who was operating through the Holy Spirit.
We act the same way. We go to church or fellowships to get a relieve from our mental tortures, but when we step out of the church the issues come back. Church becomes a place of therapy from the torment of evil spirits that dwell in us due to our rebellion towards God.
God in His mercy will not reject you and will continue to reach you.
The Holy Spirit equips us with the best of the best. Skills, bravery, spirit of a warrior never giving up, peace and clarity in our thoughts or speech, an attractive countenance and the favour of God. We see these characteristics in David
1 Samuel 16:18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”
Take your rightful position
Saul’s servants, the solders and his son Jonathan, recognised that he was not acting right. Imagine yourself in that group under such a powerful person. You will in no doubt feel helpless.
Both David and Jonathan realised that they had to choose to obey God. Jonathan was ready to die for doing God’s will than obey man even if that man is king and his dad. Are we ready to make such hard choices?
Luke 14:26 -27 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison–your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
Imagine carrying your own cross just like Jesus did. Anybody who carried a cross during that era meant they were on their way to death. I don’t think you can carry your cross and at the same time compromise. It’s either one or the other.
There are those that have been disowned by close friends and relatives because of their own stand. Imagine how Jonathan felt when he was told by his own father that he must die. The reason for his death had nothing to do with his disobedience to God but his father’s ego.
Mathew 10:36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household
Sometimes you will be disowned and persons close to you will hate the anointing on you and start spreading malicious rumours that you have an impure spirit.
Just before David fought Goliath, he was led by the spirit of God and was wondering loudly what was going on. He could not believe it that the whole army was cowering at one person, Goliath. Eliab, Davids brother called David wicked.1 Samuel 17:28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
The devil attempted this on Jesus, so he will do it on you also. People will call us wicked when we truly expose the works of the devil. Remember that you don have to worry if your own family does not believe in you. They did it to Jesus.
John 7:5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
Mark 3:28-35 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit. Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.
Remember that though you have earthly parents and siblings, those that are in fellowship with you, who live according to the will of God, are no doubt your brothers and sisters and can be relied on when it comes to the spiritual war declared on us by the evil one.