God’s Necessary Presence

Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man. It shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires, for God is with you. – 1 Samuel 10:6-7

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As the king of Israel, the key to Saul’s ability to lead came from the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit departed, he became a disgrace and utter failure. His successor, King David, upon acknowledging the heinous nature of his own sin in the murder of Uriah and adultery with Bathsheba, begged God, “Do not cast me away from Your presence and … take Your Holy Spirit from me (Psalm 51).”

While we as believers cannot lose the presence of God in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can lose His filling. And lacking the filling of the Holy Spirit, the consequences (though not as great as Saul’s) are just as dangerous. God’s presence means great power, but His absence means great danger and certain disaster.

Best to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

A church in the land without the Spirit is rather a curse than a blessing. If you have not the Spirit of God, Christian worker, remember that you stand in somebody else’s way, you are a fruitless tree standing were a fruitful tree might grow. – Charles Spurgeon

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