Q: What does it mean a ‘distressing spirit’ from the Lord troubled Saul?

When Saul was anointed king of Israel, the prophet Samuel predicted the Spirit of God would come on Saul, giving him the needed skill and wisdom to rule the nation...
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9 thoughts on “Q: What does it mean a ‘distressing spirit’ from the Lord troubled Saul?

  1. I just hope that this only pertains to God’s wrath and punishment in “The Old Testament.” And that…when Jesus died on the Cross for all of us, hopefully that means God will not punish us so harshly for our sins.

  2. What I take from this is that the Lord removed His Spirit from Saul leaving him with a “reprobate mind” which in turn, gave full reign to his flesh. Without the power of God to help us keep our flesh subdued, people are subject to every ungodly and immoral thought with no power to resist acting those thoughts out.

  3. Yeah, the presence of GOD left him and an evil spirit came upon him and this could not be from GOD bc GOD has nothing to do with evil. And again, will not afflict Saul and deliver him again through music from David bc we know that whenever David played the instrument, the presence of GOD came and sent away the evil spirit.

  4. Good morning to you all. Praise God today as we learn our bible lesson and life of people in the bible. This is a most useful tool
    Knowing what obedient and sacrifice mean. As a leader we are held more accountable for our actions. We need to be on guard and sober minded. It’s not always that easy. So let us pray for our leader. As we teach and preach and reach out . Love is the answer and doing God’s will. I pray for you all. Love ya, Pastor Gerald from Platform ministry.back to the basics.

  5. Thanks for your answer to the question regarding distressing Spirit from the Lord. Pray me that the Holy Spirit will give me more understanding of His words and well

  6. So I understand how sin works and how distressing spirits come over you when you are not obedient. But what about a curse? I feel like I am a good Christian person with a good heart and one that loves God. I spend time with the Lord daily, go to church, teach Sunday school, have memorized many verses in his word all because I love the Lord, not because of obedience or reward. But I have distressing spirits come up on me a lot and sometimes I feel they could Conquer me. Is there any relief from this or is this the remainder of my life. I can’t seem to figure out what I am doing wrong. Although I know my family has been conflicted with this through generations. Can you advise any help?

    1. Hello Brendah, being good and Godly is a Christian virtue, but you need to do self deliverance, Hosea 4:6 states that my people perish because of lack of knowledge. A curse may have come upon your family through sin or evil, you need to seek the Lord and repent on their behalf then go into spiritual warfare.

    2. Brenda, in my experience, the only thing that can conquer a distressing spirit is to stay close to the Lord and to cling to Him with everything I have. He is my peace and safety. Make sure there is no sin anywhere in your life and that you stay “confessed up.” I try not to sin because when I do, the distressing spirit and accuser comes back to attack. The Lord uses Satan to perfect us in our walk. If God has allowed a distressing spirit, it is only because He wants to use it to drive us closer to Him! He’s working all things for good when we put it all in His hands. I had a distressing spirit come upon me because I turned away from God in my younger years. It took me so long to figure out how to conquer the thing. Clinging to God, pursuing goodness, righteousness, and holiness and making sure God stays number One in my life is the only thing that keeps the distressing spirit away. If I start slipping up, the distressing spirit comes back. I hypothesize that Saul also could have conquered his distressing spirit if he would have turned back to the Lord with everything He had. When David played music, the distressing spirit would leave him. I hope this helps.

    3. Hi brenda,
      Its good that you love the Lord and all his teachings. Im sorry for your situation, if i may advice you also see a psychologist. God has given us great knowledge and understanding of our minds , and to these psychologists the grace to study it, i suggest you visit one and talk about your worries and also your family struggles with it. And also , listen to gospel music alot, hillsong, sinach. Lionel Peterson – peace is a great song that has brought me out of many dark moods.

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