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It's A Heart Condition

For a while now the Holy Spirit has been piecing together a truth in Scripture that I have overlooked.  It’s regarding Saul and his desire to kill David.  The Lord showed me that the real reason that Saul wanted to kill David was because every time Saul looked at David he was reminded of the worst day of his life, the day of his greatest sin.

1 Samuel KJV  15:26  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 

27  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 

28  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. 

29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. 

30  Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God. 

31  So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD. 

32  Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. 

33  And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 

34  Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. 

35  And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. 

Saul even says, on more than one occasion, that he knows that David will rule the kingdom.

Where does it all begin?  When he hears the women singing about Saul killing thousand and David killing ten-thousands.  Saul knows at this point that David is who Samuel was talking about when he said God had chosen another.

This is the reason most people despise others, because they remind them of their sin and what their sin cost them.  They don’t realize they have given a murderous spirit access to their hearts.


despised; despising

1: to look down on with disrespect or aversion

despised the weak

2: to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful


How do we deal with this issue in our hearts?

we must repent.  That means that we see it the way God does and for what it truly is, sin.

Then we make a choice to rejoice with those we have despised by looking for something positive about them.

We pray for them.

In some cases, we despise people who have truly harmed us, but in order for us to be free from this spirit we must forgive.

As we do this freedom comes, we let the Holy Spirit do His work in us and trust Him to do His work in others.

Jesus had plenty of reasons to have this murderous spirit, but He didn’t.  Even when He was despised and rejected His cry was forgive them Father for, they know not what they do. Judas stole from Him and turned Him over to be killed.  Nicodemus was ashamed of his relationship with Him.   Whatever our circumstance He could relate to an even greater degree.

Hebrews (MSG) 2:17  That's why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people's sins, 

18  he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

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