Q: Please I need clarification on this Bible verse o
1Sam 16:14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
Does God have evil spirit? 🤔
A: Look at the verse again, the spirit *of* The Lord left and an evil spirit *from* the Lord came.
The former is God’s Spirit but the latter is not.
How come this evil spirit came *from* the Lord?
Bible calls God the head of principalities as in no one good or bad is above him. In fact, there is no space above him.
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,
Nothing happens in the realm of the spirit without God’s permission. He is the boss.
That way, he can guarantee that whatever evil we face will not be beyond our capacity to endure so that we will not be destroyed.
1Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be bear it.
“Bearing it” does not mean lying down and letting the devil beat your brains out.
Another translation says “… that you might be able to bear up under it.” In order words “resist it”.
The way of escape is the word.
When Jesus was tempted, he escaped by using the word to resist the devil. This was what Adam, Saul, and Job did not do. It is what we must not fail to do.
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
2Cor 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Always speak life.
Remember the world belongs to mankind. God made the earth for fleshy man. For any being to operate here it has to have flesh or the permission of a fleshy being to do so. But in the realm of spirits, they need rights to access that principle so there is a court in heaven where spirits plead their various cases to execute anything on earth.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 1:8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
So, in Saul’s case, he became jealous of David and that evil spirit saw it as an excuse to afflict him. It was a clear cut case of open invitation and he could not be denied.
This is why sin and sinful life style is dangerous. Knowing that the grace of God is available excuses us in the court of heaven so we are not destroyed does not mean sin has no consequence.
Joyce Meyer said, Christ’s grace indeed excuses the sinner but not excuse the sin.
If you hang around sin, it may not touch your spirit immediately but it gains ground and yields a harvest that will work death in your flesh.
Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
1Cor 5:1,5 It is reported commonly [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife … deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
You have a power to stay away from sin that Saul didn’t have. Use it and keep the devil away.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Shake the devil off.