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The Independent Spirit A Character Study on King Saul

1 Samuel 9:2 - Saul was an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites–a head taller than any of the others.
Yet saul had an independent spirit that brought destruction to himself and his kingdom.

Marks of the independent spirit

1 Samuel 10:21-22 - Finally Saul son of Kish was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.

The independent spirit would rather hide than obey.

1 Samuel 13:7-9 - Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.’” And Saul offered up the burnt offering.

The independent spirit does not wait for God's timing. Instead, it pushes its own agenda.

1 Samuel 14:24 - Now the men of Israel were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, “Cursed be any man who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!” So none of the troops tasted food. (except Jonathan, his son)

The independent spirit creates legalisms in order to control people. (coming out of deep insecurity)

1 Samuel 15:9 - But Saul and the army spared [King] Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs–everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely.

The independent spirit is selective in obedience.

1 Samuel 15:13 - When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.

The independent spirit is deceptive.

1 Samuel 15:15 - Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.

The independent spirit tries to mask rebellion with religion.

1 Samuel 15:21 - The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.

The independent spirit blames others for its sin.

1 Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

The independent spirit is demonic and idolatrous (self-idolatry).

1 Samuel 15:24 - Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.

The independent spirit is afraid of what people think of them.

1 Samuel 15:30 - Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God.

The independent spirit cares more about personal honor than God's honor.

1 Samuel 18:8-9 - Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom? ” And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.

The independent spirit is full of anger and jealousy... lives in constant comparison.

1 Samuel 19:10 - Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.

The independent spirit tries to eliminate its competition... shut down competitors.

1 Samuel 28:7-8 - Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.”
“There is one in Endor,” they said.
So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name."

The independent spirit aligns itself with witchcraft and demonic power.

Marks of the Independent Spirit

• 1 Samuel 10:21-22 - would rather hide than obey

• 1 Samuel 13:7-9 - doesn't wait for God's timing. Instead, it pushes its own agenda.

• 1 Samuel 14:24 - creates legalisms in order to control people. (coming out of deep insecurity)

• 1 Samuel 15:9 - is selective in obedience

• 1 Samuel 15:13 - is deceptive

• 1 Samuel 15:15 - tries to mask rebellion with religion

• 1 Samuel 15:21 - tries to blame others for its sin

• 1 Samuel 15:23 - is demonic and idolatrous (self-idolatry)

• 1 Samuel 15:24 - is afraid of what people think of them

• 1 Samuel 15:30 - cares more about personal honor than God's honor

• 1 Samuel 18:8-9 - is full of anger and jealousy… lives in constant comparison

• 1 Samuel 19:10 - tries to eliminate its competition… shut down competitors

1 Samuel 28:7-8 - aligns itself with witchcraft and demonic power

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