“After the Lord rejected Saul, the Spirit of the Lord left Him and the Lord sent a tormenting (evil) spirit instead that filled him with depression and fear.” 1 Samuel 16:14
Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to Me and has refused to obey My command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night on behalf of Saul. Early the next morning, Samuel went to find Saul and someone told him that Saul went to the town of Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went on to Gilgal. When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the Lord’s command!” “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. “It’s true that my army spared the best of the sheep, goats, and cattle (even though the Lord told him to destroy everything),” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them to the Lord your God. We have destroyed everything else.” Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the Lord told me last night!” “What did He tell you?” Saul asked. And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel. And the Lord sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?” "But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission He gave me. I may have brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle and plunder so that we could sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal." But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. The Lord considers rebellion as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. So now, because you have rejected the full command of the Lord, the Lord has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:10-23
Church, the Lord is speaking to you about the sin of disobedience and rebellion. It can creep in so subtly and often disguises itself as righteousness when, in fact, it is an abomination to the Lord. Sacrifice, partial obedience and self-righteous acts never replace obedience to the full Word of God.
God extends His grace only for a time before He removes His covering and allows the enemy to have his way which God will do to fulfill His Will.
"Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives then become full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They become backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and are disobedient and disrespectful to their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. These people know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they are compelled to do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them as well." Romans 1:28-32
Turn from disobedience and rebellion before God turns from you!