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A Sovereign Turnaround by the spirit

By:  D. Cerullo

“Saul sent messengers to take David, but when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing and presiding over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul; and they also prophesied.” 1 Samuel 19:20 NASB

Saul had ordered that David be hunted down and killed. After learning where David had fled, Saul sent men to seize him. But when they entered the town, these men saw prophets prophesying. Probably to their amazement, “the Spirit of God came upon the messengers,” and they began to prophesy!

This result must have angered Saul. Not willing to give up, he sent another group to capture David, but these men also came under the power of the Spirit. Then he sent a third group, with the same result!

Finally, Saul decided to go himself. But he, too, came under the power of the Spirit! And he prophesied “continually,” controlled by the Spirit.

We know that the flesh soon regained control of Saul. Yet for that one day, he had experienced the power of the Spirit in his life.

Here we have a powerful example of the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that God’s Spirit does what He wants, for His reasons (John 3:8). He can fall on anyone, at any time. His power is unlimited. He can open closed doors. He can move in the lives of kings or presidents, men or women, young or old.

Beginning with the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), Christians in the early church experienced the sovereign work of the Spirit. They discovered that the Spirit could empower them to do mighty miracles. He could give them unimaginable wisdom and understanding. And He could turn around any situation.


In your life, seek to walk in the power of God’s Spirit. Let Him fill you anew. Pray in the Spirit, and allow Him to empower you. Remember: He can change your life and turn around any situation you face.

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