The life event of King Saul and the war with Amalek in 1 Samuel 15, can be a picture of our lives in reference to sin. When the Holy Spirit points out a sin in our lives, rarely do we completely sever the sin from our life, but save a little, just in case.
When God told King Saul to go to war with Amalek, He told him in verse 3, to utterly destroy all that he has. “Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”
King Saul did not do as God commanded because he and the people saw it as good. “But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.” Verse 9.
Whenever you deal with sin in your life, it must be dealt with swiftly and completely. If you spare any part of it, it is likely you will go back to it.
I must have quit smoking a hundred times before, and my downfall was I would always keep a pack of cigarettes just in case. When I finally dealt with the smoking swiftly and complete I threw nine packs away, completely eradicating the cigarettes hold in my life.
There is spiritual bondages broken when you take radical steps of obedience to God, it was radical to throw away nine packs of expensive cigarettes, but it had to be done in order to break the bondage on my life.
Years later, King Saul dies in 2 Samuel 1:1-16 and the interesting thing about this is, an Amalekite killed him. If he had slain all the Amalekites when God told him, he might have lived, if another person had found him, they possibly would have brought help, instead of killing him. If you do not get rid of all of the sin that God points out, it will come back later to kill you.
Father, help me to hear You when You tell me the sin in my life and give me the courage and the strength to give it up totally. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.