“Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.” 2 Samuel 3:1
The “house of Saul” represents our stubborn rebellious nature that refuses to submit to God’s way in favor of our own. Just like Saul disobeyed God when he was instructed to kill ALL of the Amalekites, so our nature wants to hold on to certain sins, not completely destroying the works of the flesh.
The “house of David”, on the other hand, is the side of our nature that wants to be more like Christ. It is the side of our new nature in Him that wants to be obedient, to be pleasing to our Lord.
So the long battle rages on in each of us, between the house of Saul and the house of David. And if we are truly committed to Christ, then Saul should get weaker while David grows stronger. Is it an instant victory? No, it is an extended conflict. In fact it won’t truly and completely be won until we see Jesus face to face.
But if the battle is a stalemate, or if Saul is getting stronger, you might want to check your heart and see if you are truly committed to Christ. Don’t feel condemned or guilty, just get the battle going in the right direction again.