ABSALOM SPIRIT

One of the things I was hearing as I was awakening today was, “Spirit of Absalom”. I heard it clearly.

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I was aware of some of what it meant, and having spent yesterday’s preaching in GVC talking about the battles of moving into a new season, I am reflecting on how this spirit works to attempt to bring division and fragmentation to churches [and organisations and workplaces], and I think it’s especially so, as God is about to move in fresh outpouring, and the shift emerges.

Absalom was David’s son, but he became inwardly bitter and jealous where he felt he had been overlooked, and he used his position in the king’s family combined with his good looks and likeableness (natural and spiritual giftings), to undermine the rightful rule of his father via stealth. He went out of his way to recruit people to his cause so that he could influence the direction of the palace in the way he wanted, and in his case overthrow his father’s rule.

This kind of behaviour is very common in the world we live in, and I believe, undermines many churches in their Divine Mandate; their unique “raison d’être”. We are all potentially prey to it. Yet it often becomes the operating ground of a spirit that is intent on division and destruction, and which seeks to derail new things that God is doing. It may promote a soulish attachment to things that belonged to a past-season, or to a particular style of doing things, but which are no longer relevant in the main scheme of where God is moving now. Or it focuses on a pet-area of life in a previous church which an individual has carried with them into a new situation, and which they want to see happening again. It will raise a discontentment or dissatisfaction with something in a church or organisation – what isn’t happening and ‘should be’ – and it will look for those who ‘agree’. It may be true that ‘so and so’ is not happening, but it may also be true that God hasn’t asked the appointed leader(s) to do this ‘so and so’ but to focus on something else. The point is, it appeals to ‘soul’ rather than the true spiritual. Gossip, a party spirit, and subtle (or not so subtle) forms of attempted manipulation ensue. At its heart is an authority-wound that has led to pride and mistrust, and ultimately rebellion and lawlessness. As we move forward may we truly have grace to flush it out of our hearts and lifestyles.

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This is such a crucial issue in remaining on track as we come closer to the return of Jesus. He Himself warned that in the last days lawlessness will abound and the result will be a cooling off of genuine love. We cannot afford cold-love. We cannot afford lawlessness. The Kingdom of God operates with precise order and authority, which is rooted in perfect love. This is the only Kingdom the Holy Spirit will promote and release. I pray we can all align more with Him in His assignment.

We can see the working of this spirit in Judas Iscariot, who most likely was offended in some way with the direction Jesus’s ministry had taken, AND who had heart issues of greed that were not dealt with, even in the intimate Presence of Jesus. Both Absalom and Judas ended up hanging from trees, which indicates that they were cursed in this which they pursued.

The origin of ‘Absalom behaviour’ is seen in Lucifer himself, who became obsessed with his own gifting, image, and wisdom – not realising they were given to him to function effectively within strict parameters of ministry. These same three are potential stumbling blocks for us all:

  1. My giftings and skills. I can be deceived by ‘how good I am’ or ‘how good other people say I am’ and pride subtly slithers into my heart.
  2. My image, or looks. We step over into ‘how did I perform?’ We become too aware of what we look like, rather than what HE is looking like through us – or of being equally content – and with no change of behaviour – when we are not ‘performing’ or are unnoticed.
  3. My wisdom. If I have a particular understanding or revelation, it’s because God lovingly gave it to me. It’s not so I can show it off, or use it to compete with another. Humanly, we love to parade our revelations. I’ve done that myself before now! But it leads to pride, and living for the approval of men. Any ‘wisdom’ that ceases to walk in honour, godly submission, and true humility, isn’t actually wisdom, but foolishness. James says, it is sourced in the flesh, the world, and the demonic.

If you are a leader in pastoral care or mercy ministry for a group of people, or in some kind of music ministry, especially beware of this spirit. It wants to take you out. If you’ve been offended by a senior leader as well, be doubly aware! Deal with the heart issues. Forgiveness, humility, and patient honour are the keys. You have to go ‘down’ in order to go ‘up’.

If you are a senior leader, take stock of anywhere you have not listened to or followed-through on promises to others who are serving with you. If you can, humbly address the issues now, and remove what you are able to of the landing ground for this spirit. Repent and seek reconcilliation. However, you should never ultimately compromise the divine mandate you have been given on account of someone else’s (soulish) preferences. Ultimately, you’re the one who has to give account to the One Who has commissioned you.

All of us, let’s continually go to God for more healing of our hearts, and more of His softening and renewing Presence. Let’s learn to repent and to forgive really quickly, as a lifestyle. Let’s not allow any bitter roots to take up ground in our lives. Let’s walk securely knowing we are loved and beloved by the Father. We have no need to perform but can live at rest in that love.

Wes


There is a helpful  list of “eight signs you are under the influence of an Absalom spirit” by John Burton.
Also, the late and dear John Paul Jackson talked about this spirit to Joni Lamb on Daystar TV.
It’s really worth checking them out and reflecting on them – and repenting, and renouncing these traits, anywhere we find them. May you blessed as you wholly follow the Lamb.
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SCHOOL OF THE HEART

It’s less than four weeks until SCHOOL OF THE HEART. We are excited about this life-changing week, as students encounter God’s love for them and find true change and freedom at a heart level.Untitled picture

Why not take some time out for your own heart this summer?

The Bible lets us know that all the issues of a person’s life are intricately connected to the state of their heart. God instructs us to look after our hearts diligently. Yet in reality, we forget. We become easily distracted. We give our time and resources to other things which appear more pressing or exciting. Yet in doing so, we pass over opportunities to become more free and more healthy inside, rather than reacting to life out of our wounds and disappointments.

In Golden Valley Church, we prioritise the healing of the heart as a primary value of who we are and what we teach and do. We understand that “hurt people hurt people”. We understand that God is calling us all into greater intimacy with Himself, and into stronger levels of faith. These things can only happen as our hearts are as they should be. So many Christians know in their heads that they are loved by God, but so many never enter this reality in a living and felt way from their hearts. The embrace of a loving Father is so often a theory rather than a living and life-giving experience. We want to help that to change!

Come along to the Summer School of the Heart and allow God to meet you and bless you at a heart level!

Topics include:

  • The importance of the heart
  • The love of God the Father
  • Heart issues and conditions
  • Hearing the voice of God
  • Forgiveness and freedom
  • Fresh sensitivity and intimacy
  • Faith and hope
  • Generational iniquity
  • Soul ties, inner vows, ungodly beliefs
  • Living in continual belovedness
  • …and more!

The school runs from Monday afternoon 24th July until Friday lunchtime on the 28th July 2017, from 9:30am until 5:00pm, plus Wednesday evening from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, at the Firehouse, Newton Avenue, Coney Hill, Gloucester. That’s four full days of encountering God’s love! There will of course be breaks for coffee and lunch. The School will consist of worship, teaching, prayer, small groups, soaking, and learning to hear God better for yourself.

Sign up and we will get you registered for a life-changing summer experience! Sessions will be led and taught by Wes & Sharron Boxall and Rebecca Boucker [Golden Valley Church], and others.

 

MY HEART IS BEING DEEPENED

On Saturday we came to the end of this series of “Deeper Heart Days”. We truly thank God for all that He has achieved during these three Saturdays. Many have testified to fresh revelation, greater freedom, and real heart changes taking place.

We passionately believe that our hearts are the centre and source of all we are, say, and do. They determine what we long for, what we pursue, and what we hold back or hide from. Prov. 4:23 tells us to keep watch over our hearts above everything else we do, because all of life comes from them. God told the prophet Samuel that He doesn’t focus on outward appearances like human beings do, but He looks into what is going on in the inside; in the heart of a person. Jesus told a story explaining four types of heart condition. He said to His followers that unless they grasped the meaning of this story, none of the others would make sense to them.

Let’s continue to allow God to probe our hearts, and then to heal, soften, and clean them up. We all need this, whoever we might think we are.

ABOVE ALL ELSE

Your heart is the one single central part of you that needs more care and attention than anything else. Many Christians don’t pay attention to what is going on in their hearts, because they are ignorant or too restless. But ONLY if we give our hearts the attention they need will we be aligned for the next level of the River!

Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

If you haven’t booked to be on the DEEPER HEART DAYS yet, you have just over a week to go! I strongly encourage you to take some time out for your heart.

DEEPER HEART DAYS

DeeperHeartDaysA.jpgMany Christians live out of their heads, rather than their hearts. Life goes on like a treadmill and they bounce from one thing to another without giving attention to, or taking time for, the needs of their hearts. They accept unhealed wounds as a normal necessity, and limp rather than walking or running in the plans and purposes of a loving heavenly Father.

Why not take some time out for your heart? Let the deep love of God the Father pour in and bring fresh freedom, wholeness, and authenticity into your life. These days will include key point teaching, personal prayer, and guided soaking time in God’s Presence. Deepen the soil of your heart for fresh encounters with God. Define the doorways of the heart, and enter into more of Heaven’s Kingdom and plans.

Sessions will be taught by Wes Boxall and others.

Each Saturday will run from 9:30am to 8:00pm with breaks for coffee and meals.

DAY 1 – 13th FEB.2016  –  DEEPENING IN FORGIVENESS AND FATHER’S LOVE

DAY 2 –  9th APRIL 2016 –  LIBERATING YOUR GENERATIONAL LEGACY

DAY 3 – -4th JUNE 2016 –  MOTHER WOUNDING AND THE SIBLING HEART

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BEWARE THE HIBERNATING BEARS

Guarding and purifying our hearts is the most important thing we can do on a regular routine.

 “… if we don’t let God deal with every part of our pasts, our hurts, our secrets, our errors in judgement, our mistakes, our sins, our handicaps in our backgrounds, any one of them can be like a hibernating bear…” 

 

(Beth Moore – ‘When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Finding Authentic Restoration in an Age of Seduction’)

What an awesome quote. I downloaded this book as a freebie on Kindle a few weeks ago – really good stuff. SO VERY IMPORTANT!

For me the picture of a hibernating bear is incredibly powerful. There always comes a wake-up time! And when it wakes it is hungry; on the prowl – emerging as a predator – violent and destructive. How often do we picnic in the mouth of the bear’s cave, oblivious, or believing we are safe?! 

Let’s seek grace to deal with everything that haunts our hearts. May they not be the caves of sleeping bears!

Thank you Beth, for sharing this, and for blessing us with your vital revelation.

First posted on Mellowed Heart
 
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In Golden Valley Church we value ‘Healing of the Heart’ as a primary mandate from Heaven, and an essential part of our ‘FIRE’ values. We all need ongoing renewal here.

ONE WEEK TO PRESENCE KEEPERS

In a week’s time we will be hosting our PRESENCE KEEPERS conference with Jeremy & Connie Sinnott from ‘Catch the Fire’ Toronto.

Here’s a chance to take stock, to enjoy the Presence of God, to worship, and allow Him to work on your heart for a couple of days. Why the title? Because we believe Holy Spirit is looking for those who will host and guard His Presence in these days; putting Him above all else. We want to be those people, and to allow Him to come and take us deeper into Himself.

Jeremy and Connie Sinnott have been worship leaders and associate pastors at Catch the Fire Toronto (formerly ‘Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship – TACF) since the church began in 1987.

They have travelled extensively to take the values of ‘Catch The Fire’ out to the nations through schools, seminars and weekends. They have taught and ministered on five continents, focusing on worship, soaking in God’s presence, renewal and healing of the heart.

Their passion is to see the Body of Christ drawn into intimacy with God with healed hearts, prepared for the coming Bridegroom. It is a great privilege to welcome them back in Golden Valley Church, and the Gloucester area.

The conference will be held at the ‘Cheltenham Regency Hotel’ in Staverton, Gloucestershire. Advance bookings can be made by completing a registration form and returning it to our ‘Firehouse’ address, or by phone using credit or debit card. Registration will also be possible on the door.

Session times are: Friday 10th August 7:30pm // Saturday 11th August 10:00am // 2:30pm // 7:00pm