First of all, who is Absalom?
Absalom was the son of King David that tried to take his father's throne. Absalom was also the brother of Tamar. Tamar was raped by her other brother Amnon. The rape of Absalom's sister was terrible but the fact that King David didn't do much about it caused Absalom to take offense. What's interesting about the spirit of Absalom is that it usually festers in spiritual children that have taken offense at some point in time and like Absalom, they wait to make an attack on their leader.
Absalom's story is in 2 Samuel chapters 13-18 but the reason David had such a rebellious son goes way back. The issue is lust! David had wives and concubines but his taste for sin caused him to force himself on Bathsheba. He had her husband killed and lied about all of it. These sins caused him to be punished by God, therefore, Absalom's issue was born. Let's take a look at what happened.
2 Samuel 12:10-11
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
Jivel moment....it's amazing to me how God can give someone so much authority and they allow a slippery temptation to remove what they already had. Does that situation sound familiar to you? Anywho....let's continue.
Punishment (the sword shall never depart from thine house)
This punishment was fulfilled with David's son's Amno,Absalom and Andonijah.
Punishment ( I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house)
Absalom was very wicked.
Punishment (I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.)
Absalom laid with his father's concubines.
Nathan the prophet also prophesied that the death of his son would be worse than his own. A prophet's gotta say what a prophet's gotta say...
Any leader might encounter an Absalom spirit. It could be at a corporation, ministry, or your household.
How to detect the slippery snake?
Well, you must recognize the characteristics but I do want to say that if you are a leader, you should be praying for those under your influence. If you do pray and seek God about how to help them, He will show you the issue before it arises. Here's a list of characteristics to watch out for:
Look at me me me attitude
Easily turns against the leader
Uses compliments to get ahead
Not willing to do the real work it takes
Lusts for someone else's reputation, things, and anointing
Capitalizes on offense
Promotes the thought of them being the leader instead
Thinks they know better than leadership
Hates when a good idea is not their own
Spirit of antichrist
Justifies their wrongs
Willing to invest in plotting
Similar to Jezabel and Ahab
Impatient with God and everybody else
There are many many more clues but I think that's a great leap for you to recognize the spirit.
The dissecting would require you to examine and analyze. Pray and ask God to reveal the root of the issue. As I mentioned in the beginning, lust was the problem and always had been. Just because someone is operating in the spirit of Absalom, it doesn't justify throwing them out. Dig deeper, pray harder, and protect ya stuff!!! Pray for your own protection but pray that God strengthens you to help others. Address the spirit and cast it out. Do not allow it to fester any longer, it could be there for years.
Prayer to Love the person:
Lord, I repent allowing the spirit of Absalom to fester in my camp. I ask for strength, wisdom, and compassion to address the spirit while loving the person. Lord, I ask for protection while moving forward with You. Lord, I bind up the spirit of Absalom in your beloved child and ask for them to be free from bondage. In the name of Jesus. Amen
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