“Let me have an interview with the king; then if he finds that I am guilty of murder, let him execute me.”
So Joab told the king what Absalom had said. Then at last David summoned Absalom, and he came and bowed low before the king, and David kissed him” (2Sam 14:32, 33; LB)

Have you seen a witch in a movie? That is fiction. Have you seen a witch in the church? That one is real! You do not have to imagine it. Study the life of Absalom and you shall see who a witch is and what he can do. Rebellion is like witchcraft (1Sam 15:23). The story of Absalom occupies seven chapters in the Bible (2Sam 13-19). God wants us to study the tragic of life of this young man. He had it all and lost it all. We are to take the warnings of the Word of God very seriously.
Absalom, the handsome son of King David died long ago. But his spirit lives on a does a lot of harm in the churches, especially to the young believers. There are many lessons here for all of us. So, what is the story?

Absalom was a prince in Israel. He was the second son of King David. His older brother Amnon raped his sister Tamar. He was deeply hurt. We try to understand that… But what is hard to understand is this: he chose not to forgive his brother. The pain remained trapped in his heart and with time, it became a bitter root. From that moment on, his life takes a turn towards destruction and nobody could stop its downhill fall. His bitterness defines him and leads him to become a criminal, a traitor and a witch. He nurses his grudge against his brother for two whole years. He deceives his father and brothers that all things are well. He invites Amnon to a party and in ‘cold blood’ kills him at the table. He then runs away to his mother’s pagan family in Geshur (in today Syria).

After about three years, he comes back to Jerusalem and manipulates his way back to his father’s heart. David forgets the past and gives him a welcome kiss. But this time he wants more than a kiss…he wants his father’s throne!

Absalom was a very handsome man. Everybody admired his long hair. Once a year, he trims his ‘crown’ of hair in a public ‘barber shop’. If it was today, the video cameras had to be on so that all will watch the event. If beauty was enough to become a king, surely, Absalom should have been one. But his rebellion ends in a disaster. His long hair was good enough to attract the women of Israel but was a liability as a soldier. His beautiful hair got entangled in the branches of a large oak tree. Even nature fought against him. He was killed there, hanging between heaven and earth.

What are the lessons?
Rebellion always ends in tragedy!
Rebellion never gives glory to God!
God can never use a rebellious man in ministry!

In Christ I declare:
I destroy every connection in the spirit realm between me and the spirit of Absalom!
I destroy every link I ever had with the evil spirit of rebellion and witchcraft!
I destroy every bewitching spell over my soul!
I reject all evil spirits that influence my mind or my emotions!
I bring to God all my past of pain!
I uproot bitterness from my heart!
I humble myself under the hand of the Living God; in due time He will lift me up!
Jesus is Lord over my life, my marriage, my family, my ministry and church!
In Jesus name



“Wonders, wonders of grace and mercy! The dear Lord revealed Himself to me again this morning, as my covenant God in Christ. I would praise Him for renewed tokens of salvation and temporal mercies, coming as covenant blessings. The Lord bless my blessings, and only give what He will bless to me. Never had anyone so rich a Banker, so kind a Husband, so tender a Shepherd, and so forbearing a Captain—as I have in my glorious Christ.

The more I venture, the more He encourages; the bolder I am, the kinder He grows; the more I expect, the more He gives. I cannot tire or wear Him out, for He is full, yes, fullness of grace, mercy, love, and compassion. The one-half of His glory has never been expressed by mortal tongue, nor the thousandth part of His ravishments and condescension conceived by those who have not felt them.

This, this is my—oh yes!—MY Beloved, and this is my Friend! Hasten the day when in His full-orbed glory I shall lose my sorrows and my sins forever! Oh, what mercy to have another love-glimpse. Praise, oh, praise God, my covenant God; join me, you saints on earth, and in heaven, to adore and magnify Him for His mercy—amazing mercy—to a vile Magdalene…
(from the diary of Sis. Ruth Bryan, 1805-1860)