Sunday, January 15, 2012

Job 21-23: The Opposite Spirit

Job 22:30 “He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

Even though Eliphaz (one of the accusing friends) was stating this verse, I do believe in this spiritual principle.
Something shifts in the spiritual realm when the one wronged chooses to respond in the opposite spirit to those who have treated him/her unjustly or in an abusive manner.
Something also happens in the spirit of the abuser, who is affected by the heavenly shift- revelation of his own sin, softening of his heart, repentance. Sometimes a conscious choice is made to disregard the stirrings of the spirit. That’s his/her own choice. We all have the free will to choose.
Most importantly, something happens in the heart of the wronged one when interceding for those who are not innocent. I personally believe and have experienced cleansing from bitterness towards people, because I interceded for them. Intercession is as much about the person we stand for as it is about us. When an honest, heart-to-heart connection is made with the Living God, then our hearts are purged of everything not like Him. That includes bitterness and unforgiveness.
Later, in Job 42:7 & 8, God specifically wants Job to intercede for his accusing friends, “that I [God] deal[s] not with you [them] after your [their] folly.” 
Apparently, God wants us to do this.

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