In the times of Christ, their sandaled feet got dirty when walking, so it was customary to have a servant wash their feet for them when they came in off the road.
On many American farms, the back door of the house opens into a “mud room” where you sit on a bench to wrestle off your muddy boots before transitioning into house shoes.
The spiritual dynamics of land can contaminate the human spirit as overtly as earthly grime lands on the feet. Hence some attention to cleansing the spirit from the land where it has been is appropriate.
Some people with high discernment readily feel the spiritual defilement that follows them after they have been in a spiritually evil store or piece of land. Some people are oblivious to the defilement, but lack of feeling it, does not change the fact that it is there.
Often the spiritual defilement from the land wears off after a few hours or days of our ordinary walk with the Lord. Sometimes it does not.
At times when I leave a specific piece of land or even a hostile region, I need someone else to pray cleansing prayers for me to disconnect me from aggressively devouring uncleanness.
There were a few pieces of land in childhood where there were trauma bonds to land, and I was still attached to that land years later.
These are just a few of the land dynamics that impact our daily walk.
Today we will step into the role of intercessors, “washing the feet” of our brothers and sisters from the Giver tribe. It is an act of love and service. This has no direct benefit to us. We are not doing it in exchange for anything.
By engaging in this process that our Givers have not necessarily asked for, we are expressing our alignment with Jesus the Christ, our Great King, and walking out our unrelenting war against His ancient enemy who seeks to hamper and restrict the Giver tribe through any means possible.
Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk
In room 402, a few hours before leaving South Africa for home.