God is raising an army; a prophetic generation. And wherever there is an emerging prophetic voice Satan raises a counterfeit voice to confuse the Saints. The spirit of Jezebel loves the prophetic.
Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him. And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.Chronicles 16:30-31
Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, Ethbaal means like Baal; he was an ardent worshiper of Baal. Baal is the fertility god of war and sex. Jezebel’s Dad killed his predecessor in a coup d’état and ascended into power. Jezebel was raised from a political family and was exposed to intrigues and assassinations from an early age. The name Jezebel means “ Unhusbabded” Although she was married to King Ahab, her lack of submission and her infidelity proved that true marriage meant nothing to her. Jezebel submits to no one but demands all to submit to her. God has set authority but the spirit of Jezebel usurps authority and seeks to establish its own agenda. The spirit of Jezebel has different manifestations but two stand out for me; they are Seduction/immorality and power/insubordination. The day you gave your life to Christ you got engaged to God and fidelity to your vows is of uttermost importance but the seductive spirit of Jezebel tries to lure us away. The spirit of Jezebel is not a gender base but a satanic operation that strategically and deliberately craft means to entice the Saints through divination and witchcraft. It was the same spirit that took over Absalom, the Son of David. Absalom took the people’s loyalty away from his Father the King.
To deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words.Proverbs 2:16
The spirit of Jezebel is not so powerful; it can easily be decoded and dealt with. It works with our weaknesses so it is imperative that we recognize our weak points and submit to the Lord. He who covers his sin will not prosper. We must check to see if they are things within us that the spirit of Jezebel can latch on. What are the things that Jezebel takes advantage of? Pride for instance; this spirit sure knows how to pump up people’s ego. It tells you how brilliant you are, how important you are and how without you, that church or office initiative will not be accomplish. It lifts you up like Lucifer until you begin to see yourself above every other and demand to be celebrated and when you are not celebrated you become threatened, insecure and withdrawn. But as long as you are praised you are energized to forge ahead. That spirit hates correction and rebuke. Jezebel loves to hang out with Leaders; pastors etc to study their weakness and then take advantage of them and plot their downfall.
But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up.1Kings 21:25
Jezebel spirit needs an Ahab environment to function. Ahab is timid, loves unholy alliances and hates confrontation. King Ahab offered to buy the land Naboth inherited from his family but he declined in strong terms. Typical of Ahab, he went to his bedroom to cry because he is timid; he knew his cry would get to the attention of his bold wife-” Madame Fixer”. She got back home and found Ahab crying and refusing to eat, when she queried him he responded like a child;”Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it pleases you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.'” 1Kings 21:6. Jezebel immediately sprang into action, she wrote to the elders of the city where Naboth lived using the King’s seal of authority and requesting that Naboth be placed in honour while they proclaim a fast and charge Naboth with blasphemy against the King and against God. Naboth was stoned to death. Jezbel is the cemetery of great men of God and sincere leaders.
The spirit targets the weak, people who are offended, wounded, the lonely and the rebellious. Any relationship that brings you under or belittles you, any relationship that renders you powerless, cause confusion and depression is a Jezebel’s spirit. That spirit specializes in emotional manipulation. It steals influence and loves to control others by bringing them under guilt and condemnation. Jezebel’s spirit finds fault in the leadership and service is motivated by a desire to be known and celebrated as the best. This was the same spirit that motivated Miriam and Aaron; they murmured against Moses saying “does the Lord speak only through Moose?” “Why is my Boss asking me to submit my report to him before sending to the MD? Am I not intelligent enough to relate with the MD?”How do we overcome this negative spirit? Jesus came to destroy the works of darkness.
He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercyProverbs 28:13
I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.Psalms 32:5
Truth be told, we are all caught in this quagmire! We are all vulnerable to this spirit. We must acknowledge we are capable of being used by Satan to perpetuate his agenda. We must deliberately resist the devil and honestly confront hidden motives. Jezebel prospers in hidden dark areas of our lives so we must make all efforts to uncover.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.Colossians 3:23-24
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.Philippians 2:3
Be honest, do not seek man’s approval, serve God and not men. Do not seek the praises of man let God be your reward. Express your opinion sincerely. Even if you think you are more intelligent than your Boss, defer to him; do not plan a coup d’état behind him or her. The leader has the vision/blueprint, approach him/her if you don’t understand rather than murmur behind and talking to people you perceived might be dissatisfied.
But test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil.1 Thessalonian 5:21-22
The Bible encourages us to test all spirits. We need discernment to be able to track spirits. Someone can say all the nice words but hidden behind those words is a seed of discord and division. Discernment is ability to tell truth from error. How do we develop discernment? Stay in the secret place; get so familiar with the voice of God so much so that you can tell his voice from that of Satan. Be his sheep because his sheep hears is voice and they not respond to contrary voices. Heart honesty is a treasure and meditation in the word of God cultures our heart. Love the Lord with all your heart; do not harbor bitterness, deal with offense, forgiveness and submit to the brethren. Visit a Christian counselor if you need to and pour out your heart, where you have been treated unfairly speak honestly and will yourself to forgive and release those who have hurt you.