Her father was Ethbaal, king and high priest of the Sidonians. Queen Jezebel introduced Baal worship into Israel. By acquiescing to her idolatry, King Ahab broke the first two commandments: "You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them" Ex. Baal worship gives us clues as to the workings of Jezebel.
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Her father was Ethbaal, king and high priest of the Sidonians. Queen Jezebel introduced Baal worship into Israel. By acquiescing to her idolatry, King Ahab broke the first two commandments: "You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them" Ex.
Baal worship gives us clues as to the workings of Jezebel. The name Baal means "lord" or "possessor. His full title is Baal-Shemaim, which means "lord of heaven. The Canaanites, who were Baal worshipers, participated in sex worship, fertility rites, religious prostitution and human sacrifice—all to pacify the gods. Where Jezebel is pulling the strings, you will find idolatry and sexual immorality behind the curtain.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. Just how sinister is the Jezebel spirit? She is the first great instigator of persecution against the saints of God. Guided by no principle, restrained by no fear of either God or man, passionate in her attachment to her heathen worship, she spared no pains to maintain idolatry around her in all its splendor.
We have to discern the deeper motive of this spirit if we ever hope to resist the temptations that will lead to the great falling away that Paul writes about in 2 Thess.
Jude urges us to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to us, because "certain men have crept in unnoticed The spirit of Jezebel is already running rampant in the world. Unfortunately, Jezebel is also running loose in the church and manifests in many local congregations without anyone ever seeing it—or confronting it.
It looks just the way many books describe—on the surface. This is why so many are deceived. Jezebel is not merely a woman or a man with an overbearing personality or immature character. Some of those bossy, controlling people just need to read How to Win Friends and Influence People, and they would be fine.
In other words, some saints just need good old-fashioned people skills. So, think again: What does Jezebel look like in the church? Male or female, a Jezebelite—meaning a person who is influenced or dominated by this spirit—is a subtle seducer.
And the key word is subtle. If Jezebel were obvious, no one would be fooled. A Jezebelite usually has a charismatic personality that draws people to other gods and away from Christ. Sometimes she succeeds in this idolatry by exalting pastors—puffing them up, putting them on a pedestal, giving them the honor God should have. Likewise, a Jezebelite is quick to encourage sin. A woman confides in her, for instance, that she is having sex out of wedlock. The Jezebelite will assure the woman that it is OK if she is in love, easing the guilt and glossing over any godly conviction the woman might feel.
Please hear me: If we look only for control and manipulation, we will wrongly accuse people of "flowing in a Jezebel spirit," while the principality wreaks havoc in the lives of people in the church. From this contrast we see there are carnal rewards for cooperating with Jezebel in this lifetime, and there are eternal rewards for refusing to tolerate that spirit. By the same token, God will not wait until eternity to pour out judgments on those who refuse to repent of flowing in a Jezebel spirit.
Nor will those who refuse to tolerate that spirit go unrewarded in this lifetime. I can tell you this from experience. If you refuse to bow down to Jezebel—no matter what it costs you—God will repay you, at least in part, even now. Great Resources to help you excel in ! Prayer helps you overcome anything life throws at you.
Discerning and Defeating the Ahab Spirit
Ahab ceded his power to his wife, acquiescing to her control and becoming passive. In the same way today, people demonstrating the control and domination of the Jezebel spirit compel people into the passivity of an Ahab spirit, whether in a marital situation, a church, or any other relationship. Enlightening to read and educational, grounding in scriptures the spiritual root of what we see in narcassistic controlling individuals, and feel from their attacks. But, there is hope, and healing from their attacks and it lies in our own ability to conqure our own spirit of Ahab, and stop agreeing with and allowing the spirit of Jezebell function in our lives. Being assertive, not passive and more like Christ as we do so. I highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with a controling person in their life. A Challenge and an Encouragement!
Discerning and Defeating the Ahab Spirit : The Key to Breaking Free from Jezebel
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