Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jezebel, the Church, and YOU

by Lydia Boucek
Jezebel & the Courts

But I have this [charge] against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and she teaches and misleads My bond-servants so that they commit [acts of sexual] immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20 AMP)


The Jezebel spirit is so evil that in the Book of Revelation God warns us about the consequences of hosting or tolerating this demon in the church. This applies to people who are operating under her influence. Three things that they do are mentioned:
  1. Give fake prophecies which are often vague or obvious
  2. Twist the Word of God
  3. Mislead people into sin

I gave her time to repent [to change her inner self and her sinful way of thinking], but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [and refuses to do so.] Listen carefully, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her [I will bring] into great anguish, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children (followers) with pestilence [thoroughly annihilating them]. (Revelation 2:21-23 AMP)


Churches should gently correct people who have this spirit and give them time to repent. This spirit will bring the person power and abilities of manipulation for a time, but in the end there will be consequences:
  • Sickness
  • Pain—both emotional and physical
To understand this spirit, we need to look at the physical example we have of the person from whom the spiritual principality gets her name. In 1 Kings, Jezebel is a wicked pagan queen who worshipped Baal or Satan. She was married to King Ahab and manipulated him to bow down to and worship other gods. She committed murder to please her husband and she tried to kill the prophet Elijah. Jezebel hates the prophets.

Her intimidation tactics are ruthless when she is angry. This is the same spirit that was exemplified by Herodias, the wife of King Herod, as well as her daughter Salome who danced around the King to seduce him, then asked him for the head of John the Baptist.

The name “Jezebel” can also mean married to Baal, and Baal as already established is Satan. This principality can also manifest itself as a dragon and works hand in hand with Leviathan. When Jezebel is influencing a person in church, she will disguise herself as someone spiritual, a false prophet, a member of the worship team, or a seer who has a counterfeit holy spirit. Often someone who has a Jezebel spirit will manipulate their way into the worship team, or into a leadership position in the church, where she wreaks havoc in every area of the church. The goal of this spirit is to move up in the church to get as close to the pastor as possible to eventually control him.

As it is moving into position, if anyone gets in its way, this spirit will attempt to destroy them, their relationships, marriages and/or businesses. By the time people realize what’s going on, it can be too late. The damage has been done, and it can take years to pick up the pieces and mend the brokenness that Jezebel causes.
Someone dominated by the Jezebel Spirit will have many of the following traits:

(The sin is listed inside the parentheses)
  • Jezebel shows up when there is a vacuum of power: The power-hungry spirit may appear to be helping out when the real intent is to take control of that position. (Striving for power)
  • The Jezebel spirit manifested in women will try to befriend and manipulate as many members of the opposite sex as possible through lust to turn them into Ahabs. (Manipulation, using lust to seduce others)
  • Loves and seeks out money and power, wishing for control over it. (Love of money, love of power)
  • A skilled liar, it will say whatever it has to in order to win someone over and become its eunuch or puppet. (Lying)
  • Through manipulation, it uses the fear of being rejected to excuse bad behavior, which further controls others (Manipulation)
  • Jezebel likes to isolate and pit people against each other. (Divisiveness and causing strife)
  • The spirits are prone to jealousy and envy when someone is promoted before them or is getting more attention than they are. (Jealousy, envy)
  • They are never wrong and cannot take constructive criticism; they will accuse people falsely to attempt to prove they are not at fault, “it’s always someone else’s fault.” (Manipulation) 
  • They initiate and partake in witchcraft prayers which centered around what will benefit them) to manipulate circumstances to go their way (Manipulation, witchcraft)
  • They pretend to be spiritual and to hear the Holy Spirit all the time, using scriptures manipulatively. They will make you feel like your walk with God is not as special as their close relationship with the Holy Spirit. These are the same traits as the religious spirit. (Self-righteousness)
  • If they are ever allowed to speak or preach, they will be prideful and make sure their name and all their titles/credentials are on display. If they are not on the screen in front of you, they will ask to be introduced with them. If you don’t call them by their title they will remind you to call them Dr., Pastor or Prophet so and so. (Pride)
  • Vanity concerning looks. This doesn’t mean they are necessarily good looking. However they will be overly concerned with minor aspects of their physical appearance. (Vanity)
  • Exaggerates all the time (Lies)
  • Bitter and unforgiving when they do not get their way. (Unforgiveness)
  • Knows more about you than you realize which is often a familiar spirit at work so they can use it as a weapon against you later if you don’t cooperate (Witchcraft)
  • Will always try to fulfill a need you have, so that they can take advantage of it later with a “you owe me” setup. (Manipulation)
  • Has a temper that makes others fear them. (Rage)
  • Prone to emotional excess in prayer or if corrected; uses tears and anger as a weapon (No Self-control)
  • Has a problem submitting to legitimate authority (Rebellion)
  • Hates the opposite sex (Without love)
  • Criticizes others to make itself look better, sowing seeds of discord. (Strife)
  • Operates in the flesh (No fruit of the Spirit)
  • Pushy and domineering (Lack of faith that God will get it done)
  • Leads others, especially the young, into sexual promiscuity. (Lust)

  • Creates confusion when present in a group
Although the Jezebel spirit is more prevalent in women than in men, it is not one that is the property of women alone. A few signs that may be more apparent in men are:
  • Abusive, controlling personality; pastors most likely have this spirit
  • Always reminding the congregation they are there to serve him. (In fact, we are in the church to serve one another, not the pastor.)
  • Never seen getting his hands dirty, because ‘he is the pastor.’ (This arrogant attitude is another sign of Jezebel working hand in hand with the religious spirit).
Jezebel’s purpose is to derail any attempt of God to bring true revival or to prevent the Glory of God from entering the church. Over the years we have heard of revival breaking out in churches. Have you ever wondered why it stopped?  Jezebel most likely walked in unnoticed by the leadership and her presence and actions pushed out the true presence of God.

Jezebel and the Church

I have seen firsthand how Christians might realize something is not right, but are slow to react and afraid to speak up and say anything bad. Many in church do not know how to sound the trumpet on what they are discerning. The problem is many churches do not teach on discernment and how to recognize when the Holy Spirit is showing them something.

We’ve all been there: we don’t want to say anything negative for fear that we are the one that has a ‘heart attitude problem’ or we will be labeled a troublemaker. It’s good to know where God is at work in our lives and in the church, but we must also know how to discern where the enemy is at work. The Number One demon at work in the church today is the Jezebel spirit. When you do recognize this spirit at work in someone, don’t label them but instead pray for them and your pastor so that they do not submit to this spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to show them, convict them, and lead them into repentance.

If Jezebel is operating as a woman, she will dress seductively in church or she will do whatever she has to in order to get the pastor’s attention. A person dominated by this spirit will have a word of knowledge all the time and appear very spiritual. Once they have gained the pastor’s trust while operating with a familiar spirit, they will be allowed to prophesy over people. Never allow this person to lay hands on you in prayer.

This is how defilement runs rapidly in the church: innocent people who blindly follow whatever the pastor tells them without seeking the Holy Spirit about it, will come under major spiritual attacks with witchcraft, oppression, strange illnesses, and even death. Always ask the Holy Spirit first before you allow anyone to prophesy over you or to lay hands on you. The body of Christ needs to avoid being “blind sheep” and have a close personal relationship with God so that the warnings of the Holy Spirit can be heeded.

It is usually in your personal prayer time that God will expose the Jezebel spirit at work in you and/or your church, and you can pray for your pastor and leaders to not fall victim to its spell. Pray that your pastor will heed the warnings given to him or her.

Some pastors who are warned about a Jezebel spirit operating in a woman will react out of the flesh. Instead of heeding the warning and taking it to prayer, he may feel bad about what was said about someone he knows. If he goes out of his way to be nice to this person, he may be stepping into the snare that Jezebel has laid. Sadly, his good intentions may backfire simply because he did not listen to God about the warning, and he may wind up being seduced by her.

Once a Jezebel spirit is tolerated, many more people with this spirit will start attending the same church. It seems to be a spiritual law. When you tolerate Jezebel, compromise with it, and submit to it, this demon spirit will multiply in the church!

I have watched this spirit manifest in many ways in the church. Once you have encountered this spirit, it is easier to spot each time. I have had many people with this spirit walk up to me and say the Holy Spirit told them they were to mentor me. I always giggle inside because while the devil can put on many different masks, he’s not very creative. Don’t be surprised if you are approached by someone saying the same thing. The Holy Spirit is my teacher, and if the Lord has decided He wants me to be mentored by someone, He will reveal it to me first.
Jezebel and You
 
Over the years, watching how this demon can influence both men and women, I have concluded that “everyone” may have some traits or patterns of sin that are related to the Jezebel spirit. When we commit these sins, it opens the door for a spirit to attach itself to us. If an attachment develops with a spirit of Jezebel, it is strengthened each time we commit her sins. Eventually we attribute these sins to part of our personality, making us believe “it is just who we are.” This is when Jezebel is able to work through us for her purposes.

Perhaps the most devastating aspect of Jezebel is that she loves to hide. Many times the person operating under her influence is ignorant of her presence; they love the Lord, but Jezebel has been given access to them and she won’t give up easily. As mentioned before, entertaining her brings some consequences:
  • If you are “on a bed of suffering” of sickness or pain that no prayer will deliver you from, there is a chance that you have unknowingly entertained a Jezebel spirit.
  • If you have been prayed for and received healing for a time, but the sickness or pain returned, 
  • Jezebel may be in action in your life.
We were all born with sin. Before we go on a witch hunt, looking for who has a Jezebel spirit, we need to be aware of her traits and examine ourselves first and “repent” for either entertaining Jezebel in our own life, or for submitting to it. In other words, we must also make sure we have not been an Ahab. The key is to nip our sins in the bud so that this spirit has no chance to blossom in our lives.

Looking over the characteristics of Jezebel is a good place to start. If you don’t feel you have any of these traits, then ask someone close to you. A person who becomes infuriated when these traits are pointed out has this spirit already at work in their life. If you are offended by what is mentioned in this post, that is Jezebel trying to get you away from the thing that can expose and remove her from your life. Only a repentant heart will deliver you from the Jezebel spirit.

By the way, this demon resides in the pituitary gland, which is why it can take control over your mind and personality. Jezebel’s ultimate goal is to prevent us from living a life of holiness. She will do her best to defile us with fornication, sexual perversity, witchcraft, and false teachings, and lead us to the wide path that keeps us in sin and away from a close walk with God.

The apostle Peter told us that just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. For it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 11:16)   To stop Jezebel from controlling our very being, we must live a life of being quick to repent when we have fallen short of the glory of God and turn away from sin and all temptation. We must have discernment and make sure we never befriend anyone with a Jezebel spirit because “bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

If we have any Jezebel-like traits in us, we will not be able to stop tolerating Jezebel in other people. Below is a list of sins to take an honest look at our own life, going back to our childhood:
 
  • Lying: including manipulation facts which is dishonesty and exaggeration
  • Pride:
    • pretentious religiousness or trying to seem spiritual
    • desiring and seeking money, including desiring power
    • showing hatred or despising the opposite sex
    • operating in the flesh and praying manipulative prayers using the word of God to try and get what I want
    • having your own agenda in ministry or at church instead of looking for what God wants
    • accepting false prophecies and keeping old prophecies
    • not wanting to submit to authority
  • Fear: including victim mentality, self-pity, self-promotion
    • attention-seeking or loudness when talking or praying, can include tears (lack of self-control)
  • Lust: not only sexually but coveting things or positions of others
    • secretly wanting a high position and coveting the positions of other leaders to the point of plotting to have them removed so you could fill it
  • Jealousy including speaking actions and words causing division (causing strife)
  • Rage: including speaking death over people or aggressive, pushy, or domineering behavior
  • Rebellion: including false humility
  • Bitterness: including being revengeful, unforgiving,
  • false humility
You may choose to confess, repent, and plead the blood over these sins, then revoke Jezebel’s access to you. Here is an example of a prayer that can be prayed to accomplish this:

Father, I acknowledge that I have yielded myself to the spirit of Jezebel. I come to you, humbling myself before you. I desire your standard of righteousness and holiness in my life. I ask you to forgive me for allowing the Jezebel spirit to manifest in my own life and for tolerating it in others. I should never have been sympathetic to its ways. I confess that my ancestors were also wrong in tolerating this spirit. Please forgive me for every way I have opened myself up to this spirit. Help me to ruthlessly reject it’s way of thinking and every desire to control and manipulate other people.

I confess that I was in agreement and compliant with her network, whether willingly or ignorantly, I received her deceptive tricks and got caught in her web of destruction. I have reviewed her traits and I have concluded that I am guilty of these sins. (Only say the ones that have applied to you at any time in your life; you do not want a false confession)

Lying, exaggeration, manipulation, pride, fear, lust, jealousy, rage, coveting things or positions of others,  always desiring and seeking money, dishonesty, desiring power, divisiveness (causing strife), bitterness, revengeful, unforgiving, rebellion, false humility, pretentious religiousness or trying to seem spiritual, having my own agenda in ministry or at church, secretly wanting a high position and coveting the positions of other leaders, to the point of plotting to have them removed so I could fill it, not wanting to submit to authority, showing hatred or despising the opposite sex, speaking death over people, operating in the flesh and praying manipulative prayers using the word of God to try and get what I want. 

Father, I am so very sorry for all these sins and I will turn from them now. I cover all of these sins with the blood of Jesus and ask that the sins of my ancestors  related to these traits, also be covered with the blood and  blotted out as well.

I renounce these demons of Jezebel connected to these traits and ask you, Holy Spirit, that you help me on a daily basis to turn from these sins in my life.  Through the Holy Spirit I will live by God's standard of righteousness, holiness and conduct. Holy Spirit, I ask that you open my eyes and cause Your light to expose any darkness, and help me to walk in humility and truth.  In Jesus Name.   Amen

 
The Courts of Heaven Worldwide group has a policy that all administrators, and even those in training to help others with the Courts of Heaven, use this template as a guide to repent in a prayer meeting for any of the Jezebel sins in their lives. If all churches and Christian organizations did this, then Jezebel would no longer have a place within the Body of Christ.

The Jezebel spirit must never be tolerated as stated in the Book of Revelation. When you see your children manifest any traits, teach them to repent even at an early age because it grieves the Holy Spirit when we don’t teach them in the ways of the Lord. This will help them to avoid being a victim of Jezebel later in life. If you let someone with a Jezebel spirit influence you into doing something that you shouldn’t, it gives her a place in your life.

There is so much that can be taught about this evil spirit, but the key is to discern it in yourself first and repent and turn away from your sin. You do not want to wait until this becomes a charge against you in the Courts of Heaven. It’s better to confess a weakness to God before it gets rooted in your heart and the enemy has legal ground to attack you.

So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you. Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you… (James 4:7-8 AMP)

We know from experience that when you go to the Courts of Heaven and do not confess and repent (turn) from the sins you are guilty of, the situation gets worse. The same applies here. Several people have said this prayer, yet they still experience backlash because some of the Jezebel traits remain in their life.

It is a great test to say this prayer and see what happens. If all heck breaks loose like people verbally attacking you for no reason or if more than one appliance or electronic device of yours breaks down, there may be a Jezebel issue in your life. You will need to look at the list and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where the spirit may have gained access in your life. A trip to the Courts of Heaven with a seer may also help provide clarity and resolution. 


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