Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jezebel, the Church, and YOU

Jezebel & the Courts

Jezebel, the Church and YOU

by Lydia Boucek 

The Jezebel Spirit       

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. 
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 2:20 AMP)
This spirit will bring to the person power and abilities of manipulation for a time, but in the end there will be consequences:
  1. Sickness
  2. Pain- emotional and physical (anguish)
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 1st Kings, Jezebel is a wicked pagan queen who worshipped Baal. She was married to King Ahab and manipulated him to bow down to and worship other gods. She committed murder to please her husband with Naboth’s vineyard and she threatened to kill the prophet Elijah.

Her intimidation tactics are ruthless when she is angry. This is the same spirit that was in Herodias, the wife of King Herod, and her daughter Salome who danced around the King to seduce him, then asked him for the head of John the baptist. Jezebel hates the prophets.

The name Jezebel means married to Baal, and Baal is Satan. This principality can also manifest as a dragon and works hand in hand with Leviathan. I caution you not to try to war against these principalities because the backlash will be memorable as stated in Job 41:8. (Read about that, CLICK HERE)

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 onto 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 always move up in the church to get as close to the pastor as possible to eventually control him to make him an Ahab . 

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 has caused.  

Someone dominated by the Jezebel Spirit will have many of the following traits (labelled with the sin):

  • Power hungry-Jezebel will always show up when there is a vacuum of power: They will happily help out in church but the real intention is to jump into that position. (Striving for power)
  • The Jezebel spirit in women will try to befriend as many people of the opposite sex as possible to turn them into Ahabs. (Manipulation, using lust to attract)
  • Loves and seeks power and money; wants lots of money and control over it. (Love of money, love of power)
  • A very good liar and will say whatever she has to, to win you over to become her eunuch/ puppet (Lies)
  • Has been rejected so uses the fear of being rejected as an excuse for bad behavior which controls others (Manipulation)
  • They like to isolate you and pit people against each other (Divisiveness, causing strife) 
  • Jealousy when someone is getting more attention than them or is promoted over them (Jealousy, envy)
  • They are never wrong and cannot take constructive criticism, they will accuse people falsely to turn the table around and prove they are not at fault, “it’s always someone else’s fault.” (Manipulation)  
  • They initiate witchcraft prayers (prayers centered around benefiting them) to manipulate things to go their way (Manipulation, witchcraft)
  • Acts very spiritual and pretends to hear the Holy Spirit all the time. Will use scriptures to get her way  (They are best buddies with the Holy Spirit and will make you feel like your walk with God is not as special) (Religious spirit) (False humility)
  • If they are allowed to speak or preach, they will make sure their name and all their titles/credentials are on display. If their name is not on the screen in front of you, they will ask to be introduced along with the leader and with a title. If you don’t call them by their title they will remind you to call them Dr., Pastor or Prophet so and so. (Pride, Puffed up soul)
  • Vanity concerning looks (Vanity)
  • Exaggerates things (Lies)
  • Bitter and unforgiving when they do not get their way. (Unforgiveness)(Will speak death over you)
  • Knows more about you than you realize. (Familiar spirit at work) so they can use weapons against you later if you don’t cooperate with the spirit. (Witchcraft)
  • Will always try to fulfill a need you have, so that they can cash in later with a “you owe me” (Manipulation) (Soul Ties)
  • 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 true legitimate authority (Rebellion)
  • Hates men or the opposite sex (Without love)
  • Criticizes others to make himself/herself look better-sows 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)
  • Many times leads others, especially the young, into sexual promiscuity. (Lust)

  • creates a lot of confusion when present in a group
Although it is more prevalent in women than in men, the Jezebel spirit does not reside in women only. 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. (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 which works hand in hand also with the religious spirit). 
Jezebel’s purpose is to stop a move of God that brings in a true revival: to stop 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 pushes out the true presence of God.

Jezebel and the Church

Many can be slow to realize they are noticing something is not right but are afraid to speak up and say anything that may sound negative. Many in church do not know what to do when they are discerning something is off in the church. 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, where we don’t want to say anything negative for fear that we are the one that has a ‘heart attitude problem’ or fear that they will label us as the trouble maker. It’s important to know where God is at work in our lives and in the church, but we must know also how to discern where the enemy is at work. The # 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 pray for your pastor so that he does not submit to this spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to show them, convict them and lead them into repentance.

If Jezebel is operating in a woman, she will dress seductively in church or she will do whatever she has to, 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 or speak into your life. 

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 stop being “blind sheep” and have a close personal relationship with God so that we can heed the warnings the Holy Spirit gives us. 

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 under her spell. Pray that your pastor will heed the warnings given to him. 

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 is being said about someone he knows. This may be human compassion not godly compassion. 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 or go 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! 

This spirit can manifest in many ways in the church. Once you have encountered this spirit, it is easier to spot each time. It's common to hear someone with this spirit, say to you... "the Holy Spirit told me I am suppose to mentor you". This is done to flatter you and make you feel special. If you tend to have rejection issues, you may fall for this trap. The Holy Spirit is your teacher and if the Lord has decided He wants you to be mentored by someone, He will reveal it to you first. We should always seek the Holy Spirit first for help. 

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, which 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, "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 a place 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, and prayer is not helping you to be will delivered from it, 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 returns, Jezebel may be in action in your life.
We were all born with sin, so 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 these sins in the bud so that this spirit has no chance to blossom in our life.  

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 irritated or offended by any of the things mentioned in this post, that is Jezebel trying to get you away from being revealed or exposed. You must 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, 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 Cor 15:33) 

If we have any Jezebelic traits in us, we will not be able to stop tolerating Jezebel in other people.  Below is a list of sins to look over so that we can take an honest look at our own life (going back to the time we were a child) Choose the traits that apply to you: 

  • Lies 
  • Exaggeration  
  • Manipulation  
  • Pride  
  • Fear  
  • Lust
  • Jealousy
  • Rage
  • Bitterness
  • Unforgiveness
  • Always desiring money
  • Dishonesty
  • Desiring power
  • Coveting things or positions of others, to the point of plotting to have them removed from their position so you can fill it. 
  • Attention seeking; loudness when talking or praying, sometimes includes tears (not displaying self-control) 
  • Divisiveness (causing strife) 
  • pretentious religiousness or trying to seem spiritual  
  • Rebellion (not wanting to submit to authority)
  • Hates the opposite sex 
  • Operating in the flesh
  • Excessive feelings of rejection
  • Victim mentality (always a victim)
  • Aggressive, pushing or domineering behavior
  • Her presence causes confusion
  • Speaks death words over people

After we confess, repent, and plead the blood over these sins, it is time to revoke Jezebel’s access to us. Here is an example of a prayer that can be prayed in the COH or even just in your prayer closet.
Sample Prayer:
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 apply to you; you do not want a false confession)

Lying, exaggeration, manipulation, pride, fear, lust, jealousy, rage, coveting things or positions of others, always desiring money, dishonesty, desiring power, divisiveness (causing strife), pretentious religiousness or trying to seem spiritual, false humility, 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, bitterness, revengeful, unforgiving, rebellion, 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. 

I am so very sorry for all these sins.
I cover these sins with the Blood of Jesus.
I renounce these demons of Jezebel connected to these traits and ask 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, address the Jezebel spirit in their life by repenting for her traits as outlined in this sample prayer. This is a zero tolerance policy toward Jezebel. If all churches and Christian organizations did this, 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 our children in the ways of the Lord. This will help them to avoid being a victim of Jezebel later on in life. Remember to review the traits that you have first, and look up scriptures so that you understand how God sees these sins.

If you let someone with a Jezebel spirit influence you into doing something that you shouldn't do, it will give the spirit 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 (the specific trait). 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)

If you would like help dealing with this spirit in your life, you can begin doing the Academy at our website and also join our private Facebook group where we connect the Body of Christ together.

*** Update ***

We know from experience that when you do not confess and repent for your sins that you are aware of, the situation gets worse. The same applies here. We have had several people pray this prayer and experience backlash; it is because some of the Jezebel traits are still in their life. You will need to look at the list and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where her access is. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to know which traits/sins apply to your life. Be very specific.

Your prayers are heard from your prayer closet. You do not need to go to the Courts to confess your sins and if you are still struggling a lot in this area, please contact the team and we may be able to help you discern the issue.

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