UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT IS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A SAVED CHRISTIAN TO GUARD AGAINST IT FROM APPEARING IN YOUR LIFE by Geoffrey Grider for Now The End Begins
As born again Christians, we are called to a higher standard, that is always the goal though sometimes we admittedly will miss the mark. But our apostle Paul is crystal clear on what we should do if we feel that another person has done us wrong. We are not to avenge ourselves against that person, but put it in the Lord’s hands to work out a resolution leading to restoration. The Jezebel spirit arises when we choose to ignore Romans 12 and other places and take the matter into our own hands instead. Even if you feel that someone else has sinned against you, taking the matter into your hands against them is now a sin against God. This is the Jezebel spirit.
The power behind the Jezebel spirit is the power of Satan, our adversary, and can only be defeated by you allowing the Lord to give you the victory.
I have seen a lot of articles posted across social media lately talking about something called the ‘Jezebel spirit‘, some of them seem good and others caroomed wildly off into charismatic flights of fantasy and rampant speculation. Jezebel is a real woman in the Bible, she certainly was possessed by a spirit, and she shows up in the book of Revelation as a type of false spirituality in the end times. There is a lot we can learn by taking a look at biblical Jezebel and the spirit that inflamed her, because her spirit is definitely alive and well on social media.
“And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.” 1 Kings 19:1-3 (KJV)
We Meet Jezebel
We first are introduced to Jezebel in 1 Kings 19, at the scene of one of the greatest triumphs of the prophet Elijah where he soundly defeated the 450 prophets of Baal in spectacular fashion. If you are not familiar with this incredible story, please go read 1 Kings 18 right now before continuing with this article. But suffice to say nearly all of us have read this thrilling account many times as an amazing testimony to the power of God in the live of a believer.
In fact, it was because of this amazing victory that Jezebel comes on the scene in the first place. Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab, a wicked king, and when Ahab saw that Elijah had gotten the victory over the 450 prophets of Baal, he ran to his wife Jezebel crying about it, begging her to fix the situation. Her remedy was to sent a message via the social media of the day, a messenger boy, telling Elijah that she would make sure he was dead within 24 hours. Obviously Jezebel wore the pants in the family, and more than that, she was possessed of a spirit of violence and destruction.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:7,8 (KJV)
Her Refusal To Submit To Authority
So the first thing we learn about the Jezebel spirit, she is not submitted to earthly authority and in threatening to kill someone else she is certainly not submitted to heavenly authority. Before we go any further, I know that some of you are thinking right now that yes, an unsaved person could absolutely have the Jezebel spirit, but could a saved person? The answer is yes, absolutely. A saved person can commit any sin that an unsaved person can do, the difference being the saved person is saved from Hell and the unsaved person is not. If a saved, born again Christian allows a root of bitterness to grow in their heart, and they don’t lay it down and the Lord’s feet and say take it, that root can surely grow into a spirit very much like the one that Jezebel displayed.