The Spirit of Jezebel, Part I

Jezebel gained her reputation as an enemy to the prophets of God in the Old Testament era. While dogs devoured the wicked Queen Jezebel, her spirit is alive and well in New Testament times. And this depraved principality has earned another reputation in the last days: enemy of the apostolic.

Queen Jezebel is infamous for her antics in the Book of I Kings. Jezebel is charged with murdering many prophets and cutting off the voice of others that fearfully hid in caves (I Kings 18:4, 13). The Book of Revelation exposes this spirit’s operation in the New Testament age as one that calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce the Lord’s true prophets with lust and idolatry (Revelation 2:20).

Jezebel’s attack on prophets has a ripple effect on apostles because these two graces are foundational gifts that work together to build the Church (Ephesians 2:20). Prophets say and apostles do. Cutting off or perverting the prophetic voice, then, hinders the manifestation of the glorious church because apostles are most effective when prophets are in watchtowers instead of caves, in local churches instead of in lust, parking lots and street corners.

Resist the devil… and he will flee

I was teaching a class at church this morning on healing. I was expounding on James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

What does it mean to resist the devil? This is part and parcel of spiritual warfare. When we submit ourselves to God’s Word, we are, in fact, resisting the devil. But beyond that, resisting the devil means resisting the attacks he launches against us; attacks such as fear, doubt, sickness, discouragement, etc. These things are not of God and are contrary to God’s will for us.

So when fear comes, I engage in spiritual battle by opening my holy mouth and saying, “I resist you fear, in the name of Jesus. God had not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” When sickness tries to find a home on my physical body, I resist it. When doubt comes, I resist it. We need to actively resist emotions, thoughts, and physical manifestations in our bodies that are not from God. Resisting means speaking against it.