There are times life is too loud. There are so many distractions these days with all our other responsibilities. I gave myself some time off this past week – to unplug, refresh, and recharge. I put my phone away. I didn’t blog everyday. I didn’t check Facebook 12 times a day. I didn’t record any music for the last month or so. I even muted my new app Periscope, lol! It was one of the best things I have done in a long time.
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who does all the talking?
Where you couldn’t even get a word in because they never stopped to listen?
How did that make you feel?
Yeah, me too. It’s frustrating.
I have to confess this was how my talk with God was going this past month. I was doing all the talking. And not listening.
Thank you Holy Spirit for promoting me to unplug, to simply shut up and listen for God’s whisper. I feel so much better today. And hopeful. And joyful. You give me rest Lord. Thank you Jesus!
1 Kings 19:11-13
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
There are Elijahs and Jezebles in this world. And it’s a battle for power. It may be at work, at home, or at church – but these spirits are present. God tells us to test the spirits. Not every spirit is from God. And not every spirit is friendly.
I recently received an interesting comment on a blog post about Jezebel. You can read it here – STOP TOLERATING THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT. A person thought that the Spirit of Jezebel was just about sex. I have not found that to be true. Yes, the Spirit of Jezebel uses her sexuality to control others, but it’s more than that. So today I thought I would compare and contrast these two spirits.
Leave me a comment if you think of more characteristics to add to these – thanks!
Spirit of Elijah
Stands up for truth and is bold and fearless
Has intimate relationship with God and receives instruction from God. (See 2 Kings 9)
Has the God given Authority to overthrow and overturn Jezebel and her kingdom
Is a Prophet and sees the future and declares it
Is a Minister of Fire and destroys the enemies of the Kingdom of God (See 1 Kings 18)
Confronts Jezebel and her blind followers
Spirit of Jezebel
Seeks her own agenda. She is bold and fearless as well.
Uses Power and Control to manipulate and destroy others
Mocks God and His people
Uses Witchcraft and other dark arts
Puts herself on the throne and sees herself as God
Sets up her own false kingdom where the subjects worship her
Kills, steals, and destroys anyone who does not agree with her
Note to self – Elijahs and Jezebels can be men or women. Its not about gender – it’s a spirit.
As a body of Believers, let us pray for the Lord to raise up the Elijahs to defeat the Jezebels in our Churches, our Schools, our Workplaces and our Homes. Show us your glory Lord, and RAISE UP THE ELIJAHS TO DEFEAT THE JEZEBELS, in Jesus Name.