Tag: Jealousy

Stop Tolerating the Jezebel Spirit

Stop TOLERATING the Jezebel spirit!
These are my notes from a teaching I saw from Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church 2011 Pastors Conference in TX.

The Jezebel spirit tries to get you to defile yourself on the inside or outside to disqualify you for ministry.

We should cast her out and those who commit adultery with her. Don’t allow this anymore. The Jezebel spirit only has power because we tolerate it. This is a constant battle for people in authority. As long as you are in authority you will run into this spirit.

Jezebel was rejected by her father and had a controlling mother. She/He is so wounded that they don’t want to be rejected. They are control freaks. Usually this spirit comes through a friend who wants to be your best friend.

Most of the time we don’t want to confront it because of what you will get back. Who in your church are you afraid to confront? You will get an over the top reaction or rejection when you do confront them.

Elijah addressed Jezebel and Ahab. Every Jezebel has an Ahab. Every person has been confronted by both of these spirits.

Revelation 2 speaks about what happens when you allow this spirit to continue.

What King of Israel conquered more land in the Old Testament?

1. Solomon
2. Ahab
3. David

Ahab was #2 which shows you can be a great conquerer and still be in bondage to a Jezebel spirit. Ahab couldn’t get the vineyard next door to his castle. He pouted. Jezebel got the land through manipulation, intimidation, lying, and fear.

6 ways to recognize Jezebel spirit

  1. Insecurity
  2. Rejection
  3. Pride
  4. Arrogance
  5. Manipulation
  6. Control

Jezebel can operate in a man or a woman. It is a manipulating, insecure, controlling, jealous spirit.

As long as you tolerate this spirit it is going to effect you!

4 effects or symptoms of how this spirit effects you
(From 1 Kings 19) when Elijah runs from Jezebel

1. Fear – Elijah ran for his life. Are you afraid to address someone in your church? It is a spirit.

2. Isolation – when you want to get away from everyone and everything.
Just want to be alone. You withdraw.

3. Exhaustion – you collapse, you are so tired you sleep for hours when you leave the area. It is a spirit.
Or if you have problems sleeping when you get back – you sense the oppression.

4. Depression. Elijah prayed that he would die. Many leaders are affected by this: Moses, Jeremiah, Jonah.

Thoughts of suicide are evidence of a Jezebel spirit attack  in your life. Impure sexual thoughts from out of the blue are evidence that you are under attack from a Jezebel spirit. And these thoughts are bombarding your mind, despite your best intentions.

Signs that You Are Being attacked by a Jezebel spirit

1. Thoughts of quitting. You want to quit what God has called and ordained you to do. You can be gracious with the person, but you can’t be gracious with the spirit.

2. Suicidal thoughts. This is evidence of a Jezebel spirit. Bombarding thoughts.

3. Depression. For example, do you find yourself relating to commercials on depression?

4. Having sexual impure thoughts. Bombarded with this stuff.

5. Strange and prolonged sicknesses.

6. Bizarre and near tragic/fatal accidents.

The spirit is trying to steal, kill, and destroy you!

Jezebel spirit tries to :

Steal your peace, joy, & confidence
Kill you with sickness & accidents
Destroy you with depression & fear

What is the Answer?

  1. Address it in the person. Be gracious to the person, but not the spirit
  2. Remove that person from all leadership unless the person repents
  3. Remove that person from any personal influence with you

You can’t remain friends with a Jezebel – they are not humble or teachable. That spirit will affect you.

1 Kings 19. Wind = Holy Spirit

Prophet, Priest, and King – Jesus

If you don’t deal with this. God will deal with you. Those who sleep with Jezebel were judged too.

He will remove you and raise up someone who will stand up to the spirit. And that person will have a double anointing.

What to Do:

Get with God
Seek Godly Counsel
Take action.

Prayer – repent for tolerating this spirit in leadership. Cast it out and trample that spirit. Forgive us Lord.

Take authority over that spirit. By the Name, blood, and the Power of the Lamb we rebuke Satan and every demonic spirit of control, manipulation, rejection, fear, intimidation.. go in Jesus Name!

Thank you for the breakthrough, in Jesus Name

What is being held up in your life because you are tolerating this spirit?

Revelation 2

The Corrupt Church

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,

‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, service, faith,[b] and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow[c] that woman[d] Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce[e] My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.[f] 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their[g] deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

24 “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 25 But hold fast what you have till I come. 26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—
as I also have received from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star.

29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

 

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Envy – the Party Spirit?

Ok, it’s 4:15am and I wake up.  Time to pray.  Time to read the Word.  I opened up Bible gateway and came to this…

Some, it is true, [actually] preach Christ (the Messiah) [for no better reason than] out of envy and rivalry (party spirit), but others are doing so out of a loyal spirit and goodwill.

 The latter [proclaim Christ] out of love, because they recognize and know that I am[providentially] put here for the defense of the good news (the Gospel).

 But the former preach Christ out of a party spirit, insincerely [out of no pure motive, but thinking to annoy me], supposing they are making my bondage more bitter and my chains more galling.

(Philippians 1:15-17 AMP)

 
Party Spirit? What? What is that?   So my adventure begins.  I love Google. How did we ever search out things before Google? Lol!  I know God is opening up some old attic doors in my head and sweeping out the dust.  The other day I wrote a post called DON’T MAKE ME CROSS THAT LINE and  Paul Davis made an interesting comment:
“Just wow. That’s like the villain of a novel. That is overwhelming malice. I’ll pray for you! Keep strong.”
And I really wasn’t sure what that MALICE word meant so I looked it up.

malice = a desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness. An evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act injurious to others.

Synonyms = ill will, spite, spitefulness; animosity, enmity; malevolence; venom, hate, hatred; bitterness, rancor. See grudge.

What does that mean to me?  Have you ever had anyone slander you? Say things about you or to you to hurt you out of spite?  Ever wonder, “where in the world did that come from?” I have had it happen at home, at work, at school, and even at church.  Just mean, bitter words as they pull the rug out from under you.

 FALSE FRIENDS, FALSE ACCUSATIONS. 

Why do they do this? I believe it is the PARTY SPIRIT = that rivalry, “I’ll show you” mentality, that says “I’m gonna beat you just because I want to.”I started my search with John MacArthur and his study of Philippians 1:15.  It seems when Paul was in jail, there were some that just wanted to hurt him out of spite.

“Look at it now. “Some to be sure are preaching Christ but from envy and strife,” that’s the issue. It’s their motive that messes them up. What’s another word for envy? What is it? Jealousy. It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? Ugly word. Paint it green, envy. They were jealous. Jealous of what? I’ll tell you what, Paul’s giftedness, Paul’s success. They were jealous that Paul was so beloved. They were jealous that everybody found Paul to be the touch-tone of truth. They were jealous because more people followed him than them. They were jealous because he had so eminently upon him the blessing of God. They may have been jealous of the fact that he on three occasions had encountered the living resurrected and exalted Christ personally. They were jealous, jealous of his gifts, jealous of his blessings, jealous of his ministry, jealous of his success, jealous of his high esteem. He was a menace to their prominence. He was a menace to the exaltation of their egos. He was in the seat they wanted to be in, only he was there rightly. And as a result of being jealous they created strife. The word means contention, conflict. Their jealousy pitted them against him and conflict occurred.

I have to tell you, people, it’s a sad, sad thing but that is rampant in the church, rampant today. There are people who are motivated out of jealousy and envy. They focus their whole life on trying to discredit other people who occupy some kind of place of blessing that creates envy in their sinful hearts. They preach the true gospel but they have such an impure heart. They seek to be more prominent. They are angry that someone else is more successful than they are, as an evangelist or a writer, or a pastor, or a teacher. So they are producers of rivalry, that’s another word for strife, conflict. They see themselves in competition with Paul and they become his detractors. And the way they’re going to win the battle is by slander and accusation and criticism and tearing him down.

That says it, folks. They weren’t concerned with the church, purity of doctrine, growth of the church. Nah, they just wanted to hurt him. They wanted to hurt him badly. They wanted to rip him up so they could crawl up and be on top. Thinking, it said, planning, scheming, to cause me distress, to aggravate my affliction. Speaking against him, attacking his integrity, attacking his credibility, attacking his faithfulness, attacking his character would hurt him and they wanted to hurt him.

Isn’t that sad? Isn’t it sad that the church has a way of consuming itself with that kind of trash? It does. The word “distress,” by the way, is thlipsis, basically means friction, friction. They want to just rub me till they’ve irritated me, just like chains rubbing his hands and his feet. They were adding to his chains more friction, more irritation, all from malicious treatment. Their goal wasn’t to exalt Christ. Their goal wasn’t to protect the church. Their goal wasn’t to evangelize the lost. Their goal wasn’t to defend the Word of God. Their goal was to irritate the man of whom they were jealous, that’s their goal, and pull him down in the eyes of the people so the people wouldn’t believe him and wouldn’t trust him and wouldn’t go to him. And then they would be the preeminent ones. That’s…that’s what they were all about.”

Source: http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/50-8

and Then I went to P-R-E-C-P-T and found more…

Envy (5355) (phthonos [word study]) describes pain felt and malignity conceived at the sight of excellence or happiness. It means not just wanting what another person has, but also resenting that person for having it. It is an attitude of ill-will that leads to division and strife and even murder. When we envy, we cannot bear to see the prosperity of others, because we ourselves feel continually wretched.

Source: http://www.preceptaustin.org/philippians_115-17.htm

Ok – so what does that mean to me?  In the past, I feel like all the abusive words that were spoken over me were true. Especially if they came from someone in authority.  A husband, a boss, a Pastor, etc.

I took those words and I put those words in a suitcase and carried it around in my heart.

Even though those words were not true, I still carried them.  And the memories of that place.

But today I acknowledged what God showed me – I did not have to carry those suitcases anymore.  Those words of were not mine to carry.  It wasn’t about me.

I had taken those words and let them in my heart, carried them around for years.  Opened up that suitcase every so often just to beat myself up with – even if the person who said them was not even there or part of my life anymore.

Today God showed me the “WHY?”.  Why does someone say those things? Deliberately and intentionally ‘kill’ and ‘murder’ us with their words. WHY do they SLANDER others? Because they had MALICE and ENVY and JEALOUSY in their hearts.

I just happened to be the one they took it out on.  Wrong place, wrong guy, wrong time, wrong Pastor.

And like Paul – I don’t have to play. Again, it wasn’t about me!  When I see that Party Spirit today – I put up my pretend mirror and let all the spiteful words bounce back to them.  I am going to keep my joy today.  They can keep their bad attitudes and spiteful words!  I’ll just pray for them – and then watch what God does!!!

idk if that makes any sense, but for me – it is a weight off my shoulders as I lay those suitcases of WORDS down! They’re not mine anyway – lol!

“A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30 NKJV)

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