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Quotes on Jezebel and Her Critical Spirit

We all have met the “Know it All” spirit – at work, at home, at church. Doens’t matter. That person has no room to listen, no room to grow, no room for anyone else other than themselves and their big egos. They are critical of everyone and everything. In their eyes, you can never do anything right. Have you met him/her?

Me too. It’s exhausting. Just when you do what they ask, they change the rules. You thought you were helping and they meet you with criticism, and tell you how you did it all wrong. They turn the tables on you, especially if someone else is in the room, and make you think you are losing your mind.

This is a spirit of Jezebel – the spirit of control. They criticize others and mock other people just to feel better about themselves. They feed on gossip and can’t wait to spread the news. Be careful who you trust, and  with what, with this spirit. There is no privacy, they feed on information, and love to use it against you. Especially if it will help them keep sitting on their “throne”.

It is sad when we sit by and watch this spirit at work and watch people leave the body of Christ because nobody wants to rock the boat and confront it. I have lived through church drama and Jezebels. It breaks my heart to see this happen. The body of Christ is hurting and throwing stones  – at each other.  Enough already, we have way more important things to do than to hurt each other! Let us repent of criticizing each other so we can be healed before this turns into a root of bitterness…

 

Quotes on Jezebel Her Critical Spirit

  • “Insecurity and jealously can be a cause of someone having a critical spirit towards others. Focusing on men and not the Lord can cause one to be critical of every flaw of others. Satan is also the “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and sadly can work through or use believers to accomplish his work of tearing down. Those who are habitual fault-finders, constant critics of people and situations usually are sick in the body and full of tension and stress. The Scriptural solution to any of us even struggling in this area is clear: “stop passing judgment on one another” and that we can start to love others in the body of Christ, uplifiting them, edifying them and building them up.” ― Greg Gordon
  • “Nine times out of 10, criticism is a defense mechanism. We criticize in others what we don’t like in ourselves.” ― Mark Batterson
  • The critical spirit never knows when to stop meddling. ―Mason Cooley
  • “the Jezebel that works in a ministry like this seeks to tear down and destroy the name of every person who may have attained some kind of recognition in an area of ministry. While they are occupied in naming names and pointing the finger at these ministers, they end up sowing confusion and discord, and cause many people to fall away from Christianity altogether.” – Lance Rowe
  • “Another thing this spirit is very good at doing is causing a lot of in-fighting, back-biting, and malicious type gossiping among the people that are caught in its web. This kind of spirit knows exactly how to cause major dissension and strife even among the best of friends.” – BibleKnowledge.com
  • “Behind most church fights and unresolved divisions is ugly human pride. And the worst kind of pride is religious pride. The Pharisaical pride of self-righteousness and superiority.” – Alexander Strauch
  • “A “critical spirit,” is an obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear others down — not the same thing as what is sometimes called “constructive criticism.” The only criticism that is ever constructive is that which is expressed in love to “build up,” not to tear down — it is always expressed face-to-face, never behind their back. The person with a critical spirit usually dwells on the negative, seeks for flaws rather than good. They’re a complainer, usually always upset, and generally have a problem or a complaint about something. They often have little control over their tongue, their temper, and have tendencies for gossip and slander, which Paul said were sins “worthy of death” (Rom. 1:29-32).”- Victorious.org
     

 

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Your Story Matters – Blog it!

Your story matters. It may not seem so right now. But you are not the only one going through it, that’s for sure. One of the the things I really like about blogging is that you get to meet people all over the world who may be going through the exact same situation.

When I blog about depression, I get to meet others who are in the battle and learn what worked for them to kick out the blues. When I write about my past domestic violence situations I get wisdom from others who have made it out alive. When I write about finding hope in God I get to meet others who have found Him faithful and true. We are a tribe of men, women, and children who share our hearts with people we have never met. I love it!!!

I am more honest on my blog than I am with people sometimes. It’s really easy to pour your heart out when you just type whatever you think. There is a freedom in that. Your heart, your feelings, your hopes, dreams, failures – it is really addicting! It’s a total no judgement zone.

Do you blog?

What do you blog about?

Why do you blog?

I read my about page today – funny how you write that page and forget about it. It helped me remember why I do this:

My Purpose – To overcome adversity, thrive, and live an abundant life

My Mission – To encourage and teach others how to rise above their circumstances, enlarge their vision, and soar to new heights with God

My Calling – To use words and music to find and share hope is this crazy world

What about you? What is your vision? Do you have a dream? A calling?

I encourage your to write it down. It’s real then. It helped me focus on why I do what I do. It gives me vision. Without vision the people perish I read…

Plus, it’s really funny to read something you wrote like 3 years ago and totally forgot about. Blogging gives me perspective – on how far I have come, what I have overcome, and how faithful God is to His promises!

 

 

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Thank you to all the visitors at Prayers and Promises. I treasure all of you. You are amazing! God bless you all in 2016!

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I’m Moving

Well after a tremendous first year at WordPress.com I have decided to take the plunge and move to WordPress.org!  I feel like a kid learning to ride a bike!

My new address is:

http://www.prayersandpromises.org

I will be setting up the redirect here – so you won’t have to do a thing….

Thank you so much family, and Merry Christmas!

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why follow?

What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?
I never really thought about this before.  So I had to think about what I was thinking about when I click that ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button.  Does that make sense? I follow a lot of blogs, and I like a lot of posts.  And then there are some that I don’t even finish reading.  So, here’s my list, take it or leave it, I love you all just the same…
Heart
Don’t hide from me, tell me what you are feeling.  I am probably or have probably felt that way too.  I don’t like ‘tell me’ blogs, I like ‘show me’ blogs.  No one likes to be told what to do. You know, the ones you read that say, do this or else… Self righteous people are a turn off.  I want to just say to them, “It’s not all about you.”  And we all have heartbreaks, heartaches…will you share yours?  What helped you heal? What do you do with the yucky part?
Quest for truth
What is real? What is not? What are you looking for? Why?  I am a seeker too, maybe we can go on this journey together.  What have you learned on your journey so far?
Humbleness
You can tell when someone is prideful or arrogant, it shows in their words.  Humbleness is attractive, and inviting.  Will you just be yourself? Or are you pretending to be someone else?
Struggle
I struggle with things, we all do.  None of us can do everything right.  But are you brave enough to share your struggles with us? Will you share where you have failed? or where you are seeking to improve?  To me, that is courage.
Vulnerability
Will you let us see the real you? Will you allow your heart to be exposed?  Will you admit that sometimes you don’t have all the answers? Will you share your pain as well as your pleasure?
Victory
What is going well with you?  What are some positive things that you have had victory over? Is it always a ‘poor me’ attitude? When you share a story of victory it gives me hope that I will have victory in my life too.  I admit, sometimes when I am down I need to read about someone who has had a victory.  I want a hero, something to hold onto when I am fumbling around in the dark.

 Hope

What spirit are you feeding?  I admit, sometimes I read these blogs to help me heal.  Will you point me to hope or to hopelessness?  This is not a one time post, we all have down days. But what direction are you going with your blog? What do you see as its purpose?
Respect
Are you respectful to your readers? Or do you insult them? Are you looking for an argument? If we disagree on a subject, how do you respond?  Disrespectful people are just not fun to be around.  We all have value, whether we agree with each other or not.
Love
Love, not infatuation or sex, but love.  Will you keep telling your story? Why do you tell your story? Will you allow us to sit beside you on the journey?  Are you patient, kind, long-suffering with us? Do you respond to our comments? Do we matter to you?  Who are you serving?

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