Jezebel may only be in Biblical history now, but the spirit that drove her is still alive and at work. John Paul Jackson reveals some of the traits of this spirit, and gives some advice on how to deal with it before it matures.
With keen insight, John Paul Jackson peers through the enemy’s smokescreen and exposes one of the most deceptive snares used to destroy the Church. In this eye-opening book, the author challenges Christians to embrace God’s divine order and seeks to strengthen God-breathed intercession and prophetic ministry that bears the marks of humility, wisdom, and discernment. “Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit” is biblically anchored and seasoned with years of divine revelation and filled with stories of those who have encountered the Jezebel spirit. Whether you’re a leader or a layperson, this book will challenge the way you interact with others in the Body of Christ, and it will show you how to be firm yet Christ-like when dealing with people who are operating under the influence of this spirit.
What is a Jezebel spirit?
John Paul Jackson describes it as the spirit that is used to destroy whatever God is trying to do. Jezebelic powers operate in conjunction with principalities and powers that torment people. (Ephesians 6:12) These demonic powers include spirits of religion…manipulation, control, lust, perversion, and the occult. They often work in concert with a Jezebel spirit to build strongholds in a person’s mind.
Qualities of a Jezebel Spirit
- Draws attention to itself in a seemingly humble way.
- Has a sense of wanting to communicate the spiritual atmosphere they walk in.
- Displays a sense of superiority and the need to be in control of all prayer.
- Controlling, irresponsible, dishonest, will lie without remorse.
- Provokes others to anger.
- Inability to love, and put others first – selfish.
- Never wrong, so never sorry about anything.
- Gaining power by destroying others. They manage to get in positions of authority, and are difficult to remove once there.
- They are controlling, intimidating, manipulative and bossy.
- They are able to fool and recruit others in charges against their victims.
- Very critical of others and they are never wrong.
- Lack of remorse after hurting someone. They justify the harm.
- Playing the role of victim themselves, in order to gain sympathy.
- While tending to be oversensitive themselves, they have no concern for the feelings of others. They are not sympathetic to their victims.
- They lie, and they believe their own lie by avoiding the truth, or intentionally acting to withhold truth.
The main cause of major breaches in relationships, lack of communication, misunderstandings, strife torn homes and eventually alienation between children, brothers and sisters, parents and children, and all others who should be walking in love is a Jezebel witchcraft spirit.
We all have a fallen nature that makes us desire to control other people and to impose our will upon them. As I have pointed out here , the desire to control others is the root cause of witchcraft which Paul in the book of Galatians describes first as a work of the flesh, before it manifests itself as outright occult or witchcraft practice.
Listen to how we practice witchcraft without knowing; when you speak negatively over someone’s life….They will never hold down a job acting like that… Their marriage is bound to fail the way he treats her… The doctors said he is going to die in 2 weeks. Isn’t that too bad…
They will never serve the Lord if they behave like that… Did you know that sister so and so committed adultery with brother so and so…..we need to pray for them…These people are going to have another baby…it seems there are crazy…. And when the baby dies or is miscarried… The Lord knows what happens in their hearts.
There are many verbal attacks I have received from so called Christians, even though I understood that it was self-hatred turned outward.
The point is, when we utter words like these; we are agreeing with the enemy’s plan and giving him power to destroy others with our tongues. The power of death and life are in the tongue (see Proverbs 18:21).
If you are unconsciously or purposely—releasing witchcraft over people with the words of your mouth, repent and get your mouth back in line with the Spirit of God.
In fact, most of these comments result from people who don’t know that they are really angry with God. Maybe you have been hurt in some way. Everyone has.
Our own individual hurts mask our ability to see clearly what is happening in each others’ personality and lives. Instead of surrendering to the Lord in repentance we resort to controlling and manipulating our situation and others.
We forget the fact that it’s we that lose when we strain and strive and get ourselves into horribly painful situations when all we needed to do is turn to the Lord and surrender wholeheartedly to Him.
So one of the things the enemy of our souls likes to do is to get into the middle of God-ordained relationships and cause them to mis-communicate or disconnect. The enemy knows that once the family is splintered apart, the weaker and more ineffectual they become and the more this Jezebel spirit has control of their lives.
How do we Break the Spirit of Jezebel?
First, we must go after the spiritual force behind it. Secondly, we make sure our hearts and motives are right before God by walking in repentance, prayer, intimacy and carrying our crosses daily to follow Christ.
The day our ministries or whatever call we have become more important than our intimate relationship with the Lord is the time we fall, and start controlling our circumstances and others. It’s a very scary situation to be found wanting.
Someone said that when the devil fails to make you into a Judas he will resort to turning you into a Martha. Wendy Alec writes in her Journal that there is only one way to survive the onslaught of the Jezebel spirit in these last days:
To repent of any lukewarmness and backsliding in your heart and to reignite and maintain zealously your first love for the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Secondly, to keep yourself from all idols and remain fervent in the Spirit which is the result of true fellowship in Spirit and truth with the Lord and of feeding on God’s Word until His Words are Spirit and Life to us.
One of the ways to crucify the flesh is to develop a discipline of fasting. Why should we fast? In Isaiah 58, the Lord tells us what happens when we fast and pray:
Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell In. (Isaiah 58:12)
There many other reasons why fasting is a good discipline to develop. Pat Brooks in his book, A Call to War with Prayer Power wrote:
Fasting is the golden key that unlocks the life of every over-comer who is sold out Almighty God. Anyone who longs for spiritual victory will, sooner or later, learn to fast…. Fasting precedes or accompanies some of the greatest victories in the Bible… Fasting unlocks the prison gates of bondage. It can be used of God to change hearts, circumstances, or destinies.
With effective prayer, it can lift the torment of a lifetime and even the ancestral bondage of centuries or millennia in a family line….Without the intervention of God’s Holy Spirit, man is powerless to prevail over the spiritual wickedness in high places everywhere strutting and manifesting their satanic power on earth.
There is no battle we can fight and win in the flesh. Therefore none of us can overcome the Jezebel spirit in our own strength. The devil, the flesh, and the world are too much for any man or woman! So if you have a close relative, or your own spouse, or come across a person who has a Jezebel spirit, the first thing you must do is to go your secret place and talk to the Father in prayer and get His wisdom and strategy on how to deal with this spirit.
You have to pray and fast that the Lord will supernaturally reveal to them that they have this kind of spirit operating in them. Afterwards, you need to get all the information you can about the person’s past in order to find out what gave the spirit the legitimate rights to enter the person. Once you find out, you have to continue praying for that person to be released and the spirit to be broken off his or her life. We don’t struggle against flesh and blood:
For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ…. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
The number one reason for non-stop turmoil in the church or family, through multiple generations, is a charming and frightening menace called the Jezebel spirit and those who have it have no clue it’s using them to cause havoc in families or churches. Knowingly or unknowingly these people will hinder and oppose what the Lord is trying to do.
The Lord wants to restore unity in the churches, to maintain the family bonds in the Lord, and to leave a spiritual inheritance or legacy of solidarity that can last for generations. When you cover your church or your family relationships in prayer and fasting whether it is children, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in laws, husband or wife there will be fewer instances of strained or severed relationships.
Just prior to his death in February 2015, John Paul Jackson talked about the importance of identifying, exposing and destroying the Jezebel Spirit. He wrote a book Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit in 2002, and in this book, he chronicles many stories of people who have battled the spirit of Jezebel.