Jezebel

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Few names are as notorious as the name Jezebel.  The name implies of an ambitious, conniving adulteress, intent on ruining the reputation of all innocent young men.  But just where this reputation came from is not always clear.

The Book of Kings tells of a person by the name of Jezebel.  There was nothing good or virtuous to say about this woman.  She is introduced in 1 Kings 16:31 as the new wife of King Ahab.  He married Jezebel, a daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and served and worshipped Baal, his wife’s god in order to please her.  He erected an altar for Baal which he built in Samaria.  Ahab then made an Asherah, an idolatrous symbol of the goddess Asherah.  Being the king of Israel, one might hope that Ahab would marry a worshiper of Yahweh.  Or even that Jezebel would convert to take on the faith of her new homeland.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.  She held fast to her false gods and led others to worship them and to kill those who continued to prophesy for Yahweh (1 Kings 18:19-21; 21:25) (1 Kings 18:4, 13; 2 Kings 9:7).  Jezebel had even caused her husband to do more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel before him.

In another story about Jezebel we are shown the strategy she used to obtain the wishes of her husband Ahab.  He had a desire to posses his neighbor Naboth’s vineyard in order to build an herb garden.  Ahab made an offer to Naboth to purchase the property but he declined, since the land was an inheritance of his father’s (1Kings 21:3-4). Ahab became so distraught at the response of Naboth that he laid in his bed and turn away his face and would not eat any food (1 Kings 21:4).  When Jezebel heard what had happened she rebuked Ahab then took over the situation.  She forged letters in Ahab’s name, closed them with his signet seal and had them delivered to the elders and nobles who dwelt with Naboth in his city (v 1 Kings 21:7-8) 

“She wrote in the letters, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth at the head of the people.  And set two worthless men opposite him, and let them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursedGod and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him to death.” 1 Kings 21:9-10

The men did as she said, unbeknownst to them that this was a selfish evil act on her part.  Tricking and deceitful, this woman lied to the elders and nobles of the city and had them stone an innocent man to death.  Instead of telling her husband how Naboth had died, she said simply,

“Naboth of Jezeel is dead.  Now you may go and take for yourself the vineyard he would not sell to you” (1 Kings 21:15). 

Before all this occurred, Jezebel had done much more damage because she wanted to accomplish her own agenda.  For example, the prophets of God would not agree with her ordinances or worship her gods, so she sent out a command to gather them all to be executed (1 Kings 18:4).  She also convinced her husband to worship and idolize the gods she and her ancestors served, which placed a curse on him and caused the people in the land to stumble.  It appeared that little by little she became the one wearing the pants in the family, since Ahab seemed to have lost his belt. 

Fed up with Jezebel and Ahab’s tactics, the Lord pronounced their death sentence via the prophet Elijah, because of the evil crimes they had done against the God of Israel (1 Kings 21:19; 2 Kings 9:31-37).  In the end, Jezebel was killed by a newly appointed king for Israel named Jehu.  She tried to persuade her assailant with eye makeup and words of flattery, saying,

“Have you come in peace, you king (2 Kings 9:31)?  

This was to no avail, as she was immediately thrown from the window and trampled by horses. 

Even now to this day the Spirit of Jezebel is well and alive.  It lingers even amongst the church and its believers.  You can see it in those who operate in greed, lust, and selfishness.  This spirit is relentless at getting its way at all cost.  It doesn’t matter who it has to destroy, as long as the odds fall in its favor.  And when it looks like it won’t, it will manipulate a circumstance until it does. 

Hungry for power, those who operate in the Jezebel Spirit may appear to be innocent, even helpful.  Their actions may seemingly want to exalt another person, all the while seeking self promotion.  One who has been affected by this spirit may feel as if they were put in a trance and weakened during this time of deception.  As the truth is revealed they may experience a feeling of despair, defeat and disappointment. 

BUT GOD!

The most effective way to combat against the Spirit of Jezebel is to stand on God’s Word.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12      

You must…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:4-6

Like Jezebel, we, too, can be led astray or lead others astray when we follow our own gods and not the One True God.  Her story leaves us with a warning and promise.  Those who refuse to honor the Lord will not go unpunished.

When we stay focused on God’s word and meditate on it daily, he will keep us protected and give us revelation of the traps that the enemy will try to set against us. So let our steps be ordained by Jesus as we give him full rein over our lives. 

 

“Praise You God, for you do not let evil goes unpunished.

Thank you for justice, even when it seems delayed.”

Who Are We To Judge? (Luke 7:36-50)

 

Who is this woman appearing suddenly out of nowhere?  What gives her the right to barge in on us?  Doesn’t she know that we are in an important meeting with the Rabbi?  No wonder why they call her a ghastly sinful beast!  She should be a shame of herself, so undignified.  I’m nauseated.  If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him.  For she is a notorious sinner!  (Luke 7:39 paraphrase)

Does this sound familiar to you?  How often have we quickly judged people not knowing anything about them?  At first glance, many times we think we know a person’s entire life story.  When we see a person dressed in skimpy clothing, dirty, or overweight what’s our first thought?   Many are judged by their eating habits, the type of car they drive or job status.  Better yet, if we here a bit of gossip or information we run with it and believe what was spoken.  Why is that?

This notoriously sinful woman poured onto Jesus feet an alabaster box full of expensive ointment that was for healing.   She was willing to pay such a price, maybe even give all that she owned to be forgiven, healed and set free by the Master.  (Luke 7:38) It’s as if she gave healing ointment in expecting in return to be healed if in the hands of the anointed One?  Just as when we are in need of anything, to receive that very thing we must first give it away.  Is that not how the Kingdom of God works?

 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Even in the world system, most individuals feel compelled to give back once they have received.  I believe it’s in our nature to do so.  The women with the alabaster box must have had such deep wounds that needed healing which caused her to pour out such a priceless commodity.  More so, anyone who is considered a notorious sinner by other citizens must have done a seriously wicked crime. I’m sure with such a label plastered on her it must have caused this woman to put up a great wall of defense in order to protect herself from the darting arrows that would have pierce her heart.

I bet if we peel back the label and look beneath the surface we would see a scared child starving for attention.  Longing for someone to love, care and comfort her, to heal her gaping wounds.  Like this woman, there are many of us who have such deep emotional scares that have been stuffed down and buried.  Some may mask them with over achievements.  Having to strive to be the very best, caring on with a facade of looking good on the outside, but self destructing inwardly.

Many of these individuals go through life appearing to be very successful and “normal,” yet broken on the inside.  They wonder how they could have so much and feel so empty, surrounded by many, but feeling so lonely.  They isolate themselves in their minds having not dealt with their emotional wounds.

Jesus came to set us FREE! “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.” (v. John 8:36)

Cry out to God like David did in the bible.  He will answer. David knew the value in going to the Lord with his petition.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help comes from. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

Don’t allow the devil to deceive you into thinking it’s too late.  That you’re all washed up and worth nothing.   Or even worst, once people find out about what you’ve done your life will be over.  The devil wants to isolate you so he can work you over and fill your mind with guilt, stress, fear and condemnation, to ultimately KILL YOU!

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

But the devil knows that once you speak the truth of God’s word, and go to Jesus with your hurts and seek to get help, it will open a flood gate of healing for your life.  Then once you’re healed God will use your testimony for his greater works to set others free from torment.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

I can speak from experience. I grew up in bondage, being the last child of seven and a girl in the mist of five brothers.  I was abused and constantly molested by my father in his drunken state.  My older sister suffered the same abuse.  She could not bear the pain and turned to drugs: heroin, marijuana, and alcohol.  She became a prostitute just as many scholars believe the woman with the alabaster box was.  There was so much confusion in her mind that during a drug transaction she decided to cheat the drug dealer.  This caused my brother who was with her to be beaten into a comma, then he eventually die.  She was once again rattled with so much guilt she over dosed on drugs and took her own life. I miss my sister.

Although I chose not to prostitute I carried tremendous guilt and shame. Not only did our father molest me but he also in addition sex trafficked me to other men.  I became bulimic and anorexic due to the pain and abuse as I felt I had no control over the circumstance.  This eating disorder nearly killed me.  Because I suffered such deep soul wounds, I didn’t know how to handle life issues when confronted with stress.  This sickness followed me into my adulthood.  Until one day I was introduced to Jesus while watching an evangelistic television show.  Jesus healed me instantly!  Then he had room to work in me and out of me all the scars of my past.  He replaced those scars with love, joy and peace. I know I had been forgiven for trying to kill myself.  I could finally look in the mirror and love myself.  He taught me by the Holy Spirit, to go to Him in prayer on a daily basis. He taught me to focus on the word of God and not on the problems of life.  It is only in Jesus Christ that I have found true freedom.  I realized that however we get to those broken places in our lives, Jesus is there to heal us.  He came,

to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)

The woman with the alabaster box knew that without the healing power of Jesus she had no hope.  He would be the only one who could remove the reproach, stigma and pain from her life.  He doesn’t just come to cover our wounds, he makes us brand new.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

We never know what a person is going through in life so we should never judge.  God may be revealing to you a person’s issue so that he can use you to help change their lives for the better.  Let us all share the love of Christ to one another just as the Father extended his love to the world.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

Hephzibah House Of Prayer

I had a dream last night that I was on the stand in a court room.  Many questions where being asked of me.  The last question I answered the lawyer (Holy Spirit) had a rebuttal that He spoke in a Psalm to correct my thought process.  This is what He said:

Court Room Psalm

When the ravishing locust try to overtake you,

and the storms of life try to capsize you,

you will not be moved.

For your God is the all consuming One.

His power no foe can withstand.

For He crushed the head of your enemy,

and pierced the darkness with His light.

Those who try to destroy you will only be left naked and abandoned, forsaken in the wilderness.

They trust not in the Lord, but only in their lofty goods.

But the Lord covers those who love Him.

He lavishes them with fine riches, adorns them…

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Court Room Psalm

I had a dream last night that I was on the stand in a court room.  Many questions where being asked of me.  The last question I answered the lawyer (Holy Spirit) had a rebuttal that He spoke in a Psalm to correct my thought process.  This is what He said:

Court Room Psalm

When the ravishing locust try to overtake you,

and the storms of life try to capsize you,

you will not be moved.

For your God is the all consuming One.

His power no foe can withstand.

For He crushed the head of your enemy,

and pierced the darkness with His light.

Those who try to destroy you will only be left naked and abandoned, forsaken in the wilderness.

They trust not in the Lord, but only in their lofty goods.

But the Lord covers those who love Him.

He lavishes them with fine riches, adorns them with extravagant garments.

His abundance over takes them, it abounds to no end.

His desires toward you are good and his thoughts are pure.

His eye is on you always,

And you will not be put to shame.

Your days will be lengthy, your life forever great.

For the Lord loves those who exalt Him,

their lives are eternally blessed. ~Selah

By Rosemarie Hilton (Holy Spirit inspired)

Just Think

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You’re not here by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else-
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation. ~Selah