The Jezebel spirit is clever in its agenda. Withholds information This is a form of control. Talks in confusion It is impossible to converse with a Jezebel in logic. One pastor wrote a six-page letter to his elders about a situation in the church.
The context was so vague that no one was without confusion. This is a way to maintain control and domination. When confronting a Jezebel, the subject may be changed five times in one minute. Volunteers for anything A Jezebel volunteers in order to establish control. He seemingly has endless nervous energy and eagerly looks for opportunities to be in charge of projects.
Although he will work hard, his motive is never pure, and eventually his secret agenda cannot be hidden.
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Lies A Jezebel lies convincingly. No one can lie better than he can. He can turn on the charm and make you believe blue is red. The fact that Jezebel can look you in the eye and lie just shows how strong and adamant this rebellious and recalcitrant spirit is. Ignores people A classic ploy of a controller is to ignore you when you disagree with him. Some in these situations have been ignored for months, just because they chose not to be a puppet and say to every idea or whim.
One is not free to disagree with a controller. He just cannot bring himself to say thank you or to acknowledge that someone else did something right. There are those who have gone out of their way to bless a Jezebel by being the catalyst of sending him on a trip or giving a gift. Yet never will there be a thank you. This again puts the controller in a position of power. Criticizes everyone This is a characteristic of a controller.
He has to be the one who looks good, so he will quickly sharply criticize anyone who makes a suggestion or plan. Even though he likes the plan, he can only criticize it because the idea did not originate from him. Criticizing others elevates the controller in his own mind. One-upmanship A person with a Jezebel spirit will always upstage another person.
He feels threatened by anyone who dares to steal the limelight or anyone who is a threat to his power and control. If you are with such a person and tell of your accomplishment or victory, you can be assured he will quickly tell of something he has accomplished. Sequesters information A Jezebel loves to be in control of information.
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He seems to know everything about everyone. Uses information A Jezebel uses information as a leverage for power and then shares tidbits with you, often things told him in confidence. Talks incessantly Many people talk habitually, but a Jezebel uses talking as a form of control. In a typical conversation, he does all the talking, whether it is about sports, the weather or the Kingdom of God. Because of this form of control, he is unable to receive input from anyone in his life.
All conversation with him is one-sided. Spiritualizes everything When a controller is confronted, he commonly spiritualizes the situation, explaining it off on God. This prevents him from owning up to responsibility required of him. Is insubordinate A Jezebel never takes the side of the employer or a person in authority, unless it is a temporary action to make himself look good. His main desire is for power and control. There is no conscience when an opportunity for recognition presents itself. Is pushy and domineering A person with a Jezebel spirit pressures you to do things, seemingly ripping from you your right to choose or make a decision for yourself.
Is clairvoyant Many who operate with a spirit of control also have a clairvoyant spirit. A Jezebel has supernatural help in knowing and sensing information. I just know it. Clairvoyance may be defined as the power to perceive things that are out of the range of human senses. Therefore, the element of surprise works well when he shows up a day early for a meeting, etc. Sows seeds of discord A Jezebel will continually belittle another person in the most subtle way. It is common for him to tell half-truths to implicate another person in your eyes.
By sowing these seeds, he hopes to eventually reap a harvest of destruction, improving his position of power. Is vengeful Since a Jezebel is never wrong, if you contradict or confront one, get ready to become his worst enemy. As long as you are in agreement with him, all is fine. But if you confront or challenge him, then look out. You are the target of his fiercest venom. A Jezebel will stop at nothing to destroy your reputation. If the person is near to being confronted, he or she will skillfully twist the entire situation, trying to make the innocent person look like the one who is attempting to control.
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As always, the Jezebel will do anything to look like the one who is right. Insinuates disapproval A Jezebel will often imply disapproval to those under his or her control. The controlled person feels no freedom to express an opinion, for fear of disapproval. This often manifests in a marriage or in a working environment. Knows it all A Jezebel is usually blatant regarding his knowledge of everything. Quick to express his opinion in any area, he leaves little room for anyone to point out the other side of an issue.
He has made idols of his opinions. Is ambitious The Jezebel has strong desire, but all for self. Gift giving Gift giving is a form of manipulation a Jezebel uses that always makes you feel obligated to him. It also compromises the victim in speaking direct and confronting truth. Naturally, not everyone who gives gifts is guilty of control, but gift giving is a tactic used by those who have a need to control. Hides We all want to believe that the person with a Jezebel spirit is delivered. Then suddenly without warning a situation will arise, once again with the spirit taking control and wreaking havoc over lives.
Hopefully, true repentance will come.
Only then will the person be delivered. NOTE: A friend has reminded me of one very prominent and important characteristic that is missing from this list written by Steve Sampson so I have added characteristic He also supplies Biblical guidance on how to deal with this evil in our own lives and the lives of others.
Chapters range in le Steve Sampson's page book is a revised and expanded edition of a book I don't remember seeing. Chapters range in length from fifteen to thirty pages and conclude with three or four short questions for reflection and a prayer. I walked around our neighborhood reading, flipping back at times to reread something for a second time. I was hooked.
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As a Pastor with over twenty years of experience in and around church leadership, I've seen and experienced many of the dynamics Steve discusses. From small churches being run by a deacon's wife, to a large multi-pastor church staff run by the senior pastor, to my own flaws in leadership at home. This book opened my eyes and helped me in all the right ways. I'd encourage Pastors, church leaders and believers who desire to grow more deeply in God to pick up a copy at your local bookstore and see if this book impacts you.
Manipulation, intimidation and domination continue to ruin many of our churches, homes and lives. Steve provides wonderful Biblical counsel to strengthen your inner life, forgive past hurts and walk in true agape love. I found it exceptional that this book was succinct and to the point. There is no long prologue or afterward and it makes great reading for a daily devotional. This book is being published by Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review. Great identifying signs to help you recognize its not just a person's immature "issues" but a warning list of " You've just entered the Jezebel Zone".
Flat out manipulation and control with the desire to dominate without conscience. Sounds harsh, but its out there and this book helps identify it and like the title says to, confront this spirit that is working through severely hurt people. The idea is to restore if possible; although often people driven by this spirit simply will not; they have a Great identifying signs to help you recognize its not just a person's immature "issues" but a warning list of " You've just entered the Jezebel Zone".
The idea is to restore if possible; although often people driven by this spirit simply will not; they have a different agenda and simply move on. The author points out how important it is for us to go to deeper levels of true humility in order to be effective and not allow this spirit to run rampant in our lives, and churches and also to keep a check on ourselves that we don't have any influences of that spirit on us.
I loved this book and the depth the author went into. This is going into my personal library; and I will be using it as an often read resource study book. I do understand that there are those that simply do not believe in this type of spiritual battle. But as an intercessor I find it extremely insightful and easy to read and study. Having encountered a few people who have an influence of the Jezebel spirit but not having a full blown Jezebel agenda, I found myself nodding my head and saying," I totally get this! Its well balanced, something that many people fear that books of this nature are not going to be.
We can't look at all people as a Jezebel but we can be informed on yes, there are some out there. These are my own words and thoughts on this book. Confronting Jezebel by Steve Sampson describes the Jezebel spirit which is a demonic spirit of control.
It further describes how to recognize the Jezebel spirit in one's own self as well in those around you. It tells you how to protect yourself and break free from cycles of control. It has strategies so you can bring it under control of the Holy Spirit. I'm going to start off by saying that I usually read books really fast and this one was a struggle for me to get through, even though it was only Confronting Jezebel by Steve Sampson describes the Jezebel spirit which is a demonic spirit of control.
I'm going to start off by saying that I usually read books really fast and this one was a struggle for me to get through, even though it was only pages. I think the first thing that made it difficult to read was the fact that I read the word "Jezebels" hundreds of times. I didn't like the fact that anyone who had a "Jezebel spirit" was referred to as a Jezebel. Also it seemed like almost every not so pleasant characteristic was referred to as a "Jezebel. Sampson gives many examples of others he knows who have been demonized by Jezebel.
So while some of the examples were helpful, he makes it seem as though he never had to deal with the Jezebel spirit himself. He doesn't look at it from an objective point of view; rather he comes off as preachy. Overall I believe there are a few useful things to be found in this book.
However, I wouldn't recommend it because overall I feel it would be a waste of time to read the whole book. Even though it is only pages I believe that it could have been shorter and still gotten all of the important material across. I received this book from Chosen Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I believe this is the 2nd or 3rd printing of this book. It has been reprinted to include more content. At the end of each chapter is some questions and a small prayer.
This book is about confronting the Jezebels in your life. The manipulators and controllers that come into our lives. It shows through example stories that have actually happened but not too many real Biblical references. In fact, within the second chapter the author basically says all Liberals are an example of Jezebels. That's wh I believe this is the 2nd or 3rd printing of this book. That's where he lost my respect. It's good however to help show how you have been a Jezebel yourself. Recognizing a trait in yourself is the first step in self improvement.
However, I found this more a standard self help book than teaching principles of the Bible. Maybe it is from using so many real life stories and not those of the Bible. I was given this book by Chosen to review. If I had not I may have picked it up but would not have finished it. Besides just the offensiveness it felt too text book. I enjoy Christian help books the way Joyce Meyer writes them. So sorry Mr.
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Detail User Review Many believers are increasingly aware of the Jezebel spirit, a demonic spirit of control, one intending to supplant true authority. Individuals ruled by the flesh, who cooperate with this spirit, sow discord, presumption, rebellion, insubordination and a host of other marks of Satan's kingdom. In this biblical, balanced, and eye-opening study, Steve Sampson, a gifted prophetic teacher, explains the origins and history of this insidious spirit, as well as how it functions through leaders in positions of spiritual authority.
Because the Jezebel spirit is fueled by self-centeredness and self-promotion, Sampson helps readers understand how our flesh must be ruled by God and put under subjection to the Holy Spirit. He also offers readers clear signals of the presence of this spirit and specific direction for those who find themselves battling this subtle and destructive influence.