One of the strategies that the devil uses against us in spiritual warfare is the spirit of control also referred to as the Jezebel spirit. The spirit of Jezebel is a demonic spirit that ultimately seeks to control and rule over people, especially God’s people and the prophetic ministry.
Jezebel was the wicked and sinful wife of King Ahab of Israel in the Bible Old Testament. Jezebel was a Phoenician priestess and the daughter of a Sidonian king named Ethbaal. The marriage of Jezebel and King Ahab caused Israel to become saturated with the worship of Baal, Tammuz, Asheroth and other false gods. Jezebel’s desire was to seduce God’s people and turn their hearts away from serving and worship Him.
Jezebel was a priestess and was very religious. Her worship of Baal was an idolatrous religion which includes the worship of false gods and idols. Jezebel caused God’s people to participate in child sacrifices, homosexual sex acts, orgies, perverted sex acts, pagan rituals and immoral priestly services to God. Jezebel controlled Israel including her husband King Ahab whom she also converted to worship Baal. Today we call this same spirit of control that Queen Jezebel used against the people of God as The Jezebel Spirit. The Jezebel spirit is known as witchcraft which is a work of the flesh and without the Holy Spirit, you will not have dominion over this spirit.
Works Of The Flesh
As Christian, we must understand that our real struggle is with our flesh. Our flesh is at constant war against our spirit and without The Holy Spirit in our lives, our flesh will rule and cause us to walk in the ways that are contrary to the word of God. When our lives are not submitted to Christ and we are not controlled by the Holy Spirit, we are being controlled by our flesh and the ways of the world. Being controlled by our flesh leaves us open and vulnerable to be controlled by the Jezebel spirit as well as other demonic forces that have the open doors. The book of Galatians describes the works of the flesh to us and how we can walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The only way for us to defeat Jezebel and the spirit of control is for us to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5: 16-21 (NLV)
I say this to you: Let the Holy Spirit lead you in each step. Then you will not please your sinful old selves.
The things our old selves want to do are against what the Holy Spirit wants. The Holy Spirit does not agree with what our sinful old selves want. These two are against each other. So you cannot do what you want to do.
If you let the Holy Spirit lead you, the Law no longer has power over you.
The things your sinful old self wants to do are: sex sins, sinful desires, wild living,
Worshiping false gods, witchcraft, hating, fighting, being jealous, being angry, arguing, dividing into little groups and thinking the other groups are wrong, false teaching,
Wanting something someone else has, killing other people, using strong drink, wild parties, and all things like these. I told you before and I am telling you again that those who do these things will have no place in the holy nation of God.
Ten Ways To Recognize The Spirit Of Control
(1) Uses other people to accomplish their goal: The Jezebel spirit is very clever and will uses other people to do their dirty work while they stay in the background pulling all the strings like a puppeteer until their agenda has been accomplished.
(2) Tells lies: The Jezebel spirit is very deceptive and charming and It will look you in the eyes and lie to you very convincingly. Her lies are so believable that she will have you second guessing what you know is true. She uses the seduction of her eyes to do this.
(3) Seeks revenge: The Jezebel spirit does not like to be wrong on any account and when confronted it will raise up like a snake and seek to attack you. As long as you agree with them on everything, you are safe from their wrath, but if you ever confront this spirit you will become their worst enemy.
(4) Extremely religious: This spirit loves to teach bible study and hold prayer meetings in their homes. They love to teach in their own homes so they are not held accountable to anyone for giving out false teachings. This spirit seeks out new babes in Christ who have no real solid foundation in the Word of God and will lead them astray by their clever and elaborate words and prayers. This is all done so the believer will become so fascinated by them that they will soon become followers of the Jezebel and not the Lord.
(5) Ignores people: The Jezebel spirit uses this tactic against someone when there has been a falling out or disagreement with this spirit. This is normally their way of punishing that a person for not agreeing with them.
(6) Takes credit for everything: The Jezebel spirit wants to be seen as having knowledge about everything. This spirit is quick to take the credit for things when it turns out wonderful and just as quick to not take responsibility when things go wrong. It always has to be right.
(7) Will not accept guilt or responsibility: According to a Jezebel spirit it is never wrong. This spirit will never repent or acknowledge that it was responsible for any wrongdoing.
(8) Volunteers for everything: The Jezebel spirit loves to control everything so it volunteers to be the leader over as much as they can. This way everything has to come through them in order for the project to take off and be successful in their eyes.
(9) Operates in confusion: Confusion will always keep the Jezebel spirit from being detected and exposed. The Jezebel spirit sends out confusion to the mind of people to maintain control and power as they continue to do their agenda.
(10) Clairvoyant: Many people who operate under this spirit of control or Jezebel spirit also have a clairvoyant spirit. A clairvoyant spirit is able to perceive or know things outside of human senses. Christians have the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth, but the Jezebel spirit has the help of a familiar spirit feeding them supernatural knowledge and information.