Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I am sad to admit the Jezebel spirit is not something I am unfamiliar with. In Steve Simpson’s new revision of “Confronting Jezebel” (from Bethany House Publishers, I got a chance to read up on how to discern this spirit and defeat it.
If you don’t know, Queen Jezebel was a wicked queen who was a spiritual threat to leaders in Bible times. Those with a Jezebel spirit seek out the weak to stand by them, controlling them by projecting power.
Interestingly enough, I feel like I haven’t had a chance to protect myself from Jezebel spirits, so the book delivered at a good time in my spiritual journey. I learned that I’ve never forgiven these women who “ruined” some of our experiences in churches, and that they keep winning while I keep disliking them. Others in my life that have Jezebel traits/qualities can be dealt with. Sampson gives some tips on how to deal with a Jezebel spirit throughout the book, all while providing examples of real life (present day) Jezebels.
Chapter 5 described forty characteristics of a Jezebel. While reading these, I was able to connect the characteristics with people that I struggle with. Some of the strongest ones were:
* Practices One-Upmanship
* Spirtiualizes Everything
* Knows it All
* Demands Forgiveness but Does Not Forgive
* Loves to Win
Sure, I admit that I struggle with some of the Jezebel characteristics myself, but I pray that I can let those go, give my opportunities to God.What I liked most about this book is that each chapter would end with questions and a prayer. It helped put the readings into perspective and strength my spirit.
I’d share my copy, but it’s dog-eared and highlighted throughout, so if you are interested, head over to Bethany House and get your own!
This post is brought to you by Baker Publishing Group. I was provided the book to review, and all opinions are my own.