Amazingly Consistent Traits of the Jezebel Spirit.
Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit – book by John Paul Jackson. Highly recommended.
"Jezebel is a spirit, but it has found access through un-crucified flesh."
Although the Jezebel spirit seems to be more prevalent in women, there is no doubt that it functions just as proficiently through men. (page 59) John Paul Jackson
Warning – this list is not made so you can go sniffing out the Jezebel spirit everywhere and in everyone else! “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use it, it will be measured to you.” Matt 7:1-5 Learn the traits and characteristics of the Jezebel and grow discernment!
Please do Three things.
1) Restore first love fire, passion and intimacy with Jesus Christ in worship, love and devotion. Worship the Lord with abandon. Open your heart to Him and run after Him as the first priority of your life. Break into your emotions and heart felt love and worship for Jesus and restore your commitment to worship as first priority in your life.
2) Submit your own life to The Spirit and allow Him to speak to you about your actions and involvement in doing any of these types of things to control or manipulate others. Repent. Ask the Spirit if there is hurt or wounds that need healing and any un-forgiveness in your heart. Sow to the Spirit and serve the body of Christ sacrificially with no authority and you will break any foothold in you of the Jezebel spirit.
3) Walk in your authority as a believer and walk fully in your calling and the inherent authority that accompanies it as a servant of Christ.
Unmasking Jezebel is NOT about declarative confrontation. “I just want to let you know you have a Jezebel spirit”, we want to say. This is not the way of love and represents fighting with Jezebel’s weapons. You will loose and most likely bring more harm than good with this approach. Primarily, it is about you and I walking in our authority as a believer and our divine calling. The authority that comes with that calling should be fully engaged and walked in or a vacuum is created for Jezebel to “take that authority” as her own. Jezebel has no authority unless it is surrendered. She has a false soulish power that is not generated by the Spirit. This can be discerned by listening closely for the Spirit. He, Jezebel, can only move into the void of authority figures that are not exercising their Divine calling (Ahab). Jezebel intimidates. You will feel the fear when she confronts you and think about your own survival. Treats, clear attacks and character assassination are her weapons of choice. This is a sure sign you are confronting this spirit, fear and self-preservation becomes your focus. Jezebel confuses. You cannot reason with this spirit. It’s power is not derived from reason, rather it is soulish control and very subtle manipulation. Trust the Lord. He is your deliverer. Ps 35 is an excellent prayer tool to pray when confronted by this spirit. John Bevere’s book Breaking Intimidation is a brilliant source to explore walking in your calling and authority.
Jezebel thrives in environments with available power and abandoned authority. Where wounds and hurts are fed, embraced and then the enemy’s lies are adopted as truth. Once the lies are internalized and linked to the wounds and hurts of the past, Jezebel will manifest with greater and greater power.
Prophets expose. Kings defeat. Elijah exposed the hearts of Israel and confronted the false worship of the Baal priests. The power encounter set the stage for the fall of Jezebel. But the king Jehu defeated her. Today the prophetic voice has risen up in the Church with amazing beauty and power. The voice of the Spirit is declaring that first priority is worship; first love with deeper and deeper intimacy with the Lord Jesus. As the prophets defeat the worship of Baal through the power encounter of “fire” and the restoration of awe and wonder of the Lord, the Kings can arise to regain the divine authority granted to them and defeat Jezebel herself.
Words for authority that has been or is not exercised. abandon, abdicate, back down, cast, cast off, cede, cut loose, desert, discard, ditch*, drop, drop like hot potato, drop out, dump*, forbear, forgo, forsake, forswear, hand over, kick, kiss good-bye, lay aside, leave, opt out, quit, quit cold turkey, release, renounce, repudiate, resign, retire from, sacrifice, shed, stand down, surrender, swear off, take the oath, take the pledge, vacate, waive, withdraw, yield
Revelation 2:18-29 N.T. – Jesus rebukes the Thyatira church saying, “you tolerate that woman Jezebel.” The Jezebel puts up a serious attack on intimacy (sexual immorality) and worship (eating food sacrificed to idols). In ancient Israel, through Ahab’s abdication of authority, she corrupted Israel’s worship by introducing sexual and sensual false worship of BAAL and Asherah (fertility gods). Very subtle, the hearts of Israel were diverted from intimacy with the Father and away to sexual and intimate perversion in the form of worship. Jezebel destroys intimate devotion to Christ by sowing fear and intimidation. He causes us to focus on our preservation and ourselves and in response we seek to fight back with the same type of weapons. Remember, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, we have divine power to demolish strongholds.” II Cor 10:4 What is the weapon that conquered the world? LOVE. Nothing in all creation is as powerful as the love of God and love for God in bringing down the Jezebel spirit. But we must restore worship and our sexuality. It must be surrendered to Jesus.
Baal worship and the fight for the heart, pure and true sensual life and divine sexuality are at WAR. Viewer be advised, this you tube video is very specific, but you may come to understand the spirit of world at work and recognize that the ancient demonic spirits are alive and well.
This list is John Paul Jackson's work
I put it into first person
1. Refuse to admit guilt or wrong
A Jezebel spirit is never wrong, unless it is a temporary admittance of guilt to gain "favor" with someone. To accept responsibility would violate the core of insecurity and pride from which it operates. When a Jezebel apologizes it is never in true repentance or acknowledgment of wrongdoing but rather "I'm sorry your feelings were hurt."
2. Take credit for everything
While a strong trait of Jezebel is to never take responsibility for his wrong actions or behavior, he also is quick to take credit for benefits for which he contributed no effort.
3. Use people to accomplish my agenda
The Jezebel spirit lets others do its dirty work. The Jezebel gets another person's emotions stirred up, then lets that person go into a rage. The Jezebel sits back looking innocent, saying "Who me? What did I do?" This behavior makes it difficult for even the most ardent truth seekers to pin one down. The Jezebel spirit is clever in its agenda.
4. Withhold information
This is a form of control. A Jezebel wields power over you by knowing something you don't know in a situation. In the eyes of a Jezebel, having information you don't have is a powerful weapon of control.
5. Talk 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. Confusion keeps them "undiscovered" and unexposed.
6. Volunteer 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.
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. He always fools those whom he's just met while those who have been victimized by his tactics stand by helplessly. The fact that Jezebel can look you in the eye and lie just shows how strong and adamant this rebellious and recalcitrant spirit is.
8. Ignore people
A classic ploy of a controller is to ignore you when you disagree with him. This tactic is frequently used by leaders when someone doesn't agree with their plans, and they isolate the person by ignoring 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. This puts the person out of the leader's grace and forces him to either "come around" to the leader's way of thinking or be indefinitely ignored. One is not free to disagree with a controller.
9. Never give credit or show gratitude
A Jezebel will rarely acknowledge another person's actions, not even for something that turned out to greatly benefit the Jezebel. 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.
10. Criticize 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.
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.
12. Sequester information
A Jezebel loves to be in control of information. If there is ever a situation where information is important, he will push to be the "first" to know it. He seems to know everything about everyone. Where he gets all his information is beyond comprehension, but he can dictate to you data and details about people's lives and actions in mass quantities.
13. Use information
A Jezebel uses information as a leverage for power and then shares tidbits with you, often things told him in confidence. This gives him a sense of power, even to the point of trying to impress people by "knowing things" that others do not.
14. Talk 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. You are doing the listening.
15. Spiritualize 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. The implication is always, "You've got a problem; I don't."
16. Act insubordinate
A Jezebel never takes the side of the employer or a person in authority, unless it is a temporary action to make herself look good. He often will take credit for someone else's idea. His main desire is for power and control. There is no conscience when an opportunity for recognition presents itself.
17. Act 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. He makes others feel as though they don't have enough sense to think for themselves.
18. Act clairvoyant
Many who operate with a spirit of control also have a clairvoyant spirit. A Jezebel has supernatural help in knowing and sensing information. If he uses this against you, he may say "I can't tell you how I know this. I just know it." This is not the Holy Spirit, but the help of a clairvoyant or familiar spirit. Clairvoyance may be defined as the power to perceive things that are out of the range of human senses.
19. Use the element of surprise
A Jezebel's main thrust is to be in control, and a large part of control is catching you off guard. Therefore, the element of surprise works well when he shows up a day early for a meeting, etc.
20. Sows seeds of discord
A Jezebel will continually belittle another person in the most subtle way. The strategy is to "gain" control by minimizing the value of another person. 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.
21. Command attention
A Jezebel likes to be the center of attention and doesn't like to see others recognized and lauded. When someone else is recognized, he will quickly undermine the person's accomplishments verbally.
22. Act 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 her, all is fine. But if you confront or challenge him, then look out. You are the target of her fiercest venom. A Jezebel will stop at nothing to destroy your reputation.
23. Attempt to make others look like they are the Jezebel
A Jezebel spirit is difficult to pin down. 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. As always, the Jezebel will do anything to look like the one who is right. If you confront Jezebel with control you will see this ploy. Weapons of the world are not going to defeat her.
24. Insinuate 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.
25. Know 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.
26. Act ambitious
The Jezebel has strong desire, but all for self. "I want what I want when I want it," describes his worship of self-will. A Jezebel leader will never use the words, "We have a vision," but rather, "My vision is thus and so."
27. 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 from speaking direct and confrontive 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.
28. Act independent
No one has input in a Jezebel's life. He fraternizes with no one unless it is to get you to "cooperate" with his agenda.
29. Act religious
A Jezebel dwells in the local church but doesn't like authority unless he is in the position of authority.
We all want to believe that the person with a Jezebel spirit is delivered. The person may seem "normal" for a period, exhibiting none of the classic traits. 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.
The good news is that God gives each individual person the freedom of choice. Everyone has the freedom to make decisions, to make mistakes, to think for himself, to communicate, to like or dislike and to express his taste and creativity.
Those who control are in worship of their own wills and their own ways. Thank God for freedom.
If you recognize any of these traits in your own life, begin by praying this prayer.
Father, I acknowlege that I have yielded myself to the spirit of Jezebel.I come to you, humbling myself before you. I desire your standard of righteousness and holiness. I ask you to forgive me for my tolerance of the Jezebel spirit and for being sympathetic to its ways. Please forgive me for every way I have opened myself up to this spirit. Help me to ruthlessly reject every type of this thinking and the desire to control and manipulate other people. I renounce and bind this demon of Jezebel, and I pull down this stronghold in my life. Through the Holy Spirit I will live by your standard of righteousness, holiness and conduct. Open my eyes and cause Your light to expose any darkness, and help me to walk in humility and truth. In Jesus Name, AMEN! (page 69)