Sunday, April 7, 2013

Francis Frangipane: What the Spirit of Jezebel Hates

What the Spirit of Jezebel Hates by Francis Frangipane
       Perhaps at no other time in history has the spirit of Jezebel had such access to a culture. This immoral spirit has set its goal to corrupt entire generations. Jesus Himself warned about tolerating the influence of this spirit. In fact, He promised, "He who overcomes . . . I will give authority over the nations" in the age to come (Rev. 2:26).
      The spirit of Jezebel hates repentance. Her worst fear is that a congregation will begin to mourn over their sins. Though this spirit may intellectually espouse true doctrines, the person's heart will reject the embrace of true repentance.
      Jezebel hates humility. Jesus taught that greatness in the kingdom was measured in childlike honesty of heart, not in what we appear to be to others. A true servant-minded ministry is eager to be submitted to other ministries, for spirituality is measured in meekness, not control.
      Jezebel hates prayer. Intercessory prayer pries her fingers off the hearts and souls of men. It sets people free in the spirit. When you pray, it binds her. When you pray against immorality, it cripples her. When you pray for a submissive heart, it is like the trampling of Jehu's horse upon her body.
      Jezebel hates the prophets, for the prophets speak out against her. The prophets are her worst enemies. When she wars, it is to stir people against the message of the prophetic church. Yet more than her hatred for the prophet ministry, she hates the word they speak. Her real enemy is the spoken Word of God.
       Jezebel's ultimate hatred is against God Himself. She hates the grace God lavishes upon His bond-servants, even after they sin. She hates the fact that God will take the weakest and lowliest and use them to bring her down. She hates the holiness and purity of heart that comes from God and surrounds those who serve in His courts.

       Let's pray: Father, we submit to You and Your standard of righteousness. We ask for purity, meekness and holiness of heart. Forgive us for our tolerance of the spirit of Jezebel in both our mind and our deeds.
Father, because we submit to You, we have Your authority to resist the devil. We bind, in the name of Jesus, the spirit of Jezebel. We pray against the stronghold of Jezebelic-thinking over our community and our state. We come against the fortresses this demon has built up in the spirit realm in this area, and we ask the Holy Spirit to release captives and plunder the house of Jezebel.
     We also pray for faithfulness of eyes and heart to husbands and wives. We release purity of heart and grace to each member of the body of Christ, in our church community. We cover Your people with the blood of Jesus. We loose the joy of a humble and submissive spirit and pull down the imaginations of selfish ambition and pride. In Jesus' name. Amen!

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