STOP TOLERATING JEZEBEL (2)
“And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done; also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there” (1Kg 19:1-3)
We shall look at how Elijah was attacked by the spirit of Jezebel and his reaction to it (1Kg 19). We shall learn precious lessons from this encounter.
Notice the reaction of Elijah. He becomes afraid and runs away from his place of ministry. The previous day he was bold like a lion. Today he is a coward like a chicken. This emotional ‘roller coaster’ is typical of Jezebel attack. She boldly identifies her target: it is Elijah’s life. The word ‘life’ appears three times in just two verses. In Hebrew it means the soul, the heart, the center of desires, pleasures, lusts and appetites. Elijah ‘ran for his life’. The adulteress hunts your very life (PV 6:26). The spirit of Jezebel attacks the soul, the center of emotions. The power of sexual lusts is increased. The desire ‘to enjoy life’ at any costs takes possession of the mind. Selfish ambition, greed, love of money and enjoyment are all part of the strategy of Jezebel.
Jezebel promised Elijah to ‘make his life’ miserable unto death. In Hebrew, the word ‘make’ means to determine, to appoint, to bring down or to carry up, to overturn and to fulfill purpose. All these words imply that Jezebel thinks she is a god. For only God has the power to do all these things. She deceives herself thinking that she can kill Elijah any time she wants.
Lesson: Be careful! Jezebel intimidates with lies. Her strategy is that you will backslide, that you will run abandoning your ministry and the purpose of God for your life. God forbid!
DAMAGED PROPHETIC VISION
Then we read that Elijah ‘saw that’. What did he see? He saw himself defeated and dead by the queen. The word ‘saw’ means to discern, to perceive, to experience, to feel and to have visions as a prophet. The same is related with the word ‘Jireh’ that means Provider. Elijah was a prophet of God. He was a seer. He sees visions of God, of His power and holiness. But now, under the attack of Jezebel, afraid to death he now sees things upside down. Fear has destroyed his capacity to see the truth. He now sees lies. Without vision people perish (PV 29:18). Under the spell of Jezebel, Elijah cannot trust God for His provision and protection. So he runs away to save his life. The word ‘run’ means to vanish, to follow another, to carry load like a slave and to become weak. The mighty prophet has lost his sense of purpose, identity and anointing. He needs God. He needs deliverance and assurance of life. He cannot trust God for protection and provision.
Lesson: I dwell at the Cross of Christ! I cannot trust my eyes! I live by faith and not by sight!
In Christ I declare:
I destroy every spell of Jezebel over my body, soul, spirit, marriage, family, ministry and all that belongs to me!
I destroy every evil covenant done against my life and destiny! I declare that I am healed, delivered, prosperous and free!
I plead the Blood of Jesus upon my life, marriage, husband, children, ministry and the work of my hands!
To God be the glory!
Jesus is Lord!
In Jesus name