“And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” (1Kg 18:24)
The Prophet Elijah was prepared by God to confront and resist the evil spirit of Jezebel. For three and a half years, Elijah learned to live by faith alone when the whole country was dying of famine. He also learned to trust God for the miracle power of life and death. He had to know God intimately without the help of any man. That faith became a bold assurance to stand for Jehovah in the midst of the multitudes. In the confrontation on Mount Carmel, Elijah proved to be a man of God indeed. He alone stood for Jehovah. The hundreds false prophets of Jezebel opposed him. This confrontation was unto death. The winner will kill the loser. The false prophets prayed and nothing happened. Elijah prayed to God Jehovah, and fire came down on the prepared altar and burnt the accepted sacrifice. Elijah’s victory was in the name of El Anah Esh, meaning ‘The God who answers by fire’. The victory was on behalf of all the believers, even the weak ones. They all in one accord repented of doubt and fear of Jezebel and together they killed all her prophets.
Lesson: if you want to have victory from the bondage of the evil spirit of Jezebel, you must be fully prepared spiritually. That comes thru the study of God’s Word, fasting and prayer. You must wait for God’s timing. The Spirit and the prophetic anointing of Elijah is the instrument God uses even today to confront the spirits of the false prophets and of Jezebel to deliver the captives. Elijah was a man ‘like us’ but for three and a half years he lived in God’s presence, learning to trust Him. This is such a long preparation for the victory of one day in the future. Just imagine how many prayers, how many tears and cries gathered during that time… How many times he repented of doubt, fear or weakness of the body…
DO NOT ATTACK UNTIL YOU ARE FULLY PREPARED!
We are told that Elijah ‘prayed earnestly’ (Jam 5:17, 18). The word earnest means to be very serious, to fear God, to repent and wait for God’s mercy to be revealed. There is no joking, no fun and no religious entertainment in these prayers or in this worship. This is an intense, focused, faithful routine and dedicated ministry to God, in the secret chamber. The approval of God upon this life style, as a living sacrifice, will be an open, clear victory for all to see, to be encouraged and set free.
Do not be deceived! The battle against the evil spirit of Jezebel is not easy; it is not done on the surface, using human wisdom or cosmetic prayers. It is not a show. It is not entertainment or gimmicks. To confront such a ruler of the power of darkness, such wickedness in high places able to deceive mighty nations, for that you need the filling of the Holy Spirit and His anointing.
Like Jesus said: ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting’ (Mk 9:29, AMP).
No warfare is easy. You need to find your place in the Body of Christ, to submit totally under the delegated authority God has placed over you. Trust God for your spiritual covering. You need to delight in the study of God’s Word and to see an increase of harvest of righteousness each season of your life. You have to be free totally from fear of man and fear of failure. You need to confirm your strategy with the spiritual counsel of other established, mature, trusted and faithful believers. ‘Redeem the time for the days are evil’ trusting God for the moment of battle.
When all is said and done, be strong and courageous, for your victory is sure! The destinies of many people and nations depend on your decision today! Take the whole armor of God! Stand and fight! Be healed! Be free! In Jesus name, Amen!