Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: Confronting Jezebel by Steve Sampson

Confronting Jezebel describes the Jezebel and Ahab spirits that sometimes operate in people within the walls of our congregations and in our relationships. It describes that Jezebel spirits operate through people such as congregation and ministry leaders, our spouses and friends, and other people we know. It also explains that people who allow the Jezebel spirits to control them are Ahab spirits and that Jezebel and Ahab spirits can be either male or female. It lists characteristics of people who have Jezebel spirits and steps to take to handle the Jezebel spirits to help the readers discern if they have allowed Jezebel spirits into their lives, if they possess Jezebel spirits themselves, and how to better handle people with Jezebel spirits. “Questions to Consider” and prayers are listed after each chapter to help readers to think about what they just read so that they can pray for God to show them if they are letting Jezebel spirits control their lives and if they possess Jezebel or Ahab spirits themselves.

I learned from this book that a Jezebel spirit is a demonic spirit of control and an Ahab spirit is a spirit of submitting to someone with a controlling Jezebel spirit. A Jezebel spirit will often get someone else to do their dirty work for them. It was also interesting to learn that people who like to volunteer excessively may possess a Jezebel spirit because it gives them a spirit of control. The love/hate relationships that people with Jezebel and Ahab spirits have was also something new for me to consider, because this book points out that they often get together so they can get what they want from each other.

The quote that received the most attention from me is from page 147: “Although we love those in the grip of a Jezebel spirit, we cannot sympathize with them or tolerate their controlling behavior. The Holy Spirit must be in charge, and we must have leaders who fear God and do not have a people-pleasing spirit. God is raising up leaders who, like David, have a heart after God Himself. They have no agenda and no need for recognition. They desire only to be an instrument of blessing for the increase of God’s Kingdom. God is also raising up Elijahs who have no fear of Jezebel.”

A bonus of reading this book for me is that I loved how it describes congregations as being at different levels of learning. I like this because I have had the same kind of thoughts for the last eight years or so. Some congregations may teach at the elementary school, high school, college, and graduate school levels and the higher you go (this might mean that the more you learn) the greater the cost (the more you will need to try to have manifested in your lives to reach and help others). This is why I think it’s so important not to put individual congregations and denominations down but should instead appreciate the righteous differences that are among each and every congregation that teaches about the Bible.  

A great read for people stuck under Jezebel-like control!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary book from Chosen Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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