March 17, 2022
For the last two Sunday morning services we have considered the enemies of true love. The greatest enemy of love is selfishness. For love to be from God it must be totally and absolutely selfless. It is important for our lives to be marked by good and godly works in a manner we honor God and His kingdom. Those works or “acts of charity” must be focused on the recipient alone. But we also know that in this walk with God there are obstacles and hindrances that often come into play. Last Sunday we considered the other enemy to true love. That enemy is Control or “The Jezebel Spirit” as I described it from the books of Kings in the Old Testament and Revelation 2. The Jezebel spirit begins as well-intentioned and ends in destruction. It appears to always begin with the person presupposing that they know what is best for another and then imposing their ideas and beliefs on that individual. We often encounter obstacles in life that impose themselves on us through the Jezebel spirit. Sometimes these obstacles are people who have spirits that live inside of their souls. At the end of the day, in the conflict between Jezebel and Ahab, we can see what real spiritual warfare looks like. Some of the modern-day theologians and prominent evangelical pastors want to completely dismiss the idea of spiritual warfare and make it a limitation to what takes place in the mind with temptations, outward circumstances, and weaknesses in our thinking. We cannot afford to just think that the force of evil only works in the framework of the mind, it is very prominent in our world at this present moment.
Jezebel calls herself a prophetess according to what we find in the text in Revelation. This is a self-proclaimed title that she puts on herself. Self-aggrandizement and self-recognition are key matters in people like this. But we also have to understand that when we look at Jezebel there were some other people in Scripture who manifested some very dark spirits that I believe are still prominent in our day. Where there is the true love of Christ manifest you will see the Jezebel spirit seeking control. Allow the love of Christ, that selfless love to overcome the selfish acts of the Jezebel spirit. When you do this, you will be blessed as will everyone around you. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light