Updated: Jul 22, 2019
July 8, 2014
Is the Spiritual realm real?
Have you cast a demon out of a person or ever seen anything like what regularly occurred with Jesus in the New testament?
"My main interest is revival
and changing the course of society
through the power of encounter
with the person and Kingdom
of Jesus Christ. "
I have on many occassions, and it was amazing to see the Kingdom of God in action. In America. In my small town. In our church fellowship. In other countries. The geography doesn't seem to matter. Definitely the presence of the Kingdom and the reality and understanding of the Holy Spirit's ministry is critical. The Kingdom is coming as it always has with power to dislodge the enemies of Christ who bind up, put into captivity and seek to build demonic strongholds to enslave humanity. This is not a passive struggle we are engaged in. We have to move out of lukewarm and into something hot to see the power of the Kingdom of God expressed regularly. It is the most exciting reality to see the Kingdom expressed in real time in the lives we live each day.
Why don't whole segments of believing communities see the same expressions of ministry that we see in the disciples of the Lord? That may be way to big to handle in a short blog. yea. It is.
Maybe we could focus on this? Has the world, as fundamentally presented in the Scripture, changed since the time of Jesus?
Many world views say yes. Segments of the church say so as well. Basic ideas include: 1) Progress has transformed the human heart, character and essential qualities. 2) Our higher forms of culture, technology etc have altered the inner workings of humanity. 3) We have evolved to a higher state of being and no longer understand things in the primitive way the Bible seeks to approach them. Again, lots of interesting stuff for a philosophy class.
My main interest is revival and changing the course of society through the power of encounter with the person and Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
To do that, the reality of the Kingdom of God has to grow up and show up in the day in day out lives of people. Healings on the street corner. Salvation through connections at a gas station. Family members touch by God's love and power to such an extent that old debilitating sins and relationship issues fall away. Hope rising into authoritative prayer and intercession that binds together whole groups of people in the hearts desire to see the Kingdom of God overwhelm and set a whole generation free in his love.
The Apostolic mandate is clear -
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm
against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Fallen Angels. Disobedient and rebellious spiritual beings seeking to enslave and destroy every good thing the Father puts forth for his children. Powers building slave camps for the human race. Camps that support enslaving lifestyles and attitudes. Addictions are the center of his plans of enslavement and they come in every package imaginable.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,…
I Corinthians 10:4f
I am longing to see a greater measure of the "weapons of our warfare" unleashed in the world. I am also walking in the hope of salvation and the patient endurance that accompanies such a longing. Every step provides a greater measure of power and victory as Christ in us is enlarged by faith and the world is touched by the Father's heart.
So, you may be thinking at this point.....Why did he mention Jezebel in the headline of this article?
Elijah Meeting Ahab and Jezebel in Naboth's Vineyard' by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee 1873
Here is where that spirit enters into the mix. Or wait. Some people have rightly searched the Scriptures for mention of a "Jezebel spirit" and not finding a direct reference have concluded that this whole discussion is charismatic fantasy and does not deserve mention. The idea central is that the people and the flesh are the key issue. That out of control people and fleshly carnal xians are the actual full reality of a Jezebel spirit if there is one at all.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.…
Controlling the flesh is not the high point of the faith. We died. Our life is hidden in Christ. Go after that life; the life hidden in Christ. Some of us feel like we found the pearl in a field. And now we know why the person in the parable sold everything and went and bought that field. Hunger far surpasses control. Our greatest weapon is total devoted love for Jesus and a life lived in his presence, power and peace. The weapons of our warfare are not of this world. They flow from the Kingdom and are replete with the sound of his voice and ways of the Father.
The Jezebel spirit is not mentioned as such in the Bible. But a person in the bible named Jezebel practically destroyed the true worship in Israel, shut down nearly all the prophets of the Lord and distorted worship to such and extent that Israel no longer understood righteousness, worship and the character of their God and Father, their husband. This occurred in covenant with a King of Israel, Ahab. One who was to champion the Lord's cause in the earth and continue the revival and revelation of his glory to the world. A person who had legitimate authority to provide for deeper, wider revelation and understanding of the Father, but did not. Instead, he abdicated his authority in his captivity to his idol worshiping bride, Jezebel.
The same type of situation may be occurring in our Country today. Weigh this. And ask if the characteristics are not similar. If they are....are we fighting something that has been around for a while? That has taken whole people's captive? That destroys the passionate worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jezebel had 400 prophets and ministers of some distorted forms of worship. As this "worship" gained momentum the holy and true devotion to the Lord of Hosts declined. Jezebel encouraged worship of Baal the god who was worshiped along with his wife Ashe-rah. Sexual intercourse was performed as worship with temple prostitutes. Worship of Baal was a fertility rite to bring the favor of the gods and produce good harvests and material prosperity. This is exactly what the Lord promised he would provide if Israel served him with their hearts and kept the covenant. Israel fornicated under every tree as a form of worship instead. Is This anything like the millions of American Christian men captivated and enslaved by the pornographic industries today? This Billion dollar pornographic industry, I believe is having a huge impact on the devotion to worship among American men and men all over the world. The Absence of true spiritual leadership on a tribe and family level among the men of the country is staggering. Is this captivity with prostitutes, prostitution and the parading of prostitute worship having an effect on the men of the country? Are we seeing something like the realms of Jezebel with a weak King Ahab and the infusion of forms of distortion and worship that ate like a cancer at the reality of spirit and truth revelation of YAWEH. Yes. I believe it was central then and is critical now.
One of the most amazing and most powerful realities of human life, love and family is sex. It is a power beyond imagination. And so easy to enslave and distort. It always works to some degree and can be intoxicating as any drug.
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.…
The righteousness of the Kingdom is our calling to pursue with a singular devotion. It is very hard to imagine the meaning of righteousness being anything more than stopping sin when so many with the Spirit are debilitated in worship and enslaved in sexual sins.
Is there a Jezebel spirit? I believer there is definitely a spirit, principality or power that was clearly seen in Israel in the times of Elijah the prophet and that is clearly rooted in the lives of millions of American men. Wrecking havoc on the worship of the church of America. The priest of Baal deliver it daily as inciting and powerful as ever. And the brokenness and emotional upheaval that follows throws thousands of men out of the presence of God each day. Out of their covenant commitments and out of first love for Jesus Christ in a heartbeat.
But they do not have to leave the presence. But they do have to surrender to the Godman Jesus Christ. Repent. Surrender. Come back into the grace of Jesus.
What to do today?
Intercede for our churches across the country to grow in discernment and Kingdom power.
Cry out for the eyes of your heart to be enlightened (Eph 1:17-19)
Submit and surrender to the Holy Spirit and allow him to light new fires of love and devotion to Jesus. Sow to the Spirit.
Repent. Turn away from that which destroys and return to the Lord. He is your God and Father. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins. (I John 1:9)
Return to First Love and the pursuit of righteousness.
Follow Jesus each day....literally. Surrender your life to following him.
Rest in his presence. Give yourself to the presence of the Lord. Hang out with the Father in the presence and rest there. New life will unfold.
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This is an important topic that is critical to the overcoming waves of grace that the Father is longing to pour out on this country.
Thank you and Grace and Peace in Jesus.
Jeff Reynolds. Sr. Leader
Capstone Christian Fellowship