Updated Review (Original review posted on 01.20.16)
Title: Confronting Jezebel: Discerning and Defeating The Spirit of Control
Author: Steve Sampson
Publisher: Chosen Books
Back Cover: Confronting Jezebel
The obsession for some people to control everything, and everyone, is as old as the Biblical account of Queen Jezebel.
In this eye-opening classic, newly revised and updated, Steve Sampson shows how the Jezebel control—sows discord, confusion, rebellion and even passivity.
You can protect yourself and break free from cycles of control and manipulation. With clarity and authority, Sampson exposes the signs of a Jezebel spirit, its strategies of destruction and how you can bring it under the control of the Holy Spirit.
This Biblical and balanced guide is the definitive resource for anyone needing to confront and battle this insidious demonic entity.
Book Review: Confronting Jezebel
Confronting Jezebel is a powerful and timely book. I’ve often heard of the Jezebel spirit, but didn’t know exactly what it was. I’d always heard that the Jezebel spirit had something to do with seducing or seduction, but that is actually only one of its manifestations and Sampson believes that the seduction manifests due to the real force behind this spirit, control.
My eyes were opened to devastating impact this spirit, as well as the Ahab spirit, has on a person’s life and the lives of those around them. I had no idea of all the Jezebel characteristics that we often see today and perhaps live out ourselves. A real eye-opener for me. This book allows you to recognize these characteristics in yourself and/or others. It also shares how to handle a Jezebel spirit. If you are someone who has opened the door to the Jezebel spirit, it will help you to address it and how to keep the spirit from coming back.
While the book mentions 40 characteristics, here are a few them:
- A Jezebel refuses to admit guilt or wrongdoing
- Talks in confusion
- Lies convincingly
- Criticizes everyone
- Talks incessantly
- Pushy and domineering
- Sows seeds of discord
- Commands attention
- Knows it all
- Ambitious (I know, what?!)
- Acts religious
- Cannot receive correction
- Plays the drama queen
- Loves labels and titles
- Loves to vent
- Uses self-pity as a hook
My thoughts about Confronting Jezebel
I’m currently researching for part one of a three-part books series that I’m working on and this is one of the books that I used in my research. I decided to re-read it and offer an updated review of the book, for those that did not see my first review.
I think this is a wonderful book and eye-opening. For some reason, I didn’t pick up on this the first time, but the theme, of course is controlling, which is fine. I wish Sampson had included more about two other aspects that the Jezebel spirit is about, but not dealt with very much in this book, the areas of seduction/fornication and eating food offered to idols. Why? Because they are the areas that Jesus addressed to the church of Thyatira (see Rev 2:20). I believe Jesus called these things “the depth of Satan” (Rev 2:24). These are the areas that plagued the early church and I believe are plaguing the body of Christ today.
I do understand that Satan uses these areas of sin and stumbling to gain control over us, so I don’t disagree that his underlining objective is control, I only wish that these areas (mentioned above) would have been addressed a bit more in the book, simply because if they were important to Jesus, they should be to us as well. Perhaps, Sampson will have a Confronting Jezebel book two to address these topics.
I love to fish and I think one can do it very casually, casting our fishing pole into the water and seeing if anything bites. I believe some lower level demonic entities work in this manner. Then you have the professional, who knows the fish, studies the fish and also knows and studies the bait that will catch his desired prey. This is how I believe Satan and the higher level demonic entities work. The more you desire to catch the fish, the more you will ensure you know the fish, it’s patterns and most importantly, what bait you can use to capture it. There are fish and then there are prized fish. I believe that God placed in each of us His purpose. The more that we tap into that purpose and begin to do what it takes to advance the kingdom, the more, I believe, we become prized prey for the enemy and they will do whatever they need to do to capture us and derail us.
So, if the fish could in turn study us, our habits, patterns, and what we might use for bait, it could in essences avoid being captured. Some fish will manage to take the bait, while not being caught. For us, this is a very risky undertaking, as it is for them. One never really would know when the hook would finally take hold and suddenly find themselves captured by their enemy. But, if the fish knew the bait, avoided it and sought only the things that are provided by God, rather than placed on a hidden hook by the enemy, one could avoid being captured and essentially devoured. In our case, it’s the devil and he is going about like a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour (see 1 Peter 5:8).
Unlike the fish, we are able to know our enemy’s motive, to seek and destroy us, but do we know his tactics? Do we know the bait that he chose for us, rather that we choose for ourselves. When we are deep into the heart and work of God, it is much harder for us to be where the enemy is dangling the bait to lure people in. But, the devil has had many millennia to practice his craft and he is a patient angler/hunter and he has mastered his techniques. Do not be deceived into believing that you can easily get the bait without getting caught by his hook, because sooner or later, he will find those that have not crucified their flesh and put it under the ruling dominion of our Lord Jesus, on the end of his line.
With that being said, we must know the tactics that Satan will use, in this case, through the Jezebel spirit or its counterpart, the Ahab spirit (book review coming soon). If Jesus warns us that we must watch out for this spirit to seduce us into fornication (ungodly sexual pleasures) and eating food offered to idols, then we need to be clear that we see these things as bait the enemy is using to lure us into his clutches.
Confronting Jezebel did remind me that this spirit, like the Ahab spirit, can take hold of either men or women, it doesn’t care, so long as there is an open door and a willing soul to partner with it. The access points for these open doors will vary widely, but it’s often rooted in some deep, unforgiven wound that happened to the person resulting in them succumbing to this particular spirit. At some point, it’s said the person lost control or felt out-of-control and got hurt really bad (physically, mentally, emotionally or all the above) and has since sought to never find themselves again without control. Wounds are not the only access though, Sampson shares that it can happen when a child is over indulged and under-disciplined by their parents. Or, it can be a combination of the two, but more often, it’s one or the other.
The book, kindly, provides a check list to see if you may experience any of these traits and offers some very helpful tips to deal with any root that may have taken hold via either the Jezebel or the Ahab spirit (though the Ahab spirit is lightly discussed in this book, due to it being the topic of a companion book to this one). As I was sharing with my sweet husband, it doesn’t matter if this spirit is deeply rooted in someone, I believe that if there are any signs of this behavior in us, it’s good for us to know, as it’s not of our Lord Jesus and needs to be uprooted asap. As Sampson mentions in Confronting Jezebel, the longer you leave the root in place, the harder it becomes to uproot it.
Overall, I thought he did an excellent job writing this book and addressing the Jezebel spirit, except what I mentioned above. He gives plenty of real life examples to help the reader see the various ways this spirit can manifest in people. And like he said, just because you find you may have some traits, does not mean you have this spirit, but it would be prudent to take any similarities you find to the Holy Spirit for Him to show you its root and to purge it out as soon as you can.
Would I Recommend Confronting Jezebel
Yes, absolutely! Confronting Jezebel is for anyone that finds themselves battling with issues of control, whether it’s being controlled or controlling others. In the ministry and in life, we will likely cross paths with those battling with the Jezebel spirit and we need to know how we can lovingly help them, if they want it. Equally important, we need to know if we are battling this Jezebel spirit, to allow the Holy Spirit to help us remove it, as God alone should be the one in control of our lives, and yet, He has given us free will to choose as we see fit, good or bad…so, if God will not take what is truly rightfully His, then we that are mere, finite humans perhaps shouldn’t either. I long that only the Spirit of God rules and reigns in every area of my life…I want to know Jesus and Him crucified only and so filled with His Spirit and light that the devil and any darkness of this world can’t stand to be around.
Upon re-reading this book, I was able to see notes that I made nearly two years ago and had the blessing to see the good work God has done in me during that time. I still see that there are traces of these roots that could surface, given the chance, so I must press on, continue to contend for my faith and work out my salvation, knowing that He that began a good work in me is faithful to complete to the coming our Lord Jesus, the Christ.
I believe this books is a wonderful addition to the library of all saints, intercessor, prayer warriors and those that seek to see themselves and others set free from anything and all things that are not of God. To battle the enemy well, we must know our commander-in-chief well, hear His marching orders, know our enemy and the tactics he might use against us, being watchful at all times. We truly are overcomers and victorious through Christ Jesus, and when we find we are wrestling with temptations to sin, we must submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and trust he will flee (see James 4:7). The verse prior to this one, as well as the one following it are so fitting for this book, 6But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. 8Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:6, 8) Doubles-minded, can in this case, be thinking we can faithfully serve God and simultaneously enjoy the pleasures of sin. Indeed, God forbid.
Books like Confronting Jezebel, offer much help and a lot of hope, where this spirit seeks to capture and devour all that it can. With God, all things are possible and there will always be hope for freedom and the abundant life Jesus suffered and died for us to have.
And, that’s a wrap…Confronting Jezebel
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Is Jezebel a demon—or merely a person who has controlling tendencies? Clearly, Jezebel is an evil entity that finds access to people who have not crucified their flesh. Living in the flesh sets a person up to continually come under Jezebel’s control and influence. People who refuse to submit to God and insist on being in control make themselves available to this principality—the same one that animated Queen Jezebel and thus is still named for her.1
Like it or not, all of mankind is involved in the middle of a war. Both the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness are engaged in a battle for our minds.2
1 Steve Sampson, Confronting Jezebel (Chosen Books, 2012) 25
2 Ibid. 53