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Breaking Free From The Bondage of a Controlling Spirit

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Isaiah 14:3 “And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.” Every one in any kind of slavery, is in bondage. Any sin or sin habit you cannot get victory over, or haven't gotten victory over, is a bondage. But there is also a different kind of bondage. It's a type of spiritual bondage, but instead of one working in you; as in demon possession or obsession, it's a spirit working through another person, that is effecting you. In this message, we are talking about a controlling spirit. A person who has a controlling spirit, will try to control everyone around them, control their lives, decisions; and will in general do everything to have influence and power. They want to control their lives, and the lives of those around them, to get things their way. Many people are under the influence and power of someone else with a controlling spirit. It can be a parent or it can be a spouse. It can even be a boss at work.

Let me give you an example. A woman marries a man, but she cannot so anything without the advice and consent of her mother. The mother tells her everything to do and not to do, even controls the raising of the children. The mother is not physically in the house with her daughter, by controls her. The wife is far more under the authority and dominion of her mother, than her husband. It can also be the opposite. A man who gets married, but his mother runs his life, and it's as if he is more married to his mother than his wife. You know, a mama's boy. Can't do anything without mamma. These are in  total contradiction to the scriptural admonition and spiritual principle in marriage called "leaving" and "cleaving."  Matthew 19:5. “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” Many times in this type of relationship, it is as if the mother, who is a mother in law to the other spouse, is trying to put a wedge between the couple, and cause a separation so as to have their son or daughter back to themselves. The problem is that mother has a controlling spirit. Note that you frequently have heard of mothers trying to control the marriage of their son or daughter after they are married, but not of a father trying to do so.

Their are many kinds of people with a controlling spirit. It can even be in the church in the form of a man over others, as someone in a overseer position in a denominational structure, as one that is head of foreign missions, or district superintendent, or bishop; depending on the denomination. And they desire to control everyone under them for their own purposes and gain. They want to be in control. But whether it is in a marriage, the ministry, in interpersonal relationships, or work, there are controlling personalities and spirits that seek to bring other people under their power, position, and influence. Many men have tried to do this, even leaders over nations; like Hitler or Stalin. All dictatorships and other such people, like the Pope, seek to control everyone around them. But these spirits are all around us. They are working in businesses, homes and church's. Men over men or women, women over women or men; constantly working to bring and keep others in bondage to them and their whims. Why do you think there is the term "deacon possessed board." It's a board that controls a church and pastor, that nothing can be done outside their say so and approval. Sometimes a deacon that tries to control a church and pastor, is one that is the biggest tithe payer in the church. That's how he got his position to begin with. Look at what David said in Psalm 54:3 “For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah

Are you under the bondage or control of one with a controlling spirit. Are you catching the fallout of another being controlled by one with a controlling spirit, and you are being affected by it by no fault of your own. Or you may be recovering from a bondage in your past, that makes it difficult for you to trust other people now, and have wholesome godly interpersonal relationships, as God intended, making it difficult for you to trust your pastor or any person because at one time you were under a controlling spirit. [I know that the things I am speaking about today are real and true for some here, who either were under a controlling spirit at one time, or are under someone or being influenced by someone with a controlling spirit right now.] Apart from Satan himself, and his desire to control the lives of all mankind, to cause them all to end up in hell with him, we have the story in the Bible of a person who has a very powerful controlling spirit. It's the story of Jezebel, who was a tool of Satan, controlled by Satan, who in term controlled others. Now the term Jezebel also has been used to describe  a lady who wears a lot of makeup, she was the origination of this, and it refers to one who dresses up and makes up like a harlot, one who is seductively painted up,  a loose woman trying to entice men. Proverbs talks of this woman (Proverbs 7:10-18). But I'm talking about a different aspect or side of this Jezebel. Even when she made herself up to be attractive and appealing in a fleshly way, it was because of the desire to control others and her situation, and cause things to go her way. And let me say this. This Jezebel spirit we are going to look at and talk about, is not limited to women. It is not a female spirit, versus a male spirit, for members of either sex can have this spirit; but today it is far more prevalent in women, as seen in the women's liberation movement and the New Age movement, and worship of the goddess, etc. Satan is today trying to take over possession of every woman, and then in turn use them to control every man. That is what is going on today. And today's women are falling for his lives, and seductive ways, and appeal to be in control of their lives and others around them. It is what I have many times referred to as "a spirit of witchcraft." That's what a controlling spirit is, that tries to control others, whether man or woman.

1 Kings.21:1-2 “And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.” Sounds like a good offer and coming from the king, you would in the natural think that this is a very reasonable offer, and there being no reason why he should not have accepted it. But Naboth was a godly man who could not be bought, bribed or baffled. He refuse to see his vineyard because it was against the law of Moses. It was against God's law for a Israelite to sell his property to a foreigner, a non-Israelite. I think Naboth was a reasonable as well as godly man and who have normally been glad to oblige the king and let him borrow his land, or even to plant something for the king, but he said "I cannot sell it to you because of God's law." Naboth politely refused the king and for the right reason, and Ahab knew the reason was the only right thing Naboth could do and still honor God. He was wrong for still wanting it. (v.3) “And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” Would you have the courage to resist the king under such circumstances? The earthly land God gave them, for a possession,  was considered as an earnest of the heavenly possession; which it represented in type and shadow. [Remember our study of Joshua and taking the Land]. Naboth was one of the 7000 who did not bow his knee to the "New Age" religion of Baal that was popular in that day, as most had, and was faithful to God. Baal worship then is as the New Age religion today, that most followed after, leaving the serving of the true and living God. Because of Naboth's godly stand, Ahab gets all bent out of shape. (v.4) There is nothing like the unbending, uncompromising stand of a godly person to arouse the anger of a wicked covetous person. He storms into his palace and even refuses to eat, and pouts like a little spoiled child. Don't you feel sorry for this poor king who couldn't have his way, like a child refused a toy he wants. Now to add to it, like most people of power and prestige, king Ahab was full of pride. Such people today, like him, hate to come up against a person of holy convictions who will not bend their knee. They don't know what to do with them. They can't control them. You know what I'm talking about. But Jezebel knew what to do. She was a woman waiting for her next victim, ready to strike and show her power and show what she can do. (v.5-7) “But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard. And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” Hey, aren't you the king. Aren't you in charge, aren't you king over Israel. Stop pouting, I'll give you what you want. Under the pretense of comforting him, she is feeding his pride and lusts, and blows on the coals of anger in his heart, and takes up his cause. Why? She is saying I have everything under control, I know how to give you what you want. Note the "I will". Does it remind you of anything? How about when Lucifer seven times said "I will" to God in Isaiah 14:13-15. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” That's what happens to all with such pride and desire to be in control of their lives and others around them. Jezebel is very confident in herself, as one who has much experience and has been this road before, who knows how to get her way, for she has done it before. This is not the first time she has walked this way of rebellion and power.

Now, we need to realize that there is a difference between one with a take charge ability and one with a controlling spirit. They are not the same thing. Many godly people are qualified people who know how to motivate others to work, and how to get things done. Those lead and control situations and needs in a godly manner. Jezebel's was an evil controlling spirit. The spirit of control always wants to dominate and manipulate, and control other people and situations. It's an oppressive spirit. Hosea 12:7 “He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.” It's a warning. This man loves to control. Isaiah 3:12-14 “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.” God will stand up in judgment against the oppressor. God is against the one with an oppressive controlling spirit, and supportive of the one that is humble of heart. Psalm 72:4 “He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressorProverbs 3:31-32 “Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteousProverbs 28:16 “The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his daysIsaiah 14:4-5 “That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulersIsaiah 51:11-13 “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressorJeremiah 22:3 “Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place

Oppression is the cruel or unjust use of power or authority. That was Jezebel. She connived and manipulated to get the vineyard of Naboth by this misuse of power. She first chided Ahab for not using his power as king. 1 Kings 21:7 “And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” What did she do? (v.8) “So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.” An oppressive controlling spirit wants power, and they will get it any way the can in order to advance their cause. They enjoy controlling others. Many women today will write letters in the name of their husband or other one in authority in order to manipulate people or events. A wife behind the scenes can have more power through influence and manipulation, that her husband who is the one in authority. Just look at Bill and Hillary Clinton. He is physically the president, who she has the most power and control, because she controls Bill. He does what she wants. He has been know to say "I can't do that because I have to go home tonight. I don't dare do anything that will displease Hillary." Why? She will show her wrath. The lady will get very angry, she has been said to throw things, since being in the white house. She will do what it takes to get her way with Bill. He is afraid of her. She is the same as the Biblical Jezebel.

In the church, I have seen both men and women in a church that constantly work to control people in the congregation by personal "prophecies." I remember a few times when I went to lakewood church, someone coming up to me and saying "I have a message for you from the Lord." Baloney. That's what it was. Baloney. Yet they influence people and cause them to do what they want them too. I also had that happen to me at Evangelistic Temple. In the home, a man will misuse the Biblical concept of submission in order to control his wife or bring about a harsh slave like relationship. Sometimes that type relationship comes out of their culture before they come to Christianity. They when they come to Christ and hear about the teaching of wives submitting to their husbands, they love it and just add it to their reasons why they should totally control and treat their wives like a slave, like a possession as if they were no more than a piece of furniture. Yet they overlook the Biblical admonition for husbands to "love their wives." Ephesians 5:22-25 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it 1 Peter 3:5-7 “For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” There is a balance in the Word of God. If the man doesn't love his wife, then the balance is lost. If a wife doesn't submit to her husband the balance it lose. What's worse is what most marriages face, where neither of these principles are practiced in the home. There is no love, and no submission. What a hell hole. The man earns the right of his wives submission by his being in submission to the Lord. However, whether or not he is, does not excuse the wife. For the Bible deal with the situation where the wife is saved, and the husband is not. Simply, we are responsible for obeying God in relation to our part, the role He has given and commanded us, whether or not our spouse or anyone else lives up to their part. We will each be judged by how we fulfill the commandments God has given to us. Men have misused his place in the home, and many women today will look for a passive man to marry, one she knows she can control before marrying him.

Now Jezebel not only controlled and manipulate to get her way, but she did it under a religious cloak or covering. 1 Kings 21:9 “And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:” In proclaiming a fast, it was saying that your house, city, or nation were under God's judgment. She is telling them there is a problem in your city, trouble, and we need to get to the bottom of it, so you must fast and do this. Prayer and fasting was the means of finding out why God was angry and then repenting to stop his anger. It is very dangerous, when people will use scripture and the name of Christ to control others. Their used to be a movement called the "Shepherding movement." It was a means by which some men controlled the lives of others. Jezebel set Naboth up to be tried and convicted by a court of her peers under the cloak of a religious fast. (v.10) “And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.” Ultimately this controlling spirit will do anything to get their way. What is so sad here is that she lied and contrived to do it, and she didn't even want the vineyard. She was not a gardener. That's not what it was all about. It was like a game to her. She liked to pull strings. Ahab wanted a vineyard. Jezebel wanted power to control others. Let's look at 20 years later in the lives of Ahab and Jezebel, when God judges them.

   2 Kings 9:1-10 “And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not. So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.” A condition of Jehu taking the throne, was that he had to first do away with Ahab and all his house. (v.18-22) “So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again. Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously. And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?” We see here that not only was Ahab (but really Jezebel) ruling in Samaria, but their son was over Israel. (v.24, 27). “And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot… But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there.” Why was Ahaziah killed also? (1 Kings 8:25, 27) “Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me… But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” Jezebel had power over not only Samaria, but Israel and Judah through her son and daughter. Now Jezebel knows that the kingdom is under siege and her time is about over. She tries then to save her own neck. 2 Kings 9:30 “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.” Here is the painted Jezebel. Tired her head, is dressing up her hair. She is now an older woman, 20 years older, yet thinks she can still control the situation as before, thinking maybe she can seduce Jehu. She has no power of her own anymore, or Ahab's power, because he is already dead. It's her against the world and God. Here is a pitiful picture of a woman typing to play the harlot to trap a warrior for the Lord. Men, beware of a painted up Jezebel that will use her physical, personal or fleshly charm to control or mislead you. Jehu, under the anointing of God to rid the nation of Ahab and all those associated with him, was able to see right through her. When we walk with God he will expose the painted up falsely adorned head of a Jezebel and controlling spirit that may look good, and even sound good and religious. Since the physical charms didn't work, she tries intimidation and threatening. (v.31) “And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?” Instead of trembling before Jehu, the instrument of God's judgment upon her, she tries to make him tremble with a threatening question? Did Zimri have any peace after he slew his master? Referring to the man who killed king Elah in 1 Kings 16:8-10 and then became king in his place. It's "if you kill me, it will be on your conscious." It's the practice of a Jezebel controlling spirit to always divert attention off of themselves and point at another and pick out a mote in their eye, and smooth talk themselves out of trouble. This didn't work either. (v.32-35) “And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.” That ought to strike fear into the heart of those with a controlling spirit. God is able to cast them down out of your life so that they no longer control you.

How do you deal with and rid yourself of a Jezebel spirit. The prophet Elijah tells us, for he knew all to well what it was like to be under a Jezebel. 1 Kings 19:1 “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.” That refers to mount Carmel, when the New Age religion came against the Old Time Religion, and Elijah killed 450 prophets of Baal. He wiped them out. Jezebel is angry because she got her authority and power from these false prophets. (v.2-3) “Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.” So bold before the altar of God facing 450 false prophets, but now that the big contest over, he is drained and tired, and he listens too and gives into the threats of this controlling spirit. Yet what could it have been more than a threat. For if she truly thought she could kill him after what just transpired, she wouldn't have warned him, but just killed him. But she knew she couldn't. He just killed all her crew. (v.4) “But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” Here he sits, under this Jezebel spirit, and is giving up, conceding defeat at her hand, and is ready to die. Yet here is where God delivered him from this controlling Jezebel spirit. If you are at this moment sitting under a spiritual juniper tree, under the influence of a Jezebel spirit, defeated, being overcome because of this controlling spirit, you can be set fee from it. The Lord Jesus is able to break you free from her bondage. First of all. You can't fight a controlling spirit by your own power or authority. The victory over a controlling spirit has to be won in the spiritual realm through spiritual warfare. (v.4) “But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” Notice that Elijah did not try to fight fire with fire, flesh with flesh. He didn't try to gain control of this controlling spirit in his own strength or ability. He had reached the end of himself, and went to sleep. It's enough. He is ready to die. He is saying, "God, only you can overcome this Jezebel and get me out of this mess." Can I say that this is the very position the Lord wants you to come too, if you are under a Jezebel spirit. When you come up against an attack of Satan, especially when he uses a friend, or even a family member; to attack you; it is important that you be aware, for there is a right and a wrong way to fight it To react in an unrighteous way to an unrighteous person, and fight back in the flesh, instead of the spirit, will not bring victory and deliverance. Remember when James and John wanted to call fire down from heaven? Luke 9:51-55 “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.” What was this about. They wanted to pass through Samaria to go to Jerusalem, and they said no, we control this territory and you can't go through it. The disciples wanted to fight them by calling fire from heaven, to gain control and get their way. What did Jesus say? You don't know the spirit you are of. You can't fight that controlling spirit of the Samaritans, with the same spirit. It's not the right way to fight a controlling spirit. The Lord let Elijah go into the wilderness by himself, to come to the end of self. If you are under a controlling or oppressive spirit, either directly or indirectly through another person, God's word for you is that you must let God fight the battle for you, and fight it by the spirit and not in the flesh. We are not better than our fathers, who had to rely on God to fight their battles for them. We can't do of ourselves what they could not. Exodus 14:14 “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peaceDeuteronomy 3:22 “Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.” When you are in a situation like Elijah most will either give into discouragement and despair and try to run and hide; or they will attack their attacker and try to fight flesh with flesh, evil with evil. You cannot stoop to the level of a Jezebel to fight her on her terms or in her territory and win. If you have a heart for God you will never win this way, she will beat you. In the flesh, only one with a stronger controlling spirit can win, like when a new witch rises up and destroys an old witch to take over a coven of witches. You can't fight them in their territory, or by their spirit.

Here is the way to come to God if your in a situation you have no control over. Psalm 35:1-4, 22-23. “Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt… This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O LORD, be not far from me. Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.” You have a choice to either stand on the Word and let God fight you battles for you, or try to fight in on your on, in your own strength, in which you will loose, for Jezebel will beat you every time. After Elijah fell to sleep, he got a wake up call from an angel. This is glorious. 1 Kings19:5 “And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.” Oh the mercy of God, when he sees us lying down in defeat under a juniper tree. (v.6) “And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.” This second time he went to sleep, he sleep a lot better. The first time he went to sleep, something was eating him up inside, Jezebel. Psalm 53:4 “Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.” He went to bed feeling like Jezebel was eating up his soul. But now he had eaten angel food and slept soundly in the Lord, no longer under depression and oppression, being eaten up mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Their is someone here in a similar condition as Elijah was, under a controlling spirit of person, or under a past experience in which you life was greatly effected by the decisions of others over which you had no control or did nothing to deserve. Those people can pass from our lives and yet they can still be a controlling spirit over you if there is bitterness, sorrow or sulking inside, even if they have moved on. Jezebel was no where to be seen in the wilderness, but he was still under her spell. Psalm 127:2 “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” The bread of sorrows will leave a bitter taste in your stomach and mind. 1 Kings 19:6 “And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.” It was at his head. Oh the practically of this. Elijah was under a physical and mental attack. Jezebel was trying to mess up his head. He wasn't thinking clearly. He has a mental and spiritual lapse and forgot that God could protect him and take care of Jezebel, and he had a heavy heart because of the attack in his mind. So the angel brings Elijah breakfast in bed, something to take care of his headache. An it's a lot better than aspirin or Rolaids. If the devil has been trying to mess up your mind, know the Lord has an antidote for you. This bread and water is a type and shadow of Christ. To some people bread and water may sound like prison food, for someone in a third world prison; but this is deliverance food. Look at it. Jesus is the bread that comes down from heaven. John 6:50-51, 56-57. “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world… He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” Christ is also the source of living water. John 4:13-14. “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” That water of life will fill you with power to face controlling spirits and anything else. Now the finishing touch. 1 Kings 19:7 “And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.” You think you can't face that controlling spirit. Yes, the journey is too great for you in the power and strength of your flesh, and you need a little heavenly bread and water from the hand of the angel of the Lord. (v.8) “And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.” That's some food. That's some kind of meal that will carry you for 40 days, which is a type of temptation and testing as Christ when through in the wilderness. But when you trust in the Lord, and let Him fight your battles, and take your stand with Him, and feed from Him; then there you will find strength to stand against that controlling spirit in your marriage, at your job, in the church. And there is strength to carry you through your journey for 40 days and carry you to the mountain of God. Out from the control of the controlling Jezebel spirit. God took care of her, not immediately, but he did, and God can take care of your Jezebel. Jesus can break every fetter and set you free. . . "whoever the Son shall set free, is free indeed."

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