Defeating Jezebel

December 2014

In our church, we have been very blessed to have a group of youths who are passionate about the Great Commission. Indeed, many of them have been going out to the streets to heal the sick, to share the gospel and to make disciples, just as Jesus commanded. One particular youth has, to date, healed over 30 people, and has kickstarted (discipled) a handful of people to do the same (myself included). However, one day, he complained of something happening inside him that didn't feel right. He suspected that he may be under the influence of a demon. 

Yes, Christians can have demons. Usually, it is because demons have entered that person (prior to becoming a Christian) which were never cast out or that person is continuing to live in sin deliberately. The Holy Spirit is quite willing to indwell in a person's body and co-habit with the demons because He wants to help. This youth has been baptised both in water and in Holy Spirit. He is being used by God mightily to reach the lost on the streets (God uses people in spite of their weaknesses for the sake of advancing His kingdom on earth), yet there is an internal demonic battle within this youth that is yet to be sorted. So he came to me for help and with a team of 3 people (Rob, myself and another youth), we performed a deliverance session for him.

After the usual process of confessing all sins, asking God for forgiveness, forgiving and blessing enemies, making a stand for Jesus, we began to command the demon to leave him in the name of Jesus. The demon manifested. The youth started to cough, splutter, on the verge of vomiting (we were ready with a huge bucket). But despite all our commanding, the demon did not budge; it was stubborn and determined to stay.

The Holy Spirit then gave a word of knowledge - that the name of the demon was the spirit of Jezebel. So we called it by name and commanded her to leave in the name of Jesus. But again, the demon stayed put and did not want to leave.

Going for the sword of the Spirit (the word of God), we started to read the scriptures to the youth (Romans 5-8, all 3 chapters). The demonic manifestations increased as she (Jezebel) was being pierced by the sword of the Spirit. At the same time, these words were living waters for the youth. God spoke to the depth of his heart, and as the youth accepted these words, the Holy Spirit manifested. The youth felt tingling all over his body, he fell to his knees and started glorifying God, saying, "Jesus is Lord" which is very much inline with:

Philippians 2:9-11
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.

After a time, the demonic manifestations started to occur again. Instead of being on the verge of vomitingthe youth felt a strong grip upon his head. All 3 of us could see that grip as she (Jezebel) was moving around his skull.  So we continued to attack again. The grip became weaker, but despite attacking for sometime, there was no sign of her leaving. She was still there, stubborn as ever!

I sat quietly asking the Lord what was going on? Why was she still there? Why was she so stubborn and difficult to cast out?
All the other previous cases were much easier, but this one was tough beyond measure!

5 hours have now passed, Rob started to feel hungry and wanted to buy some food. The youth also said that we can call it a day and he will just keep reading the scriptures and asking God to help him. But I was not ready to give up, particularly as I knew the grip was getting weaker. So I urged everyone to continue despite their hunger and weariness. Thankfully everyone was willing, but we were all on our last drop of energy.

So we continued to attack and gave all that we had... and then suddenly the youth shouted, "She's gone!" He moved his head every which way possible and he could no longer feel her grip. It has taken 6 hours, but Jezebel has finally gone! Hallelujah!

The story did not end here. I pursued God for the answer to my question of why was it so difficult to cast her out? The answer came 3 days later, clearly written in the scriptures in which the word "and" plays a important factor:

Ephesians 6:12
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

It is saying that there are two realms of demons: One on earth (in this dark world), and the other in the heavenlies.

The ones on the earth are mere minions, and are easy to cast out (as in previous cases), but the ones in the heavenlies (where Satan's headquarter is) are of a higher ranking order and are therefore much more difficult to cast out. The question now is, "Why did Jezebel (a demon from the heavenlies) seek to possess/control the youth?" The answer is simple - because this particular youth is crucial to the advancement of the Kingdom of God. He had already healed and shared the gospel with many people on the streets and is continuing to make disciples, so Jezebel was sent on a special assignment to stop him. 

It was through God's Word, the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus's blood and our persistence in faith, that the youth is now free. Thanks be to God who redeems and rescues!