Last day’s STUDY TOPIC addressed deception. This is really an extension of that topic, because it branches out, polluting, infesting, infiltrating and all-pervasive.

Hand-in-hand with deception, or perhaps an offshoot of deception, are issues of selfishness, greed, covetous desires, etc. –  i.e., once having made their debut (and this is most likely to occur first in the mind, in the private land of thought-life, imagining/fantasizing, then scheming, conniving to make it happen) into the land of deception, the door is wide open for the individual, leader, or group to enter the arena of self-promotion, serving up infinite varieties of self-serving agendas, and schemes by which to attain the desired outcome, be it fortune & fame, or otherwise. 

I believe this is what the Father was referring to when He spoke through the prophet Ezekiel about the shepherds:

“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, thus says Adonai Elohim:Oy, shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should shepherds not take care of the sheep? . . . . you do not take care of the sheep.  You do not strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the broken, bring back the stray or seek the lost. . . . . They were scattered for lack of a shepherd. . . . My sheep wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill. Over all the face of the earth . . . .  My sheep were scattered. . . . . . . My sheep became prey . . . . because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My sheep . . . . . I am against the shepherds and I will demand My flock from their hand . . . . The shepherds will no longer feed themselves. I will rescue My sheep” (Ezek.34:2-10).  Shepherds are to be caregivers/caretakers, tending the sheep/flock, leading, protecting, not gluttonously feasting and neglecting their flock.

The greater the affluence of a society, the more opportunities there are for self-indulgence, while taking advantage of other people’s’ needs,  rationalizing such practices as being just rewards for their labour in the field. In our affluent era of televangelism, internet, and multiple ministries available to suit almost every need, fancy, and whim, the doors for self-gratification/self-glorification are thrown wide open. 

Consequently, so much of what is done in the Name of Jesus/Yeshua, is really self-serving, reaping monetary rewards as well as power, control, authority, prestige, status and position, while fulfilling prideful, arrogant selfish desires, fancies/fantasies, and whims, perpetuating self-indulgence, self-elevation/self-glorification. Needless to say, it all comes under the umbrella of “MINISTRY,” thereby receiving the stamp of validity, all motivations unquestioned. It takes on a life of its own, and anyone who dares question its legitimacy is accused of heresy, being covetous, or at the very least, legalism

God will judge the shepherds, in His time: “Listen to the wailing of the shepherds, for their glory is destroyed!” (Zech.11:3). God has given the shepherds a responsibility, entrusting the flock (or a portion thereof) to them, and they will be held accountable for how they handled/mishandled their assignment. Yeshua/Jesus said: From everyone given much, much will be required; and from the one for whom more is provided, all the more they will ask of him” (Lk.12:48).“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). When God gives assignments to HIS SERVANTS they are in service of HIM, not of the MINISTRY, nor for SELF. God shares HIS GLORY with no one: “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isa.42:8).

Not at all unrelated, but rather an extension of this same spirit, is that of the SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL. This is a ruling/controlling head hauncho that exudes sensuality, selfishness, self-indulgence/self-veneration/self-glorification. The SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL is the root of, and is at the helm of all deception. Jezebel represents lust and greed – lust and greed for power, control, authority, GREATNESS, as well as sensual, immoral pleasures. The SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL THRIVES on SELF-GRATIFICATION, therefore FEASTS on SELF-INDULGENCE. JEZEBEL IS ALL ABOUT SELF-GLORIFICATION. JEZEBEL WANTS THE CREDIT. JEZEBEL LOVES NOTHING SO MUCH AS TO BE TOLD HOW WONDERFUL HE/SHE IS. JEZEBEL SEEKS FOR, AND THRIVES ON THE APPROVAL AND ADULATION OF OTHERS, ALWAYS THRIVING ON COMPLIMENTS AND BEING THE STAR PERFORMER OF WHATEVER IS GOING ON. Folks, this is one of the ways to detect false prophets/false teachings – i.e., who wants and who is getting/taking the GLORY? When someone is too full of themselves; when someone must always be frontline/centre stage in order to be okay, we know JEZEBEL is at the helm, and that means a wrong spirit, and that means deception, false teachings, false doctrine, cheap grace, lukewarm Christianity, because SELF is at the forefront, not Jesus/Yeshua, or God the Father.

It is this same theme that Jesus/Yeshua was highlighting when He said to John in the vision:

“you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess—yet she is teaching and deceiving My servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her immorality.  Behold, I will throw her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation—unless they repent of her doings. I will also strike her children with a deadly disease. Then all of Messiah’s communities will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your deeds” (Rev.2:20-23). “Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! God has cursed you! Go into everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels!” (Matt.25:41). 

STUDY TOPIC began this topic with deception/deceit, with the goal of connecting the dots from deception to that which develops into, and gives life to the JEZEBEL SPIRIT.  Deception paves the way for the JEZEBEL SPIRIT to fully take hold and put down roots in any individual, situation, household, Ministry/Church/Congregation, city or nation, or location. Without deception first opening the door, JEZEBEL would not have opportunity to rise up in power. Once deception receives sufficient affirmation, legitimacy, and recognition, the stage is set. Now the chosen arena can engulf, encompass, and thereby lay claim to whatever multiples of ministries are desired. It all spins out, snowballs, and proliferates from there.

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James 3:1




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