Read Your Bible, Pray Everyday
BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
22nd September 2018
READ: 1 Kings 19:1-18
“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 theJezreelite.” - 1 Kings 21:7
A person with a controlling spirit is a witch. A witch is someone who has realized that she has this power to twiddle people around her thumb. She controls people and makes them do things they would not have done. She wields this power through relentless accusations. Accusations harass and threaten God’s servants. Accusations are perfect tools to control great people.
A minister complained that he no longer felt free in his home. Witch- craft had modified his domestic behaviour! He told me how he had to always hide his phone from his wife who would search through the phone for incriminating text messsages and evidence of questionable phone calls. In the end, he became a fugitive in his own house, running to answer calls in private and rushing about to ensure that his phone was not available for inspection.
This lady was trying to control her husband’s life, relationships, and even his use of his phone. Through horrible accusations, she tried to deter him from calling or speaking to people. It takes a strong person to see through these accusations and not be confused.
Jezebel sent a frightening message to Elijah about how she was going to kill him. This was a form of accusation. Elijah was under threat for the lives of the four hundred prophets of Baal who had perished under his ministry. Jezebel, the named “witch” in the Bible, harassed the man of God in her day. She also controlled her husband with her words and her actions.