TOXIC TRIO

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I used to follow some of the teaching ministries of the megachurches until I realized I wasn’t getting the results they promised. After studying the Bible on some of the major demons, I could see that some of these mega preachers were operating under the influence of what I call the toxic trio: Leviathan, Jezebel, and Balaam. Leviathan is the father of pride and is like a snake; Jezebel is a charming spirit, and Balaam manipulates for money.

 

Job 41 tells us many characteristics of Leviathan. A Leviathan spirit is arrogant. And sometimes Leviathan is called a snake. A snake can be very quiet, and a master of camouflage. A cobra could be right in front of you, and you might not even see it for quite a long time until it rears its ugly head and becomes obvious.

 

Sometimes the term “Leviathan” is translated “crocodile.” I watched crocodiles when I lived in Africa. They appeared slow moving, lying on the water’s edge or napping in the grass, lubberly. I watched one crocodile barely raise his eyelids to get focused on the exact position of a young wildebeest on the far bank. Then with a sharp whiplash of the tail, he slid his reptilian body into the water. He was hidden for a time as he crossed unseen, then with a violent thrashing, he launched with unbelievable power, up out of the river, his open mouth dripping water. Then with a sharp snap, he closed down on the wildebeest’s leg. The crocodile pulled the struggling beast into the muddy water then began to roll, over and over until the wildebeest’s leg twisted off and tore away from its body.

 

Leviathan seen in a preacher’s actions and words, twists the truth to make it fit their agenda. They wind a good tale to tear believers apart from each other.

 

Some of the most pious-looking, soft-spoken, affable preachers are not as humble as they might seem. They convince themselves that they are right. Pride blinds them from being able to take correction from their constituents, and they think they are above the law. They become unbudgeable.

 

Job 41:15-17 says: “His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.”

 

Job 41:33-34 says the spirit of Leviathan “is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”

 

One of the things Leviathan does is twist or pervert the truth. Isaiah 27:1 says: “In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent.”

 

We see that a Leviathan spirit has a big ego, and feels that he or she is beyond reproach. But to entice followers in the church, a Leviathan spirit often collaborates with a Jezebel spirit, the smooth-tongued, delightful, charming spirit. Jezebel is oh so convincing. In a man or a woman, the Jezebel spirit is the one who promises the world. “Follow me, and I will give you everything your heart desires.” A Jezebel tells you he or she has all the answers.

 

In 1 Kings 21, Jezebel saw that her husband was sad. He had a problem, and she was going to be his savior to get that problem solved.

 

“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” (vv. 5-7).

 

The thing Jezebel didn’t tell her husband is that she planned to kill Naboth to get the vineyard! Some of the mega preachers will tell you they will get you prosperity and long life and many blessings, but they neglect to tell you what they have done to get your attention in the first place and that the prize is not what you think it is.

 

Then there’s the spirit of Balaam. Balaam would do just about anything for money. In Old Testament times, people paid the prophets to speak what they, the people, wanted to hear. In Numbers 22 we see where King Balak wanted Balaam to condemn the Israelites. Balak sent his men with money for the message they wanted to hear. Balaam was a God-fearing man so he prayed to God about what he should do.

 

In this blog I’m not trying to say that all mega preachers are bad. But as a Christian believer, watchman, and writer, God requires me to warn His people sometimes, wake them up and tell them to open their eyes and ears to the truth. Balaam was not a bad person. But money got the best of him. He tried his best to wait on God, but he slipped up. God told Balaam, “IF” the messengers came back in the morning, he could go with them. But Balaam was already counting his gold. Instead of waiting for the messengers, he conveniently left out the “if” and jumped up and went with them.

 

Jezebel entices people by promising great things, but she or he colludes with Balaam to find a way to get paid for it. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the TOXIC TRIO of Leviathan, Jezebel, and Balaam are bringing even more than triple trouble to the body of believers. Please consider this and take heed to yourself if you have been caught up in a crocodile’s jaws.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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THE AHAB AND JEZEBEL SPIRITS

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THE AHAB AND JEZEBEL SPIRITS

A Jezebel spirit is charming. It can operate in a man or a woman. But it can’t operate at full capacity without its companion spirit, Ahab. When Ahab, one of God’s anointed leaders, married Jezebel, it was not a godly partnership. God didn’t say anything against Jezebel, but instead, 1 Kings 16:30 reads: “Ahab did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.” What is it about an Ahab that makes God unhappy? The Ahab spirit makes good people weak and easily manipulated. God doesn’t want His people abused. The Ahab spirit knows that a person wants to feel worthwhile, wants to be powerful and make a difference in life.  But the Ahab spirit makes the person compromise and capitulate to get it.

 

An Ahab values peace more than purity. He or she would rather make a truce than a righteous covenant. They fear confrontation and will do just about anything to avoid it. Those under the influence of an Ahab spirit are passive. They like the position of authority, but look for someone else to make the confrontational and difficult decisions. They allow the person under the spirit of Jezebel to have acting authority. Ahab of the Bible allowed Jezebel to set up her witchcraft, her sacrifices to Baal, her strange religions and eventually Ahab sat by, letting Jezebel even murder the true prophets of God. Jezebel is a charmer, funny, engaging and even delightful, but once in control, vicious.

 

The word “Jezebel” means “unmarried, uncommitted, unrestricted.” A Jezebel spirit is always looking for an Ahab to control. Jezebel is not committed to Ahab but uses Ahab to facilitate his or her plans. And Ahab is a willing client. In psychology, the relationship between Ahab and Jezebel is called co-dependency. Jezebel needs a weak person and Ahab, who hates confrontation, needs a strong one.

 

Ahab conforms, compromises and counterfeits. He or she doesn’t want to make waves. Peace is prized above truth and the feeling of serenity above purity. 1 Kings 16:31 says Ahab thought it was no big deal to connect with Jezebel and “walk in the sins of Jeroboam.” Jeroboam was a master of compromise. The people were supposed to go to Jerusalem for their feast, but since Jeroboam was afraid they’d want to serve the king there, instead of him, he decided to do his own thing. He made up his own rules, contrary to the rules of God.

 

It looked pretty good, but it was a counterfeit. Jeroboam made some gold statues similar to the ones they made in the wilderness, set up two places for the feast—places much easier to get to than Jerusalem, and he changed the feast month to make it more convenient for him. (See 1 Kings 11:26-16:27.) It didn’t work out well for Jeroboam or his people.

 

When compromise starts, it escalates into the making up of new rules and situational ethics. Jezebel is allowed to make the rules, while Ahab feels obligated to religiously follow them, for fear of confrontation, a fight, or losing the relationship entirely.  An Ahab recognizes wrong, but fear binds him. The Ahab can see a wrong but is afraid of the consequences of standing up to it.

 

The devil always wants to set up unhealthy, unholy co-dependent relationships and the Ahab/Jezebel is a perfect example.

 

The great thing is that both of these spirits are flighty—they easily flit back and forth, in and out. They’re fickle, which makes them easier to tackle and take out. They’re renters, not homeowners. When we recognize their characteristics, we can do something about them.

 

Rebuke them in the name of Jesus Christ. Tell them they cannot be in charge of you anymore. Tell them to find someone else to bother, or better yet, go out to outer darkness, in the name of Jesus.

 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). We are bold and brave. We do not have to be co-dependent with anyone but the Lord. He is our safety, our leader, our standard.

 

We don’t bow to anyone but God because only He deserves our love and trust. The Lord loves us enough to hear our prayers and set us free of any demons. His rewards for relationship are everlasting and eternally good.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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ADMITTING WEAKNESS AND GETTING STRONG

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Our good friend Valerie was in town for work and had to leave her two kids with her ex-husband. She said he was trying to recover from alcoholism, but when she spoke with him on the phone, she could tell by his slurred words that he’d been drinking. She was terrified. She told us her world was falling apart. What did I do? To be honest, I was caught off guard and didn’t do the right thing. I got emotionally caught in her downhill spiral. How often have we done that?

 

We know that Jesus always has answers for every situation, but we let ourselves get swirled around in the whirlpool of the other person’s problems and get sucked down the drain of disaster with them; nobody gets helped that way. We can empathize too much and get overwhelmed ourselves.

 

We said we’d pray for Valerie and then she left and I felt this emptiness as I saw her walk away. I prayed for Valerie that night, but I still had a niggling feeling that things weren’t quite right with how I handled the situation. Somehow I missed something.

 

I didn’t realize what it was until three days later. Jesus told me what was wrong. I’m a minister, and I should have taken her outside away from other people and prayed right there. That was when she needed it.

 

Jesus let me know that I’d messed up big time and I needed to repent, which I did. Of course, I felt terrible, and since Valerie had already gone back home to another state, I emailed her to apologize. I’d lost the opportunity to minister to my friend at her point of need.

 

I thought of James 2:15-16 where it says: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and you say to that person, ‘God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,’ but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing.” As it says in Hebrews 1:1: “NOW faith is,” not later when I get around it.

 

This experience was a great wake-up call for me. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. But Jesus has given us the ability to overcome our weaknesses. My strength is in my writing. My weakness is in thinking on my feet and acting immediately. But I’m determined, with Jesus’ help to change that, “redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).

 

I don’t want to be “unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17). “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake” (Rom. 13:11). “Let the weak say, I am strong” (Joel 3:10). I hope this story is helpful to you and I know we’ll all be ministering more quickly and efficiently in the love of Christ.

 

Love, Carolyn

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A BIBLE IN YOUR ROOM?

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Whenever I travel, I always look in the bedside drawer to see if there’s a Bible. I can’t remember not seeing one. But last week there was an article on MSN news, saying: “If Rocky Raccoon were to check into his room today, there’s a lesser chance that he would find Gideon’s Bible. Bibles are disappearing from hotel drawers around the country, according to a survey from STR, a hospitality analytics company.” After they took prayer and the Ten Commandments out of schools here in the US, there was an increase in school killings. I don’t want the same thing to happen around the country with the hotels, the places people go for vacations.

 

The article went on to say: “Over the past decade, about 15 percent of hotels have stopped providing in-room religious materials. In 2006, almost every single hotel (95 percent) put a Bible in their bedside drawer. Today that number is only 79 percent. Most major hotel franchises allow individual hotel owners to decide whether or not to stock their drawers with religious scripture. And as more hotel chains aim to attract Millennial travelers, they are taking Bibles out of their rooms.

 

“When Marriott opened its new Moxy and Edition hotels, they decided they wouldn’t put religious books in the room because the ‘books don’t fit the personality of the brands,’ a spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. Millennials are the least religious generation in American history. They’re also one of the most highly-targeted marketing demographics.”

 

After reading this, I decided to call ten of our local Hotel/Casinos and ask if they had Bibles in their guest rooms. I got some interesting answers. One fellow said no one ever asked him that question. He assumed the Bibles were there, but he wasn’t sure. He called a couple of different departments and found to his surprise that they weren’t in the room, but you could call down, and they would get you one. He sounded a little sad.

 

Another hotel gave me the same answer. Ten out of ten calls and not one person could answer me on the first try. Every one of the people who answered the phone at either reservations or the concierge had to call somewhere else to find out if they had Bibles in the rooms or if they didn’t.

 

I was happy to find out that seven out of the ten Hotel/Casinos here in Vegas said yes to my question; they do have Bibles in the guest rooms.

 

So as the traveling season is upon us, you may want to consider this as you choose where you want to stay. And if you choose to stay in one of the hotels or motels who decided that offering Bibles “doesn’t fit the personality of their brand,” God still loves you.

 

The MSN article tells us: “There’s a new, Millennial-focused amenity that comes standard: about 98 percent of hotels now offer in-room Wi-Fi. So those that miss the bedside Bible can now instead browse a digital version of whichever scripture they prefer.”

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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FRIENDS IN HARD TIMES

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One month after her surgery Anne entered into the familiar storefront meeting room. All her old friends were there but they treated her differently.

 

She looked pale and weak, not the funny, fearless person they knew pre-surgery. They smiled politely and got involved in other conversations, leaving Anne out. What was going on?

 

The Holy Spirit told me they were afraid. They were used to a person who looked healthy, was strong and wise. She was still the same wise person, but physically she didn’t look healthy and strong like before. They didn’t know how to handle it, so they didn’t talk to her. They avoided her for several months after her surgery.

 

At first, I was mad at them for being so callous and disrespectful, but then I realized THEY were the ones to be pitied.  They were missing out on a great experience. What they could have gained in wisdom, understanding, and guidance, they had given up because of their fears.

 

They just couldn’t seem to see past Anne’s exterior appearance and perceived weakness.

 

People get sick and have things happen to them that change them. That’s just a fact of life. But as Christians, we need to be able to give them the respect and love they need.

 

The other day I was driving home from work, and Jane was in the passenger seat. We were approaching a corner where we’ve seen a skinny raggedy-looking homeless man many times waving and smiling at everyone. The Lord told Jane to give the guy $2.00. He was so excited and talked super-fast as he told us he had been off of drugs and alcohol 15 days now and he could drive, and he could work. Jane and I both told him, “good job!” He “God blessed” us several times as we said the same back to him. When we drove off, we both realized the guy was not nearly as excited about the money as he was about having someone to tell his story to and them telling him he was doing a good job. People want to be respected and appreciated.

 

Our God looks at the heart of a man or woman. When God sent Samuel to find a king to replace Saul, even the great prophet was only looking at the exterior:

 

“And it came to pass, when they were come, that he [Samuel] looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Sam 16:6-7).

 

God doesn’t look at race or nationality, male or female, background, culture, sickness, weakness or health. God looks straight through to the heart, and we need to practice this too.

 

We all go through down times, weak times. We don’t want to abandon people when they’re going through something. James 3:17 says the wisdom of God is not hypocritical and neither is God’s love.

 

When people we know are having a hard time, we need to be spiritually sensitive to their situations. We need to have a little more patience, respect, and love. Isn’t that what we want when we feel down or weakened?

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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SERVANTS???

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“If a ruler hearkeneth to lies, all his servants are wicked” (Prov. 29:12). Does this mean that if the owner at our workplace or our boss is an evil person, we’re supposed to quit? No. In the Bible, there are different meanings of the word “serve” or “servant,” and it’s important to know the difference. In Proverbs 29:12, the word for “servants” means that the person worships the ruler, desiring to carry out his every wish, ministering to his way of thinking. It’s different from the usage of the word “servants” in 1 Peter 2:18: “Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear [respect]; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.”

 

The word “froward” means crooked, perverse and wicked. If God were asking us to worship and yield entirely to this kind of person, it would be a contradiction of His Word. But instead, the word translated “servants” in this verse means “fellow resident or household servant.” It’s like you work in the same household, the same business. When it says that these kinds of servants are “subject” to their masters, the word “subject” means an attitude of cooperating, assuming responsibility and carrying a burden, in a military sense or business sense or household servant sense. It is not at all in the sense of worshipping or ministering to his or her ideologies. Only God Almighty and His son Jesus Christ are worthy of that kind of service.

 

We need always to be aware of where we stand as far as our servitude. Job 36:11 tells us: “If they obey and serve him [God], they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.” That’s where we want to be.

 

On the other hand, Psalm 106:36 tells us: “And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.”

 

We are sometimes challenged in our employment situations to make value judgments in serving. If our employers ask us to do or say things that are contrary to the Word of God, we have to stand up for God. When I was an executive assistant, I was responsible for typing and signing letters for my boss. In one of his letters, he dictated a bold-faced lie. Morally, I couldn’t sign it for him. I knew I could be fired for calling him out on it, but I had to choose that day if I was going to put God first or my job. I chose God and went into my boss and told him if he wanted the letter sent, he would have to sign it himself, because I just couldn’t do it. (Believe me, I said it in the nicest way possible). Well, I didn’t lose my job, but he’s held a grudge against me to this very day.

 

I’m sure many of you have faced this moral challenge. The way I do it is to remind myself that I am only a subcontractor on loan from the Lord. I worship and minister to and for God alone. And in the workplace environment, I strive for excellence, contributing to the work of the household, but in my case, not necessarily to the philosophy of the people in charge. I know where my loyalty lies.

 

Every so often it’s good to check the quality of our service in our secular environment as well as our spiritual one. Both are important to God but our spiritual priorities always come first.

 

“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:24).

 

Love, Carolyn

 

 

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OBEYING WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S AHEAD

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It was one week before Halloween, 2014. Jane and I talked about what we wanted to do. For the past several years we were outside on the porch to greet the kids and hand out candy. But this year we both felt the Lord didn’t want us to do our normal routine. No decorations and we weren’t supposed to sit out on the porch either. We were supposed to stay inside and open the door when the doorbell rang. We both thought this was odd, but the Lord told us what He wanted us to do, and He wasn’t saying any more about it.

 

So, like most people, we tried to come up with our own answers as to why the change. But eventually we knew it was futile, and we just accepted the fact that if we didn’t need to know ahead of time, then that was that. We’d just obey anyway.

 

Sometimes we want God to explain Himself and tell us why He wants us to do something differently. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and at times He will download more information, but more often He gives a command or request, and then nothing more until we carry it out. If we obey, we’ll find out soon enough, and that’s the fun of it!

 

As it turned out, a wonderful thing happened. We paid more attention to each group of kids that came. There was one group that especially caught our attention. When the three of them came up with their faces painted like skeletons, Jane told them to take as much as they wanted of the candy and popcorn.

 

Their eyebrows arched up, and the surprise was evident. Seeing their reaction was priceless. “Take as much as you want” was a phrase they hadn’t heard often. They stood still and paused for just a moment before all three small hands dove into the bowl and pulled out as much as they could hold. A big “Thanks!” and off they ran.

 

It was a delight to give those kids perhaps their first Ephesians 3:20 experience. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

 

It was great to be a part of the Lord’s plan for those kids, to show them that things don’t always get doled out in small, constricted increments. Sometimes the treats come big and are more than our expectations.

 

Jane and I knew this wonderful experience resulted from of our obedience to change our plans to what God asked. Deuteronomy 11:26-27 tells us, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day.”

 

I have a plaque in my bedroom that my friend Wendy gave me. It says: “Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

 

Have a wonderful week full of little BIG things as you go about obeying the words of Lord.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

 

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