I once worked with a lady that micromanaged her department. She involved herself in the assigned work of the employees, controlled phone usage, discouraged personal conversations, and was very rigid when it came to schedule adjustments. To her the most important thing was productivity. Period.
It’s important I know, but her style of managing was very stressful to those who worked for her. I watched
as people did their job, just to keep their job, having no enjoyment of
being there. Her words discouraged the team, stripped them of their motivation, and left me wondering just why she was so difficult.
I wondered that too as I read about Jezebel. She was just a mean woman, some would say evil I’m sure. I believe she influenced her husband, Ahab, to build a temple and an altar for Baal. God wasn’t happy about it. Jezebel was bent on stopping the work of God, so she attempted to kill all of the prophets. Her plan didn’t work, because some of them went into hiding. Be alert. When you see someone constantly trying to stop the work of God, there could be a Jezebel spirit in operation.
When she heard that Elijah had proven that his God was The God, by sending down fire from heaven, while her god failed to show up, she sent him a few words on paper and scared the “bazooka” out of him.
When her husband, Ahab, came home upset because he failed to make a deal for a vineyard that Naboth owned, she took it upon herself to take control of the situation.
“So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal, and sent them to the elders and other leaders of the town where Naboth lived. In her letters she commanded: “Call the citizens together for a time of fasting, and give Naboth a place of honor. And then seat two scoundrels across from him who will accuse him of cursing God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.” – 1 Kings 21:8-10
Wow! Operating as if she had power of attorney, Jezebel had Naboth set up and killed, just so her husband could get his land. Can you say evil?
You probably don’t see that type of behavior around you everyday, but how many times have you heard or even participated in gossip? Maybe even in the form of praying for someone. “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”
“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” – Proverbs 18:21
Yes, words have the power of life and death and when we speak them they go to work in the atmosphere. Think about it, mixed with faith, the words we speak can bless others. So, “do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.