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Confronting Jezebel: Discerning and Defeating the Spirit of Control Paperback – August 1, 2003

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In this biblical, balanced and eye-opening study, Steve Sampson explains that individuals who cooperate with the Jezebel spirit, a demonic spirit of control, sow discord, confusion, rebellion, insubordination and a host of other seeds of Satan's kingdom.

Sampson helps us understand how our flesh must be ruled by God and put under subjection to the Holy Spirit. He shares clear signals of the presence of the Jezebel spirit and direction for those who find themselves battling this insidious and demonic influence.

"Steve Sampson takes an ancient truth, reveals it with clarity, power and wit, and invites us to break free from the spirit of control, whether it comes against us or rises up within us. The pathway to freedom is revealed in this powerful book."-Dr. Mark J. Chirona, The Master's Touch International Church, Orlando

"The spirit of Jezebel, controlling through manipulation and intimidation, is rampant in every portion of our society. Steve Sampson exposes this problem with crystal-clear description and shows us how to deal with it."-Harald Bredesen, minister to world leaders

"If you are reading this in a bookstore, go ahead and pay the cashier. You will not be disappointed."-Dr. Mark Hanby, president, Mark Hanby Ministries International

About the Author

Steve Sampson has authored a number of books about the Christian walk, including You Can Hear the Voice of God. He travels extensively, ministering to the Body of Christ in areas of faith, healing, and the prophetic. He and his wife, Marilyn, and their three children live in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800793455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800793456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on April 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Steve Sampson's book is more than just a manual on how to combat the spirit of Jezebel in the narrow sense. It is also a book about the spirit of flesh that is personofied by Jezebel and which threatens each of us individually as well as the larger church.
One of the more interesting sections of the book contains a description of the Jezebel personality which loves to control others and operates through manipulation, intimidation and domination. The Jezebel personality is often motivated by fear and insecurity. These negative traits are apt to be deeply entrenched making it difficult to conquer them without the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Sampson is more optimistic when he is talking about combatting the spirit of flesh in the broader sense. The author sees that God wants us to repent of self-centredness and become empty vessels relying solely on the Holy Spirit for guidance. God wants us to move to a higher place leaving behind weakness and defeat. On this hopeful note the book ends. Before you get to this point, however, you will probably gain a lot more respect for the destructive potential of the Jezebel spirit.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Ann Blevins on May 31, 2007
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Early in the book, CONFRONTING JEZEBEL: DISCERNING AND DEFEATING THE SPIRIT OF CONTROL, author Steve Sampson states, "God is exposing and judging the spirit of Jezebel in the Church. Hallelujah" (p. 23). That is only part of what God is doing; He is exposing and judging the spirit of Jezebel through strengthening and sharpening the discernment of his chosen ones, who live constantly in the prophetic flow of His Spirit, and who follow Him with uncompromising obedience, that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Sampson does a fair job of developing his topic, confronting Jezebel, both in ourselves and others and does a good job of describing what the Jezebel spirit is like, how it manifests itself. For a more thorough presentation of the etiology (roots) of Jezebel, I recommend Juanita Bynum's book, My Spiritual Inheritance, and more specifically, her chapter on, "The Seduction of Jezebel." Bynum herself recommends Jezebel Vs. Elijah: The Great End Time Clash, by Bree Keyton, a book I have not read yet, but plan to soon, such is my level of respect for Bynum's treatment of the subject.

I appreciate, perhaps most of all, Sampson's chapter, "You Can Live Higher," about how ardently God wishes to take us above the natural to live in the Spirit, feeding us daily with His Word, Himself. This is the very thing Jezebel opposes.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555) at (gmail) dot (com) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2009
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CONFRONTING JEZEBEL is a great introduction to the Jezebel Spirit of control. It details how this impulse to control and dominate operates in individual lives as well as how it affects churches and other organizations. The most interesting section is the descriptions of those with personalities that have been given over to the destructive power of the Jezebel Spirit. Reading it will equip you to quickly recognize those who are seeking to control you, others, or your church. It will also give some very useful Biblical insight into addressing those problems.

However, much of the book is laid out in a random fashion. There isn't a cohesive argument presented, nor a particularly compelling methodology for addressing the Jezebel spirit, except to confront it directly and with authority. The book is filled with asides, rabbit trails, and speculation. It would have benefited from a good editor.

Many of the examples provided in the book of those affected by manipulative individuals have negative outcomes. I was looking for more of an emphasis on how to address individuals/situations and bringing them into the peace of Christ. It would have been nice to have several examples of those redeemed from the influence of Jezebel and brought into the freedom of Christ Jesus.

Another issue I had with the book is that while Sampson is careful to reiterate that the Jezebel spirit is genderless (i.e. it can be present in either male or female) all the examples of those behaving under the influence of the Jezebel spirit are female. This struck me as odd.

Overall, this is a useful book and worth reading. However, it is not a decisive or thorough discussion of the spirit of control that is killing many churches these days. Read it as an introduction and take as much away as possible, but be ready to read other books alongside this one to really get a solid understanding of the subject.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Henry Newberry on July 6, 2005
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The exposure from this book has revealed some of my own hidden agendas as well that of others which has keep me held back from God's best for me.

Thanks Pastor Sampson
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Beth Strand on July 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Ok, first, let me say I realize I'll probably get struck by lightning for this review but I really struggled with this book. The subtitle is "Discerning and Defeating the Spirit of Control." As a perfectionist, I thought this book might be great in helping me "Let go, let God" but it was something else entirely. Steve Sampson goes into great detail in retelling the story of Jezebel, the evil queen of the Old Testament who managed to lure the spineless king, Ahab, into all sorts of idol worship. When the prophet Elijah confronted the king, Jezebel went for blood.
The story is a great jumping off point but somewhere along the line, it seems like Sampson spends more time extolling the strengths of the "Jezebel Principality" than he does in teaching how to deal with its influence. And, according to Sampson, its influence is mighty. He lists 40 different traits that are part of the Jezebel Spirit, everything from refusing to admit guilt, loving to vent or is pushy and domineering. The list was so comprehensive that I was left wondering what sins were left over to be the result of just being flawed humans.
Now, I'm a Christian and I firmly believe that there is a force for evil and that Satan has helpers. However, I do believe that focusing on the evil spirit that causes our misbehavior is putting your focus in the wrong place. When your child misbehaves, do you accept from him or her that they were "made" to do it by someone, or do you just work on helping them with better behavior? We are free-will agents who make choices, some good, some bad. I think our energy is best spent on focusing on who we should be and what we are called to be, rather than diagnosing which influence we can blame our bad behavior on.
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