If you feel sorry for Jezebel, she’ll not only pull on your heart strings, but she’ll play you like the proverbial fiddle. This master manipulator will seduce you into her web of witchcraft using your own compassion as bait.
Remember my sixth point in 15 Ways to Discern Jezebel in Your Midst: “People influenced by a Jezebel spirit play the victim. They want your pity.” The reason this seducing spirit wants your sympathy is strategic: Pity opens the door for this devil. Soulish compassion blocks discernment—but that’s no excuse for tolerating Jezebel. In fact, if you tolerate a Jezebel spirit, Jesus has something against you.
In Revelation 2:20, Jesus declared, “But I have a few things against you: You permit that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, but she did not repent.”
Refuse to Operate in Soulish Compassion
Jesus has made a pathway for people in bondage to Jezebel to repent, but our soulish compassion will not lead someone to repentance. Jezebel knows this, and teaches its prey to play the victim so you’ll feel sorry for them and tolerate the ungodly behavior.
Most people operating in a Jezebel spirit have a long, sad story of how they’ve been sorely abused. How people misunderstand them; ways they’ve been falsely accused; and how they’ve lived a lifetime of sickness; how churches mistreat them—or some other tall tale they remind you of as often as you’ll listen. They want to form a co-dependent relationship with you so you can pet their flesh—and they can pet yours.
The entire scene is sad, truly sad. But offering soulish compassion is just a manifestation of tolerating Jezebel. And tolerating Jezebel is dangerous. Consider Christ’s words in Revelation 2:22-23:
“Look! I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will put her children to death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the hearts and minds. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.“
Christ’s Compassion Leads to Miracles
We must not tolerate Jezebel’s tactics. We can not come into agreement with somebody’s self-pity. Self-pity attracts devils. Many of us go through trauma and tragedy in our lives. We have two choices: submit our broken soul to the Holy Spirit so He can pour out the healing balm of Gilead or harden our hearts, choose unforgiveness and invite demons to erect strongholds in our minds.
Those operating in a Jezebel spirit chose the latter, even if they didn’t understand what they were choosing. They are carrying unresolved hurts and wounds that opened the door for Jezebel to serve as a guardian when Jesus was there the whole time with outstretched arms willing to heal.
It’s a tragic reality, but it doesn’t have to be. People influenced by a Jezebel spirit can choose to break free—but it’s a choice only they can make. We need to have Christ’s compassion on people operating in a Jezebel spirit. That means refusing to play patty cake with demons. It means standing strong against this spirit’s manipulation and control tactics. It also means speaking the truth in love and refusing to feel sorry for Jezebel.
This spirit cannot be tolerated for a moment. We need to point those influenced by this seducing devil to the truth that sets them free (John 8:32). Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). The entrance of His word brings light (Ps. 1119:130). Ultimately, you can only labor so long with someone who flat out refuses to face the pain that led them to trust a spirit other than the Holy Spirit to protect them. Ultimately, if Jezebel won’t repent, you have to pull back and pray. Let the Spirit of God lead you, but remember this: Jesus will never lead you to tolerate Jezebel.