Recently I had the privilege of talking with a church planting pastor who was facing some overwhelming challenges. It didn’t take long to see that they were facing the spirit of Jezebel — seems common with church plant efforts. We went through a terribly grueling, protracted period of fighting this spirit. I shared with the other pastor some of the lessons we learned and keys to defeating the spirit of Jezebel, like praying and fasting. Here’s a recent email exchange with a status update from them:

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012, Church Planter wrote:

Hi Kelly,
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me a couple of weeks ago. As you were speaking, I felt refreshed in my soul. Your words were exactly what I needed to hear. I shared what you said to my husband and he was equally blessed. In fact, we purchased Dr. Cho’s book and we have been taking his testimonies of faith to heart!
We have been praying and fasting. As I prayed against the spirit of Jezebel, I also was lead to pray against the spirit of death. I have felt more confident and more energized to lead in the past couple of weeks. A few nights ago I was “smothered” again by an oppressive spirit, but quickly prayed in the Spirit and felt released. It is uncanny how much we have felt the oppression and evil around us. Our core team has as well. We have asked them to begin praying in the Spirit as much as possible.
We have been reading about Elijah as well. I believe we have a choice to make early on in this church plant – either to press in and let God have full control and embrace the battle knowing God’s yoke is easy and His burden light or keep things comfortable. Thank you for pointing out the reality of what we are facing as church planters. I have been praying for you and Niki as well. God bless you and your family. God bless you for pouring yourselves out for His glory.

And my response:

It’s so good to hear from you! I was thinking of calling you to check in — I’m so glad to hear things are going well. Yes, you are so right about the strong temptation towards just being comfortable — in Revelation 2 the church was guilty of tolerating the spirit of Jezebel. They chose to just be comfortable rather than fight it/her. I’m also reminded of the verse in Revelation that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I suspect Cho’s testimonies are giving you little victories day by day!
Please keep me posted! I’m thinking about and praying for you!