Summary: We establish patterns and habitual reaction patterns. One step can start a progression that can lead us to spiritual destruction. Let's learn to deal with the internal issues before we worry about the external. Let us study Jezebel's life patterns.
YOU SURE ARE PRETTY IN THAT WINDOW…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
There was a family that lived way out in the country. They got all the water they needed out of the well. The water was always so cool and so good to drink. The water was so refreshing. One day the old cat was almost blind and could not hear it thunder. The cat went down to get a cool drink and accidently fell down into the well and died there. As the family drew water out of the well there was a different smell. In the bucket in the kitchen
Grandma tasted the water. It was terrible. So the next day one of the young boys walked to town and purchased a gallon of rust covering paint and the family gathered around the well and painted the old pumped a pretty silver color. The paint was so shiny and pretty. They all bragged how pretty the old pump was.
The farmer pumped the well, the paint did not help. There was still a terrible odor and the water tasted terrible. The family depended on that well for generations. They called the county water man to come out the next day. They explained they had painted the pump to no avail. The agent said it must not be an external issue. The agent had the farmer to remove the pump and there they found the old cat’s body. No wander the water was making everyone sick.
The county agent helped the family remove the cat’s body and drained all the water they could. Then he poured some chemicals down in the well. The county agent said: Now the water is drained, the water will be OK in 48 hours.
See many of us seem to focus on the externals. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN WHITE WASH AND WASH WHITE. God please her us get to the REAL ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, INTERNAL.
Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
My dad would always say PRETTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP. My old brother would always add: YES, BUT UGLINESS GOES ALL THE WAY TO THE BONE.
What is pretty? What is ugly?
Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
WE TEND TO GET STUCK IN A RUT. HAVE YOU HEARD IT SAID: IT IS INSANE TO KEEP DOING THINGS THE SAME OLD WAY AND THEN EXPECT A DIFFERENT OUTCOME?
2 Kings 9:7 And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
2 Kings 9:7 (MSG) Your assignment is to attack the regime of Ahab your master. I am avenging the massacre of my servants the prophets—yes, the Jezebel-massacre of all the prophets of GOD.
Humans tend to become habitual… a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up… We can so develop our routine or norm until we don’t control the habit, the habit controls us…
*PATTERN… a model or design used for reoccurring that shapes or influences us.
(Grandma’s old paper dress patterns.)
*REACTION PATTERN… We tend to walk in life reacting to situations instead of controlling the circumstances.
EVER READ MY LINE: LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AND 90% HOW YOU HANDLE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES… COME WITH ME AND LET US LOOK AT THE PATTERN THAT AN EVIL LADY ESTABLISHED IN HER LIFE STYLE AND SHE LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR HER WHOLE FAMILY… I CALL THIS THE TRIAL OF THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT…
Jezebel was a mean spirited, evil woman. She was married to one of the most evil Kings in the Bible, AHAB. Remember how manipulative she was really was. Jezebel was scheming and she respected no one. Remember AHAB angry and pouting as he wanted NABBOTH’S VINEYARD.
RECALL JEZEBEL HATE THE PREACHER? She hated his message? She despised God. I developed a trail that is easy to establish your daily patterns.
*The Trail of a JEZEBEL SPIRIT
* ANGER grows:
*CONTROL ISSUES grow:
*PERFECTIONIST (Judge according to performance) this grows:
*I WANT: SELFISHNESS THIS THEN DEVELOPS…
*PAIN: You tend to inflect pain on others. The pain grows:
*BITTERNESS is an unseen root and it grows:
* HOLY HATRED: Hatred that thinks it is justified… this grows:
*ALIENATION: to become isolated to leave the group or activity, to lose sympathy… this grows