The Jezebel Spirit

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Jezebel was married to Ahab who was king of Israel.  Jezebel manipulated her husband in many ways.  He began worshiping Baal, the god of nature and fertility, which was the same god that Jezebel worshiped.  Elijah advised the king that he had upset God and that God would cause a drought to come upon the land.   Ahab had killed many prophets at Jezebel’s command and caused the nation to be under a great famine.
When Elijah came back to show himself to Ahab they had a contest on the mountain to see who’s alter would light fire.  Ahab called on the name on Baal from morning until noon and the alter was not consumed.  Elijah set up the alter for the Lord God, he even filled the trench with water.  And when he called on the name of the Lord, fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice and the water.  Elijah prayed to God for rain.  Later on the clouds became dark and heavy and it rained.
Jezebel had such a stronghold on Ahab that he told her about Elijah.  Jezebel sent a message telling Elijah that she was going to have him killed.  Jezebel also had a man named Naboth killed.  Her husband desired to have Naboth’s vineyard but Naboth was not willing to sell it.  So Jezebel sent a letter in Ahab’s name to the elders of the city where Naboth lived.  She commanded them to fast and then stone Naboth to death.  When Jezebel found out Naboth was dead she told her husband he can now take over the vineyard.  Elijah was sent back to Ahab by God to tell Ahab that “dogs would lick his blood”.  Ahab repented of his sins, but Ahab’s heart was not pure.  Ultimately Ahab was killed in battle and dogs did lick up his blood.
Jehu was appointed king over Israel.  Jehu went to Jezreel and Jezebel “painted her face”.  It was already prophesied that Jezebel would be eaten by dogs.  When Jehu entered the city Jezebel insulted him by calling him a murder.  Jehu had her thrown from the window and trampled over her while on horse back.  Later on he instructed some people to bury her but there was nothing left of her but her skull, feet and the palm of her hands.

The Jezebel spirit goes after weak people.  Ahab quickly told his wife about every problem.  She didn’t care if it caused some one to die just for herself or her husband to have their way.  The Jezebel spirit destroys lives.  This also proves how marriages can actually led to your demise.  Marriage is a union and if you unite with a man or woman who worships money, their careers, or even themselves, you are setting yourself up for failure.  Worshiping anything besides God will lead you down a dark path.  If you or some one you know is battling with this spirit, it stems from control.  Something may have happened to you to cause you think you always need control.  But trying to always control the things that happen in your life doesn’t mean that you will be happy.  True happiness is found only in Christ Jesus. If you are married to a Jezebel please know that by letting her run your household you are only feeding that spirit.  It’s time to step up and be the man who God has called you to be.  Pray for her deliverance.  Love her even when she pushes you away.  I promise God hears your prayers.  Your labor is not in a vain. Let go and let God.

HIV (human immunodeficiency) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency) is a virus that attacks a person’s blood cells knows as CD4+ T cells.  These particular blood cells are needed to help fight diseases.  Symptoms may show up within a few weeks and resemble the flu.  Others may be infected for years with little or no symptoms.  Medication can slow down the disease and reduce the rest of transmitting it to others.  HIV left untreated can cause other health problems such as kidney, liver, and cardiovascular disease.

In 2007 there were 35,962 new cases of AIDS and 14,110 deaths.  Also in 2007 46% of the HIV cases were African Americans.  This trend has remained at a constant rate.   Among men, African Americans contact HIV 6 times more than Caucasians.  The rate of black women being infected was 15 times higher than white women.

*Caucasians contract HIV less than Hispanics and Blacks.*
During a lifetime, 1 in 16 black men will be infected with HIV and 1 in 32 black women.

After reading that statistic, there is nothing else left to say.  Get tested.  Know your status.

Please visit http://www.cdc.gov for more information.  I love you all

The sexually transmitted disease genital herpes comes in two types, type 1 and type 2.  Usually there are very few symptoms.  When signs appear it can sometimes be a small blister that leave behind ulcers.  A few weeks later, the ulcers disappear.  Outbreaks occur within weeks or months and gradually decrease over time.  One out of six people between the ages of 14 to 49 are infected with genital herpes type 2.  The infection is more common in women than men.  Herpes can be spread even when an outbreak is not visible.  Herpes type 1, also known as fever blisters,  can cause genital herpes.  Currently, there is no cure for herpes but treatment can help prevent outbreaks and reduce the likely hood of transmitting the disease to a partner.  If left untreated, herpes can cause mental problems.

If you currently do not know your status, please make an appointment.  There are many free clinics.  Call you local health department.  I know it may to scary but it’s best to know so that we can slow down the infection rates.

 

On a side note: You can still get the disease even while wearing a condom!  Abstinence is the safest way to protect yourself.  Please visit: http://www.cdc.gov for more information.

 

 

Syphilis is caused by a bacterium that was nicknamed “the great imitator” due to the fact that it often times mimics the symptoms of other sexually transmitted diseases.  In 2006, over 36,000 reports of syphilis was made.  Syphilis infects a person by direct contact with the sore.  The sores can be in the rectum, anus, vagina, genitals, lips or mouth.  There are many people who may have the disease for years with no symptoms.  It may start off as a rash, usually on the palms of hands and/or feet.  Some may have it for 10-20 years before symptoms develop.  Untreated syphilis can cause blindness, liver, brain and nerve damage or even death.

Syphilis is easily treated if caught during the early stages with in one year with antibiotics.  Even if you have had syphilis before, it is possible to be re-infected.  The best way to avoid an std, is to remain abstinent.  http://www.cdc.gov

                                                                    

On my last post, I told you all I would discuss why it seems like most of the std cases are within the African American community.  Even with Syphilis, African Americans are treated 3 times more, than Caucasians.    As an African American, I wanted to give this some additional thought.  Why is this the case?

Lil Wayne in the bed with multiple women

1. We have the highest number of single parent homes
2. Highest number of unemployment
3. The music we tend to listen to
4. The television programs we watch
I really want to address the music and television programs.  The music targeted at African Americans tell us that it’s okay to fornicate, have multiple partners “My girl got a girlfriend”, and being faithful to one mate is craziness.  The television shows targeted at African Americans says that men are hoes (and it’s okay) and women are only valuable for their bodies.  Take a look at most of the music videos by African American rappers.  It adds to the growing problem of std rates and no one is willing to take a stand.
I have never been one those ‘power to the people’, ‘black pride’ fist held high but I do not want to see my people die from sexually transmitted diseases.  There are many hate groups who are laughing at us as we kill off ourselves.  Time for a change.

Gonorrhea is a bacterium that grows in areas where plenty of moisture is present such as the uterus, cervix, and the urethra in males and females.  This sexually transmitted disease can grown in the eyes, anus, mouth and throat.  Each year in the United States it is estimated that Gonorrhea infects more than 700,000 people, but only 301,174 cases were reported.  Gonorrhea can be even be spread by mouth.  It can be transmitted without ejaculation.  Gonorrhea rates are the highest amongst teenagers, African Americans and young adults.  Untreated gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and epididymitis.  Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics but it doesn’t fix any complications.  There is an antibiotic resistant strain of Gonorrhea.  The disease has evolved making it difficult to treat in some cases.

An infant born with gonorrhea

Some people may have been infected and not even know it.  The symptoms that do appear include discharge that may be white, yellow, or green and burning when urinating.  Men may have swollen and painful testicles.  For females, the symptoms are usually non existent  or very faint.  It may seen to be a bladder infection.

If you or some one you know are experiences these symptoms, please see your doctor or head over to your local health department.

On the next post, I am going to discuss why it seems like most of the std cases are in the African American community.  As a fellow African American, it’s quite disturbing.

source: http://www.cdc.gov

http://healthlob.com/2011/06/chlamydia-definition-causes/

Chlamydia Bacteria

 

As many of you already know, shortly after I lost my virginity, I caught Chlamydia from a guy who I thought was only messing with me.  I decided today to do some research on this particular disease.  I shocked to find out that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chlamydia is the reported more than any other STD since 1994.  This particular STD infected eight times more African American men and women than Caucasians.  I was 18 years old at the time and currently for females between the ages of 15-19 year old, 3,329.3 out of 100,000 are infected.  The CDC suggests that women get an annual screening because the numbers are on the rise.  With medicine Chlamydia is curable, but if it is not caught it can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.  This infection can also be passed to an infant during childbirth.

The church needs to stop covering up sexual sins and their consequences.  “The thief comes only but to steal, kill and destroy…”  John 10:10.  He is killing our youth, slowly picking them off one by one because the church won’t tell the members to stop having sex outside of marriage.  Pastors’ won’t tell husbands to stop cheating on their wives.  2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” NIV.  Too many Christians have itchy ear syndrome.  They only want to hear good lovely things, and not the truth.  But if “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32.  It’s time out for games.  Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…”  Pastors, leaders, parents, the blood will be on your hands.

For more information please visit:  http://www.cdc.gov

I once heard this message Bishop TD Jakes spoke on that changed my total out look on marriage.  I can’t remember what he said word for word, so I’m going to just paraphrase and add things as the spirit leads.   Of course most of us are all familiar with the story of Adam and Eve.  God saw that Adam didn’t have a “suitable help meet”.  Genesis 2:21 “So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.”  Genesis 2:22 “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”.  Since God took the rib from Adam and created Eve, Adam and Eve share the same DNA.  I remember watching a Tyler Perry movie (I’ll talk about why I no longer watch his movies when he plays a woman) but Cicely Tyson was saying how she had laid her head on her husbands chest and his heart was beating at the same pace as hers.  Whether that statement be true or false, it still goes along with what I’m saying today, two people becoming one.  Not just soul ties but something much deeper.

For those men who are dating look for the characteristics that show you she is your missing rib.  God knows his creations.  He can count every hair on your head.  God has genetically matched you with some one.  That is so amazing to me.  After hearing that message, I realized the true importance of marriage.  It all made sense to me.  Often times the Bible uses marriage to explain the relationship between Jesus and the church.  Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”.  Did you see that “and gave himself up for her”.  Adam GAVE his rib, a part of himself.   Jesus GAVE His life.  That was revelation knowledge y’all LOL.  Here’s another scripture that speaks on oneness, Ephesians 5:28 “In this same way, husbands ought to love their own bodies.  He who loves his wife LOVES HIMSELF.”

I wrote all of this to say that marriage is more than rings, sex, and keeping the loneliness away.  Marriage is about exemplifying Christ’s love for the church.  Matthew 18:20 states “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”  Now take this scripture and think of it this way, you and your husband should be doing damage to the kingdom of darkness because the two of you should be gathered in His (Christ) name every day.   That’s why the enemy attacks marriages so much.  Marriage is serious,  and not to be taken lightly.   Before saying “I do” check your DNA.