Ahab – What Is An Ahab – Is There An Ahab In Your Life
(CREDITS) Basic information for this article about Ahab was obtained from the writings of several Christian authors including Stephen Bell (The KEY Ministries), Ivory Hopkins (Pilgrim’s Ministry of Deliverance), Bill Banks (IMPACT Christian Books), Frank Hammond (The Children’s Bread Ministry), Gordon Powlison and my personal deliverance ministry and experiences. All Bible references from NASB.
The opposite demonic spirit of Jezebel is the spirit of Ahab, which primarily affects men. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel are the most noted couple with these 2 spirits working in them. 1 KINGS 16:29-33, 1 KINGS 18, 19:1-2, 21:1-25
The Family line of curses come into play when scripture is violated by husband and wife. 1 COR 11:3 describes godly order with God, Christ, man and woman. Satan began to destroy the family with Adam and Eve. Their home was thrown out of order when they sinned. Many of God’s people do not realize that if a home is out of order then God will smite that home with a curse. Too many fathers, through rebellion and lust, have not lived a godly example to their wife and children. The end result of this neglect opens the door for rebellion spirits to enter the wife and their children.
EPH 5:25 – Husbands, LOVE your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it. Too many men fail to provide spiritual leadership in their homes and then, too often, the spirit of Jezebel surfaces in the wife causing the wife to be forced into headship of the home which is totally demonic. No woman can fulfill the father’s role. Men need to carefully watch for the spirit of rebellion and disorder in themselves which causes a man to lie around the house and let the woman work and support the family. This is a very serious part of the Ahab spirit at work.
Men – stop pushing your wives to do your God-given responsibilities. She is not to manage the home, correct the children, go to work to support the family…be the man God called you to be, provide that umbrella of protection for your wife and family. Be a leader in all areas.
The life of Ahab shows us principles to avoid. His life is a prime example of what a man should not be. Ahab considered the things of God as being trivial. He left the things of God to his wife Jezebel and as a result she led him into her pagan religion instead of him leading her to follow the true and living God. Ahab should have married an Israelite but instead held marriage in low esteem and married a Sidonian daughter of a king which included political considerations. Another failure in the making. He married for position. He followed after Baal ( 1 KINGS 16:31 )
God says that the man is to be the head in the family. So Satan goes for the head to attempt to destroy the male and his role of leadership. He tempts the man to let his wife handle problems that he should take care of. This is an issue of transferring of responsibilities and in doing this the man becomes weaker and weaker and may even become an invalid. The burden is on the man, not the woman. Remember that the “sins of the fathers” will pass down to the children and grandchildren. They will live on and on.
Here are some examples of how Ahab works
- has lightness towards sin
- is a workaholic or alcoholic
- enjoys childish things, sulking, temper tantrums, drinking
- may call his wife Mom, Mama. May want to a like a “little boy”
- may be attracted to a Jezebel type wife, giving him excuses to commit adultery, get drunk, act irresponsibly and rationalize situations
- views parenting as playing with the children but avoiding the unpleasant
- puts “being out with the boys” above his family duties
- doubts his own abilities
- dislikes using his God-given authority to decision making
- unable to cope with his wife’s problems, tunes her out
- attempt to please his Jezebel wife by letting her have her way
- may have a “competitive” spirit. Goals are wealth, success, status, greed
- plays the guessing game: What did I do, how can I please her
- definitely does not want to lead but to criticize those who do. Passive.
- feels inadequate to support his family, gets frustrated, leaves the house
What can you do, as a man, to counter this Ahab spirit in you? First of all ADMIT you are an Ahab and that it begins with the head, the man, it begins with YOU. Don’t sit back, nothing will happen till you move out and take action.
Throw yourself on the mercy of God and say “Jesus, I need You. Deliver me from the curses on me and my family. Deliver me that I may be a man again, the man you planned for me to be since before the beginning.” After calling upon Jesus renounce the spirits, break the curses by your own words. Speak the prayers of deliverance. Pray in front of your wife and family. Speak the name of God. Do not be fearful under any circumstances.
Here are a few things to recognize in yourself as you deal with the Ahab spirit at work in your life:
- Men who won’t pray with their family
- Men who will not say the blessing at the table
- Men who will not read the Bible out loud at home
- Men who will not speak the Name of Jesus
- Men who will not raise their hands
These men are AHABS.
PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE FROM THE AHAB SPIRIT
Father in Heaven, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, my Savior and Lord. Father, it is my desire to see Your Kingdom come into my lie and into my family. Right now I make a decision to forgive any and everyone who has had influence in my life to cause me to be less than the man of God You want me to be. Father, I forgive the following persons (name anyone who comes to mind).
I repent of being like an Ahab and ask You to forgive me. I confess the sin of abdication of headship in my marriage and family and now take back the authority and responsibility You have given to me. Lord, forgive me for allowing disorder in my life and disobedience to Your Word. By the power that works in me according to Your strength and anointing, I will watch over and minister to my wife and children. Father, I ask for wisdom and guidance as I do this.
In the Name of Jesus, I break every curse that has come upon me and my family because of my sins and the sins of my ancestors. I command every demon spirit that has come in through curses to leave me. Go out of me, now, in the name of Jesus Christ! You must also loose my wife and family. I say to you demons, GO!
Thank You, Father, for deliverance and healing, now and in the days to come. Praise Your Holy Name. AMEN!