AHAB – THE REAL PROBLEM

Characteristics of Ahab
(for Biblical basis see 1Kings 16:29 through 2Kings 9:37 and tape of 6/15/03)

Apathetic
– has handed over responsibility and authority to Jezebel
Confused
– because he has surrendered his “manhood” and “headship” responsibilities
Defeated
– beaten down into submission
Disgusted
– totally fed up with his life and his circumstances, but powerless to do anything about it
Fearful
– Ahab fears Jezebel, but fear is the underlying need that Jezebel fulfills – a typical “double-bind”
Frustrated
– the Ahab man is constantly frustrated because his needs become secondary and only are
fulfilled if Jezebel decides to do something about it for him
Hateful
– Ahab hates himself and hates his Jezebel and, therefore, hates everything and everyone
Hopeless
– once control and authority was handed over to Jezebel, he is a puppet at her command which leaves him feeling helpless and hopeless
Indecisive
– can no longer make decisions; has ceded that right to Jezebel and is afraid to come against her
Irresponsible
– enjoys not having the weight of responsibility, which makes Ahab conscienceless
Lazy
– it’s always someone else’s responsibility, which gets to be a way of life for Ahab
Lustful
– as a counterfeit of the love he doesn’t’ receive from his Jezebel
Rationalization
– can always explain things away, especially in his own mind
Rejection
– a root cause of Ahab tendencies which Jezebel at first seems to fulfill, but which later turns into loss of self, another form of rejection
Spiritual blindness
– the Jezebel and Ahab spirits are so anti-Christ that it is very difficult for the light of
Truth to penetrate the darkness
Suicidal
if Ahab does not find an outlet for his pent up anger, frustration and hatred, he may turn on
himself
Wounded ego/spirit
– Ahab’s self-esteem and self-worth are extremely low which can cause him to do
things to feed his pride which will manifest in settings outside Jezebel’s influence

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