Reserved For Yahweh – Rebuking the Enemy

st_michael_vs_the_devil_by_niwanotanukiIt may come as a surprise to some, but there are some things that God the Father, Yahweh, has specifically reserved for Himself.  The first is rebuking Satan.  Many Believers have been erroneously taught that this is part of their authority.  Believers certainly have tremendous authority and privileges, i.e., “more than conquerors,” “I can do all things through Christ,” “Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We do indeed have tremendous spiritual power at our disposal, but rebuking the enemy is not part of that.  Some will respond:  “But we are told to resist the devil, and he will flee from us.”  Absolutely true.  But resisting is not rebuking; and resisting is not something we say – it is something we do as an habitual lifestyle.  When the Nazis took over France in WW2 the inhabitants of the villages and cities didn’t confront their enemy with cries of “We resist you, so go away!”  What they did do was to create a resistance that posed a very real problem and threat to the purpose of the Nazi regime, and so it must be with us.  So what about rebuking the devil?  Look at it this way:  have you ever rebuked the enemy and he didn’t “buke”?  He doesn’t have to and he won’t because we don’t have that power.  It is reserved for One:  Yahweh.  Consider the battle between Michael the Archangel and Lucifer over the body of Moses.  The enemy wanted Moses’ body because he wanted to make a shrine that would distract faithful followers for the rest of time.  If you think that is ludicrous just consider the fact that so many faithful have kissed the marble foot of the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica that the foot has lost its definition and looks like it’s webbed. What was Michael’s most powerful weapon in that struggle?  The Name of Yahweh!  Look it up:  Jude 9 –

“Yet Michael the Archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “Yahweh rebuke you!”.

In Malachi 3 Yahweh instructs us to bring all the tithe into the storehouse (that is the church to which you have been joined).  When we are obedient to do this He will, among other wonderful things, “rebuke the devourer for your sakes.”  (v. 11).  And finally in Zechariah 3 we find the most definitive proof of all.  Satan the accuser has appeared before the throne of Yahweh and He said, “I, Yahweh, rebuke you Satan!” (v. 2).  It is incontrovertibly clear:  rebuking the enemy is the sole power of Yahweh.  In conclusion, here is what we should all be doing:  first, live in such a way as to constantly be resisting the enemy and his works; second, when the enemy is getting too close cry out with this war cry – “Yahweh rebuke you!”  and watch him run!!

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