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Spiritual Power Tools – Intro and Rebuking

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 13, 2009


Based on my last post, I feel is it a good time to look at the power tools given to the believer.

Before I begin, there are a couple very important keys to understanding the tools

  • the purpose of the tool
  • the limitations to the tool

Only God is limitless in power; we are not, and God is not going to give us “limitless” tools.  However, He has given us incredibly powerful tools that have the potential to raise the dead, heal the sick, touch the throne room of God and cast out demons.  Jesus gave us a glimpse of this when He told His disciples:

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

This power is given in various ways – through the crucifixion, the resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit, gifts given by the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit.

This power is engaged in various ways too – through prayer, worship, fasting and prayer, intercessory prayer, devoted prayer, laying on of hands, anointing with oil, prayer of the elders, confession, blessing and cursing and most important – faith.

It is important to understand that we have also been given limitations.  In fact, even the most powerful beings God created have limitations on how they can use the tools.

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)

Even the Lord himself uses this phrase when dealing with Satan (Zechariah 3:1-3).

I have heard a lot of Christians say things like, “I rebuke you Satan, in the name of Jesus”.  This is not a power a given to the believer AND it is a misuse of the word “rebuke”.

“Rebuke” is not a magic word, it represents a concept.  Rebuke means to “correct”.  If you substitute the word “correct” with “rebuke” in Scripture, you will see more clearly that it makes sense to give that power to the Lord.

The angel Michael is telling Satan, “the Lord correct you”.  This responsibility is the Lords, not yours.  Every time the Disciples used a rebuke, Jesus rebuked them back (Matthew 16:22, 19:13, Mark 14:5. There are somethings we don’t have the right to, and rebuking is not our job.

The Bible does give one exception, we are to rebuke (correct) our brother when he sins.  This is not a judgement, it is a safety measure God set up inside the Body of Christ to help us when we are in error.  (Luke 17:3)

But even rebuking your brother has limitations.  Paul tells Timothy that he should not rebuke older men harshly, but rather exhort him as if he were your father. (1 Timothy 5:1)

I know that we really want to make circle pegs work in square holes, but we don’t need to do that.  God has covered all the bases with the plan He has set forth.  Trust that plan.  Don’t invent new ones because God hasn’t changed and won’t change for you.  We are the ones that need to change, and sometimes the hardest change is letting go of practices and traditions taught by men that just don’t really line up with the Word of God.

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