|THE POWER OF WORDS OF REBUKE
E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett
I AM REVEALED
May 07 2012
In the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice saying, Let us
alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art;
the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had
thrown him in the midst, he came out of him and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves
saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
In his version of this account, Mark added a vital question: “What new doctrine is this? For with authority commandeth
he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him” (Mark 1:27).
For many believers in our day, the idea of rebuking the devil with authority is a “new doctrine.” It’s new only because it
is not practiced by the majority of Christians. Exercising the spoken word of rebuke is powerful.
Roberta Lashley has a remarkable testimony about the authority of the believer’s rebuke, even when it is spoken by
someone new to the faith. Roberta was seventeen when she was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Her baptism was
evidenced by speaking in tongues. Being baptized in the Spirit is often a rapturous experience, as it was for Roberta.
Caught up in the ecstasy of being filled with the Spirit, she forgot about the last bus that was headed toward her home.
The delights of the fresh infilling were so joyful, Roberta didn’t mind having to walk home that night.
The final leg of her hike was up part of Bald Knob Mountain, a steep grade leading to her home. Just as she began to
ascend the mountain road, a car stopped. It was a common practice for people living on the mountain to offer rides to
others who were walking. Roberta peered into the car and thought she recognized the driver as a neighbor. After
getting into the car, she realized the man was a stranger.
As they approached her home, Roberta told the driver, “That’s my home, right there,” but the man didn’t slow down.
She repeated in a louder voice, “You just drove past my home. Please let me out now.” But the man ignored her and
sped up the mountain road.
By that point, it was no longer the blessed Holy Spirit controlling Roberta’s emotions. There was an invader, the
tormenting spirit of fear, vexing her. After the man stopped the car, he sneered, “I’m going to rape you, and then, I will
kill you and drop your body down an abandoned mine shaft nearby. Nobody will ever know what happened to you.”
Fear and panic were Roberta’s unwelcome companions. But there was also a greater power: the mighty presence of
the Holy Spirit, the Helper who had been sent to her by Jesus. Roberta remembered missionaries from the Philippines
who had visited her church and had related how they had used the “believer’s rebuke” with great results. As the man
began his evil actions, Roberta was endeavoring to recall the exact words the missionaries had used.
When the man came at her, Roberta spoke out: “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ.”
The impact of that spoken phrase of rebuke produced a startling reaction. The man pulled back quickly. Stammering,
he said, “Rebuke? What does that mean?”
Roberta replied, “It means Jesus Christ has given me power over you, and you cannot harm me in any way.”
The man started shaking. He grasped the steering wheel and began to scream, “I didn’t know. I just didn’t know.”
Then, he turned to Roberta and said, “I am really not a bad person. No, I’m not a bad person.”
This must have sounded pathetic coming from a man who had just proclaimed that he was going to rape and kill a
woman before tossing her body down an abandoned mine shaft!
Then, the man restarted the car, backed up, and drove back down the mountain road. As he drove, Roberta quickly
explained to him the love God had for him. He stopped in front of Roberta’s home and let her out, where her mother
was waiting at the front door.
In the account in Luke 4, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and it came out, but nothing happened until He spoke those
words of rebuke. Similarly, through her words, Roberta Lashley rebuked the devil’s evil intentions through the wicked
man, who was forbidden to do any harm to this woman. Nothing happened until Roberta spoke those words of authority
and rebuked the unclean power that possessed that man. What do you need to rebuke in your life? Do it now by the
authority of Jesus Christ.
KEYS TO RECEIVING GOD’S MIRACLES, by E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett, Copyright 2011, Whitaker House.
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