And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. – Matthew

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James

Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. – Peter

Your enemy is your friend.

He is in your life for a good purpose.  And he has no authority to be there unless your Father first gave it to him.

When Jesus rebukes a demon, it is on behalf of someone else’s suffering.  His words have power through His identity and authority as the son of God.  His compassion for people engages that power.

When He Himself comes under attack, as in Gethsemane and the cross, He resists His enemy.  You don’t see Jesus rebuking the devil any more than you see Him calling down angels to save Him.  It is in His resistance that the victory is won.

This enemy, the devil, is the only one we are encouraged to resist.  Resistance requires effort.  Effort requires energy.  Effort and energy produce strength.  This strength brings forth the real you.

It starts with weakness.  This is the point of opportunity for God’s power to be made perfect.  We’ve been pressured to hide our weakness and rebuke the devil.  Neither reveal the Lord in us.

When Satan walked among the sons of God in the presence of the Lord, the Father asks Satan if he had considered Job.  God brought the fight to Job, not Satan.  Though Job suffered greatly, two great truths are revealed.  The devil is at the mercy of the Father’s authority.  Job comes through a better, and might I say richer, man on the other side.

Simply rebuking the devil in your own life is ignorance of his purpose.  When we just want him gone, we forget that he wouldn’t be there if the Lord was not overseeing him.  We must first take heart in the realization that all authority in heaven and belongs to Jesus.

Rebuking demons is for those who have not yet realized their identity as children of God.  That’s what we do for others.  Resisting the enemy is for us sons who realize that the effort brings forth Christ in us, the hope of glory.

We all suffer – physically, mentally, financially, relationally – the list can be long.  Some of our suffering is the result of our own decisions.  Whether brought on by ourselves or not, the suffering can have purpose.  Redeem the attack by realizing the incredible opportunity in the battle.

Take heed of your attitude toward your enemy.  Do not fear him.  He is not worth that waste of energy.  Engage him intentionally, allowing him to reveal who you were always meant to be.

Just like in Jesus, he had no idea who he was crucifying until the third day.

Imagine the look on his face when, thinking he’s beaten you, the real YOU comes out of the “grave”.

No, don’t fear him.

He is to fear YOU.

In love,