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It’s not a Party Line!

One last thing about this Jesus encounter:

And He arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever; and they made request of Him on her behalf.  And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately arose and waited on them. ~ Luke 4:38-39

Jesus rebuked the fever.

Sometimes the right approach is to deal directly with the opposition.

Jesus rebuked the fever.

Sometimes you need to get right in the face of the problem and send it packing.


It’s time for us to realize that satan (yes – it is lowercase intentionally) and Jesus are not on the same line. Have you ever prayed this way:

Lord, in the name of Jesus please reach down and touch like only you can, and satan, I command you to take your hand off. Thank you Father in Jesus name.

We sit with eyes closed, and heads bowed and talk to satan. He does not deserve our reverence.

Ok – I know I am just picking now, but Jesus and satan are not on a party line.

I believe in dealing directly with satan, but it is time to open your eyes, lift your head up and rebuke, resist, and refuse him directly.

Jesus did not pray to satan, Jesus did not pray to fever, Jesus did not pray to disabilities. He rebuked them, He addressed them, He commanded them to go.

And they left.

BenWell – there you go

See you again soon



0 thoughts on “It’s not a Party Line!

  1. joseph elon lillie

    Yes and amen. Most times I find resisting the devil is done by submitting to God. There are times we might have to rebuke the enemy but most times spiritual warfare is best accomplished by drawing closer to Jesus rather than by playing chicken with the evil one.

  2. Deborah

    Just really excellent teaching Pastor Ben! These are the words of wisdom that NEED to be fed in God's churches!
    Meditating on the word- chewing on it- over and over and God will give us the wisdom if we ask for it! Thanks!

    1. Ben Nelson

      You said a mouthful Larry! That's perfect - Worship Jesus - and Like Gayle says - sometimes it's best to just ignore old sulfer breath all together

  3. livinginobscurity

    Sometimes I think he(satan) feeds off our attention. I agree with dealing with him head on with eyes wide open, and sometimes choosing not to give him any attention sends him off to figure out a new way to get at you! Trying to practice that one! For too long I have given him way too much attention!
    Great post Ben!

    1. Ben Nelson

      That is a great strategy Gayle, Love it - I was just venting at a pet peeve - praying to satan make me crazy a bit - but i love the idea of ignoring him altogether and like Larry said above -Worhshipping Jesus

      1. livinginobscurity

        I just remember Lester Sumrall ?Spelling) saying how satan would attack him as he slept. He would wake up and say " oh, its only you" then roll back over and go to sleep. It is my goal to get there! 🙂

  4. bennetta faire

    Wowza, good! I totally LOVE the party line metaphor--once again, you give us a nice clear visual so we remember the day's class lesson. Betcha I ace this test, at least...! God bless you BIG (and no jumping on the bed!)--love, Cj

    1. Ben Nelson

      LOL - no worries - You have to understand - I stood at the end of the bed with a big chair in the front - that acted as the reins of my horse, and the bed behind me was a stage coach. Hard to resist a bit of bouncing!


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