Shared from: The Authority of the Believer
by Kenneth Hagin
Many years ago when I was pastoring a little church in Texas, a woman brought her violently insane sister to the parsonage to be prayed for. Because this woman had tried to kill herself and others, she had been in a padded cell for two years. However, her health had deteriorated, and doctors had recommended a furlough at home for her, because she was no longer considered dangerous.
When her sister introduced me as a “preacher,” Scriptures started to roll out of this woman’s mouth. She thought she had committed the unpardonable sin. The Lord told me to stand in front of her and say, “Come out, thou unclean devil, in the Name of Jesus!” I did that, but nothing happened. She just sat there looking like a statue.
I knew I had spoken the word of faith. You don’t have to stand there all day long and command devils to come out. They’re going to do it when you tell them to if you know your authority. They have to go once the command is given in faith.
Two days later I was told the woman was having a violent attack similar to the kind she had had when she first lost her mind. This news didn’t disturb me. In the Bible we read that when Jesus rebuked the devil in such cases, people would fall and the devil would tear them. I knew the devil was just tearing this woman before he left her for good. I knew she wouldn’t have any more spells, and she didn’t. The doctors pronounced her normal and sent her home for good. Twenty years later she was happy and healthy, teaching a Sunday School class and working in a business.