– Kenneth Hagin:
The Authority of the Believer
As I mentioned earlier, if the devil attacks me, I have authority over him, because I have authority over my own life. I can tell him to leave my house immediately. I also can control situations as long as people are in my presence.
For example, a pastor friend of mine from Fort Worth, Texas, once accompanied me to a campmeeting I was to preach in California. He had suffered from sugar diabetes for many years and had to test his urine every morning to determine how much insulin he needed for his daily injection.
Trying to teach him a lesson of faith, I turned to him as we pulled out of the driveway of his parsonage and I said, “You’ll never register any sugar as long as you’re with me.”
You see, I could control that disease as long as he was with me—as long as he was on my premises. But I couldn’t control it when he was away from me. I would have to train him to exercise spiritual authority for himself.
He looked at me as if he didn’t believe me, but he was with me almost two weeks and he never registered any sugar, even though he ate pie and cake.
“Now I know I’ll register sugar today,” he would say. After testing himself, he’d say, “That beats anything I’ve ever seen in my life!” He later told me he was home three days before he started registering sugar again.
You see, I had claimed authority over that disease. Although I had control over the unseen force, I didn’t have control over the pastor’s will. I could control the unseen force as long as the pastor was in my presence, and I tried to convince him that he could exercise the same authority, but he didn’t catch on. He expected the diabetes to return, and it did. It took him five years
before he finally understood spiritual authority. (Some of us preachers are slow!) If I could have been with other people constantly, I could have helped them, too, but I can’t live with people; I don’t have time.
– ***. You can be released from oppression to your body and your mind. You can exercise spiritual authority over others as long as they are in your presence. You can take authority over all unseen forces.
If you learn how to exercise spiritual authority like this, it will work in your home as well. I’ve heard of women who exercised their spiritual authority when their unsaved husbands came home arguing and fighting. The women had learned how to quietly and calmly rebuke the evil spirits behind the situation and claim authority over them—and the situation changed.
I learned how to do this years ago when some of my relatives would get extremely angry. I simply took authority over the situation. They knew when I did it, because they looked at me with a startled expression—and they straightened out immediately. I wasn’t exercising authority over their will, however, but over the spirit that made them act the way they did. Jesus once told His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem to suffer many things and to die. Peter objected. Jesus immediately rebuked him, saying, “Get thee behind me, Satan….” (Matt.
16:23). Jesus wasn’t saying that Peter was Satan. He was showing
that Peter had sided in with doubt, unbelief, and the devil. Sometimes Christians unconsciously yield to the enemy, but we can take authority over that spirit.
Kenneth Hagin Sr.
– *** Even when I was a young Baptist pastor, I always took authority over fear and doubt. If I was tempted to doubt, I would say, “Doubt, I resist you in the Name of Jesus.” If I was tempted to fear, I would say, “Fear, I resist you in the Name of Jesus.” Doubt and fear will leave you when you do this.
We even have authority over those who oppose the truth.
In Texas there was a Full Gospel minister who lived next door to a policeman. The policeman belonged to a denomination that is vehemently opposed to speaking in tongues.
The minister got the policeman to visit his church. Then the policeman somewhat jokingly asked the minister to go with him to his church. The minister decided to go because the policeman told him his minister was going to speak on the subject of tongues.
During his sermon, this minister didn’t base any of his remarks on the Bible, but told about different things he’d heard had happened among these “tongue talkers.” Then he began imitating speaking in tongues. Hearing this, the Full Gospel minister took authority over the situation. The speaker stopped abruptly, turned pale, and sat down without finishing his sermon.
The policeman realized what had happened. Afterwards he went to the Full Gospel pastor, shook his hand, and hugged him. He said, “Bless God, I’m glad God arrested him. He ought to have had more sense than that.”
The next night the preacher apologized for talking about something he didn’t know much about. He said he felt as if God had arrested him, and he added that it is better to leave things alone when we don’t know much about them.