The Bible class in my home that I was leading was using Kenneth E. Hagin’s book “The Authority of the Believer” as our study guide. In the first chapter of that book, Kenneth Hagin points out that in the Bible, the book of Ephesians teaches us about the authority over satan which belongs to all believers.
Ephesians 6:12 states; “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of the age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
Hagin finishes the paragraph by saying, “but thank God we have authority over demons through the name of Jesus Christ”. And he goes on to say “as believers, we need to know what belongs to us. But just knowing what belongs to us isn’t enough, we need to act on that knowledge for it to produce results.”
“The authority that belongs to us doesn’t belong to a few chosen ones; it belongs to all the children of God. Actually, we receive this authority when we are born again. As we are made new creatures in Christ Jesus, we inherit the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can use it against the enemy, (the devil).
Hagin went on… Some folks think that this authority over the devil belongs to a few people to whom God has given special power. But really the devil doesn’t want people to find out what belongs to them. He does everything he can to obscure the knowledge of the truth. He knows that he can no longer oppress God’s people when they discover the authority that is theirs in Christ Jesus. Satan knows he has had his day then…. He knows that when the child of God finds out the truth, he is through being dominated by the enemy. The child of God will then dominate the devil and will enjoy the reality that rightfully belongs to him. That’s why the devil will do everything he can to keep people from learning the truth.” Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31)
Well I had learned the truth… and as I drove by ‘The Pleasure Palace Sauna Parlor’ on Friday morning March 6th 1978 I exercised my new found authority of the believer and said, “I bind every foul spirit that would cause men to come into this sauna parlor and prosper it.”
Immediately the angels of God went to work to bring the word of God that I had spoken out of my mouth from my heart to pass on the earth. Within 90 days, the ‘Pleasure Palace Sauna Parlor’ was closed.
If you establish the word of God concerning the authority of the believer in your heart and speak it out of your mouth it will work for you also. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say unto you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my Father. And whatever you ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name I will do it.”
Remember that word ask means ‘demand’ – it is a very strong ask. I encourage you to purchase and study Kenneth E. Hagin’s book ‘The Believers’ Authority’ it will change your life. The Authority of the Believer is a message every believer needs to have soundly established in their spirit.
Interestingly as I was writing this “War Story No. 28” I shared it with Bob Johnson a Christian Electrician who was working in the office of my home at the time. Bob excitedly told me of a similar instance in which the Lord had told him to walk around a similar Sauna Parlor in Seattle every day for seven days and that his obedience would cause the Sauna to close. He did as the Lord directed him and his obedience to the word of God, caused the Sauna Parlor to close.