Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall be any means hurt you.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
Kenneth E. Hagin, “The Believer’s Authority”
“As a Roaring Lion
In 1942, while pastoring in East Texas, I had a test in my body. I didn’t tell anyone about it except the Lord. I prayed and believed He would heal me. Then I stood my ground.
In the nighttime I would be awakened with alarming heart symptoms, and I would get up and pray. I battled that thing for about six weeks.
One night I had great difficulty in getting to sleep. Finally, after praying, I drifted off, and I had a dream. I am satisfied that God has spoken to me only four times in my life through dreams, but a dream like this one was no coincidence. It was from the Lord. When I woke up, I knew immediately what it meant. (If you don’t know the meaning of a dream immediately, forget it.)
In this dream it seemed that another minister and I were walking on some kind of parade ground or ball field. There were stands on either side of us. As we were walking along talking, the man jumped and exclaimed, “Look!”
I turned and saw two ferocious, roaring lions. The man started running. I started running with him. “Then I stopped and told him we were too far away from the stands to reach safety. We’d never escape those lions.
I stopped dead still, turned around, and went back to meet the lions. They came toward me with their fangs bared, roaring.
I was trembling. I told them, “I resist you in the Name of Jesus. In Jesus’ Name you can’t hurt me.” I just stood there. They ran right up to me like a couple of kittens, sniffed around my ankles, and finally frolicked off, paying no attention to me.
Then I woke up. I knew exactly what God was saying to me. The “scripture in First Peter 5 came to me. It says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith . . .” (vv. 8–9).
The physical battle I had been fighting was won right then. Instantly the symptoms disappeared and I was all right. I had stood my ground. I wouldn’t give in. I had won.
Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Many people read that verse and think the Lord is telling them to be strong in themselves. But the Scripture doesn’t say a word about being strong in yourself. It says to be strong in the Lord.
“I don’t know whether I can make it or not,” people say.
Certainly you can make it. Don’t even think about it. Be strong in the Lord. Be strong in the power of His might, not your power or might.
First John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
“He that “He that is in the world” is Satan, the god of this world and the head of principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world.
But the power that’s in you is greater than the power that’s in the world, because the power that backs our authority is greater than that which backs our enemies.”
“The Holy Spirit says, “Power on earth invested in the Name of Jesus Christ and obtained by Him through His overcoming the enemy belongeth unto the Church. Therefore, exercise that authority, for it belongs to you on the earth, and in this life ye shall reign by Christ Jesus.”
The Believer’s Authority Kenneth E. Hagin
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.