Morning Prayer Summary for Friday, April 13, 2018

Pastor Ray shared…

This week, we’ve talked a lot about our authority so I thought I would read a little from one of Brother Hagin’s books called “The Believer’s Authority.” I think there are good points to be made. It’s titled, “The Demon Jesus Refused to Deal With.” It’s the account of when Brother Hagin was talking to Jesus and a little demonic imp got between them and was making noise.

“The Demon Jesus Refused to Deal With”

In 1952, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me in a vision and talked to me for about an hour and a half about the devil, demons, and demon possession.

At the end of the vision, an evil spirit that looked like a little monkey or elf ran between Jesus and me and spread something like a smoke screen or dark cloud.

Then this demon began jumping up and down, crying in a shrill voice, “Yakey, yak…” I couldn’t see Jesus or understand what He was saying.

(Through this entire experience, Jesus was teaching me something. And if you’ll be attentive, you’ll find the answer here to many things that have troubled you.)

I couldn’t understand why Jesus allowed the demon to make such a racket. I wondered why Jesus didn’t rebuke the demon so I could hear what He was saying. I waited a few moments, but Jesus didn’t take any action against the demon. Jesus was still talking, but I couldn’t understand a word He was saying—and I needed to, because He was giving instructions concerning the devil, demons, and how to exercise authority.

I thought to myself, “Doesn’t the Lord know I’m not hearing what He wanted me to? I need to hear that. I’m missing it.”

I almost panicked. I became so desperate I cried out, “In the name of Jesus, you foul spirit, I command you to stop!”

The minute I said that, the little demon hit the floor like a sack of salt, and the black cloud disappeared. The demon lay there trembling, whimpering, and whining like a whipped pup. He wouldn’t look at me. “Not only shut up, but get out of here in Jesus’ name.” I commanded. He ran off.

The Lord knew exactly what was in my mind. I was thinking, “Why didn’t He do something about that? Why did He permit it?” Jesus looked at me and said, “If you hadn’t done something about that, I couldn’t have.”

That came as a real shock to me—it astounded me. I replied, “Lord, I know I didn’t hear You right. You said, You “wouldn’t” didn’t You?”

He replied, “No, if you hadn’t done something about that, I couldn’t have.”

Pastor Ray interjected: Brother Hagin said to Jesus, I’ve read through the New Testament 150 times and I’ve never read anything about that.

Jesus replied, “Son, there is a lot in there you don’t know.”

He continued, “Not one single time in the New Testament is the Church ever told to pray that God the Father or Jesus would do anything against the devil. In fact, to do so is to waste your time. The believer is told to do something about the devil. The reason is because you have the authority to do it. The church is not to pray to God the Father about the devil; the Church is to exercise the authority that belongs to it.

The New Testament tells believers themselves to do something about the devil. The least member of the body of Christ has just as much power over the devil as anyone else, and unless believers do something about the devil, nothing will be done in a lot of areas.”

Pastor Ray interjected:  I know this is true. Sometimes people believe that some people have more authority that they have. “I’m going to get so and so to pray. He has more authority than I do.” That’s not really true. This is what He says.

Jesus said the least member of the body of Christ has just as much power over the devil as anyone else; and when we start believing that, that’s when we’re going to get the job done.

Jesus continued, “I’ve done all I’m going to do about the devil until the angel comes down from heaven, takes the chain and binds him, and puts him into the bottomless pit. (Rev. 20:1-3).

That came as a real shock to me.

Pastor Ray interjected: When Billye was in France at the conference that I was in, she said there was a meeting in Tulsa she was in way back. Brother Hagin was the speaker. There was a lady from England that had been in that same meeting. He went up to the podium and said, “I’m going to be speaking on the devil, hell…” Whatever… things like that. And she said his body was picked up, turned sideways and thrown on the floor! This is brother Hagin. They all witnessed it. They were like, “What is going on?” He got up and took hold of the podium and climbed on top if it and said, “I said I’m going to be preaching on the devil and hell today.” BAM! He’s picked up again sideways and then thrown onto the floor. It didn’t happen a third time, cuz I believe he knew he had the authority and took authority. He got right back up and said, “This is what I’m going to be speaking on.”

Smith Wigglesworth shared this story. He was on a corner in England waiting for a bus. A lady came up to the bus stop and her dog had followed her. She said gently to the dog, “You can’t come with me. You have to go back home.” The dog didn’t do anything. It just stayed with her. She said it a second time. “You have to go back home.” Smith said the bus pulled up and she looked at the dog and said firmly, “GET!” That dog turned around and ran home. She got on the bus. Smith said, “That’s a picture of how we should operate against the devil.” I believe that’s what happened with brother Hagin. He took authority and spoke what he was going to speak.

The reason I wanted to go over this is because he had four scriptures on this. Jesus said to Hagin that there are many things you don’t know in the New Testament.

“Now,” He said, “I’ll give you four references that prove that. First of all, when I arose from the dead, I said, “All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth’ (Mat. 28:18). The word “power” means authority. But I immediately delegated my authority on earth to the Church, and I can work only through the Church, for I am the Head of the Church.”

(Your head cannot exercise any authority anywhere except through your body.)

The second reference was Mark 16:15-18: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Believers have authority over the devil. They can break the power of the devil if he raises his head anywhere in their own life or the lives of their immediate family or loved ones. They have authority there. They’ll be free from the enemy because they’ve got the right to exercise their authority over him.

That doesn’t mean, however, that they’ll go down the street casting the devil out of everyone they meet. It primarily means they will exercise authority over the devil in their own lives.

You’ve got to realize that you’ve got authority over your own household that you don’t have in my household. Spiritual authority is much like natural authority. For example, you don’t have authority over my money. You can’t tell me what to do with my money unless I give you permission to. You don’t have authority over my children.

You can make the devil desist in some of his maneuvers in somebody else’s life, but you can’t always cast him out, because you don’t have authority in that “household.” That’s one place we’ve missed it.

The next reference Jesus gave was James 4:7, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

The believer has to have authority over the devil, or the Bible wouldn’t tell him to do something about the devil. This scripture doesn’t say that the devil will flee from Jesus; it says he’ll flee from you!

Similarly, you don’t pray that Jesus will lay hands on the sick; you do it. Notice, too, that the hands are not in the Head; the hands are in the body: “They… shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” When you lay hands on the sick you are exercising authority over the devil.

That authority is yours whether you feel like you’ve got it or not. Authority has nothing to do with feelings. But you must exercise it.

Pastor Ray interjected: This authority we have is not set up whether or not we “feel like” we have it. It’s knowing that we have it and then using it.

After that vision and after Jesus gave me that verse from James, my spirit told me the word “flee” was significant. I looked it up in the dictionary and found one of the shades of meanings was “to run from as if in terror.” The devil will run from you in terror! Then I knew why the demon in my vision had begun to whimper and cry—he was terrified.

[the fourth and last point]
Jesus, James, and Peter tell us to do something about the devil. Paul says in Ephesians 4:27, “Neither give place to the devil.” This was the fourth scripture Jesus gave to me. He explained, “This means you are not to give the devil any place in you. He cannot take any place unless you give him permission to do so. And you would have to have authority over him or this wouldn’t be true.”

Pastor Ray went on…

He has no permission to operate in this nation. He has no permission to operate in our leaders, to have his way in our country, or to have his way in our government. We have authority in those places. In this nation, we declare what God has already said. One nation under God indivisible. The devil has tried to divide it up, but we stand against the devil and call things to line up. Be brought back together. It’s important for us to set the devil on the run. When the chains of the devil try to hold us back, when depression tries to have its way in us, we have the authority over depression. Today we are going to take our authority over the devil.


We take our place and do what we’ve been called to do… we clear things out… we declare to things that are low to come up… Jesus is the way maker… we hold the blood of Jesus against every evil work… no weapon formed against us will prosper… this church is prospering in every way… our pastors are prospering… children are prospering… grandchildren are prospering…

Chains that need to be broken, be broken off in Jesus’ name… we declare freedom today… in the body and the whole body… we pray for the body of Christ… pastors… we declare freedom in Jesus’ name… you are free…

No more… no longer… not today or ever… any kind of strife… we take authority over strife and every other evil work… restoration in Jesus’ name… be made whole…

More … increase… momentum… expectation… a furtherance… the journey… the steps… the plans… the ways… the turns… the days… the times… the positions… the authority from heaven… open, open, open up those right ways…

I sense some things are being revealed that have never been revealed before. It’s almost like a cover that you can’t see through and it’s beginning to be pulled off so we can see all of the new, so that our prayers would go further and call those things up and call them through.

We declare upward momentum today… things that need to be revealed, uncovered and opened up… for the church to see it… the world can’t walk in it… the church does… it’s new…

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