Commanding Power

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THE SAME JESUS who sailed on the Sea of Galilee and walked the streets of Jerusalem is alive today. He’s still doing the same things now that He did then! If He is not, you and I are sadly mistaken. If God and Jesus are not the same today as they were yesterday, and if they will not be the same tomorrow as they are today, we are fooling ourselves.

Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, the gifts and operations of God are also just as strong today as they were in the Early Church!

People wonder why we aren’t seeing what the Bible says: that we would do greater works than Jesus did (John 14:12). It’s because Christians are not moving in all the gifts of the Spirit. We are operating in a few of the gifts—prophecy, tongues, and interpretation—but we are letting the other gifts lay by the side of the road. We need to fan the fire of revival with the mighty Holy Spirit until we have the moving of the gifts of the Spirit so the Word will work as it’s supposed to!

Pray? Confess? Or Command?

We talk about who we are in Christ, how much faith we have, and what we can believe God for. That’s good. But why don’t we start doing what the Bible says to do?

I’m not depreciating the need for prayer, but when we rise from prayer, believing we have been heard, we must do what Jesus did in John 11:41–43. He went to the grave of Lazarus and commanded Lazarus to come forth. Notice that He didn’t pray!

When Peter looked at the beggar at the gate called Beautiful, he didn’t pray, “O Lord, heal this man.” Instead he said, “I can’t give you money, but I’ll give you what I have.” He then commanded, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).

There is a “commanding power” that every Spirit-filled, blood-bought child of God is capable of operating in. People run from place to place wanting to hear the Word. They run from one prayer meeting to another. Then they wonder why nothing is happening for them. I’ll tell you why! After they’ve heard and prayed, they haven’t commanded anything to happen!

Commanding is different than making confessions. Throughout the pages of the Gospels, we see Jesus commanding. In Mark chapter 4, when the disciples woke Jesus during the storm on the Sea of Galilee, did He get up and hold a prayer meeting? No, He looked out across the water and commanded, “Peace, be still” (v. 39).

When Jesus drove the money-changers out of the temple, the Bible says that He made a whip, turned over tables, and commanded the merchants to get out of His Father’s house! (See John 2:13–17.)

A lot of people want to be healed, but they don’t want to hear anythingKenneth E. Hagin

Don’t Be Pushed Around

When we deal with evil spirits, we must command them. If we don’t, we will get run over. We can’t quietly meditate and ask Jesus to do something. The devil will rake us over the coals.

No, when we learn who we are in Christ and how to use the gifts of the Spirit properly, we can tell the devil, “Get out of here! Desist in your operations!” Once we learn about the authority we have in Christ and begin to command, we won’t be pushed around by the devil.

We can use the Name of Jesus. We have been given the highest Name that has ever been known to mankind. Through a power of attorney, it belongs to us. It’s up to us whether Satan rules and reigns!

We don’t need to be afraid of the devil. We’ve been doing a lot of praying and a lot of confessing, but we haven’t been commanding. It’s fun to command! Satan has blinded our eyes regarding our right to command. Jesus made it plain that we have the power to do it (Luke 10:19). God is waiting for us to act.

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[Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth W. Hagin’s minibook Commanding Power.]

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