A couple of months after my son was set free from 10 years of torment, I told my mentor that I felt led to start reading some Christian books and asked which ones he would recommend. He said the top book was a very short read called The Believers Authority, by Kenneth E. Hagin. I told him I had not heard of the book and was very excited to start reading it. He said that it would give me a solid base to receive revelation into my Spirit about my true authority in Jesus Christ. John 14:12-14 NKJV “12Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My father. 13And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
I had read that scripture several times before, but I never truly believed that we could actually do the same things that Christ did because I hadn’t experienced it. At least I never believed I could actually do what Christ did. I knew there were some people that operated in healing gifts such as Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts and Benny Hinn but I had no idea how it worked and never knew of anyone that had been healed but I was very intrigued. What if what Jesus said was actually true? I believed the entire Bible to be true, but until you see a miracle for yourself, before your eyes, you can really have a hard time knowing for sure that your authority in Christ is real. Jesus states in Matthew 21:22 NKJV “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
I purchased the Hagin book and immediately began reading. I was surprised to see that it had sold over 2 million copies at that time and I had never heard of it before….or had I? About 3 weeks after I read through it I was in my basement looking through some books I had that were still in boxes and one particularly thin book caught my eye as it looked oddly familiar. As I bent down to pick it up I was stunned to see that it was The Believer’s Authority by Kenneth E. Hagin! I opened the cover and saw the inscription that my grandmother Finch had written inside back in 1997 stating “All the great men of God have this book as a part of their library!” Wow – I could not believe that I had the book the entire time and yet I had never read it. The top book that my mentor said I should read was the same book that I had owned for 12 years. I felt so sad that I had not read it before now. I could have learned about my authority and prayed over my son right after his incident and he would have been delivered instantly instead of going through ten years of hell!
Then the Lord spoke to me. Because I waited I was able to experience what the enemy does to people when they have traumas like my son and so many others in the world. Now I can relate to many more hurting people in the world and help them become free from all enemy spirits. Had I known about it and prayed for him a week after it happened it would not have been much of a testimony to me or Jordan because it would have been just a short blip on our radar screen. There is something about enduring a tribulation for years that forever changes and shapes our character and resolve in a way that a short trial cannot. God wanted to use my pain for His gain. The Lord also told me that all Christians have the ability to command spirits just as Jesus taught, but only if they are aware and have revelation in their spirit. God said he wanted me to teach as many who would listen, how they may live victoriously and not lead fearful or sick lives.
What I learned from Kenneth Hagin is that all believers are given the same authority as Jesus Christ to do the same healing miracles as he did (and commanding other situations in our life beyond just healings) but only if we truly understand and know our authority. Kenneth was born with a deformed heart and an incurable blood disease that no one in the world had survived past the age of fifteen. All that visited him including pastors told him that there was nothing he could do about it and would have to die….but he did not want to die. He heard from the Lord who told him he did not have to depart this life, but he needed to read the Bible to see how. He began to read and was healed supernaturally by the Lord. Later when he became a pastor the Lord gave him more revelation to understand and teach that all believers could live healthy lives but only if they learned of their authority in Christ. So Kenneth was directed to read the book of Ephesians over and over again until he received the revelation in His spirit.
Ephesians 1:18-23 NKJV reads “18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Paul was saying in these verses we the church are the body of Christ and He is the head. If all things are under His feet then all things are under our feet as well but only if we walk in the knowledge of Christ that we too have been given the same power and authority as Christ.
Then in Ephesians 2:4-7 NKJV “4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
We as believers are raised up together with Christ, therefore when we realize that Christ is in us then we are able to perform the same miracles that He did, but only if we truly understand in our spirit and know that we have the same power and authority as Christ. If not then we cannot and will not be able to see miracles and will live defeated and sick lives on earth instead of enjoying God’s health all of our days. It is a revelation that you need to have in your spirit. Many in church today have no clue because their pastors do not know or believe and never teach about authority in Christ. The sick and diseased say they are waiting on the Lord and believe they may be healed. They lack understanding that they already have been granted the same authority as Christ. Most Christians live a defeated life while the enemy wins by convincing them to believe they cannot command sickness and disease away. They may talk like they know their authority but when the rubber meets the road and they get tested by the enemy with pain or an infirmity their only recourse is to run to the doctors to try to obtain their healing. I know because I used to do that when I did not know my authority. If you do not know your authority you better go to the doctor as well because that is likely your only hope for healing.
After I read The Believers Authority several times I was tested by the enemy for the first time to see if I really believed what I had read. One night I was out for a walk in my neighborhood in Noblesville and I started to feel a little pain in one of my teeth. At 10:00 pm the pain level felt like a 4 out of 10 so I went to sleep hoping that the pain would go away after I slept. Instead I woke up around 1:30 am and the pain in my tooth was a 10 out of 10. It was horrible in every way so I went to the kitchen for some ice to put between my teeth hoping the pain would subside. It did not. I wanted to drive myself to the dentist right then it hurt so much, but since it was almost two o’clock on a Sunday morning I knew I was out of luck. Then the Lord spoke to me saying “Use your authority!” I responded “That will never work” in which He replied “What choice do you have? You are in extreme pain and it is two o’clock on a Sunday morning – no dentist is awake and the emergency room at the hospital cannot do anything for you.” I admitted He had a good point! Since no one in the house was awake to hear my prayer I decided to give it a shot.
So I said out loud with as much authority as I could muster “I command you spirit of infirmity to go NOW in Jesus’ name!!” Instantly my pain disappeared! I could not fathom what had just happened. I was stunned in amazement. I opened and shut my mouth with my teeth biting up and down and I felt absolutely no pain whatsoever. Was I dreaming? I smacked my mouth with my hand to make sure and had no pain at all. I shouted out “Oh my gosh!!!” and immediately ran upstairs and woke my wife proclaiming “It works! It works! It works!!!” From that day forward my life was forever changed. This was the greatest revelation that I had ever experienced in my life. I could not believe that more pastors and Christians did not know about this “best kept secret ever!” How could people not know this amazing power that Christ gave to us? Why were churches and pastors not telling people about this everywhere? Next to salvation, it was God’s greatest gift to the world!
I remember thinking to myself – what good is it to be saved if we must suffer with the same pain and sickness as an unbeliever? Why would this not be talked about in every church in the world? How is it we hear about amazing miracles in Africa, South America, and many other places around the world but not in the United States or Europe? What do they know that we are not being told or taught by the church? I knew right then and there I would make sure everyone I talked with would hear of this amazing power! I would tell everyone around the world if the Lord would put me on a platform to be heard. I was a financial services software business executive and not a pastor. I learned an amazing principle by hearing from the Lord directly and it changed my life forever. I would never give up until I had convinced every one that I met of the truth of what I had just experienced.
A few months after I witnessed this first miracle I needed another much larger one – much more than just a healed toothache. It happened on a Friday night at my home in Noblesville and I was alone. My son Jordan’s girlfriend wanted to give away two puppies and he gladly took them in and gave them to me. I was not pleased because I knew who would be taking care of them. We had them for a couple of weeks and kept them in our kitchen with a makeshift kennel area that consisted of some plastic gates that we connected together in a circle that was about 3 feet high. I reached over the gate to lift a puppy at an awkward angle for my back and all of a sudden I heard a loud “pop.” One of my discs in my back had herniated. I walked carefully to the couch and laid down hoping that the expected pain would be minimal. Within minutes I could feel pain envelop my entire body from head to toe. I laid there by myself thinking “I am going to need surgery, back pain never leaves, backs usually gets worse, and what am I going to do!” I allowed myself to get into fear and was definitely not as strong in my faith as I thought I was (most people believe they have faith until truly tested with a lot of pain or a bad report from the lab or doctor). Fear is the opposite of faith!
My wife walked in and asked what I was doing so I told her what just happened. She called our mentor in California and asked him to pray. He started laughing and said “I am not going to pray for Nelson – he is too anointed. It would be like Reinhard Bonnke calling Benny Hinn asking him to pray for his back.” He said it was crazy to have him pray for me and that I simply needed to take my authority in Christ and command the healing to occur and pain to go. I was shocked and dismayed that he would not pray one word for me and assured him that I was not too anointed! I was in ridiculous pain that on a scale of 1-10 felt like 100 all over my body. He reiterated that he would not pray for me and I absolutely needed to learn my authority as a believer. He said someday I would be teaching hundreds of thousands of others about their authority in Christ and I needed to learn all about it now. So I lay on the couch in pain all evening holding back the tears. I thought about it for a little while and the Lord told me He would heal me but could only if I stayed in faith. He said that He would always heal me from whatever I had to deal with but not if I allowed myself to slip into fear. He said once I became fearful I was on the enemy’s territory. Just as turning on a light causes darkness to leave; having faith will cause fear to leave.
Healing cannot happen in an atmosphere of fear. In fear I could only be helped if I went to a doctor to take medications, surgery, and shots, and then hope for the best, etc. I decided right then and there not to take any painkillers but instead take God at His word to see if my faith in Christ’s authority would heal me completely. I did not want to get in the way of what God could do by circumventing His ability to supernaturally heal me. So I v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y and painfully crawled upstairs to bed and laid down in excruciating pain. I would put my faith to the test tomorrow. I could not fall asleep much at all and was in pain just lying in bed all night but I wanted to prove to myself that the Bible was true. Either we were given the right to health by Jesus Christ when he died on the cross or we were not.
The next morning I received my biggest test yet from the enemy. Did I believe God would heal me or would I give up and go the ways of man and medicine? I chose God. I began reading The Believers Authority once again as well as another faith and miracles book by Jerry Savelle. I gathered the strength to test if I could be healed of this huge mountain of pain by God or not. In my mind I wanted to prove whether what Jesus did and said was real or not. I said to myself that it was time for the truth to come out – either I believed what Paul said in 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” or I did not. I believed it and wanted to see it work again for me.
I commanded my back to be healed and for pain to leave. I felt no improvement at all so I decided to get out of bed very slowly, stand up, and take some literal steps of faith with 100% pain throughout my body. While my wife watched I very painfully stood up and started to take some baby steps around my bed in the most extreme pain I had ever felt – and speaking out the entire time “I feel great – I am healed – all pain is gone – in Jesus name!” and after walking around the perimeter of the bed for about 5 minutes I laid back in bed very slowly and was still in extreme pain. I could have given up right there because I saw no improvement whatsoever. I could have asked for some painkillers and set an immediate appointment with the doctor. No one would have blamed me – but I would have felt I personally gave up on God. I desperately wanted to believe that He would heal me supernaturally and completely.
So what did I do next? I decided to feed my faith and reread The Believers Authority book and more passages in the Bible about healing and God’s promises and I decided to take more steps of faith. I very slowly and painstakingly moved my legs from the bed to the floor again and in extreme pain stood up and started to very slowly walk in excruciating pain around my bed speaking out loudly “I am healed…I feel great…All pain is gone…in Jesus name!” gritting my teeth the whole time. Well very slowly by the end of that day my pain level had dropped to 50% of what it was at the start of the day. I was so excited because now I knew I had it beat and that I was going to be completely healed. I knew that I knew that the enemy knew that the pain had to go! I believed that I would be totally healed without a shadow of a doubt the next day. So I went to sleep that night in half as much pain as the previous night and knew in my spirit that the next day I would receive the rest of my healing.
The next day I awoke and still had half the pain but I knew it was just a matter of time before all pain was going to be gone. I continued to speak out “Thank you Jesus I am healed” and little by little my pain continued to lessen and by the end of day two I was 90% better. Thank you Jesus! So I proclaimed from my mouth what I wanted to manifest in the physical. The very next day I awoke to no pain! I decided to get my running shoes on and go for a 3 mile run around the neighborhood. I was just shaking my head in amazement as I was running and had no pain whatsoever – all without taking any painkillers and all by speaking out in faith that I was healed. Praise God!!! I think back to those days and was so very grateful that I passed a test from the enemy who had tried to cause me to fail.
Had I given up and taken Tylenol or ibuprofen and went to the doctor I would have never seen the miracle healing and who knows if I would have ever believed that God would have healed me of anything else later in my life. I would probably not have been able to pray and believe that others would be healed. I was ready for the challenge and I had persevered and trusted God and believed that I would be healed even though my entire body was in the worst pain I had ever felt in my life. Some of you reading this may think that I was unwise and should have gone to the doctor but think about this – had I done just that would I have been seeing all the amazing miracles that I am seeing today and would I have ever written this book on healing? I emphatically would have to say no!