When I was a young Christian, I moved to Mexico to help out with an evangelist who was preaching there. Thousands of people would show up for this guy’s crusade meetings, and hundreds of people were getting saved and healed.
During one of our meetings, a demon-possessed guy showed up, and he started jumping up and down, throwing rocks and boards (some of them with nails protruding from them) into the crowd. He acted like a wild animal!
One of the guys working for the crusade came to me (I happened to be standing closest to him) and said, “Bayless, take care of that.” I thought, “Excuse me? I’m just a new Christian!” But nevertheless, I walked over to the demon-possessed guy and said, “In the name of Jesus,” and he became like a little puppy.
I said, “Sit down,” and he sat down, and I laid my hands on him and commanded the evil spirit to go in Jesus’ name, and he was fine. He actually spoke intelligibly after that, and we led him to Christ. It was an amazing thing!
I tell you this because I want you to know that there is authority and power in the name of Jesus—and you can exercise that authority. It doesn’t matter if you’re a new Christian or not. Jesus has delegated the authority in His name to every member of the body of Christ. There is power in Jesus’ name to deliver you and to bring deliverance to others through you.