// Kenneth E. Hagin
WHEN GOD CREATED the world, He gave dominion over all the works of His hands to Adam (Gen. 1:26, 28). In one sense, then, Adam was god of this world, because God turned it over to him.
But we read in Second Corinthians 4:4 that Satan is now the god of this world. How did that happen? Adam committed treason in the Garden of Eden by willfully eating of the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1–7). When he did this, he gave Satan man's dominion over the earth.
In Luke 4:6–7 Satan said to Jesus, "All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." Who delivered this power to Satan? Adam did!
The Lord showed me this and related it to faith for finances. As I prayed and waited before Him, He said to me by the Holy Spirit, "The money you need is down there. It isn't up here in Heaven. I don't have any money up here. I'm not going to rain any money down from Heaven. If I did, it would be counterfeit, and I'm not a counterfeiter. It's Satan who is keeping money from coming, not Me."
Then I remembered that Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom" (Luke 6:38). When men give to you, God is behind it. But it's still men giving it.
After the Lord showed me this, He said, "Whatever money you need, just claim it."
Our Authority in Christ
We have a right to claim our needs met because Jesus came to the earth and defeated Satan. We're in the world but we're not of the world (John 15:19). Since we still have to live in this world, we must use our God-given authority to enforce Satan's defeat. This is how we will enjoy the blessings of God we have in Christ, including financial prosperity.
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