Saturday, June 30, 2018

Familiar Spirits and the Courts of Heaven



And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 20:6)

The term “familiar spirits” is used in in the Bible to describe those who use information gained through spirits outside of God on a regular basis. In those days, these people would have included physics, tarot card readers, palm readers, witchdoctors, along with wizards. Is it harmless to get your palm read? Or to go to a card reader? According to this scripture, there is a stiff penalty: God turns His face from us. This means we will lose God's favor and His presence. If you were cut off from your people, you couldn't go to the temple to pray or to offer sacrifices: your prayers will be hindered! 

Besides this direct reference, many Christians use "familiar spirit" to refer to a particular aspect of Satan’s network. We know Satan imitates God. Most are aware that we have a “guardian” angel assigned to us (Matthew 18:10, Hebrews 1:14). Sometimes Christians refer to the demons who have been assigned to us as “familiar spirits” because they know us and often have been passed down through our family line. This is the reason Paul tells us to “The scripture warns us:
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed… (Galatians 1:8)
This verse shows that there are angels who are not from God (demons) who will try and speak to us. They can even try to influence us through our thoughts:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Have you ever had a thought that seems so repulsive that you think, “Where did that come from?” The Holy Spirit can speak directly to our mind and so can the enemy’s minions. Can these other spirits speak to us in the Courts of Heaven? When we have help from others, is there a danger of misinformation? 

There are many voices we can hear when we go to the Courts:
  1. The Holy Spirit - our Counselor
  2. Demonic spirits who are attached to us
  3. Our human spirit
Our goal is to hear only from our Counselor, however, others have access to the Courts as well. How could justice be done if the Accuser wasn’t allowed to speak his side of the case? When Satan accused Job it was in the assembly gathered before God, the Courts. 

There is a safeguard. God is truth. In His presence lies will be immediately corrected. God is also Just and justice cannot be done if there are lies. Whatever the enemy speaks, it will be true, but he will make it incredibly difficult to understand. After hundreds of visits to the Courts a pattern has emerged. The Holy Spirit will give clear, precise words. 

Let me give you an example. I went to the courts and asked my Counselor to reveal what was against me. These are the words I received: 

Birthright
Challenge
Hardening
Heart
Hinderance
Hope
Calling

These words are very straightforward, almost forming a sentence. “Hope” and “calling” are used in beginning of the chapter of Ephesians where it talks about the different functions: Apostle, evangelist, prophet, pastor and teacher. It didn’t take long for me to realize what the charge was against me. 

If you have been to the Tea & Coffee meeting online you know I have said that I am looking for someone to take over this meeting, a real pastor. It seems that is not what God has planned. I had to repent and accept the Courts of Heaven - Worldwide (facebook group) and the Tea & Coffee meeting as the ministry God has assigned me. I may have to step away for a week or two here or there if He calls me to go and do something or speak at a church, but He will have people in the ministry that can lead those meetings. I was hindering His work by not accepting these things as part of my calling. Do you see how clearly those words applied? There was no “Adirondack” or other strange words, and certainly no "curse" words. This was the counsel of our God. At times there may be a difficult word, perhaps to test a person’s determination or pride, but they will be true!

If you go with someone who has a spirit attached to them, they may receive words that are incredibly difficult to understand. The enemy will use the most obscure, hard to understand, offensive words as charges. This doesn't mean the Holy Spirit can’t still lead you to the truth - He knows all things, praise God! 

These spirits can also give prophecies or “words of knowledge” about true things to distract you. A word about a financial blessing or renewal is always God’s will and true, but that may not be what God wants discussed at this moment. This is a tactic of the enemy to distract you from the true purpose: repenting  (turning from) your sin so you can be truly free!

The Human Spirit

The human spirit is perhaps the most challenging things to address in the Courts of Heaven. One of our guides received the charges of “playground,”  “Increased anointing” and “self-preservation” with several other words as she suffered some pretty severe backlash in the form of allergies that had her wheezing and struggling to breathe. 

This wonderful, compassionate, devoted volunteer had experienced an amazing increase of seeing in the spirit that she asked for when dedicating herself to the Courts of Heaven - Worldwide. (It is very common for an increase in gifts to come when people dedicated themselves to helping in our group) The Holy Spirit had been granting her little “nudges” that things being said weren’t from Him. However, this Guide didn’t want to offend those who were in training. She looked at the information as information to think about, not act on. 

It is a hard thing to correct others, but how can iron sharpen iron if the two never rub against the rough stone? The charges made it clear that we had let the Courts become a playground for the “young” Christians. In youthful enthusiasm, sometimes we rush, pushed by our own excitement instead of waiting on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Lord knows I’ve been guilty of this in the past! 

It takes time to become mature in the ways of God and know what is meant to be spoken now and what should be held for later. What is human observation and what is from the Holy Spirit.. I don’t always get it right, but my failures are fewer and farther apart. 

Growing up in God is greatly aided by time spent learning about Him. Having knowledge about Him through His word is the first step. Accepting correction from Him by words of other Christians, confirmed by the Holy Spirit is another key to quick growth. Growing isn’t always fun and exciting. At times you will be tested, but passing those tests brings you to a new level with the Lord. 

If you receive "nudges" you should always try to consult another Christian, preferably one who is in a leadership position. The Word tells us to correct our brothers gently, lest the same should come upon us. Kindness, gentleness, compassion, understanding... these fruit of the Spirit should always be present when correcting our sisters and brothers in Christ. 

I pray that you will continue seeking, learning, and growing in God’s ways… as I do myself! 

Here is a link to our Facebook group:  Courts of Heaven - Worldwide

I spoke about familiar spirits at our Agape Fellowship Tea & Coffee Meeting: 


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