Saturday, June 30, 2018

Familiar Spirits and the Courts of Heaven


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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 KJV)
The term “familiar spirits” is used in the Bible to describe those who use information gained through demons on a regular basis. In those days, these people would have included psychics, tarot card readers, palm readers, witch doctors, along with witches and wizards. Is it harmless to get your palm read? Or to go to a tarot card reader? 

According to the above scripture, there is a stiff penalty for associating with spirits who are not from God: He 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. For Christians, this means your prayers will be hindered if you listen to familiar spirits! 

Besides this direct reference, many Christians use the term “familiar spirit” to refer to a particular aspect of Satan’s network. We know that Satan frequently tries to imitate God. Most are aware that we have a “guardian” angel assigned to us (Matthew 18:10, Hebrews 1:14). Satan isn’t omnipresent. He can only be in one place at one time. The Devil assigns demons to humans to keep an eye on them and to harass them. Sometimes Christians refer to these minions as “familiar spirits” because they know us and have often been passed down through our family line. 

Many spirits can speak to us which are not from God:
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 AMPC)
This verse shows that there are angels who are not from God (demons) who will try to influence us by speaking to 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 KJV)
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:
  • The Holy Spirit - our Counselor
  • Demonic spirits who are attached to us
  • Our human spirit/heart or soul/mind
Our goal is to hear only from our Counselor, the Holy Spirit. However, we need to be aware that there are spirits working for Satan which have access to the Courts as well. How could justice be done if the Accuser wasn’t allowed to speak his side and give accusations? When Satan accused Job, it was in the assembly gathered before God in 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 in the Courts, it will be true, but Satan has a few tricks up his sleeves. After thousands of visits to the Courts a pattern has emerged. You can identify other spirits inside and outside the CoH by the following traits: 
  • They may be incredibly difficult to understand 
    • The Holy Spirit will explain what He brings to you: there is always a purpose
  • The message may be conveyed in a harsh way
    • What the Holy Spirit says can be a correction, but it will not condemn you
  • The enemy uses curse words
    • Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)
  • They may muddy the water with too much information that doesn’t pertain to what is being addressed
    • God brings you what you need to know, one step at a time   
If we see these traits when someone gives us a “word” from the Holy Spirit or charges from the CoH, then we know that the person giving the information may be speaking from their soul, or may be hearing from a spirit that is not the Holy Spirit. The Word tells us to correct our brothers gently, lest the same should come upon us. Kindness, gentleness, compassion, understanding: These fruits of the Spirit should always be present when correcting our sisters and brothers in Christ inside or out of the Courts. 

The Lord revealed that we can ask for the protection of our Lord and Advocate in what we receive. You can only do this when other spirits have no place in your life. If you have a familiar spirit whom you have responded to, they will still have the ability to influence you unless you are guided by someone who is able to come under the protection of our godly counsel. 

You should watch for the traits of the enemy when receiving information in the Courts. The Holy Spirit will give clear, precise words. Let me give you an example.  

The first miracle God did for me was something I didn’t even ask for: He healed a deviated septum and removed allergies. I couldn’t even have flowers in my home until I began seeking to know who God is. When these symptoms began coming back on me, 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 
  • Hindrance 
  • Hope 
  • Calling 
These words are very straightforward, almost forming a sentence.  
My birthright, what God designed me to do, was being challenged because I had hardened my heart; this was a hindrance to the hope of my calling.  
“Hope” and “Calling” are used in the beginning of Ephesians chapter four where it speaks of the different functions within the body: Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Pastor, and Teacher. It didn’t take long for me to realize the meaning of the charges against me.  
At every online Fellowship meeting, I had stated that I was looking for a real pastor to take over this meeting. It seemed that was not what God had planned. I had to repent and accept the Courts of Heaven - Worldwide (Facebook) and the Fellowship meeting as the ministry God has assigned to me. I was hindering His work by not accepting these things as part of my calling.  
Can you see how clearly those words applied? 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 that the Holy Spirit can’t still lead you to the truth - He knows all things, praise God! It is a good heads up about the person who received such words as well.  

Demonic 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 truth, but that may not be what God wants us to discuss 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 Soul 


We may still hear from our soul and for this reason, we must use the gift of discernment after receiving charges, prophecies, or words of wisdom from others. We can test what we receive and ask the Holy Spirit to show us if what has been received is not from Him but from a human mind. The way to test a spirit is taught in the 101 Foundations course at the free online school, Courts of Heaven Academy (Workbook 1).

The Courts of Heaven is not a playground for “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 should be spoken now and what should be held for a later time. We must discern what is from 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. Another key for quick growth is having the ability to accept correction from Him through the words of other Christians, which are confirmed by the Holy Spirit. 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.  

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




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