Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Fullness of Grace & Mercy in the Courts of Heaven


Grace & Mercy Video

The way the revelation about the fullness of grace and mercy in the Courts came about is truly amazing. While I was aware that for months we were not fully appropriating God’s grace and mercy in the Courts of Heaven, I searched for the answer and asked the Lord where it was.

Last week, an Agape Christian Fellowship board member mentioned a woman who was speaking about the Throne of Grace and Mercy. When I pulled up the video, I realized I had watched it last year. I had tried to operate that way in the Courts and my attempts had failed, so I put aside the information.


This time as I watched the video, however, God brought a major revelation about operating in the Courts of Heaven with grace and mercy. I quickly jotted down scriptures and looked them up as I was instructed by the Holy Spirit. By the end of the day, I had a Bible backing a new way to handle first visits to the Courts of Heaven.

The tingling of the Holy Spirit was heavy upon me as I crawled into bed that night. As soon as I rolled over, the Lord began speaking to me, showing me how to change the way Agape Christian Fellowship ministry could better allow His Grace to provide major breakthroughs for His people.

I asked the Lord, “Why have you waited so long to reveal these things to me? I’ve been asking about it since I created the Academy?” He replied, “This is the fullness of what I accomplished at the cross: The time has finally come for My Bride to take her rightful place operating in the grace and mercy I provided.”

When He started speaking, I realized the Feast of Passover was nearing and that it would be the last one before the glory of God was revealed. Emotion overcame me as I sobbed softly. He suffered and died for this purpose and I now realized how He was showing us how to use the gift He provided so many years ago.
 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony... (Revelation 12:11)
We have not seen the fulfillment of this scripture. The “him” referred to is Satan, who is still triumphing over God’s people by attacking them with sickness, disease, and poverty. The Greek word nikaō is translated “overcame.” According to “Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon,” it refers to “when one is arraigned or goes to law (employs the law) to win the case to maintain one’s cause.” As testimony is something that is used in Court to prove your case, this verse is speaking about overcoming the enemy in the Courts of Heaven with our testimony and the blood of Jesus.

The Lord revealed this message of how to fully operate in the Courts and appropriate the grace and mercy His blood paid for it in His time. It is for His purpose. We must overcome Satan in the Courts before He returns. This message was given with the perfection that only God could devise: 
●     It was revealed right before Passover when we celebrate all that He did on the cross.●     This message will be delivered during the week-long celebrations of Passover.
Passover is held in the first month of the Hebrew New Year. God said His glory would come in 2019, but I am not certain if it is the Roman Calendar or the Hebrew calendar that He references

I have always known that God would have to tell us how to operate in the Courts with the “Outpouring of His Glory.” Still, receiving it was a surprise. After working in the Courts for more than a year, I easily recognized what was needed: 
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. (Mark 2:22 NIV)
What “old wineskin” do we need to avoid in this season?:
 
●     “Repenting” for all sins, instead of those we can recall and know about.    How can we repent (turn from) a sin when we don’t know what it is? ●     Repenting for others     How can we speak for and declare that others are turning from sin?
 
The Book of Daniel’s Chapter 9 is often quoted to show we should “repent” for the sins of our ancestors. I always took it on faith that what I had been told was accurate: Daniel repented for his ancestors and all of Israel. This time, with the urging of the Holy Spirit, I went and looked at what was written and I recognized the connection between what Daniel did, and why “repenting” for my husband didn’t work. He didn’t repent, he confessed for his ancestors and countrymen. We need to follow Daniel’s example. Let’s look at that chapter, verse by verse.

1. The State of our Heart
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes…  (Daniel 9:3 AKJV)
 Daniel was in “sackcloth” and “ashes,” meaning his heart was in a state of mourning and humility. When we mourn, we grieve over a loss; we are sorrowful. We need to be honest with ourselves:
●     Does knowing about the sins of others, the fact that the enemy has victory in their lives grieve you?●     Does the fact that you have wronged God and His kingdom impact your heart or are you merely wanting to be free of an attack of Satan?
 “Coming in humility” means knowing what we want or what we believe is of less importance than what God’s will is for us. Our sin is keeping God’s will from our lives. People who could otherwise be reached and find God may not because they refuse to do things His way. We have to set aside our desires and be willing to embrace what God intends for us. If you are not to the point where you can do this yet, we will intercede for you.

2. Confession.
And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession… (Daniel 9:4)
 The Hebrew word yadah is translated to mean “confession” or to intensely bemoan. While we don’t use the word “bemoan” much, it means to be sorrowful about something, like “he bemoans the fact that the team lost again.”

What is making Daniel so sad that he is crying out to God? In the next several verses he not only announces the sin of God’s people, but the righteous punishment placed against them by God that they deserved.

Many Christians think that since Jesus’ blood was shed for our sins, we don’t need to worry as much about when we do wrong. This could not be further from the truth! All throughout the New Testament, Christians are urged to turn from their sin. Here is one verse about it: 
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
 The Greek word homologeō is translated “confess” and it means much more than to just state that we have done wrong. It means to see it the way the other person does, in this case, God.

If we see things the way God does, sin is detestable, not unlike a pile of dog feces. It is something we want to avoid walking into at all costs. In fact, we will go out of our way to not step in it. If we confess sin and continue to walk in that sin every day thereafter, then we have made a false confession. We also don’t really see that the sin we have committed is all that bad.

Many confuse confessing with repenting when they talk to God. If we see it the way God does, repenting is an important part of confessing. However, more likely we try our best to never repeat the sin again. But we need to more fully see sin the way God does in order to avoid the following from occurring: 
●     Giving the enemy access to us bringing terrible things into our lives.●     Keeping the fullness of God’s goodness from our lives.●     Hindering us from walking toward our true destiny.
Daniel confessed the sins of his ancestors and his people. He stated that he knew they were wrong and was grieving over all that they did! He did not repent for them. How could he declare that all of Israel was turning from their sin? We need to update our vocabulary in the way we pray and KNOW what true confession is.

Repenting
 
There is a place for repentance that every Christian needs to address: 
But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37) 
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21) 
The words “justified” and “condemned” are legal terms used in Court. God’s mercy is new every day because a new judgment comes each “day of judgment.” This is one place that we need to both confess and repent before God: every word we have said that is not according to God’s will for our life. We need to learn to watch our words.

Many Christians use the word “rebuke” address wrong words thinking it means to cancel or to make null or void. However, according to the Word of God, it means to chastise or bring low. A better word would be to renounce. Once we renounce the wrong words we have spoken, then we can cover them with the blood of Jesus and ask that they are blotted out of all records in Heaven.

3. Ask for Grace and Mercy
     ...[1] or we do not present our supplications before You for our own righteousness and justice, but for Your great mercy and loving-kindness. (Daniel 9:18 AMPC) 
Daniel didn’t have the supreme blood of Jesus, yet he knew that God was full of mercy and grace. We need to always remember: 
●     Justice brings the punishment we deserve.●     Grace and mercy bring relief from attacks—even if we don’t deserve it.
After confessing for our ancestors we can ask for a verdict and justice for those things. However, we shouldn’t ask for justice after this; we need to ask for mercy and grace. Daniel does it in this way: 
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, listen and do; defer not, for your own sake, O my God: for your city and your people are called by your name. (Daniel 9:19) 
He asked God to forgive them even though they didn’t do anything to deserve it. The definition of grace is the free and unmerited favor of God. We ask for what we know we don’t deserve and have a much better way to ask for forgiveness than Daniel did: Jesus has paid the price!

This is not only necessary for Christians, but it is exactly what He provided with His blood. 
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 AKJV)
The fact that we need to go before His throne shows us that there is something that we need to do to “obtain” mercy and grace. “Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon” of the New Testament tells us the Greek word lambanō means, “to take a thing due according to agreement or law.” Because of the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus we can come boldly before God’s throne. There are two distinct places to come before God’s throne: 
●     Courts of Heaven●     Throne of Grace
The Courts of Heaven are a place to remove judgments that have been granted to the enemy for our sin. They are judgments that can bring sickness, disease, and generational curses into our lives. Until recently, I had only approached God’s throne to enter His Courts. Following the example of Daniel, I know we can ask to be removed from the Courts and placed before the Throne of Grace and Mercy, not through our own righteousness, but that of Jesus. We do this by declaring our righteousness through Him and using the cry of Jesus’ blood as testimony. 
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:24)
The term “of sprinkling” is referring to the blood of the lamb that was sprinkled over the mercy seat in the temple of God for the sins of His people. This is a foreshadowing of what the blood of Jesus, our eternal Lamb, would do. It would be calling for mercy.
Innocent blood that is shed can actually cry out to God. According to Genesis, the blood of Abel cried out from the ground for vengeance. God came down and took vengeance on Cain. Our Lord’s blood cries out for mercy, just as He did on the cross when He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) 
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself… (Colossians 1:20) 
The blood of Jesus paid the price for us to be reconciled to the Father. We can use God’s Word to appropriate the blood of Jesus to remove people from the Courts of Heaven and place them before the Throne of Grace and Mercy.

4. The Purpose 
Yet we have not earnestly begged for forgiveness and entreated the favor of the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and have understanding and become wise in Your truth. (Daniel 9:13)
Before Daniel asks for mercy, he states the purpose: so they can learn God’s ways and turn from their sin. This is the key! This is why God will grant us mercy and remove the attacks of the enemy: so that we can learn His ways and turn from our sin.

We must be ready to tell those He heals and sets free why God is doing this. There have been great movements of God in the past where thousands were healed. Research has shown that 95% of those restored wound up in worse condition within a year of receiving a healing. Jesus spoke of this on more than one occasion: 
Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come to you. (John 5:14 AKJV) 
God doesn’t heal you so you can go right back to the sin that allowed the enemy to attack you in the first place. He heals you so you can be free to learn His ways and walk into the destiny for which He created you. It is His way of showing how much He loves you so that you will seek Him! 
Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2) 
This is from the disciples of the Lord AFTER He left. If you are looking to be healed or to receive financially, you must feed your soul by learning about God and His ways. Many times healing comes to set us free. However, sometimes if we have been with God a long time, He expects us to take steps forward before we receive the full freedom.

The 1st Visit to the Courts of Heaven with our ministry has always been filled with the power of God, but not quite as much healing as I knew was available. Now Jesus has released us to operate in the fullness of His glory and shown us how to appropriate it.

Once you become free, you must begin to seek Him and find out what sin allowed the enemy to attack you. There may be something blocking your understanding: 
They have not known nor understood: for He has shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. (Isaiah 44:18) 
This verse is talking about your spiritual eyes, and not literally about blindness. You can ask God to help you gain understanding. 
Yes, down to this [very] day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies upon their minds and hearts. But whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:15-16 AMPC) 
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 4:3 AKJV) 
When we declare our desire to learn God’s ways and are devoted to our Lord, we can ask for veils hindering our understanding to be removed. We can ask for our spiritual eyes to be allowed to see.

5. Continued Freedom 
But thus said the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contends with you, and I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:24-25) 
Notice that there are “lawful” captives. I have seen this in visits to the Courts of Heaven as people appeared chained and shackled to my spiritual eyes. The Lord has promised me that as long as we are seeking to learn God’s ways and continue turning from our sin, He will “contend” with the enemy for us in the Courts of Heaven. This is an approximation of what it will look like: 
Satan approaches God as he did in the Book of Job, “Look Judge, there is this, that or the other sin they are committing, so I want to strike them with (sickness, disease, or lack of provision).” 
Jesus steps forward, “Mighty, Righteous Judge, My blood has paid for these sins and I ask for mercy a while longer. The Counselor (Holy Spirit) is speaking to them about their sin. Have they not already turned from this, that, or the other sin, and are they not spending time learning Your ways? Until they can come here and receive these charges, I ask for a stay of judgment.”
 
This is what happens when people are healed. But after a certain period of time, if they are not seeking God, Satan will be granted his verdict. 
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8) 
God knows your heart. He will not let His ways and His Courts be treated with contempt or as something that is worthless. It is the most priceless thing on this planet. We have access to the highest place of authority in Heaven and Earth. We must be willing to use it!

If we continue “sowing to the flesh,” meaning investing time and money in things that oppose God’s ways, we will “reap” or receive the things of the enemy and his accusations, and charges will bring hardship to our bodies and our lives.

This is why the Lord has now opened up the Courts of Heaven Academy to everyone who has a visit to the CoH with our team. When He sets you free, you need to learn His ways. In the Academy we can find out what sins the enemy may use to attack us.

6. Eligibility
 
After receiving this revelation, I raced into the Courts, intent on asking to be placed before the Throne of Grace and Mercy. As I greeted my Advocate, Jesus, I heard Him say, “private counsel.”
There are council chambers attached to the Courts of Heaven. I have seen rooms with beautiful wooden desks and impossibly high shelves filled with books. After I asked for it, the Judge said, “granted,” and we walked down a hallway to a secluded room.

As soon as the door closed the Lord told me, “You cannot be placed before the Throne of Grace and Mercy because you are an Officer in the Courts of Heaven.”

I had heard a teaching from Robert Henderson about God’s Court having lesser judges and him receiving his judge’s robes so I asked, “Does this mean I’m a judge?”

He instructed me to look at the verse in Revelation where I had seen that there would be judges that come out of the Tribulation. Then the Lord added, “The Throne of Grace and Mercy is for those who are not ready to receive charges in the Courts. They can remain there until they have learned My ways and are ready to enter My Courts. If you wish to operate in the higher things of God, you must be willing to receive charges at any time.”

This makes sense. Our prayer team is operating in the Courts to help others. You cannot be in two places at once. We must leave the Throne of Grace and Mercy to enter the Courts of Heaven to help others. Remembering what I had just learned, I cried out to Jesus, “Lord, can you not contend for us as we are operating in the Courts?”

His words were soft and filled with love, “My precious/beloved, I contend for you day and night. I only allow charges to remain that may hinder you in your walk.”

This brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. When I left the council chamber, I looked up a verse as He had instructed me: 
Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to act as judges and to pass sentence was entrusted. (Revelation 20:4) 
The Greek word thronos means a throne or seat for elders. The word krima means to decree to pass judgment. If an elder of a church enters the Courts, they can decree what the Holy Spirit reveals so that judgment can come. 
Thus said the LORD of hosts; If you will walk in my ways, and if you will keep my charge, then you shall also judge my house, and shall also keep my Courts, and I will give you places to walk among these that stand by. (Zechariah 3:7 AKJV) 
In order to operate in a place of authority in the Courts interceding for others, we need to walk in His ways and do what He tells us to do. This is what our guides have been doing in the Courts of Heaven. The Holy Spirit reveals judgments in alignment with the grace and mercy granted by the blood of Jesus when verdicts are overruled. If there are sins blocking mercy, we often see the judgments granted to the enemy.

Now we are able to decree what Jesus has released us to say according to the Word of God: we use His blood to ask for grace and mercy. Because we are continually in the Courts helping others, we need to be ready to go before the Judge for ourselves and remove any sin if an assault comes upon us.

There have been times when I cry out to God for mercy because the enemy is attacking me with a vengeance and I don’t know which sin is giving him the rights to me. Others have prayed for me and asked for mercy and the attacks may ease a bit, enough that I can pray. The Holy Spirit then reveals where I have gone wrong so I can confess and repent. The attack of the enemy are immediately removed.

If you are an elder, guiding others in the Courts of Heaven, He expects more from you: 
My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the severer judgment. (James 3:1 KJV) 
… but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.” (Luke 12:48 AKJV) 
There is still grace and mercy available to elders, but it is on a case-by-case basis and penalties are higher. This goes for anyone who has a mantle in the Five-fold Ministry, meaning a church leadership that consists of an Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Pastor, and Teacher. The Lord will intervene, but we must be ready to turn from sin. Before escorting others to the Courts of Heaven, you should consider these two previous verses from James and Luke and decide if you are ready to be removed from the Throne of Grace and Mercy.

7. Sample Prayer
 
I have created a short prayer template based on the scriptures mentioned here. Please remember, it is the state of your heart that matters, meaning that you must have the right motives.
 
Prepare 
In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:2)
 
Daniel took time to research and find out that now was the right time for his people to be free. By reading this article, you have done that as well. If you are not aware of the “Awakening” or the “Outpouring,” you can search this blog for those words and learn more about it.
If you’d like to pray on your own, follow Daniel’s example.
 
Self-Examination: 
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. (Daniel 9:3) 
I suggest looking at the Ten Commandments as a starting point so you are clear about what sin is. Then think about these things before you begin to pray:
 
●     Did your ancestors achieve their destiny? Were they in sin?
●     Do you desire to know your destiny with God and to walk in it?
●     Is there a possibility of sin that is holding you back?
●     Are you ready to leave any revealed sin behind?
●     Are you ready to spend time learning God’s ways?
 
If you can answer “yes” to the last four of these questions, you are ready to pray for grace and mercy. We recommend that you don’t begin going to the Courts of Heaven until you are able to be led by the Holy Spirit and know about the Courts and how to operate there. Numbers below indicate which section the following prayers refer to.
 
 
Heavenly Father,
 
(2) I come before you, as Your Word tell us to come boldly before your Throne; Not in my own righteousness, but in the righteousness of my Lord, Jesus. I confess that my ancestors’ ways were not your ways. They have sinned against you and your kingdom. I, too, have sinned against You and Your Kingdom. My tongue has not been tamed, I have spoken wrongly about myself and others. I renounce any words I have spoken that don’t line up with Your plans for my life or the lives of others. I ask that the Blood of Jesus blot these words out now from all records in Heaven and Earth.

(4) I realize that I don’t know as much as I should about You. I desire to learn Your ways and turn from any sin in my life.

(3) I have taken Jesus as the Lord of my life and am His willing bond servant. According to your Word, His blood cries out from the ground, asking for mercy. I thank you for that mercy Father and I ask that you grant me mercy and forgive me for my sins, so that I may learn your ways and turn from my sin: Place me before the Throne of Grace and Mercy and free me from the attacks of the enemy.

(5) Lord Jesus, the Word says you will contend for us. I ask that you contend for me in the Courts of Heaven should the enemy come against me while I am studying Your ways.

(4) Remove any veils hindering my thoughts and open my spiritual eyes so I may see and understand the ways of Your Kingdom.
 
I thank you for the grace and mercy granted through the blood of your son!  Amen.
 
This is a prayer template only. You should always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. The results are dependent upon our faith in them. If you would like to come into agreement with my faith, there is a prayer much like this at the end of the video mentioned at the beginning of this chapter. If you do not see any change, you can schedule to enter the Courts of Heaven and we will be listening to the Holy Spirit to see if anything else needs to be done. Sometimes there are declarations, decrees, or agreements from our ancestors that must be declared and broken. In a chapter that follows, we will discuss this in greater detail.

You should now have grace and mercy to learn God’s ways so that you can take your rightful place in the Courts of Heaven as a Child of the most High and a Citizen of Heaven. We have created an online school, Courts of Heaven Academy, if you would like help learning the ways of God’s courts. You will want to stay in that place of mercy and grace until you are able to:
 
Hear the Holy Spirit clearly
Know about your rightful place in the Courts
Know the procedures for operating in the Courts
 
As long as you are trying to learn about God and are turning from any sin that is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit, you should remain in that place of grace. If you experience any difficulties, please contact us at CoHvisit@gmail.com



Courts of Heaven Academy

After a 1st Visit with us, you may enter the Academy. Before a 1st Visit, you may want to begin by clearing out any rubbish so that you can hear more from God by starting with the Hearing from God course that is open to everyone:

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