In the first Courts of Academy workbook: Courts of Heaven Foundations, you were placed before the Throne of Grace where Jesus is contending for you. You should be:
- Learning God’s ways and applying it to your life
- Confessing any sin that is revealed
- Turning from that sin
Doing this allows Jesus to remove charges and bring restoration into your life. Who is better than the Lord to handle things in the Courts? You should take advantage of this time of gentle correction.
The way our team receives charges in the Courts is unique. For this reason, under most circumstances, we ask that people go through the Academy before taking this step. Petitioners should go to the Courts to receive charges when:
- They are a mature Christian displaying the Fruits of the Spirit.
- They have an understanding about the Courts of Heaven.
- They want to pursue a deeper relationship with God by spending time with Him.
- They are willing to remove any sin from their life.
- They know what sin is, according to the Bible. This means they must have read the Word of God or have gone to Church often.
In most cases, the Lord will not allow anyone to proceed to receiving charges, if they are not a mature Christian displaying the fruits of the Spirit. According to Galatians, those fruits are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities will allow them to receive the truth about their past errors and sins.
The Courts of Heaven are the highest place of authority over Heaven and Earth. We have access to the throne because of the blood of Jesus. While we are learning God’s ways we can reside before the Throne of Grace where the harshest attacks of the enemy are removed so that we can be free to learn. There are several factors to consider before we enter the Courts of Heaven to receive charges:
- Operating with the Holy Spirit
- Physical Manifestations
- Spiritual Maturity
For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 AKJV)
We must closely examine ourselves and see where we are before entering the Courts of Heaven. This can only be rightly done by looking at scriptures:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16 AKJV)
This was written before we had a Bible. It is referring to the Old Testament. We should not exclude what has been termed “old,” but use it for the wisdom it contains. Let’s start by looking first to the new.
OPERATION WITH THE SPIRIT
Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do: for what things soever He does, these also does the Son likewise. (John 5:19 AKJV)
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17 AKJV)
Jesus never did anything unless He SAW His Father doing it. We are to be like Him. Would you walk into an earthly court without the ability to see, hear, or receive instructions from the judge or your lawyer? In order to operate in the Courts, we must have the ability to hear from the Holy Spirit who is our Counselor. You can enter the CoH with a “guide” who will help you receive what is happening.
Before you enter the CoH with a guide, you may want to consider the other two factors involved in visiting the Courts.
The number one reason to enter the Courts is because of a situation in our life or with a loved one. Whether or not the situation warrants a visit to the CoH may depend upon what circumstance you are in:
- Medical Emergency
- Health, Financial, Emotional or Spiritual Attacks
We must know the difference between these two situations.
1. Medical Emergency
An emergency is a sudden, life or death situation. Whether or not you need to enter the CoH will depend upon the other key factors we will look into. Even without going to the Courts, the Holy Spirit may speak through a word of wisdom or knowledge during an intercession appointment to remove the attacks of the enemy.
2. Health, Financial, Emotional or Spiritual Attacks
Attacks can come suddenly or increase over a period of time and can be emotionally, financially or physically painful. Job came under great affliction. He argued with three friends who all spoke wrongly about God. Finally, one spoke what was right:
Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hands [incurring the danger of God’s wrath]? [I do it because, though He slay me, yet will I wait for and trust Him and] behold, He will slay me; I have no hope— nevertheless, I will maintain and argue my ways before Him and even to His face. (Job 13:14-16 AMPC)
“Take my flesh in my teeth” means to jeopardize his body. Job was willing to risk everything to confront God. Arguing “his ways,” meant that he believed his way was right and Job was determined to present his case to God’s face. Have you been telling God that you or a loved one doesn’t deserve what is happening. Then you are as guilty as Job was. You cannot prepare a decree or declaration to present before the Courts so that you can get what you want because this would mean that you are “arguing your ways.”
There was a young man, Elihu who spoke rightly according to God. Through his advice we find out that we must look at the situation from God’s point of view since He is greater than we are.
For has anyone said to God, I have borne my chastisement; I will not offend anymore; Teach me what I do not see [in regard to how I have sinned]; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more? Should [God’s] recompense [for your sins] be as you will it, when you refuse to accept it? For you must do the choosing, and not I; therefore say what is your truthful conclusion. (Job 34:31-33 AMPC)
Job had been crying out, wanting to debate God about why he was suffering. He protested much, arguing that he was righteous and didn’t deserve the suffering that had come upon him. This is not a cry that God will heed. It is vanity and pride to think that we know better than God. We don’t dictate to God, He dictates to us. We must be willing to find out why God has allowed it and say, "I will not sin (offend) anymore, show me and help me understand what I have done wrong."
Men of understanding will tell me, indeed, every wise man who hears me [will agree], That Job speaks without knowledge, and his words are without wisdom and insight. [Would that Job’s afflictions be continued and] he be tried to the end because of his answering like wicked men! (Job 34:34-36 AMPC)
When we don’t hear from God, sometimes we will complain that we are unjustly suffering. This is actually saying that we are right and God is wrong. If you have ever spoken out words in frustration concerning the situation that plagues you or your family, you will need to confess and repent for these before entering the Courts.
For He adds rebellion [in his unsubmissive, defiant attitude toward God] to his unacknowledged sin; he claps his hands [in open mockery and contempt of God] among us, and he multiplies His words of accusation against God. (Job 34:37 AMPC)
It is an act of rebellion to reject the fact that you have sinned when it is revealed. You must fully understand and accept that what has befallen you, was an attack of the enemy because of sin in your life or the lives of your ancestors. It is not God’s fault. This means that you cannot go to the Courts to make declarations and decrees to prove that you are right. This act of rebellion can bring additional charges upon you which may result in an attack from the enemy.
We only go to the Courts to seek why WE are wrong, not why God is wrong. You must forgive God if you have made accusations against Him because of your circumstance and trust that He has a reason for whatever has happened to you. Jesus paid the price for you to be redeemed, but first you must confess: See it the way God does. We are righteous through Jesus and if we humble ourselves to find out why we are in a particular situation then, we will be granted wisdom:
And if they are bound in fetters [of adversity] and held by cords of affliction, then He shows to them [the true character of] their deeds and their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly [with presumption and self-sufficiency]. He also opens their ears to instruction and discipline, and commands that they return from iniquity. (Job 36:8-10 APMC)
When we wind up in disaster it is because we have acted presumptuously. God will let us know where we have gone wrong. If we receive charges and do not search to find out how they apply to our lives, then we will add rebellion to the list of sins. This is why we must consider maturity in the spirit.
It is not the great [necessarily] who are wise, nor [always] the aged who understand justice. (Job 32:9 AMPC)
Elihu was young man, but like Timothy, he was wise in the ways of God. Our spiritual maturity isn’t about how long we have been alive or how long we have been a Christian. It is how well we know God and His ways and are developing in the fruits of the Spirit:
You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Matthew 7:16 AKJV)
Maturity doesn’t happen overnight. As we grow in God’s ways, we will develop the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness (humility), temperance. Fruit takes time to develop, usually through pressure and difficulty. Scripture gives us great insight and encouragement on this topic:
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. (Psalms 1:1 AKJV)
As we grow, we will be drawn away from those wallowing in sin and who don’t know God’s ways. We are not going to “stand” in sinful ways. When we walk in love, we will not be scornful of others. This takes effort and time to develop. The more time you spend in the Word of God and meditate upon Him, the quicker you will grow.
When we receive charges in the Courts, it concerns the sin in our life that allows the enemy to attack us. For this reason, we need to be able to:
- Identify the sin that allows them to stick to us
- The more we know about God, the easier it will be to understand what is revealed in the Courts.
- Remove the sin from our life
- A strong spirit will dominate our soul and flesh so that we can stop sinning
There are many ways to strengthen your spirit:
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalms 1:2-3 AKJV)
A few years ago, a movement happened across the USA. The Ten Commandments were thrown out because “Jesus fulfilled the Law,” even though the ways of God never changed. We can learn what pleases God by looking at the Old Testament.
We must delight ourselves in God’s ways and meditate upon them. We no longer go to Hell for accidentally violating any one little part of God’s Law. The churches in Revelation show us that repeated and continued sin may cause us to miss Heaven. The blood of Jesus has paid the price for our sins but we have to appropriate it to have freedom in this life. Until we confess and repent, sin can still allow the enemy to attack us in this life. As a citizen of Heaven, we should be learning about the ways of our new homeland!
At Agape Christian Fellowship, we believe in inquiring of the Lord, our Lead Advocate, to see if it is His will to enter the Courts for charges. Intercession with seers who operate in the Courts of Heaven will often reveal charges in a gentler way, allowing us to work on one issue at a time. This is an awesome alternative to going into the Courts for charges.
HOW TO RECEIVE CHARGES
When you are training and learning how to listen for charges regarding the sins of others, you MUST have all KNOWN SIN removed from your life. If the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about certain behaviors, you need to remove them from your life.
Before you attend “Receiving Charges" sessions for others, you must be willing to come out of rebellion and heed the voice of the Holy Spirit. In addition, you must be willing to leave all the things of this world behind, including wrong friendships, and surrender your will to God by focusing on Him and the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven. He knows what the enemy will use to attack you as you come up to the next level in His Kingdom, setting the captives free.
The New Testament warns us:
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV)
Close association with those who are unwilling to learn and walk in God’s ways and remove sin from their lives may bring hardship into one’s life. In addition to this, there are some less obvious forms of rebellion which may cause you backlash if you help others receive or remove charges:
- Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16 AKJV)
- Sharing with mature believers, especially elders, a sin that we are removing is transparency and leads to accountability.
- Having others use the gifts of the Spirit but not heeding what is revealed or honoring what is said.
- This is actually the Holy Spirit speaking to you and dishonoring the information given is dishonoring Him i.e. dream interpretation or discerning of spirits.
These are the kinds of things that can cause our spiritual eyes and ears to become dull and prevent us from moving forward toward our destiny. When we receive information from the spirit realm from God as Judge, the information that we receive in the Courts is true. If you do not focus on God or if your soul is strong and your spirit is weak, you may receive information from your soul or your imagination rather than from God. Always be in prayer before appointments so that you are more connected to the Holy Spirit instead of the flesh.
THE “SEER” GIFT
Coming to a high level in the gifts of the Spirit so that can be used in the Courts is not always instantaneous; it can happen as we continue to walk with the Lord. Many of us didn’t see or hear much at all when we first started going to the Courts, but our gifts blossomed as we attended more and more visits.
Lynn Hardy waited several months before receiving her first word or vision. She led appointments with gentle nudges from the Holy Spirit. It is God who gives us what we need to function in our destiny with Him. If you don’t feel like you are hearing from the Holy Spirit, prayerfully consider reading the very short book “Why Doesn’t God Speak to Me?” It may help you understand how He is speaking to you. You should not enter the Courts until you can hear from the Holy Spirit.
Prayer to Receive Charges
You can use whatever words the Holy Spirit brings you as long as you:
- Remain respectful at all times
- Address God as Judge, Jesus as Advocate and Holy Spirit as Counselor
We don’t suggest that you enter the CoH until you have completed Workbook 4: “Removing Charges.” The simple template below will help guide you into the Courts:
Thank you, Mighty God for the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. I praise You for revealing that You are the just Judge who reigns over Heaven and Earth. I come before you now as a citizen of Heaven and a child of the Most High.
I take my rightful place in Your court today. Jesus, my Lord and Advocate, I submit to Your Authority as my Leader and my Lord. I ask that You shelter me under Your wings, let me receive only from You in this courtroom today.
Holy Spirit, my Counselor, guide me in all the way of this court – open my spiritual eyes and ears to receive from You. I ask that I receive only from You, please keep any other spirits from misleading me today.
Mighty Judge, is it not right and just for a person to know the charges against them? Let my accusers step forward and state any charges they have against me so that I know what is before me this day.
Wait in silence. If you hear any words, these words may be charges against you, if your spirit is in control and not your mind. They may be unfaithful, liar, adulterer, thief, traitor, or many other charges. You may also hear words such as holy or righteous, meaning there is nothing currently against you.
- If you hear charges, write them down. Spend time asking the Holy Spirit what they mean once you leave the Courts and repent for the sins associated with them.
- If you don’t hear anything, ask, “Mighty Judge, are there no charges against me this day?” If you still don’t hear anything, you may want to connect with someone who has a gift of seeing in the spirit realm (a seer) to find out if there are any charges against you. You cannot “confess” and turn from a sin unless you know what it is.
- If you have heard charges and are there to respond to them, continue by pleading the blood as described below.
Now it is time to take your leave so you can consider what you have heard.
Mighty Judge, I thank You for revealing what is against me today. I enter into evidence this day the testimony of the blood of Jesus. It cries out from the ground for mercy. I stand in agreement with that cry of mercy. I ask for a stay of judgment concerning these charges so that I can seek counsel and come to the full understanding of what the charges mean and how they are connected to my life.
Did you hear “granted?” Continue by removing yourself from the Courts.
Mighty Judge, I am so very grateful for your mercy. Thank You for all You have done through Your Son. I take my leave of this courtroom now.
Outside the Courts, spend time with the Holy Spirit. Confess and plead the blood as He shows you how the charges are applied to your life. (More about this process in Workbook 4: Removing Charges in the Courts of Heaven.) Once you understand the charges, then return to the CoH to enter your official plea.
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