The revelation of grace and mercy came as we prepared for the Feast of Passover; it would be the last one before the glory of God was revealed. He suffered and died for this purpose and I realized that He was showing us how to use the gifts of grace and mercy as the yearly celebration for it neared. We should seek grace from the Lord while we learn about the Courts of Heaven.
We have learned how to appropriate the blood of Jesus in the Courts. The prophecy by John shows us how important that is:
... for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out! And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto the death.... (Revelation 12:10-11)Satan is still accusing us in the Courts which allows him to attack God’s people by bringing sickness, disease, and poverty into their lives. We are learning to overcome him though. The Greek word nikaō is translated “overcame.” It can refer to “when one is arraigned or goes to law (employs the law) to win the case to maintain one’s cause.” A 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. We must overcome Satan in the Courts before He returns.
The only way for man to be able to go before God is through accepting His Son, Jesus as Lord. The word “Gentile” means those without God. The first Gentile spoken to about Jesus was when Peter spoke with Cornelius:
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and showed Him openly; Not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead. (Acts 10:38-41 AKJV)
We must accept this as truth in order to receive Jesus. Other scriptures show us why it is important to receive this information.
… if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 AKJV)
And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. (John 3:36 AMPC)
The word “lord” means owner: a landlord is the landowner. It can also mean hereditary right or preeminence to whom it is that service and obedience is due. Other places in the Bible, it refers to those who have taken Jesus as Lord as “bond servants.” These are willing slaves to a master. This means we agree to do things His way, not our way, and to put Him first in all things. We must be willing to learn about our new Master/Owner and our new Kingdom when we take Jesus as Lord.
Saying the words is easy but meaning them is what matters. The thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus made this simple statement, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.” That simple confession, because he believed what he was saying, was enough for the thief to be forgiven and see Jesus in Heaven. It is a matter of the heart. It is what you believe deep down, beyond a doubt, and that which you say you believe with words.
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20 AMPC)
If you are willing to accept the price paid for you, then you must state: I confess that Jesus is my Lord and I believe that God raised Him from the dead. A very simple prayer may go something like this:
I believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son, that He came down to our Earth in the flesh and died on the cross to take away all of my sins. I believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day to give all of us eternal life.
Lord Jesus, I accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I now ask that You come into my life and live with me for all of eternity. I thank You that all my sins are forgiven because of the blood You shed for me.
This is the first step necessary to approach God as Judge. Once Jesus is king of your Heart, you are able to seek God’s help. If you believe what you say and mean it with your whole heart, then you are under the protection and blessing of Jesus. If you cannot yet say this prayer and believe it with your whole heart, begin reading the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Beginning with John is best. Before you begin, ask God to grant you wisdom and reveal Jesus to you.
You will need to stop here and go no further until you are ready to take Jesus as Lord. Please contact us at CoHVisit@gmail.com if you are still struggling after reading the Book of John in the Bible. Come back and say this prayer when you KNOW these things with all your heart.
Three initiation rites were always performed upon those professing conversion into Judaism, "to bring them under the wings of the Shekinah," which is the majestic or manifest presence of God:
- Washing of clothes
- Sprinkling of blood for the covenant with God
- Immersion into “living” or flowing water
All three have a symbolic meaning:
- The washing of clothes is symbolic of removing sin from our lives.
- It is the blood of Jesus which redeems us.
- The Holy Spirit is the Living Water we receive when we complete steps one and two.
We receive the Holy Spirit when we take Jesus as Lord, thus entering into a new covenant through the shedding of His blood. We are expected to turn from sin and embrace the ways of our new kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven.
Gift from Jesus
The Old Testament is a foreshadow of what Jesus would fulfill. Jesus came so that we might receive a new baptism:
And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it stayed on Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On Whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizes with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bore record that this is the Son of God. (John 1:32-34 AKJV)
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7 AKJV)
Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit. This is referred to as being “born again.”
Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3 AKJV)
Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:4-6 AKJV)
In the culture of Judaism at the time this was spoken, “a man be born of water” meant that you came forth into this world through the water of the womb. This is verified by the statement “flesh is flesh” in other words, we are born of flesh, from flesh in the birth through water. All that remains is to be born of the Spirit.
When we take Jesus as Lord we receive the Holy Spirit and become “born again” of the spirit. We should follow the Bible’s example of how to accept Jesus as Lord.
Agape Christian Fellowship is the church which oversees this Academy. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and you have never been baptized in water, we would be happy to perform an online water baptism with you; if you would like to publicly demonstrate the fact you have died to your old self and are a new creation in Jesus as you have taken Him as Lord.
§ In the 101 - Grace and Mercy class, click on the 1st WATER BAPTISM form.
o We schedule group baptisms as they are needed.
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Once you belong to God, the Book of Daniel Chapter 9 shows us how we should intercede for others. It gives the necessary steps we need to take to appropriate grace and mercy, in or outside of the Courts.
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. This is confirmed in the New Testament:
[As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins]. (James 4:9 AMPC)We need to be honest with ourselves:
- Does the fact that you have wronged God and His kingdom impact your heart or are you only seeking to be free of an attack of Satan?
“Coming to God 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. We have to set aside our desires and be willing to embrace what God intends for us.
And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession… (Daniel 9:4)The Hebrew word yadah, translated “confession” means to intensely bemoan. While we don’t use the word “bemoan” much today, it is more than merely making a statement, it is to be sorrowful about something. E.g. He bemoans the fact that the team lost their game again.
Daniel is crying out to God for the sins of his people? In the next several verses (Daniel 9:5-16) he not only announces the sins of God’s people, but the righteous punishment placed against them by God that they deserve. In other words, he agrees that God was right to judge them.
Christians know that Jesus’ blood was shed for our sins, and some think sin will not affect them in this life because of that blood. This could not be further from the truth!
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)
The word curse is singular. The single curse was that you went to Hell for violating any part of the law. This is what taking Jesus as Lord has redeemed us from. We no longer go to Hell for violating even a tiny part of the law as the Hebrew people did.
Jesus also paid the price for us to be free from the curses of our ancestors by hanging on the cross. No where in scripture does it say this happens automatically. A payment is something that has to be received.
All throughout the New Testament, Christians are urged to turn from their sin. One verse in particular leads many to think that merely saying they are sorry for their sin is enough. Let’s take a closer look at this scripture:
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. It is not only saying we were wrong, but actually agreeing fully with God about how He sees it. When we confess Jesus as Lord we are seeing Him as our Master and we are His servant. When we learn that we are not acting according to God’s ways, we must confess that sin, seeing it the way He does. This allows the sin to be blotted out by the blood and erased for good.
We need to see sin the way God does, as detestable. For me, this means thinking of a sin like a pile of dog poop. 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, this is confessing. We will naturally repent as we try our best to never repeat the sin again because it is detestable to us.
Daniel confessed that both he and his ancestors had sinned. He stated that he knew they were wrong and was grieved over all that they had done. He did not repent for them. How could He declare that all of Israel was turning from their sins? We need to update our vocabulary when we pray and know what true confession is.
The one area all Christians must repent for is our words!
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)The words “justified” and “condemned” are legal terms used in court. God’s mercy is new everyday because everyday is a “Day of Judgment.” This is one place that we need to both confess and repent before God for every word that we have said that is not according to God’s will for our life. We need to learn to watch our words. Phrases like “I can’t learn anything” or “I always get sick in the fall” may be used against us in Court. Any negative phrase about our health, finances, emotions, or minds should be removed from our everyday speech.
Let’s look at the word “rebuke.” Many of us use the word rebuke to mean “null and void,” however according to the word of God, it means to chastise or bring low. A better word might 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 Mercy
O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. (Daniel 9:18)Daniel didn’t have the supreme blood of Jesus, yet he knew that God was merciful. We need to always remember:
- Justice brings the punishment we deserve.
- Mercy brings relief from attacks—even if we don’t deserve it.
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 His forgiveness. 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 for us. 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. The Greek word lambanō means, “to take a thing due according to agreement or law.” Grace means getting something we did not pay for; unmerited favor. We are granted mercy, forgiveness and compassion for what we have done, by being placed at the Throne of Grace where we receive mercy from God. We have a wonderful hope in our Lord that is seen right before the verse about the Throne of Grace:
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)Our Lord sympathizes with what we are going through. He has compassion on us. This is why we can go boldly before the Throne of Grace.
Until recently, I had only approached God’s throne to enter His Courts and ask about charges against us. Following the example of Daniel, I now know we can ask to be removed from the Courts and placed before the Throne of Grace, not through our own righteousness, but through that of Jesus and the mercy provided through the shedding of His blood. We do this by 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 a 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.
Innocent blood that is shed can 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 by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (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 where we can receive mercy from God.
4. The Purpose
...yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand your truth. (Daniel 9:13 NKJV)Before Daniel asks for mercy, he states the purpose: so that they can learn God’s truth, His ways, and turn from their iniquities, meaning 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 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 their 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 do what you are learning. This means turning from what you realize is not according to God’s ways. This frees us to walk into the destiny for which He created us.
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 spirit by learning about God and His ways. Many times healing comes to set us free. However, if we have been with God a long time, He may expect us to take steps forward by confessing and repenting for our sins before we receive the full healing. While at the Throne of Grace, you must seek Him and find out what sin allowed the enemy to attack 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)
He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous… And if they be bound in fetters, and be held in cords of affliction; Then he shows them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. He opens also their ear to discipline, and commands that they return from iniquity. (Job 36:7-10 AKJV)
For those who don’t know a lot about God’s Word, the Courts and how sin affects our life, we recommend you remain at the Throne of Grace for a season as you learn more and learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
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 Satan may have some captives. I have seen with my spiritual eyes in visits to the Courts of Heaven, people who have appeared chained and shackled. The Lord has promised that if 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.
When we are healed, after a certain period of time, if we are not seeking God and learning His ways, Satan may choose to attack us for the same sin if it hasn’t been removed from our lives.
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 to grow closer to God!
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)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 consequences in our life according to what we have sown. Our actions may allow the enemy to bring accusations resulting in charges which will bring hardship to our bodies and our lives.
The Lord asked us to create the Courts of Heaven Academy. When He places you at the Throne of Grace, you will need to learn His ways. Many of the classes in this free school may help you find out what sins the enemy is using to attack you.
Here is 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.
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.
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 receive 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. What follows is a prayer template only, you should put the prayer in your own words. You should always follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Numbers below indicate which section the following prayers refer to.
(2) I come before you, as Your Word tells 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 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.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 don’t see any change, please read the next chapter “Trouble with Grace and Mercy.” 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. If you are unable to continue because of severe attacks, please contact us at CoHvisit@gmail.com.
(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.
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, to help you learn the ways of God’s courts. You will want to stay in that place of grace and mercy, 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, the second class in the Academy may help you.
Believers' Boot Camp series
Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?
Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was.
Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways.
In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.
Keys to Authority for Every Believer
There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively.
Find out about your authority:
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.
- Why you need it.
- Where it comes from.
- What you can do with it.
- How to get more.