Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Higher Levels in the Courts

The Throne of Grace is a wonderful place to be. The attacks of the enemy are eased so that we can grow and learn from God. As you begin to grow in the knowledge of the Courts you may begin to wonder:
  • Are there levels to the Courts of Heaven? 
  • What do we need to do to operate in the Courts with more authority? 
Just like to court systems across the world, there are different levels as to what we can accomplish through the Courts in Heaven and in prayer. If you have been called to a specific office in the Body of Christ, that will be the first thing that determines what you can or cannot do. A prophet is the mouthpiece of God and their words hold more weight than someone who isn’t. A well-known pastor said this about 2019:
“There is great power in the words of anointed people. Think about what the Lord said to Jeremiah, “Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: ‘Because you speak this word, behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.’” (Jeremiah 5:14)
How are you using the fire and the power of God in your own life? Now is the time to seek discernment and watch what we are releasing into the lives of others. Ask the Lord for help. He is our source for wisdom, knowledge and power.

Those who are anointed by God must watch their words. Failure to do so will hinder your work in the Courts of Heaven. Even if you are not called to a specific role, such as a pastor, evangelist, apostle or teacher, you can still come to operate at a higher place in the Courts and also your prayers can be more effective.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them… (Revelation 20:4)
This verse shows that there are higher places in the Courts. When we look to the original Greek we find that thronos, translated throne, also means seats of elders. When you grow in the things of God, learning and walking in His ways, the goal is to become an elder: a wise, mature child of God with the fruits of the Spirit. Could you imagine the chaos that would come if immature Christians with no fruits of the Spirit were given authority in the Courts? They would be attacking other Christians instead of the enemy!
  • How do we know if we are on the right road, making progress in the right direction? 
  • Is there a way to tell when we get off the road and into a ditch instead of walking in His ways? 
The Bible tells us:
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. (Luke 12:48 AKJV)
When we don’t know any better, God mitigates the punishment. This sounds wonderful. If we don’t know we are doing wrong, the punishment will be light. Let’s place this in the proper perspective by looking at what came just before this verse:
And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (Luke 12:47 AKJV)
This is the others side of that coin. When you begin learning God’s ways, as we are commanded to do and expected to do what we are learning. Jesus told His followers:
And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them… (Luke 6:46-47 AKJV)
If we want our Lord to provide for us and protect us, He expects us to DO what we LEARN. What does it look like when we are before the Throne of Grace and fail to do what we know to do? My daughter, Ashley, has allowed me to share her personal experience as an example:

Ashley began joining me for morning prayers and was shocked to find out that each time she joined with me, she began to get a headache. I advised her to seek God as to what sin she had committed which opened the door to such an attack.

A few days later she went to a chess tournament. Before leaving, she asked if I would pray for her, not only for wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit, but to have fun as well. Ashley lost all but one game, and that was to an eight-year-old kid. That evening she sulked, hidden away in her room. When she didn’t appear for several hours, I sought her out.

“What’s wrong, sweetie?” I asked, “Are you that upset about losing at the tournament? You know many of those kids have been practicing for years.” 
She sighed, “It is more than losing. Christ was trying to teach me something at the tournament and I got a headache, like the ones in the morning. This was stronger and went away right after that.”  
I grimaced, “It sounds like the enemy has access to your mind. Has the Holy Spirit shown you where?” 
Ashley whispered, “All of this kind of started when I became focused on this ‘Cinderella choose your own adventure’ story. I keep focusing on that… all the time!" 
I just suggested, “Then that is probably what opened the door.”  
Later that night I was crocheting a blanket, praying in the Heavenly Language when the Holy Spirit connected all the dots. I went to say goodnight to Ashley and relayed what the Holy Spirit had revealed: 
She had let certain things become an idol in her heart through her imagination. When things happened, she was turning to things other than God for comfort. This created a stronghold in her mind that the enemy was using to keep the Holy Spirit from bringing her wisdom.  
The number eight is important: it means judgment and destruction. The Holy Spirit was showing her that if she continued giving the enemy ground in her mind it would only lead to judgments from the Courts which would bring destruction and loss into her life. 
Our Counselor and Friend had made the choice perfectly clear: Ashley could obey what God had already been speaking to her about or receive consequences for her actions. This had to be her choice, because she knows what is right and according to God’s ways, and she must desires to do it. I cannot make the decision for her.

This is an example of TRUE grace and mercy. Just because the enemy comes against us it doesn’t mean we are not before the throne of grace. The attack wasn’t overwhelming, but it did put Ashley on notice that she wasn’t implementing what she has learned. If we pay attention to when difficulties, sicknesses, or persecutions arise, the Holy Spirit will show us where we have wandered off the road and into the ditch where the enemy is able to affect our lives.
If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then also you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you access [to My presence] and places to walk among these who stand here. (Zechariah 3:7 AMPC)
But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:49 AMPC)
In order to have authority in your prayer life and in the Courts to intercede for others we need to learn and follow God’s ways. Jesus, Himself, tells us we must practice what we learn or else destruction will come. In the New Testament, God shows us how to achieve this:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14 AKJV)
If we want the full rights of a grown son, we need to learn from our Teacher, the Holy Spirit. With His guidance, we can become mature children of God. By not only learning but DOING what we LEARN, we are able to fully function in the Courts of Heaven.

To move to higher levels where you have increased authority, one of the first things we have seen the Lord address with many people is their words. The higher the level you are operating in, the more damage the enemy can do by using your words against others.

...for the accuser of our brothers is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night... (Revelation 12:10)
Satan is the one who brings accusations against God's people. We do not need to side with him by declaring things against our brothers. This will not only bring backlash, it may keep God from moving us up levels in the Courts. One of the first things the Holy Spirit will do is show us how to  speak in agreement with the Lord's will, instead of agreeing with what the enemy is doing.

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