Trouble with Grace & Mercy
We sought the Lord as to why this was happening. Wasn’t His grace for everyone? The most common reasons were:
- Eligibility for the Throne of Grace
- Not confessing sin
- Not renouncing binding agreements with the enemy
- Not learning God’s ways
- Not understanding grace and mercy
The Lord told us to request a “private counsel” for one of the first people we took into the Courts after the grace and mercy meeting. I saw two angels escort us to a room off to one side. The door closed behind us and the Lord sat across from Agnes, taking her hands in His. “My grace is sufficient. All she needed to do is say, ‘amen’ to the prayer!”
“Lord, so we don’t need to pray again?” I asked.
His eyes firm as He hit the table with His fist. “All that is needed is to come into agreement with the prayer!”
I don’t often see Him this insistent, so now I am very cautious to ask for people to be placed before the Throne of Grace twice. Instead, I ask what is blocking the fullness of grace and mercy from being received? The following are some of the things we have found.
1. Who is Eligible
After receiving the revelation of the Throne of Grace, I raced into the Courts, intent on asking to be placed before there. As I greeted my Advocate, Jesus, I heard Him say, “private counsel.” There are council chambers attached to the Courts of Heaven; some have a beautiful wooden desk and impossibly high shelves filled with books.
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 because you are an Officer in the Courts of Heaven.”
The Lord explained, “The Throne of Grace is for those who are not ready to receive charges in the Courts. We receive mercy for what is against us. 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.”
You cannot be in two places at once. We must leave the Throne of Grace for good to lead others or enter the Courts of Heaven on our own. 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 achieving your destiny.” This brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. My Lord is contending for me.
We must remember why we are placed at the Throne of Grace:
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 AMPC)The phrase to have “understanding and become wise in Your truth” means to learn and be fully aware of God’s ways. If you are teaching or leading others, you cannot be placed at the Throne of Grace because you have taken a position as one who already knows about God’s ways. When you are helping others, you are expected to know God’s Word quite well. The New Testament tells us that being a leader is a big responsibility and has consequences.
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)
Before we accept a position of leadership we should consider these words by the biological brother of Jesus. There is still grace and mercy available to elders, but it is on a case-by-case basis and penalties are higher for them. As a leader, we must be ready to run to the throne of Grace anytime the enemy attacks us to receive grace at that moment. We cannot be hidden before the Throne of Grace permanently while we are learning God’s ways.
This goes for anyone who has a mantle in the Five-fold Ministry, meaning the worldwide church leadership that consists of an Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Pastor, and Teacher. The Lord is still contending for us, but we must be ready to confess and turn from sin when we experience the consequences of it. We see a clear example of this in the Old Testament:
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)
Affliction does come even upon Christian leaders. We are expected to seek God and find out why it has come upon us. Job shows us one reason this may happen to leaders:
But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on you. (Job 36:17 AKJV)
It is easy to stand in judgment and condemn those who are not walking with God. We need to be like our Lord and speak forgiveness over them. When those who had placed Him on the Cross mocked and spat upon Him, He cried, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24). This should be our cry for every “wicked” person or anyone who has persecuted us.
Before entering the Courts of Heaven on your own, you should be ready to be removed from the Throne of Grace and ready to assume the responsibilities of a full-grown son or daughter of God. Please consider these two previous verses from James and Luke. Remember, it is one or the other; you cannot be entering the Courts on your own or to guide others while sheltered at the Throne of Grace.
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.
2. Confessing Sin
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)The enemy loves to dig into our lives and our past to find any way we have transgressed God’s Word so that he can use it against us in the Courts of Heaven. We must be aware that even though our spirit is seen as perfect before God with our new birth; we were born into a sinful body and may be tempted into sin again.
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 AKJV)The Greek word homologeō is translated as “confess,” and it means much more than to just state that we have done wrong. Rather, it is to see something the way the other person does, in this case, God. Did you really confess your sin? The New Testament shows us what that should look like.
[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)Is this the state of your heart when you confess your sin? In the prayer, we interceded for you before God as Judge. Were you in agreement with this prayer? Please prayerfully consider what it means to “confess” your sins as they are revealed to you.
3. Unholy Agreements
The Bible tells us that the blood of our Lord has paid the price for every unholy agreement. When the Holy Spirit reveals actions or agreements to us, the petitioner must renounce what is revealed which may have been done by themselves or their ancestors. If you did the prayer for grace and mercy without being able to hear if there was anything else needed, then perhaps there are binding agreements from the past.
Here is what Jesus revealed in a visit to the Courts:
A petitioner, let’s call her Haadiya, said amen and even started learning God’s ways at the free online Academy, but was still struggling with attacks against her health. We entered the Courts with Haadiya and immediately the Lord advised us to ask for “private counsel.”
In the private room, furnished with a large wooden desk and high bookshelves, the Lord presented Haadiya with a parchment paper entitled “Covenants and Dedication.” Once she renounced actions committed by her ancestors, the Lord placed His palm upon the paper. A stamp appeared with His blood where His hand had been. It read, “paid in full.”
This is what is actually occurring when we renounce the following before God:
- Blood sacrifices
- Oaths and blood oaths
- Sacrifices to other gods (other than blood sacrifices)
- Dedications to other gods
- Agreements with spirits other than the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit often lets our team know when we are in intercession appointments if these are against you. This is not a complete list, we may hear a new item. However, let’s begin by clearing out any of these. Simply state, “I renounce any of the following that my ancestors have done.” Read the list, then ask that it be covered by the blood of Jesus. Our Lord is contending for you in the Courts and will take care of the rest.
4. Not Learning His Ways
We are in a season of an outpouring of God’s glory. Miracles have not happened in such strength and power since the Book of Acts and the first Outpouring of the Holy Spirit. If you want the Holy Spirit to move into your life like He did with the disciples, then you need to do what they did.
Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19 AKJV)The phrase in the original Greek “when the times of refreshing shall come” should actually translate as, “so that the times of refreshing may come.” Before every move of God, there is a change in the hearts of men. When they begin to turn back to God and His ways—this is repenting. The purpose of grace and mercy is so that we can learn God’s ways and find out where we need to turn from sin (repent).
If the Lord has been asking us to do something for a while and we have “intended to get to it,” it is only when we follow through with our part of the agreement that we may begin to see grace and mercy flow. We ask God for grace and mercy “so that we can learn His ways and turn from our sin.” Begin with the sin that you know and see if the mercy doesn’t begin to flow.
… 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)We are praying so that we can turn from our sin. This is part of the purpose of the Academy. The Holy Spirit reveals sin through the classes, which leads to confessing and repenting. We have seen many people become free as they begin learning in the Academy. Before you seek an answer as to why grace and mercy is not apparent, start fulfilling your part of the agreement: start learning how to operate before the Throne of Grace and in the Courts of Heaven.
5. Understanding Grace and Mercy
Before we decide we are not receiving grace and mercy, we need to KNOW what they look like.
It doesn’t mean all of life’s problems are immediately fixed.This is not a quick fix for all of life’s problems. Grace and mercy is relief from what is hindering you in learning God’s ways. More victory comes as you begin walking in those ways and turning from sin. The Word of God is clear:
Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (1 Timothy 3:12)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed... (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)These are two of many scriptures that speak of difficulties in the lives of believers. God never promised that our lives would be a “bed of roses.” Grace and mercy provide relief from demonic attacks, but they don’t instantly resolve issues that have been growing in a relationship or a challenging financial situation resulting from years of personal choices. As you grow into a deeper relationship with the Lord many situations in your life will improve. The change in your own life will be what helps those around you.
Even the Apostle Paul dealt with issues in his life:
For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 AKJV)
Being Removed from the Throne of Grace
We have found two common causes for people to be accidentally removed from the Throne of Grace:
- Attacking the enemy while at the Throne
- Going into the Courts on your own
Attacking the EnemyThe Lord is contending for you in the Courts, so as long as you are confessing and pleading the blood over any sin revealed by the Holy Spirit, He will be able to remove attacks from there. If you charge into the battlefield with spiritual warfare prayers, then you are not trusting in the Lord as your contender. This may open you up to an even greater attack because you are basically saying, “I know how to take care of this” and removing Jesus as your defender.
There are several classes addressing spiritual warfare in the Courts of Heaven Academy. Until you complete the Academy, we recommend that you prayerfully consider resting at the Throne of Grace until you have learned about Unauthorized Authority.
The CourtsWhen you enter into the Courts without a guide, you are presenting yourself before all of Heaven as a full-grown, mature child of God. This contradicts needing time to learn God’s ways. We suggest that you wait to enter the courts on your own until you know:
- about God’s courts
- how to receive instructions from the Holy Spirit, your Counselor
Would it do any good to enter an earthly court without being able to see or hear what is going on? Would you enter the court without your hearing from your lawyer?
Once you have examined these areas of your life, if an attack from the enemy is hindering you from learning after being placed before the Throne of Grace, by all means, let us know what is going on. We will be happy to ask the Lord about what is going on.
We have also discovered that learning something and not applying what you have learned to remove sin from your life may bring an attack from the enemy.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. (James 4:7-8)
Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)These are strong words to the Christians after our Lord left. Believers were not getting the results they expected from prayer and James explains why. Once you are before the Throne of Grace and are not being hindered in learning if at any time you come under an attack of the enemy, please do the following:
- Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of anything the Lord has asked you to stop doing that still remains in your life.
- Look at the last few classes you completed and ask the Holy Spirit if there is something you have not applied to your life.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5 AKJV)God will grant you wisdom when you seek Him. He has all the answers. What is happening is not a surprise to Him.
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