Higher Level in the Courts of Heaven
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 different levels at the Courts of Heaven?
- What do we need to do to operate in the Courts with more authority?
Just like court systems across the world, there are different levels as to what we can accomplish through the Courts in Heaven. 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. There is great power in the words of anointed people. Think about what the Lord said to Jeremiah:
“Why thus said 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 AKJV)
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 their 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 I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them… (Revelation 20:4 KJV)
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 the 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 fruit of the Spirit. Could you imagine the chaos that would come if immature Christians with no fruit 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 go off the road and veer 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 what we are doing wrong, the punishment will be light. Let’s place this in the proper perspective by looking at the previous 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 other side of that coin. When you begin learning God’s ways, as we are commanded to do, we are 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 that 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 child. 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 began playing and was really focused on this ‘Cinderella Choose Your Own Adventure’ story. I kept thinking about that game… all the time, even when I wasn’t playing it!”
I didn’t have a lot of help right then, 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 allowed certain recreational habits like daydreaming and video games to become an idol in her heart through her imagination. When circumstances were against her, she turned to these preoccupations rather than to 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 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 it is right according to God’s ways and 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 learned. If we pay attention 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 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 AKJV)
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, but it may also keep God from moving us to higher levels in the Courts. One of the first things the Holy Spirit will do is to 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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Highest Level in the Courts
My family took a few days off during a celebration of our Independence Day, the 4th of July. Although I was gone from the ministry, God brought a major revelation about operating in the Courts of Heaven. Here is how the Lord made this revelation perfectly clear to me:
It was late when we arrived at Grandma’s cabin: the family was exhausted. The smell of cat urine came forcibly to my senses in two different spots, one downstairs and one upstairs. The Holy Spirit had used this type of discernment before, so I knew it meant demons were present.
My niece, let’s call her Marie, and I laid on the bed, talking quietly before we slept. “Do you have earbuds?” I asked. She nodded, “You may want to use them. With no doors and no insulation, sound travels. Tony and his aunt, who owns this cabin, like to stay up late talking. It used to cause strife between Tony and me, but now I just use the headphones.”
Marie commiserated with me about being kept awake when we expected to rise early the next day, then we settled down for the night.
I recalled the time when a shadowy, five-foot bat had attacked me in that upstairs bedroom as I laid exhausted from burying our dog in the backyard (the full story is in “Angels Believe in You.”). I had pulled the sheet over my head before I realized it was a demon and cast it out. Not wanting to be bothered again, knowing the enemy was about, I quickly prayed, placing the blood of Jesus over this temporary residence.
I woke up with allergy symptoms. With very little privacy and much to do, I didn’t have time to go to the Courts in prayer and see what was up, so I used some over-the-counter help (meds) to make it through the day. I figured I would deal with whatever it was that let the enemy in later.
Things only got worse. On the 4th of July, my stomach started feeling weird. By evening I was running to the bathroom. I missed the fireworks and had to remain downstairs close to the toilet. With Tony’s family in the living room with me, I couldn’t even go to the Courts! When I was finally able to get to bed, I was exhausted!
The next morning things were a little better. Best of all, I had some time to be alone in my room to pray. As I entered the Courts the Lord said very firmly, “Private Counsel.” The Judge said granted and I saw myself escorted from Courts, followed by a very large contingency of angelic hosts which flew down and walked beside us.
This counsel room had an impossibly high shelf of books on the left side of the room with a big wooden desk thirty feet long towards the back of the room. Off to the right was a fireplace with oversized leather furniture. The fire didn’t consume the wood and I knew it was the fire of God that Moses saw.
The Lord escorted me to the fire and pointed at the chair, “Sit, rest,” He commanded. An angel brought a cushion for my feet and a glass with light brown liquid in it. Standing over me the Lord said, “You are not resting on what you know. I am contending for you. The Holy Spirit is your Counselor. He will tell you what you need to do, outside the Courts.”
Jesus is so good. He was bringing me a vision to vividly describe exactly what He expected. “Thank you,” I told Him then quickly excused myself to do as He commanded.
Lying in bed, I asked, “Holy Spirit, you are my Counselor, Teacher, and Guide. You know what I need to do. Why am I the only one plagued by sickness when I should be the one free of such things?”
Instantly I remembered the conversation with my niece. I knew my words were being used against me in the Courts to say I hadn’t forgiven my host and that I was walking outside of the love of God because of this Bible verse coming to mind:
But I say to you, “That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36 AKJV)
Out loud, I confessed that I had spoken ill of my host. I announced that I forgave all involved with this issue.
A picture appeared in my mind: Jesus was on the cross and blood streamed from His hands. I instantly knew what the Holy Spirit wanted me to say, “Jesus, I thank you that Your blood blots out these sins…”
More pictures appeared: each one showed me what to say and declare next. I only declared what the Holy Spirit told me to say. Within ten minutes I felt fine and was ready to go to dinner with the family.
At the local pizza parlor, I started to feel queasy. I excused myself, and alone in the toilet, I prayed in the heavenly language. The healing Scriptures I pray on certain mornings came to mind and I thanked God for all that He had provided by stating those Scriptures. All symptoms disappeared and I felt fine once again as I rejoined the family.
A couple of lessons to note:
- Pleading the blood over an area where you are walking out of the love of God will not keep the enemy out.
- Words said can be used as proof that we are unforgiving.
- Don’t do anything but thank God for His Word unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise.
- The enemy may test your faith in what has been done.
- Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- Quoting God’s good promises may be necessary to overcome this—not declaring and decreeing, but thanking God for who He is, our Healer.
Because of this attack, the Lord revealed the highest place of authority in the Courts. If you have been in the Courts and heard from the Holy Spirit there, you should begin to rest in what you know:
- Jesus is contending for you as your Advocate. (Isaiah 49:25)
- The Holy Spirit is your Earthly Advocate, your Counselor. (John 14:16)
- Your Counselor will tell you what sins you need to confess in order to be free. (James 5:16, 1 John 1:9-10)
Once you learn to hear from the Holy Spirit in the Courts of Heaven and receive results, you need to KNOW that you are able to hear from your Counselor on Earth and He knows what has been done in Heaven. Witnessing the effectiveness of what happens in the Courts builds this faith. The highest level for any Christian is this: Once witnessing the freedom in the Courts, rest in knowing that Jesus is there and that we only need to come when He calls, after seeking counsel from the Holy Spirit.
Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 AKJV)
And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14 AKJV)
It is our sincere desire that all our brothers and sisters in Christ will come to the highest level and learn to see and hear in the Courts. This is important so that they can rest in what Jesus is doing as they receive guidance from the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, outside the Courts.
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