And here is a very important and exciting concept to consider... It is written in Proverbs 6:30-31, People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry; But when he is found, he must repay seven times [what he stole]; he must give all the property of his house [if necessary, to meet his fine] ... God says he must restore what has been stolen SEVENFOLD, even if it bankrupts him. Now that’s just if he steals because he is in severe lack, and he’s hungry. What about a thief who steals just because he enjoys stealing from people? Would God require any less of him? No. He still has to repay. Ah, but the thief we are talking about here is Satan, and he’s a spirit. How can we make him pay? We can’t haul him to the Judge and make him pay us back. OR CAN WE??
Who says that your spirit can't appear before the Court in Heaven with a list of what the devil has stolen from you and demand restoration? The King of Kings, and LORD of Lords, will acknowledge your list and make restoration for you, with life abundant ... The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10) . We need to stop being passive and letting the devil steal from us! Remember, Satan is a spirit, and it is our spirits that must appear in the spiritual Court of Heaven to make our case. I know some of you may be wondering how that can even be possible. But, remember ... Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2 that by God's grace, we are saved, and we are raised up with Christ and seated with Him in the Heavenly realms. We were once far away and now we have been brought near. The Bible is talking about our spirits! Made in the image of God, we are spirits in physical bodies. And through the gift of salvation, our spirits are able to commune with Jesus in the heavenly realms and we are not limited by time, distance, or space.
And here is what we all need to understand... to be seated with Christ is a clear picture of our Authority! And by faith, we need to see ourselves in that Courtroom, and see the verdict of our innocence in Jesus being announced. It really is a matter of our physical senses catching up to our spirits. Our spirits are already there... just let your spirit (which is in heaven) speak to you through the images in your mind and show you what appearing in the Court of Heaven looks like. Ask the Holy Spirit (which resides in your heart) to help your mind receive what your spirit wants to share.
And I can imagine that it is not much different than how a Courtroom here on earth is conducted. On earth as it is in Heaven, remember? You enter the Courtroom, paying respect and honor to the Judge. You are apprised of the charges against you, and you enter a plea. Since the Accuser will be bringing charges based on the actions of your flesh, you will confess your human sins, and ask for forgiveness from the Court. It is at that point that you can rely on Jesus, as your Advocate, to pronounce that you have been cleansed by His blood, and the Blood will be speaking on your behalf.
Then, just like Job, you prepare your case and present it. Whether your Accuser brings charges of sickness, poverty, sexual immorality, or any other region of captivity that you need to be set free from, you present your evidence from Scripture ... "By Jesus's stripes I am healed"; "Blessed am I because I am poor, for mine is the Kingdom of God"; "I have confessed my sin (of sexual immorality) and He is faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness"; "Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free". There is not a charge or sin that the Accuser can bring forth that cannot be disputed with Scripture. Simply build your case and present it to the Judge.
And don't expect that this will be your last appearance before the Court. As you display your Authority in this heavenly Courtroom, the Accuser will become more determined to beat you the next time. But now you are building a history and a reputation in the Heavenly Courtroom. The Judge sees that you are using your Authority well in representing yourself and His Kingdom, and will (just like with the High Priest Joshua we referenced yesterday) give you greater authority to conduct His government on earth.
And here's the really cool thing! Your actions in the Court of Heaven can have very real consequences and effect change here on earth. You can go to the Court of Heaven on behalf of a loved one! If you see someone's life spiraling out of control, you can appeal to the Court on their behalf. You can go to the Court as a witness and for the benefit of another, declaring Scripture in their defense, and seeing the Accuser's case against them crumble. While Satan brings accusations against us stating that we all deserve punishment, we can present our case before the Judge, countering with the argument that the Blood of Jesus [and repentance] brings “legal” forgiveness or justification.
Here's a thought for you to consider ... Most Christians lose battles in their lives simply because they do not discern that the battles are spiritual, and that they can appear before the Court of Heaven to present their case. The devil is a legalist and tries to find a loophole to win his case. When you don't show up in Court, he wins by default, and lives to accuse you [on that matter] for another day. But when He hears that gavel pound, and the final verdict of "Not Guilty", the Accuser is convinced of your Authority in the Court of Heaven. The powers of darkness know they have no more legal authority to attack you, and all heaven has witnessed it and will back it up.
And here are a couple of final thoughts I want you to take away from this discussion: First, when we bring God’s Word as part of our defense and cry out to God in the Courtroom of Heaven, bringing again and again before Him the Truth of what He says in Scripture, victory will come. God cannot deny His Word, and Satan cannot defeat it. Scripture is our legal evidence in the Court of Heaven, and with Jesus as our Advocate, and our Authority as our credentials, we are assured acquittal every time!
But here is my final thought and one that has profound implications ... Remember in Part 1, when I pointed out that God gave the High Priest Joshua access to His Presence in the Court of Heaven PLUS told him that he would be given greater authority to handle God's affairs in His earthly Kingdom? And remember that I wrote that this was a promise for all of us? Now, apply that concept to what Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 6: Do you not know that the saints (God’s people) will [one day] judge the world? If the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to try trivial (insignificant, petty) cases? Do you not know that we [believers] will judge angels? How much more then [as to] matters of this life?
Did you get that? One day, we will be administering God's justice upon the whole world, and as Believers in Heaven, we will judge the fallen angels! But those who will be entrusted with that awesome responsibility must be spiritually mature, and I believe that means we must begin to start representing ourselves in the Court of Heaven now; to practice trying the "trivial cases in the matters of this life" that the Accuser brings against us today... i.e., those cases where he accuses us of being unlovable, rejected, abandoned, sexually immoral, and any number of lies that he says points to our unworthiness in Jesus's eyes. But that requires us to administrate His Kingdom here on earth from our seats of authority in Heaven. As Job discovered, no one can present our case like we can! And the only way to get the practice and to mature our skills is to experience it firsthand. The Heavenly Court is open and in session ... Jesus and God are waiting for your first Court appearance!
Job 13:3 “But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.”