What are the courts of heaven?
What are the Courts of Heaven?
Just as on earth there are courts and a justice system, in Heaven there are also Courts where spiritual legal matters are dealt with. God is the Judge of the universe. Every human being is guilty of sin. It's only through the Blood of Jesus that a person can be forgiven of their sins, declared “not guilty,” and free from punishment. This salvation is accepted through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, fully believing that His sacrifice on the cross and the blood He shed was sufficient for cleansing us from sin. It's only through faith in the Blood of Jesus that we can approach the Throne of Heaven with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 4:14-16).
The devil is called the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10). Even once a person is born again through the Blood of Jesus, the enemy will try to accuse them of being unworthy of Heaven or unworthy of blessings due to their failures. The enemy may try to bring attacks and hardships against people, as Jesus said the devil comes to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). If we're having difficulty breaking through in an area of life, whether it be emotional, physical, financial, relational, a literal legal battle, or something else, it's possible the enemy has a foothold. The enemy may have found “legal ground” to accuse you and steal abundant life from you. The following are ways that the enemy may have legal ground against you:
Having a sin in your life that you haven't repented of and turned away from.
Holding onto beliefs contrary to God's word. These are actually agreements with the devil and his lies, which gives him access to areas in your life.
Ungodly vows, judgments, unforgiveness, offenses you are holding onto, as well as negative words (word curses) spoken over your life by you or others.
Having sins in your bloodline from past generations that have never been repented of. Even if you haven't committed them yourself, the enemy doesn't play fair and can use those things against you unless you break your agreement with your ancestor's sins and ask forgiveness and the Blood of Jesus to cover them. If nobody ever actually repented of them, then the curses from their actions could be passed on.
When we approach the Courts of Heaven, we present our concerns and our case before God. The Holy Spirit may reveal accusations that the enemy has against you. Don't argue with the accusations— because even if you yourself did not commit them, someone in your bloodline probably did. When an accusation of a sin or mindset is revealed, we repent of and renounce it on behalf of ourselves and/or past generations. We ask God's forgiveness and accept by faith that the Blood of Jesus has washed it from us and the family line. The Bible is clear that the eternal fate of those already deceased cannot be changed. However, when we repent “on behalf” of past generations, we are actually breaking the curse of their actions off of both present and future generations by applying the Blood of Jesus. When we “renounce” something are basically stating we are not in agreement with the action and disown it, whether it was ours or an ancestor's.
When the accusations are cleared, we have faith in the Blood of Jesus to declare us “not guilty” and free from any legal ground for the enemy to attack or steal from us. We may then proceed to ask God to bring judgment against the spiritual enemy and restore to us the things that have been lost and stolen. We can ask God to release angels to work on our behalf.
Doing Courts Sessions for Others
It is possible to “stand in the gap” for someone who doesn't know the Lord and do a Courts session on their behalf. It's important to first make sure your heart towards them is right before proceeding. There are principals in Scripture where God's people repented on behalf of those who were in sin and applied a temporary cleansing of sin to them as a result.(This practice cannot take the place of an eternal cleansing. It's up to each individual if they want to place their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior). Such a practice may help “clear the air” for people who are blinded or stuck so that they may more easily receive God's grace to move in the right direction. You can also do sessions on behalf of family and friends who do know the Lord but are facing a significant struggle. Be sure that your motives are pure and that you are being led by the Holy Spirit.
A Word of Caution
If you are seeking breakthrough and feel that you should approach the Courts of Heaven about the matter, you must come with a heart ready and willing to repent of anything in your life that's against God's will. It could be your own sin and mindsets that is opening the door to the enemy in your circumstances. If that's the case, then you need to be willing to surrender those things to God, forsake them, and receive His forgiveness. If you haven't yet placed your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, turning from sin and fully believing His Blood and not your own works will get you to Heaven, then that's the first step you need to take. Everything else that happens in the Courts of Heaven is based on placing your faith in the Blood that Jesus sacrificed for the forgiveness of sin and your eternal salvation.
For more in-depth learning, we recommend exploring resources by Robert Henderson, including his two books: Operating in the Courts of Heaven (Book 1) and Unlocking Destinies from the Courts of Heaven (Book 2).
Also recommended: From The Courtroom of Heaven To the Throne Of Grace and Mercy by Jeanette Strauss.