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Heavenly Court

 

 

 

 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.   And the Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you ,Satan! The Lord who has chosen  Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"    Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the Angel.    Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him."  And to him He said, "See, I have removed your inquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes."    And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head."  So they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by. Then the Angel of the Lord admonished Joshua saying "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of my courts; I will give you places to walk among these who stand here. 

Zachariah 3:1-7

The last few months I have been studying about the Courts of Heaven. It has been an eye opening study for me. I love the verse above, for it reminds me that God is our ultimate Judge, which we all need because Satan is always there accusing us day and night, and Jesus is always there interceding for us.  Just as Joshua received a clean new turban on his head and clean clothes, we too can go into Heaven's Courtroom before God and present our case; it doesn't matter how dirty we feel, God will clean us up! And, just like Joshua, we will be given a new turban, which is like the mind of Christ.  When we are in the Courts of Heaven we are covered by the Blood of Jesus, we are forgiven, and given access to more responsibilities in His Kingdom. 

As a child of God He is inviting you into His Heavenly Courtroom. When you are there you can take action to have the enemy of your soul silenced. You have access to the Keys of His Kingdom, and those Keys open many doors. He has already promised all of this to you, there's no need to wait any longer. 

Will you go?

Birthday Blessings

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS

TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY, AND I AM FEELING SO BLESSED TO BE ALIVE! BLESSED TO KNOW THAT I AM A CHILD OF GOD AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN HIS PRESENSE. BLESSED TO WALK THIS JOURNEY WITH HIM AND WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS HE BRINGS ALONG THE WAY. BLESSED TO LOOK AT THE TESTIMONY OF HIS LOVE FOR ME, THE WAY HE HAS TOUCHED MY LIFE AND RESCUED ME, FOUGHT FOR ME, TAUGHT ME, STOOD BY ME, AND CONTINUED TO KEEP HIS PROMISES. BECAUSE HE IS WHO HE IS, I HAVE LEARNED THAT HE IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, EVEN WHEN MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE NOT SO GOOD.

TODAY I AM SMILING BECAUSE I KNOW MY GOD IS SMILING AS HE REMEMBERS THE DAY HE FORMED ME IN THE WOMB. THE DAY HE WROTE MY STORY IN THE BOOK OF HEAVEN AND HE DANCED OVER THE BEAUTY OF ALL THAT WOULD HAPPEN BETWEEN THE LOVE THAT WOULD BE CREATED IN MY STORY. HIS WORK IS EVIDENT ALL AROUND ME, THAT IS MY BLESSING TODAY. HIS WORK BRINGS HIM GLORY! TODAY I DECLARE BLESSINGS ON MY GOD!

WHAT DO YOU DECLARE?

What's Your Story? 2

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace wihich was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.

2 Timothy 1: 8-10

Do you have a collection of stories to tell, but you've filed them away for a later date?  Maybe someday you will write them down for your children or your grandchildren?  Are there numerous wonders that God has done for you that you'd like to write about, yet you haven't taken the time?  What are your true stories?

Has your mind ever been cluttered with so many thoughts that it was challenging to sort out the true stories from the false ones?  The dark days of the enemy can make it difficult for us to see what truth is, and when that happens our perspective on everything can change. Hope can turn into hopelessness, faith can become questions, love feels empty. The enemy will take truth and twist it all around until you believe you are someone completly different than who you really are!

I've been there! My true story is just that. But, also, the rest of the truth is, God is such an amazing relentless pursuer. He has a fierce love for all His children, and the enemy of my soul cannot destoy me, because God is there to bring truth and to speak His true story over me. 

True Story? Yes, we all have one.  And, so does God. He is speaking it, singing it, living it. And, it is ALL for you.  He is weaving it into your life today, all you have to do is accept it! 

What's Your Story? part 1

They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. They weren't in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ.

Revelation 12:11

Do you look at your life and think there's a great story to tell? Do your friends tell you that you should be writing a book?  Can you see the tangible ways that God has stepped in and saved you time after time?  Or, is it contrary to this? Does it feel more like you've sailed along with nothing extraordinary that has happened? You haven't had any huge spiritual markers in your life, might I even say it's been a little boring?  Or, you are in between these two scenarios, there's a few markers, but most of the time life is rather mellow.

What's your story? 

We all have one. We were all raised differently. Some of us as Christians, some of us not. Some of us had happy childhoods, others not so much. Many of us were silent about the unhappy part, those who were being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused  were screaming inside, but silent on the outside. Nobody really knew what their story was, and some people still don't.

What about that first time you thought about God or you knew He existed? The first time you felt His presence? What was that like? Where were you? How old were you?

One of the first times I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit flood my entire being was as an adult in my 30's. I was in my home alone, and I had the strong impression that I needed to dance. I am not a dancer, and I had never danced before, so I knew this must be from God. Especially since I had been praying! So, I got up, and started to dance ( or at least what I thought might be dance) I was immediately flooded with warmth and power from the Spirit. It was unlike anything I had every felt or experienced before. I knew, without a doubt that God was for me and I wanted to serve Him, and I wanted more of Him.

What's your story?

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