RULING AND REIGNING WITH GOD
August 14, 2020
We are really going to take a different direction today, and possibly next week as well. I want to talk today about how we access the authority of heaven and take the rulership over ourselves, events that take place in our lives, events that take place with friends, and events that occur in this country and around the world.
Let’s begin today with some scriptures that lay the foundation for our discussion.
I Kings 8:64: The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brazen altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
II Chronicles 6:13-17: For Solomon had made a brazen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and showest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
I hope that you are seeing a fundamental principle in these scriptures. In these first two examples, we see Solomon reverencing the court of the Lord.
In the first case, before he makes any request of the Lord, he offers up burt offerings to the Lord. In the second instance, he builds a scaffold — an elevated place where he kneels before the Lord in reverence and reminds God of the Covenant He had made with David and petitions the Lord to bring that Covenant into force and manifestation before the House of Israel.
And we continue. Watch what unfolds.
II Chronicles 20:5-12: And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
In this particular example, Jehoshaphat comes before the Lord in a crisis situation and stands in the court of the Lord asking for a judicial sentence to be brought against the enemies of God’s people. He realizes it isn’t in his power to accomplish and pleads for what amounts to both a restraining order and final judgement in order to bring certain action that will deliver them.
Now the examples change in nature. Now we are talking about the boldness with which we can come into the court of the Lord.
Esther 5:2-3: And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.
We will look at a few more examples of our instruction in the Word to come into the presence of the Lord with boldness, but take a minute to consider relationship — the love relationship — and the desire David expresses toward being in the presence of the Lord.
Psalm 65:4: Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Psalm 84:2: My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psalm 100:4: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
We return again to the principle of coming into the Courts with absolute boldness before the Lord with our petitions and the absolute certainty that we will receive the grace to fulfil that which we request.
A side note, here. Grace is not something mystical or ephemeral. It is not just the pleasure of the Lord towards us. In every instance where we see grace being given, it is nothing more and nothing less than the empowerment and the authority to accomplish the will of God.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Do you see it? The grace of God is freely given to us when we come into the courts of the Lord. We will exmplore this in greater detail shortly.
Hebrews 10:19-22: Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God;
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
There is no arrogance in the way we come before the Lord. The principle embodied in what Paul is showing us is that if there is any area in our life that we know may not measure up to the standards of the Word, we first need to “sprinkle our hearts” with repentance and humility. Once that is accomplished, there is no remaining impediment to coming boldly before the Lord to request His issuance of a restraining order and final judgment against whatever the Enemy has either done, or intends against us. Where there is fear or doubt of any kind, it is impossible for faith to exist. Fear and faith are incompatible.
Ephesians 3:11-12: According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Let’s look at some practical, “today” applications for the restraining orders.
Most of you already know about the attack on my health and physical well being that occurred recently. It started with fever, sweats, chills, and grew into a royal incident of the flu. That was compounded with pneumonia and something we’d never heard of before: Bird Fancier’s Lung Disease. That triggered atrial fibrillation with my heart and cause my pulse to literally run away. When my pulse rate reached 180, I collapsed into unconsciousness.
Della immediately called for an ambulance and I was rushed to the ER at Baylor Scott White Hospital in Temple. When I awoke in the ER, my first reaction was, “Where am it? How did I get here?” After some initial diagnoses, I was put into an Intensive Care Unit, where I spent three days before being transferred to an isolation ward. I spent eight days in that isolation ward while the doctors and nurses tried to figure out what all the issues were.
On the fourth day of being in isolation, Della had been listening to Dr. Francis Myles being interviewed on Sid Roth’s program, and the revelations he was sharing concerning the issuance of restraining orders. Della shared this principle with me, and together we went into the Courts of Heaven to request a restraining order against the Enemy and his continual attacks on my well-being.
The following day, what I understood to be an angel of the Lord (dressed as a nurse) came into my room and after some brief conversation, said she had a Word for me from the Lord. I told her to “Say on!”
The Word she delivered was a direct response to our prayer the day before as we asked the Lord to issue a restraining order against the Enemy.
She said, “The Word of the Lord to you is, THJIS IS FINISHED!” She then turned around and left my room. Three days later (after a visit with the cardiologist and a cardioversion) I was released from the Hospital.
The doctors had discovered a pair of bacterial infections and a virus they couldn’t identify at the time, but said I had recovered sufficiently that there was no need for me to remain in the hospital.
A week later, the Pulmonologist called me and asked me to come to his office. H told me that between the two bacterial infections and the virus, any one of them could have killed me. The fact that they didn’t was the result of the restraining order against the Enemy that the Lord issued from His court.
I asked the doctor what the virus was. He said, “You were infected with a close cousin of the Coronavirus. Your recovery from it is nothing but miraculous.”
The doctor was a Christian, and we both rejoiced in what the Lord had done. Indeed, my strength, my energy, and my stamina have bounced back so that except for the doctor’s orders for me to not resume my normal daily activities for four-to-six weeks (almost three weeks have passed already at this writing) I continue to work from my home to help our clients and to rejoice in the presence of the Lord.
A couple days ago, Della and I were talking about the impact of the restraining orders, and realized that one more thing was essential: the issuance of a final decree of judgment against the Enemy, and an order issued such that he can never attack my health or physical well-being in any way from henceforth. We made it a point to get together and go before the Lord again as the Judge and request a final decree of judgment against Satan and his efforts to kill me, or at least render me incapable of fulfilling the destiny that God has laid out.
The Lord made specific promises to me when I was seven years of age. He confirmed those promises two years later when He took me to Heaven. He added to and expanded those promises a year later when He took me to Heaven for the second time.
Then He took me in the Spirit in 1996 on a three-month+ set of trips into the past and into the future to show me the unfolding of that Destiny. Throughout the years, there have been various attacks on my life, and attacks on my health. Della commented that the attacks have been non-stop during the past three-plus years, to the place where it has been literally exhausting — for her especially because of her instructions from the Lord.
Hence the timely revelation of our necessity of accessing the Courts of Heaven and the necessity of requesting God’s judicial restraining orders agains Satan!
Are you seeing the parallel between our modern court system and how it has been modeled after the judicial system in Heaven? Do you see the parallel in how and why we have been instructed to come boldly before the Lord with our requests, and the necessity of utilizing the authority made available to us through God’s justice and the ruling and reigning that takes place in a practical dimension as we access the Courts of Heaven?
This isn’t theory, folks! This isn’t fanciful or imaginary! This is real! And this is why so many of the body of Christ — us included — fail to see the results we ask for when we pray.
We are not praying on target! We are not utilizing the access we have with God as our final authority and His implementation of restraining orders, or decrees of judgment against the multitude of ways in which our lives are interfered with in order to prevent our fulfilling the destinies that God has prepared.
We will come back to more practical applications momentarily. But let’s consider the Master pattern —THE ONE whom we pattern ourselves after.
Ephesians 1:15-23: Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Are you seeing it? “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
Matthew 28:18-19: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Are you seeing it? “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore.”
Once again: ”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”
IF we have a true revelation of WHO and WHAT Jesus is, that revelation is transformative! It alters permanently the way we interact with Him. It is the beginning place of real relationship with Jesus Christ.
And it is in that place of a love relationship with Him that we begin to understand our standing with Him — not only as our advocate with God the Father — but also the place of authority we have to present ourselves with our requests for restraining orders against the works of the Enemy. Without that place of a true love-relationship with the Lord, our interaction with Him is in timidity.
This is a different study that we will probably take up next week, but consider the pattern of judges that we have here in the U.S. We have the Supreme Court as the final authority. We have Appellate courts. Then we have the Federal Judiciary. You see the three levels of judges?
Now, consider the level of authority that resides in us.
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
We’ve been destined to become more than plaintiffs in the Courts of Heaven. We’ve been destined to become judges. But that cannot happen when our relationship with the Lord is contaminated. Consider this a tidbit for what is to come.
Lots more to come!
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