Good morning everyone. It was a beautiful sunrise this morning. I posted pictures on my facebook. God is so amazing and if we look we can see it all around us.
It has been a wonderful week in the Lord. Pray it has been for you also. I feel so blessed each day. Does that mean things always go perfect for me. Oh no, it does not, it means I have learned to recognize God’s hand in everything. God’s grace, mercy, and love is all around us. It is for us to revel in. God is good!
Sundays message was on the heavenly court. Each and every one of us goes through trying times. We ask why am I facing this obstacle, why is this happening, why is God allowing this? This is because of the heavenly court. God is the judge, Jesus is the defense attorney, and Satan is the prosecutor. We all have knowledge of God and Jesus, but maybe not so much Satan. Satan comes from the Greek word Diablo and the Hebrew term ha-Satan both which mean accuser or prosecutor. Satan is watching and listening to us all the time. He seeks to go before God and get permission to affect your life. Don’t give him anything to present as evidence against you. Lets look in the Word for some examples of the heavenly court in action.
In the book of Job we find a near perfect man that God lets Satan affect. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born until him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five thousand yoke of oxen, and five hundred asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” Job 1:1-3. God ask Satan if he had considered Job. Satan said Job was so perfect because God did everything for him. So God gave Satan permission to try to get Job to curse Him. So even after his family was killed, his crops burned, livestock killed, and his life destroyed Job still would not curse God. So Satan got permission to afflict Job with boils, burns and sickness. Job still didn’t curse God.
Another example is in the book of Zechariah. Joshua had a vision where he was standing in the heavenly court to represent Israel. Joshua had no deeds to put up in his own defense. Yet his defense attorney said he was a brand plucked from the fire. The fire represents Israel’s suffering which was not to destroy them, but to prepare them for greater things.
The main thing to remember is that God is involved in our suffering. God has promised to bring good out of our sufferings. Satan uses any flaw against us in the heavenly court. If you speak unkindly about someone, tell a little white lie, anything that’s not pleasing to God. I pray we all think about the heavenly court in our daily lives. Stay on the good side of the judge, God. We need to take a few seconds before we speak to consider will it please, God the judge, Jesus the defense attorney, or Satan the prosecutor.
Hold to your biblical hope. “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and safety such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all,” Psalms 34:18-19. Our hope is based on God’s love and God’s grace. Our hope is eternal life with Jesus.
Until next week, stay in God’s favor. Read His word and pray, pray, pray.
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