The Court of Heaven – Enforcing the Verdict
When we learn to operate in the courts of heaven, most of us begin in the court of accusation where we receive a verdict from the Judge concerning a particular issue. One question I’m often asked is what to do if the ruling of the court does not immediately manifest here on earth?
Many people believe that once they’ve appeared in the court of heaven and received a ruling, their part in the process is over. It’s up to God to enforce heaven’s verdict. But God is not the enforcer of His will on earth.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.
God has given us control of the affairs of earth. It’s why we endure war and suffering, despite the fact that they’re not God’s will. Jesus gave us power and authority to help us rightly govern the affairs of earth.
A verdict from the court of heaven gives us a legal ruling that reveals heaven’s will. It doesn’t guarantee that the kingdom of darkness will honor that ruling. Our appearance in the court of heaven makes us aware of God’s will. The enforcement of His will—revealed in His rulings—is our responsibility. In heaven, we’re something like attorneys. On earth, we’re more like police officers.
A friend sent me his testimony of the battles he’s had that illustrate this principle.
Enforcing Court Decisions
Years ago, I was the national sales manager for a construction products company. The product we sold required certification of code compliance because building projects have to be done according to the building code. Our product was controversial. It saved construction costs and energy. This meant that there would be some trade workers who would not be doing the same amount of work as before. Less work equals less money to be paid by the owner. In our case, it meant the project didn’t need a lot of expensive sheet metal, rooftop exhaust fans, and fire-rated chase.
At this point, politics came into play as sheet metal unions, electrical unions and so forth got involved. This meant our product would not be approved by an affected building code department because of political pressure.
In Florida, we went to court and ended up in the Florida Supreme Court. We got a favorable ruling. This ruling stated that our product met the Southern Standard Building Code which the state of Florida had adopted. Therefore, our product was deemed in compliance with all state and municipal building codes.
Yeah for the good guys! We won. All our problems with local code boards were over. Right?
Ah – No.
We had to hire a high-powered code consultant. After our product was rejected by a code department, and we informed them of the Florida Supreme Court Decision and gave them a copy of that decision, sometimes things proceeded nicely. Other times, we had to hire a lawyer and take them to court to enforce the high court’s decision.
In most cases, the building code departments knew they would lose but made us spend time and money anyway in hope that we would walk away. We did walk away sometimes because it got to be expensive. So, even with the law on our side, it was up to us to enforce a court decision in our favor. This is so much like our reason for the Prayer of Petition or as you teach: the Courts of Heaven.
For more information on the court of heaven, check out my book Defeating Your Adversary in the Court of Heaven.