"Give me justice against my opponent" (Luke 18:3)
Each of us has an adversary who accuses us day and night before the Throne of God. (Rev. 12:10). Satan is that adversary, known in legal terms as the Plaintiff or Complainant in a lawsuit. What comes against us every day in the heavenly realm can best be illustrated through the picture of a courtroom. There is a Judge (God) (Heb. 12:23), the Plaintiff (Satan), and the Defendant (us). The Plaintiff initiates a lawsuit before the courts, which begins with a Motion (accusation) against the Defendant (us), seeking legal remedy (condemnation). Once the Plaintiff brings the lawsuit, the Defendant must appear before the Judge. He or she is then in need of a Defense Attorney. For those who are obedient to and trusting in Him, Jesus is our Defense Attorney.
Whenever we sin (miss the mark), a wound is created in our soul. This wound/sin gives the enemy a legal right to take us to court. The court, with God sitting on the Bench, exists in Heaven, in order to settle accounts on behalf of all "believers."
In Matt. 18:23-35 we learn that the Kingdom of God is likened to a King who settles accounts with his servants. One day a servant was brought before the King to judge his situation and render a verdict. The servant owed a huge debt, close to a hundred thousand dollars in today's money, that he was unable to repay. The King/Judge demanded that the servant, his wife and children be auctioned off at the slave market in order to settle the debt. The servant threw himself at the king's feet and begged for mercy. Touched by this plea, the king granted the man mercy and erased his debt.
No sooner had the servant left the courtroom, when he came upon a fellow servant who owed him ten dollars ($10.00). That servant asked for mercy. Instead of showing him mercy and forgiveness, the recently forgiven man grabbed the other by the throat and demanded payment. Although the servant owing $10.00 begged for mercy and for time to pay back money, the unjust servant had his fellow servant thrown in prison. When the King found out, he was furious. Matt. 18:34 tells us that the King had the same servant to whom he had previously shown mercy, delivered to the tormentors until he could pay his original debt in full. The tormentors are demons, who have a legal right to torment our minds when we sin.
Jesus says that the Father will deliver anyone who acts as the first servant did. Because He is a just God, He will do the exact same thing, deliver us to the tormentors, if we do not forgive our brothers all their trespasses, as He has forgiven us ours. (Mt. 18:35). The unjust servant's sin of un-forgiveness created a soul wound (guilt, regret, anger, bitterness….), giving the enemy the legal right to afflict him and torment him.
The enemy is monitoring us every moment, and brings accusation against us day and night. Each opening created by our soul wounds, allows the enemy legal right to accuse. Each wound has to be healed (closed) before we can move forward productively and without fear. Rev. 12:11 "They overcame him (the accuser) by the BLOOD of the Lamb and the word of their TESTIMONY." A testimony is judicial evidence given in a courtroom. All this courtroom (life and death) drama takes place daily in the heavenly courtroom of God.
THE HEAVENLY COURTROOM
Heb. 12: 23-24 tells us "We are come to the general assembly, to God the Judge of all, to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood that speaks." The blood of Jesus testifies in court on our behalf. This means we HAVE to go to Court (not "run away") to allow the Mediator to defend us and legally set us free. Jesus (our Mediator) is righteous and judges in righteousness. He is the only one who can successfully defend us in this Courtroom. Satan has no claim over Jesus or anything in common with Him. Satan has no power over our Mediator because nothing of him exists in Jesus. (John 14:30-31). Only with Jesus as our Mediator, can we win the case against us; and win we will…every time!
As we are entering a new Hebrew month (Nissan/Aviv), we enter a season of repentance, redemption and miracles. In this time, we have a special chance to have our souls healed. This healing is a process. May we understand and learn even more about the courts of Heaven, how to access these courts, and how to legally prevent the tormentors from torturing our souls.