Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Morning by Morning, March 16 - Final Verdict from the Court of Heaven

 Good morning, Lord Jesus. Make me more like You today.  ... "As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took His throne.... The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened" (Daniel 7:9). 

There is a court of heaven and there is an honorable Judge. We all must give an account before Him (Romans 14:12). "For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil" (2 Corinthians 5:10). Likewise, we all have an accuser of our souls (Revelation 12:10). "He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is not truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). And he loves to fill the courtroom with "the noise of the arrogant words" (Daniel 7:11). 

But at the same time, the heart of his accusations is our constant failure to honor the law of the land, the Word of God, with faithfulness and obedience. But thanks be to God that we have an Advocate who has answered every accusation on our behalf by the eternal sacrifice of His sinless life. "If anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and His is the Atoning Sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:1-2). And our Advocate is the One "coming with the clouds of heaven," presenting Himself as our only Defense before the Ancient One who sits on the throne as both our righteous Judge and our loving Father (Daniel 7:11-14). 

In agreement with what God has done for us through Jesus Christ our Savior, we plead the blood of Jesus as our only hope and only defense. "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us" (Ephesians 1:7). And as it turns out, His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). His blood is enough. "The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). Our evil accuser tries to throw the Book at us with every argument he has to try to convict us and condemn us. "He shall speak words against the Most High, shall wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the law; and the shall be given into his power for a time, two times, and half a time" (Daniel 7:25).  

But we should never cease praising our God for the Good News of God's grace for us as we stand with our Advocate before the Judge:  "The court shall sit in judgment and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and totally destroyed. The kingship and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them" (Daniel 7:26-27).  

The final verdict of the court of heaven is Not Guilty, as we are set free from dishonor and clothed with honor by the authority of the One "Who is to judge the living and the dead" (2 Timothy 4:1). Through Jesus Christ, "God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20). And now through Him, we are presented "holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him" (Colossians 1:22). "God made (us) alive together with Him, when He forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it" (Colossians 2:13-15). "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:23) In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

I pray you will never cease praising God for all He has done for you through Jesus Christ, joyfully embracing the victory of your final verdict from the court of heaven, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, please keep me in prayer as I write my next book on 
The Final Verdict:  Deliverance Ministry from a Lawyer's Perspective

May God bless you as you continue to fulfill your calling and destiny in the ways He uses all the experiences of your life's journey to touch the lives of others!

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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