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Receiving Healing from the Courts of Heaven: Removing Hindrances That Delay or Deny Your Healing

Receiving Healing from the Courts of Heaven: Removing Hindrances That Delay or Deny Your Healing

by Robert Henderson

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A minister friend of mine named Ray Austin, who is a Methodist pastor, was beset by tumors and bleeding in his pituitary gland. It came out of the blue with intense pain and trauma. The pain in his head was so intense that he could only sleep for ten minutes at a time. The pain would then wake him up. This went on for an extended period of time. The doctors told him at first that this was the pain of a stage 4 cancer victim even though the tumor was benign. They later adjusted their statement and told him this was the worst pain known to man. There was much prayer that was activated for him, yet the situation only worsened and there was no healing. Nothing the doctors did brought any relief. They had no ability even to manage the pain.

In the midst of this situation, I felt led to call Ray and pray with him over the phone. As I did, I experienced a tremendous burden of intercession. I began to lead Ray into the Courts of Heaven. We dealt with any sin, transgression, and iniquity that the devil could be using to bring this suffering on him. By the way, if none of these are present and giving the devil legal rights, then we can just appeal to God as Father or even Friend. God’s merciful and gracious heart will move on our behalf. But if there is legal ground from which the devil is working, we must get it revoked and removed. In Ray’s case, we especially zeroed in on anything in his ancestry where a covenant was made with any demonic power. Ray is of African descent. As a result of this, we dealt with any covenant or agreement made with demonic gods by those in his history. We asked for the blood of the Lamb to annul these covenants. We requested that any place Ray’s name or his family’s name was on an altar, that it be removed. As a good friend from Nigeria told me, “Every African understands altars.” In African history, cities are dedicated to demonic entities. There is at least an altar in the spirit realm, if not the natural, that exists. On these altars are the names of the people in these cities that were dedicated to demonic gods. The result is that the gods claim these people and their bloodlines for themselves. They assert that this gives them the right to bring curses, sickness, tragedies, and troubles to them. This is why bad things can happen to good people. In the realm of healing, this is why people many times don’t get permanently healed and well when prayed for. We sought to remove and have revoked any and every legal right of the devil to torment Ray with this sickness and disease. Ray experienced a measure of relief as we dealt with these legal issues before God’s court.

Later that night, the pain woke Ray up again. It probably had been around twelve hours since we prayed. As Ray got up in intense pain, he simply began to pray again and ask God to heal him. This time Ray laid down on the couch in his living room. The next thing he knew he heard his neighbors leaving for work. Ray realized that he had been asleep for several hours, which he had not done in several weeks. Then he realized he had no pain. He checked things out for just a little while and then went into the bedroom where Jodie, his wife, was sleeping. He woke her up and announced, “God has healed me!” He then explained what had happened. As the reality of what had been done began to impact them, they started crying, laughing, and rejoicing at the goodness of God, which had manifested itself to them in an amazing way.

Here’s the question: Why did Ray’s prayer in those early morning hours bring a result that all the other times had not? Did God suddenly decide He loved Ray? Did Ray and everyone else finally pray enough so that God was convinced and healed him? Or did something legal that the devil was using against Ray get revoked and removed so the heart of God toward him could be manifested? This is what I believe, and so does Ray. After we dealt with any possible covenantal right of the devil against Ray, God was free to heal him. Up until this time, the devil, before the Courts of Heaven, was demanding his rights to afflict Ray with this condition. Once the blood of Jesus removed these things, God’s passion toward Ray could manifest. It wasn’t enough to appeal to the Fatherhood of God or even the Friendship of Jesus. We needed to go before God as Judge and deal with the legal issue stopping the healing. Getting things legally in place in the spirit allowed God to answer Ray’s prayer.

As I mentioned earlier, the devil can use sin, transgression, and iniquity as legal rights against our health and us. David spoke of these three words in Psalms chapter 32, verses 1 through 3:

    Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.
Notice that David attributed his “bones growing old,” a reference to sickness and disease, to his refusal to deal with sin, transgression, and iniquity. But once David repented and experienced forgiveness, his body was restored. God was not afflicting David with sickness because of his sin. The devil was using this as a legal right to bring sickness against him. James chapter 1, verses 13 and 17, tell us the nature and heart of God. Verse 13 says:
    Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
God does not use evil. It is against His very nature and person to do such a thing. Sickness is not of God. Again, sickness is the tool and oppression of the devil. James continues in verse 17 by declaring:
    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
God’s nature is consistent and without variation. Only good and perfect gifts come from God. God is incapable of bringing evil, and this includes sickness. There is no darkness in Him. There isn’t even a shadow.

When David spoke of his “bones growing old” because of his sin, transgression, or iniquity, he was not saying that God was doing this. It was the devil taking advantage of David’s present status in the spirit to bring this weakened physical condition. David’s repentance took away the legal rights of the devil and allowed healing and restoration to come.

I have dealt with these issues of sin, transgression, and iniquity in my earlier books on the Courts of Heaven. Let’s look at these problems now, though, from the healing perspective of healing. These are the three primary things the devil uses to build cases against us that allow sickness to attack us. Remember, the devil operates from a legal perspective. First Peter chapter 5 and verse 8 speaks of this position:

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Here again the word adversary is the Greek word antidikos. This word means “an opponent in a lawsuit.” It is made up of two words, anti and dikos. Anti means “instead of” or “in the place of.” We also know anti means “to be against.” The word dikos means “rights as self-evident.” So, the words together mean “to stand against rights” or “what is rightfully ours.” The adversary is one who brings a lawsuit to take away and deny what is rightfully ours. This is very clearly the tactic of the devil. Healing is what belongs to us legally. We will see this in the next chapter. Suffice it to say for now that healing is the children’s bread.

Jesus spoke of this in Mark chapter 7, verses 26 through 27. A Gentile woman came to Jesus desiring healing and deliverance for her daughter. Jesus denied her at first because she wasn’t a Jew. The New Covenant had not yet been put into place by Jesus’ work on the cross. The Old Covenant, which was for the Jewish people alone, was still in operation. As a result of this, Jesus makes a profound statement about healing and deliverance:

    The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
Jesus calls healing “the children’s bread” (Mark 7:27). In other words, it is the covenant right of those who belong to God to be healed. If this was true under the Old Covenant, how much more under the New Covenant that is full of better promises (see Heb. 8:6)?

Even though healing is ours as New Testament believers, we still see those who are not being healed. The reason for this is that the devil has built a case against us as the adversary or antidikos who is denying us what is rightfully ours. We must know how to deal with him from the legal dimension of the spirit. This means we must approach God as Judge in His judicial system of Heaven and undo every case against us. Before we can do this, however, we must know what he uses to build those cases and deny our healing!

There is one more portion of Scripture we need to investigate to understand the devil’s legal maneuvering in the spirit realm. Revelation chapter 12, verses 10 and 11, shows this to us:

    Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
John the Apostle calls the devil “the accuser of [the] brethren” (Rev. 12:10). The Greek word for accuser is kategoros. It means “a complainant at law.” So when the Bible speaks of “the accuser of the brethren,” it is not speaking of someone slandering you in the natural. It is speaking of the devil’s activities in the Courts of Heaven. People can definitely manifest what is going on in the spirit, but this idea is something happening in the unseen realm. The accuser is building cases and presenting them before Heaven’s court. This is to secure the right to devour and consume, if possible. It is to deny us what Jesus paid for that is rightfully ours.

Notice that this accuser is destined to be cast down. We are told that this will come by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives unto death (see Rev. 12:11). If we are to see the accuser’s case against us dismissed, we must employ these three dimensions. We will see how to do this in a later chapter so that we can secure the healing that already belongs to us.

Let’s look at the three main things the devil uses to build cases against us to stop our healings. They are sin, transgression, and iniquity. We have seen how these three things contributed to David’s body being weakened and afflicted.

Sin is the Hebrew word chataah, and it means “an offense.” It comes from the word chet, which means “a crime and its penalty.” It carries a legal connotation. Sin is a legal issue. It grants the devil legal ground to work against us. Again, this is why we are admonished by Peter to guard against granting the devil legal rights to use against us. First Peter chapter 5 and verse 8 tells us this can allow us to be devoured:

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
From his legal place in the spirit, the devil is building cases against us to devour us. This word devour is the Greek word katapino, and it means “to gulp down entirely.” It also means “to drown.” He cannot devour at will. He has to discover a legal right to do so. One of the main things the devil uses to devour, gulp down, and consume is sickness. Sin or anything that is an offense to God grants our legal opponent this right. Peter said we must be sober and vigilant not to give him this right!

There are those who would tell us that the devil has lost all his legal rights because of the New Covenant established by Jesus. They would even go so far as to say that I do not realize what grace has done. They would accuse me of putting people back under bondage and even the law by talking about sin, transgression, and iniquity. Yet I would point out that none other than Peter seemed to understand what was happening in the spirit realm. Please realize that Peter is a New Testament apostle. He clearly understood that satan is still operating legally against us. This is why he is telling us to be sober and vigilant. We must not give the devil legal rights or he will use them against us in the Courts of Heaven. If we have given him rights, we must have them revoked so that everything Jesus died for us to have can be ours.

Sin can be connected to the motive or intention of the heart. Jesus understood this when He spoke in Matthew chapter 5, verses 21 and 22, about murder and anger:

    You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.” But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, “Raca!” shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of hell fire.

Jesus said that the state of the heart can be more important than the activity. We must guard our heart. Notice that Jesus said that the words spoken from a bitter, angry, and hateful heart can cause legal troubles in the spirit. Anger without a cause can put us in danger of judgment. This is the Greek word krisis, and it means “a decision from a tribunal for or against something.” Perhaps we have thought of judgment just being in the hereafter. What if this occurs in the spirit realm now? What if our words of anger cause judgments to be rendered against us that grant the devil the right to devour? We must repent so that these rights are revoked. Could it be that we are not being healed because we will not deal with our hearts and our bitterness? There could be a judgment against us in the spirit realm that will not allow everything Jesus died for to manifest in our life. Please, Lord, help us!

As Jesus continued speaking, He said if we say, “Raca” or “you are worthless,” we could be in danger of the “council.” This word in the Greek is sunedrion, and it was used to refer to the Jewish Sanhedrin. It meant “a joint council or a subordinate tribunal.” It was a place where legal decisions were made. Again, could it be that Jesus was not just cautioning about the eternal judgment but also about what is currently happening in the legal dimension of the spirit? Could it be that Jesus was saying there is a “council” in Heaven where verdicts are being rendered based on the state of our heart and the words that flow from it? Have our words of ridicule and judgment against others allowed legal things against us to hold us in sickness? We must repent. The last thing Jesus addressed were those who label someone as a “fool.” Jesus says these people can be in danger of the eternal punishment of hell. It would appear that the first two were about what can happen to us because of legal rights of the devil to prosecute us. Then Jesus says that hell can be the final legal rendering against us. The motive of our hearts and the words that flow from it are very important.

We see this in the life of Job. As I shared in my other books on the Courts of Heaven, Job went into terrible situations because the devil brought an accusation against him. The accusation is found in Job chapter 1, verses 8 through 12:

    Then the Lord said to satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the Lord said to satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
The accusation of satan against Job was about the motive and intention of his heart. He accused Job of serving God because of what he could get out of it. The result was the devastating things through which Job had to walk. The case satan brought against Job allowed him to do massive harm to Job. Part of this was sickness and disease. Job chapter 2, verses 6 through 8, tells us that severe boils appeared on Job’s body:
    And the Lord said to satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” So satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
Based on the case satan brought against Job, the Lord rendered a judgment. Satan could afflict him with disease and sickness but could not take his life. Job’s sickness was a result of a legal case satan had against him. The rest of the Book of Job is about this case being answered. Not only does Job get healed, but restoration comes to him twofold (see Job 42:10).

It is quite interesting that in James chapter 5, verses 9 through 11, James speaks from a New Testament perspective about what happened to Job. He connects Job to God as Judge and the Courts of Heaven:

    Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
James cautions against grumbling and speaking evil of others. His reasoning is that the Judge is at the door. I take this to mean that God is listening and discerning and judging. Job’s ultimate verdict in the Courts of Heaven was that he received compassion and mercy from the Lord. Healing was secured as well as restoration of wealth and prosperity. We must learn to deal with any motive, wound, hurt, or intention that can be used against us in the Courts of Heaven. Our healing could hang in the balance.

The second thing satan uses to build a case against us is transgression. Transgression is the Hebrew word pasha. It means “a revolt or rebellion.” Transgression comes from a word meaning “to break away from authority.” We transgress when we throw off restraints and say, “We don’t care what God thinks; we will do this anyway.” It’s not just about the activity but the attitude attached to it. When the devil finds these kinds of things in our lives, he is able to put together a case against us in the Courts of Heaven.

In regard to sickness, we can see this in the story of the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John chapter 5. In this story, we find a man who is waiting for the stirring of the waters in the pool. It is said that when the waters stir, whoever gets into them first will be made whole. The Scripture says there was a “great multitude of sick people” around this pool (John 5:3). This speaks of the desperation of people to be made well. Yet only the first one in the water on a yearly basis was healed. They attributed the stirring of the water to “an angel” (see John 5:4). This seems like a very cruel scenario. Only one in the midst of a multitude would get healed. Some claim that this “angel” that was said to stir the waters could have been a water god. In other words, it was a demonic entity designed to get attention and worship (because this is what they desire—see Matthew 4:8) and to distract from who God really is.

In the midst of this, Jesus comes to a man who has been sick for thirty-eight years and asks him if he wants to be healed. The obvious answer would be yes, wouldn’t it? Why would Jesus ask this? If you have had a medical condition for thirty-eight years, there is a strong possibility that your identity is now wrapped up in your sickness. In other words, you wouldn’t know who you were without it. It might seem crazy, but people can begin to have emotional connections to their illness. It’s what they talk about, think about, and even live for. These people cannot be healed. In fact, this attitude can give the devil the legal right to hold them in their sickness.

Once Jesus affirms that this man desires healing, He speaks the word and the man responds and is healed. Later Jesus finds the man in John chapter 5 and verse 14 and reveals why he was sick in the first place:

    Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
Jesus clearly says the man’s disease was a result of sin in his life. He admonishes the man to “sin no more” or something even worse would come on him (John 5:14). The man’s initial condition was a result of the devil having the legal right to afflict him. If he went back to his sin, it would give the devil the legal right to bring something even worse. Matthew chapter 12, verses 43 through 45, shows us the nature of the demonic:
    When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, “I will return to my house from which I came.” And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.
When the devil’s power is broken, he will come back and see if a legal right is being granted to re-enter. If it is, he and seven more wicked spirits will come back to torment and afflict. This is what Jesus is warning this man about. It is possible to get healed but then “lose” your healing because legal rights are granted the devil. We want to maintain everything the Lord has graciously given us.

I don’t know what is worse than thirty-eight years of suffering, but something is. Remember, this man couldn’t even get himself into the water. So whatever his condition was, it incapacitated him on some level. Jesus lets us know that this particular malady was joined to sin and transgression, giving the devil the legal right to accuse him.

We must repent of anything that is in rebellion against God. When I choose to do what I want to do regardless of what God desires, I am giving satan evidence to build legal cases against me. The purpose of the devil’s temptation is to gain evidence against us in the Courts of Heaven. In Matthew chapter 4 and verse 3, we see satan tempting Jesus:

    Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
The purpose of his temptation was to be able to accuse Jesus in the Courts of Heaven and deny Him the right to be our Savior. This is the way the devil works. He tempts us, gets us to fall, and then uses it against us in God’s court. This is why Peter encouraged us to be on guard. Remember again First Peter chapter 5 and verse 8:
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
We are to protect ourselves from our adversary the devil—our legal opponent who continually seeks out legal rights to devour. We must not sin, but if we do, we must repent quickly of every rebellion that allowed it. Otherwise the devil can use this to bring sickness and disease against us.

The other thing in the spirit realm used to build legal cases against us to afflict us with disease is iniquity. It is the Hebrew word avon. It means “perversity.” It comes from a word meaning “to be crooked.” This word is associated with the sins in our heritage. Jeremiah chapter 14 and verse 20 shows a repentance of personal sins and the iniquities of the fathers:

    We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.
It is the iniquity of the fathers that causes a perversion of our desires and longings. Iniquities can twist our very nature. We feel pulls of temptation based on what our fathers have allowed. It gives the devil the legal right to work against us.

This must have been a common thought in the times of Jesus. The disciples bring it up as a reason why a man was born in a certain condition. John chapter 9, verses 1 through 7, chronicles the healing of a blind man:

    Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

    Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

    When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

The disciples felt it was some kind of sin in this man’s history that allowed him to be born unable to see. Jesus said that wasn’t the case in this situation. Many people interpret this passage to mean that the sins of previous generations cannot cause sickness in a person. I’ve never thought this was what Jesus was saying. I believe Jesus was referring to this individual circumstance. He was saying, “In this case, it wasn’t generational issues that caused the blindness.” Yet the possibility does exist that the iniquity in a person’s ancestry can give the devil the legal right to bring such things into being. We must be discerning when dealing with sickness and disease. This is especially true when people are seeking sincerely yet are not being healed. Searching out the legal issue that the devil is using to hold someone in a place of affliction can be essential to that person being healed. This is what I now understand the Lord meant when He said to my wife, “You must pray for them correctly or they will die.”

In the chapters to come, we will examine some issues in our bloodline that satan can use to hold us legally in a place of sickness. If we can discern his case against us, we can then revoke it by the blood of Jesus in the Courts of Heaven. Once this occurs, the devil no longer has a legal right to keep us in this place. We are free to receive fully everything Jesus died for us to have.

In the next chapter, we will see the legal work of Jesus on the cross and the verdict that resulted. This is absolutely necessary to recognizing what we are now doing in the Courts of Heaven. Get ready—healing is close, even at hand! Here is a prayer to begin to be positioned in His courts:

    Lord, thank You for the third dimension of prayer, whereby we can come before You as Judge. Lord, I ask for Your help to stand before You in the court system of Heaven and present my case. I thank You that You help me take everything You have done and present it before Your courts. As I do, let every accusation against me be removed, and allow healing to flow into our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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