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Sunday Recap
June 19, 2023

I Will Hear From Heaven


God hears you.

Pastor Eli Nelson started by reading from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, Chapter 10 verses 1-13. It talks about how Daniel mourned for three weeks in which he did not eat any choice food, meat, and wine never touched his lips. The chapter said that Daniel saw a vision on the 24th day of the first month. In it he had seen a vision of a messenger angel from Heaven. The angel spoke to Daniel saying that from the first day that Daniel humbled himself and sought to gain understanding, Daniel’s words were heard in heaven. The messenger angel continued explaining to Daniel that he came in response to his prayers, but the Prince of Persia (Demonic Principality over Persia) had resisted God’s messenger angel for 21 days. Because of that resistance, God sent the archangel Michael, who is one of the chief princes of heaven, to help the messenger angel get past the Persian principality that was blocking him from delivering God’s message to Daniel.

God will respond.

“God wants you to have dreams and see visions. You will see things that don’t make sense to other people and hear things that make no sense to other people.” ~ Pastor Eli Nelson

Fasting is an important discipline in the life of a believer. There are various fasts that you can do, and it is good for both the body and spirit. God hears our prayers in the courts of heaven. How amazing it is when we humble ourselves and pray to God, intercede for others, and focus on Him. It is important to know that there are spiritual principalities that we must be aware of. We clearly saw from the previous chapter in Daniel 10:1-13 how there are good principalities like God’s Archangel Michael, and there are bad ones such as the fallen prince angel of Persia. There are other petitions made to the court of heaven and its activity in the Bible in 1 Kings 22:19-23, 1 Samuel 23:10-13 and Job 2:1-2 so that we can gain wisdom of what happens there.

However, you must be careful about prophetic words given by others. We must be grounded in God’s Word first to be able to discern the things that are told to us. If we are told words by people who say “God said to tell you this” and they do not align with God’s Word, then it is not from God. But for us to know that, we must be diligent in reading God’s word daily so that we may have some discernment. We must seek discernment from God. This also reminded me of Moses’s warning on how to tell the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet in Deuteronomy 18:21-22. If a prophet proclaims in the name of our Lord something and it does not take place and neither comes to pass, then that is not a Word God has spoken.

We have a part to play.

"David said, 'Lord, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me. 11 Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? Lord, God of Israel, tell your servant.'
And the Lord said, 'He will.'
Again David asked, 'Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?'
And the Lord said, 'They will.'
So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there." 1 Samuel 23:10-13

Reviewing 1 Samuel 23:10-13, Pastor Eli shows us that petitions are true, but they may not come to be as we expected it. For example, in this chapter David humbled himself to petition the Lord for guidance, asking Him two questions: 1) Will King Saul come and destroy the town because of me? and 2) Will the townspeople of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul? In both, God answered yes. But here is the change that took place. Saul was for sure going to come to the town of Keilah and from that action it would prompt the people of Keilah to give up David and his men. But when Saul heard that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not proceed to go there as planned. God did tell the truth, but based on David listening to God and taking action on that truth, the future was changed. Something to consider when we take action on God’s truth and things do not happen as we were foretold.

We then read in the Bible how Satan goes often before God’s court to accuse us daily in the following verses: Job 2:1-2 and Luke 22:31-32. Which brings up the question: If our enemy is going before God daily, how come we are not? Shouldn’t we be going before God daily in prayer, interceding and asking for God’s help? When the enemy is working harder than us, that’s not good! We have to make time for God in reading, praying, and interceding before our Lord. We can’t remain passive while our enemy is barraging us with accusations and problems. We must counter the spiritual forces in God’s court through our Lord Jesus.

We must take action!

In Isaiah 6:1-8 we see God and two seraphim, but unlike the other meetings. This time a human servant of God, Isaiah, has become the messenger to God’s people. It is amazing what happens in God’s presence and the variety of scenarios we get to see a glimpse of. This should truly inspire us, followers of Lord Jesus, to seek His presence and even speak in the courts of the Most High God. Here are a few more verses worth looking into: Hebrews 4:16, Revelations 12:10 and Ephesians 6:18-20.

This was a very short summary of Pastor Eli’s great message on the Courts of Heaven, It definitely has given me encouragement and inspiration to be more active and seek our Lord with repentance and supplication. Can you imagine what amazing things we can do through God if we seek the face our Lord through both good and bad times?

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place." 2 Chronicles 7:13-15
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