Your Day in Court

 After living a "decent" life my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember 
 is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The 
 doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As 
 I looked around I saw the "prosecutor," he was a villainous looking gent who snarled 
 as he stared at me, he definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down 
 and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle looking man whose 
 appearance seemed very familiar to me. 
 
 The corner door flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. 
 He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn't 
 take my eyes off of him. As he took his seat behind the bench, he said 
 "Let us begin."
 
 The prosecutor rose and said "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why 
 this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things 
 that I stole and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible 
 perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke the further down in 
 my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own 
 lawyer, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten  about. 
 As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally 
 upset at my representative who sat there silently not offering any form of defense 
 at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my 
 life-couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I've done. Satan finished 
 with a fury and said "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have 
 charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally 
 be served this day." 
 
 When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench. The 
 judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned him to come 
 forward. As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now in his full 
 splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar, this was Jesus 
 representing me, my Lord and my Savior.
 
 He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge "Hi Dad" and then he turned to 
 address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't 
 deny any of these allegations. And yes the wages of sins is death and this man 
 deserves to be punished". Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Father with out-
 stretched arms and proclaimed "However, I died on the cross so that this person might 
 have eternal life and he has accepted me as his Savior, so he is mine." My Lord 
 continued with "His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from 
 me. Satan still does not understand yet, this man is not to be given justice but 
 rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at his Father and replied 
 "There is nothing else that needs to be done, I've done it all".
 The Judge lifted his mighty hand and slammed the gavel down and the following words 
 bellowed from his lips- "This man is free-the penalty for him has already been paid 
 in full, case dismissed." As my Lord led me away I could hear Satan ranting and raving 
 "I won't give up, I'll win the next one." 
 
 I asked Jesus as he gave me my instructions where to go next "Have you ever lost a 
 case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said "Everyone that has come to me and asked me to 
 represent them has received the same verdict as you, Paid in Full."
 Oh what a blessing! There is no greater commandment than to love your neighbor as yourself! 


PRAYER
Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now! Lord, show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace & mercy. Where there is self-doubting, release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them. Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, patience, & strength as they learn submission to Your leading. Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You. Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to them Your courage. Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and break its hold over my friend's life. Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders,and friends to support, and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the demonic forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it, I ask You to do these things in Jesus' name! AMEN



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