A People of Inheritance

   Greetings;

We are to be people of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. God is calling for a multi-generational people that reveal His glory in things that are both old and new. The foundation of the church is built upon the prophets and the apostles. The ceiling of the Old Covenant was established upon the prophets of the tribes of Israel, but the foundation of the New Covenant was established upon the sending authority of the apostles of the Lamb. The church, the Israel of God, is established as the place of Christ’s calling, inheritance, and power in the earth to reveal the fullness of the testimony of God in the family name. We are not just seekers of God, we are inheritors of His testimony and glory in the earth. He is the source of our identity, our testimony, and our destiny in all things. We have the responsibility of scribes in the kingdom of heaven. We must draw from our treasure things new and old to establish the name of Christ above all things in the earth.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Here is some of a prophecy that I gave July 8, 2011:

The Lord says He’s seeking for a Jacob generation that He might turn the Jacob generation into the “inheriting ones”. “And even now, there’s a transition”, says God, “in My Body – and those who have sought to seek and find Me are going to discover that I’m the One Who seeks to find them. And in the place of wrestling, there’s a breakthrough.” For God says, “I’m bringing forth My ‘inheriting one’. I’m bringing forth My Israel. I’m bringing forth My Prince with God. There was a time and there was a season when I sought for those who would be a Jacob generation, but hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you! This is not the day for you to lay hold of Me! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you – and in Me laying hold of you, it’s time for you to endure! It’s time for you to hold on, and it’s in that place of wrestling that there’s going to come an inheritance – there’s going to come an inheritance!”

There’s a shift in the Spirit. Don’t seek the thing that was before. Seek that which is beyond that which was before. Seek that which is the increase. Seek that which is the ‘more’. For this is not a time to break away. This is a time to stand fast and say, ‘Our God has come! He has laid hold of us and we will not let go of that which He has laid hold of!’”

If you have been experiencing what you thought was a wrestle with yourself, someone else, your circumstance, or some other thing – God wants you to let Him take hold of you. He is wrestling with you that you may become an inheritor of His name. He wants you to become an inheritor of His grace. The substance of this prophecy is found in Isaiah, Chapter 32. The Prophet Isaiah was prophesying of the day of the born-again sons of God.

Isaiah 32:1-8 “Behold a King will reign righteously, and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the hasty will discern truth, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly. No longer will the fool be called noble, or the rogue be spoken of as generous. For a fool speaks nonsense, and his heart inclines toward wickedness: to practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord. To keep the hungry person unsatisfied and to withhold drink from the thirsty. As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; he devises wicked schemes to destroy the afflicted with slander, even though the needy one speaks what is right. But the noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands.” (NAS)

Those who know they are nobility also know that they were born for such a time as this. We are overcoming for the sake of others. We are breaking through that we might make plans that bring life to our world. We are princes, inheritors of God, that we might bring life to a dry country and shade to a parched and weary generation. We live for the well-being of others and our plans are for the wellbeing of our day and our time as scribes in the kingdom of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Relevant Word

      Greetings,

Today I feel compelled to repost a prophecy I gave two years ago. I believe it is key to the season we are in. In this prophecy the emphasis is on the King and His desires. He is a giving King, one of passion and compassion. He is calling for His sons and daughters, a generation of nobility that lives for His righteous cause and His purposes in the earth. He is not afraid of the world, but even uses those who don’t necessarily act as we think they should for His purposes.

This is a time for God’s purposes and not the purposes or agendas of our own hearts.

July 25, 2016 – Prophecy by Ted J. Hanson

I hear God saying, “Will you hear what My Spirit is saying? That I have come with a kingly authority, but my kingly authority is not like the kingdoms of the world. That I am not a King who seeks to control. I am not a King who seeks to lord. I am a King who seeks to give out the substance of all that I am. I am a King that does not just give out the things that I have to those who come looking. I am a King who looks for children who also will become those of nobility. For I desire to bring forth a people who will be passionate and compassionate. A people who will recognize that they can partner with the world in unusual partnerships as they recognize My speaking through the kings of the world. Though those kings do not know Me, My people know Me and they recognize the voice within them. They recognize that My favor is here to turn the purposes of men to serve the purposes of God. And again, in the midst of this revolution I will do revolutionary things, even in the natural. I will cause the inventions and discoveries to serve My purposes. Don’t be distracted by the things that pull your attentions towards the hunger in the hearts of man’s own agenda and don’t let that spirit come into your body.”

For the Lord says, “This is a time when I am raising up a pure authority and that authority is an authority of community. It’s an authority of love. It’s an authority of life. Yes, it’s an authority that’s transparent, but it is also an authority that’s translucent. It’s not just transparent to show the vulnerable places, but it’s translucent to show the glory of transformations. For there is a confidence and there is a conviction to reveal who I am to the nations. And I am not afraid to make My decisions, says God. But I make My decisions based upon the passion and compassion of My heart. And when I remove things that need to be removed, I remove them because it is the best interest of that which will be life forevermore. And when I bring forth a furtherance of things that are I bring forth a furtherance of things that are because it’s in the best interest of bringing forth the increasing glory of My name. Will you be my people? Will you be a generation that rises up and embraces another generation? Will you be those who reject the headships of legalism and promiscuity and receive the headship of the King of glory, the King of king? And will you become the bread and the wine that doesn’t serve the purposes of just mere soulish fellowship but serves the purposes of that which is bread for the nations and life for its people? Will you become the fruit that can be eaten? Will you become the substance that can be digested? Will you be the people that change the world?”

The Spirit of God says, “Leaders I am putting upon you a mantle of fathering, but it’s not just fathering as you have known in the past. For this is a father’s womb. There are going to be things that are birthed as a mother would birth, but they’re going to be birthed as a father would birth them. For that which is birthed will be overcoming and you will raise up a people who will not just know how to embrace the joyful things of the Lord, but they will rejoice and joyfully embrace the suffering things, so they can become the substance that transforms the nations they find themselves within. And God says, I am turning my hand in favor towards that internal place of the heart. And so, Watch and see, be awake and expect it – for this is a time for the grassroots revolution to gain momentum. What’s at hand is a war on authority, but authority gives life. So, walk in this anointing and receive the speech of the Lord. Recognize the speaking of the Lord and become the speaking of the word of the Lord. And be the children of the kingdom. Be the place of oil that touches the earth. Be the place of dew that touches Zion. Be the place that’s known as, ‘Wow, that is life forevermore!’ Be the place of diversity that reveals unity and let those who are in the wars of the world only serve the purposes of those coming to the place that ends all wars, the internal kingdom of life.”

I felt it important to post this prophecy to inspire us to embrace the essence of these words. As leaders, we must embrace the mantle of fathering. This is a father spirit that births things for the purpose of God and not merely for human need. A father spirit that births an overcoming generation. A father spirit that inspires a generation to live for the kingdom of God that is the internal kingdom of the heart. This is the grassroots revolution that God desires! We must empower a generation to live for the place where heaven touches the earth, not for escaping the earth for some heavenly high. Let’s be prophetically inspired, and not distracted by the circumstances around us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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This Present Time

    Greetings,

Today I am writing in regard to some things I have mentioned in the past, but I feel they need to be expressed to refresh our minds as believers and leaders concerning the grace of God at work in our present time. We are living in a time where God is moving by His Spirit to cause His family to be revealed as the people of God in the earth. He is moving in the lives of many people groups to bring about a testimony of unity through diversity. His love for us grants us the power to become those who exhibit a love for Him. When He moves into our lives we are empowered to be supernaturally changed for our identity in Him, our testimony of Him, and our role in the destiny of His name in our lives. Those who resist this present move of God’s Spirit will prove to be those who hold on to the things of renewal, prophecy, and the word of faith. Previous moves of God will prove to resist the present move of God’s Spirit because we tend to measure what God is doing with what we know He has done in the past. There is a great heritage in adhering to the things God has given to us so far; but holding too tightly to the things God has done will cause us to be less than open handed towards the things that God is doing today. We must have open hands to receive what God is doing. This means we must be willing to risk losing what we have to receive even more of what God wants to give us. The present move of the Spirit of Knowing requires us to change our beliefs in order to become the people of God in a greater way. Changing our beliefs is different than wanting God to change His beliefs to match our own personal opinions, desires, and customs of life. We were all born with weaknesses and flaws that require an encounter with God in order to become who we are meant to be by the power of God’s transformational grace in our lives. Mercy is God’s measure of demonstrating His unconditional love in our lives, but His grace is the power of His presence that transforms our lives. Mercy justifies us to live, but God’s grace empowers us to live. God’s grace is His manifest presence in our lives. Salvation is not merely a theological fact, it is a transformational reality that happens because of God’s manifest presence in our lives.

God is good, and He loves people! Unity is through diversity, not conformity, but our unity is centered around the presence of God in our lives, not ourselves. Unity comes from a common focus, not a common identity. A common focus allows for the creation of diversity of identity for a common purpose. God’s mercy is the testimony of His approval of who we are as children of God, but God’s grace causes His character, nature, way, power, and authority to be granted to us as growing sons and daughters of God who are led by His Spirit and not our own way. When we come to Christ in the uniqueness of who we each are in partnership with Him, we reveal the greatness of who He is in the testimony of who we each are.

God is stripping away hiding places to birth new generations that are transformed by the power of God’s love in our midst. Iniquities are being exposed, not to be condemned, but to reveal a place of dependency upon the presence of God and His transforming grace. It is not a time to hide because of our differences, but to come as we are for the wellbeing of others and the generations to come. Christ in us is the hope of glory and the glory of God is to become all that He says we are for Him family name. We are a temple of God in the Spirit and it is from the place of His habitation that we will become a multigenerational, Christ-centered, Christ-filled, community of brotherly love. We will be a community of little children, maturing sons and daughters of God who overcome all things by God’s grace, and fathers and mothers who live for the children’s and the children’s children as we see Him as the Father of us all.

Psalms 29:9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

We were born to be loved; not merely to be right. Love is a revelation, not a command. When we have a revelation of God’s love we cannot help but love Him and others. God is wrestling with us, not us with Him. He knows who we really are, and He wants us to manifest truth. These are all attributes of this present grace of God’s Spirit at work in the earth. What is next? Will we stop and label Him as the God of the people or a Father who is kind to His children? Or will we move forward by the power of God’s grace to become the people of God? Will we embrace the things that require change in our beliefs, or will we allow the limitations of our present beliefs to hinder the expansion of our minds for the now testimony of Christ in the world?

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Living Creatures Before His Throne

     Greetings,

The fourth and final attribute of the Church is revealed through the eagle. An eagle testifies of swiftness (Deut. 28:49; Job 9:26; 2 Sam.1:23; Jer.4:13). It depicts a decision to ‘quickly’ choose a life led by the Spirit over a life led by the flesh. The eagle signifies our ability to follow the leading of the Lord (Deut. 32:11, 12). This attribute reveals that the Spirit is indeed willing (Mt. 26:41; Mk. 14:38), and the Body of Christ can know the heavenly dimension of God’s Spirit (Pr. 30:19; Isa. 40:31). An eagle dwells in the heights (Jer. 49:16), thus the Body of Christ lives in the heights of God and knows His presence and protection (Ex. 19:4). The testimony of the eagle is also that of devouring flesh (Hos.8:1; Hab.1:8; Mt.24:28). When God’s Spirit leads us, the flesh is consumed. Ezekiel saw the eagle as merely a face in the Old Covenant (Ezek. 1:10; 10:14), while John sees the Body of Christ with the character, nature, way, power, and authority of the eagle. The attribute of the eagle reveals the prophetic testimony of the Body of Christ as an example before others. Like the apostle Paul, we can say to others: “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor.4:16; 11:1; 2 Thes. 3:7, 9). The eagle is a testimony to the spiritual leadership of the Body of Christ as His ‘spiritual ones’! It is the attribute of being a son of God, led by His Spirit (Rom.8:14).

The first living creature around the throne of Christ is that of the lion. The attribute of the lion speaks of the condition of the Church to the enemy. We are the excellence of the praise of God in the earth and as His praise we exercise the victory of Christ over every enemy. The second creature around the throne of grace is that of a calf. This creature speaks of a sacrifice of service to the Creator. The testimony of the Church to God is one of worship, honor, and service to God, the Creator. The third creature around the throne has a face like the face of a man. It speaks of the face of the Church toward mankind. It is the human expression of God to the human image of God in the earth. We are to be servants of one another. The fourth attribute is that of an eagle. We are those who indulge in, and are led by, the Spirit of God in all things. We can lead others as we follow Christ.

A confirmation of the human nature of these four living creatures is seen in Revelation chapter 4, verse 8. Each of the creatures had six wings. The number six is the number signifying man, but these creatures are given access to heaven. They are each given wings to fly. They are the sent ones of God’s Spirit and they have been givenaccess to the realm of the Spirit. Again, these wings are seen being “full of eyes around and within”. This testifies to their intimate relationship with God and with each other as members of the Body of Christ. Who they are is a testimony of their revelation of who God is and who they are in Him. Each can hear God and each one is led by God’s Spirit (Rom. 8:14). All are ministers of GRACE and are no longer under the Law (Gal. 5:18). The Body of Christ forever lives before the presence of God and is thus a priesthood of believers in Christ. They cry, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” “Holy, holy, holy” is a term associated with the priest’s clothing or ‘outward testimony’ (Ex. 28:36; 39:30). These are God’s people, the true Israel of God (Jer. 2:3). They are a people of God’s choosing (Zech. 14:20, 21). This is the same testimony heard from the seraphim in the vision of Isaiah (Isa. 6:3). They are the “burning ones” (seraphim) seen as the sent ones of the ministry of reconciliation (Isa. 6:1-8; 2 Cor. 5:20, 21). Seraphim are a testimony of their earthly ministry, while cherubim are a testimony to their heavenly position and authority in Christ. “Holy, holy, holy” is a term reserved for God’s chosen, holy people!

The four living creatures are seen giving glory, honor, and thanks to the Lord. As they minister before the Lord the twenty-four elders cast their crowns before Him (Rev.4:9-11). They give all of the fruit of their labor to Jesus and recognize Him as King, worthy of all honor, glory, and power (1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 3:3).These twenty-four elders depict the worship of Jesus by the headship of the Church. That headship is also the eternal foundation of the Church (Eph. 1:22, 23; 3:21; Col. 1:18).

The first condition of living in the New Covenant is seen: The Body of Christ is to live in and from the presence of Jesus on His throne, ascribing all glory and honor to Him. Jesus receives the supreme headship of the Church in the story of all men!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Exerts from:Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3

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Love God, Love Others

      Greetings;

In Christ, we have been given access to the throne room of God’s grace. It is there that we receive mercy to free us from our past and it is there that we find grace to empower our daily walk in Christ. As leaders, we must live in and from the throne room of grace to lead others into a way of life that causes them to be transformed in their nature, character, way, power, and authority before every enemy, before God, before one another, and as those who are led by the Spirit of God in all things. Last week I wrote in regard to leading others to become a testimony of praise with the attributes of a lion.

The second creature depicted in the throne of grace is that of a calf. This creature speaks of a sacrifice of service to the Creator. The testimony of the Church to God is one of worship, honor, and service. It is a testimony to the burnt offering as worship to God (Lev.9:3,8). This is the attitude, focus, and action of the Body of Christ in serving God (Ex. 32:4, 8, 24; Ps. 106:19). The calf (also known as a young ox) is a symbolism of the creature, and to worship it was to worship the creature rather than the Creator(Ex. 20:4, 5). The calf (creature) was intended for service (worship) to the Creator. This creature is the condition of the Church inthe fulfillment of the first commandment made real in the New Covenant to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Lk. 10:27(a); Mt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30). Ezekiel’s Old Covenant view of this creature was only as a face (Ezek.1:10;10:14), but the New Covenant causes believers to become changed in their nature, character, way, power, and authority. The calf reveals the character and the focus of the Body of Christ toward God! Leaders must set an example to those they lead in becoming those who worship, honor, and serve God as the one who gives life, breath, and all things.

The third creature had a face that was like the face of a man. It speaks of the face of the Church toward mankind. It is the human expression of God to the human image of God in the earth. We are to be servants of one another (Phil. 2:7). The second commandment made real inthe New Covenant is fulfilled in the attitude, focus, and action of this face of the Church. We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Lev.19:18; Mt.19:19 (b); 22:39; Mk.12:31; Rom.13:9; Gal.5:14).

We are inwardly empowered to prefer one another as members of the Body of Christ (Phil.2:3; Eph.5:21; Heb.10:24). We must be servants of all (Mt. 20:26, 27; Mk. 9:35; Mk. 10:43). This face is not the ‘face of a man’, but rather the face “like that” of a man. We are new creations in Christ (2Cor.5:17), but our attitude toward one another must always be to see others as we see ourselves. We are new creations, but we are made of the same old clay that was marred by sin (Jer. 18:4). Although we are no longer sinful men, we must love sinnersas if we were still a sinner ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we should havean attitude of condemnation to our flesh, but of love toward others. Ezekiel saw the face of the man representing the character of the creature (Ezek.1:5,10;10:14), while John sees the character of the creature willingly taking on the face of a man. This is the face of the Body of Christ toward one another!

Leaders must set an example in loving their fellow man as they love themselves. They must see serving others as a testimony of God’s love in their own lives. Leaders lead others to take on the face like that of a man. They lead others into the attributes of worship to God. Living in and from the presence of God is key to these life-transformations and leaders must be transformed to lead others into those same grace-empowered realities.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Exerts from:Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3

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Becoming His Praise

Greetings,

In the book of Revelation, we see a Revelation of our access to the throne room of Christ. Whereas, in the Old Testimony there was a cloud above our heads, in the New Covenant we stand upon a sea. That sea is the word of God. It is the power of God’s Spirit and Word that transforms our lives to become testimonies of the word of God for the purposes of God in the earth. As we stand in His presence and upon His word we become transformed to be like Him. Leaders must lead in example and in direction for the body of Christ to become testimonies of Christ from the presence of God in their lives.

In this sea there are four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back (Rev. 4:6). Those living creatures are redeemed flesh. They are the Body of Christ that now lives from the presence of the throne of God. This is the Church made of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation upon the earth. The number four is the number of covenant and is a signification of the north, south, east, and west of the earth and thus the Body of Christ is made of human beings joined to a covenant with God. Syntactically, the term “living creature” is used in Scripture to describe God’s blessing on earth (Gen.1:24; 2:19; Lev. 11:46). It is used in the context of covenant blessing (Gen. 9:10, 12, 15, 16). These four living creatures in heaven are a signification to the source of blessing for the earth. The living Body of Christ is to bring heaven’s blessings to the earth (Ezek. 1:4-21; 10:15, 17, 20), for they are blessed with every spiritual blessing of the Father in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3). The Church now has access to the Father in heaven, their source as a living creature on earth and to eternity.

This Church is described as having four attributes (Rev. 4:7). It embodies the characteristics of a lion, those of a calf, it has a face like that of a man, and it manifests the attributes of a flying eagle. Each of these creatures reveals a victory and a living reality given to the Church in Christ. They speak of an attitude, a focus, and a position of authority given to the Church. The first is that of the lion. The attribute of the lion speaks of the condition of the Church to the enemy. Satan goes about “like a roaring lion” (1 Pet. 5:8), but Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:9). The attribute of the lion is a testimony to the children of Israel coming into the Promised Land (Num. 23:24). It testifies of the blasting sound of the authority of God (Job 4:9, 10; Amos3:8). The testimony of the lion is Christ’s fierceness, boldness, and strength to deliver (Ps.17:12-13;  2 Sam. 1:23). The lion is a testimony to the wrath of the king over His enemies (Pr. 19:12; 20:2). It is a sign tothe boldness of the righteous (Pr. 28:1), and a symbolof ‘no fear’ (Pr. 30:30). This attribute was proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah to depict the assembly of the righteous and the judgmentof the unrighteous (Isa. 5:26-30).It is through this creature that God fights for Mt. Zion (Isa. 31:4). Ezekiel saw this as merely the face of the creature (Ezek. 1:10; 10:14), while John sees the lion as the character, nature, way, power, and authority of the Body of Christ. This is the testimony of the Body of Christ before the enemy! It is the testimony of praise that executes the written judgments of God (Ps. 149), and silences the enemy (Ps. 8:2).

Leaders must lead others to become the testimony of God’s praise in the earth. This will execute the written judgments of God against every enemy. It is the praise of God in the earth that destroys the power of darkness. This is not just praise we do with some musical expression before God. It is the praise we become for the glory of Christ! This honor has every believer! Praise is being fully alive as the real you to destroy every work of the devil in our world. Grace brings life to death and thus it subdues the territory once possessed by the enemy. Truth crumbles every lie and thus it destroys the strongholds of our enemies.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Exerts from: Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3…

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Becoming From His Presence

        Greetings,

The New Covenant is not different than the Old Covenant; it is the Old Covenant made living. The testimony of the present includes the testimony of the past and thus it is continually progressing to the testimonyofthefuture.Revelation, chapter 4 is visionof theChurchasitis,asitwas,and as it will be in Christ. It is no longer seen separated from God on the earth, but rather one with Him in the heavenly place of His manifested presence (Eph. 1:3). We are part of a great inheritance in the earth. We are part of the inheritance of God to fill the earth with Hisglory!

Revelation, chapter 4, verse 5, reveals the Church has been given access to God in His glory cloud (Ex. 19:16-18). There is lightning (revelation from heaven), thunderings (individual testimonies on earth of what has been revealed from heaven), and voices (changed identities and realities upon the earth as the result of Christ’s kingdom come). This is made possible by the seven Spirits of God at work in the hearts of menandwomeninChrist.TheSpiritoftheLord,theSpiritofWisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit ofMight, the Spirit of Knowing, and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord not only rest upon the Head (Jesus), but also upon the Branch (the Body of Christ). The Rod and Branch have been anointed together to revealthe livingtestimonyofChristintheearth(Isa.11:1).TheChurchhasbeen grantedtheabilitytoknowoneLord,oneFaith,oneBaptism,oneGod andFatherofall,oneGodaboveall,oneGodthroughall,andoneGod in all (Eph. 4:5, 6). The likeness and the image of God the Father will be revealed through Jesus Christ and His eternal Body in heaven and on earth!

John sees a sea of glass, like crystal (Rev. 4:6; Ezek. 1:4, 5, 22, 26). Here John is standing in the heavenly throne room, looking down on the sea (Laver – Ex. 30:17-21; 1 Kin. 7:23-26). Ezekiel looked at it from underneath, but in John’svision there is a place prepared before him to walk. The sea is a testimony to the living word of God. It has now been granted the Church to be able to ‘keep the word of God’. Every member of the Church can be transformed by Christ’s living word and thus become a testimony of flesh made into the word of God. MembersofChrist’sBodyhavebeengiventheabilitytoknowtheword ofGodintheirheartsandintheirminds(Jer.31:33;Heb.8:10;10:16). They have eyes in front and back, for each member of their being has a personal relationship with God in Christ. Who they are comes from a revelation of Jesus Christ. Grace comes to them all at a revelation of Jesus in their lives (1 Pet. 1:13). Every part of their being has been made alive in Christ. They all know God and need not be taught from an external source (Jer. 31:34; Jn. 14:26; 16:13; Heb. 8:11; 1 Jn.2:27).

As leaders we must lead the church in becoming the expression of the word in flesh from the manifest presence of God in their lives. This is the testimony of Christ in each one, the hope of glory. We do not lead for Christian ministry. We lead as examples in living in and from the throne room to become testimonies of God’s word in flesh.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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A Christ Centered Community

      Greetings;

Today’s post is based upon a blog I wrote a few years ago, but I felt the subject is very relevant and needed. Whatever our temple is determines what our community will be. Whoever is in the center of the room will determine the culture of the room. Christ-like community may not create a community centered around Christ. Only Christ in the room can create a culture of Christ in the room. A community does not create a temple for God to live in but becoming a temple where God lives will create a community that expresses the one that lives in the temple.

As leaders in the body of Christ we must be New Covenant in our thinking and New Covenant in our leadership style. Church is not a structure. It is the testimony of the culture of the kingdom of heaven made manifest in human community. Many times people get offended with what they see in the structure of the church and think that the solution is to create a new structure for a New Covenant expression. I don’t believe we have a structure problem as much as we have a culture problem. Structure doesn’t create a culture, but a culture will mandate a changing structure. Surely there are changes needed in the structure of things in the church, but the answer is not to simply change the structure. It is to change the culture. When the culture of the kingdom of God enters into any structure, the structure will change. We must be willing to change the structure of things to match the work of God’s Spirit, but changing the structure alone will not create a kingdom culture. The New Covenant church is built upon a New Covenant culture.

Jeremiah 31:31-34

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘ Know the Lord, ’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

The New Covenant is not an external change, but rather an internal one. The internal change of the New Covenant in the heart of the believer empowers many changes to the external way of things. It is not about knowing what to do or knowing how to act. It is about being empowered to live, move, and have our beings as sons and daughters of God in the earth. As New Covenant leaders we must seek to activate, facilitate, and release this reality in the lives of those we lead. We cannot take people by the hand and lead them. We must create an atmosphere that invites all to know God and to listen to His voice. We are not responsible to teach people right from wrong. We are responsible is teaching them to recognize and obey God’s voice. The culture of the kingdom of God is one of hearing, responding, and becoming a testimony of all that God desires in the earth. This will create a community of unity through diversity. When we lead for a structure we command unity through conformity, but when we lead for a culture we inspire unity through diversity.

Psalms 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing — Life forevermore.

God doesn’t bless unity; He blesses Zion. Zion is the place of the manifest presence of heaven on earth. It is the place where the anointing oil touches the earth. It is the place where the dew of heaven touches that little hill of Zion. That is where God commands the blessing and that blessing is – Life forevermore! The result is a testimony of unity. Unity is not the starting point; it is the finished testimony. It comes when everyone finds heaven’s grace in the same place. If God simply blessed unity we could all agree to be religious, we could agree to lie, or we could all agree to hate and expect some form of blessing from God. God doesn’t bless our agreement. Our agreement comes from the place of His blessings. The place of His blessing is the place of His cultural invasion in our hearts. That cultural invasion is one of knowing God and becoming a testimony of Him in the earth. We must be a house of God’s presence before we can be a community of His testimony. We must be a community of His testimony before we can be a people of His purpose.

The community of God is dependent upon being the temple of God’s Holy Spirit. The temple is not dependent upon the community. The community is dependent upon the temple. The temple of the Holy Spirit will activate, facilitate, and release the community of Christ. Build a temple and you will build the city. Build the city and you may never build the temple. In the Old Testament King Cyrus made a decree to build the temple of God and that decree was in reality a decree to build the city of God (Ezra 1:2; Dan. 9:25). The city of God had to be built because the temple was built (including the law and proper offerings). The word sent to build the city was the physical manifestation of the temple. The temple was the word gone forth. Build a temple and there will be a city. It is just like our Christian walk. If Jesus is in our heart, if there is a temple, then the work of the city (Christian community life) can be completed. Once Jesus is in our hearts we are new creations, but it is yet to be further manifested in our lives. God spoke the word to call us, but it didn’t become ‘the word sent forth’ until we received Jesus into our hearts. We had to become a house for His Spirit to dwell in and we had to receive His Spirit to dwell in us to write His law upon our hearts and minds. We had to become proper ‘burnt offerings’ through the one offering Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:1 – members of the body of Christ). Christian community doesn’t make us the testimony of Christ. Christ in us empowers us to become the testimony of a Christ-like community. As leaders we must lead for the culture of Christ before we can activate, facilitate, or release Christian community.

Food For Thought

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead For Relationships

   Greetings;

Leaders must lead others in commitments, actions, responses, submission and contributions of life to others. These things are the foundation of true community. Without them we can never discover the mystery of being the community of God in the earth. These are essential for a life-giving community of Christ.

The focus of your contributions determines the value of your community. If we do not see that the contributions of our lives are for the life of others we will seek to take life from others and we will experience less than what God has for us. Our contributions are not about ministry. They are about be who we are for the sake of others being who they are. Our contributions have to do with who we are in Christ. They have to do with how we bring the resurrection life of Christ to our spheres of influence in life. Leaders must set an example in this and they must lead to help others find who they are in the testimony of Christ.

Our contribution to our relationships empowers us to also live for the shear love of being a part of the relationship. I believe that true community is the testimony of God’s presence that draws each member of the community to come-to-unity around the presence of Christ’s life. We then live with sacrificial love for one another we make decisions in our hearts for one another based upon love and not law. We become willing to make decisions for those we are in relationship in love and not a logical measurement of whether they deserve our love or not. This is the true testimony of sacrificial love for one another as one community for the glory of the relationship as one.

The value of your community determines the determination of your destiny. If we don’t have a revelation of our community together we will be willing to forfeit our destiny together in life. The purpose of our lives is not simply to live successful lives filled with earthly blessings. We were born to live significant lives that bear the fruit of generational destiny and inheritance. The fruit of our relationships in not merely revealed in our lifetimes, but it is ultimately revealed in the lives of our children and our children’s children. The ultimate testimony of our relationships in life is the life-giving purpose and destiny that reaches the generations touched by our lives in some way. Our commitments, actions, responses, submission, contributions, community, and destiny are all joined together as a road to bringing life to the destiny of others. New Covenant leaders must embrace the process of relationship as a key role in their testimony as leaders that inspire those they lead.

If we don’t have a revelation that love is the empowerment of our commitments, we will be easily offended when the natural circumstances of our relationships shake in life. When we become offended with another we then make a judgment towards them based upon things that are naturally true or perceived to be true in the relationship. Those judgments are birthed in the environment of fear, a fear of our own death in some way in the relationship. Our actions will become ones of judgment and will not be acts of love towards another. When we make a judgment of another we then become defiled in the relationship. Rather than responding to the other partner we seek to isolate and separate from the relationship. We no longer see the need for a testimony as one and thus we seek to protect our own individual identity. When we become defiled it inspires an insubordinate attitude towards the relationship. Submission to those we are joined to is lost and a protection of personal agendas is sought. We become negatively expressive towards the relationship. We don’t see the other as a part of us, so we are willing to destroy them with our attitudes, words, and acts in life. When we become insubordinate we then become apathetic towards the relationship. We no longer see the need to live to contribute who we are to another. We don’t care about the relationship anymore. We are not awake in our hearts towards them and we no longer see the need for them in our lives. When this happens, we become bound to the logic of our own judgments. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil has surpassed any revelation of the tree of life in the relationship. We seek to be separate in our desires, attitudes, visions, and aspirations in life. We find no need for the relationship. The end result is a total destruction of the relationship. Destiny has been laid in the dust and the relationship has been annihilated. There is no more future together and we have found the grave of disconnection, isolation, and disintegration to the corporate purpose of destiny. Offense has led to judgment, judgment has led to defilement, defilement has evolved to insubordination, insubordination has transformed to apathy, apathy has grown to atrophy, and atrophy has now been revealed as death. The relationship has ended. Its end began with an offense, a refusal to stay in a revelation of love. Love is the foundation and love is the substance in the journey of our relationships in life. New Covenant leaders seek to live in and for life-giving relationships.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Leaders Lead For Relationships

        Greetings,

Leaders must be examples to those they lead in matters of relationship. A leader’s connection to God, their family, their friends, their neighbors, and even how they respond to their enemies is essential to their ability to lead others. We are called to lead people in a covenant relationship with God and one another. Everything in life is a matter of relationship.

Covenant relationships begin with a revelation of love and they are sustained through a growing revelation of that love. That love empowered revelation is the strength of true covenant commitments and it inspires acts of love towards one another in the relationship. Those acts of love prompt responses, and responses invoke a submission of one to another. When we know someone loves us it is easy to respond to them rightly. When we love someone else, we respond to them with an attitude and action of love. Our judgements toward God and one another must be a judgment of love. Everyone is called to carry a testimony of God in their lives that is both internal and external. Heavenly things are both inside and out. God’s love in our lives gives us a testimony of bread and wine. We are internally changed, and we are given a testimony that is even externally obvious in our lives. It is a heavenly testimony of the love of God. Our response to one another should be in recognition of heaven’s grace. We give to others because we want to receive all that they are. We appreciate the gift that they are and we are not trying to prove who we are. This is a proper relationship of responses. Leaders must set an example in this that others can follow. Without proper responses there can never be the true trust of submission. Proper responses lead to a submission based upon trust and it is a receiving of life and a giving of life to one another. Submission is not a matter of control or manipulation. It is a relational connection that allows there to be a dance of life that brings life to the relationship and bears the fruit of life to others touched by that relationship.

The trust of our submission determines the focus of our contribution to another. We must each receive a revelation that we were born to reveal something of the testimony of God in this world. Who we are is not for our own gain, but for the benefit of another. We are each part of the fellowship that contributes life to our covenant partners in life. When we have food at a table we have a supply to meet our natural needs. When we willingly bring our best food to the table for the sake of another we create a feast and a celebration of diversity that makes the table a testimony of unity through the unique expressions brought by each one. Each of us has been given a measure of life to contribute to our relationships in life. It is not about what we can get from another, but what we can give so those at the table become a fuller expression of the one covenant expressed there. We must each recognize that those in our covenant relationships in life are contributors of life to our lives. More importantly, we must know that we are a gift of life for the sake of those we relate to. God gives each of us an ability to bring light to darkness and that light is for the glory of our relationship with God and with one another. It is a testimony of who Christ is according to His resurrection life! We must be awake to who you are and to who another is in the relationships of our lives. An ability to do works of righteousness for the sake of others is a testimony of life at the table of our relationships. There is a diversity of food that is given by each one, but there is one salt at the table that brings the unique flavor of who we each are for the sake of our fellowship together in life.  Unity is revealed through diversity, not conformity. This can only be true when we know the mystery of living to contribute life to those we are in relationship with in life.

Leaders must lead others in commitments, actions, responses, submission and contributions of life to others. These things are the foundation of true community. Without them we can never discover the mystery of being the community of God in the earth. These are essential for a life-giving community of Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all of you who have partnered with me in prayer and support. More resources are being developed and we are moving forward with reaching the nations with the message of New Covenant Life and Grace. 

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