Grace is Given in Zion

   Greetings,

We live in a New Covenant and we have been given access to God’s mercy and God’s grace. Mercy frees us from the judgments of the law and grace empowers us to reign in life with the transforming power of life. God’s grace invites us into a place of being part of the corporate community of Christ that brings the blessings of heaven into this world. We saw in Psalms 87 that God loves Zion more than the tents of Jacob. Zion is the city of God, the community of God. Jacob is a testimony to us as seekers of God, but Zion is a testimony to being the community of God. Jacob is a testimony to our love for God, but Zion is a testimony to God’s love for the community of God and the testimony of the inheritance of God made known in the earth. Zion is a mountain of God’s presence. It is the place of God speaking in the earth.

 Hebrews 12:18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)

The law was given at Mount Sinai, but grace is given at Mount Zion. Only one man was able to come and receive the Torah/Temple plan and that was Moses. He experienced an encounter with God that gave him a testimony of the law, a shadow of the good thing to come, which is the power of Christ in us and the transforming testimony of God’s grace. The design of the tabernacle was given with an outer court, a holy place, and the holy of holies with all its furnishings. Everything was given to Moses was just a shadow of what God has always wanted in the earth as a reality among men. Zion is a place where God lives, not a place we go. It is a place we are. It is a place where God lives. It is a place where we hear God, we experience Him, and we experience the freedom of the life of Christ in all things. True revelation comes by God’s manifest presence. It is the place of eating the food of the Spirit and a place of experiencing the sustaining power of life that comes only from God. Zion is a place of receiving the boldness to be in God’s presence and the boldness that comes from being in His presence. Zion contains the fragrance and atmosphere of things that speak of spontaneity, depth, brokenness, and passion. It is the place of the presence of God that transforms us to become a tabernacle for God’s glory. These things were given on Mount Sinai in shadow form to Moses and Sinai was a place flesh could not touch or it would die. It was a terrifying sight. The writer of Hebrews says we have not come to that mountain. The Old Covenant Mountain was terrifying, in that it was a destroyer of flesh, but the New Covenant Mountain of Zion is even more awesome. It is not just a freedom from the Law, but a transformation of flesh. The church is not an easy place, but it is a place of greatness and destiny. Sometimes I hear people say or imply: Thank God it is not like it used to be. Thank you Jesus for getting saved. Thank you God for not being the Old Covenant God anymore. I am so glad you finally came to your senses God. We may not say these precise words, but the implication is often there. This is a misconception concerning the truth of God and the testimony of Zion. What can we expect in Zion?

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

God did speak from the earth, but now He speaks to each of us from heaven to our hearts. He did shake the earth, but now He shakes the earth and heaven. He shakes the outside and the inside. He changes the outside and the inside. He removes those things that are being shaken. Things that are made are shaken so that we receive the things that cannot be shaken. We are receiving an unshakeable kingdom. That unshakeable kingdom is accessed by mercy and it is an administration of grace in a corporate body for His great glory.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Devil is in The Church

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We were born to be children of God and as children of God we were destined to grow in maturity in Christ to become mature sons and daughters of God for His purpose and will. For this to happen, we must embrace the difficulties of life. It is through chastisement that we can manifest the true character, nature, way, power, and authority of princes and princesses of the King. It is through difficulties that we manifest the greatness of who we really are.

Most often the greatest difficulties are in the church. Metaphorically speaking, the devil is in the church and God let Him in. God put the devil in your territory so you can destroy him. Sometimes the devil is our own attitude or way of thinking. If we can be offended, we will be offended. If we can make judgments according to the flesh, we will make judgments according to the flesh. If we can be defiled, we will be defiled. If we can be insubordinate, we will be insubordinate. If we can become apathetic, we will become apathetic. If we can embrace natural knowledge above love giving, we will embrace natural logic. If we can run from destiny, we will run from destiny. God allows obstacles to come into the church that resist our overcoming of these things so we will manifest the true testimony of Christ in our lives. If it wasn’t for the devil we would not manifest as a son or a daughter of the King. The mystery is, the hardest place is the greatest place.

Hebrews 12: 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

It is easy to say I love you, when there is no devil in the mix. In a metaphoric sense, God wants the devil in the church. He let him in the door! Why? Because the gates of hell cannot prevail against the gate of heaven. There is a bit of a devil in each of us. I want that devil destroyed! If I can be offended I will be offended. If I can be disconnected. I will be disconnected. If I can be discontent, I will be discontent. If I can run, I will run. But when I get a revelation of who I am, I can never be offended, I can never be discontent, I can never be disconnected, I can never break covenant, and I can never run away, because I am a son of God and I am part of the family of God. I live for the purpose of Zion; the corporate place of God’s purpose in the earth. God loves me as a God-seeker, like He loved Jacob, but God loves the corporate place of Zion more than Jacob.

Jesus did not live for being the only begotten Son of God. He lived for the purpose of all the sons and daughters of God. He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. When you battle something inside of yourself for the sake of yourself, when you battle with an attitude towards yourself, or you battle with an attitude towards others for the sake of yourself, that is not your cross. Your cross is to get over your attitude for the sake of others. Battling against your personal addictions is not your cross. Forsaking everything for the sake of US, for Zion, is your cross. Jesus was the Son of God and He did not suffer for His own sake, He suffered for our sake. Being a son or a daughter of God means being willing to do whatever it takes for our sake, the sake of others and the sake of what we are becoming as one together. Take this into your marriage and your marriage will flourish. Bring this truth into your family and your family will be richly blessed. Embrace this reality in your church and your church will become an overcoming place of God’s grace. Put this in your city and your city will prosper. We are supposed to be sons and daughters of God for the hope of His calling, the riches of His inheritance, and the working of His power to bring the influence of His kingdom to the kingdoms of the world. We are not called to do something good, we are called to be part of something great. We finally have reason for the devil. The devil is only in our lives so we will know we are sons and daughters of God. It is so we will know, greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world. This kind of discipline is training us and forming us to become something of the greatness of God in the earth.

Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

Esau was called a fornicator, a profane person. Why? He saw preserving his own life as more valuable than living for the sake of others. Living for his own needs was more important than living for the calling of God, the inheritance of God and the power of God. He sought his own desires above the desire of God and the destiny entrusted to him. The church is the place of the calling of God, His inheritance and His power. Though Esau wanted the blessing he could not find it, because there was no place of repentance for him. He sought it even with tears, but he had forsaken the destiny. His motive was not to be a blessing, but to be blessed. His heart was still in it for him and not for the purpose and will of God in the earth.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Chastised to be Made Known

    Greetings,

I have been writing about the church. What is the church? What is the purpose of the church?

We saw that God loves Zion more than the tents of Jacob, though God loves Jacob. He loves those who seek Him, because they want to be His blessings. But the purpose of those who seek Him is to become Zion, the city of God. It is to become the corporate place of God’s presence in the earth.

Hebrews chapter 11 reveals a testimony of people of faith. The worlds of many men and women were framed by faith. They heard God and their worlds were transformed. In the context of being surrounded by all the witnesses in heaven, Hebrews chapter 12 describes our ability to go through the disciples of God as His children. We like the victories, but the chastisements in life are different. This is partly because we don’t understand disciple. We tend to think that correction means we are bad and we need to be good. We often think that if we go through something hard or difficult, if we are corrected or chastised in some way, it means we are bad people. This is not correct. Chastisement endears us to God and keeps us in the right path, the path of life. In the context of that, the writer of Hebrews says that Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, endured suffering. He endured hard things. He was chastised. If chastisement was for those who are bad, then Jesus would have wrongfully endured chastisement. He endured chastisement, because He was the Son of God.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” 7  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

We are not to despise the chastening of the Lord. We are not to be discouraged when we are rebuked by God. He scourges every son He receives by allowing them to go through hard things. Jesus never sinned, but He was scourged. He never looked for love in the wrong place, but He was tempted with everything we are tempted with. God, His Father, allowed Him to be chastened. He allowed Him to be disciplined. What did that look like? It looked like being treated wrongly. God allowed His son Jesus to be despised, rejected, hated, lied about, misunderstood and many other things. All of this was for the sake of manifesting as God’s Son.

In the Movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, there is a line in the movie that defines the reason for this disciple in a marvelous way. In the movie, the wicked uncle killed Arthur’s father and mother and the boy Arthur was raised by prostitutes in a village. He endured handicaps, hardship, poverty, and despise of diverse nature. Arthur grew up believing he was the son of a prostitute, but something inside of him drove him to be the best he could be in everything. He became the best street fighter, the best at caring for those he loved, the best saver of financial profits, and many other things. He excelled in advancing amid his situation. When he came to the age of being a young man, all the young men in the kingdom were being summoned to attempt to pull the sword, x caliber, from the stone. It had been foretold that whoever could pull the sword would be the rightful heir. The uncle wanted to discover who was the heir only so he could kill him. Arthur was brought to the stone among the other young men, and the sword came out from the rock. He was thrown to the ground by the power of the sword and the uncle called him into his chambers and says, what is it that gives you such drive? Do you know who you are? Arthur says, I am the son of a prostitute. No, you’re not, explained the illegitimate king. You are the heir. We know who you are We’ve been in your city. We heard of your reputation. We found your treasuries. What is it that gives you your drive? Arthur didn’t answer. All his life, he has had a dream about a fire devil. At the end of the movie he had to face the fire devil. He accepted the responsibility of being Arthur. During the fight, he got a revelation that the devil in his visions and dreams was really his evil uncle. He stands and he says, you asked me what gave me my drive? You did, you made me what I am. You finally give reason to the devil.

You are a son or a daughter of God. Something inside of you has called out for the greatness of who you are and none of us are illegitimate children. Even if we were naturally illegitimate by birth, we are all called to be sons and daughters of the King. We must go through chastening, we must go through difficulty. It is the difficulty that inspires us to manifest who we are. Amid the challenges of life, the testimony of Christ in us is the hope of glory. It is the hope of manifesting as true sons and daughters of God and it comes by the chastening of God in our lives.

Food for Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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God Loves Zion

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What does it mean to be a part of the gate of heaven in the earth? What does it mean to be a part of the house of God in the earth? We are each called by God to be a part of a corporate expression of God’s will in the earth. We are not our own, we belong to Jesus and to one another. Whatever promise God gives to each of us, He gives to the corporate expression of us. Whatever promise He gives us as the corporate expression of His house, belongs to each one of us as a part of the house. It is the testimony of a family name, a family inheritance, and a family destiny. The promises of God are given to the corporate house, not just the individuals in the house. Together we are the people of God. This is the gate of heaven and the gate of heaven is not a person, it is a people. Jacob was a God-seeker, but he had to be transformed to Israel to become a people. Jacob is a person, but the gate of heaven is Zion. The gate of heaven is a city. The church is a city. The church is Zion. Who lives on Zion?

Psalms 87:2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah

Before David took Zion, the Jebusites lived there. It wasn’t holy ground. It was everything but holy ground. The word Jebusite means, to trample or to tread upon. It could be a place of disappointment, destroyed dreams, or disillusioned expectations. This was the deadest rock in Jerusalem. David said, Let’s put the presence of God there. Let’s kick out the Jebusites and put God’s presence on Zion. Let’s storm the gates of hell! Let’s take the stronghold! The Jebusites were in Zion. It was a stronghold. It was a place that could not be taken. David said, I am going to take that place and make it the stronghold of God. It will be a place of corporate connection; the city of God, Selah!

Psalms 87: 5 And of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her; and the Most High Himself shall establish her.” 6 The Lord will record, when He registers the peoples: “This one was born there.” Selah 7 Both the singers and the players on instruments say, “All my springs are in you.”

What is this place where God registers the peoples? What is this place of heart connection, heart expression, and training of the Spirit? It is a place of springs, a place of God’s life expressed in plural realities.

Humans are normally given nine months to develop in a womb of water. If you weren’t blessed to have nine months you likely needed some extra help. I was born early and I had to have extra help. I was in an incubator for some time after I was born. Human beings are supposed to get nine months in a water womb to develop to transition to this natural world of air. I used to think that being born again was enough to give us the testimony of Christ, but what if being born again is really about entering into an environment of the Spirit? What if this life is really a womb? What if it is a womb of the Spirit? What if the church is really a womb? What if being born again is not just a moment, but an entrance into a spiritual environment? What if we are supposed to live a lifetime in the environment of a womb of the Spirit that is a city, a community of life? In the water womb we were each formed naturally, in a Spirit womb we are also formed. It is not just us and Jesus. It is each of us being formed into the body of Christ. It is about Christ being formed in us and us becoming one as a bodily expression of Christ in His fullness. What if the corporate body is about each of us being formed into Christ? For the purpose of Christ, for the will of Christ, and for the inheritance of Christ and the power of Christ.

I believe that many people leave the environment of the womb of the Spirit and then they are in constant need of spiritual interventions and God desires to put them back into a womb environment where they can find the development of the Spirit. I believe the church is a place of development and a place of formation. It is a womb of the Spirit. If you don’t live in the womb of the Spirit you can end up as an abortion.

I am happy for the womb of the Spirit. I am part of a local body. In my local body, I have a pastor and I am joined to other members for the development of who I am and who we are as a corporate expression of Christ in a unique and special way. I am a spiritual father to my son, but I am also in a relationship with my son as a spiritual pastor in my life. It is a place of relationship. It is a constant and increasing mystery of life. It is always a place of relationship. I tithe to the place of my connection. I tithe my money, my heart, my attitude, my time, and the charisma and fruit of the Spirit in my life. I respond to Christ in the place of my planting and I live for the body. I respond to who Christ is for the sake of who we are called to be in Him. It is about the calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ and the power of Christ to exercise subduing and dominion in unique and specific ways over unique and specific principalities, powers, thrones, dominions, and names. God loves the gates of Zion more than He loves the dwelling places of Jacob. He loves each of us as God seekers, but He loves us more than He loves each of us. We are the gate of heaven. We are the body of Christ, the place of heaven’s influence in the earth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Standing For Corporate Destiny

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When Jacob had the dream of a ladder extending to heaven and angels ascending and descending to the place of his resting, he took the rock that was his pillow and he set it upright as a pillar. The symbolism of this act implies a standing where there was previously a sleeping. It implies living with an expectation of becoming the house of God and no longer living for the comfort of one’s own house. It is important for every member of the house of God to stand. The strength of a family is every member standing. When every member stands for the destiny of the family the family grows in the posterity of the family name and the family inheritance. When partners in a marriage choose to stand for one another, the marriage flourishes and grows in maturity through every circumstance of life.

When family members stand for one another they remain awake for the destiny of the family. That is to be awake. Here we are. We are standing for the family. To the degree that we stand is the degree that we are. The church, the body of Christ, is the place where members stand for one another. When everyone shows up and stands for one another the body is alive. When we become confused towards this truth of corporate standing we can become confused in our thinking. We are deceived when we think, I would stand, but no one stands for me. The problem with that thinking is it proves we are not standing. When we don’t measure others how they stand, but we simply stand for relationship we invite the supernatural presence of God to overcome the gates of hell. The toughest place on planet earth to stand is in the church. The toughest place to stand in the earth is the body of Christ. Sometimes there is pain in the offering. The foundation of our standing must be set upon love and a revelation of the purpose of our standing together as one.

Jacob was an individual called to be a nation, but as a man he was an awesome man. When he was born, he shared the same dwelling place as his brother Esau. They lived in the same dwelling place in their mother’s womb, but Jacob’s spirit was different than Esau’s spirit. Jacob was a seeker of God, but Esau was a seeker of self. In the natural, whoever comes out of the womb first would receive the inheritance of their father Isaac. In the birth of these children Esau came out first. As he was coming out of his mother’s womb, Jacob reached out and grabbed his heal. I don’t believe that Jacob was selfish. I think his little spirit discerned the spirit of his brother. If Esau would have had a spirit of being a God-seeker Jacob would have said, Yes! Go for it! Go do it! Go for it brother! I am right behind you! I am with you! But His little spirit discerned his brother’s spirit and he knew Esau would not fulfill the plan of destiny. God had prophesied before the birth of the children to say that the older would serve the younger. Jacob had the spirt of the firstborn, but in the natural he came out second.

As Jacob grew up, he was destined to be the firstborn but he had a problem. He came out second. One day Esau was out hunting, but he wasn’t hunting to satisfy anyone but himself. He came home starving. I didn’t get any animals. I am going to die! I am hungry! What is there for me to eat? Jacob had a stew. Esau smelled the stew and begged Jacob to give him some. Jacob made a deal. I will give you some stew for the birthright. Esau said, what is the birthright to me? What is destiny to me? I am hungry. I don’t care about corporate purpose. I am hungry. What is the hope of His calling to me? I am about to die. What good is the riches of his inheritance to me? I am about to die. Give me some of your stew! What is the working of His power to me? Esau traded the birthright for some stew. He traded corporate destiny for something that satisfied is immediate need. Jacob now had the birthright. Esau didn’t run to his dad Isaac and confess that he had sold the birthright to Jacob. Esau was still pretending. You can only receive the blessing of the inheritance if you have the birthright. When Isaac got old and he was about to die, it was time to give the inheritance to the son with the birthright. He thought that Esau was still the inheritor, but at that point in life Esau didn’t have the birthright anymore. His brother Jacob purchased it. What is the birthright? What is the inheritance? The inheritance is becoming the house of God. It is the hope of His calling. It is the riches of His inheritance. It is the working of His power. The inheritance is becoming the place of God’s influence in the earth. The inheritance is the place of being a blessing. It is not the place of being blessed. It is the place of being the blessing. Jacob wanted it. Jacob purchased it.

When the point of blessing had come, the good news was that Isaac was blind. He could not tell the difference between Jacob or Esau by vision. He could not see the difference between Jacob and Esau. Rebekah, Jacob’s mom, helped Jacob. She killed a goat and put the skin on Jacob, because Esau was a hairy man. She put the skin of the goat on Jacob. She cooked food to pretend it was Esau’s game from his hunt. She made Jacob feel and smell like his brother Esau, the firstborn. When Jacob came to his father Isaac, Isaac said, you sound like Jacob but your feel like Esau. He gave the blessing to Jacob. Who did the blessing belong to at that point? It belonged to Jacob because he had purchased it from his brother Esau. Who had the greater sin? Esau had the sin. He did not value the birthright. He didn’t value the place of corporate inheritance. He traded it for stew, something that fed himself. He traded his part in the eternal testimony of the family for something that satisfied an immediate desire in his life. Jacob didn’t steal the birthright. He valued it more than his brother did. I believe that Jacob understood the inheritance and made a deal with one who didn’t.

Do we value the birthright? We are part of something big. It is the corporate body of Christ, the Israel of God in the earth. It is the gate of heaven and we must stand in our part in the hope of Christ’s calling, as a part of the riches of His inheritance, and as a part of the testimony of His power at work in us that prevails above all principalities, powers, thrones, dominions, and names of every age.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Tithe Level Response To Us

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When everything goes perfect and well there is no proof that we truly are members of the body of Christ. But when we are tempted to leave and we stand fast to stay, we become a testimony of Christ’s faithfulness. Our membership in the body of Christ should be like being a part of family. God is the one who divinely joins us as He pleases. We must stay awake and not lay down on the rock.  We must stand as part of the rock that is a testimony of Christ. It is not always easy. If it was easy, animals would do it. But is not easy. It is supernatural. Only sons and daughters of God can do it. It is the place where we manifest. It can also be the place where things manifest. It can be the very place where the gates of hell manifest. Why? So that the gate of heaven can prevail!

If we are the house of heaven, we cannot be afraid when the house of hell knocks on our door. When the house of hell knocks on the door of the house of heaven, the house of heaven takes another dimension of territory. The overcoming grace of the Holy Spirit is ready to work for the sake of relationships and love. When this happens, the house of heaven grows. When offenses come, the house of heaven proves that it has the grace to not take an offense. When disconnection comes, the house of heaven proves to be strongly connected. It never lays down. It stands and the overcoming anointing of Christ comes on that house. It proves to be the house of peace. It proves to be the house of God and then, like Jacob, we responds with a tenth. We respond with a judgment of love. If you are now wanting to debate the validity of the action or not, you are missing the whole point of what I am presenting.

Let’s just use money as an illustration, because we have taught that tithe is 10% of our money. Tithe symbolizes much more than that, but money is included in the testimony of tithe. Our money represents our time and even most of our time. It represents most of our days. Because money is not just given, it is earned. We work, why? We work so we can eat. We work so we can live. My grandson wants all of his time to be with is grandpa or his dad. He tries to convince us often not to go to work, so that he can have time with us that he so greatly values. He thinks my few chickens are enough to provide us with food so his dad doesn’t have to go to work. God knows that our money is earned by the sacrifice of our time. My grandson understands the value of time. He knows that the presence of his dad and his grandpa  is more important than work, but dad and grandpa still have to make the sacrifice of their time for the sake of work. That work includes both the purpose of destiny and provision.

Much of the world is bankrupted, because people don’t know they have to work so they can eat. When it comes to money, it represents our time. It represents our pain. It represents something we did that we did not necessarily want to do. It represents a sacrifice on our part. We did not want to be at work earning money. We wanted to be on vacation and now we come to church and the preacher says we need to give 10% of our money. I agree. Each of us needs to give 10% of our money, time, attitude, and dreams, but it is not just 10%. It is 100%. The 10% is simply a prophetic symbolism that testifies of a judgment of love to the giver of bread and wine in our lives. It represents all of us.

Let’s say I receive $35. I need to give $3.50 to be a testimony of tithe. How do I get those coins? I am looking for the least I can do for what is required of me. It is not about the least. It is about responding to something outside of me that represents all that I am inside and out. It is saying I am here for us. Whether it is with my money or my time or my attitude or supernatural gifts of the Spirit, it represents my response to us. It is not about the legalism of the amount, but the prophetic significance of the action.

Genesis 28:20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

God, I will respond with a tenth if you are with me, and You give me bread and clothing to wear. If You prove to be in me and on me I am going to tithe. If You prove to cause me to be me, I am going to live for us. It has nothing to do with what is required. It has to do with the revelation of us. It has to do with saying yes! We are the family of God. We are the house of God and the gate of heaven. It is not about us as individuals, but us as individuals in the testimony of Him. It is not about our individual ministries, but our ministering for the testimony of the house. In the Father’s house there are many rooms, but all the rooms exhibit the testimony of one house. We are together for the hope of His calling, the riches of His inheritance and the working of His power in all things. Yes, Yes, Yes! We are each part of the demonstration of His power for His purpose and His glory. How awesome is this place! This is the gate of heaven! This is where angels ascend. It is not about my money. It is about us! I have seen that when people become offended with us, the first thing they do is they change where they sit and then they withhold their time and their money. They separate in the room and they become tight with their money, their time, and their attitude. They are confessing that they no longer here for us. That is when caner destroys the body. When we see the church as a place where our needs are met we open our hearts and minds to entertain cancerous thoughts and attitudes towards who we are as the house of God.

I want to challenge us all to embrace the value of responding to the giver of bread and wine with the prophetic demonstration of a judgment of love. It is not about law or about the amount. It is about what is represented in the action. It is not just a responding to God, but a response to the place of being us for His purpose, His testimony, and His power.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Testimony of One House

    Greetings,

The house of God is the place of God’s love. It is a place where divinely joined members live for the life of one another. It is a place of life. True life is the testimony of true love. In the house of God I love others as I love myself. How do I love myself? When I am wounded, I make sure something happens to heal the wound.  I experienced this a couple of months ago when I broke my foot. Cells in my body came together to heal the wound in my foot, but I did not lose focus of being a body for the testimony of the life of Ted Hanson. My foot was loved and healed, but my body continued in the journey of life and destiny in the circumstance of pain and challenge in mobility.

We live for the health and blessing of the house of God. How do I live to give life to the body? I am going to make a judgment of love. Every judgment of love requires a response towards the one you love. There must be a tithe level relationship. It is for this reason that we even tithe our money. It has nothing to do with 10% of our money. It has to do with our relationship with the pillar, the rock. If you are with me, the true test of what is on the inside of me is how affected I am on the inside from what I see on the outside.

Cancer is a condition that happens when a body cell feeds on the cells of the body to feed itself. It no longer becomes a cell that gives life to the body. It takes life from the body. When you get cancer, a treatment must be sought that can destroy cancer the cells or the cancer cells will destroy the body. You must destroy what is destroying the body. I believe that a lot of cancers, physically and spiritually, can be prevented through the focus of our lives. Spiritual cancer in a body happens when a member seeks to take life from the other members for their own individual purpose. But when every member lives for the corporate purpose, the body is healthy. When a member lives for its own purpose, the body becomes cancerous in nature. If left untreated it can become aggressive and it can aggressively destroy the corporate focus, purpose, and destiny of a ministry. It becomes active. It seeks to grow faster than the body. It seeks to give all its energy and take energy from others for its own purpose. It becomes a self-consumer. That is called cancer. The body of Christ should be a place where there is no cancer of a spiritual nature. The cure for cancer comes when the cells of the body seek to give life to the other cells for the sake of being a healthy body. It is not merely about individual ministries or pleasures. It is about corporate health and destiny. To live for the other cells is to live for the purpose of being a living body.

God wants the real thing, He doesn’t not fake the real thing. What constitutes a family are members;­ a father, mother, children, brothers, and sisters that are in relationship with one another and they live for one another. In a marriage two individuals, who are totally different, decide to live for the purpose of being one. When a male and a female, a man and a woman, a man who thinks like a man and a woman who thinks like a woman, purpose in their hearts to live as a man/woman and a woman/man it is a miracle of one flesh. It is a mystery of one flesh. Marriage is when two individuals, who do not naturally think the same, live to overcome the natural obstacles supernaturally to bear the fruit of being one. You cannot be a marriage without a supernatural intervention. You cannot be the body of Christ without the supernatural presence of God. If you say, I have come to the church because I was looking for a place where my needs can be met. You can come with that confused thinking, but that thinking is cancerous thinking if it remains the focus, purpose, and destiny of your life. The body of Christ is not the place you come and your needs are met. It is where you are divinely joined to become the testimony of Christ. When all the members come together for that purpose, needs are met, but no one lives to see their needs met. This requires something supernatural When you as a parent, when you raise your children and you have two or three children, do you teach them that it is survival of the strongest in your house? Do you teach them to destroy one another with the hope that one of the children will succeed? Do you teach them to beat one another up, to destroy one another, to get into arguments and fights in the hope that one of the children will become the victor? This is called the animal kingdom, it is not the kingdom of God. That is the kingdom of flesh. In the animal kingdom, there are basically two ways to die. Almost no animal dies of old age. I am not talking about the world of pets. I am talking about the world of the forest. Almost all animals are ripped apart by other animals or harvested by some hunter. This is the real world of the forest. In the body of Christ, it is not the world of animals. There should not be two ways to die in the body of Christ. There should be no wild animals and there should be no hunters in the body of Christ. There should be no one who is seeking to kill in the body of Christ. In the body of Christ, we are proven to be the body of Christ. There are going to be misunderstandings. There are going to be offenses. There is more opportunity to be offended in the church than in the world. Why? It is the only way it can be proven for you to be the body of Christ. You have no power to change those around you, but you have Christ in you to prove you are a member of the body of Christ. This is my Father’s house. I am a part of a room in the Father’s house. God is with me here. He is changing me from the inside out. He gives me bread. He clothes me, He gives me testimony and it is proving to be the house of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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A Judgment of Love

   Greetings;

Genesis 28:18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously.

Jacob woke up from his dream and poured oil on the rock. What was previously isolated and separated, became a place of corporate intimacy and habitation. It was a revelation that was yet to be made real in demonstration. He recognized that he was to be part of the gate of heaven in the earth. That gate was to be a place of connection with God and man as the house of God in the earth.

Genesis 28: 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Jacob made a covenant with God. He made a confession before God with a promise of an action from his heart in the perpetual days of his life. Both his confession and his promised action were in recognition of the place that he was in the earth. It was not just a recognition of who God was, but of the place that he was to be a part of upon the earth. He was standing in and as the place of God’s heavenly gate for the influence of heaven in the earth.

If God will be with me and keep me in the way that I am going. If He gives me bread to eat, an internal change, and clothing to wear, an outward testimony, so I come back to my Father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar shall be God’s house. This stone, this standing rock, this is the gate of heaven in the earth. This is the place of God’s house. All you give me God, I will surely give a tenth to you.

This is the second time that tithe or tenth is mentioned in the Scripture. What is the significance of the tithe or a tenth? It is a symbolism that involves action, but is a level of relationship that can only be expressed in a place of corporate connection. It can only be expressed in the place of God’s house upon the earth. It must be expressed to the place of God’s standing pillar upon the earth, because it is a response to the calling, the inheritance, and the power of God in the earth. It has nothing to do with law. No law was written at this point in history. No Torah was written yet. No ten commandments were etched in stone. These things had not been expressed in written form upon the earth. This tithe response had nothing to do with any commandment. It had nothing to do with any sacrifice. It has nothing to do with any offering. Jacob’s action was fully and completely based upon a revelation of the place. It was a confirmation that the place that Jacob found himself in was the gate of heaven. It was in this place that the influence of heaven was given access to the earth. Jacob’s action presented a testimony of revelation from His heart.

This is the place! This is my confession! God is here! God is with me! God is keeping me in the way. God is causing me to become like Him. He’s keeping me in His character. His presence is here! He’s empowering me to be a covenant keeper. He is keeping me in the path of becoming who I am to be in Him. He is empowering me to be faithful; to be a covenant keeper. He is empowering me to be a giver and not a taker; to live for others and not for myself. If God keeps me in His way, I will respond to this place. I will give a tenth to this place.

Ten is a symbol of something. Tithe is ten percent and it is a symbol of something. The symbol is more powerful than the amount, but a different amount doesn’t demonstrate the prophetic symbol. It is a tenth. In prophetic language, ten is a symbol of a judgment of love. This why the written in stone commandments contained ten commandments, but in truth there are thousands or even millions of expressions in those ten honor values. If we simplify those commandments they can be expressed in two commandments. They can be expressed in loving God with all your heart, soul, and being. They can be expressed in loving your neighbor as you love yourself. In symbolism, it was ten commandments that said this. It was never about ten commandments. It is about a judgment of love; a judgment of love towards God and a judgment of love towards one another.

I make a judgment about you God. Here is my judgment. I love You with all my heart, all my soul, and all my strength. I love You with all my spirit, with my source of being. I love You all my soul; with every thought, every strategy, every emotion, every imagination, and every desire. I love You with all my life; all my things, all my works, and all that I will every do. I love you God with all my gifting, all my abilities, all my spirit, soul and body. I make a judgment. All that I am is yours and then I make a judgment about others as I make a judgment about you. I make this judgment in the place that I stand in covenant with others for your glory. I love You and I love those in this house, as I love myself.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Place of Standing

     Greetings,
Last week I presented the story of Jacob’s dream and his revelation of God in the place he had sought to sleep. Jacob said, How awesome is this place! The awesome place was the house of God. It was a place of God and man living together on earth. God joins us together in relationship with Him and one another for a heavenly purpose. We are joined together as a community to find our part of His calling. He joins us together for a heavenly inheritance in the earth. Not our inheritance, His inheritance. Jesus asked His Father for the nations to give them to His Father. We are here to give Jesus the nations all things might be summed up in Christ. We are here to give Jesus our families, our cities, and all of the inheritance of humanity. What does God want as an inheritance? He wants relationship. He doesn’t want our gold, our silver or any tangible thing. He wants a relationship. He wants us to know how much we are loved. God wants a family. He wants us to become like Him. He is a giver of life. In Acts chapter 17 we find that God doesn’t need anything from anyone. He gives life, breath, and all things. When He walks into the room the room comes alive. When He walks into our lives we become alive and we become expressions of Him. Everything we do and everything we are becomes a testimony of Him. God wants the earth to come alive. He wants the barren places of the earth to be filled with life. He wants us to prevail against the gates of hell. He wants the gate of heaven to prove to be stronger than the gates of hell. He wants the manifold expressions of the one gate of heaven to be stronger than the many gates of hell in this world and in all that is to come. It doesn’t matter how many gates of hell there are, when we discover the gate of heaven it is more powerful than all the gates of hell. He heals all our diseases. He delivers us from all our oppressors. He brings life. God wants us to discover what it means to be the gate of heaven. When Jacob awoke from his dream he realized how awesome was the place. God wants us to know that about the church. The enemy wants to blind us to what the church is. He seeks to distract us from the corporate place of purpose for some personal place of comfort and pleasure. It can even be disguised in the form of spiritual ministry at times, but it is something less than the full plan the God has for us as the church. The church is the house of God. The church is the gate of heaven.

Every congregation of Christ community is part of the gate of heaven. That gate brings heavenly provisions to the earth to change every earthly community. There are different gates of hell in different communities, but the gate of heaven is the same for them all. The gate of heaven is more powerful than all the gates of hell. We are in relationship with God as our Father and we are part of the place of His standing upon the earth. We are here to find our part in the hope of His calling, our corporate connection in the place of His inheritance. Our corporate connection in the place of His heavenly power is the key to the testimony of His glory. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead dwells in us, but only when we stand as the corporate expression of Christ can we release the greater measures of the testimony of Christ. We are here on the earth to find our place in that reality, the place that Jacob dreamed about.
Genesis 28:18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”
The oil on the rock is a testimony of Christ in and upon the body of Christ. It is a testimony of the anointing of heaven. Jacob poured oil on the standing rock. When the rock was laid down and there was no oil on the rock, but when the rock was standing there was oil on the rock. When we are in the place of standing, there is oil on the rock. The place of standing is a place of intimacy, connection, purpose, and inheritance. Where there is oil on the rock, the purpose of the rock is in effect upon the earth. This is a testimony of the rock of Christ. We are joined to the rock. We are part of the body of Christ, but to be part of the body of Christ we have to be able to touch the body. We must be joined as an active part of the body with other members in the body.
I love the church. It is the place of God standing upon the earth. I love Jesus, but I love who we are together in Christ. The mandate, the anointing that is upon us, proclaims that we are Bethel, we are the house of God.
John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
In our Father’s house there are many rooms. Every room in the Fathers house is a place where He is with us and we are with Him. It is a place of life and it is a place that never dies. Bethel, the house of God, is the Father’s house. We are expressions of part of that house, part of that body. Who we are corporately is more powerful than who we are individually because together we fulfill a measure of the hope of His calling. Together we fulfill a measure of the riches of His inheritance. Together we manifest an increasing measure of His power that is above principalities, powers, thrones, dominions, and names. We stand upon them. We destroy their influence. Together we stand, but individually we can sleep. The house of God is the place of God standing in the earth. Bringing the influence of heaven to the earth. The enemy doesn’t want us to stand. He wants us to sleep.

Jesus said that if we are thirsty we can come to Him and drink and life-giving water will flow from within us. He didn’t say we would be merely satisfied, our needs will be met and we will be blessed. He said we will become a source of life to the earth. We become a giver of life to the world. The last thing the enemy wants is for us to stand. Being a part of the body of Christ is being a part of the destiny of Christ. Sometimes it appears to look like an invitation to become a target. The truth is we really are a target, not so the enemy can have victory over us, but so we can demonstrate our victory over every enemy. It is easier to seek out the isolated separated place. But it is greater, it is more awesome, to be the place that stands. Paul even said having done all to stand, stand! We stand to prevail against the influences of hell.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson

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The Standing Rock

    Greetings,

God has always wanted a body. God’s whole plan is about His presence being in the earth and changing the world. He is interested in being in our lives and changing our lives. He wants to be in our families and change our families. He wants to be in our community and change the community by the influence of the community of God. God wants to be in the earth and in heaven at the same time. His headship is in heaven and His body fills the earth.

In Genesis chapter 28 we find a story of Jacob on his journey in life. Jacob was destined to become Israel. The name Israel means, Prince with God. If God is King and you are a prince hat does that make you? It makes you a son or a daughter of the King. I am using the word prince to also imply princess, as I use the word son to also imply daughter. It is a term of inheritance. In Christ there is no difference between male and female, all are sons. God always wanted to establish His sons and daughters in the earth because they fulfill His calling. They are the fullness of His inheritance. They exercise the fullness of His power. God has never wanted servants. He has never desired slaves. He has always wanted a family. The earth was destined for the family of God – for the Israel of God. He never desires a nation called Israel, but a kingdom of sons and daughters called Israel. The family of God is the expression of the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, a heavenly kingdom among the kingdoms of the earth. It is an eternal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is an internal kingdom that consumes the external realities of the kingdoms of men by an internal transformation of hearts and minds.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were the testimony to the fullness that could only come in Christ. A first, second, and third generation would lead to a fourth generation that would be the shadow of what God had in mind for all nations. Jacob was destined to become Israel, but he had to find the keys to becoming before he could wear that testimony. On his journey, Jacob came to place and he decided to go to sleep. He found a stone and he set it up as a pillow for a night of sleep.

Genesis 28: 10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep.

Jacob did not have a revelation at this point of who he was. He did not have a full revelation of his purpose. He didn’t have a revelation of God’s full plan. He just had a desire in his heart for God. He went to sleep on the rock. He was no doubt tired. You must be tired to us a rock as a pillow. Is the church a place of comfort? Is it a place to go to sleep? Is it a place that gives you rest or is it a place where God rests? Jesus told Peter you are little rock, but on the huge rock I will build by church. The rock that the church is built upon is not a place of sleeping. It is a place of God’s presence and purpose.

Genesis 28:12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Jacob went to sleep on the rock and he dreamed a dream. He saw a ladder that was on the earth but extended to heaven. The bottom was on the earth and extended to heaven. He saw angels ascending on the ladder and then descending upon the ladder. Those angels were bringing things from heaven to the place where Jacob is sleeping. Jacob heard God speak.

Genesis 28:13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

God told Jacob that his descendants would be as the dust of the earth. They would be numerous. They would spread to the east, the west, the north and the south. In Jacob’s seed the families of the earth were going to be blessed. God promised to be with Him and to bring him back to the place He had promised.

Genesis 28: 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

Jacob was in awe of the place! How awesome is this place! This is the house of God! This is the gate of heaven! This is the open entrance of heaven to the earth. This the gate of heaven’s influence to the earth. This is how heaven gets into the earth. This is the place that angels go into heaven get what is needed and come back with heavenly provisions for heavenly purposes upon the earth.

Genesis 28:18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Jacob rose up and took the rock and stood it upright. He transformed it from a pillow into a pillar. He poured oil on it. He renamed the place. It was called Luz, meaning isolated or separated place. He renamed it Bethel. Bethel means, house of God. The enemy wants you to sleep in the isolated separated place. He wants you to seek for a place of your own personal comfort. He wants your personal needs to be met. He wants you to feel at rest. He wants you to go to sleep. He wants you to seek out an isolated separated place and he wants you to lay down and think about you. He wants to tuck you in and say, sweet dreams. Sleep well. Good night. See you in your dreams. Something inside of you is calling for you to wake up. The Holy Spirit within you calling for you to know who you are and to know who we are. We are sons and daughters of God. We are members of the body of Christ. We are the place where God’s presence and purpose invade the earth with His life and glory. We are the gate of heaven. We are the place of influence of heaven in the earth called the house of God. We are the church!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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