The Church

     Greetings.

What is the purpose of being a part of the Church?

One day Jesus was with His disciples and He asked them; Who do men say that I am? The perception of the people concerning Jesus was that He was a powerful man and even a prophet. Their view of him was one of ministry. God’s view was that He was the Son. When people from the outside looked at Jesus they perceived He was a prophet. They saw that He was anointed. They saw that He demonstrated power. Things happen because of Him. He had all the indications of being a prophet or a mighty minister of some sort. In the story, Jesus turned to His friends and asked them who they perceived Him to be. These were the men who had been walking with Him for several years. Peter responded, You are Christ, the son of the living God. He was saying, You are the Messiah, the Deliverer, the Redeemer, the Healer and the Giver of Life in all things. Peter’s perception of Jesus was more accurate than the crowds, but there was a purpose in the revelation given by God to Peter. Jesus explains why Peter had this revelation.

Matthew 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

The response of Jesus to Peter was like this: Peter, you have a connection with God, My Father. You have experienced something that is relational. It is not an observation by what you can see from the outside looking in. It is not a conclusion you can make by what you see. You have an understanding in your heart. You are relationally connected to what is really going on. Something has come by the voice of God inside of you. Blessed are you Peter (little rock), but upon this rock (huge rock) I am going to build My church.

What was the huge rock? The huge rock was the ability for Peter to hear the voice of God the Father in his heart because of an internal relationship and a corporate connection. Upon this “rock” I will build My “church”. Jesus used a word that is not a Jewish word. It was actually a Gentile word. It was a Roman word.

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon – STRONGS NT 1577: ἐκκλησία

ἐκκλησία, ἐκκλεσιας, ἡ (from ἔκκλητος called out or forth, and this from ἐκκαλέω); properly, a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place; an assembly; so used

1. among the Greeks from Thucydides (cf. Herodotus 3, 142) down, an assembly of the people convened at the public place of council for the purpose of deliberating: Acts 19:39.

It is literally a called out assembly for governmental decision. It’s a political term. To call people together to make a political decision concerning the community. In an ekklisea everyone comes together in a place of public view, a decision is made, and a change happens. An influence happens. Wherever there is an ekklisea, a church, a heavenly influence impacts the realms of the earth. Jesus choice of word is important here. He didn’t say temple, synagogue, house group or place of fellowship. A church is a place of God’s presence, the people’s presence, and God’s purpose implanted through an assembly of God’s people. It is a place of governmental decision. It is a place of the family of God making a decision that influences the world of and around the family. Jesus was making a point by His use of the word here that is essential for changing the world. The gates of hades will not prevail against it. It will not prevail against the ekklisea – the church. The word Hades means, the realm of the dead. Most of the world lives in the realm of the dead, but the church is stronger than the influences of death. The church is the realm of life from heaven made manifest in the earth as the body of Christ. It is the place of life that influences the world.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. In this past month I have been in the Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, England, Spain, and again in England. This week I head to Bulgaria and after that I will be in Luxembourg. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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The Helper in the House

     Greetings,

In the Father’s house there are many rooms, but every room in the Father’s house is filled with the attributes, the atmosphere, and the ambiance of the Father’s house. We don’t know how long our journey is life or the conditions we will encounter along the way, but every room in the Father’s house is filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Helper promised by Jesus to us all.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Jesus was speaking to His twelve disciples, but these same words are true for us today. We have One greater than the disciples had already. Jesus was with His disciples, but now He is in us and with us. The Helper is the Holy Spirit and He is with us and in us. He slept in our bed with us last night. He fills the gap between all that is heavenly and all that is earthly in our lives. He has a foot in heaven and a foot in us. He is drawing the things of heaven into our lives. There is a Helper with us and in us. We experience the helper in the room of the Father’s house. We experience the Father by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We have the spirit of family, the family of God. He doesn’t just care for us as something or someone He created. He cares for us as children of God.

John 14:18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

We experience the presence of Jesus in every room of the Father’s house. God is always with us. He has come and He continually comes to us. If we ask when He is coming into our lives, we are asking an illegitimate question. He is always in our lives and He never leaves us. We need to pay more attention to His presence in our lives and expect Him at every moment. The Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of the Father and the Son in our lives.  come is an illegitimate question.

John. 14:19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

We experience the presence of Jesus and the presence of the Father in the room of our lives. We see Jesus and we experience the testimony of His presence in our lives. If we are not experiencing Him in the rooms of our house, we need a revelation of our lives as a room in the Father’s house. We abide in Him. We experience His manifest presence. These are testimonies of the Father’s house. We must be hungry, willing, and teachable to experience the fullness the Helper in the Father’s house. The Holy Spirit is ready to teach us all things, but we must be willing to be taught to reap the benefits of His willingness in our lives.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Every room in the Father’s house is filled with a knowing that there is not gap between us and God. We experience the peace of God and we know His love. His love casts out all fear and peace rules the atmosphere of every space in the room.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We all need to make God’s presence most important. An awareness that there is never a moment or a time in our lives where God is not in and with us will inspire us to be a place of Christ’s abiding. It doesn’t matter what comes our way in our journey of life. The Helper is greater than any trouble in our lives. The love of God will fill every minute and every measure of every day. We can count on the testimony of His love in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Life-Giving Works

  Greetings,

As leaders, we must lead others in being a part of the Father’s house. We are not called to just do Christian things in the name of Jesus. We are called to lead others in becoming expressions of Him in various rooms of our Father’s house. Each one is to be a part in the calling of Christ, a contributor to the inheritance of Christ, and a testimony of the power of Christ at work in their lives. It is not our calling, our inheritance, or our power. We are part of His calling, His inheritance, and His power in the nations of the world. We live for the glory of God’s kingdom to glorify our Father in heaven.

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 the Father’s house we find that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Holy Spirit is present in the rooms of the Father’s house and each of us must discover our path or our course of life in the boundary and measure of time given to us. Our expression in life is a testimony of being alive and giving life to others because of the name of Jesus. This is a confirmation that we are living in the right room and in the right house in life.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow, next year is next year, and ten years from now is ten years from now. How are we going to get from today into tomorrow? How are we going to get from this year into next year? Do we know that Jesus is the way? He is the way into tomorrow. If we don’t know that Jesus is the way we can be in for a real surprise when circumstances of our lives change. If Jesus is the way of our lives we will find Him in any and every circumstance of our lives. If we don’t know He is the way, we could shift from rejoicing into complaining by a simple change of circumstance in our lives. No matter what the circumstances of our lives might be, Jesus is the way into tomorrow. If we don’t know that Jesus is the way, we can shift from possibility in our lives to thinking limitations. There is no end to the increase of His government or His peace in our lives. There are no limitations to what He can and will do in our lives. He is not just the way to somewhere, He is the way of our lives and the testimony of this is truth and life.

If we can answer all the questions in our spheres and boundaries of life we have probably not found our room in the Father’s house. He is beyond our understanding. The older I am in Jesus the less I know about judgment, forgiveness, mercy, love, and other measures of the goodness of God. What I thought I had figured out is often defied by the goodness and the kindness of God. I do know He is good and He loves me, but I really don’t know how good or how much he loves me. If we think we know more, we had best open the door and let Him in. He is the truth and He is bigger and better than any truth we think we can know without Him. He constantly leads us forward to life.

Jesus is the way to becoming a part of the Father’s house. To know that God is our Father is the most important thing to know in life. We each have a Father in the Father’s house and He loves us.

John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Is our boundary and sphere in life a place in the Father’s house? If so, the works of Jesus will be evident. What were the works that Jesus did? The works of Jesus destroy the works of the devil. The works of our lives should destroy the works of the devil. How do we do that? We must be more focused on the works of Jesus than upon the works of the devil. Light destroys darkness, it doesn’t seek to simply reveal it as darkness. Life destroys death, it doesn’t merely seek to identify things of death. Jesus walked this earth doing the works of the Father. I don’t believe He sought to understand or to expose the works of the devil. I believe He simply lived His life doing the works of the Father. He went forward loving with action. I don’t believe He sought to discover the works of the devil. I believe His time and measure of life will filled with simply giving life wherever He was. He went forward giving, freeing, reconciling and healing with action.

In a room in the Father’s house it is right to forgive. It is right to reconcile. It is right to give life. In a room in the Father’s house it is right show mercy. The works of Jesus empower others to be free. Our works should never demand our own way. In a room in the Father’s house to be unforgiving is not just. To demand to be right and refuse to show mercy is not an attribute found in a room in the Father’s house. It is not right to demand our will, but to do the Father’s will. We are rooms in the Father’s house and thus our works will always bring life to the world. We are not here to condemn the world, but to bring the life of the kingdom of heaven to the world we walk in. Our influence in life is to be one of life. We will demonstrate what it looks like to know Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The testimony will be life in and from the boundary and measure of time given to us in life. We are a room in the Father’s house.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. In this past month I have been in the Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, England, Spain, and again in England. This week I head to Bulgaria and after that I will be in Luxembourg. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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The Father’s House – A House of Goodness!

   Greetings,

Last week I presented the story of the father and two sons as an example of attributes found in the rooms of our Father’s house. Each of us wears the best testimony, walks in the best inheritance, gives life as the best authority, and eats the food of the best will of God in life. It is about being ourselves and realizing that who we are reveals who God is in this world. We ae to live life with Him in all things. He doesn’t want us to prove ourselves, He simply wants to live with us in all things. He gives us life, breath, and all things and knowing Him makes our lives a celebration of who we are as His family in the earth. It is about a relationship with Him in all things and He having a relationship with us in all things.

When the careless son returned home to his father, he discovered who the father really was. In the story of the father and the two sons, the father demonstrated who he was to the sons. The father’s house was filled with the atmosphere of mercy and forgiveness. The father’s house was filled with genuine care and love. The father’s house was filled the sound of music and dancing, not one of shame or ‘I told you so’ innuendoes.

If we continue to read this story we find that there was also the older son. He appeared to be the faithful son of the house. While the younger son exhibited the testimony of a Gentile, someone who didn’t seek a covenant relationship, the older son exhibited the attributes of a Jew. The oldest son acted like a legalistic Pharisee. He did not rejoice in the celebration of his brother’s return. He was more concerned with what he thought was right than he was in understanding the character of his father. He missed the point of the family. He failed to understand that the family was a house of relationship and love not a house of law and a justice system of who is right and who is wrong. The father’s justice system was one of love.

Luke 15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ 28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”

The older son’s view of his father was to do what needed to be done. He saw serving his father as a means of being right and earning the father’s approval. His view was to do what he was told to do. He never expected the Father to be a giver, so he never saw who the Father really was. Because he never saw who his father really was, he existed in the same family, but he never experienced the father’s house. He never saw his father as a dad of love. He distanced himself from his father and only worked in the things that belonged to his father. He never saw relationship with his father as the main point in life. He didn’t realize that all that was the fathers was already his.

While the younger son sought to prove himself, live for himself, gratify himself and satisfy himself; the older son saw life as working for father’s favor, doing what he thought his father needed to be done, and obeying what his father told him to do. This is the way it is when we embrace a justice system of the knowledge of good and evil in our relationship with God. We fail to see who God really is, because we become confused by what we think He is.

This story reveals to us a truth as to the nature of our heavenly Father. He is in heaven, but He wants to abide with us in all things in our lives each day in this earth. All that we are and all that we have are simply rooms in the Father’s house. The Father’s house is one of a Father, sons, and brothers. In the Father’s house, it is right to show mercy. It is right to celebrate forgiveness. It is right to celebrate redemption and restoration. It is right to live with a heart of love and concern for others. It is right for goodness and mercy to follow every family member in every room of the Father’s house.

Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Father, give each of a revelation of who You are. Help us to realize that in Your house are many rooms and that You live in every room. You don’t just own each room, You desire to live with us in each room of life. Your heart is love and Your ways are ways of love. You desire us more than You desire our destinies. Help us to see You for who You really are and give us the grace to want You more than anything of You. We are Your sons and daughters and it is time to live life with You!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. In this past month I have been in the Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, England, Spain, and again in England. This week I head to Bulgaria and after that I will be in Luxembourg. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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Finding His Place In Your Place

   Greetings,

In our Father’s house, there are many spacious places. I don’t believe that those places are just in heaven. I believe that they are heavenly places in us. They are both a heavenly place in this life and a place of life in heaven beyond where we live today. In both cases, those spacious places are a place where Jesus lives with us and we live with Him. They are places of relationship and abiding with one another. As leaders in the body of Christ we must lead others to discover the place of Christ’s abiding in their lives. To do this, we must be an example of this ourselves so that others can be inspired and follow us in discovering their measure of the Father’s dwelling place in their lives.

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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

I have been addressing what rooms in the Father’s house are like. When we are in the Father’s house we can recognize it by the atmosphere, the ambiance, and the attributes of the room. It is His house and our room in His house and in it we find Him. In it we also find who each of us are meant to be for the glory of Him and for the family name.

In the book of Luke, we find a story of what is often called The Prodigal Son. It is really a story about a father and two sons. You can find the story in Luke 15:11-31.

The prodigal son was the youngest son. He took the boundary and the measure given to him by the father and ventured on a journey of independence. You could say, he ventured on a journey to find himself in life. He wanted to live his own dream. He wanted to do things his own way. He wanted to find life on his own. In this story, this youngest son sought to prove himself, live for himself, gratify himself, and satisfy himself. He was reckless, extravagant, and a consumer in his ways. As a result, he lost everything. The youngest son had a revelation of his failure, but he still did not have a revelation of who his father really was. He found himself feeding pigs, a job that was far below the character of what he had thought was his family heritage. He even considered the pigs to be in a better state of being than himself. He realized that the food the pigs were eating was more than what he could earn for himself. He reasoned in his mind that it would be best to return to his father’s house, but not as a son. He sought to return home and become a hired hand in the employment of his dad. He began his journey to his father’s house that he might find a place of serving, but he did not expect to find a place of love.

In the story, the father had been waiting every day at the edge of the road looking for his youngest son to return. He never sought to oppose his will upon his son, he was expectantly waiting for the return of his son one day. Then one day he saw his son from afar off. He didn’t know if his son had been a success or a failure. He didn’t know if he was married or single. He didn’t know if he was straight or gay. He didn’t know what state of being his son was in, he simply wanted his son to find his room in the father’s house. That room was a place of the father and the son abiding together in all things.

Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

In the father’s house was the father’s best robe and it was ready for the son. That robe was not the outer garment of the son, but of the father. It was a symbol of a personal testimony that reveals the father’s glory. It was the father’s good pleasure to clothe the son in the testimony of his name. It didn’t matter that the son had lost his own coat, he had always been destined to wear the testimony of the family name, the father’s testimony. In the father’s house was the father’s ring. The ring was not the son’s ring, it was the father’s. It was a symbol of the authority of the father and it was also the authority of the son. It was his ability to bring the life of the father’s house to the world. It didn’t matter that the son had lost his ring, he was destined to wear the father’s ring. He was always intended to be a part of the authority of the father’s family name. In the father’s house was the father’s sandals. They were not the son’s sandals. The sandals were a symbol of the father’s inheritance. That inheritance was the measure given to the son that would be a testimony of the father’s inheritance in the world. It didn’t matter that the son had lost his sandals, he was destined to walk in the inheritance of the father for the glory of the father’s house, the family name. The father ordered the feast of the fatted calf. The fatted calf was the father’s best food and it symbolizes the will of the father, as Jesus had said his food was to do the will of His Father. The son was always destined to eat the father’s best food, the will of the father in the son’s life. The hope of the calling belonged to the family. The riches of the inheritance belonged to the family,  the power of authority was one of the family name, and the will of the father was the destiny of every member of the father’s house. These things are all attributes of a room in the Father’s house.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. In this past month I have been in the Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, England, Spain, and again in England. This week I head to Bulgaria and after that I will be in Luxembourg. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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His Life in Your Measure and Your Boundary

   Greetings;

I am writing today again regarding living in, and being leaders in, the Father’s house. God has given to each of us a boundary and a measure of rule and influence in life. We are responsible with what God has given to each of us. Who we are and what we do in life is to be part of the calling of Christ, the inheritance of God, and a demonstration of the power of God to the world.

Acts 17:26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their reappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

We were not born to worship God, we were born to be loved by Him. God is a giver, not a taker. He gives life, He gives breath, and He gives all things. He doesn’t need anything from us, He just wants to be Himself with us in all that we are and all that we have been given in life. When we allow God to be who He is, He gives us all that we need to be who we are because of Him. He makes us come alive, we become expressions of Him, and all that we do in life becomes a partnership with Him to give life to our sphere of influence in this world. God has given each of a measure of time and a measure of boundary. Time is given to us that requires us to find Him to know what to do with it. Boundaries have been given to each of us that require us to find Him to know how to fulfill our commission in life. He expects each of us to find His presence within the measurement of time and the boundaries of the influence of our lives. God is not far from any of us, but near to each of us. He is our Father and we are His children. As leaders, we must lead with an example in our own time and boundary given to us by God and we are to inspire those we lead to do the same.

To know who, He is and who we are we must see Him for who He is and ourselves for who we are. We are His family. God has overlooked our ignorance in times past, but now He commands us to repent. That repentance is not a repentance from being evil, but a repentance from being dead. He desires that each find Him, live with Him, and that we receive all that He gives to be alive!

Acts 17:29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent…

If God is a taker, repentance is denied as a measure of death and sacrifice on our part. If God is a giver, repentance is a measure of grace given to us by God so we can receive the life, the breath, and the all things that God wants to give to us. The testimony of true repentance is that we become alive because of Him, we become an expression of Him in a life-giving way, and all that we do in life releases the life-giving authority of God to the world that has been given to us. True repentance is not something we can do in the flesh. It is a gift given to us by God in Christ. It is the testimony of God in our lives. Christ in us becomes the hope of glory. God has made a way for each one of us to come alive in Him and to give life the world given to us. Our days in this earth become a measure to be life and our boundaries become the sphere of life-giving influence to all that has been given to us. This especially includes the people that God joins us to in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those who have risen to the challenge of helping House of Bread fulfill the call to be a resource and equipping ministry to the body of Christ. If you have not yet been able to offer your support, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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A Life-Giving House

     Greetings,

As leaders in the body of Christ we must be testimonies of Christ, embrace the anointing of Christ, and lead others into the purpose of Christ to become the same. Each of us are a place where Christ abides when we embrace His presence in our lives. Without the testimony of Christ, the anointing of Christ, and the purpose of Christ we are missing the very reason for Christ in all things. Every room in the Father’s house is filled with Christ. Jesus has a prepared place for each one where He manifests His presence for increasing glory.

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.

Last week I presented that a room in the Father’s house reveals that God exceeds the limited expectations and understandings of men. If everything in our lives can be explained by our own understanding we are not living in the full boundaries of a room in the Father’s house. If we understand everything in the boundaries of our hearts, minds, and lives we are probably living in our room, but not His. He is beyond our understanding and there should be increasing questions of expectation of who He is arising in our hearts, minds, and lives. What are some other attributes of a room in the Father’s house?

Acts 17:24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

God does not need anything from us. He is the One who gives, not the One who takes from us. He gives us life, breath, and all things. He doesn’t need anything from anyone, thus He doesn’t seek to take anything from anyone. Even when He tells us to lose our lives it is only so we can finally find our lives in Him. Every room in the Father’s house exhibits an atmosphere of life and the giving of life. I used to think that we were created to worship God, but I have come to believe that God doesn’t need us to worship Him. I believe we need to worship God for our sake, not His. We were born to be loved by Him and having been loved by Him we can’t help but worship Him. We are inspired in our hearts to worship Him. He has never desired for us to worship Him because of some commandment of the law. The law as a shadow of the good thing to come, it was not a substitute for the good thing (Heb. 10:1). The good thing is Christ in us. The good thing is God living in us and with us in all things. It is us living with Him and He is living with us as a testimony of the Father’s house in this world and into eternity. The atmosphere of the room is one of life and the giving of live. In a room in the Father’s house we receive life and we also become empowered and inspired to give life to others. This is the nature of our heavenly Father.

God is the ‘I Am’, not an ‘I Do’. The works of God in our lives are not enough to satisfy, change, or empower us into life. Only God in our lives can do these things. He is good at being Himself and when He is who He is, life happens! If life is not happening in the room, the room is some-how absent His presence. Wherever God is life happens. When God is in our lives we become an expression of Him. He gives us breath. He is the word, but we are voice. He is the paint, we are the painting. He is the words, but we are His poem. He is the rhythm, and we are the dance. We become expressions of Him when He is in the room. God also gives us all things. He is interested in causing us to become and to do all that expresses the authority of who we are in life. The place that God has prepared for us will cause us to come alive in Him, but that life will be a giving life. It will inspire us to give life to others and to put the emphasis of our hearts and minds upon that cause. It won’t be about what we can become, what we can be, or what we can get. It will be seen in the inspiration of our hearts and minds to give live to others. Every room in the Father’s house makes us come alive and empowers us to give life to others. It is not a place of personal fulfillment, or personal desire, but a place of Christ fulfillment and Christ desire. The atmosphere of the room is one of giving, not getting!

We must not confuse getting life and becoming givers of life. The wisdom of God is not a self-seeking wisdom. It is a wisdom that is willing to yield for the sake of others. It seeks to give life, not to get life. When Christ is in the house, the house comes alive, but those within the room become givers of life to the world. The one in the house is more important than the room. The room is a place of His presence, and the room becomes filled with His testimony, His anointing, and His purpose. He gives life to us and it inspires us to be givers of life to others. It is more about life than it is about power. It is more about life than it is about anointing. It is more about life than it is about getting blessings. It is more about life and life is the testimony of love!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Father’s House

    Greetings;

As leaders in the body of Christ we must know that we lead for the Father’s house. We don’t lead for our own ministries. The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom and it is only the internal kingdom of God that transforms individuals. The exterior expressions of human lives are only truly made known by the transformation of hearts and minds. Righteousness, peace, and joy are attributes of internal relationship with God in the human heart by the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is in the place of the heart that the true house of God is discovered.

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.

I believe that this Scripture is not just about a place beyond this world after we die. I believe it is about a place in this lifetime, and beyond this lifetime, that is beyond this world. The word mansion is the Greek word μονή monē (G3438). It means, a staying, i.e. residence (the act or the place). It comes from the Greek verb μένω menō (G3306) meaning, to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy). Each, and every person has a place prepared by God where they can abide with the presence of Jesus by the Spirit. It is a place of relationship, a place of expectancy, a state of being with Him, and even a state of being because of Him. It is not just a place where Jesus comes into our lives, but where we enter the fullness of life within Him. It is a room in the Father’s house. Each of us has a pre-appointed time and a pre-appointed boundary in this life and it is important that we allow Jesus to come there and receive us to Himself in the journey of life.

God dwells in a temple of human hearts and human lives. He doesn’t dwell in anything made by human hands. We cannot prepare a place for Him to dwell, we must find the place that He has prepared for us where we can experience the fullness of His dwelling. As leaders, we must discover this place in our own lives and we must lead others to find their own pre-appointed time and boundary in life. The time given to each of us, and the boundary given to each of us, is a spacious room in the Father’s house. Each man and woman has been given a measure of time. What, and who, will fill it? Each man and woman has been given a measure of rule. What, and who, will fill its sphere of influence?

When the apostle Paul came to the city of Athens in Greece he pointed to the identity of what a room in the Father’s house appears to be. Every person in life is motivated by an internal desire to discover their room in the Father’s house. It is a place of life and it is from that place that life is meant to happen. It is not a religious place of bondage and death, but a place of life and peace in Christ.

When Paul entered the city of Athens he was provoked in his Spirit when he observed the idolatrous attributes among the people. His provocation was not against people, but against the things that were destroying their perception of who God truly is.

Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.

It became evident that Paul’s anger was not against people when he was called before the Areopagus on Mars Hill. His words were not words of condemnation for people, but words that pointed to the place of life in the midst of their searching. Paul’s anger was an anger of the Spirit and it was against the things that seek to control and destroy the lives and destinies of men. Paul did not condemn the people of Athens for their places of idolatry. He simply presented to them that they were religious. He pointed out that they were searching for answers. They were looking for life. Paul then presented an obvious attribute of a room in the Father’s house. He told them they had already experienced that God of resurrection life. He was the one they knew to be, but they could not understand.

Acts 17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:

Paul was directing the attention of the leaders of the city of Athens to the room in place in their city that revealed the goodness of God. He is the one that cannot be understood by the limitations of self-seeking, self-gratifying, or self-sustaining minds. He is beyond our understanding. He is good! The atmosphere of any room in the Father’s house exceeds the limited expectations and understandings of men. If everything in our lives can be explained by our own understanding we are not living in the full boundaries of a room in the Father’s house.

Consider a first attribute of the Father’s house. He is beyond our understanding and that is ok. If you understand everything within the boundaries of your life, you might not be in a room of the Father’s house.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Remember the Commission

  Greetings;

God wants all people to know that they are a blessing in this earth. Each person was born to be loved by God as the blessed of God in the earth. Because we are blessed by God we are also the blessing of God in this world. It doesn’t matter where we find ourselves, as long as we find ourselves in our world. We can bring life and change to our world, but we cannot do that if we seek to live in someone else’s world. Life is not fair, it is simply life! As leaders, we must know who we are and live to be a blessing to the world that has been given to us. When we do this, we inspire those we lead to do the same.

Leadership is about multiplication, not addition. We do not lead people to add them to our cause. We lead to further the cause of Christ in the lives of people. There is always a greater corporate purpose to our divine connections in life, but our connections are made of individual members that each contribute in their own unique way to the testimony of Christ. We lead to give greater value to others. When we do this, we inspire the next generation to do the same.

The second thing that God told Abraham was that in multiplying He would multiply Him. The Hebrew writing of this is also a double word for multiplying. It is the word for multiply written twice. This is not just God really multiplying those who believe Him, but those who believe Him living to multiply. It involves the actions of those who believe God. When we believe that we are blessed, we live to multiply. This is not living to add things to our own lives, but living to give our own lives for the sake of others. The actions of our lives must be to give and release life to others in this world. As New Covenant leaders, we must lead to inspire others to seek to multiply who they are in the lives of others. This is the second part of the good news preached to Abraham. Giving value to others is more important than living to be valuable in some ministry cause of our lives. We must be willing to be who we are for the sake of others becoming who they are in Christ.

The third thing that God told Abraham was that his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies. Gates are the places of influence in the earth. They are the powers that affect the minds and hearts of the generations of men. When we know that we are a blessing we live to multiply in the lives of others. When we live to multiply in the lives of others we live for those beyond our own lives. We live for our children and for our children’s children. I call this a 100-year plan. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. God is the God of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others also. He is a generational God and we can expect that the inheritance beyond us is a greater power than what we live in today. The good news preached to Abraham was that the generations of men would destroy the powers of the enemy. The power of God’s inheritance in the earth is greater than the disinheriting powers of the enemy! The imaginations of our hearts and the actions of our hands must be to release the inheritance and the power of life to our children and our children’s children. The gates of Hades (the realm of the dead) cannot prevail against the advancing family of God in the earth. As leaders in the New Covenant we must lead in a way that inspires others to live for their children and their children’s children in the earth.

The fourth thing that God told Abraham was that through his Seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. This is the transforming power of God’s influence to all the nations of the world. The good news given to Abraham was that the influence of God through the generations of men in Christ would know no limit! It was the power of the likeness and the image of God to change the world! The good news preached to Abraham was all about beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influence. This is the testimony of God’s life within those who manifest the likeness and the image of God in the earth. The image of self would be destroyed by the growing image of God in the earth. As leaders in the New Covenant we must lead with this aim. It is the “really good news” preached to all men in Christ!

Be a blessing, live to multiply, empower your children to empower their children, and live for the generational destiny of the family name. In blessing He will bless us, in multiplying He will multiply us, our descendants will possess the gates of their enemies, and through the seed of our family name the nations will be blessed. This the really good news of Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Blessed to Be a Blessing

       Greetings;

As leaders, we must lead for the purpose of the good news of our destiny in Christ. I don’t believe that the message of predestination is about who is predestined in Christ and who is not. I believe it is about everyone’s commission when they find themselves in Christ. The outside of the door has a welcome sign of invitation for all to be saved. God’s desire is that all would be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Once we enter Christ, we find our focus is changed. No longer do we live for our own needs, our own desires, or our own purposes in life. When we enter Christ, we discover our true purpose in life. We are called in Him to be a blessing by God’s Spirit to others, to live with the desires of Sons of God in Christ, and to fulfill the purposes of God our Father in all things.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

We are blessed by God in Christ to be the blessing of God in the earth. When we enter Christ, we discover the place where all are chosen before the foundation of the world. We then live for the glory of the Father’s name in all things. The power of our destiny in Christ is by the working of His grace in our lives. We are accepted in the Beloved to fulfill the purpose of the Beloved in all things. Jesus is the eternal Adam and we are members of the Eternal Eve in Christ. It is only in that that we can fulfill the good news that was preached to Abraham, the father of faith.

What was the gospel (good news) preached to Abraham? I believe that we find this good news recorded in the 22nd Chapter of Genesis. In this story, Abraham had revealed his faith in believing God’s good news by his willingness to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. He expected God to raise him from the dead, because he believed the One who promised more than he believed the promise (Heb. 11:17-19).

Genesis 22:15-18   Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 

There are four key elements in the good news preached to Abraham. Those four things were:

1)  In blessing I will bless you

2)  In multiplying I will multiply

3)  Your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies

4)  In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed

The good news that God gave Abraham was not that He would merely bless him. It was that in blessing He would bless him. The Hebrew word for blessing here is placed in a double. It is the word blessing repeated twice. It can mean great blessing, but it more clearly states that in blessing God would bless. This is the foundation for belief of every human being. Do we believe and know that we are the blessing of God in the earth? When we realize who we are, we will live to be who we are. We are a testimony of God’s likeness and image in this world and we were born to bring glory to His name. As leaders, we must lead people in a way that they know who they are in Christ. They are not only blessed by Him they are His blessing in the earth. While the enemy pronounces “shame on you” words of bondage and death, God pronounces “shame off you” words of freedom and life. Being a blessing starts with believing who God is so you can believe who you are in Him. This is the foundation of the good news preached to Abraham. God’s plan was to make a way for human kind to be restored in the likeness and image of their heavenly Father in the earth. As leaders, we must lead others with a foundation of believing God and believing who we are in Him. It is the power of God’s Word and Spirit conceived in the human heart that establishes a foundation of believing God and believing who they are in Him. As leaders, we must be facilitators of God’s Word and Spirit in the hope of transforming the beliefs of men.

Living to be a blessing is the first step in doing our part in the calling of Christ, as part of the inheritance of Christ, by the power of Christ, for the purpose of Christ in all things.

Ephesians 1:18 …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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