Know That God is Good

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     Greetings,

In such a day as this, we must stir up our hearts to know the salvation of our God for the sake of influencing our world in life-giving ways. Our salvation is seen by the manifest presence of Jesus in our lives. As leaders, we must rest our hope fully on the grace that comes by seeing Jesus in our lives each and every day and we must lead others in doing the same.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

In this verse, Peter is talking to believers; human beings who have discovered that God loves them. They are not better than other human beings, they have just discovered God’s love. This verse implies that the loins are in the mind. It implies that our future is in our thinking. The world does not gird up the loins of their mind. The world doesn’t have their loins in their mind, they have their mind in their loins. In other words, their future is in the desires of their flesh. Their future is bound to their own ways. They can even have a good intention and a good heart, but they do not put their hope in what God can do in them. They see their future as dependent upon their own human abilities. Their future is determined by what they think, they can do, or what they want to do. God knows that there is a better way. He wants us to be dependent upon Him in all things. I believe that we are about to see a supernatural testimony of God’s grace beyond what we have seen in the past. Our future is only found through Christ in us and Christ in us will empower the thinking of our hearts and minds to be that of children of a Father who loves us. This is the environment of grace and it creates an atmosphere of life for who we are meant to be. It is not about what we can do for Him. It is about who we are in Him.

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God is for us, not against us. He is for us, but not necessarily for our ways. He is for us and thus He is transforming our lives to His ways in all things. He wants to freely give us all things. He wants to give us His heart. He wants to give us a testimony of His character, nature, way, power, and authority in our lives. God has justified us to live and thus He is giving us a testimony of life. He is giving us truth in who we are. The tribulations, distresses, persecutions or any hard thing in life is not meant to destroy us, but merely to prove the power of God’s grace at work in our lives. God is not the author of the things that come against us in this world, but He is the author and finisher of our faith in all things. Nothing can separate us from God’s love in the midst of all things. When we face the trials of life, our connection to God must be more important than merely our deliverance in our circumstances. The purpose of our present circumstances is so we will know God in His love for us like never before. It is God in His love that will lead us forward in the path of life, not merely our deliverance for our past or freedom from our present circumstances. As leaders, we must lead others in knowing God in His love. This is the true lesson of life. God loves us and nothing can ever separate us from that fact. It is time to draw near to Him so the power of His love can be revealed in and through our lives.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Leading In Difficult Times

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As leaders we must lead God’s people in difficult times. We do this by setting an example in faith, hope, and love in all things. This is the witness to our true identity, testimony, and purpose in Christ in all things and at all times. Not all things are good, but God is good in all things. Many people believe that God is in control, but I believe that God is in charge. He can intervene because He owns all things, but in many things, we are in control. He gave us dominion over the works of His hands.

Psalms 8:4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet…

Because of this, we often experience the consequence of our own actions or even the actions of others in life. My garden produces plants that benefit my life as well as weeds that require my cultivation. In the same way, the world is filled with things that are both good and bad. I don’t believe that this is because God’s will is both good and bad. I believe that God’s will is always good, but bad things happen that prove how good God really is. Bad things not only prove how good God is, they also prove how good His people can become in the midst of bad things and bad situations.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

In these words, Paul reveals to us that all things work together for good. He was not saying that all things are good. He was saying that God is always good in the midst of all things and He is intimately and practically involved in our lives. He wants to partner with us in all things and He invites us to partner with Him to see our true purpose fulfilled in all things. God is with us and He calls us to be with Him in all things. The true testimony of life is for us to become a testimony of the image of Jesus in the midst of our world in all things. This is true on good days and bad days. It is true in the midst of beneficial things and weeds that seek to require our attention and distract us from the real things growing in the garden of life. We must know that there are both good things and bad thing happening in our world, but the bad things are not the purpose of our day. God who is good in all things is the purpose of every day! Our predestination is found in Christ and not in ourselves. That predestination is to bring the love and life of God into our world in all situations. We were born in our world for such a time as this for the predestined glory of God in our day.

God takes what the enemy intended for evil in our lives and He turns it for good. I don’t believe that He is in control of every detail; I believe that He is in charge of every detail. He is not a distant God who does not want a relationship with human beings. He has not just simply sovereignly determined the future. He has determined the future with an intimate relationship with a wonderful family. This is a process of grace whereby the internal realities of God’s kingdom manifest in external ways in our lives. So, we face pressure, but we persevere. God is our God, we are His people, and we live together in all things. This is the testimony of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit from within our hearts.

God wants us to know in our hearts that church is not a place we go, it is something we are. We don’t just go there for training or for a Sunday service. We are the church! This is a challenging time, but a time for us to manifest as the true church of Christ. Now that our corporate gatherings are being hindered, we must rise to the challenge and intentionally connect through creative measures of our hearts. We are each part of the Provers 31 woman, the co-reigning partner of Jesus as the body of Christ. We know who our Husband is. We are dealing in the real-estate of the earth on behalf of our family name. We carry the family name; the family character, nature, way, power, and authority. We are the church. We are each sons and daughters. We are overcomers. We are facing pressure and we are finding grace to cheerfully endure. We are cheerfully enduring and the testimony of Christ within us is transforming our hearts and our minds. The power of God in us is stronger than the pressure that is against us and what is manifesting is the character of Christ from within for such a time as this.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Look To The Light

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      Greetings,

No doubt you have had to make some adjustments in your meetings, scheduling, priorities, and activities of your day in the midst of all that is going on in regard to the recent world events. This is not a time to falter in our faith, but to embrace the eternal realities of faith, hope, and love in the midst of every shaking. I believe that God is about to do some amazingly good things in the earth. Surely it is time to humble ourselves, pray, and see the healing that can only come from God. As leaders, we must keep a right focus to lead others to keep their focus on heavenly things in the midst of earthly shakings.

As the people of God, it is important that we keep our focus in the midst of every storm. Jesus is resting in our boat and there is great destiny on the other shore. We must be confident that God is resting in our lives. Our focus must be fixed upon the presence of God in our lives. We must see responding to what He says as essential in all things. Our hearts must be set upon being givers of life in our world. We must embrace God’s desires as our own and we must let our own desires be transformed by the heart of our Heavenly Father. God’s presence, God’s words, God’s life, and God’s desires are keys to be the people of God. As we increasingly become the people of God, we will shine like a light of hope to those bound to the cultures and societies of the world.

People in the world are afraid, they don’t know what is next, they can’t find a place to settle, they are tossed to and from by every conflicting way of life, they don’t know what to do, they are often out of control because they don’t know where to look.  We must shine as those who are not distracted by things that seek to distract us from what is most import. God is in our lives and He wants to be in the lives of all people. We must be people of faith, hope, and love to bring faith, stability, direction, peace, and freedom of heart and soul to those we influence.

People in the world don’t seek God’s counsel. They don’t want to do His will; they want to do their own will. The result is dread, calamity, distress and anguish. People of God seek God’s will, not their own. They seek His kingdom first and all the things they need are added to them. The kingdom of God is within us and it is the place of God’s Spirit assuring us of our relationship with God for life, testimony of life, and purpose of life in all things. It is an internal knowing of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. No circumstance of life can change this, it can only inspire us to manifest the internal realities of the kingdom of God in external ways!

People in the world are never satisfied, they are thirsty, they need life. They seek life in all the wrong places and things. They are left dry and dead and a place of demonic influences. They are a dry place and they can’t find true satisfaction. People of God live from satisfaction; thus, they seek to give life to others. They are a watered garden, a place of God’s presence and habitation. What better time than today to be people who present life and an expectation of life to the world we live in.

People in the world seek personal pleasure, personal preference, personal identity and they are left in their own misery, and the bondages of their own iniquities. People of God seek to please God because they know how pleased He is with them. They seek to be children of God and live under His authority. They embrace the changes that come from His covering in their lives.

Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

What are we looking at? Sometimes we think that fixing our eyes upon what God has promised us is the goal, but I am increasingly becoming aware that fixing our eyes on what the King sees is essential in this time. Our King is ruling righteously, and He is calling for princes and princesses who will rein justly. Our justice system is based upon a revelation of God’s love. It is an administration of life. We must fix our eyes upon God’s presence. We must enter into the dance of life by responding to every word that God speaks to us. This cannot be shaken by natural sight! We must fix our eyes upon life and allowing His river of life to flow through us. This is experienced in the world around us by our own attitudes, thoughts, actions, words, and life-giving expressions. We must fix our eyes upon pleasing the One who is already pleased to call us His own. When we fix our eyes upon true light we will be seen as children of LIGHT!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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See Jesus

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      Greetings,

Today I want to present some thoughts to you as a leader or a believer in Christ. What do you consider the most important in your life: What you know? or, Who you know? In the world there is a reality that who you know can often take you further than merely what you know. The context of this statement is often one of personal importance, personal advancement or personal success in some way. What if who you know is not about how successful you can be, but about who you can become? When we know Jesus, we can be transformed by Him to become like Him in our lives. We cannot merely see a concept or a preconceived idea of who He is, we must clearly see Him. When we really see Him in our lives, we become like Him, because we see Him as He is.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

I know that these words of John pertain to the coming glory of the incorruptible realm of life in Christ, but I also believe that these words pertain to us in life right now. Every day we have an opportunity to be distracted by the things around us, or to be attracted to the presence of Christ in us. The presence of Christ in us is the testimony of Jesus within our hearts, Jesus within our spirits – the core of the power of our being. It is only through seeing Jesus in the center of our being that the outer expressions of our lives can truly become testimonies of His grace. Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

This is the secret to the purification of our minds; it is seeing Jesus in the reality of who He is in our lives. It is not about us expecting Jesus to change when He sees how we are, but the transformation that takes place in our lives when we see Jesus for who He truly is in our lives. He is the faith motivating voice behind us that we can turn to see. When we turn to see Him, we become like Him because His love and presence transforms the very core of our being to be as we should be in Christ. As leaders, we must lead in this example and in this testimony.

Merely teaching godly principles or methods of morality are not enough. We are only changed when our hearts are changed from within. This is the difference between light shining into the darkness and light shining out of darkness. The testimony of Jesus in our flesh is the transformation of our lives. The glory we see is found in a mirror. We dimly, but increasingly see the transforming power of Christ at work within our hearts. When we look in the mirror, we see a reflection of ourselves. The glory of God that we see is the testimony of life and change that comes from the Spirit of the Lord at work in our hearts. The reflection we see is a testimony of Christ and a testimony of who we are. It is uniquely us, but us as we are being changed from within. Light is shining out of darkness, that darkness being our old way of thinking, our old values, and our own will and way in life. The light of Christ within us is transforming us to become children of God by the Spirit of Christ within our hearts.

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus ’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

It is the power of God at work within our hearts that transforms us to become testimonies of God’s love. We are increasingly, progressively, and forever changed to become testimonies as children of God in this world. The real issue of the reconciliation of mankind to God through Christ is not one of the forgiveness of sins, but of being children of God. If we are children of God, we must become a testimony of our Father. We must expect to be changed. The forgiveness of sins doesn’t justify us to remain in our sin. It justifies us to live and true life is only found in an eternal relationship with God as our Father and Jesus as His son. This is made real through the work of Holy Spirit in our lives. This is where the iniquities of our hearts are transformed by the power of His grace. His Spirit forever changes the values and personal desires of our hearts. The self-preserving and self-motivating desires of our past are changed to a testimony of loving God and others in the character of Christ.

As leaders, the most important thing we can know is the presence of Jesus in our lives. Our role as leaders is to lead others into the place of knowing Him, even as we know Him. It is a personal connection of Christ in them. It is about Who they know, not merely what they know.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Living From the Desirable Place

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   Greetings,

As leaders, we must know the desirable place of God in our lives. That is the place of God resting in us and us resting in Him. This is what was known as Eden. Eden is a place of knowing God and knowing the abundance of life that is known in a place of intimacy and connection with God in all things. From Eden flowed four rivers. I believe that those rivers represent the life that we are called to give to our world. True life is the fruit of God resting in our lives and us resting in Him. This is the source of true purpose. It is the place of true identity. We can only give true identity to our world if we know our true identity that is found by God resting in our lives. Eden is the place of the manifest presence of God in our lives. It is the place of personal relationship with God in our hearts. It is the life of God flowing through our lives that brings life to our world. I have proposed that those rivers found in Eden represent the place of belief, action, imagination, and influence in the world. These are the things we wrestle against in the flesh. Carnal, fleshly desires inspire carnal beliefs, carnal actions, carnal imaginations, and carnal influences in the world. These are really self-seeking ways made manifest in and through the lives of humanity. We are called to bring healing to those places in the world. The principle things are the first things. They are the things of first response and first influence. This is the result of the true beliefs of our hearts. It is only through God resting in our lives that our beliefs can be transformed by what God believes. That is when the actions of our lives become expressions of what God is doing. This is where we do what we see the Father doing. These are actions of inspiration and not obligation. They inspire the creative imagination of our minds. This creates a force of influence through our lives that expands the boundaries of our world in a way that influences others. For this reason, we are to be God-seekers and seekers of the wellbeing of others in all things. We cannot be self-seeking in our beliefs and inspire a God-seeking influence. What we do in life is connected to who we are in life. God is a giver of life in all things. When we become givers of life, we can do many things in our world. As leaders we are to set an example in being receivers of the life that God gives and givers of that life to others. We are leading others into being sons and daughter of God in giving life to their world. They must be receivers of the life that God gives and givers of that life to the world in which they live.

Love and life must come from the place of desire in our hearts. These cannot be actions required by law, but realities manifested from the living place of Christ in our hearts. That living place is inspired by the life of God in us. Knowing God’s presence in our hearts will inspire us to be givers of love and life to our world. This is the desirable place. It is the place where true desire is found. We are good at doing what we want to do, and God wants to inhabit the place of our ‘want to’. Eden is found within the heart of man in connection with God in His Spirit. Our spirits joined to God’s Spirit is the source of the salvation of our soul. The soul is the throne of our life that is meant to be inspired by our spirits made alive by the Spirit of God within our hearts. I believe that the salvation of our soul is not just for the hereafter, but for today. I believe that when our spirits are joined to God’s Spirit it inspires life from our spirits to our souls. It is then that our thoughts, reasonings, desires, emotions, and imaginations can inspire the actions of our lives to be life-giving actions that influence the world around us in a life-giving ways. The real key is to discover the place of God resting in our lives.

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

We must embrace our lives with God’s presence in all things. When we embrace the responsibly of our lives and we attach ourselves to God’s presence in that responsibility, God will give us the desires of our hearts. He will put His desires within us. Those desires will transform our beliefs to see what He sees and be as He is in our lives. This will inspire the actions, imaginations, and influence of our lives to be like the rivers of Eden. We will bring the fruitfulness of the God of the garden to the barren places of our world. In this, God’s presence in our lives is most important. Leaders; seek Him before you seek to lead others and you will lead others in the path of life.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Rivers of Eden

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     Greetings,

We must live our lives from a place of God resting in us and with us. The true desirable place of life is to live in and from the presence of God in our lives. This is most important for every member of the body of Christ to know, especially for leaders as they lead God’s people in discovering and fulfilling their true purpose in life. This testimony can be seen in the beginning of creation as recorded in the book of Genesis. God formed man from the dust and then He plated a garden in the East and put man in the garden. It was a place of knowing God and knowing the goodness of God in order to fulfill human purpose upon the earth. The goal was not to live life in the garden, but to live life from the garden. Our goal is not just to live to know God in life, but to live life from the place of knowing God. We are supposed to influence our world with the goodness and presence of God in all things. There were four rivers in the garden of Eden and those rivers went from the garden, out to the world. I believe that these rivers in the garden depict what Jesus was talking about when He cried out; Is anyone thirsty? Come to me and drink, and from inside of you will flow rivers of life-giving water! I know this to be true, not only in Scripture, but in the testimony of my own life.

When we live in a desirable place with God, the expressions of our lives become desirable to others. When we experience the life of God, we become givers of the life of God to others. If you are a leader in the body of Christ, this is perhaps the most important thing to know as a leader. You lead in giving life to your world to activate, facilitate, and release those you lead to do the same. Like the four covenant rivers in the garden of Eden, the life that flows out from our lives causes our world to be changed. The covenant rivers in the garden were filled with the abundance of life for the purpose of reaching the field. The purpose of the rivers was to reach the place where trees needed to grow. The water of these rivers was destined to flow where herbs needed to grow. The field that Adam was formed from was dust and it was in need of trees and herbs. The earth needed life to become a place that can give life. The garden of Eden was not just a place of blessing, it was a place of purpose. When God rests in our lives it is not just for us to experience the life of God. It is so we can be those who give life to the world.

Genesis 2:10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

There was a river in the garden that produced four riverheads. Four is a number of covenant and it represents the ability to give life to the whole world. These rivers were the testimony of life for all who need life in the earth. If we look at the names of these riverheads, we find some great truth concerning the power of life. If you study the names of these four rivers you will find a description of the following testimony:

  • A RIVER THAT BRINGS CHANGE FOR INCREASE –  BELIEF (Pishon – persuasion – an extension of the mouth)
  • A RIVER THAT BRINGS AWAKENING – ACTION (Gihon – breaking forth – valley of grace)
  • A RIVER THAT BRINGS INCREASE AND MOMENTUM – IMAGINATION (Hiddekel –beyond what is – sharp voice, sound)
  • A RIVER THAT BRINGS FRUITFULNESS – INFLUENCE (Euphrates – that makes fruitful)

Whatever be BELIEVE determines how we ACT. How we ACT determines what we can IMAGINE. What we can IMAGINE determines how we can INFLUENCE the world around us. The secret to these being life-filled realities for life-filled purposes in our lives is to live in and from the presence of God in all things. God is resting in our lives for the testimony of His glory in our world! It is not merely so we will be blessed. It is so we will be a blessing.. It is not so good things of God will be added to our own lives. It is so we will see good things manifest in the lives of others. It is not just so we will know God today, but so the world beyond our own lives will change by the power of life. It is not about what can happen in our lifetime. It is what can happen in the earth because of our lifetime. Knowing God resting in our life is so we will fulfill the purpose of God in our life and His name will be glorified in all things. This is the reason we lead others in our God-given spheres of influence.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Leading From Eden

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    Greetings,

As leaders, we are called to activate, facilitate, and release God’s people to each be a life-giving source of heavenly influence to their world around them. To do this we must lead by example and experience in allowing God to fill us with life and in being givers of life to the world around us in ways that can be experienced by others. God doesn’t just want to satisfy the thirst of us as believers. He wants us to take on His nature in being givers of life to the world. Jesus said if we come to Him and drink, from inside of us will flow rivers of life-giving water.

John 7:37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

I believe that the God wants us to become like Him. He wants us to know Him in His love and life and He wants us to become givers of life and love to others. God wants us to know a relationship of vulnerability, transparency, trust and partnership with Him and others in all things. When we embraced Christ, we embraced a paradise relationship with God, but we need to be able to expand that relationship to others. That paradise relationship was really an awareness of being lost without God, but increasingly saved in our thinking, reasoning, imagination, emotions, and desires in all things. This is the increasing salvation of our souls. This is important for all believers to know, but especially for those who lead God’s people. We need to understand the truth of being a member in the body of Christ – a co-reigning partner with co-reigning members in partnership with God in all things.

We must remember where we were and would be without God in our lives. Our lives without God are lives of barrenness. We end up looking for our needs to be met from a dry and barren despairing place in our hearts. When we first experienced God, He breathed into us the breath of life. His Spirit came into our spirit.

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

By no means was the earth a paradise in the original creation. This was also true in our beginning place of knowing God, and it is still true in the place outside of our direct connection with God in our hearts. In the beginning, there was a place among the dust of the field where God planted a garden. It was there that He put the man He had formed from the dust. It was in a place called Eden. Eden means desirable place. The place of desire. It was in the East. When we wake up in the morning, we see the sun and the sun gives us a testimony of a new day. It is full of promise and expectation. The East signifies a new day. In reality the earth turns towards the sun, but the experience is a sunrise and a new day. The experience is not about our turning towards God, but one of God in our lives – even as the sun fills the day. When we turn towards God, He can touch us. When we allow Him to touch us, He can breathe His life into our being. This is how it was for me 47 years ago when I received the Spirit of God into my heart. The very next morning I woke up and I found that in the midst of my barrenness God had planted a garden. It was a desirable place. I woke up and I was smiling. I could not stop smiling. I told everyone I knew about Jesus. I was popular for all the wrong reasons, but my popularity gave me a basis to share my faith. I told them passionately about Jesus. I found myself in Paradise! There were living trees around me! There was life everywhere! God was allowing me to experience His goodness and His presence in my life. It is important to abide in that realty. How can we lead others if we are not abiding in that place the God desires most?

As I have stated, the name Eden means, desirable place. In the garden man was to have a relationship with God where he could be sent forth in a life of being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing and having dominion. In the garden man experienced an administration of God’s influence where he could eat of all good things and of the tree of life for eternity, but man chose a tree of information instead of intimacy. He chose the tree of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. He chose independence, rather than a dependency upon God in all things. We need life, more than we need knowledge. We need one another more than we need the power to judge one another. We need to be people of mercy and grace for a destiny of giving mercy and reigning by grace in all things. We need to stay close in our relationship with God by His Holy Spirit.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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His Presence For His Ways

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      Greetings,

The children of Israel did not enter the rest of God because they detached themselves from His presence. They preferred a connection with God through Moses and were content to embrace a connection to God based upon a form of service and works. Rather than embracing a fiery God who could transform them, they chose only a shadow of His presence in the form of an informative law. They rejected a relationship of intimacy with Him; thus, they could observe His works, but they could not understand His ways. Without a personal face-to-face relationship with God, it is impossible to know the ways of God. Unless we know the ways of God, we cannot manifest His character, nature, way, power, and authority in our lives. The true testimony of a personal relationship with God is manifest in the song of our hearts. When we know Him, His life springs up from within our heart. I’m not just talking about a musical tune played with instruments or sung in vocal sound, I’m talking about a spontaneous manifestation of love for God from within our hearts.

Psalms 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. 5 The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: 8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work. 10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

When we embrace God’s presence in or lives, we experience a worship of Him that comes from within our hearts. Our bowing before Him is a bowing of honor, adoration, and love. His presence causes our hearts to become as parchment for a letter written by His Spirit at work in our lives. Knowing His presence inspires a willingness to become a habitation for His presence in every aspect of our lives. This is the true rest of God.

A secret to entering the rest of God is found in knowing God’s ways. When we try to control or manipulate God to conform to our ways, we cannot enter the rest of God. We can only find some false appeasement for our own pain. Conforming God to our desires can never heal the roots of our being, but merely sedates the fruit of our own diseases. We were made in the likeness and image of our Father, God. The secret to growing into our full identity, testimony, and purpose in Christ is found by being connected to God in a personal and intimate way. Only this can empower a transformation in our lives that can be experienced by others around us in the world we live in. As leaders, the most important thing we can do is to seek, stir-up, and maintain a personal and intimate relationship with God in our way of life. It is by this that we can know the rest of God and it is by this that we can be an inspiration to those we lead to discover the same in their own lives.

True rest is to be fully satisfied. What is it that brings satisfaction in life? Satisfaction can only be found when we become as He is; when we become givers of life.

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.

The evidence of discovering the rest of God is to become a giver of life to our world. The manifest presence of the One who gives life, breath, and all things inspires us to become givers of life to others. It motivates us to facilitate others to be expressions of life. It empowers us to partner with others in the purpose of life. It is not the work of giving that we seek, it is embracing the One who gives life into our hearts that empowers us to be givers of life to our world. Let us excel in this as leaders. Let us excel in God resting in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Living From Rest

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      Greetings,

Our obedience to God is connected to our belief in Him. This is not a believing that He is, but a believing in who He is. It is a believing that is inspired by love. When God rests in our lives we grow in knowing His love. When we know His love, we believe His words when He speaks. We even believe in Him, when He doesn’t speak. It is believing in Him that inspires our obedience to His desires. The children of Israel failed to connect their hearts to God and therefore their hearts were hardened towards Him. They wanted His supernatural works, but they put themselves at a distance from His manifest presence. For this reason, they could not hear His voice. They no doubt heard His voice speaking, but they did not embrace His presence in order to hear what He was saying.

Hebrews 4:6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

We can only rest in God when we allow Him to rest in our own lives. When God rests in our lives, our lives are transformed by His presence. The rest that the children of Israel could not enter is still a rest for us to enter into today. It is a rest that empowers us to cease from our own labors that are merely our striving efforts to rest from our pain. God’s rest is a rest of satisfaction and expectation of God’s increasing life and goodness.  Embracing God resting in our lives allows His manifest presence within us to give us our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life. These things can only manifest in our lives from knowing God’s satisfaction in our lives. God rests in us so we can labor from rest, not in order to be able to rest. When we live our lives from the place of God resting in our lives, God gives us the desires of our hearts. He literally puts desires in our hearts that are His desires and then we can obey Him with passion and not some service of control and obligation.

Hebrews 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 

A face to face experience with the expressions of God inspire a fresh activation of the voice of God in our hearts. Only a fresh activation of God’s voice within us can empower us to know His word, will, and way for today.

Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

We don’t need to be afraid of the hidden things being exposed. We should be encouraged that anything that is not of life within us can be transformed to become life by His life-giving presence in our lives. Being judged by God’s law can be a fearful thing but becoming the parchment upon which, He can write is liberating and should plant within our hearts and minds an expectance of good things each and every day. The time to know God’s resting in us and for us to rest in Him is TODAY, and ALWAYS TODAY.

As leaders, we must lead from rest in order to inspire those we lead to do the same. This can only happen when we know God’s manifest presence resting in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Promise of Rest

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         Greetings,

I believe that God is bringing us into a greater awareness and reality of His manifest presence in our lives. He is not interested in blessing our ways, He is interested in putting His ways in our hearts and minds. When God’s ways are within us, our works will be a testimony of His ways. Being born again in Christ has empowered us to be new creations in Christ. In the first creation, man’s first day was a day of God resting in his life. It was from that place that the next six days could be days of purpose motivated by God’s presence in man. This is the design to fulfill the mandate. Unless we live from God’s presence in our lives, we will strive to find His presence outside of us. Jesus came that we might be new creations in Christ and do the works that have been prepared for us in Christ.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The exceeding riches of Christ, and the good works of Christ in our lives, are the result of God resting in our lives and we resting in Him. The Promised Land is not some place outside of us, but an internal knowing of Christ within us were we know the internal testimony of righteousness, peace, and joy of the Holy Spirit in and for all things. This is the place of true rest that empowers us in life to be life to our world. As leaders we must set an example and inspire this truth in those we lead.

Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

It is by believing in Him, that we enter true rest. This is not a believing that He is, but a believing Him as He resides in our hearts and minds in this world. Most people don’t know His rest, because they don’t know Him. They don’t believe Him because they don’t know His presence, His heart, and His purpose of life. Knowing Him only comes by knowing His presence in our lives. Not around us, but inside our hearts. This is the place of true rest. Without knowing His rest within us, we end up pursuing the works of self. When we pursue the works of self, we redefine rest as it should be defined. We define rest as a place of being exhausted and needing recuperation. This is self-focused rest. God’s rest is one of satisfaction, expectation, and purpose filled vision. God rested after He put His likeness and image in the earth – the creation of man. He knew there was hope for every formless, void, and out of order place in the earth because He was resting in His likeness and image in the earth.

God’s rest inspires faith, hope, and love for the task set before us. Knowing God in our lives will inspire faith, a supernatural response that comes by hearing Him in our hearts. It inspires hope, an understanding that expects life and a testimony of life in all things. It inspires love, a willingness to be a giver of life and not a taker of life in all things. God resting in our lives is the source of our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life.

Leaders – see Him resting in your life before you see the task before you. Unless you see Him, you will be distracted by the deception of self-seeking agendas and self-seeking ways. Don’t just be God-seekers, be God-abiders! Let Him abide in you and you abide in Him. By this you will know the unshakeable things of faith, hope, and love! Inspire this in the house of God!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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