The Past Has Led To Today

      Greetings;

The good news preached to Abraham was that in blessing God would bless him, in multiplying God would multiply him, his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies, and through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. It was a Father’s blessing to a father’s destiny. It was multigenerational in its intent.

This commission was also seen in the foundation set by the apostles in the first century church. The apostles were fathers in the faith, not mere mentors of Christian principles and activities. Their testimony was built upon the ceiling of the prophets of the Old Covenant. They had a covenantal foundation in their understanding that was rooted in the judgments, statutes, commandments and ways of God established in the past.

Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. The objective was to advance the testimony of the kingdom of God to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. God’s culture is an advancing culture of life to the nations. His heart in the now is always a furtherance of what was and a testimony of what will be. God’s house is built with wisdom and wisdom always implies a way to the future. 

How do we attach to the things of the past with the revelation of the present? We cannot be bound to the past; we must be thrust forward because of it. It is wisdom that will keep us in the path of destiny, but where do we find wisdom?

Proverbs 1:20, 21 Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words…

The New American Standard Bible uses the word street for outside. In these verses we see that wisdom is found in the street, in the open squares, in the chief concourses, and in the gates of the city. To understand these four things, we must compare them to four small creatures described by Solomon in Proverbs chapter 30.

Proverbs 30:24-28 There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer; The rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags; The locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks; The spider (or lizard) skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces.

Wisdom is in the street; it is like an ant. The ant knows what season it is; it knows where it is in life by where it is in the journey of life. Is it winter? Is it summer? It doesn’t need to be told by a commander; it knows where it is in the journey of life. What time is it? What is necessary today? There will be more to do tomorrow, but what is the present season of life? We cannot understand the season of today without first understanding the seasons of the past. The seasons of the past are what brought us to the season of today. The things that are necessary today are connected to the things that have led to this moment from the past. The things that are necessary today are also connected to the things that will be for the sake of others tomorrow. To know what can be true today we have to know what has been true from our past. That is not just our past, but our multigenerational past in the journey of Christ’s destiny.

Wisdom raises here voice in the open squares; it is like a rock badger in its quest to live. Though the rock badger is small and not considerably strong, it uses its natural environment to get its foods. It builds its home in the crags of the rocks and uses its house as a place of protection and a way of surprising its prey to sustain itself in life. What in the open squares of my life leads to the destiny of God’s glory? What is obviously around me and can serve me in my role in the destiny of life? Some of the obvious things are the things that have been established in our surroundings by the work of others.

Wisdom cries out in the chief concourses; it is like the locust. The locust realizes that if it lives in close relationship with other locusts it can do impossible things. What relationships are in my life? How do those relationships serve the purpose of who I am. Who am I joined to? My direction forward is connected to the relationships given to me in life. My relationships in life are part of my inheritance in life. Those relationships are meant to lead to others even as Paul told Timothy to find faithful men who would be able to teach others also.

What are the things that we inherit? What is it that we must advance in the generations of men? The instructions of our fathers and the principals, patterns, and values are the substance of inheritance to the future. Cultures and societies of the world reject the instructions of their fathers and the substance given them by their mothers. They think themselves to be wiser than the past. Wisdom is not found in the past; it is found in the things that are being given to us by God in heaven. Wisdom is not found in the past, but the instructions, principles, patterns, and values of the past set a foundation for our hearing wisdom today.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Help us reach the generations and the nations. I have several trips coming up in April, May, and June.

 

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Living For The Father’s Will

    Greetings;

We are in a season of navigation as believers in Christ. God has a path for us to find that is His path and it is found through His ways. Finding that path is like navigating the hidden paths of the sea by discovering the secrets to the trade winds or finding the seas hidden channels within. It is like maneuvering the sky by discovering the jet streams hidden within the atmosphere. God’s paths are hidden mysteries for those who seek intimacy with God. The slothful never find them, but the heart passionate, diligent seeker finds God’s hidden truth. The secret to finding God’s paths is to be changed in our hearts and minds by God’s ways. When God transforms our hearts and minds to embrace His ways, we discover His paths to the road of our destiny in Christ. The present is not disconnected from the past and the future is not disconnected from today. We must find our part in His calling, His inheritance, and the power of His course of destiny for our lives. God has an eternal plan and our today is connected to the today of men and women of the past.

Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

As I stated last week; God is truly our Father who birthed us into our path of destiny, but we have also had men and woman of faith who have set a path, a boundary wall, and a measure of rule for us to connect to and expand in the earth. Truly God, the Holy Spirit, is a mother to us in birthing our way, but the church as she has been empowered by the Holy Spirit in the past has also a mother to the substance of what we are for the sake of expanding the family name.

The kingdom of God is a Father led culture facilitated by the giving nature of fathers and mothers who seek to raise up sons and daughters who live for the Father’s will.  A husband and wife are co-partners for their heavenly Father’s will. It is a matter of inheritance. We live in a world where the identity of fathers has been marred and eroded to become something less than what God has in mind. As a matter of fact, the cultures of the world seek to either destroy the image of a true father or despise that image. The kingdoms of the world create images of a father as an abuser or as an idiot. There is a spiritual attack against the image of a father. These worldly ways have affected our ability to find God’s heavenly paths. God is our Father, and as Father He is the one who gives identity and inheritance to sons. When we receive a proper view God as our Father, we view the world though a concept of what is, what was, and what will be. We no longer live for our generation alone, but for the joining of generations in our lives. Our vision becomes one that looks to what is, what was, and what is to come. This is not only a New Covenant reality; it is a testimony of generationally minded people. In Christ we are all joined to a family destiny that is both ancient and new. It is true for all peoples, nations, tribes, and tongues of men.

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,  22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

In order to live to the fullest potential of the kingdom of God we must stay connected to the authority of God’s kingdom. Our destiny has been established upon the foundation of all that was in the Old Covenant (the Old Testament prophets), and all the foundation of what was established in the firstfruits of the New Covenant (the New Testament apostles). It is from that foundation that we can find the path of God in our lives today.

A father-led culture is one that knows that the authority, inheritance, and destiny of the fathers of the past are to be expanded upon through the fathers of our own generation. It is God’s intention that we stay connected to increasing authority, connected to increasing inheritance, and connected to unfolding destiny. We must know who sent us for such a time as this. What letter endorses who we are? What commission has been given to us? We are part of a culture that is both new and ancient in its purpose and plan.

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

A scribe in the kingdom of God is someone who accepts responsibility for life in a generational way and allows God to write upon his or her own heart and mind in a multigenerational way. Embracing this understanding and focus in life will further the purposes of God in the earth. The purposes of God were given for God as a Father to an earthly father – Abraham, whose name meant, father of many nations.

Genesis 22:17 …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.  18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

The good news preached to Abraham was that in blessing God would bless him, in multiplying God would multiply him, his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies, and through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. It was a Father’s blessing to a father’s destiny. It was multigenerational in its intent. God was to be the Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. He was to be the Father of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others also. This is the progression of blessing, multiplication, possessing, and influence. Without this, the ways of the world influence us and we end up in some path of our own and we fall short of our destiny in Christ.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Help us reach the generations and the nations. I have several trips coming up in April, May, and June.

 

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

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Things Ancient and Things New

    Greetings;

We are in a season of discovering things that have never been seen, heard, or thought before. We are also in a season of embracing the things of value that set our course of destiny from the place of inheritance and destiny. In finding the path that connects the past to the present and unlocks the doors of the things that are yet to come we must listen to our father and our mother. We must buy truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding and not sell them.

Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

God is truly our Father who birthed us into our path of destiny, but we have also had men and woman of faith who have set a path, a boundary wall, and a measure of rule for us to connect to and expand in the earth. Truly God, the Holy Spirit, is a mother to us in birthing our way, but the church as she has been empowered by the Holy Spirit in the past has also been a mother to the substance of what we are for the sake of expanding the family name. In finding our path of destiny we must give our hearts to instruction, apply our ears to knowledge, and not reject the correction that keeps us in the path of destiny. As we become fathers and mothers in the faith, we must be faithful to seek to impart the secret things of God to the hearts of our children. We must seek to activate within them a knowledge of the paths of God. We must not withhold correction from a child, for God has set His paths in the earth that lead to the true life of God in all things. Our correction cannot be the correction of law and our liberty cannot be the endorsement of lawlessness. We must seek to aid a generation in discovering what we have found as God-given secrets that rise up as desires within their hearts. When we find the why to the secrets of the past we can discover the how of those secretes in our own lives today.

I have an apple tree that I planted in the year 2000 and it has six grafted branches. God told me to plant the tree and that the six grafts represent the kind of church that He wants. Six is the number of man and God’s church is both Spirit and human. It is a place of connection of God with man where God reveals who He is through diverse expressions of humanity. Each branch on my tree produces a different kind of fruit. There are red apples, green apples, yellow apples, and many combinations of diversity in the fruit of apples. There is one tree, one root, and one life-flowing sap in the tree, but there are six branches with unique fruit on each branch. I believe that this is truly the kind of church that God is revealing in the earth at this time. God does not want unity through conformity, He wants unity through diversity. The diversity that God desires is not merely the creativity of human will. It is not a diversity that is independent of authority. Law will produce conformity, a measure of death. Lawlessness will produce disconnection and independence that does not bear the fruit of the family tree. It only seeks the independence of the individual branch. God doesn’t want many trees, He wants one tree. He wants a tree of life that produces life in many wonderful and diverse ways. That tree is a generational tree and not merely a testimony of the strength of branches. It is tree of roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit. The life-giving expressions of the tree are new today, but they find their life source in the roots and body of the past. Things look different, but they are true to the destiny of the ages past.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Two more courses have been recorded in Portuguese. I had a very successful time these past weeks in Portugal. Thank You to all who help this happen.

 

 

 

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Holding To The Ancient Landmarks

      Greetings,

This is a year to navigate the path of God set before us that contains the footsteps our heavenly journey of destiny. Our future is always connected to our present, but our present is also connected to the past. Without embracing the past today, we cannot navigate the path of destiny in our lives. We will end up creating our own paths and those paths will lead to something less than our true destiny in Christ. Our own path may seem desirable for a distance, but it will end up centered on our own desires and not the desires of God. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts, but those desires are God’s desires that then become the very fabric of our own hearts. When acknowledge God in all of our ways we give Him the ability to put His passion, His dream, and His vision in our hearts. We end up wanting what God wanted to happen in the path of destiny set before us. We find the antique and lost treasures of the past in the place of vision today. We live wanting what God wants. We find the secret to unlocking new sight, new hearing, and new thoughts that create a path for tomorrow. When this happens, we discover the path of our fathers in the faith. The fathers of faith in our lives set landmarks that lead to the path of destiny.

Proverbs 22: 28 Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set. 

We can only discover the landmarks of the past as truths in our path of today when we seek to apply their secrets in our own hearts. A good leader is a good follower and a good follower becomes a good leader in the path of destiny. If we see ourselves as independent of our fathers before us, we see ourselves as sources of new things alone. New things are a furtherance of a path, but new things in the path of inheritance are greater that new things that only reinvent beginnings that are independent of true inheritance and destiny.

The price of inheritance will carry with it the discipline of being a son, but as the writer of Hebrews declared: If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? (Hebrews 12:7)

What is chastening? We think of chastening as a punishment for being wrong. We believe that the goal of chastening is compliance to some rule of law or some right action in life. True chastening has little to do with right actions or compliance to some form of rule. It has nothing to do with right verses wrong. It has to do with walking in the path of life, the path of inheritance, and the path of destiny. It is about embracing generational identity, inheritance, and destiny that is given to us by God. It is about waking in the path of life where we embrace our own identity in the destiny of the family tree. It is the place of finding the life-sap of the branch from the roots of the tree.

Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge. 13 Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

The rod in this verse is a grafting branch. It implies pain to the tree and pain to the branch that draws them close to one another, so the life of the tree becomes the life in the branch. Without the life of the tree in the branch there is no inheritance of the tree in the destiny of the branch.

Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Apply your heart to instruction, apply your ears to knowledge, and don’t reject the correction that keeps you in the path of destiny. As we become fathers and mothers in the faith, we must be faithful to seek to impart the secret things of God to the hearts of our children. We must seek to activate within them a knowledge of the paths of God. We must not withhold correction from a child, for God has set His paths in the earth that lead to the true life of God in all things. Our correction cannot be the correction of law and our liberty cannot be the endorsement of lawlessness. We must seek to aid a generation in discovering what we have found as God-given secrets that rise up as desires within their hearts.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Two more courses video recorded in Portuguese.

Please help me reach the nations.

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

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Discover The Ancient Landmarks

    Greetings,

God has put pathways in the natural sky and the natural seas of the world. Men before us have discovered these hidden truths that were set before us in the earth. These revealed secrets have empowered mankind to sail the seas and to traverse the skies in efficient and effective ways. God has also put pathways in the earth that are the paths of destiny for men. He has set boundaries and ancient landmarks that set the direction and the course of human purpose for the glory of God’s name. Those are the paths that lead to true life. We must find the ancient pathways that lead to life. Lawlessness and legalism create paths that do not lead to life. Lawlessness cannot change who God is, it can only distort or even thwart who we are meant to be. Sometimes lawlessness presents itself in the form of our own carnal desires, but at other times lawlessness disguises its true identity in self-satisfying desires and personal liberties that we deceptively embrace as paths that lead to life. Legalism is a false perspective of God’s ways. It is a ridged perspective that only looks at the shadow of truth and embraces the lifeless testimony of mere reflection of truth and seeks to use it as some form of restraint to the true desires of our hearts. Law cannot change us, it can only restrain us from living from within. God’s pathways are ways of passion and desire. They are paths that are filled with life and they lead to even more life. When we fail to find the pathway of God’s desires, we can end up seeking ways that lead to some form of dysfunction and death in our lives. We need to discover the source of the ancient landmarks and the boundaries of true inheritance.

The paths of God are His secrets that He has hidden for men to find. He hides things, because only kings can find them. He knows that the destiny of each and every one of us is found when we discover we are children of God, and even more as we embrace the maturing process of being inheritors of God as His sons and daughters in the earth.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

This verse in Proverbs could also be written: God hides things and poverty minded, self-seeking people never find what He has hidden before them. Those who live for themselves and their own personal desires never discover the truths that will reveal them as life-giving nobility.

God makes it possible for our true identity to manifest. God is a creator, He is creative in the midst of challenges. God is expectant, He expects life in the face of death. God is a giver, He never runs dry of His mercy and grace. As children of God, He expects us to grow up in His character and nature in all things. Children of the King are princes and princesses and they understand that they are born for the cause of nobility. They were born for the furtherance and the propagation of the influence of the family kingdom in the earth. This is the path of destiny before us as children of God. As leaders, we must seek to find the secrets of God and then to impart those secrets as an inheritance to those we lead.

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

When the secrets of God are discovered by men, they become landmarks in the path of destiny for the family inheritance. Wisdom will lead us in the path of the future. Wisdom is first found in the street, it is found in the continuity of the path that has led us to the present place of our standing. That path is marked with ancient landmarks discovered by our fathers before us. Wisdom is also found in the open squares. It is found in what God is doing today, but before we can find the open squares of today, we have to first follow the path of the street that has brought us to today.

Deuteronomy 19:14 “You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.

Proverbs 22: 28 Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set. 

We can only discover the landmarks of the past as truths in our path of today when we seek to apply their secrets in our own hearts. A good leader is a good follower and a good follower becomes a good leader in the path of destiny. If we see ourselves as independent of our fathers before us, we see ourselves as source of new things alone. New things are a furtherance of the path, but new things in the path of inheritance are greater that new things that only reinvent beginnings that are independent of true inheritance and destiny.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

 

Thank you to those who have contributed to our path of 2019. It is just over a month and I will be in Angola, Africa. I still need to purchase a ticket. If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

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Finding the Path of Faith

    Greetings,

As leaders, we must live our lives in ways that lead others to find their own paths of destiny given to them by God. We cannot lead others into the path of destiny in Christ, we can only set examples that others can follow. We can say, Follow me as I follow Christ. Don’t follow me. Follow me, as I follow Christ. Do what you do the way that I do what I do. My path is a path of faith, as is yours in your journey in Christ.

Our role as leaders is one of being examples of the faith and those who inspire faith in the hearts of those we lead. Faith is a supernatural result of an intimate relationship with God in our hearts. Faith comes by hearing God within. When God speaks to the internal place of our hearts, faith happens. Faith inspires the actions of our lives in life-creating and life-giving ways. Faith works through love, but it is hindered and rendered ineffective where there is not a revelation of love. The opposite of love is fear; therefore, fear is manifest where faith does not dwell. The opposite of faith is natural sight and natural sight often inspires us to fret in our hearts and become overwhelmed in the thinking of our minds. Natural sight is not just how things look, it is how they feel. Natural sight is based upon our own perceptions of the realities before us. Faith is meant to propel our lives forward and is in fact connected to the true wisdom of life that comes by the Holy Spirit in His grace empowered Spirit of Wisdom within our lives.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

How do we navigate a world of change? How do we navigate in a world that appears to oppose the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God? How do we navigate our own lives to become as God desires us to be? We need to find heavenly paths that can transform our world in heavenly ways. Just as God has put the pathways in the sky and the sea, God has put the pathways of destiny before our feet. The natural realities of our world present principles, patterns, and values of our relationship with God in all things. So just as we see natural paths in the world, there are spiritual paths that we must find in our journey of life.

God has put a path of predestination in Christ before us and the secret to finding God’s prepared paths of our destiny is to find our desires in God. We are good at doing what we want to do, but we are not so good at doing things that we simply must do. When it comes to the things we must do, we need to find the secret to the desire to do them. When we find the desire to walk in the path that God has before us, we find that the path before us is a creative journey from within our hearts. It is inspired by internal beliefs that empower the external actions of our lives. When we find the God-given desires of God’s path within us, we do works that speak of our faith. That faith comes by hearing God in intimate and supernatural ways in our hearts.

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. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

To navigate the season before us we must choose to trust God each and every day. We know we are trusting Him when we choose to do good. Actions against things are most often bitter actions of our own ways. We need not be anti anything. We need to be all in on what God is doing. Our paths are not found in the internal desires of reaction against some thing. Our paths are found in the internal desires given to us by the love of God that envisions us to see what has not been seed before and lead others into the ancient paths of God hidden in our predestined path in Christ. We cannot be inactive, or reactive, in our hearts if we make choices each day to do good. We must choose to dwell in the land. This means we must fully embrace our own lives and take ownership of all that has been given to us. To dwell in our land is to choose to bring life to every boundary and space of our God-given realities. When we do this we discover that God is faithful. When we embrace truth, God’s grace fills our lives and we become empowered to reign in life. When we feed on His faithfulness He fills us with faith. He literally puts His desires within our hearts and now we do what He desires us to do. Feeding on the faithfulness of God is embracing the love of God in our lives. By this we can lead others to follow us as we follow Christ.

Food For Tought,

Ted J. Hanson

We need to purchase many tickets for the upcoming itinerary.  I will be headed to Angola, Africa in April. We still need to purchase tickets. Please donate to House of Bread Ministry and help us reach the nations and generations with the word and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

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A Call to Reconciliation

    Greetings,

As we navigate this new year of 2019, I believe there are some prophetic keys to finding the paths of God. God wants us to become an influence of life in this world in a greater way. As influencers of life we are not here to condemn what is not life. What is not life is already condemned and needs the hope of a new day. God sees all people as His children, but a disconnection from God and a disconnection from His love has blinded the sons and daughters of the world from seeing God for who He really is. We have a mandate. We have a revelation that we have been reconciled to God through Jesus and as members of the body of Christ we are sent to this world as ministers of reconciliation. In order to walk as ambassadors of life in a world of death we must find the paths of God that allow us to manifest who we really are.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

All have died in Christ and are no longer bound to live according to an administration of the knowledge of good and evil. Though we are no longer bound to live in the old informative administration, most choose to remain there. The administration of transformation is only found by those who seek to life for Christ. Humanity has been granted the right to return to intimacy with God in Christ and live lives envisioned, infused, and empowered by the tree of Life. We are not here to judge anyone according to the flesh, but to invite them to live lives empowered by the love of God made known within their hearts. Many choose to live lives according to the flesh, but we are here to call them out of darkness into the marvelous light of Christ. As leaders we must lead those given to our leadership to this cause in life.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

As leaders we set an example that others can see that inspires them to embrace a life that is different than their past lives that were bound to things of death in the world. This does not mean that we set examples of perfection, but examples of vulnerability, transparency, love, hope, and faith that allows all things to work towards the goodness of God in all things in our lives. We have been reconciled to God and our role in life is to live our lives as ambassadors of the internal kingdom of heaven in external ways to those in the world that has been given to us in this path of life.

2 Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Our mandate as sons and daughters of God is to invite all to discover the revelation of God’s love that grants all people the power of His mercy and grace. This is the role of the true light of life to the world. This is the testimony of being the people of God in the earth. It is not having the exclusive rights of some elite cause of predestination, but a holy privilege to invite all to discover the mystery of their own predestination in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

We are not here to judge sinners, we are here to help them find the revelation that sin has already been judged in their lives and therefore no longer holds them bound to live lives that are bound to natural, sensual, or demonic inspiration. The freedom of life has been given to all in Christ. This is the way of God, a much better way than the way of law, the way of sin, or the way of anything that can only lead to death. God’s way is the way of the Father’s love for His children. We cannot be distracted by the things that hold the attentions of the world. We must keep our eyes on Christ and be the light of Christ to the world.

I feel that Psalms chapter 37 is very significant to this year. I have already written that this is a year to sow and to reap. It doesn’t matter what the present circumstances are, if we sow from the life of the kingdom of heaven we will reap heavenly rewards by finding the paths that God has set before us to navigate this new season. We must sow the testimony of who we really are for the sake of others finding the truth of who God is and the truth of who they are in His-story in the earth.

Psalms 37:1 Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

It is easy to fret about the things that those in the way of the world do, but this is not to be the focus of our attention. We are ambassadors of Christ and we should shine as the light of life. We should shine in the night and set a path that others can follow and find their way to safety and destiny in the midst of the night.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Don’t Let Your Pain Determine Your Path

   Greetings;

As leaders, we don’t just lead in Christian values. We are called to lead others in an obedience to the faith. Faith is not a belief system, but a supernatural result of hearing God in our hearts. As leaders we must live our lives in a walk of obedience to the faith. We must be an example to follow and we must lead those given to our leadership in a walk of faith also. That walk is one of an intimate relationship with God in all things. We are called to discover the path that God has for us in every season of our lives. This is true for us as individuals as well as for us in our various expressions of corporate community. The church is a joined together community of Christ identity, Christ inheritance, and Christ purpose in the earth. Prophetically, I declare that this year is a year to navigate the paths that God has set before us for His story and His glory.

Last week I presented that we cannot navigate this present season if we observe the wind or consider the cloud. If we observe what resists us, we will not sow. We will not move forward into things seen by God, but not by us. If we consider the cloud, we will not reap God’s purposed harvest in our lives. We will be bound to the harvests of the past and end up being dwarfed in our destiny. The circumstances around us do not determine the paths that God has for us in this season. When we find the paths of the Lord, our circumstances will come in line to serve our purpose and destiny in Christ. In my own life, and in the lives of many in church communities that I am connected to, 2018 ended in a storm and 2019 began in a storm. For me personally, there was a lot of pain in 2018 and even more as I have entered this new year. I believe this is a birthing year of new things. Birthing seasons include the delivery path of pain. As the year began, God reminded me of the prayer of Jabez. The prayer of Jabez is very relevant for 2019.

1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So, God granted him what he requested.

The name Jabez means, to grieve or be sorrowful. Jabez was born in a circumstance of great pain and could have been bound to a life of sorrow and pain. Like so many, he could have been an influence of pain and sorrow to others in the path that was given him to walk. Jabez did not let his natural circumstances or his natural experiences determine his footsteps in life. He knew that God is the One who determines who men are. It is not in ourselves, but in God to make us become all that we are meant to be in order to be a blessing in the life that has been given to us. This little baby Jabez, was born to a woman and there is great pain and trouble when he was born. He was birthed in an environment of great pain. If the Bible says someone was born in pain it must have been great pain. We all know that birth is a painful process for a mother so if the Bible said it was with great pain it must have been tremendous. Many of us have closed the year of 2018 in an environment of great pain. That could cause us to navigate 2019 from great pain. Jabez prayed to God and he asked God to …. bless me, enlarge my territory. Don’t let the things that have happened to me in the past determine how I influence the world you have given me.

What are you going to do in 2019 that will give you a 2020 that is full of God’s love, life, and life-giving purpose? What are you going to be? What is 2020 going to be because of you. I don’t believe that God is in control, I believe He is in charge and you are in control of many things in your life. What are you going to do to get from today into tomorrow with a testimony of the kingdom of God that is relevant, fresh, and new? You cannot do what you did in 2018 in 2019 and expect a different 2020. To navigate the path that God has for us, we must forget our pain and ask God to bless us for the sake of others. We must be willing to accept more responsibility for living for the sake of others. We must be willing to embrace the kingdom of God that is within us to be transformed in our identity, our testimony, and our purpose for the such a time as this. We must pray that we are kept from evil and that we do not cause any harm to others in our path of life. God has hidden the kingdom paths of life before us. We cannot allow what circumstances say we are to stop the destiny of who and what God says we are by His heavenly grace.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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A Path of Faith

     Greetings,

I am continuing today with some prophetic direction that I fell God gave me for the body of Christ and 2019. Sometimes practical things happen in my life that God uses as prophetic indicators for the season. In December of 2018 I was attempting to finish my archery hunt season with the success of a harvest. I was hoping to put some groceries in my freezer for the new year. I was down to the last few days of hunting and had still not been successful in bringing home my harvest. I went hunting on the morning of December 28thand felt I had a good plan that would give me success in the last couple of days of hunting. I only had two more days I could go out hunting. That was the 29thand the 31stof December. I woke up on the morning of December 29thand thought to go hunting, but the wind was blowing very strong and it was raining quite hard. I decided against hunting, reasoning that the deer would not venture out in such weather either. On Sunday the 30thI was in church and the owner of the property that I hunt on was there. She told me that the deer were right where I hunt on the 29th. I should have gone hunting, but my consideration of the wind and my observance of the rain stopped me from following my heart. I ended up with no harvest of venison in 2018. God reminded me of a foundation Scripture for my ministry.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Navigating 2019 is going to be a matter of faith. This is not a season to consider how things feel or how they look. It is time to consider what God says. If you observe the wind you will not sow and if you consider the cloud you will not reap. God made this clear to me for this present season and my little lesson for the harvest of 2018 is appropriate to understanding the present path to success in 2019. To navigate the paths of God in this new season we must trust the voice of God in our hearts more than what can see or experience naturally. The natural circumstance of our moment is not the determining factor to finding the path of God in 2019.

The year of 2018 ended in a storm and 2019 began in a storm. There are many kinds of storms. There are storms where there is too much of something and storms where there is nothing at all. Too much of nothing is called a famine. At the first of this year God reminded me of a time when Isaac sowed and reaped in year of famine.

Genesis 26:1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.

There was a severe famine in the land. A severe a lot of nothing. A severe outbreak of nothing. A severe outbreak of, ‘what are we going to do?’ A sever outbreak of, ‘I don’t know what to do next’. A famine would be a season of having to say, ‘I don’t have any answers.’ ‘I don’t know what to believe’. ‘I don’t see what to eat’. I believe this is a year of severe famine as we enter 2019. I don’t believe that this year is supposed to remain as a season of famine. It is a famine that leads to the discovery of the paths of God in order to navigate 2019. Isaac’s season of famine proved to be a great season of harvest as he found the path of God in his journey.

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.

Isaac sowed and reaped 100-fold in the year of famine. In a year when there was a whole lot of nothing he sowed. He didn’t observe the wind or consider the cloud. Rain is the storm. Rain in the context of Ecclesiastes is a storm. In Isaac’s case the rain was no water. It was a time of drought. There are all kinds of storms on planet earth right now. It is an interesting time in His story. This is not our story. It is God’s story. We were born to find our predestined place in Christ. That is not our story. That is His story. We were born to be ‘His-story’ makers. Not our story makers. We are not called to merely be history makers of our story in the earth. I believe that all of humanity is predestined in Christ, but we have to get in Christ to find it. We can live outside of Christ and think that life has no God-ordained meaning, or we can find ourselves in Christ and realize that that is where our identity, our testimony, and our destiny truly is. We were born for such a time as this. To find our path of destiny in Christ, we cannot observe the wind, nor consider the cloud. We cannot consider what manner of famine our surroundings may be in. We must consider who God is and who we are in Christ. We must consider the ancient path of destiny that can only be found in Christ.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Navigate

      Greetings,

We are now a month into the new year. This is for sure an interesting season. My own life and ministry ended in a storm in 2018 and began with a storm in 2019. I would love to wave a magic wand and create a season without conflict, without pain, and without suffering, but it appears that this season is one to find God in the midst of the storm. As I consider this present season of the church, I hear God say that this is a year to ‘navigate’. It is not a year of clear plan and accomplishment, but one that will yield its fruit by our partnership with the Spirit of God and our ability to navigate the path of God in the midst of many conflicting paths in the world.

This is time to find the ancient paths set for us. It is a time to find the pathways of heaven’s grace in the midst of our time and generations. It is time to embrace the speech of God with great passion and compassion. It is not a matter of one or the other, it is a matter of the fullness of both in the direction of God. The paths of God can only be found in the ways of God.

Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

God’s ways lead to God’s paths, God’s paths lead to right imaginations in our hearts and minds. Right imaginations in our hearts and minds will empower us to become expressions of God as the community of God in the earth. We are yet another measure in the journey of becoming known as the people of God in the earth.

Matthew Fontaine Maury was a lieutenant in the Confederate Navy of America in the 19th century. He was born January 14, 1806 and died February 1, 1873. Stories say that his aspiration was to become an admiral in the Navy with a ship in his command, but a wagon accident left him with a leg injury that prevented him from pursuing his original dream of Navy command. He was a Christian and he prayed that God would help him find a reason for greatness in his life. He wanted to make a difference for the Navy and its future. One day he was reading the Bible and found these verses:

Psalms 8: 1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 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, 7 All sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!

When Matthew Maury read these verses, he was impressed by the Spirit of God to discover the ‘paths of the sea’.  History has nicknamed Matthew Maury the ‘Pathfinder of the Seas’ and ‘Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology’ and later, ‘Scientist of the Seas’ for his extensive works in his books, especially The Physical Geography of the Sea(1855), the first such extensive and comprehensive book on oceanography to be published. Maury made many important new contributions to charting winds and ocean currents, including ocean lanes for passing ships at sea.” (From Wikipedia)

I believe that 2019 is a time to find the paths of God that will empower us to navigate the present season to bring about God’s will and the internal influence of His kingdom in our lives that will create His testimonies in our destiny. The secret is in the heart and hand of the One owns it all an in our ability to seek partnership with Him in all that has been given to us concerning the works of His hands. God is in charge, but we are in control of what has been handed to us in life. Some things we cannot change and we must trust God limitless abilities in partnership with Him. Some things we can change and we must seek God for the wisdom, the knowledge, and the understanding to steward well what has been entrusted to us. Intimacy with Him and a willingness to become like Him in all of our ways will give us the power to exercise the influence of the power of His grace for the glory of His name!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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