The Test of Authority

   Greetings,

As leaders we have been called to embrace our destiny in Christ and to lead others to embrace their destiny in Christ. We each find our identity in His calling, we reveal a testimony of His inheritance in the earth, and we demonstrate a measure of His power for the glory of His name in all things. We know that we were born for His purpose and we have been called to lead others embrace this same revelation concerning their lives. In this path there are tests that we face. Those tests are not meant to stop us, disqualify us, or destroy us. Those tests reveal the strength of Christ at work within us. So far, I have addressed eight tests that we must all face in our journey of destiny. These are the test of bondage, the test of relationship, the test of bitterness, the test of living on every word of God, and the test of purpose, the test of the likeness and image of God, the test of fire, and the test of meat – the test of human will and personal desire. Today we have come to the ninth test. This is the test of authority. This test defines the difference between grasping for self-serving power or embracing authority that displays life-giving power in all things.

Numbers 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it.

Miriam and Aaron were the sister and brother of Moses. Surely familiarity was a challenge to their ability to see who Moses really was in the call of God. They knew him according to the flesh and were therefore challenged in seeing him according to the Spirit. They perceived him as an equal and were therefore challenged in his position of authority. Authority is not a testimony of anointing. It is the testimony of God-given appointment. Authority is not a measure of value, it is a measure of God-given responsibility. Whom God appoints, He anoints. Anointing often precedes authority. King David was anointed as a king when he was still a shepherd, but He remained in his various roles of responsibility until the day he was appointed as king. In this ninth test in the wilderness, Miriam and Aaron were anointed of God and could hear the voice of God. Their own anointing and ability to hear God became their excuse for choosing a path of grasping for self-serving power over a path of true authority.

We must all face the test of authority. This is when we are tempted to make judgments of those sent into our lives according to what is naturally true or what we perceive to be naturally true. When Miriam made a judgment according to the flesh, she became leprous. The measure by which she judged became something in her life that made her dangerous to others. She contracted a disease that was contagious. If others came around her, they too could be contaminated and become defiled according to the flesh. As is someone who is leprous, it affects the body and body parts. It is a defilement that causes body parts to become dysfunctional, to die, and even fall away from the body. This is the disease of defilement towards authority.

When we judge sent authority according to the flesh it will disqualify our own authority in the journey. The test that follows the test of authority is the test of giants. We cannot face the giants if we cannot first pass the test of authority. The key to passing the test is humility.

Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)

Moses was the most humble man. The man in authority was a man of humility. Authority is not something we decide to take. Authority is given to us by God. God decides who we are, and God is the one that qualifies us for the task. Authority is evident, but the key is to take the path of humility. We cannot grasp for power, we must simply stand fast in the responsibility that God has given to each of us.

Numbers 12:4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So, the three came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. 6 Then He said, “Hear now My words: if there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. 7 Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”

Authority is not the power of ministry. It is the God-given responsibility given by a personal relationship with God for the sake of relationships in the earth. Authority comes from life and it is given to give life to others. The consequence of grasping for power is severe.

Numbers 12:9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.

When we choose to move out from being under authority our judgments according to the flesh become evident. Not only do they become evident, the consequence of our judgments makes us dangerous to others. Judgments of authority according to the flesh makes us dangerous to the body of life. Decay, destruction, and death become the disease in our lives. The only remedy is humility and a seeking out of God-given authority.

Numbers 12:11 So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!”

It is the voice of authority that brings healing and life to our lives. Only the path of humility leads to the testimony of authority in our own lives.

Numbers 12:13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!” 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” 15 So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again.

This all happened in Hazeroth. Hazeroth means settlement. Until we get healed of our rejection of the authority, we will end up being stuck in life. We will settle for something less than the perfect path of authority in our own lives. Until we find the path of humility that can deliver us from the judgments we have made according to the flesh, we will be stuck. We won’t be able to move forward. Hazeroth leads to the Wilderness of Paran, a place of caverns or caves. God doesn’t want to leave us in Paran, He wants to take us into the inheritance of the Promised Land, but caves are places to get rid of things. In the cave we can get rid of the things within us that only produce defilement. In caves we can let go of our fears. In caves we can discard the things of death that only bring decay and death to our lives. In this case, the cave is a place where we are willing to deal with our own issues and let some things go. When we reject authority because of what we know to be naturally true of we perceive to be naturally true, we must choose the path of humility that leads to healing in our lives. Miriam’s banishment for seven days was simply a testimony to her need to be fully freed from her judgment. There could be no short cuts. Humility is the path back to being under authority.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all of support us in prayers and finances. I am preparing to go to many nations and your support is essential to assist House of Bread Ministry in reaching the nations and generations with the word and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. I will be in Portugal again in March to record two more training courses for the leaders in the Portuguese world. This includes work in Angola, Africa. I am asking for grace gifts of giving to partner with House of Bread Ministry to reach the nations and generations. Some have already responded, but there is a need for grace gifts of giving to partner with us. Please consider making a contribution to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

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Thank you 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Test of Meat – Your Will or His?

      Greetings;

Last week I addressed an eighth test in our journey of life. That test is the test of meat. I believe that the test of meat is a very relevant test in the body of Christ in the present season. Today I want to include an excerpt from my book, Hearing the Voice. It is pertinent to passing the test of meat.

If we are willing to do God’s will, we’ll know. When we are hesitant to ask God for His direction it is an indication that we don’t really want His guidance. If we are defensive to our way, we are resisting His way in our lives. If we fight with Him, we are not seeking to hear Him in a way that will give us His divine guidance. We are hindering His divine guidance through our own selfish attitudes and actions.

God’s direction in our lives will often invoke a willingness to yield on our part. That willingness is inspired by faith that only works through a revelation of love. Loving God is testified by seeking Him, but when we love things more than Him those things can sway our hearts to look in the wrong direction concerning His love. It is a matter of self-focus and self-seeking. Selfishness will only empower our hearts and minds to resist His direction in our lives. When we resist what God is saying to us, we begin to justify why we resist Him. We become defensive towards His instruction and often substitute His direction for ideas of our own. We try to convince ourselves that our ideas are something that God has placed within our hearts, or He has given to us in some way. When we insist on our own way, God’s cure may be an overabundant supply of what we are asking for, until we wish we never had it.

Numbers 11:18-20 “Then you shall say to the people, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the LORD who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?”’

In this story, the children of Israel were complaining in their hearts towards the present situation of only eating manna in the wilderness. Their hearts desired the things of the past and God was allowing them to have their own way in the matter.

Numbers 11:32-34 And the people stayed up all that day, all that night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was aroused against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very great plague. So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving.

God caused the wind to blow and the quail to be within the reach of the children of Israel. Just because God allows something to be accessible doesn’t mean He wants us to take hold of it. When the children took the meat, it was death to them. They had insisted on their own way and God had allowed their own way to be an easy possibility. God wasn’t trying to trick them. He was revealing their hearts to them.

James 1:12-15 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fullgrown, brings forth death.

Is there anything in us that is willing to compromise in our character to receive what we want? When we put the end as more important than the means, we are willing to compromise in the means by which we attain the end. God’s promises are not more important than God’s character. Being children of God that exhibit His character, nature, way, power, and authority is a testimony to the likeness and the image of God in the earth. God’s promises, or our perceptions of His promises, are not more important than Him.

If we insist on our own way, we are going to get it! As I have presented, God is not trying to trick us. He wants us to know what is in our own hearts. Selfishness is a hindrance to receiving God’s guidance in our lives. Hearing God includes the aspect of responding to Him. If we are practicing not responding, we are practicing not hearing Him.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Test of Meat

   Greetings,

I have been addressing the ten tests of Israel from Egypt and in the wilderness. Those tests manifested the carnal nature of the Old Covenant people of Israel and their failure caused them to wander for another thirty-eight years in the wilderness. It is only by the power of God’s grace, by the overcoming power of Christ in us, that we can pass these tests and live in the reality of the Promised Land in our lives. I believe that the true Promised Land is a life that is motivated by the internal kingdom of God, the place of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit within our hearts. As leaders we must set an example to others in embracing the overcoming power of God’s grace to see these tests passed in our lives. The passing of each test is really simply a testimony of God’s grace supernaturally working in our lives.

So far I have addressed seven tests that we must all face in our journey of destiny. These are the test of bondage, the test of relationship, the test of bitterness, the test of living on every word of God, and the test of purpose, the test of the likeness and image of God, and the test of fire. Today we have come to the eighth test. This is the test of meat – the test of personal desires. In this test we choose personal desires and personal agendas, or we choose the will of God. It is a test of the desires of the flesh verses the need to fulfill God’s will in all things and to depend upon His will in all things. God’s life is able to make our hearts come alive to His purpose and thus we can overcome any temptation to yield to our personal cravings and desires.

Numbers 11:4 Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”

This test occurred after the test of fire. The test of fire is a test of our willingness to follow God who changes us from glory to glory. It is transformation of our way to His way in our journey of destiny. The test of meat is a test of God’s will. Jesus said that His meat was to do the will of His Father in all things. His strength of purpose was not His own desires or agendas, but the desires and will of His heavenly Father. God wants us to manifest as sons and daughters who walk in the path of His will in life.

We have a need for the prophetic life and direction of God in order to be and do His will in life. When the children of Israel cried out for meat, God instructed Moses to pick seventy leaders of the people to be a testimony of the strength of the Spirit that prophetically changes our world.

Numbers 11:16 So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”

Numbers 11:24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again. 26 But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!” 29 Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”

In the Scripture, the number seventy represents all the nations of the world. There were seventy nations established from the sons of Noah that became the seed of all the nations of the world. This story in the history of Israel is a prophetic testimony to God’s desire to pour His prophetic Spirit out upon all the flesh of humanity. In this story two of the seventy were not in the right place at the time of the pouring out of God’s Spirit. Their names were Eldad (meaning, favored or loved of God) and Medad (meaning, he that measures or water of love). These men represent God’s favor and love for all people. Moses’ servant wanted them to be silenced because they were in the wrong place, but Moses foresaw that God wanted to make all of His people prophets. In Acts chapter 2 there was a firstfruit of God pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh and Peter testified that it was the prophetic Spirit foretold by the prophet Joel. That prophetic Spirit was sent both to help and to change the worlds of men. God is moved by His love and affection for all people and He desires to give them the prophetic power of life. In the face of this test of meat in the wilderness, God gave a demonstration of His desire for all people. He desires to empower them for His purpose in life. He wants to empower all people by His resurrection life to be and do the will of their heavenly Father in all things.

Numbers 11:31 Now a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and about a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground. 32 And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague. 34 So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving.

God caused the wind to blow and the wind brought quail to the people. In every direction around them was the possibility of eating meat. They could simple reach out and satisfy their personal desires. God did not say to eat, He simply made it possible to eat. When the children of Israel ate the meat, the consequence was sickness and death by a great plague.  God did not put a plague upon them. Their own fleshly desires brought the plague upon themselves. They were buried in Kibroth Hattaavah, a place that means, graves of lust. Their personal cravings and desires proved to be graves to their journey of destiny. God wants us to pass this test of personal desires. He wants us to receive His prophetic power of life. It is a testimony of His will being done and His kingdom coming in all things in our journey of life. God will make it possible for us to take hold of what we want so that we can choose to receive the power of His Spirit to give us the desire to want what He wants.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Test of Fire

  Greetings,

Today I am going to address another test in our journey to becoming a testimony of the Promised Land that God has for us in our lives. I believe that the true Promised Land of our lives is to internally know that God is our God, we are God’s son or daughter, and He lives together with us in all things. He gives us our identity, our testimony, and our destiny in life. These things happen because He gives us life, breath, and all things. The internal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit desires to transform our hearts and minds in whatever place we find ourselves in our journey of life.

The children of Israel were tested in the wilderness to believe for the character and nature of God to be their portion, but they chose an image of creation instead. The golden calf was a testimony of their own treasures fashioned into an image of their own creation. God wanted them to be His people. His desire is that we become like Him in His character, nature, way, power, and authority. The Torah/Tabernacle realities of all that was given to Moses was really a shadow of being a human habitation upon the earth that would be filled with the life-transforming power of the manifest presence of God. It was a shadow of what we are all meant to become in Christ. God gives us all the possibility of failure in this process so we can know that it is our full dependency upon Him that brings about true change. God tests us in our love to demonstrate the power of His love working in our lives. God wants us to become the substance of the testimony of His love in all things.

After the incident of the golden calf, Moses returned to the presence of God upon the mountain and received the law upon stones again. The law was given to Moses for a second time (Ex. 33) and implemented with the creation of the Tabernacle and its culture (Ex. 34-40; Num. 1-10). The silver hammered trumpets in the ministry of a royal priesthood were a symbol of the testimony of Christ being formed in human lives. We can be born of His Spirit to be alive, but we must also be formed by His Spirit to become a testimony of that life that others can follow. Just as the sound of the trumpet was a signal to move, it is our willingness to follow God that changes us from glory to glory. God’s grace working in our lives can make us part of an army of worshippers that carry the presence of God wherever we go. Israel’s journey continued with a demonstration of God’s presence, power, and a testimony of change with a continued call for a willingness to set their direction by the will of God in their midst. In this process, the children of Israel came to a seventh test in their journey. This was the test of fire.

Numbers 10:12 And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai (thorny) on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the Wilderness of Paran (caverns – caves).

The wilderness of Sinai represents our walk in this life that is filled with many opportunities to be poked by things that can offend us in life. Like the Wilderness of Sinai, life is filled with things that can poke our flesh. The way of life can be thorny and offensive to our own will. When we face offenses, it is easy to retreat to some stronghold, some cavern, or some cave where we believe we can find safety and retreat. This is the testimony of the Wilderness of Paran, a place of caverns and caves. The prickly things resist our moving forward, they resist our willingness to change and tempt us to settle for some cave or cavern of retreat.

We must leave the caves to move forward in the path of God. We must all be willing to change and not be offended. This involves never taking a posture of offense. We must embrace humility and be willing to move forward into the path of change. Even the instructions for the altar given to Moses were a testimony of humility. It was a testimony to the altar of our lives before God. It was to have no step. There is no place in our lives for pride or pretense before God. God wants us to present our lives to Him just as we are. He is willing to move into our world and He does not need for us to pretend to be something we are not. Humility is the path to His presence, not human pride. Like the earthen altar, there can be no tool or set method for fashioning our lives like the life of someone else.  We must trust the process of God shaping our lives as He sees fit.

In the journey of the children of Israel, the need to move forward and follow the sound of the trumpet became another excuse for the children of Israel to complain. When God demands change in our lives, we can be tempted to complain. It is the test of fire that will purify our hearts and minds to be willing to follow God in all of His ways.

Numbers 11:1 Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. 2 Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched. 3 So he called the name of the place Taberah, because the fire of the Lord had burned among them.

We must be willing to leave the caves of our lives and follow God in all of His ways. We cannot allow the offenses of our past to cause us to seek a place of isolation or security that preserves our own will. We must allow the fire of God to change our hearts and minds, we must leave our caves and we must move forward as carriers of God’s covenant and presence. This is part of our path in the identity, testimony, and purpose of God in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to give your support to House of Bread Ministry at this time. There is only a few more days to help us finish 2018 strong. We still have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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The Test of His Likeness and Image

      Greetings,

Numbers 14:22-23 …because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.

I believe that the ten tests of Israel from Egypt and in the wilderness represent tests that we must all face in our journey to embracing the testimony of being sons and daughters of God who live life in a way that expresses the internal kingdom of God in external ways. It is a matter of living our lives from the foundation and growing testimony of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit within our hearts. The tests that we face are not meant to disqualify us, but to inspire the manifestation of the life of God’s kingdom power within our hearts to become the motivating force in our journey in life. I have addressed five tests and today I am going to address the next test as I see it in the journey of the children of Israel.

The sixth test is a test of the likeness and image of God. This test involves the temptation to settle for a created image of God instead of being formed by God’s Word and Spirit. The gift given to us through Jesus Christ is one where the Word became flesh, so we could become a testimony of God’s word in life. We are to be in His likeness and His image in the uniqueness of our identity, testimony, and purpose in life that reveals who He is. To become the likeness and image of God our Father we must overcome the temptation to form God in our likeness and image. We must be willing to be changed by Him as we welcome His presence to transform who we are by the power of His Spirit and Word.

Exodus 19:3-6 And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

God’s plan was to cause His people to manifest as kings and priests among the kingdoms of the world. They were to be a testimony of heavenly realities in earthly ways. We are called to be expressions of God in His likeness and image. We are to demonstrate the fruit of who He is in earthly ways and we are called to demonstrate the power of who He is in our earthly realities. In Exodus chapter 20, Moses received the ten commandments, the moral laws, the social laws, the sanctions, the instruction for the tabernacle and its functions. He received the testimony of all that was a shadow of who we are to be in Christ. We are to be the testimony of God’s presence and God’s word in our world. Exodus 20:1-17 reveals what we know to be the 10 commandments given by God. Those commandments were a testimony of a love for God and love for their fellow man. Following this, God gave instructions for moral and social laws as well as sanctions and the plans for a tabernacle, its functions and the articles of its function. These things were testimonies of a heavenly presence, a heavenly character, and heavenly power among men; of which all reveal the testimony of being the people of God. As Moses was receiving the instructions for being the people of God, the children of Israel chose to fashion a created creature made of gold and they began to worship it. The delay of Moses on the mountain proved to draw the weakness of inpatients from the hearts of the children of Israel. They feared going up the mountain to face who God really was and were hoping for a human version of God in the form of Moses, but his delay upon the mountain caused the people to be willing to succumb to believe that God could be fashioned according to their likings and their vision of what they thought were true treasures in life. The things that they wore as jewelry became the material for a golden calf. Their own personal treasures became the substance of value to from a God they thought could be worshipped.

Exodus 32:1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.

Sometimes there seems to be a delay in God revealing who He is in our lives. Sometimes there seems to be a delay in His miraculous power or a delay in His ability to bring deliverance, healing, restoration, or some form of transformation in our lives. When this happens, we can be tempted to measure Him by what we have seen as treasures in our lives. Because we cannot see Him for who He is in our lives we create a god according to our own desires and our own preconceived image of who He should be. When we do this, we fail the test of allowing God to form us in His likeness and image. When we do this, we fall short of seeing His glory in our lives. We end up worshipping a form of godliness that is void of the life-transforming power of the One who gives life, breath, and all things. As leaders we must lead others in passing the test of being transformed into the likeness and image of God in the process of faith and patience.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to give your support to House of Bread Ministry at this time. Several of you have responded to our need and you are proving that God is good and faithful in all things. There is only a couple of weeks to help us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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The Foundation For Authority

    Greetings;

In the past weeks I have addressed several tests revealed in the journey of Israel to the Promised Land. I have written in regard to five of ten tests that were presented to the children of Israel on the journey. There are really more than ten tests in our lives, but these ten things represent the types of tests we face. Each test is another measure of God’s love drawing out from within us the power of His internal and eternal kingdom so that we can manifest our true identity, testimony, and destiny in every aspect of our journey in life.

The first five tests were the test of bondage, the test of relationship, the test of bitterness, the test of living on every word of God, and the test of purpose. The test of purpose was revealed in the water from the rock, a testimony to the life-giving water that Jesus said would flow from the hearts of those who would come to Him and drink – those who experience the life of the Holy Spirit living in and flowing out of their lives. After the children of Israel experienced the water from the rock, they were able to defeat Amalek in the valley of Rephidim.

Exodus 17:8 Now Amalek (dweller in a valley) came and fought with Israel in Rephidim (resting place). 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

The children of Israel had to stay in relationship with authority to defeat the Amalek. The name Amelek means dweller in a valley. This implies a disconnection from relationships of community. It is a place of hiding, disconnection, and avoidance of relationships. It is a place of being disconnected from authority and not under true authority. In the battle, Joshua was able to succeed as long as Aaron and Hur supported the hands of Moses. They demonstrated covenant relationship and being under authority. Joshua was a testimony to the authority of Jesus name, but His success was directly connected to the anointing (Aaron) and the need (Hur meaning hole) remaining under the authority of Moses (the God-sent deliverer). It is only in covenant relationships of life that we find the ability to stand in the anointing of Christ and it is there that every need in our lives is filled. Without divine connections of authority, we are simply a hole. We lack the ability to be a part of the community of life and defeat the assignments of death in our lives.  Our connection to authority gives us victory in and over the valleys in our lives. It is in that place that we find Christ in us. We can overcome the temptations to depend upon men. It was after the battle with Amelek that Moses was able to appoint others to share in the responsibly of authority in the camp of Israel. It was then that others were able to receive an abundance to judge and end strife for others. The secret to finding Christ in us is to also trust Christ in others. To be in authority we must remain under authority, but the test for all of this is to know that we are a place of God’s purpose. We are part of God’s purpose together and we are each a testimony of God’s purpose. We were born to bring life to the world. Our identity, testimony, and purpose in life will always serve to bring life to our world.

Authority is not a mere testimony of power. It is the testimony of life. Authority gives, it doesn’t take. Authority is the substance of life to bring life to our world. When we are under authority, we receive the life that empowers us to give life to others. When we face the tests of bondage, relationship, bitterness, dependence upon God’s word, and purpose, we find the true qualification for walking in authority for the sake of our world. Knowing the need for true freedom and Who gives true freedom, knowing God’s love and trust, being healed from bitterness to bear the fruit of life for others, living fully dependent upon every expression of God in our lives, and becoming a source of life to others by the power of Christ in us are the ingredients for the foundation of being able to stand in life-giving authority in every battle and responsibility we face in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Test of Living on God’s Word & The Test of Purpose

      Greetings,

Another test that we will face in our journey of destiny is the test of living on God’s word and not the appetite of self. We must overcome natural mindedness and selfish thinking. Pots of flesh represent an appetite of flesh and judging things according to the flesh. The children of Israel wanted pots of flesh. They wanted their own meat and bread. I believe these things represent our own desires and needs. This is the challenge of wanting our own needs met above fulfilling the will of God in our destiny in Christ. When we desire our personal needs more than the course of God’s destiny in our lives we can be inspired to complain against the Lord. We must learn to live on God’s words and not our own personal desires. Our identity, testimony, and destiny in life is not connected to our own personal needs. They are connected to God’s personal words in our lives. Those words are daily and always new.

Difficulties in the present will inspire us to imagine that things in our past or things in the world are better than what we have today. We will be tempted by our own desires, the desires of our own will. Our hunger will be stirred for what we like, and we will be tempted to reject what we cannot understand. God wanted to give manna to the Children of Israel on a daily basis. The word manna means what is it? This implies the ability to receive things we have not seen, heard, or thought before. It is true to the testimony of faith. Faith comes when we hear God in our hearts, but faith is the opposite of natural sight. It is a daily walk with God and a daily trusting of His voice to our hearts. Faith is a daily what is it?

Exodus 16:8 Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.” 9 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints.’ ” 10 Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ”

When God gave the instructions to Moses in regard to the daily manna for the people, He also said they would eat meat for a last time. God would give them meat at night and then in the morning there would be bread. The bread that God has for us is every word that comes from His mouth to our hearts. We must finish the appetites of the past and depend upon the food we have never known before in our journey of destiny in Christ. We live on every word that comes from God. God’s words make us come alive and not bound to some memory, craving, or perception of the past. It is a daily bread. We must daily gather for and from the place of God’s presence in our lives. When the children of Israel gathered too little there was not enough. When they gathered too much, yesterday’s bread became something that could not provide them food in their house. Our relationship with God is not with His words, it is with Him. It is with His voice, His breath, His presence in our lives. What God said yesterday may not be what He is saying today. We live on every daily expression of His life.

The fifth test is a test of purpose. In the wilderness there was no water for the Israelites to drink. The water that God provided was the water from a rock in the wilderness. That Rock was a testimony of Christ. Christ is the water that we drink of. We must become a place where God’s rests. When we become a place where God rests we become a place of God’s purpose.

Exodus 17:1-3 Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.” So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

The place where God gave the children of Israel water was Rephidim. The name Rephidim means rest. Jesus said that if anyone is thirsty they can come to Him and drink and from within them will flow rivers of life-giving water (Jn. 7:37-39). That water is the life of Holy Spirit from within us. It is not just water to us, it is water through us. It is a testimony to our purpose. Our purpose is to bring life to our world. We will be tested in our purpose. We must know that God is always resting in our lives and it is Christ in us that is the source of life to the world we live in. Our spiritual food is every word that God’s speaks to our hearts each day, but our spiritual drink is to depend upon His presence resting in our lives.

Hebrews 10:1-5 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

When we live as a place of God’s presence we live as a place of God’s love. This is the Rock of Christ. Love is the only unshakable thing in live. God rests in our lives because He loves us, and it is His love in our lives that makes us able to love others. It is His love in our lives that makes us able to give life to others in our world. When we know God’s love will embrace covenant relationships of love.

Food For Thought

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

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The Test of Bitterness

    Greetings,

We are on a journey in experiencing the life of the internal kingdom of God in life. Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit within our hearts is the influencing factor of the kingdom of God that turns our wilderness journey to a destiny of kingdom influence. I believe that the true Promised Land is to become a kingdom expression of the internal kingdom of God in all things. We must face the tests that resist the process of our becoming givers of life to the world around us. As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in this process and lead others in this same journey.

The third test on the journey to the Promised Land is a test of bitterness. As we move forward in our journey of destiny, we will face walls to our progressing forward. Those walls are often established by bitter roots in our own hearts. We must be healed in the bitter places of our hearts or we will be hindered and even stopped in our journey.

Exodus 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

The word Shur means, walls.This test beyond the Red Sea was a test in the Wilderness of Walls. The water at this place was the water of Marah. Marah means bitterness. The people could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter. Moses had to do an action that brought healing to the bitter waters of Marah. The Lord showed him a tree and when he cast the tree into the waters the water became sweet. The wounds of the world resist the healing of God’s love in our lives, but Jesus became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. The wood that Moses cast into the bitter waters of Marah were symbolic of the cross of Calvary. God will never put upon us something that Jesus took off of us at the cross. It is the sacrifice of Jesus that gives healing to the bitter roots in our hearts. God doesn’t condemn us for the bitter places within. He gives us healing. When we find healing in the bitter places of our lives we find the purpose of that healing. We are healed in the bitter places of our lives so that we can bring life to others. When the children of Israel experienced the miracle of the healed waters at Marah they were able to move forward to Elim. The name Elim means fruitful.The purpose of Marah is Elim. The healing of the bitter places in our lives allow us to be fruitful and to bring life and blessing to others.

Exodus 15:27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

Being healed of bitter roots will allow us to overcome the judgments of the world that were based upon offenses in our lives. Elim is a place of twelve wells of water. Twelve is a numerical symbolism of God’s sending government of life. It is testimony to true authority. Authority always gives life, it never takes. The seventy palm trees are a symbolism to bringing life to all the peoples and nations of the world. The sons of Noah produced seventy cities that became the nations of the world. The number seventy represents all people. Palm trees are a symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity. When we are healed form our bitterness we find that the very thing that seemed to be bad in our lives becomes a source of life within us for the sake of others. When we hold on to the bitter roots in our lives we defile many, but when we receive God’s healing we become a source of life to others.

From Elim the children of Israel journeyed to the Wilderness of Sin. The word Sin means thorny, clay.I believe this is a symbolism of offenses. Offenses are like thrones in our lives. When we are poked in our flesh in some way we become offended. Clay is a symbolism of human flesh that can easily be chipped or broken. Human nature without Christ within is easily offended.

Exodus 16:1 And they journeyed from Elim (palms), and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. 2 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Difficult plains and difficult mountains stand between our promise of fruitfulness and their fulfillment in our lives. If we are not healed of our bitter roots, we will not be able to walk through the challenging things of life and we will not be able to bring life to others. God heals us of our bitter roots, not so we will never face difficult challenges again, but so we can journey through them and still be givers of life to others. God doesn’t want us to escape the circumstances of life, but to be able to go through them for the sake of others. God wants us to be givers of life in every stage of our lives. Greater is Christ within us that anything we will face in life!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

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The Test of Relationship

      Greetings,

The second test is what I call the test of relationship. It is found in the story of Israel being delivered from Egypt as they came to the Red Sea. When they came to the Red Sea, they were being aggressively chased by the Egyptian army and there seemed to be no way of escape. On one side was the army and the other side was the Red Sea. Egypt represents the way of the world. The ways of the world resist a revelation of God’s love. Our natural experiences and perceptions in life will resist us in having a revelation of God’s love and God wants to give us a revelation of His love in overcoming this test.

Exodus 14:1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea.

There are some significant names in these verses. Pi Hariroth means mouth of gorgers,Migdol meanstowers, and Baal Zephon means, lord of the north (destroyer). I believe these names can be described as holes, obstacles, and powers.In our path to destiny we are going to face things that appear as holes,places we cannot get out of. We are going to face obstacles,things we cannot get around. We are going to face powers,things we cannot break through but try to break us. Natural sight will emphasize pits that can swallow you, towers that cannot be climbed, and overcoming powers that can’t be overcome. It is only when we have a revelation that God loves us and is with us that we can overcome these things.

The bondages of our past often chase us in life and they assault us with fear. They challenge our revelation of God’s love and tempt us to embrace fear. Our accusation is that God does not love us because of the issues in our lives from the past and that appears to be impossible for us to ever escape from. There is no way forward in our natural perception of things. The world operates according to natural sight. Natural sight is the opposite of faith and faith is opposed by perceptions that inspire fear. Without a revelation of God’s love, we are unable to trust Him and there appears to be no open door for our deliverance. Only perfect love can cat out fear. Only a revelation of God’s love in our lives creates the environment of faith in our hearts were we can see what cannot be seen naturally.

Exodus 14:3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’ 4 Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

This test was inspired by God. God caused the enemies of the past, the enemies of natural sight, to chase the Israelites. God will allow the enemies of our past, the enemies of natural sight, to chase us. God has confidence in His love and presence in our lives. He wants, and expects us, to manifest our true identity, testimony, and destiny in Christ. In the story of Israel and Egypt, the confession of the Israelites was a confession of not believing in a personal relationship of God in their lives.

Exodus 14:11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

Natural sight will cause us to question God’s voice in our lives. We must stay in the place of intimacy with God in our hearts to be confident in our actions of moving forward in life. As we read this story, we find a statement by Moses and a statement by God. The statement by Moses alone sounds good, but it is not the voice of God. Only God’s statement with Moses’ statement reveals to us the truth of this test.

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” 15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

God did not tell Moses to tell the people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God did not tell Moses to say to the people that God would fight for them. God wanted Moses and the people to know that He was in their lives. He believed in the identify, testimony, and destiny within the heart of Moses. God told Moses to lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it. God did not divide the Red Sea. God in the life of Moses empowered Moses to part the sea. The action of Moses and the action of the people was possible because God was in their lives. The test of relationship is one of knowing that God believes in each of us. This is a testimony of righteousness, a connection to God in our hearts that gives us an identity in Christ. God wants us to trust His presence in and with us in life. This is a confirmation of peace. There is no gap between us and God. God wants us to depend upon His power to fulfill our purpose in life. This is the reality of true joy. Our purpose is God’s purpose. We can move forward because God is with us. Christ in us is more powerful than the holes we have been stuck in. He is more powerful than the obstacles we have not been able to get around. God in our lives is more powerful than any power that resists us from moving forward in our path of destiny.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations a message and importation of New Covenant life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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The Test of Bondage

    Greetings,

 

In the journey of Israel to the Promised Land there were ten tests. There are different views as to what those tests were, but I am going to present what I believe them to be. In truth, there are really more than ten tests in our lives, but these ten things represent the types of tests we face. Each test is another measure of God’s love drawing out from within us the power of His internal and eternal kingdom so that we can manifest our true identity, testimony, and destiny in every aspect of our journey in life.

 

The first test of Israel was one of bondage. I believe that this test of bondage was necessary to demonstrate a need for and a hunger for freedom. It is a test that demonstrates our need for true freedom; the life and liberty that can only come from God. It is miraculous. It is the need for God, a desire for God in our circumstance. It is a revelation of the need for a supernatural deliverance and supernatural change in our lives.

 

The story is found in Exodus Chapter 5. Moses charged Pharaoh to release the children of Israel and he demonstrated God’s power in doing so. In reaction, Pharaoh made things more difficult for Israel in their slavery. They were being forced to labor in the making of bricks and now Pharaoh ordered that they be given no straw but required to still produce the same quota of bricks. Israel was now required to scavenge and glean for straw as well as labor for making the bricks. Instead of being freed from their bondage, their experience was one of their bondage becoming worse.

 

Exodus 5:20-21 Then, as they came out from Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron who stood there to meet them. And they said to them, “Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.”  

 

God had a purpose in this testing. This same thing happens in our lives in various measures of our journey. It is a necessary test and without it we do not have a full revelation of who God is nor a revelation of our true need for Him. Without it we cannot manifest our true identity, testimony, and purpose in Christ.

 

Exodus 6:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

 

God does not just want to free us from our enemies. He wants to deliver us from our enemies. God said that He would use the enemy’s strong hand to let them go and to drive them out. God takes what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good in our lives. I believe that the present generation needs a revelation of this test in their lives. Without it we will be shaken in our journey and we will not be able to overcome the things that we need to overcome in life. We must get a revelation that the place where we are is not a place where we can stay. We must get a revelation that our present condition is not livable, and our only option is to depend upon God’s presence in our lives to move us forward. God loves us in our present condition, but our present condition will prevent us from becoming all we should be in Christ if we stay there. What we had in the past is not reality. Where we are in the present is not our reality for our full destiny tomorrow. What God says about our future is the only compelling force to free us from our past, dislodge us from our present, and move us forward in our destiny. It is not enough to know that God loves us, we must also know that we have not loved Him. God’s has always loved us, but our inability to love Him has prevented us from moving into all that He has for us. Our inability to love Him or to experience the freedom of His love is not acceptable in our reality. There are no answers in the natural inheritance of our lives, only the supernatural working of God’s grace in our lives can fulfill the path to our destiny. Unforgiveness has to reject our habitation. Shame has to excommunicate us from its domain. Anger has to oust us from its stronghold. God’s presence in our lives is what causes our enemies to compel us forward with a strong hand.  We have to overcome a love for the world or an acceptance of the world around us in order to move forward in the formation process of Christ in our lives. The environment of our lives has formed our thinking, our acting, and our way of being in life. This is not the environment of our true identity. Our natural lives, the natural circumstances of our lives, and the natural inheritances of our lives have given us perverted identities, perverted testimonies, and perverted destinies. We need a revelation that God has more. Our future in Christ has to be more desirable to us than the accepted comfort zones of our present because of what has been handed to us from our past or even our present circumstances. God doesn’t want us to have any shame for our past or for our present, but loving how we are is not same as loving who we are and who we are to become in Christ. His grace will empower us to overcome and become, not so He will be pleased with us but because He is please with us. He wants every enemy in our lives to forcefully let us go.

 

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations a message and importation of New Covenant life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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