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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Giants Reveal Christ In You

       Greetings

We must all face the test of giants in our path of destiny. We can only pass the test of giants when we find our identity, our testimony, and our purpose of destiny in Christ. The giants do not come to destroy us. We are sent to them to demonstrate the power God in our lives. We are sent to them to prove that love wins! We are called to possess the spheres and boundaries of our lives with the testimony of Christ in us, the hope of glory!

As I stated last week, the place of giants needed identity, a testimony, and the power of God’s purpose. It was at the entrance was Hebron. Hebron is a fortified place where things are in alliance or associationfor a purpose. It is place where our covenant with God and one another and our commitment to His purpose in our lives is tested. Three categories of giants were there to oppose the Children of Israel. I believe these three things stand against you and I in our path of destiny. These were the giants of Ahiman, meaning my brother is a gift, Sheshai, meaning noble,and Talmai, meaning furrowed. The giants represent things that team up against us to stop us in our destiny. These are things that team up against us to draw out our resolve, our commitment to our part in the calling or the testimony of Christ, and our destined purpose in Christ. They are giants. They appear to be more gifted than us. They present themselves as more noble or influential than us. These giants are more entrenched, traditioned, or furrowed in their ways than us. These giants are meant to draw out our gifting, draw out our nobility, and draw out our creativity to reign in life.

Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”

At the test of giants, the Children of Israel were afraid to die by the sword because they had not become the sword. They saw the sword of the giants as more powerful than the sword of God. They saw the word against them as stronger that God’s word was for them. We must all come to the place where we see God’s word as more powerful than any word that opposes our destiny. We must see our lives as a testimony of God’s word to be who we are in our gifting, our expression to others, and our purpose in the destiny of God.  We must be strong in God’s presence and strong in God’s word.

Only Caleb and Joshua were ready to pass the test giants. They knew the secret to the test.

Numbers 14:8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

Because the Children of Israel could not pass the test of giants, they wandered in the desert for another thirty-eight years. Only Caleb and Joshua remained strong in God’s presence and strong in God’s word to enter the land and take the heads of the giants.

The journey from Egypt to the Promised Land held ten tests for the Children of Israel. These are the types of tests we face in our journey as well. We do not pass one test and avoid the others. The passing of these tests is not just a one-time experience in our lives. They are a pattern in refining our relationship with God in all things. These tests are not things we walk through so we will fail. These tests reveal who God is in our lives and the power of His great mercy and love. Ten is simply a symbolic number of God’s love. It is the complete test of God’s love in our lives that causes His love to be demonstrated to and through us in all things.

Numbers 14:22 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, 23 they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.

God will demonstrate His faithfulness in our lives as we face these tests. We will reign in life by the power of God’s grace as we find our identity, our testimony, and our purpose of destiny in Him in all things:

  1. The test of Bondage – Ex. 5:21; harder tasks- bricks without straw – God’s uses the enemies strong hand to let them go and to drive them out;
  1. The test of relationship – love – trust – deliverance – Ex.14:11;
  1. The test of bitterness – Ex. 15:24;
  1. The test of living on God’s words – not the appetite of self – Ex.16:2;
  1. The test of purpose – water – the place of God’s rest for God’s purpose through our lives – Ex.17:2, 3;
  1. The test of a created image of God instead being formed by God – the golden calf – a god of man’s own imagination and creation – Ex. 32:1;
  1. The test of fire – Num. 11:1;
  1. The test of meat – strength of the flesh – human desires and agendas – Num. 11:4;
  1. The test of authority – Judging sent authority according to the flesh – Miriam became leprous – Num. 12:1;
  1. The test of giants – to be overcomers – Num. 14:2.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider partnering with us in prayer and finance. In March we will be doing more video recording for training in the Portuguese world. I am presently recording many training resources for leadership and church development in English and in Portuguese. I will be in Portugal for three weeks in March and then in Angola, Africa in April and back to Portugal following. May will include ministry missions to Spain, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria, and then in June I will be in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. The year is going to be filled with purpose and destiny. 

We need to purchase many tickets for the upcoming itinerary  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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The Test of Giants

    Greetings;

After the test of authority, the children of Israel were ready to enter the Promised Land. This was approximately two years into their journey. Although the Promised Land was only eleven days by geographical distance from their departure from Egypt, it had proven to be two years by the tests from Egypt to the time of their crossing.

In Numbers chapter 13, Moses sent out twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan. Those men represented each of the tribes of Israel. It was time to enter the Promised Land. They went out from the Wilderness of Paran (the Wilderness of Caves) and they spied out the land.

Numbers 13:17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, 18 and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; 19 whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; 20 whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes. 21 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. 22 And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. 24 The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. 25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

It was at this time that the Children of Israel faced the test of giants. We must all face giants in our entrance to the realities of the Promised Land in our lives. The Promised Land is a place of finding our identity, our testimony, and our purpose in demonstrating the power of Christ for the glory of God in and through our lives. It is the place of reigning in life from the inward influence of the kingdom of heaven. It is the place of outwardly manifesting the internal influence of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. I believe that the test of giants reveals a very significant thing to our destiny. Giants are things that are too big for us to face alone. They are the things that require us to find our identity in Christ, our testimony as an expression of Christ, and our destiny in partnership with God and His supernatural power in all things.

Numbers 13:21 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin (flat place) as far as Rehob (broad place), near the entrance of Hamath (fortified place).

A flat placeis a place that needs identity. A broad placeis a place that needs a testimony. It needs expression. A fortified place is place that requires the power of destiny. God wants us to know that He is bigger than anything we will ever face in life. The test of giants is meant to reveal who Christ is inside of us, who we are as a testimony of Christ in this world, and who God and we are together for the purpose of His glory.

Numbers 13:22 And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there.

The place of giants needed identity, a testimony, and the power of God’s purpose.  It was at the entrance was Hebron. Hebron is a fortified place where things are in alliance or association with God and others for a purpose. It is place where our covenant with God and one another and our commitment to His purpose in our lives is tested. Three categories of giants were there to oppose the children of Israel. I believe these three things stand against you and I in our path of destiny. These were the giants of Ahiman, meaning my brother is a gift, Sheshai, meaning noble,and Talmai, meaning furrowed. The giants represent things that team up against us to stop us in our destiny. These are things that team up against us to draw out our resolve, our commitment to our part in the calling or the testimony of Christ, and our destined purpose in Christ. They are giants. They appear to be more gifted than us. They present themselves as more noble or influential than us. These giants are more entrenched, traditioned, or furrowed in their ways than us. These giants are meant to draw out our gifting, draw out our nobility, and draw out our creativity to reign in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider partnering with us in prayer and finance. In March we will be doing more video recording for training in the Portuguese world. I am presently recording many training resources for leadership and church development in English and in Portuguese. I will be in Portugal for three weeks in March and then in Angola, Africa in April and back to Portugal following. May will include ministry missions to Spain, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria, and then in June I will be in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Netherlands. The year is going to be filled with purpose and destiny. 

We need to purchase many tickets for the upcoming itenerary. 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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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:

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

 

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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