The Promise of Rest

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         Greetings,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Our Beginning Confidence

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        Greetings,

As we have entered 2020, we have entered into a new decade of embracing each and every moment as a time of God’s presence resting in our lives. When we are a place of God’s manifest presence, we can be a place of hearing His voice each and every day. I am not just talking about hearing His words with merely an acknowledgement of Him speaking. I am talking about hearing Him. I am talking about hearing Him and understanding what He is saying. I am talking about hearing Him and understanding His heart. Truly hearing Him is to believe what He says. To be a place where God rests and the place that rests in God, we must believe Him each and every day.

Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

If we truly hear God, we will respond to His voice, believe what He says, and act as He instructs us to be. Departing from the living God is what creates unbelief. Being the place where God rests and the place where we rest in Him is the empowerment of our believing. This is not merely believing what He can do or for what He can do. It is about love, trust, relationship, life, vulnerability, and internal magic. Being the house where He lives empowers our belief. The writer of Hebrews states in these verses that to be a partaker of Christ we have to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast in our lives. The beginning of our confidence is not just confidence. It is the confidence that springs forth from the innocent of heart. God can restore our innocence, but that can only happen by His manifest presence within us. My younger grandchildren have a confidence in me because of childlike love. My presence in their lives ignites a confidence of little children. They hear my voice from a place of believing who I am. Only by being people who know God resting in them and them resting in Him, can they know the beginning of their confidence in their hearts in a steadfast way. Our confidence is in who He is, not merely what He can do. At times I give gifts to my grandchildren, but their confidence is not in me as a gift giver. It is in being family and being close to one another.

Jesus said that if you saw Him, you saw the Father. He was the place where God lived, and He lived in His Father. This was the power of His believing. Because He never departed from the living God, the life of God was with Him each and every day. The same can be said of us. When we are the place that God lives, we become the influence of God’s life to our world.

Hearing God concerning His works, His promises, His miracles or any other external reality is not really hearing Him.

Hebrews 3:16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

The root of the unbelief of the children of Israel was their disconnection from the presence of God. They didn’t want to deal with a fiery God, a God who can change hearts, and in fact – for sure does. They chose a secondhand testimony at the hands of Moses and therefore they could not know God’s ways. They could only see His works. Belief is connected to a person, not merely their abilities. If our belief is based upon seeing our personal needs fulfilled or some personal experience, our belief is destined to become unbelief in the changing circumstances of life.

As leaders, we must set an example of being men and women who know and live as a habitation of God in human form. We cannot be a replacement for those we lead in being God’s voice. No one can hear God today, unless they become the place where His voice speaks from within. We cannot settle for taking people by the hand and leading them. We must inspire and expect them to become a place where God rests; a place that is transformed by Him and believes Him, rather than trying to convince God to believe them from self-seeking distant place. When we become a place of His presence, we will fulfil the commission of His purpose in our lives. It is by this that we find our true identity, testimony, and purpose in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Today – A Place of Rest

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     Greetings,

Today is the first day of a new year, a new decade, and a new season in the life of the church. What is most necessary for us as leaders and what is most necessary for the church as we enter into this new season? This year is not just a year, it is also a leap year. We have one more day to see what we need to see and to be what we need to be for the glory of Jesus name in this time called now.

God is not just a being that visits us or calls upon us to visit Him. He is our life! The house that He has always desired is a house of human life. To be on earth as it is in heaven requires us to become the place of God’s habitation upon the earth. The church is not some place we go or a building we attend. The church is the body of Christ. It is the house of God! It is the place of God’s habitation. God doesn’t just want us to believe in Him, He wants us to believe Him. To be the place of His believing. It is not a day of the week or a season in the year, but a reality called now. Jesus is the foundation of this house and He is the way by which we become the place of God’s habitation.

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

We are the house of Christ. The house of God’s manifest presence. The time to hear Him is ‘Today’ and always ‘Today’. It is a time and place of knowing God’s rest. It is a place of God resting in us and us resting in Him. Perhaps the most important thing we can do as leaders in 2020 is be an example in being the place where God rests and the place that rests in God. We must lead those in our sphere of influence into this truth to truly be the people of God.

Hebrews 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”

If we are a place that God rests, we can know His voice every moment of every day. This is a word that I gave at Alife Church this past Sunday. I feel it is very important for this new decade that we have just entered:

I just hear God saying that the past decade there were many things that were not necessarily wrong that you held on to. They were enough for the time to get you to the future, but they weren’t enough to get you into now. And I hear God saying; today if you’ll hear His voice, today if you will hear His voice. So, God wants you to exchange the future for today, because the future as you saw it is stuck in the past. And God has better things for you than you could imagine, but the time is now. And God is releasing a grace for His body to be able to enjoy the moment, enjoy the hour, enjoy the day – today if you’ll hear His voice. Don’t even look at this year as; ‘how am I going to get to the end of this year?’, because that’s how you looked at last year. And last year, God says, I gave you enough to get you to the end of this year, but I didn’t give you enough for today. But now I am releasing My grace for now, and there’s a grace that’s coming on My family, a grace that’s coming on My people to appreciate the time called now. And don’t let now be tainted by what was; or diminished by what you think is yet to come. But let now be, be juicy, let now be full of life. Let now enter into your mouth, let now enter into your taste buds, not just your stomach. And live for the moment, live for today – today if you’ll hear My voice. But God says, there’s a grace for this. So today is the beginning of a moment of reality, and it will be real, unlike any time before.

As leaders we must lead by an example of being men and women who embrace God’s manifest presence resting in our lives each and every day. Let’s embrace the time called ‘today’ and release the things that no longer exist. The place where God rests and we rest in Him is more valuable than the stories of yesterday or the yet to come promises of tomorrow. Christ is everything!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who have been able to contribute to our mission. Tickets have been purchased for ministry in New Mexico, Texas, Angola Africa, and Portugal.  We are set through March 2nd. Please continue to pray for us and contribute when you can. We plan to move into 2020 with full purpose and a focus of bringing New Covenant life and grace to the nations. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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Merry Christmas!

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Greetings,

Here is an account of the 24 chapters of Luke that I have challenged to read in the 24 days of December leading to this day – Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all!

DAY 1 – LUKE 1 – When Holy Spirit comes in Jesus name, miracles happen! Life breaks out everywhere and at the presence of Jesus, the Holy Spirit rejoices! Jesus empowers all the promises to be fulfilled.

DAY 2 – LUKE 2 – At the birth of Jesus heaven rejoices, the earth rejoices, the past rejoices, and the future is made known! Jesus is the fulfillment of it all, the firstborn of a new race!

DAY 3 – LUKE 3 – Jesus restores the family line as sons of God – one with our Heavenly Father in the intimacy and fullness of the Spirit.

DAY 4 – LUKE 4 – Jesus demonstrated the way of man – A connection with our Father, authority over Satan, the authority of heaven, and authority’s power of the kingdom of God bringing life to mankind!

Day 5 – LUKE 5 – When Jesus speaks, manifests His presence, touches us, or enters our world in any way – LIFE HAPPENS. It is time to forsake all the imitations and indulge in life! Put on the full garment, be a new wine skin and we need to be filled with New Covent Life! Indulge in the Spirit!

LUKE 6 – Day 6 – Jesus personal connection to His Father demonstrates the source of the internal kingdom of God for the external expressions of Christ in our lives. We have no control over what comes to us, but our connection to God surely will affect what flows through us and out of us to others. Our ability to live, move and have our being comes from the inside out by our heart connection to God in an intimate way in all things!

Day 7 – LUKE 7 – The nations cry out for the power of New Covenant Love – Jesus is true love and true love brings increasing life – The justification of the old was a recognition of the need for the new. It is an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ! Only the power of God’s love can defeat death and sin.

Day 8 – LUKE 8 – Jesus is life, brings life, and will empower us to produce life. The power of His life is seen in the power of His love. His faith works through love! He gives us power over every storm, power over every sickness, power for our deliverance, power for our fruitfulness, and even power over every grave! It is all because of God’s great love for us all!

Day 9 – LUKE 9 – Jesus set the example and made a way for the anointing of Christ to be an everyday part of our lives. It is about giving life to the world. Healing for our bodies, deliverance for our souls, and even our daily provision is a gift of God’s love. In Him we live, and move, and have our being! Be all in!

DAY 10 – LUKE 10 – The good news of our names written in heaven is eternal life now and forever! God’s power is a power of love that demonstrates that mercy triumphs. Our relationship with God is above all else. Recognize His presence today and be aware of His presence in your room.

DAY 11 – LUKE 11 – Jesus shows us God as our Father, we as His children. Jesus is our true bread that we might give bread to the hungry. He gives freedom to the nations as the One who is stronger than every strong man. The lifeless old covenant of law is done, and the resurrection life of Christ has come.

DAY 12 – LUKE 12 – It is time to live for the purpose of the kingdom of God. There is no peace for a form of godliness that doesn’t have God’s presence and fulfill His purpose. There is only division, that we might embrace the kingdom of God over the kingdoms of self. All that is given, is given for His kingdom and His will. Life through us to the world.

DAY 13 – LUKE 13 – To love religious traditions more than the freedom of life that Jesus gives is nothing short of being a worker of iniquity. Jesus came to give us repentance unto life! The entrance is narrow, but the rewards are limitless!

DAY 14 – LUKE 14 – Be a giver of life, not a keeper of law. Take the humble path and wait for God’s invitation. Don’t be so busy fulfilling your needs, that you miss the celebration of God’s presence. Love God even more than those you love the most. Be all in! He is your source of life.

DAY 15 – LUKE 15 – God gives us life, breath, and all things. He cares for us and has always seen us as His child. We are an expression of Him, He knows the value of who we each are. He desires for a partnership with us in all things! He is our God, we are His people, and we live together at all times.

DAY 16 – LUKE 16 – Life isn’t about the accounts of right, it’s about relationship. The purpose of all that we possess is to make friends. Don’t hold on to law! It can’t change, so pick relationship! Mercy and grace connect us to God and one another and Law and right accounts can never understand such love!

DAY 17 – LUKE 17 – Faith is connected to relationship, not to works you can do nor works that God can do. It is about relationship with God. Serving God is our duty; but loving Him is our miracle. The kingdom of God is a matter of relationship and it is within us. God’s presence makes all things new!

DAY 18 – LUKE 18 – God will come to the aid of those He loves, He honors the humble, and He satisfies those who come like little children to Him. He wants us to be loving, as He is loving; to put our trust in Him and not in ourselves or anything we possess. Only God can do all things and when we live for Him, He takes care of us. What do you want God to do for you? Your faith will make you whole. Receive what He gives, follow Him, and glorify God.

DAY 19 – LUKE 19 – It all belongs to God! What you possess is not yours. Steward it well for His glory! Know that Jesus is the source and you are to magnify His name, even with what you possess. When you do, what you have will increase for His will. Jesus is the King and He is the firstfruit of life for us all. Live your life for Him and don’t fake it. He will teach you daily.

DAY 20 – LUKE 20 – Authority gives life; thus, Jesus gives to all life. He is the true rock, upon which we can stand. We cannot change Him, but we must be changed by Him. He came that we might become givers, givers of life in this world now. It is not about what we can get, it is about who we can be.

DAY 21 – LUKE 21 – God doesn’t measure us by our possessions, but by our hearts and He delights in those who put their trust in Him. Jesus has come to establish the true and remove what is false. Only through Jesus has the price of redemption been paid. God’s kingdom has come to consume the kingdoms of the world. He changes heaven and earth forever!

DAY 22 – LUKE 22 – Jesus introduced the end of the Old Covenant and the beginning of the New. The cup of the New Covenant is given to us because Jesus gave His life for us as the Lamb to end the Old. The Life of the Spirit is now to be ours! The way is to give life to others! Jesus willingly offered His life for us all!

DAY 23 – LUKE 23 – Jesus demonstrated giving His life for the sake of all mankind. Though He was innocent, He did not protest His rejection. He was willing wounded, bruised, and chastised for us all. He didn’t consider it sorrow to give His life for us, but sorrow for those who do not receive His gift of life. Lean in His direction and resurrection life is yours!

DAY 24 – LUKE 24 – We cannot find Jesus among the dead. He is risen! His life is stronger than the grave – eternal life – resurrection life. We will know Him on the road of life. He makes us come alive inside and He is the one that all Scripture confirms! He shows us His wounds of love. Now we can be clothed as His body, with power from on high! Blessings from His presence!

Merry Christmas to you all. God bless you in this new season as you enter a new chapter in your life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

 

 

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Kingdom Attributes

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       Greetings,

Last week I addressed a few of the attributes needed to find the grace of becoming the salt and light of heaven to the world around us. We must demonstrate what it means to know we are lost without Jesus. We must be hungry for God and eager to receive Him in all things. We must know our need for God. We are in a place of loss without Him. Because of this, we are willing to receive His fullness. We have to know that God is our true comfort and that no earthy thing can truly satisfy. We have to be humble. To be humble is to be teachable.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

We must see righteousness as food and drink. True righteousness is a right relationship with God and men. Without a right relationship with God we cannot have a right relationship with men. Connection with God and His family is like food. Without this righteousness we starve. It is like drink. Without it we will die of thirst.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

To be the salt and light of heaven to the world we must be merciful. We need a revelation that all that has been given to us is because God is merciful to us.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is a judgment of love to those who are bound to a justice system of law. It is the testimony of love being triumphant over all judgment. As leaders we cannot seek to excel in judgment. We must excel in mercy. In our hearts we must know our own need for mercy so we can show mercy to others also.

We must be pure of heart. To be pure of heart is to have a concern for life. To be pure is to expect life and to be expectant with life.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

In order to truly see God for who He is we cannot have preconceived ideas as to who He is. We must be like little children in our hearts. We know He loves us, we know He is great, and we know He is good. Leaders lead others into being pure of heart. Being pure of heart also includes a willingness to forgive others and to think the best in all things. We must be wise to all that is good and innocent to all that is evil.

We must be peace makers. To be a peace maker is not to be someone who avoids conflict or confrontation. We must be willing to face conflict and confront anything that seeks to separate us from God.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Peace makers see reconciliation as most important. They seek to resolve issues that create separations between them and God. They do not hesitate to put to death works of the flesh and judgments of the flesh that divide relationships.

We have to be willing to be persecuted for righteousness. We can even expect to be persecuted for righteousness. True righteousness is doing right for others. It is standing fast to do all that God desires. We cannot be quick to compromise in our relationship with God and others. Pressure and all manner of persecution will arise to weaken our resolve, but to be salt and light we must endure persecution and not bow our knees to other life sources. We must not bow to any idol.

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We can even expect to be lied about and taken advantage by others at times. When we are lied about, we must not lie about others. When we are taken advantage by someone, we must not do the same to them.

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

These are all keys to being salt and light to the world around us. We are the gate of heaven and our character, nature, way must not be like that of the world. Only God’s grace can empower us, but God’s grace can only be found by those who are eager and willing to seek for it and find it.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Attributes For Salt and Light

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     Greetings,

The Church is called to be the testimony of Christ in the earth. We are expressions of God in earthly form. It is for this reason that we must be born of the water and born of the Spirit. That which is born of the water is natural and that which is born of the spirit is Spirit, but together these attributes make us spiritual. We are expressions of God in His likeness and image to bring the influence of heaven into the world in which we live. I don’t believe that this can be accomplished as individuals. I believe it takes many members in diverse expressions of Christ to fully reveal who He is to the world. Surely the enemy has fashioned weapons against this happening. We are the gate of heaven and as the gate of heaven we are salt and light to the world.

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Salt preserves and salt brings out the full flavor of all that it touches. We are called to bring the best out of others by inviting all to come and be a part of the transforming power of God’s grace.  We are light to the darkness so that those in darkness might come into the liberating testimony of becoming part of the light in Christ. How do we touch the world with the salt of heaven’s grace? How do we shine as the true light in a world of darkness? Jesus gave some keys to being the salt and light of the community of Christ to the community of the world. Those keys are keys of character, attitude, nature, and ways of our hearts. Leaders must grow in these things and lead others to embrace these attributes to be the salt and light of heaven in the earth. When Jesus addressed the Pharisees in Matthew chapter 5, they had lost their ability to be the salt and light of the world for lack of these qualities.

We must be desperate and hungry. We cannot take on a form that is satisfied in ourselves and complete without God. We must demonstrate what it means to know we are lost without Jesus. We are truly hungry and therefore we are eager and willing to receive Him in all things.

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The poor in spirit are those who cry out for the life that only comes from God. As leaders we must grow in the strength of our spirit, but we can only do this if we are poor in spirit without Him. We can never forget where we would be without Him so we can grow in becoming who we need to become by embracing His presence in our lives in increasing measures in each and every season of our lives.

We must know our need for God. We are in a place of loss without Him. Because of this, we are willing to receive His fullness.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

In order to receive and to depend upon the comfort that comes from God requires us to know that without Him there can be no true comfort. We cannot find true comfort in things that the world offers. True comfort only comes from the One who is the true comforter. Leaders must set an example and inspire those the lead to do the same.

We have to be humble. To be humble is to be teachable. We know that we are darkness, but He is the light. Only God can give us the light of life.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

To be meek is to be teachable. To be the salt and light of heaven we cannot depend upon what we know. We have to depend upon the One who knows all things. Leaders are not those who know all things. They are those who excel in being teachable and grow in knowing God and all that he desires for them to know. In order to teach others, we must first be teachable ourselves. True teachability is seen in our willingness to change. Leaders willingly change so they can also lead others in their journey of God’s change in their lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Help us as we close this year and enter into this new year. Now is the time when we have to make investments for the opening year. We will be going to Africa in February and are in need of tickets. Please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. Help us fulfill our calling and commission to the nations!

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

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www.ted4you.com or

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Life To The Earth

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We are the gate of heaven in the earth for the purpose of invading the earth with the life of heaven. Jacob received this revelation when he fell asleep in a place that he thought was isolated and separated from God and others. While he was asleep, he had a dream in regard to the reality of who he truly was. He was part of the family of God meant to fulfill the destiny of God’s family upon the earth. Where he was, God was. He was the gate of heaven in the earth. This is our path of destiny as well. We are not isolated from God and God is not isolated from us. Where we are, He is; and we must know that where He is, we are also. We are one with Him in heavenly places so we can bring heaven’s grace into our world. When Jacob received this revelation, he stood the rock that had been his pillow upright and it became a pillar testifying of the house of God. He poured oil upon it as a testimony of God’s manifest presence and anointing upon the house of God in the earth. This is not a day for us to be asleep! We are the house of God! Each of us are called to be pillars of God’s presence in the earth for the purpose of God’s will in our generation. We were born for such a time as this to invade our world with the power of heaven’s grace. We were born to bring life to our world!

Peter had this same revelation in another way.

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Peter’s revelation came by the voice of God in his heart. He heard the voice of his heavenly Father from within his heart. Jesus said that this was the key to being the place of God’s manifest presence in the earth. It is hearing God’s voice that empowers us to be part of the unshakable testimony of Christ in the earth. God’s manifest presence within us is what empowers the anointing and authority of Christ from us and around us. Hearing God transformed Simon to Peter, the little rock. But the little rock Peter was transformed by the Big Rock of hearing God’s voice from within his heart.

Peter means “little rock”, but Jesus said that upon a “huge rock” He would build His Church. I believe that that “huge rock” was not just Christ, but the revealing of Christ that came by hearing the revelation given by the Father in heaven. I also believe that it infers that the rock of the body of Christ (the Church) is made of little rocks that are transformed through a relationship with God as their Father and the power of His transforming voice at work within them. The revelation that comes from our heavenly Father to our hearts also defines the substance of our lives. We become the substance of Christ in the Rock of Christ. The thing that Jesus said would be built by that revelation was His Church. It was His called-out assembly for governmental decision in the earth. It was His Bride, His Wife, His co-partner in heaven and earth. That Church would prevail against the gates of Hades. Hades is the realm of the dead. The testimony of the Church would be a greater power than the gates of death in the heavenlies and upon earth. The testimony of the life of God in our lives and through our lives would be more powerful than the onslaught of death upon or around us.

Those who have a revelation of Christ are like Peter and they are given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. They are given the power of the government of heaven. They are able to bind on earth things decreed from heaven to see them bound in heaven. They are able to loose on earth things decreed from heaven to see them loosed in heaven. Those with a revelation of Christ in their midst are part a called-out assembly of divinely empowered believers equipped to make heavenly decisions upon the earth for supernatural releases of heaven to the earth. The influences of the realm of the dead are overpowered by the influence of life from the kingdom of heaven within our hearts. This is the key to our being true salt and light in our world. It is for this purpose and testimony that we must lead the body of Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Heaven’s Gate

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Last week I addressed the fact that we are the gate of heaven in the earth. Jacob discovered this truth in his journey of destiny. This is also true for us. As leaders, we must lead others into the truth of knowing they are the place of God’s presence and purpose in the earth. This lesson given to us through the life of Jacob was a type of all that is real in our destiny in Christ. In order to be the salt that preserves and brings out the true identity of humanity in the world around us, we must know who we are in Christ. In order to be the light that transforms the dark places of the world to know and become the light of Christ, we must know who we are.

Genesis 28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

Jacob was in awe of the place! How awesome is this place! This is the house of God! This is the gate of heaven! This is the open entrance of heaven to the earth. This the gate of heaven’s influence to the earth. This is how heaven gets into the earth. This is the place that angels go into heaven to get what is needed and come back with heavenly provisions for heavenly purposes upon the earth.

Genesis 28:18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Jacob rose up and took the rock and stood it upright. He transformed it from a pillow into a pillar. He poured oil on it. He renamed the place. It was called Luz, meaning isolated or separated place. He renamed it Bethel. Bethel means, house of God. The enemy wants you to sleep in the isolated separated place. He wants you to seek for a place of your own personal comfort. He wants your personal needs to be met. He wants you to feel at rest. He wants you to go to sleep. He wants you to seek out an isolated separated place and he wants you to lay down and think about you. He wants to tuck you in and say, sweet dreams. Sleep well. Good night. See you in your dreams. Something inside of you is calling for you to wake up. The Holy Spirit within you is calling for you to know who you are and to know who we are together as the house of God in the earth. We are sons and daughters of God. We are members of the body of Christ. We are the place where God’s presence and purpose invade the earth with His life and glory. We are the gate of heaven. We are the place of the influence of heaven in the earth called the house of God. We are the church!

To be the salt and light of the world, we must know who we are. If we don’t know who we are, we will live a lie. We will live to be something we are not. We will be salt that loses is ability to be salt. We will be darkness, that merely pretends to be true light. As leaders, we must lead to activate, facilitate, and release each member of the body of Christ to be truly who they are.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Where Heaven Touches Earth

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Last week I addressed the need to be the salt and the light of our world, as the influence of the kingdom of heaven in external ways. In order to convey what I need to say in regard to being God’s influence in this world, I feel I must post something I wrote a couple of years ago.

In Genesis chapter 28 we find a story of Jacob on his journey in life. Jacob was destined to become Israel. The name Israel means, Prince with God. If God is King and you are a prince, what does that make you? It makes you a son or a daughter of the King. I am using the word prince to also imply princess, as I use the word son to also imply daughter. It is a term of inheritance. In Christ there is no difference between male and female, all are sons. God always wanted to establish His sons and daughters in the earth because they fulfill His calling. They are the fullness of His inheritance. They exercise the fullness of His life-giving authority. God has never wanted servants. He has never desired slaves. He has always wanted a family. The earth was destined for the family of God – for the Israel of God. He didn’t merely desirea nation called Israel, but a kingdom of sons and daughters called Israel. The family of God is the expression of the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, a heavenly kingdom among the kingdoms of the earth. It is an eternal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is an internal kingdom that consumes the external realities of the kingdoms of men by an internal transformation of hearts and minds.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were the testimony to the fullness that could only come in Christ. A first, second, and third generation would lead to a fourth generation that would be the shadow of what God had in mind for all nations. Jacob was destined to become Israel, but he had to find the keys to becoming before he could wear that testimony. On his journey, Jacob came to place and he decided to go to sleep. He found a stone and he set it up as a pillow for a night of sleep.

Genesis 28:10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep.

Jacob did not have a revelation at this point of who he was. He did not have a full revelation of his purpose. He didn’t have a revelation of God’s full plan. He just had a desire in his heart for God. He went to sleep on the rock. He was no doubt tired. You must be tired to use a rock as a pillow. Is the church a place of comfort? Is it a place to go to sleep? Is it a place that gives you rest or is it a place where God rests? Jesus told Peter you are little rock, but on the huge rock I will build by church. The rock that the church is built upon is not a place of sleeping. It is a place of God’s presence and purpose. It is the place where the manifest presence of God rests in the earth. It is a place of the revelation of Christ in us the hope of glory.

Genesis 28:12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Jacob went to sleep on the rock, and he dreamed a dream. He saw a ladder that was on the earth but extended to heaven. The bottom was on the earth and extended to heaven. He saw angels ascending on the ladder and then descending upon the ladder. Those angels were bringing things from heaven to the place where Jacob was sleeping. Jacob heard God speak.

Genesis 28:13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

God told Jacob that his descendants would be as the dust of the earth. They would be numerous. They would spread to the east, the west, the north and the south. In Jacob’s seed the families of the earth were going to be blessed. God promised to be with Him and to bring him back to the place He had promised.

Do you know that you are the house of God? You are the place that God rests so that God’s will and purpose can be done in and through your live. As leaders we must know this truth and we must lead others into the reality of being the place that has access to heavenly realities for heavenly purposes in the earth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

I just finished another training course in Portuguese! We are reaching the nations for the generations of tomorrow!

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Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

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

 

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Salt and Light

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God’s will in our lives will not only bring life to us, it will bring life to others through our lives. We are to be salt and light to the community in which we dwell. Just as the kingdom of God is within us, we are within the community of our world. What is within us will transform our lives. What comes out of us will transform our city. The kingdom of God is within our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit abiding within. It is through a joining of our spirits to the Holy Spirit that we find righteousness, peace, and joy. It is a righteousness in the Holy Spirit, a peace in the Holy Spirit, and a joy in the Holy Spirit. That righteousness is a right relationship with God in our hearts that causes our spirit to find the love and life of God from within. Our peace is to be one with God even to the springing up of our own spirits to flood our own souls with the breath of Christ. We are increasingly transformed from within with the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit. The life-giving power of the Holy Spirit’s joining to our spirits floods our thoughts, reasoning, emotions, desires, and imaginations from within. Our souls become inspired by heaven’s thoughts from within. This then motivates the external actions of our lives. The joy that we embrace is an internal partnership with God in all things that can be expressed in external ways. Our lives become expressions of a partnership with God in all things. It is stronger than mere personal happiness. It is the power of a God-ordained purpose in life. When we embrace the internal kingdom of God in our hearts, the expressions of our external kingdoms become Christ inspired, Christ empowered, and Christ envisioned in all things. It is by this that we can be a life-giving influence to the world in which we live. We can be a life-giving influence in the measure and boundary given to us by God for His glory.

Colossians 4:2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

True prayer is an intimate connection with God in our hearts that is revealed through the thoughts, reasonings, desires, emotions, and imaginations of our souls. This is then expressed in physical form through our lives to the atmosphere around us. Prayer is not just a set time in our day, it is a way of life for us to walk in. It is a face-to-face relationship with God at all times. We come before Him, but He also abides in us and we abide in Him. It is only through this kind of relationship with God that our speech can be empowered by grace. God’s grace is the manifest presence of His Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. This is the preserving power to the world around us. This is the salt of God’s covenant. It is the salt of His New Covenant life. It is the testimony of being part of the family tree of life and no longer bound to the curse of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If we embrace the family tree of the knowledge of good and evil in a time of life, we cannot be the salt and light that is needed to influence the community in which we life.

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

When Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking to the people of the Old Covenant in a time of transition. The kingdom of God was at hand and those holding on to an administration of law in a day of grace would not be able to be the salt and light that all men are called to be a part of. As leaders, we must embrace and lead others into the path of embracing God’s grace to be the salt and light of God to our world. It is only by Christ in us that we can be the influence of the kingdom of God to the communities of the world in which we live. It is only by God’s life within us that we can bring life to our world. Everything that comes out of us must be life-giving to give life to our world. We must be life-giving to our world, even as Jesus was life-giving to the world around Him when He set our example as a man inspired by the Holy Spirit within Him.

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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