The Path Before Us

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      Greetings;

During our corporate prayer time on Monday night, the Lord stirred my heart that God is faithful.  I heard Him say, What I’ve begun, I finish, What I say, I do.  I began a good work and I complete that which I begin. So, set your face on the things that I have put in motion because what I’ve put in motion there’s no end to the increase.

The Lord directed me to Proverbs chapter 4 beginning at verse 18.

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

That word “perfect” there, could mean “fullness”. It’s a very broad meaning on that Hebrew word. It actually means until the day is totally day. That light shines ever brighter on to the fullness of that day. So whatever God says, the path of the just shines like the sun, shines ever brighter unto the perfect day – the fullness of what that day is.

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.

I hear the Lord saying in this, that this is a year to walk the path. This is a year to pay attention to your feet. This is a year to pay attention to what I have set before you and don’t think that I’ve set it long way off. I’ve set it for your feet to fit, for your feet to find.  So, don’t t look for that which is beyond what you can see, but look to what you can see which comes from Me. For you are not walking the path of the wicked, you are walking the path of light. You are not walking a path that stumbles, but you are walking a path that leads from strength to strength, glory to glory, increase to increase. So, pay attention to My words. This is a year where I am speaking much and  I’m calling you to hear much, if you would pay attention to the words that I say. Incline your ear to My sayings and don’t let them depart from your eyes. Let what I say be what you see. Let what I say be what you see.  And keep them in the midst of your heart. Let what I say become that which you cherish, that which you value, that which you feast upon, that which you feed upon. For they are life to those who find them. You will find My words and then health, health, health, health will come to their flesh. Health will come to My body. Health will come to My body.  Keep your heart with all diligence and the evidence is it springs forth with life. It springs forth with life from within you. This is not a time to act as those who stumble. This is a time to act as those who walk the path of life that they might bring life to the world. Let your eyes look straight ahead and your eyelids look right before you, right before you. You don’t need to know what you don’t need to know. You don’t need to see what you don’t need to see yet. You don’t need to think what you don’t need to think yet. So, let your eyes look straight ahead and your eyelids look right before you, because I’m putting things within your path. I’m putting things within your footsteps this year, says God. And I’m going to cause My body to rise up in new heath and new purpose – new focus. And the focus will not be what I’m going to do the focus will be seeing what I am already doing within them. For it’s the feet that you shall see, and you will know that I have declared that lovely are the feet of the body that move forward in My purpose with good news. So, ponder the path of your feet and let your ways be established. Let your ways be established, let YOUR ways be established, for your ways will be seen as My ways, says God, because you pay attention to what I say, and you let what I say be what you see. Don’t turn to the right or to the left,  simply remove your foot from evil.

God is speaking and we are hearing. We hear God as sons and daughters. We hear God as a family who hears our heavenly Father. The greatest thing that is going on in the earth is that the path of the just is growing brighter and brighter every day. As leaders we must set an example of keeping our focus on the path that is set before us so we can inspire others to choose the path of life in a day of many wandering paths of those who stumble. We must lead in hope, because we are living in a day of greater hope. It is a day of greater light and light will shine in the darkness to reveal a path of our Father’s glory.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Stone Must Roll Away

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Greetings,

During our corporate time of prayer on Monday night, the Lord brought me the thought of the stone at the entrance of the tomb where Jesus had been laid after His crucifixion. The stone was a large stone, and it was rolled to secure the entrance of the tomb so that no one would steal the body of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus was at hand and the religious leaders and world leaders feared that report. For fear of a loss of power and change, they chose a report of death over the promise of new life. The religious leaders demanded the ruler of the day to order that a stone be placed in front of the tomb where they laid the body of Jesus and a seal was placed upon that stone to prevent anyone from opening the entrance to the tomb.

Matthew 27:62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

The sealing of the stone was a placing of the mark of the authority of the world upon the stone so that no one would move it for fear of the penalty of death. Jesus is our victory in all things. There are many things in our lives that appear to be sealed in death, but God promises that all things work out for good in the lives of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Our focus in all things must be upon the life of God and His purpose in all things. When the enemy puts his seal of decision upon our lives we can trust that the greater seal of God’s presence and authority will change everything. When the Rock of Christ is in the space of the large stones of death in this world, the large stones of death have to roll away. Life is more powerful than death. The true seal of authority in all things comes from God and His true seal is one of life! Authority from God produces life! No aspect of our story is though until it ends in life. Even in the final transition of our lives, the transition is not to the defeat of death but to the testimony of resurrection life in Christ. No death has any power over us, not even the second death. We were dead, but we have been made alive in Christ by the resurrection power of Christ and no power of death can destroy this great hope.

There is great testimony of this in the story of Daniel when he was thrown in the lion’s den. He was thrown into a den where all flesh would be devoured by the hungry mouths of the beasts therein. It was the presence of God with Daniel that delivered him from the devouring mouths of lions.

Daniel 6:16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.

The authority of God in the den with Daniel proved to be greater than the stone of death that had been sealed at the door. The Holy Spirit is the signet ring of life in our lives. What God says, is the final say in all things. When things appear to end in death, we have this hope. The testimony of our lives is the salvation of the Lord in all things. This is the will of God for us all. Jesus Christ is salvation in every situation of our lives. As leaders we must keep our focus on the testimony of life in all things. We must keep our focus on the salvation of the Lord in every situation and we must lead others to have this focus in all things. As we make disciples, we must make disciples that keep Christ as their hope and Christ as their salvation in all things. There is power in the name of Jesus and in the name of Jesus the last word in our lives is always one of life!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Prophetic Points of 2020

I felt it important to post some prophetic words and and exerts from prophetic direction that I presented in my blogs of 2020. The following is a copy of prophetic words, audio versions of those words, and links to prophetic blogs where these words were referenced throughout the year. God is doing good things.

January 3, 2021 – Ted J. Hanson –

I heard the Lord speak to me to hoist the Gollywabbler sail. The Gollywabbler sail is a very light weight sail and it’s really big and it goes between the masts and it’s used when there is almost no wind. You hoist this giant square sail it’s called a Gollywabbler and it’s able to catch the wind when no wind is coming in the sails. And I heard God say, This is not the season of strong sails, it’s the season of trusting sails. That if you will be light weight and you’ll   extend the full extent of who you are to Me, God says, you will find that My wind really is blowing and that I will move you in the direction I need you to go. 

https://ted4leaders.com/Today-A-Place-of-Rest                                   January 1, 2020

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December 29, 2019

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.

https://ted4leaders.com/A-Grassroots-Revolution                      May 13, 2020

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May 13, 2020

Part of a word given in September of 2004:

And the Lord says, Im exercising My righteous decree to declare to you the opposition of bondage and promiscuity. I am bringing forth My true Spirit of Liberty. My true Spirit of Liberty will be a spirit of passion, it will be a spirit of compassion, it will be a spirit without compromise. It will be a releasing of those who have been held captive to the bondage of legalism, and a releasing of those who have been held to the bondage of liberality that goes beyond the boundaries of life.

The Lord says, Im exercising My righteous decree even now to declare, Will you be My people? For My anointing oil is here for you. Will you be My people? Will My anointing oil flood your soul? Will you rise up and touch the nations and make them whole? For I am God and I decree My righteous decree in the land this day.”

In the full delivery of the prophetic word, God declared that He was moving into the earth in a spirit of adoption to declare the treasures of great worth. At the giving of this word, I heard millions of voices in the spirit being called into their destiny. One of my lead intercessors in the church saw me in a vision as a father’s womb. God showed me people as gems and jewels coming from the core of the earth to be found in the common realities of mankind. I saw the core of the earth as a means of heaven entering the earth for the glory of God’s name. As the Spirit moved me to prophesy, I declared a release of gems, a releasing all the jewels, and a breaking all the boundaries and all the human rules. Bringing forth the glory of His destiny. Causing all the hearts to be opened to see. He’s forming with the dust a people who can trust. He’s blowing by His Spirit into their very souls. Raising up a people that are strong and whole. The Father sent His love (x 8). End the debates. It’s not time to be late. End the discussion, the time is now.

Don’t ask questions. Don’t ask reasonings. Don’t ask for wonderings of how. Just receive the glory that He sent unto you. Rise to a higher ground – release condemnation. Let go of the fear. Come to the throne of grace. Come stand here. Release the glory that is due unto My name because you’re the reason that My Son came.

It’s the day of inheritance, of distribution. It’s the day of handing out the treasures of My heart. It’s the day of new beginnings. It’s time to start. I send My love to you.

I didn’t just come to break off the shackles. I didn’t just come to rebuke the enemys tackles. I came to endorse you. To seal you with My name. I came that I might send you, that is why I came. I send My love to you (x 8).

You’re not the earth’s refuse. You’re not the earth’s outcast. You are the eternal. The everlasting grace. Because you are a people that I have called My own. You are the house. You are My home. I send My love to you (x 8).  

https://ted4leaders.com/Winds-of-Change                                  April 29, 2020

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April 29, 2020

A word given at the end of 2009

Then I heard God say, if the Bride would call the winds of change winds of increase, she would rise up in her brightest hour and she would become the life-giving womb of God in the earth. I was reminded of this vision this morning.

At the close of 2009 I released the following prophecy:

I keep hearing ‘God’s purposes’ – the hatching of this egg is not a revealing of who you are or who we are corporately. It is the revealing of the bigger plan of God. It’s going to bring great excitement. I’m reminded of the vision I had at the beginning of the year – if the Bride would call the winds of change winds of increase, she would rise up in her brightest hour and she would become the life-giving womb of God in the earth. Another name for an egg that is hatching is ‘womb’. “There is a womb that is an ancient womb – it’s a womb that at times has seemed almost barren, at times it has seemed abandoned, not connected to the will or intent of My people. But,” God says, “it’s right on time and this is the season where My life-giving place is going to be revealed. But it’s not going to be life-giving to you, it’s going to be life-giving because of you. It’s not going to be something that comes merely to do something that meets your needs – it will go way beyond that. It’s going to come forth and be an influence that is world changing – not just world shaking, world-changing. There are many world-shaking things that are going on, but God says He’s bringing forth world-changing things.

https://ted4leaders.com/A-Broader-Church                                 June 3, 2020

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June 3, 2020

God wants the fruit of the tree of life to be the testimony among men, but bitter roots in our hearts will thwart that destiny. It is time to be healed of our bitter roots, but even more – it is time to bear the fruit of the tree of life among men in a broader way than ever before.

https://ted4leaders.com/Be-The-Body-of-Christ                          August 5, 2020

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August 3, 2020 – Ted J. Hanson

I hear the Lord saying that, this season is a season that you cannot see yet. For I proclaimed that there was a new season before you and even as My children crossed the Jordan to come into a land where they were strong in Me, I’ve called you to cross to a place where you become strong in Me. But the crossing of the Jordan was with an ark, and the crossing into that which I have called you is as a body. But not a body as it has been, a body as I have called you. And the Spirit of the Lord says that, this 2020 season is going to have 2020 vision, but that 2020 vision is hindsight. For the Lord says, when you put your foot in the water there was that which had to pass by before you knew there was a path. And even as there was eleven miles of water that had to stop and elven miles of water that had to pass before the eyes of the Israelites, the Lord says, do not be dismayed by the months that pass by you, for the months are passing by that I might bring forth My victory. And you’re going to see that in this season  as you stand fast to be My body that My miracle is going to cause self-seeking and bitterness to melt before you. But the greater miracle is what I am doing in you, for the Lord says, I am doing a new a circumcision of your hearts. And I’m causing you to see Me and to see you more clearly and I am going to roll away the reproach, says God. I am going to roll away the reproach on My body. I am going to roll away the reproach on you. And It doesn’t come without participation, for it’s in your circumcision and it’s in My miracle. For the Lord says, the miracle is already passing by in front of your eyes. So, do not be dismayed by the months that flow before you. For I have determined that there is a new thing and that which stood in the past as a warrior’s strength no longer stands for those warries have died, says the Lord. And there’s a new warfare, there is a new warrior that’s rising. The body of Christ is rising in a new victory and a new testimony. The body of Christ is rising in a new victory and a new testimony. And it’s a rolling away of the reproach, says God. For it is not in the memories of what has been, it’s in the testimony of what is about to be. And you will see as the months pass by before you there will be a passing through and then there will be a great victory, for there will be a testimony of that which I have done and a testimony of that which you have responded to. You shall be the people of God in a new measure and you shall see that bitterness and self-seeking shall melt before your eyes. 

In the giving of this word, I heard the Lord say, eleven months – eleven months like eleven miles. That is eleven months from January, that when your foot went into the new thing in January that the miracle was already there, but eleven months have to pass  before you see the fruit. And 2020 vision is actually also an English idiom for hindsight. So, the vision for 2020 is not what you see with foresight, it’s what you see with hindsight in what God did. And there is going to be a great celebration, I believe, in the twelfth month.

https://ted4leaders.com/A-Change-of-Beliefs                                       August 12, 2020

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August 12, 2020

I hear God saying that, I am establishing My mountain in another measure, but My mountain is made of life-giving stones. My mountain is the stature of Christ. And It’s in this season and in this time that you’re going to see high things come down because something higher is rising within you. For I have declared that this was a time for you to arise and shine, for your light has come. And you’re going to see that that light is going to expand. I’m replanting, I’m rebooting, I’m remeasuring, I’m reviving, I’m renewing, and I’m bringing forth another measure in My grace, says God. And you’re going to see that there is going to be a change because I am changing your beliefs. I’m changing your beliefs.  I’m even changing your ability to believe; to believe Me, to believe one another. Not in the stories of men apart from Me, but in the stories of Me within them. For I am the desire of the nations and I am the testimony of the generations. So, it’s another measure in this season that I’m raising My mountain. And I’m going to demonstrate that My love is strong. Beliefs are being drawn to Me; beliefs are being inspired by Me. I’m teaching you My ways,  you’ll walk in my paths, from your heart will go my law of love and you’ll become a greater expression of My community as My heaven invades your earth, says God.

https://ted4leaders.com/An-Israel-Generation                                     October 21, 2020

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October 21, 2020

From July 8, 2011

The Lord says He’s seeking for a Jacob generation that He might turn the Jacob generation into the “inheriting ones”. “And even now, there’s a transition”, says God, “in My Body and those who have sought to seek and find Me are going to discover that I’m the One Who seeks to find them. And in the place of wrestling, there’s a breakthrough.” For God says, “I’m bringing forth My ‘inheriting one’. I’m bringing forth My Israel. I’m bringing forth My Prince with God. There was a time and there was a season when I sought for those who would be a Jacob generation, but hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you! This is not the day for you to lay hold of Me! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you – and in Me laying hold of you, it’s time for you to endure! It’s time for you to hold on, and it’s in that place of wrestling that there’s going to come forth as an inheritance – there’s going to come an inheritance!”

There’s a shift in the Spirit. Don’t seek the thing that was before. Seek that which is beyond that which was before. Seek that which is the increase. Seek that which is the ‘more’. For this is not a time to break away. This is a time to stand fast and say, ‘Our God has come! He has laid hold of us and we will not let go of that which He has laid hold of!’”

https://ted4leaders.com/The-Backyard-Church                           October 28, 2020

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October 28, 2020

Last week I spent the week training, activating, and facilitating prophetic words in the lives of some great young people at the G42 Leadership Academy in Georgia. When I do this I often get some great words myself. I sometimes step in front of a student in training and inspire them to declare what they see. In such a moment, a wonderful young daughter of God said that she saw me in a backyard setting and I was working on the back fence of the backyard. It was a wooden fence and I was making sure it was in good repair, but I was not making it new. I wasn’t painting the fence. I was buffering the wood to make it look as it had been. As I presented this word to God in my own personal meditation I felt that God spoke to me clearly.

I believe that 2020 is a season of living in our backyards. All through the summer I have been functioning in the backyard of my home. It is in the backyard that my garden grows, the fruit of my garden in harvested, and I reap the benefits of what grows in my plot of ground. My backyard has grape vines, apple trees, pear trees, raspberry bushes, strawberry plants, blueberry bushes, all kinds of vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and decorative plants of a diverse nature. My backyard has lawn chairs, a table, a hammock, a barbeque grill, and lots of things that pertain to enjoying life personally as well as with family and friends. My backyard represents a place of God’s presence for me in my possession of property. In 2020 I have had conversations over the fence with my neighbors, because it seems the families in my neighborhood have become backyard inhabitants in this season. I believe the church is in a backyard season. It is a season of intimate connection, but not one of performance and visible outreach. This is not a front yard season, but a time to live in the space of more personal connection with God and a few others who are close. It is a time of family, and not a time for strangers. I know that each yard that connects to my yard is also defined by the same things that are going on in my space. I can hear the sounds of children jumping on trampolines, playing with balls (that sometimes stray over into my yard) and I can smell the acroama of barbeque grills making family favorites. Everyone’s backyard is defined by the expressions of family and close relationships.

What is the significance of by backyard fence? My back fence is what defines the beginning of my backyard. Where the church is today is defined by the end of what God did yesterday. Without a visible fence in the back of my backyard, there is no defining point of where my space is now. I believe that God showed me that restoring the fence in a condition of wood that looks as it was is significant of being sure that the principles, patterns, and values of the past are not lost, but also that they are not walked out in the same activity and cosmetics as the past in the present. The methods and means of the past are not the methods and means of the present, but the principals, patterns, and values of the past must define the boarder that allows us to live as we should today. We cannot lose the gold, silver, and precious stones of the past. We can only move beyond the straw, hay, and wood of the past. I believe that the wood of the back fence represents the substance of the past that is intended to be generational in purpose, but we must find the treasures of heaven in the ground of today or we will only have the human efforts of men in what we do today. We must let go of methods, but we cannot let go of values. When we lose the past, we don’t know where we are today.

https://ted4you.com/2020/12/07/the-god-of-come-back                    December 7, 2020

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December 7, 2020

2021 is a ‘Come Back’ year. A year to come back to Him, to come back to victory, and to come back to one another. There will be some tough things to walk through, but God is birthing something new and stripping away the non-important things in our lives. He is stripping away performance and birthing authenticity in who we are and what we do. This is the story of being the people of God.

The Spirit of the Lord says that in living in the moment you have not lost My momentum in your life. I am your Father and ours is a business of purpose and destiny. You will find that this year is a year of a great come back. Nothing that I have set in motion will be lost. What looks like loss in your life will prove to be great gain because I am the God of ‘Come Back’. Though it looks like the path is a path of depletion things will turn and what seemed to be lost will come back again. I am birthing the fruit of generations and the plans of men will not thwart My path of life. I am the God of redemption and the price has been paid for mercy and for grace.

https://ted4leaders.com/Anchored-In-God                                  January 6, 2021

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January 5, 2021

I heard God say that He is the anchor of our soul and in this season you are going to see that things are going to be more anchored in Me, God says. More anchored in who I am. Anchored in the stronghold of My heart. You are going to see that as you are anchored in Me, as my people are anchored in Me, there are things that have been anchored in the earth that will have to set sail and leave. For I have declared that signs shall follow. You shall take serpents and they shall by no means harm you. You shall take them up!  You will literally lift their anchor and cause them to set sail, but it’s not because of your aggression towards the enemy; it’s  because I am your hope, says God. And as your soul is anchored in Me, you will find there is a new anchor in Me that is going to cause there to be a strength that is beyond what you have known before. Not a strength of the flesh, but a strength of My Spirit. You will see that things that have held people captive, things that have twisted and deceived, will have to lift their anchor and set sail because you have put your anchor in Me.  So, don’t look to set the sails of the enemy, but look to your heart and let your heart be anchored in Me. For I have set a hope that is beyond the veil and that hope that is beyond the veil is even now coming . For I have declared that you would be a blessing and I have declared that you would multiply. I swore it by Myself, says God. And this is the day that I shall cause there to be a greater anchoring in Me. Let not your heart be troubled, but let your souls be encouraged; for the anchor of your hope is in Me, says God.  

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Anchored In God

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      Greetings,

On Monday night we had our weekly prayer gathering at Alife and I heard God say some things in regard to this present season in the earth. I feel that is very key to who we are as the people of God and key to how we lead those within our spheres of influence in this hour.

I heard God say that He is the anchor of our soul and in this season you are going to see that things are going to be more anchored in Me, God says. More anchored in who I am. Anchored in the stronghold of My heart. You are going to see that as you are anchored in Me, as my people are anchored in Me, there are things that have been anchored in the earth that will have to set sail and leave. For I have declared that signs shall follow. You shall take serpents and they shall by no means harm you. You shall take them up!  You will literally lift their anchor and cause them to set sail, but it’s not because of your aggression towards the enemy; it’s  because I am your hope, says God. And as your soul is anchored in Me, you will find there is a new anchor in Me that is going to cause there to be a strength that is beyond what you have known before. Not a strength of the flesh, but a strength of My Spirit. You will see that things that have held people captive, things that have twisted and deceived, will have to lift their anchor and set sail because you have put your anchor in Me.  So, don’t look to set the sails of the enemy, but look to your heart and let your heart be anchored in Me. For I have set a hope that is beyond the veil and that hope that is beyond the veil is even now coming . For I have declared that you would be a blessing and I have declared that you would multiply. I swore it by Myself, says God. And this is the day that I shall cause there to be a greater anchoring in Me. Let not your heart be troubled, but let your souls be encouraged; for the anchor of your hope is in Me, says God.  

This prophetic word is true to the promise of Abraham as found in the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 6:13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

As leaders we must embrace the covenant of faith. We must embrace the covenant of Abraham and not be distracted by the shaking things in this world. The world is shaking as deceptions, deceptive ways, lies, and pretenses of many kinds are being exposed as the mountain of Lord increases in the nations. The covenant of Abraham was that in blessing, God will bless us, in multiplying He will multiply us, our descendants will possess the gates of the enemy, and through our seed all the families of the earth will be blessed. This is not about us being blessed. It is about the people of God being the blessing of God to the nations and the generations of men. It is about an expansion of the life-influencing power of the kingdom of God in and through us as salt and light in the kingdoms of this world. We must keep our focus on faith. Faith comes by hearing God in our hearts, it is not an adherence to what we know, but a journey of walking forward with the life of the One we know.

The good news that God gave Abraham was not that He would merely bless him. It was that in blessing He would bless him. The Hebrew expression for blessing is placed in a double. It is the word blessing repeated twice. It can mean great blessing, but it more clearly states that in blessing God would bless. This is the foundation for belief of every human being. Do we believe and know that we are the blessing of God in the earth? When we realize who we are, we will live to be who we are. We are a testimony of God’s likeness and image in this world and we were born to bring glory to His name. As leaders, we must lead people in a way that they know who they are in Christ. They are not only blessed by Him they are His blessing in the earth. While the enemy pronounces “shame on you” words of bondage and death, God pronounces “shame off you” words of freedom and life. Being a blessing starts with believing who God is so you can believe who you are in Him. This is the foundation of the good news preached to Abraham. God’s plan was to make a way for humankind to be restored in the likeness and image of their heavenly Father in the earth. As leaders, we must lead others with a foundation of believing God and believing who we are in Him. It is the power of God’s Word and Spirit conceived in the human heart that establishes a foundation of believing God and believing who we are in Him. As leaders, we must be facilitators of God’s Word and Spirit in the hope of transforming the beliefs of men. Our weapons of warfare are weapons of life! Life destroys death by the transforming power of grace.

Living to be a blessing is the first step in doing our part in the calling of Christ, as part of the inheritance of Christ, by the power of Christ, for the purpose of Christ in all things. Our focus cannot be one of opposing the enemy. It must be one of embracing Christ in all things. By this we can believe the things that have held people captive, things that have held them twisted and deceived in their understanding of truth, will be freed as spiritual powers of darkness lift their anchor and set sale. The anchor of our hope is in Christ!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Renewed For His Glory

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I am finding that God is speaking a lot to my spirit in the last few weeks. Though I do believe there are some naturally difficult things to walk through in the coming year, I am finding my heart is stirred in hope as to what God is doing to perhaps even cause things to shake for a positive outcome of life. At the close of 2019 I heard God say that 2020 for me would be a year of faith. I didn’t like that word, because I immediately believed that it would be about not knowing what to do. God quickly spoke to me that the kind of faith needed for 2020 would be a more intimate faith. It would not be a faith to know what to do, but a faith to know God more intimately in my life. It would be about Him resting in my life, more than about me knowing what to do. It would be a year of having to live in the moment and not for the purpose of momentum in what I was doing. This word proved to be hugely true for me and perhaps for us all in a year of unknown direction. If you didn’t find God resting in your life in this past year you no doubt had a difficult time in the moments of 2020. The year of 2020 was not about being stuck in the moments of the year, but about finding God in every moment of the journey. God’s word to me at the beginning of the year proved to be far more true than I could have imagined. It was a challenging year, but I have found God in a fresh new peace.

As we close 2020 I hear God speaking to me about being ‘renewed’. He has told me that this word is connected to trust, but it is not a trust in me. It is a time of God demonstrating how He can be trusted. It is not just because of what He will do in the coming year, but because of what He has been doing for many years. There is a further progression of His plan at work in our lives and living in the moment has not stopped His momentum in our lives. I believe that these words are true for me and for the body of Christ in the nations. On Monday night I was directed to research the word ‘renew’ a little. I found the following in the front of my electronic version of the book of Haggai:

Haggai preaches a fiery series of sermonettes designed to stir up the nation to finish the temple. He calls the builders to renewed courage in the Lord, renewed holiness of life, and renewed faith in God who controls the future.

When I read these words, my spirit was stirred in faith as I heard the builders were ‘renewed’ in courage, holiness of life, and faith in God. I heard in these words that God can be ‘trusted’. As leaders we are called to lead people in becoming the house of God’s manifest presence for His purposes and glory in the earth. We are not called to merely lead people through hard times. We are called to lead them in becoming the body of Christ, the spiritual house of God’s presence in the earth. This is the place of knowing the trust of God.

1 Peter 2:4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

In the shadow of the Law, the rebuilding of the temple had ceased in its construction and the prophets Haggai and Zachariah were called upon to speak the word of the Lord to cause courage, holiness of life, and faith in God to be aroused in the hearts of the builders. The name Zachariah means “memory of the Lord” and the name Haggai means “feast” or “feast of the Lord”. To be renewed in our courage, our holiness of life, and our faith in God we must have Him in our minds and His manifest presence in our lives. I believe that 2021 is going to be a year of putting God in our minds and His presence in our lives to become the place of His dwelling in a greater way. As leaders we must seek the keys of the kingdom of God that will put God in the minds of His people and His presence in their lives as a testimony of the celebration of life. When the words of these two testimonies become the words in the mouths of God’s people, God’s house will be built for such a time as this. The year of 2020 has been a year to know God resting in our lives, but for some it has been a year of isolation, separation, and a place of finding comfort in their own paneled houses. God is calling us to be His house of God’s glory and 2021 is an opportunity to be renewed to be the house of God’s glory.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Another Measure of Grace

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I have been blogging in my Monday Blog (www.ted4you.com) in regard to some things I am hearing for the coming year. Today I want to challenge us as leaders to embrace the substance of Christ in a greater way and to inspire those we lead to embrace a closer, deeper, and stronger connection to God, His way, and His purposes in the earth. Some of what I write today, I have written before; but the Spirit of God has impressed my heart to stand fast on the Rock of Christ in the midst of our day. We are in the midst of a wrestle of grace. The giants before us are only meant to inspire our connection to God to become people who are steadfast, anchored, trustworthy, enduring, immovable in our faith, dependable, habitations of precious treasures, authentic testimonies of truth, faithful, solid in the character of Christ, strong in the Lord, unshakeable in our love, foundations for generational inheritances, refuges of hope, shelters of life, strongholds of God’s love, and ambassadors of the salvation God in the environment of our word. To be the community of the people of God we must come-to-unity, come-to-union, and manifest that we are for His story, His plan, and His glory in all things.

I have believed for the past twenty years that we are in the midst of a sixth thunder of God’s grace working in the earth. As we look at the ages of the past we can see the fruit and the seed of harvest of God’s kingdom. In the early 1500’s there was a Reformation in the Church. The grace of the Spirit of the Lord and a revelation of justification by faith was released into the earth. I believe that reformation opened the door to an increasing revolution in the church. The church is the gate of heaven in the earth and it is through the church that the influencing power of true revolution and reformation is released into the earth. “The just live by faith” is still a resounding testimony in the nations. We can all experience the increasing fruit and testimony of the desire of the nations. We have been granted the power of repentance unto life and a testimony of repentance from dead works in Christ. The Reformation opened in the 1500’s continued to sweep the nations as we came into the 1600’s and 1700’s. In the last half of the 1700’s to the first half of the 1800’s there was a great Holiness Movement. Over 150 denominations were birthed based upon the testimony of sanctification. I believe that the diversity of denominations reveals a truth of individual revelation in works that speak of our faith. Our faith cannot be a sanctification unto God based upon unified conformity. It must be based upon a personal revelation of faith towards God and our own works that speak of that faith. A grace of the Spirit of Wisdom and faith toward God was released as fruit and seed to the progressing generations. At the close of the 1800’s and the beginning of the 1900’s there was a Pentecostal Movement. A grace of the Spirit of Understanding and the testimony of Holy Spirit submersion was released as fruit and seed to the generations. The testimony that comes by submersion in God has become an increasing unstoppable reality in the earth. We are submerged in His presence and there is a supernatural testimony of His presence available for us all. At the middle of the 1900’s there was a Later Reign Movement and a Charismatic Renewal that brought a grace of the Spirit of Counsel and the testimony of the authority of body membership and ministry. The authority of the laying on of hands with the testimony of Christ’s healing life was released as fruit and seed to the coming generations. The testimony of authority that gives life to others was ushered in through the gate of heaven and it continues to grow, to thrive, and to mature in the generations. At the close of the 1900’s there was Faith that comes by hearing God, Prophetic ministry as a testimony of His voice, and a testimony of Renewal given to the Church as a response to His manifest presence in our lives. A grace of the Spirit of Might with the testimony of the resurrection life of Christ was given to the progressing ages of men. The fruit and seed of hearing God, speaking God’s words, and knowing God’s manifest presence was given to the generations. As we have entered this 21st Century we are being called to an increasing testimony of Communion and a reaching of the communities of the world with the community of Christ. We can expect weapons to be formed against this, but God’s plans are more powerful than the defensive strategies of the enemy. Unity through diversity is the call of the day and a demand for a justice system of love overshadows the need for a justice system of mere right and wrong. Spiritual powers of darkness are reacting to the onslaught of the light of God’s grace and in the natural it appears to be a time of information, but God is bringing about a testimony of intimacy. A grace of the Spirit of Knowing with Christ’s eternal judgment of love is being given in our present generation. A dependency upon God and His heavenly communion is becoming the available testimony for those hungry for life, but there is a spiritual resistance of demonic powers reacting to the uncovering of intimacy. We are masked, divided, isolated, deceived, and bound to judgments that come by human knowledge and judgments according to the flesh. In the midst of this present reality in the earth there is a Jacob generation, a generation of God-seekers, that desires the blessing of God to be God’s blessing in the nations. The resistance to this present grace is only manifesting to prove the strength of God’s grace of the Spirit of Knowing. A Jacob generation is being transformed into an Israel generation, a generation of princes and princesses with God who bring a culture of inheritance into the earth and a testimony of the true Israel of God is being called for among the peoples. The earth will see the people of God revealed in a greater way. The kingdom of God is continuing to increase with the testimony of food and seed to the ages to come.

We must embrace the reformation of today and not merely call for a repeat of something in the past. Does God do something every 500 years? Or has He been doing something amazing for the past 500 years that is available for those who have eyes to see it and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church? The coming of the Lord is a constant and increasing coming that leads to deeper measures of His river of grace and greater testimonies of His glory in the earth. The leaven of the kingdom of God is meant to fill the life-giving bread of humanity as heavenly food to the generations. The mountain of God is filling the earth and rising up as a testimony to God’s ways, God’s path’s, His law of love, and His testimony of peace to all men. The government of God is increasing in the nations and the generations of mankind. The coming of the Lord is not a fearful thing for those in Christ. The end of every age is harvest and there is a coming of the Lord in all the generations of men. The Spirit and the Bride still cry out come Lord Jesus, come! He is riding on the clouds of His manifest presence in the earth. The church is the gate of heaven and angels are ascending and descending to bring about the influence of the Kingdom of the Lord and the will of the Father is being made known by the presence of Christ in the church. As leaders, let us lead others into the present manifestation of grace in the earth. It is time for another measure of life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Exchanged Administrations

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What does it mean to be saved? Is being saved merely a ticket to heaven when we die, or is it a matter of bringing heaven into our lives now and for eternity? Jesus was the Father’s gift of love to redeem humanity. We were looking for a way to get to God, but He wanted us to understand that He desired to make a way to get to us. Religion alone seeks to get to God, but the intimacy of Christ within us seeks to bring God and heaven into our world. God has always desired to live with mankind in all things. He wants an intimate relationship that can support His purpose in all things. We were the ones preventing Him from coming near to our hearts, but the Father’s gift of His only begotten Son made it possible for us to see Him for who He really is. Seeing God for who He is has inspired us to invite Him into our lives, inside and out! This is the testimony of heaven’s grace, an administration of God’s transforming love. The administration of love cannot live in the atmosphere of law or promiscuity, but God has made a way by His gift of mercy to free us from the administrations of death.

John 3:18-21 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

God does not condemn the world. The administration of the knowledge of good and evil condemns the world. True light is love. It includes mercy, forgiveness, reconciliation, and all the things of true life. We cannot hold on to a justice system that demands others pay their debts to us when the gift of God to us was one that paid the debts of us all! Outside of Christ there is still a need for all to acknowledge the condemnation that they are bound to because of the administration they embrace. Only in Christ is that condemnation lifted. The New Covenant does not exist for all simply because Jesus died for all. The New Covenant is available to all, but it can only be attained through an exchange of administrations.

Mercy is obtained by an acknowledgement of mercy given. God loves us, but we don’t deserve His love. To think we deserve His love is an injustice in the covenant of law and conscience. The justice system of grace is available for all, but one must first receive the end of the justice system of law and conscience. That requires God’s mercy, and it can only be obtained through a revelation of the cross. The revelation of the cross is the love of a Father and a Son. It is the sacrifice of the Son for the sake of the Father’s will. It is the sacrifice of the Father to give His only Son that all might come and know the life of a son or daughter of God. It is the love of God for humanity that all might come to know the love of God. When we know the love of the cross we boldly come to the throne of God’s grace to demonstrate the love of the cross for the sake of others in our world.

Love is a revelation, and it includes God’s mercy and His grace. His mercy justifies us to live and His grace empowers us to live in life. It is a transition in the administration of each of our lives and it invokes the scandalous justice of God’s love. As leaders, we must demonstrate the love of God in our own lives for the sake of those we lead. We must lead others into the path of life, a path of being life for others in our world. It is a testimony of God’s love among the communities of mankind. It is not about works of ministry. It is about being a family of God’s love.

Leadership is a matter of becoming for the sake of others becoming also. We are not leading others to merely do what we do. We are leading them to invoke and inspire each one to find a relationship of life with God in all things. It is not a matter of doing; it is a matter of being. The word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood so that anyone and everyone in the neighborhood could become expressions of the life and love of God to their world. This is the testimony of God’s grace working in and through our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Creative Path of Life

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God has hidden the path of life in creation. This has been true from the beginning of time. It is still true in the lives of all people. Although the path is hidden in creation, the key to living a life that creates a path of life for others is to live in an intimate relationship with God as the Creator of all things. When we have an intimate relationship with God as our Father, the One who creates all things, we become creative sons and daughters of God in all things. As leaders we must be creative in all that is given to us for the sake of those we lead. We cannot just find the path of life; we must create a path in our world that empowers others to find and be a path of life in the world given to them for the sake of others. In a covenant of information, the path of life is merely a shadow of an intimate relationship with God that creates a path of life for others. In a covenant of intimacy and transformation, the path of life is being the substance of life in every situation of our lives.

Today I feel impressed to post portions of a blog that I presented several years ago. I believe that the issue of government in the earth is a matter of knowledge (information) or a knowing (intimacy). There is a place for both, but only one leads to life. An administration of a knowledge of good and evil only serves to direct us to the administration of knowing, an administration of God’s grace that transforms our lives. The administration of information serves as a teacher to direct everyone to the administration of life. God doesn’t want anyone to live their lives with an administration of information. He wants everyone to be governed by His grace, His manifest presence working in our lives by the grace of His Spirit in and with us in all things. The world of information alone is only a tutor meant to communicate to us our need for an administration of grace made possible by the judgment of God’s love that comes as mercy to justify us to live by grace.

The kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms of the world. The justice system of the kingdom of God can transform the kingdoms of the world, but until the kingdoms of the world choose to embrace the kingdom of God they are still stuck in the administration of the kingdoms of the world. The administration of the kingdoms of the world is one of a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. It is an Old Covenant administration, and its base of justice is established upon what is right and what is wrong. That administration most commonly becomes expressed as what one thinks is right and what one thinks is wrong. It is a system that constantly battles to define what is good and what is evil. It is self-preserving in its character and therefore the definitions of good and evil within its sphere of influence often becomes defined by its own self-preserving mentality. This is the way of the world. It is the way of the kingdoms of the world. It is the way of the kingdoms of self. Every war is fought over a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. Every relationship is disintegrated over a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. The only eternal judgment that can release someone bound to a worldly kingdom is one of triumphant mercy. A judgment of mercy will not prevent evil from happening again, it only clears the way for grace to transform the heart and mind of the one who receives mercy. This is the power of grace. Mercy justifies us to live, while grace empowers us to live. Jesus made a judgment of mercy for all of mankind by being a man of love and not a man of law. His exit strategy for the kingdoms of the world is a death of the administration of the kingdoms of the world and a new birth with a new administration of the kingdom of God. Only in Christ can we find the true substance of life. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Secularism, Atheism, Sikhism, Judaism, Shamanism, Satanism, Paganism, Spiritism, Mysticism, Agnosticism, or any other religion of the world is not a way to life. Not even Christianity as merely a religion. No religion is a way to God; only truth within the human heart can lead to true life. Only Christ inside the heart of humanity is the way of life. The kingdom of God can only be discovered within the human heart and the testimony of life is only discovered through Christ in each of us. This is not the same as mere Christianity. It is Christ in the heart of humanity. Religion alone still leaves mankind bound to the system of the knowledge of good and evil, it does not transition them into the administration of true life. Only an administration of love can transition us from the kingdoms of the world to the kingdom of life in Christ.

Colossians 1:13-14 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (NAS)

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Ephesians 1:7-10 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth…

True creativity is revealed in the ability to make things come alive for the sake of life for others in our world. As leaders we must find the grace of God to be creative in every situation of our lives to bring life at all times to our world. Our role as leaders is to lead others into this truth where each one has an intimate relationship with God, the Creator of life in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Finding The Hidden Path

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God has put the path of life and the path of death in creation. That path is not meant to merely bring blessings into our lives. It is meant to reveal who God is in our lives and to beckon a response from us to know God in and from our hearts. It is through a relationship with God that we become the true likeness and image of God with the revelation and authority to open the path of life in the earth for creation and the world in which we live. We become like Him when we seek and find Him. It is not Him knowing us that makes us like Him. It is us knowing Him that empowers us to become expressions of Him and His life. God wants us to find Him that we might know Him and become who we are meant to be for the glory of God in the earth. God has hidden the mystery of His godhead within the fabric of creation. Creation is an expression of the Creator and like the Law, it is a shadow of what is really true and good. It is a reflection of who God is. When Abel gave God his offering of the first and of the best it was at a discovery of something hidden in the laws of creation that were a shadow of an intimate relationship with God. An intimate relationship with God will reveal that He is first in life and that the best of life belongs to Him. When we put God first, God becomes first in all that we are and all that we have. When God is first all of the rest is blessed. An intimate relationship with God will also reveal that when we give God the best, even the least in our lives becomes the best by God’s presence in even the least. These things are hidden in creation, but they are made fully real in our lives as new creations in Christ. Abel discovered these truths by revelation.

Genesis 4:1-5 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

Abel’s offering of the first and of the best were a testimony of honor to God. As leaders we must set an example in honoring God and in inspiring others to honor Him. In this, the path of life is found. Mankind is the highest level of creation in the earth. Men and women were created in the likeness and the image of God. When the highest form of creation honors the Creator, the rest of creation honors mankind. Able discovered this truth hidden in the fabric of creation. Cain, the firstborn, did not understand these truths because his focus and desire was for himself. As a self-seeking man he failed to discover the secret of honor to God. His end result was that of murdering his brother Abel, leaving the presence of God, and becoming a vagabond and wanderer in the earth. God didn’t put those things upon him, he embraced a path that was less than the life that God had place before him in the earth. God has placed a path before us all that is a path of life, but we must honor God to find the path of life set before us by God in the earth. Although Cain killed Abel, Jesus was the redemption of the path of Abel that gave all of mankind an access to God as Father in a path of honor in the earth. The blood of Jesus is the life-force for redemption of all of mankind whereby we can each hear God in our hearts and live a life of honor to God in all things. The blood of Jesus is the gift of God’s mercy that leads to the power of God’s grace that we might know God intimately and find the path of life set for us all in the earth.

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Abel recognized that God was the first and God was the best. There was no commandment. There was only a revelation of honor hidden in creation that was discovered by Abel. Because He saw who God really was, it was easy for Him to give offerings that were expressions of who God was. God honored Abel because Abel’s offerings were ones of honor to God. Jesus offered the greater honor to God as a man. He gave His life as a firstborn for all who find themselves in Christ. He was the best who enabled even the least of men to become the best in all that they are in Christ. Jesus did these things because He saw who God really was. He saw Him as the Father of life, the One who empowers us all to be the likeness and image of God in the earth. Jesus was the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person in human flesh. This is the ultimate destiny for us all. As leaders we must lead others in becoming lights of the Father’s glory and expressions of His image to the world in which we live. This is the path of life that brings life to our world.

Food For Thought,

 

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Choose Life

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    Greetings;

Last week I began with a theme of leading others in a path of life and salvation in our journey as children of God and overcoming sons and daughters growing in maturity. Our salvation is not merely a matter of going to heaven when we die. It is a matter of bringing the influence of heaven into our lives in this earth. The internal kingdom of God within each of us causes our external kingdoms to be expressions of the kingdom of God in character, nature, way, power, and authority. As we saw last week, Paul’s words in Romans chapter 10 were not merely words of receiving Jesus into our lives. They were words concerning living our lives as sons and daughters of God with Jesus as Lord of all that we are and do. They were words of God’s salvation in every situation of our lives. Paul was quoting the Old Testament word of Moses as a shadow of our walk in life in Christ.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

God’s words were to His people in regard to their possession of, and their testimony in, the Promised Land. As I have written, I believe that the true Promised Land is to know righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit in our hearts (Rom. 14:17). The mystery of the word of God being in our hearts and mouths is only made known through the power of Christ within us. It is not some mystery. It is a revelation of Christ within us. It is not a matter of good and evil, it is a matter of life and death. God has always desired to give mankind the option of choosing life in all things. That life inspires a love for God with all of our hearts, souls, and lives. It is a testimony of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles in the lives of those who believe. The New Covenant is the means by which Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles finally become a reality among men.

Jesus said that when the seed of His word falls on good soil it can bring a harvest that is one hundred, sixty, or thirty fold (Mt. 13:8). I believe that these measures are symbolic of Tabernacles, Pentecost, and Passover. Passover is the testimony of loving God with all of our hearts. To have a Passover confession of Christ in our hearts is a ‘God did it’ thing! It is the testimony of Christ within us that inspires us to confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. The shedding of the blood of Christ has granted us the grace of God’s Spirit within us. God’s mercy justifies us to live and His grace empowers us to come alive in Him (Rom. 5:9-10). Like a blade of wheat that breaks through the soil, we have a testimony of being alive in Christ. Jesus has passed over our sins and empowered us to confess our love for God from within. We have been granted a revelation of God’s love for us in Christ and by this we have become empowered from within to confess that God is our God. If 3 is a prophetic symbol of God (Trinity) and 10 is a prophetic symbol of God’s judgment of love (as 10 commandments is a completion of the law with a testimony of loving God and loving others) a thirty fold harvest (3 x 10) is at least a confession of the human heart that declares we are alive in Him. He is our God! 1

As leaders, we must embrace a path of being an overcomer and we must lead others into that same destiny. Death is not something that God puts upon anyone; it is the result of not choosing the path of life that God has set before us. The internal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit is the life-force of destiny in our journey as sons and daughters of God in this world. God has established the truth of life and death in the very fabric of creation. In Christ we become the body of Christ that exhibits the characteristics of being sons and daughters of God. Creation honors the likeness and image of God in the earth when the likeness and image of God honors God. When those who are meant to be the likeness and image of God honor a lesser likeness and image than God they bind the earth from being a life-giving resource to men. The land will eject men and women who are not true to who God made them to be. Only in our true identity as sons and daughters of God can we release the life and liberty of God in creation.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

1  Ted J. Hanson, The Now Covenant – Christ In You The Hope of Glory, (Bellingham, WA: House of Bread Publishing, 2015), pp. 108-109.

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