An Israel Generation

    Greetings,

1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies.

Sometimes it is good to revisit some things that God has said in order to see what God is doing. Today I am compelled to post a prophecy and declaration that I wrote in 2011. I believe we are in the midst of this challenge. We are the people of God for such a time as this. Here is some of the prophecy that I spoke 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!’”

The substance of this prophecy is found in Isaiah, Chapter 32. The Prophet Isaiah was prophesying of the day of the born again sons of God.

Isaiah 32:1-8Behold a King will reign righteously, and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the hasty will discern truth, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly. No longer will the fool be called noble, or the rogue be spoken of as generous. For a fool speaks nonsense, and his heart inclines toward wickedness: to practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord. To keep the hungry person unsatisfied and to withhold drink from the thirsty. As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; he devises wicked schemes to destroy the afflicted with slander, even though the needy one speaks what is right. But the noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands.” (NAS)

God wants us to embrace a multigenerational vision. That vision will be filled with noble plans, noble schemes, and noble strategies. We are to live as princes who rule as a refuge from the wind because our vision is not just for the moment, but for the destiny of God’s name in the earth. We are a shelter from the storm, for we are those who have stood fast through every storm. We will be water in a dry country, because these are those who have found water in a dry place! We will be shade from a parched land, for these are those who have not wilted in the day and in the heat.

God wants to lay hold of us as the ‘Israel’ generation of His name. These are the inheriting ones. It is key to know that a mantle of strategy and noble plans is coming on His inheriting Church. We must be the ones who will rule in His character, nature, way, power, and authority. We must be a family that rules in His name. We cannot live constantly seeking to find the blessing of God; we must know that in Christ we are the blessing of God. We need a revelation of being princes who will be a refuge from the wind, for we know how to withstand the wind. We are a shelter from the storm, for we have stood fast through every storm. This is not just in our lifetime, but in the history of our multigenerational family. We are water in a dry country, because our family knows how to find water, even in the driest of times. We are shade to a parched land, for our family has not wilted in the day and in the heat.

The plans and strategies of this ‘Israel’ generation will teach the children of the nations to stand in the midst of the winds of adversity and to become a strength by which generations can stand. They will disciple nations to endure the storms and to become shelters for their own children from every storm. They will show peoples how to find the water of life in the dry places and how to release water for the planting of the trees of generations. They will mentor families to find God as the One who empowers them in the heat of every day and those families will empower others also in God in the midst of the heat of every day. The rivers of the past have been the rivers of a Jacob generation. They have been rivers of blessings. But God is releasing now the rivers of planting. These are the rivers that make us become a blessing. These are the deep waters of inheritance that raise up every man and woman in the inheritance of Christ’s name. This is who we are!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Prayer

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     Greetings,

As leaders we are leading others to be the testimony of the glory of God in this world and into eternity. We lead people into the increasing testimony and glory of the kingdom of heaven. Our destiny is not Nirvana, dust, or the grave. We reign on a throne in Christ now and into eternity and we manifest the glory that He sups and dines with us and we with Him. It is through a partnership with God in all things in the awe of God in all ways that we are able to reign in life. It is through a partnership with God by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

There is one God in us and our children and our children’s children will reign with God in life beyond the ceiling or our own lives. We wear the grace of the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, praying always in the Spirit with an awe of His presence and glory in all things. We are the essence of the prayer of God to bring forth the full harvest of His destiny in the earth. We have obtained mercy and now we reign in Christ!

God’s grace is not His favor without change. God’s grace is His change made known in our lives that testifies of His favor. We are clothed in the power of God’s grace and we are dispossessing the enemy of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. Where the soles of our feet walk it is becoming the inheritance of God in the earth. His enemies are being made His footstool because His presence rests in and upon our lives as the children of God. The seventh and final piece of spiritual armor is the ability to pray in the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

The apostle Paul said that if we pray in a tongue our spirit prays and our understanding is unfruitful. Therefore he said he would pray in tongues and he would pray in the understanding. Praying in the Spirit is an utterance of God.

1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

Tongues are an utterance of God. The seventh piece of the armor of God’s grace is to pray always with all prayer in the Spirit. That means all kinds and all times! It means every time we pray! If we pray in tongues we pray in the Spirit. If we pray in a tongue then we pray the perfect will of God by giving utterance to the call of the Holy Spirit joined to our spirits (Rom. 8:25, 26). If we pray in a tongue then we can also ask to receive the understanding of that tongue so that we might also pray in the understanding. When we pray in the Spirit we don’t pray according to our words, we pray according to God’s. It starts in a mystery and is made full in a clear declaration of understanding. When we pray in the Spirit we pray the mystery of God (1 Cor. 14:2; 2:6-14). When we pray in the Spirit, we don’t pray according to our souls’ doubts and unbelief. When we pray in the Spirit it builds up our most holy faith (Jude 20). Faith doesn’t come by praying in the Spirit, it comes by hearing God in our spirits. Praying in the Spirit stirs our own spirit to hear from God and overpowers being influenced the things that seek to derail our faith through an influence upon our souls. Praying in the Spirit is an important weapon against the enemy!

Sometimes praying in the Spirit will be groans or travail (Jn. 11:33, 38; Rom. 8:26). Sometime there will be visual expression, even as there is in the ministry of prophecy (Ezek. 2; Acts 21:11). Whatever the expression of the Spirit might be, WE MUST PRAY IN THE SPIRIT!

I believe that praying in the Spirit includes the mystery of tongues but also the Sprit led words of God’s understanding. This is not our understanding. It is an understanding that comes by an awe of God. It is inspired prayer motivated by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson



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The Armor of the Word

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    Greetings,

As leaders we must lead to empower those in our sphere of influence to be clothed in the armor of grace. This is the testimony of being clothed in Christ that overcomes every scheme of the devil. Holy Spirit is the source of our belt, our breastplate, our shoes, our shield, our helmet, and our sword. This is the armor of life that destroys every defense of death in our journey of purpose in Christ. The sword is the testimony of the Spirit of Knowing as the life-giving word of God expressed through our lives as the people of God in our world.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The sword of the Spirit is the word of God, or more specifically the “rhema” word of God. It’s not the “logos” word. It is not the written word, but God’s expression through our lives that causes us to become expressions of His word as the people of God. The sword of the Spirit is not taking the written word and using it as a whip or a hammer. The sword of the Spirit is taking “God’s personal word spoken to us” and becoming a sharp two edged sword of God’s love. The sword of the Spirit is to become a “declaration” or “proclamation” according to the “rhema” (God’s spoken word to us) that we’ve received from God. The sword of the Spirit is the reality of us becoming the substance of the word of God that brings life to our world. Every revelation from God is an invitation to have an encounter with God to be transformed by God and become something of that revelation. It is only when we have God’s spoken word manifested in the expressions of our lives that we will be able to move in the power of the sword of the Spirit. If we will get in the presence of God, in the fellowship with God, we will hear His voice we can cheerfully endure to become a sword of God’s word that will bring life. It’s that sword in the manifested expressions of our lives that will enable us to call in our blessings here on the earth. God wants to bless us! When He speaks the blessing, then we can speak forth, be transformed, and command the blessing. We can command the devil to flee and he must flee when we be become the substance of God’s word!

If we look at the life of Joshua we see that God told him that He had given him the land of Canaan. When Joshua went into that land did he have to do anything with the sword? He killed 31 kings didn’t he? He had to wield the sword. We’re going to have to wield the sword. We’re going to have to wield the sword of God to destroy the power the kings that are holding our blessings! The spirit of prophecy is going to have to work in our and through lives today. We must be able to speak the things of God as though they already are, even if we don’t see them manifested today. We must stand fast and become expressions of God’s word. It’s only the “spirit of prophecy” that can change things by the expressions of our lives. The “spirit of prophecy” is not the “desire of our own way”. We cannot just decide what we want and then believe to receive it by making confession with our mouths. The “spirit of prophecy’ is the “testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 19:10). We must know what God’s word is specifically and then make confession, declaration, and proclamation of that word. God’s word will bring glory to Jesus!  It’s not the preconceived ideas of our souls that want to exercise their own will and way. The sword of the Spirit is “God’s personal word in our mouths”!

Something is flowing through us that is a weapon of life. The life-giving words of God flow as a piercing weapon of love to the hearts of men. We release the sharp quickening edges of sacrificial love as our lives confess a love for God and for men. The judgments we make are not judgments of the flesh. They are judgments for the poor from the equity of our lives. We make decisions for others based upon who we are in Christ, not what they deserve in the flesh. We are the people of God who walk as the community of God to bring the communion of God to all men. The word in our mouths is a word of His love, a judgment of eternal life for all who believe in Him. We are the people of God and we wear the grace of the Spirit of Knowing, intimacy with God and men through Christ’s eternal judgment of love for all people.

Our decrees are those of the life of the Spirit and not those of defeat. They are decrees made by the substance of our lives. That substance is a substance of God’s word through us to our world. It is the substance of God’s love through us to others in our world. It is the testimony of being the people of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Helmet of Salvation

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      Greetings,

As leaders we have the responsibility of leading others forward in the overcoming grace of God in life. We are not in a battle defending ourselves from the devil. The powers of darkness in our world are defending themselves from the advancing light of grace that works in and through our lives to the world in which we live. As believers we are clothed in Christ. We are clothed in the power of God’s grace. We are clothed in the armor of life to bring life to our world. Leaders must set an example and lead others in this testimony. The belt of truth is around the procreative area of our lives. The breastplate of righteousness is around our heart relationship with God. The preparation of the gospel of peace prepares our feet to walk one with God in His peace that surpasses our understanding no matter where we are on the path of life. The shield of faith takes us forward to release the life-giving authority of God to our world. The helmet of salvation gives us right thinking for the salvation of God in every situation and our testimony of His resurrection life in revealing who we are together in the fellowship of Christ.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation…

We wear the helmet of His salvation. There is no god above us for He is the God above all in our lives. He is our salvation in every situation for we are fully awake in Him. The apathy of flesh has been overwhelmed by the passion of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Might. We are awake to God and not distracted by piecing distractions and attention grabbing circumstances in our lives. The grace of the Spirit of Might is making us alive to Christ in all things and we contribute to the cause of Christ as His people of praise in the earth. We wear the grace of the Spirit of Might to reveal that He is the God above all gods and that we have fellowship with Him and one another in the power of His resurrection life!

The helmet of salvation covers the area of our minds. Our salvation is a daily process and it is for the whole man; spirit, soul, and body (1 Thes. 5:23). We have received the washing of rebirth by being born again through the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts and the salvation of renewal is a daily process that renews our minds in every aspect of our lives.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We cannot think like people in the world. We cannot think like we did as independent men and women who were disconnected from the fellowship of God and one another in Christ. We must embrace the change that comes by seeing God as above all in every situation and aspect of our lives. We live for the fellowship of resurrection life in Christ. Do we have a renewed thinking according to the word of God? Are we thinking according to God’s thinking or are we thinking according to tradition? Do we think thoughts that are beyond us or do we think as the world with thoughts about ourselves? Are our thoughts filled with hope or are we embracing hopelessness? Do we see God is above all things in every situation of our lives or are we too busy being occupied by crisis management and reactionary thoughts in our minds?

We have to cast down the strongholds of our own minds. The strongholds are in the thinking of our own minds. We must have the helmet of salvation on in order to appropriate every blessing that God has for us. If we don’t have the renewed mind of Christ we will fall to defeat before our adversary. We can only prosper as our souls prosper.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

We must cast down the strongholds of our minds that resist our seeing of God above all things in our lives. Each of us is someone in Christ. We were created for good works in Christ. Those works are a testimony of the salvation of God in our lives. Our victory over the enemy in every situation of our lives is not based upon our strength in the flesh. It is based upon the testimony of the resurrection life of the Spirit of Might working in and through our lives. This is the power of our continued connection to God and one another. Our hope and confidence is in God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Authority

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     Greetings,

We are not alone in our testimony of faith in Christ. Each of us stands as lights and a fire of life to create a shield of faith empowered by the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Counsel empowering us to be lights of our heavenly Father’s light. The Father of lights is revealing us to be His children of light. Light represents life. Life is authority, the ability to give life to others. It is the authority of life and our connection to one another in the authority of life that empowers us to move forward without being distracted by the fiery darts of power sent to distract and resist us in our path of life. We are light to the darkness, healing to all sickness, and life to death in this world. The Spirit of Counsel reveals that we are ministers of fire (Ps. 104:4) and the little fiery darts of the enemy pale week in the flame of God’s presence upon us. We are God’s special people, each carrying the grace of His life-giving hands of blessing as we walk in submission to Him and one another as the body of Christ.

Ephesians 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

This shield of faith is not a small hand-held refractor of darts. It is as tall as a man and it goes from head to toe as a life influencing shield testifying of our corporate testimony of faith in Christ. It is the kind of a shield that was used for the offensive moves of a skilled soldier. The soldier would get behind it and push his way in behind the enemy lines. The solders together would lock their shields together and move forward in their push beyond the enemy lines. It comes from two Greek words. One word means, “door shaped” and the other means, “portal” or “entrance.”  Being connected to God and one another in faith is a door opener, not a door closer. Many times, we operate with the shield of fear in our lives and we think that it’s the shield of faith. A shield of fear seeks to provide a protection from the outside influences of the world. The shield of faith is like a door that opens our access to God, and it invades the territory of darkness and death to bring light and life.

The shield of faith is different than our individual sacrificial actions of faith that we do from our hearts as kings and priests with the breastplate of righteousness. This is a corporate connection that gives us the authority of faith. It is the faith of submission to one another as unto the Lord. It is a faith of receiving life from authority and giving life to others as a testimony of authority. It is the faith of being sent ones together to lay hands of life upon others to bring healing, deliverance, and all manner of life-giving authority. The first century church continued steadfastly in the way of life of the authority of the apostles. The “sent ones” (apostles) empowered each of them to be “sent ones” of life as a testimony of the faith. This shield of faith is made of our submission one to another as we seek to hear God in His corporate direction into our lives. Our submission one to another empowers us to be “sent ones” of life to our world. God wants us to be “sent ones” of life in connection with one another to be the light and life of Christ empowered by the corporate purpose of the Spirit of Counsel.

I love the positioning of each part of God’s spiritual armor! Remember, the belt of truth was around the procreative area of our lives. The breastplate of righteousness was around our heart relationship with God. The preparation of the gospel of peace prepares our feet to walk one with God in His peace that surpasses our understanding no matter where we are on the path of life. The shield of faith takes us forward to take back what the enemy has stolen in our lives.

As leaders, we have the responsibility of not only hearing God for our own personal walk of faith but also for hearing God in the corporate direction of Holy Spirit so that our sphere of influence is a door opening influence of life to change the spiritual influences of the territory of our planting. The authority of heaven is sent to transform the realms of the earth bound by the power of control. Authority brings liberty and life and it reveals the testimony of heavenly things in former territories of earthly limitations.

How does faith come? Faith comes by hearing and hearing God’s personal word to us. That is His freshly spoken word (the Greek word “rhema”) to us. We have to be able to take the door opening faith to stand against the wiles of the devil. We each have a responsibility to hear God for His corporate word of authority in our lives. We must each hear God for our own part in the life-giving authority of Christ for the sake of being sons and daughter of God sent to bring a specific measure of life to our world.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Peace

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     Greetings;

We are not standing in the earth defending ourselves from the enemy. The enemy is defending himself against us because we are dispossessing every power of death in our lives by the power of God’s grace. As leaders we set an example that others can follow, and we live to inspire others to lay hold of God’s grace to overcome in all things. We are storming the gates of hell with the gate of heaven as the body of Christ in the earth. The influences of the realm of the dead are being eradicated by an invasion of the gate of heaven’s life. We must walk in God’s grace and stand, so that we will possess the inheritance of the earth beneath our feet.

The armor of grace is the testimony of God’s love in our lives. We know one Lord, one desire of heart that empowers us to be the generations of His testimony. He picked us! He loves us! Our future testimony and posterity is made known by the truth of His love. A revelation of His love is giving us a new ‘want to’ for the empowerment of our commitment to God in Christ. We can boldly come and say, ‘here I am’. We are the little ‘i ams’ in the big ‘I AM’ of Christ. We have been granted repentance unto life that frees us from every dead work of the flesh. We are alive in Christ! We are loved!

We live from our hearts with works that speak of our faith toward God. Our wisdom is not found in the strength of our own works, but in the empowerment of works that testify of our love for God and witness to our faith towards God in all things. It is through a right relationship with and a dependency upon God that we live from our hearts with faith towards Him. It is the grace of the Spirit of Wisdom that reveals our royal and priestly roles in life.

Ephesians 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of God in every situation. Walking in peace is responding to God who gives us His Word and Spirit in all things. This is the testimony of the Spirit of Understanding. True understanding comes from responding to the presence of God in our lives. This piece of armor is not just “peace” but it is “the readiness of the gospel of peace.” What does that mean? It means that when the devil comes and says that we are separated from God, the readiness of the gospel of peace says, NO! There is no separation between us and God. We must walk by the leading of God’s peace in our hearts. It is a response level relationship with Him and it is the way to true understanding in all things. By this the testimony of heaven becomes our testimony on earth. When we walk in that understanding we will be able to maintain our peace with God even when the devil comes with his deceiving “wiles.”  If we have our feet shod with the “readiness of the gospel of peace” we’ll jump up like Phinehas did in Numbers, chapter 25. We’ll drive a spear right through any accusing work of the flesh! Our peace (our ability to be one with God) is not by our actions but only through the once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But we must be quick to execute judgment on any temptation or action that would cause us to enter into any “work of the flesh” that would separate us from our “oneness” with God in Christ. The flesh is not bad, it is good, but the “works of the flesh” will separate us from the life and peace that we find in Christ Jesus. The “law of the Spirit” says that we must “set our minds upon the things of the Spirit” and not the things of the flesh. We are all tempted at times, but it is the “action” that we take, both in our thoughts and deeds, that determines whether we will remain one with God or choose to create a “gap” in our relationship (James 1:13-16). The choice is ours! God says that He will never leave us or forsake us but our walk in life will determine whether we will leave Him and thus create a “gap” by not having our feet shod with the “readiness of the gospel of peace”.

It is the peace of God that guides our steps in life. It is an inner knowing that we are walking in a path that is one with God. There is no inner check or hesitation. This is perhaps the strongest witness to the inner voice of God in our hearts. When we walk in the peace of God the evidence will be seen in the footsteps of our lives. Something is dripping off of our feet that reveals our heavenly position in Christ. We were once submerged in the bitterness of life, but now there is a response to God from our hearts that overflows with a testimony of His Holy Spirit. We are submerged in the grace of His Understanding. We were once of the ungodly nations of the world, but now we are a holy nation before our God. We stand under His submersions with a grace of the Spirit of Understanding to bring His life to the world. The testimony of His house in heaven is the reality of peace that we bring to the world in which we live.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Righteousness

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     Greetings,

Pastor Jonathan has been challenging us at Alife to do some daily heart connections with God in putting on the full armor of God in our lives. I believe that armor to be the testimony of being clothed in the Holy Spirit for taking possession of all that God sets before us in life. This is our individual life,  our marriages, our families, our church community, our expression in the communities of the world, our expression of work in society and all that constitutes the world that is given to each of us. As leaders, we are to lead others into embracing their own worlds to bring the testimony of the life of God to all that is theirs. Last week I challenged us to freshly embrace the testimony seen in the belt of truth. This is knowing the truth of God’s love and living in the procreative power of God given desire that comes by Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Lord in our lives.

When we know that we are loved by God we seek to hear Him so that we can make sacrifices of our love for Him. These are not sacrifices of shame or guilt, but sacrifices that testify of our love and faith towards God in who He is. Our lives must be filled with actions that testify of our connection with God from our hearts. Those actions are those of priests to our God and kings in our influence in this world. These are the testimonies of living from our hearts! We offer God thanksgiving and praise is response to hearing Him in our hearts. That thanksgiving and praise is not just in words, but in the actions of our lives. Just as we did through the act of water baptism, we do something that testifies of our identification with Him each and every day. The actions of our lives testify of our faith towards Him and they are made with outward expressions of our connection to Him in our hearts. Those confessions, actions, and outward visibilities will be a testimony to the wisdom that comes by the internal voice of Holy Spirit in our hearts. They are actions inspired by our consistent relationship with God through the Spirit of Wisdom working within us. Our lives must declare “the Lord our righteousness”! This is the testimony of Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom that leads us from today into every step leading to our tomorrow.

When we receive the righteousness of Christ we also receive His attitude of “right relationship”. Jesus summed up the commandments of God by saying that we are to “love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and strength” and that we are to “love our neighbor as ourselves”. The key to these things is only possible when we have a revelation of God’s love for us. We love one another even as God loves us. The evidence of a revelation of God’s love for us is seen in our love for one another. Doing what is “right” is a matter of “right relationship”. When we harbor resentment, bitterness, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, and the like, we have taken off our breastplate of righteousness. We must allow the Holy Spirit to continually write God’s character and nature upon our hearts and then we must be faithful to respond with actions in our lives that declare God’s nature of doing what is “right”. The issue of being “right” is not an issue of being “right” for “ourselves”. It is a matter of doing what is “right” for God and for our neighbor. Doing what is “right” will prove us to be a “friend” of God and one another. This is the source of true praise and thankfulness to God. It comes from our hearts. Leaders must set an example that others can follow in this and inspire them to do the same.

We know that our righteousness is through faith in Christ Jesus; but the book of James says that faith without works is dead. In order for our righteousness to be true righteousness by faith we are going to have to produce works of that righteousness. To do that we are going to have to have our breastplate of righteousness on. That’s a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As a part of the right relationship we have to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. Now there are many ways of confessing with the mouth. If we are going to confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, we’re going to have to make a manifested confession of what we believe in our hearts.

We can take this principal and apply it in any area of our lives. Our life actions will declare our heart’s beliefs. When our actions fail to confess a righteousness according to God’s word the source is our breastplate of righteousness. If our lives’ actions refuse to confess His Lordship we don’t really believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord. Our righteousness is not based upon the obedient work, but it is based upon us allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives.

We live from our hearts with works that speak of our faith toward God. Our wisdom is not found in the strength of our own works, but in the empowerment of works that testify of our love for God and witness to our faith toward God in all things. It is through a right relationship with and a dependency upon God that we live from our hearts with faith toward God. It is the grace of the Spirit of Wisdom that reveals our royal and priestly roles in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Truth

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As leaders we lead people in a path forward in Christ in which we each choose to be able to exchange our beliefs for the beliefs of God. We exchange our character, our nature, and our way for those found in Christ. Our true character, nature, way, power, and authority is found in our redemption through Jesus Christ and granted to us by a work of God’s grace in our lives. That grace is the work of the sevenfold Holy Spirit in, with, and through us in life. What God says about us is different than what the circumstances of our lives have educated us to believe. The earthly, carnal beliefs of the way of the word resist the true knowledge of God. That true knowledge is not a knowledge of information but a knowing that comes through intimacy with God in our hearts. Just as there are angels that serve as ministering spirits to us in our journey in Christ, there are also spiritual forces that work against us to oppose our knowing of who God really is in our lives and who we are in Christ. The mercy of God through the blood of Jesus Christ has justified us to live and we are moving forward in our journey of sanctification, manifestation, ministration, activation, facilitation, and release in all things for the glory of God in our lives. Though we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, spiritual powers seek to manipulate the beliefs of our hearts through lies and spiritual influences of deception. Since we wrestle against those things which are not flesh and blood, we need to take up the whole armor of God so that we do not embrace the beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influence forced upon humanity by demonic inspiration.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We are instructed to put on the “whole” armor of God. Not just part of it, but all of it, so that we may be able to withstand these forces of darkness. This is embracing being led by Holy Spirit with His divine empowerment in all things. That’s not to just stand still, but to literally oppose them in the day of evil! That armor is the testimony of being led by the Sprit in all things so that we can become manifested sons of God. Those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God and they bring the liberty of the life of God to their world. The first piece of armor is that our waist must be girded with the belt of truth.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth…

The word “waist” is the Greek word “osphus” and it means; “loin; procreative power”. This belt is not just a little strip of leather that keeps our trousers from falling down. This belt is a complete protection for our loins and is a strategic piece of equipment that connects the other necessary articles of warfare. It involves wrapping our expectations of our future and hope in all that is true of God and all that God says is true of us. This piece of armor is a protection which covers our ability to be fruitful. Our loins are the area of the fruitfulness of our bodies. It’s in this area that we have the ability to procreate. It’s not insignificant that when this Scripture deals with the truth that it talks about our area of procreative power. That is our ability to be fruitful. The Scripture says in John 8:31 that we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. He said that if we abide in His word, that we will be His disciples and we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. He didn’t say that if we abide in what our eyes see, or if we abide in what our ears hear, that we would be free. He said if we abide in His word then we are His disciples and then we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. The truth is different than what we see with our eyes. It’s different than what we hear with our ears. The truth is in His word and in His specific words to our hearts. It’s in His word that we will find our ability to be fruitful when we are confronted with the demonic powers of darkness that seek to hinder us in our path forward in life. It is through becoming expressions of God in the uniqueness of who each of us are that we become expressions of God’s word that transforms the beliefs of our hearts.

Obedience to the truth will purify our souls (1 Pet. 1:22). We need to study to show ourselves approved, workmen who need not be ashamed (2 Tim. 2:15). We need to get into God’s word and find out what He has to say. This is not a study to know about Him, but a diligent study to know Him. We should study His written word so that we can readily recognize His voice, but the true study of His word is through an intimate encounter with God so Holy Spirit can empower our hearts by His grace to know the truth. That grace comes as a desire, a want to, a testimony of the Spirit of the Lord. The revelation of truth that we hear and become will be about God’s love for us and a gift from Him to understand that love in our hearts. It will be empowered by the desire of the Lord. What does Jesus love about you and what do you love about Him?  It’s not what tradition says, but what God says that counts. We need to find out what God says, and we must allow the Spirit of the Lord to bring about life-giving change to the beliefs of our hearts. The enemy has power over us when we don’t know the truth. It’s not when he doesn’t know the truth. If our souls can prosper in the truth then we can prosper in that truth. As leaders we must lead people in the path of the foundation of each one’s faith. That foundation is set upon the internal voice of God in each one’s heart for each one to know the truth and to become a testimony of the freedom of that truth in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Weapons In Christ

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As leaders we must set an example that others can follow. This especially includes leading people in and through times of testing. We must know how to be equipped and how to help others be equipped to stand in times of opposition. Times of opposition are not times for the success of the devil or any foe. Times of testing are times to manifest as sons and daughters of God. We are not just natural people; we are people who are empowered by and led by God’s Spirit in all things. This is the testimony of sons of God, inheritors of the testimony of Christ. This is perhaps our greatest role as leaders. We are leading formerly natural people into the path of being spiritual people in all things. We are not leading them to be religious people. We are leading them to be healthy in their spirits, souls, and physical lives as sons and daughters of God. We are leading them to be thoroughly equipped in all things to do good works in all things and bring the life of God into their worlds.

It is through our connection with God that we can be equipped to stand in days of testing. Days of testing are days of battles, but they are also days of victories. If we are unprepared for battle in our daily walk we will soon fail to live freely as God’s sons and daughters of light. Our heavenly Father is light and when we fail to live our lives as sons and daughters of God we fail to shine as the light of life in our world. We need to know that there are real issues that we must face. The enemy, the devil, is going about seeking whom he may devour. His tactics are those of deception, conflict, and destruction unto death of our souls. We must stand strong in the midst of his assignments and assaults.  Satan will resist us in battle and in fact has a strategy to make us ineffective as “spiritual” (spirit-natural) men and women. It is his intent and purpose to distract us from, and even sidetrack us from, God’s purpose of the sanctification of our whole man.

When dealing with Satan and the power of darkness we must not only be faithful soldiers of Christ, we must be soldiers who are properly equipped to do warfare against our enemy. As we live life, the Spirit of Christ within us is motivating us to move forward to take possession of every aspect of the territory of our lives. In this process we can expect to face the resistance and schemes of the devil as spiritual powers of darkness defend themselves against the advancement of our lives in Christ.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

The word “wiles” in the Greek literally means that the devil comes and travels alongside of us with an intent to trick us. In other words, he doesn’t just pop up in our face and say, “Hi, I’m the devil! Shoot me!” He gets along side of us and says, “I’m the voice of the Lord. I’m here to give you instruction.” We must be properly fit with the armor of God in order to stand against the devil when he comes to deceive us. It is very important that we find our strength and our power in the Spirit of God.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Our weapons of warfare are mighty in Christ Jesus. They are mighty in Him for the pulling down of strongholds. It’s not that we reach into Him, get a mighty weapon, and then tear down the strongholds. It’s only when we are in God, through Christ, that we have mighty weapons. We must find our strength and our working power of action through a personal relationship of intimacy with God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son. This happens by our interaction with Holy Spirit in all things. God grace empowers our obedience to God’s voice when we an active relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. By this we know that we are seated with Christ today in heavenly places. It is place of authority and confidence of life. What are the strongholds that resist our knowing of God in life? They are the strong beliefs of our hearts that seek to be exalted above our intimacy in knowing God. They are the established beliefs of our hearts that tempt us to believe that our own will is more important than the will of God. Our response to God’s voice above all things is what destroys the strongholds that resist the testimony of Christ in us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Shepherd Leader

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      Greetings,

As leaders we are called to lead others to a knowledge of God as their Father and a knowledge of Jesus as the Son. This is not a knowledge about God the Father or mere revelation knowledge of Jesus the Son of God. It is an intimate knowing of God through a relationship as a son or daughter born by His Spirit. In is a knowing of God in an abiding relationship of life. This is not something we can teach, but rather something we must demonstrate to others through our own lives. Our own example and demonstration of an intimate relationship with God can serve to activate, facilitate and release those we lead to know a personal relationship with God in all things. I believe this to be true obedience to the faith. The faith is not some religious, or even Christian, belief system. True faith comes by a hearing of God within our hearts and responding to that internal voice in a personal relationship with God. We are not called to lead people in Christian ministry. We are called to lead people in a personal relationship with God. This is only possible by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives for the sake of leading others into this same reality of life. We do this so that those we lead can also be an example of life in an inspirational way to those in the world of their own lives.

We are in the midst of changes in the church. God is bringing about a furtherance of grace in the present transition of the seasons before us. The season at hand and ahead of us is not another season of the works of God. It is a furtherance of knowing God and living in the fruit of knowing Him. The result will be a greater influence of His life in our world.

Jesus is the good Shepherd and He set an example for us as shepherds of the flock of God. He set an example for us all as believers as to how we should be in our world for the sake of others. Leaders go before the people to be an example in obedience to the faith. God is a giver of life and in knowing Him we become givers of life to those in our world. Perhaps the greatest testimony of true leadership is the ability to bring life to others. The law and the words of the prophets could not do what Jesus did. The law could restrain us, conform us, or contain us is some way but Jesus came to give us life and that life in abundance. As the great Shepherd, those who know Him find life in His presence. 

John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

We know that the devil is a thief, but the context of these verses is a comparison of Jesus and those that came before Him. Before Jesus was the ministry of the law and the prophets. The law and the prophets could not bring the life that God desired us to have. They could only offer requirements that created obligations in life, not an inspiration unto life. Only Jesus offers the life of the Spirit of God within us that gives us true liberty and life. Only Holy Spirit brings true change in our hearts and minds. Only internal change can inspire true external liberty.

Like Jesus, God wants to inspire our hearts to give our lives for the sheep. This is the true testimony of endurance; it is a testimony of love. Only a love for God and love for people will empower us to stand in the midst of times when wolves prowl to destroy the flock.

John. 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.”

Leadership is a calling in Christ. It is a calling of love. It is an honor to be loved by God and to know God’s love for His children. It is only through a life of intimacy with God as our Father that we can see God’s love for His children. Being a leader is like being a parent. It is a full giving of your life for the care of each family member, the corporate purpose of that family, and the full destiny of that family in every way. It is a full buying into the destiny of the family of God in a generational way. It will be hallmarked by endurance, but the true root of that endurance is love and a vision of love for the Father’s will and the Father’s family.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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