God’s Wisdom Wins

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    Greetings,

When we pursue the will of God, we can expect to be opposed by the will of the flesh. We can also expect the will of God to win in all things.

2 Chronicles 20:23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.

When we face the opposition of human wisdom we must do as Judah did in the days of Jehoshaphat.We must humble ourselves before God. We must seek His will to be done and the influence of His kingdom to come. We must stand to praise God and not bow to the power or pressure of earthly, sensual, or demonic inspirations. As did Judah, we must trust that who we are in Christ is enough and we must thrust our hands towards heaven to trust God above all things. Our weapons of warfare are not fleshly, but mighty in Christ and God’s mercy will prove to endure!

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Wisdom is the means by which we move from today into the footsteps that move forward in the path of destiny. That path leads to the destiny of God’s will and not the will of self. It leads to the destination of God’s purpose and not the success of some human agenda. When we get our identity out of what we do rather than who we are in Christ, we can become envious of what we see others doing. This opens the door of our hearts to earthly wisdom. When we do this, we become confused and we do evil things. It is not that one intends to do evil things, it is the fruit of deception. Human agendas and the will of self will cause our focus to be self-defending, self-fulfilling, and selfish in our thinking. This is earthly wisdom and not the wisdom of God. Earthly wisdom in not pure, not peaceable, not gentle, not willing to yield, it is not merciful, does not produce good fruit, shows partiality, and it is full of hypocrisy. It is not concerned with right relationships or with making peace. It is concerned with fulfilling personal agendas and is destructive in its character, nature, way and power.

When we stand in the wisdom of God, the wisdom of God will prove to lead us into the path of true destiny. What the enemy intends for evil in our lives will prove to work for good. In the battle of Jehoshaphat, the victory included new treasures that came to them because of God’s wisdom. What the enemy thought they possessed became the possessions of God’s people.

2 Chronicles 20:25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah,  for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.

When we trust God and allow Him to fight our battles, we will plunder the spoil of the enemy. Valuable things will be added to our lives by the mercy of God. The enemy will be lifeless and precious things will be added to our lives.

2 Chronicles 20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to those who have been able to donate to House of Bread Ministry to meet the need of ticket purchases. We are getting closer to being able to make some ticket purchases. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. We are in need of purchasing several travel tickets.

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

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www.ted4you.com or

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

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Focus on God

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      Greetings,

God wants to defeat the will of self, the will of a people, and every demonic influence that opposes God’s will in our lives. When faced with the attack of Moab, Ammon, and Mount Seir, Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah stood fast to know that God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever.

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

I presented in a previous blog that Moab represents the will of self, Ammon represents the will of other people, and Mount Seir represents strongholds of demonic deception. When we pursue our own will; or the will of others, it often opens the door to some form of demonic deception. When this happens, it sometimes appears to be the path of what to do, but God’s path in our lives is a path of faith. Faith is a supernatural substance that wells up from inside of us when we hear God’s voice in our heats. His voice is a voice of the Spirit and not a voice that is immediately understood by our souls. It is not even reasonable. It is supernatural. It happens when we stand fast in the place of God’s presence in our lives. God’s manifest presence in our lives is the key to the immediate and future path of our destiny in Christ.

2 Chronicles 20:13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord. 14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.

In the story of Jehoshaphat, Jehaziel the prophet gave the word concerning God’s deliverance. Jahaziel means, beheld of God; Zechariah means, Jehovah remembers; Benaiah means. Jehovah has built or Yahweh has built up; Jehiel means, God sweeps away; Mattaniah means, gift of Jehovah; Levi means,  joined to; and Asaph means, gatherer. When we are gathered to God, we know that we are joined to Him and He demonstrates who we are because of Him. He sweeps away everything that is against us becoming what He builds in our lives because He causes us to think upon Him and to know that He sees us in every circumstance of our lives. The presence of God becomes more important than the circumstances that surround us. The presence of God in our lives becomes more important than the will of self, the will of others, or any demonic assault that may seek to deceive or destroy us in life. The word of the Lord to Jehoshaphat and the children of Judah came from the atmosphere and substance of this prophetic sound.

2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

The name Ziz means ,flower and the name Jeruel means, taught by God. God takes what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good when we stand fast with a focus on Him in all things. God’s presence is more important than any other thing in our lives. When we discover, maintain, and hold fast to Him, He will deliver us in all things.

2 Chronicles 20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high. 20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

Tekoa means, a stockade.A stockade can be a place of defense or even a place for imprisoning others. Berachah means, benediction; by implication prosperity. Only God can free us from the supernatural prisons of the enemy. God’s blessings in our lives are greater than the curses that the enemy seeks to put upon us. The will of self, the will of people, and demonic deceptions are overcome by the blessings of God when we put our whole hearts to see Him above all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to those who have been able to donate to House of Bread Ministry to meet the need of ticket purchases. We are getting closer to being able to make some ticket purchases. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. We are in need of purchasing several travel tickets.

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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Human Wisdom and the Wisdom of God

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       Greetings,

We are living in a time where the will of self, the will of a special interest group of people, and demonically inspired deceptions are blinding men and women to the truth of the wisdom of God. Wisdom leads us into the future, but only the wisdom of God can lead us into the future that God has destined for us to discover. Surely things that are hidden are manifesting in this present time and there is a war between the will of humanity and the will of God. God is at peace with all that He knows and He has a plan to bring about His will in the earth, but mankind often resists His will by their own preconceived ideas as to what God’s will should be for their lives. They are often willing to exchange the wisdom of God for some human form of wisdom. Human wisdom is earthly, sensual, and demonically influenced and thus it is a wisdom that is not willing to yield to the will of God. It is not humble, teachable, nor willing to change.

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

The wisdom of God is a meek wisdom; it is a wisdom that is willing to yield. It is not defensive concerning what is known from the past but is sensitive to embrace things that have not been seen, heard, or thought before. Wisdom from God requires an innocent trust in what God says. Natural human wisdom is very often an enemy to the wisdom of God in our lives. Natural wisdom is based upon human will and human will can come in the form of self-will or the will of others. I believe the sons of the daughters of Lot depict these two types of wisdom. Wisdom involves moving into the future, and in the story of Lot and his daughters, there was a fear of no future, thus there was a pursuing of the future through carnal human ways.

Genesis 19:30 Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave. 31 Now the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth. 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.” 33 So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 34 It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.” 35 Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father. 37 The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38 And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day. 

Moab was the son of the oldest daughter of Lot after they fled to the caves at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra. Ammon was the son of the second daughter. Moab means, seed of the father or specifically – an incestuous seed. Ammon means tribal or the will of the people. These sons were born though actions of natural wisdom. Fear based actions produced two nations that represented the will of self and the will of a people. Neither of these produce the testimony of the will of God. These sons were born from fleeing Zoar. The name Zoar means, insignificance and it was a city at the southeast end of the Dead Sea grouped with Sodom and Gomorrah as being one of the five cities slated for destruction by God; spared at Lot’s plea as his place of refuge. Human wisdom is fear based and it is fueled in its energy through a struggle to find true significance. Just as the city of Zoar was at the lower end of the Dead Sea, so human wisdom is spawned at the dead-end places of death in human thought. In God everyone is significant, but apart from Him we can never find our true significance.

We are living in a time of great significance. The will of self, and/or the will of a people (tribal), are born in a place that has an atmosphere of fleeing things that are insignificant. They were birthed from a place fleeing what was perceived to be insignificant. They were birthed from a space of fear of no future and a lack of understanding true identity. This is a place where there is a fear of no future and thus flesh tries to create a future by mere human will. These two earthly realities open the door to demonic influences, and those spiritual influences of deception war against true self, which is only found in Christ. When we find our true identity in Christ, this is true praise. Just as the name Judah means praise, it is only in God that we can find our true identity and be the praise of God in our lives. True praise comes from a place of faith, hope, and love. It comes from a place of true revelation that God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever. To find our significance in Christ, we must live in a place of knowing God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever. We must lead by example and inspiration for this cause.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to those who have been able to donate to House of Bread Ministry to meet the need of ticket purchases. We are getting closer to being able to make some ticket purchases. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. Tickets for October and November are still to be secured.

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

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www.ted4you.com or

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Human Wisdom

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       Greetings,

Last week I addressed the story of Jehoshaphat king of Judah and his partnership with Ahab the king of Israel in pursuing something that was not the will of God. I mentioned that Ahab persuaded Jehoshaphat to go to battle against Ramoth Gilead. Ramoth Gilead was a city formerly established in the days of Moses as a city of refuge for unintentional killers. I have observed that in this present time there are many who are quick to go to battle against others assuming they are worthy of being conquered, when perhaps they are simply in a place of refuge for unintentionally causing death in some way. They didn’t intend to cause death, but they somehow ended in a circumstance or an environment that caused death or pain to someone else. Those in a community of refuge don’t need to be destroyed, they need to be healed and transformed. They are bound to some stronghold in their thinking due to some dysfunction or lack of life in their past. At the time of Ahab’s battle with Ramoth Gilead, the city was in the hands of the Syrians. The name Syria means a height as in a castle or a stronghold. Sometimes people get stuck in some place of life and it becomes a stronghold that resists truth. God wants us to be compassionate to those who are stuck in the strongholds of life. This city of Ramoth Gilead had exchanged hands from Israel to Syria several times and in the days of Ahab, king of Israel, it was in the possession of Syria. Ahab persuaded Jehoshaphat to partner with him in going up against the Syrian stronghold to retake the city with the encouragement of several false prophets of Israel. Jehoshaphat’s alliance with Ahab caused the identity of Ahab to come upon himself and were it not for God’s rescue he would have been killed for being mistaken in the battle. God rescued him and allowed him to return safely to Jerusalem. Although Ahab tried to pretend that he was not in the fight, he received wounds in the battle that resulted in his demise. When God confronted Jehoshaphat through the prophet Jehu, he was both sorry and repentant for his error of judgment. He made himself vulnerable to the people and he brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. He gave the rest of his life to reestablish the judgments of God, the worship of God, and the testimony of God in the nation of Judah.

2 Chronicles 20:7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’

Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah understood God’s covenant love. They knew if they became a place where God abides, they would know the salvation of God in whatever circumstance they found themselves in. A further test came when Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir came against Jehoshaphatand the people of Judah.

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

2 Chronicles 20:20 …Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.

The name Ammon, Moab, and Mount Sheir, are very significant. Ammon means tribal or the will of the people. Moab means, seed of the father or specifically – an incestuous seed. Moab was the son of the oldest daughter of Lot after they fled to the caves at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra. Ammon was the son of the second daughter. The story is that the daughters got their father drunk and then slept with him to become pregnant. They pursued this course because they feared there would be no future for them since they had been forced to flee to the caves for fear at the destruction of their home. Their wisdom was fear based and it produced two nations that represented the will of self and the will of a people. Neither of these produce the testimony of the will of God. Seir means hairy or shaggy. In Biblical terms something hairy or shaggy relates to something demonic. I believe that these three names represent things that are of human wisdom. More specifically, the natural wisdom of humanity. This is not the same as the wisdom of God. The wisdom of God is based upon things that only God can see, only God can hear, and only God can think. Earthly wisdom is based upon things that we have seen, we have heard, and we have thought before. Human wisdom alone is earthly, sensual, and can be demonically influenced and thus is a wisdom that is not willing to yield to the will of God. It is not humble, teachable, and willing to change. I believe we are living in a time where demonic powers are influencing the knowledge of men to cause there to be a great resistance to the will of God.  Deceiving spirits are fortifying human wisdom to create strongholds in the hearts and minds of many to resist the true wisdom of God. This is even true for believers in Christ.  As leaders we must trust God to deliver us from the influence of human wisdom in leading God’s people. I will address this more next week.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

We still need to purchase tickets for numerous trips and connections in October, and November. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

 

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Restoring God’s Ways

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    Greetings,

In the history of God’s people, the children of Israel, there was a man named Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was a king in Judah. The Lord was with him, because he walked in the ways of his father David. He had a good heart before God and sought to love Him and to worship Him.

2 Chronicles 17:3 Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel.

Although Jehoshaphat had a heart after God, he made a strategic error by allying himself with Ahab, the king of Israel. By marriage, Jehoshaphat had made an alignment with Ahab – the name Ahab meaning, my father’s brother. Perhaps this is a significance to a relationship by human will or human circumstance. By implication, he got in trouble by coming into agreement with something not mandated to him by God. Human relationships had caused him to compromise in his own covenant relationship with God. Ahab persuaded him to go to battle against Ramoth Gilead. Ramoth Gilead was a city formerly established in the days of Moses as a city of refuge for unintentional killers. This city had exchanged hands from Israel to Syria several times and in the days of Ahab, king of Israel, it was in the possession of Syria. Ahab persuaded Jehoshaphat to partner with him in going up against the Syrian stronghold to retake the city with the encouragement of several false prophets of Israel. Micaiah, a true prophet, warned Ahab not to go, but Ahab ignored his word and Jehoshaphat joined Ahab in going against the city. A battle ensued and it looked to end Jehoshaphat’s life, but God rescued him and allowed him to return safely to Jerusalem. In the battle Ahab received wounds that resulted in his demise. Jehoshaphat was both sorry and repentant for his error of judgment when God confronted him through the prophet Jehu. He made himself vulnerable to the people and he brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. He gave the rest of his life to reestablish the judgments of God, the worship of God, and the testimony of God in the nation of Judah.

2 Chronicles 18:31 So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Israel!” Therefore, they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him, and God diverted them from him. 32 For so it was, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.

2 Chronicles 19:1 Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore, the wrath of the Lord is upon you. 3 Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God.” 4 So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. 5 Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, 6 and said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment. 7 Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.”

Sometimes we make alliances based upon human relationships. Our heart’s intention is good, but sometimes our human will overrides the will of God. The will of God cannot be the will of self nor can it be the will of people. The will of God only comes when human beings are willing to yield their lives to the purpose and plan of God. When Jehoshaphat was confronted with his error, he repented. He didn’t just say he was sorry, he got down among the people and brought about change. He was willing to make himself vulnerable and to seek to embrace the will of God for the sake of others in his life. We must acknowledge our errors even when those errors involve relationships based upon human desires and human will. We must acknowledge our errors and we must be willing to change according to God’s purpose and God’s plan. When we do this, we can see the judgments of God restored in our lives. We can know the will of God being fulfilled in our lives. We are in a time of God’s plan when He is calling us to change our ways and to embrace His. Like Jehoshaphat, we must be willing to make ourselves vulnerable and transparent to others to see God’s ways restored in our lives. This is the mark of true leadership for the sake of those we lead. Sometimes we make decisions that are based upon our own compassion or our own definition of love. God is love and even in the hardest of actions that He would take, His actions are actions of redemptive love. We must trust Him and we must lead those we lead to follow Him in into His ways. We cannot allow deception to come even when it is masked in the disguise of human empathy

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to those who have given the House of Bread. We have purchased our travel tickets through September. We still need to purchase tickets for numerous trips and connections in October, and November. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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Present Truth

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     Greetings,

We are living in a very interesting time. As leaders, we are facing challenges and opportunities not seen before in the church. It is a costly time for leaders and for believers. God is requiring us to be transparent and vulnerable.

Psalms 29:9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

I believe that there is a present grace of God at work in the earth. That grace is a grace of the Spirit of knowing. I believe that we have been living in increasing measures of this grace for these first years of this millennium. This grace is a grace of becoming the people of God. To be the people of God we must know the purpose of our lives. Our purpose is life! The secret to the forest is not merely the forest, it is the generational life that is hidden therein. We cannot hold on to our stuff and freely live for the future generations. We must be willing to be exposed and changed. We are a temple of God’s presence individually and corporately as the family of God.

Whenever God does something in the earth, His is voice is heard by everyone. Although His voice is heard, His voice is not understood by everyone nor is it responded to. I believe that even people in the world hear God, but they don’t know that it is God who is speaking. They hear a sound in their spirit and that sound comes to their souls. Thoughts come to their minds, reasoning begins to become a strategy, their imaginations come alive in their hearts and they begin to dream new things or see new things. When God speaks, He speaks everywhere, and the frequency of His voice can be heard by those who have ears to hear. God wants those of us who are believers in Christ to have these same realities. We should be hearing God, embracing what God is saying, and creating new things with what we’ve heard. Unfortunately, much of the church tries to preserve what God said in the past and they’re not open to hearing new things that God is saying. Sometimes we hold on to our understanding of what God said yesterday so tightly, the very thing that God said becomes a strong rock of remembrance that can even cause us to love what God said yesterday more than loving God. We can close our hearts to hearing what God is saying today. We must hold on to the foundations of the past, but we must see them as foundations to the present and the future and not the absolute reality of the present nor the future. They are stones in the mountain of God in the past, but they are not the stones of faith in the mountain of God today. When we grip them too tightly, they become monuments to what God said yesterday and hinder us from hearing what God is saying today.

I believe that the present grace of God at work in the earth is one of finding our true identity in Christ. This is not for our own sakes, but for the glory of our Father in heaven and for the glory of His family name. The cry in the temple of God should be Glory! This is not our own self-indulgence, but the glory of the calling, the inheritance, and the destiny of Christ. This involves our embracing our part in the calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of destiny in Christ. It is about being a part of the will, the way, and the plan of God through mankind so that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters presently cover the sea. We make a great us and a terrible someone else. God wants each of us to be real and authentic. Even in the world, people are searching for their true identity. Their hearts are crying out to become authentic. In their search, they often embrace lies, because they do not know the source of truth. They don’t blatantly embrace lies; they are vulnerable to deception because they are not clear in understanding the source of true identity. They don’t embrace lies because they’re wicked or evil, they simply embrace lies because they don’t know how to find the truth. Unfortunately, we often do the same in the church as the people of God. We don’t know how to find truth. We don’t know how to discover who we really are. Only in Christ can we find our true identity. Our true identity is a testimony of praise! This is not human praise; this is human beings becoming a testimony of the praise of God as their heavenly Father. We are each a one and only in life. This is our true value. Our true value can only be discovered when we become who we really are. Who we really are in Christ will be resisted by what we are not. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. We wrestle against spiritual powers who seek to destroy our true identity. Our true identity will establish our true dominion. God wants us to be able to subdue and have dominion in life. To subdue is to destroy death with a life! I believe this is the testimony of grace. Grace is the manifest presence of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives, Who destroys death. This is the power of grace. True dominion is to destroy lies with truth. Truth is not something we know in our heads; truth is what we become in our lives. When we discover our true identity in Christ, we discover our true dominion in Christ. Jesus was the Word made flesh so that all flash could become a testimony of God’s word. As leaders we must allow God to strip away the lies that simply serve as a hiding place from our true selves. We must be an example and lead others into the same. God is inviting us to go another measure in manifesting His glory as the people of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to those who have given the House of Bread. We have purchased our travel tickets through September. We still need to purchase tickets for numerous trips and connections in October, and November. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

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www.ted4you.com or

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Enduring Material

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    Greetings,

Our original self was meant to be a testimony of the likeness and image of God and our original self can only be found in the character of Christ. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can lead as leaders. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can be the testimony of the unity of the body of Christ. As leaders, we must know who we are in Christ. We must lay hold of the prophetic sound of life, a sound of Christ’s redemption and formation in our lives. When we discover our true selves in Christ, we also discover our part in the calling, the inheritance, and the power of destiny in Christ. These were the attributes found in Jesus Christ, the firstborn of humanity that know who they truly are for the glory of their heavenly Father in all things.

I have been addressing being the house of the manifest presence of Christ. I believe that this is most important in our role as leaders. We are not leading people to mimic Christ character by the application of law or by some form of biblical principle. We are modeling being a life that is filled with the presence of God and we are leading others to discover this reality in their own lives. On an even greater scale, we are leading people to become a corporate expression of God’s presence in their connection with one another at times of celebration and in their way of life together in a covenant journey of being the family of God. Today I want to revisit a Scripture I presented in an earlier blog, but I want to focus on a different aspect. I will begin today and continue next week.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Houses are built upon foundations. As the body of Christ, we arethe house of God’s manifest presence. There can be no other foundation, but Christ. To be the house of Christ we have to build with the material of Christ. We are part of the calling of Christ, the inheritance of His name, and the purpose of His destiny in the nations and generations of men. If we build our lives with materials that reflect our self-interests, we will suffer loss in the reward of eternity. I believe that things of straw are things that focus on personal comforts. Straw is a material that can make a bed or meet a personal need of comfort in some way. As leaders we cannot live for mere personal comfort and we must challenge those we lead to live their lives beyond the meeting of their personal needs. Those who do not know God live for these things and they are not fulfilling the true destiny of humanity in the likeness and image of God. I believe that things of hay are things of personal success. People in the world live their lives for some kind of success. That success could be a success of money, education, adventure, good works for human pride, and many other things that could be used to measure whether someone is successful or not. As leaders we cannot live to merely produce some type of success in our lives. This includes some form of success in ministry. We must also challenge those we lead to live beyond the mere measure of success in life. I believe that wood is a human material with generational capabilities, but only as long as they are attached to the family name. This could include a generational legacy of some human effort. It could include a business, a ministry, or any expression of our human selves that carries beyond our lives in the earth. As leaders we cannot merely lead for some measure of human legacy and we must challenge those we lead to live beyond this measure as well. God doesn’t merely want to meet our needs; He wants us to be people who are blessings to the world we live in. He doesn’t merely want us to be successful, He wants us to be significant. He wants us to give greater value to those beyond our lives. God doesn’t want us to live limited lives that focus on some human legacy, He wants us to live for the purpose of the Father’s glory. The materials of straw, hay, or wood all burn in the flames of true destiny. God wants us to build with things of gold, silver, and precious stones. Gold is a symbol for things of Divine nature and influence. Silver speaks of things that are redemptive in purpose and inheritance. Precious stones are things that testify of God and Christ character and they reveal the attributes of who He really is.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

If God has blessed you to bless us, we would greatly appreciate it. We have several tickets to purchase for ministry engagements in September, October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

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A Responsive Sound of Life

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We must always live for and from the foundation of Christ in our lives. As leaders, we must lead from and for the purpose of Christ in all things. For this reason, we must hold fast to the foundation of Christ to be the temple of Christ for the glory of Jesus name.

Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets…

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets. I believe to be clothed in their apparel is significant of being who we each are meant to be in Christ. Jesus came to give us back our original selves. Our original self was meant to be a testimony of the likeness and image of God and our original self can only be found in the character of Christ. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can lead as leaders. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can be the testimony of the unity of the body of Christ. As leaders, we must know who we are in Christ. We must lay hold of the prophetic sound of life, a sound of Christ’s redemption and formation in our lives. We must lead others into this reality also. That each one will know the prophetic sound of life in them and that each one will testify of the redemption of Christ for them and the formation of Christ in their lives.

Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel.

To be the temple of the Lord we must be joined to the Lord. Like the Levites, the nature of our names are joined to God. Without being joined to the Lord it is not possible for us to live in this world in our true identity. Our true identity comes by being joined to the Lord. As leaders we must set an example and inspire those we lead to be joined to the Lord. Like Asaph, to be the temple of God we must be gathered to God. As the name Asaph means to gather, the sound of God in our lives gathers others to God. There is a draw, there is a gathering to the call, the inheritance, and the purposes of God in everything. We are the temple of God’s manifest presence and as the cymbal is a symbolic instrument of angelic sending, activity, and the clashing of the heavenly dimension to earthly realities, angels are being put to work on behalf of our purpose in Christ. The house of God’s manifest presence is causing angels to ascend and to return with heavenly blessings into the earthly realities of our lives. The testimony of God’s presence in our lives also causes us to become a testimony of praise. That praise is the halal of the Lord. This is a word that means to stultify, to declare legally insane by natural standards. God’s supernatural power at work in and through our lives is bringing about supernatural realities. These things are the testimony of being the house of God’s presence in the earth. If we are leading things that can merely be done by human strength, we are not leading the testimony of Christ. We should lead and expect supernatural realities of God’s manifest presence to be made known in the lives of each one.

Ezra 3:11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

They sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.”  The sound of God in His habitation is a sound of being responsive to one another – it is in the foundation! When we each become a house of God’s manifest presence, we cannot help but respond to the presence of God in one another. We become our real selves for His glory. We become a house of manifold expressions that reveal His likeness and image. The sound of our lives is a sound that reveals that God is good. It is a sound that reveals that God is merciful. It is a sound that God is never ending in His goodness and never ending in His mercy. This is true towards ourselves and therefore it is true in the responsive sound of our lives towards one another. It is in the foundation of Christ. It is in the foundation of our lives and our testimony together. Upon this foundation, life will prevail and upon this foundation we will lead others into the liberty in Christ. It’s a sound of goodness. It’s a sound of mercy. It’s a sound of life!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

If God has blessed you to bless us, we would greatly appreciate it. We have several tickets to purchase for ministry engagements in September, October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

 

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Silver Hammered Trumpets

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I believe that God wants to remind us all that the foundation in each of our lives is Christ. The foundation of any aspect of ministry the comes out of our lives is also Christ. Anything that we build, must be built upon the foundation of Christ. Anything that we build that is not on the foundation of Christ will fall. Only the foundation of Christ can reveal the substance of Christ in the walls, the structure, and the fullness of every room. There is a great example in the book of Ezra concerning the rebuilding of the temple after Israel’s captivity in Babylon. I believe there are some significant prophetic truths revealed in the foundation of that temple.

Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets…

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets. The trumpet is a symbol of the prophetic sound, the prophetic work, and the prophetic purpose of God in our lives. In the Old Testament there were two types of trumpets. One is the shofar and the other is the silver hammered trumpet. The shophar, or the ram’s horn, is significant of death and resurrection. Just as the ram’s horn came from a once living animal of flesh and blood, we too were once flesh and blood, but now we are new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:14-17). The sound of God’s Spirit in our lives is a sound of His resurrection power, not merely a changed life of the flesh. The prophetic sound of God’s trumpet in our lives is the sound of resurrection life in Christ. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world and when the wind of the Spirit blows through the ram’s horn, it declares the death of the flesh and the testimony of the resurrection life found in the Spirit. The second type of trumpet in the Scriptures is a hammered, silver trumpet. The hammered, silver trumpet is significant of our redeemed character in Christ. Silver signifies redemption, and a hammered work is the ability for Christ to be formed in us. It is not something added to us, but something formed in us. It is something we become, not something we receive. Christ in us will not merely give us life, He will also transform our character. When the wind of the Spirit blows through that trumpet it releases the sound of our redeemed character in Christ. It will demonstrate a changed life in Christ and will produce the fruit of the Spirit within us. The trumpets blown at the setting of the foundation of the temple were silver hammered trumpets.

What is the significance of the two silver hammered trumpets? Two is the number of witness. The sound of these trumpets is the sound that witnesses to our redeemed character in Christ and allows our redeemed character to be a witness to those that follow. The true witness of the foundation of Christ is the ability to see the character of Christ formed in our lives. Jesus came to give us back our original selves. Our original self was meant to be a testimony of the likeness and image of God and our original self can only be found in the character of Christ. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can lead as leaders. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can be the testimony of the unity of the body of Christ. As leaders, we must know who we are in Christ. We must lay hold of the prophetic sound of life, a sound of Christ’s redemption and formation in our lives.

Numbers 10:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. 3 When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 4 But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you. 5 When you sound the advance, the camps that lie on the east side shall then begin their journey. 6 When you sound the advance the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall begin their journey; they shall sound the call for them to begin their journeys. 7 And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance. 8 The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations. 9 “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. 10 Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

It is not merely the resurrection life of Christ in our lives that qualifies to lead others. It is the testimony of the redeemed character of Christ that enables our lives to carry the sound that can be followed into life and the victory of life in all things. This is the testimony of not only being born again but being those who are being formed into the character of Christ in all things. This is the only sound that will empower us to lead others into the place of also becoming sons and daughters who stand in the character of Christ in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Life-Giving Mountain

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    Greetings,

As I wrote last week, God is reconfirming the foundations of our lives. Those foundations are set in the rock of Christ.Everything about our lives is meant to be built upon the foundation of Christ. The rock of Christ is a life-giving stone of life. It is not about what we get in life, but about what we give to the world we were born into. As leaders, we must lead others into the reality of being the life-giving house of God.

2 Corinthians 3:4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

The Old Covenant was based upon a knowledge given upon a mountain of judgment. It was a mountain that killed flesh, but it did not transform the flesh of men to become expressions of the word of God. It was a letter of a law that could only kill. A mountain of death is filled with stones of death. When someone was found short of being good according to the material of the knowledge of good and evil, they were judged by the rocks of that mountain. Those found guilty by its measurement were forced to leave the community of God’s people and they were put to death by stones (Num. 15:35, Deut. 13:10, 21:21). I believe that those stones were symbolic of the death we put upon ourselves when we seek to live under a governing system that makes us dependent upon knowledge and temps us to live independent from intimacy with God in our hearts. If we seek to live our lives under an administration of law or conscience, we seek to live independent from a place of life-transforming intimacy with God. We were not given life to spend it upon ourselves. We were not given life to create kingdoms that are separate from the kingdom of our Lord and Christ. We were given life to be expressions of the kingdom of God in the kingdoms of men.

The mountain of God is a mountain made of stones that are intimate with God in Christ. Each stone has the quality of hearing God in their hearts, responding to Him in their path of life, and becoming one with Him as the immovable, unshakeable rock in their lives. They too become life-giving stones as He is life-giving to them in all things. The life that we give is not life that is initiated by our own spirits, but by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and transformation within our own spirits. Our sufficiency is from God and not of ourselves. As leaders we must set an example and lead others into the place of discovering the internal sufficiency of Christ within the human heart. It is Christ in us that enables us to give life. The fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are attributes of the Holy Spirit and not the independent spirit of mankind.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

As leaders we must set an example of indulging in the Spirit of God. We must live in the Spirit and also walk in the Spirit in all things. We cannot walk in the way of our own human opinions, but in the life-giving ways of the Spirit of God. True righteousness is a right relationship with the Spirit of Christ in our hearts. We must lead in a way that others can see an example and follow into this right relationship with God in the Spirit. It is a matter of being dependent upon the life-transforming stones of grace found in the true mountain of God – the mountain of His life-giving habitation. This is the life-giving mountain of truth that comes by the internal transformation of our internal ways so we can truly walk in the paths of God in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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