The Power of the Holy Spirit

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Greetings,

The purpose of leaders in the body of Christ is to help each member of the body know the greater power of the Holy Spirit in, upon, and with them in all things. We often think that the disciples of Jesus were greatly blessed to have Jesus with them in life, and truly they were, but how Jesus came to them after His resurrection was even greater. I am not just talking about Him walking physically into the room where they were hiding, I’m talking about how He came in the presence of His Spirit in them, upon them, and with them in all things. He comes to each of us in the same way today.

John 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

Holy Spirit in our lives is the substance of truth in our lives. He guides us daily into greater realities of truth. This is not informational truth. It is the ability to become the substance of life in Christ. It is to become truth. As leaders, we assist those we lead in embracing Holy Spirit who leads them to know and become truth. It is Holy Spirit in our lives that leads us into the true paths of tomorrow. When Jesus declares what is His in our lives, it is a declaration of His character, nature, way, power, and authority. Knowing the increasing glory of Jesus in our lives is becoming a greater testimony of the brightness of the Father’s glory and becoming a greater measure of being an expression of His person. This is who Jesus was as the word made flesh so that our flesh could become a growing testimony of the word of God. This is a restoration of living as the likeness and image of God in this world.

It is Christ in us, upon us, and with us that enables us to know that every sorrow in our lives will turn to joy and every joy in our lives will lead to even greater joy in Him. This is made possible by not only seeing Jesus as the one who freed us from sin though His judgment of mercy, but through seeing Jesus as the one who continually and constantly comes for salvation in our lives. This is not just an event of a second coming of Jesus, but the reality of His continual coming into our lives. Leaders lead others to know the continual coming of Christ in their lives.

John 16:16 “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.” 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”

Jesus wasn’t talking to His disciples about an event thousands of years in the future or even an event that would come at the end of their physical lives. He was talking about an increasing coming of His presence in their lives in a way that more than just Him being with them. He was talking about and increasing reality of Him in them and with them. That would also be seen with His testimony upon them in life as being the body of Christ.

John 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

The joy that Jesus was talking about was the joy of being the body of Christ with His presence in them, upon them, and with them in all things. The saw the joy of the Lord in is resurrection from the dead, His imparting to them of His Holy Spirit, and His clothing them in the Holy Spirit and the power of Christ. As leaders, we live in this to lead and for this we lead!

Food For thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be m `d4you.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

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Bearing Witness of Christ

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As leaders we live our lives to bear witness of Christ in us. We lead others to do the same. Our dependency in all things is a dependency upon the manifest presence of God in, upon, and with us. Our leadership is testified in how those we lead exhibit their connection to God in Christ in all things. Bearing witness of Christ is bearing witness of Him in the face of all that opposes His life in our lives. This was true for the first disciples and the first century church and it is true in our lives today. Jesus told His disciples that this would be their way of life in Christ and Christ in them.

John 16:1 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. “And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.”

Jesus made a way to be more than merely with His disciples. He made a way to be in them, upon them, and with them in every situation and every moment of their days. These disciples, and the first century church, were put out of synagogues, persecuted, and even killed for their personal testimonies of Christ in their lives. They lived, moved, and had their being in God through an intimate and powerful connection to Jesus by His Spirit. This same testimony is true for us today. The witness of Christ in the birthing of the church is true in every new thing that is birthed in and of Christ in this world. There is persecution, resistance, and pressure that resists the life of Christ, but the life of Christ is the life of Christ! Christ is more powerful than anything that is anti-Christ.  As leaders, we lead others in knowing this truth as a daily reality. We have the gift of Christ in us, upon us, and with us in all things.

John 16:5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

When Jesus said these words to his friends, He was physically with them in the room. His greater promise to them was that He would still be with them, but in a greater and more powerful way. When we live with Jesus in this greater way, we become qualified to lead others into that greater way also. It is through this greater way that we bear witness of Christ to the world around us. We are not the witness of Christ for others, but we are examples that others can see so they too can embrace a life fully connected to Christ in them, upon them, and with them in all things.

When we experience Holy Spirit in our lives, we discover freedom from all sin. Sin is a disconnection from God who is our true life. Holy Spirit is our connection to God who is true life. It is through that connection that we find the freedom of being sons and daughters of God. Holy Spirit in our lives also empowers us to know the true righteousness found in Christ. It is a righteousness of personal connection to God in our hearts who gives us a true testimony of life. A visible change in our character, nature, way, power, and authority is made known by the work of Holy Spirit in us.  We also experience the victory of reigning in life. The written judgments of God become manifestly true in our lives as we become the increasing testimony of praise that comes by a partnership with God in all things. Holy Spirit is God and as leaders it is for a knowing of Holy Spirit in each life that we lead.

John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

The focus is not sin, righteousness, or judgment. The focus is a connection to God by His Spirit in us, upon us, and always with us. It is because of the testimony of Holy Spirit in these things that we find ourselves exhibiting the testimony of Christ in us. If we live in this, we can inspire others to embrace the life of Christ also. It is not about right information. It is the testimony of a life of transformation.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




Donations can be m `d4you.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

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Lead To Inspire

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The role of Jesus in the life of His disciples was to declare the name of the Father to them. The Father’s name is the substance of His character, nature, way, power, and authority. Jesus’ purpose was to reveal to His disciples the true identity of His Father. This was His role in their lives. The Father sent Him to them for this very purpose. When Jesus had finished His earthly commission to them, He prayed that they too would be sent as He was sent. He prayed that the eternal life that is known by intimacy with the Father and with Him as the Son would be the testimony of their lives also. If mankind is in the likeness and image of God, it is imperative that we clearly see who God is. To be His likeness requires us to know what He is like. To be His image requires us to see Him for who He really is. As leaders we are called to reveal what God is like to those we lead. We are called to be the light of Christ so that those we lead see something of who God is in our lives. This inspires them in their own personal journey in Christ.

John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Knowing who God is, is more important that merely knowing about Him. Knowing Him is a matter of intimacy and knowledge of Him is merely a point of information. Leaders are not called to give those they lead information regarding who God is. They are called to demonstrate intimacy with Him. We are called to activate, facilitate, and release others into knowing God. It is though knowing God that His law of love is written upon our hearts and upon our minds. In our teaching others, our goal is not information. It is introduction. We are to introduce others to the One we know so that they can know Him also.

The prophet Jeremiah declared that the testimony of the New Covenant would be the love of God written upon the hearts and minds of those who know Him. This should be what we illustrate and demonstrate to those we lead.

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

It is not the responsibility of leadership to take the hands of others and lead them. It is not their responsibility to teach others to know God. The focus of our teaching and instructions to those within our sphere of responsibility is not that of how to act or what to do. The essential element of the New Covenant is a personal connection to God. Our role is to activate, facilitate, and release others into their personal connection to God as their Father. We cannot inform others to become the likeness and image of their Father in heaven. Becoming the likeness and image of God is the fruit of a deeply personal and intimate relationship with God. We are called to reveal God to those we lead in a way that inspires them to connect to Him also. When we connect to God in our hearts and minds the law of God is written there. That law is not the law of Torah, it is the liberty of the Father’s heart. It is the liberty of love. That love is inspired by a revelation of God’s love for us that in turn inspires us to do the same to others. It is a love based upon revelation, not a love based upon a command.

Food For Thought,

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

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Sent As He Was Sent

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Greetings,

Leaders lead for eternal life. This is not to merely lead people to heaven, but to lead them to live their lives in a heavenly way. When we live in a relationship with God the Father through Jesus the Son, it empowers us to also live our lives as sons and daughters of God. The testimony is found in the life of the Spirit in and through our lives. Others can see the testimony of true life in our lives. As leaders, this is why we lead others. We lead them in knowing who God is and who they are as children of God. When we do this, we manifest the name of God to our families, friends, neighbors, and even our enemies.

John 17:6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.”

Jesus prayed for His twelve disciples, that they would know the Father by seeing Him. He prayed that they would become to their world as He had become to theirs. When we know eternal life, we give life to those in our world. When we know eternal life, we are not easily shaken by the things that shake those who are afraid of death. By this we shine as light to the darkness. By this we offer hope to a world that struggles to hope. Jesus lived His life to open the door for us all to live our lives as He lived His as a man.

John 17:11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

We are in the world, but we are not of the world. It is not a matter of merely abstaining from worldly desires. It is a matter of indulging in a personal relationship with God as our Father and Jesus the Son. This is the testimony of eternal life. It is an increasing journey of increasing life. As leaders, we don’t lead for religious activities or religious works. We lead to bring those God has given to us to know God and live their lives in eternal life.

John 17:20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

We are sent to our world as Jesus was sent to His. He was sent to a few that He might be sent to everyone who would believe. He was sent as the Son to reveal the Father to those who sought to be with Him that they also might reveal the Father and the Son to those who seek to be with them. We are not sent to the world; we are sent to a few for the sake of the world. We are sent to live in eternal life and invite others to know this place of intimacy and life.

Food For Thought,

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

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Eternal Life

Greetings,

Sorry for the delay. I am a bit under the weather this week. My voice is not fit for an audio, so it is short and sweet and a day late. I will be back up to par for next week.

As leaders, we are leading others to know eternal life. That eternal life is found in Christ. It is found in the place of being the body of Christ. Christ in each of us is our hope of glory and that glory is eternal life in every aspect of our being. It culminates in the full harvest of our lives. What is eternal life? We often define eternal life as a forever life after we die, but that is not the definition given by Jesus.

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

Jesus said that eternal life is to know God and to know Him, Jesus Christ. When we are joined to life, we manifest life in every season of our lives. When we are joined to life, we bring life to others in our world in every season. Eternal life is not merely living forever, it is knowing the Father and knowing the Son by the fellowship of Holy Spirit today, tomorrow, and forever. This is not just life; it is eternal life. It is life that cannot die!

Food For Thought,

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

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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The Ministry of Holy Spirit

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Greetings;

The process of Christianity is one of abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us. As leaders we must set an example to those we lead in being a dwelling place for God in His Spirit. We cannot be the dwelling place of God for those we lead, we must inspire those we lead to be dwelling places in themselves. For this reason, Jesus said that there are many dwelling places in the house of our heavenly Father.

John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (NASB)

I believe that each of us are called to be a dwelling place of God by His Spirit. I also believe that we are meant to be joined to others as corporate expressions of God’s house. These two things are core truths to Christianity. Christianity is not merely a belief system. It is Christ in humanity to shine as the light of life to the world. When we know Christ in us we know the peace of God that surpasses all natural understanding. Christ in us is the testimony of knowing Holy Spirit in an intimate way. Leaders lead to inspire others to receive the true Helper in their lives. Jesus told this truth to His disciples and this same truth is real for us today.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

The peace that God gives us is not the absence of conflict in our lives. It is the presence of Holy Spirit in our lives in every good day and in every day of conflict. We never need to be troubled in our hearts or fearful. God is in us, upon us, and with us in all things. All we need to do is lean into our connection to God. Our life is in Him, not in the circumstances of our world.

As I have been blogging, being a place of God’s habitation includes pruning, abiding, being hated by the ways of the world, and ultimately bearing witness of Christ. As leaders we bear witness of Christ, and we lead others to do the same. It is a way of life. It is seven days per week, twenty-four hours per day. The testimony of God’s pruning in our lives is fruit that gives life to others. The testimony of our abiding in Christ is life to us and it is seen in our giving of life to those in our world. The testimony of being hated by those who adhere to the ways of the world is seen in our unwavering focus of giving life to our world. Bearing witness to Christ is the testimony of giving life to others in our world. Leaders lead to give life to those they lead and to inspire them to give life to their sphere of influence in this world. As dwelling places of God, we can know that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment. These are attributes of Holy Spirit and not works of human ministry.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

When we were in the world, we practiced being disconnected from God, but Holy Spirit convicted us of our sin. Our sin was our disconnection from the One who loves us. Holy Spirit drew our spirits close to God and revealed to us that we have been reconciled to God by Jesus Christ. The blood that Jesus shed gave us access to the true source of life. Holy Spirit in our lives is the blood of the New Covenant. He is the source of life within us. Just as the life of the flesh was in the blood, the life of our spirit is only found in the Spirit of God. This is the power of Christ within us. This is why Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. He convicts of sin only to welcome each and every one to find the true life within. Having been reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ, we should now live our lives empowered by the life of Christ within us.

Our connection with Holy Spirit in our hearts inspires righteousness in our lives. Being loved by God inspires us to be right and to do right things in life. God does not just forgive, He is forgiveness. It is the substance of who He is, that is why He forgives. He loves because He is love. Love is His character, nature, and way. He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to become the substance of love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and all that He is. This is righteousness. Holy Spirit transforms our lives from within and inspires the manifestation of the character of Christ in our lives. The more we indulge in Holy Spirit, the more we have a sense of what gives life. We are drawn into the place of transformation that causes us to be the substance of life. Some days we will feel like we are not being real, but we are practicians. Holy Spirit is transforming us from within and what is partly real becomes fully real in the process of our relationship with Him.

Holy Spirit convicts of judgment because the ruler of the world is judged. This is not a judgement of condemnation to us. It is enforcing the condemnation of the enemy. One judgment was pronounced upon us and that was a judgment of mercy. The judgment of the devil and every spiritual enemy is that they have no more power over us if we willingly choose to embrace the judgment of God’s mercy in our lives. We can boldly come to the throne of God’s grace where we reach out and receive the mercy given to us and then we look around to find the specific grace needed to overcome the enemy in every situation of our lives. We have already been judged and our judgement was mercy. God’s mercy frees us from the strongholds of the enemy.

These three things are works of Holy Spirit. They are not works of leadership. It is not the responsibility of leadership to convict of sin, righteousness, or judgment. It is our responsibility to embrace these works of Holy Spirit in our lives and then lead others to do the same.

Food For Thought,

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

To avoid us paying a transaction fee from your donation, you can also set up a payment or an automatic payment from your bank to House of Bread Ministry. Just set it up as a ‘bill pay’ through your online bank account and your bank will mail a check to House of Bread Ministry. We will record your payment as a donation to House of Bread Ministry (E.I.N. 91-2009037) and we will send you a contribution receipt at the close of the year.

Our Ministry Information Is:
House of Bread Ministry
3210 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225-1728

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Hated By The Ways of The World

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Greetings,

As leaders we must set an example as those who love the world, but not the ways of the world. We live in this world, but we don’t find our life from this world. We are givers of the life of heaven to the world in which we live. Jesus was not in this world to become like people in the world. He was in this world to invite people to become like Him. Jesus told us that if we choose to live our lives as dwelling places of God’s presence, we will be hated by the world.

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, they hated Me without a cause.’

Being hated by the world does not mean that people in the world will hate us as people. It means that those who choose the ways of God will be opposed by those bound to the ways of the world. God loves the world, but He does not love the ways of the world. God loved the people of the world so much that He became one of us in the Man, Jesus the Christ to free us from the condemnation which we had already unknowingly embraced by our independent administration of knowledge. Jesus was a Man who demonstrated a love for His heavenly Father and that inspired Him to exhibit the love of the Father for His children, even His wayward, disconnected children in the world. In the days of Jesus, the world system of Rome and the Hellenized system of the Pharisees were both bound to the ways of the world. They were carnal in their desires and in their thinking. They were either lawless or legalistic. In either case, they were self-seeking, judgmental, bitter, insubordinate, wicked, disconnected from one another, and destructive in their destiny. They were affected by the futile environment of a fallen creation. Those bound to the world then, and now, are deceived by destructive lords, fear inspired in their judgments, bitter in their identities, abusive controllers and manipulators, wicked because of carnal addictions, independently isolated from others, and expectant of death in the outcomes of their lives. They are takers from others and not givers of life to their world. This is true for those bound to lawlessness and for those bound to legalism. Just as there is a beast of the sea, there is also a beast of the land. One is the spirit of those in the world and the other is the spirit of the world in the form of dead religion.  

God wants the spirit of these things removed from the various influences of humanity. We must become spiritual people who are led by one lord, one faith, one submersion, one God and Father, one God above all, one God through all, and one God in all so we might see the influence of Christ’s kingdom effect every aspect of human life (Eph. 4:4-6). All that we are and do must express that we are alive to God, our actions are acts of love towards Him, our testimonies are responses to His presence, our authority is to bring life and light to men, we are awake to God’s manifest presence in all things, we live to love Him and our fellow man in every season of our lives, and we are dedicated to see His name made great in our posterity in the earth. These seven things should become the motivating factors of our lives in all that we are and do. If we embrace these attributes in our hearts and minds, we will love the world, but the spirit of the world will hate us and resist us in our path of destiny. We must love the people of the world more than we hate the spirit of the world, but in this we cannot compromise to become the world for the sake of the world. We are sons and daughters of God for the sake of our fellow mankind. We cannot be distracted from our true purpose because of the resistance to our true purpose in life. We must endure in faith, hope, and love in all things.

These are not things we do on Sunday when we go to church, these are attributes of our lives that affect everything we do in life and also affect those around us in the world. We are not to be separate from the world. We are to be separate from the ways of the world, but we must walk in the ways of Christ’s kingdom to become a life-giving force of authority and influence in our everyday world.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Leading For Relationships

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Greetings,

As leaders, we must know that Jesus is the way and He is the truth. We know this by being the place where God dwells in the earth. It is a place of the Holy Spirit in us and upon us. We must also know that He is the life! This is the fruit of our partnership with God being with us in all things.

The kingdom of God is an internal influence of God’s presence to our hearts and minds by the presence of Holy Spirit within us. It is a place of righteousness; a connection with God that gives a righteousness that is the fruit of being rightly joined to God through Jesus Christ. It is a place of peace; a testimony of heaven’s truth by the manifest presence of Holy Spirit spilling over upon our lives to testify that there is no gap between us and God. We must also know that Jesus is the life! True life is not just something we receive from God. It is the testimony of a partnership with God in all things that empowers us to walk in the authority of true purpose in life. That purpose is to be givers of life to our world. That partnership is the authority of God with us in every sphere of our influence in life. This is true joy, and it is the fruit of a partnership with God.

Psalms 16:11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Jesus revealed this to be another attribute of our lives today, tomorrow, and in the space between. Our true joy is fulfilling the purpose of God in our lives in a partnership with Him to bear the fruit of life for the sake of others in our world. As leaders, we walk in this and lead others to know this authority. God’s business is one of relationship and love. Our partnership with God will produce the fruit of love and relationship with God and one another. God is not a debt collector. He is a ransom redeemer! He desires for all to know friendship with Him and one another.

John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

The context of John chapter 15 is that of abiding in the vine of Christ to bear the fruit of Christ in all things. In that place of abiding in Him, we experience the loving hand of God that prunes away what cannot be fruitful, and He prunes the things that distract us from being able to bear the true fruit of life. God wants us to bear fruit. That fruit is the fruit of relationship with God and it invites and invokes relationships with one another. For this reason, Jesus stated that the new commandment was a love for one another based upon a revelation of His love for us. The true fruit of life comes from that place of love and relationships.

In the story of the unjust steward, Jesus commended the steward who was about to lose his livelihood for making deals by showing mercy with what had been entrusted to him by his master. His objective was to make friends because he knew that relationships would be important when all else failed. When his master saw what he was doing he recognized that he was making friendships for the future. Jesus said that this was the most important thing in life and he equated it to being faithful with the things that have been given to our care in life.

Luke 16:9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”

The physical things of this world are not the substance of true fruit. It is how we handle relationships in this world that bears the fruit of eternal life. This is the fruit of a partnership with God as our Father in all things. True leadership is to lead through a partnership with God in managing our relationships with others in our world. This is dependent upon us knowing God with us in all things. This is the place of knowing joy in the Holy Spirit. This is true in every season of our lives. We must seek to be faithful with the things that have been given to us and use them for the purpose of making friends in life. God partners with us as a friend and doesn’t want us to merely relate to Him as the one to whom we owe our debts. God is with us in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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

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Abiding In Him – Abiding In Truth

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Greetings;

We are living in a time of a lot of unknown things. It can be very challenging to know what is coming next in our world. There is one thing we can be sure of. That one thing is the fact that the presence of God is available to us every day in increasing measures. The increasing measure is discovered in our ability to recognize God’s presence more readily in us, upon us, and with us in all things. As leaders, we must lead others in knowing this reality. Last week I stated that the present season is a season of the space between what was and what is yet to come. In this space between we are not waiting because God is not doing anything. We are a place of God resting and we are resting in Him. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life in this space between.

We will face challenges today, but we must not be distracted from knowing that we are a place of God’s dwelling presence. Christ in us is the hope of glory. That glory is not just the glory that will come in our day of going to heaven. It is also a glory of knowing the eternal life of God today. We are a dwelling place of God by His Spirit in our world today. Because of this we can know true peace. That peace is what will give us the testimony of truth. It is discovered in this place of God’s abiding presence. There is no gap between us and God. He will never leave us or forsake us.

John 15:9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

God’s love for us is not just an informational truth. It is a truth of His presence. True peace is not the mere absence of conflict in our lives. It is the manifest presence of God, who loves us, in our lives always. Sometimes we can feel His presence in a very tangible way. At other times we just have an awareness that the One who loves us will never leave us. Is God omnipresent? Or is it God’s love for us and our love for Him what keeps His presence in our lives? Many people quote the psalmist David when he said he could not go anywhere where God would not be found. These verses are not meant to merely to give us an informational view of God’s presence in the earth. I believe that these verses are about God’s intimate connection to King David and David’s connection to God.

Psalms 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell (sheol), behold, You are there.

In these verses the psalmist says He would find God in heaven, and he would find God in hell. Hell in this verse is Sheol, the realm of the dead. Does God live in the realm of the dead? If God lived there, could it be called the realm of the dead? Does God live everywhere or is He an intimate Father who promises never to leave the psalmist? The psalmist knew that wherever he went God would be there, because God never leaves the psalmist. This is why the grave could not hold the psalmist! This is why the grave could not hold Jesus! This is why no manner of death can consume us. Life is more powerful than death because God is life, and He is abiding in our lives. This is truth and this is the testimony of true peace. It is true yesterday, tomorrow, and in every space between!

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I don’t believe that it is sovereignty that makes God who He is. Is He sovereign in His ability? For sure He is! But I believe that there is something that is more powerful than His ability to be sovereign. It is His identity as Father. It is His identity as the Son. It is His nearness to us by His Spirit in us, upon us, and with us in all things. He gives life, breath, and all things to all people when they come to Him to receive all that He gives. This is an action of intimacy and endearment, not mere strength. I don’t believe that God wants us just to know Him as God. He is God, but He wants us to know Him as our Father. It is through a Father/son, Father/daughter relationship that we can receive His divine guidance for life. It is both specific and providential, but it is intimate and real. He loves His children and delights in their course of life in this earth. This is the essence of His abiding presence in our lives. When God rests in our lives and we rest in Him, we can be assured that as it is in heaven it will be in our lives, even in the space between what was and what is yet to come. This is truth and knowing the truth will make us free! Let’s be leaders who know the truth and are not distracted by the reports of how it is in the places apart from God. When we know this truth, we can lead others to know the same. Jesus is the way, but Jesus is also the truth. This is an attribute of His abiding presence in our lives!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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In The Space Between

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Greetings;

I was in Deming, New Mexico last weekend and ministered a word on ‘The Space Between’. I have been writing on Jesus being the way, the truth, and the life in my Monday blogs. When Jesus proclaimed to His disciples that He was the way, the truth, and the life it was in the space between the Passover supper and His arrest to be taken to His crucifixion. John records those events in John chapter 13 and John chapter 18. Between those chapters Jesus spoke many words as to being the way, the truth, and the life. I believe that His words in chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17 identify what we can expect in the space between anything that has been and what is yet to come. As leaders, we must know how to embrace the things that Jesus presented in those chapters, and we must lead others into the same.

There are many spaces between in life. There was the space between the cup of the Passover meal and the cross. There was the space between the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. The space between the death of Jesus and Jesus walking into the room of His hiding disciples. There was a space between that room and the ascension of Jesus. There was a space between the ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. We will always find ourselves in a space between. In the present space between we are having to embrace Christ as the Rock upon which we stand. It is a time to know the One who does not shake and is in fact the One who shakes the things that can shake. In this space between we are being drawn by God to connect to Him and to connect to others in new and responsive ways. We are being renewed in the courage of the Lord, the holiness of the Lord, and in our faith in Him. It is about His courage, His holiness, and a trusting of who He is. God is courageous and He will not relent in His love for us all. God is holy and He will eradicate the unholy realities of our lives and world. God is good and we can depend on Him in all things.

In the space between, sometimes we face good news and sometimes we face bad news. When we find ourselves facing bad news, we usually look back to the good news of the past and then we hope for the good news of the past. Sometimes we face good news only to find another episode of bad news in days to come. Whether we are facing good news or bad news we must know how to live in the space between. Leaders don’t just lead in the times of great glory or in times of hardship. Leaders lead in the space between.

We must know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the way to go from where we are to where we are going. He is the way to stand in this gap between. He is the truth of all that is in heaven to be seen in our world today. He is the truth to the space between. He is the life in this place between today and the life that is yet to come. In the space between we must know God in us, upon us, and with us. The Holy Spirit is God in us, spilling over to be upon us, and Holy Spirit with us in every aspect of our lives. This is a place of knowing God more and more. Every space between is a time to know God more. It is a place of knowing God. It is a place to live in God and to discover God living in us. We must never let our hearts to become troubled. God is in us, upon us, and with us. To be a leader means leading others into the place of not allowing our hearts to be troubled. We are a dwelling place of God. In every situation we find ourselves in God is doing something in His dwelling place. We are a place of God’s dwelling. Jesus revealed our need for Holy Spirit in our lives in the space between the cup of the Supper and his arrest in the garden.  In John chapter 15 Jesus told His disciples that part of our process in life is to allow God to remove things that are dead in our lives and to even prune things that appear to be alive in our lives to make us able to bear more fruit for the lives of others.

Jesus compared our relationship with Him with that of being branches on a vine. God honors the vine by pruning it. God honors us by pruning us. He cuts away the things that are dead. He trims back the things that grow quickly but will not carry the weight of the destiny of the future. This is part of our living in the space between what was and what is to come.

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Pruning is an honorable thing to do for the vine. The objective is to prune it for its own destiny and purpose. I have fruit trees in my garden. I also have grape vines and with grape vines you cut a lot off vines every year. Last fall I cut my grape vines way back. Now they are full of new branches with grapes growing to maturity everywhere on my vines. During the dormant season I went to my apple trees, and I examined how they were shaped. I cut off the branches that were not matching the destiny of fruit so that the other branches would be able to bear more fruit. In that process I was honoring the destiny of the tree. There are branches on the tree that if I don’t tend to them would grow straight up. If I have feelings for the branches of the tree that are beyond the feelings of a creator, or less than the feelings of a creator, and I will look at that tree and I say, “I will never cut a branch off this tree.” I might think that I am being kind and I don’t want to hurt anything, but I am being less than a creator in my thinking. In my own life God honors me by removing things that are not beneficial to my destiny. He shapes my attitudes. He shapes my desires so I will bear more fruit. It is the same in a family. A family’s attitudes are shaped. A family’s attributes and characteristics are shaped so the family will fulfill a family purpose. That is honorable. God honors the vine by pruning it. God honors me by pruning me. He cuts away the things that are dead and trims back the things that grow quickly but will not carry the weight of the fruit of the future. God’s words to us are not to make us clean. We are already clean by the gift of God in Christ. God’s words to us are so that we will bear fruit. Leaders allow God to bring pruning to their lives and they also allow God to bring pruning to the lives of those they lead. Whatever is being cut away in our lives today is for the sake of fruit in the seasons to come. Pruning is part of the process we find in the space between.

Food For Thought,

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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