In Times of Change

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Something new of God is being birthed in the earth. As leaders, we must lead others to see what God sees and not the natural news of a shaking world. We must seek the kingdom of God to become expressions of the kingdom of God in all that we are and do. We must activate, facilitate, and release others to do the same. When something of God is revealed, what is not of God is shaken. When the presence of God arises, His enemies scatter. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in high places. We do not wrestle against these spiritual realities because they are trying to destroy us. We wrestle against them as they defend themselves against being disposed in our world. The enemy is defending himself from the presence of God in our lives and in the measure of our rule of life. It is for this reason we must be clothed in the Holy Spirit. We must be led by the Spirit and not by our own desires and minds. God wants us to have desires, because what we desire is the true source of our being and of doing in life. God does not want us to simply follow our own way, however. He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. He wants to put His desires in our hearts, so they become our own. This happens when we trust Him and commit our way unto Him in all things.

Psalms 37:1 Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

We can expect to face resistance in times of grace. The true testimony of grace is the power to overcome. This is the testimony of being sons and daughters of God. Sons and daughters of God are those who are led by God’s Spirit within their hears and they overcome every wicked thing. We do not overcome like the carnal armies of the world, we overcome by the power of the kingdom of God within us. We have an internal righteousness whereby we know that our salvation in every situation is God and God alone. This is the testimony of Jesus as our Lord. He gave the life of the flesh so we could have the life of the Spirit. God is our God and even what appears to be bad is turning for good in our lives. We have a Savior! We have received the overcoming power of the blood of the Lamb. We also have internal peace with God whereby the testimony of our lives is one of heavenly things. We are being made strong in God’s Word and strong in His Spirit from within. There is no separation of us and God and Christ in us is the hope of glory in all things. We are people of God! Holy Spirit is empowering us from the inside out to receive our daily bread and to become an increasing testimony of the life of God, even in difficult situations. Wickedness is being destroyed by the holiness of God in our lives. We have an internal joy, a joy of purpose that is greater than that of our mere selves. We are part of a multi-generational family of increasing life! We are empowered from within to live our lives in a partnership with God as our Father and to give our lives for our Father’s purpose and the lives of His children. We have the joy of knowing the faithfulness of God in our lives and in the lives of our children and our children’s children.

God told me that 2020 would be a year of knowing Him resting in my life and me resting in Him. This has been essential and Him resting in our lives is the force of life that shakes all things, transforms all things, and causes hope to be seen as glory in another measure of His story in our journey of life. We can trust Him and occupy our hearts and minds with thoughts and strategies to do good. We can expect to see His faithfulness break out before, behind and around our lives. We can choose to experience Him in the midst of our enemies. We can expect dreams, visions, and other inspirations of God’s desires to enter our hearts. We can know that God believes in us and that He intends for the paths of our lives to lead to greater glory of knowing Him in all things.

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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Something Birthed

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Leaders are called to lead. What are we called to lead? We are called to lead others into a relationship with God, the testimony of God, and the purpose of God in their lives. We are living in a time of new things being birthed in the earth. This is not a day for the Devil to win, these are days of a greater glory of God being revealed in the earth. This is not a day of darkness; this is a day of greater light! This doesn’t mean there won’t be difficult things and challenges, it simply means that the end game of all things is a greater glory of God in the earth. If we look at the past centuries we can see that in every century there are only a few years that are without great physical challenges, while most years are filled with shaking things, including pestilences, diseases, wars, unrest, and conflict of various measures. We are blessed with instant knowledge in a day of increased knowledge, but we are also cursed with that same knowledge. There is a greater knowledge at work in the earth than the natural sight knowledge of a shaking world. There is an increasing knowledge of heaven’s influence among men. In ever century there has also been major expressions of God’s Spirit working in the earth with an outcome of greater freedom and a testimony of life in the church. God is bringing about a change in the nations. What is a sign of change and new things being birthed?

I have been in the process of producing some more training resources and one is the making of a training course based upon my book, The Redeemed Earth – Healing the Curse of the Fall. There were seven aspects to the futility that God placed upon the earth as a consequence of man’s decision to choose an administration of the knowledge of good and evil over an intimate relationship with God and the tree of life. God subjected the earth to futility in the hope of the manifestation of the sons of God, those who are led by God’s Spirit in increasing measures. When we manifest as sons of God, we bring a greater freedom and liberty to the futility of the earth. Sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit of God. This is the power of God’s grace working in and through the gate of heaven to bring the increasing measures of God’s life to the earth as described in river of Ezekiel chapter 47. There is an increasing glory of the life of God’s kingdom working in the earth through God’s inheritance among men.

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

As I have been recording this training course, the second curse of futility stood out to me in regard to some immediate things that are happening in the shaking world. The second curse of futility was given as a sign on the woman, but it affects women, men, cultures, and all aspects of society.

Genesis. 3:16 To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children

This was the first of three signs placed upon the woman. It came upon the woman and is in the realm of birthing. It involves conception and delivery. Around the birth of new life is a sorrow and a pain. This word for sorrow in this Scripture actually means, “worrisomeness, i.e. labor or pain”. It’s connected to the word “worry”. It is rooted in a word meaning, “to carve, i.e. fabricate or fashion”, in a bad sense, “to worry, pain, or anger”.  The ‘sign’ is upon the woman, but it affects every realm, atmosphere, and people of the world. There is the temptation to fabricate, or to fashion worry, pain, and anger around the most precious gift that will ever exist, called life. Within the joy of things that are new and never seen before there is pain in the process of conception, the process of pregnancy, and in the process of birthing. In the process of pregnancy and child birthing there is a temptation to fear death. The expectancy of pregnancy must outweigh the expectations of the unknown and changing world that a child brings. For many in the world, the expectations of pregnancy and childbirth are too costly and therefore, there are millions of abortions in the nations each year. This is also true spiritually for the church when our own expectations outweigh the expectancy of our own hearts and minds. We allow our own expectations to thwart what God wants for us to birth and we choose our own comfort and a path to abort what God desires to bring forth in our time. I believe that the expectations of pregnancy and childbirth inspire a challenge of fear to peoples and nations as new things are being birthed. It is important to know that no generation can be a legitimate generation without a solid connection to the fathers and the mothers of the past and that no generation can sustain without the birth of generations beyond their own way of things in the world. Surely pregnancy and child birthing will change everything in our world, but the fruit of new life should outweigh the cost of the sacrifice.

We are living in a time when something new of God is being birthed in the earth. God spoke to me at the beginning of this millennium that the first thirty years of this century would be a time of birthing a grace of God concerning the Spirit of Knowing. This is a knowing of intimacy, but the challenge to its conception and the sacrifice to its birthing is the natural knowledge of mankind’s perceptions and mankind’s understanding of what they deem to be good and what they deem to be evil. This is a time when what is hidden in the forest is being birthed, but in order to see what is being birthed, the forest must be stripped bare. It is in the temple of God that everyone will shout, “Glory!”

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!”

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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A Tree of Grace

 

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As leaders we must navigate those within our spheres of influence to see what God is doing and to embrace what God is doing in the midst of distracting times. God is doing something good at a grassroots level, so is it any wonder that there would be counterfeit moves by distracting spirits at a grassroots level? God is calling us to an awakening of our hearts that empowers us to be seekers of God who live for the wellbeing of others in all things. God wants to empower our thinking to be for the corporate testimony of the family of God. We must remember that our Father is a giver of life and we must be givers of life to our world. This is not a time to seek a justice that demands vindication for things that have been done wrong. It is a time to be activated, facilitated, and released to be the people of God with a justice system of life!

The justice system of God is a justice of love, not a justice of right and wrong. Jesus was the firstborn of the life-giving race of humanity. That race is not merely a naturally born race of humanity. It is a supernaturally born-again race made of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation of humanity. Jesus is the vine or the trunk of the tree by which the grafted branches of life can bear the fruit of life in the earth. The Tree of Life stretched out His arms and willingly submitted His feet to be nailed upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He was lifted up upon that tree and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil could not overpower the Tree of Life. He stood upon the nail of the judgment of right and wrong and released all of humanity to an ignorance of simply not understanding the love of God. If we knew the love of God we too would love as Jesus loves. Is the justice system of God a justice of right and wrong or is it something more? There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong; there are things that are good and there are things that are bad, but God’s justice system is far stronger than restraining us to doing things that are right and refraining us from doing things that are wrong. His justice system empowers us to be life, to release life to others, and to do things that empower life in the world around us. It is a justice system that empowers us to become like Him in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. God wants us to be able to make decisions for others based upon who we are, not what others deserve or what we think they deserve. He wants to empower us to change others by the power of mercy and grace. The justice system of God is not one of the mind, but an administration of the heart. This is the justice system of the kingdom of God and it is internally empowered by the life of Holy Spirit within each of us. This is the true power of a grassroots revolution of life.

In the kingdoms of the world there are conflicts of law and men’s own perceptions of the human conscience. The justice system of the kingdom of God is different than the justice system of the world. We are the community of God and it is the love of God that creates the culture that transforms us to become the people of God. That culture has a foundation of mercy triumphing over every verdict of death and grace that can transform the beliefs of every heart and empower actions, imaginations, and influences of life in all things. The culture of love doesn’t just reveal God’s love to us; it also empowers us to become a testimony of love to others. It is the power of God’s love that transforms the iniquities of our hearts to become an exhibiting force of life to be seen by others in the world. Where we were weak, we become strong by the power of God’s grace at work within us.

The government of the Old Covenant was based upon the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. That Old Covenant government still exists in the kingdoms outside of Christ. The only way out of the Old Covenant government of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil is to embrace the love of God only found in Christ. This is where one find’s the justice system of the New Covenant. The government of the New Covenant is based upon life. True life is the testimony of true love. When we know the love of God we know the life of God! God’s love creates a different justice system than that of the Old Covenant. I believe that love is the testimony of the Tree of Life. Jesus lived as a human being empowered by love. The administration of His life was the Tree of Life, not the tree of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. One is a tree of grace, while the other is a tree that constantly requires mercy. Humankind is stuck in the system of conscience and law until they find a way out. In order to be free from the justice system of conscience and law, mercy must triumph! Mercy is the end of the condemnation of conscience and  law and the invitation to grace. Mercy is an illegitimate judgment if it were not for the resurrection life of grace that awaits those who know their owed sentence and passionately embrace God’s gift of love. God’s grace waits to be found by those who receive God’s mercy. Wherever grace abides, love reigns. The justice system of grace is scandalous. It is not a system of fairness, but one of love. It is for this cause and for this culture that we must lead.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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A Revolution of the Heart

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I believe that the present revolution is a revolution of life. There are counterfeit expressions in the midst of this revolution, but the true revolution at hand is one of becoming the people of God. This is not a time to return to the instructors of conscience or law, it is a time to embrace the greater testimony of God’s grace that transforms us all to be a diverse family, the family of God. The instructors of conscience alone can leave us vulnerable to creating a world according to our own opinions and desires. Those opinions and desires are often confused because of our own wounds and pains imposed upon us in an imperfect world. The instructors of law alone can leave us vulnerable to creating a world according to own interpretation of justice in a knowledge of what we believe we know to be right or wrong according to our own understanding. Our interpretation and application of the law are also tainted by the paradigms of our thinking influenced by imperfect situations in an imperfect world. These instructors cannot truly change our hearts and minds; they can only inspire us to falsely demand that others conform to the world that we create based largely upon the hurts and wounds of our own hearts. Grace is a more powerful teacher. Grace is the manifest presence of God working in our hearts and minds to create our world as God sees it should be. Only God’s grace can fully heal the bitter wounds of our hearts and minds through a now experience with Him in our lives. The source is God Himself, and He is a giver of life! It is a revolution of true authority where each and every one of us becomes who we uniquely meant to be for the sake of being a life-giving community. It is revolution of internal transformation that empowers us to find our true identity, testimony, and purpose in being the people of God in the earth. It is a revolution of becoming the life-giving authority of God for the sake of God’s glory!

Authority is the ability to give life to others and it is not about control or manipulation. Power and authority are not the same thing. One can have power without authority, but pure authority is a pure form of power to give life to others. Power alone will only take life and it can only create a world of dysfunction and death in various measures. We don’t understand authority, because we have traded authority for power in our quest for knowledge. Our quest for knowledge has most often been a quest to find our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life. We have looked in external sources to find what can only be found within. We look to the kingdoms of the world to discover who we are meant to be, but only the kingdom of God in our hearts can reveal to us the truth of who we really are. We tend to think that if we change the world around us it will change the turmoil in our hearts and turbulent perceptions of our minds. But God knows that it is the change of our hearts that will change the world around us. Our true quest is to find the knowledge of the heart, a knowing of God and one another in a deep understanding with intimate sharing. God desires to reveal His true value to us and the true value of who we are to one another. In this process, the bitter roots of knowledge according to natural sight are coming to the surface. They are coming to the surface so that we can find a healing in the power of Jesus name. The very thing that appears to be under attack in the nations is the very thing that God desires to heal. The exposure of the headships of legalism and lawlessness are not a new thing, they are an ancient thing being manifest in such a day as this. God doesn’t desire to eradicate authority; He desires to heal it. Each of us are uniquely created by God to bring life to our world. We were not only born to be loved by God; we were born to love others. We were born to live for the well-being of others by the power of God’s grace at work in and through our hearts.

The people of God are people transformed by the grace of God in a supernatural way. We are changed in a supernatural way by God’s Spirit within us. We are the redeemed and we sing the song of the redeemed in diversity, yet in the strength of born again unity. We are made of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. We are the people of God!  It is not a diversity that is independent of authority. Law will produce conformity, a measure of death. Lawlessness will produce disconnection and independence that does not bear the fruit of the family tree. It only seeks the independence of the individual branch. God doesn’t want many trees; He wants one tree. He wants the tree of life to be the family tree that brings the life of God to the peoples of the world.

Revelation 5:9, 10  And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

As I have stated in an earlier blog, I have an apple tree in my yard that is a prophetic symbol of the church that God desires in the earth. It is a grafted tree and it has six grafts of six different expressions of apples. They are red, yellow, green, and variations in their color of fruit. There are so many apples on my tree this year I am going to have to prop it up so that the branches don’t break from the weight of the fruit. This tree is growing out, but not up. God is calling us to a higher place that goes forward in momentum, not a tree that seeks to attain to some higher height of heaven. God wants us to be a tree that stretches out to produce fruit in unique and diverse ways. God wants to invade the earth with the influence of heaven’s grace. God is good and we must be people of hope. When we are people of hope we can be creative in ways to support what is growing on the tree. God will give us the keys to support what is growing. We are going to have to be different in our means of supporting what God is doing. Even as the branches grow out, a proper support system will need to be set in place that undergirds what is new and full of life. God is ready to bless the children, the maturing sons and daughters, and the fathers and mothers in the faith that will faithfully support what is happening. This is not a time to seek the things of the past. It is time to find what God is blessing today and to be the people of God in such a time as this.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson





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The Cry For Barabbas

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No doubt there is a cry in the heart of humanity for revolution and true freedom. This was the case in the day that Jesus opened the door to the tree of life for all men. This was the time when Jesus justified all to live by giving His life as the tree of life for all mankind upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil tree was summed up in the cross, the wood of scourging for all of humanity. Love proved to be more powerful than all the scourging of mankind and Love destroyed the power of disconnection and shame that bound mankind from seeing God for who He truly is. The sacrifice of Jesus offered a different family tree for all of mankind. It is not a family tree of personal opinions, personal objectives, personal identities, or personal prejudices. It is a family tree of the calling of Christ, the testimony of Christ, and the purpose of Christ for all of mankind. It is a tree of unity where many grafted branches reveal a diversity of the goodness of the life of God within the hearts and minds of all men. The life-sap of this tree is the blood of grace and it is found in the throne room of God’s grace.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus made a way for all to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace. The mercy is the justification for all to live because the life of the flesh has been given once for all in the body of Jesus Christ the man full of grace and truth. Jesus died once for all so that no one is bound to seek their life in the power of the flesh. God has a better plan for a better revolution in the hearts and minds of men. The grace of God is the power of the manifest presence of God’s Spirit working a power of life transformation in the hearts and minds of all who believe. This is the blood of grace, the blood of the Spirit of God in the people of God as the body of Christ. The revolution that Jesus offered then, and eternally offers to us all, is a revolution of the human heart. It is more powerful than external actions but seems less promising to those who look to weapons of the flesh to obtain their freedom.

When Jesus stood as the door to a personal relationship with God as our Father, the crowds shouted for a deliverer who promised weapons of the flesh. They shouted for the release of Barabbas. Barabbas was a murder and thief in his day, but he was also a zealot. He was a man who challenged the oppressive government of Rome and the crowd saw him as a more promising hope than Jesus. A week earlier they payed homage and honor to Jesus as the king of revolution in their shouts of praise as He rode into Jerusalem upon the back of a donkey. The crowds saw Him as the hope and the promise of freedom, but upon His arrest a week later He stood as a Lamb to the slaughter and the crowd could no longer see how He could possibly free them from their oppression. Although Barabbas was a criminal and a man of carnal character, they considered him a better option than the silent man of peace. The name Barabbas has its roots in the Aramaic and Hebrew. His name means “son of a father or master”, perhaps an indication that most often men see freedom can only come from power. A father who seeks to be a master can seem more promising that a Father who calls for sons to manifest as overcomers by an internal power of grace that brings about true change. The name Barabbas finds it roots in the Hebrew word which means arrogancy, excellency (-lent), majesty, pomp, pride, proud and swelling. It implies a rising up in pride and arrogance. It invokes a power to rise up in triumph over another. It inspires one to be exalted with an implication of haughtiness, highness, and pride. The shout for Barabbas is the shout for a thief and not a shout for the true gift of life and life-giving.

In this present time there is a grassroots revolution in the earth for the Spirit of Knowing to empower us to become the people of God. The headship of legalism and the headship of lawlessness are being removed by a greater power, the power of a life-giving Father and a life-sacrificing Son. We must consider the cry of our own hearts. Legalism will be willing to shout for a deliverer that rises up to oppress all that cry for freedom. Lawlessness will also be willing to shout for a deliver that rises up to oppress all that oppose  what their heart cries out to see. Oppression cannot be destroyed by oppression. Oppression is a spirit and only God’s Spirit breaks the chains by the power of life within. Understand that I am writing to you as the people of God, I am not writing to the peoples still embracing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

I am not presenting a word for the governmental change of the nations; I am calling out to us as the people of God. I am challenging us all to see the internal change of our own hearts as the only revolution that can lead to true life. We must be the light in the midst of darkness. Law and conscience are only teachers that can inform men of their need for true life. That true life can only come through a personal relationship with God as our Father and Jesus Christ the Son by the fellowship of Holy Spirit in our hearts. We need the teachers of law and conscience in the world of sin, but we can only bring about a true revolution of life by being a testimony of the people of God. Our teacher is the One who submerges us from the inside out to overflowing, like the pickle brine of true transformation. The people of God are the people whose hearts and minds are transformed by the Spirit of Life within. The fruit will be seen in being givers of life in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson



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A Broader Church

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I believe we are in the midst of a grassroots revolution where God is empowering us to become His people free from the headships of legalism and lawlessness. As I have previously written, Grace is the manifest presence of God in our lives that transforms our hearts and minds to become what we could not be before. God’s manifest presence, God’s transforming grace, must be what captures our attention in the midst of this present move of God’s grace in the earth. When things shake it is only because something of the unshakeable God is manifesting in the earth. When heaven touches the earth, the earth shakes. Love has come to heal the wounds of our hearts and when the wounds of our hearts are exposed we can either choose God’s healing grace or we can choose a path of disconnection from the life that God desires to give us in all things. This is not a time to be distracted because of bitter roots that are being exposed in our hearts. Bitter roots only produce the briers and thorns of law or lawlessness. They cannot produce the fruit of life but can only defile many. They will disqualify us from being participants in bringing the inheritance of heaven into the earth for such a time as this.

Law can only control us, constrain us, or restrain us in some way; grace liberates us, transforms us, and frees us into truth. Lawlessness merely authorizes promiscuity which is the power of being a law unto oneself. Law without an understanding of love is merely embracing a shadow of darkness and demanding that others accept it as light. Law by itself without an understanding of love leaves us vulnerable to interpreting the law though our own judgments of justice that can only demand something from others but can never reach the heart where love can live. Law alone and lawlessness alone can only produce death and dysfunction in the lives of humanity. Only love can transform us. It is miraculous! No one can pay the debts that they owe and proper stewardship of all that we are or have is to be a friend of God and friend to one another. This means that all we are and have must be dedicated to the wellbeing of others. The life that has been given to each of us is a measure of space to bring life to the space of our world.

Neither legalism nor promiscuity are administrations of life. The headships of these two administrations are the fruit of bitter roots and they bind us to the realm of time. They bind us to the testimonies of the pain of our past and prevent us from experiencing the yet to be seen fruit of God’s life. God wants the fruit of the tree of life to be the testimony among men, but bitter roots in our hearts will thwart that destiny. It is time to be healed of our bitter roots, but even more – it is time to bear the fruit of the tree of life among men in a broader way than ever before.

I have an apple tree in my yard that is a prophetic sign of the church and this year it has decided to grow sideways, rather than up. It is a short tree, but it is filled with countless apples. God has made it clear to me that this tree is short because He wants His church to be the kind of tree that even little children can reach the fruit. Perhaps it is only the childlike of heart that have an expectancy of good things in times of restraint. It is also clear to me that this tree is proclaiming that God wants to expand the fruit of life in a broader way.

I planted this tree in the year 2000 at the direction of the Holy Spirit and it has six grafted branches. God told me to plant the tree with six grafts and it would represent the kind of church that He wants. It is the family that He desires in the earth. Six is the number of man and God’s church is both Spirit and human. It is a place of connection of God with man where God reveals who He is through diverse expressions of humanity. It is also the source of connection for all of the branches of the tree. The common connection is the branching out connections with the trunk of the tree. Each branch on my tree is grafted into natural branching out expressions of the trunk of the tree, but each branch produces a different kind of fruit. There are red apples, green apples, yellow apples, and many combinations of diversity in the fruit of apples. There is no competition between the branches of my tree, only a greater expression of fruit and its diverse flavors of life in the full expression of the tree. There is one tree, one root, and one life-flowing sap in the tree, but there are six branches with unique fruit on each branch.

I believe that this is truly the kind of church that God is revealing in the earth at this time. God does not want unity through conformity, He wants unity through diversity. The diversity that God desires is not merely the creativity of human will. It is diverse in its fruit, but each branch is fully dependent upon its connection to the tree. God wants us to be a tree of life that produces life in many wonderful and diverse ways. That tree is a generational tree and not merely a testimony of the strength of branches. It is tree of roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit. The life-giving expressions of the tree are new today, but they find their life source in the roots and body of the past. Things look different, but they are true to the destiny of the ages past.

I am aware that I must pay attention to the fruit of my tree this year. I am going to have to be creative in supporting the branches of my tree in order for the branches to be able to carry the weight of the fruit that is destined to come to maturity on each branch. Something really good is happening on my tree that is growing sideways and not up. I could say that everything is going sideways, but I choose to see that the fruit of my tree can go out to reach all those who would reach up and partake of its fruit. I believe that God desires to move the church in a sideways momentum that causes the fruit of life to be accessible by those who are looking for life in such a day as this. Perhaps this is a time for the church to grow broader rather than bigger, but broader in its ability to bring the fruit of the tree of life to the nations.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson



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Freed From Bitter Roots

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   Greetings,

I believe we are in the midst of a grassroots revolution where God is empowering us to become His people free from the headships of legalism and lawlessness. Grace is the manifest presence of God in our lives that transforms our hearts and minds to become what we could not be before. Whereas, law controls us, constrains us, or restrains us in some way; grace liberates us, transforms us, and frees us into truth. Lawlessness merely authorizes promiscuity which is the power of being a law unto oneself. Neither legalism nor promiscuity are administrations of life. I believe that these two headships are the fruit of bitter roots and they bind us to the realm of time. They bind us to things that I presented to be seen in the story of Joshua in the battle against the kings of the Amorites as found in Joshua chapter 10. I presented last week that those five kings represent forces of bitterness in our own hearts that resist the grace of God working in our lives. They represent:

  • A justice and righteousness that sees a peace empowered by a bitter root, such as a personal vindication of some kind.
  • A motivation in our lives impelled by alliances with bitterness, because of judgments and vows that become a strong force that resists our path forward in life.
  • An anointing for independence and personal opinions based upon some bitter root.
  • An overt expression of invincibility based upon a bitter root. This is a demanding force that insists that one’s own light is the light to measure everyone else by.
  • A sanctuary of personal liberty based upon a bitter root. This is an independent freedom that sees one’s own way as the true way to liberty.

God wants to free us from the strongholds of bitterness in our lives. The Spirit of Knowing is not a knowledge of information, but a transformation of intimacy. This is the grace for becoming the people of God in the earth. Information heaps up in the halls of time, but eternal life is a matter of relationship with God as our Father and a knowing of Jesus as the Son that empowers us to manifest as sons and daughters of God empowered by grace. When I gave the prophecy in 2004 in regard to this present grassroots revolution, four time pieces stopped at the same moment on two separate occasions. I believe this to be a witness as to God’s covenant of grace being released in the earth as the power to free us from the bitterroots created in the realm of the generations and times of our lives.

When Joshua was in the battle, God turned the sun back and gave him another day to win the victory (Josh. 10:12-14). Imagine; Joshua is fighting in a battle with the enemy. He is running out of time to defeat the enemy, so he asks God for more time. He may have had a finger missing. He may have had a few gashes in his flesh and wounds in his body from the combat of battle. He had been in the battle with a sword. A heavy sword! He had been likely fighting for 12 to 16 hours and he cried out to God for more time! We can do this! We can overcome! Give me another day to risk my life. Give me another opportunity to lose another finger. Give me the opportunity to suffer longer. We can do this! Give me another day. That day God heeded the voice of a man. He turned the sun back and gave Joshua another day.

This present grace is not just about what God will do for us, but what we are willing to ask God to do. Joshua did not fight the battle for the fulfillment of his own desires. He fought for the sake of his people. He fought for the namesake of God. He fought for the wellbeing of others. While the battle was going on Joshua captured five Amorite kings. The name Amorite means, bitterness. These were kings of bitterness. He locked them in a cave and when the battle was done, he called the next generation to reap the reward of his victory. He told those men to put their foot on the necks of those kings. Joshua defeated a bitterness of the past and made it so the next generation had the victory over that bitterness. I believe this is God’s intention for us all. God’s grace doesn’t just empower us to overcome, it empowers us to overcome all things for the sake of others.

God is removing the headship of promiscuity and legalism. They are rooted in the realm of time. Even as God stopped the sun in the day of Joshua, God wants to free us from things that are bound to the realm of time. Religious legalism is a result of a bitter root. It is mean and angry and it trying to control those who embrace it as truth and inspire them to control the lives of others. It attempts to assure those that embrace this stronghold of thinking that what caused the wound of bitterness will never happen again and it is more bitter than anything that happened. Promiscuity is the same. I can do anything. All things are lawful for me. I can do anything I desire! These are the songs of a bitter wound seeking freedom from its root of pain. God’s grace can give us the victory of the bitter roots bound to time. Grace can turn back the sun and stop the moon for the sake of life for the future generations of our lives.

2 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

The statement that all things are lawful requires the added testimony of grace. God doesn’t want us to measure things by what is lawful or what is not lawful. He wants us to come to another level of understanding as the children of God. He wants us not to be that ignorant. We should not have to be told what to do. He doesn’t want to tell us how to act. He wants us to know what to do and how to act. He wants a revolution A revolution of grace, a human race that is empowered by grace. People of God do not only know who God is, but they live with a revelation of who they are and they seek to know Him in every way that He is.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Bitter Roots and Bitter Fruits

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   Greetings,

I believe we are in the midst of a grassroots revolution in the nations of the world. God is up to something big! God is inviting all to find a fresh dependency upon Him and a fresh empowerment from within to stand up and be who we are meant to be in Christ. Last week I addressed a prophetic word that I released in 2004 in regard to this grassroots revolution that is removing the headship of legalism and lawlessness. Legalism is a dependency upon being right according to the law or even one’s perception of law and lawlessness is an embracing of promiscuity that defines right and wrong according one’s own desires. Both legalism and promiscuity are the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They are both the bitter fruits of a tree of information that is empowered by external influences in the world around us. God wants to empower our hearts with life from within. He wants to transform our lives to be givers of life to the world around us.

At the releasing of my prophetic word in 2004, the clock on the wall stopped at 7:45p.m. as well as my watch and two other watches in the congregation. The clock battery was replaced and the following morning the anointing came during the morning worship session that was the same presence of God’s Spirit as the night before and the clock stopped again at 9:45a.m. as well as my watch and the same two watches in the congregation that stopped the night before. I believe the stopping of the time was an act of God and very significant to this word. I asked God as to the significance of the stopped time pieces and He directed me to the story of Joshua in Joshua chapter 10, when he asked God for another day to defeat God’s enemies in the battle and God turned the time back to give Joshua another day to attain the victory.

In the battle, Joshua and the armies of Israel faced five Amorite kings. The name Amorite means, bitter; a rebel; a babbler and it implies an obvious external testimony of bitterness – a testimony of bitterness that affects the world around you. I believe that the battle of Joshua represents our own deliverance from the strongholds of bitterness in our lives that affect the world around us. God wants to roll away the reproach of the bitter wounds in our lives. Those bitter wounds have left us bound to limitations in becoming who God intends for us to be. If we are honest, many of our desires and many of the attributes in our lives have been shaped and bound by bitter experiences in our past or inheritances rooted in some bitter curse of despair. We must not be afraid of the bitter strongholds of our hearts and minds, but we must face them and know that God’s grace is sufficient to empower us to overcome in all things.

Joshua 10:7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 8 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”

When Joshua pursued his enemy, the Lord fought with him in a supernatural way. When we stand to overcome the things of bitterness that resist us from being who we are meant to be in Christ, we can expect that God will fight with us in a supernatural way. This is the testimony of grace!

Joshua 10:9 Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal. 10 So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.

Who were these 5 kings of bitterness? Prophetically, the number 5 is a testimony of grace and grace works in authenticity but is bound by the bitter testimony of legalism and/or lawlessness in our lives. One  Amorite king was Anoni-Zedek the king of Jerusalem. His name and location imply a life that exemplifies a justice and righteousness that sees a peace empowered by a bitter root – perhaps a personal vindication of some kind. This is not a justice and righteousness of the Father’s love, but one of personal opinions and beliefs. The second king was Hoham king of Hebron. His name and location imply a life that is impelled by alliances with bitterness. I believe that judgments and vows can become a strong force that resists our path forward in life. They hinder us from being led by the voice of God and bind our hearts from the life-giving motivations of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The third king was Piram the king of Jarmuth. His name and location imply an anointing for independence and personal opinions based upon some bitter root. The fourth king was Japhia the king of Lachish. His name and location imply a shining of invincibility based upon a bitter root. This is a demanding force that insists that one’s own light is the light to measure everyone else by. The fifth king was Debir the king of Eglon. His name and location imply being a sanctuary of personal liberty based upon a bitter root. This is an independent freedom that sees their way as the true way to liberty.

Bitter roots are connected to experiences in the realm of time. Grace is the healer of bitter roots and grace abides in the realm of eternity. I will continue with this next week but consider these forces in your life and in the lives of humanity. In the battle, Joshua put these kings in a cave and when the battle was complete, he called the next generation to put their feet on the necks of these kings. God wants to empower an emerging generation to stand in the victory over the bitter roots of the past. This is essential to becoming the body of Christ that stands to bring life to the world.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson


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A Grassroots Revolution

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     Greetings,

In September of 2004 I released a prophecy of a grassroots revolution that would come to the nations. It would be a revolution of the body of Christ rising up and being freed from the headships of legalism and lawlessness to become the people of God. I believe we are in the time of this revolution coming to pass. It is a revolution that restores the speech of God’s passion and compassion to the body of Christ for the sake of the nations. It is not merely a priestly anointing but an anointing of kings. It is an anointing to influence the world by heaven’s gate. The church is a body, not an organization. The church is a living being and God is mobilizing her to be the church in every neighborhood. The church is a corporate being made of individual members that are life-giving stones with heavenly identities, testimonies, and unique roles in the purpose of Christ in the earth. The church has been influenced by the world, but God is bringing about a revolution whereby the church will be a rising light unto men. I believe this is a grassroots revolution that will even cause the world to speak what God is saying without them even knowing they are saying it. It is a revolution that is going to cause the body of Christ to become the authentic body of Christ.

This is not a time for merely plans of a church community. It is time for the plans of Christ’s kingdom to be revealed. It is not merely a change of plans, strategies, or methods. It is a revolution empowered by a partnership of men, women, and the Spirit of God their Father. This present move of God’s Spirit involves a personal ownership and a personal arising in being the life of God in the earth. Things are shifting in the nations because things are shifting in the hearts of God’s people. At hand is a grassroots revival that is meant to consume things that are dead. It is a power of a rising grace that will eradicate things that have created human trouble. These things are things spawned by bitter roots that have promoted a headship of legalism or lawlessness. It is a revealing of what is true that will crumble everything that is a lie. It is not about exposing the false, but a matter of the true body of Christ arising as a force of life in the nations. She will be given the keys of authority, an ability to bring life into the neighborhoods of humanity. She will take responsibility for being the rising light of Christ. God’s people will rise up with a shout. They will rise up with the confidence of each member being who they are for the sake of being who we are together as the salt and light of Christ in the neighborhoods of men. God wants to open the hearts of the nations and the hearts of their peoples to come before Him in a personal way. This is not a move of human task, but a force of desire rising in the hearts of God’s people. The speech of the Lord will be proclaimed in passion for God and compassion towards men. What could not be unlocked in the nations before will be unlocked by the power of a grassroots revival in the people of God.

Part of the word given in 2004 was:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I believe that we are in the midst of something that is small and big, yet big and small. We are to each take on the character, nature, way, power and authority of who we are meant to be for such a day as this. Though things look like we are being separated, there is going to be a great uniting for the great cause and purpose of Jesus name! It is out of pressure that the gems and jewels are formed. It is by faith, hope, and love that we will see the grassroots revolution of a Father’s womb that empowers the church to arise and shine like never before.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson


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Be Expectant

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       Greetings;

I believe that we are in a time of defining and refining the purposes of God in our lives. His purposes don’t change, but our means of walking in them and fulfilling them depend upon our willingness to embrace ways and means that involves things we have not seen, heard, or thought before. Things are not as they have been, and it is a great opportunity to discover God’s presence, plan, and purpose for the unfolding future of our lives and that which has been entrusted to us. We are having to refocus in the midst of the present world challenges. In light of this, I want to address our roles as leaders. We must trade our expectations for expectancy. We are all discovering things that we expected to be a certain way have been ambushed by the surprise of unknown elements. We can be moved to fear for lack of seeing God’s love as we have known it to be expressed in our everyday world. God’s love for us never changes, even when the circumstances of our lives change. Sometimes we get comfortable and we confuse the familiar circumstances of our world as the evidence of God’s love. The power of God’s love is the testimony of life in all things! It is in times like these that faith works best. Faith is the supernatural experience that comes from within. It is the result of hearing God’s voice in our hearts. It feels as life in the moment we hear, but then we have to embrace that moment to become the power of God’s grace working faith that inspires our souls.

1 Corinthians 2: 1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

God is revealing things by His Spirit to our lives if we are willing to listen. His wisdom will give us His testimony, while our own wisdom can only bind us to what we already know, or think we know. Our reality for today and our path forward to tomorrow are dependent upon a demonstration of God’s Spirit and power. Our faith is in the power of God. Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom enables us to see what we have not seen, hear what we have not heard, and to think what we have not thought before. We can trust that Holy Spirit is already working in us in heavenly expressions for the heavenly will of God in our time. We must stir up our spirits to embrace the wisdom of the Holy Spirit from within. It will appear to be foolish to our natural man, but if we willingly embrace what we have not known, we will become what we have not been able to become before. We will do what we have not been able to do before.

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

The word for worlds in this Scripture is aions or ages. These are not the worlds that God has made, but the ages of men that were transformed by God’s word to men. I believe the worlds spoken of here are the worlds of Abel, Noah, Abraham, and all the men and women who saw their worlds (ages) changed by hearing God, the One who loved them. God’s word to them was His rhema or personally spoken word to them. Their ages, their worlds, were framed by what God spoke to their hearts. What could have been a pile of rubble became the very building material set before them to see God’s love work in their lives. In order to frame our world, we must put our hope in God not in a changed world. We must trade our expectations for a spirit of expectancy in our hearts and respond to the voice of God from within.

Let’s not be hindered by our expectations, but let’s embrace an expectancy for what God is going to do and empower us to see and become is such a day as this. Leaders, stir up your spirit to activate the mind of Christ from within you. It is time for the testimony of God with a demonstration of His power to be revealed in this day. It is time for light, not darkness. Arise, and shine!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson


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