Attributes For Salt and Light

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The Church is called to be the testimony of Christ in the earth. We are expressions of God in earthly form. It is for this reason that we must be born of the water and born of the Spirit. That which is born of the water is natural and that which is born of the spirit is Spirit, but together these attributes make us spiritual. We are expressions of God in His likeness and image to bring the influence of heaven into the world in which we live. I don’t believe that this can be accomplished as individuals. I believe it takes many members in diverse expressions of Christ to fully reveal who He is to the world. Surely the enemy has fashioned weapons against this happening. We are the gate of heaven and as the gate of heaven we are salt and light to the world.

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Salt preserves and salt brings out the full flavor of all that it touches. We are called to bring the best out of others by inviting all to come and be a part of the transforming power of God’s grace.  We are light to the darkness so that those in darkness might come into the liberating testimony of becoming part of the light in Christ. How do we touch the world with the salt of heaven’s grace? How do we shine as the true light in a world of darkness? Jesus gave some keys to being the salt and light of the community of Christ to the community of the world. Those keys are keys of character, attitude, nature, and ways of our hearts. Leaders must grow in these things and lead others to embrace these attributes to be the salt and light of heaven in the earth. When Jesus addressed the Pharisees in Matthew chapter 5, they had lost their ability to be the salt and light of the world for lack of these qualities.

We must be desperate and hungry. We cannot take on a form that is satisfied in ourselves and complete without God. We must demonstrate what it means to know we are lost without Jesus. We are truly hungry and therefore we are eager and willing to receive Him in all things.

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The poor in spirit are those who cry out for the life that only comes from God. As leaders we must grow in the strength of our spirit, but we can only do this if we are poor in spirit without Him. We can never forget where we would be without Him so we can grow in becoming who we need to become by embracing His presence in our lives in increasing measures in each and every season of our lives.

We must know our need for God. We are in a place of loss without Him. Because of this, we are willing to receive His fullness.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

In order to receive and to depend upon the comfort that comes from God requires us to know that without Him there can be no true comfort. We cannot find true comfort in things that the world offers. True comfort only comes from the One who is the true comforter. Leaders must set an example and inspire those the lead to do the same.

We have to be humble. To be humble is to be teachable. We know that we are darkness, but He is the light. Only God can give us the light of life.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

To be meek is to be teachable. To be the salt and light of heaven we cannot depend upon what we know. We have to depend upon the One who knows all things. Leaders are not those who know all things. They are those who excel in being teachable and grow in knowing God and all that he desires for them to know. In order to teach others, we must first be teachable ourselves. True teachability is seen in our willingness to change. Leaders willingly change so they can also lead others in their journey of God’s change in their lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Help us as we close this year and enter into this new year. Now is the time when we have to make investments for the opening year. We will be going to Africa in February and are in need of tickets. Please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. Help us fulfill our calling and commission to the nations!

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Life To The Earth

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We are the gate of heaven in the earth for the purpose of invading the earth with the life of heaven. Jacob received this revelation when he fell asleep in a place that he thought was isolated and separated from God and others. While he was asleep, he had a dream in regard to the reality of who he truly was. He was part of the family of God meant to fulfill the destiny of God’s family upon the earth. Where he was, God was. He was the gate of heaven in the earth. This is our path of destiny as well. We are not isolated from God and God is not isolated from us. Where we are, He is; and we must know that where He is, we are also. We are one with Him in heavenly places so we can bring heaven’s grace into our world. When Jacob received this revelation, he stood the rock that had been his pillow upright and it became a pillar testifying of the house of God. He poured oil upon it as a testimony of God’s manifest presence and anointing upon the house of God in the earth. This is not a day for us to be asleep! We are the house of God! Each of us are called to be pillars of God’s presence in the earth for the purpose of God’s will in our generation. We were born for such a time as this to invade our world with the power of heaven’s grace. We were born to bring life to our world!

Peter had this same revelation in another way.

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Peter’s revelation came by the voice of God in his heart. He heard the voice of his heavenly Father from within his heart. Jesus said that this was the key to being the place of God’s manifest presence in the earth. It is hearing God’s voice that empowers us to be part of the unshakable testimony of Christ in the earth. God’s manifest presence within us is what empowers the anointing and authority of Christ from us and around us. Hearing God transformed Simon to Peter, the little rock. But the little rock Peter was transformed by the Big Rock of hearing God’s voice from within his heart.

Peter means “little rock”, but Jesus said that upon a “huge rock” He would build His Church. I believe that that “huge rock” was not just Christ, but the revealing of Christ that came by hearing the revelation given by the Father in heaven. I also believe that it infers that the rock of the body of Christ (the Church) is made of little rocks that are transformed through a relationship with God as their Father and the power of His transforming voice at work within them. The revelation that comes from our heavenly Father to our hearts also defines the substance of our lives. We become the substance of Christ in the Rock of Christ. The thing that Jesus said would be built by that revelation was His Church. It was His called-out assembly for governmental decision in the earth. It was His Bride, His Wife, His co-partner in heaven and earth. That Church would prevail against the gates of Hades. Hades is the realm of the dead. The testimony of the Church would be a greater power than the gates of death in the heavenlies and upon earth. The testimony of the life of God in our lives and through our lives would be more powerful than the onslaught of death upon or around us.

Those who have a revelation of Christ are like Peter and they are given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. They are given the power of the government of heaven. They are able to bind on earth things decreed from heaven to see them bound in heaven. They are able to loose on earth things decreed from heaven to see them loosed in heaven. Those with a revelation of Christ in their midst are part a called-out assembly of divinely empowered believers equipped to make heavenly decisions upon the earth for supernatural releases of heaven to the earth. The influences of the realm of the dead are overpowered by the influence of life from the kingdom of heaven within our hearts. This is the key to our being true salt and light in our world. It is for this purpose and testimony that we must lead the body of Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Help us as we close this year and enter into this new year. Now is the time when we have to make investments for the opening year. Please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. Help us fulfill our calling and commission to the nations!

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www.ted4you.com or

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

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Heaven’s Gate

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Last week I addressed the fact that we are the gate of heaven in the earth. Jacob discovered this truth in his journey of destiny. This is also true for us. As leaders, we must lead others into the truth of knowing they are the place of God’s presence and purpose in the earth. This lesson given to us through the life of Jacob was a type of all that is real in our destiny in Christ. In order to be the salt that preserves and brings out the true identity of humanity in the world around us, we must know who we are in Christ. In order to be the light that transforms the dark places of the world to know and become the light of Christ, we must know who we are.

Genesis 28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

Jacob was in awe of the place! How awesome is this place! This is the house of God! This is the gate of heaven! This is the open entrance of heaven to the earth. This the gate of heaven’s influence to the earth. This is how heaven gets into the earth. This is the place that angels go into heaven to get what is needed and come back with heavenly provisions for heavenly purposes upon the earth.

Genesis 28:18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Jacob rose up and took the rock and stood it upright. He transformed it from a pillow into a pillar. He poured oil on it. He renamed the place. It was called Luz, meaning isolated or separated place. He renamed it Bethel. Bethel means, house of God. The enemy wants you to sleep in the isolated separated place. He wants you to seek for a place of your own personal comfort. He wants your personal needs to be met. He wants you to feel at rest. He wants you to go to sleep. He wants you to seek out an isolated separated place and he wants you to lay down and think about you. He wants to tuck you in and say, sweet dreams. Sleep well. Good night. See you in your dreams. Something inside of you is calling for you to wake up. The Holy Spirit within you is calling for you to know who you are and to know who we are together as the house of God in the earth. We are sons and daughters of God. We are members of the body of Christ. We are the place where God’s presence and purpose invade the earth with His life and glory. We are the gate of heaven. We are the place of the influence of heaven in the earth called the house of God. We are the church!

To be the salt and light of the world, we must know who we are. If we don’t know who we are, we will live a lie. We will live to be something we are not. We will be salt that loses is ability to be salt. We will be darkness, that merely pretends to be true light. As leaders, we must lead to activate, facilitate, and release each member of the body of Christ to be truly who they are.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Where Heaven Touches Earth

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Last week I addressed the need to be the salt and the light of our world, as the influence of the kingdom of heaven in external ways. In order to convey what I need to say in regard to being God’s influence in this world, I feel I must post something I wrote a couple of years ago.

In Genesis chapter 28 we find a story of Jacob on his journey in life. Jacob was destined to become Israel. The name Israel means, Prince with God. If God is King and you are a prince, what does that make you? It makes you a son or a daughter of the King. I am using the word prince to also imply princess, as I use the word son to also imply daughter. It is a term of inheritance. In Christ there is no difference between male and female, all are sons. God always wanted to establish His sons and daughters in the earth because they fulfill His calling. They are the fullness of His inheritance. They exercise the fullness of His life-giving authority. God has never wanted servants. He has never desired slaves. He has always wanted a family. The earth was destined for the family of God – for the Israel of God. He didn’t merely desirea nation called Israel, but a kingdom of sons and daughters called Israel. The family of God is the expression of the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, a heavenly kingdom among the kingdoms of the earth. It is an eternal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is an internal kingdom that consumes the external realities of the kingdoms of men by an internal transformation of hearts and minds.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were the testimony to the fullness that could only come in Christ. A first, second, and third generation would lead to a fourth generation that would be the shadow of what God had in mind for all nations. Jacob was destined to become Israel, but he had to find the keys to becoming before he could wear that testimony. On his journey, Jacob came to place and he decided to go to sleep. He found a stone and he set it up as a pillow for a night of sleep.

Genesis 28:10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep.

Jacob did not have a revelation at this point of who he was. He did not have a full revelation of his purpose. He didn’t have a revelation of God’s full plan. He just had a desire in his heart for God. He went to sleep on the rock. He was no doubt tired. You must be tired to use a rock as a pillow. Is the church a place of comfort? Is it a place to go to sleep? Is it a place that gives you rest or is it a place where God rests? Jesus told Peter you are little rock, but on the huge rock I will build by church. The rock that the church is built upon is not a place of sleeping. It is a place of God’s presence and purpose. It is the place where the manifest presence of God rests in the earth. It is a place of the revelation of Christ in us the hope of glory.

Genesis 28:12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Jacob went to sleep on the rock, and he dreamed a dream. He saw a ladder that was on the earth but extended to heaven. The bottom was on the earth and extended to heaven. He saw angels ascending on the ladder and then descending upon the ladder. Those angels were bringing things from heaven to the place where Jacob was sleeping. Jacob heard God speak.

Genesis 28:13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

God told Jacob that his descendants would be as the dust of the earth. They would be numerous. They would spread to the east, the west, the north and the south. In Jacob’s seed the families of the earth were going to be blessed. God promised to be with Him and to bring him back to the place He had promised.

Do you know that you are the house of God? You are the place that God rests so that God’s will and purpose can be done in and through your live. As leaders we must know this truth and we must lead others into the reality of being the place that has access to heavenly realities for heavenly purposes in the earth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

I just finished another training course in Portuguese! We are reaching the nations for the generations of tomorrow!

Please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. Help us fulfill our calling and commission to the nations!

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

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www.ted4you.com or

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

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

 

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Salt and Light

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God’s will in our lives will not only bring life to us, it will bring life to others through our lives. We are to be salt and light to the community in which we dwell. Just as the kingdom of God is within us, we are within the community of our world. What is within us will transform our lives. What comes out of us will transform our city. The kingdom of God is within our hearts by the presence of the Holy Spirit abiding within. It is through a joining of our spirits to the Holy Spirit that we find righteousness, peace, and joy. It is a righteousness in the Holy Spirit, a peace in the Holy Spirit, and a joy in the Holy Spirit. That righteousness is a right relationship with God in our hearts that causes our spirit to find the love and life of God from within. Our peace is to be one with God even to the springing up of our own spirits to flood our own souls with the breath of Christ. We are increasingly transformed from within with the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit. The life-giving power of the Holy Spirit’s joining to our spirits floods our thoughts, reasoning, emotions, desires, and imaginations from within. Our souls become inspired by heaven’s thoughts from within. This then motivates the external actions of our lives. The joy that we embrace is an internal partnership with God in all things that can be expressed in external ways. Our lives become expressions of a partnership with God in all things. It is stronger than mere personal happiness. It is the power of a God-ordained purpose in life. When we embrace the internal kingdom of God in our hearts, the expressions of our external kingdoms become Christ inspired, Christ empowered, and Christ envisioned in all things. It is by this that we can be a life-giving influence to the world in which we live. We can be a life-giving influence in the measure and boundary given to us by God for His glory.

Colossians 4:2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

True prayer is an intimate connection with God in our hearts that is revealed through the thoughts, reasonings, desires, emotions, and imaginations of our souls. This is then expressed in physical form through our lives to the atmosphere around us. Prayer is not just a set time in our day, it is a way of life for us to walk in. It is a face-to-face relationship with God at all times. We come before Him, but He also abides in us and we abide in Him. It is only through this kind of relationship with God that our speech can be empowered by grace. God’s grace is the manifest presence of His Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. This is the preserving power to the world around us. This is the salt of God’s covenant. It is the salt of His New Covenant life. It is the testimony of being part of the family tree of life and no longer bound to the curse of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If we embrace the family tree of the knowledge of good and evil in a time of life, we cannot be the salt and light that is needed to influence the community in which we life.

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

When Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking to the people of the Old Covenant in a time of transition. The kingdom of God was at hand and those holding on to an administration of law in a day of grace would not be able to be the salt and light that all men are called to be a part of. As leaders, we must embrace and lead others into the path of embracing God’s grace to be the salt and light of God to our world. It is only by Christ in us that we can be the influence of the kingdom of God to the communities of the world in which we live. It is only by God’s life within us that we can bring life to our world. Everything that comes out of us must be life-giving to give life to our world. We must be life-giving to our world, even as Jesus was life-giving to the world around Him when He set our example as a man inspired by the Holy Spirit within Him.

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to all who support House of Bread Ministry in our commission of reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant Life and Grace. Your prayers and your financial donations are very much appreciated. 

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

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www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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Knowing His Will

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What is the will of God in our lives? I believe that God’s will in any situation is salvation in that situation. Salvation is not just the testimony of going to heaven when we die. It is a continual process and it includes the testimony of the life of God in any situation in life. Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. This is a daily reality. Salvation is the power of eternal life in the testimony of our lives. God is constantly working things out in our lives. His purpose in all things is relationship with us and us with Him. As leaders we must set an example of walking out the constant, continual, increasing, salvation of God in our lives for the sake of others.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

O my goodness! I thought I was getting out of the situation! In order for God to work things out I must find Him in the situations of my life. It isn’t a matter of me escaping my daily circumstances. It is a matter of allowing God into my daily circumstances and allowing Him to work things out.

God wants to move into our worlds with us. That might change the situation, but it is not intended to just get us out of a situation. If we don’t love God, it might not work out for us. He loves us, but we have to allow Him to come into our world in order to receive the blessings and rewards of His love. It is not a matter of exchanging some deal with God, it is a matter of letting Him in. We have to allow Him to come close to us and we have to willing come close to Him. When we are close, we can hear Him in our hearts. We must position ourselves to hear God in order to stand in faith. Salvation is experiencing God in the situation. Life is filled with continual transitions. We are constantly leaving seasons and entering into new ones. We are constantly leaving situations and entering into new ones. How we leave a thing is how we enter the next. We must know how to stand and where to stand in order to be in the right place at the right time for the will of God to work out in our lives. If we know God’s will, we can have God’s salvation.

How would we know God’s will? We must forget about ‘what to do’ and simply connect ourselves to Him as a matter of relationship. He is our Father and we are His children. When we depend upon Him, we can trust Him. Knowing the will of God comes by allowing Him to fill our spirits with the life of His Spirit. The will of God comes from the place of desire and faith. These things can only be birthed in the human spirit.  When we receive the life of God’s Spirit in our spirits it carries the power of transformation. For sure the will of God in every situation is to grow in our relationship with God as our Father, a Father who loves us and who is willing and able to help us in each and every situation we face in life. Our relationship with God is more important than our deliverance from the circumstances of our lives.

God gives us life, breath and all things. These are attributes of finding our true identity, our true testimony, and our true purpose in life. Surely the salvation of God in our lives is about being who we are meant to be for the glory of God in all things. God is our God! He gives us life! We should grow in knowing His love and the life that enters into our hearts because He is in our lives. We should grow in being a testimony of God in our lives. There is no separation between us and Him. We have peace with God in Christ. He gives us breath and we are therefore an expression of Him in some way. We should grow in our partnership with God. He gives us all things and all things are meant to bring glory to and for the purpose of God in our lives. True joy is to live for our God-ordained purpose in life. That life will bring life to others in increasing ways. These are all attributes of the will of God in our lives. These are all testimonies of being people of faith, hope, and love.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to all who support House of Bread Ministry in our commission of reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant Life and Grace. Your prayers and your financial donations are very much appreciated. 

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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The Testing of Faith

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As leaders we are called to be an example to, inspire, and lead others into a path of connection with God and with His family in the earth. We are to grow in our connection, understanding, and in our testimony of knowing God. We have the responsibility of leading those in our God-given sphere of influence into becoming an expression of the family of God in the earth. Together we are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to grow as the family of God. God’s family is not a family of exclusive rights. It is a growing family of invitation to know God’s love, increasingly experiencing an encounter with God that transforms our testimony to one of life and maturing in a covenant connection with God as our Father to fulfill God’s purposes in the earth. It is an awesome responsibility, being a believer in Christ. It is a growing reality of living, moving, and having our being in God. When we know God loves us, we hear Him in our hearts. Hearing God in our hearts is essential for life-giving change in our lives. Hearing God reveals His mercy and brings us into His grace. Grace is the power to change our lives. Grace is the substance of God’s presence in our lives. Grace comes at a revealing of Christ in us. Grace is the key is how we think. We must submit our soul to our spirit once we connect our spirits to God’s Holy Spirit. The beginning comes by experiencing His transformation in our hearts. We experience a change within that causes us to become what God desires for us to be. We cannot do the will of God without being the will of God. Hearing God allows us to become the substance of the will of God – spirit, soul, and body. The internal voice of God in our hearts transforms our lives from within.

Hearing God is not about receiving the right information in life. It is about being empowered for the right transformation in life. Much information can bring much confusion. God’s instructions bring the power of transformation; thus, they empower the hearer to do and become. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have to do anything in order to hear. Sometimes we have to position ourselves to do in order to hear. This is why it is so important that we learn what the general will of God is in our lives. When we choose to stand in obedience to God’s general will, we hear His specific will in our hearts. If we don’t excel in knowing the general will of God we make ourselves vulnerable to the will of self or the will of some external influence of deception. We must study to show ourselves approved a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed.

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We study to know the general will of God so we can clearly hear the specific will of God in our lives. The evidence of hearing is seen in the actions of our lives. Both hearing and doing are connected in the reality of faith. When we position ourselves to do, we become who we are meant to be. This is the proving ground for hearing God and the power of His grace at work in our lives. We do not become something by doing things but standing to do positions us for the miracle of God’s voice in our hearts.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Hearing God produces faith in our hearts. There is no gap between us and God. We can hear Him in our hearts. When we hear Him, we receive a revelation of Jesus Christ in our inner being and God grants us the power of His grace. The proving ground of God’s grace is the tribulation that comes against us. When we experience the pressure or the testing of life, we find ourselves persevering. It is not a matter of disciplining the flesh. It is a matter of revealing the power of Christ within us. Perseverance is a joyful endurance that comes from the voice of God in our hearts. This is the testimony that proves to manifest the character of Christ within us and this is seen as our hope of glory. It is our hope of change that comes from within when we hear God’s voice. The testimony is for our full being.  God’s will is for us to receive the salvation of our whole man.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can’t hate the flesh, beat up on the soul, and pursue the Spirit. We must pursue the Spirit, delight the soul in Him, and present our body as a living sacrifice to God. Hearing God affects all of our being. As leaders we must set an example that others can follow. Who we are as leaders must inspire those we lead to become transformed by the voice of God within their hearts.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to all who support House of Bread Ministry in our commission of reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant Life and Grace. Your prayers and your financial donations are very much appreciated. 

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

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www.ted4you.com or

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Faith – The Testimony of God’s Wisdom

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      Greetings,

As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example, inspire, and lead those in our sphere of influence to a lifestyle of being obedient to the faith. This is not obedience to a belief system; it is an obedient response to the personal voice of God within our hearts. Faith towards God as the Being who loves us and has our best interests in mind will be evident with actions on our part that create a path to the future in all things. Faith is a testimony of true wisdom. That wisdom is the wisdom of God and not the wisdom of men. It is not a wisdom based upon experiences in our lives, but wisdom inspired by God’s voice in our lives. If experience plays into it, it is an experience of relationship. It is an experience of growing love. It is a wisdom of changing character, nature, way, power, and authority. It is a wisdom that has many unknown realities in its reception and thus it requires a constant trust and intimate connection with God in our hearts. Because of this, it is a wisdom that is constantly willing to yield. It is a wisdom that inspires a continual teachability within. It is a wisdom that empowers us to change, grow, and mature in our relationship with God. It empowers our love for God and that love is demonstrated with continued acts of faith. It is a wisdom of the tree of life and not a wisdom of the knowledge of good and evil.

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

The wisdom of God in our lives inspires faith towards God that expresses a meekness in our ability to demonstrate our faith. It is not a confidence in ourselves nor is a confidence in our ability to hear God. It is a confidence in God and a confidence in His ability to speak to us. It is a knowing that He will direct and even adjust our responses to Him in the path of our obedience to the faith. Human wisdom is based upon natural experience. It is based upon what has happened to us more than what could happen because of God. It is earthly. It is natural. Because it is natural it can easily inspire our own personal opinions. God’s wisdom inspires our trust in God’s opinion, but human wisdom passionately defends our own opinions as we seek to move forward in our path of life. That response can become very sensual. It is based upon our own thoughts, reasonings, emotions, desires, and imaginations. God’s wisdom is a growing trust in the person God and thus it is a wisdom that embraces a path of change in our own thoughts, reasonings, emotions, desires, and imaginations. When we choose a path of earthly wisdom, we create a foundation for our own sensuality to grow. When we do this, we become vulnerable to demonic influences. Demonic influences inhabit dry places. Dry places are dead places in our hearts. When we seek a wisdom based upon our own personal needs, we choose a wisdom that is rooted in the dry places within. Any need-based path in life is a path that eventually embraces substitutes for who God is. This is idolatry and the result is confusion and evil things. God’s wisdom in our lives is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy, full of good fruits and it is without partiality and without hypocrisy. The wisdom of God inspires a faith of right relationship with God and others. It empowers us to be blessings and not to merely live to be blessed in life. It is a faith empowered by the Spirit of Wisdom, an attribute of the Holy Spirit that demonstrates our peace with God and others. The wisdom of God is filled with a spirit and sound of willingness to be, give, and live for God and others. The wisdom of self is filled with defensiveness, personal agendas, and living for one’s own will in some way.

It is by the power of God’s grace that we are granted a right relationship with God in faith. We hear Him and we respond to His voice of love with the actions of our lives. The life that we live we live by faith towards Him in all things. It is a testimony of grace and the power of God at work in our lives. It is not a discipline of the flesh or a mere obedience to a ‘what to do’ code.

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

God is at work in our hearts through His internal, eternal kingdom of life and peace in Christ. We are born to be loved by Him and when we receive a revelation of His love for us, we cannot help but love Him and all that He loves. We are being transformed from the kingdoms of self to the kingdom of our Lord and Christ by His anointing within our hearts.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to all who support House of Bread Ministry in our commission of reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant Life and Grace. Your prayers and your financial donations are very much appreciated. 

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

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www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

 

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Wisdom and Faith

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     Greetings,

God guides our lives through His voice in our hearts. When we hear Him in our hearts there is a supernatural occurrence that takes place. That occurrence is the miracle of faith. It is a believing Him that empowers us to hear, understand, and to act upon what He has said. The actions that we take are not actions to acquire faith; they are actions inspired by faith. It is actually the Holy Spirit’s voice in the form of the Spirit of Wisdom speaking to our hearts that inspires us to have faith towards God. That faith empowers us to respond with external confessions that testify of His voice within our hearts. Wisdom leads to tomorrow. Wisdom empowers us to move forward in the journey of our relationship with God. This was true for the men and women of old that lived their lives through acts that demonstrated their faith in God. Those men and women are still very much alive in the realm of heaven and they are participants with us in the testimony of God’s story in the generations to the halls of eternity. As leaders, we must be examples and an inspiration to those we lead in living lives with faith towards God. In this, we join the witnesses and Jesus the foundation of our faith.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is the culmination of those who looked to God in faith in their path of life. He is also the foundation of faith for them and for us all in that He chose a wisdom that was not like the wisdom of the world. It was a wisdom towards God His Father that empowered Him to open the door to a life of faith for us all. It was a wisdom that sought the love and life of God above all things. It was a wisdom that was stronger than the worry or pain that temps us to fear the loss of our own lives in the process of change.

The apostle James said that true faith is demonstrated by works. That journey of faith that is demonstrated by works is for those who seek the wisdom of God in all things. Even as the book of Proverbs, the wisdom of Solomon, is filled with testimonies of works that exhibit the wisdom of God, our works of faith are demonstrations of our faith towards God in life.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

The trials of our lives are really a matter of the testing of our faith. It is the ground that proves our ability to hear God and to grow in knowing God as our friend. It is also a part of our journey in being transformed to become friends of God. God in His faith sees us as friends and through His demonstration in our lives as our friend we come to see Him through the eyes of faith. It is then that our works testify of our faith towards God.

James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

As leaders, we must see God as our friend, and we must understand that the testing of our own faith is proving our friendship with Him. Faith is a matter of relationship and obedience to the faith is a constant and continual response to God’s voice in our hearts. It is the voice of One who loves us that we might walk a path of loving Him. We are called to lead those in our sphere of influence to a path of friendship with God. This is a path of faith. It is a path of being led by the Spirit of Wisdom in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to all who support House of Bread Ministry in our commission of reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant Life and Grace. Your prayers and your financial donations are very much appreciated. 

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

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The Path of Faith

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   Greetings,

Faith without works is dead. The evidence of faith is seen in the outward actions of our lives. Those actions are not efforts to attain to faith. The are the fruit of faith from within. Faith is a matter of the heart, and true works are works that are motivated by the heart. This was true in the life of Abraham. Before he became transformed to be known as Abraham, he was simply Abram. His path in life seemed to be the path of an Assyrian, a Chaldean, but in heaven it was declared differently. God in heaven always saw Abram to be Abraham, but Abram had to choose a path of faith. He had to hear God and respond to God through the actions of his life.

Romans 4:9-15 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

Faith happens when we hear God speak to our hearts. Faith works through love and it is always toward the one who spoke. Faith towards God comes by hearing God in our hearts. It results in actions on our part, but those actions are inspired by a revelation of God’s love in our hearts. We know that God loves us and thus we hear Him in our hearts. We respond with actions of love towards Him and towards who and what He loves. This was the path of Abraham. He heard the voice of God in his heart and he chose to take actions in life that followed the path of his heart. He saw God as his friend and thus he chose to walk a path that increasingly demonstrated that he was a friend of God. A revelation of God’s love empowered Abraham to walk a path of right relationship with God. The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote that Abraham was looking for something that God builds, something that comes from heaven. He died never seeing it, but the effect of path of faith changed the world for us all.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Hebrews 11:39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Those who have gone before us in the path of faith are made perfect in our continuance in that path. It is a path given by God and not by men. It is given by God for the sake of mankind. As leaders, our path is a path of faith for the sake of those we lead. We are not called to teach people an obedience to some Christian belief system. We are called to lead others into a path of obedience to the faith.

Romans 15:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

As leaders, we must walk a path of faith for the sake of leading others into this same testimony. This is a path of personal relationship with God. The opposite of faith is natural sight and natural sight often inspires fear. In the fall of man, the first sign placed upon the woman was a pain of worry in pregnancy and great pain in childbirth. This was only a sign for all mankind in regard to being able to manifest as sons and daughters of God. The birthing of something new in the earth is always connected to pain and if we walk by natural sight that pain will tempt us to fear death in some way. Pain is part of the birthing process of faith and it is part of the path of obedience to the faith. Holy Spirit in the manifestation of the Spirit of Wisdom is the antidote to the futility of worry and a fear of death for all mankind. Wisdom is an attribute of God and wisdom invites us into the path of destiny. Wisdom for a heavenly path can not be discovered through earthy experiences. It is discovered through a heavenly relationship with Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom.

I will continue in this next week. For now, embrace the love of God your Father in all things and He will guide your heart into the path of faith. It will require actions on your part that may not make sense to the things you can see or feel at the moment. If it feels like you are not sure, you are a good candidate for the path of faith. The wisdom of God always inspires a willingness to yield and it is not invited by those who believe they already know. Faith is a testimony of an internal relationship with God in your heart. Faith is not about confidence in yourself. It is confidence in God. If you can trust yourself less, perhaps you can trust Him more?

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to all who support House of Bread Ministry in our commission of reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant Life and Grace. Your prayers and your financial donations are very much appreciated. 

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

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