Silver Hammered Trumpets

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    Greetings,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Life-Giving Mountain

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Mountain of Christ

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God is reconfirming the foundations of our lives. Those foundations are set in the rock of Christ. They are the unshakeable stones of life. They are life-giving and grow in the generations of Christ-centered destiny.

Foundations are made of stones. What are the stones in the foundation of your life? Are they life-giving stones? or, Are they stones of death? Stones of death create tomb stones or monuments. Life-giving stones create a growing mountain of declaring God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever! The house of God is made of life-giving stones. We are being built up as a spiritual house of God’s presence. We are priests before God bringing the influence of heaven into the world in which we live. As leaders, we set an example as priests to the priesthood of believers in being a house of God’s presence.

1 Peter 2:4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Jesus is the foundation stone of our lives and of the corporate testimony of the church. We are a testimony of a multigenerational destiny in Christ for the increasing glory of His name. The house of God is an increasing mountain of influence in our lives and in the earth by our lives together in Christ. The prophet Isaiah foretold of this day and we are living in the increasing reality of the mountain of God rising in the earth.

Isaiah 2:2-3  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.  Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

No mountain is made one stone. No mountain is made of one material. Every mountain is made of many stones. Those stones are made of different minerals and materials with different qualities and characteristics. When they are joined together, they make a mountain. The mountain of God is filled with a diversity of material, but each stone has something of the unique life-giving character of God. The Old Covenant was given upon a mountain and the Torah (Law) / Tabernacle (Temple) system revealed was one of a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. It was a mountain that measured men according to their failures. It was not a mountain that could transform men’s hearts and minds.  It could only inform them of their short-comings and failures. It was a mountain of condemnation and death. Each stone in that mountain was a stone of judgment. The truth was written down as something that could be remembered and people could be bound to it, but it was not a truth that one could become. True liberty only comes by the transforming grace of God working in our lives. Jesus came to give us a different mountain than the mountain of law and judgment. He came to cause us to become a mountain of grace and truth! As leaders in the body of Christ, this is the mountain for which we must lead.

Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

The mountain of God is realized by the teaching of God’s ways in our hearts. When we receive a revelation of God’s ways within our hearts our beliefs are changed by the power of God’s grace working in our lives. We become transformed by God’s Word and Spirit within. God teaches us His ways through the power of inner transformation; the reality of a life-giving revelation that writes God’s law of love upon our hearts and minds. When our ways change, our actions change. The actions of our lives are the testimony of our path in life. Our actions should be the actions of the body of Christ. They are the actions of Christ that destroy the works of the devil because they are the life-giving works of Christ. Our hearts are the place of our imagination and our imagination is the creative power of God’s love. Like Zion, God’s presence and word becomes a seven day per week, twenty-four-hour per day empowerment to the imagination of our hearts. Our imagination will lead to the influence of our lives and the influence of our lives is determined by a vision of peace, a vision of our lives being one with Christ in heaven as we increasingly become the community of God in the earth. We become expressions of God’s word in some way as a testimony of those who have a vision of peace, an increasing reality of being the community of Christ in the earth. This is the Jerusalem from above, the mother of us all in Christ. As leaders, we must lead for this purpose and this cause.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Multi-Generational Journey

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The revelations of God today are connected to the revelations of God in the lives of others before us. This is not just the revelation given to those in the Book of Acts. It is the revelation of God given to our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers. There has always been hungry people who desire to know God. Born again humanity has not been living disconnected from God. Yes, our understanding of God and our interpretation and application of all that He says should grow in the successive generations of those who draw near to Him, but we are not the magic, finally understanding generation of mankind. We are simply another step in the journey of destiny. The calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of Christ are realities of the growing mountain of God that is rising in the nations of the earth. Our present is connected to the foundations and the ceilings of past generations. What we know and do today will produce the substance of destiny for the generations of tomorrow. What we run with today will place a baton in the hand of those who run tomorrow. The race that we are running is not an individual race of personal success, it is an endurance race of inheritance and destiny. As leaders in the body of Christ, we are not leading for today. We are leading today for the sake of tomorrow.

God has called us to be a spiritual house for His habitation. The revelation of God given in each generation is for the sake of His habitation in the generations of mankind. The history of the church has brought about a continual reformation to the church, the place where heaven’s grace invades the earth. Our spiritual fathers have opened an effective door for the earth to find the grace of the Spirit of the Lord that enlightens human hearts to know the just live by faith. Those before us have opened the door of true wisdom in that we know we are sanctified unto God and our works are works of faith towards God. Those works are empowered by the Spirit of Wisdom and they make us different than mere people of the world. Humanity without God is humanity without the wisdom of God to move forward in the destiny of life. We have inherited an increasing grace of heavenly testimonies in the fact that there is growing external evidence of supernatural things from heaven. The Spirit of Understanding is giving us a testimony of being a witness of heavenly things. We are submerged in the Holy Spirit of God to be the holy people of God. We can know that we are the body of Christ and the life-giving authority of Christ is causing us to grow in the testimony of the laying on of hands and the ministry of Christ’s true authority of life. The Spirit of Counsel is empowering us to bring light to darkness, healing to sickness, and life to death in growing measures. Body ministry is a growing reality in the church. We have inherited a huge value for hearing God, speaking God’s word, and experiencing God’s manifest presence in our lives. The Spirit of Might has granted us a grace of being awake to God in new measures. Others paid a price for us to have such things in our hands. We are now experiencing a growing reality of the community of God, the communion of God and believers, and intimacy that comes by the Spirit of Knowing in our lives. We are not smarter than past generations, we are simply living in increasing benefits of those who lived before us. Each generation before us has laid hold of essential foundations of life. We should grow in being justified by faith, works that speak of our faith, testimonies that come by being submerged in Christ, authority of body ministry, revelation of God’s voice and presence in our lives, and in brotherly love in new levels and dimensions of intimacy with God and one another.

God is reconfirming the foundations of our lives. Those foundations are set in the rock of Christ. They are the unshakeable stones of life. They are life-giving and grow in the generations of Christ-centered destiny. We must embrace our responsibility as leaders in a multigeneration way and we must always remember that we are not smart, we are simply in the path of God where God is good!

God open the eyes of our hearts that we might increasingly know the hope of Christ’s calling, the riches of His inheritance in our multigenerational journey, and the supernatural power of His life in our mandate of glory to increasingly transform the world in which we live. Amen.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Path of Inheritance

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There is a lot of talk today of deconstruction in the church. The thought is that there are many things in the church that have been constructed by the thoughts of men, therefore, there needs to be a deconstruction of the things that have been built by man to discover the thing that God wants to build. There is a measure of truth in this, but there is also a great danger. We must be careful not to destroy the foundations set by God through the actions of men. Without a connection to and a value for the men and women of the past, we are left on our own without any ancient landmarks or boundaries to guide our way. We are not the first to receive revelation from God. The interpretations and the applications of the revelations given can evolve in our understanding, but they are still connected to the revelations that have been given. If a ship is sailing the sea and it finds that its path is off course, the ship does not return to the port and start over. The ship simply turns the wheel. The navigation of the ship is still connected to the navigation of the past in order to find the destiny that was intended in the first place.  The foundations of our lives and the foundation of our path in life is connected to the past. We must discover what is true today and we must discover the path today, but what is true today and the path of today are connected to where we have come from in the past. Wisdom cries out in the street and it is wisdom that will allow the knowledge of today to lead to the understanding that unlocks the door to our path of destiny. The street is the path that we find that is connected to where we have come from. It doesn’t just connect to the path of our own history, but it is connected to the full history of God in man in the generational plan of God among humanity. To get anywhere, we must know where we have come from. The foundation of all that is taking place in the church is connected to all that has taken place in God’s story among men to this point in time.

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

The apostles and prophets of this Scripture text are the twenty-four elders around the throne of grace. They are the twelve prophets of Israel and the twelve apostles of the Lamb. They are that which represents the full harvest of the Torah/Temple society in the administration of the knowledge of good and evil and the foundation of the grafting in of all the nations of the world from the administration of mere human conscience in the time of men being bound to the knowledge of good and evil. The family tree of the knowledge of good and evil can only be exchanged for the family tree of life in the path of Christ. The prophets of the Torah/Temple society were those who labored in the Father’s field from the beginning of the day and those who are now being grafted in are those who have come at the end of the day. The wages given to both are the same, because God is the generous owner of all things and He wants to give to all according to His generous and gracious Spirit. The generations connect to build a reward that is given to all of mankind for the glory of the Fathers name. The prophets in this Scripture are the ceiling of the Old Covenant that received the mercy of the Lamb to become the foundation for the New Covenant. The apostles are the first-fruits of the New Covenant that is built upon the ceiling of the Old. The church generationally is built upon the foundation of the ceiling of the Old Covenant and the foundation of the New. All things are connected from Adam in Eden to eternity. Our lives are connected generationally to all that has been and to all that is yet to come. Jesus is the One who is, who was, and who will be. The story of mankind is the story written in the form of men and women as the likeness and image of God in a process of human maturation and culmination in Christ for God’s glory. Jesus is the foundation upon which the story of man can be seen in their calling, their testimony, and their purpose in destiny on earth and in heaven.

This same principle, pattern, and value is true for each of us in Christ. I believe it is true for every family, every Christ-centered community, and every spiritual letter written by the Holy Spirit in the lives of men.  We are not smarter than our fathers and mothers or their fathers and mothers. We are simply further along in the journey as long as we hold on to the things that have been set in the foundation for the building of the house of God’s habitation in our present time. If we disconnect from the values found in the foundations of the past, we will build something that does not carry the value that God desires to mature and culminate in our path of destiny. If we reject our birthright, we will exchange the family inheritance for things that are less than God’s will being done and His kingdom coming in our measure of the inheritance.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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Foundations

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    Greetings,

As we continue to navigate this year of 2019, I find that God is reconfirming and reestablishing foundations. It is the foundation of the house that establishes the strength and the future of every house. Houses are built upon foundations and as the body of Christ, we are the house of God’s manifest presence. The foundation of our house is Christ. We were not born to accomplish some personal agenda for some personal plan in life. We are not destined to build a house for ourselves, but we are called to a greater destiny. We are destined in Christ to be a house of His presence to be an active participant in His calling, His testimony, and His purpose in all things. We have to find our role in God’s purpose and plan to fulfill the will of God in each of our lives.

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

The key to building a house is found in the foundation of the house. For us to fulfill our part in being the house of God’s presence and purpose, the foundation of our lives must be built upon Christ. This will produce the testimony of gold, silver, and precious stones. These materials depict the character, nature, way, power, and authority of Christ in the lives of human souls. Things made of straw, hay, or wood are the materials of human efforts for human comfort, human success, and human legacy. Living for the comfort of our own lives is as straw and it will simply be consumed at the end of the day. Living for my own lifetime will surely fade and can only vanish in the flames of eternity. Living for a business, a ministry, or some empire of human effort can only last a generation or more, but even the things of empires are consumed in the flames of eternity in the end. It is only those things of eternal character that remain. What are the qualities of Christ’s kingdom in each of us that will live on in the hearts of others? Each of us were born for greater things than ourselves. We were born to live for the well-being of others.

We are in a season where God is reconfirming and reestablishing the foundations of our lives. Foundations guarantee the future of the house. Every house that is built faces the elements of testing and the opposition of many seasons of life. In Christ the foundation of our lives is established in the Rock of Christ. The objective is to be connected to the Rock, not to see how great our house can become. When we are connected to the Rock of Christ, even if the house were to fall down, we will be ok. The point of the story is being connected to the One who loves us in all things. The point is being connected to the place of our true calling, testimony, and destiny. We are a house of God’s presence in all seasons of our lives.

Luke 6:47 “Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Foundations guarantee a future. When Christ is the foundation of our lives, the testing of our lives cannot prevail over the faithfulness of God in the foundation of our role in Christ. The man who dug down to the rock, was the one who responded to the word of God. In this story of two houses, both houses were built in the same geographical location. Both may have been the same design of house and even the same size of house. Perhaps they both were drawn with the same architectural floor plan. Both houses are likened unto people who God was speaking to and who were hearing what He had to say. The difference is that one responded by acting upon the words he heard while the other did not. Jesus says that the one who heard and responded to the words was like one who digs down to the rock and establishes a foundation for his house. The one who merely heard is like someone who built his house without any foundation at all. The response of acting upon what God was saying is a testimony to the process of setting a foundation for the house. Both houses were faced with the violent storms of life, but only the house with the foundation set upon the rock was able to stand. This is the testimony of true ‘belief’. The most important thing in this story is the Rock. I believe that that Rock is Christ and our relationship with Him is what will allow us to stand in every storm. Our relationship with God is cultivated by our response to His voice in our lives. As leaders we must set an example for others in how to listen to and respond to God’s voice in our lives. Our response may not always be the correct response, but if we sincerely believe we are responding rightly to His presence and His love, He will guide us in the path of destiny by His mercy and grace.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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Actions Inspired By Faith

        Greetings;

It is now June and we continue in the path of navigation for 2019. Last week I addressed the need to connect to the beliefs of the past. What we believe will determine how we act. Actions without faith in our hearts quickly become burdensome and only bind us to some form of law or rule in our lives. The actions of our lives have to be inspired from within our hearts in order to actions of liberty and life. Actions not inspired by faith will produce death to us and to others because of us. Those actions are void of life-giving beliefs inspired by God in our hearts.

The actions of our lives will not necessarily inspire our faith, but our faith will inspire the actions of our lives. Actions inspired by faith will spark the imaginations of our hearts and minds with creative strategies towards the future. The foundation of our imaginations are the actions of our present. The actions of our present are inspired by the beliefs of our hearts. As leaders, we must lead people into proper beliefs to inspire life-giving actions. In order to lead others in this path we must embrace this path ourselves.

We cannot just believe the beliefs of the past generation or even our past decades of life, we must hear God again in our hearts today so the beliefs of yesterday become the fresh beliefs in our hearts today. We will most-likely discover even deeper realities of the beliefs of yesterday when we hear the why of those beliefs in our hearts today. We will likely see things that could not be seen before from the foundation of the beliefs of the past. We must grow in our faith, our beliefs, and our life-giving actions in Christ. We cannot be bound to a limited understanding of beliefs given to us from the past. At the same time, we should not just blindly reject the beliefs of the past; we should revisit them in our relationship with Holy Spirit and see how these things are today. Faith comes by hearing God in our hearts and hearing God in our hearts works through a revelation of God’s love in our hearts. God is great, He is good, and His mercy endures forever. This is the atmosphere of His voice within. This is the foundation for further defining the beliefs given to us by God. This is the foundation for further defining the beliefs embraced by the church in the past. Sometimes the past generations received the voice of God in some twisted bent from His true words to human hearts, even as we do the same in our generation today. God may have spoken clearly to their hearts, but they could only hear him though the paradigm of their present understanding. Though their interpretations and applications of God’s voice may have been twisted, the voice of God to their hearts may have been perfect and clear. Rather than rejecting the views of the past we should seek to hear God again, from the foundation of life. I believe that even people who hear God in a twisted bent, hear God. Rejecting their hearing can lead us to hear things that are not connected to God’s voice in the past. I believe that the river of Ezekiel chapter 47 has been flowing in the earth since the New Covenant became a reality in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. I believe that even in the shadow of the New Covenant that was given in the law, still points to the reality of the voice of God in Christ. What others could only hear with their minds, can still be heard in human hearts. What others twisted by soul manipulation can be clearly heard again by Holy Spirit inspiration.

We cannot reject the principles, patterns, and values revealed through the law and think we have a solid foundation for understanding grace. Grace should cast a shadow that can be seen as the principles, patterns, and values revealed in the law. Grace is entered by faith. It is entered by the hearing of Holy Spirit and experiencing the work of Holy Spirit in our hearts. If our beliefs of today cannot be found in the principles, patterns, and values of the law we must question our beliefs. If our actions do not cast a shadow that can be found in the law, there is something wrong with our actions. We must consider those principles, patterns, and values carefully. We must look at the law through a paradigm of grace, we cannot look at grace through a paradigm of the law. We must look at the Old Covenant through a paradigm of the New Covenant, we cannot look at the New Covenant through a paradigm of the Old Covenant. God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever! This is true of God in all generations. We must look at the past to hear God in the present. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. God’s voice and our hearing of His voice today is fully connected to His voice and the hearing of His voice by others in our past.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

 

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It Begins With Beliefs

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    Greetings,

We are navigating a path of increasing glory in the inheritance of Christ among men. As leaders we cannot not just lead, we must be fathers and mothers in the faith. A family is a place of love and a place of establishing beliefs that are created by God’s love in our hearts for the sake of our children and our children’s children in the path of destiny. If beliefs can be changed in a generation it will influence the actions of the generation that follows. When the actions of a generation change it will influence the imagination of the successive generation. When the imaginations of a generation change, the influence of the next generation is more than was in the past. This is the way of a one-hundred-year plan. This is the covenant that was given to Abraham as the father of faith. God’s covenant to Abraham was not a covenant of blessing, it was a covenant of inheritance. It was a covenant from God the Father in heaven to Abraham the father of faith in the earth. Faith comes by hearing God and faith works through love. A revelation of the love of our Father in heaven will give us beliefs established by God’s love in the earth. The covenant received by Abraham was received by faith and it was one of believing God. Believing God will change the beliefs of our hearts. It will give us the heart of a father to the children and the children’s children beyond our own time.

Romans 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Believing God is a work of the Spirit of God upon our hearts. It is miraculous. It is not a reasoning of the mind. It is a miracle of the heart. What we believe in our hearts will determine the works of our lives. The actions we make are the fruit of the beliefs of our hearts. How we act determines what we think about. What we think upon determines the extent of our imaginations for tomorrow. What we imagine becomes the influence of our lives.

Galatians 3:5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

Abraham’s faith did not give him the faith of a servant of God. It gave him the faith of a son of God. It gave him the faith of knowing God was his friend and he was a friend of God. The influence of the nations started with the believing of one man in his heart. He didn’t merely believe an all-powerful God, he believed a loving Father. Those who believe God are not servants of the faith of Abraham. They are sons of Abraham because they have discovered the same source of faith. Their hearts are changed by a loving Father for the sake of the generations that follow them. They do not merely live to change the world; they live to see their family grow in influencing the world. By this the world is changed.

What we believe in our hearts will become a foundation for the actions of the generation that follows us. The actions of those that follow us will determine the foundation of the imagination of the third generation. The imagination of a third generation will determine the influences in the earth that become part of the permanent path of destiny in the family inheritance. This is a one-hundred-year plan.

Our path in life is not merely connected to the beliefs of the past. It is connected to believing the eternal Father of all men. The Father of our fathers has to also be the Father of our own faith in life. By this we can be assured that the faith of the present will not be disconnected from the principles, patterns, and values of the past. It will not be bound to the limited understanding of the past. It will be liberated to think even more in the life-growing glory of the past, but the principles, patterns, and values of our Father’s heart will remain the same in their foundation. If the walls of the house and the rooms of the house are not built upon the same principles, values, and patterns as the foundation of the house we must question w hose house it is. We are building a place of God’s habitation among men, not merely the house of man that God can visit. We are the growing place of God’s presence among the generations of mankind.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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Another Measure in the Path

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      Greetings,

We are in a season of navigation. We are navigating the path that God is setting before us that is a path of destiny in Christ. Navigation involves finding the hidden paths for us in our course of destiny given to us by God. We are not solitary individuals with a mandate to prove how successful we can be in our spiritual discernment or enlightened minds. We are only another generation in the path of destiny for the family of God made known among men by God. We cannot create new things that are disconnected from the old things and think they will produce a deeper measure in the river of God in the earth.

Ezekiel 47:3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4  Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees.  Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.

Each measurement in the river of God is a further measure from the past. It is not disconnected from the past. We are in another measure of God’s grace working in the earth for the glory of His name. The mountain of God is growing in the nations as the kingdoms of men are becoming kingdoms of their Lord and Christ. That mountain is made of many stones that build upon one another to become something greater today than was in the past.  Jesus is the Lord and His body is the place of His Spirit. Christ in us is the hope of glory. Christ in us is the hope of becoming all that we are meant to be in this world and in all that is to come. God wants us to find our identity, our testimony, and our purpose in Him. The path of today is not disconnected from the path of the past. It is a furtherance in the journey of God’s grace working among mankind. We cannot despise the things of the past and expect to receive a furtherance of the grace given to us thus far in Christ. We are not smarter than our parents or our grandparents. We are simply another generation in the path of humanity in Christ. When we think we are better than, or smarter than, those in the past; we forget the lessons given to us. Secret things belong to God, but when they are given to us, they then belong to our children and our children’s children. This is only true for those children who value the secrets given as treasures to be expanded upon. They are not things to be rejected, but treasures to be received in order to reveal even more treasures in the earth for the generations to come.

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

When I got married, I wore that latest in wedding attire, but if I look at those wedding pictures today, the clothing looks funny and the style looks foolish. We must remember that what is cutting edge today will look foolish to the generation of tomorrow, but there is nothing new under the sun. We need the revelation of today in order to come to the revelation of tomorrow. When we see the revelation being given today, we must understand that it is not better than the revelation of the past. It is simply more. Not more as in that which has finally arrived, but more in that it is simply more footsteps in the same connected path of destiny. For this reason, we must be careful to never be “anti” what was, thinking that what is today is better than what was in the past. We must embrace “what was” in new ways. If we disconnect from the path given to us in the inheritance of Christ, we disconnect from the inheritance of Christ. We then end up doing new things thinking they are the revolutionary thing for God’s glory, but God’s glory is always connected to the glory of the past. New things without a connection to the old things of the past are simply the same old things all over again. We do new things thinking they are new, but they are simply old things in new ways. This is often the path in the church and thus there is not a third and fourth generation that leads to the permanent changes made in the earth by the rising mountain of Christ.

Thank you, God, for the treasure of the just living by faith, the increasing glory of works that testify of our faith, the furtherance of heavenly testimonies inside and out that cannot be denied as heavenly realities for Your story among men. Thank you, God, for another measure in the authority of the laying on of hands and the ministry of Y  our life-giving authority in true body life. Thank you, Lord, for an increase in hearing Your word in our hearts, declaring Your word through our mouths, and experiencing Your manifest presence in undeniable ways in our midst. Thank you, God, for Your unconditional love and Your unstoppable transformation that is increasingly made known by the power of Your love at work in and through our lives. Help us find another measure in Your path of destiny for the glory of Your name in the generations of men! Help us to not reject the inheritances of the past but to value them and to advance them even further in the path of Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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Fathers, Mothers, and Leaders in our Path

 

    Greetings,

I believe that this is a season to navigate a course of intimate faith with God. In this, we become vulnerable and shapeable in responding to Him. Leaders set an example in the faith. That example is one of hearing God’s word, responding, and being transformed to become something of the word of God in our lives. As leaders we must not only set an example to those we lead, we must activate, facilitate, and release others to become all that they are to be in Christ. We are not just those who know the word of God, we must become examples of the word of God to those we lead. We must become expressions of God’s word that will activate God’s personal voice in the hearts of those we lead.

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Paul was not merely telling Timothy to be someone who was instructed in the word of God, but to become an example of the word of God. Every revelation from God is an invitation to have an encounter with God so that we will be transformed by Him to become a testimony of a revelation of God to those around us.

When God has expressed something, it is considered to be the logos (word) of God. The Scriptures are logos (word) of God, but so is leadership to be a testimony of an expression of God. Jesus was the very expression (Word) of God in flesh. The word of God is meant to pierce through the soul to the place where God speaks. The Holy Spirit within agrees with anything that has been expressed by God and when we are pierced through by an expression of God, the voice of the Holy Spirit brings life to the human spirit in the human heart.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  

In finding our path in Christ we must seek to hear God in new ways, but we must know that God’s direction for tomorrow is also revealed in the path of others before us. We need to look to those in our lives who can activate the voice of God within our own hearts. These are the testimonies of fathers and mothers in the faith. Leaders are to be expressions of God to those they lead in order to activate the voice of God within the heart of each believer. Scripture is logos (word). Fathers, mothers, leaders, as well as maturing believers, are to be expressions of God (logos) as well. Their lives should pierce through the souls of those they influence to the very Spirit of God within their spirits, causing the voice of God to be activated within them. Fathers, mothers, and various kinds of leading influences are not the voice of God to our lives. This is Old Covenant. Those relationally connected to our path of destiny only serve to activate the voice of God within our hearts. This is New Covenant.

The Old Covenant brought control and bondage, but the New Covenant brings life and liberty. It’s the manifest presence of God that brings liberty. As leaders we must lead in a way that the voice of God brings the liberty of God’s presence in the lives of those we lead. We cannot hear God for people and expect them to simply remember what we have said. We cannot teach law, present Biblical rules, propose Biblical principles, or enforce any form of covenant that holds people to the words or experiences of the past. This is a covenant that is read. It is a covenant that is remembered. A veil remains on this type of covenant for it is an Old Covenant of bondage and control. Only the New Covenant of the life of Christ within can bring the life and liberty of God. Only the New Covenant brings increasing and lasting change from within the human heart.

2 Corinthians 3:12-15 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  

It is only when one turns to the Lord in their hearts that the veil can be removed. We cannot teach people to know God, knowing God is a personal revelation discovered within the heart. It is there that true change is brought about in and through the believer. Fathers, mothers, and leading influences are essential to our own hearing of God in our hearts. We cannot disconnect from the ancient path given to us, but we must hear what they heard in our own hearts so we can also hear for the sake of those who follow us in the path of destiny in Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Christ in each believer is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). Hearing God in our hearts must be fresh and new, but it is also a part of an ancient path given to us in Christ.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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