The Armor of Peace

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     Greetings;

We are not standing in the earth defending ourselves from the enemy. The enemy is defending himself against us because we are dispossessing every power of death in our lives by the power of God’s grace. As leaders we set an example that others can follow, and we live to inspire others to lay hold of God’s grace to overcome in all things. We are storming the gates of hell with the gate of heaven as the body of Christ in the earth. The influences of the realm of the dead are being eradicated by an invasion of the gate of heaven’s life. We must walk in God’s grace and stand, so that we will possess the inheritance of the earth beneath our feet.

The armor of grace is the testimony of God’s love in our lives. We know one Lord, one desire of heart that empowers us to be the generations of His testimony. He picked us! He loves us! Our future testimony and posterity is made known by the truth of His love. A revelation of His love is giving us a new ‘want to’ for the empowerment of our commitment to God in Christ. We can boldly come and say, ‘here I am’. We are the little ‘i ams’ in the big ‘I AM’ of Christ. We have been granted repentance unto life that frees us from every dead work of the flesh. We are alive in Christ! We are loved!

We live from our hearts with works that speak of our faith toward God. Our wisdom is not found in the strength of our own works, but in the empowerment of works that testify of our love for God and witness to our faith towards God in all things. It is through a right relationship with and a dependency upon God that we live from our hearts with faith towards Him. It is the grace of the Spirit of Wisdom that reveals our royal and priestly roles in life.

Ephesians 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of God in every situation. Walking in peace is responding to God who gives us His Word and Spirit in all things. This is the testimony of the Spirit of Understanding. True understanding comes from responding to the presence of God in our lives. This piece of armor is not just “peace” but it is “the readiness of the gospel of peace.” What does that mean? It means that when the devil comes and says that we are separated from God, the readiness of the gospel of peace says, NO! There is no separation between us and God. We must walk by the leading of God’s peace in our hearts. It is a response level relationship with Him and it is the way to true understanding in all things. By this the testimony of heaven becomes our testimony on earth. When we walk in that understanding we will be able to maintain our peace with God even when the devil comes with his deceiving “wiles.”  If we have our feet shod with the “readiness of the gospel of peace” we’ll jump up like Phinehas did in Numbers, chapter 25. We’ll drive a spear right through any accusing work of the flesh! Our peace (our ability to be one with God) is not by our actions but only through the once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But we must be quick to execute judgment on any temptation or action that would cause us to enter into any “work of the flesh” that would separate us from our “oneness” with God in Christ. The flesh is not bad, it is good, but the “works of the flesh” will separate us from the life and peace that we find in Christ Jesus. The “law of the Spirit” says that we must “set our minds upon the things of the Spirit” and not the things of the flesh. We are all tempted at times, but it is the “action” that we take, both in our thoughts and deeds, that determines whether we will remain one with God or choose to create a “gap” in our relationship (James 1:13-16). The choice is ours! God says that He will never leave us or forsake us but our walk in life will determine whether we will leave Him and thus create a “gap” by not having our feet shod with the “readiness of the gospel of peace”.

It is the peace of God that guides our steps in life. It is an inner knowing that we are walking in a path that is one with God. There is no inner check or hesitation. This is perhaps the strongest witness to the inner voice of God in our hearts. When we walk in the peace of God the evidence will be seen in the footsteps of our lives. Something is dripping off of our feet that reveals our heavenly position in Christ. We were once submerged in the bitterness of life, but now there is a response to God from our hearts that overflows with a testimony of His Holy Spirit. We are submerged in the grace of His Understanding. We were once of the ungodly nations of the world, but now we are a holy nation before our God. We stand under His submersions with a grace of the Spirit of Understanding to bring His life to the world. The testimony of His house in heaven is the reality of peace that we bring to the world in which we live.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Righteousness

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Pastor Jonathan has been challenging us at Alife to do some daily heart connections with God in putting on the full armor of God in our lives. I believe that armor to be the testimony of being clothed in the Holy Spirit for taking possession of all that God sets before us in life. This is our individual life,  our marriages, our families, our church community, our expression in the communities of the world, our expression of work in society and all that constitutes the world that is given to each of us. As leaders, we are to lead others into embracing their own worlds to bring the testimony of the life of God to all that is theirs. Last week I challenged us to freshly embrace the testimony seen in the belt of truth. This is knowing the truth of God’s love and living in the procreative power of God given desire that comes by Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Lord in our lives.

When we know that we are loved by God we seek to hear Him so that we can make sacrifices of our love for Him. These are not sacrifices of shame or guilt, but sacrifices that testify of our love and faith towards God in who He is. Our lives must be filled with actions that testify of our connection with God from our hearts. Those actions are those of priests to our God and kings in our influence in this world. These are the testimonies of living from our hearts! We offer God thanksgiving and praise is response to hearing Him in our hearts. That thanksgiving and praise is not just in words, but in the actions of our lives. Just as we did through the act of water baptism, we do something that testifies of our identification with Him each and every day. The actions of our lives testify of our faith towards Him and they are made with outward expressions of our connection to Him in our hearts. Those confessions, actions, and outward visibilities will be a testimony to the wisdom that comes by the internal voice of Holy Spirit in our hearts. They are actions inspired by our consistent relationship with God through the Spirit of Wisdom working within us. Our lives must declare “the Lord our righteousness”! This is the testimony of Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Wisdom that leads us from today into every step leading to our tomorrow.

When we receive the righteousness of Christ we also receive His attitude of “right relationship”. Jesus summed up the commandments of God by saying that we are to “love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and strength” and that we are to “love our neighbor as ourselves”. The key to these things is only possible when we have a revelation of God’s love for us. We love one another even as God loves us. The evidence of a revelation of God’s love for us is seen in our love for one another. Doing what is “right” is a matter of “right relationship”. When we harbor resentment, bitterness, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, and the like, we have taken off our breastplate of righteousness. We must allow the Holy Spirit to continually write God’s character and nature upon our hearts and then we must be faithful to respond with actions in our lives that declare God’s nature of doing what is “right”. The issue of being “right” is not an issue of being “right” for “ourselves”. It is a matter of doing what is “right” for God and for our neighbor. Doing what is “right” will prove us to be a “friend” of God and one another. This is the source of true praise and thankfulness to God. It comes from our hearts. Leaders must set an example that others can follow in this and inspire them to do the same.

We know that our righteousness is through faith in Christ Jesus; but the book of James says that faith without works is dead. In order for our righteousness to be true righteousness by faith we are going to have to produce works of that righteousness. To do that we are going to have to have our breastplate of righteousness on. That’s a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As a part of the right relationship we have to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. Now there are many ways of confessing with the mouth. If we are going to confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, we’re going to have to make a manifested confession of what we believe in our hearts.

We can take this principal and apply it in any area of our lives. Our life actions will declare our heart’s beliefs. When our actions fail to confess a righteousness according to God’s word the source is our breastplate of righteousness. If our lives’ actions refuse to confess His Lordship we don’t really believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord. Our righteousness is not based upon the obedient work, but it is based upon us allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives.

We live from our hearts with works that speak of our faith toward God. Our wisdom is not found in the strength of our own works, but in the empowerment of works that testify of our love for God and witness to our faith toward God in all things. It is through a right relationship with and a dependency upon God that we live from our hearts with faith toward God. It is the grace of the Spirit of Wisdom that reveals our royal and priestly roles in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Truth

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As leaders we lead people in a path forward in Christ in which we each choose to be able to exchange our beliefs for the beliefs of God. We exchange our character, our nature, and our way for those found in Christ. Our true character, nature, way, power, and authority is found in our redemption through Jesus Christ and granted to us by a work of God’s grace in our lives. That grace is the work of the sevenfold Holy Spirit in, with, and through us in life. What God says about us is different than what the circumstances of our lives have educated us to believe. The earthly, carnal beliefs of the way of the word resist the true knowledge of God. That true knowledge is not a knowledge of information but a knowing that comes through intimacy with God in our hearts. Just as there are angels that serve as ministering spirits to us in our journey in Christ, there are also spiritual forces that work against us to oppose our knowing of who God really is in our lives and who we are in Christ. The mercy of God through the blood of Jesus Christ has justified us to live and we are moving forward in our journey of sanctification, manifestation, ministration, activation, facilitation, and release in all things for the glory of God in our lives. Though we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, spiritual powers seek to manipulate the beliefs of our hearts through lies and spiritual influences of deception. Since we wrestle against those things which are not flesh and blood, we need to take up the whole armor of God so that we do not embrace the beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influence forced upon humanity by demonic inspiration.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We are instructed to put on the “whole” armor of God. Not just part of it, but all of it, so that we may be able to withstand these forces of darkness. This is embracing being led by Holy Spirit with His divine empowerment in all things. That’s not to just stand still, but to literally oppose them in the day of evil! That armor is the testimony of being led by the Sprit in all things so that we can become manifested sons of God. Those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God and they bring the liberty of the life of God to their world. The first piece of armor is that our waist must be girded with the belt of truth.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth…

The word “waist” is the Greek word “osphus” and it means; “loin; procreative power”. This belt is not just a little strip of leather that keeps our trousers from falling down. This belt is a complete protection for our loins and is a strategic piece of equipment that connects the other necessary articles of warfare. It involves wrapping our expectations of our future and hope in all that is true of God and all that God says is true of us. This piece of armor is a protection which covers our ability to be fruitful. Our loins are the area of the fruitfulness of our bodies. It’s in this area that we have the ability to procreate. It’s not insignificant that when this Scripture deals with the truth that it talks about our area of procreative power. That is our ability to be fruitful. The Scripture says in John 8:31 that we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. He said that if we abide in His word, that we will be His disciples and we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. He didn’t say that if we abide in what our eyes see, or if we abide in what our ears hear, that we would be free. He said if we abide in His word then we are His disciples and then we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. The truth is different than what we see with our eyes. It’s different than what we hear with our ears. The truth is in His word and in His specific words to our hearts. It’s in His word that we will find our ability to be fruitful when we are confronted with the demonic powers of darkness that seek to hinder us in our path forward in life. It is through becoming expressions of God in the uniqueness of who each of us are that we become expressions of God’s word that transforms the beliefs of our hearts.

Obedience to the truth will purify our souls (1 Pet. 1:22). We need to study to show ourselves approved, workmen who need not be ashamed (2 Tim. 2:15). We need to get into God’s word and find out what He has to say. This is not a study to know about Him, but a diligent study to know Him. We should study His written word so that we can readily recognize His voice, but the true study of His word is through an intimate encounter with God so Holy Spirit can empower our hearts by His grace to know the truth. That grace comes as a desire, a want to, a testimony of the Spirit of the Lord. The revelation of truth that we hear and become will be about God’s love for us and a gift from Him to understand that love in our hearts. It will be empowered by the desire of the Lord. What does Jesus love about you and what do you love about Him?  It’s not what tradition says, but what God says that counts. We need to find out what God says, and we must allow the Spirit of the Lord to bring about life-giving change to the beliefs of our hearts. The enemy has power over us when we don’t know the truth. It’s not when he doesn’t know the truth. If our souls can prosper in the truth then we can prosper in that truth. As leaders we must lead people in the path of the foundation of each one’s faith. That foundation is set upon the internal voice of God in each one’s heart for each one to know the truth and to become a testimony of the freedom of that truth in life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Weapons In Christ

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As leaders we must set an example that others can follow. This especially includes leading people in and through times of testing. We must know how to be equipped and how to help others be equipped to stand in times of opposition. Times of opposition are not times for the success of the devil or any foe. Times of testing are times to manifest as sons and daughters of God. We are not just natural people; we are people who are empowered by and led by God’s Spirit in all things. This is the testimony of sons of God, inheritors of the testimony of Christ. This is perhaps our greatest role as leaders. We are leading formerly natural people into the path of being spiritual people in all things. We are not leading them to be religious people. We are leading them to be healthy in their spirits, souls, and physical lives as sons and daughters of God. We are leading them to be thoroughly equipped in all things to do good works in all things and bring the life of God into their worlds.

It is through our connection with God that we can be equipped to stand in days of testing. Days of testing are days of battles, but they are also days of victories. If we are unprepared for battle in our daily walk we will soon fail to live freely as God’s sons and daughters of light. Our heavenly Father is light and when we fail to live our lives as sons and daughters of God we fail to shine as the light of life in our world. We need to know that there are real issues that we must face. The enemy, the devil, is going about seeking whom he may devour. His tactics are those of deception, conflict, and destruction unto death of our souls. We must stand strong in the midst of his assignments and assaults.  Satan will resist us in battle and in fact has a strategy to make us ineffective as “spiritual” (spirit-natural) men and women. It is his intent and purpose to distract us from, and even sidetrack us from, God’s purpose of the sanctification of our whole man.

When dealing with Satan and the power of darkness we must not only be faithful soldiers of Christ, we must be soldiers who are properly equipped to do warfare against our enemy. As we live life, the Spirit of Christ within us is motivating us to move forward to take possession of every aspect of the territory of our lives. In this process we can expect to face the resistance and schemes of the devil as spiritual powers of darkness defend themselves against the advancement of our lives in Christ.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

The word “wiles” in the Greek literally means that the devil comes and travels alongside of us with an intent to trick us. In other words, he doesn’t just pop up in our face and say, “Hi, I’m the devil! Shoot me!” He gets along side of us and says, “I’m the voice of the Lord. I’m here to give you instruction.” We must be properly fit with the armor of God in order to stand against the devil when he comes to deceive us. It is very important that we find our strength and our power in the Spirit of God.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Our weapons of warfare are mighty in Christ Jesus. They are mighty in Him for the pulling down of strongholds. It’s not that we reach into Him, get a mighty weapon, and then tear down the strongholds. It’s only when we are in God, through Christ, that we have mighty weapons. We must find our strength and our working power of action through a personal relationship of intimacy with God our Father and Jesus Christ His Son. This happens by our interaction with Holy Spirit in all things. God grace empowers our obedience to God’s voice when we an active relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. By this we know that we are seated with Christ today in heavenly places. It is place of authority and confidence of life. What are the strongholds that resist our knowing of God in life? They are the strong beliefs of our hearts that seek to be exalted above our intimacy in knowing God. They are the established beliefs of our hearts that tempt us to believe that our own will is more important than the will of God. Our response to God’s voice above all things is what destroys the strongholds that resist the testimony of Christ in us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Shepherd Leader

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As leaders we are called to lead others to a knowledge of God as their Father and a knowledge of Jesus as the Son. This is not a knowledge about God the Father or mere revelation knowledge of Jesus the Son of God. It is an intimate knowing of God through a relationship as a son or daughter born by His Spirit. In is a knowing of God in an abiding relationship of life. This is not something we can teach, but rather something we must demonstrate to others through our own lives. Our own example and demonstration of an intimate relationship with God can serve to activate, facilitate and release those we lead to know a personal relationship with God in all things. I believe this to be true obedience to the faith. The faith is not some religious, or even Christian, belief system. True faith comes by a hearing of God within our hearts and responding to that internal voice in a personal relationship with God. We are not called to lead people in Christian ministry. We are called to lead people in a personal relationship with God. This is only possible by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives for the sake of leading others into this same reality of life. We do this so that those we lead can also be an example of life in an inspirational way to those in the world of their own lives.

We are in the midst of changes in the church. God is bringing about a furtherance of grace in the present transition of the seasons before us. The season at hand and ahead of us is not another season of the works of God. It is a furtherance of knowing God and living in the fruit of knowing Him. The result will be a greater influence of His life in our world.

Jesus is the good Shepherd and He set an example for us as shepherds of the flock of God. He set an example for us all as believers as to how we should be in our world for the sake of others. Leaders go before the people to be an example in obedience to the faith. God is a giver of life and in knowing Him we become givers of life to those in our world. Perhaps the greatest testimony of true leadership is the ability to bring life to others. The law and the words of the prophets could not do what Jesus did. The law could restrain us, conform us, or contain us is some way but Jesus came to give us life and that life in abundance. As the great Shepherd, those who know Him find life in His presence. 

John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

We know that the devil is a thief, but the context of these verses is a comparison of Jesus and those that came before Him. Before Jesus was the ministry of the law and the prophets. The law and the prophets could not bring the life that God desired us to have. They could only offer requirements that created obligations in life, not an inspiration unto life. Only Jesus offers the life of the Spirit of God within us that gives us true liberty and life. Only Holy Spirit brings true change in our hearts and minds. Only internal change can inspire true external liberty.

Like Jesus, God wants to inspire our hearts to give our lives for the sheep. This is the true testimony of endurance; it is a testimony of love. Only a love for God and love for people will empower us to stand in the midst of times when wolves prowl to destroy the flock.

John. 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.”

Leadership is a calling in Christ. It is a calling of love. It is an honor to be loved by God and to know God’s love for His children. It is only through a life of intimacy with God as our Father that we can see God’s love for His children. Being a leader is like being a parent. It is a full giving of your life for the care of each family member, the corporate purpose of that family, and the full destiny of that family in every way. It is a full buying into the destiny of the family of God in a generational way. It will be hallmarked by endurance, but the true root of that endurance is love and a vision of love for the Father’s will and the Father’s family.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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A Change of Beliefs

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Monday night we had our weekly presence and prayer night at ALife. I was stirred in my heart to proclaim the following word:

I hear God saying that, I am establishing My mountain in another measure, but My mountain is made of life-giving stones. My mountain is the stature of Christ. And It’s in this season and in this time that you’re going to see high things come down because something higher is rising within you. For I have declared that this was a time for you to arise and shine, for your light has come. And you’re going to see that that light is going to expand. I’m replanting, I’m rebooting, I’m remeasuring, I’m reviving, I’m renewing, and I’m bringing forth another measure in My grace, says God. And you’re going to see that there is going to be a change because I am changing your beliefs. I’m changing your beliefs.  I’m even changing your ability to believe; to believe Me, to believe one another. Not in the stories of men apart from Me, but in the stories of Me within them. For I am the desire of the nations and I am the testimony of the generations. So, it’s another measure in this season that I’m raising My mountain. And I’m going to demonstrate that My love is strong. Beliefs are being drawn to Me; beliefs are being inspired by Me. I’m teaching you My ways,  you’ll walk in my paths, from your heart will go my law of love and you’ll become a greater expression of My community as My heaven invades your earth, says God.

What is the higher thing rising within our hearts? It is not a time to be distracted by the tumbling of stones, the shaking of worldly mountains, or the subduing of earthly hills. It is time to arise in the stature of Christ and shine. This is truly a time to learn the way of trusting God. It is a time of learning the way of connection to God. It is a time to learn the way of believing God. It is not a time for the plans of men, but a time to find the footsteps set before us by God as we live in each moment of each day. This doesn’t mean we are aimless or wandering in our ways, we are being established in God’s ways. Some things are going to have to be replanted to be made NOW and new in Christ. Some systems in our thinking are going to have to be rebooted in order to take hold of how it is in heaven in our hearts. Some objectives in our lives are going to have to be remeasured so we can allow God to reveal to our hearts what is important and what is not. Some things in our hearts are going to have to be revived so our love can be new, and we can be a testimony of a new song for a new day. We must embrace the fact that God is working His grace in our lives and in our world. What is next is not about us, it is about seeing God’s glory and giving glory to His name. God’s doesn’t teach us His ways by a means of information. He teaches us by submersions in His Spirit that transforms our hearts and minds to become a testimony of His Spirit of Understanding in all things. He intends for our way of life to be changed by His way of life working within our hearts and minds.

Isaiah 2:2 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. 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.

God changes the actions of our lives by changing the beliefs of our hearts. The evidence of changed beliefs is seen by changed actions. Those changed actions inspire a change in the imaginations of our hearts. A change in our imaginations is a change in the expectations of our hearts. A change in the imaginations or expectations of our hearts will change our influence or the type of influence we give in our world. The mountain of God is found when His unshakeable values become the inspiration of the beliefs of our hearts. That internal motivation is the only thing that can truly consume the strongholds and high towers of the beliefs of men apart from God. This place of change comes by trusting God in times of change. It happens by an eager seeking of a connection with God in our hearts.  This change comes when we believe God because we are able to see Him as He is. When we see Him, we become like Him because of who He is.

Leaders, we must model and inspire trusting God at all times. We must lead others into the place of purposely connecting to God in their hearts. We must exhibit a way of life that demonstrates our believing all that God says and believing fully in who He is.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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Be The Body of Christ

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      Greetings;

Today I am posting a prophecy that I received on Monday night, August 3rd, during a prayer time at ALife Church in Bellingham. I believe that this word is key for our present season as the church. In the prophecy, there is a key focus of standing as the body of Christ. We must stand as the body of Christ ad we must allow our hearts to be circumcised for what God has for us in this time called now.

August 3, 2020 – Ted J. Hanson

I hear the Lord saying that, this season is a season that you cannot see yet. For I proclaimed that there was a new season before you and even as My children crossed the Jordan to come into a land where they were strong in Me, I’ve called you to cross to a place where you become strong in Me. But the crossing of the Jordan was with an ark, and the crossing into that which I have called you is as a body. But not a body as it has been, a body as I have called you. And the Spirit of the Lord says that, this 2020 season is going to have 2020 vision, but that 2020 vision is hindsight. For the Lord says, when you put your foot in the water there was that which had to pass by before you knew there was a path. And even as there was eleven miles of water that had to stop and elven miles of water that had to pass before the eyes of the Israelites, the Lord says, do not be dismayed by the months that pass by you, for the months are passing by that I might bring forth My victory. And you’re going to see that in this season  as you stand fast to be My body that My miracle is going to cause self-seeking and bitterness to melt before you. But the greater miracle is what I am doing in you, for the Lord says, I am doing a new a circumcision of your hearts. And I’m causing you to see Me and to see you more clearly and I am going to roll away the reproach, says God. I am going to roll away the reproach on My body. I am going to roll away the reproach on you. And It doesn’t come without participation, for it’s in your circumcision and it’s in My miracle. For the Lord says, the miracle is already passing by in front of your eyes. So, do not be dismayed by the months that flow before you. For I have determined that there is a new thing and that which stood in the past as a warrior’s strength no longer stands for those warries have died, says the Lord. And there’s a new warfare, there is a new warrior that’s rising. The body of Christ is rising in a new victory and a new testimony. The body of Christ is rising in a new victory and a new testimony. And it’s a rolling away of the reproach, says God. For it is not in the memories of what has been, it’s in the testimony of what is about to be. And you will see as the months pass by before you there will be a passing through and then there will be a great victory, for there will be a testimony of that which I have done and a testimony of that which you have responded to. You shall be the people of God in a new measure and you shall see that bitterness and self-seeking shall melt before your eyes. 

In the giving of this word, I heard the Lord say, eleven months – eleven months like eleven miles. That is eleven months from January, that when your foot went into the new thing in January that the miracle was already there, but eleven months have to pass  before you see the fruit. And 2020 vision is actually also an English idiom for hindsight. So, the vision for 2020 is not what you see with foresight, it’s what you see with hindsight in what God did. And there is going to be a great celebration, I believe, in the twelfth month.

In this word the greater miracle was in the circumcision of our hearts. The standing was as the body of Christ. It is not time to judge others for not standing as we think they should, it is time for each of us to stand as the body of Christ in whatever we hear God saying to our hearts. Our attitude and the connection of our hearts towards God and one another is more important the means of our gathering. I believe the circumcision of our hearts is a cutting away of our own agendas based upon bitterness or self-seeking in some way. It is a change in our hearts that frees us from thinking like people in the world. God is empowering us to be God-seeking, and people seeing, to be the body of Christ that is a testimony of brotherly love in a strength of Truth and Spirit. God resting in our lives is more important than our resistance to the enemy. Embracing God’s presence and being creative to stay connected in our hearts to the body of Christ is more important than our mode or method of gatherings. Staying connected to God and one another is more important than any judgments that we are tempted to make in regard to how we should be meeting, where we should be meeting, or any other variance in our modes of operation. The following word is a prophecy that I gave at the end of 2019 coming into this year.

December 29, 2019

I just hear God saying that the past decade there were many things that were not necessarily wrong that you held on to. They were enough for the time to get you to the future, but they weren’t enough to get you into now. And I hear God saying; today if you’ll hear His voice, today if you will hear His voice. So, God wants you to exchange the future for today, because the future as you saw it is stuck in the past. And God has better things for you than you could imagine, but the time is now. And God is releasing a grace for His body to be able to enjoy the moment, enjoy the hour, enjoy the day – today if you’ll hear His voice. Don’t even look at this year as; ‘how am I going to get to the end of this year?’, because that’s how you looked at last year. And last year, God says, I gave you enough to get you to the end of this year, but I didn’t give you enough for today. But now I am releasing My grace for now, and there’s a grace that’s coming on My family, a grace that’s coming on My people to appreciate the time called now. And don’t let now be tainted by what was; or diminished by what you think is yet to come. But let now be, be juicy, let now be full of life. Let now enter into your mouth, let now enter into your taste buds, not just your stomach. And live for the moment, live for today – today if you’ll hear My voice. But God says, there’s a grace for this. So today is the beginning of a moment of reality, and it will be real, unlike any time before.

We must men and women who embrace God’s manifest presence resting in our lives each and every day. Let’s embrace the time called ‘today’ and release the things that no longer exist. The place where God rests and we rest in Him is more valuable than the stories of yesterday or the yet to come promises of tomorrow. Christ is everything!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Pray For Peace

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As leaders we must lead people with expectations of life even in the midst of difficult times. We have a great example in God’s word in the testimony of Jeremiah’s prophetic word concerning the captivity of Israel in Babylon. God did not expect the captivity of Babylon to stop His people from being His people. His hope was that His people would become seekers of His presence in the midst of their world. We must know that our present expectations must be that God is good in all things, even when things don’t appear to be good. God’s thoughts for us are thoughts of a future and a hope and not of despair. His promise is that nothing can separate us from His love. Because of His love, we can expect to find our future and hope in Him at all times. Our future and hope can include the appointment of destined deliverances, but His future and hope can also be found in the midst of what we might consider to be lesser times of freedom. I am not saying that our day is meant to be a day of lesser freedom, I am simply saying that all situations and all times are spaces of time to reveal God’s glory in increasing ways.

Jeremiah 29:4 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. 6 Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. 7 And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace. 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord. 10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

God told the children of Israel to seek the peace of the city of their captivity. They were to pray to the Lord for it. It would be that in its peace, they would have peace. We do not find our hope in the world around us, but God intends for the circumstances of our habitations to be places that serve us well. Like the children of Israel, He wants us to raise families, build houses and dwell in them, and to live our lives for the glory of God in all things. God has a future for us that is brighter than today, but even today God is still our God.  We must put our trust in God and pray that God’s favor in our lives will bring peace to the world around us. For this reason, we must pray for our communities, our regions, and our countries of dwelling in this world. We are the salt of the world and the light of the world. God doesn’t want to destroy the world around us, He wants our presence in our world to bring life to the world. Do we know the life of the kingdom of God that is within us? It is the life of the kingdom of God within us that offers hope to the world around us. We can expect God’s good word in our day. We can expect that God will bring His blessings. It is a time to seek God with all our hearts and it is time to pray for His peace in our places of dwelling. The nations are called to serve God, God is not called to serve them. The earth desires to provide for the sons and daughters of God, but we must live, move, and have our being as sons and daughters of God with an expectation that our heavenly Father is good.

It is God’s will for there to be peace in our world because of us. It is God’s will for us to pray for the prosperity of our communities that we might prosper in their prosperity. Peace is not merely the absence of conflict; it is the blessings of life in every measure. Our true peace is in God, but because we have peace with God we can expect that there will be a natural influence in our world because God is in our lives. God desires to make a way for us to be provided for in all situations. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah didn’t seek to escape their captivity. They sought to serve God with their whole hearts in the midst of their captivity. They also served the king of Babylon in integrity and honor. They did not compromise in their faith, but they did seek to live in honor while they were in Babylon. Our focus should always be upon building and dwelling, sowing and reaping, marriages, families, and the furtherance of relationships in all things. Our plan should always be a multigenerational plan. Our thoughts should be thoughts of good and not evil. They should be thoughts of expectation that encourage our hearts and minds to know that God is working all things for our good. We have a future and a hope because of God’s great love.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson


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The Wisdom of God

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The tree of life produces the fruit of life. The family of life produces the fruit of life for the sake of all who need life in the world. That fruit is life-giving to all who eat it. As leaders, we are leading others into the testimony of life. We are the people of God and it is the fruit of our lives that testifies to this truth. Natural knowledge feeds our perceptions to make judgments according to the understanding of our own hearts and the thoughts of our own minds. It is only the knowledge of God that empowers our lives to bear the fruit of true life. The knowledge of God is not a knowledge of right and wrong, it is an intimacy of right love. It is a testimony of an internal transformation of our hearts and minds that empowers our lives to bear the fruit of life. This is true community. It is a coming to unity around the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the testimony of God’s word – His character, nature, way, power, and authority from the Spirit of Christ within. It is our internal connection with God that empowers the fountain of life within our hearts. If we look to the external influences of the world as a source of thought to our minds we will not produce the fruit of life for the sake of others. This is not a time to think ourselves smart, it is a time to keep our hearts connected to God in order to give life to one another.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

It is the connection to God’s Spirit that causes the life-giving waters to flow from within us to those in the world around us. It is evidenced in works that testify of life. These are not works that seek to oppose the enemy, but works that testify of Christ. This is the true power over every enemy. Life is more powerful than death in all things! The source of true wisdom is found in the life of the Holy Spirit within us. It is the mind of Christ that releases the life of Christ through us. Jesus didn’t come to justify our own minds, but to give us new hearts and minds in Christ. When we judge things according to our own thoughts and opinions we are often motivated by the bitter experiences of our own lives. This is the testimony of the saltwater of the world. The spirit of the world is a spirit of self-preservation and the wisdom of the world is like the wisdom that led to the flood resulting in the saltwater that covers the sea. More than 70% of the earth is covered with saltwater and that is the testimony of the fall of Adam. It is the result of man seeking a knowledge of good and evil from their own hearts. The result was a hardening of hearts unto God and to one another. It produced the fruit of self-seeking ways. This is the testimony of the wisdom of the flesh. It is earthly, sensual, and becomes demonically inspired.

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.

We are not to condemn the world for their worldly ways, we are to shine as light in the darkness with a wisdom that comes from God. We are called to manifest God’s ways in the sight of men. The secret to shining is to keep the focus of our hearts upon God, His ways, and His purpose in the earth. It is a wisdom that is fully dependent upon God and willing to be shaped, molded, and formed to become His testimony in our world.

James 3:17 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.

We must keep our focus on the fact that God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever! We must embrace the truth that He takes even what the enemy intends for evil and turns if for good in our lives. All things are working for us because God will be with us in and through all things. God’s wisdom will not make us aggressive towards one another or the world. God’s wisdom manifests a gentle spirit within us. God’s wisdom empowers us to be teachable, changeable, and shapeable in all situations. The testimony of being the light of Christ is seen is our ability to demonstrate mercy and to manifest good fruits. This is not with some and not with others. It is with everyone! The wisdom of God doesn’t inhabit a heart filled with hypocrisy. The accounts of everyone have been reconciled by the blood of Jesus on the cross and anyone can come to the saving grace of God in Christ. Our relationship with God is empowered by God’s love and a revelation of that love in our hearts and minds. This is the revelation that will empower us to make peace in our world. This is the true light of Christ.

 

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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Wisdom’s Fruit

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God has determined that we are in a season of new fruit. It is not a season where thorns and thistles will prevail, but the true fruit of God’s life will be seen in a new measure. As leaders, we must see the fruit of life as the focus, the purpose, and the destiny of our service. We are leading others into the reality of becoming life to the nations and to the generations of men for the glory of our Father in heaven. What the enemy has intended for evil, God will surely turn for good. We must embrace God’s plan for the day and not be distracted by the darkness that the world calls light. We are living in a day of the Spirit of Knowing, an intimacy knowledge – not an informing knowledge. Things that are not true life are being exposed, those things exposed are meant to be vanquished by the healing power of God to our hearts and minds. This is not a time to be distracted by things that poke the flesh. God wants us to know the revelation of true knowledge – a knowledge of love. The oppose of true knowledge is the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. It is a knowledge by which we make judgments and categorize others based upon our own understandings and perceptions of right and wrong. This kind of knowledge makes the breaking of bread, the sharing of our lives with and for the sake of others, a chore. It is part of the sixth curse of futility that came at the fall of man.

Genesis 3:19a In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground…

The sweat of our face is the challenge imposed upon our minds when we make judgments according to our understanding and perceptions of right and wrong. The only thing that can break this curse of futility is to be a son of God who is led by the Spirit of Knowing. Jesus manifested as a true Son when He stood upon an iron nail of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus shed blood from His feet when He judged us with an eternal judgment of mercy while standing upon that iron nail of right and wrong. Love proved to be more powerful than a justice system of right and wrong. He understood that people of mere conscience or law cannot truly comprehend the love of God, therefore He released us from the judgment of law by the power of His mercy. His act of love invites us all to be freed from everything that separates us from God and one another. Holy Spirit reveals our true part in the community of Christ by the Spirit of Knowing – a knowledge of intimacy and love in the communion of Christ.

The thorns and thistles are the bitter things that spring up from the bitter places of our hearts. They are the testimony of wicked works that grow in the soil of death. Only the resurrection life of Christ can lead us to the eternal judgment of mercy and life for all who believe. Thorns and thistles only empower division, disunity, dysfunction, disconnection, and death. Only the knowledge of God can bring healing and it bears the fruit of true unity, function, connection, and life. The weapons of the enemy are weapons of death and they seek to attack life, but God’s life is resurrection life. It is eternal life. Death can never prevail against the life of God!  God’s life is a testimony of love and it is stronger than the grave!

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Fruit gives life, it doesn’t destroy. Fruit doesn’t provoke the flesh; it brings health to the body. We must know and remember that we are part of the family tree of life in order to bring life to our world. It is the fruit that will reveal who we really are. People of God bring life to their world.

We cannot be distracted by people, circumstances, or things that try to provoke our flesh. Deceptions, lies, and weapons of death cannot destroy the eternal life of Christ that resides within us individually and corporately as the body of Christ. We must not be confused; we will face opposition for walking in a right relationship with God, but the true testimony of our lives will be seen in what we bring to our world because of our lives. True wisdom is always proved through what that wisdom produces in our world because of us.

Matthew 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”

To be the people of God we must stand   in love. Don’t be deceived or distracted by flattering words that don’t offer the substance of life. This is not merely a time to be loved, but to love for the sake of being the family of God.

 

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson





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