Leading To Know Him

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Greetings;

What is our goal as leaders? I believe that our goal in everything is to lead others into encounters with God as their Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit as the One who reveals the mystery of the fellowship in all things. I don’t believe that God our Father sent Jesus to merely show us what to believe. I believe He came to demonstrate to us a life of a Son of man in relationship with God the Father in a testimony of love, life, intimacy, and power. He didn’t just model this truth; He made a way for us to daily experience this reality in our lives. I don’t believe that Christianity is what God had in mind for us. I believe it is Christ in humanity, the true reconciliation of the human race to God as their Father. As leader, we seek to lead others into this truth in growing moments to the fullness of their lives.

We don’t lead because we are trying to create something that is different than what we don’t believe worked before. We lead to point to the One who empowers faith in the human heart. That faith is a supernatural response to the internal voice of God’s Spirit in our hearts. We are not “anti” anything in life. We commit the focus of our lives on Christ. We know that Christ in us is the hope of glory and Christ in each one we lead is their hope of glory in all things. I believe that glory is the life of God in and through them in this life and into the eternal realities of heaven beyond this life. In this life we see increasing measures of heaven invading our world. We see the eternal life of God filling the circumstances of our lives until in the ultimate destiny death is swallowed up by life. This is our great hope in Christ.

If we live to fix the things of the past our focus is on the past. If we live to embrace God in the present, our focus is on greater things. Our focus is on heavenly things in this life and into eternity. This was the cry of the heart of the apostle Paul for those in the world of his day.

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Paul wasn’t talking about him being at risk in not going to heaven when he died. He was talking about attaining to the resurrection life of Christ in increasing measures in this life. If we live to change the world, our focus is on the world. We can even find ourselves bound to some bitter root of the past with this mentality. We don’t live to change the world; we live to embrace the life of heaven in our world. Receiving heavenly things will change our world, but our focus must be upon receiving heavenly things. There is always more to know in God and more to know of God. We must reach forward to know Him in all things. Our upward call in Christ is to know Him and to lead others into knowing Him too. Our focus is Christ Jesus in all things! In the world, people are led by strong opinions of the soul and natural desires of the flesh. In Christ we are led by His strong Spirit and the supernatural desires of our Father’s will.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Guarding Against Preconceived Ideas.

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As leaders we must set an example in hearing God and in responding to what He says. This is not a straight path with logical steps based upon mathematical principals and rules. It is a dance of relationship with the One who loves us. It is the testimony of a trust relationship of sons and daughters of God with God their Father in all things. It is a matter of walking in the will of God in all things and our relationship with God is more important than the tasks we perform in life.

We hear God very well. The problem is, we don’t really understand Him much when He speaks. It is one thing to hear what God says and another to understand Him. Revelation, interpretation, and application of what God is saying are all three different things. As leaders, we must set an example in faith and patience in our journey of hearing and responding to God in our lives. It is ok to say we don’t understand much. It is better to understand little than it is to think we understand but really misunderstand much.

This is the week we celebrate the fact that Jesus gave His life for us and that He rose from the dead for us all. In the history of this event there were a lot of preconceived ideas on the part of people involved. Peter had the revelation that Jesus was the Christ, a revelation given to Him by the Spirit of God. He no doubt had preconceived ideas as to what that meant. His idea of the Messiah and the kingdom of God didn’t include Jesus dying on the cross. He likely knew the words of the prophet Daniel in regard to God establishing the kingdom of God with Jesus as Lord and Christ. For this reason Peter rebuked Jesus for talking of his death. For this reason He rose with a  sword to cut off the ear of Malchus in the garden. His preconceived ideas likely led to his own denial of Jesus at His arrest. The good news was; Jesus’ love for Peter was stronger that Peter’s preconceived ideas.

What about the crowd who shouted Hosanna to the King at the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem? They were no doubt believing for a revolution in Israel. They were believing for God to deliver them from their state of oppression to Rome. They had preconceived ideas as to what their King would do. When Jesus was arrested and brought before Pilot, He gave no words in His defense. He was like a Lamb being led to the slaughter. Perhaps this is what invoked the crowd to shout, crucify Him! When offered the freedom of Jesus or Barabbas, the crowd shouted, give us Barabbas! They were willing to exchange the life of the supposed king for that of a thief and murderer. Barabbas, a name meaning son of shame, confusion, gave them more hope than the Savior of the world. All of this was because of preconceived ideas as to what God would and must do. Barabbas was a criminal, but he was also a zealot. He was a man who challenged the oppressive government of Rome and the crowd saw him as a more promising hope than Jesus. A week earlier they gave homage and honor to Jesus as the king of revolution in their shouts of praise as He rode into Jerusalem upon the back of a donkey. The crowds saw Him as the hope and the promise of freedom, but upon His arrest a week later He stood as a Lamb to the slaughter and the crowd could no longer see how He could possibly free them from their oppression. Although Barabbas was a criminal and a man of carnal character, they considered him a better option than the silent man of peace.

It was the preconceived ideas of Abram and Sarai that caused them to produce the child Ishmael, a testimony of the flesh. Again, God’s love for Abram and Sarai proved to be greater than their failures. They eventually became Abraham and Sarah and were given the seed of promise in the child Isaac. Their error of Ishmael did come with challenges and consequences to their future, but God’s faithfulness for Isaac also brought God’s blessings.

As leaders we must set an example in trusting God and moving at the pace of our understanding of God in each step of our journey. We can trust God’s love in all things, but we must also be aware of our preconceived ideas in all things. A revelation from God today can lead to an interpretation of that revelation tomorrow. An interpretation of what God has said can also lead to the application of that truth in our footsteps in our unfolding future. We must be willing to lay down our preconceived ideas in all things for the will of God in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Heavy Ears – Dull Hearts

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A long reigning king in Judah was Uzziah as a king who reigned for 52 years. He did many good things, but at the end of his reign he became proud and took on the role of both king and priest in Israel. The error of His pride led to a consequence of leprosy in his flesh. His name means “my strength is Jehovah”, but his own desires and taking things into his own hands made him a testimony of the strength of the flesh. The prophet Isaiah experienced a prophetic truth for all of humanity in the year that King Uzziah died. It its symbolism, the death of Uzziah was a testimony for us all in regard to the death of the strength of the flesh. It was when the strength of human flesh died that Isaiah saw the Lord’s presence filling His temple and Isaiah was undone in his sin.

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

As quickly as Isaiah was undone by the manifest presence of God in his state of iniquity and sin, a ‘burning one’ (a seraphim) of God touched his lips with a living coal from the altar of God. It was then that Isaiah was cleansed and he was able to hear God as to his call to be a voice for Him.

Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

We are in a season of returning to the Lord. It is a season for the strength of human flesh to die and for us all to find that God is our strength. His love for each of us has lifted all condemnation from us and He is sending us to be His voice to those who will hear Him. This is the call of leadership in Christ. On Sunday I was stirred to make a declaration concerning our focus in this hour. In my prophetic delivery I heard God address the issue of having heavy ears and dull hearts, when God wants our focus to be on His ways that we might hear Him clearly. The following is a clip of that declaration:

I just hear God saying that this is a time to hear Me in your hearts. Don’t let your ears be so heavy and your heart dull that you cannot hear. For there are many sounds in the world, but the sound of heaven is greater than all of the sounds put together. So let your heart be made new in Me for this is a day for the scales to be removed from the inside out. For you to see as I see, to be as I am, to declare what I declare, and to stand as I stand. For this is not a day of heavy ears and dull hearts.  This is a day of open hearts and ears that are clear and not distracted by the ways of men, but rising by the power of My life within, says God.

In this prophetic declaration God inspired be to decree that we would not have heavy ears and dull hearts. These words were in the message of Isaiah in His call to the strength of God.

Isaiah:6:9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.”

True hearing of God takes place in our hearts. When we hear with our ears we are swayed by the voices of the world. The outside to inside sound often hinders our hearts from hearing God from the inside out. In the testimony of Stephen to the people of Israel at the point of his martyrdom, he declared what those who resisted the Holy Spirit were testimonies of this carnal reality.

Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.”

Uncircumcised hearts are dull hearts. They are hearts that are influenced by the flesh. Personal desires and personal agendas harden the heart from hearing God’s voice. Uncircumcised ears are heavy ears. They hear too much! They are ears that listen to the desires and opinions of the flesh. The result of these two things is a stiff neck. A stiff neck is someone who is opinionated and fixed in their ways. They are not easily directed. They are not easily turned from their own ways. As leaders we lead by fully embracing the leading of the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives. Our hearts cannot be influenced by the opinions of our own flesh. Our ears cannot listen for a sound that appeals to our own flesh. We must seek God’s Spirit in all times. As leaders, it for this that we lead.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson



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Put On Christ

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The apostle Paul exhorted the church of Colossae to live their lives with a focus on Christ in heaven. They were not to live as people of Colossae, but as sons and daughters of their Father in heaven. As believers in Christ their lives were to demonstrate freedom from the ways of the world. The ways of mankind apart from God are ways of deception, self-seeking, and death. Our ways in Christ are those of sons and daughters of God.

Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

As sons and daughters of God we are to put on Christ. Being born again gives us the ability to see the kingdom of God in our hearts, but putting on Christ empowers us to become all that we are meant to be for the purpose of bringing life to our world. In putting on Christ, we also put off our old man. By embracing the life of God, we put off the death of self. In putting on light, we forsake all darkness. We are being transformed in our hearts and minds by the power of Christ within us. This happens because we daily present our entire lives as holy and acceptable to God in our service to Him as His sons and daughters in our world. We must know that God accepts us and He considers it holy for us to present our lives to live for His glory. As we commit our lives to God in all that we are and do, our thinking is being transformed to become life-givers to our world. There is a metamorphous in our thinking that takes place when we commit our lives to the reality of being children of God who live for His purpose and glory in life. We choose not to conform to the thinking of the world, but to be transformed by the renewing our minds by the power of Christ within us. This is the testimony of being sons and daughters of God as expressions of His family in the earth. As leaders, we must lead the family of God to be the family of God. It is in mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, acceptance, forgiveness and the expressions of love that we demonstrate being children of God.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

The attributes of Christ are things that we must put on. They don’t just happen. They happen when we respond to the presence of God in our lives. It is the power of Christ’s Spirit to our spirit that enables our souls to be motivated in life-giving ways. God doesn’t want us to be religious people. He wants us to be life-giving people. What is the song of our lives? I am not just talking about music that we sing. I am talking about the rhythm of our life. Are we life-giving in our ways? Is our attitude one of life? The word of Christ dwelling in us is more important than any words of personal opinion for personal gain. The way of the world is to live for one’s own opinions and desires, but the way of Christ is to live to bring life to others in the way of God’s love. This is the kind of teaching that should flow from our lives. This is the admonition that we should bring to the world. The psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs of our lives are really about the gracious testimonies of our lives as we are empowered by God’s grace in all things. The sound that comes off of us in our journey in this world is the poetry of God, the confession of who He is, the testimonies of His word, and expressions of His presence. Our song is one of praise to God and the joy of His presence. The sound of God’s Spirit is in everything we do. Our bond of perfection is God’s love working in and through our lives to one another. The word of Christ in us is a greater word than a word of self-righteousness. This is meant to be the motivation of our words and deeds in life. All that we are and do is meant to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus. We do this with thankfulness to God through the life of Christ within us. We don’t lead to train people in Christian ways. We lead to activate the life of Christ in and through us all.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Plenty To Think About

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As children of God, we must grow in thinking as our Father thinks. There is plenty to think about and the thoughts of God are always thoughts of faith, hope, and love. They are thoughts of life and they are life-giving in their nature. Knowing God as our Father empowers us to know that we are sons and daughters of God. Being a leader is not about leading people into the ways of ministry. It is not about leading people into being successful in life. Our role as leaders is to serve those we lead into knowing who God is and knowing who they are in life. When we know who we are, our thought life will be true to who we are.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

These verses are true to the thought life of sons and daughters of God. These thoughts are true to the character of our Father God. The thought life of a leader must set an example for all to follow. They must think on noble things. Noble thoughts are filled with reasoning, strategy, imagination, emotions, and desires that seek to live for the wellbeing of others. This is the testimony of knowing we were born to live as and to be expressions of God’s kingdom in all things. His kingdom is a kingdom of life and a kingdom of giving life to others in our world.

Sons and daughter of God think on things that are just. Leaders must set an example in this. Just things are not necessarily fair things. It is just in the kingdom of God to forgive the unforgivable. It is just in the kingdom to love the unlovable. The justice system of the kingdom of God is based upon the tree of life, not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is a justice system of making decisions for others based upon who we are, not what they deserve.

A leader must think on things that are pure. As sons and daughters of God our true nature is to be authentic with a desire to find good and to be innocent to evil in all things. Pure thoughts are thoughts that are within the sphere of one’s own business. They are thoughts of believing the best for others and not the worst. Pure thoughts are innocent to evil and wise to good.

A leader must maintain thoughts that are lovely. Lovely thoughts are thoughts that are motivated by love. Those thoughts are motivated by a love for God and a love for people, especially those we lead. I believe that lovely thoughts exhibit a kindness of heart. Leaders must be kind and facilitate kindness in those they lead. God is kind in His heart and the attribute of kindness is in the heart of sons and daughters of God.

A leader must think on things that are of a good report. When a bad report comes, a leader must know that love covers a multitude of sins and that looking for the good report is the aim of every child of God. God’s report is always a report of life. Even what the enemy has intended for evil in our lives is turned for good by our Father’s love. In the world it is easy to be distracted by the bad reports of death, dysfunction, debilitation, and the many attributes of darkness. Leaders lead in being sons and daughters of God’s good report. It is an expectation in their hearts and minds.

If there is any virtue a leader must think on that. Virtuous thoughts are thoughts of helping others. It is not a matter of what we can or cannot do in life. Life is a matter of being life for the sake of others. Something of heaven should be coming off of each of us to others in our world. Even as it was when the virtue of God came off of Jesus and healed the woman with the issue of blood as she reached out to touch Him in the crowd, God virtue can only flow from us if our thoughts are to be givers of life to others at all times in our world.

A leader must think on things that are praiseworthy. Praiseworthy things are things of honor and even a willingness to be misunderstood or unpopular in some way for the sake of someone else. I believe that praiseworthy things are things of the excellence of who each and every one is meant to be in Christ. We must live to be praise to God in the excellence of each of our own identities and we must also look to see the excellence found in others for the glory of their Father in all things.

A leader must meditate upon these things in order to lead others to do the same. These things are part of guarding our hearts before God. All believers must embrace these things, but leaders must excel in these attributes. It is part of keeping our hearts with all diligence. These things are the natural fruit of knowing God and knowing who He is. It is the testimony of being known by God and knowing we are sons and daughters of a Father of life and love. There’s plenty to think about. Think on these things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Life-Giving Attributes

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As leaders, what manner of people must we be? We must be sons and daughters of God who can lead others to be the same in their world. Being sons and daughters of God in the world enables us to be givers of life to our world. Paul wrote some wise words to the Philippian church in a day of difficult situations.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

These words were written by Paul during a time of great glory in Christ, but also great trouble in the circumstances of their world. We can be encouraged by these words today. As leaders, we can lead by these standards. We must choose to always rejoice. It is our choice. To choose to rejoice is to choose to be well in any and every situation. It is not a state of happiness, it is a state of cheerfulness. We can decide what to fill our hearts with. In truth, we decide to let the life of Christ in our hearts outweigh the circumstances of our surroundings. Paul states this twice, perhaps because it is easy to forget or perhaps because we are often faced with circumstances that resist us in being cheerful. We choose to be well, even in a storm. This is also our witness to those we lead. It is our witness to our children and our grandchildren. It is our witness to our family, friends, and our community. We decide to rejoice. As leaders we are called to lead people into the character of Christ, not works of ministry. When we have the character of Christ we will do the works of Christ. We must lead by example and then we must seek to activate, facilitate, and release those we lead into the same reality in their world.

Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

When we choose to rejoice we can be empowered to be gentle. To be gentle is to be equitable, fair, mild, and gentle. I think that true gentleness is an attribute of being concerned about others in our world. I believe that gentleness is an undergirding foundation for being compassionate for others and perhaps being compassionate is the true fuel for being gentle. We are givers and not takers. As leaders we are leading others to be givers of life in their world for a testimony of life and the glory of God – the Father of all.

Paul wrote in this letter that the Lord is at hand. I believe he was not talking about the end of the world, but the availability of the Lord. This church was living at the time of the end of the Torah / Temple age, but Paul’s words were an encouragement as to the availability of the Lord in each and every person’s life. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is true liberty and the Lord is within our reach at every moment of need in our lives. As leaders we must know that the Lord is within our reach in every step of our path in life. We must lead others to know how to connect to the Lord in both easy and difficult times.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We know that God always has more for us in life. God is always leading us into His greater promises in our lives, but we are not to be anxious when things don’t happen as we have anticipated they will. God will even work things out for good in our lives when the enemy seeks to derail our course of destiny. As leaders we must set an example in this and in our example we choose to walk with a face-to-face listening relationship with God, a face-to-face connection with Him making petitions before Him, and we must be consistent with making our requests before Him without losing heart or shifting to some accusatory attitude towards Him. The key is in our thankfulness. All of our prayers, supplications, and requests are to be bathed in an atmosphere of thanksgiving. As leaders we must live with these attributes in our lives and lead others into this same testimony.

When we choose to rejoice, live to be gentle, and embrace a way of life that is filled with prayers, supplications, and requests in an atmosphere of thankfulness and gratitude to God, we find that a supernatural peace of God fills our hearts and minds. I have found that this peace is a faith in God. It is not a faith that comes by hearing Him, but a faith in Him even when we don’t hear His words. We know that God is one with us and we are one with Him in all things. I believe that these things are things we must walk in and lead those in our world to know. These are the foundation for true ministry of life and are therefore prerequisites to being able to live life in a life-giving way in our world. In these things we live and in these things we lead.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Seed and Bread

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    Greetings,

On Sunday I was surprised by God speaking a phrase to me. It was almost audible, though it wasn’t. It was as stark as an audible voice though. The phrase was: The Season Has Changed. When I heard it, it shocked me! I don’t know what that means, but I sense something has happened. Something has happened in the Spirit. On Monday night during our corporate prayer time God brought this phrase to me again. The season has changed!

Isaiah 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

I sense that God is calling His people. He’s returning those who have been captive. He’s calling them home. He’s calling there to be a return, that there would be a rising up. Not by the power of the flesh but a readiness for what I am about to do, God says. A readiness for what I am bringing, for I am the Light! You cannot make light. I am Light! And God says; This is a season you are going to see Me like never before and in seeing Me, that’s when you are going to realize it’s time to rise up. But it is not a rising up to do a work of the flesh. It’s a rising up to receive what I am bringing to you. Don’t look to the darkness that is in the world but look to Me, because I am the Light. If you look to Me as I am the Light, you too will be as the light.

Psalms 126:5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed (or with a bag of seed) for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

I sense that this season is not about sowing for things or reaping for things. It’s about sowing for who we are and it’s about reaping for who we are. I hear the Lord saying that; There is a new mantle that’s coming on My body, a mantle to take your place for the sake of those who will join you in that place. For this is a season of empowerment, of empowering people to be who they are. For the true treasure is not what I give you, the true treasure is seen in the rising up of who you are. The true treasure is seen in the seed and the bread that I have called you to be.

Today I am calling a return of the captives of Zion. I am calling for those who will find their place in the wall, not as block layers of a human house, but stone layers of God’s holy house – His habitation. Let each one find their place for the sake of what we are to become. I call in those who have seed bags for the children, seed bags for the youth, seed bags for young adults, seed bags for families, seed bags for the old, seed bags for the bread of many lives. I believe that the season has changed and the greater measure for the day is in seed and bread. This in not just the seed and bread of leaders, but the seed and bread of each and everyone in the community of God. The days of the church are not behind us. The days of the church are at hand in a greater way than every before. The church is the gate of heaven to bring the life of heaven to the nations and generations of the earth.

Let me encourage you as sons and daughters of God, as leaders in the way of life for such a day as this! Don’t stop sowing for we are about to see a new measure of seed time and harvest together for the glory of our Father and the glory of Jesus name. Well done for sowing seed when it has been difficult. Thank you for not losing heart in the day of weariness. Thank you for not forsaking who you are when others accused you of being something different than you know you really are. It is who you are that is going to empower life to others so they can also know the joy of seed time and harvest in their lives. Seed is for sowing and bread is for eating, but in our seed time and our harvest we celebrate the abundance of life as children of our heavenly Father and as the light of His community to our world. This is a season to build people, but not unto themselves. This is a season to build people for the glory of God. The silver chord of our lives is a measure given to each of us to live in the redemptive call of God in Christ. The golden bowl is the testimony of worship that we give to our Father in being the substance of prayer and intercession for all that has been given to us for our world. The pitcher is our ability to give a measure of water to someone in thirst. It is a flow of life to make our world a place of life. Our wheel at the well is our purpose in God to grind out a measure of posterity for others in the world behind us. It is time to rise up!

Ecclesiastes 12:6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Dependence Upon God

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     Greetings,

We are in a time of lots of natural sight. Natural sight is the opposite of faith and natural sight manifests as sight, sound, feelings, and anything that is propagated by creation and created things. Faith comes by hearing God in our hearts and it is the voice of the Creator that spawns creative vision from within our hearts. As leaders we must lead in faith and inspire faith in those we lead. Faith towards God is a testimony of the Spirit of Wisdom working in our lives. Wisdom is the knowing of God that takes us from today through the door of life to the destiny of tomorrow. Faith towards God is exhibited through a trust in God, a childlike receiving of every new thing that He gives, an internal motivation empowered by an awe of Him, and a total dependance upon Him for every moment of standing and measure for our footsteps to tomorrow. I believe that these attributes were manifested through the lives of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah who were taken captive into the nation of Babylon. These men demonstrated faith towards God in the midst of a worldly environment that was totally contrary to the culture of their faith. They did this by their internal connection to God in their hearts.

Daniel means, ‘God is my judge’. To him the Babylonians gave the name Belteshazzar, a name meaning ‘one who knows secrets’. When we trust the One who speaks it will appear to those who don’t understand faith that we know secrets. The name Hananiah means, ‘God is merciful, gracious and a giver of gifts’. It is a name that implies being willing to receive everything and anything from the One who speaks. To Hananiah the Babylonians gave the name Shadrach, a name meaning, ‘one who sucks the nipple’. A culture of faith inspires an attitude of being willing to receive everything and anything that God gives. When we are willing to receive anything that God gives it will appear to those who don’t understand faith that we are childish and foolish in our actions. The name Mishael means, ‘who is asked for or lent’ in the sense of ‘in awe of God’ or ‘God is awesome’! This name implies an awe for the One who speaks. To Mishael the Babylonians gave the name Meshach, a name meaning ‘drawn or controlled by force’. When we are willing to respond to the One who speaks with actions of honor, those who do not understand faith will accuse us of being controlled by force. They will interpret our honor for God as some cultic force of control in our lives. The name Azariah means, ‘God is my help’ or ‘he that hears the Lord’. It implies not knowing anything and being completely dependent upon God. The Babylonians called Azariah, Abed-nego, a name that means you are ‘in league with the god of knowledge or science’. It implies that you ‘know things’. When we are completely dependent upon the One who speaks it will appear to those who do not understand faith that we are in league with some form of knowledge or enlightened truth. These are the attributes of a culture of faith.

We are in a season where God wants us to find our strength in Him. I believe that one of the greatest realities of present faith is seen in the testimony of Azariah. We are in a season to be completely dependent upon God in all that we are and all that we do. This can only happen by abiding in the presence of God. It is not a matter of waiting for God to do something, but a matter of waiting in His presence. It is a waiting upon Him as the prophet Isaiah declared.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

The word wait in this verse is the Hebrew word H6960, a word meaning, to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect. God wants us to find our salvation in Him in all things and our strength in Him in every situation of our lives. God has been stirring these things in my Spirit and I have been hearing Him prophetically. Here is another word God stirred me to declare in the past week.

I just keep hearing the Lord say; In returning and rest you’ll find My salvation and in confidence in Me, you will find the deliverance from all that is against you. The Lord says; this is a season to learn Me more than ever before. To know My goodness. To know who I am. To be intertwined with My presence, knowing that in the season I’m not just bringing you through. I’m bringing you out of things. Some things are even being stripped off that you didn’t even know were upon you. There are garments that you wore that you didn’t even know were garments that were not yours to wear. The Lord says, I’m bringing you into a season of new liberty, a season of hearing Me more clearly. But not just hearing the words I say, but hearing the liberty that I bring. For there is a new confidence that comes in you because of the confidence that you find in Me. There’s a new freedom that you find in you because of the freedom that you find in Me. And I’m stripping away the garments that have been laid upon you that have been garments that have not given you the true identity of the son or the daughter that I ‘ve called you to be. And this is a time to find yourself entwined in My presence – A time for quietness in Me, a confidence in Me, a returning to Me and a finding of My rest. For this is a new day! This is a new season. Don’t think that this season is going to end in difficulty. This season is going to end in greater grace. This season is going to transition into greater glory.

Returning to the Lord and resting in Him is most important for us to exhibit the attribute of dependence upon God. In confidence and quietness God will demonstrate His strength in our lives. As leaders we must lead by embracing God resting in our lives and of resting in Him. We must lead by a peace in our soul that is inspired by our spirit that trusts the Spirit of God in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Justice of God

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     Greetings;

As leaders we are called by God to lead others into the things of God. We are not just called to lead them into the things that God has done in the past, we are called to lead them into what God is doing right now. That ‘right now’ is not about what is going on in the earth right now, but the heavenly things that God is bringing to pass in the earth in this present season of relationship with Him. I am sensing that we are living in a great season of God. For this reason the seasons of men are shaking that they might find the season of God in their lives.

On Sunday I released a prophetic word at Alife Church, here in Bellingham:

The Spirit of the Lord says: In this season that you have been in, there’s has been a cry for justice.  But My justice supersedes the justice of men and I’m bringing you into a place of great grace, says God. Great grace, where you will hear a voice behind you. When all the voices of distraction come, there’ll be a voice of motivation of My presence. For I am calling you to see Me like you have never seen before. Watch Me rise up in the nations! Watch Me rise up among the people! Watch Me transform hearts! Watch Me break chains and shackles! Watch Me bring My deliverance and healing of deep pain! For My justice is a triumph of mercy and My power is a power of grace!  This is a day for My voice to be behind you, says God. And you will know the way, for I will make the way before you. For I am the voice of life that motivates you to move into the true justice hallways of destiny, says God. For I have heard the cry of My people. I’ve heard the cry of the nations They’ve cried out for justice and now you shall see it. But don’t be distracted by the judgments of men. Let the judgments of My love Prevail. For My word is true. It’s gone forth! It’s germinated! And it will not fail, says the Spirit of the Lord.

What is the justice system of God? I believe that the justice of God leads us into life. I believe that it is a justice of life and the end of His justice is a testimony of God’s goodness and mercy being revealed in our lives. He prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies and the end result is the testimony of life.  The evil of our enemies cannot overpower the goodness of God.

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

These words of the psalmist should inspire our hearts to know that God is good, and that God is leading us into testimonies of His life. I believe that this is a comeback year. It is a year to come back to the Lord, to come back to victory, and to come back to the expressions of being the community of God in a greater way. It is not a coming back to the way things were in the past, but a coming back to God that enables us to find victory that we have never seen before. It is a coming back to God to find community in a way that excels all that we have previously known. The community of God is merely the fruit of communing with God. As leaders we must be in and lead others to find the presence of God for who He is and all that He is doing and blessing in this hour. We must live in and lead others into the path of God’s true justice.

Jesus is our Savior, our Deliverer, and our Healer in all things. He knows the injustices of the world. The testimony of great pain in the world is not meant to end in the  testimony of great pain. The end of the story is God’s great love. The voices of the world are motivated by the dysfunction of the world. God’s voice is always motivated by His love. When men cry for justice, their hungry mouth often drives them. This is the default way of the flesh. Their own desires and agendas end up being the passion of their judgments. Those desires are based upon what men think is right, but only God knows what true life is. If we pursue the way of justice of the world we will only bring division. Only God’s justice can bring about true remedy and life.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.

The ways of man, the personal desires for vindication or self-righteousness fall short of the purposes of God. They are voices of evil that only bring about disconnection and disunity. God’s voice is a voice of His presence and it is the presence of God that brings true unity to our lives. It is the voice of God that wakens our hearts and transforms our hearts and minds from within. It is time to see God like never before! There is a new liberty of life within our reach. It is a freedom and a deep healing from within.  God’s word has germinated the seed of a new reality in the earth. God’s word will not fail! As leaders we must embrace God’s presence for all that is to be new in the world of men.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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Leading To Hear God

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       Greetings,

As leaders, what must we teach those we lead in regard to hearing God’s voice? We must know how to hear God so that we can inspire those we lead to hear God too. We must also know the reason we hear God, and we must lead others to embrace what is most important in regard to hearing God.

In the present world, there is a lot of emphasis on hearing truth. There are mass amounts of information available, and that information is filled with truth, partial truths, deceptions, and blatant lies.  The information available is presented as truth, but what is truth? Jesus said that He is the truth. He is the substance of all that is real, true, and life-giving. God wants us to become expressions of truth, but truth is not merely a matter of being right. It is a matter of being real! It is a matter of being true to the likeness and the image of our heavenly Father. It is a matter of being alive and being life-givers to our world in all things. This is the testimony of being family members in Christ. Our family tree is life and not merely a family tree of knowledge. A tree of knowledge seeks to know truth based upon what is good and what is evil, what is true and what is false. For us as believers, we must be the light of life to the world in a greater way than mere knowledge. We must become light and life by way of substance. As leaders we are called by God to lead the family of God into this increasing testimony in the earth. Hearing God is not about knowing what to do. Hearing God is about knowing God. I believe I can explain this best by using an example of an everyday relationship. As a husband, hearing my wife is not about knowing what to do. It’s about knowing my wife. It is about relationship. It is about me becoming real as her husband and her becoming real as my wife. We are one flesh to bring life to our world! If I don’t understand this, I will grow cold in my relationship with my wife and I will no doubt estrange her from me. In the same way, we are to be one flesh with Jesus as Lord and Christ to bring life to our world! God is our Father, and we are His light to our world! Hearing God is a matter of a relationship with God. Our calling in Christ is not merely about knowing what to do. It is about becoming who we are meant to be by a fellowship with Jesus as both Christ and Lord in our lives.

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The apostle Paul was by nature and training a man of law. As Saul of Tarsus, he prided himself in knowing good and evil. His persecution of the church, his assault on what was real was an assault of being right seeking to destroy what was wrong. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees, but his encounter with Jesus Christ the Son of God transformed his life. It transformed him to know his own true identity, to live with a true testimony of life, and to commit his life to a life-giving purpose as light to those who had been bound to darkness.

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

The true wisdom that exercises authority over principalities and powers in heavenly places is the testimony of our lives as in the mystery our fellowship with God our Father, and Jesus Christ the Son by oneness with Holy Spirit. This is the true life that makes us one with God and one another as the family of God. This is the foundation of our leadership and our membership in the family of God. Hearing God is for a healthy, intimate, life-changing relationship with God!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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