Knowing His Will

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

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www.ted4you.com or

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The Testing of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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Faith – The Testimony of God’s Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

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www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

 

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Wisdom and Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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The Path of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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Lead For The Church

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Jesus told Peter that the gates of the realm of the dead (hades) cannot prevail against the church. Gates are places of influence. The church is called by God to prevail against the gates of the enemy. The church is the gate of heaven and it is called to be an influence of life in this world. The church is not some institution formed by men. Although we can find the church contained in the walls of an institution, she was never meant to be institutionalized. She is the power of God to change the world. She is a living body, a living organism, and she is intimately joined to God. She is the house of God’s presence filled with divinely joined members who each find the life of Christ. Christ is in her!

The manifest presence of God lives within the true church of God. To know the power of Christ within is to know the power of God’s grace. God’s grace is His manifest presence within us that is the greater power than any power in the world. It is not merely the human spirit; it is the power of the human spirit made one with the Holy Spirit of God. The human spirit is the human conscience. It only serves to tell us there is a God and we need Him. The human spirit is in all people, therefore there is no one with an excuse to say there is no God. When someone presents this argument, they are already debating with their own spirit. The human spirit calls out for the Holy Spirit of God, because only by the Spirit of God within can we become who God has called us to be. Christ in us is the secret to finding our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life, but to receive this is miraculous. It is as miraculous as the virgin birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary. We must be born of the water (natural life) and the spirit (Spirit life) to inherit the internal kingdom of God that transforms our kingdoms to become expressions of our Lord and Christ.

Every mountain is made of stones. The mountain of God is also made of stones. Those stones are the life-giving testimonies of those who have discovered the mystery of Christ within them. Each stone is a stone in the mountain of God. What is true for the mountain is true for every stone in the mountain. What is true for the stones in the mountain is true for the corporate testimony of that mountain. Those stones are made of testimonies that come by the unshakable love of God in each one’s life. They consist of increasing realities of the steadfast attributes of faith, hope, and love in Christ. These are the true elements of the church. The church is not some place we go, it is the substance we become when Christ is in us. When we gather together in some location that we call the church, we are simply making a gathering place where the stones in the church can come together for a corporate calling, inheritance, and purpose in Christ. It is not the physical location that creates the church, but the presence of Christ in each and every member in whatever physical location they find themselves. The church is not merely a place of being loved by God or of loving God. It is the testimony of love, inheritance, and purpose in the earth. We are called by God to find our identity in Christ, discover a testimony in Christ by the power of God’s grace, and fulfill a purpose in this world as an expression of Christ. The influence of the life of Christ inside of us should inspire an external influence in our lives that is stronger than any external influence that seeks to hinder life in our world.

God’s loves everyone and the gift of God’s love in the form of Jesus the Son is the proof of His love for everyone. His gift of mercy invites everyone to boldly come to God’s throne of grace where they can receive mercy and find grace. Our corporate expressions of Him should serve to inspire our individual connections to Him. Our individual connection to Him should inspire our corporate connections so that we can stir one another up towards love and good works in Christ. Those joined together constitute a building of God’s presence and a field for God’s purpose in the earth.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The field is more important than those who work in the field. The building containing God’s presence is more important that those who build. As leaders we need to fulfill our role as workers in God’s field and builders in God’s house, but we must live for the place of Christ’s calling, inheritance, and destiny in all things. This is the church, the gate of heaven to overcome the gates of death in the unfolding destiny of men.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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Jesus Has Come

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   Greetings,

God loves everyone in the world and the Spirit of God is calling each and everyone to come to God in Christ. The true testimony is only found when we invite the testimony of Christ within our hearts. This is the Spirit of Christ whom the world cannot receive.

John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

Jesus was God with His disciples, but He promised He would also be in them after His death and resurrection. He made a distinction between them and the world. He desires that all the world would believe, but only those who seek Him will find Him. When we choose to have a personal relationship with God in our lives, He is faithful to come to us.

John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

The death of Jesus upon the cross has secured peace for all mankind. There is now a way for us to see God for who He really is. He is our loving Father and He wants to have a relationship with us in all things. He gives life, breath, and all things. When Jesus breathed upon disciples in the room, I believe the Spirit of God was able to be received. They had to open their hearts to receive the Spirit of Christ within.  We must not be deceived to merely living human lives for our own human dreams and desires. We are called to greater things. We are called to live for the glory of God! This is only possible by the supernatural presence and power of Christ within.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

It is the Spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come into your flesh, that is of God. This is the internal witness of life and this is what separates us from the world. Everyone in the world is welcome to come, but each one must come to God in Christ. Only Christ in you is the greater power. It is the power of the resurrection life of God working within. It is not merely the spirit that says Jesus came in the form of flesh two thousand years ago, but the spirit that acknowledges Christ in humanity. Christ in humanity is the testimony of Jesus, the Lord, coming into our own personal lives. Any voice of God to us will be witnessed by the life-giving Spirit of Christ within us. We must willingly receive Him to be internally empowered to confess our believing Him. The internal motivator is the Holy Spirit who has been sent in Jesus name to bear witness to the One whose name is above all other names in every progressing age to come. As leaders, we must lead others into the truth of the internal reality of the power of Jesus name. This is the power of Jesus in the flesh of those who believe!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Word and The Church

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The Scriptures are not written to the world. They are written as a witness to the voice of God in the heart of all each and everyone who believes. We must understand this in order to move forward from merely being people that God says belong because of His love to becoming people that know they belong for His presence, His testimony, and His purpose in all things. When we read the Scriptures, we are not reading letters written to those who do not believe in God the Father, Jesus the Son, or Holy Spirit as God the giver of life in all things. Holy Spirit can use the Scriptures as a witness to His voice to convict the heart of anyone, but the written word of God is given to those who believe that they might know what they believe in their personal and intimate relationship with God. As believers, we should consume the written word of God to activate His living testimony within our hearts. We read the Scriptures to activate an accurate hearing of God’s voice in our hearts. We should spend more time reading the Scriptures than any other book in the world. No other book, not even books who proclaim to be Christian in their purpose, is more valuable than the written word of God.  It is sharp enough to pierce through our souls and into our spirits to activate us to hear God’s voice within. It is a letter to the church, and it can only be interpreted and applied properly when it is understood that it is for those who believe. The letter written to those who are yet to believe is the testimony of those who believe as they become the evidence of lives transformed by the power of Christ within. This is the testimony of the church. Surely the enemy has formed weapons against this. This is no doubt why being the church is such a challenge in our journey of life.

God is building His church in the earth. His church is His eternal bride revealed as the Proverbs chapter 31 woman in the earth. She is the body of Christ joined to Jesus the Christ, the head of all that is the fullness of God in the earth. She is dealing in the real estate of the earth on behalf of her husband, Jesus, who sits in the gates as Lord of lords and King of Kings in all things.

Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

If you search the Scriptures, you will find that standing and walking through the land is a testimony to receiving the land as a possession of inheritance. The church is the body of Christ and she is joined to Jesus as the head to transform the world through the calling, the testimony, and the power of the destiny of Christ. Christ is the place of God’s manifest presence in the earth. It is the manifest presence of God in human form. It is not natural, but supernatural in character, nature, way, power, and authority.

Jesus was the manifest presence of Christ as the eternal Adam, a new creation of mankind for the glory of God in all things. Within Him was the spiritual rib that would be formed into the eternal Eve that would be made of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation in the generations of mankind. From the nations and the generations, a new creation would arise that is the testimony of the body of Christ. The world is not the body of Christ, but the earth is being called to come and be a part of a born-again creation in the body of Christ. This is the New Covenant Adam and Eve joined in the Spirit for the will of God the Father in heaven and upon the earth. The mandate of this New Covenant Man is to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion in all things. This can only be fulfilled in a Man, male and female, that is the fullness of God in bodily form. The bodily form includes the headship of Jesus and the co-joining partner of an eternal Eve, known as the church. She is joined to her husband in all things and they are one flesh together for the glory of God the Father in all things. They are not a body of flesh, but a body of the Holy Spirit that fills all in all. The testimony of this body is the same as what was revealed in Jesus, the eternal Adam. It is a testimony of being full of grace and truth. God’s grace is His manifest presence that destroys all manner of death. Truth is what be become by the power of God at work in our lives. Truth crumbles every lie. Grace subdues the world with life and truth fill every space with the dominion of that life. The blood of the New Covenant body of Christ is not the blood of the flesh, but the blood of supernatural power. That blood is the power of Christ within! God doesn’t just want us to live good, nice or happy lives. He intends for us to live a life of greatness and destiny in the form of the body of Christ!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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God’s Wisdom Wins

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When we pursue the will of God, we can expect to be opposed by the will of the flesh. We can also expect the will of God to win in all things.

2 Chronicles 20:23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.

When we face the opposition of human wisdom we must do as Judah did in the days of Jehoshaphat.We must humble ourselves before God. We must seek His will to be done and the influence of His kingdom to come. We must stand to praise God and not bow to the power or pressure of earthly, sensual, or demonic inspirations. As did Judah, we must trust that who we are in Christ is enough and we must thrust our hands towards heaven to trust God above all things. Our weapons of warfare are not fleshly, but mighty in Christ and God’s mercy will prove to endure!

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

Wisdom is the means by which we move from today into the footsteps that move forward in the path of destiny. That path leads to the destiny of God’s will and not the will of self. It leads to the destination of God’s purpose and not the success of some human agenda. When we get our identity out of what we do rather than who we are in Christ, we can become envious of what we see others doing. This opens the door of our hearts to earthly wisdom. When we do this, we become confused and we do evil things. It is not that one intends to do evil things, it is the fruit of deception. Human agendas and the will of self will cause our focus to be self-defending, self-fulfilling, and selfish in our thinking. This is earthly wisdom and not the wisdom of God. Earthly wisdom in not pure, not peaceable, not gentle, not willing to yield, it is not merciful, does not produce good fruit, shows partiality, and it is full of hypocrisy. It is not concerned with right relationships or with making peace. It is concerned with fulfilling personal agendas and is destructive in its character, nature, way and power.

When we stand in the wisdom of God, the wisdom of God will prove to lead us into the path of true destiny. What the enemy intends for evil in our lives will prove to work for good. In the battle of Jehoshaphat, the victory included new treasures that came to them because of God’s wisdom. What the enemy thought they possessed became the possessions of God’s people.

2 Chronicles 20:25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah,  for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.

When we trust God and allow Him to fight our battles, we will plunder the spoil of the enemy. Valuable things will be added to our lives by the mercy of God. The enemy will be lifeless and precious things will be added to our lives.

2 Chronicles 20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to those who have been able to donate to House of Bread Ministry to meet the need of ticket purchases. We are getting closer to being able to make some ticket purchases. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. We are in need of purchasing several travel tickets.

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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Focus on God

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God wants to defeat the will of self, the will of a people, and every demonic influence that opposes God’s will in our lives. When faced with the attack of Moab, Ammon, and Mount Seir, Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah stood fast to know that God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever.

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

I presented in a previous blog that Moab represents the will of self, Ammon represents the will of other people, and Mount Seir represents strongholds of demonic deception. When we pursue our own will; or the will of others, it often opens the door to some form of demonic deception. When this happens, it sometimes appears to be the path of what to do, but God’s path in our lives is a path of faith. Faith is a supernatural substance that wells up from inside of us when we hear God’s voice in our heats. His voice is a voice of the Spirit and not a voice that is immediately understood by our souls. It is not even reasonable. It is supernatural. It happens when we stand fast in the place of God’s presence in our lives. God’s manifest presence in our lives is the key to the immediate and future path of our destiny in Christ.

2 Chronicles 20:13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the Lord. 14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.

In the story of Jehoshaphat, Jehaziel the prophet gave the word concerning God’s deliverance. Jahaziel means, beheld of God; Zechariah means, Jehovah remembers; Benaiah means. Jehovah has built or Yahweh has built up; Jehiel means, God sweeps away; Mattaniah means, gift of Jehovah; Levi means,  joined to; and Asaph means, gatherer. When we are gathered to God, we know that we are joined to Him and He demonstrates who we are because of Him. He sweeps away everything that is against us becoming what He builds in our lives because He causes us to think upon Him and to know that He sees us in every circumstance of our lives. The presence of God becomes more important than the circumstances that surround us. The presence of God in our lives becomes more important than the will of self, the will of others, or any demonic assault that may seek to deceive or destroy us in life. The word of the Lord to Jehoshaphat and the children of Judah came from the atmosphere and substance of this prophetic sound.

2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”

The name Ziz means ,flower and the name Jeruel means, taught by God. God takes what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good when we stand fast with a focus on Him in all things. God’s presence is more important than any other thing in our lives. When we discover, maintain, and hold fast to Him, He will deliver us in all things.

2 Chronicles 20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high. 20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” 22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

Tekoa means, a stockade.A stockade can be a place of defense or even a place for imprisoning others. Berachah means, benediction; by implication prosperity. Only God can free us from the supernatural prisons of the enemy. God’s blessings in our lives are greater than the curses that the enemy seeks to put upon us. The will of self, the will of people, and demonic deceptions are overcome by the blessings of God when we put our whole hearts to see Him above all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to those who have been able to donate to House of Bread Ministry to meet the need of ticket purchases. We are getting closer to being able to make some ticket purchases. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. We are in need of purchasing several travel tickets.

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

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

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