The Foundation For Authority

    Greetings;

In the past weeks I have addressed several tests revealed in the journey of Israel to the Promised Land. I have written in regard to five of ten tests that were presented to the children of Israel on the journey. There are really more than ten tests in our lives, but these ten things represent the types of tests we face. Each test is another measure of God’s love drawing out from within us the power of His internal and eternal kingdom so that we can manifest our true identity, testimony, and destiny in every aspect of our journey in life.

The first five tests were the test of bondage, the test of relationship, the test of bitterness, the test of living on every word of God, and the test of purpose. The test of purpose was revealed in the water from the rock, a testimony to the life-giving water that Jesus said would flow from the hearts of those who would come to Him and drink – those who experience the life of the Holy Spirit living in and flowing out of their lives. After the children of Israel experienced the water from the rock, they were able to defeat Amalek in the valley of Rephidim.

Exodus 17:8 Now Amalek (dweller in a valley) came and fought with Israel in Rephidim (resting place). 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

The children of Israel had to stay in relationship with authority to defeat the Amalek. The name Amelek means dweller in a valley. This implies a disconnection from relationships of community. It is a place of hiding, disconnection, and avoidance of relationships. It is a place of being disconnected from authority and not under true authority. In the battle, Joshua was able to succeed as long as Aaron and Hur supported the hands of Moses. They demonstrated covenant relationship and being under authority. Joshua was a testimony to the authority of Jesus name, but His success was directly connected to the anointing (Aaron) and the need (Hur meaning hole) remaining under the authority of Moses (the God-sent deliverer). It is only in covenant relationships of life that we find the ability to stand in the anointing of Christ and it is there that every need in our lives is filled. Without divine connections of authority, we are simply a hole. We lack the ability to be a part of the community of life and defeat the assignments of death in our lives.  Our connection to authority gives us victory in and over the valleys in our lives. It is in that place that we find Christ in us. We can overcome the temptations to depend upon men. It was after the battle with Amelek that Moses was able to appoint others to share in the responsibly of authority in the camp of Israel. It was then that others were able to receive an abundance to judge and end strife for others. The secret to finding Christ in us is to also trust Christ in others. To be in authority we must remain under authority, but the test for all of this is to know that we are a place of God’s purpose. We are part of God’s purpose together and we are each a testimony of God’s purpose. We were born to bring life to the world. Our identity, testimony, and purpose in life will always serve to bring life to our world.

Authority is not a mere testimony of power. It is the testimony of life. Authority gives, it doesn’t take. Authority is the substance of life to bring life to our world. When we are under authority, we receive the life that empowers us to give life to others. When we face the tests of bondage, relationship, bitterness, dependence upon God’s word, and purpose, we find the true qualification for walking in authority for the sake of our world. Knowing the need for true freedom and Who gives true freedom, knowing God’s love and trust, being healed from bitterness to bear the fruit of life for others, living fully dependent upon every expression of God in our lives, and becoming a source of life to others by the power of Christ in us are the ingredients for the foundation of being able to stand in life-giving authority in every battle and responsibility we face in our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

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The Test of Living on God’s Word & The Test of Purpose

      Greetings,

Another test that we will face in our journey of destiny is the test of living on God’s word and not the appetite of self. We must overcome natural mindedness and selfish thinking. Pots of flesh represent an appetite of flesh and judging things according to the flesh. The children of Israel wanted pots of flesh. They wanted their own meat and bread. I believe these things represent our own desires and needs. This is the challenge of wanting our own needs met above fulfilling the will of God in our destiny in Christ. When we desire our personal needs more than the course of God’s destiny in our lives we can be inspired to complain against the Lord. We must learn to live on God’s words and not our own personal desires. Our identity, testimony, and destiny in life is not connected to our own personal needs. They are connected to God’s personal words in our lives. Those words are daily and always new.

Difficulties in the present will inspire us to imagine that things in our past or things in the world are better than what we have today. We will be tempted by our own desires, the desires of our own will. Our hunger will be stirred for what we like, and we will be tempted to reject what we cannot understand. God wanted to give manna to the Children of Israel on a daily basis. The word manna means what is it? This implies the ability to receive things we have not seen, heard, or thought before. It is true to the testimony of faith. Faith comes when we hear God in our hearts, but faith is the opposite of natural sight. It is a daily walk with God and a daily trusting of His voice to our hearts. Faith is a daily what is it?

Exodus 16:8 Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.” 9 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints.’ ” 10 Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ”

When God gave the instructions to Moses in regard to the daily manna for the people, He also said they would eat meat for a last time. God would give them meat at night and then in the morning there would be bread. The bread that God has for us is every word that comes from His mouth to our hearts. We must finish the appetites of the past and depend upon the food we have never known before in our journey of destiny in Christ. We live on every word that comes from God. God’s words make us come alive and not bound to some memory, craving, or perception of the past. It is a daily bread. We must daily gather for and from the place of God’s presence in our lives. When the children of Israel gathered too little there was not enough. When they gathered too much, yesterday’s bread became something that could not provide them food in their house. Our relationship with God is not with His words, it is with Him. It is with His voice, His breath, His presence in our lives. What God said yesterday may not be what He is saying today. We live on every daily expression of His life.

The fifth test is a test of purpose. In the wilderness there was no water for the Israelites to drink. The water that God provided was the water from a rock in the wilderness. That Rock was a testimony of Christ. Christ is the water that we drink of. We must become a place where God’s rests. When we become a place where God rests we become a place of God’s purpose.

Exodus 17:1-3 Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.” So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

The place where God gave the children of Israel water was Rephidim. The name Rephidim means rest. Jesus said that if anyone is thirsty they can come to Him and drink and from within them will flow rivers of life-giving water (Jn. 7:37-39). That water is the life of Holy Spirit from within us. It is not just water to us, it is water through us. It is a testimony to our purpose. Our purpose is to bring life to our world. We will be tested in our purpose. We must know that God is always resting in our lives and it is Christ in us that is the source of life to the world we live in. Our spiritual food is every word that God’s speaks to our hearts each day, but our spiritual drink is to depend upon His presence resting in our lives.

Hebrews 10:1-5 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

When we live as a place of God’s presence we live as a place of God’s love. This is the Rock of Christ. Love is the only unshakable thing in live. God rests in our lives because He loves us, and it is His love in our lives that makes us able to love others. It is His love in our lives that makes us able to give life to others in our world. When we know God’s love will embrace covenant relationships of love.

Food For Thought

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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The Test of Bitterness

    Greetings,

We are on a journey in experiencing the life of the internal kingdom of God in life. Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit within our hearts is the influencing factor of the kingdom of God that turns our wilderness journey to a destiny of kingdom influence. I believe that the true Promised Land is to become a kingdom expression of the internal kingdom of God in all things. We must face the tests that resist the process of our becoming givers of life to the world around us. As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in this process and lead others in this same journey.

The third test on the journey to the Promised Land is a test of bitterness. As we move forward in our journey of destiny, we will face walls to our progressing forward. Those walls are often established by bitter roots in our own hearts. We must be healed in the bitter places of our hearts or we will be hindered and even stopped in our journey.

Exodus 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 23 Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

The word Shur means, walls.This test beyond the Red Sea was a test in the Wilderness of Walls. The water at this place was the water of Marah. Marah means bitterness. The people could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter. Moses had to do an action that brought healing to the bitter waters of Marah. The Lord showed him a tree and when he cast the tree into the waters the water became sweet. The wounds of the world resist the healing of God’s love in our lives, but Jesus became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. The wood that Moses cast into the bitter waters of Marah were symbolic of the cross of Calvary. God will never put upon us something that Jesus took off of us at the cross. It is the sacrifice of Jesus that gives healing to the bitter roots in our hearts. God doesn’t condemn us for the bitter places within. He gives us healing. When we find healing in the bitter places of our lives we find the purpose of that healing. We are healed in the bitter places of our lives so that we can bring life to others. When the children of Israel experienced the miracle of the healed waters at Marah they were able to move forward to Elim. The name Elim means fruitful.The purpose of Marah is Elim. The healing of the bitter places in our lives allow us to be fruitful and to bring life and blessing to others.

Exodus 15:27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

Being healed of bitter roots will allow us to overcome the judgments of the world that were based upon offenses in our lives. Elim is a place of twelve wells of water. Twelve is a numerical symbolism of God’s sending government of life. It is testimony to true authority. Authority always gives life, it never takes. The seventy palm trees are a symbolism to bringing life to all the peoples and nations of the world. The sons of Noah produced seventy cities that became the nations of the world. The number seventy represents all people. Palm trees are a symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity. When we are healed form our bitterness we find that the very thing that seemed to be bad in our lives becomes a source of life within us for the sake of others. When we hold on to the bitter roots in our lives we defile many, but when we receive God’s healing we become a source of life to others.

From Elim the children of Israel journeyed to the Wilderness of Sin. The word Sin means thorny, clay.I believe this is a symbolism of offenses. Offenses are like thrones in our lives. When we are poked in our flesh in some way we become offended. Clay is a symbolism of human flesh that can easily be chipped or broken. Human nature without Christ within is easily offended.

Exodus 16:1 And they journeyed from Elim (palms), and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. 2 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Difficult plains and difficult mountains stand between our promise of fruitfulness and their fulfillment in our lives. If we are not healed of our bitter roots, we will not be able to walk through the challenging things of life and we will not be able to bring life to others. God heals us of our bitter roots, not so we will never face difficult challenges again, but so we can journey through them and still be givers of life to others. God doesn’t want us to escape the circumstances of life, but to be able to go through them for the sake of others. God wants us to be givers of life in every stage of our lives. Greater is Christ within us that anything we will face in life!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations with a message and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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The Test of Relationship

      Greetings,

The second test is what I call the test of relationship. It is found in the story of Israel being delivered from Egypt as they came to the Red Sea. When they came to the Red Sea, they were being aggressively chased by the Egyptian army and there seemed to be no way of escape. On one side was the army and the other side was the Red Sea. Egypt represents the way of the world. The ways of the world resist a revelation of God’s love. Our natural experiences and perceptions in life will resist us in having a revelation of God’s love and God wants to give us a revelation of His love in overcoming this test.

Exodus 14:1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea.

There are some significant names in these verses. Pi Hariroth means mouth of gorgers,Migdol meanstowers, and Baal Zephon means, lord of the north (destroyer). I believe these names can be described as holes, obstacles, and powers.In our path to destiny we are going to face things that appear as holes,places we cannot get out of. We are going to face obstacles,things we cannot get around. We are going to face powers,things we cannot break through but try to break us. Natural sight will emphasize pits that can swallow you, towers that cannot be climbed, and overcoming powers that can’t be overcome. It is only when we have a revelation that God loves us and is with us that we can overcome these things.

The bondages of our past often chase us in life and they assault us with fear. They challenge our revelation of God’s love and tempt us to embrace fear. Our accusation is that God does not love us because of the issues in our lives from the past and that appears to be impossible for us to ever escape from. There is no way forward in our natural perception of things. The world operates according to natural sight. Natural sight is the opposite of faith and faith is opposed by perceptions that inspire fear. Without a revelation of God’s love, we are unable to trust Him and there appears to be no open door for our deliverance. Only perfect love can cat out fear. Only a revelation of God’s love in our lives creates the environment of faith in our hearts were we can see what cannot be seen naturally.

Exodus 14:3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’ 4 Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

This test was inspired by God. God caused the enemies of the past, the enemies of natural sight, to chase the Israelites. God will allow the enemies of our past, the enemies of natural sight, to chase us. God has confidence in His love and presence in our lives. He wants, and expects us, to manifest our true identity, testimony, and destiny in Christ. In the story of Israel and Egypt, the confession of the Israelites was a confession of not believing in a personal relationship of God in their lives.

Exodus 14:11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

Natural sight will cause us to question God’s voice in our lives. We must stay in the place of intimacy with God in our hearts to be confident in our actions of moving forward in life. As we read this story, we find a statement by Moses and a statement by God. The statement by Moses alone sounds good, but it is not the voice of God. Only God’s statement with Moses’ statement reveals to us the truth of this test.

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” 15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

God did not tell Moses to tell the people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God did not tell Moses to say to the people that God would fight for them. God wanted Moses and the people to know that He was in their lives. He believed in the identify, testimony, and destiny within the heart of Moses. God told Moses to lift up his rod, stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it. God did not divide the Red Sea. God in the life of Moses empowered Moses to part the sea. The action of Moses and the action of the people was possible because God was in their lives. The test of relationship is one of knowing that God believes in each of us. This is a testimony of righteousness, a connection to God in our hearts that gives us an identity in Christ. God wants us to trust His presence in and with us in life. This is a confirmation of peace. There is no gap between us and God. God wants us to depend upon His power to fulfill our purpose in life. This is the reality of true joy. Our purpose is God’s purpose. We can move forward because God is with us. Christ in us is more powerful than the holes we have been stuck in. He is more powerful than the obstacles we have not been able to get around. God in our lives is more powerful than any power that resists us from moving forward in our path of destiny.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations a message and importation of New Covenant life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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The Test of Bondage

    Greetings,

 

In the journey of Israel to the Promised Land there were ten tests. There are different views as to what those tests were, but I am going to present what I believe them to be. In truth, there are really more than ten tests in our lives, but these ten things represent the types of tests we face. Each test is another measure of God’s love drawing out from within us the power of His internal and eternal kingdom so that we can manifest our true identity, testimony, and destiny in every aspect of our journey in life.

 

The first test of Israel was one of bondage. I believe that this test of bondage was necessary to demonstrate a need for and a hunger for freedom. It is a test that demonstrates our need for true freedom; the life and liberty that can only come from God. It is miraculous. It is the need for God, a desire for God in our circumstance. It is a revelation of the need for a supernatural deliverance and supernatural change in our lives.

 

The story is found in Exodus Chapter 5. Moses charged Pharaoh to release the children of Israel and he demonstrated God’s power in doing so. In reaction, Pharaoh made things more difficult for Israel in their slavery. They were being forced to labor in the making of bricks and now Pharaoh ordered that they be given no straw but required to still produce the same quota of bricks. Israel was now required to scavenge and glean for straw as well as labor for making the bricks. Instead of being freed from their bondage, their experience was one of their bondage becoming worse.

 

Exodus 5:20-21 Then, as they came out from Pharaoh, they met Moses and Aaron who stood there to meet them. And they said to them, “Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.”  

 

God had a purpose in this testing. This same thing happens in our lives in various measures of our journey. It is a necessary test and without it we do not have a full revelation of who God is nor a revelation of our true need for Him. Without it we cannot manifest our true identity, testimony, and purpose in Christ.

 

Exodus 6:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

 

God does not just want to free us from our enemies. He wants to deliver us from our enemies. God said that He would use the enemy’s strong hand to let them go and to drive them out. God takes what the enemy intends for evil and turns it for good in our lives. I believe that the present generation needs a revelation of this test in their lives. Without it we will be shaken in our journey and we will not be able to overcome the things that we need to overcome in life. We must get a revelation that the place where we are is not a place where we can stay. We must get a revelation that our present condition is not livable, and our only option is to depend upon God’s presence in our lives to move us forward. God loves us in our present condition, but our present condition will prevent us from becoming all we should be in Christ if we stay there. What we had in the past is not reality. Where we are in the present is not our reality for our full destiny tomorrow. What God says about our future is the only compelling force to free us from our past, dislodge us from our present, and move us forward in our destiny. It is not enough to know that God loves us, we must also know that we have not loved Him. God’s has always loved us, but our inability to love Him has prevented us from moving into all that He has for us. Our inability to love Him or to experience the freedom of His love is not acceptable in our reality. There are no answers in the natural inheritance of our lives, only the supernatural working of God’s grace in our lives can fulfill the path to our destiny. Unforgiveness has to reject our habitation. Shame has to excommunicate us from its domain. Anger has to oust us from its stronghold. God’s presence in our lives is what causes our enemies to compel us forward with a strong hand.  We have to overcome a love for the world or an acceptance of the world around us in order to move forward in the formation process of Christ in our lives. The environment of our lives has formed our thinking, our acting, and our way of being in life. This is not the environment of our true identity. Our natural lives, the natural circumstances of our lives, and the natural inheritances of our lives have given us perverted identities, perverted testimonies, and perverted destinies. We need a revelation that God has more. Our future in Christ has to be more desirable to us than the accepted comfort zones of our present because of what has been handed to us from our past or even our present circumstances. God doesn’t want us to have any shame for our past or for our present, but loving how we are is not same as loving who we are and who we are to become in Christ. His grace will empower us to overcome and become, not so He will be pleased with us but because He is please with us. He wants every enemy in our lives to forcefully let us go.

 

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Please consider helping us finish 2018 strong. We have a number of expenses to pay before the end of the year. We have been able to go to many peoples and many nations a message and importation of New Covenant life and Grace. Your assistance in prayers and resources helps us accomplish our assignment.

We are expecting another great year of reaching the nations and generations in 2019 and your financial support can help us accomplish the task.

We need your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225

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Led By The Internal Kingdom

      Greetings,

The kingdom of God is within us. It is not merely some coming reality in the future. It is the reality of Christ in us as the hope of glory. When Jesus was asked when the kingdom of heaven would come and what the sign of its coming would be, He told them that the kingdom was within them.

Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The apostle Paul explained the kingdom of God is an internal reality of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. He said that it was not a matter of what we eat or drink or what do not eat or drink. It is not a matter of external actions. It is a matter of an internal and eternal relationship.

Romans 14:17 …for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

As leaders, we must set an example to those we lead in living lives that are inspired by the kingdom of God within our hearts. This is not merely in the way we teach, preach, or minister. It is in our lives. It is in the way we demonstrate being in relationship with others. It is in the way we bring life to our world. How do we live as parents, friends, neighbors, members of community and every practical aspect of our lives? How do we forgive? How do we trust? How do we find healing in our hearts and minds? How do we live when we are weak? How do we live when we are strong? Leaders set an example that others can see and then they inspire them to live in the same way. It is not a method, but a testimony of the fruit of our relationship with God in life.

Righteousness is a right relationship with God by His Holy Spirit in our hearts. It is the source of our true identity. Peace is the testimony of no separation between God and us in the Spirit. Our spirts are one with His Spirit and all that is His empowers us to receive an increasing testimony in our lives. This is what empowers us to be a part of His inheritance. Our purpose is to become the substance of His name for the world we live in and for the generations that follow. This is the tabernacling, the abiding presence, of God in our lives. It is His partnership with us in all things, and for all things, that gives us true joy in the Holy Spirit. He abides in us and we abide in Him for the glory of life.

What will challenge us on our journey in life?  We can learn a lesson from Israel’s journey to the Promised Land. The Promised Land of the Israelites was merely a shadow of the true Promised Land for all people. I believe that the Promised Land is the working of the kingdom of God within our hearts in any circumstance, situation, geographical location, racial identity, gender reality, or any thing in life. We are all kings and lords in what has been given to us. Life is not fair. It is merely the measure of rule given to each of us to live. We need the King of kings and the Lord of lords reigning in our hearts in order to bring life to all that has been given to us in life. I believe that the internal and eternal working of the kingdom of God within us will empower us to demonstrate both spirit and natural realities in the measures of our lives. It is the working of the kingdom of God in our hearts that will empower us to be men, women, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, extended family members, community members, community influencers, friends, neighbors, and even good news to our enemies. There are challenges to the internal working of the kingdom of God becoming the influence behind the external expressions of our lives. Only the kingdom of God working from within us can empower us to see those things in our everyday lives. We have to pass the tests that seem to resist us. Those tests are really blockades meant to be overcome by God’s grace working in our lives. Those tests are meant to draw out our real identity, testimony, and destiny in our journey of life. The journey of Israel to the Promised Land is a shadow to the places that we are meant to overcome and challenges to the lives we are meant to live as people. The Bible states that there were ten testings. Ten is a prophetic number signifying God’s judgment of love. It signifies completing a thing and only God’s love can bring us to completion in our journey of life.

Numbers 14:22-23 …because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.

When we are tested in our hearts and tempted to pursue actions that are not true to the character and life of Christ it is a test of God’s love. God wants to draw the true Christ identity, testimony, and purpose out of each of us. When we are tested it is not some plot or plan of some enemy. The real measure of life is not found in the world we live in or in the world we are walking through. The real measure of life is found in the kingdom of God within each of us and the tests we experience only prove to manifest what is in our hearts.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Identity, Testimony, and Purpose

       Greetings,

We are on a journey to destiny. Destiny is not just a place we are going, it is the result of our going. Destiny is a journey that includes increasing realities along the way. That journey includes our identity, our testimony, and our purpose in life. These things can only be found in Christ and by Christ in us. We are the people of God and we were born to be loved by God to become His likeness and His image in our world. As leaders, we must set an example of these things and inspire others to find them too.

Ephesians 1:18-22 …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Our identity is a testimony to our righteousness that is found in Christ. That righteousness comes by a personal relationship with God in our hearts. We know His love because His presence abides in our hearts. He is all that is right and being loved by Him makes everything right in our lives. What we are not without Him we become when He abides within us. This is the righteousness of a right relationship with God made solely possible by our heavenly Father who loves us through Jesus Christ His son. In Christ we are translated from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the son of God’s love. We are in the body of Christ and the headship of Jesus in our lives makes us one with our Father in heaven by His Holy Spirit within our hearts. We are part of His calling. He made a way for us to be His sons and His daughters. We were not just created by Him, in Christ we are born by His Spirit. Just as we were born naturally in this world, we must be supernaturally born into God’s world. That new birth is as supernatural as the virgin birth of Jesus in the life of Mary. Just as Jesus was Spirit born to be natural in our world, we were natural born to be joined with God in the Spirit in all things. God has set a table for us to be who we are meant to be in life and He is calling us to that table. At that table we will eat the food of life that comes from heaven so that all that we are, all that we do, and all that we become will be for the glory of His name. In Him we live! God gives us life and we become alive in Him and alive because of Him. We are loved by Him and His love gives life to our true identity in life.

Our testimony is the evidence of our peace with God in Christ. There is no separation between us and God and we can grow in strength and in the testimony of God’s Word and God’s Spirit in our lives. All that is in God’s house is given to us in our lives and we become a testimony of heavenly realities in Christ. In Him we move. Our testimony in life is the evidence of His expressions in our lives. We are growing strong in His Word and in His Spirit to overcome every wicked thing and become a testimony of His grace in our journey of life. This is in both our character and in our gifting. We are part of the inheritance of God as sons and daughters of God in all things. God gives us breath and we become an expression of Him in all things in increasing measure.

Our purpose in life is connected to our partnership with God in all things. This is the source of joy in all things. Joy is not mere happiness. Joy is fulfilling our God-given purpose in life. God gives us all things. He partners with us in all things to demonstrate the power of His love in all things. His character, nature, way, power, and authority in our lives proves to triumph over every form or name of death in our world. We are above principalities, powers, thrones, dominions, and names. This is not the testimony of our lives apart from Christ, but the testimony of our partnership with Him and His partnership with us in all things. In Him we have our full being and in Him we fulfill the purpose of our being.

Ephesians 1:19-22 …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

As leaders, we are challenged to help people make a connection to God whereby they can find their true identity, testimony, and path of destiny in life. These things are only found when we see Christ as the reason for our being. The question in life is not whether He is for us or not. The true question is whether we see Him for who He is or not. He gives us life, breath, and all things. It is only in Him that we can find true life, become an expression of true life, and bring true life into every aspect of our lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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United By His Spirit

    Greetings,

We are living in a time where the views and expectations of people are being given in diverse ways. As leaders in the Body of Christ we are challenged to lead people to the truth of the testimony of Christ. All things are common to men and all men have experienced common weaknesses and strengths. It is both the weaknesses and the strengths of humanity that connects us in a common word that needs God’s mercy and grace.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Humanity was created in the likeness and the image of God. To discover the reality of that identity, testimony, and destiny we must find our connection to God as our Father. We must be sons and daughters of God, not just people in a family of man. We must discover the secret to becoming and living as the family of God.

Are we united by our humanity? Our primary connection must be to God. Only Christ in us is the hope of glory. When we are united by His divinity, He unites us in our humanity. When we are merely united in our humanity we are united in our pain or united in our human strength. When we are united by His greatness we soon realize that all the enemies to our humanity are mere grasshoppers in His sight. Christ is the center, not man.

The Jesus way without Jesus is simply kind humanism. We need Jesus more than we need the Jesus way. We need Jesus as both Lord and Christ. The evidence of our connection to Christ will be the Jesus way, but the life and the power of life can only come from Christ.

hu⋅ma⋅ni⋅sm/hju:mənizəm/

noun

  1. the doctrine that people’s duty is to promote human welfare 🔗
  2. syn:humanitarianism
  3. the doctrine emphasizing a person’s capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural 🔗
  4. syn:secular humanism
  5. the cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Humanism is a seductive force the denies a dependence upon the supernatural power of God’s grace. We come to Him by His mercy and we too become merciful, but the Lamb empowers a Lion to every enemy of the likeness and image of God in our lives. The Lamb empowers an ox, a creature of service, for the worship of our Creator. The Lamb empowers new creations, born again believers in Christ, to make themselves of no reputation and come with a face like a man to their fellow man. The Lamb empowers an Eagle that is led by the God’s Spirit and Word in all things, thus obtaining victory over the weakness of the flesh and becoming one that others can follow in Christ. God’s grace empowers us to become what we were meant to be in Christ. Without God’s grace we cannot receive the heavenly inheritance God desires to bring into our lives.

Acts 2:32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Jesus, as the Lamb, is the testimony of mercy. The Lion, Ox, Face of a Man, and Eagle are the testimonies of God’s grace working in our lives. These are the overcoming attributes of God’s grace working in our lives. God’s mercy embraces us with God’s love in our humanity. God’s grace empowers us by God’s divinity to become like Him in this world. Christ in us is the hope of this glory! He is the hope of heavenly things being expressed in our world through His Holy Spirit at work in our lives.

As leaders we must lead God’s people in receiving God’s mercy. The love of God comes to us all through the Lamb and we show love to others through that same attribute. He offers us mercy that we might be merciful to others. The power of God’s love also inspires us to find God’s grace to become as He would have us be in all things. We must lead to inspire all to find God’s grace working in their lives.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Freed From the Law of Sin and Death

    Greetings,

I hear many things taught about grace with little understanding of where grace exists and what grace is. Grace is the manifest presence of God in your life that brings about life and the change of life. We have to come to the throne of God’s grace to find God’s grace. It is found in His presence in our lives when we move into His world in our hearts. When we come to His throne, the power of His presence transforms another measure of our lives.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Did Jesus destroy the law? The law is a shadow of grace and it is meant to be over those who have not yet come to the power of God’s grace. The only law that Jesus destroyed was the law of sin and death. He made it possible for all to boldly come to the throne of God’s grace where each one can receive mercy and find grace. Grace is not a destruction of law, but the real thing that casts a shadow of law. When we live by God’s empowerment of grace, our lives demonstrate the character, nature, way, power and authority that is shadowed in the law. There is no longer a separation of men and God. We have been reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Our connection to God produces a testimony of the principles, patterns, and values revealed in the law. The law of disconnection, sin and death, has been destroyed by the higher law of God’s love. God’s love gave us access to His presence and it is His presence in our lives that brings about true change.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Our Father’s love has proven to be stronger than our hate for Him. It is the law of the Father’s love that destroyed the power of our disconnection from Him. That love could only be revealed through a Father/Son and Son/Father relationship in God and Human form. Jesus made a way for all men, male and female, to have a relationship with God in an intimate way. He made a way for all men, male and female, to be transformed by a revelation of love within their inner being.

The law is a shadow of the good thing to come. As long as the good thing exists the shadow can still be found, but God never desired for us to live under the shadow of the law. He wanted our lives to cast a shadow that looks like the values revealed through the law.

Hebrews 10:1For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

The good thing is an internal and eternal relationship with God in Christ. Jesus didn’t destroy the law, He destroyed the law of sin and death.  Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.

Romans 7:9-12 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

1 Timothy 1:8-11 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.

We have found grace in Christ, but outside of Christ law is still real. Law is a tutor that leads us to Christ, but until we find Christ we are bound to the laws we find ourselves under. Law does not exist because it is written in a book. Laws exist in creation, and what we find written simply reveals the things that are hidden in creation. We cannot break laws, we can only supersede them with higher laws or violate them. When we violate them, we find ourselves bound to the consequence of another law. Step off a tall building and you will find yourself under the consequence of violating the law of gravity. The laws of density and force prove bring destruction to our bodies as we are broken beneath their reality. Put God first and God will be first in all things, but if we put other things first those other things will be first in all things. We cannot boast that we are no longer under the law and live without the overcoming power of God’s grace at work in our lives. Without the ability to become strong in God’s word and strong in His Spirit we foolishly espouse lawlessness as grace. Lawlessness is not grace. It is simply an excuse for carnality and trying to form God into our own likeness and image. God’s grace will transform us into the likeness and image of God. It will always bring the power of change in our lives to overcome every wicked thing.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry. With your assistance we can complete our missions for 2018 and move forward into all that God is going to do in 2019. 

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For His Kingdom Sake!

    Greetings,

We live in times where there is much turmoil among the nations in regard to governments, political views, and human perspectives that define words by personal definitions. We should all have views and as Christians we should l stand for the values of God in our perspective nations with our own responsibilities as citizens of countries among men, but the kingdom of God is not an external administration of men. It is an internal transformation of human hearts. As leaders in the body of Christ, we must lead people to seek first the kingdom of God in all things. That kingdom is one of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit within the human heart.

When Jesus lived as a man among men, He did not address the political environments of the world. That does not mean that He condoned them as kingdoms that need not change. He came to give humanity a greater power than the power that comes by the knowledge of good and evil. He came to give us access to the tree of life. He came to invade every environment through the influence of the kingdom of God within the human heart. Being born again is miraculous. It is as miraculous as the virgin birth of Jesus by Mary. Being born again is the entrance to being able to see the kingdom of God. It is the introduction to an internal relationship of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is the entrance to an internal spiritual environment that transforms us from within. Just as we were formed in water in the natural wombs of our mothers, being born again is the entrance to a womb of the Spirit that forms us into the character, nature, way, power, and authority of sons and daughters God in Christ. Jesus didn’t come to reshape religion or to reshape the political environments of the world. He came to bring an internal revolution that would affect every aspect of life. He didn’t protest masters or slaves, He came to put the influence of the kingdom of God within the heart of each. It is that internal influence that changes the heart of the master and changes the heart of the slave. The inevitability of that influence is that of no more master and no more slave. It is the internal influence of the kingdom of God that brings true change that even affects the external realities of the world. The influence of the external kingdoms of men can only find true change for life by the internal influence of the King of kings within our hearts and minds.

The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom of relationship with God in our hearts. It is not a political change of government. It is not a matter of socialism or capitalism, as we find in western societies. Socialism can only offer good if it is inspired by the internal force of God in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. In the hands of human greed, socialism is but another form of taking from others in some form of control. The same is true for capitalism. In the hands of human greed, it is another form of control that takes from others for some personal gain. Capitalism can only offer good if it is inspired by the internal force of God in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It can provide for many in its increase in the hands of righteous thinkers. The redemption of the external systems of the world can only be found in the internal influence of the kingdom of God. When socialism or capitalism are left in the hands of those who do not have the internal influence of the King of kings or the Lord of lords, they will always fall short of life. The answer is not a change of political governing, it is only found in a place of internal governing.

Outside of Christ there is still a need for external influences that will create an environment that announces to mankind their need for God. The influence of law and conscience is still true for those who do not have Christ within them, so they can know their need to receive God’s mercy and find His grace to reign in life. Jesus made a way for all of mankind to boldly come to the throne of God’s grace and receive mercy and find grace to help them in their need (Heb. 4:16). We can hope that those in the systems of the world will be influenced by the internal kingdom of heaven, but by themselves the external systems cannot offer true life or change. External systems are needed for those who have not yet discovered the internal influence of the kingdom of God. Whatever external systems exist there must be an environment that makes known to men their need for mercy and their need for God’s grace. Mercy from God justifies all men to live and all they need to do is come to Him to receive it. Grace is the power of God’s presence in human lives that empowers them to become strong as expressions of God’s word and intimate with God’s Spirit, so they can overcome every wicked thing. Anything that pursues a governing that is disconnected from the only One who can give life is wicked. It is a governing that can only bring death and dysfunction and it is wicked. The ability to overcome is found in the ability to be a testimony of God because there is no longer a gap between us and Him. We are being transformed by who He is and it is changing who we are in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. This is grace! Only the kingdom of heaven can transform the kingdoms of this world to take on external realities that testify of the truth that is found to Jesus of Nazereth in Christ. Jesus is the Only Way, the Only Truth, and the Only true Life. There is no other name by which man can be saved!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry. With your assistance we can complete our missions for 2018 and move forward into all that God is going to do in 2019. 

Please consider helping us by your continued prayer support and any financial contribution you are able to give. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant life and Grace for the generations of tomorrow.

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