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.

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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

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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

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The Problem is Not the System. The Problem is the Kingdom.

    Greetings,

The kingdoms of the world are external kingdoms ruled by external laws or self-governed ideas motivated by a human spirit that knows there is something good beyond what can be seen. That good thing can even be perceived to be what is good in one’s own eyes. The external voices of law and creation only invoke the internal human spirit, the human conscience, to seek to know God. It starts with the question, who is God? That question can only be answered when one finds a connection with Holy Spirit in their own spirit within. He makes us come alive! When this happens, the question is answered. God is the One who makes me come alive! He gives me life!

Jesus did not come to change the kingdoms of the world by external influences. He came to transform the kingdoms of the world by the force of an internal kingdom that is greater than the external kingdoms of men. That kingdom is the kingdom of heaven. It is a kingdom where Jesus is both Lord and Christ of the hearts and minds of men. It changes things from the inside out and writes a higher law than all other laws upon men’s hearts and minds. That law is a revelation of love that inspires life-giving thinking and life-giving actions that demonstrate love. It is the place that proves Jesus is Lord, because our desires are changed from within. We become empowered to desire what God desires. It is not based upon a knowledge of good or a knowledge of evil. It is based upon a knowing of the One who is good. It is based upon a connected and growing intimate relationship with the One who gives life, gives breath, and gives life-giving things in all situations of life. This is the testimony of the kingdom of heaven empowering mankind to live for the well-being of others. This is not a political stand for socialism or capitalism. Jesus lived in a day of Roman rule, but He never externally protested the unjust schemes of greedy rulers or greedy people in the systems of Roman society. If you read history, you will find that there were plenty of injustice issues going on in the Roman empire. Jesus wasn’t interested in taking a stand for justice amidst an unjust worldly society. He came to His own, those who professed to know God, so that He could also go by His Spirit to those who did not know God. Jesus didn’t come to people who could not receive Him, He came to people of a Torah (law) / tabernacle society.

Matthew 15:24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

John 1:1 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

He sent His disciples to the same while He was alive:

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

The message of the kingdom of heaven is at hand was to those who viewed the kingdom of Israel as the way unto salvation. That which was true was now in the face of that which had only been a shadow of the good thing to come (Heb. 10:1). The people that Jesus came to was the Jewish society that already knew the Law. Jesus didn’t talk to them about things they already knew, He came to bring them a way of governing their lives that they had never known. The law had clearly revealed to them their needs and their failures. The Jewish people didn’t need Jesus to tell them what to do or how to act. They already knew that. They needed Jesus to expose their hearts to a new and living way.

God had plenty to say to the Gentiles as well. These were the peoples and nations that did not know what to do or how to act. God’s arm of salvation would come to the Gentile world with the writings of Paul, a man who knew the law fully, but now would be a man of mercy and grace to those who had previously only been governed by the human conscience. God extended the arm of salvation to the Gentiles through Paul as a testimony of resurrection life found in the tribe of Benjamin. Israel, the patriarch, had prophesied that the ‘last day’ of Benjamin would bring the blessings of the kingdom of heaven to the nations of the world. The completion of the tribe of Benjamin would prove to be life to those bound in darkness and they too would become sons and daughters of God’s right hand – His hand of resurrection life and grace (Benjamin means, son of the right hand).

Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:

Genesis 49:27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.”

Saul of Tarsus, a Benjamite, became Paul the apostle in Christ. He was a ravenous wolf, one who persecuted the church, that when he was born again brought light to those who had been previously been bound to darkness. Those held in bondage would be freed from death and their would be a dividing of the spoil among the nations. The writings of Paul addresses different things than the testimony of Jesus the man sent to the people of Law. His writings were still the words of the Holy Spirit to people who had no idea how to think or what to do. His writings were not a return to law, but a challenge to formerly ignorant people in receiving the true ways of God. We cannot merely look at the writings of the four written accounts of what we call the gospel and ignore the writings of Paul and think we have a full perspective of truth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry. We are reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant life and grace.

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Relationship Is The Point

    Greetings;

God has not called us to merely know some revelation of God or some revelation from God. He has called us to a living relationship with God and with one another because of a revelation of God. Relationship is the point of life and it is the point of Christ in humanity. Our focus cannot merely be ministry or prophetic revelation. Our aim in life cannot be an experience with the power of God. Our aim must be community that comes because of the power of God and that true power is one of God’s love. The manifest presence of God and the supernatural power of God is essential for this to happen, but it is not the end goal. The end goal is covenant relationships that endure the shakings of life. I am 63 and the only thing that I have found to be unshakeable in life is love! If we focus on something less than the power of God’s love, we will fall short of God’s glory. We will find ourselves in some cave, where humans do not gather. A cave is a hiding place from the community of life. It is not a residence for a community of life. Satan wants us to retreat to the isolated spaces of being cave dwellers apart from the community of Christ. This is why relationships are targeted by the enemy of our faith in Christ. Sometimes it is easier for a believer to relate to someone who is not a believer, because Satan is an accuser of the brethren and he seeks to blind the eyes of believers towards one another. He seeks to deceive them to become accusers of one another. This is because there is greatness in the relationship of believers with one another. They are the place of God’s habitation. The enemy sees the value of our relationships and he seeks to damage them, corrupt them, and destroy them in some way. For this reason, New Covenant leaders must lead others into community and not merely a knowledge of the power of God.

God is powerful! He is supernatural! But the purpose of God’s power is to destroy the things that prevent us from having an intimate relationship with God and with one another. The Old Testament prophets lacked the understanding of the mystery of the fellowship that we can now find in Christ. They sought the power of God, but they lacked the internal understanding of a revelation of love that comes by Christ within. Elijah was such a prophet.

1 Kings 19:8 So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

When we retreat to a cave of isolation and separation we become blind to the faithfulness of others. Our own objective in all things must be faithfulness to God and to others, not some power of work of God. Ministry is far less valuable than the reason for which we minister. Our goal must be the testimony of Jesus. Signs and wonders are to follow the believer, not to lead them. The wind, the earthquake, and the fire happened because God was present, but God was not in them. The power of God was demonstrated on the mountain before Elijah, but a relationship with God was more important than any demonstration of His power. If we expect the sign and wonder to lead us, we may plunge from the peak of powerful performances to the pit of self-pity and pessimistic death-wish praying.

1 Kings. 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

I alone am left – no one understands me.Anytime we start thinking that way, we are headed to a cave. We are headed to the despair of some pit. A pit is a hole in the ground. It is a dead spot. There are only two things that God will say to a prophet in the cave! Prophet, what are doing here?” “Get out of your cave and on the mountain before the Lord and listen for the voice of God!”

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead For Community

       Greetings,

Abraham sought God’s plan of community. He didn’t just leave his old country to go on a journey of finding some Spirit led moment in life. He entered a journey of a Spirit led life that would ultimately lead to an increased community of life and a testimony of God among the nations and generations of men. He went on a journey in search of a city that would be built and made by God.

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. 11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

God’s plan has always been a plan of connection with Him and with others. God doesn’t just want to get us out of our past lives. He doesn’t just want to give us personal testimonies of His presence. There is more to life than supernatural moments. God wants to lead us into community connections. This is what the enemy resists. He forms weapons against community. Anything that is attacked so aggressively by the enemy must be the very thing that is most valuable and most important to God. Satan’s plan has always been one of division, isolation, and separation from God and from others (Isa. 14:4-17, Ezek. 28:12-19). His testimony was one of self. He sought what he could get, not what he was destined to become through an intimate relationship with God and others. His testimony included thinks like:

  • I need to be able to express myself
  • I’ve got to me
  • No one understands me
  • If it were up to me

These are all statements that express an attitude of disconnection. These things oppose true relationship and community. They are attributes that isolate us from others. When we take a step towards isolation, we are moving away from God’s plan. His plan is a city. God is light and not darkness. Light is a place of openness and connection. It is the testimony of a city, not a cave.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

The light fills the house and a house filled with light shines as a beacon of welcoming hope to the world. Caves are places of darkness and isolation, cities are places of connection an abundance of diverse life. Caves are hiding places. People run to them out of fear. They are places to bury the dead. They are lifeless places to decompose. They are places to relive oneself, a private place to discard waste. A cave is a place to visit briefly, but it is not a place to dwell. If we focus on Spirit led moments instead of a Spirit led life we will find ourselves in a cave. Caves are not meant to be permanent dwelling places. If we see them as such, they become places of deception and despair. As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in leading others to the place of community, not a place of isolation or despair.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry. We are reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant life and grace.

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Lead For a Spirit-Led Life

     Greetings,

As leaders in the body of Christ, we are called to lead others in a Spirit-led life. A Spirit-led life is not the same as merely living a life with Spirit-led moments. Spirit-led moments without a Spirit-led life will lead to deception and despair. Spiritual moments do not necessarily lead to a Spirit-led life, but a Spirit-led life will be filled with Spirit-led moments. Elijah was a great prophet in the Old Testament. He had a great moment with God when he called down fire upon Mount Carmel after 3 ½ years of silence and hiding (1Kin. 18). I believe the Elijah is an example of a man who had a Spirit-led life, but I also believe that his life is an example to us concerning what happens when we believe in the power of Spirit-led moments above a Spirit-led life. Elijah experienced a great display of power of Mount Caramel, but he ended up in a place of discouragement and self-pity.

1 Kings 19:10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

God continued to tell Elijah that he was not the only one who remained. God had seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal.

1 Kings 19:14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

God’s plan is always a plan of relationship. It is a plan of a family – a community of people where God dwells in their midst and they dwell with Him and one another. Whenever we think we are alone, we are missing God’s focus in life. God’s plan is a plan of community. His heart is for every individual, but His plan is for the many. This is the way of God and the goal for all generations of mankind.

Psalms 92:13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing…

As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in living a Spirit-led life that results in increased relationships. The older we get, the more committed we should be to the corporate plan of God. We should live for the generations of destiny. This is a place of corporate inheritance and destiny. The enemy will fashion weapons against that happening, but God loves the corporate place of relationship more than He loves any individual who seeks His name. He loves each of us, but His plan is one of community. He was for each of us to embrace a revelation of the corporate destiny of the body of Christ.

Psalms 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah

The mountain that God lives in is a mountain of many stones. It is a mountain of many dwelling places. It is a mountain of human hearts that know the power of God’s love, in them and through them. It is a mountain of community. God’s desire is a community of life. This has always been His plan. The enemy seeks to destroy it, but God seeks to establish it among all nations. This was the promise to Jacob, a man who sought to be the blessings of God in the earth.

Genesis 28:3 “May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples…”

The benefits of community spring out of community. We cannot know the benefits of community when we live isolated and separated lives. We must never fall for living a life focused upon Spirit-led moments. If we do, we will become disillusioned on the days we cannot hear Him speak. We will become discontent on the days that seem like valleys, because we will fall for the lie that only mountain tops produce the true testimony of God. It is in the valley that the seeds of the present are planted for the harvests of tomorrow. If we miss the importance of living Spirit-led lives in all seasons, we will fall into some form of deception and we will enter to a cave of discouragement and self-pity. As leaders in the body of Christ we must lead to empower those we lead to seek community and a Spirit-led life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry. We are reaching the nations and the generations with New Covenant life and grace.

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Proverbs 31 Woman (Part 3)

      Greetings,

 As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in:

  • Living to do good, being secure in who we are, and living for the family name.
  • Being trustworthy and knowing we have full access to all that Jesus has.
  • Knowing Jesus and knowing Jesus knows us.
  • Expanding the boundaries of the posterity of Jesus.
  • Doing good for Jesus’ name.
  • Being living examples of who Jesus is.
  • Seeing ‘relationship’ as the purpose of our hands and our hands as the empowerment of ‘relationships’ in life.
  • Living to embrace new things.
  • Living for purpose and not comfort.
  • Having a 100-year plan and seeking to change the world through generational inheritance.
  • Strengthening ourselves because we live to bring salvation to people and situations around us.
  • Living for purpose at all times and having a good testimony that is obvious to the community we live in
  • Always being ready to establish the testimony of relationships
  • Caring for the poor and the needy – living to give life to others
  • Living without fear and setting an example to lead others into a testimony of God’s mercy and overcoming grace
  • Seeing ourselves as holy and royal and living our lives accordingly
  • Making decisions for others based upon who we are, not what they deserve
  • Knowing who Jesus is and knowing His influence in the city – knowing the power of His name
  • Living to influence others beyond our own lives – giving them life in all things.

I believe that the Proverbs 31 woman is an example of the body of Christ as the church, the wife of Jesus. Here are some more attributes of the bride of Christ that we must inspire in the body of Christ:

Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.

The church, as the Proverbs 31 woman, lives in a culture of strength and honor and she gives strength and honor to others. Her testimony is one of strength and honor in every season of her life.  Others know who she is and honor her for it is evident in the testimony of her life. She is clothed in the testimony of Christ. She lives by faith and has no fear for tomorrow. She knows that the One who is in her is greater than anything in the world around her.

Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

She has the keys to the future. She speaks wisdom that is filled with love for others. Faith towards God is the motivation of her heart and her mind. It is obvious in all that comes off of her life. It is seen in her life-giving ways. Her way is a way of life and not of death. She is a giver and not a taker.

Proverbs 31:27 She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

She is always awake for the sake of the ways of her household. She is never idle in her actions or purpose. She speaks love and not judgment. She doesn’t live to satisfy her own needs, but to give life to others.

Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:

The fruit of her house is the testimony of the children of inheritance. When you see her, you see Jesus. The supernatural testimony of His name is obvious in all that she is and does. She hears the words of her husband as He speaks blessings to her.

Proverbs 31:29  “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.”

She is lifted up to rule for the favor of God is upon her life. She is the Church, the ekklisiea, the many membered body of Christ commissioned to bring the life-giving influence of God in the earth as the womb of God in the restate of the generations of men.

Proverbs 31:30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

She lives in awe of the Lord and the power of prayer. She doesn’t pray the prayes of those who do not know God. She is not focused upon her own needs, but she is fully engaged in the will of the Father and the glory of His name as one with Jesus Christ in all things.

Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.

What she puts her hand to is fruitful and confirms her life-giving authority in the earth. The fruit of her life and fruit of her labors is seen through the life she brings to the world around her. That life is for her time and for the successive generations of inheritance in the earth.

As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in, and leading the church in:

  • Living in a culture of strength and honor and give strength and honor to others
  • Living by faith and have no fear for tomorrow
  • Being responsible with the keys to the future
  • Being awake for the sake of the ways of Jesus
  • Living for the fruit of children of inheritance
  • Hearing the words of Jesus in all things
  • Living to rule in life with the favor of God in all we are responsible for
  • Living in awe of the Lord and the power of prayer
  • Putting our hands to the work of life-giving authority in all things

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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