Leading for the Family Name

       Greetings;

We are in a season where God wants to give to us a greater revelation of who we are in Christ. We are the people of God! As the people of God, we are called, appointed, and anointed to reveal the person of God in the earth and to fulfill the purpose of God among the nations. This can only happen when we see God as our Father. He gives us life, breath, and all things. He cares for us and gives us the true identity of life. He is there for us and empowers us to overcome all things. He doesn’t just rescue us from our enemies, He empowers us to overcome them. He doesn’t just meet our needs, He empowers us to become those who meet the needs of others. He fights for us in that He calls us sons and daughters standing in the power of Jesus name. As leaders, we must lead the body of Christ in the path of the calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of the family name in Christ.

This is a season of partnership! It is a season of partnership with faith, hope, and love. It is also a season of partnerships with others for the sake of God’s purposes in the earth. It is connection with others that we will enable us to discover the increasing testimony of the partnership of faith, hope and love.

In Jesus, we find the anointing that causes us to become free people, planted in the earth for the generational purposes of God’s kingdom in the nations. Trees of righteousness in Christ are being planted in order to build, raise up, and make things new in the earth. As leaders, we must lead others for the sake of partnerships with God and with one another. The essential ingredients for this to happen are; faith, hope, and love.

Isaiah 61:4b – 5 …“That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.

God’s heart and plan is one of restoration. He is a redeemer, a reconciler, a restorer, a rewarder, and a replenisher in His ways. He doesn’t just love those who love Him. He loves all people. He is a multigenerational God. He sees each and everyone as His son or daughter. He is the Father of Abraham, the Father of Isaac, the Father of Jacob, and the Father of Israel. He is the Father of Paul, the Father of Timothy, the Father of faithful men, and the Father of others also. He looks for those who will partner with Him in each and every generation. When we partner with God we also partner with the future and with the past.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

When we partner with God we allow God to write His purpose and His will upon our hearts. We become the parchment of His letter. We are not the ones who do the writing. We are the ones who become willing parchment in the hand of the Master writer, our Father in heaven. Each of us are like trees. We contain the roots of our past and within us is the substance of the future. Like a tree, our branches extend to places we have not known before to bear fruit that is relevant for each and every new season. When we partner with God we embrace a calling in Christ, a testimony of Christ, and a destiny of His name. It begins with a willingness to receive His love. When we know His love, we experience His life. When we know He loves us, we hear His words in our hearts and we respond with heavenly testimonies of His overcoming grace. It is a journey of faith towards God that is demonstrated with the testimonies of our lives. That faith demonstrates the power of God’s love in our lives and it inspires more faith. It inspires us to believe for the passion of things that we could not possess before. We have hope for a destiny of restoration. That hope extends beyond our today into our future. Old ruins are brought back into purpose by God’s love. Things that were desolate rise up and overcome by the inspiration of God’s voice in our hearts. The testimony of the family name is rebuilt through a vision of a greater name than any name we stand upon. It is a partnership of faith, hope, and love that reveals a path of destiny in Christ.

We are part of a family that has a multigenerational destiny. The ceiling of the past is in the floor of the present and the present is rising higher to be found in the floor of the next generation. The floor keeps getting deeper, stronger, and more filled with the treasures of the past, thus the building rises to an increased glory of destiny. The ancient is in the new and the new is able to build upon the increasing strength of the foundation. New things are unlocked in the destiny of who we are in Christ and old things are continually new. This is the story of a 3rd and 4th generation destiny that transforms beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influences in the earth. As leaders, we must lead the family of God into this path. The manifest presence of God in our lives today is essential to unlock the door to the path set before us and to embracing the ancient things set in the foundation of our family name.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Internal Influence

     Greetings,

We are living in a time when God is increasing the influence of the community of heaven upon the communities of the earth. This is not an easy collision. The communities of the world are expressions of the government of self, while the community of God is an expression of the will of the Father’s love. There are two administrations in the earth. One is an administration of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. The other is an administration of life. The measurement of justice in one is based upon the knowledge of, or a perceived knowledge of, right and wrong. The other is an administration based upon love and life. The means of operation for all nations and peoples outside of a personal relationship with Christ in them as the hope of glory is the way of the knowledge of good and evil – right and wrong. Human beings made alive by the Spirit of Christ within them are empowered by the life of God that comes from a revelation of God’s love in their hearts. These are two different kingdoms with two different administrations. I am not talking about the religions of the world versus Christianity. I am talking about humanity versus Christ in humanity. The belief concerning the way of Christ has devolved to the term Christianity, and thus many simply see Christianity as a belief in Christ, rather than a trusting His manifest presence within their hearts. I don’t believe that Jesus became flesh for the sake of us knowing what to do or receiving a religion that counts as a substitute for intimacy with God. I believe He became flesh to make a way to transform all flesh in the earth. He moved into the neighborhood to change every neighborhood of mankind. Christ in us is the hope of glory! It is the hope of being fully alive unto eternal life – an intimate place of knowing God the Father and God the Son by the manifest presence of God the Spirit within the human heart!

The two administrations in the earth create two different family trees. One is the family tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the other is the family tree of life. Conscience and law administrate one, while Spirit and truth administrate the other. The testimony of Spirit and truth is one of God’s grace that changes the character, nature, way, power, and authority from within the human heart. An administration of the knowledge of good and evil leaves the kingdoms of the world bound to poverty, broken heartedness, captivity, bondage, and a loss of inheritance, a loss of destiny and a loss of their family name. The administration of the kingdoms of the world are in need of deliverance, bound to mourning, confused in their decisions because of their mourning, and bound to a testimony of ashes, lamentation, and heaviness.

The kingdom of God is a place of restored riches, healed hearts, freedom, liberty, and restored inheritance, destiny, and the family name. The administration of the kingdom of God is an internal administration of the heart that brings us deliverance from our enemies, comfort, clarity for sound decisions, beauty, joy, and a testimony of praise. Is this the purpose of the anointing of God? Is it to bring freedom from the pain and destruction of the administration of the kingdoms of the world? Or is there something more? The governments of the kingdoms of the world are externally administrated and bound to the limitation of self; thus ruin, desolation, and the loss of true community and the destiny of community are the evident observations to the outcome of their endeavors in world. There is a constant battle to succeed, to overcome, and to find rest. There is a constant repetition of the patterns of history as men seek to conquer men by the power judgment for what they perceive to be the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. The external efforts of control, manipulation, and domination prevent men from ever discovering the testimony of true restoration in their lives. The kingdoms of the world are not able to build, raise up, or make things new.

The internal kingdom of life empowers those who receive it to be planted with a generational inheritance, legacy, and destiny. Human families are meant to be like trees. Their roots are intended to be planted to produce a life with growing branches of inheritance for many generations. The root is always new, but the roots are ancient and enduring. In Christ they bear the testimony of being trees of righteousness. Trees are a biblical testimony of generational inheritance. In Christ, the family tree is the Tree of Life. Each member in the tree has a personal relationship with God. They are dependent upon God, they are a testimony of God, and God and each family member live together. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. He is the God of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and other also. These are those empowered and transformed by the internal kingdom of God – a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Those in the kingdom of God are able to build, raise up, and make things new. This is the purpose of the kingdom of God. It is a testimony of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is the ability to be a blessing, to multiply, and to possess the gates of our enemies. This is the place where faith, hope, and love partner for the glory of God in the earth. We have hope because we know He loves us. Our hope is in Him, not merely the things that He can do. We have faith because we hear the One who loves us. We live to see all things made knew because the faith that comes by His voice in our hearts overcomes all things in this world. Our faith is the substance of the things hoped for in Christ. Love is the strength of these – hope and faith. In this season we will see a partnership of faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love and because of His love we will build, raise up, and see things made new. The partnership of these three is often found in the unexpected and unusual partnerships. God is establishing His righteous inheritance in order to build, raise up, and make things new for His glory!

Isaiah 61:1-4 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.

Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them The Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Our Part In His Path

    Greetings,

Leadership serves a role of example, inspiration, and facilitation to the destiny of that which they have been sent to lead. As leaders, we must become an example for others to follow. We demonstrate the possibilities and the probabilities of destiny. We demonstrate being loved, loving God, and loving the generations of His glorious name. We are the first to respond to His calling, the first to exhibit His inheritance, and the first to demonstrate His power. We grow in knowing our identity, in exhibiting a testimony of His overcoming grace, and in a demonstration of His power that confirms our path as one of truth and dominion for the glory of His name.

Ephesians 1:18 …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, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 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. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

I have already written that true identity doesn’t come from the testimony of our natural birth. True identity comes from the place of God’s presence in our lives. Our calling in life is to find our place in the destiny of the calling of Christ. This comes by receiving God’s transforming life within our hearts. It is there that God changes our beliefs. When He transforms the beliefs of our hearts, it inspires changed actions in our lives. The way we act determines what we think about and this in turn increases our influence in the power of those changed beliefs in our hearts. That power doesn’t just affect our own lives, it becomes part of an inheritance in Christ that brings life to others. The power of our actions is a demonstration of His testimony in our hearts. We are a part of His inheritance in the earth to bring changes in the world we live in and in the world we leave behind to the next generations.

As leaders, we must set an example for others to follow in becoming a testimony of Christ. We are an example to those we lead that all might become a testimony of the riches found in Christ. When we are transformed by God’s grace, we carry a testimony that can bring life to others. We can release an inheritance that others can receive, experience, and walk in. In the 16th century believers paid a price to know that we are justified by faith in Christ. The grace of the Spirit of the Lord brought an inheritance of a repentance unto life that testified of the just living by faith and it brought an increasing power of glory to all of humanity. Martin Luther and others paid a price to overcome for the sake of others. We are still reaping the rewards and walking in the increased inheritance given to us by God through the reformation of the 16th century. When those in the Great Awakening were transformed by a grace of the Spirit of Wisdom they demonstrated living lives of faith towards God and it open an effective door of increase to all who follow in Christ. More than 150 denominations birthed in the Great Awakening were not a mark of division, but of personal transformation that spawned works of faith in manifold ways. Without the price paid by those who overcame the resistance to their beliefs we would not have the measure of faith that is accessible to all in Christ today. The diverse works that speak of our faith today have a direct connection to the foundation set in the path of reformation that was opened in the past. There is a continual reformation taking place in the earth that is releasing increased measures of the inheritance of Christ to humanity. A price was paid for the external expressions of supernatural testimonies. A price was paid for others to be able to enjoy the riches of ministering to one another in the life-giving authority of Christ’s life. A price was paid for an increasing grace of hearing God’s voice, proclaiming God’s voice, and experiencing God’s presence in freeing and intimate ways. We are increasingly finding our identity, our testimony, and our path of destiny in Christ. It is for the sake of bringing heaven’s change to the earth. We are walking in the increasing grace of life in Christ, but we are on the brink of opening an effective door of inheritance for an increased liberty in the body of Christ. We know we have experienced life when we can give life to others, but we will also know we have experienced true liberty when we can bring true liberty to others. Liberty is not freedom in our iniquities, it is freedom from our iniquities. True freedom is overcoming the iniquities of our hearts that empowers us to lead others into the same path of truth and dominion.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. We are moving forward in reaching the generations in the nations. 

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When Heaven Comes

   Greetings,

Are you discovering that things you used to be able to hide in, or hide behind, are no longer places of refuge? Even in the natural, things are coming to the light. In a day of much knowledge, there is a revealing of many secrets. In a day of information, people make judgments based upon knowledge. But their knowledge is limited by their own understanding and translated through the filter of their own judgments and perspectives. Many things prove to be lies, but then the lies become exposed to truly be lies. The truth is being revealed, whether it is truth proving to be true or lies proving to truly be lies. This is the present season of grace and it is being made manifest by the true plants growing in the garden and as the weeds; the counterfeit plats that only distract from the true destiny of life in the garden. We must embrace this season and the grace of this season to lead others into the testimony of God’s grace. As I have stated previously:

God is stripping away hiding places to birth new generations that are transformed by the power of God’s love in our midst. Iniquities are being exposed, not to be condemned, but to reveal a place of dependency upon the presence of God and His transforming grace. It is not a time to hide because of our differences, but to come as we are for the wellbeing of others and the generations to come. Christ in us is the hope of glory and the glory of God is to become all that He says we are for Him family name. We are a temple of God in the Spirit and it is from the place of His habitation that we will become a multigenerational, Christ-centered, Christ-filled, community of brotherly love. We will be a community of little children, maturing sons and daughters of God who overcome all things by God’s grace, and fathers and mothers who live for the children’s and the children’s children as we see Him as the Father of us all.

Psalms 29:9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

Leadership serves a role of example, inspiration, and facilitation to the destiny of that which they have been sent to lead. As leaders, we must become an example for others to follow. We demonstrate the possibilities. We demonstrate the probabilities of destiny. We demonstrate being loved, loving God, and loving the generations of His glorious name. We are the first to respond to His calling, the first to exhibit His inheritance, and the first to demonstrate His power. We grow in knowing our identity, in exhibiting a testimony of His overcoming grace, and in a demonstration of His power that confirms our path as one of truth and dominion for the glory of His name.

True identity doesn’t come from the testimony of our natural birth. We were all born with inherit strengths and weaknesses. We were born with attributes of God’s glory and attributes of human weaknesses that need a visitation of God’s presence to reveal the power of His amazing grace. True identity doesn’t come from our natural inheritances, our natural circumstances, or any of our natural surroundings. True identity comes from the place of God’s presence in our lives. The poetic moments of truth reveal the heavenly testimonies of our identity in Christ. Our calling in life is to find our place in the destiny of the calling of Christ. This can only be discovered when heaven invades our hearts. When heaven touches the earth, the earth is changed. As leaders we must set an example to others in this. We do not have a calling, we are called to find our place in the calling of Christ in the world we were born in in order to bring the influence of heaven to the world we were appointed to. We are to be scribes in the kingdom of heaven drawing things into our worlds that have never been seen, heard, or thought before. We are to redeem the antique, broken, and lost things lost before our time that were meant to be part of our family name.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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A People of Inheritance

   Greetings;

We are to be people of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. God is calling for a multi-generational people that reveal His glory in things that are both old and new. The foundation of the church is built upon the prophets and the apostles. The ceiling of the Old Covenant was established upon the prophets of the tribes of Israel, but the foundation of the New Covenant was established upon the sending authority of the apostles of the Lamb. The church, the Israel of God, is established as the place of Christ’s calling, inheritance, and power in the earth to reveal the fullness of the testimony of God in the family name. We are not just seekers of God, we are inheritors of His testimony and glory in the earth. He is the source of our identity, our testimony, and our destiny in all things. We have the responsibility of scribes in the kingdom of heaven. We must draw from our treasure things new and old to establish the name of Christ above all things in the earth.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Here is some of a prophecy that I gave July 8, 2011:

The Lord says He’s seeking for a Jacob generation that He might turn the Jacob generation into the “inheriting ones”. “And even now, there’s a transition”, says God, “in My Body – and those who have sought to seek and find Me are going to discover that I’m the One Who seeks to find them. And in the place of wrestling, there’s a breakthrough.” For God says, “I’m bringing forth My ‘inheriting one’. I’m bringing forth My Israel. I’m bringing forth My Prince with God. There was a time and there was a season when I sought for those who would be a Jacob generation, but hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you! This is not the day for you to lay hold of Me! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you – and in Me laying hold of you, it’s time for you to endure! It’s time for you to hold on, and it’s in that place of wrestling that there’s going to come an inheritance – there’s going to come an inheritance!”

There’s a shift in the Spirit. Don’t seek the thing that was before. Seek that which is beyond that which was before. Seek that which is the increase. Seek that which is the ‘more’. For this is not a time to break away. This is a time to stand fast and say, ‘Our God has come! He has laid hold of us and we will not let go of that which He has laid hold of!’”

If you have been experiencing what you thought was a wrestle with yourself, someone else, your circumstance, or some other thing – God wants you to let Him take hold of you. He is wrestling with you that you may become an inheritor of His name. He wants you to become an inheritor of His grace. The substance of this prophecy is found in Isaiah, Chapter 32. The Prophet Isaiah was prophesying of the day of the born-again sons of God.

Isaiah 32:1-8 “Behold a King will reign righteously, and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the hasty will discern truth, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly. No longer will the fool be called noble, or the rogue be spoken of as generous. For a fool speaks nonsense, and his heart inclines toward wickedness: to practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord. To keep the hungry person unsatisfied and to withhold drink from the thirsty. As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; he devises wicked schemes to destroy the afflicted with slander, even though the needy one speaks what is right. But the noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands.” (NAS)

Those who know they are nobility also know that they were born for such a time as this. We are overcoming for the sake of others. We are breaking through that we might make plans that bring life to our world. We are princes, inheritors of God, that we might bring life to a dry country and shade to a parched and weary generation. We live for the well-being of others and our plans are for the wellbeing of our day and our time as scribes in the kingdom of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Relevant Word

      Greetings,

Today I feel compelled to repost a prophecy I gave two years ago. I believe it is key to the season we are in. In this prophecy the emphasis is on the King and His desires. He is a giving King, one of passion and compassion. He is calling for His sons and daughters, a generation of nobility that lives for His righteous cause and His purposes in the earth. He is not afraid of the world, but even uses those who don’t necessarily act as we think they should for His purposes.

This is a time for God’s purposes and not the purposes or agendas of our own hearts.

July 25, 2016 – Prophecy by Ted J. Hanson

I hear God saying, “Will you hear what My Spirit is saying? That I have come with a kingly authority, but my kingly authority is not like the kingdoms of the world. That I am not a King who seeks to control. I am not a King who seeks to lord. I am a King who seeks to give out the substance of all that I am. I am a King that does not just give out the things that I have to those who come looking. I am a King who looks for children who also will become those of nobility. For I desire to bring forth a people who will be passionate and compassionate. A people who will recognize that they can partner with the world in unusual partnerships as they recognize My speaking through the kings of the world. Though those kings do not know Me, My people know Me and they recognize the voice within them. They recognize that My favor is here to turn the purposes of men to serve the purposes of God. And again, in the midst of this revolution I will do revolutionary things, even in the natural. I will cause the inventions and discoveries to serve My purposes. Don’t be distracted by the things that pull your attentions towards the hunger in the hearts of man’s own agenda and don’t let that spirit come into your body.”

For the Lord says, “This is a time when I am raising up a pure authority and that authority is an authority of community. It’s an authority of love. It’s an authority of life. Yes, it’s an authority that’s transparent, but it is also an authority that’s translucent. It’s not just transparent to show the vulnerable places, but it’s translucent to show the glory of transformations. For there is a confidence and there is a conviction to reveal who I am to the nations. And I am not afraid to make My decisions, says God. But I make My decisions based upon the passion and compassion of My heart. And when I remove things that need to be removed, I remove them because it is the best interest of that which will be life forevermore. And when I bring forth a furtherance of things that are I bring forth a furtherance of things that are because it’s in the best interest of bringing forth the increasing glory of My name. Will you be my people? Will you be a generation that rises up and embraces another generation? Will you be those who reject the headships of legalism and promiscuity and receive the headship of the King of glory, the King of king? And will you become the bread and the wine that doesn’t serve the purposes of just mere soulish fellowship but serves the purposes of that which is bread for the nations and life for its people? Will you become the fruit that can be eaten? Will you become the substance that can be digested? Will you be the people that change the world?”

The Spirit of God says, “Leaders I am putting upon you a mantle of fathering, but it’s not just fathering as you have known in the past. For this is a father’s womb. There are going to be things that are birthed as a mother would birth, but they’re going to be birthed as a father would birth them. For that which is birthed will be overcoming and you will raise up a people who will not just know how to embrace the joyful things of the Lord, but they will rejoice and joyfully embrace the suffering things, so they can become the substance that transforms the nations they find themselves within. And God says, I am turning my hand in favor towards that internal place of the heart. And so, Watch and see, be awake and expect it – for this is a time for the grassroots revolution to gain momentum. What’s at hand is a war on authority, but authority gives life. So, walk in this anointing and receive the speech of the Lord. Recognize the speaking of the Lord and become the speaking of the word of the Lord. And be the children of the kingdom. Be the place of oil that touches the earth. Be the place of dew that touches Zion. Be the place that’s known as, ‘Wow, that is life forevermore!’ Be the place of diversity that reveals unity and let those who are in the wars of the world only serve the purposes of those coming to the place that ends all wars, the internal kingdom of life.”

I felt it important to post this prophecy to inspire us to embrace the essence of these words. As leaders, we must embrace the mantle of fathering. This is a father spirit that births things for the purpose of God and not merely for human need. A father spirit that births an overcoming generation. A father spirit that inspires a generation to live for the kingdom of God that is the internal kingdom of the heart. This is the grassroots revolution that God desires! We must empower a generation to live for the place where heaven touches the earth, not for escaping the earth for some heavenly high. Let’s be prophetically inspired, and not distracted by the circumstances around us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. We are moving forward in reaching the generations in the nations. 

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This Present Time

    Greetings,

Today I am writing in regard to some things I have mentioned in the past, but I feel they need to be expressed to refresh our minds as believers and leaders concerning the grace of God at work in our present time. We are living in a time where God is moving by His Spirit to cause His family to be revealed as the people of God in the earth. He is moving in the lives of many people groups to bring about a testimony of unity through diversity. His love for us grants us the power to become those who exhibit a love for Him. When He moves into our lives we are empowered to be supernaturally changed for our identity in Him, our testimony of Him, and our role in the destiny of His name in our lives. Those who resist this present move of God’s Spirit will prove to be those who hold on to the things of renewal, prophecy, and the word of faith. Previous moves of God will prove to resist the present move of God’s Spirit because we tend to measure what God is doing with what we know He has done in the past. There is a great heritage in adhering to the things God has given to us so far; but holding too tightly to the things God has done will cause us to be less than open handed towards the things that God is doing today. We must have open hands to receive what God is doing. This means we must be willing to risk losing what we have to receive even more of what God wants to give us. The present move of the Spirit of Knowing requires us to change our beliefs in order to become the people of God in a greater way. Changing our beliefs is different than wanting God to change His beliefs to match our own personal opinions, desires, and customs of life. We were all born with weaknesses and flaws that require an encounter with God in order to become who we are meant to be by the power of God’s transformational grace in our lives. Mercy is God’s measure of demonstrating His unconditional love in our lives, but His grace is the power of His presence that transforms our lives. Mercy justifies us to live, but God’s grace empowers us to live. God’s grace is His manifest presence in our lives. Salvation is not merely a theological fact, it is a transformational reality that happens because of God’s manifest presence in our lives.

God is good, and He loves people! Unity is through diversity, not conformity, but our unity is centered around the presence of God in our lives, not ourselves. Unity comes from a common focus, not a common identity. A common focus allows for the creation of diversity of identity for a common purpose. God’s mercy is the testimony of His approval of who we are as children of God, but God’s grace causes His character, nature, way, power, and authority to be granted to us as growing sons and daughters of God who are led by His Spirit and not our own way. When we come to Christ in the uniqueness of who we each are in partnership with Him, we reveal the greatness of who He is in the testimony of who we each are.

God is stripping away hiding places to birth new generations that are transformed by the power of God’s love in our midst. Iniquities are being exposed, not to be condemned, but to reveal a place of dependency upon the presence of God and His transforming grace. It is not a time to hide because of our differences, but to come as we are for the wellbeing of others and the generations to come. Christ in us is the hope of glory and the glory of God is to become all that He says we are for Him family name. We are a temple of God in the Spirit and it is from the place of His habitation that we will become a multigenerational, Christ-centered, Christ-filled, community of brotherly love. We will be a community of little children, maturing sons and daughters of God who overcome all things by God’s grace, and fathers and mothers who live for the children’s and the children’s children as we see Him as the Father of us all.

Psalms 29:9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

We were born to be loved; not merely to be right. Love is a revelation, not a command. When we have a revelation of God’s love we cannot help but love Him and others. God is wrestling with us, not us with Him. He knows who we really are, and He wants us to manifest truth. These are all attributes of this present grace of God’s Spirit at work in the earth. What is next? Will we stop and label Him as the God of the people or a Father who is kind to His children? Or will we move forward by the power of God’s grace to become the people of God? Will we embrace the things that require change in our beliefs, or will we allow the limitations of our present beliefs to hinder the expansion of our minds for the now testimony of Christ in the world?

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Living Creatures Before His Throne

     Greetings,

The fourth and final attribute of the Church is revealed through the eagle. An eagle testifies of swiftness (Deut. 28:49; Job 9:26; 2 Sam.1:23; Jer.4:13). It depicts a decision to ‘quickly’ choose a life led by the Spirit over a life led by the flesh. The eagle signifies our ability to follow the leading of the Lord (Deut. 32:11, 12). This attribute reveals that the Spirit is indeed willing (Mt. 26:41; Mk. 14:38), and the Body of Christ can know the heavenly dimension of God’s Spirit (Pr. 30:19; Isa. 40:31). An eagle dwells in the heights (Jer. 49:16), thus the Body of Christ lives in the heights of God and knows His presence and protection (Ex. 19:4). The testimony of the eagle is also that of devouring flesh (Hos.8:1; Hab.1:8; Mt.24:28). When God’s Spirit leads us, the flesh is consumed. Ezekiel saw the eagle as merely a face in the Old Covenant (Ezek. 1:10; 10:14), while John sees the Body of Christ with the character, nature, way, power, and authority of the eagle. The attribute of the eagle reveals the prophetic testimony of the Body of Christ as an example before others. Like the apostle Paul, we can say to others: “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor.4:16; 11:1; 2 Thes. 3:7, 9). The eagle is a testimony to the spiritual leadership of the Body of Christ as His ‘spiritual ones’! It is the attribute of being a son of God, led by His Spirit (Rom.8:14).

The first living creature around the throne of Christ is that of the lion. The attribute of the lion speaks of the condition of the Church to the enemy. We are the excellence of the praise of God in the earth and as His praise we exercise the victory of Christ over every enemy. The second creature around the throne of grace is that of a calf. This creature speaks of a sacrifice of service to the Creator. The testimony of the Church to God is one of worship, honor, and service to God, the Creator. The third creature around the throne has a face like the face of a man. It speaks of the face of the Church toward mankind. It is the human expression of God to the human image of God in the earth. We are to be servants of one another. The fourth attribute is that of an eagle. We are those who indulge in, and are led by, the Spirit of God in all things. We can lead others as we follow Christ.

A confirmation of the human nature of these four living creatures is seen in Revelation chapter 4, verse 8. Each of the creatures had six wings. The number six is the number signifying man, but these creatures are given access to heaven. They are each given wings to fly. They are the sent ones of God’s Spirit and they have been givenaccess to the realm of the Spirit. Again, these wings are seen being “full of eyes around and within”. This testifies to their intimate relationship with God and with each other as members of the Body of Christ. Who they are is a testimony of their revelation of who God is and who they are in Him. Each can hear God and each one is led by God’s Spirit (Rom. 8:14). All are ministers of GRACE and are no longer under the Law (Gal. 5:18). The Body of Christ forever lives before the presence of God and is thus a priesthood of believers in Christ. They cry, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” “Holy, holy, holy” is a term associated with the priest’s clothing or ‘outward testimony’ (Ex. 28:36; 39:30). These are God’s people, the true Israel of God (Jer. 2:3). They are a people of God’s choosing (Zech. 14:20, 21). This is the same testimony heard from the seraphim in the vision of Isaiah (Isa. 6:3). They are the “burning ones” (seraphim) seen as the sent ones of the ministry of reconciliation (Isa. 6:1-8; 2 Cor. 5:20, 21). Seraphim are a testimony of their earthly ministry, while cherubim are a testimony to their heavenly position and authority in Christ. “Holy, holy, holy” is a term reserved for God’s chosen, holy people!

The four living creatures are seen giving glory, honor, and thanks to the Lord. As they minister before the Lord the twenty-four elders cast their crowns before Him (Rev.4:9-11). They give all of the fruit of their labor to Jesus and recognize Him as King, worthy of all honor, glory, and power (1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 3:3).These twenty-four elders depict the worship of Jesus by the headship of the Church. That headship is also the eternal foundation of the Church (Eph. 1:22, 23; 3:21; Col. 1:18).

The first condition of living in the New Covenant is seen: The Body of Christ is to live in and from the presence of Jesus on His throne, ascribing all glory and honor to Him. Jesus receives the supreme headship of the Church in the story of all men!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Exerts from:Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3

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Love God, Love Others

      Greetings;

In Christ, we have been given access to the throne room of God’s grace. It is there that we receive mercy to free us from our past and it is there that we find grace to empower our daily walk in Christ. As leaders, we must live in and from the throne room of grace to lead others into a way of life that causes them to be transformed in their nature, character, way, power, and authority before every enemy, before God, before one another, and as those who are led by the Spirit of God in all things. Last week I wrote in regard to leading others to become a testimony of praise with the attributes of a lion.

The second creature depicted in the throne of grace is that of a calf. This creature speaks of a sacrifice of service to the Creator. The testimony of the Church to God is one of worship, honor, and service. It is a testimony to the burnt offering as worship to God (Lev.9:3,8). This is the attitude, focus, and action of the Body of Christ in serving God (Ex. 32:4, 8, 24; Ps. 106:19). The calf (also known as a young ox) is a symbolism of the creature, and to worship it was to worship the creature rather than the Creator(Ex. 20:4, 5). The calf (creature) was intended for service (worship) to the Creator. This creature is the condition of the Church inthe fulfillment of the first commandment made real in the New Covenant to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Lk. 10:27(a); Mt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30). Ezekiel’s Old Covenant view of this creature was only as a face (Ezek.1:10;10:14), but the New Covenant causes believers to become changed in their nature, character, way, power, and authority. The calf reveals the character and the focus of the Body of Christ toward God! Leaders must set an example to those they lead in becoming those who worship, honor, and serve God as the one who gives life, breath, and all things.

The third creature had a face that was like the face of a man. It speaks of the face of the Church toward mankind. It is the human expression of God to the human image of God in the earth. We are to be servants of one another (Phil. 2:7). The second commandment made real inthe New Covenant is fulfilled in the attitude, focus, and action of this face of the Church. We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Lev.19:18; Mt.19:19 (b); 22:39; Mk.12:31; Rom.13:9; Gal.5:14).

We are inwardly empowered to prefer one another as members of the Body of Christ (Phil.2:3; Eph.5:21; Heb.10:24). We must be servants of all (Mt. 20:26, 27; Mk. 9:35; Mk. 10:43). This face is not the ‘face of a man’, but rather the face “like that” of a man. We are new creations in Christ (2Cor.5:17), but our attitude toward one another must always be to see others as we see ourselves. We are new creations, but we are made of the same old clay that was marred by sin (Jer. 18:4). Although we are no longer sinful men, we must love sinnersas if we were still a sinner ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we should havean attitude of condemnation to our flesh, but of love toward others. Ezekiel saw the face of the man representing the character of the creature (Ezek.1:5,10;10:14), while John sees the character of the creature willingly taking on the face of a man. This is the face of the Body of Christ toward one another!

Leaders must set an example in loving their fellow man as they love themselves. They must see serving others as a testimony of God’s love in their own lives. Leaders lead others to take on the face like that of a man. They lead others into the attributes of worship to God. Living in and from the presence of God is key to these life-transformations and leaders must be transformed to lead others into those same grace-empowered realities.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Exerts from:Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3

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Becoming His Praise

Greetings,

In the book of Revelation, we see a Revelation of our access to the throne room of Christ. Whereas, in the Old Testimony there was a cloud above our heads, in the New Covenant we stand upon a sea. That sea is the word of God. It is the power of God’s Spirit and Word that transforms our lives to become testimonies of the word of God for the purposes of God in the earth. As we stand in His presence and upon His word we become transformed to be like Him. Leaders must lead in example and in direction for the body of Christ to become testimonies of Christ from the presence of God in their lives.

In this sea there are four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back (Rev. 4:6). Those living creatures are redeemed flesh. They are the Body of Christ that now lives from the presence of the throne of God. This is the Church made of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation upon the earth. The number four is the number of covenant and is a signification of the north, south, east, and west of the earth and thus the Body of Christ is made of human beings joined to a covenant with God. Syntactically, the term “living creature” is used in Scripture to describe God’s blessing on earth (Gen.1:24; 2:19; Lev. 11:46). It is used in the context of covenant blessing (Gen. 9:10, 12, 15, 16). These four living creatures in heaven are a signification to the source of blessing for the earth. The living Body of Christ is to bring heaven’s blessings to the earth (Ezek. 1:4-21; 10:15, 17, 20), for they are blessed with every spiritual blessing of the Father in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3). The Church now has access to the Father in heaven, their source as a living creature on earth and to eternity.

This Church is described as having four attributes (Rev. 4:7). It embodies the characteristics of a lion, those of a calf, it has a face like that of a man, and it manifests the attributes of a flying eagle. Each of these creatures reveals a victory and a living reality given to the Church in Christ. They speak of an attitude, a focus, and a position of authority given to the Church. The first is that of the lion. The attribute of the lion speaks of the condition of the Church to the enemy. Satan goes about “like a roaring lion” (1 Pet. 5:8), but Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:9). The attribute of the lion is a testimony to the children of Israel coming into the Promised Land (Num. 23:24). It testifies of the blasting sound of the authority of God (Job 4:9, 10; Amos3:8). The testimony of the lion is Christ’s fierceness, boldness, and strength to deliver (Ps.17:12-13;  2 Sam. 1:23). The lion is a testimony to the wrath of the king over His enemies (Pr. 19:12; 20:2). It is a sign tothe boldness of the righteous (Pr. 28:1), and a symbolof ‘no fear’ (Pr. 30:30). This attribute was proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah to depict the assembly of the righteous and the judgmentof the unrighteous (Isa. 5:26-30).It is through this creature that God fights for Mt. Zion (Isa. 31:4). Ezekiel saw this as merely the face of the creature (Ezek. 1:10; 10:14), while John sees the lion as the character, nature, way, power, and authority of the Body of Christ. This is the testimony of the Body of Christ before the enemy! It is the testimony of praise that executes the written judgments of God (Ps. 149), and silences the enemy (Ps. 8:2).

Leaders must lead others to become the testimony of God’s praise in the earth. This will execute the written judgments of God against every enemy. It is the praise of God in the earth that destroys the power of darkness. This is not just praise we do with some musical expression before God. It is the praise we become for the glory of Christ! This honor has every believer! Praise is being fully alive as the real you to destroy every work of the devil in our world. Grace brings life to death and thus it subdues the territory once possessed by the enemy. Truth crumbles every lie and thus it destroys the strongholds of our enemies.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Exerts from: Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3…

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