A Mindset of Hope

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God is resting in our lives. It is from the place of His presence in our lives that we find our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life. So, here we are in the midst of shaking times in the world. I believe that things can only shake when something or someone more stable than the things that can shake is manifesting. God is doing something in this season and the outcome is going to be a testimony of the glory of His name. Something of grace and life is shaking the doorposts to our tomorrow.

Leaders, be confident in the One who is resting in your lives! God is not in all the things that we do, but God is in our lives. We have welcomed Him and He is making a way to be welcomed even more! He is making a way for His presence to be welcomed in the nations. We must take responsible actions to live for the wellbeing of others and the wellbeing of our world, but in all things our actions alone are not enough. Only God’s manifest presence in, through, and with us in life can change our world to become a testimony of His life. The outcome of this present time is going to be a testimony of the wisdom of God.

To embrace the wisdom of God we must be willing to let go of the wisdom of self. The experiences of our present and our past can influence our steps to the future, but only God’s manifest presence in our present can empower us to walk in a direction we have never seen before. God wants to give us a future that is based upon all that God decrees in and from heaven. We must be willing to embrace things that come from heaven to receive a heavenly reality upon the earth. Perhaps earthly things are shaking that we might receive heavenly things in our earthly world beyond anything we have seen, heard, or known before. As the body of Christ, we are the gate of heaven in the earth. We are the gate of life! We are the gate of grace to a world in need of life! If we do what we have done before, we will receive what we have done before, but the path to the future is also connected to what God has been doing in the street of our journey to today. The future is not disconnected from the foundations of the past, but it is not bound to the past either. It is a furtherance of God’s river of life that leads to a deeper measure of His presence and purpose in our world. The past time is not about the last days of men, but the increasing Day of the Lord. It is about the increasing measure of God’s life. It is about an increasing measure of God’s grace.

In this time of separation, will we receive thoughts and strategies that empower of future? Or will we be bound to the things of the past and fail to see or receive what God is giving and doing in our present day? Will we simply live another measure in the history of men, or will we embrace God grace for another measure of His-story among the nations of men? The path to the future is not a path of fear, but a path that is empowered by God’s love. It is a path of faith! The evidence of our faith will be demonstrated in works that speak of our faith. Those works are the testimonies of actions taken because of beliefs of life and not death, a future and a hope, and not despair. What things are being created now, for the testimony of tomorrow?

God is resting in our lives and He is empowering our expectation, creativity, and purpose. The world is changing, not for the purpose of despair, but for the glory of God’s name. Don’t be distracted by weeds, when the real plants of destiny are about to sprout in the garden. Don’t be distracted by the counterfeits to life, when true life is already sprouting and is destined to grow to maturity for the harvest of tomorrow.

What things do we need to allow to become memorials and steppingstones in our path to the future? What new things do we need to embrace to become who God says we need to be for such a day is this? What treasures of heaven can we receive in this hour that will serve as keys to the advancing influence of God’s kingdom of life to the nations of the world?

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Ted J. Hanson is the leader of House of Bread Ministry and Christ Life Training Ministry Academy. He has dedicated his life to raising up the generations of God with a 100-year plan to become the testimony and power of God's life and grace in the earth.
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