A Tree of Grace


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As leaders we must navigate those within our spheres of influence to see what God is doing and to embrace what God is doing in the midst of distracting times. God is doing something good at a grassroots level, so is it any wonder that there would be counterfeit moves by distracting spirits at a grassroots level? God is calling us to an awakening of our hearts that empowers us to be seekers of God who live for the wellbeing of others in all things. God wants to empower our thinking to be for the corporate testimony of the family of God. We must remember that our Father is a giver of life and we must be givers of life to our world. This is not a time to seek a justice that demands vindication for things that have been done wrong. It is a time to be activated, facilitated, and released to be the people of God with a justice system of life!

The justice system of God is a justice of love, not a justice of right and wrong. Jesus was the firstborn of the life-giving race of humanity. That race is not merely a naturally born race of humanity. It is a supernaturally born-again race made of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation of humanity. Jesus is the vine or the trunk of the tree by which the grafted branches of life can bear the fruit of life in the earth. The Tree of Life stretched out His arms and willingly submitted His feet to be nailed upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He was lifted up upon that tree and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil could not overpower the Tree of Life. He stood upon the nail of the judgment of right and wrong and released all of humanity to an ignorance of simply not understanding the love of God. If we knew the love of God we too would love as Jesus loves. Is the justice system of God a justice of right and wrong or is it something more? There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong; there are things that are good and there are things that are bad, but God’s justice system is far stronger than restraining us to doing things that are right and refraining us from doing things that are wrong. His justice system empowers us to be life, to release life to others, and to do things that empower life in the world around us. It is a justice system that empowers us to become like Him in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. God wants us to be able to make decisions for others based upon who we are, not what others deserve or what we think they deserve. He wants to empower us to change others by the power of mercy and grace. The justice system of God is not one of the mind, but an administration of the heart. This is the justice system of the kingdom of God and it is internally empowered by the life of Holy Spirit within each of us. This is the true power of a grassroots revolution of life.

In the kingdoms of the world there are conflicts of law and men’s own perceptions of the human conscience. The justice system of the kingdom of God is different than the justice system of the world. We are the community of God and it is the love of God that creates the culture that transforms us to become the people of God. That culture has a foundation of mercy triumphing over every verdict of death and grace that can transform the beliefs of every heart and empower actions, imaginations, and influences of life in all things. The culture of love doesn’t just reveal God’s love to us; it also empowers us to become a testimony of love to others. It is the power of God’s love that transforms the iniquities of our hearts to become an exhibiting force of life to be seen by others in the world. Where we were weak, we become strong by the power of God’s grace at work within us.

The government of the Old Covenant was based upon the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. That Old Covenant government still exists in the kingdoms outside of Christ. The only way out of the Old Covenant government of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil is to embrace the love of God only found in Christ. This is where one find’s the justice system of the New Covenant. The government of the New Covenant is based upon life. True life is the testimony of true love. When we know the love of God we know the life of God! God’s love creates a different justice system than that of the Old Covenant. I believe that love is the testimony of the Tree of Life. Jesus lived as a human being empowered by love. The administration of His life was the Tree of Life, not the tree of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. One is a tree of grace, while the other is a tree that constantly requires mercy. Humankind is stuck in the system of conscience and law until they find a way out. In order to be free from the justice system of conscience and law, mercy must triumph! Mercy is the end of the condemnation of conscience and  law and the invitation to grace. Mercy is an illegitimate judgment if it were not for the resurrection life of grace that awaits those who know their owed sentence and passionately embrace God’s gift of love. God’s grace waits to be found by those who receive God’s mercy. Wherever grace abides, love reigns. The justice system of grace is scandalous. It is not a system of fairness, but one of love. It is for this cause and for this culture that we must lead.

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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