So much of the church is longing for the day of Jesus’ return, but I believe that our aim in life must be for His continual return. Holy Spirit has come in the name of Jesus. He manifests the character, nature, way, power, and authority in our lives as individuals and in the life of the corporate church in the earth as the body of Christ. Jesus’ is revealing Himself as the one who stands in the midst of His Church at all times (Rev. 1). His prophetic testimony is a testimony of life that continues to mature and advance in the generations of men. We are the bride of Christ and the Holy Spirit lives within us. The cry of the bride and the cry of the Holy Spirit are for Jesus to come (Rev. 22:17). This is not just an event in the coming future, but a continual reality of Christ’s manifest presence in the advancing generations of men. We are living in administration that is suitable for the summing up of all things in Christ and there is a continual increase of glory to the fullness of the summing up of all things in Him (Eph. 1:10).
When we embrace the continual increase of Christ’s presence in our lives, we find ourselves living for the sake of the generations. We find ourselves living for the purpose of Christ in all things. This is more powerful than merely living to have a successful life. There is a difference between being a successful person and a significant one. One can be successful in life and only accomplish things that can be measured in his or her life, but true significance is to make an impact upon others. When we equip others, we find that the testimony of all that God has given to us becomes a testimony in the generations of tomorrow. I believe that the heart of leadership in the church must be the heart of a father. Fathers live to raise up sons (men and women) that can carry the vision of today as a dream for tomorrow. A father seeks to put responsibility in the hands of the next generation. A father takes the secrets that he has received from God and gives them as an inheritance to his children and his children’s children.
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
When the secret things of God are revealed, they become landmarks in the course of destiny in a multi-generational destiny. Those landmarks mark the path of human calling, inheritance, and destiny in God’s eternal plan made real in Christ.
Proverbs 1: 8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; 9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.
Proverbs 6: 20 My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.
We must embrace the landmarks set by God’s work in the lives who those who have gone before us. They are part of our foundation in our destiny in Christ. We should put all of our focus on being pro-Christ. We don’t need to be anti-religion, anti-church, anti-wrong, anti-death, or any other “anti” expression. If we focus on what Christ is doing, the life of Christ will transform religion, the church, all wrong, death, and all things.
A key to moving forward as a multigenerational society is to value the teachings of our fathers in our hearts. What is in our hearts will be seen though the influence and vision of our lives. God said that the Holy Spirit would cause young men to have vision and old men to dream dreams (Acts 2:7). This is the opposite of the cultures of the world. In the world young people dream and old people have vision. God wants the young to have vision and the old to dream dreams. It is only when the values of the past become the fuel for vision of the present that the dreams of the past can become the vision of today. There must be a joining of the generations. When this happens the old must embrace the vision of the young and the young must embrace the dream of the old. It is the testimony of a father led culture that leads to increasing life. A father led culture lives for the raising up of sons who will overcome all things for a greater glory than what has been in the past. It is a multi-generational mindset. It is not limited to men; it is the testimony of inheritance as sons.
Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
Help us reach the generations and the nations. I will be in many countries from next week to July and many more in the last half of the year.
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Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson