We are in a season of discovering things that have never been seen, heard, or thought before. We are also in a season of embracing the things of value that set our course of destiny from the place of inheritance and destiny. In finding the path that connects the past to the present and unlocks the doors of the things that are yet to come we must listen to our father and our mother. We must buy truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding and not sell them.
Proverbs 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
God is truly our Father who birthed us into our path of destiny, but we have also had men and woman of faith who have set a path, a boundary wall, and a measure of rule for us to connect to and expand in the earth. Truly God, the Holy Spirit, is a mother to us in birthing our way, but the church as she has been empowered by the Holy Spirit in the past has also been a mother to the substance of what we are for the sake of expanding the family name. In finding our path of destiny we must give our hearts to instruction, apply our ears to knowledge, and not reject the correction that keeps us in the path of destiny. As we become fathers and mothers in the faith, we must be faithful to seek to impart the secret things of God to the hearts of our children. We must seek to activate within them a knowledge of the paths of God. We must not withhold correction from a child, for God has set His paths in the earth that lead to the true life of God in all things. Our correction cannot be the correction of law and our liberty cannot be the endorsement of lawlessness. We must seek to aid a generation in discovering what we have found as God-given secrets that rise up as desires within their hearts. When we find the why to the secrets of the past we can discover the how of those secretes in our own lives today.
I have an apple tree that I planted in the year 2000 and it has six grafted branches. God told me to plant the tree and that the six grafts represent the kind of church that He wants. Six is the number of man and God’s church is both Spirit and human. It is a place of connection of God with man where God reveals who He is through diverse expressions of humanity. Each branch on my tree produces a different kind of fruit. There are red apples, green apples, yellow apples, and many combinations of diversity in the fruit of apples. There is one tree, one root, and one life-flowing sap in the tree, but there are six branches with unique fruit on each branch. I believe that this is truly the kind of church that God is revealing in the earth at this time. God does not want unity through conformity, He wants unity through diversity. The diversity that God desires is not merely the creativity of human will. It is not a diversity that is independent of authority. Law will produce conformity, a measure of death. Lawlessness will produce disconnection and independence that does not bear the fruit of the family tree. It only seeks the independence of the individual branch. God doesn’t want many trees, He wants one tree. He wants a tree of life that produces life in many wonderful and diverse ways. That tree is a generational tree and not merely a testimony of the strength of branches. It is tree of roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit. The life-giving expressions of the tree are new today, but they find their life source in the roots and body of the past. Things look different, but they are true to the destiny of the ages past.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
Two more courses have been recorded in Portuguese. I had a very successful time these past weeks in Portugal. Thank You to all who help this happen.
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