The Problem is Not the System. The Problem is the Kingdom.

    Greetings,

The kingdoms of the world are external kingdoms ruled by external laws or self-governed ideas motivated by a human spirit that knows there is something good beyond what can be seen. That good thing can even be perceived to be what is good in one’s own eyes. The external voices of law and creation only invoke the internal human spirit, the human conscience, to seek to know God. It starts with the question, who is God? That question can only be answered when one finds a connection with Holy Spirit in their own spirit within. He makes us come alive! When this happens, the question is answered. God is the One who makes me come alive! He gives me life!

Jesus did not come to change the kingdoms of the world by external influences. He came to transform the kingdoms of the world by the force of an internal kingdom that is greater than the external kingdoms of men. That kingdom is the kingdom of heaven. It is a kingdom where Jesus is both Lord and Christ of the hearts and minds of men. It changes things from the inside out and writes a higher law than all other laws upon men’s hearts and minds. That law is a revelation of love that inspires life-giving thinking and life-giving actions that demonstrate love. It is the place that proves Jesus is Lord, because our desires are changed from within. We become empowered to desire what God desires. It is not based upon a knowledge of good or a knowledge of evil. It is based upon a knowing of the One who is good. It is based upon a connected and growing intimate relationship with the One who gives life, gives breath, and gives life-giving things in all situations of life. This is the testimony of the kingdom of heaven empowering mankind to live for the well-being of others. This is not a political stand for socialism or capitalism. Jesus lived in a day of Roman rule, but He never externally protested the unjust schemes of greedy rulers or greedy people in the systems of Roman society. If you read history, you will find that there were plenty of injustice issues going on in the Roman empire. Jesus wasn’t interested in taking a stand for justice amidst an unjust worldly society. He came to His own, those who professed to know God, so that He could also go by His Spirit to those who did not know God. Jesus didn’t come to people who could not receive Him, He came to people of a Torah (law) / tabernacle society.

Matthew 15:24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

John 1:1 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

He sent His disciples to the same while He was alive:

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

The message of the kingdom of heaven is at hand was to those who viewed the kingdom of Israel as the way unto salvation. That which was true was now in the face of that which had only been a shadow of the good thing to come (Heb. 10:1). The people that Jesus came to was the Jewish society that already knew the Law. Jesus didn’t talk to them about things they already knew, He came to bring them a way of governing their lives that they had never known. The law had clearly revealed to them their needs and their failures. The Jewish people didn’t need Jesus to tell them what to do or how to act. They already knew that. They needed Jesus to expose their hearts to a new and living way.

God had plenty to say to the Gentiles as well. These were the peoples and nations that did not know what to do or how to act. God’s arm of salvation would come to the Gentile world with the writings of Paul, a man who knew the law fully, but now would be a man of mercy and grace to those who had previously only been governed by the human conscience. God extended the arm of salvation to the Gentiles through Paul as a testimony of resurrection life found in the tribe of Benjamin. Israel, the patriarch, had prophesied that the ‘last day’ of Benjamin would bring the blessings of the kingdom of heaven to the nations of the world. The completion of the tribe of Benjamin would prove to be life to those bound in darkness and they too would become sons and daughters of God’s right hand – His hand of resurrection life and grace (Benjamin means, son of the right hand).

Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:

Genesis 49:27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.”

Saul of Tarsus, a Benjamite, became Paul the apostle in Christ. He was a ravenous wolf, one who persecuted the church, that when he was born again brought light to those who had been previously been bound to darkness. Those held in bondage would be freed from death and their would be a dividing of the spoil among the nations. The writings of Paul addresses different things than the testimony of Jesus the man sent to the people of Law. His writings were still the words of the Holy Spirit to people who had no idea how to think or what to do. His writings were not a return to law, but a challenge to formerly ignorant people in receiving the true ways of God. We cannot merely look at the writings of the four written accounts of what we call the gospel and ignore the writings of Paul and think we have a full perspective of truth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Relationship Is The Point

    Greetings;

God has not called us to merely know some revelation of God or some revelation from God. He has called us to a living relationship with God and with one another because of a revelation of God. Relationship is the point of life and it is the point of Christ in humanity. Our focus cannot merely be ministry or prophetic revelation. Our aim in life cannot be an experience with the power of God. Our aim must be community that comes because of the power of God and that true power is one of God’s love. The manifest presence of God and the supernatural power of God is essential for this to happen, but it is not the end goal. The end goal is covenant relationships that endure the shakings of life. I am 63 and the only thing that I have found to be unshakeable in life is love! If we focus on something less than the power of God’s love, we will fall short of God’s glory. We will find ourselves in some cave, where humans do not gather. A cave is a hiding place from the community of life. It is not a residence for a community of life. Satan wants us to retreat to the isolated spaces of being cave dwellers apart from the community of Christ. This is why relationships are targeted by the enemy of our faith in Christ. Sometimes it is easier for a believer to relate to someone who is not a believer, because Satan is an accuser of the brethren and he seeks to blind the eyes of believers towards one another. He seeks to deceive them to become accusers of one another. This is because there is greatness in the relationship of believers with one another. They are the place of God’s habitation. The enemy sees the value of our relationships and he seeks to damage them, corrupt them, and destroy them in some way. For this reason, New Covenant leaders must lead others into community and not merely a knowledge of the power of God.

God is powerful! He is supernatural! But the purpose of God’s power is to destroy the things that prevent us from having an intimate relationship with God and with one another. The Old Testament prophets lacked the understanding of the mystery of the fellowship that we can now find in Christ. They sought the power of God, but they lacked the internal understanding of a revelation of love that comes by Christ within. Elijah was such a prophet.

1 Kings 19:8 So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

When we retreat to a cave of isolation and separation we become blind to the faithfulness of others. Our own objective in all things must be faithfulness to God and to others, not some power of work of God. Ministry is far less valuable than the reason for which we minister. Our goal must be the testimony of Jesus. Signs and wonders are to follow the believer, not to lead them. The wind, the earthquake, and the fire happened because God was present, but God was not in them. The power of God was demonstrated on the mountain before Elijah, but a relationship with God was more important than any demonstration of His power. If we expect the sign and wonder to lead us, we may plunge from the peak of powerful performances to the pit of self-pity and pessimistic death-wish praying.

1 Kings. 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

I alone am left – no one understands me.Anytime we start thinking that way, we are headed to a cave. We are headed to the despair of some pit. A pit is a hole in the ground. It is a dead spot. There are only two things that God will say to a prophet in the cave! Prophet, what are doing here?” “Get out of your cave and on the mountain before the Lord and listen for the voice of God!”

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead For Community

       Greetings,

Abraham sought God’s plan of community. He didn’t just leave his old country to go on a journey of finding some Spirit led moment in life. He entered a journey of a Spirit led life that would ultimately lead to an increased community of life and a testimony of God among the nations and generations of men. He went on a journey in search of a city that would be built and made by God.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

God’s plan has always been a plan of connection with Him and with others. God doesn’t just want to get us out of our past lives. He doesn’t just want to give us personal testimonies of His presence. There is more to life than supernatural moments. God wants to lead us into community connections. This is what the enemy resists. He forms weapons against community. Anything that is attacked so aggressively by the enemy must be the very thing that is most valuable and most important to God. Satan’s plan has always been one of division, isolation, and separation from God and from others (Isa. 14:4-17, Ezek. 28:12-19). His testimony was one of self. He sought what he could get, not what he was destined to become through an intimate relationship with God and others. His testimony included thinks like:

  • I need to be able to express myself
  • I’ve got to me
  • No one understands me
  • If it were up to me

These are all statements that express an attitude of disconnection. These things oppose true relationship and community. They are attributes that isolate us from others. When we take a step towards isolation, we are moving away from God’s plan. His plan is a city. God is light and not darkness. Light is a place of openness and connection. It is the testimony of a city, not a cave.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

The light fills the house and a house filled with light shines as a beacon of welcoming hope to the world. Caves are places of darkness and isolation, cities are places of connection an abundance of diverse life. Caves are hiding places. People run to them out of fear. They are places to bury the dead. They are lifeless places to decompose. They are places to relive oneself, a private place to discard waste. A cave is a place to visit briefly, but it is not a place to dwell. If we focus on Spirit led moments instead of a Spirit led life we will find ourselves in a cave. Caves are not meant to be permanent dwelling places. If we see them as such, they become places of deception and despair. As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in leading others to the place of community, not a place of isolation or despair.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead For a Spirit-Led Life

     Greetings,

As leaders in the body of Christ, we are called to lead others in a Spirit-led life. A Spirit-led life is not the same as merely living a life with Spirit-led moments. Spirit-led moments without a Spirit-led life will lead to deception and despair. Spiritual moments do not necessarily lead to a Spirit-led life, but a Spirit-led life will be filled with Spirit-led moments. Elijah was a great prophet in the Old Testament. He had a great moment with God when he called down fire upon Mount Carmel after 3 ½ years of silence and hiding (1Kin. 18). I believe the Elijah is an example of a man who had a Spirit-led life, but I also believe that his life is an example to us concerning what happens when we believe in the power of Spirit-led moments above a Spirit-led life. Elijah experienced a great display of power of Mount Caramel, but he ended up in a place of discouragement and self-pity.

1 Kings 19:10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

God continued to tell Elijah that he was not the only one who remained. God had seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal.

1 Kings 19:14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

God’s plan is always a plan of relationship. It is a plan of a family – a community of people where God dwells in their midst and they dwell with Him and one another. Whenever we think we are alone, we are missing God’s focus in life. God’s plan is a plan of community. His heart is for every individual, but His plan is for the many. This is the way of God and the goal for all generations of mankind.

Psalms 92:13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing…

As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in living a Spirit-led life that results in increased relationships. The older we get, the more committed we should be to the corporate plan of God. We should live for the generations of destiny. This is a place of corporate inheritance and destiny. The enemy will fashion weapons against that happening, but God loves the corporate place of relationship more than He loves any individual who seeks His name. He loves each of us, but His plan is one of community. He was for each of us to embrace a revelation of the corporate destiny of the body of Christ.

Psalms 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah

The mountain that God lives in is a mountain of many stones. It is a mountain of many dwelling places. It is a mountain of human hearts that know the power of God’s love, in them and through them. It is a mountain of community. God’s desire is a community of life. This has always been His plan. The enemy seeks to destroy it, but God seeks to establish it among all nations. This was the promise to Jacob, a man who sought to be the blessings of God in the earth.

Genesis 28:3 “May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples…”

The benefits of community spring out of community. We cannot know the benefits of community when we live isolated and separated lives. We must never fall for living a life focused upon Spirit-led moments. If we do, we will become disillusioned on the days we cannot hear Him speak. We will become discontent on the days that seem like valleys, because we will fall for the lie that only mountain tops produce the true testimony of God. It is in the valley that the seeds of the present are planted for the harvests of tomorrow. If we miss the importance of living Spirit-led lives in all seasons, we will fall into some form of deception and we will enter to a cave of discouragement and self-pity. As leaders in the body of Christ we must lead to empower those we lead to seek community and a Spirit-led life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Proverbs 31 Woman (Part 3)

      Greetings,

 As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in:

  • Living to do good, being secure in who we are, and living for the family name.
  • Being trustworthy and knowing we have full access to all that Jesus has.
  • Knowing Jesus and knowing Jesus knows us.
  • Expanding the boundaries of the posterity of Jesus.
  • Doing good for Jesus’ name.
  • Being living examples of who Jesus is.
  • Seeing ‘relationship’ as the purpose of our hands and our hands as the empowerment of ‘relationships’ in life.
  • Living to embrace new things.
  • Living for purpose and not comfort.
  • Having a 100-year plan and seeking to change the world through generational inheritance.
  • Strengthening ourselves because we live to bring salvation to people and situations around us.
  • Living for purpose at all times and having a good testimony that is obvious to the community we live in
  • Always being ready to establish the testimony of relationships
  • Caring for the poor and the needy – living to give life to others
  • Living without fear and setting an example to lead others into a testimony of God’s mercy and overcoming grace
  • Seeing ourselves as holy and royal and living our lives accordingly
  • Making decisions for others based upon who we are, not what they deserve
  • Knowing who Jesus is and knowing His influence in the city – knowing the power of His name
  • Living to influence others beyond our own lives – giving them life in all things.

I believe that the Proverbs 31 woman is an example of the body of Christ as the church, the wife of Jesus. Here are some more attributes of the bride of Christ that we must inspire in the body of Christ:

Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.

The church, as the Proverbs 31 woman, lives in a culture of strength and honor and she gives strength and honor to others. Her testimony is one of strength and honor in every season of her life.  Others know who she is and honor her for it is evident in the testimony of her life. She is clothed in the testimony of Christ. She lives by faith and has no fear for tomorrow. She knows that the One who is in her is greater than anything in the world around her.

Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

She has the keys to the future. She speaks wisdom that is filled with love for others. Faith towards God is the motivation of her heart and her mind. It is obvious in all that comes off of her life. It is seen in her life-giving ways. Her way is a way of life and not of death. She is a giver and not a taker.

Proverbs 31:27 She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

She is always awake for the sake of the ways of her household. She is never idle in her actions or purpose. She speaks love and not judgment. She doesn’t live to satisfy her own needs, but to give life to others.

Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:

The fruit of her house is the testimony of the children of inheritance. When you see her, you see Jesus. The supernatural testimony of His name is obvious in all that she is and does. She hears the words of her husband as He speaks blessings to her.

Proverbs 31:29  “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.”

She is lifted up to rule for the favor of God is upon her life. She is the Church, the ekklisiea, the many membered body of Christ commissioned to bring the life-giving influence of God in the earth as the womb of God in the restate of the generations of men.

Proverbs 31:30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

She lives in awe of the Lord and the power of prayer. She doesn’t pray the prayes of those who do not know God. She is not focused upon her own needs, but she is fully engaged in the will of the Father and the glory of His name as one with Jesus Christ in all things.

Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.

What she puts her hand to is fruitful and confirms her life-giving authority in the earth. The fruit of her life and fruit of her labors is seen through the life she brings to the world around her. That life is for her time and for the successive generations of inheritance in the earth.

As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in, and leading the church in:

  • Living in a culture of strength and honor and give strength and honor to others
  • Living by faith and have no fear for tomorrow
  • Being responsible with the keys to the future
  • Being awake for the sake of the ways of Jesus
  • Living for the fruit of children of inheritance
  • Hearing the words of Jesus in all things
  • Living to rule in life with the favor of God in all we are responsible for
  • Living in awe of the Lord and the power of prayer
  • Putting our hands to the work of life-giving authority in all things

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Proverbs 31 Woman (Part 2)

        Greetings,

I believe that the body of Christ is the virtuous wife of eternal Adam, Jesus Christ. We are members of the help-mate of Christ, the help-mate of Christ in all things. Our mandate is to bring the life of God to the nations and the generations of the world. We do transactions in the earth on behalf of Jesus, our head, who has been given all authority in heaven and upon the earth. The attributes of the Proverb’s chapter 31 woman are to be attributes each of our lives as members of the body of Christ. I presented several last week. Here are the attributes presented so far as well as a few more. These are attributes of the church, the help-mate of Jesus in all things:

As leaders in the body of Christ, we must set an example in and leading others in:

  • Living to do good, being secure in who we are, and living for the family name.
  • Being trustworthy and knowing we have full access to all that Jesus has.
  • Knowing Jesus and knowing Jesus knows us.
  • Expanding the boundaries of the posterity of Jesus.
  • Doing good for Jesus’ name.
  • Being living examples of who Jesus is.
  • In seeing ‘relationship’ as the purpose of our hands and our hands as the empowerment of ‘relationships’ in life.
  • Living to embrace new things.
  • Living for purpose and not comfort.
  • Having a 100-year plan and seeking to change the world through generational inheritance.
  • Strengthening ourselves because we live to bring salvation to people and situations around us.

Proverbs 31:18 She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night.

The body of Christ is the wife of Jesus. They are one flesh. The church lives for the purpose Jesus name at all times, day or night, and in every season of her life. She knows who she is, and she never stops being who she is. Her testimony is good and her light is obvious to the community around her.

Proverbs 31:19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.

A distaff was originally a short staff that held a bundle of fibers – of flax or wool, ready to be spun into yarn or thread. This Proverb’s 31 woman, the Church, is always ready to establish the testimony of relationships. She is ready to clothe others, to cover others, to love others, and to equip them. She lives to equip through relationship and for relationship.

Proverbs 31:20 She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

She cares for the poor and the needy. She sees her purpose as one that elevates others to a place of life and liberty. She makes decisions for others based upon who she is, not what they deserve (Isa. 11:1-5). She can forgive the unforgiving, love the unloving, believe in the unbelieving, and give to those who only know to take. He actions empower others to become what they could not become before.

Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.

She keeps her household prepared for every season. She lives without fear for she knows the blood of the Lamb is enough. Mercy has triumphed over every judgment and God’s grace is the power that can change all things.

Proverbs 31:22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

She sees herself as holy and royal and dresses accordingly. It can be seen in her attitude, her demeaner, and in the way she does all things. She knows she is priestly and kingly in her character, nature, way, power, and authority.

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

She knows who her husband is and she knows His influence in the city. The Church knows that the name of Jesus is above all other names, for all authority has been given to Him in heaven and upon the earth. She is one with Him in the force and power of His name.

Proverbs 31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.

Her influence extends to the nations and to the generations. She influences nations to become priests and kings. She lives to clothe others in the destiny of Christ.

As leaders in the body of Christ, we must set an example in and leading others in:

  • Living for purpose at all times and having good testimony that is obvious to the community we live in
  • Always being ready to establish the testimony of relationships
  • Caring for the poor and the needy – living to give to give life others
  • Living without fear and setting an example to lead others into a testimony of God’s mercy and overcoming grace
  • Seeing ourselves as holy and royal and living our lives accordingly
  • Making decisions for others based upon who we are, not what they deserve
  • Knowing who Jesus is and knowing His influence in the city – knowing the power of His name
  • Living to influence others beyond our own lives – giving them life in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Proverbs 31 Woman (Part 1)

    Greetings,

We are joined to one another for the purpose of bringing God’s life into the earth. We are the fullness of Christ in bodily form, but without one another we lack the ability to be the full expression of the body of Christ. Only as joined members can we express the fullness of Christ in bodily form. This is the church. It is not meant to be a religious organization filled with rules and forms of structure, but a living body filled with the life and presence of Christ for the purpose of the kingdom of God upon the earth.

I believe that the body of Christ is the virtuous wife of eternal Adam, Jesus Christ. We are members of the help-mate of Christ, the help-mate of Christ in all things. The attributes of the Proverb’s chapter 31 woman are to be attributes each of our lives as members of the body of Christ. Let’s look at some of those attributes and I will continue with this in my blog next week.

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.

The help-mate of Jesus, the church, lives to do good. She lives to make the world around her a better place. She is the life-giving womb of God that changes the environment around her to an environment of life. She changes thigs to become things of true value. She is secure in who she is. She lives for the family name. This is true for each member and for the corporate expression of the body of Christ in every form.

Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain.

She is trustworthy and has full access to all that her husband has. The church is growing in the character of Christ and has access to the full name given to her in Christ. The name of Jesus is the head of her life and His salvation brings to her the true identity of all that she is. She knows her husband and her husband knows her. She expands the boundaries of her husband’s posterity, because she comes alongside of Him in all things. All that is His is hers and she brings the fullness of His life into all that she is and does.

Proverbs 31:12 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

The church does good for her husband’s name. When you see her, you see her husband and she walks in all of the life-giving authority that is found in Christ the head and Christ the body. The will of the Father is made known in all of her ways.

Proverbs 31:13 She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.

Wool and flax are the substance of weaving. Weaving consists of intertwined stands that bind together to create a strong material of purpose. The strength of woven material is found in the relationship of strands intertwined with one another. The Church sees ‘relationship’ as the purpose of her hands and her hands empower ‘relationships’. She lives for significance, not success. She lives to empower others, not to become powerful because of them. She is the substance of Christ and she lives to love and doesn’t get her identity out of what she does.

Proverbs 31:14 She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.

The Church lives to embrace new things. She is willing to reach for her supply, like a merchant ship is willing to trust the wind in its sails to go on ventures that secure provisions for visions beyond the present horizon. The Church, like the Proverb’s 31 woman, is willing to stretch to do new things and go new places. In this venture, she is willing to discover new things for the purpose and glory of God in the earth. She seeks new things for the family inheritance.

Proverbs 31:15 She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.

She lives for purpose and not comfort. She is not afraid of the unknown, for faith is her motivator and that faith is facilitated by love. It is that love that inspires her to rise in the darkness to provide food for her household. She lives for the wellbeing of others. She provides for friends and servants of her household. Her destiny is that of Christ, to bring life to the world.

Proverbs 31:16 She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.

She has a 100-year plan. The plan includes a third and fourth generation. She knows that the things that cannot change today will be changed tomorrow because she lives to be a blessing and to multiply life in that is beyond her own generation. In this, she purchases real estate and establishes vineyards. She seeks to possess the earth and to cause the earth to give life to the community. She invests her profits for future generations. She lives to change the world through generational inheritance. This is the ekklisea, the Church, the sanctified wife of Jesus, the body of Christ.

Proverbs 31:17 She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.

She strengthens herself for she knows her purpose to reach out to others.  She knows that her destiny is to bring salvation to people and situations. Her strength is not the strength of the flesh, but the power of the Spirit within her. She is one who carries an anointing and an impartation of life. She knows how to be strong in everyday situations. Her strength comes from within her.

As leaders in the body of Christ, we must set an example in and leading others in:

  • Living to do good, being secure in who we are, and living for the family name.
  • Being trustworthy and knowing we have full access to all that Jesus has.
  • Knowing Jesus and knowing Jesus knows us.
  • Expanding the boundaries of the posterity of Jesus.
  • Doing good for Jesus’ name.
  • Being living examples of who Jesus is.
  • In seeing ‘relationship’ as the purpose of our hands and our hands as the empowerment of ‘relationships’ in life.
  • Living to embrace new things.
  • Living for purpose and not comfort.
  • Having a 100-year plan and seeking to change the world through generational inheritance.
  • Strengthening ourselves because we live to bring salvation to people and situations around us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Church and God’s Mandate to Man

        Greetings,

The church is not just a group of Christian people gathered together to encourage one another in the Christian lifestyle and the principles of the Christian faith. She is a called-out assembly of members of Christ’s body to make God’s governmental decisions in the earth. Simply stated, she is the means by which God brings life to the world. The church is God’s ruling bride in the earth. The church is the life-giving womb of God in the earth. She is the helpmate of Jesus Christ, the eternal Adam. She is in fact the eternal Eve. She bears the name of her husband. The body of Christ is in fact, bone of Christ’s bones and flesh of His flesh. Jesus Christ the head and Christ the body are one testimony of the likeness and the image of God the Father in heaven and in the earth.

Ephesians 5:31, 32 FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  

As leaders in the church we must understand this truth. We do not lead to create mere institutes of the Christian faith. We lead to activate, facilitate, and release the body of Christ to be who she is with Jesus Christ her head. She is the Proverbs, Chapter 31 woman. She is the one who deals in the real estate of the earth on behalf of her husband. Jesus Christ is seated in the place that is above all powers. I believe that the apostle Paul understood this truth.

Ephesians 1:18-23  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

The church is the body of Christ. She, together with her head Jesus, is the fullness of Christ who fills all in all. She is one with Jesus Christ in His authority and has been given authority over every rule, authority, power, dominion, and name in the earth. This is the ekklesia of God. This is the church, the called-out assembly of the members of Christ’s body that brings life to the world. She is the life-giving womb of God in the midst of the nations and the generations of men.

In order to understand this, we have to look at the original mandate of God given to men. In the beginning God created mankind, male and female He created them. He did not make Eve to be a helper of Adam for Adam’s own purposes, but to be the feminine expression of God’s masculine/feminine nature in the testimony of mankind. God is both a life protector and a life giver. He releases the seed of life and He also germinates that seed of life. He is a good God and brings life to the world. Eve was to be a helpmate with Adam in the task of revealing the likeness and image of their heavenly Father in the earth.

Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 2:7, 8 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.  

Genesis 2:20-24 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 

These verses reveal that the joining of a man and a woman together is the means by which God commission’s men to fulfill the mandate in the earth. The mandate is not merely a task of purpose, but the fruit of relationship. That mandate is to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion. The wife is not joined to the husband to fulfill the purposes of the husband. The wife is joined to the husband to fulfill the purposes of God the Father in the earth. The means by which this purpose is fulfilled is through a love of the man and the woman towards God and towards one another. This is the testimony of human kind. This is the testimony of Adam and Eve as the inheritance of God in the earth.

The ultimate commissioning of God’s redemption of mankind came at the last shedding of blood by Jesus Christ, the Son of Man. Jesus pronounced it “finished” and then He willingly gave up His Spirit. Just as the first Adam was put to sleep naturally in order to see the natural expression of Eve formed from his side, so this Jesus went to sleep both naturally and spiritually in order to see a Spirit anointed, naturally expressed bride formed as the body of Christ in the earth.

John 19: 32-34 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 

I believe that the testimony of blood and water from the side of Jesus was a sign to the inevitable Spirit anointed body of Christ to be joined as bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh in the earth. The soil beneath the cross was the real estate of the human race. From every nation, tribe, people, and tongue would come a called-out assembly to form the body of Christ. A spiritual rib was removed from around the heart of eternal Adam to call forth the formation of the help-mate of the body of Christ. The commissioning of the body of Christ in the upper room some fifty days after Christ’s resurrection was a testimony to the reality of the anointed bride of Christ in the earth. She is the ultimate expression of God’s purpose in the earth. It is about a man and a woman and that man is Jesus Christ the head and the woman is Christ the body in the earth. As leaders we must lead for this purpose.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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What is the Church?

        Greetings,

As leaders in the Body of Christ it is important that we understand the purpose of the Church. Before we can understand the purpose of the Church, we must understand what the Church actually is. We often think of the Church as a group of Christian people gathered together to encourage one another in the Christian lifestyle and the principles of the Christian faith. This is not what the word “Church” means as Christ commissioned it as the New Testimony for a redeemed human race.

The word “Church” is taken from the Greek word “ekklesia”. It literally means a called out assembly.It comes from the Greek word “eke”, a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out(of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote) and the Greek word “kaleo” meaning; to “call”(properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise). In the time of Christ using this word it was a political term used in the Greek culture. It literally meant “an assembly of citizens summoned by the crier, the legislative assembly”.

Liddell and Scott define ekklesia as “an assembly of citizens summoned by the crier, the legislative assembly.” [R. Scott, and H.G. Liddell, A Greek-English Lexicon, p. 206.] Thayer’s lexicon states that the ekklesia is, “an assembly of the people convened at the public place of council for the purpose of deliberating” [J. H. Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 196]. Trench gives the meaning as “the lawful assembly in a free Greek city of all those possessed of the rights of citizenship, for the transaction of public affairs” [R.C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, 7th ed., pp. 1-2]. Seyffert’s dictionary states, “The assembly of the people, which in Greek cities had the power of final decision in public affairs” [Oskar Seyffert, A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, pp. 202-203]. From “fully after the LORD” by Steve Flinchum.

Leadership is greatly affected by our definition of what we lead. If we lead for the purpose of the facilitation of a group of Christian people gathered together to encourage one another in the Christian lifestyle and the principles of the Christian faith we will carry some measure of significance, but we will miss the fuller picture of what Jesus meant. Let’s look at the verses that initiate this concept of “Church” for those that Jesus’ was commissioning as a New Testimony of a redeemed human race.

Jesus had gathered His disciples and He was asking them who men said He was. They responded by saying that many people believed He was a great prophet and even a further testimony of a great prophet of the past. Jesus then asked them who they said He was and Simon Peter received a revelation from heaven.

Matthew 16:16-19 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”  

The revelation given to Peter was that Jesus was the Christ. He was actually the Son of the living God, the anointed Messiah of mankind. Jesus acknowledged that this understanding didn’t come by natural thought but was in fact a revelation from His Father in heaven to the heart of Peter. One who heard by the Holy Spirit was defined as a rock that day. Peter means “little rock”, but Jesus said that upon a “huge rock” He would build His Church. I believe that that “huge rock” was not just Christ, but the revealing of Christ that came by hearing the revelation given by the Father in heaven. I also believe that it infers that the rock of the body of Christ (the Church) is made of little rocks that are transformed through a relationship with God as their Father and the power of His transforming voice at work within them. The revelation that comes from our heavenly Father to our hearts also defines the substance of our lives. We become the substance of Christ in the Rock of Christ. The thing that Jesus said would be built by that revelation was His Church. It was His called-out assembly for governmental decision in the earth. It was His Bride, His Wife, His co-partner in heaven and earth. That Church would prevail against the gates of Hades. Hades is the realm of the dead. The testimony of the Church would be a greater power than the gates of death in the heavenlies and upon earth. Those who have a revelation of Christ would be like Peter and would be given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. They would be given the power of the government of heaven. They would be able to bind on earth things decreed from heaven to see them bound in heaven. They would be able to loose on earth things decreed from heaven to see them loosed in heaven. Those with a revelation of Christ in their midst would be a called-out assembly of divinely empowered believers equipped to make heavenly decisions upon the earth for supernatural releases of heaven to the earth. The influences of the realm of the dead would meet the influence of life from the kingdom of heaven. The Church would be the testimony of Christ in the earth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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For a Corporate Purpose

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When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost at the anointing of the body of Christ, there were several things that were manifested in the church. The church was filled with members who had been empowered to repent. That repentance was a repentance unto life that revealed a testimony of repentance from death and the works of death. Members of the church were submerged in water as an act of faith that identified them as members of Christ’s body. That work of water baptism was a testimony of their faith toward God. Those in the church received the gift of the Holy Spirit that revealed the testimony of heaven as a demonstration of the power of His resurrection life through them as the anointed bride of Christ. As the church was empowered by repentance, demonstrated works of faith, and manifested a testimony of Christ’s resurrection life, they also continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42). What was the apostle’s doctrine? There were no New Testament Scriptures written for the first twenty years of the New Testament church, so the doctrine of the apostles was not their writings of Scripture. Their doctrine was simply their way of life empowered by the authority of Christ. To continue steadfastly in their way of life was to also be empowered by the authority of Christ.

Like the first century church, the church is to continually manifest the authority of Christ’s light to the world of darkness around them. They are sent members of the body of Christ for His unfolding and maturing purpose among men. God is constantly authorizing and anointing His sent purpose to the earth through His sent body in the earth. This is the testimony of the manifest letters of Christ being written in and through the church. Continuing steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine (instruction and way of life taught them by the apostles) is to keep in God’s ‘sent word’ to the corporate body. God wants to accomplish the corporate ministry of the ‘laying on of hands’ through His body. This is the releasing of His authority of life and inheritance through the church to the world in which it resides. God wants to accomplish a ‘corporate work’ through His body. He has a specific task for every corporate expression of His body.

God will give specific tasks for specific times. Our obedience is necessary to fulfill God’s purpose and will. If obedience to God was required in the Old Testament through some who heard God, don’t you think that obedience to God’s words is even more essential to a church where everyone can hear God? We tend to make the New Covenant weak and sloppy by not expecting God to give corporate instructions and commands as part of a corporate process in the church. We tend to believe in individual purpose, but we fail to realize a greater testimony found in corporate purpose and direction.

The governing of the church must be focused on seeking and maintaining the Lordship and direction of Jesus Christ to His body. All members of the body must continually seek His mind and will, through His Spirit and the Word of God, in all actions and decisions. Any governmental function by those given authority to rule must be under the headship and direction of the Lord Jesus Christ, but Paul gave specific instructions concerning the connection of the members of the church and its leaders.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember (to exercise memory /to bear in mind, call to mind, to stay, to chew) those who rule (lead / bring, drive, induce) over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering (to look again attentively /to be a spectator of /to look closely at) the outcome of their conduct.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey (to convince; pacify; assent; rely on) those who rule (lead / bring, drive, induce) over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls (they are awake concerning your souls), as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Here is a great rendition of the above Scripture:

Rely upon those who lead and induce you toward life, surrender yourself to them, for they are required to be awake concerning your souls, and they must give an account in thought and word for you. They will help keep you from falling into deception and will be alert to the life that God has for you. Let them do this with cheerfulness and joy and do not make them sigh and murmur because of you. Don’t put them in straits, for if they are forced to live in a tight and narrow place because of you, it will only work against your gain and prove to cut your purpose short. (Ted J. Hanson)

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize (to see; know) those who labor among you, and are over you (stand before you or stand in front of you) in the Lord and admonish (to put in mind, caution / calling attention to; warning / to place in your intellect a knowing) you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

As leaders in the body of Christ we must set an example in being obedient to the words that God speaks for a corporate purpose. We are not called to draw others to our personal cause, but to inspire our sphere of influence to be a testimony of God’s corporate purpose for the glory of God’s will being done in the earth. We must never seek to fulfill our own will, but to fulfill the will of God in all things. By this we will set an example that others can follow for finding the will of God in their individual lives as well as the will of God in the corporate purposes of God in the earth.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

These are exerts from Generational Leadership, Chapter 4.

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