Present Truth

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We are living in a very interesting time. As leaders, we are facing challenges and opportunities not seen before in the church. It is a costly time for leaders and for believers. God is requiring us to be transparent and vulnerable.

Psalms 29:9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

I believe that there is a present grace of God at work in the earth. That grace is a grace of the Spirit of knowing. I believe that we have been living in increasing measures of this grace for these first years of this millennium. This grace is a grace of becoming the people of God. To be the people of God we must know the purpose of our lives. Our purpose is life! The secret to the forest is not merely the forest, it is the generational life that is hidden therein. We cannot hold on to our stuff and freely live for the future generations. We must be willing to be exposed and changed. We are a temple of God’s presence individually and corporately as the family of God.

Whenever God does something in the earth, His is voice is heard by everyone. Although His voice is heard, His voice is not understood by everyone nor is it responded to. I believe that even people in the world hear God, but they don’t know that it is God who is speaking. They hear a sound in their spirit and that sound comes to their souls. Thoughts come to their minds, reasoning begins to become a strategy, their imaginations come alive in their hearts and they begin to dream new things or see new things. When God speaks, He speaks everywhere, and the frequency of His voice can be heard by those who have ears to hear. God wants those of us who are believers in Christ to have these same realities. We should be hearing God, embracing what God is saying, and creating new things with what we’ve heard. Unfortunately, much of the church tries to preserve what God said in the past and they’re not open to hearing new things that God is saying. Sometimes we hold on to our understanding of what God said yesterday so tightly, the very thing that God said becomes a strong rock of remembrance that can even cause us to love what God said yesterday more than loving God. We can close our hearts to hearing what God is saying today. We must hold on to the foundations of the past, but we must see them as foundations to the present and the future and not the absolute reality of the present nor the future. They are stones in the mountain of God in the past, but they are not the stones of faith in the mountain of God today. When we grip them too tightly, they become monuments to what God said yesterday and hinder us from hearing what God is saying today.

I believe that the present grace of God at work in the earth is one of finding our true identity in Christ. This is not for our own sakes, but for the glory of our Father in heaven and for the glory of His family name. The cry in the temple of God should be Glory! This is not our own self-indulgence, but the glory of the calling, the inheritance, and the destiny of Christ. This involves our embracing our part in the calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of destiny in Christ. It is about being a part of the will, the way, and the plan of God through mankind so that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters presently cover the sea. We make a great us and a terrible someone else. God wants each of us to be real and authentic. Even in the world, people are searching for their true identity. Their hearts are crying out to become authentic. In their search, they often embrace lies, because they do not know the source of truth. They don’t blatantly embrace lies; they are vulnerable to deception because they are not clear in understanding the source of true identity. They don’t embrace lies because they’re wicked or evil, they simply embrace lies because they don’t know how to find the truth. Unfortunately, we often do the same in the church as the people of God. We don’t know how to find truth. We don’t know how to discover who we really are. Only in Christ can we find our true identity. Our true identity is a testimony of praise! This is not human praise; this is human beings becoming a testimony of the praise of God as their heavenly Father. We are each a one and only in life. This is our true value. Our true value can only be discovered when we become who we really are. Who we really are in Christ will be resisted by what we are not. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. We wrestle against spiritual powers who seek to destroy our true identity. Our true identity will establish our true dominion. God wants us to be able to subdue and have dominion in life. To subdue is to destroy death with a life! I believe this is the testimony of grace. Grace is the manifest presence of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives, Who destroys death. This is the power of grace. True dominion is to destroy lies with truth. Truth is not something we know in our heads; truth is what we become in our lives. When we discover our true identity in Christ, we discover our true dominion in Christ. Jesus was the Word made flesh so that all flash could become a testimony of God’s word. As leaders we must allow God to strip away the lies that simply serve as a hiding place from our true selves. We must be an example and lead others into the same. God is inviting us to go another measure in manifesting His glory as the people of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to those who have given the House of Bread. We have purchased our travel tickets through September. We still need to purchase tickets for numerous trips and connections in October, and November. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Enduring Material

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Our original self was meant to be a testimony of the likeness and image of God and our original self can only be found in the character of Christ. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can lead as leaders. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can be the testimony of the unity of the body of Christ. As leaders, we must know who we are in Christ. We must lay hold of the prophetic sound of life, a sound of Christ’s redemption and formation in our lives. When we discover our true selves in Christ, we also discover our part in the calling, the inheritance, and the power of destiny in Christ. These were the attributes found in Jesus Christ, the firstborn of humanity that know who they truly are for the glory of their heavenly Father in all things.

I have been addressing being the house of the manifest presence of Christ. I believe that this is most important in our role as leaders. We are not leading people to mimic Christ character by the application of law or by some form of biblical principle. We are modeling being a life that is filled with the presence of God and we are leading others to discover this reality in their own lives. On an even greater scale, we are leading people to become a corporate expression of God’s presence in their connection with one another at times of celebration and in their way of life together in a covenant journey of being the family of God. Today I want to revisit a Scripture I presented in an earlier blog, but I want to focus on a different aspect. I will begin today and continue next week.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Houses are built upon foundations. As the body of Christ, we arethe house of God’s manifest presence. There can be no other foundation, but Christ. To be the house of Christ we have to build with the material of Christ. We are part of the calling of Christ, the inheritance of His name, and the purpose of His destiny in the nations and generations of men. If we build our lives with materials that reflect our self-interests, we will suffer loss in the reward of eternity. I believe that things of straw are things that focus on personal comforts. Straw is a material that can make a bed or meet a personal need of comfort in some way. As leaders we cannot live for mere personal comfort and we must challenge those we lead to live their lives beyond the meeting of their personal needs. Those who do not know God live for these things and they are not fulfilling the true destiny of humanity in the likeness and image of God. I believe that things of hay are things of personal success. People in the world live their lives for some kind of success. That success could be a success of money, education, adventure, good works for human pride, and many other things that could be used to measure whether someone is successful or not. As leaders we cannot live to merely produce some type of success in our lives. This includes some form of success in ministry. We must also challenge those we lead to live beyond the mere measure of success in life. I believe that wood is a human material with generational capabilities, but only as long as they are attached to the family name. This could include a generational legacy of some human effort. It could include a business, a ministry, or any expression of our human selves that carries beyond our lives in the earth. As leaders we cannot merely lead for some measure of human legacy and we must challenge those we lead to live beyond this measure as well. God doesn’t merely want to meet our needs; He wants us to be people who are blessings to the world we live in. He doesn’t merely want us to be successful, He wants us to be significant. He wants us to give greater value to those beyond our lives. God doesn’t want us to live limited lives that focus on some human legacy, He wants us to live for the purpose of the Father’s glory. The materials of straw, hay, or wood all burn in the flames of true destiny. God wants us to build with things of gold, silver, and precious stones. Gold is a symbol for things of Divine nature and influence. Silver speaks of things that are redemptive in purpose and inheritance. Precious stones are things that testify of God and Christ character and they reveal the attributes of who He really is.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

If God has blessed you to bless us, we would greatly appreciate it. We have several tickets to purchase for ministry engagements in September, October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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A Responsive Sound of Life

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We must always live for and from the foundation of Christ in our lives. As leaders, we must lead from and for the purpose of Christ in all things. For this reason, we must hold fast to the foundation of Christ to be the temple of Christ for the glory of Jesus name.

Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets…

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets. I believe to be clothed in their apparel is significant of being who we each are meant to be in Christ. Jesus came to give us back our original selves. Our original self was meant to be a testimony of the likeness and image of God and our original self can only be found in the character of Christ. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can lead as leaders. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can be the testimony of the unity of the body of Christ. As leaders, we must know who we are in Christ. We must lay hold of the prophetic sound of life, a sound of Christ’s redemption and formation in our lives. We must lead others into this reality also. That each one will know the prophetic sound of life in them and that each one will testify of the redemption of Christ for them and the formation of Christ in their lives.

Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel.

To be the temple of the Lord we must be joined to the Lord. Like the Levites, the nature of our names are joined to God. Without being joined to the Lord it is not possible for us to live in this world in our true identity. Our true identity comes by being joined to the Lord. As leaders we must set an example and inspire those we lead to be joined to the Lord. Like Asaph, to be the temple of God we must be gathered to God. As the name Asaph means to gather, the sound of God in our lives gathers others to God. There is a draw, there is a gathering to the call, the inheritance, and the purposes of God in everything. We are the temple of God’s manifest presence and as the cymbal is a symbolic instrument of angelic sending, activity, and the clashing of the heavenly dimension to earthly realities, angels are being put to work on behalf of our purpose in Christ. The house of God’s manifest presence is causing angels to ascend and to return with heavenly blessings into the earthly realities of our lives. The testimony of God’s presence in our lives also causes us to become a testimony of praise. That praise is the halal of the Lord. This is a word that means to stultify, to declare legally insane by natural standards. God’s supernatural power at work in and through our lives is bringing about supernatural realities. These things are the testimony of being the house of God’s presence in the earth. If we are leading things that can merely be done by human strength, we are not leading the testimony of Christ. We should lead and expect supernatural realities of God’s manifest presence to be made known in the lives of each one.

Ezra 3:11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

They sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.”  The sound of God in His habitation is a sound of being responsive to one another – it is in the foundation! When we each become a house of God’s manifest presence, we cannot help but respond to the presence of God in one another. We become our real selves for His glory. We become a house of manifold expressions that reveal His likeness and image. The sound of our lives is a sound that reveals that God is good. It is a sound that reveals that God is merciful. It is a sound that God is never ending in His goodness and never ending in His mercy. This is true towards ourselves and therefore it is true in the responsive sound of our lives towards one another. It is in the foundation of Christ. It is in the foundation of our lives and our testimony together. Upon this foundation, life will prevail and upon this foundation we will lead others into the liberty in Christ. It’s a sound of goodness. It’s a sound of mercy. It’s a sound of life!

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

If God has blessed you to bless us, we would greatly appreciate it. We have several tickets to purchase for ministry engagements in September, October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

 

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Silver Hammered Trumpets

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I believe that God wants to remind us all that the foundation in each of our lives is Christ. The foundation of any aspect of ministry the comes out of our lives is also Christ. Anything that we build, must be built upon the foundation of Christ. Anything that we build that is not on the foundation of Christ will fall. Only the foundation of Christ can reveal the substance of Christ in the walls, the structure, and the fullness of every room. There is a great example in the book of Ezra concerning the rebuilding of the temple after Israel’s captivity in Babylon. I believe there are some significant prophetic truths revealed in the foundation of that temple.

Ezra 3:10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets…

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets. The trumpet is a symbol of the prophetic sound, the prophetic work, and the prophetic purpose of God in our lives. In the Old Testament there were two types of trumpets. One is the shofar and the other is the silver hammered trumpet. The shophar, or the ram’s horn, is significant of death and resurrection. Just as the ram’s horn came from a once living animal of flesh and blood, we too were once flesh and blood, but now we are new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:14-17). The sound of God’s Spirit in our lives is a sound of His resurrection power, not merely a changed life of the flesh. The prophetic sound of God’s trumpet in our lives is the sound of resurrection life in Christ. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world and when the wind of the Spirit blows through the ram’s horn, it declares the death of the flesh and the testimony of the resurrection life found in the Spirit. The second type of trumpet in the Scriptures is a hammered, silver trumpet. The hammered, silver trumpet is significant of our redeemed character in Christ. Silver signifies redemption, and a hammered work is the ability for Christ to be formed in us. It is not something added to us, but something formed in us. It is something we become, not something we receive. Christ in us will not merely give us life, He will also transform our character. When the wind of the Spirit blows through that trumpet it releases the sound of our redeemed character in Christ. It will demonstrate a changed life in Christ and will produce the fruit of the Spirit within us. The trumpets blown at the setting of the foundation of the temple were silver hammered trumpets.

What is the significance of the two silver hammered trumpets? Two is the number of witness. The sound of these trumpets is the sound that witnesses to our redeemed character in Christ and allows our redeemed character to be a witness to those that follow. The true witness of the foundation of Christ is the ability to see the character of Christ formed in our lives. Jesus came to give us back our original selves. Our original self was meant to be a testimony of the likeness and image of God and our original self can only be found in the character of Christ. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can lead as leaders. It is by the character of Christ formed in us that we can be the testimony of the unity of the body of Christ. As leaders, we must know who we are in Christ. We must lay hold of the prophetic sound of life, a sound of Christ’s redemption and formation in our lives.

Numbers 10:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. 3 When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 4 But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you. 5 When you sound the advance, the camps that lie on the east side shall then begin their journey. 6 When you sound the advance the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall begin their journey; they shall sound the call for them to begin their journeys. 7 And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance. 8 The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations. 9 “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. 10 Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

It is not merely the resurrection life of Christ in our lives that qualifies to lead others. It is the testimony of the redeemed character of Christ that enables our lives to carry the sound that can be followed into life and the victory of life in all things. This is the testimony of not only being born again but being those who are being formed into the character of Christ in all things. This is the only sound that will empower us to lead others into the place of also becoming sons and daughters who stand in the character of Christ in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Life-Giving Mountain

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As I wrote last week, God is reconfirming the foundations of our lives. Those foundations are set in the rock of Christ.Everything about our lives is meant to be built upon the foundation of Christ. The rock of Christ is a life-giving stone of life. It is not about what we get in life, but about what we give to the world we were born into. As leaders, we must lead others into the reality of being the life-giving house of God.

2 Corinthians 3:4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

The Old Covenant was based upon a knowledge given upon a mountain of judgment. It was a mountain that killed flesh, but it did not transform the flesh of men to become expressions of the word of God. It was a letter of a law that could only kill. A mountain of death is filled with stones of death. When someone was found short of being good according to the material of the knowledge of good and evil, they were judged by the rocks of that mountain. Those found guilty by its measurement were forced to leave the community of God’s people and they were put to death by stones (Num. 15:35, Deut. 13:10, 21:21). I believe that those stones were symbolic of the death we put upon ourselves when we seek to live under a governing system that makes us dependent upon knowledge and temps us to live independent from intimacy with God in our hearts. If we seek to live our lives under an administration of law or conscience, we seek to live independent from a place of life-transforming intimacy with God. We were not given life to spend it upon ourselves. We were not given life to create kingdoms that are separate from the kingdom of our Lord and Christ. We were given life to be expressions of the kingdom of God in the kingdoms of men.

The mountain of God is a mountain made of stones that are intimate with God in Christ. Each stone has the quality of hearing God in their hearts, responding to Him in their path of life, and becoming one with Him as the immovable, unshakeable rock in their lives. They too become life-giving stones as He is life-giving to them in all things. The life that we give is not life that is initiated by our own spirits, but by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and transformation within our own spirits. Our sufficiency is from God and not of ourselves. As leaders we must set an example and lead others into the place of discovering the internal sufficiency of Christ within the human heart. It is Christ in us that enables us to give life. The fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are attributes of the Holy Spirit and not the independent spirit of mankind.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

As leaders we must set an example of indulging in the Spirit of God. We must live in the Spirit and also walk in the Spirit in all things. We cannot walk in the way of our own human opinions, but in the life-giving ways of the Spirit of God. True righteousness is a right relationship with the Spirit of Christ in our hearts. We must lead in a way that others can see an example and follow into this right relationship with God in the Spirit. It is a matter of being dependent upon the life-transforming stones of grace found in the true mountain of God – the mountain of His life-giving habitation. This is the life-giving mountain of truth that comes by the internal transformation of our internal ways so we can truly walk in the paths of God in all things.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Mountain of Christ

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    Greetings,

God is reconfirming the foundations of our lives. Those foundations are set in the rock of Christ. They are the unshakeable stones of life. They are life-giving and grow in the generations of Christ-centered destiny.

Foundations are made of stones. What are the stones in the foundation of your life? Are they life-giving stones? or, Are they stones of death? Stones of death create tomb stones or monuments. Life-giving stones create a growing mountain of declaring God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever! The house of God is made of life-giving stones. We are being built up as a spiritual house of God’s presence. We are priests before God bringing the influence of heaven into the world in which we live. As leaders, we set an example as priests to the priesthood of believers in being a house of God’s presence.

1 Peter 2:4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Jesus is the foundation stone of our lives and of the corporate testimony of the church. We are a testimony of a multigenerational destiny in Christ for the increasing glory of His name. The house of God is an increasing mountain of influence in our lives and in the earth by our lives together in Christ. The prophet Isaiah foretold of this day and we are living in the increasing reality of the mountain of God rising in the earth.

Isaiah 2:2-3  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.  Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

No mountain is made one stone. No mountain is made of one material. Every mountain is made of many stones. Those stones are made of different minerals and materials with different qualities and characteristics. When they are joined together, they make a mountain. The mountain of God is filled with a diversity of material, but each stone has something of the unique life-giving character of God. The Old Covenant was given upon a mountain and the Torah (Law) / Tabernacle (Temple) system revealed was one of a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. It was a mountain that measured men according to their failures. It was not a mountain that could transform men’s hearts and minds.  It could only inform them of their short-comings and failures. It was a mountain of condemnation and death. Each stone in that mountain was a stone of judgment. The truth was written down as something that could be remembered and people could be bound to it, but it was not a truth that one could become. True liberty only comes by the transforming grace of God working in our lives. Jesus came to give us a different mountain than the mountain of law and judgment. He came to cause us to become a mountain of grace and truth! As leaders in the body of Christ, this is the mountain for which we must lead.

Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

The mountain of God is realized by the teaching of God’s ways in our hearts. When we receive a revelation of God’s ways within our hearts our beliefs are changed by the power of God’s grace working in our lives. We become transformed by God’s Word and Spirit within. God teaches us His ways through the power of inner transformation; the reality of a life-giving revelation that writes God’s law of love upon our hearts and minds. When our ways change, our actions change. The actions of our lives are the testimony of our path in life. Our actions should be the actions of the body of Christ. They are the actions of Christ that destroy the works of the devil because they are the life-giving works of Christ. Our hearts are the place of our imagination and our imagination is the creative power of God’s love. Like Zion, God’s presence and word becomes a seven day per week, twenty-four-hour per day empowerment to the imagination of our hearts. Our imagination will lead to the influence of our lives and the influence of our lives is determined by a vision of peace, a vision of our lives being one with Christ in heaven as we increasingly become the community of God in the earth. We become expressions of God’s word in some way as a testimony of those who have a vision of peace, an increasing reality of being the community of Christ in the earth. This is the Jerusalem from above, the mother of us all in Christ. As leaders, we must lead for this purpose and this cause.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Multi-Generational Journey

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   Greetings;

The revelations of God today are connected to the revelations of God in the lives of others before us. This is not just the revelation given to those in the Book of Acts. It is the revelation of God given to our fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers. There has always been hungry people who desire to know God. Born again humanity has not been living disconnected from God. Yes, our understanding of God and our interpretation and application of all that He says should grow in the successive generations of those who draw near to Him, but we are not the magic, finally understanding generation of mankind. We are simply another step in the journey of destiny. The calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of Christ are realities of the growing mountain of God that is rising in the nations of the earth. Our present is connected to the foundations and the ceilings of past generations. What we know and do today will produce the substance of destiny for the generations of tomorrow. What we run with today will place a baton in the hand of those who run tomorrow. The race that we are running is not an individual race of personal success, it is an endurance race of inheritance and destiny. As leaders in the body of Christ, we are not leading for today. We are leading today for the sake of tomorrow.

God has called us to be a spiritual house for His habitation. The revelation of God given in each generation is for the sake of His habitation in the generations of mankind. The history of the church has brought about a continual reformation to the church, the place where heaven’s grace invades the earth. Our spiritual fathers have opened an effective door for the earth to find the grace of the Spirit of the Lord that enlightens human hearts to know the just live by faith. Those before us have opened the door of true wisdom in that we know we are sanctified unto God and our works are works of faith towards God. Those works are empowered by the Spirit of Wisdom and they make us different than mere people of the world. Humanity without God is humanity without the wisdom of God to move forward in the destiny of life. We have inherited an increasing grace of heavenly testimonies in the fact that there is growing external evidence of supernatural things from heaven. The Spirit of Understanding is giving us a testimony of being a witness of heavenly things. We are submerged in the Holy Spirit of God to be the holy people of God. We can know that we are the body of Christ and the life-giving authority of Christ is causing us to grow in the testimony of the laying on of hands and the ministry of Christ’s true authority of life. The Spirit of Counsel is empowering us to bring light to darkness, healing to sickness, and life to death in growing measures. Body ministry is a growing reality in the church. We have inherited a huge value for hearing God, speaking God’s word, and experiencing God’s manifest presence in our lives. The Spirit of Might has granted us a grace of being awake to God in new measures. Others paid a price for us to have such things in our hands. We are now experiencing a growing reality of the community of God, the communion of God and believers, and intimacy that comes by the Spirit of Knowing in our lives. We are not smarter than past generations, we are simply living in increasing benefits of those who lived before us. Each generation before us has laid hold of essential foundations of life. We should grow in being justified by faith, works that speak of our faith, testimonies that come by being submerged in Christ, authority of body ministry, revelation of God’s voice and presence in our lives, and in brotherly love in new levels and dimensions of intimacy with God and one another.

God is reconfirming the foundations of our lives. Those foundations are set in the rock of Christ. They are the unshakeable stones of life. They are life-giving and grow in the generations of Christ-centered destiny. We must embrace our responsibility as leaders in a multigeneration way and we must always remember that we are not smart, we are simply in the path of God where God is good!

God open the eyes of our hearts that we might increasingly know the hope of Christ’s calling, the riches of His inheritance in our multigenerational journey, and the supernatural power of His life in our mandate of glory to increasingly transform the world in which we live. Amen.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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The Path of Inheritance

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       Greetings,

There is a lot of talk today of deconstruction in the church. The thought is that there are many things in the church that have been constructed by the thoughts of men, therefore, there needs to be a deconstruction of the things that have been built by man to discover the thing that God wants to build. There is a measure of truth in this, but there is also a great danger. We must be careful not to destroy the foundations set by God through the actions of men. Without a connection to and a value for the men and women of the past, we are left on our own without any ancient landmarks or boundaries to guide our way. We are not the first to receive revelation from God. The interpretations and the applications of the revelations given can evolve in our understanding, but they are still connected to the revelations that have been given. If a ship is sailing the sea and it finds that its path is off course, the ship does not return to the port and start over. The ship simply turns the wheel. The navigation of the ship is still connected to the navigation of the past in order to find the destiny that was intended in the first place.  The foundations of our lives and the foundation of our path in life is connected to the past. We must discover what is true today and we must discover the path today, but what is true today and the path of today are connected to where we have come from in the past. Wisdom cries out in the street and it is wisdom that will allow the knowledge of today to lead to the understanding that unlocks the door to our path of destiny. The street is the path that we find that is connected to where we have come from. It doesn’t just connect to the path of our own history, but it is connected to the full history of God in man in the generational plan of God among humanity. To get anywhere, we must know where we have come from. The foundation of all that is taking place in the church is connected to all that has taken place in God’s story among men to this point in time.

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

The apostles and prophets of this Scripture text are the twenty-four elders around the throne of grace. They are the twelve prophets of Israel and the twelve apostles of the Lamb. They are that which represents the full harvest of the Torah/Temple society in the administration of the knowledge of good and evil and the foundation of the grafting in of all the nations of the world from the administration of mere human conscience in the time of men being bound to the knowledge of good and evil. The family tree of the knowledge of good and evil can only be exchanged for the family tree of life in the path of Christ. The prophets of the Torah/Temple society were those who labored in the Father’s field from the beginning of the day and those who are now being grafted in are those who have come at the end of the day. The wages given to both are the same, because God is the generous owner of all things and He wants to give to all according to His generous and gracious Spirit. The generations connect to build a reward that is given to all of mankind for the glory of the Fathers name. The prophets in this Scripture are the ceiling of the Old Covenant that received the mercy of the Lamb to become the foundation for the New Covenant. The apostles are the first-fruits of the New Covenant that is built upon the ceiling of the Old. The church generationally is built upon the foundation of the ceiling of the Old Covenant and the foundation of the New. All things are connected from Adam in Eden to eternity. Our lives are connected generationally to all that has been and to all that is yet to come. Jesus is the One who is, who was, and who will be. The story of mankind is the story written in the form of men and women as the likeness and image of God in a process of human maturation and culmination in Christ for God’s glory. Jesus is the foundation upon which the story of man can be seen in their calling, their testimony, and their purpose in destiny on earth and in heaven.

This same principle, pattern, and value is true for each of us in Christ. I believe it is true for every family, every Christ-centered community, and every spiritual letter written by the Holy Spirit in the lives of men.  We are not smarter than our fathers and mothers or their fathers and mothers. We are simply further along in the journey as long as we hold on to the things that have been set in the foundation for the building of the house of God’s habitation in our present time. If we disconnect from the values found in the foundations of the past, we will build something that does not carry the value that God desires to mature and culminate in our path of destiny. If we reject our birthright, we will exchange the family inheritance for things that are less than God’s will being done and His kingdom coming in our measure of the inheritance.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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Foundations

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    Greetings,

As we continue to navigate this year of 2019, I find that God is reconfirming and reestablishing foundations. It is the foundation of the house that establishes the strength and the future of every house. Houses are built upon foundations and as the body of Christ, we are the house of God’s manifest presence. The foundation of our house is Christ. We were not born to accomplish some personal agenda for some personal plan in life. We are not destined to build a house for ourselves, but we are called to a greater destiny. We are destined in Christ to be a house of His presence to be an active participant in His calling, His testimony, and His purpose in all things. We have to find our role in God’s purpose and plan to fulfill the will of God in each of our lives.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellowworkers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

The key to building a house is found in the foundation of the house. For us to fulfill our part in being the house of God’s presence and purpose, the foundation of our lives must be built upon Christ. This will produce the testimony of gold, silver, and precious stones. These materials depict the character, nature, way, power, and authority of Christ in the lives of human souls. Things made of straw, hay, or wood are the materials of human efforts for human comfort, human success, and human legacy. Living for the comfort of our own lives is as straw and it will simply be consumed at the end of the day. Living for my own lifetime will surely fade and can only vanish in the flames of eternity. Living for a business, a ministry, or some empire of human effort can only last a generation or more, but even the things of empires are consumed in the flames of eternity in the end. It is only those things of eternal character that remain. What are the qualities of Christ’s kingdom in each of us that will live on in the hearts of others? Each of us were born for greater things than ourselves. We were born to live for the well-being of others.

We are in a season where God is reconfirming and reestablishing the foundations of our lives. Foundations guarantee the future of the house. Every house that is built faces the elements of testing and the opposition of many seasons of life. In Christ the foundation of our lives is established in the Rock of Christ. The objective is to be connected to the Rock, not to see how great our house can become. When we are connected to the Rock of Christ, even if the house were to fall down, we will be ok. The point of the story is being connected to the One who loves us in all things. The point is being connected to the place of our true calling, testimony, and destiny. We are a house of God’s presence in all seasons of our lives.

Luke 6:47 “Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Foundations guarantee a future. When Christ is the foundation of our lives, the testing of our lives cannot prevail over the faithfulness of God in the foundation of our role in Christ. The man who dug down to the rock, was the one who responded to the word of God. In this story of two houses, both houses were built in the same geographical location. Both may have been the same design of house and even the same size of house. Perhaps they both were drawn with the same architectural floor plan. Both houses are likened unto people who God was speaking to and who were hearing what He had to say. The difference is that one responded by acting upon the words he heard while the other did not. Jesus says that the one who heard and responded to the words was like one who digs down to the rock and establishes a foundation for his house. The one who merely heard is like someone who built his house without any foundation at all. The response of acting upon what God was saying is a testimony to the process of setting a foundation for the house. Both houses were faced with the violent storms of life, but only the house with the foundation set upon the rock was able to stand. This is the testimony of true ‘belief’. The most important thing in this story is the Rock. I believe that that Rock is Christ and our relationship with Him is what will allow us to stand in every storm. Our relationship with God is cultivated by our response to His voice in our lives. As leaders we must set an example for others in how to listen to and respond to God’s voice in our lives. Our response may not always be the correct response, but if we sincerely believe we are responding rightly to His presence and His love, He will guide us in the path of destiny by His mercy and grace.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

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Actions Inspired By Faith

        Greetings;

It is now June and we continue in the path of navigation for 2019. Last week I addressed the need to connect to the beliefs of the past. What we believe will determine how we act. Actions without faith in our hearts quickly become burdensome and only bind us to some form of law or rule in our lives. The actions of our lives have to be inspired from within our hearts in order to actions of liberty and life. Actions not inspired by faith will produce death to us and to others because of us. Those actions are void of life-giving beliefs inspired by God in our hearts.

The actions of our lives will not necessarily inspire our faith, but our faith will inspire the actions of our lives. Actions inspired by faith will spark the imaginations of our hearts and minds with creative strategies towards the future. The foundation of our imaginations are the actions of our present. The actions of our present are inspired by the beliefs of our hearts. As leaders, we must lead people into proper beliefs to inspire life-giving actions. In order to lead others in this path we must embrace this path ourselves.

We cannot just believe the beliefs of the past generation or even our past decades of life, we must hear God again in our hearts today so the beliefs of yesterday become the fresh beliefs in our hearts today. We will most-likely discover even deeper realities of the beliefs of yesterday when we hear the why of those beliefs in our hearts today. We will likely see things that could not be seen before from the foundation of the beliefs of the past. We must grow in our faith, our beliefs, and our life-giving actions in Christ. We cannot be bound to a limited understanding of beliefs given to us from the past. At the same time, we should not just blindly reject the beliefs of the past; we should revisit them in our relationship with Holy Spirit and see how these things are today. Faith comes by hearing God in our hearts and hearing God in our hearts works through a revelation of God’s love in our hearts. God is great, He is good, and His mercy endures forever. This is the atmosphere of His voice within. This is the foundation for further defining the beliefs given to us by God. This is the foundation for further defining the beliefs embraced by the church in the past. Sometimes the past generations received the voice of God in some twisted bent from His true words to human hearts, even as we do the same in our generation today. God may have spoken clearly to their hearts, but they could only hear him though the paradigm of their present understanding. Though their interpretations and applications of God’s voice may have been twisted, the voice of God to their hearts may have been perfect and clear. Rather than rejecting the views of the past we should seek to hear God again, from the foundation of life. I believe that even people who hear God in a twisted bent, hear God. Rejecting their hearing can lead us to hear things that are not connected to God’s voice in the past. I believe that the river of Ezekiel chapter 47 has been flowing in the earth since the New Covenant became a reality in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. I believe that even in the shadow of the New Covenant that was given in the law, still points to the reality of the voice of God in Christ. What others could only hear with their minds, can still be heard in human hearts. What others twisted by soul manipulation can be clearly heard again by Holy Spirit inspiration.

We cannot reject the principles, patterns, and values revealed through the law and think we have a solid foundation for understanding grace. Grace should cast a shadow that can be seen as the principles, patterns, and values revealed in the law. Grace is entered by faith. It is entered by the hearing of Holy Spirit and experiencing the work of Holy Spirit in our hearts. If our beliefs of today cannot be found in the principles, patterns, and values of the law we must question our beliefs. If our actions do not cast a shadow that can be found in the law, there is something wrong with our actions. We must consider those principles, patterns, and values carefully. We must look at the law through a paradigm of grace, we cannot look at grace through a paradigm of the law. We must look at the Old Covenant through a paradigm of the New Covenant, we cannot look at the New Covenant through a paradigm of the Old Covenant. God is great, God is good, and His mercy endures forever! This is true of God in all generations. We must look at the past to hear God in the present. God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. God’s voice and our hearing of His voice today is fully connected to His voice and the hearing of His voice by others in our past.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who support House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in financial contributions. We are reaching the nations for the sake of the generations in God’s plan. Your prayers and support have partnered with us and we are reaching the people of Portugal, Bulgaria, Nations in Africa, Spain, Wales, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S.

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You – Ted J. Hanson

 

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