Leading For Daily Salvation

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As leaders our ultimate goal is to lead others to become growing, maturing sons and daughters of God. The role of leaders is that of fathers and mothers, parental attributes of knowing the value of being a child at heart but also an overcomer as a maturing son or daughter of God. Today I am going to present some text from my book, The Now Covenant, to inspire us to lead others into a path of life, overcoming, and salvation in any situation in life. The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. This is an internal relationship of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, Holy Spirit as God in His power and presence, and our Father God in partnership of purpose and destiny. That internal kingdom of God causes our external kingdoms to be expressions of the kingdom of God in character, nature, way, power, and authority.

Being a manifested son or daughter of God is not just an instant manifestation upon accepting Jesus into one’s life. It is an ongoing process that daily happens because Christ lives within the believer. In the New Covenant we are internally empowered to go through whatever is necessary to be filled with the knowledge of God’s glory. It works on good days and on bad days. It is a place of finding God’s life in every moment of our journey in life. It is a place where the believer is changed from glory to glory from within. It is a testimony of the Holy Spirit at work in the human heart. We aren’t merely granted a ‘get out of hell free card’ or an ‘entrance ticket to heaven’ when we die. We were given the power of God’s grace that changes us on a daily basis. We are disciples of Christ walking under the influence of Christ’s life. We are under the discipline of God’s grace. This is not a discipline of instructions concerning what to do or how to act. It is not a discipline of law, as was the case in the Old Covenant. It is a discipline of God’s presence at work within us. It is the very presence of Christ within us that changes our character, nature, way, power, and authority. The word of God is near to us. It is in our hearts and in our mouths that we may walk in the ways of God in this life. This was promised in the Old Covenant, but the shadow of the Old only pointed to the reality of what can only be found in the New Covenant life of Christ.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

These verses are often used to inspire someone to confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Although there is a certain measure of truth in that application of this Scripture, these verses are talking about something much more. In order to understand these verses written by Paul, we must also read the verses written by Moses. Paul was quoting the words of Moses that pertained to the ability of God’s people to walk and live in the Promised Land given to them by God. These verses are not about a confession that grants us entrance to heaven when we die. They are verses that pertain to a heavenly testimony within our lives in this world. I believe that the Promised Land of the New Covenant is to live in this life with a testimony of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit within our hearts (Rom. 14:17). It works in any life, any circumstance, any situation, any generation, any nation, and any time in humanity’s journey. The testimony of Christ within us grants us a transition to heavenly glory when we die, but it also grants us a daily change in our lives in this world. Let’s look at the words written by Moses that Paul is quoting in this text of Romans.

Deuteronomy 30:11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

God’s promise was that He would be with His people on a daily basis and that He would make it possible to walk in the life He had promised. This pertains to confessing from our hearts that God is our God. It pertains to conclusive evidence that reveals an outward testimony that we are God’s people. It also pertains to a daily reality of living together with God in all things. It is not some testimony that is yet to come from heaven. It is not the result of a further sacrifice of the flesh. It is the testimony of Christ within the believer.1

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

1  Ted J. Hanson, The Now Covenant – Christ In You The Hope of Glory, (Bellingham, WA: House of Bread Publishing, 2015), pp. 106-107.

  The Now Covenant




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The Main Thing

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Today I want to remind us as leaders to keep the main thing, the main thing. The main thing is Jesus is Lord and Christ. Together we are the body of Christ at all times for all things in every situation. We as leaders must keep our focus right in order to lead others to have a right focus at all times. The desires of our hearts and the thoughts of our minds must be motivated by a love impassioned by Jesus. We have just come through another political season in America and are still in that battle. Some are rejoicing with what they believe to be a great victory, while others are standing strong believing for a different outcome. No matter what the end result will be, we must keep the main thing, the main thing. We must embrace a prophetic spirit with a prophetic attitude, prophetic thoughts, prophetic words, and prophetic actions at all times. I define prophecy as God speaks and life happens. God’s words of life are not words bound by good and evil or right and wrong. They are words that express our Father’s heart of mercy and forgiveness with a willingness to partner with us in all things for an outcome of life. God is calling us all to be a part of the bride of Christ that brings the life of God to the earth in every situation at all times. As leaders we set an example in being part of the body of Christ with the anointing and life-giving testimony of Christ. This involves a right attitude of our hearts at all times. The apostle Paul encouraged the church of Thessalonica to keep a right focus in difficult times. God is not wanting us to escape this world, but to be life in every season and in every situation we find ourselves in in this world.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Rejoicing is a decision of our hearts and it is an attitude of our souls. Praying is a face-to-face relationship with God ever hour of every day. Being thankful is not merely reserved for good days, but it is a thankfulness for God’s presence in our lives even on days that to appear to have a different outcome than we desire. Letting the Spirit of God flow in our lives is a matter of having an attitude of being life-giving at all times. Wrong decisions may not grieve the Holy Spirit; but having a wrong attitude will surely grieve the Spirit of God. We can be adjusted in our path if the attitude of our hearts allows the Spirit to flow in our life. Not despising prophecies is to choose to have a strong value for, use of, and a declaration of God’s voice in and through our lives at all times. God speaks and life happens! His voice is not a voice of vindication from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is a voice inspired by the justice system of life from the tree of life. We must walk a path of peace where perfect peace will guide our hearts at all times. By this we can test all things. There will be plenty of bad things that come our way in life. There will be a lot of unfair situations that will occur, but we must hold fast to all that is good even in difficult times. Abstaining from evil is to choose not to act as those in the world even when those in the world treat us as people in the world do. God’s promise is one of sanctification of our whole being. We can be assured of God’s salvation for our spirits, souls, and bodies in every situation we find ourselves in life. As leaders we must set an example in these things and we must lead others to embrace this way of life. It is a way of those who are part of the family of life. Our family tree is the tree of life and nothing can alter this truth or our purpose of life in this path. God is faithful and He will help us at all times.

Our passion must be for Jesus! We must take the same stand as Jesus when He stood upon the judgement nail of the knowledge of good and evil and pronounced a judgment of mercy and love. We must be merciful, gracious and forgiving of others at all times. If we keep the main thing, the main thing we can be assured of a future and a hope in every season of our journey in life. As leaders, let us lead others in the path of life.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Backyard of Today

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As I shared last week, I received a prophetic picture through a member of G42 where a young lady saw me in a backyard setting and I was working on the back fence of the backyard. It was a wooden fence and I was making sure it was in good repair, but I was not making it new. I wasn’t painting the fence. I was buffering the wood to make it look as it had been. As I presented this word to God in my own personal meditation I felt that God spoke to me clearly.

As I previously wrote, my back fence is what defines the beginning of my backyard. Where the church is today is defined by the end of what God did yesterday. Without a visible fence in the back of my backyard, there is no defining point of where my space is now. Restoring the fence in a condition of wood that looks as it was is significant of being sure that the principles, patterns, and values of the past are not lost, but also that they are not walked out in the same activity and cosmetics as the past in the present. The fence was not painted. It was restored to the past condition for the sake of the present, it didn’t seek to be a fence that tried to put the things of the past into my backyard. The methods and means of the past are not the methods and means of the present, but the principals, patterns, and values of the past must define the boarder that allows us to live as we should today. We cannot lose the gold, silver, and precious stones of the past. We can only move beyond the straw, hay, and wood of the past. The substance of the past is generational in purpose, but we must find the treasures of heaven in the ground of today or we will only have the human efforts of men in what we do today. We must let go of methods, but we cannot let go of values. When we lose the past, we don’t know where we are today.

Wisdom is found in the path that is furtherance of where we have come from, but it doesn’t hold us in what was yesterday. Like the ant, the street of our journey defines the season of today and we can recognize the change of seasons. The season has changed, but the path is a continuance of where we have come from.

Wisdom also raises her voice in the open squares; it is like a rock badger in its quest to live. Though the rock badger is small and not considerably strong, it uses its natural environment to get its foods. It builds it home in the crags of the rocks and uses its house as a place of protection and a way of surprising its prey to sustain itself in life. What in the open squares of our lives leads to the destiny of God’s glory? What is obvious around us and can serve us in our roles in the destiny of life? Some of the obvious things are the things that have been established in our surroundings by the work of others. We must be attentive to what is working today and we cannot mourn for the loss of what worked yesterday. We may seem feeble and small, like the rock badger, but something in our present will empower us to be all we are called to be in Christ. I am not merely talking about natural things, but things of the Spirit of God that are working today. We must be led by the Spirit of God to be people of faith. This is the testimony of being sons and daughters of God.

Wisdom cries out in the chief concourses; it is like the locust. The locust realizes that if it lives in close relationship with other locusts it can do impossible things. What relationships are in our lives? How do those relationships serve the purpose of who we are? Who are we joined to? Our direction forward is connected to the relationships given to us in life. Our relationships in life are part of our inheritance in life. Those relationships are meant to lead us to others even as Paul told Timothy to find faithful men who would be able to teach others also. What God is doing today is connected to the relationships of our past, but not restrained by them. Relationships of life always lead to increased life! It is time for a furtherance of community and testimony of the family identity, testimony, and purpose in all things. This is not merely a day of great ministry; it is a furtherance of great family purpose!

Wisdom speaks at the gates in the city; it is like a spider or a lizard. Spiders or lizards are small, but they are faithful with what they can grasp hold of, and they end up in influential places. Their influence in the city comes from their personal abilities. Those abilities are part of who they are, and they are merely faithful with what is in front of them. What are our present abilities and how are we being faithful today with what is directly in front of us? This will lead to a journey of influence in life. Our abilities were given to us for advancing God’s glory in the earth! How our abilities worked for us yesterday may not be how they work for us today. We must know who we are and what we are able to do in every season of our lives.

What are the things that we inherit? What is it that we must advance in the generations of men? The instructions of our fathers with the principals, patterns, and values given to us are the substance of inheritance to the future. Cultures and societies of the world reject the instructions of their fathers and the substance given them by their mothers. They think themselves to be wiser than the past. Wisdom is not found in the past; it is found in the things that are being given to us by God in heaven. It is found the instructions, principles, patterns, and values of the past set as a foundation for our hearing of wisdom today. The back fence of our back yard must be a present reality, but it is a present reality to define the back yard of our place of kingdom influence today.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Backyard Church

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As leaders we must know where we have come from, where we are, who is in our connection of relationships that leads to the future, and how does who we are today bring a life giving influence so that that life giving influence can be an increased life flow for tomorrow. This is the testimony of wisdom. I have written on finding wisdom in past blogs, but I feel inspired by God to refresh us as leaders and as members of Christ’s body in order to move forward in an expectation of life and life-giving authority.

Last week I spent the week training, activating, and facilitating prophetic words in the lives of some great young people at the G42 Leadership Academy in Georgia. When I do this I often get some great words myself. I sometimes step in front of a student in training and inspire them to declare what they see. In such a moment, a wonderful young daughter of God said that she saw me in a backyard setting and I was working on the back fence of the backyard. It was a wooden fence and I was making sure it was in good repair, but I was not making it new. I wasn’t painting the fence. I was buffering the wood to make it look as it had been. As I presented this word to God in my own personal meditation I felt that God spoke to me clearly.

I believe that 2020 is a season of living in our backyards. All through the summer I have been functioning in the backyard of my home. It is in the backyard that my garden grows, the fruit of my garden in harvested, and I reap the benefits of what grows in my plot of ground. My backyard has grape vines, apple trees, pear trees, raspberry bushes, strawberry plants, blueberry bushes, all kinds of vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and decorative plants of a diverse nature. My backyard has lawn chairs, a table, a hammock, a barbeque grill, and lots of things that pertain to enjoying life personally as well as with family and friends. My backyard represents a place of God’s presence for me in my possession of property. In 2020 I have had conversations over the fence with my neighbors, because it seems the families in my neighborhood have become backyard inhabitants in this season. I believe the church is in a backyard season. It is a season of intimate connection, but not one of performance and visible outreach. This is not a front yard season, but a time to live in the space of more personal connection with God and a few others who are close. It is a time of family, and not a time for strangers. I know that each yard that connects to my yard is also defined by the same things that are going on in my space. I can hear the sounds of children jumping on trampolines, playing with balls (that sometimes stray over into my yard) and I can smell the acroama of barbeque grills making family favorites. Everyone’s backyard is defined by the expressions of family and close relationships.

What is the significance of by backyard fence? My back fence is what defines the beginning of my backyard. Where the church is today is defined by the end of what God did yesterday. Without a visible fence in the back of my backyard, there is no defining point of where my space is now. I believe that God showed me that restoring the fence in a condition of wood that looks as it was is significant of being sure that the principles, patterns, and values of the past are not lost, but also that they are not walked out in the same activity and cosmetics as the past in the present. The methods and means of the past are not the methods and means of the present, but the principals, patterns, and values of the past must define the boarder that allows us to live as we should today. We cannot lose the gold, silver, and precious stones of the past. We can only move beyond the straw, hay, and wood of the past. I believe that the wood of the back fence represents the substance of the past that is intended to be generational in purpose, but we must find the treasures of heaven in the ground of today or we will only have the human efforts of men in what we do today. We must let go of methods, but we cannot let go of values. When we lose the past, we don’t know where we are today.

How do we attach to the things of the past with the revelation of the present? We cannot be bound to the past; we must be thrust forward because of it. It is wisdom that will keep us in the path of destiny, but where do we find wisdom?

Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words…

The New American Standard Bible uses the word street for outside. In these verses we see that wisdom is found in the street, in the open squares, in the chief concourses, and in the gates of the city. To understand these four things, we must compare them to four small creatures described by Solomon in Proverbs chapter 30.

Proverbs 30:24 There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer…

Wisdom is in the street; it is like an ant. The ant knows what season it is; it knows where it is in life by where it is in the journey of life. Is it winter? Is it summer? It doesn’t need to be told by a commander; it knows where it is in the journey of life. What time is it? What is necessary today? There will be more to do tomorrow, but what is the present season of life? We cannot understand the season of today without first understanding the seasons of the past. The seasons of the past are what brought us to the season of today. The things that are necessary today are connected to the things that have led to this moment from the past. The things that are necessary today are also connected to the things that will be for the sake of others tomorrow. To know what can be true today we have to know what has been true from our past. That is not just our past, but our multigenerational past in the journey of Christ’s destiny.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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An Israel Generation

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1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies.

Sometimes it is good to revisit some things that God has said in order to see what God is doing. Today I am compelled to post a prophecy and declaration that I wrote in 2011. I believe we are in the midst of this challenge. We are the people of God for such a time as this. Here is some of the prophecy that I spoke July 8, 2011:

The Lord says He’s seeking for a Jacob generation that He might turn the Jacob generation into the “inheriting ones”. “And even now, there’s a transition”, says God, “in My Body and those who have sought to seek and find Me are going to discover that I’m the One Who seeks to find them. And in the place of wrestling, there’s a breakthrough.” For God says, “I’m bringing forth My ‘inheriting one’. I’m bringing forth My Israel. I’m bringing forth My Prince with God. There was a time and there was a season when I sought for those who would be a Jacob generation, but hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! Hear the Word of the Lord! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you! This is not the day for you to lay hold of Me! This is the day for Me to lay hold of you – and in Me laying hold of you, it’s time for you to endure! It’s time for you to hold on, and it’s in that place of wrestling that there’s going to come forth as an inheritance – there’s going to come an inheritance!”

There’s a shift in the Spirit. Don’t seek the thing that was before. Seek that which is beyond that which was before. Seek that which is the increase. Seek that which is the ‘more’. For this is not a time to break away. This is a time to stand fast and say, ‘Our God has come! He has laid hold of us and we will not let go of that which He has laid hold of!’”

The substance of this prophecy is found in Isaiah, Chapter 32. The Prophet Isaiah was prophesying of the day of the born again sons of God.

Isaiah 32:1-8Behold a King will reign righteously, and princes will rule justly. Each will be like a refuge from the wind and a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry country, like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the hasty will discern truth, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly. No longer will the fool be called noble, or the rogue be spoken of as generous. For a fool speaks nonsense, and his heart inclines toward wickedness: to practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord. To keep the hungry person unsatisfied and to withhold drink from the thirsty. As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; he devises wicked schemes to destroy the afflicted with slander, even though the needy one speaks what is right. But the noble man devises noble plans; and by noble plans he stands.” (NAS)

God wants us to embrace a multigenerational vision. That vision will be filled with noble plans, noble schemes, and noble strategies. We are to live as princes who rule as a refuge from the wind because our vision is not just for the moment, but for the destiny of God’s name in the earth. We are a shelter from the storm, for we are those who have stood fast through every storm. We will be water in a dry country, because these are those who have found water in a dry place! We will be shade from a parched land, for these are those who have not wilted in the day and in the heat.

God wants to lay hold of us as the ‘Israel’ generation of His name. These are the inheriting ones. It is key to know that a mantle of strategy and noble plans is coming on His inheriting Church. We must be the ones who will rule in His character, nature, way, power, and authority. We must be a family that rules in His name. We cannot live constantly seeking to find the blessing of God; we must know that in Christ we are the blessing of God. We need a revelation of being princes who will be a refuge from the wind, for we know how to withstand the wind. We are a shelter from the storm, for we have stood fast through every storm. This is not just in our lifetime, but in the history of our multigenerational family. We are water in a dry country, because our family knows how to find water, even in the driest of times. We are shade to a parched land, for our family has not wilted in the day and in the heat.

The plans and strategies of this ‘Israel’ generation will teach the children of the nations to stand in the midst of the winds of adversity and to become a strength by which generations can stand. They will disciple nations to endure the storms and to become shelters for their own children from every storm. They will show peoples how to find the water of life in the dry places and how to release water for the planting of the trees of generations. They will mentor families to find God as the One who empowers them in the heat of every day and those families will empower others also in God in the midst of the heat of every day. The rivers of the past have been the rivers of a Jacob generation. They have been rivers of blessings. But God is releasing now the rivers of planting. These are the rivers that make us become a blessing. These are the deep waters of inheritance that raise up every man and woman in the inheritance of Christ’s name. This is who we are!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Prayer

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As leaders we are leading others to be the testimony of the glory of God in this world and into eternity. We lead people into the increasing testimony and glory of the kingdom of heaven. Our destiny is not Nirvana, dust, or the grave. We reign on a throne in Christ now and into eternity and we manifest the glory that He sups and dines with us and we with Him. It is through a partnership with God in all things in the awe of God in all ways that we are able to reign in life. It is through a partnership with God by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

There is one God in us and our children and our children’s children will reign with God in life beyond the ceiling or our own lives. We wear the grace of the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, praying always in the Spirit with an awe of His presence and glory in all things. We are the essence of the prayer of God to bring forth the full harvest of His destiny in the earth. We have obtained mercy and now we reign in Christ!

God’s grace is not His favor without change. God’s grace is His change made known in our lives that testifies of His favor. We are clothed in the power of God’s grace and we are dispossessing the enemy of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. Where the soles of our feet walk it is becoming the inheritance of God in the earth. His enemies are being made His footstool because His presence rests in and upon our lives as the children of God. The seventh and final piece of spiritual armor is the ability to pray in the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

The apostle Paul said that if we pray in a tongue our spirit prays and our understanding is unfruitful. Therefore he said he would pray in tongues and he would pray in the understanding. Praying in the Spirit is an utterance of God.

1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

Tongues are an utterance of God. The seventh piece of the armor of God’s grace is to pray always with all prayer in the Spirit. That means all kinds and all times! It means every time we pray! If we pray in tongues we pray in the Spirit. If we pray in a tongue then we pray the perfect will of God by giving utterance to the call of the Holy Spirit joined to our spirits (Rom. 8:25, 26). If we pray in a tongue then we can also ask to receive the understanding of that tongue so that we might also pray in the understanding. When we pray in the Spirit we don’t pray according to our words, we pray according to God’s. It starts in a mystery and is made full in a clear declaration of understanding. When we pray in the Spirit we pray the mystery of God (1 Cor. 14:2; 2:6-14). When we pray in the Spirit, we don’t pray according to our souls’ doubts and unbelief. When we pray in the Spirit it builds up our most holy faith (Jude 20). Faith doesn’t come by praying in the Spirit, it comes by hearing God in our spirits. Praying in the Spirit stirs our own spirit to hear from God and overpowers being influenced the things that seek to derail our faith through an influence upon our souls. Praying in the Spirit is an important weapon against the enemy!

Sometimes praying in the Spirit will be groans or travail (Jn. 11:33, 38; Rom. 8:26). Sometime there will be visual expression, even as there is in the ministry of prophecy (Ezek. 2; Acts 21:11). Whatever the expression of the Spirit might be, WE MUST PRAY IN THE SPIRIT!

I believe that praying in the Spirit includes the mystery of tongues but also the Sprit led words of God’s understanding. This is not our understanding. It is an understanding that comes by an awe of God. It is inspired prayer motivated by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson



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The Armor of the Word

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    Greetings,

As leaders we must lead to empower those in our sphere of influence to be clothed in the armor of grace. This is the testimony of being clothed in Christ that overcomes every scheme of the devil. Holy Spirit is the source of our belt, our breastplate, our shoes, our shield, our helmet, and our sword. This is the armor of life that destroys every defense of death in our journey of purpose in Christ. The sword is the testimony of the Spirit of Knowing as the life-giving word of God expressed through our lives as the people of God in our world.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The sword of the Spirit is the word of God, or more specifically the “rhema” word of God. It’s not the “logos” word. It is not the written word, but God’s expression through our lives that causes us to become expressions of His word as the people of God. The sword of the Spirit is not taking the written word and using it as a whip or a hammer. The sword of the Spirit is taking “God’s personal word spoken to us” and becoming a sharp two edged sword of God’s love. The sword of the Spirit is to become a “declaration” or “proclamation” according to the “rhema” (God’s spoken word to us) that we’ve received from God. The sword of the Spirit is the reality of us becoming the substance of the word of God that brings life to our world. Every revelation from God is an invitation to have an encounter with God to be transformed by God and become something of that revelation. It is only when we have God’s spoken word manifested in the expressions of our lives that we will be able to move in the power of the sword of the Spirit. If we will get in the presence of God, in the fellowship with God, we will hear His voice we can cheerfully endure to become a sword of God’s word that will bring life. It’s that sword in the manifested expressions of our lives that will enable us to call in our blessings here on the earth. God wants to bless us! When He speaks the blessing, then we can speak forth, be transformed, and command the blessing. We can command the devil to flee and he must flee when we be become the substance of God’s word!

If we look at the life of Joshua we see that God told him that He had given him the land of Canaan. When Joshua went into that land did he have to do anything with the sword? He killed 31 kings didn’t he? He had to wield the sword. We’re going to have to wield the sword. We’re going to have to wield the sword of God to destroy the power the kings that are holding our blessings! The spirit of prophecy is going to have to work in our and through lives today. We must be able to speak the things of God as though they already are, even if we don’t see them manifested today. We must stand fast and become expressions of God’s word. It’s only the “spirit of prophecy” that can change things by the expressions of our lives. The “spirit of prophecy” is not the “desire of our own way”. We cannot just decide what we want and then believe to receive it by making confession with our mouths. The “spirit of prophecy’ is the “testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 19:10). We must know what God’s word is specifically and then make confession, declaration, and proclamation of that word. God’s word will bring glory to Jesus!  It’s not the preconceived ideas of our souls that want to exercise their own will and way. The sword of the Spirit is “God’s personal word in our mouths”!

Something is flowing through us that is a weapon of life. The life-giving words of God flow as a piercing weapon of love to the hearts of men. We release the sharp quickening edges of sacrificial love as our lives confess a love for God and for men. The judgments we make are not judgments of the flesh. They are judgments for the poor from the equity of our lives. We make decisions for others based upon who we are in Christ, not what they deserve in the flesh. We are the people of God who walk as the community of God to bring the communion of God to all men. The word in our mouths is a word of His love, a judgment of eternal life for all who believe in Him. We are the people of God and we wear the grace of the Spirit of Knowing, intimacy with God and men through Christ’s eternal judgment of love for all people.

Our decrees are those of the life of the Spirit and not those of defeat. They are decrees made by the substance of our lives. That substance is a substance of God’s word through us to our world. It is the substance of God’s love through us to others in our world. It is the testimony of being the people of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Helmet of Salvation

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      Greetings,

As leaders we have the responsibility of leading others forward in the overcoming grace of God in life. We are not in a battle defending ourselves from the devil. The powers of darkness in our world are defending themselves from the advancing light of grace that works in and through our lives to the world in which we live. As believers we are clothed in Christ. We are clothed in the power of God’s grace. We are clothed in the armor of life to bring life to our world. Leaders must set an example and lead others in this testimony. The belt of truth is around the procreative area of our lives. The breastplate of righteousness is around our heart relationship with God. The preparation of the gospel of peace prepares our feet to walk one with God in His peace that surpasses our understanding no matter where we are on the path of life. The shield of faith takes us forward to release the life-giving authority of God to our world. The helmet of salvation gives us right thinking for the salvation of God in every situation and our testimony of His resurrection life in revealing who we are together in the fellowship of Christ.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation…

We wear the helmet of His salvation. There is no god above us for He is the God above all in our lives. He is our salvation in every situation for we are fully awake in Him. The apathy of flesh has been overwhelmed by the passion of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Might. We are awake to God and not distracted by piecing distractions and attention grabbing circumstances in our lives. The grace of the Spirit of Might is making us alive to Christ in all things and we contribute to the cause of Christ as His people of praise in the earth. We wear the grace of the Spirit of Might to reveal that He is the God above all gods and that we have fellowship with Him and one another in the power of His resurrection life!

The helmet of salvation covers the area of our minds. Our salvation is a daily process and it is for the whole man; spirit, soul, and body (1 Thes. 5:23). We have received the washing of rebirth by being born again through the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts and the salvation of renewal is a daily process that renews our minds in every aspect of our lives.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We cannot think like people in the world. We cannot think like we did as independent men and women who were disconnected from the fellowship of God and one another in Christ. We must embrace the change that comes by seeing God as above all in every situation and aspect of our lives. We live for the fellowship of resurrection life in Christ. Do we have a renewed thinking according to the word of God? Are we thinking according to God’s thinking or are we thinking according to tradition? Do we think thoughts that are beyond us or do we think as the world with thoughts about ourselves? Are our thoughts filled with hope or are we embracing hopelessness? Do we see God is above all things in every situation of our lives or are we too busy being occupied by crisis management and reactionary thoughts in our minds?

We have to cast down the strongholds of our own minds. The strongholds are in the thinking of our own minds. We must have the helmet of salvation on in order to appropriate every blessing that God has for us. If we don’t have the renewed mind of Christ we will fall to defeat before our adversary. We can only prosper as our souls prosper.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

We must cast down the strongholds of our minds that resist our seeing of God above all things in our lives. Each of us is someone in Christ. We were created for good works in Christ. Those works are a testimony of the salvation of God in our lives. Our victory over the enemy in every situation of our lives is not based upon our strength in the flesh. It is based upon the testimony of the resurrection life of the Spirit of Might working in and through our lives. This is the power of our continued connection to God and one another. Our hope and confidence is in God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Authority

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     Greetings,

We are not alone in our testimony of faith in Christ. Each of us stands as lights and a fire of life to create a shield of faith empowered by the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Counsel empowering us to be lights of our heavenly Father’s light. The Father of lights is revealing us to be His children of light. Light represents life. Life is authority, the ability to give life to others. It is the authority of life and our connection to one another in the authority of life that empowers us to move forward without being distracted by the fiery darts of power sent to distract and resist us in our path of life. We are light to the darkness, healing to all sickness, and life to death in this world. The Spirit of Counsel reveals that we are ministers of fire (Ps. 104:4) and the little fiery darts of the enemy pale week in the flame of God’s presence upon us. We are God’s special people, each carrying the grace of His life-giving hands of blessing as we walk in submission to Him and one another as the body of Christ.

Ephesians 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

This shield of faith is not a small hand-held refractor of darts. It is as tall as a man and it goes from head to toe as a life influencing shield testifying of our corporate testimony of faith in Christ. It is the kind of a shield that was used for the offensive moves of a skilled soldier. The soldier would get behind it and push his way in behind the enemy lines. The solders together would lock their shields together and move forward in their push beyond the enemy lines. It comes from two Greek words. One word means, “door shaped” and the other means, “portal” or “entrance.”  Being connected to God and one another in faith is a door opener, not a door closer. Many times, we operate with the shield of fear in our lives and we think that it’s the shield of faith. A shield of fear seeks to provide a protection from the outside influences of the world. The shield of faith is like a door that opens our access to God, and it invades the territory of darkness and death to bring light and life.

The shield of faith is different than our individual sacrificial actions of faith that we do from our hearts as kings and priests with the breastplate of righteousness. This is a corporate connection that gives us the authority of faith. It is the faith of submission to one another as unto the Lord. It is a faith of receiving life from authority and giving life to others as a testimony of authority. It is the faith of being sent ones together to lay hands of life upon others to bring healing, deliverance, and all manner of life-giving authority. The first century church continued steadfastly in the way of life of the authority of the apostles. The “sent ones” (apostles) empowered each of them to be “sent ones” of life as a testimony of the faith. This shield of faith is made of our submission one to another as we seek to hear God in His corporate direction into our lives. Our submission one to another empowers us to be “sent ones” of life to our world. God wants us to be “sent ones” of life in connection with one another to be the light and life of Christ empowered by the corporate purpose of the Spirit of Counsel.

I love the positioning of each part of God’s spiritual armor! Remember, the belt of truth was around the procreative area of our lives. The breastplate of righteousness was around our heart relationship with God. The preparation of the gospel of peace prepares our feet to walk one with God in His peace that surpasses our understanding no matter where we are on the path of life. The shield of faith takes us forward to take back what the enemy has stolen in our lives.

As leaders, we have the responsibility of not only hearing God for our own personal walk of faith but also for hearing God in the corporate direction of Holy Spirit so that our sphere of influence is a door opening influence of life to change the spiritual influences of the territory of our planting. The authority of heaven is sent to transform the realms of the earth bound by the power of control. Authority brings liberty and life and it reveals the testimony of heavenly things in former territories of earthly limitations.

How does faith come? Faith comes by hearing and hearing God’s personal word to us. That is His freshly spoken word (the Greek word “rhema”) to us. We have to be able to take the door opening faith to stand against the wiles of the devil. We each have a responsibility to hear God for His corporate word of authority in our lives. We must each hear God for our own part in the life-giving authority of Christ for the sake of being sons and daughter of God sent to bring a specific measure of life to our world.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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The Armor of Peace

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     Greetings;

We are not standing in the earth defending ourselves from the enemy. The enemy is defending himself against us because we are dispossessing every power of death in our lives by the power of God’s grace. As leaders we set an example that others can follow, and we live to inspire others to lay hold of God’s grace to overcome in all things. We are storming the gates of hell with the gate of heaven as the body of Christ in the earth. The influences of the realm of the dead are being eradicated by an invasion of the gate of heaven’s life. We must walk in God’s grace and stand, so that we will possess the inheritance of the earth beneath our feet.

The armor of grace is the testimony of God’s love in our lives. We know one Lord, one desire of heart that empowers us to be the generations of His testimony. He picked us! He loves us! Our future testimony and posterity is made known by the truth of His love. A revelation of His love is giving us a new ‘want to’ for the empowerment of our commitment to God in Christ. We can boldly come and say, ‘here I am’. We are the little ‘i ams’ in the big ‘I AM’ of Christ. We have been granted repentance unto life that frees us from every dead work of the flesh. We are alive in Christ! We are loved!

We live from our hearts with works that speak of our faith toward God. Our wisdom is not found in the strength of our own works, but in the empowerment of works that testify of our love for God and witness to our faith towards God in all things. It is through a right relationship with and a dependency upon God that we live from our hearts with faith towards Him. It is the grace of the Spirit of Wisdom that reveals our royal and priestly roles in life.

Ephesians 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of God in every situation. Walking in peace is responding to God who gives us His Word and Spirit in all things. This is the testimony of the Spirit of Understanding. True understanding comes from responding to the presence of God in our lives. This piece of armor is not just “peace” but it is “the readiness of the gospel of peace.” What does that mean? It means that when the devil comes and says that we are separated from God, the readiness of the gospel of peace says, NO! There is no separation between us and God. We must walk by the leading of God’s peace in our hearts. It is a response level relationship with Him and it is the way to true understanding in all things. By this the testimony of heaven becomes our testimony on earth. When we walk in that understanding we will be able to maintain our peace with God even when the devil comes with his deceiving “wiles.”  If we have our feet shod with the “readiness of the gospel of peace” we’ll jump up like Phinehas did in Numbers, chapter 25. We’ll drive a spear right through any accusing work of the flesh! Our peace (our ability to be one with God) is not by our actions but only through the once for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But we must be quick to execute judgment on any temptation or action that would cause us to enter into any “work of the flesh” that would separate us from our “oneness” with God in Christ. The flesh is not bad, it is good, but the “works of the flesh” will separate us from the life and peace that we find in Christ Jesus. The “law of the Spirit” says that we must “set our minds upon the things of the Spirit” and not the things of the flesh. We are all tempted at times, but it is the “action” that we take, both in our thoughts and deeds, that determines whether we will remain one with God or choose to create a “gap” in our relationship (James 1:13-16). The choice is ours! God says that He will never leave us or forsake us but our walk in life will determine whether we will leave Him and thus create a “gap” by not having our feet shod with the “readiness of the gospel of peace”.

It is the peace of God that guides our steps in life. It is an inner knowing that we are walking in a path that is one with God. There is no inner check or hesitation. This is perhaps the strongest witness to the inner voice of God in our hearts. When we walk in the peace of God the evidence will be seen in the footsteps of our lives. Something is dripping off of our feet that reveals our heavenly position in Christ. We were once submerged in the bitterness of life, but now there is a response to God from our hearts that overflows with a testimony of His Holy Spirit. We are submerged in the grace of His Understanding. We were once of the ungodly nations of the world, but now we are a holy nation before our God. We stand under His submersions with a grace of the Spirit of Understanding to bring His life to the world. The testimony of His house in heaven is the reality of peace that we bring to the world in which we live.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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

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www.ted4you.com or

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