What is the Church?

        Greetings,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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For a Corporate Purpose

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a great rendition of the above Scripture:

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

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

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

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

These are exerts from Generational Leadership, Chapter 4.

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A Justice System of Love

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God gives His life to those who love Him, but He gave His life that all might be empowered to love Him. In truth, He is desires to give His love to all people, but not all people desire to receive what He wants to give. When we turn even the slightest in His direction we discover the amazing power of His unsurpassable affection. In Christ former enemies become friends and those who were once not a part of His plan find themselves fulfilling His purposes in the earth.

As leaders we must lead with this same example. We should desire to love everyone. We should be willing to love all people, but we can only give our love to those who want our love. We cannot force our lives upon them, but at a hint in our direction we should be ready to respond even as God our Father responds to us. By this even former enemies can become friends.

Isaiah 61:5-6 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast. 

By the power of Christ’s internal kingdom of life, even those who did not know Him find themselves sowing and reaping in His kingdom. They find themselves standing as priests before Him and they become those who serve Him for the glory of His purposes in the earth. I believe that eating the riches of the Gentiles is receiving them as brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God. Those who did not know God become part of His family for the inheritance of the family name. The glory of the Gentiles is their salvation in Christ! We are living in a time where the harvest of the nations will be seen as those who labor in the fields of God’s purpose in the nations. We must be willing to partner with others for the sake of the purpose of God’s fields in the earth.

It is not in the defeat of those who have not known the covenants of God that we rejoice. It is in their glory! When those who had not known the covenants of God become those who sow and reap in the kingdom of God it is a time to rejoice in the justice system of the kingdom of God. It is a justice system of the Tree of Life. It is a justice system of love. Those who had not known the covenants of God are no longer bound to shame; but have found a place of inheritance among those who are the redeemed of the Lord!

Isaiah 61:7  Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs. 

This is a justice system of forgiveness and healing. It is a justice system of new beginnings and of grafting in to the ancient things of God. Those who come at the end of the day will get the same wages as those who came at the beginning of the day. The ceilings of the past will become the foundations of the present, only to increase in the testimony of God’s grace and peace!

Isaiah 61:8-9 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.” 

It is not fair! It is scandalous by the standards of the knowledge of good and evil. It is unfair by the standards of right and wrong! The justice system of the kingdom of heaven transforms the hearts of men to become a testimony of being children of God. Those who were the enemies of God become friends to His name! As leaders we must embrace God’s justice system of love above the justice system of right and wrong and we must set an example that those we lead can follow.

Isaiah 61:10-11 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. 

The Israel of God is not just a Jewish people group by birth, but a people of circumcised hearts! These are those who are true inheritors of God. They were Jew and Gentile, but now they have become the children of God in Christ! These are those who bear His name in the earth and the governing rule of their lives is Christ in them, the hope of glory! His righteousness and praise is springing forth before all the nations as the internal kingdom of Heaven invades the nations as the Kingdom that consumes all of the kingdoms of the world!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Leading for the Family Name

       Greetings;

We are in a season where God wants to give to us a greater revelation of who we are in Christ. We are the people of God! As the people of God, we are called, appointed, and anointed to reveal the person of God in the earth and to fulfill the purpose of God among the nations. This can only happen when we see God as our Father. He gives us life, breath, and all things. He cares for us and gives us the true identity of life. He is there for us and empowers us to overcome all things. He doesn’t just rescue us from our enemies, He empowers us to overcome them. He doesn’t just meet our needs, He empowers us to become those who meet the needs of others. He fights for us in that He calls us sons and daughters standing in the power of Jesus name. As leaders, we must lead the body of Christ in the path of the calling of Christ, the inheritance of Christ, and the power of the family name in Christ.

This is a season of partnership! It is a season of partnership with faith, hope, and love. It is also a season of partnerships with others for the sake of God’s purposes in the earth. It is connection with others that we will enable us to discover the increasing testimony of the partnership of faith, hope and love.

In Jesus, we find the anointing that causes us to become free people, planted in the earth for the generational purposes of God’s kingdom in the nations. Trees of righteousness in Christ are being planted in order to build, raise up, and make things new in the earth. As leaders, we must lead others for the sake of partnerships with God and with one another. The essential ingredients for this to happen are; faith, hope, and love.

Isaiah 61:4b – 5 …“That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.

God’s heart and plan is one of restoration. He is a redeemer, a reconciler, a restorer, a rewarder, and a replenisher in His ways. He doesn’t just love those who love Him. He loves all people. He is a multigenerational God. He sees each and everyone as His son or daughter. He is the Father of Abraham, the Father of Isaac, the Father of Jacob, and the Father of Israel. He is the Father of Paul, the Father of Timothy, the Father of faithful men, and the Father of others also. He looks for those who will partner with Him in each and every generation. When we partner with God we also partner with the future and with the past.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

When we partner with God we allow God to write His purpose and His will upon our hearts. We become the parchment of His letter. We are not the ones who do the writing. We are the ones who become willing parchment in the hand of the Master writer, our Father in heaven. Each of us are like trees. We contain the roots of our past and within us is the substance of the future. Like a tree, our branches extend to places we have not known before to bear fruit that is relevant for each and every new season. When we partner with God we embrace a calling in Christ, a testimony of Christ, and a destiny of His name. It begins with a willingness to receive His love. When we know His love, we experience His life. When we know He loves us, we hear His words in our hearts and we respond with heavenly testimonies of His overcoming grace. It is a journey of faith towards God that is demonstrated with the testimonies of our lives. That faith demonstrates the power of God’s love in our lives and it inspires more faith. It inspires us to believe for the passion of things that we could not possess before. We have hope for a destiny of restoration. That hope extends beyond our today into our future. Old ruins are brought back into purpose by God’s love. Things that were desolate rise up and overcome by the inspiration of God’s voice in our hearts. The testimony of the family name is rebuilt through a vision of a greater name than any name we stand upon. It is a partnership of faith, hope, and love that reveals a path of destiny in Christ.

We are part of a family that has a multigenerational destiny. The ceiling of the past is in the floor of the present and the present is rising higher to be found in the floor of the next generation. The floor keeps getting deeper, stronger, and more filled with the treasures of the past, thus the building rises to an increased glory of destiny. The ancient is in the new and the new is able to build upon the increasing strength of the foundation. New things are unlocked in the destiny of who we are in Christ and old things are continually new. This is the story of a 3rd and 4th generation destiny that transforms beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influences in the earth. As leaders, we must lead the family of God into this path. The manifest presence of God in our lives today is essential to unlock the door to the path set before us and to embracing the ancient things set in the foundation of our family name.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Internal Influence

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We are living in a time when God is increasing the influence of the community of heaven upon the communities of the earth. This is not an easy collision. The communities of the world are expressions of the government of self, while the community of God is an expression of the will of the Father’s love. There are two administrations in the earth. One is an administration of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. The other is an administration of life. The measurement of justice in one is based upon the knowledge of, or a perceived knowledge of, right and wrong. The other is an administration based upon love and life. The means of operation for all nations and peoples outside of a personal relationship with Christ in them as the hope of glory is the way of the knowledge of good and evil – right and wrong. Human beings made alive by the Spirit of Christ within them are empowered by the life of God that comes from a revelation of God’s love in their hearts. These are two different kingdoms with two different administrations. I am not talking about the religions of the world versus Christianity. I am talking about humanity versus Christ in humanity. The belief concerning the way of Christ has devolved to the term Christianity, and thus many simply see Christianity as a belief in Christ, rather than a trusting His manifest presence within their hearts. I don’t believe that Jesus became flesh for the sake of us knowing what to do or receiving a religion that counts as a substitute for intimacy with God. I believe He became flesh to make a way to transform all flesh in the earth. He moved into the neighborhood to change every neighborhood of mankind. Christ in us is the hope of glory! It is the hope of being fully alive unto eternal life – an intimate place of knowing God the Father and God the Son by the manifest presence of God the Spirit within the human heart!

The two administrations in the earth create two different family trees. One is the family tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the other is the family tree of life. Conscience and law administrate one, while Spirit and truth administrate the other. The testimony of Spirit and truth is one of God’s grace that changes the character, nature, way, power, and authority from within the human heart. An administration of the knowledge of good and evil leaves the kingdoms of the world bound to poverty, broken heartedness, captivity, bondage, and a loss of inheritance, a loss of destiny and a loss of their family name. The administration of the kingdoms of the world are in need of deliverance, bound to mourning, confused in their decisions because of their mourning, and bound to a testimony of ashes, lamentation, and heaviness.

The kingdom of God is a place of restored riches, healed hearts, freedom, liberty, and restored inheritance, destiny, and the family name. The administration of the kingdom of God is an internal administration of the heart that brings us deliverance from our enemies, comfort, clarity for sound decisions, beauty, joy, and a testimony of praise. Is this the purpose of the anointing of God? Is it to bring freedom from the pain and destruction of the administration of the kingdoms of the world? Or is there something more? The governments of the kingdoms of the world are externally administrated and bound to the limitation of self; thus ruin, desolation, and the loss of true community and the destiny of community are the evident observations to the outcome of their endeavors in world. There is a constant battle to succeed, to overcome, and to find rest. There is a constant repetition of the patterns of history as men seek to conquer men by the power judgment for what they perceive to be the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. The external efforts of control, manipulation, and domination prevent men from ever discovering the testimony of true restoration in their lives. The kingdoms of the world are not able to build, raise up, or make things new.

The internal kingdom of life empowers those who receive it to be planted with a generational inheritance, legacy, and destiny. Human families are meant to be like trees. Their roots are intended to be planted to produce a life with growing branches of inheritance for many generations. The root is always new, but the roots are ancient and enduring. In Christ they bear the testimony of being trees of righteousness. Trees are a biblical testimony of generational inheritance. In Christ, the family tree is the Tree of Life. Each member in the tree has a personal relationship with God. They are dependent upon God, they are a testimony of God, and God and each family member live together. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. He is the God of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and other also. These are those empowered and transformed by the internal kingdom of God – a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Those in the kingdom of God are able to build, raise up, and make things new. This is the purpose of the kingdom of God. It is a testimony of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is the ability to be a blessing, to multiply, and to possess the gates of our enemies. This is the place where faith, hope, and love partner for the glory of God in the earth. We have hope because we know He loves us. Our hope is in Him, not merely the things that He can do. We have faith because we hear the One who loves us. We live to see all things made knew because the faith that comes by His voice in our hearts overcomes all things in this world. Our faith is the substance of the things hoped for in Christ. Love is the strength of these – hope and faith. In this season we will see a partnership of faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love and because of His love we will build, raise up, and see things made new. The partnership of these three is often found in the unexpected and unusual partnerships. God is establishing His righteous inheritance in order to build, raise up, and make things new for His glory!

Isaiah 61:1-4 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.

Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them The Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Our Part In His Path

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Leadership serves a role of example, inspiration, and facilitation to the destiny of that which they have been sent to lead. As leaders, we must become an example for others to follow. We demonstrate the possibilities and the probabilities of destiny. We demonstrate being loved, loving God, and loving the generations of His glorious name. We are the first to respond to His calling, the first to exhibit His inheritance, and the first to demonstrate His power. We grow in knowing our identity, in exhibiting a testimony of His overcoming grace, and in a demonstration of His power that confirms our path as one of truth and dominion for the glory of His name.

Ephesians 1:18 …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

I have already written that true identity doesn’t come from the testimony of our natural birth. True identity comes from the place of God’s presence in our lives. Our calling in life is to find our place in the destiny of the calling of Christ. This comes by receiving God’s transforming life within our hearts. It is there that God changes our beliefs. When He transforms the beliefs of our hearts, it inspires changed actions in our lives. The way we act determines what we think about and this in turn increases our influence in the power of those changed beliefs in our hearts. That power doesn’t just affect our own lives, it becomes part of an inheritance in Christ that brings life to others. The power of our actions is a demonstration of His testimony in our hearts. We are a part of His inheritance in the earth to bring changes in the world we live in and in the world we leave behind to the next generations.

As leaders, we must set an example for others to follow in becoming a testimony of Christ. We are an example to those we lead that all might become a testimony of the riches found in Christ. When we are transformed by God’s grace, we carry a testimony that can bring life to others. We can release an inheritance that others can receive, experience, and walk in. In the 16th century believers paid a price to know that we are justified by faith in Christ. The grace of the Spirit of the Lord brought an inheritance of a repentance unto life that testified of the just living by faith and it brought an increasing power of glory to all of humanity. Martin Luther and others paid a price to overcome for the sake of others. We are still reaping the rewards and walking in the increased inheritance given to us by God through the reformation of the 16th century. When those in the Great Awakening were transformed by a grace of the Spirit of Wisdom they demonstrated living lives of faith towards God and it open an effective door of increase to all who follow in Christ. More than 150 denominations birthed in the Great Awakening were not a mark of division, but of personal transformation that spawned works of faith in manifold ways. Without the price paid by those who overcame the resistance to their beliefs we would not have the measure of faith that is accessible to all in Christ today. The diverse works that speak of our faith today have a direct connection to the foundation set in the path of reformation that was opened in the past. There is a continual reformation taking place in the earth that is releasing increased measures of the inheritance of Christ to humanity. A price was paid for the external expressions of supernatural testimonies. A price was paid for others to be able to enjoy the riches of ministering to one another in the life-giving authority of Christ’s life. A price was paid for an increasing grace of hearing God’s voice, proclaiming God’s voice, and experiencing God’s presence in freeing and intimate ways. We are increasingly finding our identity, our testimony, and our path of destiny in Christ. It is for the sake of bringing heaven’s change to the earth. We are walking in the increasing grace of life in Christ, but we are on the brink of opening an effective door of inheritance for an increased liberty in the body of Christ. We know we have experienced life when we can give life to others, but we will also know we have experienced true liberty when we can bring true liberty to others. Liberty is not freedom in our iniquities, it is freedom from our iniquities. True freedom is overcoming the iniquities of our hearts that empowers us to lead others into the same path of truth and dominion.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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When Heaven Comes

   Greetings,

Are you discovering that things you used to be able to hide in, or hide behind, are no longer places of refuge? Even in the natural, things are coming to the light. In a day of much knowledge, there is a revealing of many secrets. In a day of information, people make judgments based upon knowledge. But their knowledge is limited by their own understanding and translated through the filter of their own judgments and perspectives. Many things prove to be lies, but then the lies become exposed to truly be lies. The truth is being revealed, whether it is truth proving to be true or lies proving to truly be lies. This is the present season of grace and it is being made manifest by the true plants growing in the garden and as the weeds; the counterfeit plats that only distract from the true destiny of life in the garden. We must embrace this season and the grace of this season to lead others into the testimony of God’s grace. As I have stated previously:

God is stripping away hiding places to birth new generations that are transformed by the power of God’s love in our midst. Iniquities are being exposed, not to be condemned, but to reveal a place of dependency upon the presence of God and His transforming grace. It is not a time to hide because of our differences, but to come as we are for the wellbeing of others and the generations to come. Christ in us is the hope of glory and the glory of God is to become all that He says we are for Him family name. We are a temple of God in the Spirit and it is from the place of His habitation that we will become a multigenerational, Christ-centered, Christ-filled, community of brotherly love. We will be a community of little children, maturing sons and daughters of God who overcome all things by God’s grace, and fathers and mothers who live for the children’s and the children’s children as we see Him as the Father of us all.

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!”

Leadership serves a role of example, inspiration, and facilitation to the destiny of that which they have been sent to lead. As leaders, we must become an example for others to follow. We demonstrate the possibilities. We demonstrate the probabilities of destiny. We demonstrate being loved, loving God, and loving the generations of His glorious name. We are the first to respond to His calling, the first to exhibit His inheritance, and the first to demonstrate His power. We grow in knowing our identity, in exhibiting a testimony of His overcoming grace, and in a demonstration of His power that confirms our path as one of truth and dominion for the glory of His name.

True identity doesn’t come from the testimony of our natural birth. We were all born with inherit strengths and weaknesses. We were born with attributes of God’s glory and attributes of human weaknesses that need a visitation of God’s presence to reveal the power of His amazing grace. True identity doesn’t come from our natural inheritances, our natural circumstances, or any of our natural surroundings. True identity comes from the place of God’s presence in our lives. The poetic moments of truth reveal the heavenly testimonies of our identity in Christ. Our calling in life is to find our place in the destiny of the calling of Christ. This can only be discovered when heaven invades our hearts. When heaven touches the earth, the earth is changed. As leaders we must set an example to others in this. We do not have a calling, we are called to find our place in the calling of Christ in the world we were born in in order to bring the influence of heaven to the world we were appointed to. We are to be scribes in the kingdom of heaven drawing things into our worlds that have never been seen, heard, or thought before. We are to redeem the antique, broken, and lost things lost before our time that were meant to be part of our family name.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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A People of Inheritance

   Greetings;

We are to be people of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. God is calling for a multi-generational people that reveal His glory in things that are both old and new. The foundation of the church is built upon the prophets and the apostles. The ceiling of the Old Covenant was established upon the prophets of the tribes of Israel, but the foundation of the New Covenant was established upon the sending authority of the apostles of the Lamb. The church, the Israel of God, is established as the place of Christ’s calling, inheritance, and power in the earth to reveal the fullness of the testimony of God in the family name. We are not just seekers of God, we are inheritors of His testimony and glory in the earth. He is the source of our identity, our testimony, and our destiny in all things. We have the responsibility of scribes in the kingdom of heaven. We must draw from our treasure things new and old to establish the name of Christ above all things in the earth.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Here is some of a prophecy that I gave 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 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!’”

If you have been experiencing what you thought was a wrestle with yourself, someone else, your circumstance, or some other thing – God wants you to let Him take hold of you. He is wrestling with you that you may become an inheritor of His name. He wants you to become an inheritor of His grace. 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 32:1-8 “Behold 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)

Those who know they are nobility also know that they were born for such a time as this. We are overcoming for the sake of others. We are breaking through that we might make plans that bring life to our world. We are princes, inheritors of God, that we might bring life to a dry country and shade to a parched and weary generation. We live for the well-being of others and our plans are for the wellbeing of our day and our time as scribes in the kingdom of God.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Relevant Word

      Greetings,

Today I feel compelled to repost a prophecy I gave two years ago. I believe it is key to the season we are in. In this prophecy the emphasis is on the King and His desires. He is a giving King, one of passion and compassion. He is calling for His sons and daughters, a generation of nobility that lives for His righteous cause and His purposes in the earth. He is not afraid of the world, but even uses those who don’t necessarily act as we think they should for His purposes.

This is a time for God’s purposes and not the purposes or agendas of our own hearts.

July 25, 2016 – Prophecy by Ted J. Hanson

I hear God saying, “Will you hear what My Spirit is saying? That I have come with a kingly authority, but my kingly authority is not like the kingdoms of the world. That I am not a King who seeks to control. I am not a King who seeks to lord. I am a King who seeks to give out the substance of all that I am. I am a King that does not just give out the things that I have to those who come looking. I am a King who looks for children who also will become those of nobility. For I desire to bring forth a people who will be passionate and compassionate. A people who will recognize that they can partner with the world in unusual partnerships as they recognize My speaking through the kings of the world. Though those kings do not know Me, My people know Me and they recognize the voice within them. They recognize that My favor is here to turn the purposes of men to serve the purposes of God. And again, in the midst of this revolution I will do revolutionary things, even in the natural. I will cause the inventions and discoveries to serve My purposes. Don’t be distracted by the things that pull your attentions towards the hunger in the hearts of man’s own agenda and don’t let that spirit come into your body.”

For the Lord says, “This is a time when I am raising up a pure authority and that authority is an authority of community. It’s an authority of love. It’s an authority of life. Yes, it’s an authority that’s transparent, but it is also an authority that’s translucent. It’s not just transparent to show the vulnerable places, but it’s translucent to show the glory of transformations. For there is a confidence and there is a conviction to reveal who I am to the nations. And I am not afraid to make My decisions, says God. But I make My decisions based upon the passion and compassion of My heart. And when I remove things that need to be removed, I remove them because it is the best interest of that which will be life forevermore. And when I bring forth a furtherance of things that are I bring forth a furtherance of things that are because it’s in the best interest of bringing forth the increasing glory of My name. Will you be my people? Will you be a generation that rises up and embraces another generation? Will you be those who reject the headships of legalism and promiscuity and receive the headship of the King of glory, the King of king? And will you become the bread and the wine that doesn’t serve the purposes of just mere soulish fellowship but serves the purposes of that which is bread for the nations and life for its people? Will you become the fruit that can be eaten? Will you become the substance that can be digested? Will you be the people that change the world?”

The Spirit of God says, “Leaders I am putting upon you a mantle of fathering, but it’s not just fathering as you have known in the past. For this is a father’s womb. There are going to be things that are birthed as a mother would birth, but they’re going to be birthed as a father would birth them. For that which is birthed will be overcoming and you will raise up a people who will not just know how to embrace the joyful things of the Lord, but they will rejoice and joyfully embrace the suffering things, so they can become the substance that transforms the nations they find themselves within. And God says, I am turning my hand in favor towards that internal place of the heart. And so, Watch and see, be awake and expect it – for this is a time for the grassroots revolution to gain momentum. What’s at hand is a war on authority, but authority gives life. So, walk in this anointing and receive the speech of the Lord. Recognize the speaking of the Lord and become the speaking of the word of the Lord. And be the children of the kingdom. Be the place of oil that touches the earth. Be the place of dew that touches Zion. Be the place that’s known as, ‘Wow, that is life forevermore!’ Be the place of diversity that reveals unity and let those who are in the wars of the world only serve the purposes of those coming to the place that ends all wars, the internal kingdom of life.”

I felt it important to post this prophecy to inspire us to embrace the essence of these words. As leaders, we must embrace the mantle of fathering. This is a father spirit that births things for the purpose of God and not merely for human need. A father spirit that births an overcoming generation. A father spirit that inspires a generation to live for the kingdom of God that is the internal kingdom of the heart. This is the grassroots revolution that God desires! We must empower a generation to live for the place where heaven touches the earth, not for escaping the earth for some heavenly high. Let’s be prophetically inspired, and not distracted by the circumstances around us.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. We are moving forward in reaching the generations in the nations. 

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This Present Time

    Greetings,

Today I am writing in regard to some things I have mentioned in the past, but I feel they need to be expressed to refresh our minds as believers and leaders concerning the grace of God at work in our present time. We are living in a time where God is moving by His Spirit to cause His family to be revealed as the people of God in the earth. He is moving in the lives of many people groups to bring about a testimony of unity through diversity. His love for us grants us the power to become those who exhibit a love for Him. When He moves into our lives we are empowered to be supernaturally changed for our identity in Him, our testimony of Him, and our role in the destiny of His name in our lives. Those who resist this present move of God’s Spirit will prove to be those who hold on to the things of renewal, prophecy, and the word of faith. Previous moves of God will prove to resist the present move of God’s Spirit because we tend to measure what God is doing with what we know He has done in the past. There is a great heritage in adhering to the things God has given to us so far; but holding too tightly to the things God has done will cause us to be less than open handed towards the things that God is doing today. We must have open hands to receive what God is doing. This means we must be willing to risk losing what we have to receive even more of what God wants to give us. The present move of the Spirit of Knowing requires us to change our beliefs in order to become the people of God in a greater way. Changing our beliefs is different than wanting God to change His beliefs to match our own personal opinions, desires, and customs of life. We were all born with weaknesses and flaws that require an encounter with God in order to become who we are meant to be by the power of God’s transformational grace in our lives. Mercy is God’s measure of demonstrating His unconditional love in our lives, but His grace is the power of His presence that transforms our lives. Mercy justifies us to live, but God’s grace empowers us to live. God’s grace is His manifest presence in our lives. Salvation is not merely a theological fact, it is a transformational reality that happens because of God’s manifest presence in our lives.

God is good, and He loves people! Unity is through diversity, not conformity, but our unity is centered around the presence of God in our lives, not ourselves. Unity comes from a common focus, not a common identity. A common focus allows for the creation of diversity of identity for a common purpose. God’s mercy is the testimony of His approval of who we are as children of God, but God’s grace causes His character, nature, way, power, and authority to be granted to us as growing sons and daughters of God who are led by His Spirit and not our own way. When we come to Christ in the uniqueness of who we each are in partnership with Him, we reveal the greatness of who He is in the testimony of who we each are.

God is stripping away hiding places to birth new generations that are transformed by the power of God’s love in our midst. Iniquities are being exposed, not to be condemned, but to reveal a place of dependency upon the presence of God and His transforming grace. It is not a time to hide because of our differences, but to come as we are for the wellbeing of others and the generations to come. Christ in us is the hope of glory and the glory of God is to become all that He says we are for Him family name. We are a temple of God in the Spirit and it is from the place of His habitation that we will become a multigenerational, Christ-centered, Christ-filled, community of brotherly love. We will be a community of little children, maturing sons and daughters of God who overcome all things by God’s grace, and fathers and mothers who live for the children’s and the children’s children as we see Him as the Father of us all.

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!”

We were born to be loved; not merely to be right. Love is a revelation, not a command. When we have a revelation of God’s love we cannot help but love Him and others. God is wrestling with us, not us with Him. He knows who we really are, and He wants us to manifest truth. These are all attributes of this present grace of God’s Spirit at work in the earth. What is next? Will we stop and label Him as the God of the people or a Father who is kind to His children? Or will we move forward by the power of God’s grace to become the people of God? Will we embrace the things that require change in our beliefs, or will we allow the limitations of our present beliefs to hinder the expansion of our minds for the now testimony of Christ in the world?

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. We are moving forward in reaching the generations in the nations. 

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225.

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