Examples In His Word and Presence

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The more we know God, the more we become like Him. We are His children and He is our Father. This is why our view of God is so important. Whatever we see God to be is what we will become to others. If we see God to be a master, we will become a master to others. If we believe He is unapproachable, we will also become unapproachable in life. If we believe He is compromising in His character, we will also become compromising in our character. If we believe that He is legalistic in His words, we will become legalistic in our words to others. If we believe He simply forgives, but He never empowers us to change, we too will be forgiving, but we will never embrace change or live to empower anyone else in the change that God can bring in life. We must be people who see God more clearly each season of our lives. It is only then that we can live as the fragrance and testimony of God in our lives. As the apostle John wrote, Fathers are those who have known Him from the beginning. They have seen Him work by His overcoming grace in their lives and they know that changes continually come by the grace of God.

Leaders are sent to those they lead. Leadership is not about control, instruction, or command. It is a matter of leading others by vision, inspiration, and example in what God intends to come to pass in the lives of those within their authority. Leaders must understand that seeing God for who He is more important than seeking to excel in ministry, training, or some Biblical instruction. Knowing God, seeing Him for who He is, and becoming like Him are things to be sought by those who lead and those who follow in order to lead others also. Everyone is called to influence others in life and to lead them in some way into a relationship with God.

How can we know who God is? We must pursue intimacy with God by His Spirit in our hearts. A relationship doesn’t just happen, it is cultivated. Leaders set an example for others in being loved by God and walking in a love relationship with Him in all things. They embrace the life that God gives, willingly become an expression of His life in the testimony of their lives, and partner with God in all things. They know their sins are forgiven because God is a Father who loves them. They overcome by being strong in God’s word and in His presence. In this continued process they have become Fathers, for they see God as a Father who forgives, loves, and partners with them to empower them to overcome in all things in life.

Leaders must embrace intimacy with presence of God Spirit and they must also embrace the objective witness of His word and lead others to do the same. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever. To understand Him today we must seek to understand His voice in times past, but to understand His voice in the past we must also embrace a place of intimacy with Him by His Spirit today. Holy Spirit is a subjective witness in our lives. He submits to the voice of God in the past because He is the same voice as was in the past. He submits to the voice of God as we find it in the word of God and this is why Scripture will interpret Scripture. The New Testament is the revelation of the Old and the Old is the detailed shadow of the New. This is not the word of God according to our own twisted perception, interpretation, or application. We must study to show ourselves approved, workman who need not be ashamed. That study is not one of information, but of intimacy and the information of the word of God is only a witness to intimacy with God that transforms our lives to be expressions of God’s word in increasing measures just as Jesus was the word made flesh in the fullest measure. The word can only be understood through the perfect testimony of Jesus and the full testimony of Jesus can only be understood in the details of the shadow cast by Him in the word of God. The Scriptures testify of Him. He is the true filter for the word of God. We can only understand the shadow of a tree by looking at the tree itself. We can only understand the written word by looking at the living word of Christ. Jesus was an example in the flesh of all that the word of God is upon the page. When we find a Scripture that doesn’t match the person Jesus we must reevaluate how we are reading the Scripture. This doesn’t mean that we reject and throw away Scriptures that don’t look like love in our own opinion. Our view of God greatly affects our ability to understand what He says. In the Old Covenant the writers understood God as a Sovereign Almighty God, but the New Covenant reveals that He has always been a loving Father who has Sovereign abilities and is willing to use them when necessary. I have come to believe that His love, and Him being love, is more powerful than merely a Sovereign God. A loving Father is willing to work things out for our good, even when an enemy intends things for evil. Many of the judgments in the word of God are really the consequence of avoiding a connection with God who desires for all men to be saved. We must read all of the Scripture through the filter of a Father and His children, not a God and His subjects. Some things that are written supply good theological foundations in our lives, while many other things reveal true poetic experiences. Those poetic experiences are not meant to be interpreted as theological fact, but revelations of what happens when we include God in our lives or what happens when we don’t invite Him to our table.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Embracing the Spirit of the Family

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When we understand that we are family, we willingly embrace necessary sacrifices for the sake of others. Our position becomes that of lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace in all things. Leaders must set an example in this for the sake of all embracing the family characteristics of Christ. The apostle Paul understood this to be true.

Ephesians 4:1-3  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Church is not an organization, a structure, a belief system, or a way of ministry. Church is meant to be an expression of family for the glory of our Father in heaven. Each of has a grace given to us by God for the sake of others. That grace allows us to be a multifaceted, diverse, and glorious family. There is one body, one spirit, and one hope of our calling. That calling is fulfilled by being sons and daughters of God who are led by one Lord, one Faith, one Submersion, one God and Father of us all, one God above us all, one God through us all, and one God in us all. This is the intended testimony of the family of God in the earth.

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The one body is the body of Christ, the Spirit is the Holy Spirit of God, and the hope of our calling is the fulfillment of His calling in our lives. The power of the New Covenant is a power to put off the old conduct of our old man by putting on the testimony of Christ. We allow Christ within us to be the source of life to our souls. We live each day to receive the renewal that comes to our minds by Christ’s Spirit within us. We are receiving a new way of thinking, through the inspiration of our spirits made alive by Christ’s Spirit within our hearts. We are constantly and progressively becoming new men and women in Christ. Our character, nature, way, power, and authority are becoming that which speaks truth to others with passionate love. This is not speaking law; it is releasing life-giving words to others through the expressions of who we are. When we go through the challenges of life we don’t let the challenges of life determine whom we are. Christ in us determines who we are. When we are angry, we never let our day end in anger. We don’t hold on to anything that would be a root of bitterness in our hearts. We are becoming in our nature what God already saw us to be. It is affecting our attitudes, our actions, our conversations, our efforts, our expressions, and our influences upon others.

We are to be led by one Want To (one Lord), one Faith (a faith toward God), one Submersion (a submersion in the presence of God’s Spirit for the testimony of change), one God and Father (a Father of lights to send us as the light of life to the world), one God Above All (a testimony of the power of His resurrection might in all things), one God Through All (a testimony of community love in a passion for God and compassion for one another), and one God In All (the reality of His glory subduing every enemy and releasing Christ’s destiny to the earth). The sevenfold Holy Spirit of God is what leads us as children of God (Isa. 11:1-2).

Ephesians 4:20-32 But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

These things are not disciplines of the flesh. They are transformations in our flesh brought about by the power of God’s grace at work in our lives. We are being changed from glory to glory and that internal change is affecting the expressions of our purpose and destiny with and expression of life towards others. We putt off the old man by putting on Christ! By this we are renewed in the spirit of our minds and we become motivated by a different culture, the culture of the family of God!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

 

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Following Jesus

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When we live to be a place of God’s presence we find that He abides in us and we abide in Him. We find our life in Him, but the secret to that life is that He lives in us. He gives us life by living in our lives. The most important thing of our faith is the One who speaks to our hearts and gives us faith. God in our lives is more important than His principles, but when God is in our lives we cast a shadow that appears as though we live according to His principles. He gives us life and He causes us come alive in our hearts!

Once we know that we live in Him, we can also move in Him. Jesus illustrated this New Covenant truth after He presented the truth of first being a place of His habitation in life. After telling the man that He had no place to rest His head (headship), Jesus spoke to another and asked Him to follow Him. The power of being able to follow was initiated by Jesus, not merely someone wanting to follow Him. It was the word of Jesus that would empower the man to follow. It was the expression of life from the mouth of God that would empower the man to walk out the journey of life.

Luke 9:59 And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.”

Jesus wasn’t advocating the forsaking of funerals by those who follow Him. He was simply stating that following Him was not about fixing the things of the past, burying the things of the past, or any other natural ability. Following Him was only possible by being joined to Him in life. Following Him was a matter of being an expression of Him in all things. It is in Him that we move. God gives breath to all people. He is the word, but our lives are a testimony to His voice. It is not about where we have come from; it is all about who we are in Him. He is the breath of our journey in life. This is the testimony of a New Covenant in Christ. 

Jesus then made a third illustration of New Covenant in the story. Another man said to Him a statement in regard to following Him that illustrates the testimony of the fullness of the life that is found in the New Covenant.

Luke 9:61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Following Jesus is not something that we do on Sunday, Wednesday, or any other day of the week. Following Jesus is following Him in all things. It is a testimony of tabernacling with God in all things and at all times. He gives all things to all people. In Him we have our being. It is not about visiting Him or Him visiting us. It is about abiding in Him and Him abiding in us in all things. The will of God in our lives is not what we do, it is who we are. Who we are is defined by our intimacy with God in all things. When we know who we are we can do many things that identify with who we are. We don’t get our identity out of what we do, the things we do get their identity out of us. Everything we do in life is a testimony of Him and His New Covenant life. There is no separation between our kingdom and His, and His kingdom and ours. Our lives are for the glory of His name.

The New Covenant is about living NOW each day. When we live in the NOW of each day it releases a testimony that includes yesterday and unlocks the doors of tomorrow. The things of the past are neither bad nor good; they are measured in the testimonies of today. The New Covenant is a ‘today covenant’ where we are empowered to love God with all of our hearts, all of our souls, and all of our lives.

The power of Christ is at work in us. God wants us to do greater things than Jesus did. He wants us to be the testimony of His family – a family of calling, inheritance, and power in all things. The substance of our family is Christ in us, God Himself! The testimony of Christ in us is one of God’s own love. As believers we must set the examples of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and even transitioning grandparents to the generations that follow us. It is all about family!

Let us lead to empower others to become the place of God’s presence, the voice that reveals Him to the world, and to know the greatness of partnership with God in all things!

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead For The Place of Habitation

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The four gospels of the New Testament are a very unique place in the Scripture. We have a page in our Bibles before the book of Matthew that says, “New Testament”, but it is not really. The New Testament for us doesn’t start until after the end of Matthew, after the end of Mark, after the end of Luke, and after the end of John. Although Jesus lived in the New Testament, the New Testament for us didn’t come into effect until after Jesus was crucified, buried, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and poured out His Holy Spirit upon the body of Christ in the Book of Acts. The four gospels are a very special record of human transition. It is the account of a New Covenant man living among Old Covenant people in the last days of an Old Covenant time.

There is a great story in the book of Luke that illustrates the truth of the New Covenant in the midst of an Old Covenant time. One day Jesus, a New Covenant man, was approached by an Old Covenant man who was impressed with the New Covenant testimony that he saw in the life of Jesus. He made an Old Covenant statement concerning what he would do in regard to Jesus. He said that he would follow Jesus anywhere.

Luke 9:57 As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

This Old Covenant man wanted to follow Jesus, but to follow Jesus was not an act of the human will. Following Jesus is the fruit of a supernatural connection and a supernatural habitation. The Old Covenant was centered around information in regard to how to act and how to live. The focus of human life becomes something of doing when we embrace an Old Covenant administration in our lives. To truly follow Jesus takes an empowerment of the Spirit of God within the follower. The criteria for following Jesus is made known through being a place of the presence of Christ within. Jesus’ response to the man’s statement was one of ‘being’ and not one of ‘doing’. He wasn’t saying that the man would have to take a poverty vow in order to follow Him. He wasn’t saying that the man would never know what he was doing if he followed Him. He wasn’t saying that life would become a day-to-day journey of never knowing where you are going or what you are doing. He was simply making a statement in regard to what He really wanted from the man. He stated that foxes have holes and birds have nests. A fox doesn’t look for a hole to sleep in. He isn’t dependent upon others to build him a fox motel or a bed and breakfast for foxes. A fox finds an environment of dirt, digs a hole, finds another fox, lives together, raises a family of foxes, lives a great fox life, and influences the world with fox activity. A bird doesn’t look for a nest to sleep in. A bird finds a stick, picks up another stick, and gathers many sticks to build a nest to live from. The bird is not dependent upon the local bird society or the local government to provide a place for sleeping. The bird is simply born to seek out the environment of a bird habitation, where he can find a bird partner, raise a bird family, live a great bird life, and influence the world with bird activity. Jesus was looking for a place to rest His head. He needed a body; like the fox needed a den and the bird needed a nest. He was looking for a place to rest His headship and He wanted to know if the man was it. This is the power of New Covenant. We are a place of God’s habitation in the earth so that God can have His family, live a great life, and influence the world with the life of heaven. Once we know who we are we can follow Him. It is not what we do that makes us who we are. It is who we are that empowers us to do all things! I believe that this story illustrates the first requirement of the New Covenant. To be in the New Covenant we must find the life of His Spirit within our spirits. It is in Him that we live. He gives life to all people!

As leaders, we must lead others into knowing the place of being a habitation for God’s presence. It isn’t about merely doing what Jesus would do, it is about being the place where Jesus lives. The word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood as a man so that every man and woman in each and every neighborhood can be an expression of the word. This happens when be become the place of His habitation in the earth.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Led By The Spirit

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Only children of God know the true freedom of being made free. We are new creations of God in Christ and we know the freedom of being children of God. As sons and daughters of God we are led by God’s Spirit within us. We are not just led by being told what to do. A different Spirit, a different motivator, in our being leads us. The seven-fold Holy Spirit of God is the substance of that motivation within us (Isa. 11:1-2). Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Knowing, and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. We are one body with one Spirit and it is by the leading of the Spirit that we can fulfill our part in the calling of Christ. We are led by one Lord, one Faith, one Submersion, one God and Father, one God Above All, one God Through All, and one God In All (Eph. 4:4-6). Our desires, actions, responses, submission, contributions, communion of love, and power of destiny all come by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. It is not a matter of being told what to do, it is a matter of being empowered to become who we are in Him.

Many times, we cry out for revival in our land or in our lives. I believe that we need more than revival. We need the constant, continually increasing, and very intimate reality of Christ in us. Revival alone is an Old Covenant concept. It is a longing for God to show up and do something. Revivals come, and revivals go. Revivals make an impact, but then they often turn into memories and future expectations. They become events of God in our lives that we look back upon and remember, and experiences that we long to see again. In either case, revivals alone become the substance of an Old Covenant. Revivals aren’t meant to last. They are merely meant to inspire us in the midst of the journey.

My wife Bonnie and I have been married for almost forty-one years. We don’t live for revival. We live for a constant renewal of life within us by the power of our love towards one another. We know that we are one flesh; therefore, we are inspired in our commitment, our actions, our responses, our submission, our contribution, our communion of love, and our power of destiny with one another in our journey together in life. We have had our moments of inspiration that seem like revivals in our relationship, but the strength of our covenant is in the everyday life we find together. We are inspired in our commitment, actions, responses, submission, contribution, love, and dedication because we are led by a spirit of oneness in all that we do. This is the testimony of a New Covenant life! A New Covenant life is a constantly NOW Covenant reality. It is the same in the body of Christ. Mere revivals aren’t meant to last. They are part of the journey and should be expected in the seasons of life in the kingdom. They wake us up to new things in Christ, but the life of Christ is an intimate, renewing, and refreshing relationship with God in all things. The secret is the mystery of Christ in us who empowers us to live in all times.

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The power of New Covenant Ministry is that God made us free, He made us sons and daughters. The best that you could come to God in the Old Covenant was as a servant. The New Covenant is a place of a Father and His children. It is the place of God and His offspring. It is a place of abiding with Him, not a place of doing things for Him.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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People of Praise as the Community of God

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Being the body of Christ is about becoming us and revealing the testimony of Christ’s life influencing the world from the testimony and power of us. We have to see ourselves as us, not just in the setting of Sunday service but wherever we are in life. I don’t do anything in life as an independent individual. I do it for the purpose of the gate of heaven, the church. This includes my everyday word and even my own natural family. Ephesians chapter 1 reveals that our hope is the calling of Christ and our riches are His inheritance that is in us and the testimony of His power in through us for His glory. It is not our calling, our inheritance, or our power. It is us for His glory, but it is always us in connection with other believers.

Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

The prophet was prophesying concerning God’s heart for the earth in the future. His words were in regard to Judah and Jerusalem. Israel was never intended to be merely a nation. It was a testimony of the day when God would make all tongues, tribes, peoples, and nations a part of the Israel of God. God’s way was never a nation. It has always been a kingdom, but the kingdom of God is an internal kingdom. It is in our hearts. It consumes our lives, so the kingdoms of our lives become testimonies of the kingdom of our Lord and Christ. There are physical expressions in our kingdoms that testify of the internal kingdom of God in our hearts. When Isaiah was prophesying about Judah and Jerusalem, it was for more than these natural realities. He was prophesying to the spiritual reality of what that it is. To understand it, we have to translate the words. The name Judah means praise. It can be a people of praise or the praise of God in the earth. Jerusalem means vision of peace. It is being able to see that there is no separation between men and God. The spiritual reality of these two things is for all people to become the praise of God and for all people to become the community of God that is not separate from Him. The prophet was speaking to humanity in eternity concerning being the praise of God and the community of God in the earth. Praise is something we are. It is not just something we do. When we become fully alive for God’s glory, that is praise. When we become an imitation, a fake, or an actor – that doesn’t praise God. When we become the excellence of who we were meant to be, that praises Him. When we live for Him with all our heart, soul, and strength, that is praise. When we live for ourselves, that is not praise. When we live for Him we find life more abundant because He doesn’t need anything from us. He gives us life, breath and al things. When we give to Him our life, our breath and our things, we discover there is no end to the increase of the life, the breath, and the things He gives to us. We enter into the joy of having a relationship with God who is a giver. We manifest as sons and daughters of God – givers of life. When we are together as the people of God, the church, the gate of heaven, Zion – we become the community of God known as Jerusalem. The prophet was speaking about that Jerusalem and Judah.

He will teach us His ways,

And we shall walk in His paths.

For out of Zion shall go forth the law,

And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

What are the ways, paths, law, and word of the community of God? It is a community with a justice system of love. This means it is a community that will have to exercise love and demonstrate love for God and one another. It isn’t just a place to be loved, but a place to grow in being able to love. I wonder if we can expect that to be challenging at times? It is a community of diversity. It is diversity that springs out of one Spirit. It isn’t unity through diversity because of the diversity, but unity through diversity because of the strength of One Spirit. It is one tree with many branches. The strength of the tree is not in the branches, it is in the connection of the branches to the one trunk of the tree. There are diversity of expressions, but one family in the family tree of community.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Power of the Church

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Jesus came to this world and manifested as the Christ, the stature of our heavenly Father in human form. He was the stone that struck the statue of self upon its feet. He struck the statue of self in the place of belief and His Word and Spirit proved to be stronger than the lies and deceptions set as the foundation of self-seeking humanity. His ability to transform the high places of our hearts by the higher place of the Father’s love enables a transformation of our actions, imaginations, and influences in the world. The Stone of Christ is the substance of each and every stone in the mountain of God.  Every stone in the mountain of God is the likeness and image of the Father. The beliefs of self-seeking are established by the control and manipulation of human desires. They are like the iron and clay found in the feet of the statue in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 2:31-45). The foundation of the stature of Christ is different than the foundation of the statue of self. The beliefs of the heart of those who find themselves in the stature of Christ are established upon the will of the Father and not the self-seeking, self-preserving, self-fulfilling ways of men. It is not the will of a man (iron) nor is it the will of the people (clay) that reveals the likeness and image of our heavenly Father. It is not control or manipulation. It is not about what we can get in life, but what we are for the sake of blessing others. We are here to bless. We are a blessing. The transformation happens in the mountain of the Lord. It happens in the corporate place of Christ’s life. It happens in the body of Christ, the church, the place of divinely joined members of the habitation of Christ.

Let’s go to the mountain of the Lord and He will teach us His ways. I am here to be a blessing. I am here to give. I am here to bless you. I believe it, so now I am acting as a blessing. Instead of making judgments according to the flesh (brass), I am demonstrating actions that speak of my love. I believe I am blessing, so I am going to be who I am for your sake. I am going to act in a way that causes you to come alive. I am living to multiply, not to add to my own life. What does that do? It changes what I think about. It changes what is in my heart and in my arms. What am I believing for the future? I am believing that what cannot be changed today is going to be changed in the generations of tomorrow? This church doesn’t exist for me. It exists for the children that haven’t been born yet. My life is for my children’s children and their children. I am imagining a world beyond me. I am believing for the impossible. I am living for what cannot be changed today to be changed tomorrow. The result will be a new influence – a greater principality – The Principality Christ. The Prince of all princes is the influence of my life.

If the feet of this body were a man named Paul, then the waist and the thighs was a man named Timothy, so the chest and arms could be faithful men, and the ultimate head could be others also. This testimony of the stature of Christ goes into a third and fourth generation. This church is here for a third and fourth generation. The influencers of the world live like this and the church almost never does and that is why some in the world have more influence than the church. The church often lives for today with little thought of tomorrow. The gospel of the kingdom of God is the kingdom of God filling the earth.

My wife does not need me praying illegitimate prayers like; “Honey what do you want to do next year? I don’t know babe, if there is a next year. Let’s not plan too far out. If it is the will of God that I still love you in five years, then we can maybe do that.” If our covenant relationship includes a way of it ending, it will end. If we don’t have a covenant plan, our plans will come to an end. Martin Luther, from the reformation, was asked what he would do if he know Jesus was coming back tomorrow? His answer was, “I will plant a tree today.” In other words, he was not planning on Him coming back today. If He does fine, but he was putting something in the earth that never ends. We are here to put something in the earth that never ends. How awesome is this place! This is the gate of heaven! This is the place that changes the beliefs of hearts of men. This is the place of Abraham, that then becomes the place of Isaac, that then becomes the place of Jacob, that then becomes the place of Israel!

We are not going away. We are not disappearing. I have already decided that when I am gone from this earth that I will still be in this earth. I am putting as big of a mark of who I am in the earth for the sake of us. I have already decided that my sons and my daughters are smarter than me and my grandchildren and great grandchildren will do greater things still. I am living for that. I was glad when they said, let’s go to the house of the Lord. This is the mountain where the ways, the paths, the Law of God, and the Word goes from Jerusalem. The word is the influence of the Lord. These are beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influences. We can expect to be challenged in our ways. God’s beliefs are going to challenge our beliefs. The path of God is going to challenge our paths. The law of God is going to challenge the law as I see it. The word of Jerusalem is going to challenge the world of Ted. I need to be a part of the community, so His beliefs become my beliefs, so His paths, His actions, become my paths. I need to be a part of His mountain so His law, the law of love, becomes the law of my heart and mind. I need to be a part of His house, so His word becomes the word of who I am and who we are as an expression of Him.

In all of this, it is us! This is a great thing! I am not shopping for what meets my needs. I am expecting to be changed. I am expecting to be transformed. I am expecting to be challenged to grow. I am expecting to get old, but I am also expecting to flourish in my older years. On the outside I am 62, but on the inside I am eternal, and I am dreaming more. What am I dreaming about? What are we going to become? This is the family of God.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead To Transform Beliefs (2)

Greetings,

The church is filled with members who are growing in the testimony of the stature of Christ. The stature of Christ is transforming the statue of self in our lives. It is like the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. The key to the destruction of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was a crushing of its feet. I believe that the iron of the feet was a testimony of the control of man. This characteristic was made manifest in the dictatorial rule of the Caesars of Rome as a sign of how things are in the systems of the world and the testimony of self. The feet of the statue were also a testimony of manipulation. The clay in the feet was a testimony of the will of man, as Rome was also a democracy. The feet of the statue stood upon a testimony of the will of a man and the will of the people, both reveal a belief system propagated by control and manipulation. This is only true when humanity bases its beliefs upon the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus was a man of grace and truth. He stood upon believing His heavenly Father, and thus all of His standing was rooted in the Tree of Life.

The waist and thighs of brass in the statue were significant of the actions of the flesh that facilitate a judgmental rule of self. A belief based upon the knowledge of good and evil will inspire actions based upon good and evil, but those actions will be fear based and self-preserving in nature. They are actions of natural sight and are absent the substance of faith that expands a belief of love and life.

The chest and arms of silver in the statue were symbolic of the imaginations of the heart. Whereas the heart of Jesus caused Him to see the joy beyond the cross, the imaginations of the statue of self are self-gratifying imaginations and motives of the heart that are even willing to sacrifice the future for the present realities of men. Those imaginations are centered upon self and not those that cause the children and the children’s children to possess the gates of their enemies. Rather than being those who release blessings with the hands of inheritance, they live as takers with the hands of self-gratification.

The head of gold was a testimony of the influence of self. Those influences are rooted in a belief system that desires to be blessed more than living to be a blessing. It is seen through the reality of actions that are not willing to yield, but done to take whatever is needed to preserve the image of self. Those actions are actions of addition and not those of multiplication. Self-preserving actions propagate self-gratifying imaginations that spend tomorrow’s inheritance today and leave the generations bankrupt in their ability to possess the gates of the enemy.

Jesus destroyed the foundation of beliefs propagated by control and manipulation. Like the promise given to Abraham, He knew He was born to be a blessing; therefore, He lived to bring His Father’s blessings to the world. His beliefs were fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD. He was not changed by the controls or the manipulations of men.

Jesus eradicated the actions of the flesh that facilitate the judgmental rule of self. Instead of seeking to add to His own life He lived to multiply. He lived to give to others. His actions were fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD and were not influenced by the judgments of men.

Jesus transformed the self-gratifying motives of the heart to become life-giving imaginations of hope for our children and our children’s children. He lived for the generations and thus the imaginations of His heart were fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD. His thoughts were for the future generations of men and his hands were the blessing hands of inheritance.

Jesus established the influence of the Father in our lives so we can influence the world with the inheritance of His name and not the influence of self. The families of the earth will be blessed because of the likeness and the image of the Father made known in the flesh of men. Jesus’ influence was fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD. He didn’t attack influence with influence but eradicated it by the power to transform beliefs.

Jesus stood in a true heavenly belief that revealed a heavenly rule, a heavenly imagination, and heavenly influence for all mankind in the earth. He was the man who could see, listen, discern truth, and speak clearly on behalf of His heavenly Father in this world. He did this as a human being and thus He has the power to transform the beliefs of humanity to change the world!

We are called, appointed, anointed to tear down the high places in the earth through the ministry of reconciliation to God in Christ. Those high places are the seat of heaven in the human heart. Where there is no gap between God and men in the human heart there is no end to the increase of His government and peace. When the Word and the Spirit conceive in the heart, the place of heavenly belief is established and there is an empowerment of changed actions. Those actions stimulate the imaginations of the heart to believe for the peoples, nations, and generations of the world. It is through the power of the heart’s eye that we can believe for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done upon the earth as it is in heaven. Those changed beliefs, actions, and imaginations establish the principle things of heaven as an influence in and to the world in which we live. The stone of Christ and a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD will fill our lives with the glory of God!

Our leadership style must never be that of control and manipulation. We must lead to activate, facilitate, and release God inspired beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influences. All of these are rooted in a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD! We must lead to inspire others to live their lives on the foundation of a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD! It is a place of God-dependency and not self-sufficiency.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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Lead To Transform Beliefs

Greetings,

The key to the destruction of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was a crushing of its feet. I believe that the iron of the feet was a testimony of the control of man. This was made manifest in the dictatorial rule of the Caesars of Rome. The feet of the statue were also a testimony of manipulation. The clay in the feet was a testimony of the will of man, as Rome was also a democracy. The statue stood upon a testimony of the will of a man and the will of the people, both reveal a belief system propagated by control and manipulation. This is only true when humanity bases its beliefs upon the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus was a man of grace and truth. He stood upon believing His heavenly Father, and thus all of His standing was rooted in the Tree of Life.

The waist and thighs of brass in the statue were significant of the actions of the flesh that facilitate a judgmental rule of self. A belief based upon the knowledge of good and evil will inspire actions based upon good and evil, but those actions will be fear based and self-preserving in nature. They are actions of natural sight and are absent the substance of faith that expands a belief of love and life.

The chest and arms of silver in the statue were symbolic of the imaginations of the heart. Whereas the heart of Jesus caused Him to see the joy beyond the cross, the imaginations of the statue of self are self-gratifying imaginations and motives of the heart that sacrifice the future for the present realities of men. Those imaginations are centered upon self and not those that cause the children and the children’s children to possess the gates of their enemies. Rather than being those who release blessings with the hands of inheritance, they live as takers with the hands of self-gratification.

The head of gold was a testimony of the influence of self. Those influences are rooted in a belief system that desires to be blessed more than living to be a blessing. It is seen through the reality of actions that are not willing to yield, but done to take whatever is needed to preserve the image of self. Those actions are actions of addition and not those of multiplication. Self-preserving actions propagate self-gratifying imaginations that spend tomorrow’s inheritance today and leave the generations bankrupt in their ability to possess the gates of the enemy.

Jesus destroyed the foundation of beliefs propagated by control and manipulation. Like the promise given to Abraham He knew He was born to be a blessing and therefore He lived to bring His Father’s blessings to the world. His beliefs were fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD. He was not changed by the controls or the manipulations of men.

Jesus eradicated the actions of the flesh that facilitate the judgmental rule of self. Instead of seeking to add to His own life He lived to multiply. He lived to give to others. His actions were fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD and were not influenced by the judgments of men.

Jesus transformed the self-gratifying motives of the heart to become life-giving imaginations of hope for our children and our children’s children. He lived for the generations and thus the imaginations of His heart were fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD. His thoughts were for the future generations of men and his hands were the blessing hands of inheritance.

Jesus established the influence of the Father in our lives so we can influence the world with the inheritance of His name and not the influence of self. The families of the earth will be blessed because of the likeness and the image of the Father made known in the flesh of men. Jesus’ influence was fully based upon a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD. He didn’t attack influence with influence but eradicated it by the power to transform beliefs.

Jesus stood in a true heavenly belief that revealed a heavenly rule, a heavenly imagination, and heavenly influence for all mankind in the earth. He was the man who could see, listen, discern truth, and speak clearly on behalf of His heavenly Father in this world. He did this as a human being in this world and thus He has the power to transform the beliefs of humanity to change the world!

We are called, appointed, anointed to tear down the high places in the earth through the ministry of reconciliation to God in Christ. Those high places are the seat of heaven in the human heart. Where there is no gap between God and men in the human heart there is no end to the increase of His government and peace. When the Word and the Spirit conceive in the heart the place of heavenly belief is established and there is an empowerment of changed actions. Those actions stimulate the imaginations of the heart to believe for the peoples, nations, and generations of the world. It is through the power of the heart’s eye that we can believe for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done upon the earth as it is in heaven. Those changed beliefs, actions, and imaginations establish the principle things of heaven as an influence in and to the world in which we live. The stone of Christ and a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD will fill our lives with the glory of God!

Our leadership style must never be that of control and manipulation. We must lead to activate, facilitate, and release God inspired beliefs, actions, imaginations, and influences. All of these are rooted in a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD! We must lead to inspire others to live their lives on the foundation of a REVELATION of BELIEVING GOD! It is a place of God-dependency and not self-sufficiency.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

 

 

 

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The Power of the Mountain

          Greetings,

Spiritual forces affect the beliefs of the hearts of men. Those beliefs determine how people act and that creates the reality of the imaginations of their mind. What they think about inspires the influence of their lives. This is the way of human beings. All human beings live their lives based upon what they believe. Those beliefs determine how they act. How they act determines what they think about all the time. What they think about determines how they influence the world around them. We cannot change the world by attacking influence with influence. We have to change beliefs. We have to destroy the high places of beliefs. We have to destroy the hosts of wickedness in high places – heavenly places in the heart. In the mountain of the Lord, God changes our beliefs. This inspires changed actions and changes in what we think about all the time, which changes our influence in the world.

Galatians 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”

The gospel, the good news, that God preached to Abraham was not the good news that when we die we can go to heaven. The gospel that was preached to Abraham, the good news preached to Abraham, was good news that would change the beliefs, actions, imaginations and the influences of people.

Genesis 22:15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

When we know we are a blessing, we live to be a blessing and God causes us to be a blessing.  Because we believe we are a blessing, we live to give greater value to then next generation. We act as those who give blessings instead of those who live to take from others. Instead of adding to our lives we will multiply. Instead of being a needy person, we will be need meeting people. In multiplying God will multiply us. He won’t make us the big man or woman, He will cause us to be men and women who make others big. Our descendants will possess the gates of their enemies. They will change what is not changed right now. Our children’s children will be greater than us. In our seed, all the families of the earth will be blessed. This is the gospel of the kingdom of God. It is the only thing that destroys principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and hosts of wickedness in high places. it is the only means of destroying selfish beliefs, actions, imaginations and influences.

There is a great story in the Scripture where Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream (Dan. 2:31-45). The dream troubled him and he gave an order for his counselors and wise men to tell him his dream and its interpretation. God blessed Daniel and his friends with the dream and its interpretation. In the dream King Nebuchadnezzar saw a great statue of extraordinary splendor. It had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, waist and thighs of brass, and legs of iron with feet of iron and clay. Then a stone not cut with human hands struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. The crushing of the feet of the statue caused the entire substance of the statue to be crushed and become like chaff from the summer threshing floor and the wind carried them away so there was no trace left of the statue. The stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. The interpretation of the dream revealed that Nebuchadnezzar and the kingdom of Babylon was the head of gold, King Cyrus and the Mede Persian kingdom was the chest and arms of silver, Alexander the great and the kingdom of Greece was the waist and thighs of brass, and the legs of iron with feet of iron and clay was indicative of the kingdom of Rome and its carnal ruler Nero. In the time of Rome the rock of Christ would destroy the kingdoms of self by crushing the selfish beliefs of men through the selfless sacrifice of Jesus and His God willed resurrection as Christ the head and body to change the world.

I believe this image was not limited to the four nations represented in it, but that the four nations represented in it were a testimony of the image of man throughout all time. What should have been the image of the heavenly Father had become the glory of self. It revealed humanity in a self-righteous condition without dependence upon God. It took a human being, the Seed of Abraham, to crush the image of self by the testimony of the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person in flesh (Heb. 1:3). That human being was the man Jesus Christ.

Food For Thought,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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