I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I sure did enjoy my time with my family at home. The tribe is growing and it was a very good time and a great celebration! Yesterday I got to preach at A-Life and presented some key thoughts for the coming year of 2016. The podcast will be posted.
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, destiny and a 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. 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 will be found in the unexpected and unusual partnerships of 2016. Listen for the sound that plants the righteous inheritance of God and seeks to build, raise up, and make things new for the glory of God!
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.
Ted J. Hanson