I hope you are all well. I have to say that I am very fine. I had an appointment in the forest yesterday and my heavenly Father blessed me with a beast! I reaped a nice 5×5 elk bull with my black powder gun yesterday and it looks like good eats for the next year. No more beef for me! May Dad gave me a beast of all that He owns! (Ps. 50:10).
Honor your father and mother that your days may be long. Whose days? Honor for your father and your mother is an honor for the testimony, authority, inheritance, and destiny of your family name. This would be true for those who have good parents who understand these things and it would also true for those who have abusive parents, absent parents, or apathetic parents. Knowing who we are is not dependent upon a former generation knowing who they were, but knowing who we are will empower successive generations to become all that they should be.
The days of your family name are meant to be long in the earth. They are meant to bring about changes for life and an influence of life to the perpetual generations of your family name. The days of your father, mother, brother, sisters, and you are meant to bring an increasing influence of life in the earth. This would even be true for a Christ-life community birthed by God in the earth. There are few churches that understand this honor. I believe that the church I am part of and used to pastor is growing in this understanding, but even what I did as a pastor was the result of what someone else did before me.
By the grace of God, I am discovering what it means to honor your father and mother that your days may be long in the earth. In the church I pioneered I chose to honor those who were before me. This included those I knew and those I did not know before my time. He told me that I was not His first choice, I was not His second choice, I was not His third choice, I was not His fourth choice – I was His first choice. This implied that I was number five, or perhaps simply in the place of grace for what is now, since five is a prophetic symbolism for grace. There could have been a hundred before me, but God was now appointing me to be a householder of the family name. When God spoke to me in regard to my journey of inheritance He implied that there were many before me, but that I was now the householder He was calling upon to be scribe in the kingdom of heaven.
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.”
God gave me something that belongs to our family. Inherence is given to us and it must be received with a vision and focus of expanding its influence in the earth. It is not given to us to spend upon ourselves. Inheritance is given to change the world. Inheritance is not given to pay our bills. Inheritance is given to create a world where there is no debt. Inheritance includes a family authority, a family anointing, a family inheritance, and a family will. Our food is to do the will of God in the earth. Our food is what we feed upon and what feeds us to be strong in the fullness of life. Our food is to do the will of God in the earth as a part of a family inheritance for the Father’s glory.
We get to walk this out in the community culture of Christ. It is bigger than any single church or ministry. It is bigger than any individual family. It has to do with the families of the world. It is a family filled with beliefs and valuable things that inspire actions that empower imaginations that result in global influences. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. We wrestle against influences, powers of expanding imaginations, and illegitimate actions that are rooted in beliefs that are the seat and authority to propagate those illegitimate forces of evil. Illegitimate beliefs inspire rulers, actions, and controllers that seek to expand upon those illegitimate beliefs of death. The illegitimate beliefs in the hearts of men create a stronghold of wickedness in heavenly places. Illegitimate beliefs are based upon lies and deceptions in the hearts and minds of men. Those beliefs create family cultures, tribal cultures, and national cultures that resist the true culture of the kingdom of heaven.
All cultures of the world are based upon lies and deceptions, but all are meant to be expressions of one family inheritance. All of humanity is meant to walk in a family anointing and authority that is different than the way humanity naturally thinks. We must embrace the culture of the kingdom of God and allow the culture of the kingdom of God to change the way we are as families in the earth. The substance of our inheritance comes from the kingdom of God.
I have an inheritance in the area of family, marriage, relationships, and new covenant life and grace. It is based upon the word and Spirit that has changed what I believed before to what I believe today. You can only receive the inheritance of a family if you honor that family and its inheritance. The churches I work with get different measures of who I am. Each church only receives what they recognize I have as a God inheritance. To the degree they recognize it, they can receive it. To the degree that they don’t recognize what it is that I carry of inheritance, they don’t receive it. This is how it is in a family name.
When God sends us leaders he sends them to help us change our beliefs because God wants to give us an inheritance. We don’t war against principalities to pull them down, we must raise up stronger influences by demolishing the place of their standing with a stronger hold for new standing. We must become an expression of the family of God in a way of inheritance. The beliefs or our hearts must change, the actions or our lives will then change, then the imaginations of our hearts will change and our influence will manifest to bring changes in the earth.
Wherever there is a manifestation of the body of Christ there is a destruction of the bodies of the enemy. If you want the devil to leave your city, focus on the body of Christ. If you want to get rid of the things that are wrong in your city, focus on the body of Christ. Focus on the family of God. Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long in the earth. We must become a generational manifestation of the family name.
Ted J. Hanson