Grace Happens When We See Him!

Greetings,

Well the snow is past and the sun is now shining in my part of the world. I had a great week last week with lots of snow encounters, grandpa and grandchildren experiences, ambushes by God in our Christ Life Training sessions, and a good weekend in my home church. God is good.

I have been addressing the subject of a culture of grace and what a community of people empowered by God’s grace look like. The foundation of the community of God, is God! He is who He is and He is secure in who He is. It is His security and His identity that sets the foundation for the community of God in heaven and upon the earth.

When asked by Moses as to who He was, God’s simple answer was one of security – “I Am”. He didn’t explain who He was. He didn’t explain what He does. He didn’t explain how He created the universe and how He redeems things and restores things. He didn’t explain how quickly He can do miracles. He simply said, “I Am”. I think the big I Am wanted all the little ‘i am’s’ to know who they are. The community of God is filled with loved people. It is God’s love that reveals to each on who they are. “I am a child of God. I am a son of God. I am a daughter of God. I am the bride of Christ.” The Dad wants the children to know that they are like Him. We are little ‘I am’ s’  in the testimony of the big I Am! Grace empowers me to be who I am where law only required me to be an I do, but even a parrot can be taught to say, praise the lord. But only a son or a daughter can say to their heavenly Father, “You are the excellence of my life!” The future is in our thinking. Who are we?

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

Gird up the loins of your mind and be sober. To be sober doesn’t mean to be sad. It means to be purposed. Gird up the loins of your mind and be purposed. Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is brought to you at a revelation of Jesus Christ, not a revelation about Jesus Christ. A revelation of Him. When you see Him, your world changes. When you see Him in your heart, your heart changes. When you see Him in your circumstance, your circumstance changes.

I have a wonderful everyday experience that allows me to understand this verse better. When I come home from a trip my grandson loves to come and see me at my house. He will come to my house and ring my front door bell. He is looking forward to seeing me. He knows that anything that he may have done that was bad while I was gone doesn’t matter to me. He knows that I love him and he can’t wait to be with me. When he rings the bell at my door he has an expectation of me coming to see who it is. He will hide under the front bench on my porch. When I am away on a trip he loves seeing me on the computer through face time, but if he can get in the same room with me the atmosphere and the reality of his life changes. When he knows that I am home, he has an expectation of only good things. He comes to my house and he will ring my door bell several times. I will get up from my chair and he knows that I am going to get out of my chair. I am going to make some noise, I will say, “who’s ringing my door bell?” Who’s ringing my door bell? Is there someone at my door?” Now, he will be excited at this point! He will hide under the bench I have on the front porch. He is not hiding because He doesn’t want me to find him. He knows I will find him. He has a need. His world has been missing grandpa, but now grandpa is home. He has an expectation. He wants to experience a world with grandpa in it. The word revelation in 1 Peter 1:13 (grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ), is a great word. It is the word apocalypse. It doesn’t mean doom and gloom. It is an unveiling or revealing of what could not be seen before. An apocalypse of grandpa would be a revelation that, here he is! When my grandson sees me as I find him beneath the bench, his whole world changes! He experiences a change in his heart and a change in his mind. My grandson wants an experience with who I am, because he knows that who I am will cause wonderful things to happen in his heart, his mind, and in his everyday world. This is the way it is with grace and a revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Him in our room, everything changes! Expect to see Jesus in your life today! Grace comes at a revelation of Him in your room!

I will bend down and my grandson will see me. He will leap into my arms! He will smell me and feel me! He will experience me. I am no longer a picture on a computer screen. I am no longer a promise. I am grandpa and here I am! Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ. When you smell Him and experience Him and He is no longer a page in a book. When He is no longer a promise, but He is in your world and now your world changes! The whole environment changes because grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

About ted4you

Ted J. Hanson is the author of several Christian books intended to equip and raise up strong believers in Christ. He leads a training school known as Christ Life Training (www.christlifetraining.com) and ministers globally through House of Bread Ministry (www.houseofbreadministry.org). Ted travels to various places throughout the U.S. as well as other countries. He is a dynamic preacher/teacher who has a heart to share, uncompromisingly, the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He holds a bachelor of theology and masters of biblical studies through Christian International Ministries Network and is ordained through Abundant Life Ministries and House of Bread Ministry. He has served to plant and establish many ministries.
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3 Responses to Grace Happens When We See Him!

  1. Harvest of Faith Church says:

    You are many things but I like Grandpa best

  2. Jodi Murphy says:

    Ted, since you travel in your ministry, I have a question for you, which I will get to later. First, I need to tell you who we are. My husband and I, Don and Jodi Murphy, are members of Citilife Church in Deming. We ALWAYS enjoy your visits! Of course we also love Cesar and Irene. The Lord has been dealing with me, Jodi, by using two specific words: WATCHTOWER or WATCHMEN and VOICE. There are several places that mention watchtowers and watchers but Isaiah 21:1-10 talks about setting a watchman to declare what he sees. I felt that He is stating that Christians should open our eyes and SEE (Psalm 119:19) what HE wants to show us for TODAY! We also need to have ears to hear what He is saying. I was taught as a child that I was to be “seen and not heard,” so, I was always quiet. Even into young adulthood I was not heard. So the word VOICE is scary to me personally. LOL. The Lord has given me 2 Peter1:16-21 to think about. We are to be a prophetic VOICE for our Lord until He returns. He is saying to me that He needs Christians to rise up and speak His TRUTH as given from the Holy Spirit. To a person that has had no VOICE, I am overwhelmed. But, I know that somehow I need to do this. I am almost 66 years old, so it needs to be now. I have started to put prophetic words and scripture with my art at http://www.jodimurphystudio.com but He says Do More. My husband and I are leaving Deming to travel for a while (til August) before the end of the month in our RV. We are heading toward SE Utah to see some of God’s country. We have been trying to think about what we could do for Him while we travel. Since you travel a lot, we thought you might have some ideas of what we could do. A project or plan. Can you help with this? I felt led to ask you today. Many blessings are sent your way!

    • ted4you says:

      Hi Don and Jodi – It looks like your art is a great start. As you journey look for divine connections and look for moments to point to life. It may be one-on-one in a connection with others on a journey too. Maybe God will cause you to be the fire to retire some people who think that life ends in retirement. Maybe you will fuel dreams in the hearts of some who don’t think they can dream again. Every mountain is made of many stones. Look for the stones, not the mountain. A watchman is someone who is ‘awake’ to God and draws heaven into the world they live in so others can see it too. Be the light that shines in the darkness so some you meet will be drawn to the light. Be the light within that inspires others to find that light. Don’t grow old, just continue to increase in an eternal vision of life in your hearts and help others find that light.

      Blessings to your journey – Ted Hanson

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