Today I am in Castlegar, BC, Canada. We have had a great weekend with some wonderful people who have hungry hearts for all that God wants to give. The presence of God has been wonderful and the reception of God’s word has been commendable as many people have come out for numerous sessions of teaching. I will be teaching on Life-Giving Relationships all week as well as doing some special training during the afternoons. Thank you to all who have come ready to receive, open to hear, and hungry to respond to all that God is doing.
I have been writing concerning a culture of grace. We are God’s family and the family of God is empowered by God’s grace. God’s grace transforms our hearts and our minds to enable us to live for the wellbeing of others. This is the character of our family!
How can we tell our progress in the process of the working of God’s grace in our lives? All things are lawful for us and we could think the ability to do all things, or anything, is a mark of our freedom in Christ. We could consider the liberty of doing all things is the true testimony of God’s grace in our lives, but in doing so we would be selling ourselves short of the power of God’s grace. When we see grace as the power of personal liberty we often substitute God’s power of transformation for an excuse to not change in our ways. When we do this, we exchange God’s acceptance of our lives for a personal agenda of tolerance by God and others for who we want to be. This leads to a mentality of entitlements from God and others and negates our ability to be empowered by a supernatural transformation by God’s grace in us. God’s mercy sets us free from the judgment of anything. So, we could live with an attitude of nothing matters. “God loves me! I am a child of God! My sins are forgiven! You cannot judge me by what I do! I can do anything! I can eat meat. I can eat vegetables. I can have this freedom or I can observe that law. I can do anything, because I am justified by faith in Him and it is by faith that I have peace with God. Mercy has triumphed over judgment!” Surely God’s mercy frees us from the bondage of law, but God’s grace empowers us for much more than living in the freedom of our own personal desires.
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
The first part of this verse reveals a liberty to do all things, but doing all things is not the true freedom of grace. All things are lawful for me, unless I know who you am. When I know who I am, I cannot just do anything. I can do anything and still be loved by God, but when I know who I am, I become empowered to do all things for the sake of being a giver of life to myself, others, and the world.
I believe that we are in a grassroots revolution on planet earth. This revolution is one that comes from the hearts of people and not merely the governments of lands. God wants that kind of revolution in the hearts of people upon the earth. In the world, we find that connections today are in a more detailed level. We see it in social media. I believe that it is a sign. It has made the world a smaller place in a sense. It has made the world a more wonderful place, but also a more terrible one. It has made the world more safe and unsafe. Everything is assessable. In the natural there are many revolutions in the world that are happening from within the hearts of peoples. People are revolting. Their cry is that something must be different in the kingdoms of the world. These revolutions are even inspiring wars among men. There is violence. There is revolt. It is proving that human beings make terrible slaves. God is prophetically restoring the speech of the Lord, the speaking of the Lord, and the speaking of the word of the Lord. There is going to be a removal of the headship of promiscuity and a removal of legalism. Each of these headships are from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They are both rooted in the realm of time and they are based upon experience and human wisdom. Natural sight is the motivating factor of these headships. One says there are many rules and the other says there are no rules. God wants to remove that headship from the church and from the peoples of the world. God is releasing a new sound in the earth.
We must be tuned to the frequency of God’s heart so when God touches us our lives are filled with the sound of what He wants to do, not the sound of our own personal desires. The sound of God is one of life for others. It is a sound of living for the wellbeing of one another. His speech is a speech of passion and compassion. His speaking is even through those who do not know Him and the wise are willing to partner with those who do not know Him for His purposes in the earth. The speaking of the word of the Lord is when what God wants becomes a body of flesh and spirit upon the earth. This is the testimony of the family of God.
We need to be like an empty box, with touchable strings, that is tuned to the frequency of God’s heart so when He touches us we become filled with the sound of His heart. We cannot use a misunderstanding of God’s grace as an excuse to propagate our own personal desires, ways, or opinions among men. Our hearts must be ready to be filled with the sound of what God wants in the earth. This is a testimony of God’s grace working in our lives.
Ted J. Hanson