I have just finished a fantastic weekend in Castlegar, BC, Canada. Thank you to all the hungry people who came out for prophetic teaching and training. It was a real blessing being with you all. I look forward to being with you all again.
God does all things by the power of His word. He is a life giver; thus, He cannot help but express that life to formless, void, and dark places. His expression is His Word and His Word brings life to all things. When He expresses who He is, who He is influences the world.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
The Word of God is not just the verbal expressions of God. It is by no means merely the written expressions of Scripture. The Word of God is His touch, His voice, and His expressed atmosphere that brings life to all that is around Him. When God expresses who He is, who He is brings life to all that experiences Him.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
God is the Father, the Word, and the Spirit. He is the one who gives life, expresses life, and causes life to come in all things. As people, we were created in the likeness and the image of God. We are three-part in our being. We are spirit, soul, and body. Our spirit is meant to be one with the Spirit of God in all things, thus we become alive by the life that He gives. Our soul is the bridge between that which is spirit and that which is natural. It manifests with thoughts, reasoning, desire, emotions, and imagination. The human soul is how the human spirit can be manifested in the human life. The human life is the physical expression of authority. It is the testimony of the human spirit made real in practical endeavors through our physical lives in the world. The human spirit is to be one with the Holy Spirit and thus it is to be abundantly alive and prosperous in all its substance. When our spirits are alive in God, our souls become impassioned from within. The thoughts, reasoning’s, emotions, imaginations, and desires of God become the attributes of all that we are in Him. A prosperous spirit produces a prosperous soul that inspires a prosperous life. This is how the Spirit of God influences the world in which we live.
As the family of God, we must know that we are the expressions of God to the world. We are to be the testimony of His word to the world we live in. I am not talking about Scripture memory. I am talking about a life-giving and life-transforming influence. Many people ask why there is so much bad in the world if God is such a good God. I believe that man is the agent of God’s life to the world and the real answer to changing the testimony of the world is for man to become intimate with God in all things. God doesn’t want us to be puppets dependent upon His instructions to our hearts. He wants us to become the substance of His family in the earth. He wants little children to mature to overcoming sons that become life-giving fathers and mothers in the world. We should be good in formless, void, and dark places. We should be the word of God in flesh. We are part of the family of life, because we are part of the family tree of life. It is a life empowered, life expressing, life transforming tree.
1 John 2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
To overcome the wicked one is to overcome anything that seeks to destroy life. It is not about being successful in life. It is not about merely dealing with the personal issues of your hearts. It is about regaining the dominion that we lost in first Adam. It is about being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing, and exercising dominion in all things.
Psalms 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
When we live as children of God we become empowered to be the influence of the voice of God in the earth. It is from the heart of children that the testimony of God’s strength is released. God gave us the dominion over the works of His hands, but that dominion comes from being the substance of God in human form, not from the strength of human gifting. True dominion comes from the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God being manifest in human flesh. It does not come from human skill or human ability. It comes from the testimony of God’s word made flesh.
Ted J. Hanson