Today I am leaving Angola, after ten great days of fruitful ministry. The leaders and church members here were very hungry and willing to receive all that God gave me for them. I have partnered with the leaders here to provide continued training for the near to distant future. Four training courses have been recorded in video, audio, and written material in the Portuguese language to be used for ongoing training purposes. I will be recording several more in the coming year and returning here in March and November of 2018. Thank you for the prayers and support that has assisted me in seeing this God ordained connection continue to flourish. Thank you to all the beautiful people of Angola. You are in my heart and I am praying for God to manifest his glory in and through your lives today and in the days to come.
Today I am again addressing the subject of fellowshipping the Holy Spirit. After Jesus died and He rose from the dead, He revealed what normal human beings should look like. Normal human beings are in relationship with God who is life, therefore, they have life and the are empowered to give love and life to the world. That life is the resurrection life of Christ. Even when they die, they do not die. These are human beings who are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus, as a man, went down to the grave, but because He had fellowship with the Holy Sprit the grave could not hold Him. After He ascended into heaven He poured out His Holy Spirit upon the flesh of humanity. His disciples and their disciples gathered with hungry hearts for an experience of His outpoured presence. Everyone in the upper room became a disciple of Christ that day. The Holy Spirit was in them, with them, and upon them. They entered a deeper level of intimacy with God in the Spirit. Something amazing happened. It was the opposite of Genesis chapter 11. In Genesis 11 humanity was of one language and one speech. They attempted to build a tower to heaven. They attempted to build a city unto themselves. In Acts chapter 2, the Holy Spirit came upon hungry seekers of God and the ability for heaven to come to earth became an available reality for all men. Something happened that enabled the city, the community of God, to invade the nations. A power more awesome than the power of flesh began to invade the earth. They began to speak with tongues. Something more powerful than natural understanding entered the upper room. Four thousand were added in a moment. There was a supernatural testimony that came about by a supernatural experience with God in the place where they were.
Just last month I know of a situation where 200,000 Muslims came to Christ. That is more than anywhere in the book of Acts. Our fellowship is not just so we will know God. The more we fellowship the Holy Spirit the more heaven invades the earth. We don’t just fellowship the Holy Spirit so we will know more of God. We fellowship Holy Spirit so that wherever we are we give access to the Holy Spirt. We fellowship the Holy Spirit so that wherever we are heaven can invade the earth. Theologically He is here, but there needs to be more poetic experiences of His coming in our lives. God is an experiential God. That is why the Bible is not boring and dry. It is written with metaphors. It is written with experiences. It is written with whirlwinds and unexplainable phenomena. The word of God came to men expressly. Like Ezekiel, there were wheels within wheels and eyes throughout. Something beyond human understanding was experienced by a man. An encounter with the Holy Spirit will result in an experience that is beyond our natural understanding.
Fellowship Him today and experience His presence so His presence can invade your world. I have been soaking in Him this morning and He is tender, loving, powerful, and near. I sense He desires to do big things, but we must move in His direction to receive the fullness of His affection. We must draw near to Him and abide in that place to see His glory come. It doesn’t have to look religious. Just enjoy Him and let His presence flow in and through your life. Heaven can come, but we as the earth must turn in His direction. He came powerfully on the day of Pentecost and in times of our lives. Will we step powerfully in His direction? Will we embrace what can happen so that anything can happen? This is the goodness of His presence in our lives!
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson