Sorry for the delay on the blog. Yesterday I was traveling and did not get a chance to post. Today I am home after a great week in Portugal. God was very good and it was great to connect with great people – great leaders and great churches. Thank you to all who remain hungry, willing, and teachable towards the now sound of God in the earth.
How do we find satisfaction and how do we help others discover satisfaction in life? God’s grace in our lives comes by the power of Christ in us. Christ in us is the hope of glory. Grace is the power of Holy Spirit working in our lives. Grace changes us! God’s gift of mercy justifies us to live, but His presence in our lives gives us the power of His grace that makes us truly live. We know we are alive by grace because God’s grace empowers us to give life to others. We know we are alive because we are increasingly becoming like our heavenly Father. We are givers of life. Grace empowers our lives to cast a shadow that can look like the law, but we are not under the law. A shadow that looks like the law is under us. I do not live by the law of not committing adultery, I live by the power of life and love for my wife. This could look like a law to those who merely see my shadow, but it is really a growing desire in my heart. When we find a life of satisfaction in Christ we cast a satisfying shadow to the world around us.
All people are affected by the natural laws of science. The hidden secrets of nature concerning day and night affect all people in all the earth. God’s creation and all of its hidden principles govern the natural realities of all nations. There are no exceptions. We all experience the joys and the challenges of a world filled with hidden laws, boundaries, empowerments, and realities.
Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Just as there are hidden laws, boundaries, empowerments, and realities in nature, there are the same in the spiritual mysteries of men. We must discover the human connection to God’s Spirit to live a life that is fully satisfied as a human being. We must become like God our Father to find satisfaction as His offspring in the earth. We must become givers of life or we will never be satisfied in life. When we discover the secrets of our connection with the Spirit of God, we will also cast a shadow upon our world that testifies of what we have found.
Psalms 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.
These verses reveal six things that testify of a human life that finds satisfaction. They are keys to our true identity as children of God and without them we will never find true satisfaction in life. Like the hidden mysteries of our natural world, these are hidden mysteries of our spiritual connection to the giver of life. These six things consist of God’s law, His testimonies, His statutes, His commandments, a revelation of who He is, and His judgments. These are six secrets to discovering human identity. These six things will convert our souls, make us wise in simplicity, cause our hearts to rejoice, cause our eyes to see, make us clean and enduring, and bring us great reward. These are the testimonies of living a satisfied life. They are not things that bind human souls, but the shadow cast by the human soul that finds the internal empowerment of God’s Spirit of grace within their hearts.
What does it mean to convert the soul? Our souls are the bridge between our spirits and our physical lives. The soul is the throne of our lives. God’s Spirit empowering our spirits gives us the power of life, but to facilitate that life to become a life-giving influence to our worlds requires a converted soul. Our souls manifest our thoughts, reasoning, imaginations, emotions, and desires. When we live for ourselves, our thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotions and desires become destructive forces to the influence of our lives. We become takers from others and not givers of life to our worlds. To find satisfaction we must be converted in our souls. God’s law coverts our souls.
What is God’s law? The Torah law was the shadow of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of all that God is. It was written well as a shadow of all that God is in heaven, but it was interpreted wrongly in its flat reality as a shadow cast as a standard over men. Human beings were not created to be under the law. They were created to cast a shadow that revealed the hidden mysteries of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of their Father, God. We cannot understand God’s love by living under what appears to us to be a controlling command. Living under a shadow cannot possibly give us a revelation of living in the light. Only living in the light can empower our lives to become a testimony of a shadow. God’s law is really about love. Only a revelation of God’s love can empower us to act rightly. Acting rightly doesn’t make us the character, nature, way, power, or authority of love. Only a revelation of love can empower us to become a revelation of love to others. It is only a revelation of love that can empower us to act rightly as a testimony of truth. We cannot just do truth, we must become truth. It is by this that our souls can be converted. Only a revelation of love that empower us to become love can cause our thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotions, and desires to become facilitators of an influence of love to our worlds. This is true life.
Ted J. Hanson