Holy Spirit Brings Good News

Greetings;

Today I am on my way home after many wonderful days in Portugal. I was able to video record two more courses for use with Portuguese speaking communities in many countries. The project is moving forward! Now I am excited to get home and see my family and be with my local church community again. God is good!

I am writing in regard to being free by the simplicity of Christ in us, the hope of glory. We have been made free in Christ, but we can embrace something less and end up with a deception in our lives.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

In these verses Paul was concerned that believers in the church could be deceived as Eve was deceived. Deception involves a different means of salvation, a different spirit, and a different good news. If something other than a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit becomes a source of salvation, a motivation of our hearts, and a testimony of good news to our lives – it will result in deception.

An example could be one of choosing law over a love relationship with Holy Spirit and the power of His grace in our lives. If we see the law as better than Jesus, we believe that obedience to the law is salvation, it then carries with it a spirit of legalism which is a different Spirit than Jesus. Without realizing it, we have made obedience to the law our good news. Our confession is, ‘give me Law that makes me legal.” If this happens, we may well put up with it. It is a different spirit. It is a demonic spirit. It is a religious spirit. Can we as Christians have a demon? Only if we want one.

Here is some good news. We are the eternal Eve of Christ. We are in relationship with Jesus. We can be deceived at times, but our Adam never bit the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and His love will cover a multitude of sins. He doesn’t want us to have a lifestyle of drifting from here to there. Paul was writing to help believers stay in a relationship of simplicity in Christ, not to be going after foolish things. Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and of judgment. Whether it be the legalism of law, the condemnation of shame, the self-fulfilling desires of the flesh, or whatever else becomes a substitute for the simplicity of the good news in Christ – we may end up having to put up with something God did not intend to be in our lives.

Let’s use the condemnation of shame for a moment. I am saved by Jesus, but I am constantly wrestling with shame. I don’t realize it, but I have actually fallen in love with shame. I have created a world that I would be lonely if shame didn’t show up today. When I look in the mirror I look for reasons to see shame and to be ashamed. I have a lover called shame and I look in the mirror to see if shame is still there. I look in the mirror to see if shame sees me today. This is a stronghold of deception and it is earthly, becomes sensual, and can even be demonically inspired. Holy Spirit is intimate with us showing us that shame has been judged so when I look in the mirror I realize that shame doesn’t live here anymore because the ruler of this world has been judged. The more intimate I am with Holy Spirit the more I realize my ex-lovers have been judged. When I look in the mirror, how do I see myself? It could be unforgiveness. It could be when I look at others.

God wants to free us from judgment to show us that the ruler of the world has already been judged. Do we see ourselves as loved? Do we see ourselves as forgiven? If we look in the mirror and we see the places where I cannot be forgiven it is because we have a lover. Unforgiveness is a lover in our lives and God wants to free us. He wants to convict us to know that unforgiveness has been defeated for the ruler of the world has been judged.

Holy Spirit convicts of sin. Even as believers, sometimes we sin. Holy Spirit convicts people in the world. He doesn’t condemn, He convicts. He is drawing us and calling us into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The more we choose to indulge in the Holy Spirit, the more we embrace grace. Grace is the manifest presence of Holy Spirit in our lives. He convicts us when we look for love in the wrong place. He convicts our hearts to turn toward God. He convicts us of righteousness, a right relationship with God. He doesn’t shame us or condemn us. He calls us to move near to God and not move away. He convicts of judgment because the rule of the world is judged. He reveals that the things that are against us that seek to destroy us have already been judged. He frees us from the strongholds of the past. He frees us from the power of the enemy. This is not just in the moment we came to Jesus, but continually and increasingly in our lives. We are embracing the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. God likes us, He loves us, and He wants to be in our lives. Holy Spirit is the Spirit that causes our hearts to cry out Abba Father. God is our Father! We love you God! Holy Spirit causes our spirits to confess our desire for God in our lives.

 

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

 

 

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Prophetic Direction

Greetings,

Today I am in Portugal. I have had a great weekend in three of the churches here and I will be recording video teachings with Portuguese translation all week. We are putting together training materials for leaders in the Portuguese speaking world. I know this is going to be a full and blessed week. Next weekend I look forward to ministering in a few more of the churches in CCVA here. There are my friends and part of my destiny!

Ok, I am doing my review of 2017 for House of Bread Ministry and looking at a prophecy that I gave at the beginning of the year. I see that this prophecy is happening on a global scale in the natural and in the spiritual dynamics of the church. I wanted to post it today, along with a significant portion of what I posted at the first of this year. I believe God is speaking and He is about to do some awesome things in the earth, especially in the church. Here are the prophecies from the beginning of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. God is surely doing something!

Prophecy for 2017 by Ted J. Hanson

I hear that God says that this is a season where there’s going to be an uncovering, there’s going to be an unveiling, and then there’s going to be a recovering of things as they should have been. There’s going to be an uncovering and there’s going to be an unveiling, and there’s going to be a recovering of things, as they should have been.

The uncovering is not the uncovering that is done like the uncovering of men, not the uncovering like the uncovering of Noah’s son who exposed his nakedness. Not an uncovering that uncovers sin because love covers a multitude of sins. But an uncovering that exposes roots. Because it’s from roots that fruits come. For it is roots that create that which is good or roots that create that which cannot be life.

And this is a season where I’m uncovering and this shaking is going to go into the world. Watch and see because even in the natural arenas, in the secular arenas this is a season where much corruption is going to be uncovered. Many things are going to come to the surface and come to the light that have been hidden but that’s not the good news. The good news is I’m coming to you to uncover in your life things that have held you back. The things in your life that are like a gift, they’re a flaw; left to themselves they destroy you. But when they’re uncovered and revealed they show the very place that you need me the most. And when you find that place in this season you’re going to find that I’m quick to love and I’m quick to heal, I’m quick to transform. For as you were born is not as you should be, it’s as you were born again to be. And I’m going to come and I’m going to deal with things that are even generational in your heart, generational in your family, generational in your city, generational in the communities of God. And I’m going to cause there to be an uncovering only so there can be an unveiling and the unveiling is going to be an unveiling of solutions to that which has been uncovered. But it’s not an unveiling of what is far away. It’s an unveiling of what I’ve put in your house. Don’t you know that you are the house of my habitation? And in the house of My habitation every treasure is there. Yet you cannot see what’s before you unless there is an uncovering to see the need and an unveiling to discover ‘there it is’! My Kingdom come, my will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And then I’m going to restore that which should have been and some things you thought were lost. Some things you thought could never return again. Things the cankerworm devoured, things that were destroyed by the moth, destroyed by the pestilence or the disease. I’m going to cause the very root of that which should have been to be restored and I’m calling in a seven-fold return for all that has been taken from your house and that which would have been will return in full perfection. But it will happen because this is the season where I’m uncovering, I’m unveiling, so I can restore what should have been. You’ll see signs of this in the arenas of the natural but don’t look to the arenas of the natural to understand what I’m doing. For those are just signs of what is real. Look to your hearts. And let me uncover and don’t be so strong that I cannot heal. For this is a season you’re going to understand love like never before. You’re going to understand justice in a new way. You’re going to understand that mercy ended your past and grace empowers your future and you’ll become people who are mercy full and you’ll become people who are full of grace. For this is another season in my measure to be the people of God says God. And I’m doing it here. Don’t look for the things that you can do. Look for who you can be in the things that you do. For the things that you do will not make you who you are but when you discover who you are the things that you put your hands to do will bring in a great harvest says God.

And I’ve given you many giftings and many talents, many abilities, many endeavors, many possibilities. But understand that it will only be as effective as My kingdom come and My will being done on earth as it is in heaven. But know that My kingdom is not far away. My kingdom is within you. It’s a place of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It’s the place where I rule and I reign. It’s the place where I guide steps into peace. It’s the place where I heal disease and I heal all sickness. It’s the place where light comes to darkness. It’s the place of Christ. It’s the place of desire. It’s the place of the Lord of lords. So, listen to your heart. Listen to your heart.

WOW! In light of the prophecy given for 2018, the ‘roots’ thing is pretty significant. The 2017 prophecy continued to address many things that have come out in the natural, even in the natural arenas of America and the world. There is clearly an ‘uncovering’ and a ‘shaking’ going on in the world. Much corruption is being uncovered. In our lives as believers, we are seeing God reveal our hearts and we are having to be vulnerable, transparent, and real in our relationship with Him and with one another.

I posted a blog at the beginning of this year concerning a prophetic word God gave me for 2018. I believe that this word is relevant to the body of Christ and for covenant relationships in the body of Christ. I believe our roots have been shaken and that we have been tested there. Many things are different for us than they were in the past. I am reminded that our connection is in our roots, not our fruits. We are each expressing diversity in the branches of our lives, but our connection is in our roots. I am blessed to be joined to others in the roots of love. I want to renew, restate, and refresh my commitment those divinely joined in my life. I believe that we are connected in our roots and that this year is going to be a new season of shoots and fruits for each of us.

Here is a portion of my blog that expressed the prophetic word for 2018:

I have a grafted tree in my yard that represents covenant. It is a pear tree with four grafted pears. Four represents covenant and God wants the fruit of our lives to be the result of covenant connection and not ministry opportunities. In 2016 my trees were full of fruit, both my grafted apple tree and my grafted pear tree. There was an expectation at the close of the harvest season that 2017 would be a year of even greater fruit. In the winter season of 2016 there was a strong windstorm where I live. I believe that 2016 closed with a strong windstorm in many ways, naturally and spiritually. My neighbor has a huge trampoline and in the windstorm that trampoline became converted into to a flying saucer! Something that seemed to be a tool of pleasure and personal fitness became an instrument of destruction. It turned on its radar detection system and targeted my pear tree. It literally obliterated my tree! It was a beautifully shaped tree that was all of a sudden devastated! I was shocked and concerned! My tree that represented covenant relationships was being tested to its very life! What would happen now? I wondered if I could graft a tree to itself? Could I mend its existing branches in the same way new branches were added before? I grafted my tree back together. I fastened it, tied it, sealed it, and propped it up so it could be healed. Last year there was no fruit on the tree, but it lived! By the end of the year the tree was beautifully shaped and full of green foliage everywhere. It had more than survived, it was set to thrive!

In 2017, my grafted apple tree didn’t have any apples. I was shocked! I was ready for a year of fruit. My apple tree was barren, except at the end of the season I found two apples hiding under a branch. They were huge! I picked those two apples and I shared one apple with my grandson Kaden and my granddaughter Zaria and I shared the second with my granddaughters Aubrey and London. I did that, because God wants a church that bears fruit for our children’s children. Those two apples were a witness of the life for the future! The tree is planted and the future is still in the fruit that will come from that tree. This is a testimony to God’s church!

For 2018 I prophetically declare: Things are not as you suppose. God has taken you through a season of roots and He has brought your root down to a place of dependence upon Him and that rooting has been taking hold and you have been in a season of roots – not been in a season of fruits. And although you thought there was going to be a season of abundance it seemed like there was a season of depletion and a season of lack and there was even a season of devastation, like the neighbor’s trampoline became a flying saucer and destroyed the tree. Some things seemed like they would be destroyed, but God’s hand has been in the midst of your situation and He has grafted things together that seemed like they would be apart and because the root has gone down – you get ready, because this is going to be a season of two things. One, this is going to be a season of new fruit – fruit you have not seen before. Fruit that you have not expected before. And even where things have been laid bare to the ground this is going to be a season of new shoots. This is a season of new shoots and new fruits, because this past season that you just came out of was a season of roots.

So, don’t despise the darkness of dirt. The darkness of dirt is where God takes you down to the place where you cannot see and you don’t know where you are going, because it is not your ability to see or your ability to go that is going to cause it to grow. It is in your ability to be connected in the place of the root.  And God says, this is going to be a season of great fruit! Things are not as they suppose.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you again for your prayers and your financial support. Good things are happening! We accomplished many things in 2017 with New Covenant life and Grace in the nations. We have many goals for 2018 and we are believing for God’s kingdom’s influence in many life-giving ways.

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God Bless

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Can a Christian Be Deceived?

Greetings,

Today I am headed home after a great weekend in Deming, New Mexico with CitiLife Church. It was a blessed weekend as we gathered for prayer, were challenged to be disciples of Christ, and inspired to find true satisfaction as people of God. Christ in me is the hope of glory!

Last week I wrote how Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He never condemns us, but He convicts us to draw near to God. He inspires us to be one with God. Holy Spirit also demonstrates our victory over every enemy in our lives. Today I want to write in regard to levels of deception in the life of a believer.

In the original creation, mankind was one flesh, male and female. God became flesh in the Man Jesus and He proved to be the Christ for the purpose of reconciling us to our heavenly Father and receiving a restoration of our mandate as mankind upon the earth. Jesus and the church are one flesh. Paul confirmed this in writing to the church of Ephesians with understanding of a husband and wife. The testimony of a husband and a wife is really the mystery of Christ and the church. This is a strong reason for understanding the mystery of marriage. Marriage is the exact example of Christ and the church. It is the covenant testimony of Christ Jesus and Christ the body together as one for the calling, inheritance, and testimony of God and man together as one in the earth. The church is the wife of Jesus in Christ. She is the Proverbs chapter 31 woman dealing in the real estate of the earth on behalf of her husband, who sits in the gate.

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

We are to be one flesh with God as the body of Christ. Jesus gives us life, He washes us with life-giving words, and He brings us alongside of Him in all things as His wife without spot, blemish, or wrinkles. When He presents us to Himself, it is the act of bringing us alongside of Him to rule with Him in life for the purpose of bringing life to our world. As the bride of Christ, we submit to Him by receiving the life that He gives, believing the life-giving words that He speaks, and coming alongside of Him in all things for the glory of our Father in heaven. We are one with Him in His calling, His inheritance, and His power at work in all things.

In the original fall, Eve was deceived and then Adam ate the fruit and man (male and female) became disconnected, separate, and independent of God. The moment Adam ate, sin entered into mankind. Sin didn’t enter until Adam ate. Eve was deceived. I believe if Adam had not eaten, but had loved instead, that Eve could have been freed from her deception. Perhaps Adam and Eve could have been whole and holy before God, but when the headship embraced the fruit of the tree it was the full embracing of independence from intimacy with God. When Adam bit of that tree mankind become sinners. They became disconnected in their hearts from God. Jesus came to reconnect us to intimacy with God in Christ. Jesus is the eternal life-giving Adam to all who are in Christ. He has reconciled us to God and the sting of death does not need to prevail over us anymore. His love covers us even when we are deceived, but can we be deceived?

Can a Christian have a demon? Only if they want one! But sometimes we don’t realize we want one. It is called deception.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

Paul was writing to believers. He had labored for the church that they would be intimate with God through Jesus Christ and not with other things. He wanted them to hold on to the relationship of love found in Christ.

In these verses Paul was writing that the believes should be in relationship with Jesus and not other things. He was concerned that they could be deceived as Eve was deceived. The context was one of being deceived, not sin unto death. Does one know how they have been deceived? They don’t! It is deceptive! That is why it is called ‘deception’. The criteria for being deceived is receiving a different Jesus, a different spirit than the life-giving Spirit of God, and a different good news. Preaching another Jesus, is another God saves – another salvation. It is receiving another means by which to be saved or receiving a different spirit which we did not receive that brought us the life of God. Deception involves a different means of salvation, a different spirit, and a different good news. If something other than a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit becomes a source of salvation, a motivation of our hearts, and a testimony of good news to our lives – it will result in deception.

As members of the body of Christ we are to keep a strong connection to the family of God. We must seek a relationship with God and others to guard our own hearts, and we must also seek to live connected to God and all that expresses the headship of Jesus in our lives. I will address this further in my blog next week.

Food For Thought,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Holy Spirit Convicts

Greetings,

Wow! What a great week! We started our training process with Christ Life Training and then we had a fantastic weekend with the great folks of Canada in Castlegar, British Columbia. God was good and life was in the house! The Helper was in us, with us, and upon us for a blessed experience of life!

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

God is Spirit and we were born to be loved by Him. We were created to have a close relationship with God and that relationship is one of spirit to Spirit. It is a place of connection between our inner man and God. It is a connection with God’s Spirit and our spirit. God speaks to our spirits and then our spirits flood our souls with life producing thoughts, reasoning, desires, emotions, and imaginations. It is by this that our souls become empowered as the throne of our lives to inspire actions that testify of the life of Christ within us. We used to practice being disconnected from God, but Holy Spirit convicted us of our sin. Our sin was our disconnection from the One who loves us. Holy Spirit drew our spirits close to God and revealed to us that we had been reconciled to God by Jesus Christ. The blood that Jesus shed gave us access to the true source of life. Holy Spirit in our lives is the blood of the New Covenant. He is the source of life within us. Just as the life of the flesh was in the blood, the life of our spirit is only found in the Spirit of God. This is the power of Christ within us. This is why Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. He convicts of sin only to welcome each and every one to find the true life within. Having been reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ, we should now live our lives empowered by the life of Christ within us.

Our connection with Holy Spirit in our hearts inspires righteousness in our lives. Being loved by God inspires us to be right and to do right things in life. God does not just forgive, He is forgiveness. It is the substance of who He is, that is why He forgives. He loves, because He is love. Love is His character, nature, and way. He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to become the substance of love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and all that He is. This is righteousness. Holy Spirit transforms our lives from within and inspires the manifestation of the character of Christ in our lives. The more we indulge in Holy Spirit, the more we have a sense of what gives life. We are drawn into the place of transformation that causes us to be the substance of life. Some days we will feel like we are not being real, but we are practicians. Holy Spirit is transforming us from within and what is partly real becomes fully real in the process of our relationship with Him.

Righteousness is about a relationship. We don’t judge anyone according to the flesh anymore. We make this judgment, Jesus died once for all, thus all have died. The life we live now is one of being a new creation in Christ. Holy Spirit is helping us and we will be able to become righteous even as our righteousness if found by faith in Christ.

Holy Spirit also convicts of judgment. He convicts the world of sin so that people in the world will believe in God. He convicts of righteousness so we will continue in a relationship with Jesus, though we cannot naturally see Him. It is our relationship with God our Father that empowers our relationship with one another. Holy Spirit is in our lives to inspire a relationship with God the Son, God the Father and with one another.

Holy Spirit convicts of judgment because the ruler of the world is judged. This is not a judgement of condemnation to us. It is enforcing the condemnation of the enemy. One judgment was pronounced upon us and that was a judgment of mercy. The judgment of the devil and all of the enemy is that he has no more power over us if we willingly choose to embrace the judgment of God’s mercy in our lives. We have to boldly come to the throne of God’s grace where we reach out and receive the mercy given to us and then we look around to find the specific grace needed to overcome the enemy in every situation of our lives. We have already been judged and our judgement was mercy. Things that destroy our lives can only live in our lives if they have a legal right to live there. God’s mercy frees us from the strongholds of the enemy.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

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2018 – A Season of Shoots and Fruits

Greetings,

It was great to be home for the holidays and great to be able to share in my home church yesterday. I was blessed to share a message on finding satisfaction in life. I am very hopeful for the new year. I closed the year blessed and alive and I entered the new in that condition.

I want to begin this year by presenting some prophetic perspectives, thoughts, and declarations that I feel are relevant to the new season of 2018. In the past God has spoken to me through trees in my yard. I have an apple tree that I planted in 2000 and it has six grafts. God told me to plant the tree and that the six grafts represented the kind of church that He wants. Six is the number of man and God’s church is both Spirit and human. It is a place of connection of God with man where God reveals who He is through diverse expressions of humanity. Each branch on my tree produces a different kind of fruit. There are red apples, green apples, yellow apples, and many combinations of diversity in the fruit of apples. There is one tree, one root, and one life-flowing sap in the tree, but there are six branches with unique fruit on each branch. I believe that this is truly the kind of church that God is revealing in the earth at this time. God does not want unity through conformity, He wants unity through diversity. He doesn’t want many trees, He wants one tree. He wants a tree of life that produces life in many wonderful and diverse ways.

In the past years God has used my tree to speak to me prophetically. In 2001, I had my first apple on the tree. It was an August Red apple. Just before I was about to go through a huge test in my ministry, there appeared twenty blossoms around the apple overnight. This was in August. Ten years prior to that, in the month of August, I had received a prophetic word: “You have been a faithful servant. Where you have reaped one you will now reap twenty.” God was speaking to me through my tree. I didn’t know I was about to go through a tremendous test in the ministry. God was telling me that everything was going to be ok. He was telling me everything was going to work out. I was in the season of reaping one, but He had promised me twenty.

Once in a winter season, in late October, my tree was absent all of its leaves and overnight every branch was filled with blossoms. I was in a season of transition in the church and I was calling for the inheritor of the ministry. Although it didn’t look as though there was hope in what seemed to be a winter season spiritually, God had everything taken care of. Blossoms filled the branches in the midst of winter to assure me that the fruit of the future was still in the hands of God and it was planted in my yard. It was planted in the soil of my inheritance.

God is always speaking and He speaks in supernatural ways. It is not strange for God, only strange for us because we are so used of looking at things through natural perspectives. God speaks supernaturally and if we have ears to hear it, or eyes to see what He is trying to reveal to us, we can grasp on to His prophetic word in the seasons of the earth.

My grafted apple tree continued to grow and a couple of years ago that tree began to really bother me, because that tree is extremely short. I was a little frustrated at the time because things in ministry had not taken off the way I thought they should. I knew the tree represented the church (locally and globally). I was now in a season of supplying equipping and resources to the body of Christ internationally. The tree being short was bothering me a bit because it was short. I thought things should be growing, expanding, and becoming more influential that had been. I was training some young people in Spain in the area of the prophetic ministry and I stepped in front of a young man to challenge him to prophesy and declare what he could see. He began to speak; “I see you as a tree and there is fruit all over you and it is different kinds of fruit, but the tree is really short.” His first words grabbed my attention. I thought, “I need to listen to this!” He continued; “God says you are the kind of tree that even little children can reach the fruit.” I fell in love with my tree! That is the kind of church God wants, even little children can reach the fruit! I have a picture in my office of my grandson reaching up and pulling an apple off of the tree. God wants a tree that has one root but diversity of fruit and even little children can reach its fruit. Perhaps we must become like little children to reach its fruit as well?

I have a second grafted tree in my yard. It is a pear tree with four grafted pears. Four represents covenant and God wants the fruit of our lives to be the result of covenant connection and not ministry opportunities. In 2016 my trees were full of fruit, both my grafted apple tree and my grafted pear tree. There was an expectation at the close of the harvest season that 2017 would be a year of even greater fruit. In the winter season of 2016 there was a strong windstorm where I live. I believe that 2016 closed with a strong windstorm in many ways, naturally and spiritually. My neighbor has a huge trampoline and in the windstorm that trampoline became converted into to a flying saucer! Something that seemed to be a tool of pleasure and personal fitness became an instrument of destruction. It turned on its radar detection system and targeted my pear tree. It literally obliterated my tree! It was a beautifully shaped tree that was all of a sudden devastated! I was shocked and concerned! My tree that represented covenant relationships was being tested to its very life! What would happen now? I wondered if I could graft a tree to itself? Could I mend its existing branches in the same way new branches were added before? I grafted my tree back together. I fastened it, tied it, sealed it, and propped it up so it could be healed. Last year there was no fruit on the tree, but it lived! By the end of the year the tree was beautifully shaped and full of green foliage everywhere. It had more than survived, it was set to thrive!

In 2017, my grafted apple tree didn’t have any apples. I was shocked! I was ready for a year of fruit. My apple tree was barren, except at the end of the season I found two apples hiding under a branch. They were huge! I picked those two apples and I shared one apple with my grandson Kaden and my granddaughter Zaria and I shared the second with my granddaughters Aubrey and London. I did that, because God wants a church that bears fruit for our children’s children. Those two apples were a witness of the life for the future! The tree is planted and the future is still in the fruit that will come from that tree. This is a testimony to God’s church!

For 2018 I prophetically declare: Things are not as you suppose. God has taken you through a season of roots and He has brought your root down to a place of dependence upon Him and that rooting has been taking hold and you have been in a season of roots – not been in a season of fruits. And although you thought there was going to be a season of abundance it seemed like there was a season of depletion and a season of lack and there was even a season of devastation, like the neighbor’s trampoline became a flying saucer and destroyed the tree. Some things seemed like they would be destroyed, but God’s hand has been in the midst of your situation and He has grafted things together that seemed like they would be apart and because the root has gone down – you get ready, because this is going to be a season of two things. One, this is going to be a season of new fruit – fruit you have not seen before. Fruit that you have not expected before. And even where things have been laid bare to the ground this is going to be a season of new shoots. This is a season of new shoots and new fruits, because this past season that you just came out of was a season of roots.

So, don’t despise the darkness of dirt. The darkness of dirt is where God takes you down to the place where you cannot see and you don’t know where you are going, because it is not your ability to see or your ability to go that is going to cause it to grow. It is in your ability to be connected in the place of the root.  And God says, this is going to be a season of great fruit! Things are not as they suppose.

Happy New Year,

Ted J. Hanson

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Jesus Greatest Gift!

Greetings,

Merry Christmas! The gift of Jesus grants us all the gift of Holy Spirit in our lives. This is the goodness of Christ to all men. God is in us, with us and upon us is the blessing of an abundant life. Through Jesus we have received the ever-present Helper, that leads us into the path of life in all things.

Holy Spirit is not less than the Father or less than the Son. Sometimes with think it was amazing that God the Son was upon the earth in the form of Jesus, the Son of Man the Son of God, but He is still here in the form of Holy Spirit. He is the Helper with us, even in a greater way than Jesus was able to be with His disciples. When you woke up this morning God was in your bed. When you took a shower, God was there. When you ate breakfast, God was there. God is with you as Holy Spirit. He is very present. God is humble, patient, kind and loving in that He lives with us and He is willing to move into our worlds with us even when we ignore Him. Even when we do not pay attention to Him, He intercedes for us. He doesn’t want us to be religious, He wants us to be real and He wants us to know God our Father and Jesus God’s Son.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He comes as the love of God and the kindness of God and He leads us to embrace a relationship with God that transforms our lives from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of His love. When we were in the world we needed Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, but even as believers, sometimes we sin. The Holy Spirit doesn’t condemn us, He convicts us. He calls us and draws us to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The more we choose to indulge in the Holy Spirit, the more we embrace grace. Grace is the manifest presence Holy Spirit in our lives and He convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He convicts of righteousness by drawing us into a right relationship with God. He draws us into a relationship of love with our heavenly Father. He calls us to move near to God. He convicts of judgment because the ruler of the world is already judged. He reveals that the things that are against us, the things that seek to destroy us, have already been judged. He frees us from the strongholds of our past. He frees us from the power of every enemy; not just in the moment we comet to Jesus, but continually and constantly in our daily lives.

As believers in Christ, we are no longer sinners. We aren’t practicing sin anymore, we practice a relationship with God, but sometimes we sin. Sinners sometimes do good things, but they are still practicing independence from God. Sometimes they have good moments, but that is not the same has having a way of life empowered by a dependence upon God. Holy Spirit is in this world wooing all people to embrace a relationship with God in Christ. As believers, we will have moments where we look for love in the wrong place. That could even include looking for love in ministry. We could seek to get our identity out of serving God in some way and when that happens, we are looking for love in the wrong place. When that happens, Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness. He draws us into a relationship with God.

I believe a good definition of righteousness is a right relationship with God that leads to right relationships with people. Righteousness in my marriage is not about doing right things, it is about having a right relationship with my wife. When I have a right relationship with my wife, I will do right things. For this to happen, I need a right relationship with God. Sometimes I will do things that are not right and sometimes she will do things that are not right, but when this happens how we treat one another is the true test of righteousness. When we act differently than the way God loves us, we are not righteous. The testimony of true righteousness is seen in relationships, not law. Holy Spirit convicts of righteousness, a righteousness of love that inspires right relationships in life. He wants us to connect to God and to connect to one another with a right relationship that brings life in all things.

Merry Christmas! Let’s embrace the Christ of Christmas and let Holy Spirit convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment. When we seek independence from God, He will convince us to draw near to the One who loves us. When we seek to be self-righteous, He will convince us to choose love instead. When we feel afraid or bound in some way, He will convince us that every enemy has been judged and that our judgment was one where mercy has triumphed over every judgment that would be against us. This is the good news of Christ in us!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Drinking the Cup of Life

Greetings,

I have just landed in Seattle after a great week in Spain and a great weekend in Clay Cross, England. God is stirring the hearts of people to desire Him and to become Christ centered communities of His presence. It is good to be a part of the family of God. Thanks so much to the hungry hearts of Clay Cross. It was good to be with you and to pray with you this weekend, including the Nuns of Saint Francis.

We are a diverse group of people being united by the radical Spirit of life only found in the Holy Spirit. We are receiving heavenly blessings that go beyond our limitations has men and women in the natural environments of our world. We don’t understand each other well in the natural, but we know Him and our world is become a Christ centered world of radical mercy, grace, and love.

When mankind understood one another naturally, they attempted to leave the earth so that they wouldn’t be scattered across the earth. But God wants to fill our lives with His presence so we will fill the earth. It is difficult to be scattered when we fill every place. We can’t be separate when there is no place to be separate. This has always been God’s desire. So, a time came, when God said that is enough. The fullness of time came and Jesus became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. He lived as a man who was in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Because of that, He did what He saw the Father doing. Then He died on our cross. Think about the cross. It was an instrument of torturous death. The Romans used it to torture and kill people. It was symbolic of the curse of the fall. Where do we access the cross? Where do we find it today? Picture, it as an electric chair, a gas chamber, or a hangman’s noose. This is what the cross was. By itself it is hideous and vengeful, but with the presence of Jesus it becomes a testimony of love and forgiveness for us all. We can see something disgusting became a gift of beauty. How do we as individuals find the cross? The only place we can truly find the cross is at the throne of grace. An ugly thing has become beautiful because of the love of God and the access that is given to a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. It has only become beautiful as a symbol where mercy has triumphed over judgment. An ugly thing has become a testimony of love. The true gift given by the cross is not the death of Jesus, it is a connection with His life on the throne. A connection with Holy Spirit is the true testimony of the cross. It is the life of the Spirit that gives meaning to the cross.

Luke 22:17-20 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

The only thing that can proclaim that Jesus died on the cross for us is for us to drink the cup of the Spirit. This is the cup ‘after supper’. It is fellowship with the Holy Spirit that proclaims the death of Jesus. This is why Jesus took the cup ‘after supper’ and called it the blood of the New Covenant. This isn’t theologically correct. The cup ‘after supper’ in the Seder meal is not the cup of blood. The cup before the meal is the cup of blood. Jesus called the cup ‘after supper’ the cup of blood. He separated the blood of the Old Covenant from the blood of the New Covenant. This is the cup of the Holy Spirit. This is the cup that proclaims His death. This cup is a cup of personal relationship with God in our hearts. It is the cup of finding our life, expression, and very being in Christ. This was also confirmed by the words of Paul.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

The cup after supper was the cup of Hallel, the cup of praise. This is not human praise. It is not natural praise. To experience the cup of Hallel is to be declared legally insane by natural standards. We have experienced something supernatural. As often as we drink that cup we proclaim His death. What is that cup? It is fellowshipping Holy Spirit. Whenever we fellowship the Holy Spirit we are experiencing the blood of the New Covenant. Blood brings life throughout the body. It circulates oxygen, nutrition, fights infections, brings healing, and carries needed hormones, enzymes and other needed substances that provide for the attributes of life. My body is filled with arteries and veins and my heart is pumping blood throughout my body that causes me to be a living body. This is true of Holy Spirit. The blood of the New Covenant is not the blood of the Old Covenant. It is the life of the Spirit, not the life of the flesh. The cup we bless is the cup of fellowship of the Holy Spirit. It brings life to the body. It is communion with God that causes us to be the community of God in heaven and upon the earth. Drinking the cup after supper is not just a community experience in the eating of bread and drinking wine. It is proving we are the bread of the body of Christ by our fellowship with Holy Spirit.  Our community experience with one another is centered around our communion experience with Holy Spirit. The more we commune with Him, the more we become empowered to be life and to give life to the world we live in.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Disciples of the Holy Spirit

Greetings,

Today I am in Spain doing prophetic training and activation with the G42 students. I am here, hoping France will send my luggage this way shortly, ha ha. I had a great weekend in Utrecht, Netherlands with a great church and good friends. I was blessed to pray with some precious people and to speak on discipleship in connection with the Holy Spirit. Discipling others is about giving life to them and leading them into the life that comes by Christ in them, the hope of glory.

Our connection with the Spirit of God makes us life-giving in this world. We don’t just become alive by Him, we become life-giving because of Him in our lives. Even Jesus said if anyone is thirsty they can come to Him and become givers of life to others. Have you been dry long enough now? Anyone thirsty? Have you been in drought long enough? Come to Me and drink and from you inner most being, your spirit, will flow rivers of life-giving water. He didn’t say come to Him and drink and you will be satisfied. He said come to Me and drink and you will be a satisfier. You will be a source of water in the desert; a highway of holiness in the most unclean places. You will be a river of destiny on the plains of the earth. From within you will flow the antidote to every sickness. The deliverance from every oppressor will flow from you to the world you live in.

John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 

Come to Me and drink and from inside of you will flow rivers of living water. It comes in the name of Jesus, but it comes by the One who comes in the name of Jesus. Who comes in the name of Jesus? Holy Spirit! He is the Helper! He is the giver of life so we can be life and give life to the world!

Jesus spoke to His disciples as an external voice, but He wanted to speak to them internally so He was going to send them another Helper. He was going to speak to them internally. He told His disciples that they would finally hear what He had been saying to them. This is how He speaks to us as well. It is the internal voice of Holy Spirit in our hearts that transforms our lives. This is the testimony of the Helper in and with us in all things. Christ in us is the testimony of the Helper, the Holy Spirit, in our hearts.

Jesus was a New Covenant man. In a sense, He was a disciple of Christ. Jesus didn’t do anything as the Son of God. He did everything as the Son of Man. He was God, but He didn’t come to fix His world. He came to fix our world. He did not have a problem with the devil. We had a problem with the devil. We handed over our authority to the devil. There never has been a conflict between God and the devil that threatened God from losing His kingdom. The conflict was between us and the devil. We were in conflict with the devil and we didn’t even know it. We invited him to the dinner table. Jesus came to put us back in relationship with the Holy Spirit. He did only that which He saw the Father doing. He was a human being who fellowshipped the Holy Spirit. He was a disciple of Christ. He was a disciple of God in flesh. It is at least poetically correct, and probably theologically correct as well. I am not lessoning the deity of God. He humbled Himself to become something less for our sake. He did it to make the holiness of man revealed. We are holy. Human beings were intended to be holy beings. Heavenly and earthly, to bring heavenly things into earthly realities. He came to restore our holiness. He came to restore our family so we could receive the things that come from heaven in this earth and heaven and earth can be one. Part of us is humanity in heaven as the cloud of witness and part of us is humanity among the nations of men. We are the same body. Holy Spirit is God. He is Christ in us. He is the anointing and the anointing One. We have an anointing from the holy One, but we also have the anointed One. The anointing that we each have is who we are, but the anointing that He has is who He is. The source of the anointing that we are is the anointing of who He is. The only way we can activate the anointing of who we are is by fellowshipping the anointing of who He is. Christ in us is the hope of us giving life to the world we live in.

 

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Unity by the Spirit for Heavenly Things

Greetings,

I enjoyed a great day back in my home church, Alife, in Bellingham, Wa. We were blessed to have Brad Jersak speaking at Alife in regard to being refractors of the many facets of God. Even as Jesus was, we are to be self-giving, radically forgiving, and co-suffering in our way among men.

Is unity a testimony of being one together with a common purpose as men? I believe that true unity can only happen when we become one in the Spirit and not one through conformity. Is purpose conspired by a common goal or is it the fruit of being joined together in a common Spirit in a common connection with a common Father? Unity comes by God’s presence in our midst, not by our own purposes and goals in life. There was a time on planet earth after the flood, when the earth had been washed clean and mankind was blessed to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1). Men spoke the same language and they understood each other perfectly (Gen. 11). There was no need for a translator of any kind in the languages of men. They understood each other, both in language and speech. It was then they began to build a city unto themselves. They were afraid that they would be scattered across the earth. Fear entered their hearts when they understood one another perfectly. They sought to do something that would keep them from being separated or scatted from one another. They sought to build a tower that reached heaven.

Genesis 11:1-4 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

God looked and saw it and God spoke as a plurality. God the Father, the Word, and the Spirit said, this is not good. Let us go down and confuse them. Because nothing is impossible for them.

Genesis 11:5-7 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

God did not desire for man to build a tower that left the earth and entered into heaven. The reason that God put man in the earth in the first place was so the glory of God could enter the earth. God wanted to move into humanity and bring a community that is built by God and not man. God wanted a community that would bring treasures that come from heaven to the earth, not treasures of earth that go into heaven. This was not a secondary plan, but a first plan of God’s glory filling the earth. God’s plan was to invade the earth with heaven. His plan was to bring order to places that need order, to bring fullness to every empty place, to bring light to every corner of darkness. How was God going to do that? By fellowship with God, spirit to Spirit. God and man and man and God in fellowship with one another. God in heaven and man in the earth as one together. God scattered them and confused them. I believe He made it so people looked different.

Genesis 11:8-9 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

My personal idea is it was at this point in time that God made man black, white, yellow and red and all of the variations of human appearance. He made sure there were plenty of reasons to categorize, plenty of reasons to prejudice one another. He made it difficult to understand one another naturally and even impossible to understand one another. It became impossible for human beings to be of one mind and one speech without a supernatural intervention from God. Except with God, all things are possible. God wanted to give man a city whose builder and maker was Him. A heavenly Jerusalem, a heavenly vision of peace that comes out of heaven and fills the earth. It comes out of heaven and fills our lives, our families, our community, and even our nations. It is something that God builds. It is impossible with men, but supernatural among men. Something that is life giving, not life taking. Only unity with the Spirit of God in our hearts can bring the life of God into the world we live in.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Thank You For Your Support

Thank You,

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. In this past year I have been in the Netherlands, Ireland, Wales, England, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Angola, Canada,and again in several areas of the United States. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. Thank you so much to those who have sowed finances and prayer in this year. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

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