The Power of the Word

Greetings;

It was great being home this weekend after some time on the road. I was blessed to speak at Alife yesterday. Our family is great. We are being blessed to be the testimony of God in the earth. This is a significant time in His-Story.

God is a Trinity. Although we don’t find the word ‘Trinity’ in the Scriptures, we find the description, attributes, and actions of God as a three-person being. He is the source of all life, the identity in all life, and the inheritance as the Father for all life to advance in the goodness of life. He is the expression of all life to all and through all as the Word or the expression of the Father as the Son. He is the empowerment of life in all things as the Spirit. He doesn’t need anything from anyone, because He is an I Am, and not a needy Creator who demands sacrifices and offerings from men. He, in His being; gives life, breath, and all things to all people.

Acts 17:24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

God, as the Father, gives us life. God, as the Word or the expression of the Father as the Son, causes each of us to be an expression of Him in human form. He gives us breath. He is the Word, but we are His voice. He is the composer, but we are the song. He is the artist, but we are the painting. He is the poet, but we are the poem. We are expressions of Him! God, as the Spirit, gives the power of life in all things in us and through us. All that we are and all that we do is meant to bring life to the world in which we live. He is a giver, and not a taker from anyone. When He speaks, life happen!

Whenever God expresses Himself, life happens. We are His offspring, meant to bring the testimony of His life in this world and beyond. In the covenantal view presented in the Scripture, we see that the creation of man came from the heart of God in the substance of who God is in His being. When God saw the earth in a formless, void, and dark state of being, He spoke and there was light. The furtherance of the order, the fullness, and the light was from the substance of who God is, thus when God made man He spoke to Himself. From the substance of God came the substance of the human spirit, male and female. That substance was the power to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

From the perspective of natural things, God formed man from the dust. But it was the breath of God’s life that caused that man to become a living being. Because the substance of the breath in man came from God, who is a giver of life, that man was an expression of God as a life-giving being. Man was made and formed to be a physical substance filled with a heavenly grace. Humanity was made as spirit, soul, and body to bring the influence of God’s life to the world.

Genesis 2:4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Human beings were created to be expressions of God in the earth to bring the influence of God’s life to the world. They were to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion. I believe that true subduing is to bring life to death. This is the testimony of God’s grace. It is the testimony of the life of God influencing the spirit, soul, and bodies of men. To be a giver of life, we must be planted in the life of God in our human spirit. This is what produces the power of life in and through us in all things. To be a testimony of God’s likeness and image we must be rooted in the life of God in our spirits. This is the power of grace. I believe that true dominion is to crumble every lie with truth. Each of us makes a great us, but a terrible someone else. Who we are is enough to bring life to our world when we discover who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us. The attributes of subduing and dominion are not ones of control or manipulation. They are not expressions of taking. They are not governing rules that take from anyone. They are the factors that take us beyond the mere ability to be fruitful, multiply, and fill. These attributes are found in the character of our heavenly Father and they excel in formless, void, and dark places. Grace and truth bring order to formless realities. They bring fullness to things that need an expression of life to be filled. They bring light to cause all things to be made known as light to the world. These were the attributes of the expression of God in flesh, when He became Jesus and moved into the neighborhood.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.   

No human had lived a life full of grace and truth. The time and come for the redemption of mankind. The time had come to restore the mandate! The time had come to restore the likeness and image of God in the earth as offspring of God the Father. It was time for the door to be open to heaven and for the influence of the kingdom of the Father’s love among men.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Grace Makes Possible the Impossible

Greetings;

I have just finished a tremendously productive week in Portugal. We completed two more courses with video in Portuguese. Two more books are also ready for printing in Portuguese. At the present we have six books translated in Portuguese as well as several training manuals. Two courses are completed in video and two more are recorded and now face the task of editing. I will be in Portugal again in October and then several times in 2018. More video recording is planned for January of 2018. I will be in Angola in November presenting Understanding Authority to many pastors and leaders. Thank you for those of you who have contributed financially to House of Bread Ministry to help in this tremendous task. I appreciate your prayers and support. Yesterday I had a great time of ministry with Impact Community church in the Manchester, England area. Pastor Elijah Boswell, the team, and the congregations of Impact are doing a great job!

Jesus was God in the flesh sent to tell us all who we are to our heavenly Father. He came to justify all of humanity to live. We don’t have to believe in Him to be justified to live. Jesus dying for each of us justifies every one of us to live, but we must come to Him to receive that mercy to find the empowerment to live. We are justified to live by the shedding of His blood upon our cross, but we are saved by His life. Being saved is not just going to heaven when we die. It is reigning in life, overcoming every wicked one. That is grace. Grace empowers us to reign in life. Mercy ends the past and grace empowers the future. We need His mercy to end our past, but we need His grace to empower our future in Him. Grace is more powerful than law. Law can only control us or restrain us in some way. Grace transforms us and liberates us in every way. Law only demands excuses for our failures, but grace transforms our failed lives to become significant ones of life. Grace is essential. Grace is not just a matter of being able to come to Him.  Mercy is God’s gift to enable us to come to Him. We don’t have to change for God to love us. Mercy allows us to come to Jesus; our sins are forgiven, He loves us.  We don’t have to change for Him to love us. That is mercy. If we are living on God’s mercy our world won’t change. God will love us, but we won’t be able to overcome the wicked one. Mercy is free, grace will cost us our ability live dependent upon law. Jesus is our Savior, but He is also our Lord, our desire, our motivator and our transformer. He doesn’t just want to get us to heaven. He wants to get heaven in us. He wants us to be different generationally.

I believe that Jesus was free in my life. I didn’t pay anything for Him to love me. But to experience grace, I had to receive mercy, let go of some things I am holding on to, and find grace that transforms who I am. I pay a price for that. The price I pay ends up being an inheritance that my children will receive. It is not free, it will cost me everything, but it is so powerful it will change my world. His yoke is easy and His burden is light, but the task is horrendous. It is awesome, it is hard, except for the grace of God. The change is impossible, except for the grace of God. The grace of God makes impossible things possible, but it doesn’t look like it is going to work. It requires faith. It requires hearing Him and responding to what He says. The fullness of God’s grace is a matter of being intimate with Him. It requires being hungry for Him. There is a price to pay.

When Jesus defeated the devil, He paid a price. He went to the devil’s house and He did’ t eat food for 40 days. He didn’t eat natural food, but He indulged in the presence of God His Father. He believed that living in God was more important than living on food. He didn’t do it to find freedom for Himself. He was already free. He did it to free us! We don’t receive God’s grace to be free. Mercy makes us free. We receive God’s grace to free others! Grace empowers us to become something for the sake of others, for the sake of changing the world. Grace is more powerful than law. Law is not a covenant that can change us, but it becomes a contract that restrains us. A contract has conditions. If you do this, I get this. Obey the law and you will be blessed. It is a contract. It restrains us. Grace is a life-giving covenant. God says, I am going to give you everything. We come to find everything. He gives and we become a person of grace. We choose to give everything we are for the sake of others. We don’t give to get.

When I discover grace in my marriage, I don’t love my wife so she will love me. I don’t give my life to my wife so she will give life to me. When I discover grace, I give my life even though she may never give life to me. When the kingdom becomes a culture of grace and all the members live to give life not expecting anything in return, we experience the supernatural testimony of a culture of grace. Wives and husbands, husbands and wives, not expecting anything in return. Do you know what kind of a supernatural world that creates? That is a free world. It is not based upon law. I am going to love you no matter what, not I will love you if you love me. When both partners say this, a world beyond the wildest dreams is created.

What happens when the community of God is filled with members who each know, I am a child of God, my sins are forgiven, I have a Father who loves me?  In that same community, they embrace grace and overcome the wicked one. They start being transformed and they take on the characteristics of fathers at many levels. The 14 year olds become fathers to 12 year olds. The 20 year olds become givers of life to those in their teens, maybe not in numbers of years, but in the essence of spirit. When this happens, we become a community of grace where we give our lives to give life to one another without an expectation that they are going to give life back to us. What happens when every member does that? What happens when every member lives to give life and to empower the life of Christ to others? It doesn’t exist yet on earth, but it is in the heart of God. It starts from today’s glory and it will grow from glory to glory in a culture of grace.

We can’t have both law and grace. Grace is a covenant that changes lives and only fully works in absolute freedom. A culture of grace only exists in an environment of absolute faith. Where there is law there is a requirement of mercy, but where grace reigns there is no law. I say that statement and two things happen. The law man in us gets upset. The freedom man inside of us twists it and says, Wow, I can do anything now! I can get drunk! I can smoke cigarettes, us pot, indulge in drugs or anything I desire. I can have a bad attitude. I can do anything because I am saved by grace. That isn’t freedom. True freedom lives to give life to others. This is the power of grace! A culture of grace is life-giving, whereas a culture of law is human controlling. We must seek to embrace a culture of grace.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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His Mercy Reconciled Us, His Grace Empowers Us!

Greetings,

Today I am in Portugal after a great weekend of ministry and connection with a great church in Utrecht, Netherlands. God was wonderful and the people were hungry, willing, and teachable. Thank you Pastor Niels and all of the church in Utrecht. I am blessed to know you all and to partner with you in what Holy Spirit is doing in your midst. You are growing as a people who have obtained God’s mercy and you are becoming a culture of grace.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence…

Mercy is the judgment of God that conveys us from the administration of law and conscience to one of grace and truth. For there to be a judgment of mercy in a system of law there must be a person of grace. Jesus did not give us the judgment of mercy as God, but as the firstborn man of grace. He was a different kind of human being with a different heart and mind. He was empowered by grace from within. Jesus didn’t pronounce mercy in our lives because He was under the law. He could only make a judgment of mercy because He was a man of grace. He wants us to be like Him when we grow up. He wants us to be able to make a judgment of mercy for those who are in the systems of law or conscience. These are elements in the administration of the knowledge of good and evil. For us to make a judgment of mercy for those bound to this administration, we must become people who are under an administration of grace to become people whose lives are empowered by grace. Because Jesus was the man of grace, He gave us redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins. His grace empowered sacrifice enables us to know that we are children of God. Our sins are forgiven and we have a Father who loves us. Jesus has forgiven our sins and revealed to us our loving Father in heaven.

Ephesians 1:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation (administration) of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

The word dispensation in these verses can also be translated administration. This is not just a dispensation, not just a new season or a new time, it is a new administration. God has given us an administration that can sum up all things in Christ. This is a way of governing our lives. The governing of our lives in this administration is a governing that can sum up everything about us in Christ. It causes everything about us to become like Christ. It is an administration that works in heaven and on earth. It causes all things to be summed up in Christ. There is no need for another administration ­– ever! There is not another administration coming for Jew or Gentile. This is the only administration that is needed for all people; Jews, Gentiles, men, women, and all people on earth and in heaven. This administration of grace can sum up everything in Christ. This administration is a government of grace. It is an administration of life where God doesn’t just inform us, He transforms our lives. We become like Jesus was as a man. When we join together we become the fullness of Him. By ourselves we are a piece, but together we are the fullness of Him. We are the body of Christ, the fullness of Him, that fills all in all. We are above principalities, powers, thrones, dominions and names. We are part of His inheritance. We are the testimony of His calling. We are a demonstration of His power because of His grace. His Holy Spirit at work in us is enabling us to become restored in all that we were meant to be in Christ.

God’s mercy justifies us to live, but His grace empowers us to reign in life. We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. We are justified to live. There is also an administration that can sum up everything in Christ. That is reigning life.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

We are justified to live. This was the gift of God’s mercy through the man Jesus, the Christ. His gift of mercy justified us to live, even though we were bound to death in our sin.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

We are justified to live because of His blood, but we are saved by His grace. We shall overcome all wickedness through Him. Our thoughts, reasoning, desire, imagination, and emotions are being empowered by God’s grace working in our hearts and minds. It is even powerful enough to quicken or mortal bodies and affect us spirit, soul, and body. This is the power of God’s grace working in and through us. It is the power of God’s manifest presence in or lives. It is the proof that there is no gap, no separation, between us and God when we boldly come to the place of His presence because of His mercy, the power of His love towards us as a giver of grace.

Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

God’s mercy reconciled us to God as our Father, but God’s grace empowers us to live with the evidence of lives that have been reconciled to God. Grace is the evidence that God is in our lives. We must choose to receive God’s mercy and embrace His grace to live with a culture of grace among the kingdoms of the world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

 

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Embrace the Goodness of God

Greetings;

I have just finished a weekend with the blessing of seeing my own family in a full family reunion. It was good to see my natural brothers, sisters, uncle, aunt, cousins, and many nephews, nieces on one generation and even two. I have also been blessed with a few days with a very good life-long friend of fifty years. Life is full and life is good.

We are the elect of God. We are holy. God really loves us! We are His passion! We are chosen! I believe that all people have this invitation from God to know this profound truth in Christ, but one must come to Him to discover this wonderful predestination in His name. It is the gift of God’s love and the power of His grace for all who come to Him. God choose us to be transformed by the power of His grace, but we must boldly come to His throne of grace to receive mercy for our failures and find grace that transforms us to manifest as those chosen by Him in this world.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

God’s grace empowers us to put on tender mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, and long suffering. We can’t just put away our old nature, we must put on a new nature by the power of God’s grace. It is then we forebear and forgive and become like Christ. When someone does something wrong to us and we have a complaint against them we are able to forgive them from our hearts by the transforming power of God’s grace. These things are not mere actions of the flesh with a self-controlling discipline. These things are manifestations of our hearts and minds as we are changed by God’s presence in our lives.

Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Love is not a work of discipline in our flesh. True love is the fruit of God’s grace at work in our hearts. God’s grace causes the peace of God to rule in our hearts. Peace in our hearts is a testimony of God’s grace working in us. The word of Christ dwells in us. Our character, nature, way, power, and authority changes. We become givers of life to one another. This is not a recipe for a spiritual service of ministry. This is a testimony of our character in an everyday world. It is not a matter of religiously singing, but of having a testimony of life coming off us for the sake of giving life to others. It is an attitude, not a service. People pick up on the tune of our lives. We can be influenced by a catchy tune, what about a catchy attitude? What if this Scripture isn’t talking about music, but an attitude. Life should come off us for the sake of others. A person of grace is someone who inspires people to be excited when they see them come. A person of law is someone others seek to hide from. They are not givers, they are takers. Grace causes us to be givers. We make melody in our hearts. Why? Not so we will be singers, but something about us makes others sing. We make them come alive. My grandchildren know their grandpa makes them sing! They are excited to see me. I empower them. I give life to them. We put on the characteristics of Christ, not so He will love us. We put on the characteristics of Christ so we can love others the way He loves us. We don’t seek to put on the attributes of Christ so He will love us.

We don’t have to be afraid of God anymore. Regardless of all our flaws, we are not afraid of Him. He says our sins are forgiven. We must understand mercy in order to understand grace. If we don’t understand mercy, we will have a hard time understanding grace. When we don’t understand God’s mercy and grace we will constantly look in the throne room to find mercy. But we don’t look for mercy. We simply reach out and receive it. We look for grace, but we have to put it on as we increasingly find it. We find God’s grace in the place of the manifest presence of God in our hearts and minds.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

We don’t’ beg God to accept us. We know that He does. He is good and He loves us. How do we see ourselves in the mirror? We are children of God and our Father loves us. There are things that the law describes that God does not like, but never is God ashamed of His children. There are things that His children embrace that cause them to experience death and dysfunction. God does not want them to hold on to those things, but there is not a single child that He wants to die. He wants every child to overcome every wicked thing. In the law, we would take rocks and kill those who were wrong. An Old Covenant mentality seeks to kill the wrong in our lives, whereas a New Covenant mentality seeks to embrace all the goodness that is found in Christ. That goodness includes a change in our character by the power of God’s grace.

Jesus made a way to empty the rock box. He is not judging us by the law anymore. He is judging us by love. He never really desired for law to judge us. We chose law, He simply revealed to us the law to invite us to come to Him. He just wants His children back. He wants to empower them to be who they were meant to be. He is not killing us for our sins, He wants us to know who we are and then He wants to transform our lives to become a testimony of His family name. He wants us to overcome every wicked thing. This is the testimony of grace. He doesn’t care where we have been and how we have acted, He just wants His son and His daughter to come home and to know who they really are. We have been trampled on and lied to. We have been overcome by things that don’t define who we really are. God wants to say to us all, I know you think that is who you are, but come to Me and you will find grace. I will transform your heart and your mind and cause you to become what you cannot yet be. I don’t care if it takes a little while. Come boldly every day and find grace.

If we all get busy finding grace we won’t have time to measure one another or ourselves by law. We will find ourselves showing mercy to those who are still bound to the law and we will find ourselves being gracious as people of grace.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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Grace – The Antidote

Greetings,

It was good to have Andrew Shearman at ALife yesterday. We were all encouraged by the work of God’s grace in his life and the wisdom of life he shared with us all. It is always a blessing to receive the life that comes from Andrew.

We have been sent into the world that is filled with wickedness as an antidote to the sickness of sin. We are empowered by God’s manifest presence, God’s grace, in our lives so that we can overcome wickedness. Wickedness is not trying to overcome us. We are mandated to overcome wickedness. It often feels as if we are being attacked by wickedness, but we are simply walking into the territory of wickedness to transform the earth beneath the soles of our feet. If we walk into a den of bears we can expect a bear to be defensive of his territory. We are in the world and we can expect wicked things to resist us and to try to attack us when we walk into the territory they think is theirs. We are not really being attacked by wickedness, wickedness is simply defending itself against our influence. As children of God we are not in this world wasting time until we go to heaven. We are here to change the world.

What does transforming the territory beneath our feet look like? If my family has a tendency to be stubborn I could be born with a generational iniquity, a generational weakness to being stubborn. If the culture of my family encourages stubbornness, I could grow in the immature attribute of being stubborn and when I grow up I could become an influencer of stubbornness to the world around me. Grace is the antidote to my iniquity. In the midst of my stubborn environment, God comes into my life and forgives me of my stubbornness. I know His love! He has forgiven me of being stubborn! I have a Father who loves me, but I still have a problem. My character, nature, and way is stubborn. God then says, come to Me! I come to Him and He says, I am going to work in your life and make it so you are not stubborn. I am going to transform your stubbornness into something beautiful. I am going to make you extremely teachable and I am going to turn your stubbornness into a strength. I am going to change your desires, thoughts, emotions, and imaginations into a testimony of change. I am going to make you willing to let go of your stubbornness and I am going to turn your stubbornness into tenacity. I am going to transform your weakness into a strength that doesn’t give up easily, but is eagerly willing to change all the time. This is an actual testimony in my life. I was born stubborn. My father’s father was stubborn. I come from a line of ancestors that were stubborn, but God’s grace has changed and continues to change me. I am increasingly becoming willing to change my mind. It is a work of the grace of the Holy Spirit in my life. He took a weakness in my life and turned it into a strength. I don’t quit easily. I change my mind easily, but I don’t give up. It is a work of grace. It is overcoming the wicked one of stubbornness. It didn’t change who I am, but only caused be to be who I was supposed to be.

God wants to change us by the power of grace, but it is not law. It is not something we are obligated to obey, but force of life that transforms our hearts and minds. We must also know that grace doesn’t just happen. We have to find grace. We have to boldly come to the throne of grace, receive mercy and find grace. We have to look around to find grace. It involves action on our part. We have to continually reach out to take hold of the mercy being given to us, but we have to also search for grace and find it. We don’t look for grace with an attitude that it might exist or it might not exist. We have to look for what we know exists. Grace is the power of God that changes us, but we cannot look for it with an attitude of whether it is real or not. We have to know it is real and search for it until we find it.

Colossians 3:10 …and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

We have to put off the old man, but we must also seek to put on the new man. Mercy says we are free from the old man. Our sins are forgiven, we have a Father who loves us. But now we have to put on the new man. We have to know that the new man exists. We must put on Christ and be renewed in the knowledge of who He is. The way we think will change and we will look like our heavenly Father in increasing measure. All of us qualify. It doesn’t matter who we are or who we have been. We are all now the circumcised of heart.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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New Creations Empowered by Grace

Greetings,

I have just finished a great weekend in Deming, New Mexico with Pastor Cersar and CitiLife Church. Thank you so much for all who came to the meetings and thank you for your continued love for God and one another. It was great to be with you again. I look forward to seeing you all again in January.

God’s grace is a wonderful gift. It is the gift of God’s manifest presence in our hearts and lives. Grace is not a provision of God to make us new creations some day in the future. Grace empowers each of us to put on Christ and to walk as new creations in this life every day. If I am not putting on Christ, I am not changing. If I am not growing to be a father with an empowerment to see what God sees and to live for the sake of other, I am not endeavoring to live in and by grace. Those others that I live to give life to should be specific people in my world, not just generic concepts of people in the world. Who has God joined me to in this life and who has He given to me? Grace changes us so we grow up and become fathers or mothers for the sake specific others in our worlds. Sometimes we need to be moms. Sometimes we need to nurse or nurture someone. Sometimes we need to be fathers. Sometimes we need to empower others to overcome. My wife can be a father when she needs to be a father and I can also be a mother when I need to be a mother. My wife manifests the father better than many men I know, because she knows how to bring people forward and release them into their responsibility and destiny. Moms meet needs, but dads empower people to meet the needs of others. We need both. There is nothing wrong with our needs being met, but if just our needs are being met, we are not receiving the testimony of God’s inheritance. Grace brings us into destiny and destiny includes others in our lives.

God’s grace causes your world to change. If you have a job that is a good thing. If you don’t have a job, grace will help you get one. If you have a job and you work in an environment where everything is terrible, grace can empower you to change your work environment to something wonderful.  I taught my children this. My son, who is the pastor, used to work in secular business. He once had a job working for a subcontractor for another company. The main company hated the sub-contracting company and they made sure the sub-contracting company was assigned the hard and bad jobs. The employees of the main company would mock the employees of the smaller company. My son became a supervisor for the sub-company. The boss of the contracting company seemingly hated my son as well as all in the sub-company. My son chose to be a man of grace, because only a man of grace can show mercy to people of law. My son’s lifestyle, his work ethic, and his attitude changed his boss. One day his boss came to him with a book called The Shack, and said, Have you ever read this book? His boss was not a Christian. His boss was a mean law keeper in the world and God used my son to transform that man and the environment of the entire workplace. When my son left that job, the sub-contracting company that my son was a supervisor for was only spoken about favorable by the main company. They threw a big party for my son when he quit. This is a practical illustration how a man of grace can manifest truth and crumble lies and even transform a work environment.

Grace is real! It is the power of Holy Spirit at work in your life. It is a different administration and it causes you to be a different kind of earth. If you want to live as a new creature you must live with an administration of a new heaven, because the old heaven was law and the old creature was in bondage. The new creature is in liberty, because it is administrated by the law of liberty. The law of liberty is the testimony of grace.

Grace empowers us to subdue and to become real in life. We become truth and truth crumbles every lie. God wants us to become His likeness and image in this world. He wants us to become love, to become mercy, to become a testimony of life in and to all things. He wants us to become the substance of Him in all things. That is what happens to children of God when they grow up. We are a family of little children, overcoming sons and daughters, and fathers and mothers in the likeness and image of God in this world. The process begins with God’s mercy, but it unfolds by the power of God’s grace. God’s grace is the testimony of a relationship with God in all things. Grace is the power of God that changes us. God expresses Himself to us and life happens! Because of God’s mercy we can all boldly come to the throne of God’s grace and receive mercy for failures of our lives, but we also find grace that gives us the power to change in all things.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

This is a sample of the prophetic worship and prayer night at CitiLife Church. God’s presence moved the earth. Thanks guys.

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Grace Changes My World

Greetings,

I had a great time yesterday at Everyone’s Church in Mt. Vernon, Wa. The presence of God was there, the people were there, and God graced an great message on being little ‘i ams’ in the big I Am of Christ.

Jesus came as God’s gift to change the world. His means of changing the world was with a handful of men that God had given Him. He came to reveal the Father to those men and to send them to the world even as God had sent Him to the world.

John 17: 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

Jesus had not yet died for the sins of men, but He had finished the work that the Father gave Him to do. He came to reveal the Father to those God had given Him.

John 17:6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

Jesus did not pray for the world. He only prayed for those that God had given Him. His world was a few men that had lived with Him and eaten at His table. He was going to send them to the world in the same way that the Father had sent Him.

John 17:9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

Just as the disciples were sent, we have been sent to the world. We have been sent to some in the world to reveal the Father and His love to those that God had given Him. Who are those that are ours in this world? Do we know our task in this life?

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

I don’t live in the whole planet. I live in my world. I need to change my world. My world is formless. My world is void. My world is dark, but I have good news for my world and those that live in it. I live in my world. What is out of order is going to be placed in order by Christ in me. By Christ and me and by me as an expression of Christ with Jesus as my head. I am Eve. I am the Proverbs 31 woman. I am the bride of Christ. I am the one that Jesus looks at and says. oh babe! I am the one that Jesus looks at and says, honey you are comparable to me. Come along side of me in this. Let’s rule and reign together. Like Provers 31 says about this woman, I deal in the real estate of the earth on behalf of my husband. I go into the world even though I find my citizenship of heaven. I go into the world as the wife of Jesus and I buy the field that is in my path. Jesus says, O honey! I like it. That is a good idea. We have the money. What do you think honey?

Jesus, we could do this with it!

Woo! Honey, I like how you think. I was thinking we could bring life into it. It looks so empty. I think we should fill it up. Come on! You bear my name. You have My name! I sit in the gate and I have sent you even as I was sent by my Father!

I know you sit in the gate sir. I am good at receiving what you are giving so I can give to others also. I am good at believing what you say about me, so I can say good things about others too. I am good at coming along side of you in everything, so I can bring everyone alongside of me in everything in my world.

This is the masculine and feminine nature of God. I am not so stuck in the macho nature of my culture that I cannot be a woman, nor am I so stuck in my culture that I can’t be a man. We are all members of the bride of Christ. The body of Christ. It is by grace that we demonstrate we are the body of Christ, His governing body for the sake of those He has given us. We are the place He rests His head. We are the place where God lives. We make decisions on earth as it is in heaven and the world we live in changes. Grace is not so we will be a new creation someday. Grace is what empowers us to live as new creations in this world for the sake of those God has given to us. Mercy allowed us to be born again. We are new creations, but now God’s grace empowers us to live as new creations for the sake of our world.

 

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Fulfilling The Mandate

Greetings,

This week I am in Castlegar, BC, Canada where I am teaching for a week on Grace and Authority. We have had a great start over the weekend and I am looking for a full week with some great hungry, willing, and teachable people. God’s grace transforms our lives and true authority gives life. These are great subjects for a great encounter with Christ.

To understand God’s plan we have to look at God’s book. In the first chapter in our Bible, God looks at a situation and has an idea to create the world as we know it and to create man. In the second chapter God revealed how man was to rule in the earth out of a relationship with Him. Through an intimate relationship with God man would be able to fulfill the commission to be fruitful, multiply, fill subdue, and have dominion in the earth. In Genesis chapter three we have a testimony of man eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This brought about the consequence of futility in man’s commission in the earth. God spoke words over the earth that subjected it to futility in the hope of one day returning man to an intimate relationship with Him in all things. After God’s perspective of creation, man’s experience of creation, and man’s fall to disconnection, we have the other books of the Bible. Sometimes we think that God created the world, He made man to be fruitful multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion, man fell and God said, Shoot! I thought it would work? So, the rest is about how God is going to destroy it and take us to heaven. That kind of thinking is really quite foolish when you think of God and who He is. The missing piece has been intimacy of men with God, but God so loved the world He sent the solution. John chapter 1 reads like Genesis chapter 1.

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. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The word became flesh and He moved into the neighborhood. We saw Him as a man of grace and truth. A new Adam. He came so that humanity could fulfill the mandate to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion. The administration of His life was one of grace. Grace was the manifest presence of the Spirit of God in His life that motivated His heart and mind in all things. He was motivated by grace and thus He was a full manifestation of truth in human form. Grace was the government of the kingdom within His heart. Of this government and this peace there was to be no end.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Peace is a testimony of mercy. There is no gap between us and God. Grace is the power to reign. There is no end to the increase of this government or peace and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters presently cover the sea.

Habakuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Why do the waters cover the sea? The decision of first Adam resulted in the consequence of flood and the earth was changed. God promises that the evidence of Last Adam, eternal Adam, will fill the whole earth. In your life, the evidence of first Adam is going to be overtaken by the evidence of eternal Adam. The old man is being overpowered by the new man. He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. There is no end to the increase. It is like leaven in three measures of meal. It fills the whole loaf. It is like a little mustard seed that is very small, but it grows to become like a tree. For each of us, Christ in me is the hope of glory! Grace is the ability to subdue and the result is truth. Truth is dominion. Truth crumbles every lie. Instead of pretending I love my neighbor, grace empowers me to be loving towards my neighbor until I become real. I love you! That crumbles the lie! It is a work of the Spirit. It is also a work in me. The result is my life casts a shadow that looks like law. If my life doesn’t cast a shadow that looks like law, I haven’t discovered grace. I am only living in mercy and I am pretending this is it. I am not subduing. I am not reigning. I am merely waiting to go to heaven. I am not partaking in the inheritance of the kingdom heaven. I am simply waiting to die so I can go to heaven. I am not living. I am not loving. I am not changing the world that I live in.

The mandate given to man by God is still good. He has made a provision for us to fulfill the commission of being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing and having dominion. That provision is Christ in us and He is the hope of glory. Christ in us is the empowerment of grace that transforms our lives in every way. We can subdue, we can experience God’s life, we can become carriers of God’s life, and givers of God’s life to the world. We can become real. We can become truth in Christ. By this we will exercise the dominion of Christ in our world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Life to Subdue and Have Dominion

Greetings,

It was a great time at Alife today. God was in the house and the family was hungry, willing, and teachable. I believe the church is in a new season of life. Get ready for the fruitfulness of God. This is His season to shine! God sees things before we do.

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.

I believe that Genesis chapter 1 is an account of creation from a covenant perspective of God. It is not a chapter detailing the facts of the creation of all things, but covenantal realities of God’s view of the earth, His creative power to deal with all things, and His purpose for man in His plan. God looked at a situation of need and began to bring order, fullness, and light. His ultimate climax was with the creation of mankind in His likeness and His image.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

I don’t know if anything existed prior to these verses. It is none of my business. All I know is that when the situation needed help, God did not just create, He was intimately committed to the situation. He made man in the likeness and image of Himself in the form of man and woman and they were given dominion over all the works of His hands. Man was not only to be fruitful, multiply and to fill the earth, he was to subdue and have dominion. To subdue and have dominion would mean that things that are out of order could be put in order and kept in order. It was not a matter of controlling it, but of giving it proper liberty. The earth needed fullness and abundance. To subdue would be to take something that is empty and cause it to be full. Dominion is to keep it going and growing in its fullness. If it is dark, to subdue is to turn the light on. Dominion would be to sustain and expand the light. Human beings were not just created to be fruitful, multiply and fill. Animals can be fruitful, multiply and fill, but only man was destined to subdue and bring dominion to the world. The world of animals never changes. It is the same as it has always been, but God’s governing agents in the earth were not just natural beings. They were spiritual beings of spirt, soul, and body to fill the earth with the glory of God.

In Genesis chapter two we see that God formed man from the dust of the earth. I believe that this is an account from the perspective or vantage point of humanity. What did it look like in the history of men and God? Chapter two doesn’t chronologically follow chapter one in history. It is a different perspective. One is from God’s vantage point and the other is from man’s. God looks and speaks, man experiences the effects of God speaking. God touches men and gives life to them. God saw a fruitful earth and He saw Adam and an Eve as the key to bringing heavenly things into an earthly world. God blessed what He saw. Man saw barrenness and dust, but God planted a garden in the East and put man there. Then man saw and abundance of trees, an abundance of life. He saw paradise. He saw God. He didn’t see Eve. Something inside of him said, you need an Eve. He didn’t know it, but what was inside of him was Eve. There was a need for a relationship of vulnerability, transparency, trust and partnership in all things. He was in this paradise relationship with God, but he needed to be able to expand that relationship to others. He didn’t need a pet, a servant, or a slave. He needed a co-reigning partner. There were four rivers and they flowed out of the garden to the barren fields of the world. God had a plan that was greater than the garden. His plan was to take the life of the garden to the barren places of the world. His plan included the life-giving attributes of subduing and dominion.

I am almost 62 years old, I haven’t been around long enough to have been in the garden of Eden, but I have been in the barrenness of the earth. I remember when He touched me, laid His hand upon me, breathing His life in me, and established a place in the earth where I could get to know Him. He commanded me to eat ­– He commanded me to live! I know what it is to need God, to know God, and to live with Him. God wants me to become like Him. He wants me to know a relationship of vulnerability, transparency, trust and partnership with others in all things. I am in a paradise relationship with God, but I need to be able to expand that relationship to others. I don’t need a pet, a servant, or a slave. I need to understand the truth of being a member in the body of Christ – a co-reigning partner with co-reigning members in partnership with God in all things.

In the garden man was to have a relationship with God where he could be sent forth in a life of being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing and having dominion. In the garden man experienced an administration of God’s influence where he could eat of all good things and of the tree of life for eternity, but man chose a tree of information instead of intimacy. He chose the tree of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. We need life, more than we need knowledge. We need one another more than we need the power to judge one another. We need to be people of mercy and grace for a destiny of giving mercy and reigning by grace in all things.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Law Longed For Grace!

Greetings;

It was good to be in my home church in Bellingham on Sunday. Pastor Jonathan did a great job challenging all of us with keys to keeping our hearts connected to God and one another. Great job Pastor. I am again challenged with walking out the practical steps in growing in my relationship with God and others. It is great to be a part of a culture of grace in an intimate relationship with God and one another!

Grace is more powerful than law. God never intended for law or merely the human conscience to be the rule of administration for mankind. The empowerment of the heart of mankind was always meant to be by a personal relationship with God through the human heart. Jesus was a man full of grace and truth and He exhibited the testimony of a man empowered by the internal kingdom of God. Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit ruled in His heart and the testimony of the kingdom of God was preached through His life as a firstborn of a supernaturally born race of humanity. He was the proof that the internal empowerment of the kingdom of God was the way of life for all men.

Luke 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time, the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”

The law and the prophets were good. They were teachers that told men who God was in His character, nature, way, power, and authority. Although man was created in the likeness and the image of God, the law revealed to mankind that they were no longer like God in their character, nature, way, power, and authority. They were guilty of being disconnected from their true-life source. Their identity and authority had been perverted from the truth of their creation. They needed God. The law revealed the flaws in the character of men and it revealed the mercy of God by the provisions given to atone for and cover men’s sin. The law revealed the failure of the character of men and the goodness of the character of God. The judgments of the law were not attributes of an unloving God, but a consequence of the flawed character of unloving men. The law told men they were guilty and they should die, but there were provisions to help men in their weakness. Those provisions include the giving of life of another to cover their sin with a testimony of love. This was depicted in the sacrifice of the lives of animals to make atonement for man’s sin. Adam’s shame was covered by a death sacrifice and the covering of the skin as Adam was to wear the testimony of that death. It revealed God’s willingness to give life to redeem the life of mankind.

When the law was given, it was only given for the hope of the day when the law would no longer be needed. In the Old Covenant, no one was saved through law. Those who kept the law were saved through Jesus without knowing it because the law cannot save anyone. God made provisions that pointed to the day when Jesus would be revealed as the Lamb who was slain before men sinned. So, the law and the prophets were until John. They were provisions for the kingdom of Israel. They were provisions given to Israel for the world to look at the kingdom of Israel and see the shadow of the kingdom of heaven that was destined to come to the hearts of all men. People should seek to act like God. They should desire to be like God in their character, nature, way, power and authority. The law was a provision for men to act correctly. It would not save men, but only empower men to make a confession of what God is like – I want to be like that. The law was a provision given to the kingdom of Israel, but it was not the administration of the kingdom of God. It only manifested the need for the administration of the kingdom heaven in the human heart. The law controlled the external actions of men, but it could not transform the hearts of men within.

Human beings ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God did not. The kingdom of God was never in jeopardy. The administration of life was never in trouble. Grace was not a new idea, it was always the plan of God for all of mankind. Only intimacy with God in our hearts changes our hearts. The kingdom of God is so powerful that even some people in the kingdom of Israel found God invading their system and they experienced God’s grace in various measures. They sometimes found themselves in a government that was under the law, but experiencing the testimony of God’s mercy and grace. Such was the case with king David. At times, they would even have a new heart and mind in measures, but they were still bound to the kingdoms of men and they longed for the kingdom of God. Even the least empowered by the internal kingdom of life is greater than the best governed by the external measures of law.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Once again, let me give a big thank to those who have and are supporting House of Bread Ministry in prayer and in finance. Without your prayers and support we are limited in our ability to do our part in the place of our calling in Christ. 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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