He Visits Our Iniquities

Ted J. Hanson

Greetings,

I have been in Wichita, Kansas for the past several days. We had a great time together and yesterday God was good in our gathering together. I spoke of the different levels of life in our relationship with Christ. I believe some significant things happened in the Spirit and I believe that this is a new season of liberty for the church in Wichita and for the church as a whole.

We are living in a time when the ways of the world are manifesting cultures that are contrary to the ways of God. Is sin getting darker or is true righteousness shining in the hearts and minds of men? True righteousness is not the disciplined external actions of the flesh, but an internal connection with God in our hearts. God wants us to be real. He doesn’t want to control our actions or allow us to hide behind some superficial rule of life, as was the law. The law never changed the hearts and minds of men, it only revealed that something supernatural needed to happen within the heart of man.

Iniquity, transgression, and sin are three different things. Iniquity is not sin. The wage of iniquity is not death. The consequence, or wage, of iniquity is transgression in our hearts. Iniquity makes us vulnerable to transgress in our hearts from the true life that is in Christ. The consequence of transgression is a disconnection from true life that is found in God. We know the word says that “the wages of sin is death”. Let me say that in modern English. If you live a life of sin, disconnection from God, a disconnection from the One who is life, the consequence is you are going to die. You die because you are not planted in life. No God in heaven kills you. The absence of God in your life is what kills you. There is no God in heaven that is looking to dam sinners – to kill sinners. This was never the case, not even in the Old Testament. God never looked to kill people. He would often expose what was killing them. He might say, “that house is on fire don’t go in that house.” If you go in the house that is on fire you can’t blame God for judging you, when you get burnt. He told you the house was on fire. He warned you, you just didn’t listen. What is it that causes people to be disconnected, to sin? There are areas in our hearts that harbor weaknesses, or weak areas called iniquities. It is not sin, it is the possibility of sin. I believe that iniquities are like a gift. These are areas in us that need to find God. We depend upon God because we are weak there. I believe that God allows us to have those weaknesses, so we can find Him. So, we can find who He is.

God gives life. He doesn’t need anything from us, but we have weak areas in us that tend to believe that life is in some other place. When we allow God to come into that area, we find out He is a transformer. He the weak areas within our hearts by the power of His grace. This is His manifest presence within. It could be a weak area of getting angry easily. We can be tempted in the area of being angry. We can be tempted in an area of addiction. We are weak in an area of our hearts and we could fall for the temptation of being unfaithful. We could fall for the temptation of being critical. I believe we are each born with iniquities. This is not sin, but weaknesses. The world has those and says, this is how I am. I have had those all my life since I was born. If we apply law, it doesn’t really change it. It merely restrains it. It is like sweeping a problem under a rug. It is like discipling a child and they can be obedient on the surface to sit down, but inside they are standing up. It could be an action where we do what someone says, but in our hearts, we hate them or despise them in some way. That is a controlled person. God is not interested in controlling anyone. He is interested in changing everyone. Not because He is displeased with who they are, but because He knows He has so much more for them.

When you find God in a weak area in your life you become empowered to help others find God in that place too. Then you take on a little of the nature of God. He doesn’t need anything. He gives life, breath, and all things. If I have to depend upon Him in an area I have an internal flaw, it is there that I can find His presence to be transformed. His presence in the weak areas of my life empowers my desires to change. Now my desire changes and I am not weak there anymore. I know it is not because of disciple of the flesh, but a miracle of His love. Discipline of the flesh is only as strong as you can strengthen a physical muscle. But love is an eternal fire. Love will empower you to give every last breath, whether you are strong or weak.

We have been given these weak areas, so we can know the power of God’s love and we can overcome by the power of His love at work in our lives. This is true in our lives, our communities, and our churches. We have to have an environment where anyone is welcome, and everyone is welcome, because everyone belongs. But we must also create and maintain an environment that testifies of amazing things happening by the power of God’s grace. It is not just some theological truth, but a poetic experience of life in Christ.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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An Environment of Love Invites Change

Greetings;

Today Bonnie and I are headed home after a great weekend in Castlegar and Slocan, BC, Canada. God did some great things at Castlegar Christian Fellowship and at Junction Covenant Church. Thank you to all who came with such hungry, willing, and teachable hearts.

Once again, I am dealing with the question of how do we deal with people who come from the world who don’t act like they should in every way?

As communities of Christ, we must first create an environments where anyone and everyone is welcome to come. In this, we don’t require people to change to belong. We say, you belong and by that we know that everyone can be changed. We should look at all people through a vision of a Father who loves His children. We shouldn’t look at anyone through a lens of judging whether this one is a sinner, or this one is not a sinner. We should always look with a view of is a child of God, there is a child, and that’s a child of God. They are not a child of God because they love God, they are a child of God because God loves them. This creates a question. How do we create an environment of love and acceptance? If we measure people from the world by the law, they will leave. A safer place for them to be, and a more able place to see them change, is the church. At the door we are communicating: We love you, you belong, follow us, see that He is good. You don’t have to believe, we believe. Just be around us. We want you around us. Watch how life is working for us. God loves you as He loves us.

Sinners come from societies of sin, cultures that don’t have fathers. Do we accept them living together, but not married? That is a common thing in our cultures. Or they may be in some other customs. In some African cultures they may have two or three wives, what do we do? They come with habits that the world has that the world doesn’t see as a problem. We cannot expect them to act as God wants them to act. Our first responsibility is to create an environment where everyone is welcome to come and be changed. We have to create an open door of mercy that leads to the place of finding grace. Law does not change people. I am not interested in returning to law. Sometimes we write new bylaws new constitutions and new ways of doing things and we think we are free from the law. We say, we are really grateful that we are no longer under the law. We don’t do those feasts and those required sacrifices, but then we create our own version of feasts, celebrations, sacrifices and other requirements we create another law that we impose upon others. What may be faith for us because we heard God becomes a law for others when we put it upon them.  The things we come up with may be really good ideas. We may have gotten together as leaders, we prayed, we heard God and we wrote down what we heard. What we heard is great, it is faith for us as leaders. We heard, but when we try to present that to people who come to us it is not faith for them. We put law on them. We don’t have a responsibility of hearing God for people, we’re responsible to lead them to the place where they can hear. Our first responsibility is to create an environment that tells them they are welcome, they belong, they don’t have to believe for God to love them. We also want to create an environment where everyone can overcome things that bring destruction into their lives, but first we have to create an environment that communicates to sinners they have a Father who loves them and their sins are forgiven. We have to develop a relationship with God that presents a power that brings about change by the power of His love.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Tough Questions

Greetings,

Today I am home after a great weekend with our ALife Community family. It is great being home. Thank you to everyone who wished me birthday blessings, I had a great time with my family. Life is good at 63.

How do we approach the tough questions in the church today? What do we say to people who come from the cultures of the world into the culture of the church? Does God expect them to understand His ways and does He judge them according to His law in spite of their ignorance? Many questions would be very easy to answer if we were under the law, but the law didn’t work in transforming the hearts and minds of men. It controlled the external actions, but it could not transform the inner beliefs of the heart. The law did not fail because it could have worked. The purpose of the law was merely to inform men of their need for the supernatural power of God’s love at work in their hearts and minds. It seems that the law was enough to get people to heaven after Jesus fulfilled it as a man, went He went to Sheol and freed mankind from their captivity. However, the law was not powerful enough to bring heaven into the hearts and minds of men. God is not interested in putting people under some controlling law to merely restrain their actions in some way. If we were just in the business of controlling people’s actions, we could come up with some very simple answers and solutions to the complicated ways of fatherless societies. God’s does not measure the world by their failures, He measures their true potential by a Father’s love. God loved the world so much, He sent His only Son to become flesh and moved into the neighborhood of humanity. He is not interested in just controlling the actions of our lives, He wants to change hearts and minds. As pastors, leaders, or believers in the church we have to depend upon and believe upon a supernatural God who can change anyone by the power of His love. We don’t want to just fix people on the surface. We want to invite them into a world where they can be transformed.

Romans 5:8-10 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 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.

The blood of Jesus Christ justifies us to live. It doesn’t just justify Christian believers to live, but all human beings. The crucifixion of Jesus for the sins of men justifies all men to live. This is the power of God’s mercy. Mercy is the end of our old lives ruled by conscience and law. Mercy is also the entrance to a new life in Christ, but God’s grace is the power of God working in us in life. It is the life of Jesus that empowers us to live and reign in life. We are people from all kinds of cultures and fatherless societies. As communities, congregations, and people who believe in Jesus, our first responsibility is to create and atmosphere and live in a reality of mercy that invites all men. There are a lot of things that the world does that are not true to the way God wants things to be. Why doesn’t God those things? Because they produce the fruit of death and destroy people’s lives. It doesn’t merely make God look bad. It doesn’t just make God feel bad because it is wrong. God is a Father who loves His children even though those children do not know that He is their Father. There are certain things that people in the world do that create disfunction and death. It destroys their lives. God wants to help them with that. Where is the best place for them to be for that to happen?  I propose that the best place should be among believers, in the church, with the community of God, as a family that knows the power of God’s mercy and grace. I believe that our first responsibility t to create an environment where they are welcome.

 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

We must create an environment where people from the world can see people who know Jesus that communicate a message of life that tells them they too belong. They don’t have to believe to belong, they belong because God loves them. It is not our primary responsibility to judge them as to whether they are doing everything right or not. Should they be living together? Are they homosexuals? Are they adulterers? or What are they doing in their lives that is not true to the character of God in some way? These are ways of the world. These are things that people in the world do. Obviously, as we grow in maturity in our relationship with God our lives should change. I am not talking about creating an environment where no one changes. I am talking about creating a place where people can be welcome, and they can find a community with an environment where God can transform their hearts and minds by His supernatural grace. I think we have to change the tree that we look through in measuring others. We must change the administration we look through as a lense for measuring ourselves and others in life.

2 Corinthians 5:14-16 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

Humanity without God is a family tree rooted in the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. That knowledge defines good and evil by their own perceptions and ideas in life.  Jesus made a way for all human beings to become part of a new family tree. He made a way for them to become part of the family tree of life. This is a different administration. This means that we as believers cannot look through the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and make judgments of others according to the flesh. Is there good and is there evil? Absolutely! Certain things are good and certain things are evil. What makes something evil is it destroys life. What makes something good is that it promotes life. It is not our job to judge them whether they are right or wrong. We are responsible to invite them into the place where they can come to faith; a place where they can know God and be changed.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Depend Upon Christ Within

Greetings,

Today I am heading home after a week in Portugal and a weekend in the Netherlands. I accomplished a lot in Portugal with more video training completed and video spots for addressing some of the tough questions in the church. The people in Utrecht were wonderful. It was a full house yesterday and the Spirit of Life was in the house. Thank you to all who participated in various connections through the weekend.

Every mountain is made of stones. The Mountain of the Old Covenant was the mountain of Sanai. It was a mountain of law and judgment. One man’s experience with God proved to be a law unto those who dared not seek a personal experience with God in their own lives. Independence from God left men dependent upon information and disconnected from the place of a personal transformation by God in their lives. That mountain created the religious stones of Pharisaism. That is a mountain of knowing God’s words according to natural sight and natural understanding. It lacked the supernatural power of faith. It lacked the ability to hear the Spirit of God in the human heart. The word of God was presented to the human soul as an instruction to live by, but it did not speak to the human spirit with the power to put the desire of God in men’s hearts. Faith comes by hearing God in our hearts. It is a supernatural response to the manifested voice of God from within. Jesus said that the smallest measure of faith in our lives is more powerful than any stone in the mountain of law. The mountain of the New Covenant is the rising mountain of Christ, as we are transformed from within to increasingly become the stature of Christ in our lives.

Matthew 21:21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

A mountain of life is filled with living, life-giving stones. Those stones each have a revelation of God’s love and they hear God’s voice through an intimate relationship of life. They are not easily offended because they have a revelation of God’s love. They are of high value and they reveal the personal testimonies of God working in their lives. They are stones that are being transformed to fit with other stones in the mountain of God.

The Old Covenant could only offer a shadow of the good things we find in Christ. People in the Old Covenant could never really experience what can only be found in Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

The Old Covenant journey of God’s people is an example to us. They had the rock of Christ in the wilderness, but they could not become one with Him. We have been given the gift of Christ within our hearts It is the rock of Christ within us that empowers us to be a testimony of the mountain of God in life.

1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

The place of transformation is not in knowing what to do. It is in knowing Christ. We are blessed to drink the cup of the New Covenant life of the Holy Spirit. We are blessed to be the bread of the body of Christ. We need to depend upon Christ within us and upon Christ in one another. The body of Christ is the rising mountain of God in the earth. No stone by itself can be the mountain of God, but when we embrace one another in the life of Christ that is in each of us we experience a greater fullness of Christ in our lives.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Stones of Life or Stones of Law

Greetings,

Today I am in Portugal. I have been recording another course of training in the Portuguese language for training in the Portuguese speaking parts of the world. An eighth course is now recorded in video, audio, and written material. Now I will edit the material and prepare it for implementation among my Portuguese family. God is good. Yesterday I was blessed to minister to two churches that are new to me in the Porto area of Portugal. God was good, and I believe that God is arranging more divine connections for His glory.

Isaiah 2:2-3  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.  Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

No mountain is made one stone. No mountain is made of one material. Every mountain is made of many stones. Those stones are made of different minerals and materials with different qualities and characteristics. When they are joined together they make a mountain. The mountain of God is filled with a diversity of material, but each stone has something of the unique life-giving character of God. The Old Covenant was given upon a mountain and the Torah (Law) / Tabernacle (Temple) system revealed was one of a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. It was a mountain that measured men according to their failures. It was not a mountain that could transform men’s hearts and minds.  It could only inform them of their short-comings and failures. It was a mountain of condemnation and death. Each stone in that mountain was a stone of judgment. The truth was written down as something that could be remembered and bound to, but it was not a truth that one could become because of the life-giving liberty of transforming grace. Jesus came to give us a different mountain than the mountain of law and judgment. He came to cause us to become a mountain of grace and truth!

2 Corinthians 3:4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

The Old Covenant was based upon a knowledge given upon a mountain of judgment. It as a mountain that killed flesh, but it did not transform the flesh of men to become expressions of the word of God. It was a letter of a law that could only kill. A mountain of death is filled with stones of death. When someone was found short of being good according to the material of the knowledge of good and evil they were judged by the rocks of that mountain. Those found guilty by its measurement were forced to leave the community of God’s people and they were put to death by stones (Num. 15:35, Deut. 13:10, 21:21). I believe that those stones were symbolic of the death we put upon ourselves when we seek to live under a governing system that makes us dependent upon knowledge and temps us to live independent from intimacy with God in our hearts. If we seek to live our lives under an administration of law or conscience we seek to live independent from a place of life-transforming intimacy with God. We were not given life to spend it upon ourselves. We were not given life to create kingdoms that are separate from the kingdom of our Lord and Christ. We were given life to be expressions of the kingdom of God in the kingdoms of men.

The mountain of God is a mountain made of stones that are intimate with God in Christ. Each stone has the quality of hearing God in their hearts, responding to Him in their path of life, and becoming one with Him as the immovable, unshakeable rock in their lives. They too become life-giving stones as He is life-giving to them in all things.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Bow To Life and You Will Receive Life

Greetings,

Today I am in Wales, where I have been staying with good friends and spending time with my covenant brother John Marsden. Yesterday we had a great time at Rock Church in Prestatyn and then life together to cap off a great day. Relationships are surly the substance of life. This includes our relationship with God and with one another in life.

All people have an internal need to worship God. I believe that internal need is given to each one by God, because of God’s desire to give life to all people. He is the one who gives life, breath, and all things. When we worship Him it does not change who He is, it changes who we are. When we worship Him, we open our hearts to receive the life that He gives. When we receive His life, we become changed by His life. We receive whatever or whoever we bow to. When the earth bows towards the sun it receives the benefit of a sunrise and night becomes day. When we bow in the direction of someone or something we experience what that someone or something has the ability to give to us. God’s wants to love us. He wants to give life to all men, but when we bow to other things we experience the consequence of something that God is not in.

Isaiah 2:9 People bow down, and each man humbles himself; therefore do not forgive them. 10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty.

The blood of Jesus Christ offers forgiveness to all men for all things, but when men embrace things that cannot give life to them the forgiveness of God cannot be found. Forgiveness is easily found in Christ, but it is found in Christ. When men seek other things, they submit themselves to realities that cannot offer the forgiveness of God. God’s love is for all men, but men can choose to embrace things that cannot offer the love or life of God. When men embrace other things, they suffer the consequence of what those other things offer.

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. 12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up—and it shall be brought low—13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan; 14 upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up; 15 upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall; 16 upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops. 17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, 18 but the idols He shall utterly abolish. 19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. 20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, 21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. 22 Sever yourselves from such a man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?

God does not desire to destroy men. Pride destroys men. God’s presence destroys the lofty things that destroy men. When we embrace other things, other ways, or other realities than God, we find ourselves under the force of a crashing wave that comes by the presence of God. God’s presence destroys the false treasures of men, when men embrace false treasures they embrace what those false treasures have to offer. Man can suffer consequence of the destruction of those false things if they continue to embrace the things that are destroyed by God’s presence. All they have to do is look to Him, and His presence is a rescue and a force of transformation in their lives. The judgment of God is upon those things that do not bring life to man or to the earth. God is not looking to judge men, He desires to love them. However, there are consequences to embracing false treasures. Loving the things that are destroyed by God’s presence can only offer shaking and destruction in our lives. God is love and we cannot accuse Him of being unloving when we embrace the things that are destroyed by the power of His love. If we think His love means that all things are blessed, we are deceived concerning what true love is. His love destroys the things that destroy life and love. True life empowers us to produce life in a multigenerational way. True love empowers us to be love for others in a multigenerational way. Life is not something we merely get, it is found in our ability to produce life for the sake of others in all things. True love is not something we live to receive, it is the substance of what we can become for the sake of God and men in the life that has been given to us to live.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Potter to the Clay

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Today I am heading home after some days in Wisconsin to see a very good friend and to enjoy a family reunion with my remaining siblings, nephews, nieces, and various extended realities. It was a great time for relational connections. God was in the journey and divine appointments happened each day.

True God-seekers desire to become like Him. They want to walk in His light. His light will transform their darkness to become a testimony of His light. Eastern mysticism teaches that human darkness becomes light when it is accepted as truth, but God’s way is to bring our darkness to His light, whereby the testimony of our lives changes from darkness to the character, nature, way, power, and authority of His name. God is willing to move into our world to confirm the power of His mercy, but He invites us to move into His world to experience the transforming power of His grace!

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

God does not forsake people, but the ways of people can put them in a path that is forsaken by God. The mystic ways of the east are not the same as the ways of our Father in heaven. We cannot expect God to change who He is for the sake of soothsayers and ways that are foreign to who He is.

Isaiah 2:6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with eastern ways; they are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they are pleased with the children of foreigners. 7 Their land is also full of silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is also full of horses, and there is no end to their chariots. 8 Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.

When we expect God to change who He is for the sake of who we think we are, we are embracing a created image of God instead of embracing the One who is creative in all of His ways. He can cause a man who has never seen to finally see. He can cause a man who has never walked to finally walk. This means He also empowers a formerly blind man to now live as a man with sight with all of the responsibilities of sight. He empowers a formerly crippled man to now live as a man who can walk with all the responsibilities of a man who can work. The former treasures have to be exchanged for the new treasures given by God. He transforms an Abram to an Abraham and expects him to live in the boundaries and expectations of a Hebrew and no longer a Chaldean. He transforms a Jacob to an Israel and expects him to be a prince with God and no longer merely a seeker of His blessing.

Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”

The clay is different that the Creator and Molder of clay. The one who molds the clay knows the purpose of the clay. The clay can only allow its substance to trust the one who forms it into a vessel of destiny and purpose. What was formerly marred can become something of great beauty in the hands of the Potter. Christ in us is the hope of glory and it is God by the power of His grace in our lives that can reshape us to be as we should be in this world. We cannot shape His image to match our marred testimony. We have to trust who He is to form us as we should be. He does not shame us because we are marred. Our marred inheritance doesn’t change what He sees when He looks at us. He sees that we are the full substance of all that He needs to reveal to us the vision of His love, the touch of His love, and the destiny of His love in all things. This is the power of God’s grace at work in our lives. His mercy justifies us to live, but His grace empowers us to become as we should be.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Life Defines the Boundaries

Greetings,

Today I am heading back to Las Vegas after several great days at CitiLife Church in Deming, New Mexico. God was very good. God is joining lives for the purpose of life! We are being defined by God as children of the tree of life. It was a great time in Deming, but I am blessed today to get a couple more days with two of my grandbabies in route to my next destination. We will no doubt play and celebrate life together!

Does God judge? Many believe that there is no judgment in God, but God’s judgment is a boundary of life meant to guide, lead, and transform people into His way of life. It is created by the flow of life. God’s judgments are the boundaries defined by life. In the same way that a river cuts boundaries causing the course of the river to be defined, God’s boundaries are defined by His flow of life. The boundaries do not define the river, it is the flow of water created the boundaries that define its direction of flow. The point is the flow of the river, the direction of the river, and the destination of the river. It is a source of life, a course of life, and it carries a destiny of life for a final goal. God is a giver and not a taker, thus the judgments of God are the places outside of His flow of life. They appear as a consequence upon all things that destroy the testimony of true life in Him. God is not one who shames men, but rather heals them of all of their shame. We cannot be healed of our shame if we continue to live in our shame. Things that do not produce life for the generations cannot be the true life that God has for us. This is true in the natural and in the spirit. There are shameful things in the natural and shameful things in the spirit that are not the path of destiny for sons and daughters of God in Christ. We can only be healed of our shame when God comes into our shame and transforms us from the guilt of shame and then leads us into the path of life that does not lead to shame again.

Isaiah 2:4 He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

The word rebuke in this verse is the Hebrew word, h3198. יָכַח yâḵaḥ; a primitive root meaning; to be right(i.e. correct); reciprocal, to argue; causatively, to decide, justify or convict.

God does not condemn us, but He does convict us. He doesn’t just condone our flaws, He desires to transform our character. He wants to transform our lives to become as they should be in Him. We were born to be the likeness and the image of God in the earth. We are God’s agents of life to all things. Love cannot be defined by what we deserve or what we get from another, but by the fruit of life it produces for our family name. It has to be life-giving in a generational way to be the true life of God. We cannot be takers of life and fulfill our true calling, testimony, and destiny in Christ. God wants to bring heaven into our hearts and our minds to change us by the power of His internal kingdom of life. In this, there is a means of transformation that causes us to become as we should be. The rebuke of the Lord is not a matter of right and wrong, it is a matter of life and death. When we choose things that are outside of the character of God and call it life, or call it love, we are deceived. God is life! God is love! He can define us, but we cannot define Him. It is only when we allow Him to transform us to become like Him that we can see our weapons of death become the tending tools of life. It is only then that swords can become plowshares and spears can become pruning hooks. We cannot lay down our swords without embracing the process of being plowed. We cannot lay down our spears without embracing the process of pruning. We must be willing to be changed and we must expect to be changed. It is a supernatural thing and is impossible apart from Christ.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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The Name Above All Names

Greetings

Today I am in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bonnie and I have been spending several days with our children and grandchildren. It is great being with family. We have been working on their new house and enjoying time together in a rich and wonderful way. It will be hard to leave and I will look forward to coming again soon. I will be off in a few days to New Mexico, but then back for a couple of days before I head out again.

Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Wherever God’s presence rests, His presence subdues. His presence changes everything in our lives and even in the environment around us. The name of Jesus is higher than any other name. He is salvation in every situation. We are the place God lives. He rests in our lives. When God rests in our lives the beliefs of our hearts change. When the beliefs of our hearts change, the actions of our lives change. We choose a different path of walking. When we choose a different path of walking, a different way of doing things in our lives, we end up entertaining different imaginations in our hearts. The strongholds of our hearts end up being strongholds of God’s love and the empowering transformations of the imaginations of our minds. When our imaginations change we envision a world around us that is empowered and transformed by our Father’s will in heaven. We end up seeing things as they are in heaven, thus we end up influencing the world around us by heaven’s grace. We become testimonies of the word of God. The expressions of God become the expressions of our lives. We become the embodiment of the word of God that influences our world in heavenly ways. We prove that there is no gap between us and God and the world around us becomes influenced by the power of Christ in us. By these things we testify that as blessings we live to be blessings in our world. We seek to give greater value to those things that are beyond our lives. We live to multiply and not merely add blessings to our own lives. We see ourselves as significant for the sake of others, not merely living for our own success in life. The result is a multigenerational influence that transforms the word beyond our lives. This is how we discover the reason for which we were born. We were born for the generations of our family name. Our family name is nothing less than the name of Jesus and the testimony of Christ in all things.

Isaiah 2:2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.

When we lose our lives in Christ, we actually find them. God doesn’t want us to lose our life, He wants us to finally really find it. When we lay our false lives down, we find our true lives in Christ. The latter days and nothing more than the loss of what is false to finally find what is true. My last day was forty-five years ago when I invited Christ into my heart. It was that the I began to discover the presence of God in my life. The name of Jesus has continually proven to be greater than any other name in my life. His name is above every name that is less than life that has tried to rob me of my true life that can only be found in Christ. All the other high places in my heart are transformed by the name that is above all names. I find my identity in Christ because of the power of Jesus name. His name is above all other names and His name is the name that presides in the house of God in heaven and upon the earth.

Psalms 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 And He has exalted the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints—of the children of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord! 

Ephesians 1:19 …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

It is a wonderful thing to be a part of the house of the Lord. His name will fill every aspect of our lives and we can know increasing life for all the days of our lives. The name of Jesus is above all other names and we are part of that family name.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Identity in the Name of Jesus

Greetings,

It is another wonderful sunny day in Bellingham. Summer is upon us and there is life all around. I had a blessed day yesterday at Everyone’s Church in Mount Vernon, Washington. Thank you Pastor Brice and the wonderful people of Skagit County. It was good to see you and see your hunger for God’s presence and His word.

Our blood gives us our identity. The blood of the flesh gives us an identity of the flesh. The blood of the New Covenant is the grace that comes to us through the life that Jesus gave. I believe that the blood of the New Covenant is the life of the Holy Spirit empowering the inner man of each of us. Together we are called to be the body of Christ and individually we are life-giving members. Who we are is not based upon who we are apart from Christ. Who we are can only be discovered in Christ. God’s mercy was given to us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary. God’s mercy justifies each and every human being to live, but it is the only the grace of God that empowers us to receive life, become an expression of life, and be givers of life to our worlds.

The shed blood of Jesus upon the tree at Calvary was a judgment of mercy for us all. The only place we can truly find the blood of the cross is at the throne of grace. It is there that we find mercy that frees us from the administration of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil and it there that we find access to a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. 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.

Mercy ends our past and grace empowers us in the present to know the increasing glories of God in our lives. The testimony of the cross is not merely what happened two thousand years ago on the grounds of Calvary. The testimony of the cross is found at the throne of grace. Knowing Jesus in His resurrection life is the testimony of His death. Christ in us is the hope of the glory and Christ in us testifies of the blood Jesus shed at Calvary. Jesus offered His life in the flesh so that all flesh could know Him in the power of His resurrection.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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.

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.”

It was the cup that Jesus took after the cup ‘after supper’ that He called the blood of the New Covenant. According to the law, 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. The cup after the supper ion the Sader meal was the cup of Hallel, the cup of Praise. 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. It is through Jesus that we are given access to our place of predestination in Christ. It is only in our predestination in Christ that we can discover our place in the calling of Christ. He gives us life, so that we can know life, become life, and give life to others in our world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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