Honor – Hidden In Creation

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Greetings,

I am heading home today after a great weekend in Wichita, Kansas with Pastors Derick and Talita Stoltz and the church of Christ Life Ministries. They put on a Christmas play on Saturday night. They did a fantastic job working together as a spiritual family. There was lots of life and lots of love in every way. The play production had a great Christmas message and it also served to raise funds for a good work helping orphaned girls in South Africa. Good job to all at Christ Life Ministries! It was great being here this weekend for your special event and as a part of what God is doing here.

I have been addressing the harvest of our lives and how God has set things in creation that serve the heavenly commission of God upon our lives in this earth. God has woven into the fabric of creation things that reveal the mystery of who He is. Within that fabric of creation are various boundaries, forces, powers, and elements that work together to reveal the mystery of God in who He is and all of creation’s connection to Him and to itself for God’s purposes and glory in all things. We could define these things as the laws of creation. Those laws serve God’s purposes by serving to assist us in fulfilling the harvest of our lives.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…

Some of those laws in creation are obvious, while others are hidden more subtly within the fabric of creation. Honor is one of those forces that serves man is his connection with creation and with the Creator of all things. This law is not meant to bind us, but to merely serve as a shadow of what can be discovered from the internal place of love for God in our hearts. We must live to honor our Father in heaven with all that we possess. This includes out thoughts, desires, dreams, our time and the substance of our lives. When we honor God, creation will honor us so we can bring life to our world!

In Malachi chapter 4, we find the last verse of the Old Covenant prophets before the prophetic voice of God was silent for 430 years. There were historic things written, but nothing was said prophetically after this. This is the last word that was prophetically spoken concerning the destiny of humanity. The next word that came from God was the word made flesh in the form of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was the living enactment of the Word made flesh so that we could become expressions of God in our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life.

Malachi 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. 

God does not want the earth to be cursed. He desires to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children to the children to the fathers so that there will be generational blessings of life in the earth. He wants to eradicate and cleanse the earth from all curses of dishonor. A culture of honor creates an environment where fathers live for the future generations and the future generations live to fulfill the destiny of the fathers. Jesus said a scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of God is like the head of a house who draws from their treasure things that have never been seen, heard, or thought before and things that were antique and lost before their time.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” 

When someone realizes that the purpose of life is God’s kingdom, they accept the responsibility of who they are. They are then able to say, ‘here I am’ and they are able to unlock things that have never been and give continues destiny to things that were before. This is a culture of honor. Honor is a force of life that leads to the generational blessings of inheritance, but honor begins with God. Honor is incorporated into the laws of creation, but the sons and daughters of God must willingly choose to allow God to write honor upon their hearts and minds, so the shadow of their lives matches the secrets hidden in the fabric of creation.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Honor of Pruning

Greetings,

It was great to be home with my Alife family in Bellingham. Quite a few people are battling that bug that comes around in the school season and weather transition time of the year, but there were a few in church and others watching online. Pastor Jonathan did an awesome job challenging us to embrace imagination that comes by the Holy Spirit. Surely 2020 is connected to what we see. I saw, I experienced God, and I fell in love with Jesus again!

I concluded last week’s blog with challenging us to honor God with all we possess. Sometimes we can get confused concerning honor. Parents are to honor their children and children are to honor their parents. We must honor one another. This doesn’t mean that there are no boundaries, actions, or consequences in honor. God shows honor to us so we can find the freedom of life to honor God and to honor one another. This is seen in the harvest of our lives.

Jesus compared our relationship with Him with that of being branches on a vine. The purpose of the vine is the harvest that comes from the vine. The vine brings honor to God and life to the world. Sometimes God honors the vine by pruning it. God honors us by pruning us. He cuts away the things that are dead. He trims back the things that grow quickly but will not carry the weight of the destiny of the future. This is part of a culture of honor.

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

John 15:5-6 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Pruning is an honorable thing to do for the vine. The objective is to prune it for its own destiny and purpose. I have fruit trees in my garden. I also have grape vines and with grape vines you cut a lot off vines every year. In the fall of each year I cut my grape vines way back. During the dormant season, I prune my apple trees and I examine how they were shaped. I cut off the branches that were not matching the destiny of fruit so that the other branches will be able to bear more fruit. In that process I am honoring the destiny of each tree. There are branches on the tree that if I don’t tend to them, they will grow straight up. They will consume the life from the tree, but they won’t produce fruit as they tree. They are called ‘sucker branches’ and they are only consumers of life that is in the tree. Their focus is the sky! They want to get big, but they are not shaped or focused correctly to bear fruit for the tree.  If I have feelings for the branches of the tree that are beyond the feelings of a creator, or less than the feelings of a creator, I will look at that tree and I say, “I will never cut a branch off this tree.” I might think that I am being kind and I don’t want to hurt anything, but I am being less than a creator in my thinking. In my own life God honors me by removing things that are not beneficial to my destiny. He shapes my attitudes. He shapes my desires so I will bear more fruit. It is the same in a family. A family’s attitudes are shaped. A family’s attributes and characteristics are shaped so the family will fulfill a family purpose. That is honorable. God honors the vine by pruning it. God honors us by pruning us. He cuts away the things that are dead and trims back the things that grow quickly but cannot carry the weight of the fruit of the future. That is part of a culture of honor. When I properly prune my trees each year in my garden, I am applying part of the laws that serve harvest so that I will have many apples and pears. I trim the living branches that need to be trimmed and I cut off the dead branches that will not grow.

When we talk about honor, we are not just saying anything goes. We are talking about relationship. When we talk about honor, we are not just talking about kind love on the surface. We are talking about a relationship filled with destiny.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Living To Honor God

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Greetings;

Wow! I had a very productive and fruitful time in Portugal this past week. Another training course, The Redeemed Earth – Healing the Curse of the Fall (A Terra Redimida – Cura da Maldição da Queda), is vídeo recorded in Portuguese. I am now in the process of editing the material to complete our 11th training course in Portuguese. I was blessed on the weekend to minister in Igreja Evangélica Reviver in Cavaco, Portugal (near Porto) as well as at a Weslyan Methodist conference in Aveiro, Portugal. God did some great things.

God has destined each of us for a purpose in life. The end of every age and the end of every life is intended to be a harvest. Harvest is what supplies seed for the next planting and bread for present eating. Harvest is not meant to be mere blessings we receive in our personal lives. True harvest is measured by the amount of blessing we bring to the earth and to the future generations of the earth. Nirvana is not the end of the kingdom of God. From dust we came and simply to dust we return is part of the curse of the fall of man, but our redeemed purpose in Christ is one of being living bread to our world and sowing seeds for the future life of the generations of mankind. A God-ordained harvest is a harvest filled with the glory of God! It is a harvest of life that brings life to the world.

Genesis 1:28 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.”

Our lives should be marked with increasing life. The five words used in the mandate to mankind are all life-giving, life-increasing words. We can easily understand the words fruitful, multiply, and fill as words of life and increasing life, but we often mistake the words subdue and dominion for words that take life, suppress life, and even destroy life in some way. This is as far from the truth as we can get. To subdue is to destroy death with life. This is the testimony of grace. Grace is the manifest presence of God in our lives that transforms our lives by the power of God’s life. To exercise dominion is to crumble every lie with truth. Truth is in fact authority and true authority is simply being real to what something is or who someone is. The real you gives life to the world in which you live.

What will it take for us to receive God’s determined harvest in our lives? God has set laws in the earth that are meant to serve humanity in filling the earth with the glory of God. Those hidden laws in creation work together for the order of life, the sustaining of life, and the increase of life in the earth. Every measure of creation was created to honor the higher levels of creation with the fruit and harvest of life. If we violate the levels of honor woven into the fabric of creation, we bind the creation from honoring the higher levels of creation with life. The highest level of creation in the earth is mankind, male and female. Humanity was created in the likeness and image of God; thus, the earth is given to mankind to fulfill the human mandate given to us by God. There are also hidden laws in creation that unlock the earth’s blessings to mankind. If man does not honor God as the Creator, creation is bound from fully honoring man. It is for this reason that the Promised Land was spewing out its inhabitants and God was giving the land to the people of Israel. In turn, if Israel did not honor God the land would spew them out as well.

In the seventh letter in the Book of Revelation, Jesus said He would spew the lukewarm out of His mouth. This is a Hebrew phrase that was part of the curse for breaking covenant with God (Lev. 18:24-28; Lk. 21:24). Israel was told that if they became like the nations of the world, the Promised Land would vomit them out. The people of Laodicea had become conditioned by the world to no longer be seekers of God, but simply lovers of themselves. They thought themselves to be rich and in need of nothing, but God saw them to be “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked”. This is the description of the Pharisaic Judaism of the first century (Lk. 18:9-14; Rev.18:7). A fallen condition disqualified them from ministry (Lev. 21:18-21; Deut. 29:4; Mt. 13:13-15; Mt. 16:3; 2 Cor. 4:3, 4; 1 Jn. 2:11). It is written in the very fabric of creation to spew out humanity if they fail to live as the higher level of creation in honor to the Creator of all creation. It is part of the law of harvest. In order to live in the fullness of our destiny for harvest in our lives, we must first live to honor God as our Father in all things.

Let’s live to honor our Father in heaven with all that we possess. This includes out thoughts, desires, dreams, our time and the substance of our lives. When we honor God, creation will honor us so we can bring life to our world!

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

Help us finish the year strong. We are already facing the need to purchase tickets for travel in January and February of 2020. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

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A Giving God – A Giving People

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Greetings;

Today I am back in Lisbon, Portugal. I had a great week in Mijas, Spain with the G42 students. They were all very eager to experience God and for Him to use them in delivering life-giving words and expressions towards one another. I taught and activated prophetic ministry through the week. The life of God happened! On Friday I went to Lousã, Portugal and I had an awesome time with Pastor Luis Miguez and the CCVA church there. I was also blessed to meet with another CCVA congregation in Carregal dal Sol on Saturday night. We experienced our life-giving Father as God allowed us to enter into ministry concerning God as a giver and we as His children created in His likeness and His image in the earth to be givers of life to our world.

The earth is the Lords and everything in it. This is not a New Covenant truth, but a truth throughout the ages. God has always owned everything. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil didn’t create a problem for God in heaven, it created a problem for us receiving the blessings of God upon the earth. Sin didn’t prevent God from seeing us for who we really are. He has always seen mankind as His children, but sin made it impossible for us to see God for who He is. We could not see Him as the loving, life-giving Father that He truly is. We found ourselves bound to mindsets of takers and not a mindset of givers of life to the world. God became one of us in our world so that we could see who He is in His world, and thus our world could be changed. God is a life-giver and when we see Him for who He really is, we become changed. We become givers of life to our world.

God has a determined harvest for each of us. He has set appointed boundaries and measure for each of us. The earth is meant to honor us, so that we can honor God. When we honor God, the earth in turn is liberated to honor us. It yields its fruit to us and becomes a blessing by which we can honor God and honor our fellow man – the likeness and image of God in the earth.

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. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

God has set laws in creation that are meant to serve us. They are given to serve us in living as givers of life with the life-giving ways of God written on our hearts and minds. We were not to be under laws, they are given to us to fulfill the mandate of God in our lives. Gravity is a law that is written about in books, but what is written did not cause gravity to exist. There is a law of sowing and reaping and whatever we sow, we will reap! This law doesn’t exist because of what is written in books. It is written in the fabric and with the fabric of creation. There is a law of harvest that is even higher than the law of sowing and reaping. What is seen to be the end must be the determining factor for what is sown. The times of harvest are not determined merely by what is going on in the earth. Things as they are in heaven determine the beginning and the end of seasons in the earth. There is a law of density. There is a law of aerodynamics. There are many practical and spiritual laws that we cannot see, but we can discover them. When they are discovered, surely books can be written in regard to their existence. We cannot break laws. We can only violate them and then they break us. We can violate the law of gravity by jumping off a tall building and the power of gravity will break us, unless we find a higher law, such as aerodynamics. Jesus freed us from being under the law of the perfect knowledge of good and evil by superseding it with a higher law of love. That higher law of love is written on our hearts and minds, so our character, nature, way, power and authority empower us to cast a shadow that looks like the lesser Torah law that merely reveals an informational knowledge of good and evil. Law doesn’t exist because it is a book. A book exists because there is law. Jesus confirmed this when He spoke to the Pharisees.

Luke 11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Jesus did not say that humans were not to respond to God with the substance of the earth. Tithing is responding to God who gives us bead and wine with some measure of what we possess. We do this because we recognize that all that we are given is a gift from God in heaven and only God who is in heaven can empower us to become who we should be in the earth. Even the Pharisees tithed on the least, but the greater measure should have been one of sowing, responding and living with justice and love. We should not neglect even the least, but it is not our practical giving that is the true testimony. It is not the action of tithing, but the heart inspired reason for tithing that is the true testimony of a proper response to God. It is also the internal change of our hearts and minds that empowers our giving in all things. We should exceed the Pharisees in our righteousness. Our giving should be inspired by justice and love, but it should even be seen in our response to God in practical ways, even in the smallest of things.

This includes the substance of our lives that comes by our investment of our time and our efforts in fulfilling our practical realities in this world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Help us finish the year strong. We are already facing the need to purchase tickets for travel in January and February of 2020. If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

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www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

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Things To Do For Sanctification

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Greetings,

Today I am in Mijas, Spain teaching at the G42 Leadership Academy. This is a week of prophetic training. I just finished a great weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. God is doing fresh things in Portugal. I am back to Portugal next week after my time of training the hungry G42 students in Spain. I am expecting God testimonies!

Jesus was the Red Heifer (the Body of Christ offered outside the camp for all) so that we could become the Bride of Christ (the body of Christ as bone of Jesus bones and flesh of His flesh). Jesus gave His life fully so that He could sanctify us with the water of His testimony (word) and present us to Himself as a wife without spot, blemish, wrinkle, or any such thing (Eph. 5:25-32). We are being sanctified in our journey of life to fulfill our purpose in Christ.

Numbers 19:12 He shall purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.

We are clothed in Christ and we are growing in the testimony of being joined to Him and joined to one another in this body of life. It is a progressive reality of our sanctification in a body filled with His presence. We must identify as a member of the body of Christ in order to experience the blessings of being part of the body of Christ. What things must we do to enforce the sprinkling of the blood and experience the washing of the pure water of the Holy Spirit working in our lives?

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Our bodies washed with pure water is the work of God’s Spirit and Word in our lives. This sanctification in Christ is the true testimony of the water containing the ashes of the Red Heifer. The shed blood of Jesus gives us access to the blood of the New Covenant – the empowering grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We sprinkle the water by holding fast the confession of our hope without wavering. We must encourage one another for this cause in the testimony of Christ. We can only hold fast to our confession by depending upon the faithfulness of God. It is the faithfulness of God in one another that encourages and empowers one another to remain strong in Christ. We are washed with the pure water when we seek to stimulate one another with love and to love. Our love towards one another is evidence of being part of the body of Christ. We do not judge one another according to the flesh, but according to who we are in Christ. The life that we live is a life of faith towards God in Christ. We must seek to stimulate one another with and for good works. Those works are the external testimony of our faith towards God and towards one another. We experience the washing of pure water when we come together. We must make seeking to come together as of the most importance in our lives. We cannot experience the washing of pure water by isolating from one another. We must come together as often as we can to encourage one another as members of the body of Christ. We do this especially as we see the day approaching. The approaching day is the seventh day, the perfection of our lives. It is the day of the full harvest of our destiny. It is not merely an event in the future, but a testimony of the increasing perfection of Christ in our lives. Surely the enemy will seek to distract us from these things in our lives. If the enemy can distract us we will be altered from our course of our full destiny in Chirst. We must stay the course and be true to who we really are. We are members of the body of Christ and members of one another in Christ.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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www.ted4you.com or

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Seven Sprinklings, Seven Washings

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Greetings;

We had great day yesterday at Alife. My son Jonathan and I were blessed to minister together. There was an atmosphere of life, change, family, and home. God is up to something good. It is great to be a part of the community of God. It is good to be a life-connected member of the body of Christ.

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

We are the body of Christ, the body that Christ abides in by the presence of His Holy Spirit. We are the eternal Eve joined to the eternal Adam to be the likeness and image of God in human expression for the glory of God in heaven and upon the earth. Jesus reconciled us to the Father while we were still sinners, but we must come to Him to receive what He gives. We have to willing embrace being a part of His body to walk in our destiny as members of the body of Christ for eternity. It is not just for heaven to come, but for heaven to increasingly come into our lives here upon the earth in our journey of eternity. The Holy of Holies is the body of Christ, it is there we find the manifest presence of Jesus in our lives. We must draw near to Him to know the fullness of who we really are in Him, the one flesh reality of Jesus Christ the head and Christ the body. It is there that our communion is not only with Jesus, but with a growing intimacy with God our Father. No one can come to the Father except through His Son, Jesus Christ, but all are welcome and called to boldly come.

John 14: 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The blood of Jesus justifies us to live, but it is the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives that empowers us to rein in life. Jesus poured out the blood of human flesh to give us access to the blood of the Holy Spirit. Blood is the substance that gives and sustains life in the body and the blood of the body of Christ is the life of the Holy Spirit. This is the blood of the New Covenant. We are justified to live through the mercy of God made known to us through the seven-fold sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ in our lives. We reign in life through the seven-fold life empowering Holy Spirit in our lives. It is the blood that makes it possible for the pure water of sanctification to be made known in our lives. Jesus bled from His soul to give us back our will. Through Jesus we exchange the will of our flesh for the will of the Spirit made known by the Spirit of the Lord – an attribute of the Holy Spirit living and working within our hearts. Jesus bled internally when they blind folded Him and beat Him to intimidate Him by natural experience and sight. Through Jesus we exchange the internal fear of our hearts for hearts empowered by faith towards God made known by the Spirit of Wisdom – an attribute of the Holy Spirit living and working within our hearts. Jesus was fully submerged in human blood when the scourged Him and caused His entire body to bear the testimony of all that is bitter and disgusting in this life. Through Jesus we exchange a submersion in a testimony of bitterness to a submersion for a healed testimony of life by the Spirit of Understanding – an attribute of the Holy Spirit working within our lives. Jesus bled from His head when a piercing crown of thorns was placed upon Him. Through Jesus we are freed from the control of the flesh and liberated by the life-giving authority of the Spirit of Counsel – another attribute of Holy Spirit working in our lives. Jesus shed blood from His hands to give us back raised hands of praise to God as those who are part of the fellowship of resurrection life. Jesus broke the power of death by the power of life that can never die. This is by the resurrection power of the Spirit of Might – another attribute of Holy Spirit abiding within our lives. Jesus shed blood from His feet when He judged us with an eternal judgment of mercy upon an iron nail of right and wrong. Love proved to be more powerful than a justice system of right and wrong. Holy Spirit reveals our true part in the community of Christ by the Spirit of Knowing – a knowledge of intimacy and love in the communion of Christ. Jesus shed blood from His side, when He died and a spiritual rib was poured out upon the ground to call forth His bride from the nations of the world empowered to rein with Him by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord – an awe of God in our hearts. As was symbolized in the red heifer, we are the body of Christ in this world.

One must acknowledge their sin to receive the forgiveness of sin in Christ. All are called to be priests unto God, but only those who believe receive the benefits of being priests unto God. We must be born of the water and of the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. We have experienced a ‘first resurrection’ in Christ and are thus guaranteed a full resurrection in Christ. We have a testimony of the ‘third day’ sprinkling and are guaranteed the fullness of the ‘seventh day’ testimony of perfection in our lives – the full resurrection of our lives unto the fullness of glory.

Numbers 19:12 He shall purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.

In Christ, we have been purified by the word of God in our lives through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In Him we have the continued blessing of the washing of pure water that comes by the work of Holy Spirit in our lives to the full measure of our journey in life. No power of death can swallow up the testimony of the life of Christ within and upon our lives. We are clothed in Christ and we are growing in the testimony of being joined to Him and joined to one another in this body of life. It is a progressive reality of our sanctification in a body filled with His presence. He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it. Every revelation from God is an invitation to have an encounter with God so that we will be transformed by God and become a revelation of God in this world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

Checks can be made payable to House of Bread Ministry and sent to:

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A Sanctified Body

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Greetings

I am continuing to enjoy my time at home in Bellingham. Yesterday I was blessed to minister at Everyone’s Church, in Mount Vernon, Washington. This is a church relationally connected to me and House of Bread Ministry. It was a great morning. I had an interesting experience on my drive to the church. My wife was driving, and I was looking at my notes for the morning message. I looked up and I was surprised to see the scenery was moving from fall into an approaching winter. I was surprised because I thought it was moving into spring. It was a spiritual moment of God saying the seasons are His and we can expect heavenly things to spring forth, even in what appears to be a winter season

I have been writing on the symbolism of the ashes of the red heifer in the Old Covenant and how the washing of the water of purification was merely a shadow of truths being revealed to us in the body of Christ. I am not talking about truths of head knowledge. I am talking about experiences with God in Christ as we are washed by God’s word to our hearts. It is a testimony of God speaking to, through, over, and about who we are in His eternal bride, the church.  Heaven is not just a destination for us as believers, it is also a daily experience in our hearts, and it affects our thoughts and our actions in this world. 

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Jesus was the body of Christ so that we could become part of the body of Christ, the habitation of God’s Spirit in us individually and together as Christ in the flesh. Jesus made this possible by His complete sacrifice for our complete sanctification. The spotless red heifer was sacrificed and burned outside of the camp to make a way for all who were outside of the camp of God to become a part of His fa  mily. The sacrifice of Jesus and the life-giving words of the Holy Spirit proclaim a transformation of what we wear. We were clothed in sin, but now we are clothed in Christ. We are in this world, but we are not of this world. We are set apart, sanctified to God, for His increasing glory in heaven and earth.

Numbers 19:8 And the one who burns it shall wash his clothes in water, bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening. 9 Then a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and store them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin.

Jesus was the body of Christ so we could come through the veil of His flesh and become members of the body of Christ joined with Him for eternity. Just as a rib was taken from the side of first Adam and a suitable helpmate was formed to be Eve, the church is the result of the spiritual rib removed from the side of the eternal Adam, Jesus Christ. When Jesus died, he went to sleep, and the soldiers pierced His side and blood and water flowed to the ground. From that ground would come the helpmate of Jesus, the eternal Eve, the body of Christ. This is the spiritual rib formed for the eternal reality of who we really are in Christ. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus allowed us to pass from death to life in Christ. His continued washing of our lives with the pure water that came from His sacrifice, declares that we are no longer sinners, but saints as members of the body of Christ.

Numbers 19:10 And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until evening. It shall be a statute forever to the children of Israel and to the stranger who dwells among them. 11 “He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days. 12 He shall purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean.

The third day purification was the passing from death to life in Christ. It was brought about by our born-again reality and our conveyance from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love. It is the Holy Spirit in and upon our lives that reveals who we really are. We are part of the body of Christ. We have experienced the resurrection power that came through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and we are being sprinkled by the pure water of Christ’s presence in our lives. Holy Spirit is constantly interceding declaring our sanctification in Christ.

We lost our lives, but we then found our lives. We found the death of our old man in Jesus and we found our true life in the testimony of Christ within us. We are new creations in Christ. We now hear God (water) in an intimate relationship with Him in this world (outside the camp) because we can now hear Him (rhema word) and be of faith. Our fath gives access to this redemption story. Hearing God in our hearts allows us to come into the reality of who God says we really are.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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Sanctified In This Life

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Greetings,

I am enjoying my time in Bellingham. We had a fantastic workday at the church on Saturday and got a lot of work done, as well as some great bonding time as community members. Yesterday we enjoyed communion together in our morning service time and in a meal together afterwards. I am pleased with all that God is doing in our midst. I hope you had a great weekend as well.

Today I am going to continue on the subject of the Red Heifer. The shadow of the Law was given for our learning in the reality of the New Covenant, a place of personal relationship with God our Father and Jesus the Son by the inward habitation of the Holy Spirit. In this, we are not only destined for heaven, but there is an increasing influence of heaven in our lives.

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Jesus was the body of Christ so that we could become part of the body of Christ, the habitation of God’s Spirit in us individually and together as Christ in the flesh. Jesus made this possible by His complete sacrifice for our complete sanctification.

Numbers 19:5 Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned.

In the shadow of the Law, all flesh, inside and out, was consumed by fire as well as all of the works of the flesh – including the refuse of that body. Jesus gives the power to transform all flesh to a testimony of His life-giving Spirit. This includes everything inside and outside our lives – including our works. Our sanctification to God in Christ includes a freedom from the futility of the curse of the administration of the knowledge of good and evil.

Numbers 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer.

The cedar wood is a testimony to the generational inheritances of the curse of sin. Cedar is a wood that endures for generations and without the gift of God’s love in the form of Jesus Christ we are bound to the generational cures of the past. Hyssop is a testimony to bitterness. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice in His flesh to sanctify us in our flesh, even to the healing of all bitterness in our lives. Scarlet is a testimony to sin. Biblically sin is as scarlet. I believe that these three things, cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet are a testimony symbolizing our iniquity, transgression, and our sin. It is in the body of Christ that we find our true sanctification and freedom from iniquity, transgression, and sin.

Numbers 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp; the priest shall be unclean until evening.

Jesus was the washing (sanctification) of our lives as priests unto God by His death and resurrection. We know this through a ‘born again’ experience in Christ. We have been ‘born unto God’ by the resurrection life of Christ. As was symbolized in the sprinkling of the pure water of the Old Covenant, this is a ‘third day’ washing that allows us to be in this world, but not of this world. We are kept safe from the evil one. The custom of sanctification in the Old Covenant was for what was unclean to be sprinkled with the water containing the ashes of the red heifer. After a full seven days the unclean was examined again and if it was found to be free of defilement it would be pronounced fully clean. In Christ, we live in this world with the inward connection with God as our Father in Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Jesus prayed to the Father for His disciples and in this He also prayed for us.

John 17:15 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.

Ephesians 5:26 …that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word…

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the word that sanctifies us to be in this world but sanctified unto God while we walk out our journey in Christ. We have experienced a first resurrection from the dead in Christ so that we will receive the full resurrection of our lives unto heaven.

John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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The Pure Water

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Greetings;

Well, I am back in Bellingham after five days in the woods hunting. No elk yet! I guess the blessed season will come in December. It’s not over yet! We had a great service at Alife yesterday. The presence of God was obvious, and the participation of the Alife family was wonderful. Pastor Jonathan gave a great word on faith. Thank you Pastor Jonathan and all of the Alife family!

Today I am again addressing the subject of the Red Heifer. Why? The writer of Hebrews mentions the sprinkling of water and therefore it must be important.

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

The washing of pure water in the Old Covenant was the washing of water that contained the ashes of a red heifer. This was the water of purification, a water of sanctification in the ceremony of the Torah/Temple system. The shadow of the Law can reveal a testimony of the New Covenant that is important to know. The truth is in Christ, but the Law was a shadow of that truth. We can skim over those Scriptures that contain the mysteries hidden in the Law and simply think that if God wanted us to know something about it, He would have written it in the language of the nations in this century. Perhaps a better approach is to let Scripture interpret Scripture for our learning.

Last week I wrote that Jesus was the body of Christ first so that we could become a part of the body of Christ in Him. It is His sacrifice as the body of Christ that qualifies us to be partakers as individuals and corporate members in the resurrection from the dead testimony of the body of Christ. The body of Christ is a place of God’s resting and covenantal presence for the mandate of the eternal Eve, the womb of redeemed humanity for the sake of fulfilling the mandate with the eternal Adam, Jesus Christ our Lord. As members of the Body of Christ, Jesus sees us as bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh.

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

In Christ, Jesus does not see our faults, our defects, or our sins. When I say, ‘He doesn’t see our faults, our defects, or our sins’, I am not saying He doesn’t know every detail of our weaknesses and our strengths. I am saying that is not how He measures us. He measures us by a Father’s love and the love of a true Husband. Although there are things that can change, need to change, or may never change in our lives – God doesn’t see the flaws. He sees us perfect in Christ. The world and religion measure perfection as a condition of nothing wrong spiritually, emotionally, or physically. God measures perfection as ‘you are you’ at every stage of your life and He says; this is my son, or this is my daughter, in whom I am well pleased. This also allows for continual change to happen in our lives. He loves us as we are, but He also loves us enough to empower us to become what we are not. He empowers us to become the testimony of How He sees us.

Jesus was the Red Heifer (Body of Christ offered outside the camp for all) so that we could become the Bride of Christ (Body of Christ). He gave His life fully so that He could sanctify us with the water of His testimony (word) and present us to Himself as a wife without spot, blemish, wrinkle, or any such thing (Eph. 5:25-32).

Jesus gave His life outside the camp to assure that we can live in the world and yet not be of the world – He did it before the priest Eleazar (helper of God) to assure each of us our role as priests unto God. We are helpers of God in that we are the helpmate of Jesus Christ as the body of Christ.

Numbers 19:3 You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him;

Jesus’ sacrifice of blood guarantees the sanctification of our lives by the perfecting power of His Holy Spirit (the sevenfold Holy Spirit of grace). We are each guaranteed a daily, continual, and increasing relationship with God in the place of meeting with Him each day. It is the blood of the New Covenant that gives life to every cell of the Body of Christ. That blood is the life-flow of the Holy Spirit within us individually and together for the corporate testimony of the Body of Christ.

Numbers 19:4 and Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting.

I believe that the seven times of sprinkling of blood was a testimony to the empowerment of the sevenfold Holy Spirit in our lives because of the sacrifice that Jesus has made for us. In Christ we are part of the body of Christ, set apart by His life-giving words, and anointed by His Holy Spirit that the blood, the life of the body of Christ, is the sevenfold Holy Spirit. This is what makes us the body of Christ, the helpmate of Jesus Christ in all things. The sprinkling of the blood gives us the right to be empowered by the life of the Holy Spirit. The washing of pure water is the true confession of who we really are in Christ.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

If God gives you the means to help, please consider making a donation to House of Bread Ministry. 

Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

Donations can be made at the link on the home site of:

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www.ted4you.com or

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The Ashes of the Red Heifer

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The Ashes of The Red Heifer

Greetings,

I am presently on my third day of elk hunting. The operative word is ‘hunting’, since I have not yet been successful. Plenty of evidence and even sightings, just not in the spot I need them to be in. It is supposed to get really wet this afternoon, so I hope I have the appropriate gear to see me through. I sure would like to put some meat in the freezer. In light of that, my subject today is the Red Heifer, no pun intended – just happens to be during my elk hunt time.

In the Old Covenant Torah/Temple system, there was a sacrifice of a Red Heifer. That heifer was spotless, without blemish or defect of any kind. It was only a shadow and symbol of what was to come to us from heaven. It was not the thing that God desired, only a copy of something that God desired to bring into the earth. Some are looking for a day of the restoration of this sacrifice in some form in the nation of Israel, but I believe that this sacrifice is already complete in Christ and the fruit of that sacrifice is rising up in the earth. The red heifer is but a symbol of a spotless body for the service of God in Christ.

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

The body that we have been given access to is the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the house of God. Through Jesus we have ended our old life of flesh and entered into a body of faith in Christ. Being joined together in the body of Christ is what gives us our true identity in Christ. The pure water is the testimony of water that can sanctify us in this world. It is the water that contains the ashes of the red heifer; thus, it washes us to declare who we really are in Christ. These things are symbolic of the testimony we find by the power of God’s words to our hearts and minds that sanctify us to reign in life as God desires.

I believe that heifer was symbolic of the body of Christ, the womb of God in the earth joined to Jesus the head in all things for the glory of the Father and the testimony of Jesus name. Before we could become the body of Christ, Jesus had to come as the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person in human form. He was both the head and body of Christ for the new creation of a human race destined to become the brightness of the Fathers glory and express image of His person in the earth. Like the first Adam, the eternal Last Adam of Jesus contained a spiritual rib for the formation of the body of Christ in the earth. The body of Christ is the eternal Eve joined with the eternal Adam to fill the earth with the glory of God. This testimony is so glorious that even the heavens and the earth are shaking for the manifestation of this true glory. It is eternal in that it is destined to make both heaven and earth as one for the glory of God.

Jesus was the Red Heifer (the Body of Christ offered outside the camp for all) so that we could become the Bride of Christ (Body of Christ). He gave His life fully so that He could sanctify us with the water of His testimony (His word) and present us to Himself as a wife without spot, blemish, wrinkle, or any such thing (Eph. 5:25-32). The shadow of this truth is found in the Old Covenant. Again, the Old Covenant was only an informing of that which one day become the transforming power of God’s grace for mankind. We cannot just think in terms of a single lifetime. We must think   generationally and understand that eternity is not measured in created terms. Our lives are part of something much bigger than the mere few years we are given in this segment of our journey. Life does not end on earth, but earth plays an important role in our journey of life.

Numbers 19:1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come.’”

As was portrayed in this sacrifice, Jesus was without blemish to guarantee a progressive sanctification of our lives so that we too can become people without blemish. God does not see our blemishes and the Holy Spirit works in our lives to cause us to become as God sees us. Even with our flaws, God does not see our flaws. He writes us up well in the halls of heaven, even as he wrote Abraham as being a man who never wavered in his faith. Although God does not see our flaws, Holy Spirit is also working in our lives as the power of God’s amazing grace to cause us to reign in life. We are overcoming the weaknesses of our lives by the power of God’s strength. This is not merely for ourselves, but for an increasing glory in the maturation and culmination of God’s plan for mankind. Being healed of our blemishes does not make God love us more, it simply reveals the life-transforming power of God’s love working in our lives.

Jesus was without defect to assure our ability to become defect free in Christ. Those defects can even be in our thinking. God does not condemn us for our defective thinking, but the power of His love working in and through our lives causes us to take on the testimony of Christ. The mind of Christ within us is renewing our own minds to become as they should be in our destiny in life.

Jesus was never in bondage (yoked) to sin to assure our freedom from the yoke of sin. Although we may sin at times, we are no longer bound to a life of sin. God sees us as sinless in Christ, but the power of Christ in us also empowers us to take on the character, nature, and way of a sinless life. Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, not to condemn us, but to make us as we should be. He makes us free by the Spirit of the Lord in our hearts.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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