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

 

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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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God Empowers Love

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Greetings,

Today I am again enjoying being home for a bit. We had a great time in church yesterday. Pastor Jonathan gave a great word on embracing what we are anointed to be. His word to us was from the words of Isaiah concerning Jesus and the body of Christ. We are anointed for good news, but we are not anointed for bad news. We are anointed to bring life. He really took us through a great challenge of how to be true to who we really are.

God loves all people because He is the Father of all flesh. His love declares that all people belong, but our love for Him declares we believe. His love for us is an invitation to come home and our love for Him is a testimony that we are a home for His presence in our lives. The life that we live we live by faith towards Him. Our love for God is not merely a love by natural means. It is a love by supernatural power. That supernatural power is the result of God’s grace working in our lives. If we are honest with where we are, God will transform us by who He is. The work of God’s grace in our lives empowers us to truly love Him.

Peter, the disciple of Jesus, thought he loved Jesus, but real love had to be granted to him by the power of God’s grace. When Jesus was arrested and put on the path to His crucifixion,  Peter denied Jesus three times. After the resurrection of Jesus, Jesus appeared to Peter to confirm the journey to true love. It is a journey of God’s grace.

John 21:15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

Jesus addressed Peter as Simon Peter – the ‘little rock’ who ‘bends like a reed’ or the ‘little rock’ who ‘hears’. His salutation to Peter no doubt touched the tenderness of Peter’s heart.  Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him and He used the Greek word agapao, a giving love or a sacrificial love.  Peter responded by using the Greek word phileo, a love that is a friend or affectionate toward another. The honesty of Peter was matched with the grace in Jesus’ words. He told him to ‘feed His lambs’. The key was the truth and honesty in Peter’s words and the New Covenant life in the words of Jesus. Jesus was empowering Peter with grace. Peter wasn’t expecting anything. He was being honest and the love of God was melting his heart.

Jesus asked Peter a second time, but this time His salutation was even deeper.

John 21:16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”  He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”  He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

His salutation to Peter was the same as when Peter had received the revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt. 16:17). These words implied that Peter was the one who hears God by the Holy Spirit, as Simon means ‘one who hears’ and Jonah means ‘dove’, a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him this second time and He again used the Greek word agapao, a giving love or a sacrificial love.  Peter responded again by using the Greek word phileo, a love that is a friend or affectionate toward another. The honesty of Peter was once again matched with the grace in Jesus’ words. He told him to ‘tend His sheep’. I believe that the key was once again in the truth and honesty in Peter’s words and the New Covenant life in the words of Jesus. Mercy was kissing the heart of Peter and grace was empowering him for the responsibility of life.

 John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”  And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 

This third time Jesus changed the word that He used for love when asking Peter if he loved Him. This third time Jesus used the Greek word phileo, a love of friendship and affection. This is what caused Peter to weep. He knew that he wasn’t qualified. He wasn’t expecting anything and Jesus was giving Him everything. Peter responded in honesty by acknowledging to Jesus that he knew He knew all things and that he did love Him with a phileo love. Jesus acknowledged Peter’s acceptance of mercy by again empowering him with grace. He told Peter to ‘feed His sheep’.

Jesus then went on to tell Peter what His grace would do in Peter’s life. He prophesied of the day that Peter would die.

John 21:18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Church tradition says that Peter was crucified in Rome over twenty years later. On the day they crucified him, Peter requested that they crucify him upside down since he was not worthy to die in the same manner as His Lord. God’s grace had empowered the one who had denied Jesus to love (agapao) Him in his death. This is the power of New Covenant grace! Peter didn’t expect anything, but God empowered his life through everything. He was empowered to give his life for the Church and for the love of His Savior. Peter never demanded mercy or grace, he simply responded to the voice of his Friend with tenderness, willingness, and a heart to receive all that God expected of him. This is New Covenant life and the life-transforming power of God’s grace.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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Expressions of the Father

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Greetings,

Today I am in Bellingham. It was sure great to be home at Alife, my home church community, yesterday. I was blessed to minister the word. God’s presence was rich and full! God is calling us to a deeper level with Him to become an expression of His community in the earth. May God grant us the grace to become the people of God in our community expressions of Him. We are not just vessels of God’s presence; we are also corporate expressions of His presence for the glory of His name.

We were born to be loved by God. God does not merely want our service. He wants a personal relationship with us in life. In the story that is often referred to as The Parodical Son, it is really about a father and two sons. One son wanted to prove his independence, while the other son thought his key to destiny was to merely serve in the father’s business. Perhaps his expectation was to one day receive it fully so he too could prove his independence. Neither perspective of these two sons, was correct. The story is about a family and the business of that family. The business of that family is the calling of life, the testimony of life, and the purpose of life in all things. It is a story of relationship and the expanding influence of a world of life-filled love. God’s very nature is to give life, breath, and all things. Jesus was the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. He was a giver of life in all His ways. He was the firstborn of a new race of humanity for the glory of our heavenly Father’s name in all things. We are a spiritual house to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We can only discover the truth of this when we know how precious Jesus is and how essential it is for us to have the presence of Holy Spirit in our lives. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can know Jesus and it is only through Jesus that we can truly know who our Heavenly Father is. Our human spirit cries out for a relationship with God in the Spirit. We cannot live without a relationship with God in our lives. We cannot survive but minutes without air, we cannot survive but days without water, and we cannot survive but weeks without food. These things are precious to us, but nothing is more precious than the Spirit of Christ in our lives. Jesus is  the foundation of our lives as a life-giving stone and it is only with Him in our lives that we can become the life-giving stones we are meant to be. Life-giving stones are unshakeable in their calling, inheritance, and purpose in giving life to the world in which they reside.

1 Peter 2:5 …you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Everyone belongs, but we must choose to believe in Jesus Christ in order to walk in our true identity in Christ, manifest our true testimony in the inheritance of Christ, and fulfill our purpose in the destiny of Christ. Our purpose is to bring life to our world. It is to influence and change the world that has been given to us by the life-giving power of God in our lives each and every day. This is the power of grace! We cannot live in our world dependent upon being right, we must live dependent upon being life for others. For this reason, we need to receive God’s mercy and find His grace working in and through our lives each and every day.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Our real need is not one of self-identity, self-existence, or some purpose of self-success.  Our real need is to become some measure of our Father’s glory and some measure of the expression of His image in our world. We were not only born to be loved by God; In Christ we are born again to love God and to love others. The foundation of our lives is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:9-17). We are the temple of God when the Holy Spirit dwells within us. It is only by His presence in our hearts that we can build with things that endure in our lives. Things that endure are likened unto gold, silver, and precious stones. Thing of gold are things that reveal the divine nature and destiny of God. Things of silver are things of redemptive purpose and inheritance. This of precious stones are things with a testimony of God and the character of Christ that prove the value of God’s love. These are attributes that can only live in the lives of those we influence in this world. Something of God should be in this world because of us even after we finish our course of life and find ourselves in the realm of heaven. The works that we do are merely straw, hay, or wood. They can only last for days, a lifetime, or some short span beyond our days. The works we do are not the eternal things that endure. The life of God that we implant, inspire, and behold in the lives of others are the true enduring things of life.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson

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Grace To Reign

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Greetings,

Today I am heading home after a great week in Bulgaria. The presence of God was rich and full in Sofia, Blagoevgrad, and Plovdiv. The people were hungry for God and ready to be God’s voice in the land for His increasing glory. The season has shifted from mere blessing to being a blessing for the purposes of God in the earth. Be ready for divine connections for God’s divine purpose. God’s grace is working in the nations for His purpose and plan.

Grace makes us right people in Christ and being right people in Christ gives us the power to reign in life. God wants us to be righteous, but our righteousness is not of the flesh. It is a righteousness that is found in Christ. I believe that there are two ways we are made righteous. Mercy qualifies us to be children of God and a righteousness by God’s mercy is enough to get us to heaven. Grace also changes who we are and that it is enough to get heaven in us. God’s grace enables what is in heaven to become something heavenly in our lives here upon the earth. How He is, is how we become in this world. It is an increasing glory!

Romans 5:21 …so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In these verses the Holy Spirit is proactive in our lives. Something is happening. He is causing us to reign in life. Sin reigned before, but now grace reigns. There must be a change. There must be a change in our desires, thoughts, reasoning, strategy of thoughts, a change in our imaginations, and even a change in our emotions. There is a change in us, because Christ is in us is the testimony God’s grace empowering us to reign in life. It is a continual increasing glory unto eternal life. I believe it goes with us into heaven, but it also increases in the lives of people in this earth that we affect and influence. That affect and influence increases in the generations that follow us, even after we go to heaven. We are not on this earth just to live a life and then move on. We are on this earth to bring the influence of heaven in and through our lives that affects the world around us and affects the world beyond us. So, when we go to heaven something heavenly is still happening in the earth because of us. This is the power of grace. This is stronger than the power of law. It is in us and through us, not merely a controlling instruction to us.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Our old man died in Christ, but then our new life was raised in Christ. The life we live, we live in Christ. It isn’t just a grace to get us to heaven. Mercy justifies us to go to heaven and surely grace will get us there, but the objective is to walk in newness of life in this world. Every year we grow in Christ we should walk in an increasing reality of a newness of life. There should be an increasing glory. There should be a continually increasing character change in each of us. We should increasingly experience a newness of our nature and way.  It should be seen in the way we do things and the way we think, and it affects the way we act. We should walk in an increasing newness of power and authority. Our influence of life into this world should increase. It is good news for our friends and for our neighbors. It is good news for our spouses,  our children, and our grandchildren. It is good news for every area of responsibility in our lives and for the people within the sphere of our influence in life. Grace is empowering us to walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

We are under the influence of grace. Being under the influence is being under the power of something. In the law, we are under the influence of obligation and condemnation. Being under grace puts us under the influence of a change in, nature, way, increasing power, and authority. God’s grace puts us under the influence of true liberty. True liberty gives life to others. Grace doesn’t give us liberty that gives us life while destroying others. It is a liberty that gives life in every way.

Grace empowers us to walk in newness of life. We don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit – but we do walk. We accept the practical responsibilities of our lives. We fulfill our practical responsibilities in a grace empowered way. Grace empowers us to be good friends and neighbors as citizen of heaven and earth upon the earth. It can be seen in the way we steward our possessions. It is evident in the way we accept our responsibilities of taking care of our homes and our yards in a life-giving spiritual way. It is by God’s grace that we are who we are. It is by grace that we do what we do. We are under the influence of grace. Grace is not just a theory. Grace is the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.

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

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Changed By Grace

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Greetings,

Today I am in Bulgaria after a great weekend in Utrecht, Netherlands. It was a great weekend of teaching and activating the believers in prophecy. I will be teaching for the next week on prophecy in Bulgaria as well. God speaks and life happens. God doesn’t do anything without a partnership with the voice of mankind. We must release the life-giving words of God into the world to see the earth transformed by heaven’s grace.

Our salvation in Christ is a salvation by the power of God’s grace. Our salvation is not merely going to heaven when we die, but a testimony of heaven invading our lives in increasing and life-transforming ways. This is only possible through Jesus Christ, the last Adam that we might be a race of new creations in Christ for the glory of God in all things.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Jesus made it possible for us to no longer be bound to an Adam of sin, but to be transformed in the family tree of life. God’s mercy redeemed us from the law of sin and death and God’s grace transforms us into the liberty of life in Christ. I believe that God’s mercy makes us righteous enough to go to heaven when we die. It is the free gift of Jesus. When we receive Him, we receive His gift of mercy. He gave us peace. There is no gap between us and God. No person ever needs to hide from Him because of His mercy. His mercy is enough to give us the righteousness of Christ that gets us to heaven. It is enough to cause each of us to become a child of God. Little children know the Father and they know their sins are forgiven. There is a righteousness for little children that will get us to heaven, but we are supposed to grow up and become sons and daughters and even fathers and mothers in Christ. The righteousness of God that gets us to heaven doesn’t require us to change much in our lives. We could be the thief on the cross and go to heaven when our hearts receive the gift of Jesus. The thief saying, Jesus, remember me was enough to get him to heaven. For sure that is transformational and awesome, but had the thief lived longer than that day on the cross he would have needed something more. He would have needed grace to reign in life. God’s love is enough to get us to heaven without doing anything but believing in Him. God’s love is also powerful enough to change who we are in this world. The thief was crucified on the cross because he was a thief. Had he lived on this earth beyond that day, Christ in him would have had to transform his character to no longer be a thief. A lot of believers come to Jesus and then think that is enough. They are going to heaven when they die, but they fail to reign in life. Circumstances and things in life end up reigning over them. Some believers come to Jesus and do a mixture of information and transformation. They return to the law because it has seemingly safe boundaries. It is simple. It has instructions they can see. The problem is it controls them, but it doesn’t truly change them. They may follow rules, but in their hearts they are not changed. Grace is more powerful than law. Jesus said you have heard it written in the law you shall not commit murder, but I say if you hate your brother in your heart you have already committed murder. Jesus said it is written in the law you shall not commit adultery, but I say if you do it in your heart you have already done it.

Law can give us instructions that restrain our actions, but Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit so our character changes. Our hearts and our minds change. We are not restrained or controlled but liberated by the internal power of God’s grace. Grace empowers us to not hate our brother in our hearts. Grace empowers us to no longer seek illegitimate fulfillments to the desires of our hearts. Grace includes a change that looks right, but it is deeper than actions. Doing right things doesn’t make us people who are righteous but having a right relationship with God in our hearts will empower us to become people who do right things in life. It is the power of Christ in us and this is the hope of glory!

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

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

 

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Grace Empowered Salvation

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Greetings,

Today I am in Bellingham after another great weekend home with my church family of Alife. Pastor Jonathan delivered a word in regard to crossing the line from fear, doubt, and unbelief into faith, hope, and love. God is destroying the lies that create false identities and opening our hearts to hearing His truth in regard to our true identities in Christ. Thank you Pastor Jonathan for facilitating the presence of God in such a wonderful way.

I have been addressing the salvation of God in our lives. That salvation is not merely our path to heaven some day in the future, but it includes the access of heaven into our lives even now. We are a community of God’s manifest presence. We are a community of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of Christ. In the Revelation of Jesus given to John, the street of the City was of gold and looked like clear glass. Streets signify destiny! There is a purpose to the City of God; it is God’s means of getting the earth to the place He wants it to be. Like the testimony of the City, the destiny (street) of the City of God is to bring the testimony of the likeness and the image of God into the earth (Gen. 1:26). God’s divine character, nature, way, power, and authority are to be revealed in the earth through the testimony of the City of God (street as gold). The living word is seen as an expression of the purpose of Christ’s City in the earth (street as glass). That living word is the testimony of Christ in the very fabric of those who make up the community of God. Every revelation from God is an invitation for each one to have an encounter with God, whereby they become a testimony of that revelation of God.

God’s grace is the power of God’s manifest presence in our lives that brings about life-giving change. When we teach on grace, we are not really teaching something in the hope that it can happen. We are simply teaching on something the Holy Spirit is already doing in the hearts and minds of those who believe. We are positioning ourselves to come in agreement with the internal work of Christ within our hearts. We are positioning ourselves to yield to and respond to the Holy Spirit in our hearts. We are opening our hearts to God and the internal kingdom of God instead of seeking an external government of promiscuity or legalism that cannot result in true change for the glory of God.

God gives us the power to live life. God’s mercy justifies us to live, but God’s grace empowers our lives for greater things. If there is no transformation in our lives, there is no grace. Even in our initial connection with God of being born again there is a definite and noticeable change. That change is grace! However, it is not enough to just experience the grace of God in our lives, we must be people who embrace a culture of grace. We must willingly and willfully walk with the Holy Spirit to be changed. It is a relationship.

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

When Adam chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he opened the door for all of humanity to be bound to live by a government of a knowledge of good and evil. It was an external rule, an external administration in our lives. It was a rule of information. It established a way of thinking in the family line of humanity. Outside of Christ, this is how people live today. Sometimes as believers we become confused and still try to live that same way. We sometimes view Christianity as a new way to live by being informed rather than an external manifestation of an internal revolution of our hearts and minds in Christ. For some people this is true, but this is not Christ. It is merely religion. Mere external disciplines don’t really change us. They only restrains us and controls us. In Christ, we receive the power of the Holy Spirit at work within our hearts. He gives us the ability to reign in life. He gives us a gift of righteousness. In other words; our character, nature and way become changed by Him. There is even an increasing testimony of power and authority in our lives. It is the power of God’s grace to reign in life. That grace includes an internal empowerment for life-giving decisions in life. It causes us to be transformed to become good men and good women. We become Christ-like men and women in every practicality of life. It includes our ability to be good workers; people who rise to the challenges of life. We become good husbands, wives, dads, moms, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandpas, grandmas, creators, business leaders, everyday workers, friends, neighbors and whatever else we are in life. We must embrace this great salvation of grace and we must choose to walk in this path of life each and every day.

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:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

 

 

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Pressure Reveals His Glory

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Greetings,

Today I am home in Bellingham. Bonnie and I got home late Saturday night after a great vacation with our son Aaron, his wife Amani, our grandson Kaden and our granddaughter Zaria. Yesterday we were blessed to hear Harold Eberle speak to our congregation. We are moving forward with the challenges of transitions and new things to come.

We are members of the Body of Christ. Corporately we are the Bride of Christ. It is Christ within us and in our midst that makes us who we are. Like our husband, we display the family name. The Bride of Christ is a testimony of the City of God. The foundations of the walls of the City are adorned with all kinds of precious stones (Rev. 21:19, 20). Whatever is in the foundation is also meant to be revealed in its rising walls of testimony.

The Grace of God has empowered the Church to become the testimony of His passion and glory in the midst of every pressure and tribulation. The city of God reflects and refracts the many attributes of the nature and the likeness of God. It is filled with the many testimonies of the light of Christ’s glory. What is in the foundation of the Church is becoming the very substance that is revealed within the community of the City. If you do some research you will find that the stones in the foundation of the City likely represent the tribes of Naphtali, Simeon, Manasseh, Rueben, Asher, Judah, Zebulun, Gad, Issachar, Levi, Ephraim (the born-again of Joseph), and Benjamin. When presented in their order they imply that in the foundation of this city is the following testimony: Has wrestled to wrestle no more, hears God and responds, knows His forgiveness and the past is forgotten, is seen as a son, is fortunate and happy, has become a testimony of praise, dwells with God, is joined to others in God, is rewarded by God by seeing what God sees, is one with God, is fruitful in God, and is a testimony of His inheritance through His hand of resurrection life. This is a great foundation for the walls of an awesome community of life!

When we stand on the foundation of truth we stand in the place of life. We no longer wrestle in the flesh but overcome by the power of His grace. We hear God in the midst of every situation of our lives and that hearing is enough to inspire our faith. The power of God’s mercy each day frees us from the strongholds of our past. We are children of God and in that we find the fortune of being His son or daughter and we know the happiness of being a part of His family. Our weaknesses are being transformed to testimonies of His strength. Our flaws are being redeemed by the reigning power of His grace. God lives with us and we live with Him. We are not alone. Being a part of God’s family is a daily reality in our world. God’s rewards outweigh the losses in our lives. Our perspectives are continually changing. We no longer see the world as we used to see it. We are increasingly looking at things through the eyes of God. He is forever with us in all we are and do. The fruitfulness of life is our portion even out of the ashes of death itself. Resurrection life is our portion; thus, life can never be taken from us. God’s hand is upon us!

In the same way that God can take the irritations of the flesh and turn them into testimonies of His love, the pressures of life can prove to reveal the character of Christ within our lives. Even as God can take the things that could be most ugly and turn them into something beautiful when we allow His grace to work in our hearts, He can also reveal the brightness of His glory in the midst of the pressures of our lives. God doesn’t want us to escape the wounds of our past, nor does He want us to escape the pressures of our lives. He wants us to realize that the wounds of our lives are part of us, but they don’t define us; even so the pressures of life don’t destroy us but prove to reveal the power of Christ’s character within us. Just as the wounds of our flesh can become a pearl of great price revealing God’s love, the pressures that appear to be against us can prove the power of the One within us who is greater than the things of the world.

The formation of precious stones involves a transformation of one substance to a more refined, purified, and hardened material. The dissolving of a certain substance, great pressure, and transformation by intense heat produces a translucent material of brilliant beauty. Gemstones of great value are formed deep within the earth and then found in higher-level rock formations as magma or other internal movements of the earth carry them towards the surface. There are various ingredients that make up the material of different precious gems, but the process is similar. It is the same in our lives. The dissolving of our old nature reveals the refining grace of God as Christ is formed in us through a baptism of fire in the midst of the pressures of our lives. The work of Christ within us causes a transformation through a metamorphosis in our thinking and the behavior patterns of our lives become changed through God’s conversion process within us.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to everyone who has helped support House of Bread and make it possible to purchase our travel tickets for September. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

We are still in need of more funds for ticket purchase for October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. 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:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Cheerful Endurance

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Greetings,

Today Bonnie and I are very blessed to be with our family in Northern California. This is where our son Aaron, his wife Amani, our grandson Kaden and granddaughter Zaria live now. We are having the best of times in the place of family love. This is truly the richest thing in life. I think we should see God is the same way we see the family dynamic of love.

It is great to be the place where God lives. Not just a place where God visits, but a place where God lives. God has always wanted a place of dwelling in the earth. That is His family. The family of God lives with a culture of grace. A culture of grace is also a culture of mercy. We cannot truly know the grace of God without first, and continually, knowing the mercy of God. God doesn’t just have a measure of mercy for us in life. He has and endless supply! His mercy is new every day for us and His grace is sufficient for us to overcome all things. This is not an overcoming by the power of our own flesh, but by the empowerment of God’s sevenfold Holy Spirit working in our lives. It does involve our willingness to receive Him and to pursue Him, but it is ultimately His manifest presence in our lives that gives us another measure in the testimony of His salvation of our lives.

When we face pressures in life, it is not a sign that the devil is having victory over us. Even when we fail in some way, it is not the final story in the testimony of our salvation. Our weakness can be the very place where God does His best work. We have the treasure of Christ within us and it is Christ in us that is the hope of glory in every season of our lives. The pressures of life are the very things that reveal the hidden truth within us. Christ in us is the hope of glory! If Christ is in us, then the pressures of life should manifest the testimony of Christ in us to the world around us.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Tribulations are the pressures of life. At the writing of this Scripture by the apostle Paul, that tribulation was a matter of life and death. In some parts of the world this is true today. For those of us in the west it is not the tribulation of life and death, but the tribulation of life that challenges our faith in God. It is hardly a comparison, but it is true for most in the western church culture. In any case, the pressures of life lead to the perseverance of our faith. I believe that the tribulation in our lives can also include our own human failures. When we fail, we must find God’s grace to overcome. It is a matter of hearing God in our hearts, when our minds tell us we should not be able to. Remember, it is God’s love that qualifies us and not our strength in the flesh. God wants us to learn to persevere. The Greek word used hear, implies two ingredients. It contains the ingredient of endurance and it also contains an ingredient of cheerfulness. It is cheerful endurance. Cheerful endurance is the key to activating the character of Christ within us. If we decide to be miserable while in the midst of our circumstances we appeal to the old nature of the flesh, but if we stand with cheerful endurance we draw on the life of Christ within us, then the life of Christ within us can manifest. This manifests the character attributes of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22, 23). These are the substance of the fruit of the Spirit within us. When this happens, we manifest the testimony of Christ in a measure of His glory. This is the testimony of hope. Christ in us is the hope of glory.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to everyone who has helped support House of Bread and make it possible to purchase our travel tickets for September. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

We are still in need of more funds for ticket purchase for October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. 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:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Peace Leads To Grace

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Greetings,

Today I am in Wisconsin. I had a great family reunion on Saturday. It was good to see much of the family. My oldest brother is now 88, that tells you that getting together gets more valuable every year. I am also blessed to be with a friend of over 50 years these past days as well. Relationships are truly treasures and people must never be forgotten.

What does it mean to increasingly know the salvation of God in our lives? God’s mercy empowers our forgiveness in the midst of our failures in life. He is great! He loves us. He is also good, and He is mercyFULL. His mercy gives us the ability to know His greatness and His greatness gives us the ability to stand again in life to know that He is also good. He is the one who transforms our hearts and minds to live as new creations in Him. It is not by our own human strength that we prove we are new creations. It is by God’s grace that He demonstrates we are new creations in Him. God’s grace transforms our lives to no longer be creators of the same debts of death that put us in need for God’s mercy in our lives. God’s grace empowers us to reign in life, but there is a process by which grace works. It is not just a magic process with no involvement on our part. It involves our ability to find the power of His manifest presence working in our lives.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We find God’s grace in the place of His presence working in our lives. This is the source of our salvation in Christ. God loves us! He is great, meaning He has the power to demonstrate His love to us in all things. He is also good, meaning He has the power to change us in all things. Who He is reveals what He can do. When we know that God is great, we hear His voice in our hearts. When we hear God in our hearts the result is faith. I think the greatest revelation of God’s greatness is a revelation of His love in our hearts and minds. When we know He loves us, we hear His life-giving words in our hearts. Faith justifies us to live and demonstrates that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is a place of no gap between us and God. It is not dependent upon what we have done, but upon what God did for us through His gift of love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

We have access to God eternally. This verse guarantees us heaven when we die, but it also guarantees our access to God every day of our life here upon the earth. When we know Him, we can know this. It comes by faith. When we hear Him in our hearts it is made real in our lives. It becomes real in our lives when we boldly come to His throne and receive our gift. It is true for all human beings, but each of us must come to Him to receive our gift. When we boldly come and receive His mercy, we know His peace. There is no more shame or condemnation. It doesn’t matter what we have done or who we are.

Romans 5:2 …through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

God’s peace in our lives is a testimony of the power of His mercy, but knowing His mercy gives us the ability to also know the power of His grace. It is a part of our working relationship with God in life. Standing implies overcoming. Standing is a prophetic term for possessing the land and receiving the inheritance given to us by God. The Bible teaches that the enemy is under the soles of our feet. Jesus is held up in the heavens until all His enemies are placed under the soles of His feet. The feet of Jesus are the feet of the body of Christ. The enemies of God are to be under the feet of the people of God. Wickedness is overcome and we stand upon our possession. We stand upon our inheritance. God doesn’t just want us to go to heaven when we die. He wants us to invade the earth with heaven’s goodness. He doesn’t just want us to have laws that deal with injustice issues. He wants to transform our human character, so we no longer act unjust. He wants to change our hearts and minds, so we are not under a law, but we are empowered by grace and our lives cast a shadow that looks like law. Even if we have not lived our lives in the full measure of this testimony to this point, God’s mercy is new today so we can again know the peace of God that grants us access to the working power of God’s grace in our lives. God’s mercy guarantees our ability to stand back up when we fall, but God’s grace works in us to make it so we don’t fall down again.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Thanks to everyone who has helped support House of Bread and make it possible to purchase our travel tickets for September. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

We are still in need of more funds for ticket purchase for October, and November. Please pray with us that the provision of God will be loosed so we can do all God has called us to do in this season. 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:

www.ted4leaders.com

www.ted4you.com or

www.houseofbreadministry.org.

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

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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