Changed From Within

Greetings,

Today I am heading home after a weekend in Deming, New Mexico. It was a good weekend, although it was filled with hard things and even things that cannot be naturally understood. A young lady in the congregation went to be with the Lord recently and we held a memorial service in honor of who she was and even is in this time in her promotion to heaven. She was a great worshipper of our Father and King and I am sure these things are an even greater reality for her today in heaven. God bless all in Deming who have experienced a great loss and may God give you the grace to fill the void that has been left with an increased life and glory. I pray that the song of Laura Castañeda Barrera will be heard in new ways, new people, and for increased glory in Deming. A seed has been sown, God bless Deming with a 100-fold harvest this year!

I believe that we are in the midst of a grassroots revolution on planet earth. Holy Spirit is calling out a people from the nations to be the people of God. This is a people of God who are not governed by law or mere human conscience. It is a people who are governed by the transforming power of Christ in them. This is the power God resting in their lives, God’s anointing within and upon their lives, and God sending them to the nations and the generations for His purpose and plan. We are part of the calling of Christ, part of the testimony of His inheritance in the earth, and in partnership with Him to see His power prevail over all manner of death and darkness. This is the body of Christ. It is a place of supernatural birth, supernatural grace, and supernatural destiny. It is not a place of natural identity, natural testimony, or natural destiny. It is place of being dependent upon God in all ways and in all things.

On September 24, 2004 I released a prophetic word in regard to a grass roots revolution that was going to sweep the nations. I am sure that God has spoken those words or the essence of those words through many people in the world. I am just one witness to what God is doing in the earth at this time. Since 2004 the term ‘grassroots’ and the evidence of ‘grassroots revolutions’ has been evident in the world and in the church. God is shaking things up and transforming things in the earth at a ‘grass roots’ level. I believe that the present grassroots actions of humanity are both testimonies of what God is doing and counterfeits to what He is doing in the earth.

At the releasing of the prophecy in 2004, the clock on the wall stopped at 7:45 p.m. as well as my watch and two other watches in the congregation. The clock battery was replaced and the following morning the anointing came during the morning worship session and the clock stopped again at 9:45 a.m. as well as my watch and the same two watches in the congregation that stopped the night before quit working again, all on the exact same minute. I believe the stopping of the time was an act of God and very significant to this word. It was also a sign as to eternal expectations and the eternal abilities of God that are not bound to the realm of time. God is always on time in His actions, because He is not governed by our present, our past, or our future. Our past, present, and future is meant to be governed and transformed by Him.

Here is a segment from the word given on September 24,2004:

And the Lord says, I’m exercising My righteous decree to declare to you that the opposition of bondage and promiscuity – that those oppositions shall bow the knee before Me. For I am bringing forth My true Spirit of Liberty, but My true Spirit of Liberty will be a spirit of passion, it will be a spirit of compassion, it will be a spirit without compromise. And there will be a releasing of those who have been held captive to the bondage of legalism, and to the bondage of liberality that goes beyond the boundaries of life. And the Lord says I’m exercising My righteous decree even now to declare “Will you be My people? For My anointing oil is here for you. Will you be My people? Will My anointing oil flood your soul? Will you rise up and touch the nations and make them whole? For I am God and I decree My righteous decree in the land this day.”

I heard God’s Spirit say that promiscuity and legalism come from the same root. Both of these come from the knowledge of good and evil and are mindsets based upon bitterness that is rooted in the realm of time. I believe that the stopping of the time pieces was a prophetic witness to the fact that God intends to deal with the iniquities of our hearts that come from experiences in our past that have now become issues in our lives today and hinder us in moving into all that God has for us tomorrow. He is going to do this in all the earth, north, south, east, and west. Promiscuity and legalism could be defined is legalism and lawlessness – too much law and no law at all. Neither legalism nor promiscuity is a testimony of being the people of God. It is the anointing within us, Christ in us, that is the true testimony of life that brings about a witness of being the people of God. This involves the redemption of our character, nature, way, power, and authority in life. It is a supernatural miracle granted to us by the Spirit of God in and upon our lives. It is the power of the kingdom of heaven at work in our hearts. When our hearts change, our minds change. When our minds change, our lives change. When our lives change, the world around us changes. It is only by the supernatural power of God’s grace.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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A Maturing Expression In Christ

Greetings,

It was great to be with Pastor Brice Greathouse and the Everyone’s Church in Mt. Vernon yesterday. Thanks to everyone who was there. Two people invited Jesus into their hearts and it was wonderful to see fresh faith born in their hearts. Thank you God.

Sometimes we read our Bibles and think that everything in the New Testament Church was perfect, but the truth is everything was in a disaster. If we read our Scripture carefully, we will see that the New Testament church was in crisis management. People had come from centuries of an administration of law or centuries of mere human conscience, but they did not yet have fully changed hearts or changed minds to know the growing work of grace in their generations. They were receiving it by grace and it was destined to grow in the realities of the generations to follow. They were in a process of changing. Changeling was not necessary to go to heaven. People in the Old Covenant went to heaven simply because they looked to Jesus through their actions in the Law or their groping for God is some expression inspired by the internal witness of human conscience (Acts 17:29, 30). God saw their sacrifices and offerings as good as believing in Jesus, because it was all they had at the time. God wanted more than merely making a way for men and women to go to heaven. He wanted to fill the generations with a growing testimony of life.

When we look at people coming into the church from the world with different characteristic and different customs, we have to recognize that they only know what they know. Most have only had a human conscience – a human spirit convicting them to figure out this thing called life. They’ve been on the journey of life trying to figure out life. Most people are not trying to be evil or wicked. They are just trying to live life. They are only accountable for what they know, but the presence of Holy Spirit moving upon the hearts of people increases human accountability to God. As Holy Spirit convicts human hearts, people come looking to see if there is truth in the Man Jesus. Is there a truth in Christianity? We need to create welcoming environments that say come and look, come and see.We need to invite them into a relationship with Jesus, experiencing the Holy Spirit in their hearts empowering them to grow in a relationship with God that brings about supernatural changes in their hearts and minds. The result will be their actions will change. People who live together will get married. People who are pursuing things that are even forbidden in the Law will get a revelation that it is not life-giving or life-producing in the generations to come. Our objective is not to change them in the hope they will get a revelation. Our objective is to invite them into a place they can receive a revelation and then they can change. We must always remember that every individual is a person. God doesn’t look at numbers. He looks at individual people. He meets people where they are in their hearts and minds and leads them into the path of life that is unique to each one.

As pastors and leaders, we have a responsibility to lead the family of God to become good, gracious, and merciful. Someone who has been a believer for some time should have more expectations upon them than someone who is brand new in the faith. They are growing in a relationship with God and they should not be doing certain things any longer. My instructions and my admonitions to someone who has been a believer for some time is going to be different than my instructions or requirements for someone who is a new believer. We need to create communities that have an atmosphere that invites people who don’t know what to believe yet or how to act yet. We get all concerned with what should or should not happen in the church. The church is not a place we go to. The church is a living organism. The church is a living body filled with God’s presence. We’ve created these structures we call church that meets on Saturday, Sunday or some other time of the week. Those structures are not really the church. They are merely places the church gathers to experience God, connect with one another, and be activated, facilitated, and released to grow as members of the church in whatever realms of life they influence. There should be places the church can come and curious people also. The Holy Spirit may be moving upon the hearts of curious people who are feeling a conviction to seek God. They look for something that may be God. They may think a building with a cross on it is what the church is. If the church is a many-membered habitation of God’s presence seven days per week, twenty-four hours a day, we should not be afraid of structures that assist us in our journey. Our structures are not the church, they are simply tools to assist us in our development. The true church is an increasingly maturing expression of humanity for God’s purpose in the earth. We should have an expectation of the church that is different than the place of the building that includes curious people. When we establish only places the church can come, we create monasteries or isolated religious caves. I am not opposed to having a place where we gather together on Sunday as a community, gatherings in homes, gatherings in bakeries, at the park, by the river, in the café, having a meal, at the beaches or anywhere we chose to come together. We are looking to connect in relationships with people so we can give them an example of our lives as believers in Christ and invite them on that same journey. What happens in whatever facility we meet in is not necessarily the same thing that should be happening in the organism called the church, the people. When the New Testament Scriptures were written regarding what should happen in the church, there was no building called the church.

 

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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God Invites Everyone to His Eternal Plan of Life

Greetings,

Sorry I was not able to post today’s blog earlier. I was in the midst of a long drive on the road. I have just arrived home after a great weekend in Castlegar. B.C., Canada. I will be writing soon as to some significant things released over the weekend here that pertain to the new year. I believe that God is going to reveal His faithfulness in our lives in amazing ways in this new year.

I have been addressing various subjects concerning people from the world coming into the church. When we read our Bibles, we tend to think that God wants everything perfect, clean and right in our lives. We think that perfection is His aim, in the sense of perfection by correction of all things that are wrong according to His standards. I believe that God’s idea of perfection is for us to boldly come to His throne of grace where we can receive mercy and find His overcoming power of grace for increased transformation in our lives. Sometimes as leaders, pastors, or believers we think we have to fix everything, or we are going to be in trouble with God. In the covenant of Law, the Old Covenant, it appeared that people had to fix everything in their life to be in right standing with God. The problem was, the Law never changed the human heart of mind from the inside out. What appeared to be in order was only a surface masking of the real issues of the human heart. The mask was not real, only a pretense to what needs to be real in the human heart. The mask of Law left us thinking that if we don’t get everything right in our lives we cannot come before God. It left us believing that human beings in their flaws were in trouble with God. The truth is, we can never change unless we come to God who has the power to change our hearts and minds. The Scriptures clearly revealed the gravity of sin, in that they revealed how humanity without God are takers and not givers like God in their nature and way of being. The Law showed us our problems and our need to change, but it did not offer solutions to our real problems. It offered no supernatural solutions to changing our hearts, minds, or any weakness in our lives. Only Christ inside our hearts can offer true solutions.

I believe that people in the Old Covenant had enough information to get them to heaven when they died. However, the Old Covenant lacked the power to get heaven into their lives. There was a place called Sheol, the realm of the dead, that served as a holding place in the Old Covenant waiting for the day of supernatural intervention. That day was when Jesus opened heaven’s gates to all who waited for the Lamb who would take away the sins of the world and reconcile men to their Father in heaven. When Jesus rose from the dead, He led captivity captive. He freed humanity from that place of death to lead them to heaven and to make a way for heaven to invade the worlds of men.

Psalms 68:18 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, even from the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell there – (also Eph. 4:8-13).

The apostle Paul wrote that the church is built upon the foundation of the prophets and the apostles. It is built upon the ceiling of the Old Covenant prophets and the foundation of the New Covenant apostles. This is true for those who were part of the Law and those who simply had the voice of human conscience. Both the Law and the human conscience were simply tutors calling for the day when Jesus would make a way for humanity to live in a grace empowered relationship with God in their hearts. That was the finish of the Old Covenant and the open door for a New and Living Covenant for each and every man and woman among the human race.

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

God does not see two different plans in the destiny of the human race. He does not see an Old Covenant and a New Covenant plan. He sees one plan made real by the power of His love for all mankind. There has always been one plan. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundations of the world were laid. People in the Old Covenant were actually saved through Jesus to get into heaven, but their actions in the earth could never really bring heaven into their families. God wanted to empower a dwelling place for His Spirit in the earth.

As the church, we live our lives in a way that creates an inviting environment for people seeking truth. We must become people who create an environment of love and life and also a people who create an environment of overcoming testimonies that can be real for all people. This should be the atmosphere of the forms, patterns, and structures we us to express who we are as the Christ filled people of life. God wants all people to come and become a part of His dwelling place in the earth.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Do We Accept the Ways of the World?

Greetings;

Today is the last day of the year! I hope you had a great Christmas and you are ready for a new year and a new season of experiencing God’s life! Pastor Jonathan chanllanged us yesterday to hear a single word from God for 2019. Receive the word, believe the word, and become the word! What word does God say you will be in 2019? What I thought was a year of “testing”, God saw as a year of hope. I am ready to become a word of faith to my world!.

God loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten Son to make a way for us to be reconciled to God with a spirit-to-Spirit connection from within. Christ within us is the hope of glory. That hope is not merely a hope of going to heaven when we die, but the hope of heaven’s influence in our lives while we journey through this life upon the earth. The real issue of redemption is a redemption of Adam and Eve. The original mandate was to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion. A man and a woman in the likeness and image of God is the means by which the mandate is fulfilled. God is neither man or woman, but the masculine and feminine nature of humanity reveals who He is in His likeness and image. A relationship of men and women has the ability to produce life in a generational way. The way of relationship in the kingdom of heaven cannot just be something that gives each one us love. It has to produce life that is a testimony of inheritance and destiny. Anything that God put in the earth of humanity that produces life is a testimony of spirit, soul, and body. The human spirit, soul, and body has to be able to expand life in the dimensions of spirit, soul, and the natural. I believe that for this reason, the identity of a man and woman in marriage is huge.

In the original creation Eve was deceived and then Adam ate the fruit with Eve and the result was man sinned. The issue was a disconnection from God’s likeness and image in the form of mankind, male and female. This was not just a one-time action. It was a disconnection from God for a perpetual and continual disconnection from God in the form of what was meant to be the family of God in the earth. In the process of the fall of mankind, Eve was deceived and then Adam sinned. When Adam sinned, Eve sinned, because they were one flesh. It started with a deception on the part of Eve. The serpent said; Did God really say?

The apostle Paul was concerned that believers in the church could be deceived, even as Eve was deceived. Eve was taking things that God had said and thinking that maybe that is not what He really said. When Jesus came to redeem humanity, He came as eternal Adam and He was looking to restore eternal Eve, which is the body of Christ made of men and women. The body of Christ consists of people who have Christ in their hearts and who live for the purpose of the inheritance of Christ in their world. Their purpose is not just to go to heaven when they die, but to bring heavenly things into the earth. Our Adam, Jesus, never ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Our headship, our Adam, cannot be deceived. We are going to go to heaven when we die if we are joined to Him, but what about our journey here upon the earth? It is possible for us to be deceived. Our Adam will cover us with His love, but will our deception affect our ability to be the life-birthing womb of God in the earth? Paul wrote to the church of Corinth that if they received a different Jesus, or a different good news (a different gospel), or a different spirit, they may well have to put up with it.

2 Corinthians 11: 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

It is possible to be a Christian and accept things that are the ways of the world and live in this life with something less than what we were supposed to live with and for? To understand this, we have to understand the words. The word Jesus means, God saves. He is our salvation in every situation. He is the food we need, the air we breath, the forgiveness we need, the healing we need, the eternal life we need, the resurrection from the dead we need and any other thing that we depend upon for life in this world. Jesus is our salvation in every situation. No one will likely makes a plan and says, I think I will try a different Jesus. It is called deception. If I embrace something from my past, something worldly, and I say I cannot be changed, I am embracing that worldly way as my salvation. My life becomes something that is bound to the past or to the world around me. My confession becomes, this is what I am, this is the only thing I want, this is my way to salvation, and this thing becomes a different Jesus in my life. If you tell me I have to change, I hear what you say to me as bad news. Not changing is good news to me. With this type of thinking there is a spirit, a different spirit than the life-transforming Spirit of God. I still have the Holy Spirit, but I have accepted another spirit to influence my soul in a way that binds my soul from hearing God’s Spirit to my spirit from within.

Christ is one with us in our spirits, but other spirits don’t attach to our spirits. They attach to our souls. When we choose to believe another spirit, we become double minded. We have God’s way in us and then we have other things as well. I believe that homosexuality can be like that. You can still go to heaven when you die. The blessing of God can be upon you as an I love you blessing, like the I love you as a little child. You are loved, but you are not participating in the full inheritance that God has for you as a son or daughter of God.

As a leader, I believe I have a responsibly to receive all people as little children, but I also have a responsibility to help them grow in understanding and maturity to overcome things they need to overcome. As a father I have the responsibly to inspire my children to become fathers and mothers. I have the responsibility of helping them come to maturity so they too can live for the sake of others.

I have not really answered the full dimensions of the questions of homosexuality, but I am challenging all of us to be loved and to overcome. We must love all people the same. We do not condone the things that produce death, nor do we seek to kill those who are already bound in some form of death in their lives. We do not condemn people who are deceived, but we do live to help them find freedom from their deception. We seek ways to help them grow in a relationship with God. Any form of law will not change them, it will only kill them. Only grace can change them. Christ inside of them is the only hope of glory. This is not just a hope to go to heaven when they die, but a hope to see that what cannot change today will change in the generations of their future.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Merry Christmas – The Story

Greetings;

Today is Christmas Eve. I thought to give you a gift today of the story of Christ in some measure. The following is a narration that I did in our church many years ago with members of our congregation. It included Christmas Carols and a telling of the story of Christ. My gift to you today is THE STORY.

SONG – O Come all Ye Faithful

John the Beloved – My name is John. I was a disciple of Jesus. I loved Him …still do! More than that, He loved me, and still does. I spent years knowing Him as a man, but I have spent centuries knowing Him as the King of kings – the Lord of lords!

I was on the island of Patmos, having been taken there because of my witness of Him. There I had an encounter with the Living One and saw visions of the mystery of this Holy One. He, the first and last, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega of all things. I saw the mystery: … I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant, and she cried out in the pain of labor as she awaited her delivery.  Suddenly, I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads. His tail dragged down one-third of the stars, which he threw to the earth. He stood before the woman as she was about to give birth to her child, ready to devour the baby as soon as it was born. She gave birth to a boy who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And the child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to give her care for 1,260 days. Then there was war in heaven. Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle and was forced out of heaven. This great dragon-the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world-was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has happened at last-the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ! For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth-the one who accused our brothers and sisters before our God day and night.

The prophet Isaiah- My name is Isaiah. I was a prophet to the house of Israel. I spoke of this amazing child some 740 years prior to his birth. I didn’t understand fully what the Spirit of God stirred me to say, but I prophesied God’s miracle gift of love. God’s Spirit came upon me and I declared: The Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel- ‘God is with us.’ By the time this child is old enough to eat curds and honey, he will know enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong.

The Spirit of God welled up within my heart and I continued to proclaim this hope of the world! The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; they rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

The prophet Micah (Micha 5:2) –My name is Micah. I was a prophet at a time when not many were seeking to love God or serve Him with their hearts. My message was one of judgment and rebuke to God’s people, but in the midst of my proclamations, God broke through with a sound of hope. Some seven hundred years before the day, God’s Spirit stirred me to proclaim to Bethlehem:

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from old, from everlasting.

SONG – O Little Town of Bethlehem

Mary: Taken from Luke chapters 1 & 2 – My name is Mary. I remember …. It was both wonderful and terrifying! I had become engaged to Joseph, the carpenter, …… when God visited me through His angel Gabriel. I was young, I was innocent, I was waiting for my wedding day. I had faithfully kept myself pure for my betrothal to Joseph. Then the angel came – and changed our lives forever! Gabriel, the angel, appeared to me and said: “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

I was frightened, I was confused and disturbed, and I tried to think what the angel could mean.

He said to me,“Don’t be frightened, Mary, for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

I asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”  The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

I responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.

Elizabeth: I can testify that it’s true. I’m Mary’s flesh and blood, I’m Elizabeth. A few days after the angel had visited Mary, she came in haste to the hill country of Judea, to my city and my house. I was pregnant at the time, expecting my son John. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, my child leaped within me, and I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t help myself! I gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “You are blessed by God above all other women, and your child is blessed. What an honor this is, that the mother of my Lord should visit me! When you came in and greeted me, my baby jumped for joy the instant I heard your voice! You are blessed, because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

Mary: Yes! It’s true! I responded, “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed. For he, the Mighty One, is holy, and he has done great things for me. His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him. His mighty arm does tremendous things! How he scatters the proud and haughty ones! He has taken princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. And how he has helped his servant Israel! He has not forgotten his promise to be merciful. For he promised our ancestors- Abraham and his children-to be merciful to them forever.”

SONG – Silent Night

Zechariah – I am the high priest, Zechariah. The angel of the Lord visited my house. My wife Elizabeth had been barren for many years. We had hoped for a child, but we had not been blessed in such a way, but then the angel came. Then, to my own disbelief, the miracle happened. We were old, but God blessed us with our son, the prophet John. I remember the day he was born. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy: “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited his people and redeemed them. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, `just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago. Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us. He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant with them, the covenant he gave to our ancestor Abraham. We have been rescued from our enemies, so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness forever. “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

Joseph – The events happened so quickly. My name is Joseph, I was carpenter in my father’s house. Life seemed normal with a bright and promising future. Then it happened! What a potential scandal! My fiancé, Mary, had shared with me of a visit from the angel Gabriel. She said she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit of God. I couldn’t believe it, but God visited me in a dream and told me it was all true. I had to be committed to see it through, no matter what.

It was in that year that the Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, had decreed a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. Everyone had to return to their own town to register for this census. And because I was a descendant of King David, I had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. I traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. I took with me Mary, my fiancé, who was obviously pregnant by this time. And while we were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for us in the village inn.

SONG – Away in a Manger

Shepherd 1 – Wow! We were simply in the fields tending our flocks. We were just outside the village, guarding our flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among us, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded us. We were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured us.

Angel 1 – “Don’t be afraid!” “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”

Shepherd 1 – (Then the skies were filled! The angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God:

Angels in unison – “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

SONG – Angels We Have Heard on High

Shepherd 2 – When the angels had returned to heaven, we said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Shepherd 3 –We ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. We told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to us about this child. All who heard our story were astonished. We couldn’t stop rejoicing. We went back to our fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told us, and because we had actually seen the child, just as the angel had said.

SONG – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Joseph –Eight days after His birth and the visit from the shepherds, we took our baby to Jerusalem to be circumcised. We had named Him Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived. When it was time for the purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; we were in temple of Jerusalem, presenting Him to the Lord. He was a firstborn son, so we were dedicating Him to the Lord as was required by Moses’ law. We offered a sacrifice according to what was required in the law of the Lord.

Simeon – My name is Simeon. Why should an old man like me experience such a thing? I had lived in Jerusalem all my life. I sought to be a righteous man and was committed to be devoted to my God. I was in the temple, when they brought the Child in!. I had been daily abiding with the Holy Spirit and I was eagerly expecting the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit had revealed to me that I would not die until I had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led me to the Temple. So, when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, I was there. I took the child in my arms and praised God, saying, “Lord, now I can die in peace! As you promised me, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

From Matthew chapter 2

Wise Man 1- We are kings from the East. All of our lives we have searched to know truth and the answers for the way of things. We are royal astrologers and we have sought wisdom in the stars. All seemed as usual, until a star of royalty appeared in the sky before us. We knew it to be the sign of a king in Judea. We traveled long and far to Jerusalem in the region of King Herod and inquired: “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose in the east and we have come to worship him.” Herod was deeply disturbed by our question, as seemed all we inquired of in Jerusalem. We know now that Herod was concerned of our inquiry.

SONG – We Three Kings

Herod – Ah, Rome! The kingdom of kingdoms. I lived in its glory days. Tribute was paid to me! It was a day to be alive! Then, those kings of the Orient came. They asked of a new born king! I immediately called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. I asked them, “Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?” “In Bethlehem,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ” At this news, I sent a private message to those wise men, asking them to come see me. At this meeting I learned the exact time when they first saw the star. I told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”, but this was not my intention at all.

Wise Man 2 – King Herod met with us and told us the child was to be born in the city of Bethlehem. We left Jerusalem and once again the star appeared to us, guiding us to Bethlehem. It went ahead of us and stopped over the place where the child was.

Wise Man 3 – When we saw the star, we were filled with joy! We entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and we fell down before him and worshiped him. We opened our treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Wise Man 1 – When it was time to leave, we went home another way, because God had warned us in a dream not to return to Herod.

SONG – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

SONG – O Holy Night

Taken from John chapters 1 & 3

By John the Beloved –In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world. But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Nicodemus – It was after dark one evening, when I, Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, a Pharisee …. came to speak with Jesus. I said, “Teacher,” “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are proof enough that God is with you.” Jesus replied to me, “I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God.”  “What do you mean?” I exclaimed. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied to me, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

“What do you mean?” I asked. Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe us. But if you don’t even believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in heaven? For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

SONG – Joy to the World

Merry Christmas to you all. Enjoy the life of Christ within! Christ in you is the hope of glory and Christ in you is the testimony of the baby born in Bethlehem. He has reconciled us to our Father in heaven and we can know a life of being sons and daughters of God in His family of Love!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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A Calling To His Way

Greetings;

I have enjoyed being home with a few windy rainy days, some fence repair, and just enjoying living at my house. I enjoyed preaching at Alife yesterday. I love my church family.  I am looking forward to another week of being home. I will be doing some strategizing for the new year and seeking what is next.

I am continuing again today on the tough topic of iniquity. I believe we all have things in our lives that require the presence of God to bring healing and transformational change. These things are iniquities. They are not sin, but things in our lives that need a supernatural visitation of God. Without the supernatural power of God’s overcoming grace our iniquities make us vulnerable to accepting something that misses the true mark of destiny only found in God. Missing the mark is sin. When we accept our iniquities as the way we are meant to be, we open the door for a lifestyle of sin.

One such iniquity is the iniquity of homosexuality. I believe that God wants to give those who wrestle in this area the grace to overcome homosexuality. Not because He hates them for being homosexuals. It is because God knows that homosexuality cannot produce the fullness of life that they and their family truly need. We most often think we know what we need. It is based upon the desires of our own heart. It is possible to be innocent people with illegitimate desires. Illegitimate desires open a pathway for blind spots and deceptions in our lives. Being deceived doesn’t make someone bad, it makes them deceived. It makes them fall short of the true mark of destiny in life. It can affect them physically, emotionally by the soul, or by the spirit – even including a spiritual force that illegitimately inspires their souls. Choosing a path of self-desires opens the door to human wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and even demonic. It is based upon natural realities, human senses, and illegitimate spiritual forces.

God wants to give to us desires that have a better outcome than the desires that have been inherited or created within our hearts and minds by our natural world. I believe that God wants people who wrestle with homosexuality to overcome. Not to overcome so they can be loved, but to overcome because they are already loved. I will never condemn someone for having to face a vulnerability to the ways of homosexuality. Neither do I condone their embracing a homosexual lifestyle as God’s path of destiny. For this reason, I could not help someone take a further step into embracing a homosexual lifestyle. If two individuals of the same gender come to me and want me to marry them as a homosexual couple, I could not do that in faith because I believe it would be taking them a further step into bondage and away from their true destiny in Christ. Now, I need a miracle because I also have to realize that this person that identifies themselves as a homosexual is not less than me. They have the same value as me, they simply do not see truth in the same way that I see it. It is not my job to condemn them, shame them, or to judge them. As a leader in the church, it is my job to help them find their path of life in their relationship with God. They have to be obedient to the faith, not merely obedient to a belief system called Christianity. Faith comes by hearing God in our hearts. They have to be obedient to the voice of God in their hearts. This is why we have the written word. It tells us the things that could be in the heart of God and things that are in the heart of God. If we ask God for something that is not in His written word, we are asking for deception. We are asking for something He cannot be or for something He would not say. If we think it is something He can say, it doesn’t matter what He says; we are going to hear what we want to hear. I know Christian believers who are homosexuals. I know some who are married and others who want to be married. I know homosexuals who have prayed and asked God if they should get married. They are convinced that God spoke to them to get married. How is this possible? We are just dealing with the subject of homosexuality. We could take this into thousands of subjects. In 2 Corinthians chapter 11, Paul wrote to the Corinthian church. The Corinthian church was a very interesting church. Its primary problem was that it kept acting like the city of Corinth. It was a church that had members that acted like people in the world.

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

In these verses Paul was writing that believers should be in relationship with Jesus and not other things. He was concerned that they could be deceived as Eve was deceived. Eve was deceived by questioning what God had said. She was vulnerable to the tempters words; “Has God really said?” Her willingness to consider something God would not say made her vulnerable to fall for a deception according to what she thought He could say. The context was one of being deceived, not sin unto death. Does one know how they have been deceived? They don’t! It is deceptive! That is why it is called ‘deception’. The criteria for being deceived is receiving a different Jesus, a different spirit than the life-giving Spirit of God, and a different good news. Preaching another Jesus, is another God saves, another salvation, or another way to find life. It is receiving another means by which to be saved or receiving a different spirit which we did not receive that brought us the life of God. Deception involves a different means of salvation, a different spirit, and a different good news. If something other than a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit becomes a source of salvation, a motivation of our hearts, and a testimony of good news to our lives – it will result in deception. Choosing to embrace an iniquity as a legitimate reason to pursue a path of life that is contrary to God’s character, nature, way, power, or authority is an invitation to a different Jesus, a different spirit, and a different good news in your life. When we do this, we cannot hear what God is saying because we hear His words to our definitions and not His. We even begin to read His word in our language, and we become blind to His language. We choose to read His word according to our desires. We must approach God for who He is, and we must expect Him to change us to become like Him, not for Him to become like us.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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God’s Love, Going to Heaven, and Kingdom Inheritance

Greetings;

Sorry to have missed the Monday blog last week. I was in the woods hunting. I was hoping to put some provisions in my freezer but had to settle for just some God-time in the forest. It was a bit cold, but the freedom of being in the woods blessed my soul. My grocery store is a delightful place. I still have a hope of getting some venison with my bow. Maybe today.

I have been writing concerning some of the tough questionswe have to answer in, and as, the church. In the world we live in, people are being bolder and more open about homosexuality and other things the law proclaimed to be forbidden issues. For some of them, when they were born, they were born with a propensity to be more attracted to the same sex. This can include men with a physical DNA that is more feminine or a woman who has a physical DNA with more masculine tendencies. It could have been a natural inheritance, something spiritual, or even an inheritance of the soul. We do not inherit sin, but we do inherit iniquity. Iniquity is not sin, it is a weakness that can lead to sin. When we are born with weaknesses, those are the areas we need God’s strength. There are many iniquities. Homosexuality is not an iniquity that is worse than other iniquities. It is simply an iniquity among many. Anyone who has that iniquity is not less of a person or someone who needs to be ashamed. In the same way, I know people who were born with inherited pride issues. Or perhaps an inherited desire for sex that is beyond normal. Some are born with vulnerabilities towards pedophilia. These things are among human lives. As we start to address these things, we can easily take hold of our prejudices and make judgments of others. We want to claim that someone else has a problem that is worse than ours, or we pretend it is not a problem at all. I was born with problems. I have needed God and I still need God to overcome issues in my life. 

I believe that some people were born with a propensity towards homosexually. Some people are born with a propensity towards pedophilia, a propensity towards oppression, or a propensity towards breaking covenants. There are some people who have experienced different circumstance and experiences that have affected them to become vulnerable to various temptations. Some men have had absent, apathetic, or abusive fathers. They have grown up in an environment with a strong mother with a greater value for what was feminine than what was masculine. It worked to form their character in a way that rejected women or becoming a man. Their experiences as a child worked towards facilitating their desires in a certain way. Perhaps a daughter whose father wanted a son. They felt they needed to be pleasing and earn the love of their father, so they sought to be a boy. It could be an experience where a child was abused by an adult physically. They felt shame. They felt guilt. What made them feel ashamed was not just that this thing happened to them, but it caused certain desires and pleasures to be aroused in them physically. They had no one to help them, no one to process it with them. They may have accepted a lie about themselves. Maybe a lie that told them they were not wanted in their natural gender. Or a lie that told them the same gender is what they are attracted to. I know women who have experienced abuses from men, including their own husbands. In reaction to their wound, they opened their hearts towards wanting to be loved in some illegitimate way. They were looking for a safe environment to be loved. They found themselves attracted to a woman instead of a man. It seemed to be a safe place. I am not sharing these things to condemn or shame anyone. I am just saying that it is a very complicated situation as to how someone becomes vulnerable to homosexuality, lesbianism, or other iniquities that become strongholds that lead to sin. 

I know groups of homosexual Christians. They’ve asked Jesus into their hearts and they have experienced the love of Jesus. I know homosexuals that speak in tongues. Some may look at this and think these people can’t be experiencing the Holy Spirit. They conclude that it has to be a demon tongue. I know many Christians that speak in tongues that have had other kinds of problems including demonic problems. They really do speak in tongues. It really is the Holy Spirit’s presence in their lives. When someone loves Jesus and they speak in tongues, prophecy, or some other charismatic expression; does that mean that God approves of everything that they are doing? No, it means that God loves them. In Numbers chapter 11 Moses appointed 70 men to represent God to the people with him. The Spirit that was on Moses came upon those seventy men and they began to prophecy. Two of the men were not in the tabernacle. They were out in the camp. They were not in the right place. We could say that they were not in the right place with God. Joshua was ready to stop them. Moses said he would that God would make all of His servants prophets. These two individuals had names that simply meant that God really loves youand He is affectionate to you.I believe there are homosexual groups who know God and love God. They experience tongues and the power of the Holy Spirit, but is their choice of living the way that God wants them to choose to live? I realize that I am talking to people, so it is not my intention to condemn or shame any human being, but it is my intention to tell every human being that there are things in each of our lives that require miracles. We each have things in our lives that require a miracle to change. They require a miracle to have a new desire. This is just for our sake, but for the sake of our children and our children’s children. There are things we have to overcome. How we were born naturally is not necessarily the way we were meant to be born. Abram was born a Chaldean, but he was supposed to be a Hebrew. This required a miracle, not just a change of geographical location or thinking. Jacob was supposed to be born first, but he came out second. His twin brother Esau came out first. Esau did not have the mindset of a firstborn, Jacob did. Jacob had to go through journey, a process in his life, to be transformed into Israel. I believe we were all born into a natural reality that is not the fullness of who we are really meant to be. We have to overcome things to find our true identity in Christ. 

As the church we have to realize that people are going to come to us that are going to experience Jesus, but they are not going to act according to all that we find in God’s word. It is not our job to take the word of God and kill them. They were dead before they came to Christ but now, they are coming towards Jesus or to Jesus and He is going to make them come alive. They may even have a homosexual lifestyle which is the fruit of a homosexual tendency. The real problem is not their homosexual lifestyle. The real issue is they need a miracle in their lives. They need a healing in their lives and in their hearts. I believe that as they come into the church, Jesus comes into their lives Holy Spirit comes into their lives. They can speak in tongues, but they are not walking in the fullness of what they should be. They don’t need me as a pastor or a leader to kill them on the journey. They need me to embrace them on their journey. I believe that the mercy of Jesus that comes by the blood of Calvary is enough to get them to heaven, but they are going to have to find God’s grace to reign in life. Reining in life would be to become increasingly all that God says we should be. They are going to have to find God’s grace to overcome whatever He says to overcome. 

Blessings, 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Ways of the World

Greetings,

Today I am in Las Vegas, Nevada with my grandson Kaden watching me post this blog. Our whole family was here for the past week and we had a wonderful time for Thanksgiving. Being with my family is for sure my happy place. Family is wonderful!

When the early church apostles were dealing with Gentiles coming into a relationship with God in Christ, they were faced with the challenge of how to disciple them. Paul wrote that they were not to act like people in the world. Their instructions were not complicated. They were instructions that were mainly dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit working in human hearts. Paul concluded that all things were lawful, but not all things were beneficial. It is not a matter of law and abstinence, but a matter of life and being life-giving.

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

2 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Anything we do should be something that causes life to happen for others. It is possible to know God’s love and  go to heaven and not bring the fullness of heaven’s influence into our lives. Whether we like it or not, we have many people coming to Christ from the cultures of the world that do not understand or even know to desire the values of the kingdom of God. They are coming out of a world they have known into a relationship with Jesus Christ. God’s presence in their lives doesn’t mean that God approves of how they are or how they act. God’s presence just confirms His love for them. When God poured out the blessings of Holy Spirit in the life of Cornelius and the other Gentiles in the first century, it didn’t mean that God approved of everything they were doing. It simply meant that God loved them and wanted to be in their lives. God wants us to move into His world, so He can cause us to change in our character, nature, way, power and authority. God loving people and coming into their lives by His mercy is enough to get people to heaven when they die; but is it enough to bring things that are eternal into this earth? Can it change the world of our children and our children’s children?

The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom that is meant to change the world we live in. God told Abraham that in blessing He would bless Him. When we know we are a blessing God will empower us to be a blessing in our world for the sake of others. God told Abraham that in multiplying He would multiply him. This is not adding but multiplying. It is not an adding to our lives, but a giving of greater value to those that are beyond our lives. It is an increase of inheritance. It is an influence of heaven. When we live to be a blessing and to multiply, our descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

Gates are influencing places. An example of a gate is various forms of media intended to affect the beliefs of people’s hearts. The media, or secular news, doesn’t give us a truth of God’s way. They give us a perspective of man’s way. If we listen to the secular news anywhere in the world we are listening to a worldly view and a testimony of worldly desires. The media often presents that homosexuality, fornication, and adultery are all normal ways of living. It is simply the way people are. To some degree this is true, because as long as we have recorded history, we have stories of people who were homosexuals, fornicators, and adulterers. Some religious people would say this is absolutely true and this is why God destroyed Sodom and Gomora. I propose that was not the reason. This is just one small evidence of a worldly mindset and greed. Which would God prefer, to destroy all the cities of the world or to transform all the people in the cities of the world? Does God want to destroy people because of flaws in their lives? Does He want to destroy them or transform them by a supernatural power of His love? I believe that God wants people to become what they could not be without Him.

If you wrestle with these areas please consider reading my coming blogs. I do not desire in any way to condemn anyone for things that are realities in their lives. I only desire to meet you where you are and find a life-transforming path to the future of your life. God loves us all exactly as we are, but His love is powerful enough to change us all in our ways for the testimony and glory of the fullness of His life.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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People of the Day

Greetings,

Today I am in Lisbon, Portugal after another great week in Angola, Africa. I am on my way to Nevada to see my family for some days of family connection. I am looking forward to some great days. The people of Angola were very hungry, willing, and teachable. The presence of God was wonderful, and God’s love was evident in all that we did. It was good to see what God is doing.

The Day of the Lord is not just a day to come in the future. The Day of the Lord is for all who choose to embrace a life in Christ. For those who choose not to embrace the Day of the Lord in this life will have to face it when this life is through, but for those who choose Him in this life are given the ability to choose His life in all things. We were once darkness, but now we can become the light of God in Christ. In Christ we are children of the Day and not the night, so we must walk as children of light. We must embrace living as children of the Day and we must let go of the way of the world. The ways of the world are ways of darkness. God does not condemn the darkness, but He brings light to transform it to light. Changing our ways won’t make us children of the light but being children of the light will empower us to change our ways. If we do not let the things of darkness flee from our lives, we are not fully embracing the light.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

When the Holy Spirit came upon Cornelius and his family, they began to speak in tongues as the anointing of the Holy spirit came upon them. Cornelius was not someone who had been trained in the ways of God. He just simply wanted God; whoever He was and in whatever way He wanted to reveal Himself. Cornelius was not a man of God’s ways, he was a Gentile. He was a man who had lived according to the culture of his day. At that time many Gentiles started speaking in tongues and confess God’s love. God’s presence of love in and upon their lives didn’t mean that God was blessing everything they were doing in their lives. It simply meant that God loved them, and they were invited to be transformed by His love. The apostles met in Jerusalem trying to figure out what to do. They were looking for some rules. There was a need for a change in their ways and that is what the power of God’s grace does. It is not just a moment of transformation, but a way of life in Christ that continually and increasingly transforms the ways of men. The apostles knew that God loved these Gentiles, but they also know that God wanted to change their ways. What should they tell them? How should they act? I don’t know if there needed to be rules, but they thought there had to be some sort of boundaries. It was obvious to them that God had granted those people repentance unto life. They were alive unto God! They knew that God wants people to act godly, to act the way God desires. They knew that law wasn’t the answer. They didn’t want to put the entire torah law system upon them, so they gave them some simple boundaries. They were not to drink blood, a symbolism of seeking the life that is found in the flesh. They were not to be fornicators. They were not to seek relationships that were legitimate and could not produce the life of true covenant. They knew that relationships that don’t come out of covenant lead to dysfunction and death. They were not to worship other gods. The apostles knew that only worshipping God can bring the life-transforming power of God into human lives.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Inviting All To The Salvation of Their SOULS

Greetings,

Today I am in Angola, Africa. I arrived on Friday night and have begun some amazing days of training here with some wonderful hungry, willing, and teachable people. We have explored the influence of the internal kingdom of God in the hearts of humanity. We have looked at what it means to study God’s word in light of a personal relationship with God in our hearts. We have been touched by God to empower us to become expressions of His word and not just readers of His Scriptures. Yesterday we even saw supernatural evidence of God’s prophetic word as God proclaimed He was sending rain to germinate the seeds of destiny in Angola, heavy rain began to immediately fall. God is good!

I have been blogging concerning some tough questions in regard to receiving people from the world into the church. The values of the culture of the kingdom of God are not values shared by people in the kingdoms of the world. God doesn’t want us to create an impassable wall that prevents people in the cultures of the world from entering the community of Christ. God wants our gates to be open to people so they can come and be transformed by the culture of the kingdom of heaven. The gates of the city of God are pearl, meaning they are testimonies of God’s love. Those who find Christ within them are people who did not have Christ within them, but they have been transformed by the grace of their Father’s love working within them. This doesn’t mean that we condone the values of the world, but it does mean we cannot condemn those who have not yet discovered the life-giving, life-transforming values of Christ’s internal kingdom. Jesus gave the life of the flesh to grant all flesh entrance to a life of the Spirit of Christ. I believe that Jesus sacrifice upon our cross is enough to grant mercy to all who come to Him and grants them the ability to know God loves them and for them to go to heaven when they die. It is the mercy of Jesus that justifies all to live. Being justified to live also gives us an invitation to reign in life by the power of God’s grace. God’s mercy will get us to heaven, but God’s grace will get heaven into our lives.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

I believe that being saved is not just the ability to go to heaven when we die. I believe that being saved involves the salvation of our souls, not just our spirits. I understand my soul to include my thinking, my reasoning, my emotions, my desires, and my imaginations. It is by these things that I demonstrate the inner secretes of the kingdom of heaven in the outward expressions of my everyday life. The salvation of our souls will transform the authority of our lives. It will empower us to leave an inheritance that will benefit the lives of others. My actions in life will affect the lives of those influenced by me in this world. My actions in life will leave an inheritance for others so they can experience a greater fullness of the life of God in all things.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 6 Paul talked about how homosexuals cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven, but he included with that adulterers, sodomites and in case we think we are innocent, he also included thieves and people who are covetous. He included people who cheat others to take advantage of them in some way. The context that he was talking about before this was that people in the church culture were taking people to court and suing one another. They were acting like other people in the culture of their world. Paul said they would be better off letting their brother take advantage of them and defraud them.

1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

When Paul addressed the subject of homosexuality, he put it in the same context of trying to get a justice by taking one another to court. They were acting like people in the world. If you act like people in the world you cannot have a part in the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven. I don’t believe Paul was talking about going to heaven when we die. I believe he was talking about changing the world for others by heaven’s influence. Paul also wrote that we could be saved as just someone escaping the flames. Each man’s work will be tested. Some will be wood, hay, or straw. Other’s will be gold, silver, or precious stone. Some will be saved but just barely, as those whose entire work in life is burned up like wood, hay, or straw. Others will produce something of great value that can be found by others, such as gold, silver, and precious stones. Perhaps salvation to heaven can be with nothing left as an inheritance in this world, but saving grace empowers others to find the overcoming testimonies of God’s grace. I don’t think this is just barely getting into heaven. I believe it means they didn’t fulfill their full destiny upon the earth.

1 Corinthians 3:11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

I will address this further in my blog next week, but these are surely things to consider when merely being willing to live a life as a believer, yet still hold on to the values of the kingdoms of the world. God’s grace is miraculous! It is His manifest presence in our lives and it is meant to change us and to change our influence in our world for the sake of Christ’s inheritance in the lives of others.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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