Turn Towards The Light

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Greetings,

I hope you fathers had a great Father’s Day. Bonnie and I were blessed to share at our home church yesterday. We did a team message on the present season of leaves for healing the nations. It is time to stir our expectancy for what God is doing and going to do. I am continuing the topic of leaves again today.

If you do an internet search on the spiritual symbolism of leaves you will find the leaf is meant to symbolize the individual believer within a community. In the same way that a tree is filled with many leaves to create a full display of life, each leaf contributes to that display because of its own unique testimony. That testimony of life happens because each leaf on the tree turns towards the light of the sun. In that process, the leaf also produces oxygen for the air of the world. The leaf of the tree is also a testimony of the season of the year. In the spring the leaf testifies of new birth, new expectations, and a willingness to open up in new ways. In the summer the leaf displays the confidence of life and the fullness of life as it takes on its full identity as a leaf. In the fall the leaf goes into the majesty of color, testifying of a full season of life fulfilled. In the winter the leaf willingly falls to the ground, testifying of a season of rest that also provides nutrients for the seasons to come. We are in a spiritual season of leaves. I believe that the present season of leaves is a prelude for the fruit that is to come in a greater way. This is not a time for great corporate expressions of the body of Christ, but we are in a season of for each of us as believers to find a greater connection to the Light of Christ in us. As we find that Light, we will affect the world in the same way that a leaf brings oxygen to the atmosphere. We will bring a fresh life of the Spirit of God to the world around us. This is a season of personal connection to God that brings about personal testimonies of God working in our lives for the sake of the world around us.

Leaves are the testimony of a new beginning. They indicate new life, a new thing, and a new season. A great example of this is found in the story of Noah. After the flood, Noah sent out a dove from the ark. The dove returned to him with a fresh leaf in its mouth, an indication that the waters were receding, and that new life had begun.

Genesis 8:10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

The leaf in the mouth of the dove was not an immediate confirmation of a changed world. It was a confirmation of a changing world towards life. I belief we are in a season like that. Something new is happening, but we must each embrace the new life that the Holy Spirit brings before we can enter the fullness of the new thing that God is doing. God is giving us a season of leaves for the healing of the nations! If the leaves of the tree are a testimony of healing to the nations, what can we expect to see in the healing?

Malachi 4:2 But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.

As leaves turn towards the light, we must also turn towards the Light of Christ. He is our true righteousness and as we turn towards Him, we will see Him arise with healing in His wings. Wings are a biblical symbolism of witness. They are a testimony of heavenly things sent to us by the Spirit of God as a witness to the world. It is the healing of God in our lives that brings about the true prosperity of life. Health to each of us is also health to our world. That prosperity is a prosperity of peace – a union with God in the Spirit. That prosperity is also a testimony of truth that frees us from every pretense and lie to who God is and to who we are.

Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

God’s peace and truth are what reveal God’s healing in our lives. If we have experienced God’s peace, we become people of peace for the sake of others. If we have experienced God’s truth, we have found the freedom that comes from truth. That is when we look for truth that brings freedom to others.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 




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Leaves That Cover

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Greetings,

We had a great day yesterday at ALife! Pastor Jonathan challenged us all to be fully engaged in the NOW of God and to receive the New Wine of what He is doing in our lives. Good enough often resists what God wants to do in our lives today. It is time to treasure the past but embrace the new things of God in our lives and in the earth.

I believe we are in a season of leaves. The leaves reveal the health of the tree. The ultimate destiny of the tree is the fruit that it bears, but for the tree to be fruitful it must also be a healthy tree. Leaves are the covering of a tree. The actions of our lives are a testimony of the health of our lives. Those actions are the outward expressions of the inner being of our hearts and minds. The testimonies of our hearts motivate the actions of our lives. God teaches us in His word that love covers a multitude of sins. I believe that leaves are the testimony of God’s love in our lives that motivates the actions of our lives towards the well-being of one another.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.

James 5:19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Our ability to cover the sins of another is a testimony of our love for them. Our love for another is the healing medicine that covers them in their time of affliction. This is a good work of love! This good work of love is only possible if we carry the substance of love that spawns an attitude of mercy and forgiveness in our hearts. This doesn’t mean that we ignore injustice. It simply means that even when affected by the iniquities, transgressions, and sins of others, it doesn’t invoke similar iniquities in our own hearts that become transgressions and sins towards them.

Leviticus 19:17  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.”

The testimony of the leaves of our lives are testimonies of kindness. Even when our neighbor crosses the boundaries of who they are in a way that infringes upon us or others, we can rebuke them, but we never hate them. The leaves of our lives are expressions of love and life given to another as the true wisdom of life. The works of our lives are works that seek for peace. The expressions of our tongues seek to make peace and to ward off the destructive ways of death. We seek the instructions of God that change our ways to be ways of life that the leaves of our lives might bring healing and not disease to our world.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. 4  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent.

As the people of God, we must seek to give soft answers to those who are harsh towards us and others. If we are harsh, we will only propagate anger. We won’t bring healing. We can know the truth, but we must never use the truth to destroy another human being. It is foolish for us to ever seek to destroy someone else. The purpose of truth is always redemptive. We deserved the condemnation we embrace, but the love of God came to make us free. God loved us while we were still sinners. He loved us when we were evil towards Him and others. God cares about the evil and the good. We must always use the words of our mouths and the expressions of our lives to bring life to others. To not be true to this is a perversion to being sons and daughters of a loving Father who always gives life. It is common sense for us to seek to be like our heavenly Father to bring life to our world. It lacks sense to act as those in the world do and hope for life. Whenever we choose a different covering than that of God’s love, we lack the healing necessary for our journey in this world.

Jeremiah 30:12 “For thus says the LORD: Your affliction is incurable, your wound is severe. 13 There is no one to plead your cause, that you may be bound up; you have no healing medicines. 14 All your lovers have forgotten you; they do not seek you; for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of your iniquities, because your sins have increased.

For the leaves of our lives, the testimonies of our lives, to bring healing to our world there must be a constant and continual growth in our own maturity to be healed in our hearts and minds in every way. The prophet Jeremiah appealed to Israel that their wounds would be healed but they had desired the chastisement of a cruel one for they had rejected the healing medicine of a loving Father. They had chosen other lovers; they had chosen other sources of intimacy than God. The wounds of their lives were not wounding from an unloving God, they were wounds for choosing other sources of intimacy. The iniquities of their own hearts had propagated many sins in their lives. If they had chosen God, they would have found healing medicine to heal their wounds. God’s love covers a multitude of sins, and He heals ever sin-sick soul.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Leaves of Forgiveness

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Greetings;

I hope you are all well. We have entered into Juneuary, which is an unusual month unique to the Pacific Northwest. It is that month of the year here where it should be June, but somehow January gets mixed in (ha ha). I am sure we will have summer once we get to July 5th, the day after Juneuary ends. This seems to be the history of where I live. Anyway, we had a great weekend, and it was good to be with my church family in Bellingham.

I don’t believe that we are in a season of an abundance of fruit, but I do believe that we are in a season of leaves. God says that the leaves of our lives are for the healing of the nations. They are the medicine that brings health to a sick world. What are those leaves? I believe those leaves are the testimonies of our lives and the good works that we present to the world because of those testimonies. They are testimonies that are the result of God’s healing in our own lives. We are all wounded at times, but only God’s grace and the power of His love can turn the wounds of our lives into testimonies of life and healing for others. I believe there is a great example of this in the testimony of Jesus after His resurrection. The disciples were hiding in a room for fear of being killed as their friend Jesus had been crucified. They no doubt felt the shame and guilt of denying Jesus and not standing with Him through His ordeal. They probably didn’t feel qualified for God’s love. There was no doubt fear and confusion in their hearts and minds as they sat in their place of hiding. When Jesus appeared to them in that room, His testimony was only one of love for His friends.

John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

Jesus’ response to His friends was not one of shame. What they had done did not change who He was. Who He was, and His love for them, was what empowered Him to embrace the cross of crucifixion. When Jesus walked into the room He said, “Peace be with you”. He was letting them know that His love for them was not shaken.

John 20:20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

The wounds in Jesus hands and the wounds in His side were not wounds. They were testimonies of His love for His friends. They were like piercings and tattoos on His body as a testimony of His love for them and for us all. He didn’t allow the wounds of the cross to wound Him. He embraced them as the marks of His love. Jesus did not die of crucifixion; He gave His life freely for the sake of love. He embraced the cross and decided to die. The marks of the cross were the evidence of His love. They were the testimony of Love’s conviction!

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Jesus looked for life in every day because every day was a day of life. His words to His friends confirmed that they could not be separated from Him, and the proof was in Him breathing the Spirit of Life into them. The bottom line is, we must look for life in this day of life. We will find what we are looking for and looking at. We will become expressions of what we are looking for and looking at. If bitterness is the root of the focus of our hearts, our eyes will look with a paradigm of a vindication of the flesh. We cannot heal the wounds of the past by seeking to erase the past. We can only allow the wounds of the past to become testimonies of love for the sake of others in our world of today. Jesus didn’t allow the marks of His crucifixion to be bitter wounds for carnal judgment. He allowed them to be testimonies for the sake of giving life and love to others, even to those who seemingly forsook Him in the day of His wounding.

What were the words of Jesus regarding forgiveness? He said that if we forgive the sins of any they are forgiven, but if we don’t, they are retained. I believe that Jesus in the room with His friends with a message of peace was the evidence that He had forgiven them. Their sins could not affect Jesus in a negative way. His love for them was more powerful than their sins against Him. When we don’t forgive another, the retention of their sins affects us. It binds us to wounds and torment. This was the case in the story of the man who was forgiven of debt, but then went and was relentless to collect what was owed him by others.

Matthew 18:34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

This man’s inability to forgive bound him to torture. I believe that the secret to the sins of another not being retained is about us being free. The disciples could see the marks on Jesus’ body, but they were not places of pain in Him. They had become like tattoos and piercings signifying His love for His friends. He didn’t allow them to remain as wounds. When we choose to forgive, what could be wounds of pain become leaves for the sake of healing others. They are the marks we wear that proclaim our love. This is the testimony of our lives in Christ as sons and daughters of forgiveness. The weapons formed against us that attempt to wound us become the tools that manifest our true healing. That testimony is one of healing leaves to the world around us.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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A Year For Leaves

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Greetings,

Yesterday I was blessed to minister at Everyone’s Church in Mount Vernon, Washington. I spoke in two sessions on the prophetic season of the church. Today I am going to begin blogging on the prophetic direction I am sensing in this season for us as the people of God. As many of you know, I have some fruit trees in my back yard that very often testify to me prophetically concerning the seasons at hand. One tree of significance is an apple tree with six grafted branches. Each branch is a different kind of apple. God told me to plant this tree in 2000 as a prophetic sign of His church with one root, one trunk, but a diversity of branches that produce a diversity of fruit. Last year, this tree grew sideways and not up. It was a year for the church to seek connections in a reaching out to one another way. I addressed this in one of my Leader’s Blog, The Broader Church (https://ted4leaders.com/a-broader-church/). This year there is little fruit, but the leaves are starkly alive and present a striking testimony of life! Each of my fruit trees are the same this year. When I look at them, I see little fruit, but a unique freshness to the foliage that displays their beauty. Perhaps this year is a year for healing the nations. God says that our lives have fruit for each season, but our leaves are for the healing of the nations. I believe that this is a prophetic season of healing more than it is a season of great fruit.

Ezekiel 47:12 “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

I believe that this is a year of leaves. What are the leaves of the tree? The leaves of the tree provide shade from the heat. They are the part of the tree that reaches out to the world. They are the part of the tree that can be seen. The leaves of the tree can be read in the same way the leaves of a book can be read. What is it about our lives that can be read by the world around us?

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

The testimony of our life is one of life and healing when we trust in the LORD and put your hope in Him. Our lives will be a testimony of our connection to God. We won’t fear the circumstances of the day, but we will exhibit a testimony of life in all things. We won’t be anxious when things seem in drought. The natural circumstances of our world will not determine our future. We will yield fruit for the season at hand.

Our trust in the Lord is a testimony to the world around us. The secret to our trust in the Lord is always found in our adherence to Him in all things. Are we planted in Him? Or are we planted in the testimonies of the world around us?

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

It is the testimony of our lives that reveals the story of our lives. Is our story one of wounding? Or, is our story one of being healed by God in all things? If our story is one of being healed, we will bring healing to our world. As I have already stated, the leaves of the tree can also be likened unto doors. The doors of the temple that Solomon built were said to be doors by use of a Hebrew word than can also be translated as leaves (1 Kings 6:31-35). That same word is used in the book of Psalms in reference to the testimony of our lips.

Psalms 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

The door of our lips is expression of our lives as a testimony to our world. I believe this is a season of being healed to bring healing to our world. Our lives are a story to the world around us. The testimony of our lives is to be a testimony of healing. These are the leaves of our lives.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

This is a prophetic message by Ted J. Hanson for 2021. This message was preached at Everyone’s Church in Mount Vernon, Wa. on May 30, 2021. This message was preached twice, and these are those messages:

 




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Spiritual People

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Greetings,

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, a marker for the manifest presence of Holy Spirit in our lives. Holy Spirit is truly the source of new life for us all. Once again, it was good to be together as a local church community. I hope you were able to connect somewhere, and I hope Holy Spirit touched you in a fresh way.

Jesus promised that the Father would not leave us alone, but that He would send us the Helper who is the Holy Spirit. In some Bible translations this word is written as ‘Comforter’. This is not merely a matter of making us feel good or encouraging us in some way. The Greek word for Helper is the word paraklētos; an intercessor, consoler. It implies one who comes alongside of us in everything. Holy Spirit is God and Holy Spirit intercedes in our lives. I don’t believe that intercession is merely the saying of the right words. It is a drawing into our lives all things that are heavenly. Holy Spirit helps us by drawing what is in heaven into our everyday lives here upon the earth. This includes giving us divine strength, power, and a heavenly testimony in the midst of every aspect of our lives. He transforms us in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. He also works to transform the environment of our sphere of influence in life. An aspect of Christ in us, upon us, and with us is to know the very present Help of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Holy Spirit has come that He might make known the things of God to us. He is the Spirit of God sent to our lives to release the authority of Christ Jesus through us to our world. He is not only in us and upon us; He is also with us in all things. This is the partnership of God for the fulfillment of the purpose of God in our lives in all things.

John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

The truth that Holy Spirit brings into our lives is not merely some form of information to our minds. It is a matter of giving us the right desires in our hearts that inspire the right thoughts in our minds. The thoughts of the Holy Spirit within us become the thoughts that we put on from the inside out! There is also an aspect of Holy Spirit going before us and even behind us in all things. He partners with us in the environment of our world. In this, even what the enemy intends for evil in our lives can be worked out for God and thus worked out for good.  It is not merely the sovereign ability of God working in our lives. It is the powerful love of God working in ways that only He can that demonstrates His love for us. God wants to partner with us and to guide us in our path of life.

God has chosen that we be a Spirit led supernatural church. This is not merely being led by spiritual gifts; it is being spiritual. The apostle Paul addressed this in his first letter to the church of Corinth.

1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

In the original Greek text, the word gifts is not in this first verse. It has been added with the idea of giving clarity to the context, but the context of the entire chapter is not about gifts. It addresses gifts, ministry, and works. It addresses the concept of being spiritual people who are empowered by the charismas of the Holy Spirit, accomplishing the ministry of body membership and fulfilling the purposed works of the Father in all things.

Paul states that before we knew a relationship with God, lifeless, voiceless things were the drive and passion of our purpose. We were motivated by fleshly passions and desires, but at least we were motivated. Things such as parties, business, education, sports, adventure, vacations, shopping, music, science, discovery, and many other things that do not reveal or release the true destiny of human beings led us. Things are not the true issue. They are not necessarily bad, but when they become the controllers and motivators of our lives, they bind us to being natural people. They become the idols and lords of our lives. The real issue Paul was dealing with was one of being spiritual. Paul was challenging believers to be the most passionate and purpose focused human beings on earth. They looked like people with destiny when they were dead, but now they should really reveal the true destiny of human beings in the earth. They must be spiritual people. They were born to reveal the Lordship of Jesus in life! This can only happen by the power, testimony, and purpose of the Holy Spirit manifested in their lives.

We must not be ignorant in being spiritual. We must not ignore, have little use for, have little value for, be uneducated to, or slack in any way in being spiritual people in life. As people of God, we must discover this mystery of life. Paul was dealing with the subject of gifts of the Spirit, ministries of Christ, and the  effects or workings of God in life.

1 Corinthians 12:4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

To be spiritual people we must have the power of the Spirit, know the uniqueness of who we are in being human’s expressing the power of Christ, and we must know our divine connections for our purpose in life. All humans must be empowered by God’s Spirit in their spirits, led by the spirit in their souls, and reveal a spiritual testimony in life. Paul was not merely talking about how gifts of the Spirit function in an institution called the church. He was talking about how the life of the Spirit works to make human beings, spiritual in their expression as the Church of Christ in life.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Clothed In Christ

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Greetings,

Spring is in the air and the season is changing. We had a great service at Alife yesterday and we are expecting good things from God’s presence as we choose to come together for His purpose and plan. God is good and He will always work things together for our good in life. I hope you have a great week filled with God’s presence and blessings in greater ways.

Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the Holy Spirit came upon the body of Christ as an external witness of their connection with Jesus in heaven. New Covenant Pentecost was put into reality and Old Covenant Pentecost was fulfilled. Upon the ascension of Jesus to the Father, He spoke of the promised Holy Spirit. He told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they would receive power from on high.

Just like the disciples of the first century, Jesus has a plan concerning our lives and the fullness that He intends for each of us as believers to have. That fullness comes when we receive the Holy Spirit in us and upon us to become a powerful witness for Him in our world. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and breathed upon them to receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus then told those same disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they would receive an even greater testimony of the promise which He had spoken about. That promise was the Holy Spirit whom Jesus said would also come upon them with power. Jesus was the Lamb of God sent to take away our sins, but He is also the Lion of the tribe of Juda given to empower us with the victorious testimony of life. John the baptizer testified that Jesus would do two things: 1) take away the sins of the world; and 2) baptize with the Holy Spirit. As the Lord, He has taken away our sins. As Christ, He desires to baptize us (to be emersed) in the Holy Spirit. That emersion is not just an external pouring out of Christ’s Spirit upon us, but a filling up to overflowing of His presence for an external testimony of Him in our lives.

Acts 1:5 “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses of Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit comes upon us to give us the power to be witnesses. Without a submersion in the Holy Spirit, we are not able to be the effective witnesses that God intends for us to be. What is inside of us must also be what clothes us. Christ in us is the hope of glory, but Christ upon us is the testimony of that glory to our world.  Jesus is Lord and He has taken away our sins. He is also Christ (the anointed one) and He is here to anoint us with power from on high that we might boldly declare Him to our world. This is not merely telling people about Him, but the ability to reveal His manifest presence to our world.

After Jesus ascended to the Father, His disciples waited for ten days in an upper room in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, God poured out His Holy Spirit upon them mightily. This event was witnessed by thousands who stood by in wonder of this miraculous testimony of God. Peter, one of the disciples, stood up before the crowd and gave this testimony:

Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Peter’s testimony declared that Jesus was not only Lord, but He was also C`hrist. The name Christ means the anointed one. As the anointed one, Jesus is able to anoint us with His Holy Spirit. That anointing is the testimony that we are one with Jesus as Christ. We are the body of Christ! Christ in us is also Christ upon us as a witness to our world.

The word baptism means to be engulfed, submerged, and totally surrounded with. Being submerged in the Spirit of Christ is not merely a one-time event, it is a way of life. When Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit, we become engulfed, submerged, and totally surrounded with the Holy Spirit. When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, we received the Holy Spirit as an inward witness. When we embrace a lifestyle of being submerged in the Holy Spirit, we activate the Holy Spirit as an outward witness in our lives. 

Luke 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

The Greek word for endued is enduo which means to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively): array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on. To be endued with the Holy Spirit is to be clothed in the Holy Spirit. This is an outward evidence of the power of God in our lives. My challenge to us all in this season is to willingly embrace a lifestyle of being submerged in the Spirit of Christ. It is by our hands that the sick can be healed. It is by His Spirit and word through the expressions of the voice our lives that life can break every chain of bondage. The signs of His presence, testimony, and purpose is in us, upon us, and with us in all things.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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In Us, Upon Us, and With Us

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Greetings,

Today I am back in Bellingham. We had a good international Zoom chat with several of the pastors in my House of Bread network on Saturday. The leaders shared good words concerning healing, restoration, and deliverance. There was a common thought that it is important to see who is next to us in this season. It is time to build wells and not fences. If we dig the wells, life will be the attractor and not merely some form of ministry. It is important to pick up the rod for now. What is in our hand must be what God makes it to be in this season. There was a real sense that God is doing something good and that we will end 2021 strong. We also had a great workday on Saturday at our church working on many coming changes to our church ministry. I am looking forward to what God is doing in this new season.

God has called us to be supernatural sons and daughters of God in a natural world. He has called us to affect our world in supernatural ways. We can have supernatural expectations because our heavenly father is not bound by a natural world. By Him, the world is affected in supernatural ways.

Mark 16:17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

How do we live our lives in a way that allows the testimonies of the kingdom of God to become realities in the kingdoms of mankind? The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom of God’s life that affects the external kingdoms of men. It invites them to know the life of the kingdom of God within their hearts, but it also influences the external kingdoms like the mustard seed that grows to be a force that affects the realm of the birds, as leaven fills the loaf of bread, and as the rock of Christ becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth. Jesus was such a man, and He made a way for us to walk in our world as He did in His. It is even greater today, because the one Man, Jesus Christ, has become the testimony of the many members of the body of Christ joined to Him in heavenly places. Each of us are supernatural sons or daughters of God, but together we are the body of Christ that does even greater things. This is only possible by the Holy Spirit in us, upon us, and with us in all things. Jesus came to reconnect us to God as our Father so we can know God’s presence, God’s testimony, and God’s purpose in our lives in all things. He came so we would have the life that comes by being in a right relationship with God in our hearts. He came so we would walk with an outward testimony that reveals we are one with God in all things. He is in us and He is upon our lives as we become expressions of Him in our world. He came so that we would know the joy of God’s purpose in all things as He partners with us and we partner with Him for His will to be done and His kingdom to come into every situation of our lives. This is the testimony of Holy Spirit in us, upon us, and with us in all that we are and do. This was the promise that Jesus gave to His disciples.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

The Helper is Holy Spirit. He was with the disciples of Jesus’ day, because Jesus was with them. He was yet to be in them, and He was yet to be upon them, though there was supernatural power even when He was with them. Jesus did not leave them, but only made a way to be with them in a greater way. He made a way to be with them and even in them and upon them in their world. This is also our promise and our assurance of supernatural realities in our world. He must be in us to be upon us and when He is in us and upon us, He also partners with us to demonstrate that He is with us in all things.

John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, He breathed upon them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. It was only upon seeing Jesus after His resurrection, that the disciples were able to receive the Holy Spirit in them. I believe this was a born-again experience for the disciples. They saw the love of God presented to them in the marks of Jesus sacrifice for them and they received His gift of mercy to know Him forever near within their hearts. The breath of Jesus was the breath of the Holy Spirit sent to cause their own spirits to come alive in a supernatural way.

Jesus said that unless we are born again, we cannot see the kingdom of God. When we were born again, we became able to see the life of God’s kingdom by His Spirit within us. Just like the disciples, we received the Holy Spirit within us when we are born again. After Jesus appeared to the disciples, He spoke to them concerning a greater fulfillment of the Holy Spirit in their lives. He told them they must also receive the Holy Spirit upon them to be clothed in the power of Christ.

Luke 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

The Greek word for endued is enduo, which means to invest with clothing (literally or figuratively): array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on. To be endued with the Holy Spirit is to be clothed in the Holy Spirit. This is an outward evidence of the power of God in our lives. To have a supernatural expectancy of a supernatural God we must have His supernatural presence in our hearts, and we must also be clothed in His supernatural testimony of life.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Supernatural Expectations

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Greetings,

Today I am in Wichita, Kansas. I have had a great weekend with Pastors Derek and Talita Stoltz, Christ Life Ministries, and several others. We had a great men’s meeting on Saturday. My only regret was that I did not record the audio because the word was a clear word of the Lord. I will blog on that matter in my leadership blog on Wednesday. Yesterday I spoke concerning being supernaturally expectant of a supernatural God. How do we live with a supernatural expectancy of a supernatural God for supernatural outcomes in our natural world?

We live in a natural world with many circumstances around us that can deter us from having hope. So much of our time is filled with natural realities and we fail to see the true possibilities in the Spirit. The truth is our expectations can only be determined by our focus in life. We must be New Covenant people in the midst of the Old Covenant realities of the world in order to have supernatural expectations of life. Jesus was a New Covenant man in an Old Covenant world, yet He lived His life as a man with a supernatural expectancy of a supernatural Father. He knew God His Father to be love and He also knew that God His Father would demonstrate His love in supernatural ways. He saw what the Father was doing and was not distracted by the things of the world. The result of His focus was seen in testimonies of God’s love in supernatural ways for many. He set His face towards a future of hope because He knew who His Father was, and He knew who He was. His journey as a man was for our sake, that we might also know who our Father is and who we are in this world.

Sometimes we think that the political environments of our day oppose the will of God in our time, but the political environment of Jesus’ day was not less despairing. The natural government of Jesus’ day was that of Rome. The religious environment of Jesus’ day was that of the Pharisaic system of legalistic compromise. The natural environment of Jesus’ day was both legalistic and lawless. Jesus wasn’t distracted by the political or religious environments of His day. His focus was steadfast upon the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God in all things. He lived His life as a man with God in Him, upon Him, and with Him in all things. He did that as a man, not God. He was a Son of Man who demonstrated a life of being a Son of God. He did this as our eternal Adam for the sake of us as an eternal Eve. Because of this, the body of Christ of the first century demonstrated these same realities. At the birthing of the New Covenant church the environment of the world only manifested further as a system that opposed Christ. Both Jesus and the first century church faced a carnal and spiritually demonic opposition to Christ. Rome was ultimately epitomized in the man Nero Caesar, the sixth of twelve rulers who proclaimed themselves to be God. Nero was a degenerate man who was self-seeking, self-gratifying, and had a self-determined purpose in all that he was and did. He launched an imperial persecution upon the church that appeared to be a force that would naturally overpower all that was life and good. The anti-Christ spirit of the first century was not less than now, but the church prevailed in supernatural ways! The church prevailed because they knew Christ in them, upon them, and with them in all things!

To be people with supernatural expectancies we must know who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us. We must be supernatural people who expect supernatural testimonies in our natural world, and we must expect supernatural testimonies to be supernatural people. We must not be distracted by natural things that rob us of having supernatural expectations. We must also allow God to determine the supernatural realities in our world and we must not be blinded or distracted by our own preconceived ideas regarding His will. The focus of our lives determines the outcome of our lives. If we present our bodies to the world, we will become like the world. But if we present our bodies to God, we can expect to influence our world with the things of God.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Whatever gets our attention also draws our focus and what we focus on is what we give our lives to. We cannot think like people in the world. People in the world give their attention to the created things of the world. They cannot really change creation because their focus is not upon the Creator. They can only attempt to manipulate and control what they cannot control. We must give our lives to the One who gives life to influence our world with true life. When we give our whole beings to live for God, we can know that the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God will be done, despite natural oppositions. God is building a living church that has power over the realm of the dead.

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the realm of the dead) shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Death cannot prevail against life. The life of Christ is not just life. It is eternal life. It is life that is resurrection from the dead and this is the testimony that is the life-giving garment of the church. We are clothed in the power of Christ!

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

We must put our focus on God in all things. Our focus cannot be to change the world from the outside in. We must live to be changed from the inside out and we must do external things that inspire those in an external world to come to the One who changes hearts and minds. To be witness to Jesus is not to be witnesses for Him. It is to be witnesses of Him! Christ in us must also be Christ upon us for the sake of people in our world. We can have supernatural expectations because it is a supernatural God who is joined to our spirits within. Holy Spirit is one with our spirit so that the life of God’s Spirit floods out from our lives in supernatural ways.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson




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A Body of Destiny

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Greetings,

Today I am home after a great week in Colorado Springs, Colorado with the G42 Leadership Academy. I taught for the week on New Covenant Realities. The students were hungry for God and eager to know Him more. Thanks to all who participated and blessings to you all in your journey of destiny in Christ. There is hope for the future. The younger generations and the older generations are joining to see the hearts of the fathers for the children and the hearts of the children for the fathers.

We once were people empowered by the desires of our own flesh, with dreams of our own greatness, and ventures towards our own destinies; but in Christ, we have entered a greater life, expression, and purpose in this world. We are each called to be a part of the body of Christ with expressions of Christ fulfilling various measures of the works of Christ in this world. It is a great calling, great testimony, and a great power of purpose that we find in the corporate place of Zion, the community of God’s manifest presence in this world.  This is not a time to live for ourselves. This is the time to live for the purpose of Christ in all things.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Jesus came not merely to get us to heaven when we die. He came to get heaven into us so that we will influence our world with heaven’s grace. We are not people of flesh and blood; we are people of the flesh and bone body of Christ. As the bride of Christ, we are loved in every way. As the wife of Jesus, we are the body of Christ as bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh in all things. This is not the flesh of humanity unto themselves. It is the flesh of the body of Christ and the life of that body is the manifest presence, testimony, and purpose of God’s Spirit within us. We are one with Jesus and He is one with us individually and corporately. Jesus was both Adam and Eve eternal. He was a last life-giving Adam with the hidden destiny within Him of the help-mate eternal Eve. It was at the seventh shedding of blood that Jesus made a way for the earth to yield the many members of the nations that comprise His spiritual dwelling known as the body of Christ.

John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

Just as the Adam of dust was put to sleep and out of his side came the rib of flesh that was Eve – from the side of Jesus came the living water of the Church. Jesus’ pierced side won back our joy and the testimony of a face-to-face relationship with Him in life. We are being perfected in Him to rule now and into eternity. The bride of Christ is the body of Christ and we are co-heirs with Him in the destiny of the family name!

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 informational testimony 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.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Seek Connections

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Greetings,

Last week my family and I had a challenging test. Our one year old granddaughter ended up in the hospital with an unusual virus. Thank you to all who prayed for her. She came home on Friday night and seems to be moving past here dilemma. God is good and I am so glad that He is near to us when we call upon Him.

Today I am in Colorado Springs, Colorado where I will be teaching through the week on New Covenant Realities. The students here are part of the G42 Leadership Academy, which has been based in Mijas, Spain for the past several years. The COVID virus has made us all have to make some adjustments, but adjustments can be made and purpose can be fulfilled when we seek God’s creativity in doing so. I am looking forward to a great, God-filled week.

Being a part of the body of Christ is an awesome thing. It is a great blessing and it is also a serious destiny with a great purpose. We can only find our true destiny in being a member of the body of Christ that is joined to other members that constitute a corporate dwelling place of God by His Spirit. In the world, people are taught to live for themselves. They are taught to live for their own personal dreams and visions. In Christ, our personal dreams and visions are always connected to other members of the body of Christ. God in His word says that He loves Jacob, but He loves the dwelling place Zion even more. I believe that Jacob represents our individual desire to love and seek God. God loves each of us individually and He wants us to find His life to the fullest as individual sons and daughters of God. I believe Zion is our corporate connection as the dwelling place of God in the earth. God also wants us to find our divine connection with one another to fulfill a greater purpose in the earth than we can do alone.

Psalms 87:2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3 Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! Selah

We are each called by God to be a part of a corporate expression of God’s will in the earth. We are not our own, we belong to Jesus and to one another. Whatever promise God gives to each of us, He gives to the corporate expression of us. Whatever promise He gives to us as the corporate expression of His house, belongs to each one of us as a part of that house. It is the testimony of a family name, a family inheritance, and a family destiny. The promises of God are given to the corporate house, not just the individuals in the house. Together we are the people of God. Jacob was a God-seeker, but he had to be transformed to Israel to become a people. Jacob is a person, but the gate of heaven is Zion. The gate of heaven is a city. The church is a city. The church is Zion and God in His fullness dwells there.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

These verses are the ingredients of our coming together as the corporate place of God’s dwelling. We come together to consider one another. We come together to hold fast to our confession of being a living member of the body of Christ. We come together to stir up love and to stir up good works in one another. As the presence of God increases in the earth, our coming together should increase also. As we come together we can expect to see more of God’s presence. These are the ingredients of the pure water that sprinkles each of us as members of the body of Christ.

Hebrews 10:22 …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.

As I wrote last week, there are resisting forces to the greatness of who we are as the body of Christ, but great resistance can only prove to demonstrate the overcoming grace of the corporate dwelling place of God in His Spirit. We must be creative in how we draw near to one another. We must live by faith and not by natural sight. This is not a time to isolate our hearts from one another. This is not a time to live in fear or to live for ourselves alone. To the extent of whatever is possible, we must seek to connect to one another. Even though my granddaughter was in a hospital last week and I could not be present, I was present with her every moment in my heart and mind. I purposely chose to be present in whatever way was possible. We should do the same with one another in our corporate connections of the body of Christ. If it is possible to physically reconnect we should do so with eagerness. If it is not, we should connect by whatever means is possible. This is how we apply the washing of the water. The blood of Jesus has sprinkled our hearts to give us each a clear conscience as a son or daughter of God. The demonstration and confession of our lives towards God and one another reveals who we really are. We are the body of Christ! For this reason we must consider one another in every day of our lives. We see ourselves as members of the body of Christ and we present our bodies as living sacrifices for this cause. This is the confession of our faith. We seek to stir up love and good works in one another by whatever means is possible. The Day of the Lord is an eternal increasing Day. It is the testimony of true light and we are children of the Day and not the night. We must live as children of the Day joined to Christ as His light in all things.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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