Seek To Come Together

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Greetings,

It was great to be back together yesterday in church. Pastors Jonathan and Danie gave a great word in regard to a shift for great hope. Jesus was in the house and life was happening. It is great to be a part of the Body of Christ. We are expecting sunshine all week here in Bellingham and I am expecting for the Son to shine in my heart all week in a supernatural way. It is great being connected – Spirit to spirit!

Today I am writing to encourage us all to apply ourselves to what God is doing in this present season of the Church. The Church is not an organization or a religious structure. It is the term given to our corporate connection to one another in Christ and it refers to our purpose together in bringing the influence of God’s kingdom in our world and our corporate purpose in fulfilling our Father’s will in our sphere of influence in this world. We have been in a natural season of isolation and separation. I have found that great resistance accompanies great destiny. We can expect a supernatural connection to God and one another when the circumstance of our world tries to dictate the opposite. Our destiny in not one of surface connection by a means of information. Our destiny is one of intimacy in Christ. It is a place of corporate connection with a common fellowship of the Holy Spirit. We each enjoy a personal relationship with God, but God has called us to a greater destiny than merely our own personal intimacy with God in Christ. He has called us to a corporate connection in Christ. The writer of Hebrews refers to the body of Christ as the true holy of holies. The holy of holies is a place of corporate connection as the many membered body of Christ where each member exhibits the manifest life of Christ and we as members give and receive that life to become something greater than we can be alone.

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

Jesus was God in flesh as a testimony for each of us to be people motivated by the Spirit of God joined to our own spirits in this world. As individuals we are a house for the Spirit of God. It is Christ in each of us that is the hope of glory for each of us. That glory is the guarantee of increasing life in this world and into eternity beyond this world. We are also members of the body of Christ. This gives us each a role to play in the corporate expression of Christ in a greater way. This is the Church, the one thing that God is building in this world to overcome the gates of hell. Those gates of hell are the influencing places of death and darkness in our world. As the body of Christ, the Church, we are the influence of the light of Christ to our world. Jesus lived His life as the one true body of Christ in order to make it possible for us to be joined to Him as bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh in this world. Jesus is the head of the body and the body is the fullness of Him in this world. The true veil that was torn when Jesus sacrificed His life upon the cross was not the veil of the physical holy of holies of the temple in Jerusalem. The true veil was that of His flesh so we could find an entrance into a body of life. The body that we have been given access to is the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the house of God. Through Jesus we have ended our old life of flesh and entered into a body of faith in Christ. Being joined together in the body of Christ is what gives us our true identity in Christ. The pure water is the testimony of water that can sanctify us in this world. It is the water that contains the ashes of the red heifer; thus, it washes us to declare who we really are in Christ. These things were symbolic of the testimony we find by the power of God’s words to our hearts and minds that sanctify us to reign in life as God desires.

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

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

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 seek to join together so that no part is lacking in the corporate purpose of Christ. Greater days are before us! Greater days are at hand.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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New Creations

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Greetings;

Happy Resurrection reality! I hope you had a great Resurrection Sunday! We had to do a little adjustment here in Bellingham. We had a couple of COVID cases in our Learning Center so we had to change our Sunday service. Pastors Jonathan and Danie are locked in their house so they had to broadcast from home. I did a bit of a gathering at the church with a few others, while others joined in online from their homes. It wasn’t what we thought would happen, but our hungry hearts are still reaching out to God. Pastors Jonathan and Danie challenged us to let some things die in regard to our old expectations in order to receive all that is new of God in Christ in this season of time.

Today I want to consider what it means to be a new creation in Christ. Good Friday was a matter of the life of the flesh being poured out for us all. Resurrection Sunday was about making the blood of grace available to us all. The life of the flesh is in the blood of the cross, but the life of the Body of Christ is found in the Holy Spirit. The sevenfold power of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the life of new creations in Christ. I believe this is the true blood of grace.

Our blood is the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins to carry nourishment and oxygen to every part of our body as well as the ability to carry away waste products from every parts of our body. Blood supplies life to our body members, protects them from harmful substances that will kill them, and gives its substance to preserve life and provide healing where needed. Blood gives life, preserves life, and protects life in our body. Red cells provide life and carry away death causing substances from our body members. White cells protect our body parts against foreign agents. Platelets preserve life and protect it whenever a body part is wounded. These are attributes of the blood of the flesh. The Bible doesn’t teach that the life is in the blood. It teaches that the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). What about the life of the body of Christ? What is the blood of the body of Christ? What is it the provides spiritual nourishment, oxygen, and all manner of life to us as new creations in Christ? What is it that cleanses us from all impurities and keeps us healthy? What is it that provides the necessary spiritual warfare to overcome in all things?  We were people of flesh and blood, but now we are part of the flesh and bone body of Christ. When Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after His resurrection He presented to them that He was a body of flesh a bone. He was a body of resurrection life. He was a testimony for us all as new creations in Christ.

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.

God’s mercy justifies us to live, but His grace empowers us to reign in life. God’s grace working in our lives is the true blood of the body of Christ. This is the power of being new creations in Christ. We have redemption through Jesus shedding the blood of His sinless flesh. This is what gives us all the forgiveness of sins. We are justified to live and there is also an administration that empowers us live new lives in Christ. This is reigning life. This is the power of the blood of the Spirit working in and through 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.

We are justified to live because of His blood, but we are saved by His grace. We shall overcome all wickedness through Him. Our thoughts, reasoning, desires, imaginations, and emotions are being empowered by God’s grace working in our hearts and minds. It is even powerful enough to quicken our mortal bodies and affect our spirit, soul, and body. This is the power of God’s grace working in and through us. It is the power of God’s manifest presence in or lives. It is the proof that there is no gap, no separation, between us and God and we access this power when we boldly come to the place of God’s presence because of His mercy and find the life that now empowers us to live. This is grace.

Romans 5:10 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. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

God’s mercy reconciled us to God as our Father, but God’s grace empowers us to live with the evidence of lives that have been reconciled to God. Grace is the evidence that God is in our lives. We must choose to receive God’s mercy and embrace His grace to live with a culture of grace among the kingdoms of the world. We are new creations in Christ! This is our gift of resurrection life that came by Jesus and Jesus alone – the Savior of the world!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Be Living Bread

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Greetings;

Well, it has been a busy weekend. Two birthdays with two granddaughters and lots of family activity. My youngest is now 1 year old and the second youngest is now 6 years old. It is great to have family. We are enjoying the company of our California crew. God is good! Loving God and loving one another is what creates a world of life.

I have been addressing the need for us all to be seed and bread to our world. Today I want to share a bit of my personal testimony as to the value of being a testimony of living bread to those who have been given to us in life. I came to Christ late in my 17th year. I have been a believer now for 48 years. When I met Jesus, I committed my life fully to Him. He radically changed my life! The Holy Spirit in my life was very real and life-transforming in every way. Shortly after inviting Christ into my life, I entered the military and found Christian connections there. I was fully involved with God and with the church throughout my military years. When I was 21 years old I met my wife Bonnie and we were married just before I turned 22. A couple of years after we were married we had our first son. Bonnie and I committed his life to God and we invited God to help us to be parents to His son in the way that He desired. In a couple of years we had our second son and we committed him to God in the same way. We were both very strong believers and were fully involved in the church. I was involved in the church as a worship leader and also committed my life fully as a husband, a father, and in business to serve God in every way. In my 27th year, Bonnie and I moved from Texas to Washington State to assist in planting a church there. I ended up pursuing business as a means of providing financial support as my means of supporting the purposes of God in the church I was joined to. When I was 30 years old God began to call me into committing my life to ministry. It was not my desire. My desire at the time was to fulfill a career working in a business that promised a great income and a someday early retirement with a good financial supply. I had a piece of property in the mountains and I was busy carving out what I thought to be my dream. I was still committed to the church, but I had a desire to live for my family and to complete my life for that cause. God began to speak to me about His purpose for my life. One morning, while driving to work I was involved in a rollover accident on the freeway. I ended up with a couple of broken processes in my back as well as what appeared to be a cracked neck. After several hours of fervently praying in the emergency room of the hospital, it was concluded that my neck was not broken. I believe God healed me that day. In any case, during the accident I agreed to talk to God about His call upon my life. I began to read my Bible more, in an attempt to position myself to hear God. Shortly after the accident I was reading the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians 4:17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

As I read these words God spoke to me. He said, “That’s you. If you don’t see it, hear it, smell it, feel it or taste it, it doesn’t exist as far as you are concerned. You’ve lost your sensitivity to Me. Read on!”

I read further in the verses that followed and as I came to verse 28 I read; He who steals must steal no longer… As I read that line God spoke to me loud and clear. “You thief! You’ve taken the children’s bread and you have fed yourself. I made you who you are and you have consumed it upon yourself. Your heart is hard”.

Those words put me on a journey to discover the point of my life. Within a couple of days I was driving home after working a night shift on my job and I saw a sign outside a church announcing a men’s prayer meeting. I decided to stop and enter the church. Upon entering the building I saw groups of men in circles around the room praying. I stepped into a circle and said; You don’t know me, but I need to make a confession. I took the hands of the men next to me in the circle and prayed. God, I confess before you and before these men that my heart is hard and I need you to break it. I then let go of their hands and walked out of the building. On my way home God’s presence filled my truck cab and He broke my heart. For the next months that led to years I couldn’t stop praying, reading my word, and pursuing being living bread to others in my world. God gave me the following Scripture as a foundation for my life from then on.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2 Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth. 3 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. 4 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. 5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. 6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

I have written this testimony today to simply inspire us all to know that the life that has been given to each of us is given that we might be seed and bread for our world. It is for this reason that I am a house of bread to my world. In whoever you are and in whatever you do in this life be sure to give your life to give life to others within the boundaries of the sphere that God gives you.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson



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Living Bread

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Greetings,

Well, it is officially spring! There was a real sense of new life in church yesterday. We were blessed to have Andrew Shearman with us and he brought an encouraging word concerning speaking to the dry bones of our lives. It is time to live again! God is a God of hope and the future is always life. God is life and we ae meant to be life to our world.

When God became flesh and moved into our world, it was God’s means of enabling us to return to our heavenly Father as sons and daughters of God. We were not merely humanity with a need for God’s salvation. We were humanity with a need of reconnection to our heavenly Father. Only by knowing God as our Father can we know who we are. We are sons and daughters of God. To be a child of God is to be the substance of the life of God. God wants us to know that our lives were destined in Him to be for seed and bread in our world. That seed is the seed of the life of God beyond our days and that bread is the life of God for the world of our today. What Jesus was in His fullness as a man is something of what we are meant to be as sons of God and sons of men. Knowing Jesus is knowing God and knowing God is knowing Jesus. God gives life, breath, and all things. Jesus was a man who lived fully on the life that God His Father gave Him. He was the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of Him in all things. His testimony was that of being the bread of life for all of mankind. He fulfilled His purpose in being bread to the world through a partnership with His heavenly Father in all that He did.

John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus is our life and in knowing Him we become life to our world. We have the ever increasing promise of eternal life. Life in Christ is eternal and it is for this world and for all that is beyond this life. It is not just life to feel good about ourselves in this world. It is life to bring life to our world as Jesus gave all that He was for the life of the whole world.

John 6:48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

Jesus wants us to know the destiny of being sons and daughters of God. We have each been given a life to give life to our world. The life that we have been given is who we are as unique sons and daughters of God for His glory in all things. We have not been given a life to live for the will of ourselves. We have been given a life to live for the will of our Father. Our world needs life, but only God gives true life. His life is eternal life. Jesus told a story of a man needing bread. That man was willing to knock on the door of his friend until he woke in the night and gave him three loaves. In the Scripture the number three is symbolic for God. I believe that the story told by Jesus applies to us all in that each of us needs a personal relationship with God as our Father so we can also be life to others in our world. We are meant to be God bread to our world. We are not the bread of self, but bread as a testimony of God’s life to our world.  It is the life of the Holy Spirit within each of us that empowers us to be life to others.

Luke 11:5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

Even though this story told by Jesus directly applies to our need for a personal relationship with God in our lives, it also gives us a testimony of that life that comes from us when we know God in our own lives. Without Christ in us we can never really offer true life to our world. It is Christ in us that is the hope of glory. That hope is the glory of eternal life in this world and in heaven to come. That glory is also the ability to live as sons and daughters of God who can offer true life to our world. Each of us are meant to be bread in and to our God-given measure of the world as Jesus is the bread of life to us all and to all of the world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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All For Jesus

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I hope you had a great weekend. We were blessed at ALife with a great word from Pastors Jonathan and Danie. Our ministry time together in our breakout groups was also filled with the presence of God. It is great to be part of the family of God. In the midst of a world of darkness the light of Christ is shining brightly.

We live in a world where humanity sees creation as the source of all life. This is the way of the world. Those in the world live in darkness and the power of darkness binds them from the light of Christ. Creation is not the source of life; it is the testimony of life. In truth, God is the source of life to all of creation. The source of life is not creation. The source of creation is found in the life of God. God wants us to see Him for who He is so we can become as we are meant to be. God is not formed in our likeness and image. We are formed in the likeness and image of God when we see Him for who He really is.

Who is Jesus? Jesus was not just God as a man to show us how to live. Jesus was the word of God made flesh so that He can now come by His Spirit to our own flesh and transform our lives to become as we should be for the glory of God our Father. It is through Jesus that we become testimonies for the Father’s glory and expressions of the image of God in this world. Jesus is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, in our lives. He is the center of all of our being. He was the body of Christ that made a way for us to be joined to Him as part of a growing body of life for the glory of our Father in heaven. Jesus didn’t come to this world to show us how to live. Jesus came to this world to come into each of our lives in order to transform our hearts and minds to be as we should be as sons and daughters of God. He is the name by which we find our lives as new creations in Christ. The name of Jesus is above all other names and He is the focus of our lives. We are not independent from Him, but dependent upon Him in all things.

Colossians 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Do we live our lives for our own will or for the will of God in all things? God is the source of our wisdom and He is the One who gives us true spiritual understanding. A revelation of God’s love in our lives will empower us to live to please Him in all that we are and all that we do in life. It’s not a matter of bondage, but a revelation that passionately empowers us to live life to the fullest with a focus of loving God and pleasing Him in who we are and what we do in life. In every season of our lives we are to grow in knowing God. Growing in knowing about God is not the goal. Knowing Him is the true testimony of life. We are part of something greater than independent lives of humanity. We are part of the light of Christ as the living body of Christ in this world and in all that is to come. We are part of the testimony of God’s light!

Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

How much focus do we give to Jesus in our lives? I believe that God is calling us back to the simplicity of the knowing Jesus and the power of His name in all things. We have been in a season of confinement, but perhaps we are in a season of stripping things away so we can know what is really important in our lives. Jesus is the Lamb who redeemed us from a life of separation from God. He is also the Lion that empowers us to become a testimony of praise to God in all that we are and do. Jesus is our salvation in every situation of our lives! He is not a means to a religion of Christianity. He is the source of Christ in our humanity. He is not just a godly man or an example of what it means to be godly. He is our righteousness, our way to truth and our source of life in all things. May we know Him more and more and may we see Him as the center of our lives in our everyday world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 




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Connection To Him

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Greetings,

Each of us have been given a measure of life to be life in our word for the sake of those in our world and for the sake of those who will follow after we are gone. We are people of inheritance in Christ and we are to increase in that inheritance in our world. We are meant to be seed and bread in the seasons of our lives. Something has been sown into us to become bread of life to our world. Something of the seed of our lives is meant to be seed for the life-giving bread of our children and our children’s children. I am not just talking about our natural children. I am talking about the lives that we touch on our journey of life.

Yesterday in church I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to embrace a simple connection of life with God as My Father in a fresh and powerful way. I sensed that God is calling us to the simplicity of connection, a simplicity of connection with Him. I saw a picture of a ball of string. I would call it a ball of string, because it’s all balled up. It’s was all tied up into knots, but it’s not intended to be a ball of string at all. It’s intended to be a greater space, a longer line, and a greater freedom in our lives. I hear God saying, there are some things in your life that seem to be tangled knots, it seems like a ball of string. But if you look closely, you will see that it’s not a ball at all. It’s a tangled mess! But if you pull on it just right, it will all come lose. But I am the one that knows where to pull. I’ve not intended for you to have a lot of knots in your life. I’m returning you to the simplicity of connection to Me. Because I know where to pull, and the end result is I’m giving you greater freedom; I’m giving you a longer line. Its’ been said by some, ‘I want no strings attached’. But what if the string that’s attached is a silver chord of redemptive purpose in your life? What if I’m giving you a greater line, a greater liberty, and a greater leeway that’s never disconnected from Me? What if there is a chord attached, but that chord is a chord of life attached to Me for My purpose in your life? And If you’ll just let Me be Me and you be you, and return to the simplicity of connection with Me, I’ll give you greater liberty. I will pull the string where it needs to be pulled and it won’t be a tangled mess anymore.

We must never forget who God is in our lives and who we are in the eternal life of God. God is not merely some omnipotent power working from some distance at significant moments in our lives. God is a loving Father. More specifically, He is the Father of each and every one of us and He wants us to know Him in that place of intimacy and life. It is a place of being known and knowing Him. He knows our name and we each have a special place in the table of our connection to Him in life and as a testimony of His life to our world. We are not people on some journey of success or failure in life. We are sons and daughters of God and the measure of our life is another measure in His eternal story of love and life for all mankind. I believe that we have to get back to the simple truths of life. God loves us and His love inspires Him to work everything out for good in our lives. We are not limited in the possibilities of God’s miraculous love. We are constantly coming to a greater understanding of how miraculous it is to be sons of daughters of God and to know Him as our heavenly Father in every earthly situation of our lives.

God wants to give us more! God wants to bless us generationally! He wants to make us blessers! He wants to make us givers of life to others and to our world. Our Father wants for each of us to know what it is to have the same character, nature, way, power, and authority that is found in the substance of who He is. It is the simplicity of being in relationship with the One who is life in all things. His working in our lives is removing the lies that have prevented us from seeing the Light of who He is and who we really are in Christ.

Isaiah 30:22 You will also defile the covering of your images of silver, and the ornament of your molded images of gold. You will throw them away as an unclean thing; you will say to them, “Get away!” 

With what silver do you find your covering – our salvation? What treasures give us our salvation? With what gold do we find our identity? What treasures give us our identity? What values do we wear for others to see? God wants us to wear the value of being sons and daughters of God. Jesus, as the Son of God, was the bread of life sent down from heaven for the life of the world. His life was seed and bread for the nations and the generations of men. God is sending us into our world as the Father sent Jesus into the world. Jesus gave His life to those His Father had given Him for the sake of all of the world finding a connection to their Father through a revelation of seed and bread as the family of God.

Isaiah 30:23 Then He will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth; It will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures. 24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat cured fodder, which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan. 

Things will work for us! Purpose will serve us! The silver chord is lengthened for us being seed and bread to our world that many may know who God really is and who they really are in this world. Keep it simple! It is life! It is being loved and being love for others in our world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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The Wave of Truth

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Greetings,

Today I am heading home after a great weekend with CitiLife Church in Deming, New Mexico. We had a wonderful time being together after being apart for over a year. It was good to see faces, even with masks on. God was present, the people were hungry and responsive, and the future is filled with hope. Thank you Pastor Cesar, Irene, and all the church of Deming.

In December of 2020 I heard God say that 2021 is going to be a ‘Come Back’ year. A year to come back to God, to come back to victory, and to come back to one another. There will be some tough things to walk through, but God is birthing something new and stripping away the non-important things in our lives. He is stripping away performance and birthing authenticity in who we are and what we do. Coming back to God, coming back to victory, and coming back to one another will reveal us for who we really are. We are the body of Christ and each of us is a life-giving member of this truth.

God is calling us and causing us to be authentic people in love with an authentic God. Christ in us makes us a being and not merely a doing of good. Sons and daughters of God do things that are true to the character, nature, way, power, and authority of their heavenly Father. It is being who we are that will remove every lie from our lives. Removing things that are false in our lives, or in the world, doesn’t reveal what is true. But revealing true things will remove false things. The true always removes the false. As I am writing this blog, the sun is shining brightly through the window next to me. Last night, this same window only revealed darkness, but today there is light. It is as though the darkness fled away, but in truth the space that was dark has now become a place of light. The place where I am, rotated toward the light of the sun and now it is day. What was night, has become day. It was the truth of light that transformed the night to become day. We are in a time when God is reveling truth. It is truth that causes the lie to tremble. If your world is shaking, something of God is entering the space of your world. It is coming back to God, coming back to victory, and coming back to one another that will destroy the things of death, defeat, and disconnection.

The place of the Lord is a place of life. When we come to the Lord, a place of restraint and restriction becomes a place of life-flowing liberty. Turning to the Lord changes the place from what was to the reality of what is by the Spirit of the Lord. Changing the place doesn’t turn us to God, but turning to God changes the place. The place of victory is a place where defeat, despair, captivity, negativity, oppression and all kinds overwhelming circumstances seem to flee away. But in truth it is the space of victory! Coming back to one another is not merely a matter of coming back to a social gathering.  It is a place of personal connection. When we come back to community it is as though disconnection, isolation, loneliness, hiding, and other realities of separation are overwhelmed by the goodness of community. It is our choice. What direction do we look? What outcome do we seek? What direction will wisdom lead us? In what direction is wisdom found?

The truth will make us free! The truth will free us from all that is false. The Scripture doesn’t say that the truth merely sets us free, it makes us free. The wisdom of God will lead us into all truth and in reality, truth is a person. Jesus is truth and He is the one who empowers us to become true to who we are meant to be. If we hate what false more than we love what is true, something is wrong. If we call what is false true, and reject what is true, something is wrong. Our love for what is true must overwhelmingly exceed our hate for what is false. We must love Jesus, for He is truth!

There have been many prophetic words concerning a tsunami wave of God sweeping the earth in this hour. It has been declared that the tsunami wave is uncovering everything that is false. I believe that God is sweeping away the lies with truth. This is not merely truth of right and wrong, fair and unfair, or good and evil. It is a tsunami wave of truth. The tsunami wave of truth is the presence of God. He wants to be our strong hold! The tsunami wave of truth is a wave of life and authenticity.

Isaiah 28:15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”

The overflowing scourge of the tsunami wave of God’s presence is moving in the earth to remove what is false and reveal what is true. This happens by us embracing the truth. Our focus must be upon truth. If our focus is upon the lie, we will be influenced by the lie. But if our focus is on the truth we will become influencers of truth. It is embracing the truth that removes the lies. The way of dead religion, or the way of the world, is to make lies your refuge and falsehood your identity. God is exposing lies and falsehoods to give His people His salvation and true identity. It is truth that exposes the lies.  it is being true to who God says we really are that destroys the lies that set themselves up against who we really are. Jesus is the foundation of truth in our lives.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.

Authenticity is a place of being vulnerable, transparent, and transformed inside and out. The fig leaves of religion are being removed so that we can be known as the people of God. The way of dead religion in the world is to make lies a refuge and falsehood an identity. God is exposing lies and falsehoods to give His people His salvation and true identity.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Tsunami Presence

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Greetings,

I hope you are all well today. I was blessed to be able to minister at Everyone’s Church yesterday. Thank you to all who came and thank you for your hunger for God. It was good to be together. I am ready for another God-filled week.

We are living in a time where God is doing big things. As the glory of God increases in the earth the things of darkness are exposed. God doesn’t expose things simply to reveal how bad things are. He only exposes things to make a way for life to prevail. Many have prophesied in the past few years of a tsunami wave that would sweep the nations. A tsunami wave is not a wave for surfing. It is a wave that brings about tremendous change in the earth. It is not a joyful wave, but a God tsunami will create a God result. The overflowing scourge of the tsunami wave of God’s presence is moving in the earth to remove what is false and reveal what is true. God’s grace is the power of God’s life and God’s life brings great change. Authenticity is a place of being vulnerable, transparent, and transformed inside and out. The fig leaves of religion are being removed so that we can be known as the people of God. The way of dead religion in the world is to make lies a refuge and falsehood an identity. God is exposing lies and falsehoods to give His people His salvation and true identity.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.”

Jesus is the only foundation of true life. He is the tested stone of love and faith. Love is unshakeable when love is real and faith works through love. God is our God! Love hears God and the testimony is always more life!  Jesus is the precious stone. He is the testimony of the Father’s values and thus He is an expression of God in every way. God wants to give us greater testimonies of the values of God in our lives. He makes us precious expressions of God in who we are. There is no gap between us and God and this is the true peace that fills our world with heavenly things. Each of us are a God person to reveal His values – His testimony of life in all of our ways. Jesus is the sure foundation. He is the foundation of relationship – a testimony of partnership with God and one another in the purposes of God in all things. We are to live together as a community of life that produces the fruit of destiny for the will of our heavenly Father to the nations and the generations.

Isaiah 28:17 Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; the hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place. 18 Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it.

Like the overflowing scourge in the day of Isaiah, God is calling us into an increased covenant with Him. The things that will be swept away are the lies and the hiding places of pretense. God is calling us to a true covenant of life. The things that will be trampled down are the things that prevent us from being people of God. We are the body of Christ. Last week God stirred my spirit again:

I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying that; Is this not the cup that I bless? The cup of My Spirit. And is this not the bread that I bless? The bread, of My body. And I’m doing a work of My Spirit in this hour among My people. For I’m causing My people to manifest as My people. And to manifest in that which I have called to be the treasure of the earth. For this is the cup that I bless. The cup of My Spirit. This is the bread that I bless. The bread of My body. And I have desired that your barns would be full and your vats would overflow. And so in this season I am causing you to find Me. In the midst of noise, I am causing you to find Me. In the midst of commotion, I am causing you to settle in Me. For it is in returning and rest that you will know the salvation of Me. It is in quietness and confidence that you will find the true strength. For I am causing you to be fed up with treasures that have clothed you, and fed up with the treasures that have given you value apart from Me. For I’ve desired you to receive the true treasures of seed for sowing and bread for eating, and abundant supply that you would be a strength of Me among the peoples of the earth. For there is a new value that’s coming in your hearts. There’s a new value that’s coming in your minds. It’s a value of Me. It’s a value of one another. It’s a value of seed. It’s a  value of bread. It’s a value of the drink that I bless. For It’s My Spirit.  And God says; the treasures are real but the treasures are not as you suppose and the glory is real, but it’s not as you suppose.  And the things that have covered you before, you will say, ‘get away from me’.  And the things that you have worn as your glory you shall say, ‘depart from me’. For you will find that you have a Guide that guides you and that Guide is the Guide of your Father that speaks to your heart and declares who you are. For is this not the bread that I bless and the cup that I bless? It’s a cup of My  Spirit and it’s the bread of My body. And so among the nations, even in this time, I am blessing barns to be full and vats to overflow that the glory of the seed and of the bread and the abundance of truth would prevail.

God is up to something big! We will be known as the people of God and He will prove to be the true Guide of our hearts and minds. We will be a blessing to our world and we will live for harvest. It is time for seed for sowing and bread for eating to be in abundance in our barns and for our vats to overflow with the testimony of the Spirit of Life!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Return To The Lord

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Greetings;

We have had a snow filled weekend here in Bellingham. It was a good weekend for quit air and simple connections. Yesterday Bonnie and I tuned in to the Alife online broadcast, ordered a good take home dinner, and spent the day watching the snow fall. On the Alife online message, Pastor Jonathan shared a prophetic dream he received last week that was very relevant to what God is doing in this season. God is empowering us to be the people of God who exercise a justice of God that heals the nations and frees the generations from the limiting strongholds of the past.

In last Wednesday’s leader’s blog I presented a prophecy I received in the past couple of weeks. I want to address some of that today in this blog. The Spirit of the Lord says: In this season that you have been in, there’s has been a cry for justice.  But My justice supersedes the justice of men and I’m bringing you into a place of great grace, says God. Great grace, where you will hear a voice behind you.

The year of 2020 was a year where there was a great cry for Justice among the people of the earth. That Justice is perverted by the ways of men, but the cry for justice is not unnoticed by the Giver of true justice. I believe that the year 2021 is entering a season of God’s justice – a justice of mercy and grace. It is a fresh season of answered prayers. It is a fresh season of God’s purposed love proving to be stronger than the self-seeking ways of men.

We are in a season of GREAT GRACE. A season of MOTIVATION that comes by God’s PRESENCE. It is a time to SEE Jesus like never before. It is a season to see Jesus as our treasure – the Desire of the nations. This is a time for Jesus to rise up among the nations – to rise up among the people. It is a time to see Jesus standing in each of our lives!

This is a day for My voice to be behind you, says God. And you will know the way, for I will make the way before you. For I am the voice of life that motivates you to move into the true justice hallways of destiny, says God.

God wants us to hear His voice as a voice behind us. He wants us to be motivated by His presence and His love to move forward in the testimony of His great grace. The grace of God is going to transform what cannot be transformed by the will or ways of men.

I’ve heard the cry of the nations! They’ve cried out for justice and now you shall see it. But don’t be distracted by the judgments of men. Let the judgments of My love Prevail. For My word is true. It’s gone forth! It’s germinated! And it will not fail, says the Spirit of the Lord.

God wants to give us His life and to make us people of life in our world. God is a life giver and He wants to empower us to be life givers in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. The past is a shadow of the present, but the present is a time like never before. The past is an anchor of foundation, the future calls to us for things never seen, heard or thought before, but the present is the key to the door of destiny. The prophet Isaiah prophetically appealed to the children of Israel that they should return to the Lord and that He would be able to give them life.

Isaiah 30:15 For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not…

In the day of the prophet Isaiah, the children of Israel were of hard heart and they would not return to the Lord. They would not, and could not, rest in the Lord. They had compromised in their worship of God by exchanging the way of God for the way of the world in their worship and works of life. The Old Covenant administration of their hearts and minds could not empower them to be freed from the strongholds of their thinking. God was prophetically declaring to them and through their example a way unto life. They could not return to the Lord. They could not rest in the Lord. But what if they would have returned to the Lord? What if they would have rested in the Lord? We are living with a New Covenant administration of life and peace in Christ. As the words of the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, there is salvation in returning to the Lord. There is strength in quietness and confidence. Our returning to the Lord is not merely a returning to Christian ways or values, it is a returning to the manifest presence of God in our lives. It is finding Him as precious in our seven day per week twenty four hour per day reality. It is becoming people who are a testimony of the tent of David that know God’s manifest presence and hear His words every day and every moment of our lives in our hearts and minds. When we return to the Lord, Jesus becomes the center of our lives in all things. It is then that we also know a quietness and a confidence. That quietness is knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. No weapon formed against us will prosper. We have confidence to know that God is always working everything out for good in our lives no matter what the day or circumstance looks like in any given day of our journey. That is where we find true strength. We are constantly renewed in our confidence in the Lord. Surely it is a testimony of being renewed in the courage of the Lord, renewed in holiness of life, and renewed in faith in God. When the world rages with the opinions of the hearts and minds of men, we can find God resting in our lives to give us a quietness in our souls and a confidence in our hearts towards God.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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Not As It Appears

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Greetings,

Today I am posting a transcript of some things that came to me during a recent corporate prayer time at Alife church. I feel that this word, prophetic inclination, and prayer is relevant for us in this season and time. It is true for all in America and it is true for those of you in other nations of the world in this present season. We are in a time of spiritual warfare, but we are also in a time of great purpose and destiny in Christ.

I heard the Lord say to BE AWAKE and expect Him TO MAKE even the things that look like A MISTAKE or the things that the enemy decided TO TAKE, that God is going to rectify it and DO A RETAKE. I hear God just stirring to say that things as they appear in your own life, or things that seem as they appear in the nations are not as they appear.

God directed me to 2 Kings chapter 6 when Elisha was at Dothan and he was giving the secrets of what the Syrian army was doing, he was telling it to Israel and so the Syrian army, the Syrian king, came to get Elisha at Dothan.

2 Kings 6:14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

So, the enemy works in darkness, but God works in light!

2 Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”( What shall we do?) 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

I pray right now wherever the enemy is trying to have victory in the lives of Your people, God; that you will strike them with blindness that they wouldn’t be able to see clearly.

2 Kings 6:19 Now Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” But he led them to Samaria. 20 So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, “LORD, open the eyes of these men (the Syrians), that they may see.” And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria! 21 Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” 22 But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” 23 Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.

I just hear God saying that His plans are greater than our plans, that there are more who are with us than those who are with those who are against us. Whether that’s in our own individual life or in the life of the church or even in our nation. That there are more with us than those who are with those who are against us. And that God has given us the ability to see by the Spirit what the natural eye cannot see. So, be awake, and watch God make, because God can rectify any mistake. He can take what the enemy intended for evil and He can cause it for good. But the end result will not be weapons of the flesh, the end result will be weapons of the Spirit, of the promise of God, the bow, and the word of God, the sword, that causes there to be great blessings as the result of our standing. He’s able to do exceedingly above and beyond all that we can ask or think and so what He’s doing in our life is not only going to be provision for us; it’s going to be provision for our enemies and cause our enemies either to be so afraid they won’t come again or cause our enemies to be so blessed they’ll never be an enemy again.

So Father I pray that that would come to pass, whatever you’re doing. I pray that You would open up the eyes of our hearts to see, that we would be awake and that we would see that You are able to make, that You are able to take any mistake or any place where the thief decided to take, and You can cause it to be rectified and You can cause it to have a retake. That You will cause the outcome, the end result, to be life and life abundant. That our weapons of warfare are not carnal, but they’re mighty in God. We thank You that You are fighting the battle of life and that the end of this story, even this year is going to be greater life not only for us but greater life because the enemy has found themselves in a place they didn’t expect to find themselves and it either causes them to never return or it causes them to never again be an enemy. I pray that for us individually, I pray that for the church, I pray that for our nation, for the earth right now, Father –  in Jesus name.

Elisha was in Dothan. Dothan means wells. We must stay in the place of wells, the place of the life of God in our spirits. We must see what God is doing in the Spirit and we cannot be distracted by the flesh. God has not called us to wield weapons of death, but to exercise weapons of life. It is a time for sight for God’s people, blindness to those who will be deceived, but blessing for all because of the greatness of God. We must hold fast to all that God says – the sword. We must believe the covenant promises of God – the bow. If we hold on to God’s words in and through our lives and if we hold on to the promises of God in our lives we can expect great blessings in our world by the Spirit of God’s grace!

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson




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