Today I am in Ede, Netherlands. I have a great weekend with House Of Praise Ede. God touched us with His presence from the internal Kingdom of Heaven. I am happy to report that there are hungry people in the Netherlands and that God is pouring out His love.
Jesus came to make it possible for God to rest in human lives. This is a present truth. The secret to our ability to lead our congregations, the secret to being men and women of God, the secret to our families, the secret to be able to give identity to the world around us that needs it, is all found in God resting in our lives. We need to know the God of the garden. We need to know the God of the garden who brings about the fruitfulness of the garden, so we can go to the barrenness of the earth and turn it into the fruitfulness of His life in every way. We are here to go to the barren places of the world and to turn it into the fruitfulness of the God of the garden. To do that is not dependent upon how hard we work. It depends upon from where we work. We have to be the place where God rests.
I am 45 years old in Christ and this is so fresh in me. It is the place of first love. It is not the place of first experience. It is the place of constant first experiences. We can never return to a first experience, though first experiences are very often wonderful. We can all remember times in our lives, or in the expressions of what He has entrusted to us, where there have been good and bad times. We want the good times, but we can never repeat a single good time from the past. We can only give identity to today. We can only create new experiences. If we try to create the past experience, if we try to create the experience we see in others, it won’t be a first. It will only be 2nd, a 3rd, a 1000th, or a 10,000th. Repeated experiences can only diminish, they cannot offer the wonder of what is only first. God wants to give us multiple experiences and they happen because we become the place of first love.
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.
Do you understand the mercy of God? Do you understand how good He is? Mercy ends the past. He passed over our sins. He looked at our formless, void and dark places and He saw who we were. Then He touched us, and He breathed into us the breath of life. He planted a place of life for us and He put us there. So, we need to present our bodies a living sacrifice. Let this be the place where He lives.
Taste and know that He is good. Don’t fall for the lie that you need to know what you are doing. Don’t fall for the lie that you need to be smart. Hold fast to the truth that He will transform your way of thinking and your way of being from the inside out. He will change the beliefs of your heart and inspire new thinking in your mind that is inspired from within your heart. He will prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God in your life because He rests in you.
We need the places of our lives to become the place where He rests. When God rests in our marriage, our church, in the nation, or wherever; things will be healed. God wants to rest in our lives!
Father, thank you that we can say, “Father”. Thank you that you that we can see what we cannot see naturally. We can know what we don’t know. We want to be happy to not need to know. Hearing God is not about knowing what to do. It is about knowing You God. We want to return to that place where knowing you is sufficient. We want our churches to be that place, a place where you rest. Let us experience the poetry of your presence that inspires your testimony of life from within our hearts.
Ted J. Hanson
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