It was great being home in my family church this Sunday. Pastor Jonathan gave a great word on walking in the way of peace. We hear God with our spirits, not our souls and it is by the power of Christ in us that we can bring life to our world. Life comes from the internal kingdom of life and it is the kingdom of God within our hearts that sets our path to destiny.
I used to believe that God is in control. That is what Bible teachers told me, but I have read my Bible more carefully and I have discovered that throughout the Scripture is says that God owns everything, but He did an amazing thing. He put what He owns into the hands of those that He loves, even those that don’t love Him.
Psalms 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
We must be intimate with the one who owns it all, so we can bring His life to the world given to us for the glory of His name. We are all little lords and kings born to be intimate with the King of kings and the Lord of lords that we might become givers of life to our worlds, even as our Father in heaven is a giver of life in all things! The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom of the human heart that changes the external expressions of men. The kingdom of God within our hearts is a matter of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is rooted in the human spirit and it inspires the human soul from the life of God’s Spirit inspiring our human spirit within. This is the strength of our inner man. This is what Paul was praying for in regard to the church of Ephesus.
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
God made human beings less than gods, but He put them in control of what He created. God is in charge, but man is in control. When we misrepresent God with what we are in control of we damage the reputation of the One who owns all things. Man has dominion over angels and all created things. Human beings will judge angels. Who is in control? Human beings are in control, but they need to know that in order to be in control they need to be intimately connected to the one who owns it. They need to be intimate with the one who is charge. This answers the question, if God is good why do bad things happen? God is not in control, but He has a hope that the more we manifest as sons and daughters the more the earth will be liberated from its corruption. We are kings and lords of what is in the sphere of our rule, but we are not kings like the kings of the world. We are not lords like the lords of the world. We are kings like our King Jesus, the One who gives life in all things. We are lords like our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who serves to bring life to all things.
Let me make this practical. God is not in control of your marriage, but He is in charge. Your marriage can be wonderful or disastrous. It can only be wonderful if each partner gets intimate with the One who is in charge. If I as Bonnie Hanson’s husband do not seek to become a place where God lives, to become the husband that God lives in, I cannot be the husband that Bonnie needs. If I choose to be the husband who is smart, our marriage will not succeed. Being the husband who has enough information of good and enough information of evil, so I can judge when my wife is good and when my wife is evil, will bring destruction to our marriage. If that is my choice of administration, I have already chosen a recipe for disaster, a plan for destruction in my marriage. The only way that our marriage can become a testimony of heaven is for both of us to choose to become a place where God lives. Ted and Bonnie Hanson must become a place where God lives in order to bring life to all that we are in control of. We cannot be in control of one another, but we can be in control of our own hearts. This will bring life to all that is beyond us. It is only then that the decisions we make in the things we are in control of will take on a different testimony. We won’t be living upon judgments of things that look formless, void and dark but our decisions will be based upon hope, promise, and expectation. This is the only place where love holds no record of wrong. We are on a journey to increasingly become that place. It is a place where God lives, and it always promises hope.
Ted J. Hanson
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