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Today I am heading back to Bellingham after a great week and another great weekend. I was blessed to spend several days in South Texas with some pastor friends and some other men of God’s kingdom for a time of fellowship, hunting, and an experience of life. God was good, the brothers were a blessing, and we were successful in the fruits of our labors for some good stories and some good eats. On the weekend I was with Life Church in Bryan-College Station, Texas. We had a good time experiencing God’s prophetic voice and saw God touch His people to empower them in His presence and nearness to hear His voice. God is good! I believe that 2020 is the beginning of a season of clearer vision and authenticity in our becoming the people of God.
Jesus made a way for the Messenger, the Holy Spirit, to come into our lives so that we can become the message of God’s transforming grace in this world. God is the word, but we are His voice. He is the expressor, but we are an expression of Him in the identity, testimony, and purpose of our lives. The Prophet Malachi foretold of the power of God’s transforming grace that would come into our lives.
Malachi 3:2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? and who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
This is not a thing of devastation, but something of the power of God’s grace. The Holy Spirit in our lives refines us to become as we are meant to be in this world. He washes away the stains of carnality in our lives – He washes away the stains of sin. He transforms our ways from within so that the ways of our lives become the way of Christ. Jesus blood of mercy justified us to live, but the life-transforming power of His grace empowers us to live in every way according to what God intended our lives to be. We are becoming an offering of righteousness to God by the power of His grace working in our lives.
Malachi 3:4 “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the Lord, as in the days of old, as in former years. 5 And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien—because they do not fear Me,” Says the Lord of hosts.
Sorcery is to look to illegitimate life sources in an attempt to find life or the path to our future. It is sorcery to look for direction in any other thing than the Creator. For creation to seek the creative path of the future in anyone or anything other than our heavenly Father, is sorcery. To be submerged in creation in an attempt to find the testimony of our true creation will always end up is something less than true life. It is adultery to look to anyone or anything other than God as a source of covenant in our lives. God’s will is first and last in all things. We cannot just desire a means of blessing, but we must desire the only One who can truly make us the blessing we are called and destined to be for the sake of others. To desire any truth beyond the truth of who God is, and who we are in Him, is to choose perjury over true dominion of life. We cannot boast and lie against the truth and think that we will manifest truth in and with our lives. We must be givers of life and not takers. To take advantage of others for our own personal gain will only cut our true destiny short.
Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. 7 Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’
God made a way for us to return to Him and be transformed in the ways of our lives. God is merciful, therefore, He did not consume us. He made it possible for those who seek Him to come to Him, to find Him, and be forever changed! He is our source of life and direction in every way!
Ted J. Hanson
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Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson
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