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I hope you are all well today. I know that a lot of you are in the midst of a time of inconvenience and challenge with the present situation of the Corona virus. My encouragement to us all today is to keep our focus right. We must keep our focus on God in all things. Rejoice always, never stop your face-to-face connection God, and thank God that He is with you in all things. Keep a life-giving attitude and perspective and allow the life of God’s Sprit to flow through you. See what God sees and declare that! Cling to God and hold on to all that is good. That is enough in every situation!
I believe that we are in the midst of becoming the People of God in the earth. Not all people are the people of God, but God is God of all people, whether they believe in Him or not. He is for all people, but not all people are for Him. What is it that makes us A PEOPLE? We can be people of self, people of the world, people of perversion, people of the earth or people of whatever gives us our identity, testimony, and purpose in life. To be the People of God, we must find our identity, testimony, and purpose in Him. Whatever we’re looking at is what we’re going to look like. Whatever we are looking at is going to be what gives us our identity, testimony, and purpose in life.
Ephesians 1:15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
In this prayer, Paul is praying that the people of Ephesus would find their identity, testimony, and purpose in Christ. The purpose of this is to bring the influence of Christ to the world in a life-transforming way. It is to transform the influence of principalities, powers, might, dominions, and names by the greater power of life that comes by Jesus name. That name is the manifest character, nature, way, power, and authority of all that He is. This is the power of His name. It is to bring the supernatural influence of God to the spiritual manipulated natural realities of the world. Paul knows that this can only happen by them being given a spirit of wisdom and a spirit of revelation through a knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord in their lives. To be the People of God in the earth we have to see Jesus as Lord and Christ in our lives. We have to be supernaturally influenced through knowing Him in a way that inspires His heavenly wisdom and revelation in a world bound to self-seeking wisdom and deceptions inspired by influences of spirits that seek to destroy our true identity, testimony, and purpose in life. Our calling is the beckoning of our true identity. Inheritances is our testimony that leads to a legacy of life for the family name. Our purpose is made known though the power working in and through our lives. These things will manifest through whatever has our attention in life, but only the authority that comes by Jesus name can fulfill these things in truth. Whatever we are in awe of is going to give us our identity. If we are in awe of something other than Jesus, we will fall short of discovering truth in these things. How do we know we are in awe of something or someone? We know we are in awe of something or someone when we want to become like what we are in awe of. What we are in awe of captures the attention of our hearts. It captures the thoughts of our minds. It captures the focus of our lives. Human calling is not found in ourselves, but in Christ. Human testimony is not found in ourselves, but in Christ. Human purpose is not found in ourselves, but in Christ. We are called to be the likeness and the image of God in the earth. This cannot happen if we are in awe of some created thing.
In a picture-perfect world, little children are supposed to be in awe of their parents and their grandparents. This is not so they will be in awe of a created being, but so they will find their identity in someone they can see that exhibits the likeness and the image of God. I realize that our dysfunctional world has been created by dysfunctional families and that parents are not always the model of life for their children, but this is how God desires it to be. For this to happen parents should be in awe of God, so they look like Christ. Parents should raise their children to be in awe of God also, as quickly as possible in their upbringing. They should raise their children to hear God and respond to His voice in all things. God’s family is a culture of children, fathers, and sons.
1 John 2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
To be the People of God, we must be in awe of God in all things. Jesus must be the center of our lives in all things. We must know His love, seek to become a testimony of His love, and live to fulfill the purpose of His love in all things.
Ted J. Hanson
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Thanks Again – Ted J. Hanson
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