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We had a great weekend here in Bellingham. Pastors Jonathan and Danie did a great job yesterday with an online message for our Church Deployed. I am looking forward to our prayer meeting tonight. If you didn’t get a chance to view the prophetic word I released on www.ted4leaders.com last Wednesday, please give it a listen or a look. We can trust God! He is doing good things on our behalf.
When King Asa of Judah acted foolishly by trusting the power of human kingdoms above his trust for God, the prophet Hanani reminded him that God is only one to trust. It is God who looks for opportunities to show Himself strong on behalf of all who trust Him. This is not a time to be shaken by kingdoms we cannot trust. This is a time to be steadfast and strong in the One we can trust. God wants to reveal who He is in our lives
2 Chronicles 16:9 …the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
We are in a season of being dependent upon God. There is a faith towards God that grants us wisdom that is based upon a willingness to receive whatever He gives. There is also a faith towards God that grants us wisdom that is based upon an awe of who God is. It is an awe that enables us to do whatever God says for us to do. There is also a faith towards God that is fully dependent upon God above all things. It is a faith that gives us true wisdom because we recognize that apart from God we know nothing. In knowing nothing we are dependent upon the One who knows all things. This is the path of life. A path of trusting God in all things is a path unto increasing life. God takes note of those who trust Him. When we embrace God’s ways, God makes it possible for us to walk in His paths.
Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He watches all his paths.
God doesn’t watch us so that He can judge those who are bad. God watches us because He wants to reward us for being like Him in our character, nature, way, power, and authority. He is ready to give us His counsel. He is willing to support us with His strength. He is pleased to call us His children, therefore, we are pleased to act His children. When we commit the deeds of our lives to being deeds that glorify God, God is faithful to give us the fruit of our deeds in abundant measures. The deeds that glorify God are deeds that are done for the well-being of others.
Jeremiah 32:19 You are great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds…
God wants to expand the territory of our lives. He wants to empower us to become His life-giving community. He wants to bless us with provision that increases because of His presence in all that we are and have in Him. Our protection is God in our midst. Instead of walls of defense and isolation, God in our lives is an expanding boundary of fire. God’s fire is a testimony of His life-giving ways.
Zechariah 2:5 For I,’ says the LORD, “will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”
We are in a season of increasing as the people of God in the earth. As the people of God, we are a growing expression of being His life-giving community in the midst of communities of men.
1 Peter 3: 8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
God is attentive to all who desire a relationship with Him. The evidence of our relationship with God is seen in our relationships with one another. We need never be afraid of the Lord being against us, because we willingly embrace Him and His ways by our compassion and care for one another. When we live to embrace one another, be compassionate to one another, and love one another as a family loves the members of the family, God takes note and is eager to answer the prayers of our hearts. He desires a face-to-face relationship with all who embrace His ways in life. This is the season of being the people of God that bring the life of God to our world.
Ted J. Hanson
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