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I hope you had a great weekend. We were blessed at Alife with another corporate gathering. God and His people are very good! I was blessed last week to also have a visit from some young folks involved with World Race and the G42 Leadership Training school. We experienced the presence of Holy Spirit together and lives were touched.
We are living is a time of the grace of the Spirit of Knowing. Holy Spirit is working in the church and in the earth to bring forth a testimony of us as the people of God. It is about becoming expressions of the love of God in flesh. This is not love as defined by our personal woundings; but love according to God’s character of sacrificial giving. We are to be the community of God in the midst of the nations of the world. We can expect to face the resistance of spiritual forces of darkness as the light of Christ manifests in this grace in the earth. We must keep our focus on what God is doing and not be distracted by the counterfeits of the enemy.
This is a grassroots revolution to heal the bitter roots of our hearts that spawn the beliefs of legalism and/or lawlessness. These two attributes cry out with a voice of justice, but true justice comes from God. It is a justice of love and life-giving change. God is working by the Spirit of Knowing to bring about true brotherly love. In a time of brotherly love, the enemy seeks to deceive, conflict, and devour in the apparel of prejudicial division. It is a time of holiness and we can expect to face onslaughts of wickedness. God’s grace is inspiring a hunger for God and His presence, so we can expect the resistance of a spirit that inspires men and women to reject God and His word. God is opening legitimate doors of love and life-giving liberty; we can expect illegitimate doors of selfish agendas and carnal ways to oppose that life. It is a season to discover God resting in our lives. The counterfeit is a rejection of God and an unrest of mankind. This is a time for truth and to become truth. Therefore, there is a distraction of deceptions and lies where truth is depicted as a lie and lies are presented as the truth. It is a time to be authentic and not hypocritically false. As the community of the people of God we will see true vulnerability and change. The enemy opposes such a time with coverups to the truth and stubbornness of pride towards change. This is a season of the fruit of life and the opposing force of death comes in the disguise of flattering speech and deceptive words and ways. This is time of free willed sacrificial love, but the enemy opposes with things that tread upon and trample human hearts. They are thus bound from a willingness to make sacrifices for others in a free will offering of love, but seek the sacrifice of others for their own personal agendas based upon the bitter wounds of their own hearts and minds.
The bottom line is, we must look for life in this day of life. We will find what we are looking for and looking at. We will become expressions of what we are looking for and looking at. If bitterness is the root of the focus of our hearts, our eyes will look with a paradigm of a vindication of the flesh. We cannot heal the wounds of the past by seeking to erase the past. We can only allow the wounds of the past to become testimonies of love for the sake of others in our world of today. Jesus didn’t allow the marks of His crucifixion to be bitter wounds for carnal judgment. He allowed them to be testimonies for the sake of giving life and love to others, even to those who seemingly forsook Him in the day of His wounding.
John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
When we embrace the resurrection life of Christ, we embrace the eternal love of Christ. God is invading the earth with heaven’s grace and this is a time of the Spirit of Knowing, a part of the perfecting process of Holy Spirit in our lives. We must look for, expect to see, and believe to be transformed by God’s grace to see intimacy, unity through diversity, the value of individuals for the greater purpose of us all, brotherly love, holiness, a hunger for God’s presence and word, legitimate doors of authority giving life to our world, mercy triumphing over every judgment and grace creating a new reality, grace to bring life to death and truth that comes by God’s transformation to crumble every lie, God resting in our lives, believing God’s truth and becoming testimonies of His truth, vulnerability and change, fruit producing life, and an empowerment to live our lives with free willed sacrificial love for God and one another. These things are happening right now in our word if we have an ear to hear the sound of faith and an expectancy to see pieces of these in our world. Clear vision is the big picture according to the eternal plan of our loving Father. Clear vision only comes through the added little pieces that we look to see. Look for the pieces of God’s grace working in our midst!
Ted J. Hanson
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