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Once again it is great to be back in Washington. We had a great service yesterday at ALife. God’s presence was there and Pastors Jonathan and Danie gave us a great word concerning being thankful for 2020 and to see it as a gift from God. We must be thankful for all that is good, thankful for things that didn’t happen or happened in a way we didn’t expect, and thankful even in the bad for how God works things out for good. It was a great challenge and a good day.
Some things are impressing my spirit in this present time. I spent a few days in the woods last week and I feel some important words were stirring in my heart. Words that are relevant for this present season are words like: transparency; vulnerability; truth; intimacy; connection; faith; love; loving; transforming; and authentic. On Saturday I heard God say that 2021 is a ‘Come Back’ year. A year to come back to Him, to come back to victory, and to come back to one another. There will be some tough things to walk through, but God is birthing something new and stripping away the non-important things in our lives. He is stripping away performance and birthing authenticity in who we are and what we do. This is the story of being the people of God.
The Spirit of the Lord says that in living in the moment you have not lost My momentum in your life. I am your Father and ours is a business of purpose and destiny. You will find that this year is a year of a great come back. Nothing that I have set in motion will be lost. What looks like loss in your life will prove to be great gain because I am the God of ‘Come Back’. Though it looks like the path is a path of depletion things will turn and what seemed to be lost will come back again. I am birthing the fruit of generations and the plans of men will not thwart My path of life. I am the God of redemption and the price has been paid for mercy and for grace.
God is making it possible for us to be transparent in our lives. Our transparency is not a transparency of our own perfection. It is a transparency that empowers us to take hold of God’s loving gift of mercy and the power of His love to find grace that brings about His transformation so that we can become authentic sons and daughters for our Father’s glory. A new gift of trust is being given to us that is unlike anything we have known before. In the environment of our world, it is impossible to trust, because so many things are being revealed to be not trustworthy. Who can we trust? We can trust God because He has proven He can be trusted. Jesus was a man for all of mankind, men and women. He was the word made flesh as the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. He opened the door to the throne room of God’s grace for us all. The Old Covenant Law was merely a shadow of the good thing to come. The good thing to come was the manifest presence of God as the word made flesh. He was the word made flesh so that all flesh could become something of an expression of God in his or her being. Each and everyone of us is meant to be something of the brightness of our Father’s glory and an expression of His person in the flesh.
Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
The seven seals on the scroll were the seven seals that contain the sevenfold grace of God. The opening of those seals by a Man opened a new and living way for us all. This is the testimony of the New Covenant. Only the Word as flesh could walk across the sea of God’s Word in full transparency and nothing that was not authentically an expression of God’s character, nature, way, power, and authority could be found. He walked across that sea as a fulfillment of the Law to make it possible for us all to boldly come to the throne of God’s grace to become authentic expressions of God in all that we are. I believe that we are entering another measure in the path of becoming the people of God in authenticity and truth.
Ted J. Hanson
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