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Today I am heading home after a great weekend with CitiLife Church in Deming, New Mexico. We had a wonderful time being together after being apart for over a year. It was good to see faces, even with masks on. God was present, the people were hungry and responsive, and the future is filled with hope. Thank you Pastor Cesar, Irene, and all the church of Deming.
In December of 2020 I heard God say that 2021 is going to be a ‘Come Back’ year. A year to come back to God, 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. Coming back to God, coming back to victory, and coming back to one another will reveal us for who we really are. We are the body of Christ and each of us is a life-giving member of this truth.
God is calling us and causing us to be authentic people in love with an authentic God. Christ in us makes us a being and not merely a doing of good. Sons and daughters of God do things that are true to the character, nature, way, power, and authority of their heavenly Father. It is being who we are that will remove every lie from our lives. Removing things that are false in our lives, or in the world, doesn’t reveal what is true. But revealing true things will remove false things. The true always removes the false. As I am writing this blog, the sun is shining brightly through the window next to me. Last night, this same window only revealed darkness, but today there is light. It is as though the darkness fled away, but in truth the space that was dark has now become a place of light. The place where I am, rotated toward the light of the sun and now it is day. What was night, has become day. It was the truth of light that transformed the night to become day. We are in a time when God is reveling truth. It is truth that causes the lie to tremble. If your world is shaking, something of God is entering the space of your world. It is coming back to God, coming back to victory, and coming back to one another that will destroy the things of death, defeat, and disconnection.
The place of the Lord is a place of life. When we come to the Lord, a place of restraint and restriction becomes a place of life-flowing liberty. Turning to the Lord changes the place from what was to the reality of what is by the Spirit of the Lord. Changing the place doesn’t turn us to God, but turning to God changes the place. The place of victory is a place where defeat, despair, captivity, negativity, oppression and all kinds overwhelming circumstances seem to flee away. But in truth it is the space of victory! Coming back to one another is not merely a matter of coming back to a social gathering. It is a place of personal connection. When we come back to community it is as though disconnection, isolation, loneliness, hiding, and other realities of separation are overwhelmed by the goodness of community. It is our choice. What direction do we look? What outcome do we seek? What direction will wisdom lead us? In what direction is wisdom found?
The truth will make us free! The truth will free us from all that is false. The Scripture doesn’t say that the truth merely sets us free, it makes us free. The wisdom of God will lead us into all truth and in reality, truth is a person. Jesus is truth and He is the one who empowers us to become true to who we are meant to be. If we hate what false more than we love what is true, something is wrong. If we call what is false true, and reject what is true, something is wrong. Our love for what is true must overwhelmingly exceed our hate for what is false. We must love Jesus, for He is truth!
There have been many prophetic words concerning a tsunami wave of God sweeping the earth in this hour. It has been declared that the tsunami wave is uncovering everything that is false. I believe that God is sweeping away the lies with truth. This is not merely truth of right and wrong, fair and unfair, or good and evil. It is a tsunami wave of truth. The tsunami wave of truth is the presence of God. He wants to be our strong hold! The tsunami wave of truth is a wave of life and authenticity.
Isaiah 28:15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
The overflowing scourge of the tsunami wave of God’s presence is moving in the earth to remove what is false and reveal what is true. This happens by us embracing the truth. Our focus must be upon truth. If our focus is upon the lie, we will be influenced by the lie. But if our focus is on the truth we will become influencers of truth. It is embracing the truth that removes the lies. The way of dead religion, or the way of the world, is to make lies your refuge and falsehood your identity. God is exposing lies and falsehoods to give His people His salvation and true identity. It is truth that exposes the lies. it is being true to who God says we really are that destroys the lies that set themselves up against who we really are. Jesus is the foundation of truth in our lives.
Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.
Authenticity is a place of being vulnerable, transparent, and transformed inside and out. The fig leaves of religion are being removed so that we can be known as the people of God. The way of dead religion in the world is to make lies a refuge and falsehood an identity. God is exposing lies and falsehoods to give His people His salvation and true identity.
Ted J. Hanson
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