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I hope you are well today. We are enduring the heat in the Pacific Northwest. It is quite warm here, much warmer than usual for our part of the world. I am getting lots of painting done at my house and we have moved our church meetings into our new remodeled space. It has been a season of a lot of physical work, but the dividends are now going to pay off. It is time for a fresh look to the testimonies of our lies.
We are in a season of leaves. Leaves are Scripturally symbolic of our individual testimonies that bring healing to the nations. Healing is not just for our physical bodies. It is for our whole being. Each of our own individual testimonies of healing bring life to someone else.
Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.
God’s healing in our lives also reveals God’s peace and truth in our lives. If we have experienced God’s peace, we become people of peace for the sake of others. Peace is not merely the absence of conflict, it is being one with the presence of God for the fullness of wellness, happiness, friendly connection, welfare, health, healing, and prosperity. It is the testimony of life that happens when you are in God’s house, and He is in yours. When we are one with God, we also become authentic in who we are meant to be. We know God for who He is, and we become as we are meant to be. This is truth. If we have experienced God’s truth, we have found the freedom that comes from truth. That is when we look for truth that brings freedom to others. A testimony of being healed is seen in being free from things that have held us captive. It is seen in things being rebuilt in our lives. This is peace and truth.
Jeremiah 33:7 And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first.
God’s healing in our lives includes being healed in the flawed places of our hearts. Our internal weaknesses become transformed by God’s grace. The root causes of sin in our lives are healed by God’s presence in our hearts. It is by this that we know true joy and become His praise in the earth as an honor to His name.
Jeremiah 33:8 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. 9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’
This is a season to know God in an intimate and refreshing way. What was impossible is made possible in Him. Even what was lifeless and desolate becomes a place of abundance of life. This is a season to know that God is good, and His mercy endures forever.
Jeremiah 33:10 “Thus says the LORD: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place—of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast”—in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for His mercy endures forever”—and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the LORD. 12 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,’ says the LORD. 14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: 15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’
To be THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS is to be the people of God. This is not a testimony of individualism, but it is a testimony of individuals that create the fullness of the life of the tree. Each one expresses the righteousness of God in their own lives to bring healing to the nations. These are those who have the true vision of peace – the Jerusalem from above. These are those who are the true praise of God in the earth – the Judah of Christ.
Ted J. Hanson
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