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Today I am back in Bellingham after my time caring for my grandchildren in California. I have a busy week this week with lots of online training and preparations for coming ministry missions in October. I am believing for an effective door of life as this summer transitions into the fall for a new year.
The kingdom of God is an internal force of love and life upon the human heart that is the testimony of intimacy with God in Christ. The administration of the law was an external influence upon the human soul and was limited to the instruction of words and the voice of a prophet. The administration of grace is an internal influence that brings about true change of the hearts and minds of men. It is not administration of mere accountability to God. It is an administration of intimate and powerful relationship with Him. It is an unshakeable testimony of God in the human heart.
Hebrews 12:25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
The voice of God within our hearts is a more sure voice than a covenant of remembering what He has said in the past or the discipline of keeping to rules that He has established for us to follow. The writer of Hebrews was admonishing the Jewish people to remember that they were meant to be Hebrew people and it was time to listen to the intimate voice of God within their hearts that empowers children of God to be children of faith. This is the power of the kingdom of God for each and everyone of us. External things can be removed, but the internal realities of the kingdom of God in our hearts is enough to frame a world of love, hope, and faith in any environment we find ourselves. The kingdom of God is not just a promise for us in heaven to come, but also for heaven coming into our world in increasing measures as we respond to the internal voice of the One who loves us in all things. We must let the shakable things be removed so we can become the unshakeable people empowered by His love.
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
The temporary things of creation are the things that can be shaken. These are the things that will be removed. We have this hope and guarantee of the corruptible things of this world being swallowed up by all that is incorruptible. The incorruptible things are those of our Heavenly Father, the Creator of all things. As people put their focus on creation, they often become distracted from the Creator. Creation is bound to the laws of entropy. There is as frustration, a futility, a great struggle in the groanings of creation and it is not possible to get a clear perspective of truth as God sees it in the lies that mankind has chosen to believe. We are living in a time of seemingly great knowledge, but the mass availability of information has overwhelmed our heads and dullened our hearts to hearing the true news of heaven. This is not only found in the world, but also in the church. I am not talking about an institution known as the church. I am talking about the church in the essence of who she really is. She is the many membered place of God’s corporate dwelling in the earth. Even in this place, there is often a distraction from the true light by a peering into the darkness. When the news in the world gets shaky, we begin to recite the end of the world to the nations. We should be exhibiting the increasing light of Christ to the darkness of the world. Instead of asking if people are receiving the mark of the beast, we should be asking the real question: Are they receiving the mark of God?
The Scriptures of the Old Testament foretold of the New Testament, but the New Testament is the fulfillment of what was old. The New Testament is foundational for eternal life and the kingdom of God; therefore, it does not tell us the absolutes of the future. It does, however, give us a first fruit of all that is the New Covenant harvest. We can know what is in the fruit of our harvest by looking at what was in the first fruit of our harvest in Christ. The first fruit of the new demanded a full harvest of what was old and produced seed and bread for a further harvest of all that is new in the future. The true destroys what is false. The light removes the darkness. The life overcomes all death. This is our hope in every season of harvest in our lives and in the earth. The harvest of every season is about seed and bread. It is about seed that brings more life in increasing measures. It is about bread that brings life to the world. Harvest is not a thing that happens at the end of our lives. Harvest is a testimony in every season of our lives. The final harvest of our lives is only seen in the celebration of trumpet that declares the overcoming triumph of Christ in us, the hope of glory!
Ted J. Hanson
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