A Proper Value For Traditions

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Today I am in Colorado Springs, Colorado to do a week of prophetic training with the G42 students. I am looking forward to activating, facilitating, and releasing God’s voice though these awesome sons and daughters of God. I am encouraged today as I sense a momentum of what God is doing and about to do. God’s influence in in our live and in the earth is truly a reality for all who seek Him. We are being built as a place of God’s habitation for His glory in heaven and upon the earth.

How do we value yesterday, embrace today, and pursue the destiny of tomorrow? It is easy to value the things of God from our past and we should do so. I should say, it is easy to value the memories of what God has done in our own lives in the past, but it is not so easy holding a value for what God did in someone else’s life. For this reason, we must find a God experience of our own in the things resident in the earth as the works and evidence of God’s grace. We must each find a personal experience with God in what God has given us as an inheritance in the earth. We are not just individuals; we are part of a corporate dwelling place of God. What God has done corporately; He wants us to embrace individually. This is essential to a foundation of inheritance as we seek the things that God is giving us now and in the unfolding path of our future. Without a personal value for what God has done we lack the substance of furthering the purposes of God in the earth. We must also value what God is doing now and what God is going to do that involves things we have not seen, heard, or thought before in our lives. This can be a bit scary, but it is part of a journey of faith. It is the fruit of hearing God above other voices in our world. Our experiences create our traditions and traditions are common denominators to God experiences. Those traditions, however, can resist and even reject what God is doing now and what He wants to do tomorrow. Jesus told the Pharisees of His day, that their traditions made the word of God of no effect.

Matthew 15:1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— 6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

The traditions of the Pharisees were based upon God experiences from the past, but the walking out of those things in their own lives was twisted by their own person agendas and selfish desires. The past is important, but we must have a personal understanding of the past things of God in our hearts today. We must also seek to embrace God’s personal voice of faith in our hearts that leads us into new things of God in our lives. Faith is a matter of relationship. It is seen in the works of our lives, but the foundation for those works is a revelation of a love for God. Our traditions can be based upon our own ways of doing things, or even upon how God did things in our past. Traditions can be good, and traditions can be bad. Even the ways of the world establish traditions that can be strongholds against what God is doing now and what He wants to do tomorrow.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

We don’t want to lose the past established by God, but we must never allow the past to bind us to the past. We must also value the things of God in the past so that we don’t just embrace any new thing for the sake of something new.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

We must hold fast to the traditions that are part of our foundation in Christ, but we must live to build upon those foundations with a constant growth of the truth of God in our lives. When we do this, we value what God has done, what God is doing, and what God will do in our lives tomorrow. We never stand fast on the foundations of the past to be held in the past. We seek the new things of God that are connected to the foundations of the past. When we do this, we grow in being a place of God’s habitation in the earth.


Ted J. Hanson

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