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Today I am back in Portugal! It has been almost two years since I have been able to come here, and I have already been richly blessed over the weekend. I am looking forward to several days ahead. I will be recording another video/audio course in Portuguese today and tomorrow. I am blessed to be a part of God’s plan to release the Portuguese heart and tongue to give glory to God in New Covenant realities and the manifest power of His grace!
God is doing new things, but we must also value the old things. Old wine is the result of wine that was new yesterday. There is a purpose for both. Without a good supply of old wine there is no reference for the flavor of new wine. The truth is: the new wine of what God is doing today should make even better old wine for tomorrow. God has saved the best wine for now and it is important that we embrace what God is doing now without forsaking what He did yesterday.
Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
The apostle Paul wrote these words to the first century church that was the harvest of all that was believed for through the Old Covenant prophets of Israel and was now being birthed by the first-fruit apostles of the first century church. The church that was, is, and would be was part of a continually growing testimony of Christ. What had now become fully real by the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit would grow in greater realities into the future. We are living in a time where God is doing something wondrously great to the authenticity of being people of God, but that place of authenticity is only further fruit of the amazing testimonies of God’s grace that has brought us this far in being the dwelling place of God upon the earth. We cannot build anything, but we can embrace what God is building. What God is building, He has always been building. What He has always been building is built in growing layers of His glory. It is growing in greater testimonies of His light of life.
What God is doing in the earth has to do with His presence in the earth. As King David had foreseen, there is a growing place for God to rest in the earth whereby His enemies are being subdued under His feet.
1 Chronicles 28:2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Hear me, my brethren and my people: I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it.
The ark of the covenant of the Lord is only made real through being the body of Christ. It is the place where God rests in the earth and even into heaven. It is in that place every enemy of life is destroyed by the power of eternal life found there. We are receiving the cloud of God’s presence in our lives in greater and more significant ways. This is the prophetic substance of God’s living word that transforms our world to become a testimony for the glory of Jesus name.
Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
What God is doing in the earth right now has to do with His calling, His inheritance, and His purpose. We reap the benefits of being His sons and daughters to partner in this glory. It is in Him we live, move, and have our being. We are part of His calling, His inheritance, and His purpose in our world. We are each dwelling places of God in our world and together we are part of a greater testimony of being the dwelling place of God for His glory. Our hope is that things in our lives are being increasingly summed up in Christ. Our further hope is that the internal influence of God’s kingdom upon our hearts will be the empowerment of our influence to bring life to our world. This is our destiny. We are not beneath the governing powers of this world. We are positioned in Christ to subdue the places of death with life and to exercise dominion in being the truth of life in Christ. By this every pretense and lie will be destroyed. God is doing something of great hope in our world!
Psalms 68:1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him. 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. 3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him.
To find the wicked, we don’t need to look far. We can look to our own hearts. But when God arises what is wicked in us vanishes in its influence and testimony in our lives. Our focus is not to see the wicked, or even what is wicked, destroyed in our world. Our focus is that God will arise! Our hearts were created to be glad in Him. Our lives have been predestined to rejoice before Him. We have been given our day to be another measure in the eternal Day of the Lord as He reveals Himself through His presence in our lives. His name is YAH, and we were born to rejoice before Him!
Ted J. Hanson
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