The Rudder of Our Lives


We are now moving forward into the new year of 2022. Pastor Jonathan gave a great teaching on identity yesterday at Alife. I believe his word was right on for the present season. His message can be viewed at the facebook page of Alife Church:

On the first Sunday of this year, God inspired me to declare a prophetic word concerning the rudder of a ship. If you haven’t read or listened to that word, click the posted link to view a written version and to listen to audio version of that word:

I believe that 2022 it is about the rudder. God is leading us by way of our hearts. If we look to the world, we will be tempted to be led by what we naturally see, hear, or are inspired to think. We must choose to have upside-down perspective in comparison with those in the world. Our trust is in God, not in what we can naturally see, hear, or think. God is not leading us by the way of our eyes. He is leading us by the way of His heart. This is a season to be submerged in God’s peace, submerged in His presence, and submerged in His purpose. It is not about what we can or cannot see. It is about our connection to our heavenly Father. It is about our connection to Jesus. It is about our connection to Holy Spirit. It is about our connection to one another in Christ. God is causing us to become what we cannot be without Him. He is causing us to become people of God with a growing transformation by the intimacy of His heart.  It is a season of becoming people who find their direction in Christ. In this, we will become like rudders on a ship. It is in Him that we find our true desire. When we find our true desire, we also discover a desire for God and for one another. Both passion and compassion grip our way. It is who and what we become in Him that causes us to become expressions of God that set the direction for greater things than merely ourselves.

The secret to our direction in life is the made known through the word of our lives. The word of our lives is made manifest through what we say, but in truth it is measured by the spring within us. What we say is merely an expression of who we are, and the true words of our life are only a manifestation of the word that we each become. As sons and daughters of God, we have been given the water of life that we might become expressions of life to our world. We must stir up the water within us to become an expression of that water to our world. We don’t hear God with our souls. We hear God with our spirits. When our spirit hears God, it springs up with faith and speaks to our soul. When this happens, our soul receives life-giving thoughts, reasoning, emotions, imagination, and desire from within. This empowers us to experience a salvation of soul that inspires us to make actions in life that are life-giving actions to our world.

This is a season where small things make big impacts. The small thing is your life. The small thing is who you are. The small thing is what you say. The small thing is your attitude and the ambiance of your way. I do believe that this year is going to be a year of big impact because of God’s connection to the small things and the small thing’s connection to God.

James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Only by knowing God’s peace in our lives can we become the truth, even in the smallest measure of our lives. The testimony of our lives is meant to be the fresh water of God’s kingdom that brings life and refreshing to the world in which we live. Who we are and what we say will set the course before us in this new year. We must stay close to Him and stay close to one another. In peace there is no gap between one another. In a world filled with division, our hope is found in being one with God and one with one another with a focus on God’s heart.


Ted J. Hanson

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About ted4you

Ted J. Hanson is the author of several Christian books intended to equip and raise up strong believers in Christ. He leads a training school known as Christ Life Training ( and ministers globally through House of Bread Ministry ( Ted travels to various places throughout the U.S. as well as other countries. He is a dynamic preacher/teacher who has a heart to share, uncompromisingly, the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He holds a bachelor of theology and masters of biblical studies through Christian International Ministries Network and is ordained through Abundant Life Ministries and House of Bread Ministry. He has served to plant and establish many ministries.
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Gary M.
Gary M.
8 months ago

Thank you, Ted! God word.