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I hope you are well. I am enjoying being home again after a great trip to Bulgaria. There is a lot going on. I just did a new release my book The Now Covenant in print and e-book on Amazon. It is also in audiobook form in many locations. I have also released a new book, Grafted Into Love – Parenting, Family, and the Destiny of Life. It is available on Amazon in printed and e-book formats. It is also available in audiobook form at several locations. I recommend both of these to anyone and everyone. I am presently working on a new release of my book, Authority – Control? Or Release! It will be in audiobook as well.
God is working in our lives so we can know the goodness of who He is. He wants us to know the possibilities that come into our lives because of who He is. He cares for us and He is working in our lives to reveal the glory of who He is in the glory of who we are in the story of our lives.
God desires a relationship with us and we with Him. His righteousness is to reconcile those who were disconnected from Him. This is His heart’s desire, and for this reason His breastplate conveys His true desire for righteousness. That righteousness is a relationship with Him, not some righteousness of simply doing right things or knowing right knowledge. His righteousness is defined by His desire to love us and our willingness to receive His love. When we receive His love, we become empowered to love Him. It is then that we are also empowered to love ourselves and to love others.
God also desires to be our salvation in every situation of our lives. For this, Jesus desires to be the head of our lives. He desires to rest His headship on the testimony of our lives. For this reason, He wears a helmet of salvation on His head. His thoughts are always concerning our salvation.
God is also empowered to take vengeance on anything that seeks to destroy our lives. His passion for us empowers Him to demonstrate His authority and victory over our enemies. Jesus is the full testimony of His passion for us and His zeal to cause us to receive His true liberty of life. His passion is fueled by His love for us as children of God. I believe His justice is a justice of love and this is what He wears in the very substance of His being. God is good and He loves us as a Father loves his children.
Isaiah 59:17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
In days of trouble, we tend to look for God’s rescue from the midst of our trouble. Perhaps we should simply be looking to His love. His heartbeat is for a relationship with us. His thoughts are for our salvation, and He is clothed in a zealous passion to destroy all our enemies. Better than what He does, is who He is in our lives.
This is not a time to be distracted by the news of the day. It is time to be attached to the presence of God in all things, and at all times. God has made a way for our hearts to turn from our ways to His ways. His Spirit is upon us, and His word is in our mouths.
Isaiah 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the LORD. 21 “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the LORD, “from this time and forevermore.”
Christ in us is the hope of glory in every phase of our lives. God’s love for us is not just some external influence of His presence. It is an internal and external reality in our lives. This is the covenant of eternal life in Christ. It is for us and for our children and our children’s children. When we seek Him, He willingly comes and abides in us and with us in life. This should be our focus in such a day as this.
Ted J. Hanson
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