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I was blessed to minister at my home church on Sunday. I have been a part of Alife Church (Abundant Life) for more than 31 years. It is always good to be home. Thank you to all that came and to those who tuned in online. Blessings to you all in your journey as you live your lives from the inside out. Christ in you is the hope of glory!
In the birthing of the church in the first century, there was a great persecution that was an attempt to destroy the birthing firstfruit body of Christ. Anti-Christ sought to destroy all that was Christ, but all that was Christ overcame and the anti-Christ opposition was destroyed by their own weapons of war. The weapons of the flesh were no match for the weapons of God’s Spirit and the church proved in its foundation to be a spiritual house of destiny for the ages to come. The first century believers overcame by the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even unto death. They had discovered the testimony of being living stones in the living house of God. They were stones that knew the love of God and held on to hearing God’s voice in their hearts. The hate of their enemies could not destroy the revelation of God’s love in their hearts. The testimony of Jesus being the fulfillment of Passover was a revelation within them. The blood of the Lamb was a testimony of the mercy and grace of God. They were alive to God in their hearts, even in the face of opposition and persecution of their day. Like the large stones shadowed in the temple of Solomon, those comprising the temple of the New Covenant body of Christ were unshakeable in their foundation.
The first century church knew the testimony of Pentecost fulfilled. They were growing both in an inward and an outward testimony of being the body of Christ. The fruit of the Spirit and the charisma of the Spirit were proof of the word of their testimony. No power of the enemy could triumph over their testimony of being empowered by the Holy Spirit in their lives. The values of God were revealed in the overcoming testimony of their lives.
The first century church knew the testimony of Tabernacles fulfilled in that they lived in partnership with God as their Father in all things. That partnership also included a partnership with one another as a tabernacle of God’s presence in all things. The zeal of the house of God had lit a fire in their hearts that empowered them to live for the purpose and destiny of the birthing and growing church in all things. Their relationship with God and with one another was the fruit of being shaped by God their Father to fit together for His will in the earth. They held on to this testimony even in the face of death, and for some it was even unto death by the hand of their persecutors.
What happened in the firstfruit church established the substance and the testimony for an overcoming church in every generation to come. As believers in Christ, we live, move, and have our being in Christ. We have embraced a revelation of God’s love in our hearts, and we can overcome every weapon of hate by the voice of God in our hearts. We can know the increasing testimony of the Holy Spirit in and upon our lives in a supernatural testimony of life. The fruit and power of God’s Spirit will bring us increased life and we will overcome the resistances of lack by God’s grace of more. We can know the increasing testimony of tabernacles with God as our Father.
Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
We overcome the enemies of God by finding our identify in God by the mercy of the blood of the Lamb. We find our testimony by being submerged in His Spirit in every circumstance of our lives. We partner with God as our Father in the power of His love and our kingdoms become testimonies of His purpose of glory. It is for the zeal of the house of God that we live! We don’t live to fulfill our will in the earth. We live for the will of God and for the power of His kingdom to come. Our identity is found in our part in the calling of Christ. Our testimony is found in our part in the inheritance of Christ. Our purpose is found in being part of the power of the God to be a part of the body of Christ, the fullness of Him in all things. It is by this that we can expect to see the glory of God fill the earth. He who began a good work in us, will be faithful to complete it.
Habakkuk 2:14 (also Isa. 11:9) For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Ted J. Hanson
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