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Today I am in California spending some time with my family that lives here – Aaron, Amani, Kaden, and Zaria. We are having a great time and I am looking forward to several more days with these loves of my heart. The friendship of family is surely a testimony of an abundant life.
God wants us to know Him as our friend and us as His friend. We see Him as our friend through a personal connection in our hearts, but also Him through others. When God presented this thought to me, I was challenged in my thinking. I have lived long enough to know friends, but also the disappointment of losing friends. Some I have lost through miss understanding, some through deception and betrayal, and others through physical death. In any case, those friends that I lost are dead to a living relationship with me today. I realize that my expectations of friendship can’t be fulfilled in any single human form. It takes many people together to reveal who God is in my life as my friend. My wife Bonnie says that friends come in pieces. One can be your best friend in this, another in that, and yet another in a different way altogether. Together they reveal what true friendship really is. We must learn to see and embrace the friendship of God in human form in our lives. That friendship can’t be found in a single person. That friendship is revealed in pieces to give to us a greater testimony of God’s friendship in our lives.
Friends in the flesh are only a portion of the testimony of who God is as our friend. No human being can replace Him as our friend. Because of this, friends come in pieces. We must look for God as our friend in pieces of humanity. If we seek to abide in a friendship relationship with God in life, we too will be expressions of God’s friendship to others in our world. Like all human expressions we are only a piece, but we can each be a piece of the bread of God’s friendship in our world.
The following is a portion of the prophetic flow released at Alife Church the weekend before last. I am also attaching an audio version of all the prophecy given as well to this blog because I felt the prophetic atmosphere is significant of what God is doing with us as His family in this season. God is our friend, and He is revealing Himself in the many pieces of His community.
I saw an archery bow and an arrow and I heard God say, “The archery bow is My promise and I’m calling you to hold on to My promises. Hold on to the things that I’ve said. Hold on to the things that I’ve declared about you. Because it’s not about the bow, it’s about the arrow, and the arrow is you. For I put you in My promises and My promises only serve who you are. You are not the servant of My promises. My promises are because I believe in you. So, I’m forming you, I’m fashioning you to be my sons, to be my daughters. It doesn’t matter what the enemy’s resistance is, you are the sharp arrows that will meet every enemy in the place of influence. Because the influence of My love in your life is greater than any influence of the hate of the enemy. The influence of freedom and release of My Spirit in you is greater any resistance against that. So, hold tightly to My promises, but understand it’s not what you hold on to that is My will. It’s who you are, that is My will. So, hold on to the bow because I’m sending you forth as My arrows to fulfill My purpose, a testimony of My love,” says God.
We must fully embrace knowing God as our friend to be an expression of God’s family in the earth. As the family of God, we will be known as the people of God in the earth, but that testimony is one of being loved by God and being the expression of God’s love to our world. We are each a piece of God’s testimony of love and life. Weapons of the enemy have been formed against this, but we are the weapons of God’s life. We are being stretched in the bow, stretched in the promises of God, so that we can be drawn close to God and see what He sees. When we see what He sees, we will become the sharp arrows of grace and truth that will pierce through the influence of our enemies with the influence of God’s love. God is our friend, and we are expressions of who He is to our world.
Ted J. Hanson
Prophetic Words at ALife on 9/4/2022
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