Friendship – A Foundation In Christ

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I had a great week and weekend with a trip to see long standing friends in Northern Ireland and then a great time with the family church of the De Fakkel in Utrecht, Netherlands. God showed up in wonderful ways. We witnessed God transitioning the church to a new season with a further step into destiny. The Holy Spirit manifested with the cassia oil and some people were freed from some things in their lives. God is good!

I have been addressing the topic of friendship in these past months as God has challenged me to know that the greatest thing that I am learning is that He is my friend. While reviewing some prophecies of the past, my attention was brought to the following word given by me in 2009. I was surprised to see this and did not even recall giving it until seeing it now. It is very relevant to what God has been saying to me in these past months.

Ted J. Hanson – 2009

The Lord says, “In this hour, for My people, for My family, for My body, there’s going to come a new understanding of favor – it’s My friendship.”

The Lord says, “It’s not in the testing that favor is discovered, it’s discovering the favor that enables you to endure all tests. It’s not in the absence of the tests that favor is proven, but the favor is there, and the favor prevails all tests. I’m bringing My people to an hour where they will understand – they will receive that understanding that ‘I am your friend’. From that place I am empowering My people in friendship. I am empowering them not only to be My friend, but to be a friend to the thing that cries out from the earth for life. It’s in that favor – not as some treasure earned, not as in some reward given, not just as a prize that’s attained – it’s in the deepest intimacy and the strongest expression of love and favor to understand that I have chosen to declare that you’re My friends – and that I am your friend,” says God.

There have been many tests in past years for me, my local church community, other church communities that I know, and the nations of the world. I have even wrestled with knowing that God’s favor is on my life and on the lives of others that I know. In the past couple of years, and especially the past few months, I have increasingly become secure in knowing that God’s favor is upon us as His children. God is revealing a deeper intimacy with us in the Spirit. He is our friend! Knowing that God is our friend will make us unshakeable in every shaking circumstance.

At the beginning of this year God told me that 2022 would be a year of knowing God’s peace. Peace is a celebration of a connection to God in all things and all times. It is shared with our relational connections in life because it is a testimony of our connection with God. It is a celebration of being loved by God and sharing the fruit of that love with others. It is evidenced with heavenly blessings in our earthly circumstance.

I am growing to know that peace is given to us because God is our friend and when we receive a revelation of that divine connection, we celebrate being friends with God. In this, we invite others to know the friendship of God in their lives. We even see God in others as a testimony of His friendship to us. We also become a testimony of God as a friend to others in our world.

A friend doesn’t need anything from another, but rather lives to give life to another, expand life through another, and partner with others for sake of fulfilling the purpose of giving life to the world. A friend is a giver and not a taker. A friend finds their identity in giving life to others from substance of who they are. God is our friend, and He wants us to live as His friends and as friends to one another. This is the testimony of being the family of God – the people of God in the world.


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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