Life Defines the Boundaries

Greetings,

Today I am heading back to Las Vegas after several great days at CitiLife Church in Deming, New Mexico. God was very good. God is joining lives for the purpose of life! We are being defined by God as children of the tree of life. It was a great time in Deming, but I am blessed today to get a couple more days with two of my grandbabies in route to my next destination. We will no doubt play and celebrate life together!

Does God judge? Many believe that there is no judgment in God, but God’s judgment is a boundary of life meant to guide, lead, and transform people into His way of life. It is created by the flow of life. God’s judgments are the boundaries defined by life. In the same way that a river cuts boundaries causing the course of the river to be defined, God’s boundaries are defined by His flow of life. The boundaries do not define the river, it is the flow of water created the boundaries that define its direction of flow. The point is the flow of the river, the direction of the river, and the destination of the river. It is a source of life, a course of life, and it carries a destiny of life for a final goal. God is a giver and not a taker, thus the judgments of God are the places outside of His flow of life. They appear as a consequence upon all things that destroy the testimony of true life in Him. God is not one who shames men, but rather heals them of all of their shame. We cannot be healed of our shame if we continue to live in our shame. Things that do not produce life for the generations cannot be the true life that God has for us. This is true in the natural and in the spirit. There are shameful things in the natural and shameful things in the spirit that are not the path of destiny for sons and daughters of God in Christ. We can only be healed of our shame when God comes into our shame and transforms us from the guilt of shame and then leads us into the path of life that does not lead to shame again.

Isaiah 2:4 He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

The word rebuke in this verse is the Hebrew word, h3198. יָכַח yâḵaḥ; a primitive root meaning; to be right(i.e. correct); reciprocal, to argue; causatively, to decide, justify or convict.

God does not condemn us, but He does convict us. He doesn’t just condone our flaws, He desires to transform our character. He wants to transform our lives to become as they should be in Him. We were born to be the likeness and the image of God in the earth. We are God’s agents of life to all things. Love cannot be defined by what we deserve or what we get from another, but by the fruit of life it produces for our family name. It has to be life-giving in a generational way to be the true life of God. We cannot be takers of life and fulfill our true calling, testimony, and destiny in Christ. God wants to bring heaven into our hearts and our minds to change us by the power of His internal kingdom of life. In this, there is a means of transformation that causes us to become as we should be. The rebuke of the Lord is not a matter of right and wrong, it is a matter of life and death. When we choose things that are outside of the character of God and call it life, or call it love, we are deceived. God is life! God is love! He can define us, but we cannot define Him. It is only when we allow Him to transform us to become like Him that we can see our weapons of death become the tending tools of life. It is only then that swords can become plowshares and spears can become pruning hooks. We cannot lay down our swords without embracing the process of being plowed. We cannot lay down our spears without embracing the process of pruning. We must be willing to be changed and we must expect to be changed. It is a supernatural thing and is impossible apart from Christ.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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The Name Above All Names

Greetings

Today I am in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bonnie and I have been spending several days with our children and grandchildren. It is great being with family. We have been working on their new house and enjoying time together in a rich and wonderful way. It will be hard to leave and I will look forward to coming again soon. I will be off in a few days to New Mexico, but then back for a couple of days before I head out again.

Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Wherever God’s presence rests, His presence subdues. His presence changes everything in our lives and even in the environment around us. The name of Jesus is higher than any other name. He is salvation in every situation. We are the place God lives. He rests in our lives. When God rests in our lives the beliefs of our hearts change. When the beliefs of our hearts change, the actions of our lives change. We choose a different path of walking. When we choose a different path of walking, a different way of doing things in our lives, we end up entertaining different imaginations in our hearts. The strongholds of our hearts end up being strongholds of God’s love and the empowering transformations of the imaginations of our minds. When our imaginations change we envision a world around us that is empowered and transformed by our Father’s will in heaven. We end up seeing things as they are in heaven, thus we end up influencing the world around us by heaven’s grace. We become testimonies of the word of God. The expressions of God become the expressions of our lives. We become the embodiment of the word of God that influences our world in heavenly ways. We prove that there is no gap between us and God and the world around us becomes influenced by the power of Christ in us. By these things we testify that as blessings we live to be blessings in our world. We seek to give greater value to those things that are beyond our lives. We live to multiply and not merely add blessings to our own lives. We see ourselves as significant for the sake of others, not merely living for our own success in life. The result is a multigenerational influence that transforms the word beyond our lives. This is how we discover the reason for which we were born. We were born for the generations of our family name. Our family name is nothing less than the name of Jesus and the testimony of Christ in all things.

Isaiah 2:2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.

When we lose our lives in Christ, we actually find them. God doesn’t want us to lose our life, He wants us to finally really find it. When we lay our false lives down, we find our true lives in Christ. The latter days and nothing more than the loss of what is false to finally find what is true. My last day was forty-five years ago when I invited Christ into my heart. It was that the I began to discover the presence of God in my life. The name of Jesus has continually proven to be greater than any other name in my life. His name is above every name that is less than life that has tried to rob me of my true life that can only be found in Christ. All the other high places in my heart are transformed by the name that is above all names. I find my identity in Christ because of the power of Jesus name. His name is above all other names and His name is the name that presides in the house of God in heaven and upon the earth.

Psalms 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 And He has exalted the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints—of the children of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord! 

Ephesians 1:19 …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

It is a wonderful thing to be a part of the house of the Lord. His name will fill every aspect of our lives and we can know increasing life for all the days of our lives. The name of Jesus is above all other names and we are part of that family name.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Identity in the Name of Jesus

Greetings,

It is another wonderful sunny day in Bellingham. Summer is upon us and there is life all around. I had a blessed day yesterday at Everyone’s Church in Mount Vernon, Washington. Thank you Pastor Brice and the wonderful people of Skagit County. It was good to see you and see your hunger for God’s presence and His word.

Our blood gives us our identity. The blood of the flesh gives us an identity of the flesh. The blood of the New Covenant is the grace that comes to us through the life that Jesus gave. I believe that the blood of the New Covenant is the life of the Holy Spirit empowering the inner man of each of us. Together we are called to be the body of Christ and individually we are life-giving members. Who we are is not based upon who we are apart from Christ. Who we are can only be discovered in Christ. God’s mercy was given to us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary. God’s mercy justifies each and every human being to live, but it is the only the grace of God that empowers us to receive life, become an expression of life, and be givers of life to our worlds.

The shed blood of Jesus upon the tree at Calvary was a judgment of mercy for us all. The only place we can truly find the blood of the cross is at the throne of grace. It is there that we find mercy that frees us from the administration of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil and it there that we find access to a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. The true gift given by the cross is not the death of Jesus, it is a connection with His life on the throne. A connection with Holy Spirit is the true testimony of the cross. It is the life of the Spirit that gives meaning to the cross.

Mercy ends our past and grace empowers us in the present to know the increasing glories of God in our lives. The testimony of the cross is not merely what happened two thousand years ago on the grounds of Calvary. The testimony of the cross is found at the throne of grace. Knowing Jesus in His resurrection life is the testimony of His death. Christ in us is the hope of the glory and Christ in us testifies of the blood Jesus shed at Calvary. Jesus offered His life in the flesh so that all flesh could know Him in the power of His resurrection.

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The only thing that can proclaim that Jesus died on the cross for us is for us to drink the cup of the Spirit. This is the cup ‘after supper’. It is fellowship with the Holy Spirit that proclaims the death of Jesus.

Luke 22:17-20 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

It was the cup that Jesus took after the cup ‘after supper’ that He called the blood of the New Covenant. According to the law, this isn’t theologically correct. The cup ‘after supper’ in the Seder meal is not the cup of blood. The cup before the meal is the cup of blood. Jesus called the cup ‘after supper’ the cup of blood. He separated the blood of the Old Covenant from the blood of the New Covenant. The cup after the supper ion the Sader meal was the cup of Hallel, the cup of Praise. This is the cup of the Holy Spirit. This is the cup that proclaims His death. This cup is a cup of personal relationship with God in our hearts. It is the cup of finding our life, expression, and very being in Christ. It is through Jesus that we are given access to our place of predestination in Christ. It is only in our predestination in Christ that we can discover our place in the calling of Christ. He gives us life, so that we can know life, become life, and give life to others in our world.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Identity, Testimony, Destiny

Greetings,

Today I am home in Bellingham. I had a great week in Castlegar, BC, and yesterday was a wonderful day at Alife. This is a season of fruitfulness. Roots have been tested and shoots and new fruits are at hand. Don’t be distracted by other branches. Be the testimony of life that God has called you to be in the place of your planting. Hold fast to your place in the calling of Christ and the fruit of Christ will be manifest in your place of divine connection.

When man-kind ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil their true identity, testimony, and destiny as the likeness and image of God in the earth was exchanged for an identity, testimony and destiny of self. We are a part in the whole body of the bride of Christ. He is the head and we are the body. Together we are a testimony of the great I AM, but we are each a stone of Christ comprising the fullness of Christ in the form of a community of His presence, His testimony, and His purpose in the earth. This is the testimony of the eternal Adam and Eve that can fulfill the mandate of being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing, and demonstrating dominion.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

What is the simplicity that is in Christ? What does it mean to embrace a different Jesus, a different spirit, or a different good news? Jesus is our Salvation. The name Jesus means, God Saves. Salvation is not just our entrance into heaven beyond this world, it is the entrance of heaven into our lives now, here upon the earth. Eternal life is to know God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son (Jn. 17:3). God gives us life. Through Jesus the life of Christ is given to us in our hearts. It is the testimony of true righteousness. We have an internal relationship with God and it is the power of Christ in us that empowers us to be part of His calling. He makes us come alive. No other name can empower us to truly live. No external force can empower us to come alive. True life comes from God, not from self-seeking. We cannot find ourselves, we must find who we are in Christ. Only Christ in us can cause us to come alive and to take on our true identity. It is a deception to think that life can come from any other source. No external opportunity, promise, or power can cause us to be who we are meant to be in our part of the calling of Christ. Jesus gives us our true identity. If we receive a different source, we receive a different identity and we end up putting up with something less than our calling in Christ.

The Holy Spirit is the only life-giving Spirit. He is the one who gives us our testimony in Christ. We are part of an inheritance that belongs to God. It is not according to our agenda, but according to the God’s plan to bring His heavenly influence into our world. Our true testimony is not a testimony of our personal abilities, it is a testimony of God’s ability in our lives. We were born in Christ to be one with Christ. There is no gap between our spirits and the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit in our lives is the testimony of true peace and all that is in heaven is flowing into our hearts and overflowing in our lives to be a testimony of heavenly things in our earthly realities. If we receive a different spirit, we may have to put up with a testimony that is not what our testimony is meant to be. A different spirit could be a spirit of competition, a spirit of success, a spirit of bitterness, unforgiveness, self-preservation, or an endless list of spirits that lead to something less than our testimony in Christ. We are part of Christ and Christ is in us. He gives us breath. We are an expression of Him in our world. What is the spiritual letter that God wants to write in and through our lives? His spiritual letter upon our hearts and minds, both individually and as a corporate testimony of Christ, is the testimony of His life sent to overcome all things in our worlds.

What is a different good news? God, our Father, wants to partner with us in all things. We are one with Jesus as the body of Christ in connection with His headship as the head of Christ. We are joined in Christ for the will of our Father in heaven. The power at work in our lives is the same power that rose Jesus from the dead. It is a power that causes us to walk upon the ground before us to bring God’s life to the formerly impoverished territories of the earth. The good news is not about our lives, it is a partnership with God for the generations of humanity before us. We are part of a multigenerational destiny in Christ. Our joy is an internal partnership with God as our Father. He is our friend and He gives us all things. He partners with us to subdue the principalities, powers, might, dominions, and names that have formerly possessed the territories of our destiny in Christ.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Godly Jealousy

Greetings;

Today I am in Castlegar, BC, Canada. We have had a great weekend at the church here and a gathering of people from the area have been hungry, willing, and teachable. God’s presence was wonderful, and people’s hearts were hungry and receptive for what the Holy Spirit desired to give them. There are shoots of New Covenant life and grace planted for the increase of God’s glory. Our theme was the Simplicity of Devotion based upon Paul’s writing to the church of Corinth.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

These verses begin with Paul expressing his heart concerning Godly jealousy for the church of Corinth. We can apply Paul’s appeal to them to God’s heart for His church today. God’s jealousy is different than the jealousy of men. When people become jealous it is because they feel something that should be theirs is being given to someone else. Their jealousy is based upon what they are not getting. God is not a taker. He is a giver. His jealousy is different than ours. He wants to give us more than we want to allow Him to give. He doesn’t need anything from us. He gives life, breath, and all things. He wants to give to us identity, testimony, and destiny. We are called to find our place of predestination in Christ as part of His calling, His inheritance, and His power that subdues death with the power of His resurrection life. This is true dominion as the revealing the life-giving truth of each “i am” in Christ that comprises the many-membered body of Christ that crumbles every lie beneath the feet of Christ. That Christ is both the headship of Jesus and the Church as the body of Christ. It is the testimony of an eternal Adam and an eternal Eve that brings glory to God the Father in all things. It is a partnership of God and man that fulfills the mandate of God in heaven and upon the earth. That dominion is the fruit of intimacy with God who is life, thus life fills all in all and affects the worlds of men.

Paul’s point in writing was to clarify the identity, testimony, and destiny of who we are in Christ. We are part of an eternal Eve and the secret to discovering who we are is found through an intimate love relationship with God that fulfills the purpose of His life-giving Spirit in the earth. We are the Proverb’s chapter 31 woman dealing in the real estate of the earth on behalf of our Husband who sits in the gate. We purchase the real-estate of the earth in our family name and we weave relationships in the earth for the fullness of His glory.

Our purpose is determined by our connection with Jesus, the One who gives us our identity. He gives us the true spiritual DNA of life. Holy Spirit gives us our God-given testimony as a part of God’s inheritance. It is God our Father who partners with us in all things to give us our part in the destiny of the family business of life. Even as the serpent deceived Eve it is possible for members of the body of Christ to be deceived. In the original fall, Eve was deceived and then Adam ate. When the “one flesh” of Adam and Eve ate, there was a disconnect from the Spirit of God as the administration of man’s heart. Information became the presiding force of human administration and a love relationship of trust with God was lost. The power of internal transformation was abandoned, and the destiny of man-kind became a destiny of self instead of a fulfillment of the mandate to bring the fruitfulness of the God of the garden to every barren place of the earth. It wasn’t until Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that the full disconnect happened for man – male and female as the one flesh testimony of God in the earth to fulfill the calling, testimony, and destiny – things that can only be fulfilled by God resting in human identity upon the earth.

In the original fall, Eve was deceived and then Adam ate the fruit and man (male and female) became disconnected, separate, and independent of God. The moment Adam ate, sin entered into mankind. Sin didn’t enter until Adam ate. Eve was deceived, but when Adam ate man-kind became disconnected from being able to be truly God-kind. I believe if Adam had not eaten, but had loved instead, that Eve could have been freed from her deception. Perhaps Adam and Eve could have been whole and holy before God, but when the headship embraced the fruit of the tree it was the full embracing of independence from intimacy with God. When Adam bit of that tree mankind become sinners. They became disconnected in their hearts from God. Jesus came to reconnect us to intimacy with God in Christ. Jesus is the eternal life-giving Adam to all who are in Christ. He has reconciled us to God and the sting of death does not need to prevail over us anymore. His love covers us even when we are deceived, but can we be deceived? What is that deception? That deception is seen in choosing an identity, a testimony, and a destiny that robs us of experiencing the life, breath, and all things that God wants to give to us.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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The Place of the Inner Man

Greetings,

It was great being home in my family church this Sunday. Pastor Jonathan gave a great word on walking in the way of peace. We hear God with our spirits, not our souls and it is by the power of Christ in us that we can bring life to our world. Life comes from the internal kingdom of life and it is the kingdom of God within our hearts that sets our path to destiny.

I used to believe that God is in control. That is what Bible teachers told me, but I have read my Bible more carefully and I have discovered that throughout the Scripture is says that God owns everything, but He did an amazing thing. He put what He owns into the hands of those that He loves, even those that don’t love Him.

Psalms 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!

We must be intimate with the one who owns it all, so we can bring His life to the world given to us for the glory of His name. We are all little lords and kings born to be intimate with the King of kings and the Lord of lords that we might become givers of life to our worlds, even as our Father in heaven is a giver of life in all things! The kingdom of God is an internal kingdom of the human heart that changes the external expressions of men. The kingdom of God within our hearts is a matter of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is rooted in the human spirit and it inspires the human soul from the life of God’s Spirit inspiring our human spirit within. This is the strength of our inner man. This is what Paul was praying for in regard to the church of Ephesus.

Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

God made human beings less than gods, but He put them in control of what He created. God is in charge, but man is in control. When we misrepresent God with what we are in control of we damage the reputation of the One who owns all things. Man has dominion over angels and all created things. Human beings will judge angels. Who is in control? Human beings are in control, but they need to know that in order to be in control they need to be intimately connected to the one who owns it. They need to be intimate with the one who is charge. This answers the question, if God is good why do bad things happen? God is not in control, but He has a hope that the more we manifest as sons and daughters the more the earth will be liberated from its corruption. We are kings and lords of what is in the sphere of our rule, but we are not kings like the kings of the world. We are not lords like the lords of the world. We are kings like our King Jesus, the One who gives life in all things. We are lords like our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who serves to bring life to all things.

Let me make this practical. God is not in control of your marriage, but He is in charge. Your marriage can be wonderful or disastrous. It can only be wonderful if each partner gets intimate with the One who is in charge. If I as Bonnie Hanson’s husband do not seek to become a place where God lives, to become the husband that God lives in, I cannot be the husband that Bonnie needs. If I choose to be the husband who is smart, our marriage will not succeed. Being the husband who has enough information of good and enough information of evil, so I can judge when my wife is good and when my wife is evil, will bring destruction to our marriage. If that is my choice of administration, I have already chosen a recipe for disaster, a plan for destruction in my marriage. The only way that our marriage can become a testimony of heaven is for both of us to choose to become a place where God lives. Ted and Bonnie Hanson must become a place where God lives in order to bring life to all that we are in control of. We cannot be in control of one another, but we can be in control of our own hearts. This will bring life to all that is beyond us. It is only then that the decisions we make in the things we are in control of will take on a different testimony. We won’t be living upon judgments of things that look formless, void and dark but our decisions will be based upon hope, promise, and expectation. This is the only place where love holds no record of wrong. We are on a journey to increasingly become that place. It is a place where God lives, and it always promises hope.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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God’s Rest, The Foundation of Purpose

Greetings,

I had a great week last week in the Netherlands with House Of Praise Ede. I had some great meetings with the leaders and I was also able to get a lot of work done during the day. I finished editing another training course with Portuguese translation. This past weekend I have been with C4 Church in Clay Cross, England. We have had a great time of teaching, relational connection, and the wonderful presence of God. The sun was shining in the U.K. and so was the Son of God shining in people’s hearts!

The presence of God in our lives empowers us to do supernatural things. The presence of God will empower us to overcome difficult things. The objective of our lives is not merely to overcome wicked things. It is to be a place where God lives in the earth, but when we are that place we overcome all wicked things. The secret to overcoming wicked things is not found in our ability to be smart. It is found in our ability to be strong in the presence of God. When God rests in our lives everything in and around us comes under His peace.

When Christ centered people come through difficult things, and they don’t smell like smoke, it proves that God was in their lives. They have discovered the place in the East, a place of new beginnings and new days. God lives in our lives in the East. It is a place that promises hope. It promises life. We experience a sunrise each and every day and it promises a new day. I live in the Northwest of the U.S. where there are often grey skies during the winter months, but even on those days the sun is shining above the clouds. The sky becomes filled with light even on a gray day, because beyond what we can see the sun is on. In each and every day there is always hope. There can always be an expectation of a new day. The place where God lives is a place of true light and it is a place of promise. It is a place of expectation. It is the only place where we can say, He is able to do things exceedingly above and beyond anything we could possibly ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

If you are too smart you won’t be able to see it, but if you are connected you will be able to say it. He is able do things above and beyond what you can even ask or think. Intimacy with God who is the true Light of Life will give you hope, but natural awareness and the knowledge of good and evil will blind you to the truth. True enlightenment is not knowing something in your mind, it is intimacy with God in your heart.

When you find the place where God rests, you find the foundation for your purpose. In the world people seek purpose so that one day they might rest. The family of God finds purpose from the place where God rests. Sons and daughters of God know that God rests in their lives. That rest is not because God is tired, it is because He is hopeful. He is full of expectation. He is at peace. He is not worried. He gives life, He gives breath, and He gives all things in environments that welcome Him. That is who He is, not just what He does. It is what happens when He walks into the room. In the kingdom of God, we don’t live for purpose so that one day we might rest. We live from rest, so that we can grow in human purpose. We can live in and for the purpose of our heavenly Father.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Good works do not get us into Christ, but Christ in us empowers us to discover the works that have been prepared for us. I have changed my thinking on some things. I used to believe that King Jesus destroys the kings of the world. I used to think that Jesus the Lord destroys the lords of the world. In recent years I have discovered that He doesn’t destroy them, He converts them and transforms them. I have discovered that God doesn’t need anything, but to be Himself He has to give life, breath, and all good things. He has a need. His need is to give life, to give breath, and to give all things. He doesn’t get His identity out of that. He is secure in His identity. He is life. He is love. He is good. He is many attributes that describe who He is. It depends upon the angle we look from as well as the moment and the circumstance. To be Himself, He needs an environment where He can give.

Be the place that can receive the life of God today. Be hungry for His presence. His presence will give you your true identity. Be willing to become an expression of Him in your world. He gives breath. He is the word, but you are the voice. He is the paint, but you are the painting. He is expressive, but you are the poem. He is the notes, but you are the song. Be teachable in all things, because He is willing to partner with you in all things. He can even take what an enemy intends for evil and turn it for good. When God rests in your life you can expect good things. You can expect life!

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Progress For the Portuguese World

Thank You,

Thank you so much to those of you who have been able to contribute to our cause. More courses are being developed for the Portuguese speaking world. Your prayers and financial support are making it possible for House of Bread Ministry to reach the world. If God blesses you to bless us, please consider supporting House of Bread Ministry. Checks Payable to: House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA  98225

Online Donations can be made above at the column to the right.

A Sample of Portuguese Projects for Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, and Guinea-Bissau:

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The Place He Transforms Us

Greetings,

Today I am in Ede, Netherlands. I have a great weekend with House Of Praise Ede. God touched us with His presence from the internal Kingdom of Heaven. I am happy to report that there are hungry people in the Netherlands and that God is pouring out His love.

Jesus came to make it possible for God to rest in human lives. This is a present truth. The secret to our ability to lead our congregations, the secret to being men and women of God, the secret to our families, the secret to be able to give identity to the world around us that needs it, is all found in God resting in our lives. We need to know the God of the garden. We need to know the God of the garden who brings about the fruitfulness of the garden, so we can go to the barrenness of the earth and turn it into the fruitfulness of His life in every way. We are here to go to the barren places of the world and to turn it into the fruitfulness of the God of the garden. To do that is not dependent upon how hard we work. It depends upon from where we work. We have to be the place where God rests.

I am 45 years old in Christ and this is so fresh in me. It is the place of first love. It is not the place of first experience. It is the place of constant first experiences. We can never return to a first experience, though first experiences are very often wonderful. We can all remember times in our lives, or in the expressions of what He has entrusted to us, where there have been good and bad times. We want the good times, but we can never repeat a single good time from the past. We can only give identity to today. We can only create new experiences. If we try to create the past experience, if we try to create the experience we see in others, it won’t be a first.  It will only be 2nd, a 3rd, a 1000th, or a 10,000th. Repeated experiences can only diminish, they cannot offer the wonder of what is only first. God wants to give us multiple experiences and they happen because we become the place of first love.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Do you understand the mercy of God? Do you understand how good He is? Mercy ends the past. He passed over our sins. He looked at our formless, void and dark places and He saw who we were. Then He touched us, and He breathed into us the breath of life. He planted a place of life for us and He put us there. So, we need to present our bodies a living sacrifice. Let this be the place where He lives.

Taste and know that He is good. Don’t fall for the lie that you need to know what you are doing. Don’t fall for the lie that you need to be smart. Hold fast to the truth that He will transform your way of thinking and your way of being from the inside out. He will change the beliefs of your heart and inspire new thinking in your mind that is inspired from within your heart. He will prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God in your life because He rests in you.

We need the places of our lives to become the place where He rests. When God rests in our marriage, our church, in the nation, or wherever; things will be healed. God wants to rest in our lives!

Father, thank you that we can say, “Father”. Thank you that you that we can see what we cannot see naturally. We can know what we don’t know. We want to be happy to not need to know. Hearing God is not about knowing what to do. It is about knowing You God. We want to return to that place where knowing you is sufficient. We want our churches to be that place, a place where you rest. Let us experience the poetry of your presence that inspires your testimony of life from within our hearts.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION to help us today. Your donation will help us reach the nations with the message of New Covenant Life and Grace. Prayer and finances are needed for the task to be accomplished that is before us.

Thank you to all of you who have partnered with me in prayer and support. More resources are being developed and we are moving forward with reaching the nations with the message of New Covenant Life and Grace. Many doors of influence have opened for House of Bread Ministry. I need your help to do all that is before me. 

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225.

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We Don’t Need to be Smart

Greetings;

Today I am once again in Bellingham. I had a great time in Las Vegas, Nevada visiting my grandchildren and now a great weekend at Alife and more grandchildren. Life is good.

In the garden of Eden all the trees were good to look at. All the trees were good for food, but there was one tree that was different than the rest. It was not different because it looked nice. All of the trees were pleasing to the eyes. It was not different because it was good for food. All the trees of the garden were good food. They all tasted good and could be desired. The only difference between this tree and all the other trees was that it made you smart. It made it so man would know what he was doing, therefore, he would always think he could know what he was doing. It made man independent. Therefore, it made man unable to subdue his enemies, but vulnerable to being subdued by them. The last thing we need to be, is smart. We don’t need an increase of the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil. It is by reason of use that we can discern the difference. What gives us reason of use? God resting in our lives. This is not us working so that we can rest. Rest is not the end of purpose. Rest is the foundation for purpose, but that rest is not a human rest. That rest is God resting in our lives, because He is satisfied with the identity, testimony, and destiny that He sees in humanity.

After the fall, when man chose the knowledge of good and evil, men had to be governed by their human spirit that was now disconnected from God’s Spirit. This was an administration of human conscience. The human conscience is not the Holy Spirit, it is the human spirit. It is in every human being. It is a voice that is a knowledge of good and knowledge of evil. It is not the voice that was intended to be the government of human beings. The government of human beings was meant to be a union of the human spirit and the Holy Spirit. When Holy Spirit rests in the human spirit, the human spirit begins to receive life-giving thoughts, strategies, desires, emotions, and imaginations that come from the Spirit of God inspiring their own spirits from within. When the human spirit is independent, it becomes vulnerable to enemies that it cannot subdue.

So, after the fall in Genesis, from chapter 3 to chapter 6, we find 1500 years of covenantal history. During this time, we find that human beings had partnered with angels and angels had partnered with humanity. The independence of humanity had not only created perversions of their own identity, they had participated in creating perversions in the spiritual heavens. The Pseudepigrapha writings of the Jews, like the mythological writings of many cultures, are an account of a mixing of heaven beings and humanity. They are probably not accurate in their perspective from humanity, but all cultures of humanity have something in their history that tells a story where angels and humans mixed. The Bible mentions it only briefly because it is not the main event, but it was a reality. My point is this; when humans lost the ability for God to rest in their lives, bad things happened in heaven and on earth.

In the midst of that time, there was a family of the house of Noah who had a conscience that was right towards God. Noah was righteous in his generation. According to the knowledge that we have today, he may not have been righteous. But according to the knowledge of his day, he was righteous. His name was Noah, which means rest.God decided He could rest in this family with the hope of repopulating the earth for God’s purpose through the vessels of men. As in the beginning, the starting point for something redemptive and new was one of God resting in men. God could rest in the family of Noah. After the flood, God confirmed the covenant with Noah.

Genesis 9:1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

God said to be fruitful, multiply and fill; He did not say subdue and have dominion. It was then that God implemented human law. This continued until the time that God gave humanity His law. From the time of Noah to the time of Moses there was human law and from the time of Moses to the time of Jesus there was Torah law, but the law was not sufficient to create a place where God could rest. God could not rest in men until the time that Jesus came. He was born of the Spirit and born of the flesh. He was a man and as a son of God. He was another Adam, with another Eve inside of Him. He came, not to fix God’s world, but to fix the human world. God never had a problem with Satan. There has never been a competition between God and the devil. There has never been a time where God was worried about what He would do. There has never ever been a possibility of Satan winning. The only ones who had a problem with Satan was humanity. They signed the deed of the earth over to the Devil when they forsook the ability to be the place where God rests.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION to help us today. Your donation will help us reach the nations with the message of New Covenant Life and Grace. Prayer and finances are needed for the task to be accomplished that is before us.

Thank you to all of you who have partnered with me in prayer and support. More resources are being developed and we are moving forward with reaching the nations with the message of New Covenant Life and Grace. Many doors of influence have opened for House of Bread Ministry. I need your help to do all that is before me. 

Donations can be made at the above right link or mail your donation to House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, Wa. 98225.

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