A Day of Grace

Greetings,

Today’s blog is a little late. I have been traveling all day and I am now on my way home after a very successful time in Portugal and Spain. Thank you to all of you who have supported me in my commission of bringing New Covenant life and Grace to the body of Christ given to my commission in Christ. I am now looking forward to a couple of days home.

I have been dealing with the questions of marriage and divorce; part of some tough questions for the church. I have heard some teach on marriage and divorce using the words of Paul to justify their legalistic view of who is qualified to be a leader and who is not. When Paul talked about marriage and divorce in Romans chapter 7, he wasn’t talking about the marriage of a husband and a wife. He was talking about law and grace. He was using the law to compel those who were bound to the legalistic understanding of the law to embrace a relationship with God and the power of His grace. He was using their understanding of divorce, death, and remarriage to inspire them to embrace the covenant of God’s grace being offered to them in Christ.

Romans 7:1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?   2 For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.    3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

If you use those verses to teach on marriage you are using Scripture out of context. Paul was talking to people who were bound to the law and he was speaking to them in the language of law. In the language of law, they knew if a wife dies a husband can remarry. Paul’s words to them were not words of bondage, but words for true liberty. Paul was telling them law had been their covenant partner, but law in Christ has been fulfilled. Thus, law has died. Law died and it is time to enter into the liberty of a marriage with grace. If law died and you don’t marry grace you are stuck in a relationship with something that is dead. If you hold on to a covenant relationship with one that is dead, you yourself will be dead to the path of life.

Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.”

In these verses, Jesus reveals the end of the law and prophets for those who embrace the kingdom of God in their hearts. The law and the prophets were until John, but since John the kingdom of God was being preached. People were pressing into it and people of every kingdom can press into it from that time forth. A personal relationship with God from the human heart is being preached. People are pressing into the place of knowing God in their hearts. Before this they could not have it. They had the law they had the prophets, but now something different has come. Jesus said it would be easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest measure of the law to change. For the believing Jew, heaven was a measure of the law and the earth was a temple society that expressed that law. Their whole lives were built upon being a Torah / Temple society. The word of heaven to them, what administrated their lives, was the law and the prophets. An adherence to the administration of Law and a compliance of living as a Temple society was the testimony of the kingdom of Israel. Jesus said not the tiniest part of that can be changed for those who choose to adhere to it. The law had to die for the believer, so the believer could press into an administration of life and peace in Christ. Jesus went on to say that if a man marries another while his first wife is alive, he commits adultery.

Luke 16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.”

The Jews tried to hold on to the Law. They refused to let the law be dead. They refused to embrace a higher law of God’s love in their hearts. Only Christ in them could be the hope of Glory. Jesus was saying that if you hold on to the law and you try to marry grace you will commit adultery. It was true for the Jew first as the kingdom of God came to make the kingdom of Israel a kingdom of their Lord and Christ. It is true for every kingdom thereafter, as the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of their Lord and Christ. We cannot hold on to some form of law as the administration of our lives and some form of grace. These are two different covenants. One controls us, while the other has the power to transform our lives.

Jesus was saying if you hold on to the law and you try to marry grace you will commit adultery. This is what Paul was talking about in Romans, chapter 7. If we try to apply the rules of divorce and remarriage according to the law, we will miss the miracle of an administration of grace.

In a day of grace, we cannot seek to hold on to some form of legalistic law. If we hold on to law, not one little measure of that will change and we ourselves will be judged by that same law.  We can’t have both law and grace as intimate partners for a fruitful life. One brings a judgment that kills and the other brings a judgment of mercy that offers life. How do we deal with divorce, remarriage, people living together, homosexuality, or any other thing that is less than perfection in life? Grace is the only power that can bring liberty and life. That liberty and life is not the liberty of sin, it is the liberty and life that comes by the transforming power of God’s grace.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Thank you to all who give their support in prayer and finances. We are reaching the nations with New Covenant Life and Grace!

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Grace to Overcome

Greetings,

Today I am in Mijas, Spain for a week of teaching at the G42 Leadership school. I am teaching New Covenant Realities and I am expecting God to do good things in the student’s lives! I had a great time in Portugal last week and weekend. My daughter Joanna and her husband Patrick were with me. When my daughter was 13 years-old she publicly gave me to the nations in a service where God had touched her heart. The next day I was in Portugal, crying for missing my daughter and knowing that my path in Christ meant that there would be days when I would not be with my daughter, though that is where I wanted to be with all my heart. It was great to see my daughter and son-in-law meet people I love. They enjoyed their days experiencing both the country of Portugal and the people. God was good yesterday in the churches we ministered in. It was a good time.

I have been writing regarding tough questions in the church. It is the grace of God that enables us to become all that we should be in life, but God’s grace is also God’s power in our lives to overcome in the midst of imperfect realities in life. Being a believer in Christ doesn’t mean you will never make a mistake. I know many believers who have made mistakes and I know many believers that have suffered the consequences of decisions of others. We all want to grow in the perfection of the Lord, but what happens when things in life come up short of what we deem to be the glory of God? We are on a journey as believers to become what we should be and to experience what we should experience in our lives, our families, and our ministries. In our journey as believers, we sometimes find ourselves in the midst of a failure. Let’s say as an example: as a pastor, your wife leaves you and it wasn’t your fault. Your wife decided to leave you and you were unable to alter her course of decision. Does it disqualify you from being a pastor? It might? It might not? God looks at the heart. We are leading imperfect people into the place of intimacy with the One who perfects us. We are not perfect pastors, but we are following the One who perfects us. If we find ourselves in a difficult place it is our response in that situation that either qualifies us or disqualifies us. If my wife were to divorce me and it was due to her decision and not mine, would that disqualify me from being who I am? If I divorced my wife and it was due to my decision and not hers, would that disqualify her from being who she is? If the innocent party was willing to love, to cover with love, and to receive the other in love; when the relationship failed in divorce would that disqualify the faith-believing partner? For whatever reason, the failure of the marriage now leaves individuals who must now become one. They must become whole to move forward in life. If my wife divorced me, I would have to bless and release her so she could be whole and one. I would also have to become a whole single individual through walking rightly in intimacy with God. If grace empowers the transformation of life that would make a person more qualified to lead people and not less. People are going to make mistakes. People are going to experience things that are going to happen to them. Marriages should not fail, but some will. This is not an excuse for making mistakes, but it is a challenge to walk the path of love, hope, and faith in all things. Only God’s grace can empower us to walk that path.

When a marriage fails, we have to be able to lead people through those difficult situations. When we read the word, we can find the picture-perfect world that God says it should be, but we have to find God’s grace for any world to be or become as it should be. God’s mercy is new every morning for the mistakes of our lives that measure us by the law of what is good and the law of what is evil. Mercy is a available judgment in our lives in the midst of our failures. God’s mercy qualifies us to find God’s grace to be perfected from our imperfections, heal us from our wounds, and empower us with victory in any situation we find ourselves in.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Please help me reach the nations. With your help tickets can be purchased and a way can be made for us to fulfill our purpose for the generations.

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Perfect in the Flesh or Redeemed by Grace?

Greetings;

Today I am back in Portugal. I am with my usual Portuguese family connections, as well as some new ones. On the weekend I was with an Assembly of God church in the Lisbon area. We had a great time experiencing the word and the presence of Holy Spirit together. The body of Christ is one and it is great to cross-pollinate in the way of God’s kingdom. I am looking forward to a few weekends here in Portugal, as well as a week at G42 in Spain doing training on New Covenant Realities.

Today I want to continue with my subject of tough questionsin the church. Sometimes the rule of the church is set up in a way that it serves law and not the power of grace. We sometimes respond to failures with negative responses that bind the future instead of responding to failures with the power of God’s grace. God doesn’t want us to fail. He wants us all to be strong in the word in strong in the Spirit to be able to overcome in all things, but in order to overcome there must be a need for the power of God’s grace and the need for a victory to be made complete. The apostle Paul wrote that elders are to be the husband of one woman. I believe that is a one-woman man. So, a man could have been divorced but they can’t be a divorced man and qualify in the maturity and character that can fulfill the responsibilities of an elder. An elder is someone who leads God’s people into where God is leading. This includes leading others into the character of Christ.

A qualifying leader may have been married prior to being a believer. They were born again. They became new creations in Christ, and they are free from the Egyptian side of the Red Sea by a submersion into Christ. They have had to experience being submerged into the identity of Christ and have had to walk out a proven testimony of their new identity in Christ. That should be easy. If the qualifications for an elder is that a human being can have never been divorced, then we are saying a human could never have sinned. If you have ever sinned, you can’t be an elder. You say – No, it is just divorce.So, if you have ever been divorced you can’t be an elder. That would mean that God saved you to be an elder because you had the qualifying character, when the only one who gives you any kind of qualifying character is Jesus. This should be easy. Anything that happened before we were believers is under the blood. Mercy justifies us to live. What about us as believers? Have you ever made a mistake? I believe we have all made mistakes. If we are only qualified because we have not made mistakes, then our flesh is the qualifier. Grace should be the qualifier. I don’t believe that Paul was saying you can’t be an elder if you have ever been divorced. He was saying you have to be a single individual blessed with one-woman – a one-woman man. If you were married before you would have had to know how to deal with your situation to become a whole person in the ways that I have already described. Even if you were at fault. You have to get healed. You have to get rid of the spirit of divorce. You have to get whole by God.  You have to become a testimony of God’s healing and then In marriage you cannot be repeating the mistakes of the past. You can’t be a two-woman man but a one-woman man. The criteria is, what are you now? We are leading people who come out of failed situations to find the redemption of God.

We have almost no expectations of those who come from the world. The only qualification for them coming is that God loves them. We don’t judge them by their divorces or their marriage. We don’t judge them for living together. We invite them into an environment where there is a family that can help them find the true life that is in Christ. It is a place where they become free from the spirit of divorce. A place where they become healed in their broken marriages. It is a place where we become freed from the spirit of adultery. Freed from mourning because of a death. Freed from the mistakes of the past. We are also a place that empowers them to find the grace of now. That their marriages would be a man and woman who are one flesh. That their marriages would be life-giving and not life-taking. That husbands would be giving life to their wives. They would be washing them and watering them with life-giving words.  That they would be bringing their wives alongside of them, not seeing any spots, blemishes or wrinkles in their lives. But seeing them as one flesh with them. That wives would be receiving the life their husbands are giving. That wives would be seeing themselves one with their husbands. Believing the words that are being spoken. Becoming a life expression in the two of them as a woman. Coming alongside of him in everything.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

 

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From Passover To Paradise Restored

Greetings,

We have just celebrated Easter, or Resurrection Sunday.  The Resurrection story is not just a story of God’s love; it was a foundation for human purpose. Jesus came so that all of humanity could see God rightly. He came so we could each become empowered to see God as our Father, and not as some demanding deity. He is the giver of life and Jesus came so that we could see God for who He really is. He has never needed anything from anyone. He has always desired to be Himself. He is the One who gives life, breath, and all things. The kingdoms of the world are kingdoms bound to the power of darkness. The power of darkness is the power of not being able to see. Those in the kingdoms of the world are not able to see clearly who God is because they are blinded by a mindset of sin. That mindset of sin is a mindset of self-desires, self-seeking, and self-fulfillment in all things. Sin never stopped God from seeing who we really are, it only stopped us from seeing who He really is and thus blinded us from seeing who we really are. All people are called to be children of God, maturing sons and daughters of God, and co-partners with God in all things. The gift of Jesus, the sacrifice of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus has conveyed us into the reality of His kingdom – a kingdom of love knowing of true love.

Colossians 1: 13, 14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

The Old Covenant was a shadow of the good thing that would come in Jesus Christ. The good thing was an intimate relationship with God whereby we would not live under the law of what to do, but we would be internally empowered by the law of love – a love-motivated desire from within. The internal realities of righteousness, peace, and joy can only truly be known by the manifest presence of the Spirit of God in our hearts. Unless we are born again, we cannot see it; but being born again gives us the power to embrace the internal path of being sons and daughters of God. The Old Covenant shadow of these things was seen in three feasts. They were seen in the feast of Passover, the feast of Pentecost, and the feast of Tabernacles. Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant feast of Passover when He shed His blood in the path through Calvary. Holy Spirit fulfilled the Old Covenant feast of Pentecost when there was an outpouring of His presence upon the Body of Christ that from hence forth cannot be stopped in the nations and generations of men. A first fruit church in the first generation of Christ empowered believers fulfilled Old Covenant Tabernacles through a partnership with God as their Father in all things. Wisdom was justified by her children. There was a first fruit measure of humanity that overcame the opposition of all that was anti-Christ by the power Christ within them. They overcame every opposing spirit by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and loving not their own lives even unto death. These things set a foundation for the future generations and all who know Christ in them and the reality of being in Christ can live in a place of Paradise Restored. The kingdom of God is within us and we have righteousness in the Holy Spirit, peace in the Holy Spirit, and joy in the Holy Spirit from within our hearts. We have an internal relationship with God, and we can confess from our hearts that Jesus is Lord. We have a relationship with God as our Father, and we are now living to be children of God knowing our sins are forgiven and we have a Father who loves us. We have internal peace by the Holy Spirit in our hearts. There is no separation between us and God. What is within us is spilling over in our lives and the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit is becoming increasingly evident. The external testimonies of our lives testify that there is no separation between us and God. Our testimony is one of the power of the Holy Spirit in us. We have internal joy in the Holy Spirit. There is a growing understanding of our purpose because we know the presence of God our Father in our hearts. We abide in Him and He abides in us. We are part of the family business and we have joy in the Holy Spirit. The power of our destiny is a demonstration of the power of Jesus name. We are the body of Christ, the fullness of Him in all things.

Thank you Jesus that the tomb of death is not only empty, that temples of our lives are filled with the presence of Your Spirit. We can live, move, and have our being in in Christ. All things can work because of You, because we proved that nothing really works without You. Paradise has bee restored through the resurrection life of Christ within us.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Please help me reach the nations. With your help tickets can be purchased and a way can be made for us to fulfill our purpose for the generations.

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on any of our web site links or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

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Dealing With The Spirit of Divorce

Greetings,

I am home after a great visit with my children and grandchildren in Nevada. Yesterday I was blessed to minister in our home church in Bellingham. It is good to be part of a church family filled with people that love God, because they know that God loves them. Family is God’s way and family is the way of life in all things.

I have been addressing the topic of marriage, divorce, and some of the messy complications that come into our lives for whatever reason they may come. God has a perfect plan for marriage and family, but people seldom follow God’s perfect plan. Life is filled with human errors, but it is also filled with God’s never-ending love. There are reasons for divorce in a marriage, but in Christ there is no reason for the spirit of divorce to overcome us in life. If a person has committed adultery and they are divorced by their husband or their wife because of the adultery, the person who divorced the adulterous partner has to become a free single individual. That person has to find God’s grace to be a whole person that moves forward in life. They have to find God’s grace to move forward in life as a life giver to the world around them. The honest perspective has to be; My partner committed adultery, but maybe I contributed to that desire, that weakness, and that temptation in some way. It is not my job to judge my partner. It is my responsibility to become a healed, healthy, and whole individual. I did not commit adultery. I am free to marry again, but I need to be a healthy whole individual for that to happen. I break any soul ties. I give back to my former partner anything they gave to me. I give them back anything of the spirit, soul, or physical form that they have given me. I take back what I gave to them so that I can be whole and restored. I call back any substance that I gave of the spirit, soul, or flesh. I release them. I set them free, and now I am free and I choose to move forward. I can go forward to be single or to be married, whatever the future may hold.

Now let’s say there is a person who was divorced because they committed adultery. They were supposed to be one flesh with their partner made of two, but they added a third individual to the relationship. They became joined to another person – spirit, soul, and body. It was no longer two made as one, but a complicated situation. Their husband or wife divorced them. Now, they have been divorced because they committed adultery. The word says if they get remarried, they commit adultery. Under the law that is what is true. Why would they commit adultery? Because they have entered into relationships that were more than just a relationship with their partner. It is not just a physical reality. It is of the spirit, soul, and body. They have a spirit of divorce. If they get remarried, that spirit of divorce is going to come into the marriage. It will bring defilement. It will destroy the relationship. It will become more than complicated; it will become destructive. It is not just evil, wicked, or bad. It is not simply unclean, because it is dirty or shameful in some way. It is destructive. It is going to destroy relationship in their lives. That individual cannot get remarried, because they have a spirt of adultery – a spirit of divorce. There is good news in the New Covenant. God’s mercy is new every day and it can be received in God’s throne of grace. Mercy can be received and then grace can be found. That individual needs to become free. Their only hope is Christ in them to heal them of the spirit of divorce. They need God’s grace to redeem, to restore, to make them new again. They have to get free from the spirit of divorce.

God, I am sorry. God, I made a huge mistake. I was looking for love in the wrong place. I understand why my partner divorced me. I release them, they are free to be them, but I also need to be free. I renounce the spirit of divorce in my life. I break any soul ties with those that I joined to in a spirit of adultery. This relationship that I embraced was not my marriage, I renounce it. I break soul ties. Anything that was given to me from this relationship – anything spirit, soul or body I send it back to that person.  Anything that I gave I call it back to me. Renew my heart God. Make me new again. Not so I can get married, but so I can be a whole person before You.

In this, this person finds healing. They find deliverance. They become new.  What are they in life now? Are they a divorce person? No, they are a single person now. They experienced a divorce. It was their fault, but they are not a divorced person anymore. They have been redeemed; they have been made whole. God has healed them. They can get married again, if that is the will of God. We are not under a law where people cannot be changed. We are in an intimate relationship with God where we have the power of God’s grace that can make things new. It is a place of new created freedom! it is not bondage! Divorce was never intended to bring bondage. It abolishes a relationship so something new can be birthed. That new thing is whole single individual that can then remain as a whole single person or enter into a covenant of marriage where two flesh can become one new person.

What about those who ended a marriage by committing adultery, were divorced, and then remarried without the process that I have described? If you are reading this today, you need to deal in honesty to the foundation upon which your relationship has been established. You and your now spouse need to go before God and do some honest business before Him. Together you need to confess the flaw in the foundation of your marriage, and you need to ask for God’s healing. You need to ask for God’s mercy and find God’s grace for your now marriage to be free from any spirit of adultery and divorce. God can make things new, but it is a matter of doing business with God in vulnerable truth. We make mistakes, but God makes things new.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Please help me reach the nations. With your help tickets can be purchased and a way can be made for us to fulfill our purpose for the generations.

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

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Free From the Spirit of Divorce

Greetings;

When we don’t remember our first love and we try to return to our first experience it can only be a second, third, fourth, or some huge number that depletes the reality of the experience. It becomes an experience that is getting old. It is dying. My wife and I have been married for 42 years. She has been married to young Ted, but she has never been married to an old Ted. Being married to an old Ted is a new experience. We can have a first experience She can’t be married to a young man again as long as our life is living. Until death do we part. Divorce is the same as a partner dying, but divorce doesn’t bind it frees. If a man’s wife dies or a woman’s husband dies the living one has to go on in this world. So, they can no longer be two as one. They have to grieve the loss, but they have to be born again. They have to become an individual that is not lacking anything. They have marks, tattoos, and piercings that are testimonies to memories of what was. That makes them richer as an individual, but it does not make them bound to the past. The purpose of divorce is to free individuals to become whole individuals again. When a husband’s wife dies the way of God is, she goes to heaven and she is an individual in heaven. God’s ways is for the husband to become a whole single individual again to live life fully for the glory of God. That individual could get married again and it would be two individuals becoming one flesh. Not the same as the one flesh of the first marriage, but a one flesh of these two individuals for a new glory in life. They could choose not to marry and be a whole individual without the partnership of marriage God always provides a provision for human beings to always be whole, healthy and life-giving.

When we talk about divorce, God does not want divorce. His way is being life givers so the two become one full of life. His plan is that would never fail. So, He says to individuals, look for a partner in the right place. A man who finds a wife finds a good thing so make sure you find a compatible, comparable partner. If you are a believer in Jesus, you are looking for a believer in Jesus. If you find someone who is not a believer in Jesus, and you believe God tells you it is your future husband or wife, something has to happen in the life of the unbeliever first. You should go to God and say,If this is true You have to make them a believer in You before it is a possibility.Why? You are going to be one flesh. When a believer marries an unbeliever, it brings a complication into the marriage that should not have to be there. The two are one flesh and it can work, but if the unbelieving partner refuses to be a life-giver, refuses to be one with you, the apostle Paul said that was a possible reason for a divorce.

1 Corinthians 7:13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

If the unbeliever is not willing to believe it is a possibility for divorce. Not because they are an unbeliever. Only because they are not a life-giver. If they are a life-giver God can bring salvation and sanctification to the family. We cannot read the Scriptures with legalistic views. Think about the point. The point is a family that gives life. I know believers that are married to what looks like unbelievers, but I also know many of those unbeliever’s act like believers in many ways. They may be going to heaven when they die. I don’t know. Their families are healthy. But I also have found that when a believer marries an unbeliever it almost never works. It almost always produces a lot of dysfunction and death in some way or another.  It almost always ends in failure. When something ends in failure, we have to learn. I should not have done that. I did that wrong. I need to listen to you God in the future. But now I need to be healed, I need to become a whole individual. I need to be freed from a spirit of divorce.

If you were in a marriage that failed and it wasn’t your fault, it was your partner’s fault, you have to have the attitude that it was your partner’s fault but for sure you also contributed to it. You am not responsible for them now; you are responsible for you. You must become a whole individual that finds their identity, provision, and destiny in God as your Father. You can then move forward to not fall for the same failures of your past:

Father God deliver me from any spirit of divorce that is in me and free me from any part of this covenant so that I can be healed and become a whole single individual, not so I can get married again but so I can be a healthy individual. If it is Your will that I get married again I have to be a healthy life-giver so that what is made new is eternal until death do, we part. Not the death of a divorce but the physical death of one of us. I need a miracle God so that I can fulfill purpose and destiny. 

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Please help me reach the nations. 

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

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Divorce – Rigor Mortise of a Dead Heart

Greetings,

Today I am in Wichita, Kansas. We had a great weekend here with various gatherings of women, men, and church family. God’s presence was here and God’s family is alive and well in Kansas. Thank you to all who came to be together.

I have been addressing the topics of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. What did Jesus say in regard to divorce? There was a time in the New Testament when two religious groups came to Jesus. One group believed you could divorce your wife if she displeased you for any reason. The other group believed you could only divorce your wife if she committed adultery. So, they asked Jesus a trick question.

Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” 4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” 8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

Obviously, these religious people walked away and the group that said adultery was the only reason for divorce thought He verified that they were right. But if we listen to all the words that Jesus said, He said things like this: You have heard it said in the law you shall not commit murder, but I say if you hate your brother in your heart you have already committed murder. You say the law says you shall not commit adultery but if you have ever thought it in your heart you have already committed adultery.

By the words of Jesus, probably every marriage is justified to divorce. Probably every man and every woman have a legal right to divorce one another. But the question is, should they? Jesus said it is just as bad to think it in your heart as it is to actually do it. It was for the hardening of heart that divorce was permitted because divorce is an issue of the heart and it is the testimony of death. Death  can only produce more death. A hard heart is the testimony of rigor mortise, a condition of the flesh when dead. Christ in us is the hope of keeping our hearts tender and alive in every season of life. The presence of Christ in us is the power of God’s grace to continually change our hearts and minds to be a testimony of love that overcomes all things.

I know that there are many believers and even pastors and leaders who have probably asked the question; Did I marry the right woman? Or for a woman, Did I marry the right man? That is committing adultery. Considering who you should have married when you are married is a trespass in the thoughts of your heart. Entertaining pictures of pornography is a breach in a covenant relationship. Jesus was really saying that every human being has the right to get divorced; but should they? I think that every human being should find the grace for a broken place in relationship to be healed. In a marriage you have to be born again every day. You have to return to your first love. Not your first experience. You can never return to a first experience. It is a second, a third, or even a number of great measure that only diminishes the experience. Only returning to your first love can give you the ability to have new first experiences in your relationship together as one flesh. Your first love looks like this. Hi, I pick you. Here am. I give you my life. That is how our relationship with God was born. Jesus said to us, Hi, I pick you. I didn’t come to condemn the world or you. I came that you might be healed. I reconciled you before you even believed in me. I have come that you might live. We respond, Oh Jesus, I pick you! You make me come alive!

These actions created a revelation of love. He gives life to us and we receive that life that He gives and then we begin to have faith towards Him. We respond to Him. He responded to us. He gave us life and we took that life and gave it to others. We became an expression of us. We realized that who we are is for His glory. He demonstrates that who He is, is for our glory so the Father will be glorified in all things. We became a community – a husband and a wife as Christ the head and Christ the body are one flesh in the purposes of God the Father in all things. This is the foundation of family by which the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God. Babies were born and family began to happen. We met friends and we became part of a neighborhood. We found enemies, but we were even able to bring life in the midst of our enemies. We found that life is beyond us. There is a generation beyond us and a generation beyond them. The fruit of two becoming a husband and a wife became a dad and mom to become a grandpa and grandma, but it all started with a first love. Here I am, I pick you. The only way we can prevent divorce is to say, here I am. I give life to you because divorce is death. These principles are not only true for our natural relationships, they are also true in the spiritual dynamics of our lives as the body of Christ lives for the lives of others through life-giving relationships. Even single people can participate in the dynamics of this truth.

In marriage we make a commitment until death do we part. Which means we have to give life every day or we are going to be dead long before we die. When I married my wife, I no longer had a day that was my day. She no longer had a day that was her day. It became our day. And then we had children and it was no longer our day without children and now we have grandchildren and marriage is a miracle where every day is a new day where we can return to our first love, and we can have many first experiences.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Please help me reach the nations. 

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

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Being Healed of Divorce

Greetings;

Today I am heading home after three weekends in Portugal. At the moment I am stuck in Amsterdam after a 3 hour flight delay and missed connections. I have arranged a new route home, but a bit later than expected. Such is the life of travel (ha, ha).  It was a great trip. I was able to record two more training courses in Portuguese. This is a total of ten courses in video, audio, and print in the Portuguese language. We are putting together some key training resources for the Portuguese world.

I have been addressing the topic of God’s design for marriage. Marriage is a partnership of life-giving relationship that empowers two different individuals to become one flesh made of two. Divorce is the destruction of a one-flesh relationship. God hates divorce, because God loves life. Divorce is not a certificate; it is a state of not being. In the Old Covenant, Moses permitted a certificate of divorce because of the hardness of the human heart. The inability for human beings to be changed in their hearts and minds needed a resolution to what was no longer manifesting as one flesh. In Deuteronomy chapter 24, the describes how a certificate of divorce is given.

Deuteronomy 24:1 “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, 2 when she has departed from his house, and goes and becomes another man’s wife, 3 if the latter husband detests her and writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her as his wife, 4 then her former husband who divorced her must not take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the Lord, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

The divorce is given not a means of bondage, but a certificate of freedom. It was given so there can be a new beginning. It isn’t so there can never be a beginning again. In these verses it includes the man being remarried and the woman being able to remarry as well. Divorce is not God’s desire, but an out for the hardness of the heart of man. It is Greek thought to interpret Scripture as when you get divorced you can never get married. I will address this in a future blog. What is divorce? A divorce is the dissolving of one flesh to become two individuals again. Marriage is a covenant where two individuals become one made of the two. They were ok when they were each a single individual; but when they made a covenant, they became one of two, something new. A man and a woman joined together as one flesh is a way to be life-givers that produces the fruit of life and the foundation of life as family. This is the authority of family. This is not just the power to have sex, but the authority of family. Marriage is not the binding of two individuals’ freedoms. It is not a limitation of two individual’s freedoms. It is a liberation to a greater freedom of one flesh made of two individuals. It includes the freedom of different things becoming one thing for the sake of generational life in others. Marriage is the freedom of a greater intimacy of spirit, soul, and body as one flesh made of two individuals that can fulfill the mandate of being fruitful, multiplying, filling, subduing, and having dominion in life. Marriage brings a greater freedom of a larger individual made of two. When a marriage fails a divorce dissolves the one made of two so there can be a recreation of two individuals again. In Jewish law a divorce was not to prevent someone from getting married again, it was meant to free them from a covenant of marriage that was not producing life so there could be two individuals who could move forward and even be married again. There were certain requirements. One reason for divorce was adultery.  This is where two individuals should be one flesh, but one joins themselves to another flesh which then brings the spirit soul and body influence of that third party into their family. It becomes a perversion of one flesh. It needs to be fixed, because it will destroy the identity, the testimony, and the inheritance of the family. It will bring additional spiritual influences, influences of the soul, and natural influences into the relationship of two as one. In Hebrew law this would be there greatest reason to dissolve a covenant. In a sense, invading forces are now coming into this marriage. The only hope is something supernatural. In the Old Covenant they had Law, but they didn’t have the hope of Christ in them. If you could get Christ in them, even a situation that has adultery in it could be healed. Because the power of Christ in the marriage could supernaturally heal and deliver the complicated multiple flesh. We are in a New Covenant time. So, I don’t believe that adultery is an absolute reason for divorce. We have the power of Christ in us, but sometimes people get confused. They get deceived. They make bad decisions and then it is recognized we made a bad decision. We are destroying the relationship. The New Covenant provisions of mercy and grace are supernatural forces that can make relationships new again. It is supernatural testimony of life and testament to the goodness, kindness, mercy, and triumph of God in all things. If you have experienced a divorce in your past, make this a new day for your time called now. We can’t undo the past, but we can avoid the pitfalls of a previous path if we pay attention to the life we have today.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

 

Two more courses video recorded in Portuguese. 

Please help me reach the nations. 

If you can make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

 

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The Death of a Marriage

Greetings

I am continuing to see God do good things during my time in Portugal. Last week we made a great measure of progress in recording two more training courses with Portuguese translation. We will finish those courses this week. This weekend I was blessed to minister in another three of the churches here. God is good and He is pouring out His goodness on hungry hearts in Portugal.

I have been addressing the topic of marriage and connecting this to the joining of Christ and His body in heaven and on earth. It is a testimony of the likeness and the image of God made known in a natural world and it creates the foundation for life-giving families in the nations of men. God’s way for marriage is a life-giving covenant of a man and woman. Two different identities are joined together for a greater testimony than themselves. Their differences actually work to bring life in a way that produces life beyond themselves. It is the mystery of the two becoming one. If a marriage of a man and woman has a foundation that says, what can I get from you? – it is destined to fail. What can I get? What do I get? At some point that relationship is going to be tested and someone is not going to be getting what they think they should be receiving. There is going to be a destruction from the life connection between the two. The strength of a marriage covenant is in the giving, not the receiving. But when both partners live from this foundation and for this cause, the fruit of receiving is a part of the supernatural testimony of love.

I don’t believe that marriage ever became what it was supposed to be in the Old Covenant. What held it together was an obligation to the law and sometimes challenges came in that relationship. So, Moses permitted a certificate of divorce. Divorce means to totally destroy and pronounce dead. When two individuals become one made of two and they are not giving life to one another, something is dying in the relationship. Hearts become hard. They look for life somewhere else. Looking for life somewhere else is not the real problem. The real problem is not being able to find life in the relationship. So, there is a responsibility from both the man and the woman to give life to one another. If I ever say to my wife, you have to submit to me as unto the Lord because that is what God’s word says; she should say to me, Did you read my mail? That was a private letter between my heavenly Father and me. Did you open up my private mail and look at it? When God says to the wife to submit to the husband, He is talking to the wife not the husband. I am not my wife’s teacher; My responsibility is to give life to her. That is what my mail from my heavenly Father says to me. If we mind our own business, we will have a healthy marriage.

In the Old Covenant, Moses permitted a divorce. We have to understand what divorce was about in the Old Testament. Divorce is pronouncing something dead so that freedom can come for the future. God hates divorce because divorce is death, but many couples are dead long before a certificate is given. They may be dead to one another which is an abomination to life. A controlling husband may be holding his wife to the bondage of death by demanding she remain one with him, though he is not giving her life in any way. He may demand that she can’t divorce him because it is against God’s word, but he stopped giving life to her long ago. He hasn’t washed her or watered her with life-giving words for a long time. He never brings her alongside of him in anything. He never includes her in any decisions that they make as us. But he is saying you can’t divorce me; the word of God says you can’t divorce me. The truth is, he divorced her a long time ago when he stopped fulfilling his responsibility of being a life giver.

We could take it the other way. When the wife refuses to receive the life the husband is giving. When she doesn’t believe in who she is for the sake of them together or when she doesn’t believe in who he is for the sake of them together she is binding herself from receiving the life that can be received. When she refuses to come alongside of him as a partner with him in life. When she says, you have to love me, but she hasn’t been making herself available to be loved. When these kinds of things happen there needs to be a miracle, a rebirthing of the one flesh. They have been practicing divorce. When we practice divorce, it eventually manifests for what it is – death of the marriage. When one part of the two-flesh relationship is dead to the other, it causes the testimony of that one flesh relationship to become defiled with death.

Divorce is not merely a certificate; it is the fruit of a death of one or both of the life-giving partners. We must always return to our first love to create new first experiences. Our first love is the testimony of giving our life, and the giving of life, to another. It is as simply as, here I am! I pick you. You were born to be loved by me. I was born to be loved by you.

This same principle is true in our relationship with God as the body of Christ and with our relationships with one another as the many members of that body. God is a life-giver and we must respond to Him as life-receivers and life-givers in all things. It is from this foundation that the family of God will grow in life-giving ways and with testimonies of life in all things.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

I am scheduled to be in Africa next month. I am still believing for the funds to purchase tickets. Some of you have donated to help me and for this I am very grateful. If others of you can donate to help it would be greatly appreciated. I have several tickets yet to buy for the next few months and I am dependent upon your help as God empowers you to join with me for this cause.

Please donate to House of Bread Ministry and help us reach the nations and generations with the word and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

 

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God’s Plan For Marriage

Greetings;

Today I am in Portugal. We have had a great start here over the weekend with ministry in several churches. This week I am video recording two more training courses with Portuguese translation. I am looking forward to seeing God show up again for the Portuguese people.

I have been writing about God’s foundation for family in the earth. The foundation of the family is a man and a woman. This is more specifically, a joining of the masculine and the feminine attributes of God as they are seen in the testimony of mankind. The fruit of this relationship is life in a multigenerational testimony. The marriage of a man and a woman is the foundation of family and it is a testimony to what God sees as Christ and the church. The church includes the characteristics of a husband and a wife. It is a partnership of life that expands in greater life beyond themselves. We don’t expect the world to understand this. We are not condemning the world for not understanding this. We want to inspire the world to find the true secrets of life that are found in God and in His design for mankind in the earth. In the communities we create, we welcome people of all understanding and from all manner of cultures in the earth. This should be true for whatever container we use to express some form of God’s heavenly community.  This could be a home meeting, a Sunday meeting, a gathering in a café, or a place in the park. To reach people we need a container that they can relate to and desire to come to. We expect people to come as they are, but we also expect to inspire them to become as they were never able to be before. As the church we have done a bad job of this, since we often build our marriages in the same self-seeking, self-gratifying ways that the world does in their confused state of understanding in their search for life.

We don’t expect people of the world to understand what we believe. We want to inspire them by what we believe so their broken lives can be healed, so their families can be restored. So that new things can be created. When they encounter the life-transforming love of God, they too can become an example to others. They and us can perhaps raise children and families that have a different mentality and can change the world. We need to know that in our relationships, our marriages, are based upon a covenant of God’s design. God made a man and a woman to give life to one another knowing their relationship will produce life – spirit, soul, and body. Even if we could not physically have children, something of our lives will have a value for the future generations. So, the wife submits to the husband because the husband is giving life to be received by the wife. She is giving her life to him to receive the life he is giving, and he is receiving the life she is giving so he can give even more life to her. The husband is speaking life-giving words. Words like, I believe in you. You are an awesome part of us. You can do it. He sanctifies her and washes her with life-giving words, impartations of life that he can give to her. He is giving life. She is receiving that life. I believe in you. I am in this with you. We are us. I am going to allow the gifting that I am to contribute to us. I value who you are. Together we are more than we could be in ourselves. Our different ways of thinking make our thinking together greater than is possible by ourselves.

The wife is not there to help the husband do his thing. The church is not joined to Jesus to help Jesus do His own thing. The church is joined to Jesus to fulfill the Father’s will in the earth. Jesus knows this. He is not interested in His will being done. He is interested in the Father’s will being done. He doesn’t give identity to the wife. He expects her to get her identity from the same source as He does as a man. God is the Father of both the man and woman. As husband and wife, they each get their identity from God.

The husband is bringing his wife alongside of him as someone who makes decisions on their behalf in the earth. These are decisions in the family, decisions in the home, and decisions in life that represent them as one flesh for the purpose of their destiny in Christ in all things. They represent a corporate testimony. Not a testimony of me, but one of us. This is the mystery of a marriage – a man and woman, a husband and wife. The husband is activating, facilitating, and releasing life to his wife. The wife is being activated, facilitate, and released to produce the fruit of life in their dwelling as one-flesh together. When they have babies, natural or spiritual, those babies are going to grow to become healthy men and women who become families with the substance of giving and not getting.

This is the picture perfect sinerio. I don’t know of anyone who has arrived in this yet. This does not exist yet in its perfect and fullest form. My wife and I are growing in this. We have been together 42 years and my wife is more herself today than when we got married. She doesn’t look like me, she looks like herself. But really, she looks like us. I look like us. In marriage a man and woman come together, and they become one flesh. They were complete and whole as single individuals. Nothing is lacking in a single man or a single woman. Nothing is lacking in their identity. Everything they need is in God. But then they come together in relationship, what was this one and that one now become one made of two. In my example, Bonnie Shupert and Ted Hanson were individuals that were healthy and whole, but then they got a revelation. We are supposed to be together. Until death to part. Something new was created. Bonnie Shupert became Bonnie Hanson but really, she became Bonnie and Ted Hanson. Ted Hanson became Ted and Bonnie Hanson. From the moment of that covenant there is no longer an individual Ted Hanson. If you see Ted Hanson, you see Ted and Bonnie Hanson. If you see Bonnie, you see Bonnie and Ted Hanson. No matter where we are on planet earth, we are one. Not just physically. It is spirit, soul, and body. This is a marriage. It is God’s design for marriage. Each man and woman fulfill the attributes of God. They should give, give, give, and not get, get, get. This is true for both the man and the woman. In giving life to one another, life is birthed; and it creates the nucleolus of a family that gives life to the world. It is the fruit of giving, not the benefits of getting. This same testimony should be in the many membered communities of the body of Christ. We are bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh to be the testimony of the fullness of Him who fills all in all. It is a mystery; thus, it is God’s way and not merely the way of men.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

Many of you have sowed seed to help us in our role of bringing New Covenant life and grace to the nations. Thank you very much. I will be headed to Angola, Africa in April. I May I will be in Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, and England. Please donate to House of Bread Ministry and help us reach the nations and generations with the word and impartation of New Covenant Life and Grace. Donations are payable to House of Bread Ministry. You can donate at the link on this page or mail your contribution to:

House of Bread Ministry, 3210 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank You So Much – Ted J. Hanson

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