Today I am writing to you from my home in Bellingham. It is wonderful to be home again, though it is only for a short duration. I am going to enjoy every moment. Today is Mother’s day and the sun is shining brightly in the Northwest of America. It should be a great day. I have to tackle my blog today, since my computer is still in need mending. I take it to the repair shop again tomorrow and will be struggling to get by this week without my main tool of work. They say they will order the correct parts tomorrow, so please pray for me. I usually start early in the morning before I go to the office and in these days of teaching School of Eagles I usually work late at night when I get home as well. Not having my computer will mean that I will get farther behind on the tasks that I must do when I am home. In any case, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!
I have written the past couple of weeks on a generational theme. I preached a generational message today in church. I believe that God has me here for a reason, on this subject that is. I believe it is a central and essential issue to the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel. He is the God of Paul, Timothy, faithful men, and others also. In my own life He is the God of Osten, Simon, Simon, Ted, (Jonathan, Aaron, Joanna) and Aubrey. I could add many names of spiritual sons and daughters, but I am so glad that even my own natural children have discovered their God. He is the generational God of our family and He is the God of the generations.
These things don’t just happen. Inheritance is a measure found upon the road of destiny. Somewhere on the journey a promise becomes a testimony, a testimony becomes an inheritance, and inheritance becomes an expanded inheritance, the expanded inheritance becomes a legacy, and a legacy produces a spiritual dynasty. It becomes the reality of the substance of God’s life found in a family DNA. This is called the path of destiny! The key to this path is found in the place of the stretching of the Lord. Why does God stretch us?
Gen. 12: 6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.
God took Abram to the place of finding his portion (Shechem means part or portion). It was there that he found the key to a generational foundation. That foundation was found in the place of being stretched (Moreh means stretching). The place of the strong oak tree was a place of receiving a generational foundation and mindset for his life. The opposition to the promise also lived in the place of stretching. The Canaanites were in the land. God wants to bring us all to the place of stretching, but we must not be confused when we see the opposition to the promise in the very place that God stretches us. It is for our good. To be even more specific, it is for the good of our future generations.
Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.
Abram saw God in the place of his own stretching. It was there that he saw God again and was empowered to go forward in his journey of life. The point of the stretching of our lives is that we might be able to see God in the place we could not see Him before. It is from that place that we are empowered to go forward. God wants us all to come to the place of God’s stretching that we might see more of God. He is found in the place of stretching and in that place He reveals Himself as the generational God in our lives.
Let’s all believe God that His promises might become testimonies that lead to inheritance, legacy, and even a dynasty for the family name of Christ in the earth. None of this is possible without the seasons of stretching in our lives.
Blessings to you all,
Apostle Ted J. Hanson