What It Looks Like

In His prayer in John 17, Jesus said,

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me…I gave them the word that you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given, for they are yours…I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me..

I found myself praying that same prayer. I wasn’t praying it on purpose, so to speak, but supernaturally. Without even trying, I was saying the things that the Father is saying, loving the ones that the Father had given me. It wasn’t me, it was Christ who lives in me.

Jesus did not try to reproduce by having office hours, and making appointments. Rather, He said to those that the Father gave Him, “Come on with Me.” They had something like three, round-the-clock, years with each other. It must have been something! That has been our heart for many years now. We have tried to walk it out in such a way that those that the Father has given us can get as close as they want for as long as they want. Quite a few have stayed in our home, some longer than others. There have been 3:00am desperate bursting into the house, all night deliverance sessions, lots of house calls, carried some, bandaged others, lots of tears, you name it. And all the while our own flesh and blood children were still with us.

The flesh and blood kids are mostly gone, and now here is a new daughter In The Lord. I wanted her to know that we are not likely to have the time together that would be the desire of a father’s heart, especially a father with a new daughter. If she moved into the house, after three years, I might want a break, but short of that, not to count on it. This to say, that she has full and complete access, whether in tears or rejoicing, whether in confusion or in clarity, yes, even in sickness and in health, and whether abounding or abased. 

This is The Church, as she is revealed on and between the lines of the Scriptures. To the religious she looks like a cult, but to God, she is the light of His life to people living in darkness. She is the validation of, and expression of the Love of Christ in the World.

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A Day of Sweet Remembering

Eight years ago today, Jay Ferris was taken home to his place in Christ. Many on this list knew him, and were personally impacted by the specific revelation God gave him about relationships, as well as the palatable love of God that poured through him. On this anniversary, I wish to invite everyone, whether you knew him or not, to remember the legacy of this saint gone before, in one of three ways. 

1. Visit the Jay Ferris Memorial Page, where you can read dozens of testimonies and short stories of people who knew Jay personally. Find it at: https://lovinglikegod.com/memorial/

2. Watch an inspiring 30 minute interview about the nature of the Kingdom of God. Jay’s responses, according to the interviewer, were unlike anything he had heard before. Go to: https://lovinglikegod.com/media/video-kog/ 

3. Listen to one of his audios, some of which were at a “Searching Together” Conference which he regularly attended. As Jay often said, “Buckle up,” because I believe you’ll find these audios to be a powerful ride. Listen at: https://lovinglikegod.com/media/ 

Father, we thank You for the gift Jay Ferris was to the world. As fellow “Lovers in Training,” may we not pull back in fear or unbelief from what You have for us. May a revelation of Your love in Christ make us different people today, than we were yesterday! 

In Love!

Pamela

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The Zeal of the Lord

As with the old creation, the new creation grows by reproduction, and reproduction is the result of an act of love. And so it is that as we speak the truth in love flowing out of a circumcised heart: the life of Christ being reproduced and nurtured in the hearts of others. “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this,” Isaiah 9:7. The zeal of the Lord is the passion of the Lord. May the Lord keep us from reproduction or nurture without passion! ”Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love,” Revelation 2:4.

Either way, a preoccupation with physical circumcision misses the point. 

If we have good seed in our hearts, we must not become as a “garden enclosed, a spring shut up, or a fountain sealed,” (Song of Songs 4:12) and this for a lack of passion. “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits…” Song 4:16.

It is so wonderful to be able to speak about such things with those who God has given me.

The reason that David could say what he did about the love he shared with Jonathan, is that sexual love was only a picture — perhaps the best available at the time — but a picture none-the-less, of the surpassing love that we can share in Christ without the limitations of human sexuality. Among other things, we are talking about conversational reproduction

The implications of this are a bit unsettling, but I think it’s past time that we became unsettled.  

In this love that surpasses knowledge,

Jay Ferris

Originally written Jan 9, 2000.

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Circumcision in the Light of Love

There was a period once, when the Lord would meet me quite often in the wee small hours of the morning. I am reminded of one occasion in particular: I was reading through Ezekiel 16, and was overwhelmed with the revelation that the whole Bible was a love letter from God. At the time I felt like it was His love letter to me. I must have sat there sobbing for hours.

It was in those years that He showed me the significance of circumcision. And that we are not to dress ourselves to come into God’s presence, but to undress in order to put on the righteousness which is Jesus Christ. Only the righteousness of Jesus Christ is suitable apparel in which to enter God’s presence. If Christ is to be our covering, we must expose our nakedness only to Him.

Two things are clear: first, we must be exposed; and second, we must be intimate only with Christ. Love takes care of this. Love desires intimacy, and true love desires it with one alone. This relationship is so real, so important, and so intimate that God gave circumcision as a token of the relationship between himself and His people (Gen. 17:11).

God took the organ of the body most involved in the physical expression of the most intimate and compelling love which man can know, and He made it naked as a token of the love relationship which He invites with us. This is a token which is drawn upon throughout the rest of the Bible:

Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem (Jer. 4:4).

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken (Jer. 6:10).

What began as a literal token, has become a symbolic and necessary condition of the heart and ear. A naked heart, that it might receive Him, and a naked ear that it might hear His Word. God requires an attitude of nakedness, but only with Him, so that we might receive Christ. An attitude of hiding, covering up, or defensiveness with God is just as ridiculous as a bride on her wedding night refusing to remove her coat. Whether or not you have a particularly fancy coat really doesn’t matter. 

As for God’s part, the crucifixion of Christ is the circumcision of God. The cross of Christ is the point of our greatest intimacy. The cross is how we know the love of God, and how we are made one with Him and each other. (Eph. 2:14-16, Col. 2:11-15)

Nor does it matter to Jesus if you haven’t had a chance to freshen up, for “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags.” (Isa. 64:6) Christ doesn’t care about your junk. He doesn’t want your stuff, but you. He doesn’t need or require anything but you, and your openness to Him as Lord of your life.

Well, that much is already on record so to speak; it’s the rest which might cause people to be scandalized.

By Jay Ferris

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Beware of Substitutions for the Real Thing

Here’s a new release! Written in the wise and witty style that Jay Ferris is known for, the following letter he wrote to a friend on the subject of needing “bishops,” is well worth the read. Amen!

We really ought to check our titles with the sheriff when we come into town, and strap on Love. – J. Ferris

Dear _______ ,

You have a bishop. His Name is Jesus, and, boy…does He know how to bish!

Perhaps I could stick my oar in once more with this:

The only thing that we have of value is the revelation of Jesus Christ that comes down from above, in paraphrase: “You are blessed Peter, because flesh and blood has not revealed who I am to you, but my Father in heaven.” 

Jesus said he would build His Church on the revelation of who He is — which is a revelation that comes from above. 

Notice, He did not say that He would build His Church on information about Him, but on revelation of Him. 

Here’s the problem as I see it. Each of us only has a part of that revelation. It’s all about Jesus, but our individual hearts and minds are not big enough to take it (Him) all in. So we only know in part. And while some of the revelation overlaps (that is, we have it in common) a lot of the revelation we have is very personal. Our problem is, we tend to reject a revelation that differs from our own.

Given this disability to wholly see, and see correctly, what we need is something to hold us together in the absence of a common vision. This “glue” is called the love of God — and it is the kind that was demonstrated on the Cross and is good for enemies.

It is quite clear that this is a lot to ask, even command. So sadly we sacrifice the revelation of Jesus that is bigger than any one of us — the revelation that causes Him to increase, and ourselves to decrease — and we substitute for it the vision of the leader. Call him Church Planter, Bishop, Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Reverend, Rector, Elder, Father, Elder Brother, Mother, and so on, and it’s still the image and vision of mannot the revelation of Jesus.

We really ought to check our titles with the sheriff when we come into town, and strap on Love. There is no telling what we might see in each other, and having seen and loved the Jesus in each other, who we might help the world to see and believe in. 

At least, that’s the way I think it’s supposed to work, if John 17 isn’t just “whistling Dixie.” (Perhaps you can excuse me for that one. I’m now living in the “Bible Belt!”)

Yours in Christ,

Jay

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Emotional Vulnerability

Lately I find myself wondering…why is it so much easier to be transparent in a written word, then face to face? Why can’t I share my love and appreciation of others face to face, and more often than I do? My heart is being stirred to new levels of passion. I know it is The Lord, and I’m wondering how to express it without losing control.

At least, I think losing control is part of what I am struggling with. When a conversation turns toward things about which I have very strong feelings, and I begin to pursue it to the point of getting emotional about it, my natural tendency is to back off so that I don’t lose it. Sometimes I back off short of tears, but sometimes not. In any case, I think there is a nakedness in tears, and an intimacy in tears, which is very threatening for me. It doesn’t matter whether they are tears of joy or tears of sorrow; I want to tell someone how I feel, and before I can get very far, I am reduced to tears. I think the problem is not just me feeling threatened, but I think that others won’t know what to do if I break down and weep, and I am reluctant to put them in that position.

However, increasingly I am sensing that we all need to be put in that position. We need to feel in the depths of our being, the passion in the heart of God. More and more, I am convinced, that “the zeal of The Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 9:7) is His passion.

Maybe it’s a male thing. We are so confoundedly task-oriented, that we can’t afford to lose control. Perhaps if we were more relationship-oriented, we might risk it for the sake of intimacy.

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