Rejection, a Tell Tale Sign!

TRUTH: “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war,”  2 Chronicles 16:9.

The “eyes of the Lord” are looking for those who embrace the truth – all of the truth. Jerusalem not only rejected all of the TRUTH, but crucified it.  Just what is it about TRUTH that makes it so unpalatable? It is hidden agenda. The rejection of TRUTH reveals hidden agenda. It is then just a matter of discerning what that hidden agenda is. Both Biblically and experientially, even to the searching of our own hearts, the root problem is the desire for preeminence and center stage, 3 John 9.   The root cause is feeling “less than,” or in other words, an identity crisis.  This is the crisis that made the couple in the Garden of Eden vulnerable to the serpent’s temptation to eat the wrong stuff in order to be “like God.”

The Remedy for “less than” is the Revelation of The Cross. This is the place where we discover the redefined love of God, ie.e. the redefined “agape” of God.

That is the foundation stone of “more than,” Romans 8:37.  It is there, and only there, where hidden agendas have any chance of being taken captive.

Of course it is possible to be rejected for communicating error, but it is just as possible, and perhaps even more so, for communicating TRUTH.  The history of what’s been calling itself “church” (including “reformation church,” “cutting edge church,” and even “revival church”) is all proof enough of the ongoing rejection of TRUTH. All of these brands of “church” have mud on their feet from where they have been. It is right here that the need for foot washing comes into its most important revelation.

Rejection of Truth tells tales on hidden agendas.

By Jay Ferris, Originally posted Jan 17, 2012

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Tried in the Balances

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As I look forward to the verdict of my oncologist this next week, I am reminded once again of a couple of places in the Scriptures:

“Length of days is in the hands of The Lord” ~ Proverbs 3:13-18

“For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: We bring our years to an end as a sigh. The days of our years are threescore years and ten, Or even by reason of strength fourscore years; Yet is their pride but labor and sorrow; For it is soon gone, and we fly away” ~ Psalm 90:9,10

“To live is Christ and to die is gain””  ~ Philippians 1:21

That being said, the “law of sin and death,” has been replaced by the Spirit of life in Christ!  (Romans 7:18-25 & 8:2)

Truth: 

Truth resides in the Spirit of Christ.  He is the Truth.  By the Spirit, the Truth is resident in us who believe.  It is the gift of God by revelation-  lest any be tempted to boast.

So here’s the deal as I have come to understand it: It is better, by far, to die and be with Christ. (I should say that the Biblical evidence is that, while God is always conscious of us, even in our death, we are not always conscious of God, especially in our death. Call it “soul sleep” or what ever makes sense out of it for you, but either way, when the time is right, like at the last trumpet when we are all changed, whether we have been sleeping or not, we will awake bright eyed and bushy tailed to enjoy our fellowship with God and each other in Christ!)

What I do want to get at here, however, is the reason for sticking around in this old creation life, no matter the state of our deterioration. We remain here for the sake of those around us. Clearly the bottom line is the impartation or communication of Truth to the”others” in our lives.  (Keeping in mind that Jesus is the Truth, and that’s what we’re talking about here)

While we should be careful with the Truth, lest we hurt people with a careless wielding of the Sword of the Spirit. For instance, to the Corinthians Paul wrote that he could not address them as spiritual or mature, but carnal/immature. This just to say that we need to keep in mind where we are and to whom we are communicating the truth. Even Jesus had more to share at the “Last Supper” than His disciples were ready to hear. Love keeps track of where loved ones are, both in the flesh, and in the Spirit.

What I am increasingly concerned about is the possibility of being so careful – so concerned not to offend that we compromise the truth whether by omission or by sharing error (i.e. truth with a little bit of leaven mixed in)  Just to remind you, Jesus identified leaven as hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is the presentation of something, or even our selves, as genuine, when it is not. For present purpose, I would like to stay on track by suggesting that “Genuine” is TRUTH.

Truth is best found by searching the Word of God, whether in the Bible or in The Spirit. For instance, God is very clear in His word concerning what He considers “Church.” What the traditions of men have taught us is Church isn’t even close. The same could be said for most of tradition’s ministerial add-ons from apostles to pastors, and all the claims in between. For too long the saints have been taxed to pay for hypocrisy, presumption and preeminence.

It is past time to stop feeling sorry for all three. It is time, even past time for the TRUTH. If I have it right in my present condition, that’s what I have been left around to do. Over the years, I have been more than willing to share the truth both inside and outside the camp – generally on the outside, where the TRUTH is mostly to be found, “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come,” Hebrews 13:12-14.

It was a place “outside the camp” where TRUTH was crucified. That same TRUTH came also with GRACE, “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” John 1:16-18 NIV.

Aren’t we glad that TRUTH came with GRACE?  It’s very difficult to imagine how TRUTH might have reacted to crucifixion if GRACE had not been right there with It!

*Daniel 5:23-27

By Jay Ferris originally posted January 14, 2012

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Reflections on Sunday Morning Television

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It’s not easy surfing the channels on Sunday morning without being painfully aware of how victimized the saints have become where discerning the difference between anointing and theatrics is concerned.

That said, this Sunday I am reminded once again of something else, but very much related, even from the beginning – Diotrephes comes to mind.

It has to do with entitlement. Our whole nation, and increasingly the world as taught by the U.S. is drowning in a sea of entitlement. Entitlement is sort of the opposite, of “he that doesn’t work, neither shall he eat.”

It was intended that, “…from before the foundation of the world that through the church, the world might be taught the manifold wisdom of God.”  It seems that this too became an occasion of stumbling, as what’s been calling itself “church” seems to have taught the world something else altogether – entitlement. What has been passing for “Christian leadership” has been operating out of entitlement for millennia by now, and we see this reflected in government, just about any government, but for now, the U.S. Government serves well enough as an example.

The U.S. Congress in particular, is the very embodiment of entitlement as it continues to abide in and pass laws that do not apply to itself. It is above it’s own legislation, much like what has been passing for leadership in what’s been calling itself “church.” Ezekiel 34 has much to say about this.

Perhaps enough said for one Sunday morning.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted Dec. 18, 2011

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Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land and to All the Inhabitants Thereof!

freedom man rejoice skyThis is a word about the liberty wherewith Christ has set us free.  This is the liberty to do whatever our hearts desire, because, Jesus is in us both to will and to do His good pleasure!  The catch is that this liberty is only in the Spirit, 2 Corinthians 3:17.

This is the liberty, which for over two thousand years has been trampled under foot of men. Instead of Jesus in the midst of even two or three, men have put themselves and their agendas in the midst.  This is a control issue.  Historically the gatherings of what has been calling itself “church” have been controlled by either men/“leadership” in the midst, or liturgy.  In either case, the liberty that rightly belongs to the saints has been replaced by the doing of external authority.  This is the authority that Jesus is presently bent on destroying, 1 Corinthians 15:24-26.  The authority of the Kingdom of God is an internal authority, an authority that sets us free, and one that will never pass away, for, as the Messiah proclaims: “He must reign for ever and ever!”

That said, it is past time that we refocus our purpose in the earth. Our purpose is the demonstration of the love of God – the first fruit of the Spirit. If we haven’t got that part right, we need to just stay home until we receive power from on high.  This is the power of the Holy Spirit – don’t leave home without IT!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted Dec. 12, 2011

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The Timing of the Rapture

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Perhaps a better title would be the Chronology of the Rapture relative to the Great Tribulation.

Whatever we might find in the Scripture, (that may be understood to imply that the saints will be “raptured” prior to, or at the appearing of the man of sin) the great weight of Scripture places the rapture of the saints after the revelation of the man of sin, and after the great tribulation:

Jesus is not the author of confusion, and presumably neither is the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul to the Thessalonians, a Gentile church:

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, … Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come, until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” II Thessalonians 2:1-3

Also:

… after the distress of those days… the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky…” Matthew 24:29,30

Keep in mind, this is Jesus answering the question of his disciples, “… what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Clearly this would be a useless sign, if the believers were not going to be around for its happening. Believers, even Gentile believers, will see the revelation of the man of sin, before they are raptured.

Perhaps most to the point:

“… Let both grow together until the time of the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles… The Son of Man will send out his Angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil…” Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43

Finally, as a matter of principle:  Matthew 10:16-39

By Jay Ferris, originally posted October 16, 2011


 

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Is there no balm in Gilead, no physician there?

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“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” – Jeremiah 8:22

Without going into how the Lord revealed it to me, some years ago now, the Lord prompted me to look up the word “balm” in my Strong’s concordance. I was led to the root word, which meant “crack and cause to leak.” I thought what kind of medicine is that? When I realized that was the way a poultice works, I looked that up in Strong’s also, and found two references, both to the same event.

“Prepare a poultice of figs, put it on the boil and you will be healed,” or words to that effect – advice from the Lord through Isaiah to Hezekiah.

Anyway, he did this, and Hezekiah was healed. I immediately realized that this was a picture of Jesus. Jesus is the poultice who takes away the sins of the world. When He hung on the cross, prepared by his stripes to be a poultice, all of the sins of the world in time and space came to a head, and were drawn into him who knew no sin that we might be the righteousness of God in Him. To prepare a poultice of figs first requires that the fig be peeled, and that is what the stripes accomplished. And then there was an earthquake – a crack in connection with His death. In the ministry of Paul we see the continuation of this ministry of stripes.

And so, it is clear that we are an extension of this same poultice ministry, a part of His redemptive purpose in the earth.

By Jay Ferris, Originally posted on October 26, 2011

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Plan “B”?

I spent many years looking for the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5 & 6:

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” KJV

I used to think this meant, at some point there would be a turning of flesh and blood fathers toward flesh and blood children that this would be a flesh and blood redemption outside of or in addition to the blood of Christ.

One day I finally came to realize that this promise/threat, is fulfilled in Christ: “And again, ‘I will put my trust in him.'” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Hebrews 2:13.  Here The writer of Hebrews is quoting Isaiah 8:18: “Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.”

This not only speaks of Christ, and the children God has given Him, but also to us, who have seen and believe in the relational Lordship of Christ in His Body.

The Apostle Paul had children too – spiritual children. A careful rereading of the New Testament letters reveals that this spiritual parenthood was, and ought to be normal for the Church!  The Church is a new creation. Like the old creation, families are normal to creation, and parents and children are normal to families, no matter which creation we are talking about.

There ain’t no plan “B”!

Love!

Truly I tell you, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.~   Mark 10:29-30 & Matthew 19:29

By Jay Ferris, originally posted May 25, 2011

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