It’s In The Spirit!


In the wake of a conversation today I want to return to a couple of very big words: “Kingdom,” and “Church.”

The “Kingdom” of God is in The Spirit. It is not in the flesh. In fact The Kingdom of God is in the DNA of Jesus. It controls who we are and what we are to become. God is not counting on our flesh, God is counting on the DNA of His Son in us.

The word “church” has been so misunderstood and misrepresented it’s no wonder the world is in such confusion and the nations so offended. Our concern for the present here is not so much about the word “church,” but about Who is making the call. We who name the name of Christ have no business calling ourselves anything. We are first and last, lovers in training. We need to focus on that/Him, and let the world call us what it will.

What the world needs to see is the first fruit of the Spirit – Love. This is what Jesus prayed and died for, and this is Who Jesus is in true believers by His Spirit. All the rest is talk.

By Jay Ferris, originally published Feb. 17, 2011

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Getting It Right


“Getting it right” has to do with getting Him right.

What I hope to do here is to take a step back to a question that was asked of me about 10 years ago now. Here it is in context:

I had just arrived late for a leader’s gathering in Charlotte, NC. I couldn’t help but note a rather common, almost pleasant look on the faces of those already present – like a group of cats who had just shared a canary.  Before I could take my seat, the presiding leader asked, “Jay, what does the Church in this city look like?”  I hesitated a second or two and then responded,

It looks like the sum total of all of those who belong to Christ in this city, who know who are theirs in Him. Everything else is show business.

I share this by way of further introduction to what I would like to blog about here. The kind of intimacy that we are looking for is not likely to be found until we accept Jesus as Lord of relationship. We need to know and receive one another as from Him. What God calls church is not about “let’s make a deal” on a human level.

In a subsequent leader’s meeting, but still back in that same time frame, I shared that,

There are places in all of us where we have never been. We can’t get there alone because, if we did, it wouldn’t be the same place as it would be if somebody was there with us. The problem is that there is so much garbage between here and there, and we are afraid to go there, either alone or with someone else. We need to have place to put the garbage. That is a place that only Christ can provide, and has provided. ‘Behold, The Lamb of God who takes away the ‘garbage’ of the world.’ He is not only our garbage man, but He wants to make garbage men out of us for the sake of those He has given us to love. We don’t have to take away the garbage of the whole world, but we are called to, and can, take away the garbage of those He has given us to love in Him.

Having said that, which I know sounds very nice in theory, I must quickly add that in my experience, it only happens in the intimacy that is possible when He is Lord of relationship. Unless we discover who we are in Him, and in relationship to others in Him, we dare not get that close.

Jesus wants to give you, and has, in fact, promised to give you significant others in Him. Keep your eyes open, because you never know when He is going to give you the gift of another person. Opening the package can easily take a life time. Oh yes, the package can only be opened in the presence of God’s kind of love, the kind He demonstrated, on the day He said, “I love you,” when He and His expectations were nailed to the tree.

We need this revelation if we are ever going to love like God.

  • By Jay Ferris, originally posted Feb 14, 2011
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Born in Woundedness

Wounded and Wounding
There are essentially two kinds of woundedness: human woundedness, and Divine woundedness. “The Mark of Cain” was placed on the first of the wounding. Cain was an older brother displaced by a younger one. Beginning with Hagar and Ishmael, Islam was born in woundedness, (rejection).  The perspective, understanding, and conversation of woundedness is easily detected by the discerning ear. Human wounding is the fruit of its own fallenness. Kingdoms born of human wounding make bad choices – choices that take us down rather than raise us up.

The Kingdom of God is born of Divine wounding. The difference is that The King was,

“… pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:5, 6

One more observation: All religion rooted in law rather than ‘loving like God’ is wounded and wounding. When Christianity “forgot the height from which it had fallen,” it too became wounded and wounding. Revelation 2:5

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The Truth in Love


“Loving like God” is another way of putting something Jesus said: “As I have loved you…”

Romans 5 is perhaps the clearest statement in the scripture as to just how he loved us. Elsewhere we are told, “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…”.  Romans 5 tells us under what circumstances He did that:

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Verses 6-10 

Jesus Christ laid down His life for his enemies. That’s the measureless love of God. Before His death He made a statement about the greatest love known to man up to the point of His death.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13 

Viewed from the language of a patent examiner, that would be called “the state of the art.” That was “as good as it gets” before Jesus laid down His life.  Jesus redefined love at the cross. Anything short of this redefined love is unworkable, and unsatisfactory for building His Church.

-Reposted article, by Jay Ferris

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We Interrupt the Program to Bring You This Special Message! :)

Dear friends, family, and subscribers of Jay Ferris and his website, “Loving Like God”…

It has been awhile since anything has been posted here on the “Loving Like God” website.  But we are excited to announce that this is going to change!  Starting this Tuesday, and Lord willing, every Tuesday thereafter, a new post by Jay Ferris will be delivered to your inbox.

The plan is to re-post one of his blog articles, starting with the oldest to the newest, and occasionally intersperse them with unreleased materials and audios!

Although a prolific communicator for many years, Jay started his blog in 2011.  His very first post dated February 9th simply stated:

Welcome to the first day of new focus! The recurring messages over the past 30+ years have been:

  • God’s kind of love, (it’s good for enemies, Romans 5:10)
  • Relationships that come from God

In our experience, all else follows from these two.

Again, WELCOME!!

Short and succinct – Jay’s life was focused on living out these two foundational principles in relationship to those the Lord gave him.  It was also his hope to inspire others (through this blog and public speaking invitations) to believe the good news that unshakeable relationships are indeed possible when founded on God’s kind of love.

So in this same heart to inspire others, we welcome you to come on this special journey of spiritual refreshment, as we regularly go through Jay’s writings once again.

If you do not want to be on this email list, or if your address has changed – please reply/comment below and it will updated for you.

Or you may use the subscriber service on the upper right of this page: www.LovingLikeGod.com/about

See you this Tuesday!

 

 

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Post-Election Reminder – by Jay Ferris

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The body of Christ on earth, as distinguished from the one already perfected in heaven, has been fractured organizationally by the work of man’s hands. The unbelief of the believers has kept it from being manifested here on earth.

There is such a profusion and confusion of institutional forms presented to us in the name of the Lord, and demanding our submission, that it is very difficult to see the heavenly Jerusalem. I was not able to see it until I was brought to the end of my carnal resources. By God’s grace, and the faithfulness of those He has brought into my life, I have finally managed to be still enough to catch a glimpse of it.

The body of Christ has been broken because we have tried to organize ourselves according to human understanding. Human understanding is the enemy of God.[2] Our heavenly Father wants to put us together according to the life of His Son. Flesh and blood cannot accomplish that; only the Father can. He wants to put us together in a way against which the gates of hell cannot prevail.

As we must know who Jesus Christ is supernaturally,[3] so we must discover supernaturally who we are in Him. I have begun to discover who I am in relationship to others supernaturally. It is “joy unspeakable and full of glory… ”[4] It is not of works, not even of relational works, “lest any man should boast.“[5] I have been saved, and continue to be saved by grace! I am being placed in the body by grace! I am a man under authority by grace!

The Lord will build His house. He holds the measuring line. The measuring line is unity that is rooted and grounded in love.[6] It is not the spirit of unity, but rather the unity of the Spirit. We cannot build with a measuring line, we can only determine whether or not what has been built is plumb, straight, real and sincere, (without wax).

The New Jerusalem looks like a new creation. Like the old one, it is structured according to life. Unlike the old one, it is built on better blood, better promises, and is never going to pass away.

The Lord has put me in a family. Whether or not you are a member of an “institutional church,” the Lord wants to put you in a family. That is where the Lord commanded the blessing.[7] All that old creation families ever promised, the Lord wants to give you a hundredfold in this present age in His new creation.[8] Without necessarily moving into the same house, the Lord wants His people in any given place relating to each other as though living under a common roof. Whatever it is that is at work in our hearts that keeps the body of Christ from being reconciled is false religion. It is idolatry.

“I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”[9]

Jesus Christ is not only the coin of the realm in the Kingdom of God. Jesus is Lord of relationship.

[1] Hebrews 11:10
[2] Romans 8:6‑7
[3] Matthew 7:23
[4] 1 Peter 1:8
[5] Ephesians 2:9
[6] Ephesians 3: 4‑21
[7] Psalms 133:1-3
[8] Mark 10:29-31
[9] Romans 12:1-2

P.P.S. Professional Christianity is by its very nature predatory. It has an agenda other than love. It is fueled by the cares

By Jay Ferris [The postscript to his money book, “Inflation: The Ultimate Graven Image” Published in 1982]

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Waking up to the Meaning of Inflation – It’s More Than Meets the Pocketbook

inflation-book2The events of today’s world in the area of monetary affairs provide us with a most graphic confirmation of the truth of the Bible – that there is a war going on for control of the world. One way or another, all of us are involved. According to Scripture, the long-term outcome has already been determined, but the short-term outcome has not, though it has very real bread-and-butter consequences for each of us every day. This war cannot be ignored or avoided; it affects all of us worldwide. The battleground is economic. It is over the control of individuals. It has to do with how we relate to each other.

It is at the point of relating – or relationship – that money or, more precisely, a “medium of exchange”, comes about. The medium of exchange is the way that we relate to others for the fulfillment of their needs and desires. If the “kings of this earth” can control our medium of exchange, then they can control us.

This is what inflation is all about. Inflation is nothing more than the monetary manifestation of a grab for power, to run lives and to later dispose of them. It is a form of corruption. As our ability to exchange is corrupted, we become controlled. We are controlled at the core of our being by the things we value: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

The final outcome of this fight has never been in doubt. It was determined from the foundation of the world. But this knowledge does not alter our responsibility to be a part of the battle. If those who have understanding don’t get involved, the battle is lost. Even though this loss will only hold for the short run, the Biblical short run can be a long time.

It may be long enough to include another Dark Ages.

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