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  In either case, the liberty that rightly belongs to the saints has been replaced by the doing of external authority.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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The Needs of The Bride

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This weeks post is a very important message shared by Jay Ferris in July, 2007 at an annual conference called “Searching Together.”   Jay once said this may have been one of the most anointed times of sharing in public he’s ever experienced, and it was a subject that was very dear to his heart.

He said, The things I share I’m very passionate about, but I’m ready to repent if you can show me a more excellent way.”

What is the excellent way?  And what are the needs of the Bride of Christ?   Be encouraged that this is definitely an audio worth listening to.


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Emergency First Aid For Relationships

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The following is a small but necessary side trip from our main theme – God’s kind of Love, and relationships that come from God, but I am hopeful that it will prove helpful for those who have a heart to love like God in relationship to others.

Over the past 40 years of attempting to live this out, I have come to think of myself as a lover in training. I commend this identification to you as well.

That said, there is no challenge as lovers in training so difficult and demanding as loving and being caught between two people who don’t get along or are incompatible. If you love and encourage the one, you offend and discourage the other. It is the most conflicted situation that we, as lovers in training are likely to encounter.

Here again, this is where lovers in training need to turn to the cross, and even Jesus’ garden experience the night before the cross. Jesus was caught between us and His Father, with whom we were/are incompatible. For Him to drink the cup was to associate Himself with our incompatibility. “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken me… ?,” Psalms 22:1. This is the price of being caught between two people who don’t see eye to eye. It is the highest challenge to our faith, and the one where, more than any other, we need to identify ourselves as lovers in training.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted on April 10, 2011

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Time Out For a Brain Adjustment

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In the past couple of days, I have been prompted to revisit this from my more recent money book, Are You Worried Yet…:

What I saw was a choice between two kinds of “time-shares,” two places to rest, two places to live, even a choice between two kingdoms. How can we leave the one, without entering the other?  Getting out of Babylon, it seems, is a call to every one of us, but where are we to go if we are given no alternative? Does “the gospel” consign us to some kind of mental holding pattern until Jesus comes back? Why should people living in darkness want a piece of that action?

We need to live in the Spirit’s alternative to Babylon; we need to live there now. My experience tells me that this is well within reach of the faith once delivered to the saints, and still available even in our own day. What we are presently calling “church” isn’t fooling anyone, except perhaps ourselves.

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