THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT EMPOWERS THE BEATITUDES

The heart of Christ

 

 

The Beatitudes are the heart of Christ and will make our life in Christ extremely bountiful. When the Holy Spirit abides and abounds within us we come to intimately know His Fruit which will empower us to live out the might of the Beatitudes. We can then live as Jesus did upon this earth. As He shared the Beatitudes with His disciples immediately before the Sermon on the Mount, he told them that the Beatitudes would make them His Salt, to flavor the world around them with His Love, and become His Light to shine and reflect His great teachings to those in our path of life. It is amazing how the Fruit of the Spirit coincides in order with the Beatitudes and will help us culminate each one in our life.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit                                                                         The Beatitudesthe poor in Spirit

Love & Joy                                                                                          The Poor in Spirit

the poor in spirit 2 We are merely lost and desperate spiritual beggars with no spiritual security.  When we recognize God with His majesty and grandeur, and all His Son did for us, we fall in LOVE with Him and become JOYOUS and confident in our position before God, because of the Cross of Christ allows us to enter the Land of the Beatitudes.

 

 

 

 

 

Peace                                                                                                    Those Who Mourn

God seeks to comfort us, console us, and give us peace in the midst of our mourning. But even more so, Jesus desires to carry all our burdens for us and rescue us from mournmourn2despair. We must depend entirely upon Jesus to carry us and our burdens through the Valley of Despair or up the Mountain of Tragedy we must experience in this sinful world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience                                                                                                      The Meek

MeekWe must put away our strong personal and desperate desires that detour and distract us from what Christ wants us to do. He will then meek2direct us in every aspect of our life for Him. Our “me” disappears and Jesus becomes all we are. He guides us to our inheritance for Him in this world and His Light shines clearly through us to others. Jesus’s humility must be our model for life

 

 

 

 

 

hunger & thirst

Goodness                                         Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness

Now we recognize the great goodness of God and desire to come to know Him ever more fully as we search the Scriptures in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to deepen our understanding of all He had done for us. He fills us with great contentment and spiritual strength in our heart, mind, and soul.

 

mercifulKindness                                                                   The merciful

 

When we experience our personal encounter with Jesus we are dramatically impacted first hand with His great mercy which has reached down from Heaven to rescue us from our passionately committed sin. He knocks on the door of our heart and we exuberantly open it for Him to enter and abide in our life. He engulfs us in His great mercy and we extend it to all those around us with no reservations.merciful2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith                                                                                                            The Pure in Heart

Our faith has been magnificently magnified through these first five Beatitudes and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in us. Now our “soul desire” is to be one with Our Lord, however we must open our heart entirely before Him to cleanse it of any resilient sin that stands between us. When we confess that obstruction between us, we can see Him clearly, and see the world as he sees it. Our heart is transparent before Him and before all those around us.

pure in heart

 

Meekness                                                                                           The Peacemakers

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We now know and live in meekness and mercy which allows us to be purposeful and effective instruments of Our Lord for His Kingdom on thispeacemakers2 earth. We share His love, His Gospel, and then promise of salvation with the world, helping to reconcile man with God everywhere we go. His Spirit leads us and guides us to be peacemakers for Him, just as He was on earth.

 

 

 

 

Self-control                                  Those who are persecuted for righteousness sake

 

persecutedWhen the world reacts with hatred toward us because of our peacemaking purposes, our strong spirit encompasses us and gives us determination to be courageous for Christ, regardless of what it may cost. Now we can control our natural reaction of self to fear, just as Jesus did. We know we will join Him soon in Heaven for all eternity.persecuted2

“Jesus, Our Lord, on Earth” is HERE!

Front cover of book

It was my pleasure to share portions of the first chapters of this book on Jesus in some previous blogs. The first chapter tells of Our Lord’s integral role in Creation with Jesus wih Adam & EveHis Father, and then after the “fall into sin” by Adam and Eve, His passionate desire to find a way with His Father to restore Their Creation to an eternal “Garden of Eden” fellowship in Heaven. The entire Trinity was involved intimately in this process for it to come to pass.

 

 

 

First, the Father had to make specific preparations to develop a Godly people on earth, which took many generations past the lives of Adam and Eve once they were tabernacle of the Lordexiled from Eden. The Holy Spirit was clearly active to direct the hearts of the patriarchs throughout these early generations of: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, and the many prophets of the Old Testament who were also inspired to give prophesies of the coming Messiah.

Through the life of Joseph, God later formed His Own people in Goshen of Egypt over a period of over 400 years, then through Moses and Joshua, He created the Israelite Nation, which unfortunately was not thoroughly faithful until after their tragic experience under the Babylonian exile who under God’s influence finally released them to return to Jerusalem, rebuild the Temple, and recreate their nation.

Then another 400 years was initiated for the coming of the Messiah, however, only certain selected prophesies were expected to be fulfilled by the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were expecting the majestic, heavenly, and obvious arrival of the Messiah to liberate them from the tyranny of Rome and recreate Israel as a new, free, and most powerful nation of God.

Jesus as a baby

However, God had a different plan for His Son which was a Messiah to arrive in complete humility and secrecy in a manger and bed of straw. Only a very few, besides Mary and Joseph, knew or received the announcement of His arrival on earth. There were the shepherds watching their flocks at night whom the angels appeared and announced Jesus’s arrival, then a man and a woman in the Temple who recognized the Baby Jesus as the Messiah, and the Wise men.

smcas0072God’s plan was for His Son to demonstrate to mankind daily the love and mercy of the Father, to usher in a new Kingdom of God in which animal sacrifices and the priestly roles and  the Holy of Holies in the Temple would not be necessary. Jesus’s voluntary sacrifice of His sinless self on the cross would negate the need of any other sacrifice. On the cross the immense weight of the sin of all mankind descended upon Him. Jesus gave Himself up for us, and three days later was resurrected with a glorified body and new life, which is what He has prepared for each of us who believes in Him.sacrifical lamb

 

 

 

Jesus’s life on earth completely changed the traditional Jewish practice of animal sacrifices, the supreme importance of the Temple, and the pivotal role of the priests. All of this put the Jewish leaders in a constant confrontational mode with Jesus on a daily basis because they would not accept Him as the Messiah. But this was all part of God’s perfect plan. He used their denial, resentment, and perpetual anger toward the Son as the vehicle to crucify Him, because this who else could have exercised the power to have this happen. And without the sacrifice of his Son, the redemption of sin would not have occurred as was completely necessary for our salvation.

 Jesus, the way

For salvation each person must first honestly recognize their own sin, confess it, and sincerely admit and believe that Jesus has died for them. Then HE comes to live in their hearts and the Holy Spirit also fills them with spiritual power to live a truly Godly life on earth and be an effective instrument for His Kingdom here. Then after life on earth they will enjoy true fellowship with the Father and Son in Heaven for all eternity.

The purpose of this book is to magnify Jesus’s role throughout the creation, the history of the world, and His life here to be much more personal than we might perceive. Jeus comforts usHe desires a deeply personal experience with each of us He saved. His specific inspiration to me was to share His devoted determination from the very beginning to restore and save His fallen creation.

 

You may order a copy of the book on my website at this link:http://questforthebeatitudes.org/jesus-our-lord-on-earth-book/   and it will be my privilege to send you a signed copy from the inventory of books I have on hand. My prayer is that this book will be a blessing to your life and walk with Our Lord. Have a most blessed 2016!