The Jesus Trend

We are seeing Jesus lovers popping up all over the internet,

I just can’t help but notice,

And please don’t get me wrong I love Jesus too, and I don’t think we should ever be ashamed to tell others about Him.

But I just can’t help but question the truth behind the matter of some,

And I wonder is this a trend or is this for real,

I am all for spreading the good news of Jesus, I’m all for encouragement, I’m all for helping others Find God!

But I just can’t help but think of the sermon on the mount, the words from Jesus himself, for 3 chapters of the Book of Matthew we have the greatest sermon ever preached, please understand one thing as you read the Word,

The chapters in the books were mans adding not Gods, when you read the sermon on the mount don’t pull this verse out and use it the way you want it…

““Judge not, that you be not judged.”

Matthew 7:1 read the entire sermon preached by Jesus….

Understand why it’s there, what it’s purpose was, and the context of the entire message.

This message is for you not for you to throw in someone else’s face, if someone is trying to help you because they see you going down a not so good path, please grab their hand as they are trying to pull you from destruction and thank them….

I would post the whole sermon but instead, I would greatly encourage you to open your Bible and read it for yourself from start to finish starting in Matthew chapter 5. Jesus didn’t stop preaching at the end of chapter 5 and pick up where he left off a day later, he preached continuously from chapter 5 through to chapter 7, It’s an important message!

““Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM M E, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”

Matthew 7:13-29 NASB

It hurts a little to see the mass amount of people proclaiming Jesus, how much they love Him and The message of grace…backed by such worldly lifestyles!

Its seems more like confusion than a message of truth to me,

Jesus came to save us from this world that we want to participate in while holding on to the Jesus diamond cross around our neck,

he died on that cross for you,

and you get to wear it,

Does that not seem backwards to you!

(I’m not saying that everyone does this but this is just an example)

He told us to carry our crosses not flaunt them

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 14:27 NASB

Go and find out what this means.

And I don’t share this out of hate or judgment but care and concern because the fruits of our life will always speak so much louder than the words that come out of our mouths,

Or in this case, the posts of our social media accounts.

This is an avenue that I try to be cautious of because it is so easy to show the world a different you, it’s easy to be a “Jesus lover” or “saved by grace” On the internet, but who are we at home to our families, friends, spouses, who are we to our co-workers or neighbors, and most importantly who are we to God?

What kind of fruits are you displaying in public, or private, how do you yield to temptations? (self-control)

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Galatians 5:19-26 NKJV

Each one of those fruits should be dissected in our lives, they are hard to master, but not impossible, we have an example and we must follow it everyday especially as we proclaim to be His followers, we must be different from the world.

Let us not be conceited…

Provoking one another…

Envying one another!

Social Media has to be the largest outlet for this kind of behavior, provoking (look at me)and envying (look at them)…

What is your purpose to show Gods glory or yours? trust me I know it’s easy to get caught up in attention…but is it worth your soul or someone you may be affecting as they watch your example.

“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. S ee how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

James 3:1-18 NASB

This is hard to share, I’m not trying to exalt myself above anyone else by any means,

Please take this with a sincere love from me and for the truth.

And thank you for taking the time to read, with love,

Beverly

I was in a rut a few years back wondering why things just didn’t feel like they matched, I thought I was doing everything right…this sermon really helped me put things into perspective. Please take the time to listen, I pray it would help you as it did me!

Beloved… The Liebster Award

Liebster: a person much liked or loved by someone else…

Beloved… let us love one another for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God he that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love, beloved let us love one another
1 John 4:7 and 8

I mean, I’m so constantly in awe of how God works, I hope that through this blog you can find inspiration and motivation to dive into his awesomeness too, it is incomparable to anything that this world has to offer! Because he teaches something about love that grows and grows each day that you put your faith in him!! So beloved, I have known this verse since I was a little girl because it was a song we used to sing and the tune was so catchy that it became on of my favorite songs to sing, also one of my favorite scriptures.

A blog post about love will come soon after this, because the love we are reading about here is a love called agape and God and Christ are the only ones who who have truly perfected this love, this love is not based on feelings but actions causing reactions!

But right now I want to thank Cristina Tuttle, that is how love works after all, through encouragement, uplifting each other, and helping each other grow! She took the time out to consider another person like me to motivate me to keep working towards a goal and ultimately when we are encouraging others to live a life for God that is love! If someone in your life is trying to help you grow closer to God please don’t ever take offense to that but be thankful that they loved you enough to try and help you, you know love doesn’t always come in a pretty package like a box of chocolates wrapped in a big red heart! But sometimes it does and in this case the encouragement from my first post being nominated for a liebster award felt like a box of chocolates wrapped in a big red heart! I’m new to blogging this was my very first post and it really did encourage me! So thank you dear friend I hope I can do the same for you! Thank you for inspiring me and can I just say a little encouragement goes a long way!

Please do check out her blog!

https://friedpixels.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/the-liebster-award/

Official Rules found in the link below, I am really honored to be thought of and considered for this, I think it is a great idea, and great way to encourage each other!

https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/

Being new to blogging, I’m curious about my first few followers, my daily time is limited, And as much as I would love to spend a whole day here reading, I haven’t gotten the opportunity to yet, but I have been able to read posts from each of these people that I was also encouraged by so I would like to know more about you all…and with that I would like to nominate…

https://servingourking.wordpress.com

https://tipsfromsharvina.wordpress.com

https://beblesstified.com

 

My questions for you all are…

What brought you to blogging, and how has it changed you, and/or helped you?

Saved? it happens frequently as a type this post…It becomes saved to no longer disappear, protected from an accidental computer crash…What does saved mean on behalf of your life? Does it scare you to think of not being saved?

I believe the heart is the most fragile part of the human body, do you agree? Why or why not?

Thinking of the heart, what makes yours happy?

 

And to answer theses questions from

https://friedpixels.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/the-liebster-award/

Question #1:

If I could enter my favorite book, and permanently replace one of the characters, what would it be, who would you replace and why?

Of course I’m gonna have to take this one into my favorite book of all, I’m not really a reader of books other than self help books, children’s story books, and the Bible the best self help book of all if I do say so myself.

Found in the Bible in the the book of;

Luke 10:38-42

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

I would love to be Mary the sister of Martha having Jesus in our home and seated as his feet listening to his word! As I live by faith I know I have the ability to also be at his feet but many times I find myself as Martha distracted by all of the preparations and cares of this world that I don’t always give myself the opportunity to sit at his feet and listen to his word! I would love to be there in that moment!

“Find me here at your feet again,
Everything I am, reaching out I surrender,
Come sweep me up in your love again,
And my soul will dance,
In the wings of forever”

Touch the sky- Hillsong United

One of my favorite songs at the moment, and this verse gets me every time.  I pray I find myself more often in this moment.

Question #2

What is the one impossible thing that you won’t ever do?
I absolutely, hate the eerie, creepy, scary stuff and you will never find me testing out a ouija board! I don’t like to put myself into situations that are going to play with my mind in ways like that!

Question #3:

When you were little and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, did you grow up to be what you wanted to be?
My mom was a stay at home Mom so my whole life I watched her and that was her job. She dedicated herself to her children and husband everyday and I observed the ways she took care of the home, my dream was to be a stay at home Mom just like her! And yes I’m very fortunate to have a husband who works very hard that I may stay a home too! I’m a mom of 3 little ones who are huge blessings, But let me just say this it’s not as easy as she made it look!

Question #4:

So…adulting. how goes it?
Yep adulting, sure makes me realize how much time I wasted away as a kid, teenager, and young adult but that’s just a part of life, as kids I guess thats their job, to have long boring days that your just trying to figure everything out, childhood is actually awesome now that I’m and adult I sometimes wish I could be that carefree again, so I live through my little humans, but adulting it can be a challenge, as I watch my kids grow I think back on those feelings I had as kid, just full of joy and love and laughter…sometimes my burdens get to them though and I try really hard not to let them, because it’s is such a sweet thing to have that innocence! So adulting…I just a ball of emotions, and challenges, sometimes feels like that ball is rolling on a roller coaster track, but I tell you the beauty of that surrender once again, kind of takes you off that roller coaster on to some pretty amazing wings, that fly you around seeing the world as if your a kid again,
Knowing that whatever happens you have someone special that you loves very much watching over you! Adulting is kind of figuring out how to release yourself from all of those burdens again, having my precious little babies really help me keep all of that in perspective, I mean do we really need to worry about half of the things we do anyways? Christ tells us no!

“And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:22-32‬ ‭

That’s where I’m at so far with this adulting thing!

Question #5:

If you had access to unlimited resources, tools, help, money, etc. How would you make this day great? A day that would go down in history.

“”Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:33-34‬ ‭

I do have unlimited access, kind of falls in line, with the whole adulting thing, so I guess that would only require of me time! I wish sometimes I could just pause, maybe, get a phone call from God telling me exactly what to do, but that is the reason he loves us so is he gives us this wonderful thing called free will so we’re not all just a bunch of robots, my heart and mind sometimes pull me in directions that mess me up! But that too is the beauty of time we learn, we grow, and surrendering daily, helps us see clearer and clearer each day and I’m just waiting for that day when I get to be with him, that will be the day that goes down in history! For now I get to enjoy each day trying my very best, and giving it my all!

 

Question #6:

what is the most fascinating piece of advise you have ever received?

“And He said to him, ” ‘ YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37‬ ‭

Doesn’t get better than that right there, I work on this daily, with a reflection on my heart, mind, and soul! My prayer is that I can pass this off to as many people possible, because this advise, word,
Commanndment….is really the center of the true meaning to life, and that is to Fall deeply in Love with our Father in Heaven, our Creator, our everything!

Thank you for reading, God bless! ❤️🙏