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Blessed Are The Meek

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Sermon shared by J. Yeargin

June 2005
Summary: We don’t see much meekness in this world, but it was a meek and lowly life that Christ modeled for us. When we watch a movie depicting the life of Christ, we often see a soft spoken and gentle man. Perhaps that is the picture we have of meekness. Only
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
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the Glory of the Lord as it filled that (humble and meek) little town of Bethlehem.

When we think about it, God delights in taking most anything that is nothing and make it something truly wonderful. How about the time God sent a little shepherd boy named David to rise up and destroy the giant Philistine named Goliath. God took pretty much nothing and made something that amazed the entire Army of the Lord.

How about the story of the blind man that was healed by Jesus? Everybody was watching that day and probably expected Jesus to heal the blind man with a bolt of lightning, or a thunderous shout from heaven.

No, not meek and lowly Jesus, the son of Joseph the carpenter. No not this time. This time Jesus would lean over and spit on the ground, and make a muddy mess to use on this poor blind man’s eyes. If the man had been able to see what was going on, he might have been insulted. But the fact was he could not see, and that is exactly why he didn’t care what Jesus was going to do. Just as long as he would get his eyes opened that day. Nothing else mattered to the blind man!

Question:
Don’t you think Jesus should be able to use anything He chooses to perform His miracles?

He might use frankincense and myrrh, or mud and spit.

Max Lucado says this, “Once again the mundane became mighty, the dull became divine, the ho-hum of life became the holy.”

It sure doesn’t take a lot for God to do something special. “Blessed are the meek…”

The Lord didn’t feel that He ever had to impress the elite and powerful people in this life.
Jesus was meek and He said He only came because
Luke 4:18 (KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

When Jesus first came to this world, He came to the Shepherds. The lowliest people on the face of the earth. The forgotten ones who live in obscurity and poverty.

Application:
In our culture, many associate the word “meek” with the word, “weak”. There was nothing weak about Jesus. He was meek, but He was not weak.
We live in a very proud society that puts up a good front so that others won’t think of us as vulnerable to our bullies. Tough guys want to impress everyone. There are many today that have this “Don’t mess with Texas” kind of attitude. If you look tough, you must be tough.

You may know how meek you are by how you drive your car in heavy traffic. (This is sometimes my problem I have to deal with.) Or (maybe) by how you push your shopping cart through Wal-Mart on a busy Saturday.

There are those who consider themselves independent and confident of their standing with everyone. A proud heart will often prevent someone from being meek like Christ was. Many are too proud to let anyone know they have problems, or a need in their life.

Question:
Do you put others ahead of yourself?

Being “Meek” will require from us God’s Grace and forgiveness. When you know someone is wrong, you might be tempted to think of the many snide remarks that could be made. Being “meek” means knowing what forgiveness is…

“Meek” may mean (to some people) that you are shy and timid. That is really the meaning of insecurity. Being “meek” should
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