THE MEEK


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

THE MEEK
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Blessed are the
meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:4

Meekness is not to be
confused with weakness. In scripture, meekness means
“power under control.”
In this context, the contrite, praying person is
blessed with the indwelling
control of the Holy Spirit and the inheritance
promised to the believer even
in conflict.

History shows that it is the people who have learned this,
people with their
passions, instincts and impulses under disciplined control,
who have been
great. (see Numbers 12:3 and Proverbs 16:32)
Thus:

Blessed are those whose every instinct, every impulse, and every
passion is
under the control of God’s Spirit! They will be right with God,
self and
others and enter the life which God alone can give.

Pray for
this meekness when entering into dialogue with those of opposing
positions.
There will be times when patience and self-control will be sorely
tested.
There may also be times when the Spirit will suggest a change of
direction in the dialogue or a strategic retreat that looks suspiciously like
defeat. To be meek is to be able to willingly accept temporary defeat in order
that
there may later be victory in the Spirit.

A co-worker in China was
struggling with the attitudes of a house church group
who forbade
hand-clapping during the singing of hymns. One leader complained
bitterly.
Every evening in the brothers’ sleeping quarters, he would complain
further.
The group would then debate endlessly on whether or not clapping
hands during
singing was permissible. It was like the black smoke pouring out
from the
weeds.

This continued until the afternoon of the last day, when God used
His Word,
and the Holy Spirit did an amazing work. This brother stood up and
admitted
his wrongdoing. He asked God to forgive his ignorance, stubbornness
and
defensiveness. With his confession, Christ’s love tore down an invisible
wall.
It was as if the Lord “broke down gates of bronze and cut through bars
of
iron.” The response of the workers as they prayed together was, “The
glorious
King has come.” Thank and praise the Lord. He was completely
victorious.

RESPONSE: Today I will quit calling the shots and surrender
complete control
to God.

PRAYER: Lord, today I completely surrender to
the control of Your Spirit in my
life. Help me to be meek.

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