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Beatitudes – the Meek

Matthew 5:5

Meekness is not weakness nor mere humbleness.

Meekness is patience, long-suffering, “strength under control”

Who is the perfect example of meekness?

Who could’ve called down legions of angels but chose torture on the cross?

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23

“When I ask you a question 90% of the time the answer is ‘Jesus.’ ” Josh Bentley

Strength under control

A wild stallion is useless to man.

A broken & tamed stallion exhibits meekness. It still has all it’s strength and ability…

but it is useful.

Power and strength under control.

“Jesus calls us to rest, and meekness is His method.” A.W. Tozer

“[Jews}were in the constant habit of using the Old Testament, where [the promise of inheriting Canaan, the Promised Land,] perpetually occurs, and they used it as a proverbial expression to denote any great blessing, perhaps as the sum of all blessings. Our Saviour used it in this sense, and meant to say, not that the meek would own great property or have many lands, but that they would possess special blessings.” Albert Barnes

In our fight for survival I think meekness is as unnatural as it gets, but followers of Jesus know they are on to something when the world sees their actions (or lack thereof) as foolish.

I need the gift of meekness.

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Beatitudes – Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3

“Poor in spirit”

Poor in spirit is the antithesis of self-sufficiency.

Aware of our great lacking; neediness

Aware of our deficiency

Do we know what we are lacking?

Holy Spirit, show me where I’m lacking. Awaken me.

Knowing our low state and doing posturing ourselves for change

Feeling the desperation of wanting more

“Kingdom of Heaven”

The dome under which God has full, free reign

Letting Jesus, the King, have His way

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