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POWER AND STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL

I have a question for you : Who was the most humble man (among men) in the Bible?

Matthew 5:5; 1 Peter 2:21-23 ; Psalms 37:11; Matthew 11:29

“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

Meek, is alternatively used with humble in various translations. While in the worldly sense, meek, can be someone who is despised because of the notion that they are easily imposed on. On the contrary, being meek in the kingdom of God is the means to receiving an inheritance from God.

Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is not cowardice. Meekness is not surrender or complacency. Meekness is not passivity. Meekness is a characteristic of a disciple signified by humility, righteousness, long suffering, patience and submission.

Meek comes from the Greek word “praus” which was used to describe a beast that has been tamed. In ancient Greece, war horses were trained to be meek — strong and powerful yet under control and willing to submit. A horse that had learnt to become obedient was meek aka praus.

“The meek, who can be angry, but restrain their wrath in obedience to the will of God, and will not be angry unless they can be angry and not sin, nor will be provoked by others.” Poole

“The men who suffer wrong without bitterness or desire for revenge.” Bruce

The meek are those who quietly submit  to God. Those who are quicker to forgive than they are to anger and  it is said they are those who would rather forgive twenty injuries than revenge one. They are those who have learnt to rule their own spirits. (Proverbs 16:32) says “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.Why do the meek find this rest and are quick to exercise control, we may wonder. It is because they have known and trusted the Sovereignty of God.

SUPREME EXAMPLE OF MEEKNESS

“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.” Isaiah 53:7

Jesus is the ultimate example of strength and power under control. Paul clearly highlights in (Philippians 1:6-8) how Jesus saw no competition in clinging to the divine privileges He had. He had equal authority and yet He submitted to the Father. He could have turned the stone to bread. (Matthew 4:3) He could have released His power upon those who tried to arrest Him. (Matthew 26:53-64) He could have chosen to not stay or associate with the lowly and instead associated only with priests who would quickly submit to His power. He could have chosen men of greater stature to match His divine capabilities but He didn’t. He obeyed even if it meant putting aside His power. He became humble to the point of the death of the cross; the worst form of death, yet He did.

(1 Peter 2:21-23) “who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to He who judges righteously.” He trusted the Supremacy of God; trusting that God was in control to accomplish His glorious and greater purpose and with this greater expression of humility, Jesus was granted the highest form of exaltation (Philippians 2:9-11)

Jesus invites us to be humble and lowly like He is (Matthew 11:29). If He is, why can’t we?

DIE TO SELF

The reason we are so often caught up in exchange and in defense and complaints is because our minds are sometimes fixed on temporal stuff and selfish ambitions driven by the need to display our power ; the flesh being largely at work in us.

A meek man has died to self. A meek man will not be bothered by reputation, by loss or suffering and it’s effect because they focus on God’s glory.

A meek man has relinquished control.

Paul, to me, is an example of a man who exercised single minded devotion and was not fazed by those who tried to compete with his ministry by preaching with false motives (Philippians 1:15) and neither was he concerned with the suffering he went through. All he focused on was the advancement of God’s gospel. It put him in situations he had to suffer (Romans 8:36; 2 Corinthians 11:22-33) and yet in all, he relies on the power of Christ clinging to the truth that they were conquerors (Romans 8:37) ; whether in life or in death, Paul had pledged allegiance to live for God and to submit; wherever that took him.

RELIANCE ON GOD

Reliance on God, through all circumstances is the attitude of a meek man.

A man that trusts that God will contend for him and will not try to devise his own schemes to get out of trouble. A man that knows vengeance belongs to the Lord. A man that knows that all things work out together for good. A man that knows that even momentary suffering or total suffering can be used for the display of God’s glory. A man that knows that it is not by his own power, strength or might but by the Spirit of the Lord. This is a meek man. A man who fears and accords respect to all men in authority. The meekness we express towards God translates into our relationships with man.

“It looks as if they would be pushed out of the world but they would not be; for they shall inherit the earth. The wolves devour the sheep yet there are more sheep in the world than wolves and the sheep continue to multiply and to feed in green pastures.” Spurgeon

We are not made for this world. Let us not strive to react as the world would, adjusting to the expectations so we can be applauded by the world for being reactive when God calls us to be meek. Let us learn to wait on God and His deliverance and our inheritance will be beyond comprehension and Psalms 37:11 promises that we will delight in peace; in the abundance of peace.. Stay secure. Stay content. Stay trusting. Stay meek.

Answer to my earlier quiz: Moses. (Numbers 12:3). Did you get it?

You are light and you are so loved. Stay anchored and keep His light shining through

2 thoughts on “POWER AND STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL

  1. A meek man has died to self. A meek man will not be bothered by reputation, by loss or suffering and it’s effect because they focus on God’s glory.
    A meek man has relinquished control.???

    A meek man basics carries God!!
    You did justice to this beautiful i love i love how i now have a love for the beatitudes ??. Thanks so much dear??♥️♥️.

    1. Same here. I have a renewed love for the beatitudes aki.
      The more I write, the more I am in awe of just how much we miss when we breeze through.
      God help us to be meek

      Thank you for your feedback ma
      ❤❤???

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