TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, April 24, 2018:
Submissiveness; humbleness; gentleness.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Jesus spoke to the multitudes and said, “Blessed are the meek.” To be blessed means more than finding happiness. It means to find hope and joy apart from our circumstances and what we have or do not have in this world.
Jesus longest sermon recorded in the Bible is titled, “The Sermon on the Mount.” In this sermon Jesus described the character traits He wanted in His followers. One of these traits is “Meekness.”
When Jesus used the word meek, He was talking about being gentle and humble. To be meek necessitates willingness to step aside from self-promotion and a giving up of our desires to let others have theirs. The way God wants us to act and live is quite the opposite to what we see in practice in the world we live in today.
God says that those who are blessed are the ones who have their ego and self-righteous know-it-all attitude under control.
Many believers today often forget God in their daily decision making and because they want to live their life just the way they want to live without any interference from God or any person. When we want to be in control we open the door for Satan to come into control of our life. When we want control, we will not seek to do God’s will.
Many so-called believers in Jesus today want to be in full control of their lives. When this happens, a believer needs to be willing to ask God to forgive them and ask Him for meekness to submit to His will and live in obedience to Him and be able to depend on His guidance and His strength.
The way God wants us to live usually contradicts the world’s way of living. When we live in obedience to God, we must be willing to do and say with meekness and gentleness what non-believers will think is strange.
As a young man Moses succumbed to ego and self-righteousness. We read in Exodus 2:11-15 that he thought he could use his own power to bring about deliverance for God’s people from slavery. He misused his power by killing an Egyptian, which only dissipated his power because he lost the respect of his own people. God had to teach Moses meekness and in Numbers 12:3 we read that after Moses learned his lesson by recognizing the insufficiency of his own power, he became very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.
Meekness is not weakness. God first made Moses weak before making him the strong leader he had to be for the task God had for him in leading the Israelites out of slavery under Pharaoh.
We as believers need to let go of our personal so called power and let God’s power flow through our lives. Nothing is more powerful than the power that we can have when our will is under God’s control. It is only when we let God be in control that we will one day receive all that God has in store for us. Then we will understand what it means to be “Blessed.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in II Chronicles 7:14.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
Help my family to join together to strive to do Your will so that we may experience Your power in our lives. When we struggle to succeed and realize we might fail in our power, help us to realize that it is by Your strength that we will succeed and not our own and that we can trust in You to do what we cannot. We thank You that You are faithful.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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