TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, March 18, 2019:
Humble; submissive; gentle; docile; kind.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we will look at one of the Beatitudes that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. The philosophy that prevails in the world is the exact opposite of this beatitude, blessed are the meek. People of the world consider the meek (humble and submissive) person to be weak and cowardly. But what the world does not understand is that the most gentle, meek and humble person that ever lived on this earth was our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God.
Yes, the world may consider the meek to be weak, but meekness is not weakness. To be meek is to be in control of your actions. That takes strength. In his letter to Titus, Paul defined meekness, Meekness is to “avoid quarreling, to be gentle and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” Titus 3:2. These traits of meekness are not easy to always put into action in our life. As Paul tells us it takes God’s strength and His power.
The meek are gentle and they are “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
The meek is a person that is quiet. He is quiet before God, he surrenders to God and he communicates with God. A meek person is also quiet before men. He walks quietly before men and he is controlled in all things including his reactions, his speech and behavior.
A believer in Jesus, who is meek according to the standard of God, is blessed when he or she is content with who they are and what they have in the Lord. That is the moment you will find yourself as the proud owner of everything that can be inherited from God on this earth.
When Jesus said that the meek would inherit the earth, there were two points to be stressed.
First, the meek will inherit the earth now. They will enjoy the good things of the earth that God has blessed them with. The meek are comfortable with themselves. They know who they are and they are strong and confident in their faith. They are blessed because they know they are redeemed.
Secondly, the earth is the Meek’s eternally for they will be part of God’s kingdom in the new heavens and earth. (Revelation 21:1-3) They have an inheritance of eternal life and dominion is promised for them, for they are joint-heirs with Christ.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:3.
That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Help me to be meek and gentle to those I interact with today so that each one can see Christ in me and through me.
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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