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Surrendered & Blessed

February 5, 2017 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: #blessed

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Matthew 5:3–5:10, Luke 22:42, James 1:21, Galatians 5:16, 1 Peter 2:23, Galatians 5:22–5:23, Matthew 5:5, 1 Peter 5:6–5:7

Surrendered & Blessed

Week four of a ten week series discovering the pathway to God's blessings by learning and living the Beatitudes of Jesus

The Beatitudes Start From Within

Spiritual desperation. Spiritual brokenness. These are the themes of the first two Beatitudes. This is where Jesus starts when He talks about the blessings of God, and how we can truly lead a blessed life. It’s upside down thinking compared to everything else we see around us. It’s a work of God that begins in us from the inside out.

Matthew 5:3-10 NIV

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:5 NIV

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Meekness is...

Meekness isn’t weakness.
Meekness is controlled strength.
Meekness is harnessed power.
It’s focused energy and disciplined action for a greater purpose.

Meekness is...

“mansuetus” (Latin word for meek person)
“manu” = hand +
“suetus” = used to

A horse is trained when it has been broken and is “used to the hand” of its trainer. So it is with us and God, and His hand of authority in our lives. Are we stubborn or are we submissive?

Luke 22:42 NIV

42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

The Path toward Meekness

To help us grow in meekness, God uses:
His Scripture
His Spirit

James 1:21 ESV

21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Galatians 5:16 NIV

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Meekness in Action

Meekness starts with God, but then it also becomes apparent in the way we treat others, and the way we handle life’s ups and downs--both success and disappointment. Jesus showed this in the final hours of His life before He was crucified. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus suffered His worse mistreatment after He submitted to the will of His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. We’re often misled into thinking that life should be at its best after we’ve had a moving experience in prayer. But that certainly wasn’t the case for Jesus. Yet how did He respond?

1 Peter 2:23 NIV

23 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.

Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Meek people are...

Meek people are patient people.
Meek people are gentle people.
Meek people are people of self-control.

Where in your life do you need to grow? Change?
What have you not surrendered to God that is keeping you from meekness?

Matthew 5:5 NIV

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

God Rewards Our Meekness

The Bible says that there is an inheritance for Christians that will never perish, spoil, or fade, that’s kept in heaven for us; it's an inheritance that is far greater than anything we could ever possibly imagine. So we look forward to that with great hope.

But even in this life, God says to us, “Leave the honor business up to Me. Your time will come. But for now, your job simply is just to humble yourselves, in meekness, under MY mighty hand of authority in your life… my hand of training that wants to mold you into becoming a champion for Christ." We can trust God and live in meekness because He cares for us.

Connections questions

Meekness starts with our surrender to God, then it becomes apparent in the way we treat others. Pastor Dan

1. Think of someone you’re having a hard time with right now. How are you tempted to respond to them? As a Christian, how do you think you should respond to them?

2. Jesus said that He is gentle (meek) and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29; 21:5). Read the verses below and note how Jesus responded to people who gave Him a hard time. Would you say His responses were meek? In what way—or not?

· Matthew 12:9-14

· Luke 7:36-47

· Matthew 16:21-23

· Luke 23:33-34

3. Pastor Colin Smith said, “There is a definite order to the Beatitudes, and each one flows from the others that went before.” With that in mind, how does this third Beatitude “flow from” the first two? How does being poor in spirit and mourning over our sin help us trust God and respond gently to people who offend us?

4. What does it mean that the meek will inherit the earth? How might people who first heard Jesus say this have understood it? How do you think Jesus intends for us to understand it today? Check out Psalm 37:5-11; 1 Peter 3:8-12; Matthew 19:28-30; Revelation 21:1-3, 7.

5. Of the three blessings Jesus promised in the first three Beatitudes—the Kingdom of Heaven, God’s comfort, and inheriting the earth—which one appeals to you most? Why?

6. Think again about the person you’re having a hard time with right now. What will it look like for you to trust in God and respond gently to them?

 

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