In the last century, millions of people have attended great conferences, with famous speakers who presented ideas about being successful. The same giant crowd of seekers, sincerely still yearn to draw closer to God while pursuing their goals. While listening to gifted saints, we hoped to learn their secret in gaining a greater potential in Christ. Our best Teacher is the Word of God and it clearly shows us how to best impact others supernaturally. A Meek Me could leave an everlasting mark. Mark 12:41-42 “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on” Jesus saw a gift worthy of comment. A valued gift comes out of the treasury God sees in the humblest of hearts.
For those who yet desire a larger level of influence, this post challenges us to become as meek as Jesus. The word of God said that Moses was the meekest man who ever lived. The man who parted the Red Sea was far from weak— he was obedient. Jesus reminded all who have ears to hear “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” The great question is do you know what meekness is? Why did God the Father not spare us all from feeling weak, rejected, mocked, or tortured? Perhaps we question God’s ways when we are NOT ready to hear the truth. The Prophet Isaiah said that the meek will rejoice in the Lord. Paul teaches that meekness is a fruit of the Spirit of God. The meekest man who ever walked the earth was Jesus Christ Himself. Our Lord tells us “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly (meek) in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:27-29 NKJV How do you define meekness?
The brother of Jesus has much to say about the meekness that comes from wisdom. “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and the overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21 The truly wise are meek. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13 As we age we are humbled by how much our parents actually knew as opposed to what wisdom we thought we possessed. Wisdom begins when we fear the Lord, when we respect His word and His warnings. Picture a double yoke that stretches across the backs of two oxen. The oxen have their heads lowered and the yoke keeps them walking in step to accomplish a task. Now picture the Lord Jesus with His head lowered on the opposite side of a yoke resting on your neck. Jesus was humble and meek as He walked the earth to do the will of the Father. In Matthew God asks us to become like Jesus, and humble ourselves to learn from the example of Jesus. Meek is certainly NOT mild. Think about the person who has most influenced you? Were they meek and humble? At the age of 70, most certainly, both of my adopted spiritual mentors live, walk and speak as humble servants. They bow their heads and serve without resistance. Both are receptive to being shown His way and walking in it. No other woman in scripture exemplifies meekness more than Mary, the mother of Jesus. After encountering an angel Mary prayed “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” With great humility Mary prays “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant.” Luke 1:47-48 NKJV
Many Christians in this century have suffered great losses, persecutions and trials. Life offers us countless voices of instruction. There are great books written about the importance of walking in the Spirit, and living in the Power of God. Much of what burdens most Christians today is inner conflict. Our Father asks us all to examine our hearts so that the Holy Spirit can place His mighty finger on our rough edges. As a woman of God, humbly I confess that many of my conflicts originate when I strive to protect myself, or to excuse my behavior when I think my time, space or rights have been abused. Ouch, indeed! It hurts when I think of what Jesus endured. When I think about how my Saviors time on earth was shortened, when His privacy was invaded by throngs of desperate people, when His innocence was crucified — He meekly remained quiet and surrendered any right to a fair trial. There was no abuse that caused Jesus to change the meekness of His Spirit. The love for His Father kept Him gladly obedient, even to death on a cross. Jesus lowered His head under the yoke of His Father and obediently suffered well, without complaint. “learn from Me” — Now if I am teachable, and ready to be shown, I will ask the Holy Spirit “How am I personally to apply holy scripture to my life?” A teachable spirit does not complain “wait a minute, God certainly did not expect me to…..” Meekness does not mean weakness, or phlegmatic, or melancholic. God did not send a temperament to earth to save us, He sent Jesus to be our Redeemer, Teacher, Guide and holy Example. Our natural disposition is as a sinner, because there is not one man or woman who was ever born meek. As babies we began operating as master manipulators to get whatever we wanted. We naturally scheme and attempt to hide our true motivations, but when the Spirit of God points out a way for us to go do we respond like a handmaiden of the Lord? Our natural temperaments of being controlling, or sluggish is nothing in compared to the meekness of Jesus.
“To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You…Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:2-5 Are we a teachable soldier in the army of God? The key to supernatural power is when we behave like Jesus. This happens over time as we reflect and compare our ways to His. Again none of us is righteous, no not one. Not one of us was born meek, it is a learned spiritual quality. Those everyday, ordinary, irritating, exasperating, humiliating experiences that cut across our selfish ways, are exactly where we learn meekness. When inconvenienced — how does my flesh respond? Meekness springs up from the Spirit in me when I remain under the yoke of God.
Being meek is to maintain a gentle, quiet, humble, loving spirit. The perfect model of meekness will always be Jesus. Though entirely strong, mighty and able to perform powerful miracles, Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him, and He washed his feet. When we struggle to forgive those who have hurt our feelings, think of when Jesus forgave Peter for denying him 3 times. Jesus looks upon us with a force of Light that is irresistible. Beyond any earthly power, His grace filled meekness is lavished upon our undeserving souls. A meek soul does not repay evil with evil. By His example we learn that a meek soul continues to pour out loving mercies. How do we attain meekness? We daily surrender our will to the Father and we choose to live spiritually with Jesus. We allow His love to pierce our hard crusted hearts, that demand fair treatment. We welcome the Holy Spirit to invade us the moment aggression comes towards us, or the minute we receive a nasty email. We lift our eyes to the example of Jesus, and ask “how would He respond?” How did Jesus respond to His tormentors? “learn of Me”. Jesus was entirely detached from self-assertion. The world instructs us to assert ourselves, to be aggressive, to stand up for our rights, to love ourselves enough to insist on fairness. We are taught to be proud of ourselves and praise ourselves for what we accomplish. In a poem entitled “The curse of self-esteem” Goethe wrote “I don’t know myself only God knows who I am. May god deliver me from ever finding out who I truly am.” Oh Lord, I am ready to be shown how Thy example of meekness can change who I am for Thy glory. In the book of Revelation the angel told John he was going to show him the Lion of Judah. When John looked, it was a Lamb. A bloody Lamb that looked as if it had been Sacrificed. The strength of God Almighty, our Lord Jesus, the King of kings is in the meekness of the Lamb who kept His mouth shut before His shearers.
To those who mocked Him, and who pulled out His whiskers and smashed a crown of thorns upon His holy head— Jesus says “Come to Me and I will give you rest, take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, meek and lowly.” May our Father continue to teach us what meekness is NOT…. for Jesus sake. AMEN “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord
If you are feeling weak, lonely, misunderstood, or rejected, take in this lightning bolt of hope! “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please Himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:1-7
There is an everlasting hope for all those people who were NOT raised in a Christian home. For anyone who did NOT have a parent or grandparent who prayed regularly for them, our Father in heaven assures us that once we accept Jesus as our Savior, He intercedes for us. Many women turn to their cell phones and quickly reach out to share their tales of woe, their problems over lunch with a trusted friend. Our perfect best Friend says “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.” Revelation 3:20 Our Father created us for relationship with Him and He delights to hear our voice when we speak to Him about our ideas, difficulties, and our fears. Whenever we experience pain, sadness or immense anger or joy, our Father is ever available to gladly listen with great joy. We pray for greater grace! AMEN
Psalm 37:8 “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” As an angry, confused youth I frequently directed my temper towards others. With a sarcastic tongue I wounded my mom and built up strongholds. When I began to read God’s Word the Holy Spirit convicted me about my quick temper. My Father gave me a CHOICE to refrain and turn away from anger. People do not make people angry, we choose to be angry, or not. Anger is an emotion we share with Jesus. He was furious as He turned over tables in His Father’s house. “Turn away from anger” Refrain from wrath as it only causes misery as it destroys relationships. Hold thy tongue and withdraw critical judgement. God’s anger is holy, justified and perfectly righteous. Wrath is God’s alone. Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The things that bring lasting peace – are NOT the things we strive to achieve apart from God.” God’s Word applied heals. Obedience has rewards. Remember to Reach Out