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October 2016

Blessed are the Meek by Pastor Charlie Whitlow

 
Here are my notes and the video from this past Sunday's sermon at The Community Church in Ashburn, VA.  
 
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.-  Matt 5:5
 
Question:  What does Jesus mean by "the meek?"  Psalm 37/Daniel 3:16-18
 
The meek person-- (meek are open, receptive)
 
    1. Has profound trust in God.
    2. Is not defensive.
    3. Is ok with God being God.
 
The meek are those who have a profound deep confidence in God.  Hebrews 11:6
 
The opposite of meekness is striving and pushing. A constant state of turmoil and tied up not able to experience meekness.
 
This kind of living is carefree. Matt 11:28-30 says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
 
What I thought would happen isn't happening.  It's ok because God is in charge. 
 
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;  for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.  Trust in the Lord and continue to do good;  dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord;  trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;  do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;  do not fret-- it only leads to trouble, heartache, and evil.  For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.  A little while and the wicked will be no more;  though you look for them, they will not be found.  But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. -  Psalm 37:1-11
 
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, 'King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. - Daniel 3:16-18
 
 
Question:  Do you trust God to the degree where you can calmly and without care just thrive right where you are?
 
Dr. Henry Cloud talks about the 5 factors of trust.  
 
Fill a pitcher of water with level of trust. How high would that pitcher be filled?
 
    1. Understanding- Do you believe that God understands and knows where you are right now?
 
In the Lord, whose word I praise. Trust begins with an understanding.
 
Hebrews 4:14-16.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in         
every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  
 
    2. Intent- Do you believe that God is for you?
 
God is biased in your direction. When you were still a sinner, he gave his only son for you.
 
Psalm 56- this I know. That God despite what's happening around me, that God is for me. 
 
    3. Character- Do you believe that God is good?
 
Psalm 118- Oh give thanks to the Lord he is good. His mercy endures forever.
 
    4. Ability- Do you believe that God is actually able to perform?
 
Matt 19:26- With God all things are possible.
 
    5. Track record- Do you believe that God has a track record of turning things around?
 
Psalm 103:1-5- Praise the Lord, my soul;  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfied your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.