THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-24-13

LESSON TITLE: “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK.”

WELCOME

"SO WALK IN HIM ESTABLISHED IN THE FAITH ABOUNDING IN IT WITH THANKSGIVING." ARE YOU ESTABLISHED IN YOUR FAITH WITH TRUE THANKSGIVING BEFORE GOD? LET ME SAY, HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND WE TRULY THANK YOU THIS DAY FOR JOINING US FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. AS ALWAYS, IT IS A BLESSING TO HAVE YOU WITH US AS WE TOGETHER BREAK THE BREAD OF LIFE AND AS WE MAGNIFY OUR CREATOR. YOU HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD, SO LET'S ALL DO SO WITH OUR FULL HEARTS AND IN ACCORDANCE TO HIS WILL. SO, AS WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE PRIVILEGE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOU EVERYDAY. HELP US ALWAYS FATHER TO BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD AND TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT LIFTS YOU UP AND BRINGS GLORY TO YOUR NAME AND THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN YOUR SIGHT BUT THAT WE MIGHT ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO KNOW YOU AND TO OBEY YOUR TRUTH AS WELL. ULTIMATELY FATHER, MAY WE ALL RECEIVE YOUR BLESSINGS TODAY AND YOUR BLESSINGS OF ETERNAL LIFE WHICH ARE ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH YOUR GREAT GIFT JESUS CHRIST. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. WELL, IT IS TIME TO JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. OUR FIRST SONG REMINDS US OF WHERE WE CAN FIND THE POWER OF GOD TO USE IN OUR DAILY LIVES! SO, WON'T YOU PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW FAST THIS YEAR HAS FLOWN BY, AND NOW HERE WE ARE ONLY A FEW DAYS FROM THANKSGIVING! WE ARE ALL SO BLESSED IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE HAVE SO MUCH, SO YOU WOULD THINK THAT AT THIS TIME OF YEAR EVERYONE WOULD BE READY AND HAPPY TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR IT. AND ALTHOUGH WE ALL HAVE STRUGGLES AND TRIALS FROM TIME TO TIME IN LIFE, WE CAN STILL FIND GREAT HAPPINESS AND COMFORT IN LIFE THOUGH JESUS CHRIST.

NO WONDER PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS 4:4-6, "REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS. AGAIN I WILL SAY, REJOICE! LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE KNOWN TO ALL MEN. THE LORD IS AT HAND. BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD!" WHAT A GREAT PASSAGE THIS IS OF STRENGTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT. AND WHAT PRECIOUS TRUTHS ARE CLARIFIED HERE BY THIS INSPIRED WRITER OF GOD.

THE REALITY IS, WE NEED TO LEARN TO REJOICE IN THE LORD IN ALL THINGS. WHY? BECAUSE GOD IS REAL, HE IS THERE AND HE HAS PROMISED TO BE WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. SO WHETHER WE'RE EXPERIENCING JOY OR SORRY, HAPPINESS OR PAIN, OUR GOD WILL ALWAYS PULL US THROUGH - THUS REJOICE!

WE ALSO NOTICE THAT PAUL SAYS THAT WE SHOULD BE GENTLE TO ALL MEN. WHAT BETTER WAY CAN WE EXEMPLIFY CHRIST THAN BY LETTING OTHERS SEE HIM IN OUR ACTIONS, WORDS AND DEEDS. JESUS CERTAINLY HAD A CARING AND GENTLE SPIRIT TOWARDS ALL MEN, AND WE MUST LEARN TO IMITATE THIS FINE CHARACTERISTIC.

FINALLY, NOTICE THAT OUR TEXT ENCOURAGES US THAT WE NEED NOT TO WORRY, BUT RATHER WE MUST LEARN TO TAKE ALL OF OUR NEEDS, WANTS AND REQUESTS, BEFORE THE MIGHTY THRONE OF GOD. AND WE KNOW THAT IF WE SPEAK TO OUR GOD IN PRAYER, HE HEARS US AND HE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS ACCORDING TO HIS PERFECT AND COMPLETE WILL. AND ALL THESE THINGS WE DO BEFORE GOD'S THRONE WITH "THANKSGIVING". FOR IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF HIM THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

OUR GOD IS GREAT, MIGHTY AND WONDROUS AND WITH HIS HELP WE TRULY CAN ACCOMPLISH ALL THINGS AS HE HAS COMMANDED! SO DO WE SHOW THE THANKFULNESS TO GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE, IS DOING AND HAS PROMISED TO DO FOR US? IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR TOPIC OF STUDY, WE WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO'S GOD IS THE LORD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING DEALS WITH, “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH FOR THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD, AND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME I WILL RETURN AND LEAD US IN THESE THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD.

HOWEVER, BEFORE THAT STUDY, LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "THIS IS MY FATHER'S WORLD."XXXX

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHY WE CERTAINLY HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE HAPPY AS THOSE PEOPLE OF GOD. YOU MAY REMEMBER OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS WE'VE TAKEN OUR MAIN THEME FROM THE TEXT FOUND IN PSALM 144:15 WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE HAPPINESS OF GOD'S PEOPLE. IT TELLS US WHY WHERE IT SAYS HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SUCH A STATE. HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD. IF YOU LOOK EARLIER IN THE TEXT, WHAT YOU FIND IS GOD HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR HIS PEOPLE. HE HAS BLESSED THEM IN SO MANY WAYS THAT WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE HAPPY JUST AS THEY, IN THE DAYS OF DAVID, HAD EVERY REASON TO BE HAPPY.

SO AS WE THINK ABOUT THIS CONCEPT OF HAPPINESS OR TO BE BLESSED, WE THEN GO OVER TO OUR MAIN TEXT THAT WE HAVE BEEN TAKING OUR SERIES FROM WHICH IS AMONGST THE BEATITUDES FOUND IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5. IT IS THAT GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT IN WHICH JESUS ADDRESSED FOR THE FIRST TIME THE GOOD NEWS BEFORE MAN, AT LEAST BEFORE HIS DEATH. HE WAS REALLY GIVING US SOME GREAT EXHORTATIONS AND ADMONITIONS AS THOSE WHO ARE FOLLOWERS OF GOD, THE SAME WAY THAT THOSE WHO WERE PRIMARILY JEWISH THAT HE WOULD'VE BEEN SPEAKING TO, WERE DESIROUS OF BEING FOLLOWERS OF GOD. IN THAT TEXT YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT HE CONTINUES TO SAY BLESSED ARE THE POOR, BLESSED ARE THE MOURNERS, BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, WHICH WE WILL LOOK AT TODAY. THIS WORD BLESSED AGAIN IMPLIES THIS CONCEPT OF JOY AND HAPPINESS BECAUSE IT IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT AND WONDROUS BENEFITS OF GOD AND WHAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OF THE GREAT BENEFITS AND PROMISES AND BLESSINGS OF GOD. THEY ARE IN AND OF ITSELF THINGS THAT BRING HAPPINESS AND JOY TO THE FOLLOWERS OF GOD AND TO THE CHILD OF GOD.

NOTICE WHAT WE READ, THEN IN OUR TEXT AS JESUS OPENED HIS MOUTH AND SAID THIS IN VERSE 4, “BLESSED ARE ALL THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK , FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM THAT IS OF THIS EARTH.” WHAT WE WANT TO LOOK AT TOGETHER AS WE LOOK AT THIS CONCEPT IS WHAT IS HE SAYING HERE? THERE ARE A LOT OF WHAT WE MIGHT SOMETIMES REFER TO IN THIS TEXT AS THAT WHICH WOULD BE CALLED SIMILAR TO PARADOXES. ON ONE HAND THEY MAKE A STATEMENT, BUT THEN WE TURN AROUND AND THEY ALMOST DON'T SEEM TO MAKE SENSE. BUT IF YOU LOOK WITH ME HERE AS HE SAYS BLESSED OR HAPPINESS BECAUSE OF THE BENEFITS OF GOD ARE THOSE WHO ARE MEEK. THE WORD THAT WE FIND ACTUALLY IN THE GREEK IS PRAUS. THAT IDEA IS AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT BECAUSE IT REALLY IS TRANSLATED IN MULTIPLE WAYS. IF YOU LOOK IN PARALLELS OF SCRIPTURE FOUND IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSLATIONS FOR INSTANCE, SOME VERSIONS WILL USE THIS IDEA OF MEEKNESS. HOWEVER, SOME VERSIONS ALSO USE A SIMILAR WORD WHICH IS TO BE GENTLE OR EVEN THE CONCEPT OF HUMILITY. IT'S INTERESTING AS YOU LOOK AT THE GREEK WORD ITSELF PRAUS THAT HE ACTUALLY SAYS IT IMPLIES THE CONCEPT OF THAT WHICH IS A VERY MILD OR GENTLE AND MILD. THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT IS LOOKING AT. IT'S A DEMEANOR OR A CHARACTER THAT IS VERY CALM AND PEACEFUL. IT IS PERCEIVED TO BE KIND AND APPROACHABLE AND ONE THAT IS ALWAYS GOING TO RESPOND IN A POSITIVE WAY IN RELATIONSHIP TO THINGS THAT ARE OF A POSITIVE NATURE OR A NEGATIVE NATURE. SOMEONE WHO IS VERY APPROACHABLE BECAUSE EVEN WHEN THINGS ARE DIFFICULT TO DISCUSS THERE IS STILL THAT ELEMENT OF GENTLENESS OR MILDNESS IN RELATIONSHIP TO RESPONSE AND SPIRIT AS WELL AS RESPONSE TO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE BEING DEALT WITH.

WE APPLY THIS IDEA THAT THE NEW KING JAMES INDICATES MEEK. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE SYNONYMS THAT IS OFTEN USED IS THIS IDEA OF BEING MEEK AND AS WE THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF MEEKNESS IT CERTAINLY IS VERY FITTING BECAUSE THE IDEA OF MEEKNESS IN AND OF ITSELF IS AN ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD THAT EXPRESSES A KIND OR GENTLE OR PROPER SPIRIT THAT REALLY DOES NOT SHOW ITSELF TO BE REBELLIOUS OR ONE THAT DOES NOT MURMUR IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE THINGS THAT ARE ASKED OF IT OR THE THINGS THAT IT IS INVOLVED WITH OR AN ENGAGED IN. THEREFORE IT'S AN ATTITUDE THAT REALLY IS ABLE TO HAVE A CLEAR BUFFER WHEN THINGS COME ITS WAY AND THEREFORE IT REACTS IN A GODLY WAY. THAT'S REALLY THE KEY WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THIS GENTLE OR MEEK SPIRIT THAT EVEN AGAIN LEADS INTO THIS ELEMENT OF HUMILITY, A MILDNESS OF SPIRIT OR EVEN ULTIMATELY HUMILITY. I BEGAN TO SAY WELL, I DO NEED TO BE MEEK OR GENTLE AND I DO NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT THOSE AROUND ME AND MY BRETHREN AND I DO NEED TO LOOK TO THEIR INTERESTS AND I DO NEED TO CARE FOR THEM AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

AS WE THINK THERE THOUGH WE MIGHT ALSO LOOK AT A FEW IDEAS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THIS CONCEPT OF MEEKNESS BECAUSE THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE COULD CERTAINLY SAY THAT IT INCLUDES AND THERE ARE SOME THINGS WHICH IT DOES NOT INCLUDE. FOR INSTANCE, WE MIGHT SAY THAT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE CHARACTERISTIC OF THIS GENTLE OR MEEKNESS PRAUS, IT REALLY IS THIS CONCEPT OF BEING ONE WHO AGAIN IS EVEN WILLING TO SUFFER WRONG AND YET THERE IS NO SPIRIT OF VENGEFULNESS OR SPITE. I THINK OF A VERSE IN MATTHEW 5 WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE TO LOVE EVEN OUR ENEMIES, EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE DONE SPITEFUL OR EVIL THINGS AGAINST US, WE ARE WHAT? WE ARE TO DO GOOD TO THEM. WE ARE TO LOVE THEM. WE ARE TO EXPRESS THIS SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS OR KINDNESS, GENTLENESS TO THOSE EVEN WHO DO THAT WHICH IS UNACCEPTABLE AGAINST US OR SAY THINGS THAT ARE HURTFUL TO US. WE'VE MENTIONED THE IDEA OF HUMILITY BUT REALLY THERE IS THIS ELEMENT OF MEEKNESS UNTO A HUMILITY THAT IS NOT ARROGANT IN ANY WAY. IT'S DIFFICULT IN A WORLD THAT IS SO ARROGANT AND PUFFED UP AMONGST MEN WHO ARE SO CAUGHT UP IN THEMSELVES AND THINK IT'S ALL ABOUT ME. IT'S DIFFICULT SOMETIMES TO REALLY HAVE THIS GENTLE OR MEEK SPIRIT. THIS SPIRIT THAT NO LONGER IS FOCUSED ON JUST ME, ME, ME OR MY, MY, MY OR I, I, I CONCEPT BUT A SPIRIT THAT IS THINKING ABOUT OTHERS. THINKING ABOUT GOD. THINKING ABOUT THOSE WHO WE CARE ABOUT LIKE FAMILY.

WELL AGAIN, THAT WONDROUS SPIRIT ENCOURAGES ANOTHER ASPECT THAT CERTAINLY WOULD BE ENCOMPASSED IN THE IDEA OF BEING MEEK BUT THE COURAGE THAT'S CERTAINLY DOES NOT GO TO THE COWARDLY EXTREME BECAUSE BEING A COWARD IS A SIN BUT THE COURAGE THAT IS NOT AGAIN PUFFED UP OR ARROGANT. THE COURAGE THAT IS CONFIDENT, NOT BECAUSE OF ME AND NOT BECAUSE OF WHO I AM OR WHAT I AM ABOUT, BUT BECAUSE OF GOD AND HIS WILL AND HIS WORD. THE POWER IS OF GOD AND THE BLESSINGS THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT I DO OR TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT I MUST ACCOMPLISH IN HIS SERVICE. AGAIN, MEEKNESS AND GENTLENESS, THERE IS A SPIRIT OF CONTROL AND A SPIRIT AS WE READ THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE OF BEING TEMPERATE THAT REALLY IS ENGAGED IN THIS CONCEPT AS WELL.

WHAT I'M TRYING TO SUGGEST IS THAT THIS IDEA OF GENTLENESS, OR MEEKNESS, REALLY MIGHT VERY WELL LIE AT THE BASE OR THE HEART OF MANY OF THESE OTHER ASPECTS BECAUSE IN ORDER FOR US TO REALLY BEAR FOURTH THESE OTHER CHARACTERISTICS THAT ARE GODLY IN THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD WE HAVE TO BEGIN WITH THIS GENTLE, MEEK AND COMPASSIONATE LOVING SPIRIT. ISN'T THAT WHAT CHRIST DID? HE CAME TO THE EARTH AND HE LOVED HIS FELLOW MAN. HE LOVED THEM ENOUGH TO DO THINGS GOOD FOR THEM, AND TO HEAL THEM, AND TO BLESS THEM, AND TO TEACH THEM. THINK OF ALL THE THINGS THAT GOD DID. WHY? BECAUSE HE WAS COMPASSIONATE. HE WAS LOVING. HE CAME WITH A SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS AND HE WAS WILLING THEN TO TRY TO EVEN ENDURE AND PUT UP WITH THE SIN OF MAN, THE WICKEDNESS OF MAN, THE ARROGANCE OF MAN, AND THE BOASTFULNESS A MAN IN ORDER TO WHAT? TO STILL DELIVER THE MESSAGE. THE GLORIOUS MESSAGE OF THE FATHER IN HEAVEN.

AS WE THINK ABOUT THOSE CONCEPTS I WOULD ASK US TO NOTE IS THAT MEEKNESS ALSO PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN ACTION, THAT IS A CHRISTIAN OR ONE WHO IS STRIVING TO SERVE THEIR CREATOR. IF YOU WILL TURN OVER WITH ME TO JAMES CHAPTER 3, WITHIN THE DISCUSSION HERE OF THE NEED THAT WE HAVE TO BE PEOPLE WHO ARE WISE, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS CERTAINLY A HEAVENLY SPIRITUAL REALM, A GODLY REALM, AND A RIGHTEOUS REALM THAT WE SHOULD FOCUS ON. EVERYTHING OF THE EARTH THAT ARE NOT BASED ON THOSE ELEMENTS CAN SOMETIMES GO TO THE SENSUAL OR DEMONIC OR UNACCEPTABLE. IN THAT CONTEXT IN VERSE 13, HE MAKES THIS STATEMENT WHICH INCLUDES MEEKNESS, “WHO IS WISE AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG YOU, LET HIM SHOW BY GOOD CONDUCT THAT HIS WORKS ARE DONE IN MEEKNESS OF WISDOM.” THERE IT IS. THAT WISDOM, BUT WHAT WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF SPIRIT. IT IS NOT AN ARROGANT WISDOM, I KNOW AND WHO ARE YOU AND GET OUT OF MY FACE AND I'M NOT GONNA.....NO, A WISDOM OF KNOWLEDGE THAT IS BASED ON THE WILL OF GOD THAT REALLY IS MEEK AND GENTLE AND HUMBLE. THAT'S WHAT JESUS DID. NOW, DON'T MISUNDERSTAND , THAT DOESN'T MEAN JESUS WAS A COWARD. IT DIDN'T MEAN THAT AT TIMES HE WASN'T PROVOKED TO ANGER AND EVEN, AS WE READ, OVERTURN THE TABLES OF THE MONEY CHANGERS IN THE TEMPLE. CERTAINLY THERE WERE TIMES WHEN HE HAD TO ACT UPON THE GREAT SIN THAT WAS AT HAND AND TAKING PLACE. GOD CAME TO THE EARTH IN THE FLESH WITH THAT SPIRIT AND DESIRE SHOWING GENTLENESS, KINDNESS, MEEKNESS, HUMILITY, WITH A MILD SPIRIT THAT WAS APPROACHABLE, THAT WAS ABLE TO TEACH AND TRAIN AND WAS ABLE TO GUIDE AND TO PROTECT. A SPIRIT REALLY THAT DREW ME TO HIM. ISN'T THAT WHAT WE SHOULD WANT ALSO IN THE NAME OF GOD? THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BE THOSE WHO HAVE THE SPIRIT THAT LITERALLY JUST DRAW PEOPLE TO YOU. DON'T YOU KNOW THOSE KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT YOU JUST WANT TO BE AROUND? YOU'RE JUST DRAWN TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO KIND AND THEY ARE SO ENJOYABLE AND THE SPIRIT IS SO GENTLE AND HAPPY THAT YOU JUST WANT TO BE AROUND BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHEN YOU ARE WITH THEM IT IS GOING TO RUB OFF ON YOU AND HOPEFULLY IT CAN HELP YOU TO HAVE A BETTER AND MORE ENJOYABLE LIFE. THAT'S WHAT JESUS WAS LIKE AND THAT'S WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT.

WE LEARNED IN OUR MAIN TEXT THAT BLESSED ARE THE MEEK OR THE GENTLE, THOSE WHO WERE AS HUMBLE AS CHRIST IS HUMBLE. WHY? BECAUSE GOD HAS ASKED THEM TO BE AND HE SET THE STANDARD AND OF THE EXAMPLE AS WE READ EVEN IN THE BOOK OF PETER, FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2, CHRIST LEFT US THOSE FOOTSTEPS AND SHOWED FORTH HIS OWN GENTLENESS AND MEEKNESS THAT WE MIGHT FOLLOW HIM. BUT LOOK AT THE REASON OR THE MOTIVATION MAYBE AS TO WHY WE SHOULD STRIVE TO BE GENTLE. CERTAINLY THERE IS MOTIVATION MENTIONED WITH EACH OF THESE THAT ARE REALLY ENCOMPASSED WITHIN THE FAITHFUL WALK OF THE CHRISTIAN. SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THIS IDEA OF MEEKNESS, HE SAYS BLESSED ARE THE MEEK FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. SOME WOULD INDICATE THAT THE IDEA OF THE KINGDOM OF THE EARTH BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE WORD THAT IS USED HERE IT IS A VERY SIMPLE WORD THAT REALLY MEANS LAND OR POSSESSION OF LAND. IT CAN EVEN IMPLY THE CONCEPT OF A LOT OF LAND OR THE LAND AND THOSE WHO LIVE WITHIN THE LEAD IN THE SENSE THAT MAYBE WHICH WOULD BE TAKEN OR CONQUERED EVEN IN BATTLE. NOW, THAT BEING THE CASE, WHAT WILL WE INHERIT? WE INHERIT THE EARTH OR THE LAND AND THE BLESSINGS OF GOD IN THIS LIFE. WE ARE THOSE WHO ARE GIVEN, LOOK AT YOUR LIFE AS THE FAITHFUL OF GOD, ARE YOU NOT BLESSED? CERTAINLY YOU ARE BLESSED. WE ARE FILLED WITH OUR CUPS RUNNING OVER IN THIS COUNTRY WITH POSSESSIONS COMPARED TO MOST OF THE WORLD. MANY TIMES I'M NOT SURE WE UNDERSTAND THAT BUT THAT'S WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT HERE. WE WILL INHERIT THE EARTH, WE WILL INHERIT THE BLESSINGS OF ALL THE BEAUTIES OF THE EARTH THAT GOD MADE FOR US AS MANKIND TO HAVE DOMINION OVER AND THAT WE WILL ENJOY THOSE BEAUTIES. IS THERE ANYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN WHAT WE SEE AROUND TODAY AND DURING THE FALL? WE HAVE BEEN SEEING THE BEAUTIFUL LEAVES CHANGE AND ALL OF THE GORGEOUS PICTURES THAT CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN SET AROUND ON E-MAIL AND FACEBOOK OF ALL THOSE THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEHELD DURING SUCH A BEAUTIFUL FALL SEASON. IT IS A GLORIOUS EARTH. IT'S A GLORIOUS LAND. WE, AS GOD'S CHILDREN, INHERIT AND ARE BLESSED WITH THAT LAND BECAUSE WE ARE OF THE EARTH AND HE WILL GIVE US OF THE EARTH WHAT WE HAVE NEED OF IN AN ABUNDANCE. ISN'T THAT WHAT WE SAID ABOUT BEING BLESSED? WE ARE HAPPY BECAUSE OF THE ABUNDANT GIFTS OF OUR GOD. THAT IS THE HAPPINESS THAT COMES ABOUT. WE HAVE THOSE THINGS OF THE EARTH.

NOW THAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL THE IDEAS UP TO THIS POINT, BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, THERE'S THE SPIRITUAL BLESSING THAT WE HAVE THAT HEAVENLY KINGDOM. THE KINGDOM THAT GOD PRESIDES OVER INCLUDING THAT OF THE EARTH. HE SAYS THOSE THAT MOURN CERTAINLY ARE BLESSED BECAUSE THEY SHALL BE WHAT? COMFORTED IN ULTIMATELY FINDING THE COMFORT OF GOD IN ALL THINGS THAT WE DO. TODAY WE HAVE SEEN BLESSED ARE THE MEEK FOR THEIRS IS THE EARTH. THEY ARE THE INHERITORS OF EARTH. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT GOD BEING THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS AND OVER ALL THINGS, THE FINAL ELEMENT THAT I MIGHT MAKE MENTION OF IS THAT AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD WE HAVE AN INHERITANCE. THE ULTIMATE INHERITANCE THAT WE WANT IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BECAUSE IT IS ETERNAL, BUT AS THOSE WHO ARE THE ROYALTY OF THIS EARTH BEING THE CHILDREN OF THE KING HIMSELF, WE WILL INHERIT THE EARTH AS THOSE WHO PRESENT OURSELVES WITH THE SPIRIT AS OUR GOD HAD WHEN WE STRIVE TO BE MEEK. THE QUESTION THIS MORNING IS YOURS AND FOR YOU TO CONSIDER. ARE YOU STRIVING TO BE GENTLE AS GOD IS GENTLE? ARE YOU STRIVING TO BE MEEK AS GOD IS MEEK? ARE YOU STRIVING FOR THAT HUMILITY THAT GOD WANTS? THAT YOU MIGHT NOT ONLY RECEIVE HIS BLESSINGS TODAY AS YOU INHERIT THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH BUT ALSO THE ULTIMATE REWARD OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH HIM SOMEDAY.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY. HOW BLESSED WE ALL ARE TO HAVE TIMES LIKE THIS TO COMMIT TO THE THINGS OF GOD. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY LORD'S DAY, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING TOWARD GOD!

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THANKS BE TO GOD THAT HE HAS LEFT US THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF MEEKNESS TO FOLLOW. KNOWING THAT THOSE WHO STRIVE TO BE MEEK AS GOD IS, WILL TRULY RECEIVE HIS RICH REWARDS AND BLESSINGS. ARE YOU STRIVING TO BE MEEK AS GOD COMMANDS?