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Monday, December 21, 2009

ATTITUDES THAT MUST BE

 
 
Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
    Our world regards "meekness" as a "weakness."  The common view of meekness is a weak, timid, spineless person who is morally flabby and desires peace at any price.  In contrast to the world, the Bible teaches that meekness is actualy strength, under control, and under submission to God. 
    We are told that Moses was the "meekest man on the earth" (Numbers 12:3). But Moses was not a spineless, timid, weak and morally flabby man. In submission to God, he led an estimated 2.5 million people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and around the wilderness for 40 years, and finally brought them to the promised land.
    Jesus is the greatest example of meekness. One doesn't have to study the life of Christ very long before learning that Jesus was not a weak and spineless person. And He did not desire peace at any price! In fact, He told His followers, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother...and a man's enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me." (Matthew 10:34-37).
    "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED" (Matt. 5:6).  When one realizes his need, mourns over it, and becomes truly submissive to God, there follows the satisfaction of that need.  The state of "blessedness" will only come when one hungers and thirsts after righteousness.
    People spend billions of dollars each year on things to do and places to go in order to be "happy."  The result? Life grows duller, not brighter.  Suicide does not exist among those who seek righteousness, only those who seek happiness.  Happiness is NOT the root of the Christian character -- it is the FRUIT of it.  Happiness is NOT the cause of Christian character -- it is the effect of Christian character.
    You can place much food around a starving man, but if he will not eat it, he will starve anyway.  Only those who "hunger and thirst" for righteousness will be filled. Some will say, "I went to church a couple of times but it didn't do me any good!"  That simply shows the truth of this passage. To be filled, you must "want" to be filled, and be willing to pay the price.          Stay Hungry!   Toby Miller  
 
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