Devotional: ‘Meek and Lowly in Heart’

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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  

There are many great examples of meekness found in Scripture. For the last two days we have considered Moses. But there are also others. Consider how Abraham dealt with his nephew Lot. Though Abraham was Lot’s elder, he allowed Lot to choose how the land would be divided. Consider also the meekness of Joseph. Though Joseph’s brothers mistreated him and deserved to be punished, Joseph graciously forgave them and blessed them with food. Another example of meekness can be found in David. Though David was God’s choice to be king, David continued to respect Saul as his superior.

We find meekness also in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. Consider what he wrote about this important virtue:

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Devotional: ‘Dependent or Independent?’ 

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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Yesterday we learned that being meek is not being shy or timid. Those who are meek are those who are submitted to God’s rule and authority over their life. Meekness is our power being brought under God’s control.

The Bible says that Moses was the ‘meekest man upon the face of the earth.’ (Numbers 12:3) Moses was very meek, but he wasn’t always that way. By nature, he was someone who could become angry quickly and act rashly. This can be seen by his impulsive killing of an Egyptian soldier (see Exodus 2:11-12) and later in his life when he struck the rock in anger. (Numbers 2:2-11) Therefore, for God to use him, Moses’ power and strength had to be tamed. Consider how God worked in Moses’ life to help him become a great leader.

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Devotional: ‘Blessed Are the Meek’  

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Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Many believe that meekness refers to someone who is shy or timid. “Meek as a mouse” some have said. Yet, the biblical definition of meekness is very different from what we might think. Perhaps we can better understand this if we can see it in someone’s life. Consider the story of Moses.

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Devotional: ‘Regret or Repentance’ part 2   

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David was Israel’s greatest king. Yet, David was also a sinner. The Bible says that he coveted another man’s wife and conceived a child with her through an adulterous relationship. Afterward, in an attempt to cover up his sin, he had her husband killed in battle. Nine months passed before God confronted David with his sin. What happened during those nine months reveals that David was indeed a man who loved God. Consider his words found in the book of Psalms.

Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

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Thursday morning thoughts: ‘Keep Your Eyes on Jesus’

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Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

Peter did an amazing thing. He walked on the water! The Bible doesn’t tell us how many steps he took; but even if it was just one step, it was a miracle.

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Devotional: ‘Regret or Repentance’ part 1

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Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”  (Matthew 5:4) God comforts His children who mourn over the tragedies of life. But even more, God comforts His children who mourn over the sin of this world. To fully understand what it means to mourn over sin, we turn to two men found in the Old Testament: Saul and David.

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