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Title: Eight Steps to True Happiness


1
Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 3 Blessed are the Meek - Intro.

2
Step 3 Introduction
  • The journey so far
  • Step 1. Dependence on God
  • Promised Blessing Authority
  • Step 2. The Law of Brokenness
  • Promised Blessing Assistance
  • Step 3. Controlled Strength
  • Promised Blessing Inheritance

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3. The Meek
2. Those who Mourn
Happy are
1. The Poor in Spirit
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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 3 Meekness Controlled Strength

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Matthew 55
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the
    earth. NIV

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Meekness is NOT weakness!
  • Meekness is gentle and controlled strength
  • Meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness
    and self-interest
  • Meekness is not weakness, but great strength
    meekness is strength in submission of Gods
    control

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Meekness is not weakness
  • A true story about false meekness
  • John Ortberg
  • Bible Teacher

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Meekness is submission of our will
  • The Greek word for meekness (prautes) was used
    to describe the process by which animals were
    domesticated for example
  • The training of a wild horse to control its
    great strength to be in submission to its rider
  • Meekness is the training of our will to be in
    submission to Gods will

10
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • We too are in training
  • Paul told Timothy to
  • train yourself to be godly 1
    Tim 47
  • Disciples of Jesus are in training
  • Take my yoke upon you (submit to my authority)
    and learn from me Matt 1129
  • make disciples teaching them to obey
    everything I have commanded you
  • Matt 2818-20

11
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Paul encouraged admonition in the church at
  • Ephesus for three years I never stopped
    seriously to admonish and advise and exhort you
    one by one with tears. Acts 2031 AMP
  • Colossae teach and admonish one another with all
    wisdom Col 316 NIV
  • Galatia if someone is caught in a sin, you who
    are spiritual should restore him gently
    (meekness)
    Gal 61NIV

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • The opposite of meekness is a rebellious
    attitude
  • We were born with an evil nature refusing to
    obey God following the passions and desires of
    our evil nature.
  • Eph 21-3 NLT

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • No matter how bristling with promise a person
    might be, a stubborn attitude will render him or
    her useless
  • By refusing to accept correction we forfeit the
    right to realise our full potential in God

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • The root problem for a rebellious person is a
    heart issue
  • Out of the heart comes evil thoughts murder
    adultery sexual immorality theft false
    testimony slander Matt 1519
  • This unruly nature must be broken and the
    restraint of godly discipline must be applied to
    be of any use to our Master!

15
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Good intentions may help to resolve this
    attitude for a time
  • The only lasting answer is new birth
  • If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation
  • the old previous moral and spiritual
    condition has passed away. Behold, the fresh and
    new has come!
  • 2 Cor 517 NIV/AMP

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Therefore as participators in the divine nature
    regenerate man takes control of every natural
    desire and, reflecting the nature of Christ,
    submits to Gods purposes, praying Father not
    as I will, but as you will.
  • (Matt 2639)

17
Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • Those who are born of the Holy Spirit have
    surrendered their rights as well as their wrongs
  • It involves acknowledging Jesus as Lord as well
    as accepting Him as Saviour
  • We voluntarily hand over all personal rights to
    our lives and invite the new Owner to do with us
    as He sees fit!

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Step 3 Controlled Strength
  • In summary
  • True meekness has
  • a serving attitude
  • a willingness to submit to authority
  • a willingness to allow the dealings of God and
    people in our lives without retaliation.

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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 3 Blessing
  • Destiny Fulfilled

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Destiny Fulfilled
  • Matthew 55
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the
    earth. NIV
  • they will receive what God has promised! GNB

22
Destiny Fulfilled
  • The promise of inheriting the earth is said to
    be derived from Psalms 37
  • 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
    great peace.
  • Psalms 3710-11

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Destiny Fulfilled
  • The resulting promise suggests
  • To possess land rightfully ours, by driving out
    the present tenants
  • Enjoying peace in the land of our inheritance
  • It speaks of fulfilling our God given destiny
    the things God has promised us - generally and
    specifically
  • To inherit the promises of God

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Destiny Fulfilled
  • To enjoy great peace (shalom) in the land
  • Shalom does not just mean peace it also
    includes the idea of
  • Completeness
  • Safety, soundness of body
  • Welfare, health, prosperity
  • Peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment

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Destiny Fulfilled
  • Inheriting the earth means
  • Enjoying everything God has destined for your
    life
  • Realising the full potential of your life in God

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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 3 The Challenge

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Step 3 The Challenge
  • What is the Promised Land God has destined for
    you to inherit?
  • Do you have faith to believe that God will give
    you the land?
  • Are you enjoying great peace (shalom)?
  • Is there land or territory that is rightfully
    yours, that you need to claim back from the
    enemy?

29
Step 3 The Challenge
  • You can enter into your God given destiny
    tonight
  • But only if true meekness is a part of your life

30
Step 3 The Challenge
  • Is true meekness a part of your life?
  • Do you have
  • a serving attitude?

31
Step 3 The Challenge
  • Is true meekness a part of your life?
  • Do you have
  • a willingness to submit to authority?
  • Is your will totally surrendered to Gods will
    for your life?
  • Are you prepared to go anywhere, do anything God
    asks of you?

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Step 3 The Challenge
  • Is true meekness a part of your life?
  • Do you have
  • a willingness to submit to authority?
  • Is your will totally surrendered to Gods will
    for your life? Is it
  • a conditional surrender to Gods will?
  • a full surrender to Gods will?

33
Step 3 The Challenge
  • Is true meekness a part of your life?
  • Do you have
  • a willingness to allow the dealings of God and
    people in our lives without retaliation? Or are
    you
  • self-willed, independent, un-teachable?
  • do you resist or react against those that try to
    admonish you?

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Step 3 The Challenge
  • John Ortberg
  • Bible Teacher

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Step 3 The Challenge
  • Will you allow God full control in your life
  • and trust God to help you fulfil your rightful
    inheritance?
  • Or will you resist Gods will go your own way
    perhaps put conditions on God working in your
    life
  • and miss the opportunity of fulfilling your
    potential in the destiny God has for you?

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Step 3 The Challenge
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the
    earth.

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