BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY WILL INHERIT THE WHOLE EARTH.

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In the business or sports worlds, to be considered successful, you need to surpass or crowd out your competitors.  In military campaigns, it is the army that is most dominant, or that takes the most land that is considered triumphant. In the eyes of the world, the person who is the most assertive or who gains the most power is often held in the highest esteem.  It’s about the survival of the fittest. It’s about being the last man standing. Apparently, the world belongs to these kinds of people.

But this is not the case when it comes to the kingdom of God.  From God’s perspective, the person who is considered blessed is not the most dominant, the toughest or the most powerful.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek.”

What does it mean to be meek?  Other translations of this verse use the word “gentle” or “humble.” The word that Jesus is using is not…

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BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, FOR THEY WILL INHERIT THE WHOLE EARTH.

Bowtie-On-Joe

In the business or sports worlds, to be considered successful, you need to surpass or crowd out your competitors.  In military campaigns, it is the army that is most dominant, or that takes the most land that is considered triumphant. In the eyes of the world, the person who is the most assertive or who gains the most power is often held in the highest esteem.  It’s about the survival of the fittest. It’s about being the last man standing. Apparently, the world belongs to these kinds of people.

But this is not the case when it comes to the kingdom of God.  From God’s perspective, the person who is considered blessed is not the most dominant, the toughest or the most powerful.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek.”

What does it mean to be meek?  Other translations of this verse use the word “gentle” or “humble.” The word that Jesus is using is not…

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“I’VE GOT THIS, REMEMBER?”- GOD

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That thing you are worrying about- He’s got this, remember?

Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (NLT)

That’s a comforting verse, but it can also be a challenging verse. The last sentence begs the question, “So why do bad things happen to good people?”

My answer: He isn’t the one letting you down. That’s sin. God only ever wants what is best for you- what will strengthen you in courage, faith, and character.

This pain you are feeling and this thing you are worried about- they were not caused by God. Instead, He is preparing your breakthrough. Trust me; He’s got this!

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HOW DO YOU FIGHT YOUR BATTLES?

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Yesterday, I had an experience where I had to find a space to keep my calm, and it took so much energy. I managed to walk away from the situation without making a fool of myself and was able to resolve the situation without raising my voice. So if you have a similar situation or share in a similar personality, here’s some confidence. Most people would encourage you to lose your temper or shout at someone to show you are bigger or meaner, but in Romans 12:2 it says clearly, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” 

The famous phrase of fighting fire with fire used to resonate with me, and I’ll naturally react negatively. If someone got angry at me, I would get even…

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YOU CAN’T CONTROL PEOPLE’S WORDS, BUT YOU CAN CONTROL HOW YOU RECEIVE THEM.

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Learning that people weren’t responsible for the way I was allowing them to ’make’ me feel, was one of the hugest “aha” moments in my life. There were so many situations where people would say something to me that would run in my mind for days. I remember one girl I liked called me weird, and because no girl had ever said that before, I became literally obsessed with ways to prove to her I wasn’t, which only ended up with me actually then looking and doing weird things.  People just had so much power over how I felt, and it all stemmed from giving more power to them than to God in my life. But once Jesus started helping me to realize I was the one allowing this to keep happening, and that I actually could make the proper steps to end it, He began to help me change.

We are all broken…

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YOU’VE BEEN REJECTED, SO WHAT?!

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Have you ever been rejected?

I sure have. Rejection sucks, especially when it’s from someone or something that you chose. This could come in all forms. Relationships, getting injured in a sport you really wanted to play, not being good at it, getting picked last in gym class, a diet not working out as planned, getting denied the car or house you really wanted, debit and credit cards declining.

In those situations we make ourselves vulnerable, finally removing some of the precious emotional armor, we worked so hard on. When we are rejected in some form, it hurts. It hurts our egos, our hearts, and makes us doubt ourselves. It turns into negative thinking and sometimes self-talk. We ask ourselves “Why me? What’s wrong with me? Why wasn’t I good enough, why did I have to be the one who got injured, why am I always picked last, I’m so poor” etc. We start questioning our worth, abilities and judgment. No matter how confident we are…

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WHAT IF WE ALL BEGAN TO PRAY THE WAY JESUS PRAYED?

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“While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.” Hebrews 5:7 (NLT)
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I can’t help but read this verse, and see a picture of Jesus, on His knees, tears streaming down His face, while He spoke to His Father. Speaking to the only One who He knew could change things, move things, and address things. Speaking, with reverence, to the One who had power over it all.
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What if we all began to pray the way Jesus prayed? What if we actually came to God, in reverence, every time, speaking to Him from the depths of our sinful hearts? What if we came to Him in tears, and loud cries, letting Him know how much we needed Him, right from the start?
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I think it would change…

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