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Westside Care Center Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Prayer Principle 3A: Submission Meekness Mr. C. Pat Lanyon
Last week we studied the fact that doing God’s will often requires patience, and endurance while exercising the patience. This was taught in Hebrews 10.36. Hebrews 11 provided excellent examples of people doing God’s will in difficult and some, impossible, situations. Yet all received a promise given to them that has been given to us. That promise is the full inheritance we are going to receive as people of His kingdom. Another character quality we need is meekness, and praying for it will bring it into our lives.
We first look at a definition of meek – mild, modest (humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness ALSO, overtly submissive or compliant, anxious to suit his opinions to those of others" The noun, meekness, means "the feeling of patient submissive humbleness" or "a disposition to be patient and longsuffering" – Beiks.com Dictionary
Two verses in the Bible teach directly that meekness is associated with God and His will:
Ps 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Ps 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
We also see throughout the New Testament a Biblical godly value for meekness, especially in Jesus life, Who is our supreme Example!
From the OutlineI pray that Your will would be done. Please help me to...
CL 1.9ff 1B. BE FILLED with the knowledge of Your will.I will need to fill myself...
1C. In all WISDOM and
2C. [in all] SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING – I realize as I am seeking to do this, it will require a receptive spirit obtained only through key ingredients below (1D.- 5D.) Only through developing these Character Traits can I gain spiritual wisdom and understanding.
HE 10.36 2D. PATIENCE and ENDURANCE which You will give when I ...
MT 11.29; JA 1.21; RO 6.13; 1PE 5.5-7; JA 4.6
3D. MEEKNESS to have Your attitude of yieldedness.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Submit to God and He Will Give the Grace To Do His Will:
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
A Lesson on Meekness from Matthew 9:9ff.
The quote on mercy and sacrifice are taken directly from Hosea 6:6 which is a prophet who lived during the times of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahax, Hezekiak, in Judah and Jereboam in Israel (Hosea 1:1) – all described for us in 2 Chronicles 27.
Jesus, thus, like God Himself, when He found great sin, used meekness to confront it and expected it in his disciples. So when we find a stubborn resistance to do God’s will should pray for meekness in our life and then show it in the lives of those with whom we minister. We will find that it is a powerful tool in accomplishing the will of God. He used a meek man to give His law to Israel (read NU 12:3)