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Inheritance Through Meekness
May 21, 2017      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons


Jonathan talks about the inheritance of Life in Christ which is promised in Psalm 37:11 and Matthew 5:5 for the meek.  Along with a definition of meekness, he also reminds us of Acts 14:22 ... that it is through many tribulations we enter the kingdom of God.

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1 Peter 5:5-7
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Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes (wars against) the proud but gives grace(favor) to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time (appointed seasonable time) he may exalt you,
7 casting all your anxieties(distracted in multiple directions and fearful) on him, because he cares for you.

Egypt --->
Cross Red Sea -----> Desert ------>
Cross Jordan River ------> Promised Land

Process of discipleship - EVERY time

Time Variables (for Egypt & Desert) - but same for every disciple.

Backed up with scripture, and the lives of characters in Scripture

Abraham (famine) -- Joseph (prison) --Moses (in wilderness) ---
David (chased by Saul) ---- Jesus (in wilderness) ---- Paul (in wilderness)

Acts 14:22 - "Reminding them that it is through many tribulations we enter the kingdom of God"

I Corinthians 15:36 - "What you sow does not to come to life UNTIL it dies" Process why?
The LIFE of Christ IN US (in the shell of our outer man / soul) MUST come out! Unless you DIE to yourself and take up your cross - you CANNOT LIVE!

Many believers God's children STUCK in EGYPT Slavery

Many got delivered miraculously (parted Red Sea) and have made it to desert where You have ENOUGH spirituality - ENOUGH Mana & quail but you're just getting by!

SIGHT living (unbelief) instead of FAITH living (belief).

Some have spent 11 days or 40 years having the "generation of flesh & unbelief" die in them and have - by faith - crossed over the Jordan to POSSESS THE LAND OF THEIR INHERITANCE

The Promised Land is NOT heaven. There are enemies there in the Promised Land (there are no enemies in heaven).

It is The Abundant/Fruitful Life In Christ - Our inheritance!

It’s already WON for us
- already given
- but must be possessed

Remember Matthew 5:5 - Meek will inherit the earth.

Quoting Psalms 37:11 - Meek (lowly) will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

MEEKNESS: An active and deliberate acceptance of undesirable circumstances that are wisely seen by an individual as only part of a larger picture.

Meekness is being humble and gentle toward others and willingly being submissive and obedient to the Lord. It is having a quiet but confident trust in the Lord...

Submission to God's TIMING & Plan Trusting His heart towards us

ENTRUSTING ourselves to God as our defender

Picture of Jesus:

I Peter 2:23
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When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Psalms 37:3-11
3
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

V3 - Begins with TRUST - trusting His heart towards us
V5 - Because we TRUST Him we can COMMIT our way to Him - Roll off anxieties about EVERYTHING onhim.
V7 - After Trusting & Committing - all that's left to do is be STILL & WAIT PATIENTLY. V8 - ALLOWS us to REFRAIN from anger, TURN from wrath and STOP Fretting (all this leads us away from evil)

Meek inherit land (abundant life in Christ) and enjoy peace & prosperity. Not "health and wealth"

Peace like:
Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you"


Prosperity like:
Psalms 1:3 "That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do PROSPERS"

Meek inherit land (abundant life in Christ) and enjoy peace & prosperity. Not "health and wealth"

God OPPOSES - wars against - the proud.
They CANNOT / WILL NOT inherit the Promised Land.

He gives Great Grace to the Humble.
- The meek will gain their inheritance, which is LIFE IN HIM! 


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