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call your children

 

you call your children from a far country
where they have wandered many untold years
because they could not shed idolatry
long established by captivity’s fears

freedom comes only by your outstretched hand
gently touching an unsuspecting heart
guiding them in the direction you plan’d
long before you ever set them apart

you bestow your gift of faith in abundance
for discerning your heart and will each day
and teach them to walk in obedience
in order that your goodness they display

you are the Lord God of all creation
the Holy One to whom all glory due
the only One to offer salvation
in order that your goodness they pursue

your children stand witness to the darkness
of those who deny your true existence
and make for themselves idols in likeness
of living things to arouse resistance

why then they never consider turning
back to the one true God of creation
even when in emptiness their yearning
points them to the God of restoration

their ego drives them to never obey
the commandments with which they disagree
so then in God’s presence they cannot stay
since their evil demands death’s guarantee

send out then many prophets with your word
amidst the congregation of the dead
ready to tell them justice will be heard
before the coming of disaster’s dread

tell them open your heart to Glory’s voice
speaking directly to your heart of stone
so that the Lord of Goodness may rejoice
and change your heart to be His very own

hear Him for His loving kindness spoken
directly to the darkness of your soul
knowing that to His truth you must harken
broken for His goodness to take control

and He will place you on His highest hill
so that through you His light may shine abroad
and through you His goodness He will fulfill
throughout a land where darkness death applaud

bow down then before the Lord your maker
in honor of the glory due His name
and receive His shed blood as partaker
of the goodness all His children proclaim

 

discussions #273. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

choose

 

above all stands my God mighty and true
with hand outstretched to those who clearly see
decide within your heart whom to pursue
and so doing will ever define thee
ask of Him your innermost desire
with patience to direct your countenance
make known to Him whom you most admire
God’s great goodness or your own impudence
see Him to whom all glory due today
with love’s expectation filling your heart
announce acceptance of your debt repay
when His merciful grace sets you apart
       choose you to follow after worldly lusts
       or follow Him whose treasure never rusts

 

discussions #203. Copyright © 2013 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

The Meek

Matthew 5:5

 

Jesus tells us “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Can you tell me: who are the meek that Jesus is referring to, and what character traits do they have?

Dictionary.com tells us that meek means (1) humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others, (2) overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame, and (3) Obsolete . gentle; kind.

In today’s world, one who is meek is typically reviled, and is considered to be a spineless wimp who lets everyone walk all over them.

But this is not what Jesus meant by His use of the word.

Spiros Zohdiates tells us the following (See The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament) for Strong’s 4240, “Meekness, but not in a man’s outward behavior only, nor in his relations to his fellow man or his mere natural disposition. Rather, it is an inwrought grace of the soul, and the expressions of it are primarily toward God. It is that attitude of spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us as good and do not dispute or resist.”

Jesus calls Himself meek in Matthew 11:29; Scripture tells us that Jesus was meek in Matthew 21:5; and Paul tells us that Jesus was meek in 2 Corinthians 10:1.

According to Scripture, Jesus was humble, patient, docile, submissive, and compliant, as Dictionary.com says, … though, only to the Father’s will, not to the world’s, nor to His own.

We see Jesus’ meekness in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He is willing to submit His will to the Father’s, even when His soul was sorrowful, praying for the Father to remove the coming burden from Him. (See Matthew 26:36-46)

We see first hand the inward grace of Jesus’ soul in the Gethsemane passage, where He was willing to accept the Father’s will without dispute, and without resistance.

How many of us would do the same?

I know I would be the first to try bargaining with God so as not to have to endure the cross, nor the shame; yet Jesus counted it as joy (Hebrews 12:1-2).

What a great example Jesus is for us. He shows us how to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24), no matter where He leads us.

It’s important to remember that Jesus learned obedience through suffering (Hebrews 5:8), and we are not greater than our Lord (John 13:16).

Jesus modeled meekness for us, so there would be no doubt about what it really looks like, so we could see first hand the inward grace of His soul, His willingness to accept God’s dealings with Him without dispute or resistance.

We are to follow His lead to be meek; and when we do, His promise to us is that we will inherit the earth. That is to say, everything that is His will be ours too. We are after all joint heirs with Him (Romans 8:17).

As followers of Jesus, our promised inheritance is the redemption of our soul through His blood, for which we have the Holy Spirit as down payment (Ephesians 1:7, 13-14); and then we will get to dwell with Jesus for all eternity (John 14:1-4).

Thus, the new heaven and the new earth will belong to all of us who are meek, to all who believe Jesus is the Son of the living God, that He died on the cross for our sins, was raised the third day from death to life, and sits for all eternity at the right hand of the Father on His throne in heaven.

The whole earth will belong to us, who are the meek, who are the followers of Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, God with us.

 

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  Shepherd’s Table, Inc: In November 2011 we started a food bank in Kootenai County Idaho to provide food in Jesus’ Name for people in our community who are having difficulty making ends meet. We are a 501c3 nonprofit.
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