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The Mighty Meek

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May 13, 2024 4:00 am

The Mighty Meek

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May 13, 2024 4:00 am

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus revealed it is not the mighty men who are blessed, it is the mighty meek. In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals the definition, development, and dynamic of true meekness. 

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Pastor, teacher, and author Adrian Rogers has introduced people all over the world to the love of Jesus Christ and has impacted untold numbers of lives by presenting profound truth, simply stated. Thanks for joining us for this message.

Here's Adrian Rogers. And it's the word that is translated blessed. Blessed. There's an island named Blessed. And the reason they named Crete Macarios is that they thought that it had everything on it that was needed to sustain life. That is, it was self-contained.

There was enough vegetation, enough food, enough grain, everything that was on the island, enough water to sustain life and not only did they have enough for themselves, but they had enough to export. And so the Greeks named that island Macarios. Blessed. Now, we're going to read some beatitudes and these beatitudes begin with that same word, Macarios. Blessed. And that gives you some idea of what the word blessing means. It means more than happy.

Some translate this happy, but it means more than happy. It means having everything that you need. Having everything that you need spiritually. That is being blessed. And so the Lord Jesus Christ gives us these beatitudes or attitudes that ought to be.

They're not platitudes. They are attitudes and really they deal with Christian character. Christian character is what you are. Your reputation is what others think about you, but character is what God and your wife know about you. Now, this deals with character.

Not blessed are what men have or not blessed what men do, but blessed are what men are. Because, friend, all of us are going to die and some sooner than we think and when you die, you'll leave behind all that you have and all that you've done and you'll take with you all that you are. Isn't that right? See, it's character that is so important.

And that's the reason it's so important. It's more important that you seek blessedness than happiness. Most of the people in the world are doing what? Well, they're seeking happiness. They want to be happy. But do you know those who look for happiness the most find it the least?

That's a strange thing, but it's absolutely true. People who are on a search for happiness are generally the most unhappy people in the world. Happiness is not something you find by looking for it. Happiness is something you stumble over when you're seeking blessedness. You seek happiness and you'll never find it. But you get right with God and blessedness will find you.

It'll run you down. And this is what Jesus Christ is talking about here in these Beatitudes. He's talking about blessedness.

Listen to it. He's talking about the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

And then we come to our text for today. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Now you talk about an inheritance. Friend, to inherit the earth. When I was a little boy, I used to listen to a program called the search for missing heirs.

Did you ever listen to that? Somebody had died and left a lot of money, but nobody knew to whom it belonged. And so there was a search for the missing heirs. It might be, dear friend, that today you're that missing heir, the one who is to inherit the earth, and yet you don't even know it. So I hope today that you'll hear your name called blessed are the meek. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Well, what does that mean? What is this attitude? We're going to talk today on this subject, the mighty meek. The mighty meek. If there's one thing that this world would not say is blessed, it is meekness.

I mean, we don't think that meekness is a blessing at all. People of this world would say blessed are the mighty men. Blessed are the muscle men. Blessed are the mental men. Blessed are the money men. Blessed are any kind of men except the meek men, because we think of meekness as weakness. But the Bible says blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Well, what is meekness? Well, let me tell you what it is not before I tell you what it is. It is not weakness.

Put that down big and plain and straight. Meekness is not weakness. And if you think that meekness is weakness, you go a week trying to be meek, and you'll find out that meekness is not weakness. You know what Jesus said in Matthew 11? Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart. Do you think of Jesus as weak? Jesus said, I am meek. Do you think Jesus was weak? If you think that Jesus was weak, then you read the Bible where He fasted 40 days and 40 nights alone in the wilderness with wild beasts.

I'd like to see one of you macho men do that. Do you think Jesus was weak? Get a picture of Jesus making a whip and driving the money changers out of the temple. Jesus who said, the foxes have holes and the birds have nests. The son of man hath not where to lay his head.

These pictures of Jesus that make him look like he just stepped out of a beauty parlor make me sick. Jesus was a man. He was a strong man. He said, I was meek.

I am meek and lowly of heart. Do you know who the Bible says in his day the meekest man was? This is back in the Old Testament. It was Moses. The Bible says that Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. That's before Jesus Christ got here who was more than a man. Do you think Moses was a wimp? You study the life of Moses. I mean he got in trouble sometimes because of his temper, but one thing he was not was a weak man.

He was a general who led the children of Israel out of Egypt. He's no wimp. Meekness is not weakness. What is meekness? It's not cowardice.

It is not a milk toast type of character. It is not weakness. The word meek means yielded.

Yielded. It literally has the idea of strength under control. There was a man, J. Wallace Hamilton, who wrote an incredible book that I've had in my library for a long time. The title of the book is called Ride the Wild Horses.

That's the title of the book. And he points out that when God made us, when God created us, when God put us together, God put in to our nature certain drives, certain instincts, certain ambitions, and they're not evil in themselves. But these drives, these instincts, these ambitions need to be yielded. And he pointed out what I want to point out that the word meekness has the idea of a wild stallion being broken. As a matter of fact, in that day and sometimes still in this day, when a steed is an animal, especially a horse, has been domesticated. It has been trained so a rider can sit upon its back or so it can pull a plow. The proper term for that was that that horse, that animal, that oxen, whatever, had been meeked.

M-e-e-k-e-d. It had been meeked. It had been broken. Now it yields to the rider.

Now it yields to the yoke. It is strength under control. That's what meekness is.

It is a compliant spirit. You see, these beatitudes come in order. First in step is this blessed are the poor in spirit. Now my dear friend, that shows our condition. We say in myself, I am spiritually bankrupt. And then blessed are they that mourn because after our condition comes our contrition. You see, then we say, oh God, have mercy upon me. I see what I am. I weep over it. I truly repent of it.

And then after that condition and that contrition comes that control. Where I take myself now, Lord, and I place myself under your control, I am meek. Not weak. Meek.

I have a new master. A horse that has been meeked still has the same strength. Still has the same fire.

Still has the same drive. It still has the same instincts. But now there's a bridle. A bit of bridle in the saddle. Now J. Wallace Hamilton talked about different ways that you might deal with a wild horse. Now the first way is just to let him run wild. And that's what we have a generation that does today.

How do they deal with this? No restraint or self-assertion. Just let the horse run. Whatever is natural is beautiful and whatever is beautiful it must be right. So you just do your thing.

That's self-assertion. Don't put any restraint upon yourself. If you want to get drunk, get drunk.

If you want to fornicate, fornicate. If you want to fight, fight. No self-restraint. The chief apostle of this philosophy in yesterday was a man named Nietzsche. He said this, and listen to this quote. Get rid of your pious priests and their weak-livered gospel of mercy.

Purge out of your souls this disease, this devil of Christianity. This depends on the strong man and the strong people. Therefore be strong. Assert yourself.

Be a super man. And Nietzsche influenced the world far more than we may realize. As a matter of fact, a student of Nietzsche was Adolf Hitler. Hitler read that. Hitler said that's what I'm going to have. A super race. And the result was the gas ovens. The holocaust.

The war that some of us went through, I did when I was a little boy. That's one way to deal with the wild horse. Just let him run. Assert yourself.

Do your thing. And the devil take the hindmost. Now there's just the opposite of that and that's not self-release but it's self-releasing. Self-restraint. While there's some who want to let the horse just run wild, then there are others who want to cripple the horse.

They want to hobble the horse so he can't run at all. That's Buddhism. Do you know what Buddhism, have you ever seen a fat Buddha sitting there with that placid look upon his face? That's Buddha. That's a philosophy.

And the philosophy is simply this. The thing that causes you your difficulty is that you have certain desires. And you get frustrated because these desires are not met. So what you need to do is just simply negate these desires.

What you need to do is somehow dampen that spirit until you come to the place where you don't desire anything so therefore you're never disappointed. So therefore, in their mind, you have come to a state called Nirvana. Friend, that's not Bible Christianity. That's no more Bible Christianity than letting the horse run wild.

You don't let the horse run wild and you don't cripple the horse. Some people think, oh, you know, I would be holy if I would just go to a monastery somewhere and wear a wooly robe and do a chant and then I'd be holy. Well, friend, there's no holiness in a hole.

I want to tell you that. What is Jesus saying? Jesus is not saying let the horse run wild. And Jesus is not saying cripple the horse. What Jesus is saying is blessed are the meat. Now let me give you a verse for your margin.

It's Romans chapter 6 and verse 19. Listen to it. You yielded to Satan.

Listen to it. Even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. That's it. You yield. That's what the word means. Strength under control.

The same members, the same eyes, the same ears, the same tongue. But now rather than using my tongue to blaspheme, I use my tongue to praise. I still have ambition.

Now my ambition is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm still a fighter. But now I'm fighting the devil.

I'm fighting that crowd. It's the same strength. God does not hobble the horse. He energizes that, but he puts the bit on. He puts the bridle on.

He puts the saddle on. He says blessed are those who have yielded. Have you ever yielded? Have you ever yielded? That's the one thing we don't want to do.

And that's the one thing that we need to do more than anything else. I may have told you about an experience I had driving down the road. I saw a drunk staggering along in disgrace. By the way, a drunk is not funny. Not to be laughed at.

He's to be wept over. I looked at him. I thought I recognized him. I did. I stopped the car. I said, son, get in.

He got in. Can I take you home? He said, yes, pastor. I drove up to the house with that drunken boy and brought him in the house. His dad and his mother were there and they were embarrassed. The pastor would bring their drunken son home.

Took him in and got him to bed. I started to leave. The dad stopped me. He said, pastor, can I talk to you?

I said, yes. He said, pastor, I'm embarrassed that you brought my son home drunk. But he said, he's not the only drunk in the family. He said, I'm a drunk too.

And he said, I don't know what to say to this boy. I'd be such a hypocrite to tell him not to drink because he said, I'm a drunker. I said, why don't you quit drinking?

He said, pastor, you probably won't believe what I'm about to tell you. But he said, I really hate liquor. But he said, I can't stop. He said, I hate it. But he said, I can't stop. He said, I just don't have what it takes.

I can't stop. My heart broke for him. I said, Fred, have you ever driven a team of horses? He was an old fellow. He said, I sure have. I said, Fred, if you were driving a team of horses, wild horses, and they were getting away from you and you were afraid for your life and you couldn't make them stop and you couldn't rein them in. I said, sitting next to you there in the wagon was someone that you knew could control them.

What would you do? Well, he said, pastor, that's easy. I said, I'd just turn the reins over to him. I said, Fred, that's the only thing I know for you to do. It's just simply to say, Lord Jesus, I can't.

I can't. And quit trying and start trusting and just simply turn the reins over to him because my dear friend, those horses are wild horses and there's only one who can tame them. He does not want to let them run wild. He does not want to cripple them. But what it is is strength under control.

That's the meaning of it. That's the meaning of meekness. Now, I want you to look with me not only about the definition of meekness, but how do you have meekness? I mean, how do you develop meekness? You know, Jesus said, blessed are the meek.

Well, where do you get it? Now, remember, there's a sequence. First of all, you see yourself as poor in spirit, absolutely bankrupt. Secondly, you are brokenhearted over it. Now, dear friend, if you've never been broken, you're never going to be meek.

A meek horse is a horse that has been broken. We sit in our church's heady, high-minded, unbent, unbroken, somehow getting the idea that we've done God a wild favor because we've come here. But we walk out never ever seeing our bankrupt condition, never ever mourning over our sin, and therefore we never ever yield our lives to Jesus Christ. But if you're ready to yield your life to Jesus Christ, let me give you three steps now to develop this meekness. First of all, you must be submitted to the Son of God. Submitted to the Son of God. Put these verses in your margin. Matthew 11, verses 28 through 30, listen to them. Jesus Christ is saying to you, today, come unto me. Are you listening? Jesus Christ, not Adrian Rogers, Jesus Christ is saying to you today, come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Listen to it. Take my yoke upon you.

Now, what is that? An oxen that has the yoke is meeked. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek. Do you see it?

Do you see it? I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Now, here's the picture of two oxen, and they're pulling together.

The yoke is on one and the yoke is on the other, and these two oxen side by side are pulling. Jesus Christ is saying, I want you to take my yoke upon you. It is no longer only you, but it is you and Jesus. Whenever the yoke is on two oxen, one oxen is the lead oxen, and in this case, it's Jesus. Jesus says, therefore, you follow me. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy. Now, when it means my yoke is easy, it means it fits right.

It fits right. And Christianity is not something that you have to do. It's something you get to do. I mean, God loves you so incredibly. He says, my yoke is easy. I hear people say, oh, it's hard to be a Christian. It's hard to be a Christian. It's hard to be a Christian.

My friend, that's a lie. The Bible says the way of the transgressor is hard. Jesus said, my yoke is easy. My yoke is easy. My yoke is easy. It doesn't mean you won't pull. It doesn't mean there's no work to do.

There's plenty of work to do. I'm going to say, my yoke is lazy. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. My dear friend, first of all, if you would be meek, there's a decision that you have to make. God will not force you to take this yoke.

You can say, no, if you wish. There are not enough angels in heaven or out of heaven to keep you from coming. But there are not enough angels in heaven or out of heaven to force you to come. There are not enough demons in hell or out of hell to keep you from coming. There's not a preacher in this world that can preach you down this aisle.

And if he could, it wouldn't do you any good. Anything I can talk you into, somebody else can talk you out of. But you're going to have to make a decision, my dear friend, to take the yoke of Jesus Christ. You're going to have to take it. Jesus said, take my yoke upon you. Now, you can refuse if you wish, and that's your privilege. And I can tear my heart out and beg you to come to Jesus Christ. But you're going to have to take his yoke.

You're going to have to learn of him. There comes a time when you make a decision, and Jesus Christ says, come unto me. He doesn't say, come to a denomination. He's not talking about churchianity.

He's not talking about a creed. He's saying, come unto me. You'll find rest under your souls. And don't you let that dirty devil get you to thinking negatively about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way to blessedness, and meekness is the way to inherit the earth. Not only, my dear friend, must you be submitted to the Son of God.

I want to tell you something else. If you would be meek today, you must be responsive to the Word of God. Turn with me to James chapter 1 here for a moment, and let's just turn to it because I think we ought to have it in our hand. James chapter 1, and I want you to see what our Lord says here in verse 21. Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive, now watch it, look at it, James 1-21, and receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls.

The word soul is suke, we could say, able to save your psyche. Receive with meekness. You want to be meek?

Friend, do you know what meekness is? It is submission to a higher power. And not only must you receive the Son of God, you must respond to the Word of God. Receive with meekness. That is, let the Word of God be your control.

Let the Word of God be your bridle and your bit. Receive with meekness the engrafted word that is able to save your soul. And look at the word receive. Actually the two Greek words that are translated receive. The first is a Greek word lambano, which is sort of a self-prompted taking.

It's sort of grasping, reaching out, snatching. Frankly, there's some people who think they can learn the Bible that way. They say, well I'm going to study the Bible. And so what they do, they get them a readable Bible. And what they do, they get a dictionary, a Bible dictionary, and they get a concordance. Maybe they get some commentaries. They get a yellow legal pad. They get a pen. They sit down at their desk and they say, I am going to learn the Bible.

I feel sorry for you. You're not going to learn the Bible. You might learn some facts about the Bible, but you're not going to learn God's Word until you receive it with meekness, ready to be taught. You might know the names of all the kings of Israel. You might know Bible chronology. You might know it all, but dear friend, you have not received the Word.

What you have done is simply lambano. You have gone into the Word of God to try to snatch out some truth, maybe for your pride. Maybe you'll know more than somebody else.

Maybe you'll show yourself as some teacher. But my dear friend, you will not know the Word of God because your spirit has never been broken. There's another word for receiving. It's the word deco-mi. That's the word that's used here.

Do you know what that means? It means to welcome with humility. To welcome.

Not to take, but to welcome. Have you ever welcomed the Word? Have you ever sat down to study the Bible, absolutely prepared to do everything it says? Not just parading the Word of God past the judgment bar of your mind to make up your mind whether you think this is right or whether you think that's wrong or whether you think this is interesting or that is interesting. The Bible is not meant to be interesting.

It's meant to be disturbing. I went to China to preach in China and preached in Taiwan and Taipei in a city-wide crusade there and I had a wonderful time. We learned one thing that we went to a Chinese house. The Chinese, the most hospitable people I've ever known, will not allow you to come into their house without serving you something. And you should never come into the Chinese house without receiving something from their hand. But when they bring refreshment out, whether it be a cup of tea or whatever it is, they said to us, you never reach out with one hand and take it. You take it with both hands and bow and at least take a sip. To reach out with one hand has the idea of grasping.

To reach out with both hands has the idea of receiving, receiving. And oh, dear friend, if you let go of this world with both hands and reach out to Jesus Christ with both hands and as you study the Word of God, receive with meekness the engrafted Word that is able to save your soul, deliver your psyche. A third thing, not only receive Jesus, submit to Jesus the Son of God, not only bring your life unto receive the Word of God, but oh, dear friend, be filled with the Spirit of God. Be filled with the Spirit of God.

Read there in Galatians chapter 5 verses 21 and 22 and following the Bible says, the fruit of the Spirit is what? Meekness. Meekness. When you say, Lord Jesus, I put your yoke upon me. When you say to the Word of God, I receive this Word with meekness. When you say to the Spirit of God, work in me, work in me.

The Holy Spirit of God, my dear friend, produces meekness. It's the fruit of the Spirit. You don't produce that fruit. You bear that fruit.

He produces that fruit in you. You walk in the Spirit. There'll be that meekness in your heart and in your life. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. I've talked to you about the definition of it. I've talked to you about the development of it. Let me talk to you for just a moment about the dynamic of it. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Have you ever just sort of daydreamed about having an inheritance? I heard a man sitting on the curb crying. Somebody said, why are you crying? He said, well, I just read in the newspaper where Rockefeller, the richest man in the world, died. He said, well, why are you crying? You're not a relative of his.

He said, that's why I'm crying. Oh, all of us, you know, we just kind of dream about having an inheritance. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

That's the dynamic of it. Now, what does that mean? What does it mean? Well, may I say, friend, you will never have your full inheritance without meekness. Now, a man who cannot control himself or be controlled by the Spirit of God is never satisfied. What does he mean when he says we're going to inherit the earth? Well, it speaks of now and it speaks of hereafter. In the sweet by and by and in the nasty now and now, you can inherit the earth.

First of all, how do we inherit the earth right now? 1 Corinthians 3, verses 21 and following. I want you to listen to it. Let no man glory in men, for all things are yours. That's more than 40 million.

I mean, all, that's pretty big, isn't it? All, A-double-L, all things are yours. Do you believe that?

I hope you do. It's in the Word of God. You say, well, I believe it in my head, but it never got to my heart. All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come. All are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ's is God's. Now, just keep that in mind and turn to 2 Corinthians, chapter 6 and verse 10. 2 Corinthians, chapter 6, verse 10. We're talking about now inheriting the earth. He says here, all things are yours.

Now look, if you will, in 2 Corinthians, chapter 6 and verse 10. As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. As poor, well, that doesn't sound like you've inherited the earth, does it? As poor, yet making many rich, and now here's the key thing, as having nothing and yet possessing all things. Friend, I don't care what you have. If you don't have blessedness, you can't enjoy it because blessedness does not come in things. And I don't care what you don't have. If you have blessedness, you have everything.

It's so strange. Well, what can the devil do to a person like this? He says here in this verse that all things are yours as having nothing yet possessing all things. And the devil comes to you. And you know, the devil will either come as what? The devil will come either as a roaring lion to terrify you or he'll come as an angel of light to entice you.

So first of all, the devil comes as a roaring lion and the devil says, roar. If you don't follow me, I'll take everything from you. You say, devil, you can't take anything from me because I don't have anything. That's what it says here is having nothing. I don't have anything.

So how are you going to take something from me when I don't have anything? Well, the devil says that doesn't work. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll come to him not as a roaring lion.

I'll come to him as an angel of light. If you follow me, he says, I'll give you this and this and this. You say, devil, how are you going to give me anything?

I already have everything. What's he going to do? As possessing nothing yet having all things. What can the devil do with a man like that? All things are yours. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. But not only, dear friend, in this life, but in the world to come. Have you ever thought about that prayer that we pray? Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth. There's coming a time when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ. And Jesus shall reign where the sun doth his successive journeys run. His kingdom spread from shore to shore till moon shall wax and wane no more and the branches will bend down with fruit.

The plains will wave with grain. The lamb and the lion will lie down together. And the saints will rule and reign with Jesus Christ. He didn't make this for the devil's crowd. He made it for his people.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. I don't know what side you're on, dear friend. But I want to line up on this side. I want to see myself as bankrupt, broken, and destitute.

I want to weep over it. And then I want to say, Lord Jesus, as best I know how, I yield myself to you. I take your yoke. I believe your word. I'm led of your spirit. And I'll inherit. I'll inherit the earth.
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