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Beautiful Choices // Sermon 3

The Beatitudes: Beautiful Choices Sermon Three

Matthew 5:5 NIV

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."

1) What do you think of when you think of meekness?

- Is it a value you want for yourself?

- How would you feel if someone described you as meek?

2) This might be the most misunderstood of all eight of the Beatitudes.

- Our culture doesn’t seem to value what we deem as meekness. But this is so important, in fact, invaluable that we develop meekness in our discipleship journey.

3) Let me just cut through all the opinions and commentating and theological bantering and tell you simply, the meekness Jesus speaks of here, and calls blessed, is controlled strength.

 - Meekness = Controlled Strength

4) So in the Beatitudes, Jesus is teaching us that there are qualities and values that bring us blessing and these values should be pursued at all costs. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Again, Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

5) Now, I can hear all the men groaning thinking Jesus just wants to make us mild and girly. If I become meek, then I lose my macho image. Not to worry – Jesus isn’t about emasculating us, but empowering us to control our un-Christlike tendencies.

And the same for the ladies. Gender has no bearing. Just being female doesn’t make you meek any more than male means you’re not meek.

6) The world “meek” comes from the Latin word “manseutus.” One source says the word literally means “being use to the hand.”

It gives us the picture of taming a wild animal.

- Horse wild

- Trainer begins by using his hand to touch the horse’s head, then rub and pat until horse is use to the touch.

- The horse resists the bit and bridle and bucks and its strength is uncontrolled.

- But when the trainer gets the horse used to the hand, its wild passions are subdued and its strength is brought under control.

7) This is the meekness Jesus talks about. He desires to get us accustomed to living with His Hand on our lives so that our wild passions are under His control.

8) Jesus is calling us to something incredibly wonderful here. When we grow in meekness – controlled strength – our lives are submissive to His will.

And here is the big deal about this:

With meekness – with His hand on our lives - we:

A. Control our anger.

- How many angry Christians do you know?

- Too many let anger control their lives.

- “I can’t help it. It’s who I am.”

- “You know me, I blow up but I get over it.”

- And they love God. And they love us. But they are filled with anger and rage.

- Here’s the problem with anger. 

- The point is, I can pull out the nails but the holes remain. The damage to the board is done.

- I can put some putty in it. Let it dry. Sand it. But the board is still a little marred. And the more holes the more it’s marred.

- That’s the way anger is. It damages those it is directed at. You can pull the angry actions out and the harsh words, but the hole is there.

- Apologize, cry, beg for forgiveness and move on. Put the putty in the holes, but the damage is done.

- Wouldn’t it be far better to submit to Jesus and get rid of the rage and control your strength?

- “Blessed are the meek…”

B. Growing in meekness will change the way you speak.

- It will give you control over the harsh words, the sharp put downs, the ripping apart.

- Really folks, there’s no virtue on toughness, or bigness, or in talking harsh and nasty to others.

- At the very heart of this issues is a lack of contentment and peace with oneself. It is a resistance to the Hand of God reaching out to calm your spirit and mellow you out.

9. Meekness is strength brought under control through submission. Submission means you put your mission under (sub means under) the mission of something or someone else.

3 aids to help you learn submission

1 - God’s Word

A. Meekness involves submitting to God’s Word. James 1:21 says that we are to “receive with meekness the implanted Word of God, which is able to save our souls.”

B. We, as Christ followers wanting to grow in our walk with Him and live a blessed life, must place ourselves under the authority of Scripture. When we do that, we are allowing God to shape what we believe and direct what we do by His Holy Word.

2 - God’s Will

A. Meekness – controlled strength – involves submitting to God’s Will.

- Throughout our lives we find ourselves in places and predicaments that we wonder how in the world did we ever get here. Have you ever thought it may be God’s Will you’re there so that your strength is brought under control so that His Will may rule your life instead?

B. Jesus – Garden – how we picture it – how it was. In agony, He cries out, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39

C. Frame that picture in your mind and give it the title,

- “Meekness.” This is what it means.

- By His own words, He could have called legions of angels to stop it all, but His strength became controlled by the Father’s Will.

- No wonder Jesus said, “Blessed – happy – are the meek.”

3 - God’s People

A. Meekness that brings strength under control is enhanced by submitting to God’s people.

B. Ephesians 5:21 says we are to submit to one another in the fear of God.

- I mean really, what good is meekness to any of us if it doesn’t change our interactions with people? There is no controlled strength without constant contact with others. It is “those others” that precipitate us needing to control ourselves!

C. Meekness towards others is seen when I don’t have to have my way. I don’t walk away when someone doesn’t see it my way, I resolve to accept others and their feelings and opinions in the spirit of meekness.

D. Paul said it this way in Philippians 2:3: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

Altar Service:

Listen to Jesus, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Inherit the earth – they live life in control of themselves and are content. They aren’t living each day all stressed and anxious. They truly are inheriting the full meaning of living life on this earth.

And the end game? We get heaven too!

Worship Set


- Jon Egan

Misc 1 (Pre-Chorus)

All authority
Every victory is Yours
All authority
Every victory is Yours

Chorus 1

Savior worthy of honor and glory
Worthy of all our praise
For You overcame
Jesus awesome in power forever
Awesome and great is Your Name
For You overcame

Verse 1

Seated above enthroned in the Father's love
Destined to die poured out for all mankind

Verse 2

God's only Son perfect and spotless One
He never sinned but suffered as if He did

Verse 3

Power in hand speaking the Father's plan
You're sending us out light in this broken land

Misc 2 (Bridge)

We will overcome
By the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony
Everyone overcome

The Lord's Prayer (Hymn)

- Lowell Mason

Chorus 1

Our Father who art in heav’n Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come Thy will be done On earth as it is in heav’n
Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom And the power and the glory Forever and ever

Say Amen

- David Blake Neesmith, Jason Cox, Kenna West, and Michael Farren

Verse 1

This life is a journey we walk by faith
And there will always be the mountains in our way
But right here in this moment
May our strength be renewed
As we recall what God has done
And how we've seen Him move

Chorus 1

(And) If there's anybody here who's found Him faithful
Anybody here who knows He's able
Say amen
And if there's anybody here who's seen His power
Anybody here brought through the fire
Say amen
Anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow
(Peace in the storm hope for tomorrow)
(And seen it time and time again)
Just say amen

Verse 2

Sometimes through the darkness it's hard to see
So just be brave and follow where He leads
'Cause greater is the One who's in us
Than he who's in the world
So child of God remember the battle is the Lord's

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Even in the valley of the shadow
When you feel alone in the unknown
Just say amen just say amen yeah
Oh even when the storms are raging
Stand and know you're not forsaken
Just say amen just say amen

Chorus 2

Is there anybody hereTell me is there anybody here
Come on and say amen
And if there's anybody here who's seen His power
Anybody here brought through the fire
Come on and say amen
Oh anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow
Peace in the storm hope for tomorrow
And seen it time and time again
Just say amen just say amen

No Longer Slaves

- Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser

Verse 1

You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

Chorus 1

I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Verse 2

From my Mother's womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I've been born again into Your family
Your blood flows through my veins

Misc 1 (Bridge)

You split the sea so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God