When bad things happen to me, I feel sorry for myself. I interpret it as evidence of God's absence. His lack of favor, my inadequacy, and being cursed really. But when I read what God says to do, it reframes the bad with the good. James 1:2-6 says, "2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and...
In Matthew 5:5 Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Meekness has to do with the use of power and how we use power, Meekness isn't weakness. The meek are those who use power to serve Gods purposes. Jesus' people know Jesus and they live Jesus. They serve his...
When bad things happen to me, I feel sorry for myself. I interpret it as evidence of God's absence. His lack of favor, my inadequacy, and being cursed really. But when I read what God says to do, it reframes the bad with the good.
James 1:2-6 says, "2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..."
How could any of us with our three pounds of grey matter approach the decisions of the complexity of life confident in and of ourselves that we've got it right?
Humility says I do need wisdom.
Here's the great news of going to the good of God with the bad of not knowing: "5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God..." -It's prayer! "...who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you..."
If we have the humility to ask, God gives generously and abundantly. He gives wisdom to everyone who just dares to ask!
Now the believing part, is that we have to do it with confidence in God's present response.
"6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."
So when we read, we read believing in the presence of 'the presence.' And when we pray, we pray believing in hearing the Father confidently and we trust that the good of God is actually bigger than the bad of the world!
I'm just telling you, something super natural happens in our lives as the good of God answers the pain of life...overwhelms it...then the good of God pours out of us in authentic, life-changing ways for us and the people in our path! -Dr. Drew Shofner
In Matthew 5:5 Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Meekness has to do with the use of power and how we use power, Meekness isn't weakness. The meek are those who use power to serve Gods purposes. Jesus' people know Jesus and they live Jesus. They serve his interest in every interaction with every human being.
Every generation looks around and it sees the world using power to exhalt self, advance self, serve self, and the voice of God in every generation is saying "No, I have sent My son to show you what real power looks like!"
Jesus was the strongest man who ever lived! He was strong enough to overthrow all of hell, and how did he use power in peoples lives? Gently, not weakly. He wasn't a people pleaser he didn't seek the approval of every audience, He didn't refrain from telling people the truth, but he handled life and truth gently.
Religious people know "God words," but they ultimately buy into themselves, and they buy into the worlds way of using power. In sin, we seek to have power that God hasn't given us and we forfeit the power He has given us.
We all have more power than we realize. God has given us the power to bless. We have the power to chose, we are never powerless, but so many of us here are living weakly in this world. When we live weak, acting as though we don't have a choice, or abilities or giftedness, or God himself. When we live weak, we are denying God's image in us and God's gift to us.
You have the power to change your world! You have the power to change life in your family. You have the power to chose what its like in your workplace. You have the power to chose to model grace to the people above you, and to model Jesus to the people positionally below you. What I want you to do is I want you to live gently.
When you and I are not gentle with each other, we mock Jesus and we reject Jesus. To be strong is to own your power, and to handle others gently; fearing God and imitating Jesus! How do you use power? -Dr. Drew Shofner