The Key to Rest is Meekness

The Key to Rest is Meekness

God has promised us rest, a principle idea to the joy of living in Christ. But how do we obtain it?

The key is to practice meekness in our lives. (Preaching starts at 17:30 in Part 1)

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Meekness is the
Key to Rest

 

Hebrews 4 (:9-10)
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

 

At 50 stories high and with a span of more than a mile, one of the world’s largest feats of modern engineering is not a skyscraper. It’s a hydroelectric dam. The Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province, China, can hold back more than five trillion gallons (19 billion cubic meters) of water.

 

How much electricity does Grand Coulee Dam produce annually? Grand Coulee Damis the largest hydropower producer in the United States, generating more than 21 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. That’s enough power to supply 2.3 million households with electricity for one year.

 

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan Story.

 

Objective:  In this message I want to describe Meekness as Rest, and show you the blessing of resting in God’s finished work. He established everything before the beginning of the world, and we are simply called to rest in it.

That is what Meekness is!

You don’t have to wait for death to find eternal rest in your soul, simply submit to God’s will and He will give it to you today when you use the Key of Meekness.

 

Strife defined: Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

Meekness defined: Submission (to a purpose)

 

(Saved vs Saving or Grace vs Works)

In other words: Meekness matters because it’s your inclusion into God’s plan. Remember God speaks to us in eternal words and temporal.

 

REST is eternal, MEEKNESS is the temporal way to partake of it.

 

Rest from your Expectations

Rest from your Fears

Rest from your Hopes

Rest from your Dreams

Rest from your Ego

Rest from your Agenda

Rest from your Social Status

Rest from what Others think of you

 

Rest in your Calling

Rest in your Lot In Life

Rest in the Word

Rest in your Church

Rest in Prayer

Rest in Service

Rest in your God

Rest in the Coming Kingdom

 

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

 

LET

 

  • The world was created by His Word, everything was “let” go out of it.
    Hebrews 4:4-12  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

    • God’s Word has always been settled in heaven.
      Psalm 119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

 

  • Out of it he created the the world
    John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Genesis 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Genesis 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 

He not only created the world, but it’s History as well… “The generations” And therefore He rested from it.

 

Genesis 2:1-4 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

 

Hebrews 4:3, 9-10  3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

 

Jesus understood that His was simply to submit to the already established will of God.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

 

After all, as Solomon said… Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

 

Meek People

 

Abel – Genesis 4:1-7

 

Samuel 1 Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

Isaac

 

Moses, the meekest man on Earth Numbers 12:3

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

 

John the Baptist
Matthew 11:11  “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

 

Jesus

Matthew 11:29-30  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Everyone in Hebrews 11

BRAINSTORM: This is the list I make to brainstorm ideas for the sermon

  • Meekness is a short-term and a long-term strategy
  • 8th fruit of the Spirit
  • Power under Control
  • The meek shall inherit the earth
  • Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley
  • A Dam that holds back water
  • Gentle Giants like Andre the Giant and Dylan
  • God only gives power to those who can handle it
  • Opposite of meekness is pride
  • Meekness isn’t martyrdom
  • The difference between Satan and Jesus
  • The difference between lost and saved
  • The difference between tolerable and intolerable
  • Pray for holiness, then pray for power, then pray for meekness
  • Meekness is the ability to contain power
  • Old Testament and New Testament, Meekness is a common thread… (The word “Meek” is found 29 times, 13 in OT and 16 in NT)

Now here’s the sermon…

 

Meekness SAVES us

James 1:21

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

Meekness SERVES us

2 Timothy 2:24 – 26
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

Meekness  PROTECTS us

Zephaniah 2:1-3 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. 3 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.

Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

 

Meekness  TEACHES us

Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way

 

Meekness RESTORES us

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

 

Meekness TESTIFIES for us

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

Meekness PROVIDES for us (an inheritance)

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

Meekness UNIFIES us
Ephesians 4:1-5 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Strife defined: Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

Meekness defined: Submission (to a purpose)

When you start approaching life through submission, rather than striving, you begin to “Let” God’s power into your life.

The problem with most Christian’s is that God’s will is full of work, obedience, patience and forgiveness. But our carnal nature will have none of this.

 

So what’s the solution?

Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from youJames 4:7

 

But his commandments are not grievous, they are love, (1 John 5:3)  and His promise is…

Matthew 11:29-30  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

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