Series: The Pursuit of God
Messages – Chapter 9a – Meekness & Rest
Chapter 9 Meekness & Rest
1)For most of the beatitudes, we have a “logical” excuse for why (at times) they do not apply to us. Yet, they represent a soul that has ceased striving for the advancement of self and so have come to a place of rest in their Lord, where natural things cannot steal their peace, rest and soul satisfaction.
Go through this list with a serious and honest attitude, examining yourself. Mark those you know are areas of weakness, where you strive for self instead of resting into Him. This practice is to help us see these weaknesses and by the aid of the Spirit discover it’s root. You will more than likely find that many….if not all of your weaknesses share a common root.
Blessed are the (those)…
• Poor in spirit _______________________________________________________
• Who mourn ________________________________________________________
• Meek _____________________________________________________________
• Who are hungry for being right with God _________________________________
• Merciful ___________________________________________________________
• Pure in heart _______________________________________________________
• Peacemakers _______________________________________________________
• Who are persecuted for righteousness sake _______________________________
2) Tozer brought up Jesus’ passionate statements about laying down our burdens. Backing up a bit to see the context always helps though, so let’s examine that passage and then answer the following questions. The passage is found in Matt. 11:20-30.
A) What was the reason for Jesus’ rebuke?
B) What was it about the people of those cities that made Jesus glad that the Father had hidden from them the reality of their impending judgment?
C) Given what Jesus said in the previous verses, what was the invitation to rest an invitation to?
D) What yoke was Jesus referring to and what yoke of ours is it replacing?
3) We do not like to think of ourselves as prideful people, but in reality, every human being’s struggle begins with pride…or as Tozer aptly calls it, “Self-love”.
Self-love is behind all “anti-meekness” – yes I made that up that word. We often understand the words the Bible uses to define Godly character, by their opposites. So, the opposite of this particular word “meek” is:
“Properly temperate, displaying the right blend of force AND reserve (gentleness). It avoids unnecessary harshness, yet never compromises truth.”
The enemy of all meekness is pride…or self-love and from it springs harshness, quick anger, resentment and bitterness.
This little clip is a great example of meekness –
Now for application….In typical Tozer eloquence, he puts this issue of meekness to us so that it stings us at our core…
“The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol. How then can you hope to have any inward peace?
The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest.
Continue this fight through the years and the burden will become intolerable. Yet the sons of earth are carrying this burden continually, challenging every word spoken against them, cringing under every criticism, smarting under each fancied slight, tossing sleepless if another is preferred before them.
Such a burden as this is not necessary to bear. Jesus calls us to His rest, and meekness is His method.”
Rather than asking you personal, probing questions why don’t you just discuss Jesus’ ways in comparison to what is often our own. Again, make this discussion useful by probing for the reasons BEHIND our behaviors and tendencies.
4) Tozer said that a meek person must not be seen as a “human mouse afflicted with a sense of …inferiority”. Instead, they have found their true value and rest in God – making the opinions of man of no consequence and personal defense no longer necessary nor desired. They feel no need to defend themselves but pass all judgment and their own defense into God’s hands.
Jesus lived this way, Paul speaks of it and only a Child of God who is 100% convinced of God’s love for and value of them is free to live in this rest.
This is where we ended our discussions on chapter 8c , Restoring the Creator Creature Relation of A.W. Tozer’s book, The Pursuit of God. We will be progressing further into the chapter next week…Blessings!
I hope this teaching will challenge you and encourage you to place your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
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