Jesus said the meek are blessed and shall inherit the earth (Mat 5:5). You will inherit something big and important if you are a meek person. Meekness is a supernatural strength that makes you a hero like Moses. When we hear the word meek, we think weak. No. Meek is strength under control.
HEROES OF THE BIBLE
By Pastor Delbert Young
MOSES – Amazing Meekness
MOSES – Amazing Meekness
Scriptures: John 14:27, Numbers 12:1-3, Matthew 10:13-14, 2 Timothy 2:23-26
I want to talk about Moses and his supernatural ability which made him a hero of the Bible. Every day we have opportunities to get upset, frustrated, and offended. Maybe our plans didn’t work out. Maybe what should have taken one hour took three. Someone was, for no reason, rude to us. Life is full of inconveniences. There will always be interruptions and people who are difficult to get along with. We can’t control all our circumstances, but we can control our reactions. Charles Swindoll said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
We should approach every day positive and hopeful expecting good things. We need to be realistic and know most days are not going to go exactly as we planned. If you get upset because you got off schedule, frustrated because your child would not eat breakfast, aggravated because someone offended you, what you are doing is giving away your power. We were created to live in peace. When you have peace on the inside, a joy in your heart, and a smile on your face, that’s a position of power and that’s when you are at your very best. Too many people today have the wrong approach to life. They think they must control all their circumstances and make sure everything goes their way. That’s not realistic. We need to come to the place to say, “I don’t have to have my way in order to have a good day. My plans don’t have to work out for me to be happy. Everybody doesn’t have to treat me right for me to enjoy my life. I have already made up my mind, no matter what does or doesn’t happen, I’m going to stay in peace and enjoy this day.”
When you move into that way of thinking, no person can take your joy. No circumstance can take your peace. No interruption can take your enthusiasm. Life is too short to live upset and offended. If you allow your circumstances to control your joy, then there will always be some reason to be discouraged. “It’s the economy. The sock market has got me down.” Stop giving away your power. God is still on the throne. God’s economy is doing just fine. As long as you are connected to him, your economy is going to be alright. “I had to cancel my vacation this year.” “My boss is a tyrant.” “My neighbor really gets to me. I’ve been praying asking God to change him.” Listen, if that neighbor moved away, if you don’t learn this principle to not allow people to steal your joy, two more like him will move in. Jesus said,
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. DO NOT LET your hearts be troubled, NEITHER LET them be afraid. [STOP ALLOWING YOURSELVES to be agitated and disturbed; and DO NOT PERMIT YOURSELVES to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] [Amplified Bible]
Notice losing our peace is something we allow. We give it away. We choose to become agitated, disturbed, fearful, intimidated, cowardly, and unsettled. Jesus didn’t say he would make certain our circumstances were always perfect so we could always have peace. He said the things that are upsetting you right now don’t have to upset you. The people who aggravate you right now, they don’t have to aggravate you. It’s you who makes the adjustments, not your neighbor. It’s you who must change your approach to life. If you will, you can be happy in spite of those circumstances.
I’m asking you today to stop allowing people, traffic, disappointments, and inconveniences to steal your peace and joy. Put your foot down and say, “I am not going to allow this child to ruin my day.” “This grumpy boss that rides me for no reason will not ruin any more of my days.” Don’t give away your power.
Have you ever allowed someone to get to you so badly that if they came into the room, you left? If you were outside and they came outside, you went inside? Your whole focus was centered on avoiding that person? Realize, you gave away your power. You were controlled. You allowed one person with way more issues than you to control you and stop you from being who you were meant to be. When you say, “You make me so mad,” you admit you give away your power. As long as that person knows if they push this button and you will respond – they go outside and you go in, they come in the room and you leave – you are giving that person exactly what they want. Instead of allowing them to get to you, try thinking this: people have a right to think and say what they want just like you, and we have a right to NOT get offended.
When someone controls us with what they say or do, we give them our power. We place too much importance on that person. What they say about you does not define who you are. Their opinion of you does not determine your worth. They have their opinion and you have every right to ignore it.
Moses’ relatives did not like whom he chose to marry. The woman was not from the same nationality.
Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? AND THE LORD HEARD IT.
The Lord hears your critics and he will deal with them if you won’t in a way you can’t. They criticized Moses publicly. They said we don’t agree with this. We don’t give this marriage our approval. Moses didn’t argue with them. He didn’t allow it to aggravate, agitate, or intimidate him. What they thought did not change who Moses was. He ignored it. He didn’t lose his peace. He didn’t allow it to upset his day. He stayed quiet.
Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.
Jesus said the meek are blessed and shall inherit the earth (Mat 5:5). You will inherit something big and important if you are a meek person. Meekness is a supernatural strength that makes you a hero. When we hear the word meek, we think weak. No. Meek is strength under control. It’s like a strong stallion that has been tamed. He’s just as strong as ever, just as powerful as ever, but his strength is now under control. You can touch him, pet him, even ride him, but don’t be fooled. He is powerful.
When you are a meek person, you don’t respond to every critic. You don’t respond every time someone says something negative about you. You have the power to respond, but you realize your time, your life, your peace is too valuable. When you are meek, you don’t have to prove who you are. When someone insults you making demeaning remarks, you realize that’s their problem, not yours. Read between the lines. They must be impressed with you or they would not be trying to pull you down. Control your strength and inherit something big. If you join into the demeaning, all you are doing is sinking down to their level. Eagles don’t waste time fighting with crows. Eagles rise to a higher level where crows can’t fly if they wanted. In life, you will have crows, some chickens, some turkeys, and a few vulchers. They can’t go where you are going if you are a person of meekness.
The person who was giving Moses the most trouble, his most vocal critic, contracted leprosy. She could not even stay around other people. She had to leave the entire camp until she repented and healed.
You don’t have to respond to every critic to prove who you are. Stay on the high road and let God take care of it. That approach has worked for me once I learned not to give away my power. I learned that some people who cross our paths, don’t want to be at peace with us. No matter what we say or do, it will not cause them to agree with or like us. Even if you met all their demands, they would find some reason to be critical of you. Jesus said,
Matthew 10:13-14 If the home is deserving, LET YOUR PEACE rest on it; if it is not, LET YOUR PEACE RETURN TO YOU. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, SHAKE THE DUST OFF YOUR FEET WHEN YOU LEAVE that home or town.
Jesus said speak peace and let your peace come upon others. If they don’t want peace, at least make sure you keep your peace. Do it right and you will. As far as they are concerned, shake the dust off and leave. In other words, don’t let their actions stick to you. Don’t allow people to take your power. Let them have their opinions and live in turmoil. Don’t allow them to make you that way. Move on.
2 Timothy 2:23-26 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels… hope… they will come to their senses and escape from THE TRAP OF THE DEVIL, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Involving in foolish and stupid situations is a devil’s trap. Shake the dust off. Don’t let it stick to you.
You heard the story about the trucker in a diner having a peaceful lunch. In came twelve bikers. One came to the trucker and began demeaning him. The biker took his hamburger, knocked over his drink, challenged him to fight. The trucker didn’t respond, just stood up, wiped his mouth with his napkin, and calmly walked out the door. The biker said to the waitress, “Not much of a man is he?” She replied, “I don’t know about that, but he must not be much of a driver. He just ran over twelve motorcycles driving out of here.”
I’m not as good at this as I am going to sound, but I told you the story of Judy and me coming home from Chattanooga once. We got off at Ringgold exit, headed this way, and at the next traffic light, came up behind a man and woman. The light turned green, but the man was not paying attention and sat there. I waited for a few seconds. It was obvious he was not going to move and the light was about to change back to red. I simply tooted my horn. I didn’t blast him, just a little toot to tell him the light had changed. That man went over the edge. He got himself so worked up shaking his fist at me, glaring at me in his mirror, yelling. He stomped his gas to the floor and took off, immediately pulled over, and was getting out of his car challenging me to a fight. I’m 60 years old, but this guy looked older than me. I just kept driving. Judy isn’t used to my responding so calmly to things like that, so down the road about 5 miles, she said when she was pretty sure I wouldn’t turn around and go back, “Did you see that guy pull over to challenge you to a fight?” I said, “Yes, I saw him.” I wish I responded that way every time. I’m proud of that response. I was at my best. I’m not proud of many others where I gave away my power.
The smallest pot boils the quickest. You can tell how big a person is by how quickly they boil. Your emotions are controlled by your circumstances or by your character. When someone is rude to you, your emotions say “Get even. Pay ’em back.” That doesn’t take any control, but when you have developed your character, you say, “I’m bigger than this. I’ve got things to do and dreams to accomplish. I’m not spending my precious time here.” Sadly, character is only developed in the difficult times. It develops when we do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening. That’s why most people don’t have a strong character. They are controlled by their circumstance, or we could say, “out of control.” They give someone a piece of their mind, blow up, let ’em have it.” They gave away their power. It takes depth of character to take the high road.
There’s always someone every day, from someone driving on the highway to a child crying at the movies, who will steal your power if you allow them. People are everywhere. You can’t get away from them. So, the next time you have an opportunity to be offended, see it as an opportunity to develop your character. As you do, God will bless you and you will inherit something big and important.
Don’t go the next 20 years allowing the same people and the same type circumstances steal your power. Don’t allow agitations, intimidations, and disturbances to take your peace and rob your life. Be an eagle and rise above it. Put on the supernatural power of meekness and be a hero. You knock the dust off your feet. God will take care of your critics. Don’t involve yourself with foolish and stupid situations. Go into next week determined to live life to the full. Keep your joy and peace. If we will learn this principle of not giving away our power, you will be a hero like MOSES WITH AMAZING MEEKNESS.
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