Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Mat 5:5 NET)

This is a beatitude that is often heard in the church. We, as followers of Christ, are to be the meek.  In order to analyse what this really means we must first break it down into its component parts and look at the original meaning.

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Now I Lay me Down to Sleep

‘Now I lay me down to sleep…’ This is a phrase from one of the first bed time prayers that I had ever heard. It is probably the most recorded phrase heard in Christian themed stuffed animals as well. As Christian parents we encourage, and sometimes force, our children to say their prayers before bed. This seems to be a habit that carries on into adulthood as well. We crawl into bed, close our eyes, open our prayer, and promptly fall asleep. Is this the right way to pray? The Bible says it isn’t.

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Substitute Saviour?

We all worship idols, even though we may try our best not to. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we have in fact turned something into an idol. The thing that makes it most difficult is that we have become a society of idols. Everyone wants the latest and greatest thing or that big career jump that they think will turn them into what they perceive is a ‘somebody’ or give their life that ultimate purpose. For me I find that it is books and knowledge. I always seem to feel that if I read a particular book I will perhaps feel that I have a good knowledge of something, but of course no sense of enlightenment occurs once I have finished my reading, my knowledge has increased as it should and that should be all I expect from it, it is just a book after all. (Kind of reminds me of a definition of hell I once heard: ‘Hell is to execute an act of which nothing comes except to do it again’).

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Gouge Out My What??

Your eye!!!! Not only that, you have to cut off your hand and foot too!! Then we will only be able to see half as much, do half as much, and go half as far! Another passage that makes you scratch your head for a second until you read it right! But Christ does indeed say to do these things…

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Now I Lay me Down to Sleep

‘Now I lay me down to sleep…’ This is a phrase from one of the first bed time prayers that I had ever heard. It is probably the most recorded phrase heard in Christian themed stuffed animals as well. As Christian parents we encourage, and sometimes force, our children to say their prayers before bed. This seems to be a habit that carries on into adulthood as well. We crawl into bed, close our eyes, open our prayer, and promptly fall asleep. Is this the right way to pray? The Bible says it isn’t.

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Spiritual Warfare – Make War

Spiritual warfare is something that has been given increasing attention both inside the church and out. As Christians we are in a constant spiritual battle with the wrongs of the world today, the things that cause them, and the things in us that make us susceptible to sin. I find that one of the top things that I pray for is that God would help me defeat, or better yet, diffuse, any of the fuses that I have that may be lit and cause a ‘sin explosion’.

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Anger Management

I have to admit that anger is something that I struggle with and I am certain that I am not alone in this! We all get angry, whether it’s the kids, other cars on the road, situations with our spouses, or situations at work there is always something that has the ability to make us angry. But have no fear, it’s ok to get angry, anger is not a sin. It is anger gone wrong that becomes a sin.

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