Be meek and humble to be in the Kingdom of God
Zephaniah 3:12 -
I will leave in your midst A meek and humble people, And they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
The word 'meek' does not mean to be poor. Most people mistake 'being meek in spirit' means to be poor in spirit; in fact God wants us to be the opposite, He wants us to be blessed abundantly in spirit.
The Hebrew word translated as meek comes from the root meaning to be occupied or burdened. We all are called to cast of our worldly burden but asked to take on a spiritual burden, the burden of Christ. No person can call himself a true disciple of Christ if he or she does not carry the burden of Christ. The burden of Christ is to shine the Light to the world and to bring salvation to all those who hear His voice.
Even though this burden is very, very huge yet we do not carry it all by ourselves. We have a Helper who helps us carry this huge burden. That is why Jesus said it is light as a feather, only if we abide by the Helper. We see almost all struggle to do God's work only because they do not truly abide by the Helper.
The other word 'humble' does not also mean to be poor but means 'to bring low' and this we are called to do with our inner-man that is to control the worldly desires of our heart. One of the greatest killer of many of the Kingdom of God is this one factor the lack of been humble in the heart. We all have seen very anointed and spiritually grown Men and Women of God fall like boulders from a mountain just for this one factor they do not control the desires of their heart.
Unless our desires are not the Lord's desires then we stand in the danger zone. God knows we being human will always have desires and it will take a long time before man completely overcome this, therefore He does say do not have desires but He says control them. Every desire or want we have should be scrutinized and put under hundreds of questions. The last questions should be 'can I do without it if it is not helping me in my spiritual life?'.
The Lord is telling us He is going to do an internal review of His Church team. He is going to clean out all the garbage that has filled His Church and only those who are meek and humble are going to be part of His construction company which builds His Church. He has taken this task very seriously now and time is running out for us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, it has been ages and your Church has been struggling not because it is no able but all because they do not follow your instructions and your purpose. They do not allow You to do the work through them, but try to do all in their own flesh using their carnal minds. Lord, we pray that more and more will be truly overwhelmed with your burden. That they allow You to work through them and they control the human desires of their hearts, so that your Body may be glorified and people come to know You. That You alone are Holy, You alone are Righteous and You alone are Truth...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
11 In that day you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds In which you transgress against Me; For then I will take away from your midst Those who rejoice in your pride, And you shall no longer be haughty In My holy mountain.
12 I will leave in your midst A meek and humble people, And they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
13 The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness And speak no lies, Nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; For they shall feed their flocks and lie down, And no one shall make them afraid."
28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
1 Corinthians 7:5 - Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
2 Peter 1: 5-7
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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