FROM THE PASTOR:
BEATITUDES / THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (Mathew 5:1-12)
BLESSED ARE THE MEEK: FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
“Earth” means the whole of your outer experience, and to “inherit the earth” means to have dominion over that outer experience; that is to say, to have power to bring your conditions of life into harmony and true success. “All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord”. “His soul shall dwell at ease, and his seed (prayers) shall inherit the earth”. “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice”. So we see that when the Bible talks about the earth, possessing the earth, governing the earth, making the earth glorious, and so forth, it is referring to the conditions of our lives from our bodily health outwards to the farthest point in our affairs. So this text undertakes to tell us how we may possess, or govern, to be the masters of our own lives and destinies.
The true significance of the word “meek” in the Bible is a mental attitude. It is this mental attitude which is the secret of “prosperity” or success in prayer. It is a combination of open-mindedness, faith in God and the realization that the Will of God for us is always something joyous and interesting and vital, and much better than anything we could think of for ourselves. This state of mind also includes a perfect willingness to allow this Will of God to come about in whatever way Divine Wisdom considers to be best, rather than in some particular way that we have chosen for ourselves.
To be continued next week …
Rev. Louis Reddy Maramreddy