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Get Out Of Your Own Way

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Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to living a Godly, Christ -centered life. We need to recognize that often it is our efforts that hinder our success the most. We need to re-think our approach, learn God's plan, and get out of our own way.

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Introduction

In Guideposts, Ronald Pinkerton describes a near accident he had while hang gliding. He had launched his hang glider and been forcefully lifted 4,200 feet into the air. As he was descending, he was suddenly hit by a powerful new blast of air that sent his hang glider plummeting toward the ground.
I was falling at an alarming rate. Trapped in an airborne riptide, I was going to crash! Then I saw him—a red-tailed hawk. He was six feet off my right wingtip, fighting the same gust I was …
I looked down: 300 feet from the ground and still falling. The trees below seemed like menacing pikes.
I looked at the hawk again. Suddenly he banked and flew straight downwind. Downwind! If the right air is anywhere, it’s upwind! The hawk was committing suicide.
Two hundred feet. From nowhere the thought entered my mind: Follow the hawk. It went against everything I knew about flying. But now all my knowledge was useless. I was at the mercy of the wind. I followed the hawk.
One hundred feet. Suddenly the hawk gained altitude. For a split second I seemed to be suspended motionless in space. Then a warm surge of air started pushing the glider upward. I was stunned. Nothing I knew as a pilot could explain this phenomenon. But it was true: I was rising.
On occasion we all have similar “downdrafts” in our lives, reversals in our fortunes, humiliating experiences. We want to lift ourselves up, but God’s Word, like that red-tailed hawk, tells us to do just the opposite. God’s Word tells us to dive—to humble ourselves under the hand of God. If we humble ourselves, God will send a thermal wind that will lift us up.
Larson, C. B. (2002). 750 engaging illustrations for preachers, teachers & writers (pp. 254–255). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
As we reflect back on what we have learned so far about the fruits of the Spirit, we are reminded that each of these virtues are opposite from what our flesh desires. Whatever our natural impulse would be, it is safe to say that God’s way is opposite. We have learned that each fruit of the Spirit is an ability that we have been granted by the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit since we have become born again. But, it is an ability that must be acted on, a decision that we must make to consciously walk after the Spirit.
Today’s fruit or virtue is meekness.
“MEEKNESS — an attitude of humility toward God and gentleness toward people, springing from a recognition that God is in control.”
- Nelson’s new Illustrated Bible Dictionary
“This is the opposite of self-assertion, rudeness, and harshness. It suggests having one’s emotions under control. But it does not suggest weakness. It is the mean between one who is angry all the time and one who is never angry. One who is controlled by God is angry at the right time but never angry at the wrong time.”
- Walvoord
So since meekness is a gentleness that comes from humility and the recognition that God is in control, it is an act of Spiritual rebellion against the flesh that would resort to self assertion, rudeness, and harshness.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to living a Godly, Christ -centered life. We need to recognize that often it is our efforts that hinder our success the most. We need to re-think our approach, learn God's plan, and get out of our own way.

Walk in Meekness

Ephesians 4:1–2 KJV 1900
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Walk = steps leading in the same direction
Vocation = calling
God has called us to conform the image of Christ.
This requires that we get ourselves, our egos, our passions, our desires and our priorities out of our own way
We are to walk , make a habit of deciding, to be meek… gentle, without noise and fierceness when we deal with each other within the Body of Christ.

Learn With Meekness

James 1:21 KJV 1900
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
In order to learn the Word, we must put aside sinful desires
In order to learn the Word, we must put aside prideful passions
In order to learn the Word, we must, with meekness and humility, admit that we do not know all we need to know.
In order to learn the Word, we must be teachable, realizing that undoubtedly there are areas where we are still wrong and must be corrected.

Answer with Meekness

Meekness will demonstrate the nature of your wisdom
James 3:13 KJV 1900
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
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James 3:17–18 KJV 1900
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Always be ready with meekness not pride about your own knowledge or ability.
1 Peter 3:15 KJV 1900
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Lead With Meekness

Titus 3:1–2 KJV 1900
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Teach others submission to authority
Demonstrate meekness toward all men of all walks of life.

Win the Lost With Meekness

1 Peter 3:1–4 KJV 1900
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
External Christian fashion is not nearly as effective as a submissive spirit.
The lost can be won by meek deeds not nagging words
God values the meek and quiet spirit.

Win the Backslider With Meekness

2 Timothy 2:24–25 KJV 1900
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
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Strife comes when our pride is hurt
Strife comes when it is a battle of wills rather than a battle for truth.
Often volume replaces reason when one does not trust the truth in his own argument.
James 3:14–16 KJV 1900
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
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Instruct, don’t argue.
Be patient, keep at it.
Realize that God needs to give them repentance.
Realize that they do not oppose you, they oppose themselves.

Restore the Fallen With Meekness

Galatians 6:1 KJV 1900
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Brothers can be snared
you can only reach the other when you get out of your own way.
Realize you can fall too… let that fact keep you humble.
We cannot have one spark of real humility till we are abased before God, as guilty, helpless, and undone creatures, who have no hope but in the tender mercy of God in Christ Jesus.
CHARLES SPURGEON
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