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{Book Club} Lie #5: Meek and fearless

This week, in our study of “The Gospel According to Satan” by Jared C. Wilson”, we challenge the lie that “Your life is what you make it.” In the age of self, there is very little space for God and his magnificent gospel. However, during his life here on earth, Jesus Christ taught us that mankind’s power does not come from self-exaltation but rather in bowing meek and fearless before our Creator.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5
Matthew 5 verse 5 Blessed are the meek

Jared Wilson defines our meekness in Christ as weaponized weakness. This meekness is not acting as a doormat for others to walk all over you while pitying yourself. Instead, it involves self-denial without self-pity while acting as a vessel for the Holy Spirit. When we cultivate this meekness it can be a strong weapon against the spirit of our age which fiercely despises humility.

2 Corinthians 12 verse 9

Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Christ strength is made perfect in weakness. Where our strength ends there is space for him to do immeasurably more than we ever could out of our own strength. Wilson describes it so well when he states “Christian meekness is a fearless humility resting in the spiritual security of Christ,” (page 108). If we are not afraid of losing face, being misjudged or being underestimated, then the devil has no hold on us. Satan wants us to be full of pride because the fall from our high horse gives him great pleasure.

Christian meekness is a fearless humility

You are only owed one thing

In our previous post, we touched on the lie that God is holding out on us. This lie so easily shapes our view of our relationship with God. If we really understand the gospel and our role in the salvation plan we will realize that God owes us absolutely nothing! We are all pitiful sinners who deserve judgement and eternal damnation (see Romans 3:23 and Ephesians 2:2). But God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to die on our behalf so that we will have everlasting life with him (John 3:16). He has already done everything for us. We owe him our lives. He does not owe us health and prosperity.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23
Romans 6 verse 23

All the self-help books offer the same solution to every problem: You. According to these authors, you are the answer to all your problems, which all originate from your sinful nature. That does not make much sense: we cannot rescue ourselves from the mess we’ve created for ourselves. Only the Lord can sort us out by rescuing and remaking us. Just as God covered Adam and Eve in the Garden right after they sinned, so he covers us from our sins.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

Ephesians 2:4-5

God made the world good (Genesis 1:31) but we, the crown of his creation, could not appreciate his goodness and deserve his curse. Jesus Christ is the answer to the curse with his perfect life, death and resurrection. He is the first of many who will be resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:20). One day soon Christ will return to the earth and establish a new creation where we can dwell with him forever (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).

“This world is what we’ve made of it. A cursed land where Satan roams freely. But the world we long for is the one the Lord is making through his Son and Spirit.

Hell will be full of self-made men.

There is only one thing left to do: deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him (Luke 9:23)”

Page 114, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C Wilson

Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of the books studied by Nettie’s Book Club. I am not profiting from the sale of these books. I will carefully select books that have had a significant impact on my faith. My goal is simply to share the wisdom in these books with others so we can assess and apply the wisdom of these authors to grow in understanding of our faith together.

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