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How God Grows His Children: Step Two

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Dad-childBlessed are those who mourn, because they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:4, NASB

Mourning is the cry of a spiritual newborn drawing first breath in God’s world. Before we are reborn we live in sin, like a womb where everything exists for us alone. Then we are born into God’s kingdom, and we cry out in shock that we are no longer the center of everything. But our heavenly Father pulls us to his chest to embrace his newborn child. He lifts us up, wipes our tears, and assures us of his loving presence. Then he begins to feed us and help us walk toward spiritual growth. He comforts us when we are overwhelmed by this big world with its many unknowns. God cannot comfort those who are unwilling to mourn.

Learning to obey the heavenly Father is an ongoing process for his children. Every day we must offer our stubborn will to him again. There will be tears of mourning when we fall or when we are disciplined. And in those times, instead of demanding “God, get me out of this,” we must ask, “God, what can I get out of this? What will you teach me from this?” The comfort of God’s presence enables our obedience and trust. He is growing us in discipleship to send us on mission.

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

Matthew 5:5, NASB

Children go to kindergarten to learn to share their toys, play with others, and obey their teachers. They learn not to hit other children or pitch tantrums. God teaches us gentleness as we learn to depend on him and love others as ourselves. He calls it his great commandment. Total dependence on our Father produces a gentle approach to life. He is growing the heart of a disciple who can love others as he loves us. Those who share gentleness with others are heirs to God’s kingdom.

Of course, the world does not see it that way. The world adores those who are brash and loud. But the gentle are adored by those who know them best. Gentleness does not mean we are forbidden to express strong feelings. But a gentle response to life should replace volatile reaction for a maturing child of God. That kind of gentleness springs from the assurance of God’s presence, and it frees us from the need to response to every threat—real or perceived. Be gentle today!

— Mark Powers

P.S. THIS POST MARKS ONE FULL YEAR OF POSTS ON THIS SITE!  Thanks for being a reader.  May God use what He has taught me to inspire and grow you as His disciple and missionary in your world.  Please leave a comment on what God has done in your life through this Blog.  Thanks.


Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

One thought on “How God Grows His Children: Step Two

  1. Thanks for the year of your blog. May Gid continue to use this to teach and guide!

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