Hope for the humble and anxious

June 14, 2015 Preacher: Scott Hollingshead Series: Hope when life is hard

Topic: Hope Scripture: 1 Peter 5:5–5:7

1 Peter 5:5-7

BIG IDEA: the Christian is free in Christ to enjoy the grace of humility by casting their anxieties on God.

1. Humility toward elders
5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders

1 Thessalonians 5:13 says, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.”

2. Humility towards people
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility towards one another-

John 13 when Jesus “laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. The he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (John 13:4-5)

for, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
5 ways pride manifests itself:
1. Self-reliance (Deut 8:17)- Forget God
2. Self-satisfaction (Hosea 13:6)- I don’t want God
3. Self-trust- (Prov 28:26)- I don’t need God
4. Self-selected obedience (Jer 13:9-10)- I call the shots as God
5. Self-enthronement (Acts 12:21-23)- I am God

Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get. But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

3. Humility towards God
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God,-

Why?- so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

How? 7 casting your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

RESPONSE: Put trust into action. What anxiety do you need to lay on God right now? Philippians 4:6, “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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