Oar people learn much from our conduct, and if they see us fretting they will be certain to do the same.6. H. This includes a deep sense of the malignity and evil of sin, which brings all our sorrows, as committed against a holy God and a righteous law, and also especially its aggravation, as against a God of love and of grace, as revealed in the gospel. 1. Another consideration here suggested is that all resistance is vain: "the mighty hand of God" is uncontrollable. While society is formed of different ranks and orders, there is an intimate union between them, and a constant dependence of the parts on each other. Such a precept as this CANNOT BE SUPPOSED TO INCULCATE AN ENTIRE NEGLIGENCE, OR A TOTAL INATTENTION, TO OUR EXTERNAL SITUATION IN LIFE. It is a heavy load that is to be cast upon God, and it requires the hand of prayer and the hand of faith to make the transfer. Second, the proud person will also dishonor and hurt others, and even ruin his or her own life. Cast all your anxiety on him because he … This has been the course the Lord has kept with her (Psalm 129:1-4). (7) The appointed time for the lifting up is the due time, the time fittest for it, wherein it will come most seasonably. So far as the burden of sin is concerned, the believing, trusting soul says, "Thank God all is well. (Hebrews 12:2). One part I do, one part goes undone, and the third part does itself." But it is only in appearance that these cases are exceptions to the principle stated in the text. A character that is complete. 1. He is begotten again unto a lively hope, but he fears that his faith will yet die. This is the philosophy of reverence and humility as enrichers of life and mainsprings of activity. (1) We are not only subjects of the Divine government, but we are guilty creatures, under the condemnation of the law of God. One point concerning which I should like every one of us to humble ourselves under the hand of God is about our little enjoyment of Divine things.IV. The stream of providence perpetually rolls on with an impetuous current; and he who ventures to oppose it shall only fatigue himself and waste his strength and spirits in vain. We derive everything from God: In Him we live and move, and have our being." 1. 1. What if you be a sinner! It is indeed a virtue so remote from meanness of spirit, that it is no bad sign of a great and exalted mind. Let us consider this subject of care or anxiety, first, in some of its negative aspects.1. When this adjective is in the singular and is used with a singular noun with the article as it is here, it means “the whole” of something. 8. There are cares about how God's work is to be carried on. )Earthly and heavenly careBp. Thus they "cast all their care on God." We will consider the lifting up as brought about in time, which is the partial lifting up. (1) A partial lifting up, competent to the humbled in time during this life (Psalm 30:1). 2. But with this inevitable submission there may be great pride of heart, expressing itself in murmuring and unholy rebellion; expressing itself in sinful efforts to get away from the suffering and in a determination not to realise it, and not to be thoroughly loyal in our thoughts and feelings as to our circumstances. Some things implied in it. Only he who strives to bear by his own might, and in his own strength, the grievous ills of life is broken by them. Be sure that you are interested in Christ, and that you rely on His merits and mediation.2. III. Prayer tells God what the care is, and asks God to help, while faith believes that God can and will do it. Behold the lilies how they grow.3. Even then He does not force the man's will; but He means that he shall for once look squarely at the impotence of self, that he shall for once confess to himself the fact that self has exhausted its resources, that the world cannot help him, that he has nothing in heaven or earth but God. But the believer has been made a new creature in Christ Jesus. The way of salvation is, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ." )The mighty hand of GodJ. Can you say that your life is without any burdens, concerns, or worries? 1 Peter 5:6-14 Growing Solid Through Suffering; Here is a sample of Cole's preaching style from his introductory sermon on 1 Peter - After an extensive tour of the United States some years ago, the late, well-known German pastor and theologian Helmut Thielicke was asked what he saw as the greatest defect among American Christians. Patience is another good fruit of humility, with which we may join the kindred grace of submission. See, He has called us to be His sons, will He starve His children? 5. HUMILITY BECOMES US AS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST. 4. They may oppose, they may persecute. There are some clothes in which a man cannot work. III. He conversed with our Lord for three years. It is not casting care upon God when a man does that which is wrong in order to clear himself; yet this is too often tried. Is it not in persecution, where the hand of man is most evident? God does not hold out His arms to our burdens unconditionally; He is willing to take the burden on His hand, if we ourselves will come and stay under His hand, not otherwise. We are to submit to the Divine arrangements in the Church. MAN'S CARE. The knife was at Isaac's throat before the voice was heard (2 Corinthians 1:8, 9). Amen." Yet there is a way whereby all excess of anxiety may be effectually removed. The birches bowed their backs, but sprang up again when the burden was removed. He applies himself with earnestness to understand his duties, and to meet the approval of his employer. The next point of humility is that we are conscious of our own incompetence to do anything aright. Can that be excessive? "(The Weekly Pulpit. III. (1) This lifting up does not take place in every case of a child of God. Has He laid us low? Anything which is a transgression of God's command is sin, and if there were no other command, the one in our text being broken would involve us in iniquity. Only through the communications of the Blessed Spirit are we able to do anything as we ought. And now we shall see how these three sentiments of adoration, trust, and obedience necessarily affect our relation towards our fellow men. The most hopeful way of avoiding the humbling affliction is to humble yourself. Who does not know it by experience? Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1–2, 1 Peter 4:7–10. IV. Strange that it should be so! De Witt Talmage.It was an "ice time" in New England. I. Then observe, again, that this recognition must be of the hand, from which there is no escape: "the mighty hand of God." "Anxiety;" perplexing, dividing, cutting thought. But we may further think of God's precise knowledge of our anxieties.3. If man goes up too high, or God is put down too low, then evil is sure to follow. These notes can be helpful for individual study of the Word or for small group Bible studies. Sink lower down. "Casting," says the apostle. Whether we are facing the irritations of a mosquito or the charge of a lion or elephant, the whole of life is to be cast on Him. The Bible would say that he is just within reach of his best. The worldly spirit either repines under misfortune, or is disconsolate; or, at the best, bears up with a mere animal fortitude; it finds no comfort but such as is afforded by the vain world. Do not be so vain as to dictate to God how you ought to be saved. He is not a rigid exacter of the things to which he has an undoubted right; he can overlook many faults; he is not greatly provoked at those slights which put vain persons out of all patience. It serves to remind us of the unchanging faithfulness and love of God. There is a world before us. But there are kinds of care so purely selfish, so earthly, so poisoned with envy, avarice, or the passion for admiration, that they are evil irrespective of all questions of more or less. 2. It is there that our danger lies. His care of all the creatures He has made, and all that is involved in giving to each his "meat in due season."2. WHAT IS MEANT BY BEING CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY. Is not this sympathy with people utterly different from ourselves a special gift to a few individuals, commonly women rather than men? Humility consisteth in having a low opinion of ourselves as compared with others, whether with God or with our fellow creatures. Cease, then, from man; cast all your care upon God, and upon Him only. (NASB). He is blind to every comfortable circumstance that may enter into his lot. Is there any human sentiment more disinterested, pure, and fervent than a mother's love? I want to show how the spirit which refuses to give up its dividing anxiety to God is allied to pride, and unbecoming a child in the household of a Divine Father who cares for him. There was no inconsistency between the two. Did I hear you say, "Alas, sir, I want to get comfort"? Let others be praised in thy presence; object nothing; his disparagement increases not thy worth. A young lady had consecrated herself to the work of missions, and was about to go to India. "The mighty hand of God."1. )Casting all your care upon HimThe pride of careM. It is a direct fighting against God (Isaiah 45:9). Humility is essential to the growth of the soul in holiness and grace. (6) Settle it in your heart that there is need of all the humbling circumstances you are put in (1 Peter 1:6). A. Slade, M. A.There is nothing which more peculiarly marks the character of the faithful Christian than the manner in which he submits to the dispensations of God. Then observe, again, that this recognition must be of the hand, from which there is no escape: "the mighty hand of God." In the Church, emphatically, we are to "humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God."4. He recognises the risk of it being plucked off or laid aside. It is not a chance, it is not an accident, there is a "hand" in it. Christ makes us humble by showing us our design. Is there not a cause? Humble yourselves, that is, be lowly. All his springs are in God. I will give you certain reasons, and then the reason why you should cast all your care upon God.1. Learn how well it becomes us to unite in the devotional triumph of David, "Happy is he who hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God."4. I have realised that my blessed Saviour 'bore the huge burden away'; but it is the little cares of every day life." There can be no fretfulness in it, and no sort of fear and despair.1. It is not for his own ease or reputation that he has been caring. (2) Of inferiority in relations, whereby men are set in the lower place in relations and society, and made to depend on others (1 Corinthians 7:24). Cyrus played only with those more skilful than himself, lest he should shame them by his victory, that he might learn something of them, and do them civilities.(J. Feeling himself to be a condemned sinner, and beholding the Lamb of God "made a curse for him" and bearing His sins in His own body on the tree, all self-confidence and self-righteousness will die out of his soul. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, A Sermon to Ministers and Other Tried Believers, Humble Yourselves Under the Mighty Hand of God, Humbling of the Spirit, in Humbling Circumstances, Humiliation of Soul Under God's Mighty Hand, The Conduct Becoming Church Members Towards the Elders of the Church, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, Humbling of the spirit, in humbling circumstances, Humiliation of soul under God's mighty hand, A sermon to ministers and other tried believers. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." These are circumstances —(1) Of imperfection. "And he said, it is the Lord: let Him do what seemeth Him good" (2 Samuel 16:10). As we cast the whole of our care on the Lord, the need is not only to know that God cares for each of us, but to know that in His care, He is seeking to conform us into the image and character of the Savior (James 1:2-4). The lifting up process is first of all a humbling process; the way up is always the way down; the way of death, dying to self-control, is the way of life, the way of becoming a humble servant who gives his life for others as the Savior did for us (1 Pet. You must mourn, to have your sorrow turned into joy.4. In the third place, man should be humble because he is A SINFUL BEING. We dishonour God when we suspect His tenderness and generosity. For that to occur, it is necessary (1 Pet. J. Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1–4. He hopes to devour you by care.I. I beseech thee, cast this care upon God for He careth for you. Thus He trains us for duty here and for rest hereafter. "No more projects for going to the heathen," she wrote. Be a little child, and come and believe in the salvation which is revealed in Jesus Christ. There is still another consideration under this head which strengthens the motive for humility. When your sin is confessed, then acknowledge that if justice were carried out towards you, apart from undeserved grace, you would be sent to hell. The worldly spirit either repines under misfortune, or is disconsolate; or, at the best, bears up with a mere animal fortitude; it finds no comfort but such as is afforded by the vain world. Now how are we to be freed from a burden which is so embarrassing? Besides, the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting of ourselves into His place, to do for Him that which we dream He either cannot or will not do; we attempt to think of that which we fancy He will forget; or we labour to take upon ourselves that burden which He either is not able or willing to carry for us. Recognise this, and instead of seeking to have your own way about anything, try to find out God's way, and follow that way by the leading of the Saviour and by the grace of the Holy Ghost. (2) It is no easy thing to humble men's spirits; it is not little that will do it; it is a work that is not soon done. Consider —(1) Humiliation of spirit "is in the sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:4). Scripture 1 Peter 5 Sort Bible Verse. Whatever care is right at all is right here, as well as hereafter. (3) Humbling of self before a personal, great, and loving God is true humility. But the reason of reasons is that contained in our text — "He careth for you." Take no thought for the morrow as tomorrow, as something lying outside of our control, held by God's hand for purposes of His own. Anxiety, according to its derivation, is that which distracts and racks the mind, and answers better to the original word, Which signifies a dividing thing, something which distracts the heart and separates it from God. He is a better man, a more efficient man, by humbling himself under God's hand and letting God take care of him. (1) Fix it in your heart to seek some spiritual improvement of the conduct of Providence towards you (Micah 6:9). Blessed is the man who, having done his best, can settle himself calmly into God's order for him, put anxiety behind him at the end of each day's work, reckon results as God's alone, believe that God takes care of ships and harvests as well as of rituals and revelations, and so cast every burdensome care on Him.2. As a loving Father, God uses suffering or the experience of the tests and trials of life as tools to get our attention and to cause us to grow. It forces our faith to the surface, puts it to work, and purifies it from a life of dependence on ourselves and our solutions like possessing the details of life (cf. Remark the language of the text; "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God"; it is not enough that we be humbled, in a worldly sense, by the stroke of misfortune; that is a consequence, which may of necessity ensue: the loss of possession may drive us into needy solitude; the loss of health destroy our energy and activity; the loss of reputation bring us to shame; the loss of friends oblige us to mourn, from the very feelings of nature; but all this while there may be no humility of heart.(J. There will always, whilst we are on the earth, remain much to be done, much to be attained. Turn your eyes which way you will on the Divine providence, ye may conclude thence, that in due time the humble will be lifted up(a) Observe the providence of God in the revolutions of the whole course of nature, day succeeding to the longest night, a summer to the winter, a waxing to a waning of the moon, a flowing to an ebbing of the sea, etc. 20:34). Confess the weakness of your hand. THE ARGUMENT WHICH THE APOSTLE HERE USETH TO PERSUADE US TO THIS DUTY of casting all our care upon God, because it is He that eateth for us.1. Has He laid us low? The advantages of this grace are not confined to temporal consequences; they extend to a future and eternal state. And how sweet is this! To accomplish the happiness of such a being it is necessary that both of these should be free from disquietude. Doubtless there are some minds that never thought of it as possible that any care about their spiritual salvation and the things of religion could be wrong. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time." (6) Settle it in your heart that there is need of all the humbling circumstances you are put in (1 Peter 1:6). This is one, then, of the ways in which Christ rescued and exalted humility. This assurance will prompt us to tell Him, with all openness of heart, whatsoever oppresses us. It is not merely coming to God with our failures, and asking Him to make them good, but it is confessing also that our unaided self is the worst failure of all, and saying frankly to our heavenly Father, "Without Thee I can do nothing." He is a better man, a more efficient man, by humbling himself under God's hand and letting God take care of him. "Where is boasting" here? The same wisdom which made us capable of perception, judgment, and forethought, watches over all our mental operations. Nay, exalt thy brother, if truth and God's glory need it. Never be ashamed of birth, parents, trade, or poverty. I should like to see you lower than that, till you cry, "I am afraid I never knew what it is to be brokenhearted." Time makes no halting, it is running day and night; so the due time is fast coming.2. I close the description of this matter by saying that in the most frightful manner cares have brought many to the poisoned cup, the halter, and the knife, and hundreds to the madhouse. In Matthew 6:25-34, the Lord Jesus used basically the same argument to counter anxiety and wrong priorities because of our proneness to anxiety and self-trust. Humility opens the pathway to all knowledge. "The hand of God, the mighty hand." These make excellent sermon illustrations. Now, God having placed us in these circumstances of inferiority, all refractoriness is a rising up against His mighty hand (Romans 13:2). Now it is possible to begin with that kind of care which signifies attention, and to go on to that which signifies anxiety. This is seen in the final clause of this sentence. Live daily by faith on God Himself, as your all-sufficient portion through the Redeemer; and then you may cheerfully leave it with Him either to wound or to heal, to exalt or to lay low.3. If you would live without anxious care, and would maintain habitual trust in God amidst the dangers and trials of life, look on this life as your pilgrimage, and long for heaven as your home. Again her face was turned eastward, when the sister's husband died, and five little orphans had no soul on earth to care for them but herself. 4. GOD'S CARE. If it irritates, it impresses and convinces. This sermon looks at the life and legacy she has created and lived. Secondly, the partial lifting up itself. There is need of a digging deep for a thorough humiliation in the work of conversion (Luke 6:48). (5) The picture of the arm of the flesh. (5) The Word of God puts it beyond all peradventure, which, from the beginning to the end, is the humbled saint's security for a lifting up (Psalm 119:49, 50). The Rev. Let others be praised in thy presence; object nothing; his disparagement increases not thy worth.3. Neither ought Christians to conjure up imaginary troubles, or to anti-date their troubles. Somebody must carry these cares. If God put His "mighty hand" upon us, intending to keep us under it, we know of a surety that we cannot escape. Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1–2. It brings us into "immediate fellowship with God; it establishes an interchange of thought and trustful love between our hearts and His. 13:22; Luke 21:34). You have to cast the load upon the Lord; the act will require effort. A. 2. 2. Yet if you would come to the heights of holy living with Christ and His saints, you must learn that impatience does not cease to be impious because it goes to church, nor does a complaining spirit honour the Redeemer though it uses the vocabulary of piety. In your affliction humble yourself by confessing that you deserve all that you are suffering.3. But, further, these anxious cares very frequently lead to other sins, sometimes to overt acts of transgression. (b) Observe the providence of God in the dispensations thereof about the man Christ, the most august object thereof, more valuable than a thousand worlds (Colossians 2:9). 1. This is not the way to dispose of care. 3. 1. The tradesman poured out to his friend all the story of his troubles; and then that friend said, "Don't you trouble any more about it. II. 1. 3. Why worry therefore, if we are His concern. J. He does not say, "laying all your care upon Him," but he uses a much more energetic word. M. 2. 3. How great is their peace, and their joy in the light of the Divine countenance. St. Peter meets these questions in the second part of the text: "Be clothed with humility." You see something of the same kind in ordinary matters. THE BLESSED REMEDY TO BE APPLIED. Now there is a due time for both these.3. I know, of course, that the question may be put: Have we not sometimes seen self-conceited people in prominent places? Perhaps He allows them to get the prominent position and then prove conspicuously unfit for it; which is (to one of any worth) the sorest kind of failure. "If Shimei curse, let him curse, for God hath sent him." But, more than that, humble yourself so as to submit entirely to God's will. There must be a principle that reconciles these apparent disagreements. This lies in two things. Let me now direct my exhortation to those who have taken the glorious Jehovah for their refuge and their trust. If your anxiety is only about your salvation as a selfish and exclusive thing, it is earthly care, and needs to be cast off.(Bp. It is only when He is forgotten, or His presence is faintly and fitfully realised, other things assume a disproportionate importance. Frequently our heavenly Father's design in sending trial to His children is to make and keep them humble; let us remember this, and learn a lesson of wisdom. The word used in reference to God is applied to caring for the poor, and in another place to the watchfulness of a shepherd. Our encouragement, even as intimated in this one verse, is great. Humble yourself. That we renounce all confidence in the creature, and place our trust in God alone. 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