• Pastor Jonathan Painter

March 8, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

Thank you for taking the time to take a look at our weekly newsletter today!


THE PASTOR'S PEN

The following writing is a copy of the Pastor's notes from Sunday's message.


“THE BENEFITS OF HUMILITY”

I Peter 5:5-9


As children of God, we all have a common enemy. We see him referenced in our opening passage. The Scriptures tell us that he walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. We are admonished to resist the Devil with our steadfast faith in God.


However, we run the risk of creating a second enemy with which we will fight. This is an Enemy we should not be against. “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5) When we allow pride to creep into our hearts we begin to create an Enemy of our own Father. We are told that He resisteth the proud. Only a fool would allow such a powerful Ally to become his Enemy. Yet, we might do so with the pride of our hearts.

The pride of man literally makes God sick. “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,” (Proverbs 6:16-17) We are told that pride is an abomination to God. He hates pride so much that when we become prideful in our hearts before Him He promises us that He will resist us thus making Him somewhat our Enemy.

Am I so powerful in my humanity to both withstand the attacks of Satan and the resistance of God? I should dare say I am not. Therefore I must be on my guard to not let pride have a foothold in my life.


While pride is a sin that will alienate us from God, humility is a trait that will draw us closer. We are promised that if we draw nigh to God that He will draw nigh to us. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” (James 4:8) Yet we cannot draw night to God without humility. When we humble ourselves before God there are three things we will receive from God.

Protection (I Peter 5:6)

Notice how the verse says that we are to humble ourselves UNDER the mighty hand of God. When I will have humility I get to live under the protection of God’s mighty hand. (Illustrate with an umbrella) He will not be my Enemy and resist me, but rather my shielding protection.

Exaltation (I Peter 5:6)

It is natural for human beings to desire praise and recognition. However, we are instructed in Scripture that we should not seek our own praise. “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2) To seek our own praise and recognition is a sign of pride.


However, we are promised through our humility that God will exalt us in due time. Wait and trust that God will reward your humility when He is pleased to do so.

Encouragement (I Peter 5:7)

When we are humble God invites us to give him our frustrations and our burdens. He becomes the outlet for our emotions. He is the one we should run to when we are feeling low. This is one of the benefits of humility.


In fact, the very act of taking him our frustrations requires humility in and of itself. For, before I can take Him my burdens, I must acknowledge the burdens that I have and recognize that they are more than I can handle without His help. This thought then drives me to cast my care upon Him! I can bring them to Him because He cares for me.

Might we even just rest in that thought for a moment? God cares for you and I. He is absolutely concerned with what goes on in our world, and he wants to help us if we are humble before Him.


There are benefits to being humble before God. He does not want to resist you, or fight against you, but rather to be your friend.

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY


We had another great week here at Lincoln Baptist Church with seven precious souls trusting Christ as their Saviour and a Sunday Morning attendance of 156. Our busses were well-filled bringing in 65 riders.

On Friday night we had our Youth Rally Open house with Pastor John Mcqueen as our guest speaker. We had a total of nineteen young people who joined us for a great time of food, fellowship, games, and of course good old fashioned preaching.



ATTENTION - IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR COFFEE WITH PASTOR

Coffee with Pastor was launched on March 22, 2020, as a method of encouragement in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have continued broadcasting this series for almost exactly two years now. In that time we have produced and posted 222 videos to YouTube. We intend to continue producing meaningful videos that will be a blessing to our church folks. In an effort to do this we will be stepping back our broadcast production during the month of March in order to work on some of the background details for future episodes. We will be planning to relaunch weekly broadcasts again in April. Thank you for your patience as we continue working to improve our production.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEEKLY MEDIA OUTPUT

While the Devil tries to push his agenda through the world's media every day, we are trying to fight back as a church. We are trying to release new media content on a daily basis in an effort to keep Christian's minds on spiritual things seven days a week. We should give our minds to God and think about Him at some point every day! As a church, we are hoping to help our members be able to do so. Here are just a couple of the content matters we offer on a weekly basis.



Every Wednesday we share motivating and stirring sermons both from men of God in our day as well as men of God from the past.

 

Every Tuesday Pastor puts out a short podcast specifically for our teenagers in the church. He speaks on topics that are meaningful specifically to our youth challenging them to please God even at their age.


 

Every Friday Pastor sends out an article on a family-related topic. This could be on marriage, child-rearing, relationships, or a whole host of other topics.



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