Tag: James 4:6-10

We need more grace!

Scripture reading for October 8th: Jeremiah 27, 28, 29, 24, James 4

Key Scriptures: James 4:6-10 “But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

James speaks plainly to the church concerning their need for God’s grace. Pride was causing quarreling and fighting and division in the church. God opposes the proud. Satan’s pride got him thrown out of heaven and he was seeking to cause division here. In order to get God’s grace, humility and submission to God was required. The humble must draw near to God through Jesus Christ and find cleansing through repentance and faith in the promises of God. Mocking and laughter concerning sins will only bring God’s opposition. Humility and repentance will bring life and exaltation.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I need more grace. I humbly draw near to You each day for strength and truth to resist the devil and live victoriously.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.””

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Grace to the Humble!

Scripture reading for November 5th:  James 4, Psalm 71, Proverbs 5

Key Scriptures:  James 4:6-10  “But He gives more grace.  Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep.  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  

James knew what he needed and the people of God would need as they walked through this pride-filled world influenced by demonic power.  More grace was the antidote that would keep them all on the right path.  James taught that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (Proverbs 3:34)   He encouraged all people to humble themselves before God by drawing near to Him to confess sin and receive cleansing.  God would draw near to them and exalt them in due time.

Faith Confession:  I humbly draw near to God and seek Him for forgiveness and grace to share His mighty works of salvation in my old age, to those who are coming behind me.  I praise Jesus Christ for His righteousness and grace to His people.

Psalm 71:17-18 “O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds.  So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come.”  

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Grace to the humble!

Scripture reading for November 5th:  Jeremiah 37-40, James 4

Key Scriptures: James 4:6-10 “But He gives more grace.  Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep.  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” 

Pride is a terrible sin.  It got the devil kicked out of heaven as he is the ‘king of the proud.’  Pride keeps us from admitting that we are sinners in great need of God’s amazing grace.  It keeps us from true repentance and life.  The remedy is to resist the devil and draw near to the throne of Grace by Jesus Christ.  Humble repentance will bring cleansing and exaltation.

Jeremiah 37:19-20 “Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, ‘The king of Babylon will not come against you and against this land?’ Now hear, please, O my lord the king:  Let my humble plea come before you and do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, lest I die there.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I humbly draw near to You, the only King who can save me.  Help me to resist the devil and the pride that easily ensnares me and receive Your abundant grace.  Amen.

 

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Thankful for a humble heart!

Scripture reading for April 13th:  2nd Kings 21-24

Key Scriptures: 2nd Kings 22:17-19  “Because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods and provoked Me to anger by all the idols their hands have made, My anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.  Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people. . .I have heard you,” declares the Lord.”

Josiah was very young when he became king.  He sought to do what was right in God’s eyes and inquired of Him for direction.  God revealed His plan of discipline for Judah because of the idolatry in the land.  But because of Josiah’s tender heart and responsiveness, Josiah would not see the judgment.

Thankful for God’s Mercy:  God gives grace to the humble who honor Him and tremble at His Word!  “But He gives us more grace.  That is why Scripture says:  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  . . .Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”  (James 4:6, 10)

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