How to Grow in More Grace

There’s an expression, reading the word is like eating; meditating the word is like digesting.

It is through the process of meditation – of pondering, of speaking these truths to self, of muttering out loud the truths of God’s word that we really begin to mine it for the awesome treasures hidden in plain sight.

James 4, and the following verse in particular has revealed and yielded such treasures for me.

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Think about that for a minute.

It’s possible to have more grace!

What then is grace and how do I get to have more of it?

Without reinventing the wheel, grace is all that God is.  Grace is the unearned, unmerited favor of God to all mankind.

From James 4:6, we see that more grace is given to those that are humble.

There is no individual alive who is totally free from pride.

It is in our desire to be like Christ Jesus in being meek and humble;

in being totally dependent on God;

in resisting the temptation to exalt our limited knowledge over His own;

in trusting Him instead of leaning onto our own understanding,

that we resist the influences of pride and grow in His unlimited grace.

 So my friends, grace and peace be multiplied to us as we grow in the knowledge of God and Christ Jesus our Lord & Savior.

 

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7 thoughts on “How to Grow in More Grace”

  1. The book of James is my absolute favorite. I am a practical guy, and so was James.

    As usual, James first describes our problem and then tells us how we can fix our problem. Here, it is simply: our problem is being proud, and the solution is for us to become humble. This, is a nutshell, is simply about submission. God gives grace, and wants us to submit to Him. Satan, on the other hand, wants us to rely on ourselves and our own abilities. Satan wants us to be proud; and it was pride that caused Satan to fall in the first place, wasn’t it?

    The idea of God giving grace to those willing to become humble and submit while resisting those who are proud is repeated several times in God’s Word. This thought originates in the Book of Proverbs; in fact, James is basically quoting this passage in his:

    Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

    The Apostle Peter was also inspired to write on this topic:

    1 Peter 5:5 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.

    Just some thoughts from some writing I did on this very passage

    I like this one a lot friend, Thanks

    1. Wally,
      major thanks for this. I truly appreciate it. I will actually just use this comment as part 2, and post it, as it delves a bit deeper into growing in grace.
      You have nailed it precisely: humility can only come through submission. A beautiful word for those who are in relationship with God; an offensive word for those who essentially want to continue in their pride/rebellion.

      Thanks greatly again.
      Stay Blessed.

      1. Awesome! That is quite an honor

        Submission is beautiful. I personally take great comfort in it. And I am NOT a submissive person at all. If you looked up Type A personality, you would see my picture LOL. So, submission takes away the burden I feel to run every show.

      2. I used to think of submission or to submit as being inferior.
        Now I know without a doubt how totally wrong I was.
        Jesus totally submitted to His Father because He had total trust in Abba God’s authority.

        Another revelation for me was – nothing will submit to my authority if I’m not submitted to His authority.
        It’s a humbling word and action that brings about exaltation.

        I know I’m preaching to the choir 🙂
        Thanks greatly for your input.

      3. “Another revelation for me was – nothing will submit to my authority if I’m not submitted to His authority.”

        That is a truism for believing men especially. If we want to be able to fulfill our roles as leaders, then showing the submission we are required to show is the first step. Too many of us think being strong and overpowering is the say to lead, when in fact the complete opposite is true. Again, thanks for some good insight.

  2. There are at least a couple of times when God told a prophet to eat a scroll. Of course, in Revelation, John ate a small book. Eating scrolls and books does take at least a bit of humility.

    I suspect the only way to become humble is to love. After all, that ultimately is what God requires of us. And what is love? Instead of thinking about and caring for our self, it is thinking about and caring for someone else.

    1. Hi CT,
      thanks so much for this!
      The first 3 sentences brought a smile to my face because I just responded to Wally, that it’s only in being humble that we can be exalted.
      So true – at the center of all pride is self; doesn’t matter if we’re arrogant (think much of self) or shy (think less of self)…we’re still thinking of self.
      Once we can focus on loving & caring for someone else, we’re guaranteed to have self out of the way. So true.

      [Aside: I saw Zande’s article with the hilarious and outright deceptive title Most Rabbis think Passover and other OT Stories are Fiction

      I decided to check on the source- Rabbi Adam Chalom. This is an article the Chicago Tribune did on him: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-rabbi_bd13jan13-story.html

      I didn’t want to engage him (jz) on the article at CS, but figured if you guys are interested in his source. (Humanistic Judaism: Born into the movement, Chalom’s parents raised him at Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, the first Humanistic congregation.

      Wine [the founder], ordained a Reform rabbi, rewrote English and Hebrew liturgies to replace all references to God with odes to the ideals of humanity. Yom Kippur encouraged introspection; Passover celebrated freedom.)

      It’s sad, pitiful, and laughable. Poor Zande. Anything to spread his fate faith.]

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