My brother Wally shared some deeper insights into how we can practically have more grace added to us via the teachings of James, the brother of our Lord and Savior.
“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, in 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 [from Proverbs]:
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.”
We see that the key to having more grace is through submission to the authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Submission is simply deferring or committing to the discretion or decision of another or of others.
We defer to, and depend upon God because as our loving Father, He knows and wants what’s the absolute best for each of us.
‘Our willingness to be submissive to the word of God is parallel to the authority that we are going to carry into the world.’
So when we submit to the authority of God. We are resisting the devil by [standing firm against the influences of pride] and he will flee from us. James 4:7