Scripture Reading: James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Reflections: God has promised to give grace only to the humble. ‘Grace’, translated from the Greek word ‘Charis’, means ‘the divine influence upon the heart or ‘God’s ability’. Grace thus provides you with a divine enabling ability that moves you to achieve more in life. Translated from the Greek word ‘Tapeinos’, ‘humility’, on the other hand, speaks of ‘humiliation of the mind’, that is, showing a modest or low estimate of one’s merits or importance. The humble person, therefore, does not focus on self but, first of all, on God and goes ahead to esteem others better than themselves (1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:9-10). As you demonstrate more and more that you are not full of yourself but solely dependent on God, you automatically position yourself to access more grace from God. Your humility will release the grace you need!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not to be full of self but to focus on you as the source of who I am.
Confession: I have nothing of my own. I am what I am by grace. I encounter grace upon grace, and I move up the ladder each time.