MORE GRACE Andy Hollifield 7-30-18
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Have you ever noticed that we like to repeat the second sentence of the verse in James but not the first? To be honest, I hadn’t thought about it until I was reading some scripture and God pointed it out. I try to read a little before a verse and a little after a verse when God shows me something. Do you realize that the first five verses all talk about lust? I hadn’t ever noticed that either. But then in verse six the first words are; “But he giveth more grace.” James spent five verses talking about the need for grace and verse six he said God gives more grace and then tells who he gives it to; the humble. I have always believed that when you see the word “therefore” you should look and see what it is there for. Verse seven starts out; “Submit yourselves therefore to God.” Why submit? Because he will give you more grace if you come humble before him resisting the devil. Why do you reckon it is that we like the part about the devil fleeing but fail to remember the part about submission? It is probably because of the word “submit.” The first meaning says to “give over or yield to the power or authority of another.” Another definition is to “allow oneself to be subjected to some kind of treatment.” A third definition is “to defer to another’s judgment, opinion, decision, etc…(Dictionary.com)” We would be well served if we could ever catch on to the fact that if we would come humble and submit ourselves to God, he would give us more grace.
That’s pretty simple isn’t it? If we need more grace; submit ourselves to him. I started to title this article “An Extra Measure Of Grace.” We have all probably used that phrase multiple times but it isn’t exactly scriptural. God don’t measure his grace. Aren’t you glad of that? We can get all we need and then some. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God told him that “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Sufficient is defined as “adequate for the purpose or simply put; “enough.” I am thankful that his grace is always enough. If it wasn’t enough, he would give me more. The word sufficient is used only 13 times in the bible.
God’s grace may be able to instantly fix everything but verse eight says that we have to draw nigh to the Lord. There are some conditions that we have to meet in order to have God’s grace manifested in our lives and that is just the first one. After submitting to him, we then have to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts because we are sinners. Verse 9 goes on tell us to be afflicted and mourn and weep. In other words, get serious about pleasing God and get a burden from him. Let your laughter and joy be turned to mourning and weeping. When we get in that condition and humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord then it says “He shall lift you up.” How does he lift us up? By the grace he gives us when we humble ourselves before him.
Five verses talking about lusts. Then, the bible begins to talk about all the grace he is willing to give if we will just humble ourselves before him. Do you need help from God? If you do just resist the devil and humble yourself before the Lord. He will give you “More Grace.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!