“…without reason…he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to live in us? But he gives us more grace…‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you…Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
James 4:5-8, 10
Humility is the key to drawing near to God, to receiving his grace, to recognizing and resisting the schemes of the devil, and to advancing in the kingdom of God. Humility is a “door opener” in the life of a disciple. God’s jealousy for his glory in our lives puts us in a position of choice. We submit either to God’s Spirit, receive God’s grace (unmerited favor and enablement), and live for him, or we live for our own pleasure, pride, and friendship with the ways of the world. The mark of those who have chosen God and his ways is humility. It is in humility that we experience freedom from sin’s bondages and the devil’s schemes. It is in humility that we experience God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness. It is in humility that we experience God’s presence, promotions, and power. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord today.
“Lord God Almighty, I humble myself before you today and cry out for your grace, your spirit’s power, and for freedom. Thank you for all you have purposed for me to know, to experience, and to live, for your glory.”