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He Gives a Greater Grace

October 19, 2018


He Gives a Greater Grace

We all struggle  in this world.     We struggle  with the sins  that bug us the most — we struggle  with our desires and needs  that seem unfulfilled — we struggle  with decisions as to what will be best  for us — we struggle  with the demands and influences  of other people — we just struggle  to make our way  through this world  and want to achieve a sense  of goodness and accomplishment and satisfaction.

In our desire  to be God pleasing  in life’s struggles,  James 4:6 gives us comfort,

But He gives a greater grace.     Therefore it says,  ‘God is opposed  to the proud,  but gives grace  to the humble.’

James is just saying we need  to look to God  for guidance  in this life.     God our Savior is so willing  to liberally give us  the gift  of His influence  in our lives,  if we would just stop being  so proud  and self-sufficient.     We need  to confess  that we really don’t know everything there is to know  in this world.     We don’t know  what is best  for us.

We don’t know  why certain struggles  are good for us  in this world of  trials.     We don’t know  why we are presented  with decisions between finding immediate satisfaction  and learning  to look at the eternal aspects  God shows us.     We don’t know  why we even have a problem  in deciding what really is best  for us.

All we need to know is  that God really is God.     There is no other God.     He is our Savior,  our Creator,  our heavenly Father — and He loves us dearly.

When we humbly present our problems  to our heavenly Father and say something like,  “Abba, Father,  You alone are LORD and God  over all.     I am only Your little child.     Please guide me  through this trial  and help me  to glorify Your holy name.     For Your name’s sake, Amen.”  —  then,  with our humbleness  of heart,   “He gives a greater grace.”

Honestly looking  to God  for who He is  and humbly realizing our lost estate  as sinners  trying  to make it through this world  is what opens up God’s heart  to give us that “greater grace”.     Then God is able  to help us  because we’ve stopped being so proud  and self-sufficient.     We realize  that we aren’t  “know-it-alls”  or the numero uno over anything.

We are God’s children.     We really need  to depend on Him  for our every need.     The  “greater grace”  God wants  to give us is so much better  than what our pride  leads us  to and through.     We will still have to face plenty  of trials,  but God’s grace comforts  and leads us  in His truth.

Hand in hand  with our heavenly Father,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Father,  I’m so glad You love us  for Jesus’ sake.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12







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