15th August, 2019




James 4:5-6 (NKJV)

[5] Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

[6] But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.”


The verse 5 of our theme Scripture opens our understanding to how the Holy Spirit in us responds to our attitude. It says, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously.” Then, the first line of verse 6 says, “But He gives more grace.”

The picture painted by these words is that, we may all have the Holy Spirit in us, but we may not all have the same results. Depending on your posture; depending on your attitude; depending on your mannerisms and behaviour; depending on how you relate with the Holy Spirit, you may either provoke Him, or endear yourself to Him. You’re either the beloved of the Holy Spirit, or His enemy, depending on the disposition of your heart towards Him. “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”, means, one can make himself an enemy until the Holy Spirit is provoked to jealousy. Isn’t that serious?

The B-part of verse 6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The Greek word translated “proud” also means, “showing one’s self above others.” It also means, “despising others and treating them with contempt.” God resists such people! To “resist” in this context, is “to actively oppose.” The Holy Spirit cannot stand it when our attitudes and behaviour are contrary to His holy nature; that provokes Him more than anything. Concerning the Israelites who journeyed from Egypt to the promised land, Isaiah 63:10 (KJV) says, “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” Can you imagine when the Holy Spirit begins to fight against you? Who will come to your rescue?

But glory be to God, the Scripture says, the Holy Spirit gives grace to the humble. We have established that, we humble our souls through fasting. And when we truly humble our souls, the Holy Spirit gives grace. The Greek word translated “grace” also means, “the divine influence upon one’s heart, and its reflection in one’s life.” There’s a divine influence the Holy Spirit has on the heart of the humble, that reflects on the outside; that influence can be seen; it is called grace.

Receive grace – abundance of grace, in these Times of Refreshing!

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