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Tuesday 10 April



“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”


James 4:10


From James 4:6 onward we read: But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.


The next paragraph begins, “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.”


As followers of Jesus, we want to receive God’s grace and favour, to be exalted by Him. Bring it on! We want our lives to be aligned with God and His ways, not the devil and the world’s ways.


Why? Because we know His way is the good way; the way to real joy and peace. The simple and practical instruction from James 4:10 gives us great insight into how to align our lives with God: humility.


How do we walk in humility before God?


1. Prayer

James warns against friendship with the world – misplaced passions, coveting, quarrels, greed, ignoring God, prayerlessness. James 4:2 says “You do not have, because you do not ask.” Believers in Jesus humble themselves in prayer to ask God for what they seek, instead of fighting each other both in the church and in the world.


It is amazing how prayer activates humility in the follower of Jesus. Prayer calms the angst and frustrations. Prayer is a posture of submission and trust toward God. Prayer puts God first, it exalts Him.


2. Draw near to God

Such a wonderful promise in James 4:7: Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.


Our active resistance to evil is drawing near to God. He is not far off. He is near and we are not alone. Resist evil and draw near by choosing good, by choosing prayer, by choosing faith. The devil will flee.


3. Speak well of others

The book of James is themed on the power of the tongue to speak evil or slander others. We put others down to boast in our own achievement, or because we are jealous, or we are self-centered and insecure- we are prideful. James warns against all of this.


Evil words cause all sorts of trouble among believers in the church. The humble way is to use the tongue to speak well of others and to show LOVE. James reminds us of the greatest law: to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves. Apologise. Serve one another. Break the cycle of slander with love. This demonstrates humility.


“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”


Take comfort that God sees and knows all, and that He is just and good. Trust Him to exalt you at the right time. Our greatest success, security, worth, joy, and peace are only ever going to be found in humbly following Jesus.


Kellie Ingraham

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