Summary: pride versus grace
He Giveth More Grace
Jam 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jam 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jam 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jam 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Jam 4:5 Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Jam 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Not proud or haughty,submitted to god
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jam 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jam 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jam 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
The greek myth says he was in his late teens, due to his great looks he was a magnet for affection and desire. His list of suitors was countless and his offers of love were endless, yet he rejected them all.
Until 1 day as he stopped by a shaded cool spring, he saw his own reflection and for the 1st time in his life narcissuss concluded that he had found a suitor worthy of his love.
He reached to embrace his new found beauty and to press his lips to the lips of his new found love and when he did the image shattered into a thousand pieces.
He had of course fallen in love with his image.
Time and again he would come to the waters to see the image he loved so much just to see it disappear in the waters of his affection and he weep with bitter anguish.
He soon realized that he was in love with his own reflection and realized that no one else could ever match his wonderful beauty and there at a life giving spring of water died in bitter hopelessness.
We can not depend on our own selves this is the height of foolishess and pride.
But he gives more grace to the humble
To those that can clap their hands
That can do their dance that can raise their hands
That can lift their voice
That can bow their knee
That can be baptized in the name of the lord jesus christ
That can seek the infilin of the holy ghost