40 Days of Grace – Day 36

James 4:6-10 But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace 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.

Seems unfair, The rich getting richer and we are the rich! In the story of the talents, the ones who used the talents for the master’s gain were given more and the one who feared the master and hid it away lost what he had. That’s the power of grace. The more we humble ourselves to God the more grace he gives us. The more we submit to His will, the more power we have against the enemy of our souls. The closer we get to God the more of His presence he reveals to us. Grace comes with a caveat. We have the opportunity to avail everything that the grace of God gives yet we have to humble ourselves and¬†submit to the giver of grace. He can be trusted to provide all that we need according to His riches in glory!

 

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  1. He will provide our needs – not necessarily our wants – when we humble ourselves before Him. Separating needs from wants can be tough in our society! Ads try to entice us to want more and more. This is a good reminder to focus on God and He will supply our needs.

  2. A communion between a believer and God. It is just beginning. A living communion with
    God. To know Lord in intimacy , and to love and adore Him. This is the pursuit of the heart. It is not a system of doctrine – it is to submit and have communion with Living God. How do we do it? How do we achieve it? By coordinating with the Holy Spirit…. no no, i have a better word for it: By yielding to The Holy Spirit. Yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding yielding……yielding yielding

  3. Thank you Fr. Marc I now know what the story of the talents mean! (I think) We can’t keep the Triune God a secret? Spread the Word? All the time? (can’t say what I want to say, too early!) God bless us all and I want to thank you all for teaching me!

  4. On the surface, the parable of the talents can seem harsh, except for the fact that the one who buried the one talent he was given so as not to lose it, for he feared his master was a harsh task master who harvested what he had not sewn and would deal harshly with him if he lost the single talent. So, we have a man who insults his master and does nothing to grow what he was entrusted with, while the other two did invest and doubled the talents they received. The master recognizes the two who stood on his grace and by faith increased the talents. The other man who made excuses and insulted his master lost what little he had because he had no faith and the grace he had was not appreciated when he had it. Let us heed the warning and act on the living grace we have through Christ every day. Then we too could one day hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

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