So like any other person who is convicted by the Holy Spirit, and who has had my sinful ways revealed to me, it has built so much distaste of sin within me.
We are all still in sinful flesh even though we are born again and as Paul wrote, our regenerated spirit and flesh are at war with each other (Galatians 5:17). We can all agree that we have experienced, are going through or have just overcome bondage. BONDAGE of some sort of SINFUL act.
In my own experience I have tried…..and tried….tried some more…..to break through these sinful ways which have kept me in bondage and have done no good to my conscience. Here’s the catch:
…the thing is I thought I could overcome sin. I was ignorant of God’s Word….I let PRIDE stand in the way of my freedom, freedom made possible by the GRACE OF GOD.
Something I learned and it’s open for discussion:
Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). How does humility fit into this?
Where ever humility is, grace automatically follows. “…instead of this, of His own free will He gave up all He had, and took the nature of a servant…..He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death–His death on the cross.”
Jesus is the standard of humility. Where ever Jesus is, grace abounds! Those of you who haven’t invited Jesus into you hearts, you are missing out on grace and the ticket to freedom.
Yes, yes….of course we have to be humble that’s what we are called to be and to live our lives. But I want to show you the reason why we are called to be humble and how humility is linked to freedom from sin.
“The spirit that God placed in us is filled with fierce desires. But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 
Our sinful flesh is filled with selfish desires. We want to please ourselves more than anything in the world. Our desires open the door way and bring us into bondage, bondage of sin.
But GRACE DEFEATED sin on that cross. The only way to receive that grace is by being humble. You see, victory over sin happen 2000 years ago, and all you have to do to receive your victory statement over the bondage of sin is to be humble.
How do we do that? James gives us a solution, “…submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
“…Be sorrowful, cry and weep; change your laughter into crying, your joy into gloom! Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
Humble yourself before God and He will give you the grace to defeat whatsoever is holding you in bondage. Literally do what James suggests. And I can testify that letting go of that pride and lowering yourself, the grace that comes to the humble is so strong, a teenager with raging hormones and a world filled with thousands of traps to make one fall into lustful acts and sexual immorality, is NO match for the grace that comes from God.
To any readers who have not decided to accept Jesus into their lives, two words…do it! You think you’ve felt Peace? Love? Joy? Sorry to burst your bubble but you haven’t felt true peace, love or joy. Are you certain of where you are headed? Are you going through difficult times? Did you know that your burden of worry and stress is carried on the shoulders of the one who gave His life for you? The one who gave you a chance of eternal life.
[ 1 ] I know James 4:5 is vague and I understand it is hard to translate from the greek manuscript into a meaningful and cohesive sentence/paragraph. BUT if you put it into the context of PRIDE and into the context of the few sentences before and after James 4:5, a call for humility, humility is the only thing that can bring grace which is stronger than the the spirit which dwells in us with envy.