James 4:5,6 “Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning when they say that the spirit God placed within us is filled with envy? And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
My thoughts: The spirit distinguishes man from any other creature. Our spirits have the ability to be regenerated when they are united with the Holy Spirit. We unite ourselves with the Holy Spirit when we willingly divorce our lives from everything that disturbs Him. If we do not divorce ourselves from this world, we remain adulterous enemies of God (James 4:4) and will not experience a harmonious relationship with Him or the benefits of a life in surrender to Him.
The spirit God has placed inside of us envies Him not because He intended it to be that way, but because we chose rebellion against Him (Genesis 3:6). We were created to be image bearers of God, for we have been created in His image. Before we knew the difference between good and evil, our spirits were not full of envy, but were perfect before God. Sin corrupted our spirits when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
His desire has always been for us to be united with Him. Just as He is one (Deuteronomy 6:4), He desires our spirits to be joined with His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17) so that we may fully carry out His purposes throughout the earth. We cannot carry out His purposes if our spirits are absent of the Spirit of God. In fact, God saw that everything we “ever thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil” (Genesis 6:5) and soon wiped out the human race by a flood because of the envy our spirit’s showed to Him. However, the Lord has provided us with His “grace to stand against such evil desires”. In His marvelous grace, He provides us His Holy Spirit to stand against the evil desires that are at war within us and to accomplish what we couldn’t before for the glory of His name. This verse proves that God’s grace is not a cover up for our sins, but includes the power to overcome them. God never calls us to something He cannot enable us to accomplish.
His Spirit joins with ours “to affirm that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16). However, creation is still “waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are” and those who believe in Him “long for their bodies to be released from sin and suffering” (Romans 8:19 and Romans 8:23). The Holy Spirit gives “us a foretaste of future glory”, for He makes the presence of God known to those who are united with Him.
We will not know the fullness of God’s transformation power until our bodies are transformed on the last day into immortal bodies that will never die (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). Until then, let us humbly receive the Holy Spirit’s power and be the hands and feet of Jesus across the globe. Let us not mock the very purpose of God in our lives by resisting the Holy Spirit, but instead allow Him to regenerate our spirits and bring His resurrection life.