"For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you…."
1 Peter 5:5-6, AMP
God gives grace to the humble, but He opposes and frustrates the proud. Don't flunk the grace test by being lifted up in pride. If God resists, sets Himself against, opposes, frustrates and defeats the proud, then you want to run from any scent of pride in your life. You want to pass the grace test and receive more grace!
A grace test is a test of our humility! If we will simply trust God and humble ourselves, we will pass the grace test and receive more grace—and God's promotion! If we yield to pride, we will flunk the grace test—and God will resist us.
Here are some signs you are taking—and flunking—a grace test: Your ego is hurt because you want more attention from someone or anyone. You weren't recognized or you feel underutilized. You constantly reflect upon and inform listeners of your accomplishments, your skills, your degrees, your trophies, your brilliance and amazing prowess. You pout because you didn't get credit for a project you led or an idea you implemented. You get mad when you're corrected. You have a rebellious attitude towards those in authority. You justify self-pity and on it goes.
Flunking the grace test is a real bummer because it means you'll have to take it again!
Today, why not pass the grace test and receive more grace?
"Father, I don't want to flunk the grace test. I don't want to continually retake the grace test. I want to pass this test, so I choose to humble myself under the authority of Your Word and I thank You for more grace. In Jesus' Name. Amen."