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Demons Also Believe

October 22, 2014

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Demons  Also Believe

Romans 10:9 says,

If you confess  with your mouth  Jesus  as Lord,  and believe  in your heart  that God raised Him  from the dead,  you will be saved.

This verse  is at the core  of a Christian’s faith.    But,  God’s word also says  in James 2:19,

You believe  that God  is one.     You do well;  the demons also believe,  and shudder.

If the demons “believe”  in God,  why do they  “shudder”  —  and why are they not  “saved”  when they “believe”?     In the context  of James 2:19 above,  James is talking  about the necessity  of “works”.     This can seem puzzling,  because  in the books  of Romans  and Galatians,  Paul spends a lot of time telling us  that absolutely no one  can be saved  by “works”.     We are saved  by faith.     Galatians 2:16 says,

Even we have believed  in Christ Jesus,  so that we may be justified  by faith  in Christ  and not by the works  of the Law;  since by the works of the Law  no flesh  will be justified.

Is there a disagreement  in God’s word?     No.

James is showing us  that a real faith  produces good works  out of love  and appreciation  for salvation.     It automatically grows  in our hearts  as a fruit  of our faith.     As 1 John 4:19  tells us,

We love,  because He first loved us.

Love automatically produces goodness  of every sort.     So,  when we  “believe”  in Jesus as our Savior,  our hearts  change  from loving sin  to loving God  our Savior.     That love  does good  “works”  with a special joy.

So,  why do  “the demons also believe,  and shudder”?

They are well aware  of the reality  of the LORD God  and His authority  over all things,  so they “believe”  in God.     But,  they love their evils  much more  than the ways  and salvation of God.     They hate good works  and love evil.     They are belligerent  in their desire  to do evil  and cannot stand  to have God show them  how wrong they are.     They don’t want God  telling them how  to live.     They know they are condemned eternally  for their evils,  but that makes them  even more insistent  on doing as much evil  as they possibly can  in the short time they have left.

Believing  in the reality  of God needs  to lovingly accept  the reality  of Jesus Christ  as our Savior.     Believing needs to be an acceptance  of Jesus’ power and authority  to forgive  all our sins  and grant us  eternal life.      So, we ask ourselves,  “Has my believing  produced good works  out of love  and gratitude?”  and,  “Do I love evil more than  the love  and salvation  of Christ Jesus?”     “Are my good works  nothing but a sneaky sham  for trying to work my way  to heaven?

In the freedom  of Christ’s saving love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for freeing us  to grow  in faith,  hope,  and a love  that expresses the love  You have  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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