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The Demons Also Believe and Shudder

November 12, 2015

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The Demons  Also Believe  and Shudder

Many people  call themselves Christian  because they know  about Jesus  and that Jesus suffered  and died  on the cross  so that we could have salvation.     They feel  that their knowledge  about Jesus  is all  that is necessary  for their personal salvation.     But,  James 2:19  shows us  a very serious truth.

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

That’s something  to think about.     We know  “the demons”  are definitely  not headed  for eternal life.     They surely know  that God exists  —  that Jesus suffered,  died,  and rose again.     They  “believe”  because they saw  what took place.     So,  they actually know  that Jesus  is victorious  at the right hand  of the Father.

But,  they do not  have the moral conviction  to actually want  to rely  on Christ  for their salvation.     They don’t want  to worship Jesus.     In their arrogant pride,  they want  to have things  their way.     They don’t like thinking about Ephesians 2:8,

For  by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that  not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God.

In their way  of thinking,  it is too humbling  and demeaning  to have to totally lean  on God’s grace,  and accept salvation  as a gift.     Their way  includes their desire  to be hateful,  spiteful,  and self-centered.     The belief  of the demons  does not include trust  and cleaving  to Christ  as our Savior  in love.     That is why  they  “shudder”  when they think  about Jesus.

James wants  all people  to think about that fact  as they consider  how  and what  they believe  and trust in.     And  1 Corinthians 1:21 explains,

Since  in the wisdom  of God  the world  through its wisdom  did not come  to know God,  God was well-pleased  through the foolishness  of the message preached  to save those  who believe.

To “believe”  in the right way  is to have  an absolute personal love  and reliance  on all that Jesus has done  for us.     Like little children,  we joyfully trust  in the love  and salvation  of Christ our Savior.     Ever glad,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is so good  to live  in Your care.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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