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The Demons

September 10, 2019

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The Demons

In the book of James,  James is writing  to show that  if we honestly have faith  like we claim  in Christ Jesus our Lord,  we will automatically show our faith  by living a good,  obedient life.     In other words,  we will help those around us,  we will not be arrogant over the poor,  we will not blaspheme the name of our Lord,  we will be kind and good to all,  we will obey the ten commandments,  and live in love  according to God’s love towards us.

Those who stubbornly live  in the sins  of this world  are not showing a true faith.      To make that point clearly he says  in James 2:19-20,

You believe that God is one.     You do well;  the demons also believe,  and shudder.     But are you willing  to recognize,  you foolish fellow,  that faith  without works  is useless?

James fully recognizes  that absolutely no one is saved eternally  by their good works.     But,  in the very same breath,  we must all realize  that a true faith  shows itself  with all sorts of good works.     We cannot claim  to know Christ Jesus  as our Savior,  and yet,  live a life  of selfishness,  arrogance, bitterness,  nastiness, or sinful disobedience  of any sort.

We need  to always remember  the truth expressed  in 1 John 4:19-20,

We love,  because He first loved us.     If some one says,  “I love God,”  and hates his brother,  he is a liar;  for the one who does not love his brother  whom he has seen,  cannot love God  whom he has not seen.

As we accept  the truth  of God’s almighty power  to save us  from all our sins  through Christ Jesus,  we must also realize that  “the demons”  also know  that Jesus is the one and only Savior.     As they “believe”,  they also “shudder”.     They know the truth, but “shudder”  because they don’t want to bow down to the authority  of the LORD God Almighty.     They want to be in power and hate the idea  of being ruled over  by all that is good,  holy,  and most righteous.

James wants us to grow  in the love  of God,  so that knowing how beloved we are by our Creator,  we will most willingly  and gladly live out that love  so that others will also come to know the LORD as their Savior  from all sin.     A true faith gives us an attitude adjustment.

Ever thankful  for the love we have received,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  let our lives grow  in the awesomeness  of Your grace  and mercy towards us.”

Love,
Margaret

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