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The Demons also Believe, and Shudder

September 24, 2019

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The Demons also Believe,  and Shudder

We know that we need  to believe  in the Lord Jesus Christ  to be saved.      But, James says  that the demons believe,  and then they shudder.      We are told they are not saved,  but,   if they “believe”,  how is it  that they are not saved?      James 2:17-20  reads,

Even so faith,  if it has no works,  is dead,  being by itself.      But someone may well say,  “You have faith,  and I have works,  show me your faith  without the works,  and I will show you my faith  by my works.”

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?

God’s word tells us  that we are saved by faith  —  not by works.      But,  James  is showing  that  if we have faith,  we surely will  also have works.

The demons believe  that God exists  and they know  all that the Lord has done  in Jesus Christ.      But,  their knowledge of God  does not save them,  because they  stubbornly refuse  to change their actions.      They love the  evil  things they do,  and they despise the holiness  and goodness  of the Lord God Almighty.      Instead of humbling themselves  in repentance  and starting to live  in a Godly manner,  they just double their efforts  to tear down anything  that glorifies God.

The demons shudder  because they know  that their actions  are condemning them  to eternity in hell.      They want  to be able  to freely do  all their evil desires on earth,  and still get to live  in all eternity  while continuing their evil ways.      They hate God  for not allowing them  to continue  their evil forever.      In their stubbornness  they shudder  at their coming fate,  but plow on to their demise.

We believe   in God.      On that point  we are the same  as the demons.      But,  is our faith worthless  because we refuse  to have the works  that demonstrate  a true,  and Godly  faith?      The works James  is referring to  include helping those in need;  not showing partiality between people;  keeping the Ten Commandments;  stopping all of the filthy things we used to do;  and obeying all that God desires of us  —  including kindness,  gentleness,  mercy,  love,  truthfulness,  goodness,  trustworthiness,  and the like.

All these things  and more  describe a changed heart  —  a changed life.      Yes,  these believers are still sinners.      But,  when they believe  that the shed blood of Jesus  washes away all their sins,  they are so thankful,  they want to live  in a way that pleases the Lord.      They see the beauty  of God’s love  in Jesus  and they want to imitate  that love  throughout their whole lives,  just because  it is so good.      As 1 John 4:19 says,  “We love,  because He first loved us.”

Realizing love  changes them.      Simply believing  that God Almighty exists  in all His glory  is changed  into a faith  that trusts God’s every promise  of the forgiveness of sins  through Jesus Christ.      They let love  and truth  change them.      Faith is proven  through works  —  a changed life  that loves others.

As we look to Christ Jesus  for the forgiveness  of our sins,  trusting and believing,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for loving us so totally.      Let our lives demonstrate  Your love  to those around us.”

Love,
Margaret

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