What do you believe?

Do you ever want a faith that does more? (2:19) As James continues to build his case for working our faith, he shares that real believers do more than just believe. They practice their faith to verify that it is not a fake or fraud. In our world, we love to hear fake news. Why? Because it is like gossip. Who here likes to gossip a little. You know dabble in some half-truths. Listen, I want to be completely clear, a half-truth is a whole lie. From time to time, everyone’s ear itch. (2 Timothy 4:3) Fake news can stir us up with misinformation. So, for those who think that church attendance is all that is required of God, James writes in 2:19~You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! (ESV)

They believe so strongly they quake and tremble. As we study the New Testament, we may be surprised at what demons believe. They believe Jesus is the Son of God, and they believe in hell. (Matthew 8:29) In fact, Demons are very orthodox in their beliefs. They know God inspired the Bible, Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, they would just stop short of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Understand, a person can believe all the right things and still not possess a faith that works, which is to say, a saving faith. 

No more than believing Muhammad lived and died makes a person a Muslim. In the same way, just believing Jesus lived and died doesn’t make someone a Christian. Listen to the requirement provided by Jesus in the last sentence of Mark 1:15~The time has come, he said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent (μετανοέω metanoeō) and believe the good news! (NIV) (μετανοέω metanoeō) rendered as repent means to change your mind, to change your purpose. It then produces a change in our lifestyle. It’s not enough to be sorry for our sins; we must repent, change, to turn away from our sin, and towards our Lord as we live for Him. Luke 13:5b~…But unless you repent, you too will all perish. (NIV) 

The Bible is very clear, we must confess and believe. Is there an area in your life that you struggle with? If so, I want you to take time to tell the Lord all about it. No, not because He is not aware of it, but because you need to let Him know what you are needing His help within your life. Know that Jesus doesn’t judge you and He will accept you just as you are. He knows all of our struggles and shortcoming and yet He loves us despite our worst parts. So, take the time to let Him know how much you love and appreciate Him for helping you make the changes necessary to become a person who lives out what the word of God says.

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