quinta-feira, 11 de abril de 2019
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Even Demons Believe
James 2:18–20 (ESV) But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
Many people will tell you they believe in Jesus, but James stated that just saying you believe was not good enough because even demons believe. The difference between people saying they have faith and those whose faith is demonstrated by their works, is discipleship.
Just because you go to church, sing in the choir, and pay tithes, does not mean you are a disciple of Christ. Jesus said if you want to be my disciple take up your cross and follow me. Follow you where Jesus, you might ask? Follow me in obedience, through which you will die to your selfish desires an enter into a relationship with Me and Father. Obeying Jesus is not always easy but it is always rewarding.
The more we know Him, the more we love and trust or have faith in Him. As our nature becomes more Christ like, His life is manifest through us and our faith becomes visible by our works of love.
Love motivates Jesus and love motivates His disciples. If you continue on the Narrow Path you will be motivated by love and your faith will be active, not dead.