July 18, 2019: SOAP #3514:  Isaiah 32-35; James 2B Scripture:  James (NIV) 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that"and shudder. […]

July 18, 2019: SOAP #3514: Isaiah 32-35; James 2B

Scripture:  James (NIV) 2:18 But someone will say,“You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, andI will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God.Good! Even the demons believe that"and shudder.

Observation:   Jamesis making a point that just believing the truth is not enough.  It is good to believe that God exists becausethat is truth.  Even demons believe thattruth.  They know that God exists.  They are convinced that God exists.  But that belief does not save them.

They believe that God exists, and their actions prove that they believe inGod"they shudder (tremble, are terrified, are horrified).  That reaction proves that they believe inGod. 

Application:  Believing that God exists is not enough tomake it to heaven.  I must believe thatHe is my Savior"that Jesus died to pay for my sins.   Alongwith that belief I must have supporting action to validify my faith.  I must confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord!  (Romans 10:9-10)  

Confessing my sins, receiving by faith His forgiveness, inviting Him to live inmy heart, making Him my Lord, growing in understanding what He likes and how Ican serve and please Him"all supporting actions that back up my faith. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, continue teaching me what itmeans to live this life of faith.  Myheart has been filled joy; use me to bring joy to my Heavenly Father and Jesusmy Lord.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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