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Even the Demons Tremble

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

I have been praying a lot lately (being downsized and not having a job kinda puts that into you!), I am listening to hear God’s voice, to know what direction to go.  Starting a ministry or finding a career in manufacturing (after 17 years in various aspects of sales, I have had enough, although if I start the ministry I will need the sales experience to collect capitol that will be needed to sustain it!), or possibly going back to college, or a combination of two of them, I don’t know, as I have not gotten clear direction as to what to do at this point.  That said, I was reading an older book by Chuck Colson entitled “Loving God”.

In it I was reading about when Jesus offered to go to the centurion’s home to heal a servant.  The Centurion stated, “you only need to give a command and the servant will be healed!”

Luke 7:

7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

Note that he Centurion stated 2 things:

1.  All that needed to be done to heal the servant was for Jesus to say the word and it would be done.

2. That he understood Jesus’ SPIRITUAL authority to command whatever was paralyzing the servant to leave, just as he, as a Commander, had authority to tell his men what to do.

Jesus commends the Centurion as having greater faith than he had seen in Israel.

Now, I want to focus not on the healing, as great as that is, but on the Spiritual Authority that Jesus has:

After he was Baptized and the Holy Spirit fell on him, Jesus immediately went into the wilderness to fast 40 days and nights before his ministry began in earnest.  During this fast, Satan came to tempt Jesus in 3 ways.  Jesus resisted all three temptations, and the Devil left him.  (Resist the Devil and he will flee).   This established that Jesus was the Authority, and from that point on, Satan used men to try to kill Jesus, for in so doing, Satan thought he would gain the authority back.

All through Jesus’ ministry, he healed those who were demon possessed.  Many of them acted like those who are classified as mentally deranged by modern science.  On EACH occasion, the demons left the victim, who then recovered their senses.

Now notice, the demons carried on conversations with Jesus, some Jesus told to be quiet, others he did not.  BUT ALL OF THEM OBEYED Jesus!  Every one of them, and left.

Now, I will repeat the scripture I opened with:

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Do you get that?  THE DEVILS BELIEVE AND TREMBLE.  They are in AWE of the MIGHTY GOD.  They KNOW his power and his AUTHORITY.  AND THEY OBEY!

BUT, there is a disconnect between the devils and man.  Now I am talking to you Christians.  THE DEVILS OBEY, but WE do not.  We are FOOLISH, the devils are smarter than we.  They OBEY Father God, and we continue to disobey.

When Jesus tells us not to lie, do we stretch the truth?

When Jesus commands us NOT to look on a woman in lust, do we gaze upon beautiful women?

When Jesus tells us to LOVE God with all our hearts, souls and minds, do we give ourselves to HUNTING, football, or shopping?

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

God tells us we are to come to him with our whole hearts.  I don’t think many do today.  I think most of us think that we have an “in” with God, that he is our buddy.  He may get mad at others who do those things we do, but he “winks” at our sin.  This is DANGEROUS behaviour and belief!

Acts 17:

29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

God is NOT winking at YOUR sin, HE WILL JUDGE YOU, and if you are shown to be IN YOUR SIN, you will suffer the consequences of your actions.  Now some will say, “Once Saved, Always Saved!”  Now, that is a nice cliché, and it is one I once believed, but the BIBLE IS CLEAR, we are NOT SECURE IN SALVATION IF WE TREAD THE GRACE OF GOD UNDER OUR FEET.

Hebrews 6 makes this clear!  PLEASE TAKE HEED OF THE BOLD.

Hebrews 6:

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:

8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

God will NOT BE MOCKED. He does NOT give out “Get out of hell free” cards. If we choose to walk away from God, and dismiss the Holy Spirits wooings, God WILL cast you out of his hand of protection. He will still love us, he proved that to us by having his Son die for our sin, and NOTHING can separate us from that love, but that does not mean WE CAN REJECT THAT LOVE. Once someone accepts His free gift, he places them in the protection of his hand, HOWEVER, he can cast you out of his hand.
Jesus told us about the seeds, some landed on the rocky road, some in the thorns, some in the briers. THEY ALL TOOK ROOT AND WERE ALIVE, but when the cares of this life became more important than serving the LIVING God, their root withered and they died. THEY WERE SAVED, but chose to die to God.

Again:

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Isn’t it interesting, the devils tremble, but we do not?

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February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Christianity | , , , ,

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