It is a wonderful thing to be a person of faith. To be able to say that we believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Heaven and the Bible is a wonderful thing. We should proudly proclaim these things as often as we can.
Atheists cannot (will not) claim such things. Since they do not believe in any “higher power”—including the God of Heaven—they will not proclaim such statements of faith.
Has it ever occurred to you that the only atheists that exist are alive right now? There are no atheists in the “afterlife.” Those who have died may not have had faith in God, but they do now! As the old saying goes, “There won’t be any atheists on Judgment.”
But there are also no atheists among the Devil’s cohorts. He and his demons are constantly working, but their work proves their “faith” in God. They obviously believe He exists. If He did not, there would be nothing for Satan to do!
How proud am I of the fact that I can claim to believe that God exists? James wrote, “You believe that there is one God. You do well” (2:19). Thank you, James! That should make us feel better about ourselves, shouldn’t it? James tells us that we are doing well at something.
But, as you know, there is more to the verse: “Even the demons believe—and tremble!” If I am just able to say that I know God exists, my faith has not gotten above that of the demons who work against God!
Also, that verse should make me think about how deep my faith is. When the demons think of God, they tremble. They know His power. They know His judgment. They know His control. The demons may know more about God than I do!
When I think of the Judgment Day, or of just how powerful God is, does it ever cause me to “tremble,” either literally or in my mind? Does it ever cause me to, as we sometimes sing, “stand in awe” of Him? God is so powerful and so just that I should be totally amazed by Him.
I need to work daily to make sure my faith is more than that of demons. How do I do that?
Check back next week.