42 ¶ Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble!
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
The effect of faith need not be salvation. Even the trembling faith and conviction of some who believe in God does not automatically lead to the submission of heart and character. This element of submission is always found resident in the life of a born again Christian.
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way … , "Do not say in your heart, ’Who will ascend into heaven?’" (that is, to bring Christ down from above)
7 or, "’Who will descend into the abyss?’" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). [Note: I know what faith does not say …]
8 But what does it say? … "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
Perfection is not a requirement for salvation; submission clearly is.
Faith says, “I know there is a God.”
Faith is the power to save a soul providing that soul submits themselves to God and His plan of redemption based on the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus.
Faith is also the power to condemn a soul or a spirit to eternal separation from the God if they refuse to acknowledge and/or submit themselves to God during the period of time God allows them individual opportunity to access this grace. When the door is closed, it’s closed. The door for angels and spirits has already closed. The door for mankind closes at the point of each person’s death and ultimately at the close of this age for everyone.
Each spirit and every soul is without excuse to claim there is no God.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 ¶ because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
It’s foolish to imagine you don’t know there’s a God – and it’s foolish to know He exists and imagine you don’t need to know Him.
You believe … so to the devils - the only thing left for your salvation and deliverance is to for you to “Follow your faith.”
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Each person mentioned in the Hebrews 11, known as the faith chapter, were people who had faith and followed that faith and accomplished great things for God. Miracles begin to happen when we follow our faith!
I challenge you who believe to follow on to know God by submitting your life, your character and the practice of your faith to the Lordship of Christ. It is as simple as a heartfelt prayer, as powerful as the blood of Jesus and as eternal as God.
You can have an abiding and eternal relationship with Creator of the Universe through the faith you already have in God. Here’s how:
1. Recognize your faith in God
2. Realize you are lost without His help
3. Repent of your sins
4. Receive His forgiveness through Jesus His Son
These same steps ought to be continually taken each and every day of a believer’s life and especially during trying or difficult times and when mistakes, failures or disappointments have occurred and we find ourselves in need of God’s love, forgiveness and grace.
Won’t you stand and pray with me now and let’s acknowledge our trust and commitment to God through Jesus, His Son.