The Bible says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble” (James 2:19). Even the devil has faith in the saving power of Jesus. But the Bible says he will not be saved. What does faith really mean without commitment? The Lord says, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). Faith in God should give the fruits of a righteous life.
Some think that because we have “grace,” our sins are covered even if we lead disobedient lives. But does it really make sense to continue to sin because we have God’s grace? Of course not. God wants not just to forgive our sins but to give us total victory over our weaknesses (Galatians 1:4).
John says: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that continues in sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God does not continue in sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:7–9).
The Bible says if we cling to Jesus through daily study of His word and prayer, we will have complete power over the flesh “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). The Lord promised us all the grace necessary to overcome “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). And then we can say with full confidence, “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
In His service,