When you hear or read the name “Jesus”, what comes to mind? Father. Shepard. Christ. All generic answers with a basic depth. What if I asked, “What do you do with the name of Jesus?” Would that get your attention? Maybe some of you would list your prayers or praises. But I didn’t ask what He has done for you, I asked what you do in his name?
James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.”
I absolutely love this verse. Studies say that eighty three percent of the United States population claim to be Christian, and yet most don’t do anything with it. I used to be one of those people. I was raised in church and so I was part of the church. Automatic Christian, didn’t need a miracle or anything. So you believe in God, now what? Even the devil believes in God, you’re no different. It’s what you do with that information that sets you apart. This verse says that the devil shuddered, he trembled at the name of Jesus! I’m sure memories of the jealousy and rivalry that he created come flooding back. He knows the being behind the name and has chosen how to react.
What about you? When you read “Jesus” do you know Him? I don’t mean the basic Bible stories you grow up with. I mean the man behind the name. Fake faith leads to failure. If you cannot give a deeper meaning to that name, then you are standing in shallow waters. Even the devil believes more than you, because he chose to know Him before making his choice. It’s not enough to say that you believe, maybe even go on a few mission trips or do community service. Without reading the word and understanding its message, you are nothing more than a false believer. Faith is believing in something that you cannot see, but if we can’t see your relationship with the father then who are you to tell us wrong? I am tired of people arguing over facts that they themselves don’t even believe or know. Because if you knew the God I know, then you would be more concerned about that person rather than their opinion. Stop wasting your life proclaiming a half belief. Even the devil knows better than that. If you have accepted Christ, then show it. It’s better to be all the way hot or all the way cold then to stay lukewarm. Room temperature does nothing. It’s when you change the atmosphere that results start to form. When your faith becomes stale, your life will lose its flavor.
An experience I had with lukewarm Christians was during a spiritual preparation. Prayer walks are so amazingly powerful and effective when there’s a decent amount of people all working towards the same goal. We cover more ground by splitting up and moving the spirit all throughout the room. It’s a beautiful feeling to know that others are declaring victory all at the same time. In my case, I could tell that not everyone was comfortable with this practice. Where these lukewarm people we once laughing and praising God profoundly, once we began to step into our relationship with him they froze. Yes, they believed in God, but they never learned how to have a real relationship with him. They acted like his advertising team, but didn’t seem to view him as a close friend. Because of this, they we unable to truly participate in the bigger picture. It wasn’t that they were doing anything wrong, but they didn’t have the faith to follow through.
So who believes more, the devil or you?