Thought for Today
Belief versus Faith
“Thou believest that there is one God;
thou doest well:
the devils also believe,
Belief in and of itself is not the revelation of a true heart. We live in a time when people are considered “children of God” because of their beliefs rather than the life they live. Jesus said we would know a life by its fruits, not words.
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit”
A person’s beliefs will never produce the fruit of the Spirit; Faith must. Our real faith is fully summed up in the life which we now live. It cannot be any other way for faith is in itself the “substance” and the “evidence” of things hoped for.
“…and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God”
Paul’s faith was revealed in the “now” of his life and as such was expressed in his earthly walk. So too our faith is expressed in our everyday life. It is imperative that we do not let our “beliefs” deceive us as to our true condition.
“For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness…”
Without a change of heart unto righteousness the “belief” of an individual is merely an intellectual exercise in vanity. Such was the religion of the Scribes and the Pharisees and the same nature as the believing devils of which James speaks.