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You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Updated on November 10, 2013
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What is True Faith and the results of the true faith

James 2:19
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

We all have faith in God. We believe that there is a true and just God exists.  And we know that we should follow his will.  We all know his will too through the Bible.  We also believe that God will punish those who do not obey him.  That is great.  But the question is that whether your faith yield any difference in your behavior?

Demons also believe that.  We know, in the book of Job, Satan also went to stand in front of God along with the angels.  That means, I suppose, Satan also has seen the God. He not only believe that there is a God.  He also trembles at the presence of God.

But there is no use of his belief or faith or knowledge of God.  He believes but never said that "I repent".  He is not into following God and doing God's will.  He always does things that is against the will of God.  Satan's knowledge or belief or faith in God is of no use. Because his faith does not yield any fruits.  That is what James is trying to tell us.  Our faith should yield some difference in our work. 

If we examine our deeds closely, we would be surprised to note that many of our knowledge or faith or belief has of no use.  Because it is not producing any positive results.   We all are just like Demons or Satan.  We know the truth.  We read the will of God from the Bible.  We know what is right and what is wrong.  We tremble at the thought of Judgment day and God who appeared Moses in fire.  Still we are not changing.  We continue in what we were doing in the past. Then there is no difference between us and Satan.  There is no positive change.

Just like Satan is not repenting and turning away from his bad ways, we are not repenting and turning away from our old bad ways, there is no use with our faith or belief or knowledge.

Faith of Abraham and Rahab

In this context we look at Abraham. He has a good relationship with God. He accepted the supreme authority of God. He feared God. He trembled at the presence of God. He was fully obedient even to the extent to give up his only son who born to him in his old age for God. And his faith is justified through his work.

James continues with another example of faith of the Rahab the prostitute. She has the belief that one day Israelites would overpower Jericho and rule. She saw the opportunity and act quickly. She hide those who came to her. She did not fear the King of Jericho who was powerful to do whatever he wish to do. She feared someone who is more powerful than the king of Jericho. She could have fear the king and hand over the spies to king. But she feared the people of God more than the king of Jericho. Her faith justified by her deeds only. Our knowledge or faith or belief must produce the positive results.

Knowingly or unknowingly, we fear Satan and do many thing to please him. But there is a God who is more powerful than Satan. We must fear God and obey him. Just like Rahab feared the Israelites rather than the king of Jericho. If you fear God and walk in his ways, then there is nothing which can stand against you. Fear God and do right. That is the most rewarding thing one can do in this world.

Faith and work

We must understand the importance of having great faith.  By faith we are saved.  Not by our deeds.  If we are saved by our faith in Jesus, we need to continue in that faith. The moment we loose our faith, we loose our salvation.    That is what happened with Charles Templeton, who once was a great evangelist sharing platforms with Dr. Billy Graham.  Charles Templeton started to doubt about the Genesis account of creation. If we are saved by faith, if we are saved by the grace of God, then what would be the result of our lack of faith?  What would be the result of doubt?  Obliviously we'll lose our Salvation. 

The reason for doubting our faith is our own deeds originated from the lack of faith.  Sin and faith are inter related.  When sin goes up, faith goes down.  When faith goes up, sin goes down.  Where does sin comes from?   (Luke 7:21-22) For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,  adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

When we allow our heart to enjoy the thoughts of evil, at the other end, doubt started to grow.  Our heart is like a garden where we plant seeds.  But along with the seeds, weeds also start to grow.  We need to carefully watch and purge out the weed when it is small.  It is easy to uproot a plant when it is in its initial stage of growth.  After growing it as a big tree, it is very difficult for us to uproot it from the garden. 

We, as gardener of our heart, must carefully watch and weed-out regularly to yield good fruits.  It is difficult with man, but possible with the help of our dear loving God.

We do many things for the momentary escape from troubles, without thinking about its consequences. Let me explain it to you.

Ebin the only child of Tom and his wife Kate were living happily. Ebin's mother Kate got an opportunity to work abroad. She left for UK leaving Tom and Ebin in Delhi. Now, Ebin is an eleventh grade student and leave home for his school in the early morning 6.00am and return at around 2.30pm every day. Tom who work as a accountant leave home at around 11.00am and return around 9.00 pm. Whenever Tom get time, he used to advice Ebin to study well and get good grades in his studies.

Recently Ebin's Mom who is working in a foreign country send money to buy computer and mobile phone and a bicycle. After getting all these new thing, Ebin could not find time for his studies. Ebin was good at his studies till the tenth grade. Every evening Ebin went out to play with his friends. After returning from play ground, he used to spent time with his new computer. He borrowed video games from his friends. He avoid his studies. When the result of the eleventh grade exam came he has failed for two subjects. School authorities gave another chance to improve. Then he cleared one more subject. But did not get enough mark for the subject Chemistry. His teacher called Tom and told him that she would give another chance to Ebin to improve his marks.

From his office Tom called up Ebin and pass on the bad news and asked him to study Chemistry and informed that the teacher will be giving you one more chance to clear Chemistry. Ebin, hearing the news of his failure got disappointed. He was sure that if he fail this time he would not get promotion to the twelfth grade. He wanted to avoid his father. He wanted avoid his school and examination. So he decided to leave his home forever. He wrote a letter to his father saying that he is going away from home and wanted to live by himself. In his letter he expressed his desire, not to waste money of his father and mother.

In the evening when Tom came home, he couldn't find Ebin. Later, in the bed, he found the letter written by Ebin. Tom called up Ebin's friends and asked about Ebin. They informed him that Ebin has been talking about leaving home but they did not take it seriously. They all were surprised to know that Ebin left his home. Immediately they went out and done a search for Ebin, in the nearby areas where Ebin could possibly may go. They returned at the midnight without any information. Tom called up his friends and all were present there to help him to find Ebin. They went to police station and lodged a missing report. They took necessary steps to advertise in the newspaper. The missing report published in the Newspaper. Ebin's father spent night along with his friends searching for Ebin in the Bus stops and railway stations.

Next day Tom informed school authorities about Ebin's disappearance. They all shocked to hear the news. It was announced in the school and asked children if they see him, report it to the school authorities. Then next day also the search for Ebin continued. They visited Police station again and again without any result. Ebin's mother also got the news and she was crying. She was earning money to give good food, education and shelter to Ebin. Her hope was in Ebin. She also made repeated calls to Tom to inquire about Ebin.

Following night at 2.30 am Tom got a phone call. Ebin was there at the other end. Ebin told Tom that "Dad, do not worry about me, I will return to home tomorrow" and disconnected the phone. Tom call back in that number and found that Ebin used the mobile of a catering employ at Railway station. Tom along with his friends rushed to Railway station. By the time they reached the railway station, Ebin slipped from there and they could not find him. Tom requested to the Railway catering employ to inform him if he find Ebin again.

One more day passed. In the third day morning Tom again got a phone call from the same Railway catering employ and told him that Ebin is there in the custody and asked Tom to rush to Railway station. Immediately they reached the railway station and got Ebin back home. Ebin also was tired and hungry. He could not find a way out to live by his own.

Ebin never thought about the consequences of leaving home. His father had to report at the police station. Tom's friends and relatives spent sleepless nights searching and praying for the safe return of Ebin. When Ebin returned, everyone who knows him, came to see him. He was ashamed and never wanted to face them. His missing only provide loss of money and energy for the rest of the family and friends.

Ebin never wanted to face the reality. He tried to escape from his exam and studies. We are also like Ebin. We do not want to face the reality. We want to escape from problems. We try short cuts without thinking about the consequences.

Our every action will produce equal and opposite consequences. When we do evil, knowingly or unknowingly we are hurting others. We have to bear the consequences. Satan also has to bear the consequences of his wrong doing.

We are like Ebin. Even though we know what is right and good, often we find ourselves doing wrong. We waste our time and energy on things which are of no use. Then we want to avoid bad situation. We try to run away from reality. We cannot live without God, still we try to live by ourselves. Why we should take the pain to know that without God we cannot live.

Before we think or act, we should examine the consequences. Because the bible says that But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

If you believe God and have true faith in God, then you need to be cautious about all of your thoughts and actions. It should produce positive result. When murderous thoughts come in to your heart, you need to overpower it. The slightest thought of sexual immorality comes up, you need to watch your thoughts. That is what James wanted remind you by saying "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."

If there is no positive results, then our faith and Satan's faith are the same. There is no use with that faith. In short, True faith should produce its results.

Power of faith

True faith holds great power.  Luke 17:6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Jesus commented the faith of the centurion: In Capernaum, there a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.  The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.  When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”  So Jesus went with them.

He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”  Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Great Faith

The Faith of a Canaanite Woman:  Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

There are many people who have great faith.  Let us have true faith which produce positive results.


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      Deborah Sexton 4 years ago

      I was with you all the way until you said deeds can’t save us and that we are saved by faith. You were quoting scripture all around what James really said about faith and works, and it is just above the verse you started with.

      In verse, 14 James asks can faith save a brethren. By the other words in verse 14 James implies that faith can’t save and then goes on to say that very thing.. In verse, 17 he explains that faith without works is dead. In verse, 18 James says “Thou hath faith? Then show me that faith without works” It’s impossible to show faith, faith is a state of mind, a feeling, no one can see it, or even know it’s there.. that is at least not without works. But, James says, I can show you my faith through my works.

      In Verse, 22 he tells us that it was Abraham’s works that made his faith perfect. In verse, 24 James states that a man is justified by his works. And in verse 26 he tells us that faith without works is dead.

      James 2

      14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

      15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

      16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

      17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

      18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

      19. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble 20. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

      21. Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

      22. Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

      23. And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

      24. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

      25. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

      26. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

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      kmaskreations 5 years ago

      Refreshing to see a brother who doesn't believe in the false doctrine of eternal security which is taking many to Hell. You've written a great hub full of biblical truths. Thanks for sharing.

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      ironking 6 years ago

      We should believe that there is god... If there is a creator there is a creation

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      ebin94 6 years ago

      do u know me?ur story matches my life in every aspect except the running away part.

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      cr8iv1 6 years ago from Townsville

      Great Hub brother, I am a Christian and I believe in the only One and True God Jehovah, His Son Christ Jesus and The Holy Spirit which guides me. Keep up the good work and I encourage all who read this that you understand what is written isn't written to offend but to unlighten. True Christians are all about a relatinship with Jesus the Son of the Living God and not about pushing religious ideas on people. All people religously do one thing or another but that doesn't make them a follower of God. Religion is and act, Christianity is a life, a relationship. God bless you all.

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      Psalmist4M 6 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

      Truly insightful and filled with truths. Thank you for sharing your steadfast faith.

      The responsibility is on each of us to stand for what is truth and you have exemplified this.

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      jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks sweetie1. That is a good advice. But I request you to stand in the shoes of one who believe the "Ten Commandments" mentioned above and try to answer your question yourself?

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      That may be right but every religion has its books but doesnt mean that if someone dont beleive in your god he or she is not right.

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      Subh 6 years ago

      Thanks for such a nice article. Do you Know OBL Killed.

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      jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks Sweetie1 for your comment.

      As per the Bible (Christians believe Bible is written by men inspired by God) a Christian should have only one God. Giving below the Ten Commandments which was given by God to his people to follow. It clearly says that you should not make image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. Then the commandment says you shall not bow down to them or worship them. If you believe such a God, then there is no option for other Gods.

      The Ten Commandments

      And God spoke all these words:

      “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

      “You shall have no other gods before me.

      “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

      “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

      “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

      “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

      “You shall not murder.

      “You shall not commit adultery.

      “You shall not steal.

      “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

      “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

      When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

      Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

      The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

      Idols and Altars

      Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

      Hope it is clear now and thanks for your understanding.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi jacob,

      I dont know why people in west have always have to talk about there is only one god. Why is chrisitnity so insecure. It is great religion but when you people always keep talking about only true god and only god and thats christian's god it makes others feel something fishy and ad compain by chrsitians. Just like Hindus respect all religion and accept christian god and allah and all other gods worshiped by various religion people, same way every religion should respect others and acknowledge other gods.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I had a delayed thought (senior moment - smile). What is amazing to me is that Satan and his demons acknowledge the existence of God and His power, but many among us do not even believe He exists. Strange indeed!

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      Luke 17:6 sums it up. This is one of many choices given to man by God. If you have the tiniest faith that's not all that is required but is good enough for our Father. Voted up, marked useful and awesome.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Being among the despised, we learn a lot from this woman of great faith. One of the greatest lessons she teaches us is to not be hindered in our pursuits by anyone.

      Thank you for this wonderful and inspiring hub. It is filled with His truth and is edifying to my spirit.

      Forever His