Monday Manna - Ponder This

If you asked, there’s not a prisoner in the world who does not believe it is better to be honest. There’s not a drunkard who does not believe it’s better to live honestly. Yet mere belief will do nothing to change either of their condition. The Bible says, “the devils also believe, and tremble (KJV James 2:19).”  So then the difference between heart belief and head belief is the difference between salvation and damnation. Any faith that does not result in a changed life is not saving faith; it is deceiving faith.

There are some who say they cannot believe in something or someone they can’t understand. But in reality, they believe in much they do not understand. For example, no one can completely understand all the mysteries of electricity, yet it would be foolish to say, I will sit in darkness until I understand electricity. No doctor fully understands the marvels of the human digestive system. Yet, who would say, “I will not eat until I understand the digestive system completely?” The most brilliant person cannot explain these mysteries, but the most ignorant among us can enjoy their fruits. It is faith that undergirds our experiences with GOD. Faith paves the way for all of the other avenues that help us know and lead to GOD.

Basically when individuals submit to the Gospel, they become part of the divine mystery. They’re quickened (brought to life spiritually) by GOD and become “a new creature.” Jesus said, “the wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and wither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). When we personally experience the New Birth we have been united with Christ. When you have been united with Christ you become a Christian. A Christian is the combination of Christ and you - the sinner receiving the Savior and the Savior receiving the sinner. Therefore, a Christian is a Christ man or Christ woman. A true Christian is one who is born of GOD! (John 1:12,13).

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