Devils and Demons | Even Demons Believe
Pastor Ryan Story | Student Pastor
I have been teaching high school students the Bible for some time now. A while back I was doing a study on the Book of James with some high school boys, and we came across these verses, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:18-19). The room fell silent for a moment, until one of the boys said, “seriously the Book of James makes me want to stab my eye with a fork.” Now I thought he was going to say his sudden conviction came from the “I will show you my faith by my works” part of this verse. He surprised me by asking the group a very pointed question, “If demons know that God is who He says He is, and demons believe that God is who He says He is, what makes us different?” You could hear a pin drop for a few minutes as we all processed that question. To this day, whenever I read the Book of James, I get to this part, and I ask myself a very tough question, “What makes your belief different from that of a demon?”
I have always found it a tad scary that the Devil’s minions probably have a better understanding of Jesus than I do. I have always wondered what kind of belief system do demons have. In Mark 5, when Jesus is casting out Legion he even tells Jesus, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” Since Legion was many demons, I have to conclude that it was some group consensus that Jesus was, in fact, the Son of the Most High God. So demons clearly have to believe that Jesus is who Jesus said He was. Demons must know that Jesus can do all that He said He could do. Demons must believe that Jesus is the one who can set the captive free. Demons must believe that Jesus can give sight to the blind, heal the sick, and give hope to the hopeless. Demons must believe that Jesus is capable of using any person who puts their faith in Him to change the entire world in Jesus’ name. If demons believe this, why do people who call themselves Christ followers struggle to believe the same thing?
So I ask, what makes your belief in God different from a demon? The key to unlocking this question is in two vital words. Faith and works. Demons had a belief that Jesus was truly Jesus, but that did not mean they were spreading the Good News around. We cannot leave our walk with God strictly on faith alone. Yes, faith is the only thing that saves us, but works are what make others see differently. Works allow us to show everyone, from the angels above to the demons in Hell, for whom we live. The thing that makes us different from a demon is the drive that we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, not because it sounds right or we look good, but because we want the world to know who the Son of the Most High is. We want to show the world who set us free. We work to show how Jesus healed us. What makes you different than a demon? Take today to show them and God, how you are different.