Even the Demons Believe in God

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

James 2:19

There are many people who think it’s enough to say they believe in God. I have heard many times people say the phrase “I believe in God,” but they know not clearly define the God in whom they say that they believe. The reason is they say they believe in God but they do not know Him. And they do not know because they have not established a relationship with God. Even the demons believe in God and are subjected to Him to the point that they tremble at His presence. So it is not enough merely to say that we believe in God.

The Bible says very little about “believing in God,” instead, is more frequently found believing in Jesus, the Son. When we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, we also believe in His Father. That says the Lord Himself in John 12:44-45: Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.” Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God, who sent His Son to die on a cross as a ransom for all sinful humanity.

As James 2:19 says, anyone, even the demons believe in God. Believing in God is to accept His existence. As such, only those who call themselves atheists or agnostics refuse to accept that God exists. Therefore, if it was enough just to believe in God, only those who reject His existence were at fault. However, in light of what James says, it is obvious that if so, demons would be considered believers, which we know is not true.

Rather than believe in God, the Bible speaks of trusting in God. An example is found in Jeremiah 17:7-8: Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. Trusting in God is the same as believing in His words.

Then the root of the issue is not simply believing in God but believe God. Any being, whether human or spiritual could believe in God; but believe God means more than that. God certainly will feel more offended with those who do not believe in His words that with those who deny His existence. Not believing in God, as do an atheist is to ignore that He exists; but do not believe God is telling liar is doubt His faithfulness, His seriousness and integrity.

The Bible is full of promises for those who have chosen to believe in God. Just read Psalm 23 we realize some of them: we will lack nothing, He makes us relax, He shepherds us, He comforts the soul, He takes away the fear, He is always with us, He is inspirational, He supplies us with food, He anoints us, His good and His mercy follow us and we dwell in His house for eternity. In many other places in the Bible there are so many promises of Heavenly Father.

Now I say to you who say that believe in God, why you not believe God? Why do you refuse to believe that you are saved by grace? Why did you legs tremble before the shortage? Why are you anxious and tired? Why do you walk with fear? Why do you say that you are alone? Why are you discouraged? Why are you saying that things are bad? No offense to God with your disbelief to His promises. Do not think that atheists are worse than you because when one only believes in Him and does not believe to Him, he is in the same place where the demons are. God bless you.

Hasta los Demonios Creen en Dios

Tú crees que Dios es uno; bien haces. También los demonios creen, y tiemblan.

Santiago 2:19

Hay mucha gente que piensa que es suficiente con decir que creen en Dios. He escuchado muchas veces a personas decir la frase “Yo creo en Dios,” pero no saben definir claramente al Dios en el cual dicen creer. La razón es que dicen creer en Dios, pero no lo conocen. Y no lo conocen porque no han establecido una relación con Dios. Hasta los demonios creen en Dios y están sujetos a Él al punto que tiemblan ante Su presencia. Así que no basta meramente con decir que creemos en Dios.

La Biblia habla muy poco sobre “creer en Dios,” en su lugar, es más frecuente encontrar creer en Jesús, en el Hijo. Cuando creemos en Jesucristo, el Hijo de Dios, también estamos creyendo en Su Padre. Eso lo expresa el mismo Señor en Juan 12:44-45: Jesús clamó y dijo: El que cree en mí, no cree en mí, sino en el que me envió; y el que me ve, ve al que me envió. Jesús es la imagen visible del Dios invisible, quien envió a Su Hijo a morir en una cruz en rescate de toda la humanidad pecadora.

Como dice Santiago 2:19, cualquiera, incluso los mismos demonios creen en Dios. Creer en Dios es aceptar Su existencia. En tal sentido, solo los que se denominan ateos o agnósticos rehúsan aceptar que Dios existe. Por lo tanto, si fuera suficiente con solo creer en Dios, solo quienes rechazan Su existencia estuvieran en falta. Sin embargo, a la luz de lo que dice Santiago, es obvio que si así fuera, los demonios se considerarían creyentes, lo cual sabemos que no es cierto.

Más que creer en Dios, la Biblia habla de confiar en Dios. Un ejemplo lo encontramos en Jeremías 17:7-8: Bendito el varón que confía en Jehová, y cuya confianza es Jehová. Porque será como el árbol plantado junto a las aguas, que junto a la corriente echará sus raíces, y no verá cuando viene el calor, sino que su hoja estará verde; y en el año de sequía no se fatigará, ni dejará de dar fruto. Confiar en Dios es lo mismo que creer en Sus palabras.

Entonces la raíz del asunto no es el simple hecho de creer en Dios sino de creerle a Dios. Cualquier ser, sea humano o espiritual podría creer en Dios; pero creerle a Dios significa algo más que eso. Ciertamente que Dios se sentirá más ofendido con quienes no creen en Sus palabras que con quienes niegan Su existencia. No creer en Dios, como hacen los ateos, es ignorar que Él existe; pero no creerle a Dios es decirle mentiroso, es dudar de Su fidelidad, de Su seriedad y Su integridad.

La Biblia está llena de promesas para quienes han decidido creer en Dios. Con solo leer el Salmo 23 nos damos cuenta de algunas de ellas: nada nos faltará, nos hace descansar, nos pastorea, conforta nuestra alma, nos quita el temor, siempre está con nosotros, nos infunde aliento, nos suple el alimento, nos unge, Su bien y Su misericordia nos siguen y habitaremos en Su casa por la eternidad. En muchos otros lugares de la Biblia hay otras tantas promesas de nuestro Padre Celestial.

Ahora te digo a ti que dices creer en Dios, ¿por qué no le crees a Dios? ¿Por qué te rehúsas a creer que eres salvo por gracia? ¿Por qué te tiemblan las piernas ante la escasez? ¿Por qué te afanas y te cansas? ¿Por qué caminas con temor? ¿Por qué dices que estás solo? ¿Por qué te desanimas? ¿Por qué andas diciendo que las cosas están mal? No ofendas más a Dios con tu incredulidad a Sus promesas. No pienses que los ateos estén peor que tú porque cuando solo crees en Él y no a Él estás en el mismo lugar donde están los demonios. Dios te bendiga.


Not as Blind as Those Who Will Not See

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

No need to be a rocket scientist to understand the Word of God. If it were not, most of mankind would be excluded from the scope of knowledge of God. The gospel is hidden and concealed only to those who are perishing for having blinded their mind. And it is not for lacking of sufficient human intelligence, many people whose IQ is quite high they are incredulous. They are not blind to the truth of Christ because they have no vision, but because they have succumbed to the father of lies.

The gospel message is extremely simple and easy to understand when we are led by the Holy Spirit. However, when we decided to apply logic and human reason, we find it virtually impossible to see the truth. Let’s summarize what the Bible salvation is. All human beings have sinned against God and are excluded from His presence. Only we are justified, that is, declared righteous, through faith in Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary for our redemption.

According to Romans 3:23-26: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Salvation is of grace, reconciliation, propitiation, redemption and justification. By grace, the sinner stands before God as a debtor; but he does not get what he deserves. Instead of being punished for his crimes and sins he is forgiven and declared acquitted. Reconciliation is a junction where two who were separated are now together again. Sin separates man from God, but Christ reconciles us to Him.

The sinner stands before God as an enemy, but receives peace. Jesus with His blood paid the price of sin and, once the price is paid, God accepts us and we stopped being enemies. Romans 5:1-2 says: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The just demand of God’s wrath against the sinner was satisfied by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. That is the propitiation. Through the redemption, the sinner stands before God as a slave of sin; but he receives his freedom to be rescued because Jesus Christ paid the price with his blood. Romans 6:22 says: But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

Finally, with justification, the sinner is before God and he is accused and convicted of being a sinner; but what God declares blameless because Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins with His own blood. It boils down to that Jesus Christ died for your sins and mine and we are justified by faith in Him. Do not follow allowing the enemy to blind your mind, open your spiritual eyes and see the cross that has saved you. God bless you.

No Hay Peor Ciego que quien no Quiere Ver

Pero si nuestro evangelio está aún encubierto, entre los que se pierden está encubierto; en los cuales el dios de este siglo cegó el entendimiento de los incrédulos, para que no les resplandezca la luz del evangelio de la gloria de Cristo, el cual es la imagen de Dios.

2 Corintios 4:3-4

No es necesario ser un científico espacial para entender la Palabra de Dios. Si no fuera así, la mayoría de la humanidad quedaría excluida del alcance del conocimiento de Dios. El evangelio solo permanece oculto y encubierto para los que se pierden por tener cegada la mente. Y no se trata de carecer de suficiente inteligencia humana, muchas personas cuyo coeficiente intelectual es bastante elevado son incrédulas. No están ciegos para ver la verdad de Cristo porque no tienen visión, sino porque han sucumbido ante el padre de la mentira.

El mensaje del evangelio es extremadamente sencillo y fácil de entender cuando somos guiados por el Espíritu Santo. Sin embargo, cuando decidimos aplicar la lógica y la razón humanas, se nos hace virtualmente imposible ver la verdad. Vamos a resumir lo que significa la salvación bíblica. Todos los seres humanos hemos pecado contra Dios y estamos excluidos de Su presencia. Solamente somos justificados, es decir, declarados justos, por medio de la fe en Jesucristo, quien derramó Su sangre en la cruz del calvario por nuestra redención.

De acuerdo a Romanos 3:23-26: por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios, siendo justificados gratuitamente por su gracia, mediante la redención que es en Cristo Jesús, a quien Dios puso como propiciación por medio de la fe en su sangre, para manifestar su justicia, a causa de haber pasado por alto, en su paciencia, los pecados pasados, con la mira de manifestar en este tiempo su justicia, a fin de que él sea el justo, y el que justifica al que es de la fe de Jesús.

La salvación consiste de la gracia, la reconciliación, la propiciación, la redención y la justificación. Por la gracia, el pecador está delante de Dios como deudor; pero recibe lo que no merece. En lugar de ser castigado por sus delitos y pecados, es perdonado y declarado absuelto. La reconciliación es una unión en donde dos que estaban separados ahora están juntos nuevamente. El pecado separa al hombre de Dios, pero Cristo nos reconcilia con Él.

El pecador está delante de Dios como un enemigo, pero recibe paz. Jesús con Su sangre pagó el precio del pecado y, una vez que el precio es pagado, Dios nos acepta y dejamos de ser sus enemigos. Romanos 5:1-2 dice: Justificados, pues, por la fe, tenemos paz para con Dios por medio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo por quien también tenemos entrada por la fe a esta gracia en la cual estamos firmes, y nos gloriamos en la esperanza de la gloria de Dios.

La demanda justa de la ira de Dios contra el pecador fue satisfecha por la muerte de Jesucristo en la cruz. Esa es la propiciación. Mediante la redención, el pecador está delante de Dios como esclavo del pecado; pero recibe su libertad al ser rescatado porque Jesucristo pagó el precio con Su sangre. Romanos 6:22 dice: Mas ahora que habéis sido libertados del pecado y hechos siervos de Dios, tenéis por vuestro fruto la santificación, y como fin, la vida eterna.

Finalmente, mediante la justificación, el pecador está delante de Dios acusado y culpable de ser un pecador; pero Dios lo declara libre de culpa porque Jesucristo pagó el precio por nuestros pecados con Su propia sangre. Todo se resume en que Jesucristo murió por tus pecados y los míos y somos justificados por la fe en Él. No sigas permitiendo que el enemigo ciegue tu mente, abre tus ojos espirituales y mira la cruz que te ha salvado. Dios te bendiga.


The Good Ground

But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Matthew 13:23

In the post modern era is very popular preaching of planting and harvesting. It asserts that one is planting and then getting the crop. However, what it is often overlooked in such preaching that no seed will harvest without good ground where it can plant the seed. Not all areas of our planet are suitable to plant and grow crops. There also spiritually barren land and produce nothing and good ground which bear much fruit.

Several years ago I went to Puerto Rico to resolve some personal issues. As usual whenever I go to the island of enchantment, I called Miguel, my best friend, who received me in his apartment located cross street the airport in San Juan. I arrived on a Friday and Saturday Miguel, who is Adventist, asked me if I wanted to accompany him to his church. I told him I had no objection to go with it. We left early his apartment for going to the church.

What struck me that Saturday service in the church of my friend Miguel was the preacher delivered a sermon on the parable of the sower. At the end of his sermon he said: “The problem is not the seed because the seed is always good because it is the Word of God. The problem is the type of soil in which the seed falls. What kind of soil are you?” Hearing those words, the Spirit bore witness that I myself throughout my life had been on the ground by the wayside, stony grounds, lawn strewn with thorns and good soil.

On Sunday, my pastor, who agreed with me in Puerto Rico called me and asked me if I had any plans for the Monday morning. I said no and he said he would pick me up at 10 o’clock. So he did and took me to a house where several Catholic ladies were gathered. My pastor shared the word of God with them and spoke on the parable of the sower. When finished, the pastor told them the following: “The problem is not the seed because the seed is always good because it is the Word of God. The problem is the type of soil in which the seed falls. What kind of soil are you?”

Upon hearing my pastor repeat exactly the same words I heard on Saturday in the church of my friend Miguel, I was shocked. My pastor was totally unaware where I had been on Saturday and he did not know what I heard because I did not comment on it, so he made no such comment by being aware of what I had heard two days earlier. But the Spirit of God knew and had moved in two totally different religious backgrounds to give me a clear and accurate message.

Today I share this story with you that hear or read my message. It is likely that you, like I was, throughout your life, you’ve heard the word; but the enemy has taken what was sown in your heart. It is also likely that occasionally you have heard the word and immediately receive it with joy; but when the trails come you’ve encountered. Other times you may have heard the word; but the worries of this world and the deceitfulness of riches have choked the Word making it unfruitful. What kind of land have been you?

Today is the day you’re that good ground, you receive the Word in your heart, you understand and produce fruit a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. God bless you.

La Buena Tierra

Mas el que fue sembrado en buena tierra, éste es el que oye y entiende la palabra, y da fruto;  y produce a ciento, a sesenta, y a treinta por uno.

Mateo 13:23

En la era post moderna es muy popular la prédica de la siembra y la cosecha. Se afirma que uno siembra y luego obtiene la cosecha. Sin embargo, lo que muchas veces se pasa por alto en tal predicación que ninguna siembra dará cosecha sin una buena tierra donde se pueda sembrar la semilla. No todos los terrenos de nuestro planeta son aptos para sembrar y obtener cosechas. En lo espiritual también existen terrenos estériles que no producen nada y buena tierra que da abundante fruto.

Hace varios años yo fui a Puerto Rico para resolver ciertos asuntos personales. Como de costumbre cada vez que voy a la isla del encanto, llamé a Miguel, mi mejor amigo, quien me recibió en su apartamento ubicado frente al aeropuerto de San Juan. Llegué un viernes y el sábado Miguel, quien es adventista, me preguntó si quería acompañarlo a su iglesia. Yo le dije que no tenía ningún inconveniente en ir con él. Así que ambos salimos temprano para su iglesia.

Lo que más me impactó del servicio de ese sábado en la iglesia de mi amigo Miguel fue que el predicador dio un sermón sobre la parábola del sembrador. Al finalizar su sermón dijo lo siguiente: “El problema no es la semilla porque la semilla siempre es buena ya que es la Palabra de Dios. El problema es el tipo de terreno en el cual cae la semilla. ¿Qué clase de terreno eres tú?” Al escuchar esas palabras, el Espíritu me dio testimonio de que yo mismo, a lo largo de mi vida, había sido sucesivamente el terreno junto al camino, terreno pedregoso, terreno sembrado de espinos y buena tierra.

El domingo, mi pastor, quien coincidía conmigo en Puerto Rico me llamó y me preguntó si yo tenía algún plan para el lunes en la mañana. Yo le dije que no y él me dijo que pasaría a recogerme a las 10 de la mañana. Así lo hizo y me llevó a una casa donde estaban reunidas varias señoras católicas. Mi pastor compartió la palabra de Dios con ellas y le habló sobre la parábola del sembrador. Al finalizar, el pastor les dijo lo siguiente: “El problema no es la semilla porque la semilla siempre es buena ya que es la Palabra de Dios. El problema es el tipo de terreno en el cual cae la semilla. ¿Qué clase de terreno eres tú?”

Al escuchar a mi pastor repetir exactamente las mismas palabras que yo oí el sábado en la iglesia de mi amigo Miguel, yo quedé impactado. Mi pastor ignoraba por completo dónde yo había estado el sábado ni tampoco sabía lo que yo escuché porque no le hice ningún comentario al respecto, así que él no hizo tal comentario por estar enterado de lo que yo había escuchado dos días antes. Pero el Espíritu de Dios si lo sabía y se había movido en dos ambientes religiosos totalmente distintos para darme un mensaje claro y certero.

Hoy yo comparto esta historia contigo que me escuchas o lees. Es probable que tú, al igual que lo fui yo, a lo largo de tu vida, has escuchado la Palabra; pero el enemigo ha arrebatado lo que fue sembrado en tu corazón. También es probable que en ocasiones hayas escuchado la Palabra y al momento la recibiste con gozo; pero al venir las pruebas hayas tropezado. Otras veces pudiste haber oído la Palabra; pero el afán de este mundo y el engaño de las riquezas han ahogado la Palabra haciéndola infructuosa. ¿Qué clase de terreno has sido tú?

Hoy es el día que seas esa buena tierra, que recibas la Palabra en tu corazón, la entiendas y produzcas fruto al ciento, a sesenta, y a treinta por uno. Dios te bendiga.


We Must Confess Sins

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1 John 1:9-10

Everyone likes to forgive. But there are things that must be done first before receiving forgiveness. In natural life it is unlikely to receive forgiveness for something we have not recognized as our fault. The same is true in the spiritual. Daily we offend God with our sins and although He is willing to forgive us, we must first repent and confess our sins before God.

The American writer and Christian counselor Winston T. Smith said: “The confession of sins is a proclamation of the gospel. A proclamation that there is a way back into our falls, there are rescue and healing from the breach.” Confess sins is the road to forgiveness; it is our living hope to achieve redemption; it is essential step to achieve justification by grace.

Without a confession of sins there is no possibility to participate in grace. We have no choice if we want mercy we should recognize ourselves as sinners. American pastor John MacArthur (1939- ) says: “The doctrine of salvation is not popular because it includes recognition of sin.” Unfortunately for those who refuse to admit their sins, the doctrine of salvation by grace is correct, it is the essence of the New Covenant; but for the grace, we must first confess our sins.

Christian author Nancy Leigh DeMoss (1958- ) said: “The difference between two sinful people is not so much the magnitude of their sins, but the answer they give when confronted with them.” Without a doubt there is not a single person on Earth who has not sinned. Before men, there may be a scale of sins; but with God all offense to His Law is just as sinful. If we are confronted and we do not recognize our fault, it is impossible to expect that the just and holy God who we offended will forgive us.

The first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, both sinned against God. To each of them, God sent a prophet to confront. When the prophet Samuel confronted Saul’s sin, this was his response: “And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites” (1 Samuel 15:20). Saul justified rather than confess his sin.

But when the prophet Nathan rebuked David for his sin, the king said what it says 2 Samuel 12:13: So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. While Saul concealed his sin and was rejected as king of Israel, David confessed and was forgiven. Many people might say that Saul’s sin was milder than that of David because the former not only followed the instructions to the letter while the latter committed adultery and killed.

For God all disobedience to His instructions is a serious sin. The attitude we must take when confronted by our faults should be like David or like John Newton, author of Amazing Grace, who said: “I remember two things: I am a great sinner and that Jesus is a great Savior.” We do not conceal our sins, rather let confess them admitting before God our sins because He is faithful and righteous to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God bless you.