Do You Know You ARE Saved?
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:13)
Every now and then as I write these Mustard Seeds, I have to get out of the way and let you the readers guide me where I am supposed to be. I believe in the phrase Henry Blackaby uses in his book "Experiencing God", when he says we have to "see where God is working and join in with Him". Sometimes it is clear what God wants me to write about, sometimes it is not. Other times God hits me over the head and seems to say, "get with the program Ron!" as He makes the subject so obvious! This is one of those days.
Yesterdays thought addressed the myth that there is no Hell. Clearly God's Word teaches about a literal place where those who have never accepted His Son will spend an eternity. I was overwhelmed with responses, such as "How do you know you are really saved?" and "How can anyone really be sure their name is written in the book of life?" Okay God, here I am, send me!
We are certainly able to know that we have eternal life. The Bible clearly says so in 1 John 5:13. Do you know that? If you died today, would you go to Heaven? Why would God let you into His presence? Please understand, my intent here is not to make you question your salvation, but the Bible does say to test yourself, to see if you are in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
First, let me say that one thing I have observed, as I have talked with people questioning whether they are truly saved, is that those who are truly saved are the ones who mostly question their salvation. In other words, those who are born again are the ones that Satan keeps trying to convince that they aren't. Those not saved don't seem as concerned with the issue. The fact that you would ever question your salvation, may be a good indicator that you are saved.
Second, what you may need to question first is not your salvation, but what you believe about salvation. The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). You can't earn your salvation, you can simply accept, by faith, the grace to be saved. This is important, because often when you question your salvation, you are trying to attach some "act" to it, other than simply believing in Christ, and accepting Him as your Savior.
Third, examine your life. Has there ever been a time when you prayed, with all your heart, to accept Jesus as your Savior? Well, has there? I can assure you that if there was that time, you are saved. The Bible, in my reading, adds nothing that you have to do. (Romans 10:9) If you are not certain of that fact, don't keep questioning, do it today! Pray to receive Christ. Ask Him to come into your heart and life and save you. Tell Him you want to be born again! Then write that date down in your Bible, and the next time Satan, or anyone else, tries to convince you you're lost, go to the record of when you did what God's Word told you to do. At that point you are trusting not in yourself, but in God's Holy Word to do what He has promised to do; to save those who commit their hearts to Him alone.
Finally, and I think this is very important, look at the general direction of your life. Read Romans chapter 8 where it describes the mind of a natural (unsaved man) and a spiritual (saved man). Is your general tendency to please Christ? Or, does it not matter to you if you sin? The Christian, one who has been saved, has the Spirit of God living within them, and they cannot be fully content unless they are pleasing God. Oh, a Christian will still sin, because they battle the flesh, but a Christian will never be truly satisfied until they decide to follow Christ and obey Him each day.
There, God, I did what you asked me to do. Now, reader, are you saved? Are you born again? If you are, tell Satan to get behind you! If you are not, there is no better day than today!
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