Gift of His Spirit
"This is what God has prepared for us and, as a guarantee, He has given us His Holy Spirit" (2 Corinthians 5:5).
A dynamic young business man sat across from me in my office. By almost every standard of human measure he was an outstanding success in both his business and his religion.
He was one of the leading men in his field of specialty in the world. A highly moral, religious person, he was very active in his church. And yet, he was not sure that he was a Christian.
He wanted desperately - more than anything else in the world - to have real assurance, but he did not know how to go about obtaining it. Step by step, I explained to him from the Bible how he could receive Christ into his life and be sure of his salvation.
Soon we were on our knees in prayer, after which he went on his way rejoicing in the assurance of his salvation to begin a supernatural walk with God.
Many pastors and other Christian leaders, I have discovered, also have this same gnawing doubt about their salvation. One pastor who had preached the Bible-centered gospel for 40 years told me that he was still unsure of his salvation.
The wife of an evangelist confided, "During the past 30 years, my husband and I have introduced thousands of people to Christ, but I have never been sure of my own salvation. Never before have I had the courage to share this concern with anyone, but now I am so desperate that I have come to seek your help."
I explained that we receive Christ as our Savior by faith or on act of the will; then, as a guarantee, He gives us His Holy Spirit.
Bible Reading: II Corinthians 5:6-10
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: With God's Holy Spirit as my constant witness, I will daily give thanks to Him for assurance of my salvation.
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