I want to encourage each of you to read every scripture reference for yourself and let God speak to you.
How I Know I am Saved....
1.I Believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 16:31
2.I have the Son. 1 John 5:12
3.I have a love for the brethren. 1 John 3:14
4.I desire to keep God's commandments. ! John 2:3
5. I desire to turn from the world and all it's sin. 1 John 2:15
6.I am overcoming the world. 1 John 5:4
7. I have the witness of the Spirit within. 1John 5:10
8. My life is evidencing good fruit. Matthew 7:17,18
9. I hear the Lord's voice through the Word of God and desire to follow Him. John 10:27
We all may have doubts about our salvation but we must remember that satan is a LIAR. John 8:44 reminds us satan is a liar. Genesis 3:1 is his first recorded words in the Bible and what was he doing then? Casting doubt on God's word. Here are some ways to deepen your assurance in what God has done for you.
1.Learn the Word of God. Read and study your Bible for yourself. Salvation is based upon what God has said not how you feel or what someone else thinks. Read 2 Timothy 3:14,15
2.Thank God for His Gift of Salvation. Thanksgiving is evidence of faith. Romans 6:23 says you have received the GIFT of eternal life. Thank God for the GIFT He GAVE. read 2 Corinthians 9:15
3.Make a public testimony before others. TELL SOMEBODY! Let others know you have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a relationship between confessing Christ to others and your assurance. One way to confess Christ is to go forward during the church's invitation and speak with the pastor. He will gladly assist you. read 1 John 4:15 Matthew10:32 Romans 10:9,10
4.Attend church as much as possible. Fellowship with other believers is encouraging. Many of them may have experienced the same doubts. read Hebrews 10:22,25
5.Live a righteous life. Isaiah 32:17 tells us the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever. When God sees us living for Him, He will bring assurance to us.
What happens if I sin?
Can Christians sin? YES-1 John 1:8
Does God want us to sin? NO-1 John 2:1
When we do sin, what should we do about it? Confess it to GOD-1 John 1:9
1 John 2:1 tells us that when we sin, Jesus Christ the Righteous appears before God the Father on our behalf.
Read 1 John 1:6,7 and answer for yourself...What do I lose if I sin?
Can you Lose Salvation?
1.John 10:28 says we shall NEVER perish.
2.John 10:29 says no man is able to remove us from God's hand.(that would include yourself)
3.John 6:37 says God will in no wise cast out those who come to Christ.
4.John 6:39 says the responsibility of keeping us saved is the Lord's, not ours,and that Christ can lose nothing.
5.John 5:24 says the kind of life I now have is everlasting.
6.Romans 8:38,39 says that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
7.1 Peter 1:5 says we are Kept by the power of God.
8.Jude 24 says Christ is able to keep us from falling.
9.Philippians 1:6 says that Christ will continue his good work in us until the day of Jesus Christ.
10.Ephesians 1:13 says our salvation has been sealed with the Holy Spirit.
11.Ephesians 2:8 says that our salvation is a gift of God. (a gift is not a gift if it is taken back.)
12.Ephesians 2:9 says we have done nothing to gain salvation. If we do nothing to gain it- we can do nothing to lose it.
13.Ephesians 2:2,3 and 1 John 3:10 tells us before we were saved we were in the control of satan but after salvation we have a new relationship with God.
God is our heavenly Father(Romans 8:15).
Christians are the Sons of God(1 John 3:1).
Just like in our own families, when a child does wrong, his parents will correct and chasten their son but he is still their son. He is not cast out of the family.
When a Christian sins, he is not cast out of the family of God. He does not lose his salvation. Hebrews 12:6 tells us that God will Chasten an erring Christian-just like any loving father does.
Reading assignment is the Gospel of John and then 1st John.
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