Our Salvation is the most important thing we have. The scriptures warn us to make sure what we believe is true. It is so easy for us to conclude that we are sincere in our belief but is that what matters, our sincerity? I am convinced many are deceived by their emotions and the salvation they believe they have are based on their feelings alone and not upon the truth found in the Word.
We are to take the Word of God and judge ourselves to see if we are true. This is not a request but an absolute must!
Here are some questions that may help us in looking into our hearts through the light of the Word. We should not take this in any way but as a tool to see where we are spiritually with the Lord. May God grant us the conviction to see our error while it is called today so we may get right with Him before it is too late!
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, Heb 3:12-14.
Set aside quiet time with undivided attention, asking the Lord to see what you need to see as you read each question. Even for those who are truly in the faith, it does not hurt to know how to answer. I have given some scriptures but certainly, each question can easily be made into a bible study of your own.
- How can you know you are still dead in your sins? How can you know you are alive in Christ?
- How do you know that your faith is not: In your religion? In your church/denomination? In faith? In the idea of Christ?
- In your experience what was it you last denied or crucified?
- What do the words of God saying ‘come out of her My people’ mean to you in your experience and application? Rev 18:4 or ‘come out from among them and be separate….?’ 2 Cor 6:16-18.
- Do you have an assurance that you are saved?
Answers (not exhaustive of course!)
- Romans 6 Once we have a true encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ SIN becomes an issue with us. We will begin to see it in us and around us. But it does not stop there, the Spirit of Christ detests sin and since He is in us we will also want to be rid of it and no longer want to be around it.
- John 6: 26-40 True faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is supernatural and will satisfy us where we will not have a need or desire to search elsewhere for our needs. We will know and understand the words: Christ is all I need. We will possess contentment – no matter our circumstances and peace despite our circumstances.
- Luke 9:23 The Life of the saint of God is where we are continually shedding our old habits and lusts and turn from them. We agree with God in that they are offensive and so we nail them to the cross of Christ, and what it means to ‘die to self’ or to deny ourselves.
- 1 Peter 1-17 A true saint of God will be one who God has made holy and sanctified. Since He has set aside us for Himself we now live clean and holy lives. We will desire to move out from the world. TV, the Internet, and books are areas where the world’s views and beliefs are perpetuated. Entertainment, hobbies, and whatever takes our time are places that deserve to be searched. 1 Peter 2:4-6 God wants us to love Him in mind, body, and soul, and how we are to love Him: We cannot love and be preoccupied with things more than how much we give to the Lord for this is called idolatry. It is easy in today’s world to be swept away into the nothingness of doings.
- Romans 8:14-16 Gal 4:5-7 the true saint of God does not doubt their salvation but having said this, they also do not neglect it either. It is the most precious gift that Christ our Lord has given us so we do not take it for granted. God’s Spirit in us gives us a knowing or an assurance that we are His. One of the pieces of evidence that we are is we will be under the leading of the Holy Spirit to the obedience of God’s Word. If we live a vague life that really does not know what God commands nor His instructions and His heart is an indication that we are not under the Holy Spirit’s leading. For in our heart, we cry out saying essentially, ‘Lord, I cry out for You!’ Crying out to the Lord is not just in word but in a wanting. A wanting to know Him, what He desires, who He is, and His will. To be led by the Holy Spirit is not vague nor is it passive but purposeful on our part. Who expects to bake a cake by only reading the recipe? The recipe demands that we participate in it and do what it says for us to actually make and enjoy it!