On this site, you will find many writings on salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. When we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we become alive spiritually. How does this happen? The Holy Spirit - God’s Spirit - comes to dwell within us, quickens us (John 6:63), and makes us alive in Christ. Although we are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13), the hardness of life may cause us to reel. Sometimes we might not respond to these challenges as well as we would like. At times, we might even wonder if we are truly saved. Allow the questions and answers here to bring assurance to you of your salvation.
Question 1: Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God, and in His death on the cross and resurrection, He took your sins and covered them eternally in His blood?
Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Based on our faith, then, we live as believers. We are not saved based on doing (works); we are saved based on God’s grace and our believing in Jesus Christ. This belief should lead us to demonstrate our faith by doing (living righteously).
Question 2: Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness (to do those things that are right in God’s eyes)?
The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 reveal the characteristics of individuals who are blessed by God. Let’s look at one: You are blessed of God if you hunger and thirst after righteousness. This means you have a desire to live rightly and grow in your relationship with God. How does this happen? 1 Peter 2:2 explains that believers “desire the pure milk of the Word that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). The desire to grow and live rightly was placed within you by the Holy Spirit and aligns with Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” May we walk humbly with God!
Question 3: When you read the Word of God, do you have an agreement that it is the truth? Does the Holy Spirit stir you as you read various scriptures in the Bible?
The Word of God is alive. In Hebrews 4:13, we learn that “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” John 6:63 concurs, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” If the life of the Holy Spirit is within you, there will be agreement with the life that is in the Word of God. There will be agreement and a stirring within that these Words are life to me and health to all my flesh (Prov. 4:22). If this is not the case for you now, continue in the Word and ask God to open the eyes of your understanding and give you revelation and discernment.
Question 4: Is your life being continually transformed? Are you changing? Do you want to know Jesus Christ and be more and more like Him?
True believers look for ways to be like Christ and follow in His footsteps. They do not use their salvation and freedom in Christ as an occasion for sin (Gal. 5:13). Often when we pray to God, we desire that people, places, and things change, but God primarily answers by highlighting the change required in us. His plan is for us to be conformed into the image of His dear Son Jesus (Rom. 8:29). As we change and grow, a power to persevere and endure in life develops. One major change you will encounter is this: You will begin to shift from a self-centered life to a God-centered one. Andrew Murray, a Christian writer, teacher, and pastor who lived in the 1800s, said this about true Christians: "The only sure mark of our being true Christians, of our really loving Christ, is the deep longing and the steady effort to know more of Him."
Question 5: Do you listen for the voice of God and follow what He says?
Jesus says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Some individuals have heard God’s audible voice, but God speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes we feel an unction or a knowing of how God is dealing with us; sometimes we recognize what God is saying through the words of others; sometimes we can tell what God is doing as a circumstance or situation unfolds. God customizes His communication to us so that we can understand. May we calm ourselves to listen to Him … and then go on to follow His leading. One other thought is important here: When you fail Him, do you want to make things right with God by repenting and seeking forgiveness? 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Be encouraged by 2 Cor. 5:17 in the Amplified:
Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. Amen! Amen!
If you do not know Jesus and desire salvation, click here and also here for an explanation of salvation and a prayer to receive Jesus as your Savior. I also have a study found on this site entitled "Salvation and the Holy Spirit." Find it here.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
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