Assurance of Salvation

Tuesday john 3 16

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Be Assured He Keeps His Promises!!!

1John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1John 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
1John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
1John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
1John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
1John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

The weary evangelist knocked on another door, fully expecting to have it slammed in his face. Sure enough, the older woman who answered angrily demanded that he leave once she figured out why he was there and slammed the door.
The door, however, bounced back open, and the woman shouted, “Get your foot out of my door!”
“But ma’am…” the evangelist began, when the woman again slammed the door in his face. Once again it bounced back open.
“I said get your foot out of my door!” the woman yelled again. One more time she slammed the door. One more time it bounced open again.
“But ma’am…” the evangelist said again, only to be cut off.
“Don’t talk back to me!” the woman screamed in a rage. “I want you off my property!” She slammed the door a fourth time, only to see it bounce open a fourth time.
“Ma’am,” the evangelist yelled as he beat a hasty retreat down the sidewalk, “you’ll be able to close your door if you move your cat out of the way!”
There are five basic categories of people in the New Testament:
1) Those who know they aren’t saved.
Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
Acts 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
2) Those who think they are saved, but aren’t.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

3) Those we think are saved, but aren’t.
1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

4) Those who are saved, but don’t act like it.
1Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
5) Those that are saved, and live it.
1John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Over the years I myself have had moments of questioning my salvation and have talked with others that have had the same doubt. We know the doubt can come from the enemy, sin in our life, not being in fellowship with like minded believers. This has led me to believe that a lack of assurance of salvation is much more common than any of us suspect. This lack of assurance can be very pronounced leading to feelings of doubt and disbelief. What are its causes? In my experience there is more than any one thing. For instance, a lack of assurance can be attributed to what I would call doctrinal traditions. There are certain doctrinal positions that deal with the issue of sin in the life of the believer that cause a lack of assurance of salvation. For instance, there are those who teach that every time a Christian sins that they are lost again. This is a lie right out of Hell. A lack of assurance can be attributed to how you were raised or can be attributed to neglect or abuse that results in low self-worth or self-esteem. A lack of assurance can be attributed to a failure to walk in the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

I suspect that the overwhelming majority of those with assurance problems are living a nominally Christian lifestyle and are not walking in the Spirit but are walking in the flesh. Last but not least, there are many who do not have assurance of salvation because they have never been saved! Jesus said, “…ye must be born again…” and the plain truth is they give no evidence of having experienced the new birth and therefore they cannot have assurance. So all this being said, I’m going to share 5 important truths about assurance could transform your life. First, is what I want to refer to as:

I. The Acceptance Answer

Was there a time when you personally accepted Christ?
Some folks are blessed to know the very day, hour and minute of their salvation experience but for most of us it is enough that we know that there was a time when we accepted Christ. I want you to notice that I did not ask you when you were baptized or when you joined the church but when do you know that you accepted Jesus as your personal savior? Someone said that, “…joining a church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than walking into a garage makes you a car!” That is truth. When i have asked people about Jesus or heaven or both I have had interesting answers. Some are the following:
1. “I am Catholic” I am hoping in my works. (Lie right from the enemy).
2. “I go to Church” what exactly does that mean. Like stated above We don’t become a car walking in the garage.
3. “Nobody can know for sure about heaven” Another huge lie from the enemy.
4. “I volunteer at the soup kitchen”
5. “My Grandmother prays for me” Now it is good to have people praying for us however that doesn’t give us a way into heaven.
Now prayer, going to a bible believing church, and helping others are all good things; HOWEVER that doesn’t get us saved. Salvation comes from repenting and acknowledgement of being a sinner needing Jesus as Lord and Savior and inviting him into our hearts. We need that personal relationship self with Jesus.

It is not where you go to church (however being in a bible believing church is very important), it is not because Grandma is praying My Grandma was a praying woman not all her children and grandchildren are saved. She is now in heaven so the family is on its own. Her prayers are precious but nobody will hear on the day of facing Jesus “Cheryl your grandma prayed for you so yes come right on in”. Volunteering is wonderful and charity is important but will not get anyone saved. Again nobody on the day they take their last breath will hear “Cheryl you did so much good work at the soup kitchen and helped those who needed help come right on in”. Then the lie on “We can’t know for sure about heaven”;

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Now in Luke we read the story of the thieves on the cross with Jesus, one continued to mock Jesus and the other repented, and acknowledged him as Lord. Now this man did no good works to go to heaven, and rest assured nobody took him off the cross so he could be baptized. He went to heaven by acknowledging he was the Lord, he is God. He trusted in him.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

II. The Attitude Answer
What is your attitude towards sin?
When you accepted Christ did your attitude about sin change? God hates sin! He hates it so much that He sent His only Son to die on Calvary for our sins, he who knew no sin, he who is perfect in everyway. The Cross is the answer to the question does God hate sin? Do you have an aversion to sin, a hatred of sin and is sin morally repugnant to you.

1John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

We need to be careful to ask forgiveness when we do sin. He knows we will still fall short but we need to ask forgiveness, and try our best not to grieve him.

III. The Affection Answer
Love for God and the things of God
There are two things stated here about the child of God. Love for the Father. —
1John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
1John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
1John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

The Bible says we love Him because He first loved us. It is natural for a child of God to love his Father. The more we know about the Father and His love for us, the more we will love Him. We come to know Him through His Word. We’ll come to like Him, and be like Him!
Love for the Family. — Being born again means that you are born into a family. It is a natural thing for family members to love one another. This is one of the precious truths about being a Christian. How is love going to behave?

1Corinthians 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
1Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Paul and Silas with the Philippian jailer. The jailer had beaten them, then when he saw their faith, and the earthquake, asked how to be saved…..but when he was born again the Bible says he washed their stripes, put a meal on the table for them and fellowshipped with them! If you are truly born again, the birthmark of love will be evident in your life.

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Colossians 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

IV. The Action Answer
Commandment keeping
A young lady got a job typing manuscripts for an author…it was her main duty. Then she fell in love with the author and they were married. What had previously been a duty now became the desire of her heart. She desired to please the one she loved.

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

As a child I was given a command not to touch the hot stove. That command came from a loving dad who was concerned for me and didn’t want me to get hurt, have serious injuries! The commandments of God come from a loving, heavenly Father who knows what is in the future and is concerned for His children.

V. The Association Answer

Fellowship with Christians
1John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
1John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

If you’ve truly been saved, you’ll be in church…not out of duty…you’ll WANT to be there! You will prefer fellowship with like minded believers and not the world. You’ll love what Christ loves [the church]! If you’ve got any doubt at all, you need to get a heart check. And don’t start going to church so you can feel saved…rather, get saved for certain and you’ll WANT to go to church!

It has been and continues to be my experience that most folks who have problems with assurance have an over-reliance on their feelings. You need to know that your feelings are the most unreliable aspect of your assurance. Many times we will hear “listen to your heart”, this is the worst advise ever. The Lord tells us our hearts are desperately wicked. Feelings can change from one moment to the next and I suspect that Satan understands this too. He is an accuser of the brethren and He will attack you in the area of your feelings. Next come faith and we all understand that faith is essential to salvation but know this, faith can wax and faith can wane; we can have “little faith” and we can have “great faith” as Jesus plainly states in the Gospels. Last but certainly not least, ultimately our assurance of salvation must rest on the foundation of Our assurance of salvation should be based on FACTS, NOT FEELINGS. Emotions can be fickle and unreliable. The apostle John wrote, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” The Lord wants us to rely on the recorded facts of His Word for assurance of salvation rather than on our changing feelings.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Romans 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Pray daily and keep the doubt out of our life. If we have doubt and waver and lose our joy we are not pleasing the father, our Precious lord and Savior, instead we are pleasing the enemy!!!
I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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