“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
As a high school teacher I have had many conversations about Christianity and my faith with people including atheists and agnostics. I vividly recall one such conversation. An atheist student overheard me talking to another student. I mentioned that I often prayed for students in the school. The atheist spoke up and said, “I'll bet you pray for me, don't you?” My response of, “Yes” seemed to surprise him. He asked, “Really? Do you pray for me specifically?” Again my response was, “Yes.” He replied, “You seem so convinced, so confident that there is a God and that He loves you, and me apparently. What makes you so sure?”
Convinced, confident and sure were the three words he used to describe my faith in the Lord. Up until the past few years I can not recall having ever been paid such a compliment. The reason for that being that I was not truly confident. A disbelief in God's existence has never really been an issue. My salvation, however, is a different story.
There came a point in my life that I was praying daily for salvation. The reality was that I was saved as a young girl. Satan had just been really effective at creating doubt in my life. So I prayed for some kind of conformation of my salvation. I desperately needed assurance.
Prayer works! At the next Wednesday night Bible study at church the topic was, “Assurances of Salvation.” Ironically, answered prayer was one of the assurances. I prayed for conformation and was presented with an answered prayer. Check one. But, of course, one answered prayer did not remove the mountain of doubt Satan had built. I needed something else.
Then it happened. It was the “Aha! Moment” I had been waiting for. Scripture that I had heard and read so many times over the years suddenly started taking on a whole new meaning. In nature, a carnal mind, that will not happen. The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals the Word to us. In order for the Holy Spirit to reveal something to me meant I had to have the Holy Spirit. And to have the Holy Spirit meant I was saved! Whew! What a sense of peace!
I wrote this because I know there are other people that have asked, or are asking the same question I asked myself hundreds of times. “How can I be sure I am saved? How can I know that I am really, 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt saved?”
Here is my checklist:
- Have I confessed (agreed with God) that I am a sinner? (Romans 3:23)
- Do I believe that Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again 3 days later? (Romans 10:9)
- Have I repented (turned from my sinful life)? (Romans 6:2)
- Do I love others unconditionally, even those that are hard to love? (1 John 3:14, 4:7-8)
- Is my mind on the things of Spirit ? (Romans8:9)
- Are my prayers being answered? (John 15:7)
- Is scripture being revealed to me? ( 1 Corinthians 2:14)
- Am I helping build the Kingdom of God? (John 15:5)
If you struggle with confidence in your salvation, I hope this devotion will help you get a better understanding of where you are with Christ. All Satan has to do to make a Christian ineffective is create enough doubt to squash their confidence. Boldness cannot come from insecurity. If you belong to Christ, learn who you are in Christ and walk boldly in it everyday! True confidence in Christ is life changing!
Written in service to my first love - Jesus Christ,
I look forward to reading your comments.