How does anyone know I am saved and headed to heaven to rejoice with the Lord? Answers to this question can be found in a letter wrote by the apostle John.
“And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who says “I know him” but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)
If you are not compelled to walk in Jesus’ footsteps and seeking Christ like perfection, then you are NOT of Him and are in grave danger of being cast out in eternal darkness.
Your motivation must also be faith driven. As someone gets saved and born again, they must have a significant change of heart followed by an acceptance of Christ as Lord and savior. What follows is a purification process through which we are called to give up our sinful habits and follow Jesus walking a narrow path which leads to eternal life.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.” (1 John 2:15-16)
In these verses, when Paul uses “the world” he actually refers to the morally evil system that opposes God: The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Since these are also three temptations Jesus himself experienced, it is critical we keep focused on all that is good and resist the things of the world.
When Paul talks about “the things of this world” he is including material things that surround us. Though it is acceptable to God that we enjoy the things He makes possible in our lives, we are commanded to keep putting God first and not allow materialism to take precedent over our relationship with the Lord.
The last step in knowing you are saved involves sin itself. Though sin is not acceptable to God and punishable accordingly, sin is deeply rooted within all of us. Chances are you will fall along your walk with Jesus. When you do, God commands you to get back up in faith and repentance and continue walking striving for Christ like perfection.
When I am asked how I know I am saved I simply answer: “I know.” I know the person I was before I accepted Jesus as my savior, I remember the changes that followed in my life and, I know how and where I have fallen since. I also know I got back up, prayed to God that He would strengthen me so I would not fall again. I know I am saved and I know where I am headed.
God’s word tells us we must be born again, be saved if we are to enter His kingdom. “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
If you are not certain that you are saved or not sure where you are headed in this life or the next, I invite you to contact us and allow me to answer any question you have or, to pray with you letting God’s holy spirit enter your heart.
You can also do this on your own by praying this prayer:
“Lord father I thank you for all that you have done in my life and for bringing me to this point. I pray that you will forgive my sins and inspire me to walk in your footsteps from this day onward. God I want a relationship with you.”
What follows next is a life filled with eternal joy and fulfillment beyond any “things of the world”. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
For inspiring us to be the best we can be
Touching our hearts positively
And spreading the good news to all those around us.
Lord we pray you will continue to look after us,
After our families, our friends
And answer the prayers of those who seek your peace
And a place with you in heaven.
Father we pray for your strength and for your wisdom
And ask that you keep us from evil,
Lead us from temptation and guide us in difficult times.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre