Am I Really Saved?
Question: “Am I really saved and how can I know that I am saved and going to heaven?”
Does Christ reign in your heart? The Bible says, If we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus as Christ, and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). You may say, “I believe in Christ.” But have you made Him the Lord of your life?
Thousands and thousands of people who have their name on a church roll have never surrendered their will to Christ as their Lord. You may believe in God, the church, and Christ, but if you have not surrendered to Christ and asked Him in as your Lord, you are not saved. The base of salvation is surrender of self to Jesus. Satan believes in Christ, Satan knows Christ, but Satan will not be going to heaven as he refuses to accept Christ as his Lord.
Until you acknowledge and accept Jesus as King, and follow Him, the Kingdom of Christ does not reign and dwell in your heart. You are outside of God’s Kingdom, totally lost, and some day you will be banished into everlasting darkness where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12).
Salvation then is when God is the captain of our ship, the Lord of our life. It is when we trust God, believing He can guide our lives better than we can. Trusting God is not only giving Him our body and soul to guide and direct, but trusting in God’s time table to accomplish what He wants to accomplish in and for us. God sees into the future and knows what roads are best for us to take.
The believer’s life is characterized by
- confession of sin (1 John 1:9),
- obedience to the commandments of God (1 John 2:3,4; 3:22–24),
- love of the brethren, which is defined in terms of obedience to the law of God (1 John 5:2,3; Romans 13:10) and
- the practice of righteousness and an increasingly holy lifestyle, one not dominated by sin (1 Jn 2:29 – 3:10).
Although believers can and do sin, when we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1). We confess our new sin and God in His might love, forgives us.
Have you turned your life over to God? Is He the Lord of your life, or are you the Lord of your life? If you have not turned to God, now is the perfect time to say “Lord forgive me of my sins, be the Lord of my life.”
Am I really saved? Yes, if you have repented of your sins and made Christ the Lord of your life.
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