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D. Haskins December 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

I recall little of when I was saved. I was only 8 or so.
So I don’t know if God really rebirthed me into his family, or anointed me with the spirit. But know I believed fully in Jesus.

I didn’t expect angels to come down from heaven and start singing, (And they didn’t), but I remember feeling nothing at the time.

Is God’s spirit silent, and unfelt when it enters?
(And I don’t say this out of pride, or under the deceptive hold of illusory innocence, just curiosity.)
Maybe it was just the fact I was young, and comparatively innocent, and so I didn’t feel a major difference in my way of life.
I was as John put it, out of the knowledge of the law, at the time. And so not needing to be saved until years later, when I learned of the laws of sin and death. (That is how it works?)
I have sinned more since than the day I was saved, and by default since I was so young. I really fell short of deserving any grace in the last few months.
But I do know that I trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, so do I really need to question if I was saved then? Maybe some confessions later I was saved. Do I really have to know when, where and how I was saved?
Or did God do his good work somewhere along this long road?

And one more question, I hate to pester, sorry.
If I have the holy spirit, how do I know? Do I just pray, and see whatever happens? I recall a verse that says “None can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ apart from the Holy Spirit.”
I think that’s how it goes. So If I believe in Christ, I have the spirit maybe without noticing it’s voice?

I just needed some directions. I am going off to bootcamp for Army/Nat. Guard soon, joining my two brothers in the service. And I know if I have Jesus, I don’t need to be afraid. But I just need to know I have Jesus guiding me.

Thanks – From a avid reader of this website and your other articles. You are really doing good for people like me, when I need help.

Pamela December 22, 2016 at 1:38 am

If you desire Jesus, tell Him and trust that He is yours. Pray and ask for guidance and thank Him for it. Thank you for the things you will do in Jesus’ name with honor and humility

DocReits January 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Hi D. Haskins,

It sounds to me that you were raised as a Roman Catholic. Am I correct? I was also. (Being raised in a church where saying and believing the “right” things were enough to keep you “right” with God and out of trouble.) That was my history and others out there I am sure can identify whether Catholic or not. So regardless of your church history here is something that might help you. Sorry for the length but I really feel this is important.

Believing and saying the right things is not salvation. Asking Jesus into your heart is not salvation. I know that sounds antithetical to many but it is simply not salvation. Jesus does not “have a wonderful plan for your life” as we were taught when working for Campus Crusade for Christ”(God Bless the memory of Bill Bright, a great man of God). God originally had a wonderful plan but the plan went awry when Adam sinned and all mankind became cursed by God…not just kicked out of Eden, but cursed and damned to everlasting hell with real flames and real worms tormenting your flesh forever, along with Satan and his angels. Not a great picture. Horrible.

We have all sinned and are no better than Adam who started this whole process, and therefore we are all damned to hell forever…you, me and everyone. We must understand our terrible predicament. God commanded us that we not lie, steal, lust, or blaspheme His Name just to list four of God’s ten commandments. When we stand before Him after our deaths there will be no excusing these sins. We will all be judged and sentenced to this horrible eternal existence in hell. This should make us weep! We are all damned!

No amount of prayer, fasting, reading the Bible, going to church or doing good deeds will rescue us from God’s judgement for our wrongdoing…our sins…. which defied and angered a Holy God, our Creator. This is why we feel like something is not quite right. God, our Creator, made us with a conscience and wrote this Law(His Ten Commandments) on our hearts. We know we have sinned.

We know internally that things are not right with our maker. And so we ask questions like yours about not knowing if we are saved. We ask those questions many times of unsaved people who really do not have the answer. They tell us maybe to go to church or read the Bible or pray or do good works, or even ask Jesus into our hearts… but while all of those things are OK, our conscience still tells us we are not right with God. And our conscience is correct…we are not right with God nor will we ever be right with God by doing all of these “good” works.

God calls us, as it sounds like He is calling you, to recognize your terrible plight. Not only recognize your position(of being damned to flames forever) but to “OWN” it. Own it down to the very fiber of your soul. You are lost…forever. Darkness, loneliness, separation, despair and torment forever. This should drive us to our knees, crying out for God’s mercy.

He is merciful besides being just. You cannot get off the hook though. You must pay for your sins. The dilemma is that nothing you have to offer will satisfy God. You are bankrupt and bereft of anything of value that will appease God’s wrath against your sinful disobedience.

God has provided a way though and it has nothing to do with you. Jesus’s death and Resurrection, the substitute for your sins, has provided a way of escape from the torment of your hell that awaits you. A whispered prayer to God requesting that Jesus be your bond for escape from your punishment, is the start. Turning then from your sin and following Jesus for the rest of your life is your requirement to appease His wrath. We will sin. Christians are not sinless but we continue daily to turn from sin and turn towards Jesus. God miraculously, amazingly accepts you into His family by viewing you through the lens of Jesus’s sacrifice. It is not you, it is Jesus…it is never us, it is always Jesus. Read through the epistles(especially Ephesians, Galatians and Colossians.)

How do we know we are saved? “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW you have eternal life.”(1 Jn 5:13) Read His Word to assure yourself that you are saved once you have asked God to have Jesus be your bondsman and have turned from your sin.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”(Rom 8:16) God’s Holy Spirit will take up residence inside you. Your body will become God’s temple and you will know that you are saved. This is at the heart of worship when you yield your spirit to God’s Holy Spirit and have communion with your God.

“And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments”(Jn 2:3-6) Striving to remain pure is another witness that God’s Holy Spirit is working within you as you continue to follow Christ. We will fall, but getting up, confessing our sin to God and continuing to follow Jesus is a witness to yourself that you are saved.

In 3:18-19 John, again, assures us: “ Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him….” Loving those Christians you associate with and those people who are not yet Christians is another witness that you are saved.

I hope, if not yourself, others are encouraged by these words and might know that you can know that you are saved.

DocReits

Jack Wellman January 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Amen. I think the 2nd John chapter 3 is rich in these references about the assurance of our salvation, by John’s repeated us of “know” over and over again You are always an encouragement to read sir. May God richly bless you my friend.

OMOSEEYE ANTHONY October 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

MAY GOD CONTINUE TO HELP AND ADVANCE YOUR MINISTRY MORE AND MORE. GOD BLESS.

Jack Wellman October 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm

You are so kind sir. Thank you and may God richly bless you for your encouraging words.

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