“How do I KNOW I am Saved?”

Often as Christians we face a nagging fear. “What if I am not saved?”

The question is uncomfortable, unnerving, and for many it is downright terrifying! For some, the question itself is a nuisance. “Of course I am saved,” they tell themselves. They accepted Jesus Christ, all is forgiven and now they can live their Christian lives pretty much as they please. If this is you, you need to reconsider.

Others will take the question differently. If this question is downright terrifying to you, we need to talk, or it will paralyze your faith and destroy your walk and testimony. You are going to have to get past being paralyzed or you will end up like the man who hid his talent saying to the Lord in the last day, “I knew you to be a hard man….” The end result was not pretty!

It is time to get past the fear of not being saved. It is time for you to be free to walk in your calling boldly. Lets get started…

“How do I know I am saved?” Lets take this question head on. The question itself is based on a false premise. There are so many shades of meaning in the word “know” that come into play. Sometimes we can “know” something that is false. That will not make it true.

The Bible gives ample evidence that there are people who will “know” they are saved, only to find out they are not! I do not wish to be one of them. Do you?

“Am I saved?” is a question that needs to be asked.

Here are some people who think they are saved but are not. Jesus warns that in that day MANY will say, “haven’t we cast out devils and healed the sick in your name?” His reply in the Day of Judgment? “Depart from me you who work iniquity, I NEVER knew you!”

These people operated in the power of the Holy Spirit. That was not denied. But they did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. They were busy building their own church empires. They were not “laying their lives down for the brethren” as they claimed. They were carnally minded in a spiritual mission. Jesus warns, “the pharisees seek the praise of men, therefore they have their reward.” That it. Its over when its over.

Is this you? Are you doing the work of God for a paycheck? If so, In doing the work for a paycheck, is your judgment being impaired because you are afraid to alienate your financial base? Have you generated income streams and publicity schemes to “promote the gospel,” but find yourself being the recipient of adoration and loving it? These are warning signs. Ignore them at your eternal risk!

Am I saying you cannot be genuine if your living comes from the Gospel? No. Paul says it is fitting that those who preach the Gospel should live off the Gospel. However, doing so in modesty and integrity are key. If you have had to sell of a portion of conviction, or integrity to maintain your position as teacher and evangelist or pastor, take heed.

There are others who are not using the Gospel as a career or path to stardom

For many “Am I saved?” is the million dollar question! It is the core of their conflict! The devil says you are evil and unloved and God doesn’t even WANT to save you or accept you. Well, the good news is that 1 – its the devil speaking to you, and 2 – he is “a liar and the father of it”, says Jesus Himself! Now, if the devil is telling you God does not want you, and has not accepted you, what does he gain, if in fact the devil already has you??? As we have seen, often the opposite is true. The devil tells people they are saved when they are not – and so, your question is magnified . . .

Here is the Biblical answer my friend. A doubting heart will not “know for sure” you are actually saved until Jesus calls your name and says, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord!” Jesus anticipated the need for His people to be assured of salvation when He said, “Fear not little flock (insert your name here), it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Think on this for a moment….. God is not stingy with His blessings. The Father, delights in giving you His Kingdom! God takes great joy in giving you and I the greatest gifts! We don’t have to read the fine print to Him to persuade Him to give us His Kingdom. If you are struggling with fear, Matthew 6:33-34 is a tonic for your soul and a map for your feet.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Seek first the Kingdom of God AND His righteousness. Do not be paralyzed with fear. Go on your way with God. He will be faithful for the rest.

We ‘know’ we are saved by faith. Our faith is not in our ability to ‘feel’ saved. Our faith is in God. He tells us what we must do to be saved (repent and believe and be baptised for the remission of sins and you shall be saved.) Do those things.

When unbelief and doubt come in, tell them to go back out because your Father says you are saved because you believe in Jesus Christ and have devoted your life to being about His business. Then, simply assume you are a son or daughter of the Most High God and act like it in your dealings with God, with others and with yourself.

The truth is (don’t hit me :)) “How do I know I am saved?” is a very self-centered question. Take the focus off self, and place it on the Lord. Your life is His mess to clean up, not yours!

When doubt comes in be very clear in addressing it, saying, “Whether I am saved or not, I will serve Jesus Christ my Lord and Him only will I serve!”

Then simply serve Him, serve Him, serve Him. Be about the business He puts in front of you day in and day out. Be diligent in His Word to hear His voice. Be open and honest in prayer. God will take care of the rest. Stop looking over your shoulder and put your hand to the plow, looking forward. Let God clean up the mess you left behind and don’t be condemned in it. God will take care of you and the assurance will just be there in due season.

If you have chosen Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Master, be encouraged and be BOLD! Ask God for boldness. Read Psalm 103 before you go to sleep tonight and meditate on it. God loves you. He always has. He always will.

Psalm 103:10-18
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

We know we are saved by faith, not sight nor feelings. When we obey the Lord, we know we will have our reward. Now go on! Lets be about our Father’s business and enjoy the journey. He will never leave you nor forsake you in it, for faithful is He who has begun a good work in you to complete it unto the end. Even so, “Come Lord, Jesus”.

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  1. jesseedavis says:

    I don’t know how much of Job you have read, but even if you’ve read it a million times, it seems to me as if reading it again during this time would be beneficial.

    I think that in a lot of ways you are playing the role of not only Job, but some of his friends that come to him as well.

    I hope that you can be encouraged to know that you have so many people that care about you and about your relationship with Christ. Please hold fast, this too shall pass.

  2. MelodyCat says:

    I have lost all hope today.

    I have so much to deal with financially, physically, emotionally.

    Family troubles have increaed despite prayer.

    Sickness in my body increased despite prayer and with stress it has reached a new low. No amount of prayer giving me any relief.

    My pet has been diagnosed with cancer, Vet unable to do anything. I’ve been praying for God’s mercy but my pet getting worse. Despite prayer.

    The financial and family troubles have gone for a long time. Recently my husband got sicker and I have also then there was the car, a loss of savings money, more family trouble and my pet’s dignosis.

    I am so spent today I just gave in. Nothing has changed. I am unable to pray.

    I have read some scriptures on prayer lately and often it says God hears the prayers of the righteous.

    Our righteousness comes from Christ. Even if the Lord desires that I stick out all the financial problems and the family and lose my pet at least I hoped He would just give me some relief. Nothing. I of course have not been sleeping well for weeks getting no more than 6 hours of broken sleep and not being able to fall asleep in the day. I have a virus and fever. I am really snappy and easily get angry so I am avoiding all social situations except essential ones.

    So I desperately have been asking God to help me, give me some relief or rest or something as I can’t cope with this in my strength. Even home on my own I lost it today. I am a mess.

    So if I can’t get any answer to prayer at all have I lost my faith. I mean am I saved at all? God hears the prayers of the righteous, saved people. If He isn’t answering even my request for help to cope I’m not sure if God hears me and that I am saved. Have I assumed I was all these years.

    I am sort of confused and empty. I can’t say sad because of everything going on I don’t even know what I am feeling emotionally. When I was told about my pet having cancer I couldn’t even cry about it. I have had this pet for 15 years and treat him like a baby. Nothing, just so numb.

    All I can think is I have fooled myself into thinking I was saved but not really. I don’t know what to believe any more. I have manic depression and I know I am unstable at the moment. Not suicidal so that is a good sign. Today I thought what’s the point of eating. What’s the point of lying down I can’t sleep. What’s the point of trying to do anything as it will not benefit me or my family or my pet as I have no way of helping any body. What is the point of praying God doesn’t hear me and I have not seen any answer to my prayers.

    So I am just existing waiting for God to take my life and end this lmisery. When that will happen I don’t know. I will get up tomorrow but I will be going through another day hoping it will end quickly so the next day will come and it will go until God had decided to end my time on this Earth.

    Sorry to come here and whine but I have no one else to talk to. No one cares what I am feeling or thinking.

    I used to talk to God but I have found since I have no relief from my troubles and sorrow and pain I can’t be sure He hears me at all.

    • God will never leave you nor forsake you…Lord I pray for renewal and restoration in MelodyCat’s life in Jesus name. Father I pray that you may send your Spirit to comfort and provide for MelodyCat. In Jesus name I ask that you may restore this persons joy and lift off any and all depression on their lives. God I ask that you provide blessings in every area of MelodyCat’s life. Lord you said that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but that you have come that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. I ask for this blessing in MelodyCat’s life in your name Jesus. We speak against every bondage and attack of the enemy to cease and be broken now in the name of Jesus.

      Don’t give up MelodyCat! Spend your time praying and talking to Jesus as much as you can at the moment. Just talk to Him about everything like a friend. Ask God to deliver you and I feel if you can, try seek intimacy and closeness with God. If you doubting your salvation just speak to Jesus about it and ask Him to come into your heart and make His home with you.

      *Edit* This website that goes through some teachings may help you at the moment MelodyCat: http://www.teachingpages.co.uk/studyZone/stage1.php?class1part0 I’ve been through some of it and it’s very practical, scriptural based, foundational truths that may help you and encourage you in your current situation

    • Timothy Luke says:

      Dear Mel,

      Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when desire comes it is a tree of life. Sister, you are indeed in a hard place, but know the words of David are sure and true, “though I make my bed in hell, behold you are there…” God is with you, God hears you, God sees you…. “THEN WHY ISN’T GOD DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!” is frankly the question that goes through your mind.

      I want to encourage you to plug into a group of believers on skype. We meet each evening during the week and I know it will bless you just to listen in and type in your prayer requests, if you are not feeling up to speaking at any given time. Please take advantage of the opportunity and do not give up… we would LOVE to come alongside you at this time and just be with you as the Lord leads you through it. It is all free of charge. Begin by downloading skype at http://www.skype.com and then add Michael and I to your contacts, We can guide you from there.

      “Father, may your comfort, grace and peace be upon Mel as she goes through this seemingly endless storm, in Jesus’ name. amen.”

      We love you!
      Tim

    • lookinforacity says:

      Dear Sister Mel

      you say

      “So if I can’t get any answer to prayer at all have I lost my faith. I mean am I saved at all? God hears the prayers of the righteous, saved people. If He isn’t answering even my request for help to cope I’m not sure if God hears me and that I am saved. Have I assumed I was all these years.”

      The position you find yourself in, is not a unique situation for a Christian to find themselves.
      Yes, we all want to walk continually on the mountain tops, we should be over comers in our daily lives,
      these are the things we hear from everywhere.
      We then start judging our walk by how smoothly our lives are progressing, but our walk with God, and the relationship we have with Him, are not dependant upon, or determined by those things. That is a trick, and a lie of Satan!

      2Cor.11:24-27
      24) Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
      25) Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
      26) In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
      27) In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

      This was the account of Paul, but did he ever say “I AM LOST”, what have I done wrong, or have I been fooling myself.

      Mel, you know where you stand in the sight of God, you have not doubted until now!
      Stand firm in your profession, stand strong in the promises of God.

      Heb 13:5
      Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

      Our walk, and relationship are “ONLY” determined by “WHAT” Jesus has done.
      There wasn’t anything you could have done to gain salvation.

      Eph 2:8
      For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

      Likewise, there isn’t anything you could do to lose it.

      Rom 11:29
      For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

      Heb 6:4-6
      4) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
      5) And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
      6) If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

      Over the course of time, I have seen you pray for, and minister to others, as they have come here needing help. The words you have spoken, are not within the heart of man, unless the Holy Spirit of God is dwelling within.
      The only thing I can see that you need, is to.

      Eph 6:11-18
      11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
      12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

      13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

      14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
      15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

      16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
      17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

      18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

      You may think, the following doesn’t apply to you, or your situation, but think about it.

      1Co 10:13
      There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

      If your Faith has been shaken, what did you build your house with?
      Jesus is the rock, the foundation.

      Matt.7:24-27
      24) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
      25) And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

      From the words of your own mouth, it sounds as though you are going through a storm, that is testing your house.
      The feelings of hopelessness, being alone, forsaken, and having the heavens as brass.

      2Co 5:7
      (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

      Lastly Mel be assured, you are not alone.

      1Co 12:26,27
      26) And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
      27) Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

      The the members of the body of this forum, will sustain you in prayer.
      Lord God, and Heavenly Father of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ, lift our sister as upon the wings of Eagles, cover her in the shadow of Your wings. Take her to the place of renewing, restore her soul.
      I Declare Blessing upon you, and your household In the name of Jesus. But not my will Lord God, but thine be done.

      Psa 23:1 The LORD is, “AND HAS BEEN YOUR” shepherd; “YOU” shall not want.
      Psa 23:2 He “HAS MADE YOU” to lie down in green pastures: He “WILL LEAD YOU” beside the still waters.
      Psa 23:3 He “WILL” restoreth “YOUR” soul: He “LEADS YOU” in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
      Psa 23:4 Yea, though “YOU” walk through the valley of the shadow of death, “FEAR NO EVIL”: for “GOD IS” with “YOU”; His rod and His staff “WILL” comfort “YOU”
      Psa 23:5 He preparest a table before “YOU” in the presence of “YOUR” enemies: He anointest “YOUR” head with oil; “YOUR” cup runneth over.
      Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow “YOU” all the days of “YOUR” life: and “YOU” “MEL” will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

      AMEN ! ! !

      JIM

    • Timothy Luke says:

      Hi Mel,

      Just had another thought to share with you, as you have been on my heart….

      I have had some really dark days for really long periods of time. I have gone through the valley you are going through. (different wallpaper, same designer from hell)

      What I have personally found helpful in the midst of confusion is to take my eyes off all that I do not know and put them on the one or two things that I do know: 1 – God is good. 2 – God loves me. 3 – God has made a way.

      Another thought when doubting my salvation was to shake myself awake and determine that whether I am saved or not, I love the Lord with all my heart and will serve Him all the days of my life. Who else would I rather serve? In the midst of my commitment to God, I could begin to see His commitment to me….

      Hope that helps. We love you and are praying for you.

      Tim

    • Melody – I do not know where you find yourself today, this being March and your post was in January. But I can tell you from experience that I know where you are coming from and I understand your despair. The reason I came across this site myself is because I hit one of those questionable times this evening . . . and I just needed some reassurance from another Christian. God blessed me with this site.
      To say to you “hang in there” can seem so trite because I sense the despair in your voice. I do want you to know that through this all, God is calling you to a deeper and closer relationship with Him . . . that He understands exactly where you are . . . and that He has promised to never leave you or forsake you no matter how it all might look or feel.
      Cry out to Him with an honest heart to let Him know your fears – your concerns that He might have abandoned you – because, although He already knows what you think and feel, He wants you to have the freedom to trust that He is big enough to handle all your fears.
      One thing you and I must do. We must decide that the Word of God is true. Period. That can be so hard when our circumstances scream just the opposite. But we MUST decide that. And stick to it when the evil one comes to remind us of what is going on in our lives. “I’ve been crucified with Christ . . . and it is no longer I but Christ who lives in me. And the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by faith. . . ” When the accusor stands before you with his lies – fight back. Tell him you have chosen to believe Jesus and to get out of your way.
      O me . . . I’m talking to myself as I say these things to you. “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (and that is probably what is happening with you) I will fear no evil for Thou art with me (and I know it does not seem like it).” When Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago, you died with Him. Trust that. It is the ‘shadow’ you are going through now. But He went before you and is reaching back for your hand. Grab hold of it. You are in a dark and frightening place. But fear not – keep your hand in His and follow in the light of his footsteps. He has gone before you.
      Blessings my friend. And I am so thankful for the other posts on this site. That gave me hope in my ‘fear’ this evening.
      In His Love
      Dottie

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks!

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