Wednesday, April 02, 2008

How Do You Know That You Are Saved?

This week I was doing self-examination to see where I was. I’m still growing as a Christian and I am still learning. So I doubted myself because when I look at myself I could only think that I was not a Christian, so I did a study and find out that I was a Christian and I am God’s child. I could not stop thinking that I kept on sinning against God and I hated that. I wanted to please God but I kept on giving into my flesh. After careful examination I find out that how you know you are saved is by repenting and believe in the Gospel. In that salvation is the work of God in one’s life. The Holy Spirit comes in when they are saved to convict, warn, strengthen, and to help the Christian to understand God’s Word. The believer lives a life of repentance, long to be with God more, thirst to be righteous, long to pray and talk to God, there is a hunger for God’s word and they will see life in a different way. Then I thought about the question than “why do I still sin” and find the answer in Romans 7:15-25 Romans 8:1-2

“15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin”.

“ 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[
a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death”.

Because I am in this flesh there will be times I will fall short, but I just need to come back to God and repent and ask the Lord to help me. I no longer want the things of this world even though sin is still present, it’s just that I see them differently and sin no longer controls me.

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