2 Corinthians 13:5 says that we should

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

So how do you make sure that you are not disqualified? How do you make sure that you are not in that number of many church-going people who will say to God on Judgement Day

….Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then (he) will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’(Matthew 7:22-23)

How do you know you are saved?

Well first of all, you should be displaying (or starting to display) the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)

If you are continually displaying immorality, impurity, sensuality,idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness and carousing, then this is a good indication that you are not saved and as it says in Galatians 5:21, those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God

The books of 1 and 2 John also give you a list of things to look out for ‘so that you may know that you have eternal life.’ (1 John 5:13)

  • You will not walk in darkness. If you do, then you do not practice or live by the truth (1 John 1:6)
  • You will have fellowship with other christians (1 John 1:7)
  • You recognise your sinful nature (1 John 1:8,10)
  • You confess your sins (1 John 1:9)
  • You obey and keep his commandments (1 John 2:3,5 ,1 John 3:24, 1 John 5:2)
  • You will not hate your brother or sister but love them (1 John 2:9,11 , 1 John 3:10 and 1 John 4:7-8,12-13, 20-21, 2 John 1:5)
  • You will not love the world or the things of the world (1 John 2:15)
  • You will do the will of God (1 John 2:17)
  • You believe the divinity of Jesus Christ and that he has come in the flesh (1 John 2:22 and 1 John 4:2-4,15, 2 John 1:7)
  • Biblical truth will be abiding in you (1 John 2:24)
  • You understand the righteousnes of Christ (1 John 2:29)
  • You will be practicing righteousness (1 John 2:29)
  • You will not habitually practice sin (1 John 3:8,9, 1 John 5:18 )
  • You will have compassion for those in need (1 John 3:17)
  • You believe that Jesus is the Christ and is the Son of God (1 John 5:1)
  • You abide in the doctrine of Christ (2 John 1:9)

Now am I saying that if you are missing any of these then you are not saved? Of course not. It is not about perfection but about direction. You should be moving in the direction of doing the things above. This is called progressive sanctification where God is doing an inward work in you.

Other questions to ask yourself are:

  • Am I growing in holiness?
  • What is my relationship with sin?
  • Do I have a struggle with sin or do I justify it? (Read Romans 7:7-25). Struggling with sin is actually a good sign believe it or not
  • Do I hate it more and more or do I try and justify it?
  • Do I have a love for Gods word, the bible?
  • Do I hunger and thirst for righteousness?
  • Do I embrace biblical correction from someone else?
  • Do I have a concern for the lost?

If the answer to the majority of these questions is no, then I would seriously doubt your salvation and I would urge you to repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ and in him alone. For more information click here. If you are a new christian and struggling in your daily walk, click here.

I will leave you with a video from Paul Washer on this topic

Selah!!

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  1. Bonnie says:

    Thank you so much for posting this Mark. I am posting things like this in my sidebar so that they are permanently visible. I will definiteyly be adding your link to my sidebar. Bonnie

  2. Alan Higgins says:

    Thankyou Bonnie

    • olga says:

      Alan, This is my first time reading your blog. We go to church frequently with my family and consider our selves christian. consider meaning we dont have an exact “relationship” with God. Earlier last week one of our pastor’s sermon was about Salvation. This really started bothering me and something in started to more research through the Scripture, and am I really saved?
      I appreciate your blog, though I am a believer in Christ, but always been wiped away in our daily lives we used God has our “handbag” like you mention. When things are on the bright side we forget he exists, and when we need help we cry out to him.
      Thanks, for refreshing the importance of his Existance in our life.
      We all need this. Even Christians, matter in fact we probably need to hear this more than non christian. non-believers.
      Question: Can we loose our salvation?

      • Hira says:

        Blessing It is the Goodness of God that leads to repentance ,we can do nothing on our own as the Master said i myself have been a part of the family of God for 42 years and still in the Potters Hand Ive been pulled out of the church now and since doing that the Good Lord has filled my cup to over flowing now i understand what he meant in Malachi and now i understand it is His Spirit that sets us free so God bless you as I’m back on the potters wheel His Grace and Peace be with you all

    • Cole Bush says:

      Alan, i was saved two years ago and baptized, but i was young and i didn’t fully understand it, and i think i didn’t truly believe until later on when i needed help and prayed to God and He helped me. But what worries me is when i hear about salvation i hear that you can’t be truly saved unless you truly believe. and i don’t think i truly believed when i was saved that day two years ago. so now I’m really worried if i am truly saved or not. i read the article above and most of those things i do “do” which leans me towards that i am truly saved but it bothers me that two years ago i don’t know if i was truly saved or not because i was young, arrogant, and didn’t really understand the meaning of salvation until later on when God definitely started working in my heart but I’ve heard that when you know God has been working in your heart then you are saved. But last night God spoke to me and i said the sinners prayer myself from a page on the internet and had a feeling like i had never really had before. definitely not when i was saved two years ago. so I’m debating and praying if last night was my true salvation or if it was two years ago and if i need to get baptized again. and when God started working in my heart over the past year or so, if He was just weakening my hardened heart so that i need to get saved again that ill understand it a lot better. I’m really confused and I’m praying and praying about it. but i don’t wanna get saved again because id rather be “safe than sorry” but rather be saved again because now i understand God a lot better than what i used to and that I’m getting saved because i truly love him. and I’m also having a lot of trouble with what “true belief” is instead of being saved and “making” myself believe.

      • Alan Higgins says:

        Cole, I do not know if you was a true convert the ‘first time’ but to be honest that does not really matter right now. You are still breathing so the question is are you now. Just saying the sinners prayer is no guarantee that there was a true conversion (see http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/so-you-think-that-youre-a-christian-powerful-testimonies-from-former-false-converts/). Have you asked the questions that I have put in the post above and if so, how did you get on?

        • Cole Bush says:

          Hey Alan, I’ve prayed about it, and talked with leaders in my church. The Lord came through as He always does, and I believe that I am saved! Thank you for your input in the post before!

      • L says:

        Hi Alan, a Christian cannot lose salvation. We didn’t do anything to earn salvation so we can’t do anything to lose it, except of course, deny Christ. Here’s an excellent link that gives a biblical explanation.

        http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-lose-salvation.html

        You will totally love their website – they explain things very clearly. Hope this calms your heart. :)

        • L says:

          Apologies, that was meant for Cole, not Alan! :)

        • Matt says:

          Losing salvation implies that someone has salvation locked in a little box inside their heart. Salvation is trustING in Jesus; in His shed blood on the cross, and His resurrection as well as His word the Bible. So, while we can’t “lose our salvation” someone who has been born again can decided through the hardening of sin to reject Jesus, and in doing so, no longer be saved.A very large portion of the New Testament speaks to this truth. be warned, what you sew, you reap.

  3. music says:

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

  4. Metaphyzxx says:

    It all comes down to being conformed to the image of His Holy Son. If you can look at yourself and see a reflection of Jesus, without making any excuses for what you see… then you shouldn’t be overwhelmingly surprised at what you hear at judgement.

    • Greg says:

      Hello all, I’d like to ask you a question, I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, that he is Lord our God Immanuel, and I believe his Holy Spirit dwells within me. The reason I am nervous is because as much as I try I can’t live a godly life, I struggle with sin, and I fear that some day the Lord Jesus will tell me” I never knew you away from me you evildoer!” Is this normal? Will God judge my wicked deeds even though I know the truth? Thank you all in advance.

      • Alan Higgins says:

        Greg, remember by yourself you (or any of us) CANNOT live a godly life. Thats why we all need a savior and the Holy Spirit to help us. The very fact that you STRUGGLE with sin. If you didnt, then I would be worried. When we have a new relationship with God, we have a new relationship with sin. When we are born again, ALL of our deeds were taken care of on the cross. As yourself this, you go on your journey, is your sin’ gradually ‘dropping off’?

        • Greg says:

          Thank you so much for your reply, I feel as though I am slowly being conformed into the image of Christ, but my flesh is very stubborn. I am also new with my walk in the Lord so that probably is a reason why. You have a wonderful site, may the Lord Bless you!

        • Marc tinker says:

          Hello alan i am new in this now for only about 3 months, and i have had experiences and will explain them and maybe you or some others can possibly tell me if this is normal and if i am actually may be saved, and i will try make it short.. I struggle a lot every day, and its almost like a constant battle.. There are days thats better than others.. I even cry a lot.. I can do something wrong and feel so bad and cry about it.. I think i have cried more these past few months than i have ever cried.. Some days i am very happy, like the other day i experience something that seem so amazing.. It was like deep inside of me i could feel love and it was a feeling like it was even almost hard to breathe, and i felt so happy.. I thank god a lot and even thank jesus a lot.. I say and feel sorry all the time for the person that i am and long for the person i want to become which is not one thing at all to do with anything sin.. I wish i would not ever have one bad thought and could walk perfect in love.. There was one time i done one thing really bad and it should never have happen but it did, and after it i felt so bad and felt like i was so alone and like i was the only person in the world even though there was probably hundreds of other people around me.. I never want to feel that feeling again and will not do that ever again.. All this is strange.. Thank god for god and for jesus our personal savior..

      • min wallace says:

        God said that he will remember your sins no more he placed them into the sea of forgetfulness.if you confess your sins he is faithful and just to regive you of them and to cleanse you of all unrighteousness.you tell me what glory does God get out of constance condemnation. hHe said there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in christ jesus who walketh not after the flesh but after the spirit

        • Jake says:

          Min Wallace: that’s all true BUT very confusing for a new Christian – this phrase especially “walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit”. That alone throws new Christians (like Greg who asked the original question) back to square one because they think “but I still sin, I still feel like a sinner, so how can I be walking in the Spirit..?? ARGHHH!! I’m going to hell!!!!”. Then this easy gift of salvation suddenly becomes an impossible miserable mountain to climb, with the fear of hell at the end of it.

          So, this is the best way I have ever told regarding being born again and sinless in God’s eyes:

          Simply: when you are born as a baby, you come out of your mother as a crying helpless baby, unable to walk, talk, feed yourself etc.

          So it is when you are born again when you have accepted Jesus. Suddenly you find yourself thrown into a new world of confusion and realising you are the very beginning, like a baby, not able to walk yet. You will need milk, not solid food. It will take years until you will be a mature Christian. During those years you’ll learn, make mistakes, sin, say sorry, change your ways, bit by bit, you’ll grow into an adult. It’s not an instant thing, it takes years, just like a baby takes years to become an adult. So when you are born again and then get confronted with ugly sins you’re committing, this is a sign you are saved because this is God calling you to clean it up. The Holy Spirit lives in you as a believer and will keep nudging you until you do something about whatever God wants you to change/do. This is proof you are saved!! :) So just hang onto the promise of Jesus that you will be with Him in heaven! Your faith saves you as you are giving God the ultimate honour – trust!! Now just listen to the Spirit as He guides you along your new journey to heaven. When He nudges you, and something is brought to mind, act. If you’re confused about what this thing is, pray. Simple!

          • B.Meredith says:

            thank you so much for taking the time to write your comment! i think i’m getting understanding in this resent dread that’s come upon me because the questions are coming up in my head of weather or not i’m saved. But…it’s still hard for me to distinguish between the voices in my head, if their God and Jesus or demons. I need more advise and help please.

            • Alan Higgins says:

              B.Meredith, Scripture should ALWAYS be the final authority and not how we FEEL. I know its harder said than to believe but that is how it should be

      • kelley says:

        Greg,

        Getting sanctified will cure your struggle with sin. Sanctification is an instantaneous work of grace. It is acheived through faith like salvation is. You’re dealing with carnality. Ask God to show you your heart and to make you sick of your inbred sin and He will. He will lead you into Holiness and you won’t be sorry. “For without Holiness no man shall see the Lord”

        • Kelley,
          I want to be loving and kind, and not rude, but I don’t think it’s accurate to say that sanctification is a one-time thing that will cure our struggle with sin. After all, Paul spoke to the deep struggle he had between his sinful flesh and the Spirit of God that was working in him (Rom 7:15-25). Whereas our justification (or God bringing us into right standing with Himself through Christ) happens at a certain point, our sanctification is a process. Phil 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” That sounds like it’s a process that God does. Also Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing (or renovating) of our minds. That transformation (metamorphosis) happens in a process like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. The difference is that our butterfly stage won’t happen until we die, or Christ comes back (glorification). Our time on earth once we are saved is one long process of God’s transforming us to be more like Christ. So while God will be growing us and we will see His supernatural and transformational work during this lifetime, I don’t think we will not be fighting a spiritual battle against the world, the flesh and the devil (Eph 2:2-3). I hope that that makes sense. I don’t want to be condescending or judgmental at all. Hopefully some of those verses shed some light into that struggle. Love in Christ,
          Josh

      • Pastor Gary says:

        Greg the Bible says: in 2 cor 5:21 that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Everytime you are about to or have done somwthing bad speak this over your life and you will begin to see who your are in Christ. Jesus loves you and it’s about Christ and His finished work. Blessings

  5. pauljub says:

    I completely agree with your post.

    A (slightly) different take is in my blog, here:

    http://pauljub.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/can-we-lose-our-salvation/

    Nevertheless, the message is the same.

    God bless,
    Paul

  6. claude says:

    I love the blog, man. Keep spreading the true message!

  7. Alan Higgins says:

    Thanks Claude

  8. fred neal says:

    i will not go as far as argueing with you about this, but i myself acepted jesus as my savior in 12/2006, i have since read his word and hunger for it daily. i feel the spirit within me at times when i wonder and he convicts me accordingly. when i say wonder, i meen when i get angry, and show outburst of such, which always and immediatly begin to bother me ,and i ask for forgiveness, and i realize as paul said that i am and will be of the flesh untill the day i meet my lord. i dont doupt that i am saved. i know that the spirit now dwells within me. I too fall short of the glory of god. and know that even though i hunger and search his word, I know that i am drawing nigh to god minute by minute. i realize that my walk is a srtuggle, but i yearn to be more like christ daily. i will not accept your theory that my showing outburst of anger meens that i am not saved. i will say that it means i have a ways to go before i become mature in christ, but dont we all. i truely belive one will not be mature in this world. only when we arive in heaven, will we begin to become mature

    • Zachary says:

      My name is Zach Spiehler I struggled with Drug addiction. I smoked pot hence ( the family joint ) daily with my dad and his girlfreind. I smoked a joint when I got up. I smoked cigarettes waiting on the bus. I sometimes smoked a joint before School. I went to Columbus North High School. We would sometimes sneak into a nearby shed and fire up a joint. I would go to school. high. I always feit I was saved and had the holy spirit but weed and drugs were against God. and it would alter my spirit when I smoked it. I never really wanted to. I think that was the holy spirit in me. the more I did it though the more I would justify I got God he isn’t going to leave me. So no demons can touch me. But the last drug was a hullicinagin that me and three buddies did together… we hullicinated God is all that kept me sain. I went to Church with a girl Andrea Purdue that I meet at Harvest Life Community. in Mareitta Shelbyville. The night before I was selling weed to her neighbor. I wake up go to church and the pastor i Knew was cool. I could tell he had done drugs to and believed in Jesus. So I knew he could relate. I visioned all my old freinds getting saved. and us in a youth group knowing the word of God and when kids come that have done drugs we could be there and each one would share their experiences and diagnose accordingly. So I went to the alter and Got saved. I came home though and said i;m saved and Was telliing my dad and Mandy. My dad was like Yeah. I was like no I got saved and it was off the hook. I was trying to influence them that they should get saved. I was going to try to get everybody saved. but I got a little bit discouraged. my dad was like do you want to smoke this joint or not. I was like aI got saved roll up two of those babies. and after I smoked them the girl with me was like you just got saved and your smoking weed. I was like good point so I quit cold turkey and cigs. It was hard. But I locked myself in my room for like a month watching preachers on tv. my dad said that was unhealthy It was. Then I started to try to study for the sat and act to get into college where I am now. I’ve been with preachers and went to various churches. Started to preach the word to friends. but I feel weary cause it’s been to long. I need assurance of Salvation. It says no man can say that Jesus is the LORD but by the Holy Ghost. which I can say/

  9. Alan Higgins says:

    Fred, everything you have said gives me every indication that you are saved because of your attitude. I have edited the post to say that if you are ‘continually’ displaying the fruits of teh flesh (thanks) but I did have on the post

    ‘Now am I saying that if you are missing any of these then you are not saved? Of course not. It is not about perfection but about direction. You should be moving in the direction of doing the things above. This is called progressive sanctification where God is doing an inward work in you.’

    I sometimes display the fruit of the flesh also but like you, i yearn to be more like christ daily and am daily trying to crucify the flesh.

    Thankyou for your contribution

  10. DanielCampean says:

    And then (he) will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

    Q: What is that “lawlessness”/iniquity that disqualifies this class of people from entering God’s heaven?

    I would appreciate some feedback…

    • Ben says:

      Daniel, the entire pretext here is talking about false prophets. Also the book of Matthew is a Jewish gospel, that reveals Jesus as the King of the Jews. Jesus’ earthly ministry was to the Jews. There are several contradictions for anyone who studies their Bible at all, such as Jesus says in Matt 6, that if you call someone a fool, then you stand in danger of the judgment, but yet Paul calls the Galatians “foolish”. (Gal 3), we must rightly divide our Bibles and understand that not everything in the Bible was intended for the church, and that some things are specifically spoken for the Jews. Such as there are over 240 places in the NT that say that you can lose your salvation (Matt 24:13, Heb 3:4 &14). THis is not intended for the Church Age Saint, it is intended for the Jew during the tribulation. You keep moving toward Christ friend, and quit letting people scare you out of salvation. The fact of the matter is that we all mature or babe struggle with sins on different degrees and levels. To say that we do not, is placing yourself among the hypocrites and pharasees.

  11. Alan Higgins says:

    Basically lawlessness is sin for that is the definition of sin. The transgression of the law

  12. Alan Higgins says:

    That is why that apart from Christ, we would all be disqualified

  13. ------ says:

    I thought that Matthew 7:22-23 applied to people who tried to work out their salvation through works alone rather than through Faith in Jesus Christ.

  14. Alan Higgins says:

    Did I say something contrary to this?

  15. ------ says:

    lol. I believe I may have misread. (My bad.)

  16. Yos says:

    Below the part where you say “other questions to ask yourself”, it might be good idea to say “If the answer to the majority of these questions is negative or differs from that of a Christian lifestyle” due to one of the questions not being answerable solely via a yes or no. It’s no big matter,but the wording’s been on my mind.

  17. mike harper says:

    I’m really glad I was led to this site with questions I have been having. Your questions helped me overcome some doubt that i’ve been getting attacked with. I knelt down and poured out my heart to our Lord after reading a book called “fireproof” And I realized how lost i had become, from adultry to horrid lusts and imaginations, spending all my time playing fantasy games (and I mean all my time when I wasn’t working). Asking and pleading God and my wife to forgive me for what I had done and was going to do. From cussing like 2 sailors or telling people what the Lord did for me. From drug use where there was absolutely no groceries for my kids. He pulled me out of that, it still wrenches my heart and feels like I’m having a heart attack when I think about my past. He gave me hope, tho sometimes I still doubt because of my sin. I’ve gone from reading tons of fantasy to getting excited while reading the Bible. Man our God is good. I’m still new to the real Christian walk and I deeply desire to hear from Him constantly, and when I do hear from Him its just I don’t know I cant explain it. I’ve gone from being a person that people avoided cause they never knew how I was going to treat them to people saying I wish I was more like you. Patience, wow what a concept, and peace? who would have known, me taking things with a grain of salt…I went from absolutely hating people to wondering when I pass them if they are saved and if theres anyway i can reach them. Praise God Praise God Is He wonderful or what. I’m sorry its so long I’m so excited that this doubt has left me that I was feeling while I was searching for “how do you know your saved”. Thank you very much for helping me.

  18. Alan Higgins says:

    Mike, thankyou for your comments. Its very encouraging to know that in my little small corner of the world, that I can make a difference and also encourages me to keep doing what I’m doing. Stay in the word and I pray that you and your family will grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ

    • powershaker says:

      You’re exactly right. If anyone says they are saved, they are kidding themselves. No one can really know if they’re saved in Christ. The scriptures are too vague in order to tell. Also, everyone might die and find out that none of it was true. For example, I’m sitting in this computer chair right now, and I know that I’m sitting in this chair. I can prove that I’m sitting in this chair, too. However, I can’t KNOW I’m saved. I can’t dip my finger in the water and see if it turns red or blue. Blue and I’m saved. Red and I’m lost. There’s no way to tell. The scriptures are too vague, and I’ve seen them all. However, the Apostle Paul got the easy way out. How can you be God’s messenger to the Gentiles and not know if you’re saved or not? Jesus even told Peter he was chosen. He told all the other apostles, too. He said he had chosen them, and they hadn’t chosen him. The rest of us in the future are just left to wonder. We’re left as orphans. Literally. This leads me to think none of it is true. I just can’t believe the mess any longer.

      • Alan Higgins says:

        The Bible shows you how you can KMOW you have eternal life. Have you answered the questions above?

        • powershaker says:

          The questions are vague. Most people fall between the balances of good and evil. Even atheists show signs of being saved. You really can’t KNOW for certain you’re saved. You can hope you are, but that’s about it. I’ve reviewed those scriptures many times. For example, having love for the brethren? Well, even non-believers might have love for people who are Christians. Again, you can’t really KNOW you are saved. You can just hope you are. What about belief? Muslims believe enough to fly planes into towers, but there’s many people calling themselves Christians who never even share the gospel with people. That’s not belief. Flying planes into towers is truly believing. Believing to the point of risking your life for what you believe–that’s believing. If a person truly believes in an eternal hell fire, they would either go insane or preach the gospel to people. They would have a constant concern for the lost. However, these days, most professed Christians just go about their lives like everyone else. They go to work. They raise their kids. They watch ungodly movies. They listen to the same music. They’re just like everyone else. The Book of Acts shows what true believers are like, and most people who say they believe really don’t believe at all. If they did, they would run the race for Jesus. Also, in the end, the Bible says only “few” enter into life. Flip that around and you can honestly say the Bible teaches “most” do not enter into life. Anyway, it’s not certain at all that someone is saved. They can only hope they are.

          • Alan Higgins says:

            If you go through the questions, it is very obvious that athesist do not show signs of being saved. You have to look at the text in context and not just pull certain lines out to come to a conclusion. The question is not about how much a person truly believes about something but is it true. Doesnt matter how much I believe that I can fly, if I jump off a building, the law of gravity will say something. Without going into why I believe the bible is true, the bible has proven itself to be a supernatural book and reliable. And because of that, I believe it when it says we can KNOW and not just HOPE. I respect that you will probably say but the muslims will say the same thing about the quran. So either I am right, the muslims are right or we are both wrong but we both cannot be right

            However, it is a shame for me to say that your comment below is 100% correct when you say about christians going about their lives without sharing the gospel. You are also right when the bible makes it very clear that the road is narrow that leads to eternal life and only a few ill enter in

            • Kelly says:

              I became a christian recently. I still struggle with tempers. I recognize this sin immediately now and apologize to God for it. The other thing I struggle with is preaching the gospel. I have aspergers and this makes it extremely difficult for me. I do, however go to church. I just started going to church a few months ago and I am slowly starting to get more involved with participation. But it’s hard for me to just go out in the world and start preaching the gospel. I don’t do well in social situations normally. It takes me some time to be able to trust anyone as it is. I try to do other things, hoping that it will please God. But I am scared that what I do won’t be enough.

              • Alan Higgins says:

                Kelly, I don’t think we will ever think we have preached the gospel enough but why not just give a stranger a gospel tract where no talking is involved. God works through them too

  19. Mark says:

    There is only one problem I see in the opening part of the website. I find that both extremes are true. A thing can not be both white and black, right and wrong.
    That is a logical contradiction, and even God cannot reconcille that. What I’m talking about is that I find myself with both traits you refer to. I quote:
    “Well first of all, you should be displaying (or starting to display) the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)

    If you are continually displaying immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness and carousing, then this is a good indication that you are not saved and as it says in Galatians 5:21, those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God

    I am guily of both of these paragraphs, sometimes in the same day, or even in the same hour! One cannot be immoral and immoral. There are times that I do feel peace, love and joy, etc. and others that I am immoral, angry, sensual, etc. So you can see the source of some serious confusion.

    It leads me to think that in fact, no one can know if they are saved at all. If we can admit that we are sinners, living in the flesh, and all that, and at the same time say we are striving for Christ, living in the spirit, and so on, then we are borderline schizophrenic. No one can be both saved and unsaved. We as humans cannot free ourselves from sin. And I don’t mean this in the sense that Jesus frees us. what I’m saying is we all display qualities of saved and unsaved all the time. Who are we to think that we might be able to know what God thinks of this contradition. Who are we to say God has forgiven us. We just don’t know that. The best we can do is beleive we have been forgiven. But just beleiving something does not make it so. I am not saying that any sin is to great for God to forgive. What I’m saying is it is God’s choice whther to forgive or not, not ours. We cannot force God to forgive us because we plead that we beleive in Christ. No one knows the mind of the Father, certainly not us. Since we have been chosen before the foundation of the earth (or not chosen) it has little to do with what you think, do, or beleive your fate to be. You either saved or not saved, and it ain’t up to us.

  20. Alan Higgins says:

    Mark, the bible makes it VERY clear that you can KNOW (not hope) that you have eternal life (1 John 5:13). Also when I said ‘If you are continually displaying immorality etc’ the keyword is CONTINUALLY. As you get closer to God, your areas of sin should be geting less and less (not saying that you can be perfect). You say that noone knows the mind of God but God has revealed his mind in the bible. He gives us the conditions by which we can know that we are forgiven through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Also remember that we are not moral and immoral at the same time. Are nature is totally depraved and we depend on the righteousness of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit sanctifying us daily. God has not just left us in the world guessing through life. The bible is God’s manual and gives us clear instructions

    • Mark says:

      Alan,

      Thanks for responding. I really do appreciate it as this is an area that I struggle with. You are correct, the duality of even my nature has lessened with time trying to live for God. I’m not sure about not being moral and immoral at the same time though. As I said, you can have a wonderfully spiritual experiance or blessing one minute, and then the next minute fall into temptation and sin. So perhaps your right, not at the exact same moment in time can you be good and bad, right and wrong, righteous and wicked. but you sure can do both within a few seconds of each other!
      But overall, I think your answer here is well thought out and Biblical, and I have nothing but respect for you and your website here. I know I struggle with patience, and as I am fond of saying to friends, “I only have 80 years or so, i don’t have eternity to get this” I know there can be points made for and against this statement, but I just want so bad to have the faith and the heart of some of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I just don’t. So, if it is the working of the Spirit that provides this faith, love, hope and blessings in lives, and yet I don’t have these things, then the inevitable result of the line of thinking is that I am not meant to have these things. I know, people always say God works in His own time, to His own purpose, and I can accept that. But, it sure feels like if He was going to do these things in someone’s life, what is the reason to wait? especially when the person yearns for Him. I’ll look forward to a continuing dialogue on this (and some other parts of your site)
      Thanks again my brother in Christ,

    • Tomas says:

      I have allot of issues like Mark stated in previous posts. I have given my lift to Christ over 15yrs ago, but don’t have a clue if I am still saved. There is no confirmation within my spirit with the Holy Spirt that I am saved as the Bible says there should be. My biggest problem is that, we as Christians, always talk about staying saved, but to me it is an impossibility to “stay saved”, as none of us will always have all of our sins repented for at any one time. A person, may be taken from this world who states that they are a Christian, but they most probably have some unconfessed sin in their lives so they are not saved at the point that they died. I feel very hopeless. I always live in fear that I am doing something sinful that I am unaware of and will not make heaven. I can’t brag on God or tell others about Him because of the hellish existence I have and I would never want anyone to have to go through. I still pray and read the Bible, but it’s just empty…

      • Alan Higgins says:

        Tomas, as I said, its not about perfection but about direction. We will ALWAYS sin because we are fallen beings. Do not live in bondage thinking that if you sin before you die, you will be lost. Your salvation is not dependant on your not sinning for that is impossible. Christ died for your sins, past present and future. Now the question is what is your relationship with your sins. Do you hate when you do it or do you try to justify it? All of these can be signs if you are saved or not. Dont condemn yourself unnecessarily for there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Look at the questions above, answer them honestly and do what the bible says. Examine yourself

      • Spencer says:

        Tomas I have been where you are at , but I feel the spirit leading me to tell you have to hold on to Gods promises and to keep in context what biblical scriptures people use. Once you are saved by grace through faith, you are saved for ever. Once God has made a descion about you he won’t change his mind because that would be against the promises of God. If you have heard the true Gospel of Jesus Christ all there is to do is believe and be saved. Please watch this video on true repentance It is my prayer that God would give you understanding in all these things. Do not let the lie of Sin beat you up for there is no condemnation is Christ Jesus. For when Jesus said it is finished he meant it. The issue I find is people think after they are saved that it comes with this personal effort to change all the stuff they do wrong (sin) , but true change of a believer comes through knowing who Jesus really is and realizing what he has done for us. Since when did the Gospel become about us and our works? Let the Gospel Change your life it is of upmost importance! Gods graces and mercies are new everyday every day. Jesus blood is enough forever! And it’s that good news that changes our hearts he is rich in love and grace. Watch this video and see what real repentance looks like. For me this was new but if you study it I believe you will find its truth. God Bless you brother and I hope this can be of encouragement. http://thecity.org/message/changing_change

        • Spencer says:

          Also Allen I don’t wan’t to be a guy who just talkes about the grace of God even though it is awesome, but What needs to happen is we have to keep first things first we were saved by grace through faith to do good works. It is very important that we commit ourselves to do things out of faith which comes from Gods grace other wise we are just doing works that like filthy Rags. Responce to the Gospel is not a ugly feeling but one of motivation to act in a way that is pleasing to God. I find myself in a condemnation party when I get these things out of order. It is not about what we can do for God, but what Jesus has already done for us. When we realize this though our works become pleasing to God because now we aren’t trying to earn what he has finished, we are just looking for a closer intimate relationship that will stem good works and Obedience of the law.

  21. Alan Higgins says:

    Mark, it takes time. Stay in Gods word, stay in prayer and stay in fellowship and you will see that in time, the sins will begin to drop off

  22. Andrea says:

    Im only 13 years old and i dont know if im saved. I really want to. I do beleive in Jesus and that he died on the cross to save my sins and i ask for forgivness and pray daily. I feel really bad when i do something wrong . I really really want to be saved.

  23. Alan Higgins says:

    Andrea, your words seem to suggest that you are on the right track. Take ‘the test’ above to see if you truly are saved. Also look at http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/a-message-to-non-christians/

    Let me know how you get on

  24. Ryan says:

    Alan,

    I really like this article. It’s a great in-a-nutshell explanation of these principles. I’m glad I found this. Since I became a Christian nine years ago, I have had many personal and spiritual struggles. I have often wondered if I was really saved on that day, or if I simply fooled myself into thinking that I was. The pastor of the church I attended at the time convinced me that all I had to do was get saved and my troubles would be over (this wasn’t my only or even primary motivation, mind you; I wanted forgiveness from God). The church leadership had gotten into the so-called prosperity gospel of Osteen, Warren, and the like (an all to prevalent false teaching here in America). My family left that church not long after. We have yet to find a permanent church home, because of the prevalence of such teaching in our area (we simply refuse to be part of such things).

    My question is twofold:
    1. If I myself can’t recognize the growth that is indicative of a maturing Christian, but other Christian people say that they can, then are those opinions that I can trust? I know that sometimes it’s hard to recognize change in yourself until others point it out (like if you go a long time without shaving, you may not realize how long your beard has gotten until your mother tells you that you need to shave).

    2. When you say that one of the indicators is continual sin, do you mean the mere fact that sin exist in your life, or that you fill your entire life with sinful things without any repentance or need for God’s forgiveness? When you say “sin habitually,” do you mean someone in the state I just described, or someone that sins at all, even if they ask for forgiveness. I read what Paul is saying about sin in Romans 7:15-20, and I think that he is saying that sin will always exist, even for the believer, but that it’s how you react to it (either continuing to immerse yourself in it or trying to run from it).

    I often wonder if I missed the boat somewhere along the way. I hate that I commit any kind of sin, and I make a concious effort to not do these things. I worry about what that does to my relationship with the Lord. I try to pray for forgiveness and guidance every day, but I sometimes wonder if God is angry at me or if there is something that I need to do. I know that Jesus is his son, and that he died to save us. I’m just not sure if I’ve gone about things the right way. I don’t doubt God and his word, but I do doubt myself. I’m ready to find peace from this worry. I’m just having a hard time finding it.

    I like the site. Keep up the good work, and God bless you.

    Thank you,
    Ryan
    Kentucky, USA

  25. Alan Higgins says:

    Ryan, I will try and answer your questions the best I can.

    1. We should value the opinions of godly men and women but at the same time, the bible makes it clear that we should also examine oursleves meaning that we should take the biblical ‘test’ as above regularly

    2. We will always have sin so I do not mean it should be non-existant. When I say sin habitually, i mean making sin a habit and living in it with no hatred for it. The sign of a true christian is not that he doesnt sin, but he hates it when he does. He has a new relationship with sin. We may struggle in certain areas but we hate it when we do as in Romans 7 when Paul calls himself a wretched man so you are right when you say its about our reaction to sin. Your last paragraph is a good indication of your hatred towards sin. The funny thing is, the closer you get to God, the more sin he reveals in your life because you are being conformed to Christs’ image so be encouraged

    I hope this has helped you

  26. Chris says:

    Alan, thank you for your post! I grew up in a somehwat religious family, but I generally turned away from the Word towards the last part of high school and throughout all of college.

    After years of sinning throughout college, I feel completely hopeless. I have no direction and sometimes I want to give up. I don’t know who to ask for help, and I realize that many of the people I thought were friends are nothing more than drinking buddies. Is my despair a method that God is using to call me back?

    In any case, I appreciate your post because it gives me hope that I can find peace in my soul by truly becoming saved. What do you suggest as a first step for a backsliding Christian?

  27. Alan Higgins says:

    My advice would be to start from scratch. Read my message to non christians at the the top of this page. I’m glad that I have been of help

  28. Faia says:

    This is awesome, I love it :) You’re so aweseome Alan Higgins… Keep up the great job! I just love reading this blog! God bless you Alan!

    Thanks,
    Faia

  29. Faia says:

    Many Blessings :)

  30. Ryan says:

    Alan,
    Thank you for answering my previous questions. If you don’t mind, I have a couple more that I would like to throw your way.

    1. This is just something that I have been wondering about. Let’s say, for example, that a person has experienced a moment of great tragedy or some other great trauma in their life. I’ve known such people who, in the heat of such a moment, have had cases of what you could call “temporary unbelief.” How would you respond to something like that?

    2. I’ve recently been reading some of your “True and False Conversion” posts. I’ve seen some of the comments about alter calls and sinner’s prayers. Now, I did pray for salvation during an altar call (there were several deacons and church workers made avaliable for prayer during that time). I, however, did not say a formulaic prayer at that time. Someone did pray with me. In fact, I’m not sure if I ever said a word during that time. I ask this because I have often been worried that I didn’t do something right and that I need to truly be saved. Reading your posts haven’t really given me any comfort. Does it seem to you that I did it the right way, or do you think that I need to go ahead and be saved?

    I hate to be such a bother, but you’ve given me the best answers that I’ve gotten from anyone in quite a while.

    God bless.

  31. Alan Higgins says:

    1. Ryan, I would say that EVERY christian have times of temporary unbelief so that is not unusual at all.

    2. I do not believe that it is a biblical model to say ‘the sinners prayer’ but as Paul Washer said people have still got saved by doing it because God in his mercy has done it in spite of it not because of it. If you ‘did it the right way’ or not, I cannot say but that is neither here or there now. You are alive today and the bible says that we should make our election and calling sure. So as I said before, just start from scratch. Think about your sins, then think about your saviour and what he did by taking the penalty that you should have incurred, repent of those sins, turn from them, and then put your trust in Jesus Christ and in him alone for our salvation.

    I hope that helps and Ryan, you are not a bother at all. It is a pleasure to help you

  32. Cedric says:

    Hey this is Cedric and i just wanna say i am just so very very troubled in the assurance of my salvation. Not because of unbelief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ but because i’m unsure that a person could backslide 3 or more times and be saved again. I love Jesus, i pray and read the Word daily, i take my salvation with the utmost serious disposition, i’m also not in any habitual sin, i shun fellowship with unbelievers, but it just seems like since i have backslid more than once than i can’t be saved once again. That no matter how hard i pray, worship, fast, win souls for Christ i still have an emtpy void of an assurance of salvation. Because Hebrews 10:26-31 says if a person continues to sin willfully than he or she could never be forgiven of. And also Hebrews 6:4 that says it is impossible to be renewed to repentance if a person falls away from God. So does that mean God would in no wise redeem and restore me if i repent. Because Jesus said in John 6:44 that if any man come to Him He will in no wise cast them out. So what do you think? Did i committed the unpardonable sin?

  33. Alan Higgins says:

    Cedric I do not think so. If you said you backlid three times, it sounds like that you may not have been saved in the first time or you may have just been going through a dry spell. See http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/can-a-true-christian-backslide/

    As I said to Ryan, you are alive today and the bible says that we should make our election and calling sure so just start from scratch. Think about your sins, then think about your saviour and what he did by taking the penalty that you should have incurred, repent of those sins, turn from them, and then put your trust in Jesus Christ and in him alone for our salvation.

    • Cedric says:

      Well, even though I backslid three times I have a firm conviction in my heart I was saved those three times. Because in the book of Judges the children of Israel went through 7 major cycles of apostasy. Turning from their sins to God and then back into bondage again. But as of now I’ve repented and I believe in the Lord Jesus for my salvation.

  34. J.B. Treece says:

    Hi Alan,
    Alan, I agree with your post. However, I always tread softly on this topic. I definitely don’t want to meet our Father and find that my doctrine was twisted and that I really was practicing works righteousness. I pretty much live for God the best I can, and every day tell Him that I know that without his forgiveness, I’m toast. There is only one thing I’m 100% sure about, ONE THING. If God doesn’t forgive me, I have a very hot and painful future ahead of me. I am not sure of anything as much as this.

  35. Alan Higgins says:

    Cedric, you know about your past better than me. Concentrate on the present. Make your calling sure. Examine yourself daily and stay in Gods word. By the way, what was the reason you ‘backslid’ three times?

    J.B, in no way do I advocate works righteousness for our righteousness is as filthy rags. The best way to put it is that we do not do good works to be saved, but we do good works IN RESPONSE of being saved

    • Jill says:

      I have been stuck in obedience vs. works and repentance/confession and it’s importance in salvation. I try to pull away from sin, and obey. But then it seems it’s the devil that comes in an accuses me of being works-minded for “trying” to do right. Also, in the Word it says confess with your mouth and believe in your heart the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. It doesn’t exactly SAY you must fully repent of all and confess of all, but do we need to, to be saved? Thing is, Christ’s yoke is not burdensome. Having to watch every move you make (like a Catholic) is! Yet I respect God enough to do what He says to do. It gets confusing.

  36. Cedric says:

    The reason I backslid the first time was me going back to my old crowd of fellowship with nonbelievers thinking it wouldn’t harm my relationship with the Lord. But the second time was when I committed this one great sin in particular and from that point the life of God decipitated in my soul(1 John 5:16). I was spiritually weak and struggling so I departed from the Lord. God’s grace through His Holy Spirit empowers us to live victoriously for Christ and when you abuse His grace your gonna reap what you sown, which is corruption and bondage to sin(Galatians 6:7-8, Romans 6:16). It’s just like when a person starts shooting crack cocaine; they become an addict or a slave to their sin of drug abuse just like how it is said in Romans. I committed the sin unto death, which is spiritual death in the sense and I backslid. That’s why it is no good thing play and flirt with the tragic consequences of sin. Now the third time was that in my relationship with the Lord everytime I sin I would feel shame and guilt ridden over it. I failed to see that I was a new creature in Christ and that in His eyes I’m clean and washed in the blood of Jesus. And a man by the name of Kenneth Moales prophesied to me that I’m not where the devil left me and spiritual restoration is coming to my life. Then on that same night I repented for my sins and gave my heart to Jesus. Before that, I haven’t prayed or read God’s Word for 2 and a half months. Plus, my spiritual mentor Mona spoke to me that God plans to use me for a purpose and I’m suppose to win many souls for Christ. And so I guess Satan has desired sift me as wheat to prevent the purposes of God. Now i’m not trying to say I some great almighty child of God and that i’m special or anything but it’s just that it always seems to me i’m a target or something. For it is not usual for a boy my age to backslide three times or maybe it’s just that i’m weak and foolish. I don’t know.

  37. jbtreece says:

    Hey Alan, I often have used the verse “filthy rags” in the same way. I recently have been corrected. I didn’t find the original text that helped me see my error, but I found another almost as good.

    http://www.auburn.edu/~allenkc/openhse/rags.html

  38. Mike says:

    I’m glad I read through this. I’m teaching an adult Sunday school class this Sunday and the topic is “Do you know you are saved?”

    It came up from a previous lesson where there was a difference between some who know they are saved and others, including me who said we hoped we were saved.

    You make some good points that reassure God’s grace is given to those who ask for it. I just get caught up in over thinking everything.

    Verses that give me problems include when Jesus warns the path to Heaven is narrow, not all who prophesy in His name know Him, and a rich man cannot easily make it through the gate.

    What must I do to be saved? Jesus said sell everything you have, give it to the poor and follow him. You don’t have time to bury your father. If you put your family and friends ahead of God, you have no place in the kingdom.

    Who then can be saved? For man it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.

    So I come back to there is nothing we can do to save ourselves, only God can save us and who among us is fit to judge ourselves or anyone else?

    My line of thinking isn’t far off Mark’s post above. So which is better, to hope you are saved and live everyday conscience of your sin and know you need God, or to know you are saved and live everyday confident you are good enough. I worry sometimes that those who think they are first will be last.

    Its a tough one for me. I don’t want to rock peoples faith, but Paul Washer doesn’t have an issue doing that.

  39. DC says:

    I’ve been having some similar thoughts too Mike, but from a different angle. I hear of all these stories of people who were apparently converted but later walked away from Christ. Such people, we told, were never true Christians in the first place (some might lost their salvation). But could they have realized that they were not true Christians?? Some of these folks seemed to be ‘on the mountain tops’ if you like of spiritual success. Seems to me during the good times they would never have questioned their salvation and yet their conversion experience proved a farce in the end. How can anyone be sure of their salvation when the desires, feelings, thoughts of today (which can appear to come from a regenerated heart) can be proved false ultimately? So confusing.

  40. TG says:

    Wow, after reading your website, I am even more uncertain of my salvation than I was when I typed into Google “how to know if you are saved”. The preacher at my church says if you have to wonder if you probably are not. His, and other respected ones in my church, talk about feeling something when they became saved, and the fact that their whole life changed when they were saved has me worried. They say that God talks to them…but I have never felt/heard Him talk to me. I’m so confused about my position, that I don’t even know where to begin. I still do things I shouldn’t do, and I do them consciously. For instance, I am about 30 thousand dollars in debt, many things added together. When the creditors call, I don’t answer, because I don’t have the money to pay it. Some have been there before I was saved. The fact that I purposely avoid them still after being saved – I’m purposely sinning, right? When I write a check for groceries knowing it will bounce the first time, but then the paycheck will post and the check will clear the second time they run it through – that is consciously sinning, right? I a trying to get myself together, and a lot of things have changed, but these things began to change and improve before I was saved…I didn’t feel a change in my life when I was saved. Does that mean that I was not saved? When I say I was saved – salvation and Jesus had been on my mi nd a lot, and we had a very powerful guest speaker in our church. He gave asked us some questions, no answers out loud, and my answers indicated to me that I needed to be saved, and I was overcome with the need to let Jesus rule my life, so I accepted Him as my Savior, prayed, and have not gone one day without thinking about my actions, trying to make them right, and praying each day. But that is all I felt, and feel. Can you help me make sense out of this?

  41. Alan Higgins says:

    TG, with all due respect to the preacher and others in your church, they are not the final authority on what constitutes to salvation, the word of God as written down in scripture is the final authority and it says nothing about ‘feelings’. It talks about REPENTANCE from sin and FAITH towards God. John said that he wrote these things so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. Have you examined yourself by asking the yourself the questions above and answering them honestly. Your conscience will either excuse you or accuse you. Let me know how you get on with the questions

  42. jacob says:

    hi alan,

    i was saved at 12 years of age. i have recenly announced my call to preach. since then i have struggled through various types of trials and tribulations. one thing is that i worry about my salvation since i cannot fully remember my acceptance of Jesus Christ. Does this mean that i am not saved, since i question it? i truly love the Lord and repent everyday, but in the back of my mind i have doubt. i took the test and passed it, but i am still worried.

  43. Logan says:

    I am really glad I found this web site! As I read through this post and the comments I have learned a lot from it! I was saved when I was younger and I remember that day like it was yesterday! I remember that feeling! It was amazing! but I have fallen short, I am in college and as we all know that going to college is walking into another world of temptations as though it seems, although I blame none of my sins on others but yet on myself! I have always felt God telling me what was right and what I was doing was not right! I continued to ignore his voice and then I started to grow further and further away from our fathers love! At the beginning of my walk with christ I was so strong in his word and I was eager to learn all I could and do what i could to serve him, but as I got in college and started going with the temptations of the world I grew further and further away until here recently it just feels like God is so heavy on my heart which I am so thankful for, because deep down I have always known what I was doing was wrong but I kept doing it because it was cool or whatever! So I am now starting to get back on track and starting to get back into church and starting to read his word. I know that I messed up and that I continually sinned knowingly but I want to get back with him the way I use to!! I have repented and I have talked to him a lot here lately! and I am still under a lot fo temtation although i want to get back right with God! and I want to start living for him again! I do so bad! it is just so hard and I know it is going to always be hard and that I need to fight past that! but if you can give me any words of wisdom or any scriptures that you might think will help or any advice I would grately appreciate it!! God bless and thanks for helping!!

  44. Alan Higgins says:

    Logan, on reading your comments, I don’t really think you need my advice as you seem to be doing everything right> Just stay in the word, keep praying, stay in fellowship, stay in a bible believing church, take one day at a time and examine yourself periodically

  45. Troy says:

    This will not make me popular because truth is the narrow path that few people find but it has to be said any way.

    The gospel i have been taught is not the gospel Jesus christ taught, which is built upon the writings of the old testement, people are being deceived by the millions. As was i included the gospel being preached today is an easy gospel, just give your life to jesus and you will be saved forever and when you die you will go to heaven, this is false, and a lie from satan, the father of lies who hates you and does not want you in heaven.

    Why did Jesus christ die? He died for yours and for my sins, we all believe this right?
    What is the biblical definition of sin? Sin is the transgression of Gods law. If there is no law then there is no sin either, for by the law is the knowledge of sin Rom 3:20, If there was no law there would be no sin and Jesus would not of had to die.

    Does sin exist? Then so does his law still exist. With out law there is no transgression Rom 4:15 Jesus died for our lawlessness against his holy law, did he die so we could carry on breaking his laws? No he did not, because this would be to willfully live in sin Heb 10:26 Jesus did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, If he did there would be no heaven and earth left Jesus said so Matt 5:17.

    He came to fulfill, fill up, make it complete, he came to make the law honourable Isaiah 42:21, there is a even higher calling to keep Gods law now, even if you look on a women to lust on her in your heart you have commited adultery. Gods desire was and still is to have a called out holy people that fear him and keep his laws from the heart Deut 5:29

    What is the whole duty of man according to the bible? The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments Eccl 12:13. How do you love God according to the bible? You love God by keeping his commandments. 1 john 5:3 says this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grevious.

    Every born again believer that professes Jesus needs to find out what God requires and serve him according to the bible. The 10 commandments are still in force including the 4th one, the devil has deceived the majority of christians into breaking his laws, so most christians are still in there sins, and do not even know it and do not follow God the way he has said.

    Repent repent repent!!! of your lawless acts read the king james bible from genesis to revelations there is hope, God will forgive, God will give you strength to keep his commandments and truly love the lord, the way the lord wants to be loved, not based upon the traditions of men.

    And you are completely wrong about matthew 7:23 You have been deceived and you have completely twisted its true meaning. How is keeping Gods commandments by faith and obedience falling from grace??? What apostasy from the truth. What did paul say? Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid yea we establish the law Rom 3:31

    The word used in this verse is iniquity which comes from the greek word anomia, which mean violation of law. Jesus was talking about born again christians, who drive out demons, prophesy etc but who also break his commandments, he will say to these he never knew them.

    This is confirmed in johns epistle 1 john 2:4 which says he that saith i know him and keepeth not his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.

    I know the majority of you will not accept what i have said, And will some how think that i am the one in the wrong and that i am trying to deceive you! It is because you are deceived by the devil and everyone else who he has deceived and it is very very hard to except you have been lied to and are in deception as it was for me and i hope your eyes are open to see the truth of the true light of the gospel of Jesus christ.

    Which is to fear God and keep his commandments in obedience to the truth. Do not listen to me find out for yourself, ask God to show you the truth.

    For those of you that do believe here are some links to help you in your quest for the truth.

    http://www.moresureword.com/final.htm

    http://www.bibletruths.net/Archives/BTAR175.htm

    http://www.gods-10-commandments.com/

  46. Tim A. says:

    I get miserable when my past and present bad deeds nag me again and again, like a war vet. And activities of today, drawing pictures and making up fiction stories, they all orbit God and his rightiousness. I study different parts in the Bible and write essays about it. I keep worrying if I’m saved or not, a lot.

  47. Alan Higgins says:

    Tim, do you feel bad because of what you have done or do you feel guilty because you have offended God? If the latter, that is a good sign. Answer it honestly and go through teh questions above

  48. Gary says:

    I don’t know weather I am saved I find it hard to pray everyday I don’t read the bible which I should I realy want to be a better christain I have asked god into my life and am not sure weather I am saved or not

  49. Alan Higgins says:

    Gary, it sounds like you are trying to do everything in your own strength. When you say that you asked God into your life, what exactly did that include? Please go through each question above and answer it honestly. Also look at http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/a-message-to-non-christians/

  50. Gary says:

    I went to a passion for life talk today realy helped :) just got my relethionship with god to grow

  51. Duane says:

    Alan,

    God Bless You! And I thank God I came accross this site! It has answered some of my concerns, and lets me know that I really was not saved back in ’97 as I thought I was. I was 25 yrs old then, an ex-grilfriend broke up with me and I couldn’t cope. I went to a Baptist church after having gone to Catholic church all of my life. I felt as though the message was directed towards me. I went to the altar to become saved. I wanted to be close to God but I also wanted that pain from the broken heart to go away. Alan, it wasn’t but 1-2 months later and I was back to doing the same things, fornicating, drinking my problems away, praying occaisionally, asking for forgiveness, but chasing after women. Since then I have been married and divorced and remarried (Still married). Although I have tried to install christian principles in my children, I continued sinning.

    January of this year, I was introduced to a DVD titled “The Truth Behind Hip Hop” by Elder G. Craig Lewis. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of it. Alan, my eyes were opened. I was an avid supporter of hip hop. Even since ’97, until now I had never stopped listening to it. I was saddened for never having known the truth behind this music (Or most secular music for that matter), saddened to be awakened to all the evil in the world today and also saddened for having disobeyed God for all of these years.

    I asked God, in Jesus’ name, to forgive me and come into my life and help me change and to walk with him. Now for once in my life, I can honestly say that according to the ways to know that you mentioned above, I can answer yes to over 80% of your 1st list and 90% to the 2nd list. The only question in the 2nd list that I didn’t quite understand was the question “What is my relationship with sin?”.

    Although I feel like I am moving forward with no interest in going back, I sometimes question whether or not my sins were too much since I knew God’s law as opposed to someone who didn’t know. Whether or not I was given my chance and I blew it. And this thinking (or worrying) is what brought me to your page.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    God Bless!

  52. Alan Higgins says:

    When I mean by your relationship with sin is, do you hate it when you sin and is there any conviction? Before I was a christian, I sinned without a second thought and didn’t hate it. True believers do not habitually practice sin without a sense of conviction. If you have repented of your sins, then try to move on and do not live in the shadow of your past sins. Like I said, its about direction and not perfection

  53. Duane says:

    Thank you Alan! The answer is Yes, there is conviction. To the point where I sometimes even get upset with myself. Being about direction and not perfection is very well put.

    I am also in need of christian fellowship. I am looking for a church home in the metro Atlanta area as I am still kinda new here. I need the fellowship because my wife and kids are not here yet due to employment reasons.

  54. Alan Higgins says:

    “To the point where I sometimes even get upset with myself.” Thats ‘good news’. Thats how we should feel when we sin and hve a sorrow that we have also sinned against God

    Unfortunately, I live in the UK. However, my fellow blogger at http://imspeakingtruth.wordpress.com maybe able to point you in the right direction as I believe that he may know the area

  55. Duane says:

    Thanks again Alan! And thank you for the link as well.

    Talk with you soon!

  56. Michael says:

    I don’t think it’s possible to secure your salvation on a website. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the key. John baptized with water and Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And yeah, a Groom chooses His Bride.

  57. Jake says:

    i just read your other blog about backsliding and the whole time i was thinking this guy would really like paul washer and then there it is lol

  58. Michael says:

    Hello there alan,

    Recently, I have come to find the satanic attacks in my life to have increased. Mental warfare in my life is a on going event. Over my failures, I have been accused of. I DO NOT like sinning. I have no problem with knowing when I fall short and confessing it to God.

    Recently, the amount of mental warfare has gotten to the point to where I have a stressed out headache. Over the years I have been attacked about a many things, but the helmet of salvation has always been one that was a hard trial. Now, it seems that I can’t get passed this trial.

    I want truth. I want Jesus to know I want His will. i don’t desire my will, I desire His to be done. I surrender to Him. But I have the case where I don’t want to go on until I know for sure. I don’t want to be fake.

    I also look at my past and see how He has changed me from hurts and habits that I couldn’t change before I knew Him. I asked for Help, and he delivered me.

    I am so “confused” AT times and just recently I had a dream that I was laying in my bed, and I couldn’t move or talk. My hands were bound, and i couldn’t sit up, and nor could I speak. But I could hear my mind saying, “Lord help me, release me.” but nothing changed, I was still bound. Then I though to rebuke the devil, so I said, ” I rebuke you satan…” then realized it wasn’t I who did, but the Lord! so I then said, “The Lord Rebuke you Satan.”

    My hands were released and shortly after that, I could sit up in my bed and I could breathe again.

    I am overwhelmed, and I don’t know what to do. I looked at the test above and I can answer yes to a many of them, but How can I trust myself to know that I am telling the truth to myself?

    I desire Him, I want to live righteously. I have seen Him move in my life and open up things for me and confirm things for me. Lately I have been asking Him to reveal Himself to me. To help me and show me him.

    Thank you for reading this and soon responding to it.
    Godspeed you!

  59. Alan Higgins says:

    Michael, I have read your comment and this is a good indication that God is indeed doing a work in you (even though you may not feel it). The fact that you hate your sin and want to get close to God is a good sign. Stay in Gods word, stay in prayer and stay in fellowship. Will you feel good overnight? Probably not and it may take weeks/months but be not weary in well doing for in due time, you will reap. You may not be where you want to be but I’m sure you are not where you used to be

  60. Michael says:

    Alan Thank you.
    Just recently, the 22nd actually, I went outside to pray and get into the word, but only could I pray, I had to talk to Him.
    I realized that there wasn’t any more I could surrender, there wasn’t a deeper part of me that I was holding on to. I told Him that this is all of me.
    He took me to my end, removed all that i relied on but Him and showed me how much I truly need Him for everything!
    I then went to my restroom and locked the door so no one would bother me. I cried out to Him, confessing some sins that were revealed to me in that moment and I felt like my mind was cleaned, and my heart.

    You are right, “Will you feel good overnight? Probably not and it may take weeks/months but be not weary in well doing for in due time, you will reap. You may not be where you want to be but I’m sure you are not where you used to be”

    I don’t have the “worry” and or “Headache” anymore. Do the attacks stop, they are not as rampant or severe as before. And I am learning that what amount of the word I use to intake and the time I spent was good for then, but now I need more. :) I do truly want more.

    “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
    philippians 2:13

    I truly do thank you for your response. I told myself the other day, I really don’t need anyone but God to show me about me, and indeed He has.

    After the prayer/cry out to God, I have a new resolve to follow Jesus, no matter the cost. I am not perfect, obviously, but He has been showing me other areas in my life that I need to hand back over to Him, and I am ready to begin again in Him.

    Godspeed and Bless and Keep you always Alan! Going to add you on facebook today!

    †††

  61. Bible Study says:

    If we have the witness of the spirit in our life, we are saved. I don’t know how we couldn’t know that we are saved if indeed we are. If someone moves into your house to live, you will notice them sometime or other. The same with salvation, if Jesus moves into our spiritual house, we will know it.

  62. Matt says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. This very issue has been tearing me up for a year now. I have been studying deeply for countless hours in theological writings on how to know that I am truly saved, but no one seemed able to explain it in easy understandable terms like you did. I now have this calm feeling and I know that even though I struggle with sin constantly, I am striving to be like Christ and I know that my salvation is real. Thanks again and may God bless your ministry.

  63. Alan Higgins says:

    Glad to be of help Matt

  64. Bible Study says:

    Alan you are right, alot of people will believe they are saved when they are not, but when one is truly saved, they begin to understand the mysteries of God, this understanding comes miraculously through the teaching of the spirit of God. When one receives it, they will realize they are saved without a shadow of a doubt. If you don’t believe me, read or study the many verses on the mysteries of God, the hidden wisdom and the verses that contain the word “understand” understanding etc. I didn’t really study this until God gave me this understanding, or revelation, of the scriptures. When we are not yet born again, we make the same mistake of Nicodemus when he did not understand the spiritual meaning of what Jesus was saying, it took his words literally and believed that a man must be born again naturally in order to be saved. Those who do not have the spirit, cannot understand the truth of the word of God. When one does they will know it, it is amazing.

    • Ben says:

      @ Bible Study: Brother, you are setting yourself for Satan to come in and decieve you like no tomorrow. The only authority that you have on your salvation is that you have believed God’s Word. Not some feeling or even that you are “moving in a direction of holiness” God does not force you to do anything against your will. He does not force you to be saved, and He will not force you to serve Him. He gave you free will to do as you choose, just as He gave Adam the option f eating or not eating from the tree. God wants you to serve Him out of love, for “love is the fulfilling of the law”.
      As far as the mysteries are concerned in the Gospels, they are concerning either the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven, which are two different things. Remember that Jesus came to set up the physical kingdom promised through the Davidic covenant in 2 Sam 7. (Of course this will not be fulfilled until the millennial) Remember Jesus came preaching “repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”, just as John the Baptist did. Any serious student of the Bible will know this is contrary to the Gospel that Paul preached (1 Cor 15). Why? Jesus had not died and been buried. YOu see you must understand that Jesus’ earthly ministry was to the Jews, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt 15:24) When the Jews rejected their Messiah, God turned to the Gentiles primarily (Acts 10 and on to current time). This is also why the apostles asked Jesus in Acts 1:6, if Jesus would set up His kingdom at this time.
      Peter on the day of Pentecost, stood up and only preached to Jews, and noticed what he told them to do to recieve the Holy Ghost, “Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus”, this is also contrary to what Paul preached. Why? Peter was preaching to Jews, and Paul primarily Gentile.
      If we will rightly divide our Bibles, and study these things, they are pretty apparent. You do not even have to run to the “greek” or “hebrew”. So who do you think Matt 7 was addressed to ? And if you believe that everything in the Bible applies, even in the Gospels, does Matt 24:13 apply to you?
      I totally agree that not all “professors” are saved, and not everyone who “knows bout Jesus” is saved, but if you know that you are a sinner and that Christ died, was buried, and rose again, after paying your sin debt, and you have asked Him to save you, then you can stand on God’s Word that you are saved. Anything other than standing on God’s Word, is setting yourself up for Satan to decive you, and yes it is very possible for a true Christian to be decieved and led to believe false doctrine. Good Luck and God Bless!

  65. Michael says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! Assurance is definitely something I’ve been struggling with lately. It’s so hard to find material nowadays that’s aligned with scripture–everything you wrote was right on with the Word!

  66. Brandon says:

    I was wondering if you might be able to help me. This is a summary of my walk with God. I am now 29, when I was probably around 7 I went to a summer bible school and heard the gospel. I don’t know if I had accepted Christ then or not but I said the sinners prayer. when I got in middle school I began to attend a youth group after school. And after attending for a while I recall being intrigued by the messages like God was speaking directly to my heart and noticed a difference between me and the other kids that were there, I wondered why they did’nt seem as interested in the message or why it didnt seem important to them. After that I began to notice changes in me. when I got in to highschool I recall growing and feeling very close to God and was very adamitt about being obediant to him in all areas of my life and having a selfcontrol that I had not before. And peace and just feeling a conection to him and I remember thinking that I would gladly die for anyone so that they might have the chance to know Jesus. I have also always had a concern for the lost. Shortly after that I was around 17 and fell for a girl and remember thinking that I am always good and I just wanted to do what I wanted to do in regards to being intimate with this girl. So I remember making a consiuos decision to be with this girl over God. Ever since this occasion I have yourned for my relationship with God to be restored the way that it was, but I can’t seem to get back there. Me and this girl broke up and I started going to bars with friends and was with a few other girls but even then still had somthing in me desiring God to bring me back. When I was around 23 I met my wife, and after that I asked someone about a bible study and began to go with my wife. An older lady was doing the bible study and that went on for about 3 years I had learned alot about God and his word that I had never knew before, but I still can’t seem to get over this hump. I have constant doubts of my salvation and somtimes thoughts that seem to be of a demonic mind but I know that they are not my thoughts. I have struggled with pornaughraphy as well. even currently. I dispise sin but I don’t seem to obtain the self control that I once had to be obedient to Christ. I have talked to pastor after pastor and such but can never seem to come to a resolution. I feel spirtually and mentally worn down and beaten and drained. I display most of the fruits of the spirit, when I talk to people about my situation they usually say that I show evidence that I am saved, but if that is the case then why won’t God just give me the peace and assurance of salvation if I am really saved? And why do I eventually fall back in to pornaughraphy. I pray over and over for God to save me because I doubt so often. I know that you only need to be saved once but I do this because I am unsure. And somtimes I am not sure if I am truly repentent for my sins against God. I have a desire to serve God with all of my heart and to be on fire for him. I don’t know what to do

    Thanks, Brandon

  67. Alan Higgins says:

    Brandon, please remember that out salvation is not based on us being sinless but upon what Christ has accomplished on the cross. Going by what you have said and your hatred for your sin this is a good sign. Many times I have struggled with various types of sins and kept falling int them but hated it. A true believer has a new relationship with sin and sometimes some sins take longer to shake of than others. The links below will hopefully help you with batling with pornography

    http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/every-mans-battle/

    http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/ten-days-of-sex/

    http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/day-7-of-sex-battling-pornography-and-how-the-gospel-conquers-it/

    http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/say-no-to-pornography-and-sexual-sin-john-piper/

    I think the first link especially will help you to practically make steps in your recovery but even though God knows ultimately, you are showing good signs of being saved (yes even with your struggle with sin) because if you wasnt saved, you would care about your sin. Find someone that you can talk to openly who can give you some godly counsel. Hope it goes well

    Alan

  68. Jessica says:

    We are mentoring a couple, and the woman says she is a Christian, but my husband and I are skeptical. We haven’t known them long, but she doesn’t read the Bible at all, doesn’t like going to church and has a vague testimony. Can a person really be saved without wanting to know God and read His word? Lots of people can be loving and giving and try to be “good people” but is that proof of salvation without God’s word and God’s church being in the center? I cannot find peace on this issue. Everything in me says to love Jesus is to want to know Him more, to read His word and to be with His church. My husband thinks this might be legalism. I pray it’s not because it is a deep passion of mine. What separates a nominal Christian who has no desire to learn of God and follow His word from an unbeliever who likewise has no desire to read God’s word or follow His will? Anyone have any wisdom for me? I am very torn.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Jessica, going by what you have said I would be worried. If he answers the questions above it doesn’t sound as if he would pass the test. I would give him a little ‘prodding’ to see if he truly understands the gospel. This sounded a bit like my brother who knows church stuff but doesn’t understand the gospel

  69. Hope says:

    I have no clue if I am saved I have excepted Jesus into my heart many many times and I live him. I’m just confused.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Have you asked yourself the above questions? Just saying a prayer is not proof that you are a Christian

  70. Hannah says:

    What is proof that you are a Christian or if you are saved? I dont wanna tell someone wrong! Could you help? What do people mean when they say ” Be careful you dont wana ruin your testaimony!”

  71. Hannah says:

    Thanks! lol

  72. Hannah says:

    i hav a ? so if you are like really saved will u still hav doubts that ur saved sometimes when you stray from God?When u stray from God can u always come back?

    • Alan Higgins says:

      If we are all honst, we all have some level of doubts at some time or another but we need to measure everything up to Gods word and what he says opposed to how we feel. As long as you are live, you can always go to God

      • M. says:

        doubt is not unbelief, and in fact, God gave us doubt to let us know when something crucial is missing. Doubt only becomes unbelief when one accepts that the doubt is true.

  73. jason says:

    hey recently for some reason I keep doubting that I really am going to heaven and I doubt that I really believe what Jesus has done even though I have been a believer ever since I can remember. I do ask God to help me with my unbelief and everything. I even look at the evidence for Christ and it seems if what the gospels say is true but for some reason I can’t get myself to fully believe. is this normal and am I still going to heaven. By the way I do act as a Christian and act as if I believe.

    • jason says:

      wait i take that back i think i do believe im kind of in a state of mind right now where i can’t think properly.

    • M. says:

      Maybe what you mean is that you don’t feel saved, and that is very normal. Just keep praying, and do things that strengthen your faith.

    • Jill says:

      Jason – I COMPLETELY know what you’re talking about. Like something is trying to BLOCK you from believing and it is very strong. You are 2 people in a sense. One feeling empty and numb and distant from God and the other fighting to hold onto that love relationship with Christ. I have had the same doubts of going to heaven, and it started when I began focusing more on myself (how I fall short) and less on Christ and what He did. You become “sin conscious” instead of “God conscious”. The way wrong road. It’s the enemy’s road, and that’s why you feel the disconnect. I believe when we start BELIEVING God’s promises, and letting everything else fall to the side we will be victorious. Jesus did the work, right. So we let Him be God, and try to relax on our part. If you only remember 1 word for the rest of your life, let it be JESUS. Sometimes I just repeat His name over and over when there are no other words to pray.

  74. M. says:

    I have been a Christian for 20 years, and in that time, I have seen a lot of growth, and for the most part, I have stuck with Jesus and I hate sin. However, I have never fully been able to kick my habit of masturbation. I am sorry if this grosses people out, but it is a real problem, and although I have seen victory in other areas, this one remains a constant battle, one that I lose more than win. What sayest thou to these things?

  75. isaiah says:

    i excepted jesus christ as my lord and personal savior but im stll scared because i still sin alot but i repent and i dont feel conviction like when i except jesus christ are you supposed to get a feeling like you know forsure that your saved?

  76. Alan Higgins says:

    isaiah, how exactly did you accept Chist as Lord and Savior and have you asked teh questions above?

  77. Paul says:

    Hello Allan Higgins, Let me ask you, because i’m confused..

    Yes, I am already a Christian and had accepted Jesus christ as my saviour and my god, and I accept that i commit sins, and i believe jesus christ suffer for my sins, and yes I am already a believer, but still I sometimes fail, I sometimes commit sin even I am a christian, but not the same sin when I was not yet born again, I’m talking about sins like sometimes i lie, cheating in school (copying the exam’s answer from my classmates), thinking bad, tempted by lust, kissing my girlfriend (even not married [just to clear only kissing but not doing premarital sex]) but i think those sins is not really a heavy sin but still a sin right? according to the bible (I forgot the verse) no one will enter to the kingdom of god that still commit a sin,

    but how about the sins i have mentioned above?is that enough reasons for me to be condemned?

    My question is: “should I doubt about my salvation?”

    (Sorry for my bad English)

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Paul, remember we have ALL sinned and when we have truly repented and put our faith in Christ, our sins are put on him and we take on his righteousness. Being a christian does not mean that we dont sin but how we react to the sins that we do should change. Did you ask the questions above?

  78. Paul says:

    yah i asked myself with the questions above.. and i think my answer is good for those questions..

    thx for your answer so I should not doubt about my salvation.. As long as I believe in Jesus Christ our lord as a savior, and not doing Sins and live with a righteous life..

    bdw what do you mean about this statement “how we react to the sins that we do should change” ?

  79. Alan Higgins says:

    I mean, when you sin, do you feel any kind of conviction. The chances are, when you sinned before being a Christian, it didnt really bother you

  80. Paul says:

    oh i see, thx allot for guiding me.. bdw brother.. may i add your personal FB account?so i can chat you live if you’re online, because I need guide for studying bible, so you can guide me for those things that i cannot understand.. If so, you can PM me your FB email address to martyvaine08@gmail.com … thx

  81. Alan Higgins says:

    Paul, there is a link on the left hand side of this page

  82. Paul says:

    Ok I have added you :D

  83. andrew says:

    i grew up in a bible believing christian home and ive always struggled with salvation, whenever i try to pray to “get saved” i always feel like Gods not listening because “those that regard iniquity in your heart, God wont hear them”… and i really dont want to have iniquity in my heart… but i really struggle with a certain sin that is unusual and i don’t believe i choose it… i have a certain attraction i’ve had all my life…. lets just say its in the area of sexual/immoral sin…

    whenever i’m praying for salvation i say “my spirit wants to stop doing this immoral sin, and repent, but my flesh doesn’t”…. so i’m thinking that’s not counting…. i also think things like “how do i know i’m being sincere? what if when i ask God to come into my life i’m lying and i’m not realising it… i know its not supposed to be what “i’m doing” but its what “Christ is doing”….

    another thing i struggle with is… you say if your sinning and you have no concern about sinning then that’s an indicator you may not be saved…. well since ive grown up in a christian family ANY time i’ve done anything wrong i feel its a sin…. so i don’t know if that’s the holy spirit telling me im doing wrong or if its what my parents taught me when i was a little kid….. i just really need help and i’m too embarrassed to go to anyone i know

  84. Darren says:

    Hello Alan, Thank you for your web site. I have beleved I am a Christian for a while as there is fruit in my life and I have come from a background of major obvious sin. Procrastination (wasting time, unproductivity) is the sin I am addressing and struggling with at the moment. Mattwew 7:21-23 has always concerned me and I have heard many people give different versions of who these people are. I have struggled with mental illness also for many years. During a period of mania ten years ago I said loudly in the street that I was Jesus Christ. I also prophesied without realising quite what I was doing and the event came true. My problem is that I always feel like a false guy and I have continual dreams about being condemned to hell and i falling in a bottomless pit. I have become more stable recently and the dreams are less prevalent. I take seriously the message of Jesus and the need to spread the message. One of my problems is a lack of love for God. I often dread Him. I’m scared that I will get something wrong in the Bible and with so many going to Hell I find life a nightmare. I do have moments of Joy thinking I am saved but often suddenly I will be fearful thinking I have been decieved as God seems to allow people to be decieved. The praise and worship music where people say how in love with God they are makes me feel bad because I don’t love God that much. Sometimes a smiling God of love shines through to me though but I think I might be decieving myself. It is about love not fear isn’t it? Can I be saved and not love God with all my heart, mind and soul?

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Have you asked yourself the above questions and what was the answer to most of them? As you had a mental illness (whatever form it was) you nay need to walk your situation with a local church/pastor

  85. Christine M. says:

    I am confused as well. I fell in love with Jesus and we were very close. I have always been serious about Him and wanted to do great things for Him. This past year I have been really struggling with my relationship with Him because I have allowed myself to be distracted and unfaithful to Him. I have not been spending time with Him. I desire to follow Him every single day but I have not been growing as I wish because of this. I say “Jesus I love you” but like Peter I know that is never enough. I answered the questions and my answers were exactly half and half. Some questions I didn’t know how to address such as “Are you doing the will of God?” My answer to that is no because I have sin that I am not proud of. Which brings me to the sin question. I do have sin that I wish to overcome but have not done that completely. It is not something I am proud of. As for loving the things of the world, I know that I am struggling by letting things of this world (school, work, “busyness” etc.) distract me from being close to him and I hate that. I have prayed a lot about this over the year asking God to forgive me for my inconsistency and have been trying to be consistently growing and personal with Him. But I have failed at that also. Part of the reason I don’t spend time with Him is because of my guilt from sin. I know that we can access Him for our sin but I do feel ashamed to talk to Him sometimes.

    Because I hate not being as close with Him, I have made some decisions on my part and am expecting Him to radically change my life in the next 6 months to be stronger and less wavering in my faith, and to know Him better. Does this mean I have been unsaved during the year where I have been struggling to even be with Him? I know it is not supposed to be a struggle to know God but I have been.

  86. Christine M. says:

    Also, as far as the justifying sin, I don’t wish to sin. After I have sinned I am not proud that I sinned. But while I am sinning, I don’t necessarily always feel “bad” about it. And sometimes I do try to justify my sin “I had to do it” or “I’ll only do this one more time”. But I still hate the sin and the fact that I do that sin because I don’t want to be disobeying God. I know it’s wrong, and sometimes I do want to justify it. But I want to stop sinning because of the fact that Jesus doesn’t want me to.

  87. Alan Higgins says:

    Christine, believe it or not but you are showing good signs of being saved. Why do I say that? Because of your words:
    I have been really struggling with my relationship
    I desire to follow Him every single day
    I have sin that I am not proud of
    I do have sin that I wish to overcome
    I know that I am struggling
    asking God to forgive me for my inconsistency
    my guilt from sin
    I hate not being as close with Him,
    I don’t wish to sin. After I have sinned I am not proud that I sinned
    But I still hate the sin
    I don’t want to be disobeying God.
    I want to stop sinning because of the fact that Jesus doesn’t want me to.

    These are your words not mine. Normally a person who has no disregard for God would not say these things so keep confessing to God, kee the communication line open through prayer and reading of the bible and keep in fellowship with other christians

  88. Mike says:

    my whole life I have struggled with the thought “Am I saved?” I guess when I sin or do any of the above things that are wrong then I feel like there is no way I could be saved. I do not want to struggle with sin but when I sin I feel like it is an indication that I cannot be saved. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me to pay the price for my sins and that He rose again. There are times that I do not doubt my salvation and in those times I feel like I really want to get to know God better and I realize that I want my life to be consumed with HIm. But if I am not saved I cannot live knowing that because I realize that Jesus is the purpose of life and gives me meaning.

  89. Christine M. says:

    Thanks Alan

  90. Matt says:

    can someone help me? ive been living a not so Holy life and have been putting religion on the side. but i always believed there is a God. but i havent been living the way he wants me to and have been doing my own desires. I got a text the other day from a family member asking me if i was ok and checking in on me. she seemed scared about something. but she never told me what iit was about. then i talked to another family member who had talked to her and was informed why she was so scared. a demon came to her in a dream and told her that he had me and was coming after her next, and that i was going to hell when i die. this has me really shaken up. and lately things have not been going good in my life. i let my own selfish desires rule what i want to do. can someone please give me insight on what this dream might have meant and what to do?

  91. Rosie says:

    Great Article! I came here because I did a search on “How to know you are saved”. I know all the steps to being saved and have witnessed to a lot of people. But, my question is: I said a prayer as a little girl and I do not remember the prayer. I do not know if it was the sinners prayer or if I repeated after the lady. Then I didn’t go to Church anymore until I was older (I had to beg for rides to Church). I really went wild with my life and sinned and had no thoughts of God. Then I met my husband and he asked if I wanted to go to Church, while we were dating. I went a few times and then I felt the Lord Call me down to the alter. The Pastor asked if I was saved and I told him yes, going back to that day when I was young but also too embarrassed to admit I did not understand. So they asked if I wanted to get baptized and I did. I have prayed many times for God to save me IF I am not saved and have for years felt fine with knowing/thinking I was saved as a little girl BUT, recently doubt has crept in. My pastor has been preaching about salvation and how you will know the day your are saved because you become a new creature. He says it is different for everyone and you can not base it on a feeling. It is a relationship that takes place. My main problem is I believe I am saved but, I just don’t know when it happened. I have changed tremendously but only in the last few years. IF I was saved when I was 11 that was 28 years ago,can you be saved that long and only recently start to change and grow? Is it o.k. to not know the day it happened and just to know that I am saved? I am scared that I need to be Baptized again if I was saved after Baptism. But if I was not saved when I was 11 I could not tell you when I was saved because I prayed several times for God to save me. I have seen His hand in our lives and it is amazing I just am unsure IF I truly am saved and if so when. I did talk with my Pastor and he told me to pray and ask God to show me but I still have felt nothing and I am so confused. By the way I can answer yes to all of your questions above. I have even felt God convict me about how I dress. This past April I got rid of all of my jeans and now only where modest clothing. But do I do these things to be good or I am I really saved? I feel I am saved I just don’t know when? Is this O.K?

    Confused.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      The important thing is not to know WHEN it happened but IF it has happened. You dont need to know the exact date but examine yourself NOW and check out your motives for ‘being good’. Dont look for feelings as evidence of your salvations as feelings can be very deceptive. Don’t worry about he past so much as that cannot be changed but look at your present state.

      Now if you just said a prayer but there was no evidence of true salvation in your actions, then I cannot say you was a Christian. Check out http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/so-you-think-that-youre-a-christian-powerful-testimonies-from-former-false-converts/ and see if you see yourself there. It maybe that you was never born again and if that is the case, you may need to get baptised in obedience to Christ’s commandments but only you can really make that judgment call or get some godly counsel

      I hope this has helped and apologies for taking so long to reply

      • Rosie says:

        Alan,

        Thank you so much for your reply and you were right on with what you said. This past Sunday morning at my Church my Pastor started preaching out of John 3 and God started moving in me and convicting me and I realized I was a sinner and had never been saved. Something came over me I cried through the whole service people were staring at me but I did not care. I wanted to run to the alter and lay it all there but I waited for the end of the sermon and went to the alter. My pastor asked me If I was saved and I told him no. He asked if I was sure. I said yes. He prayed for me then told me I had to pray for myself. So I called out to God and He saved me! We had Baptism that night for other members that had got saved through the last few months so I was Baptized that night. I felt like those people on that video you sent in your response. But I was so confused because I wanted to know. I now know!

        Thank you again for your time and your response. This is a great thing you are doing for the Lord. May God Bless you!

        No Longer Confused,
        Rosie

  92. Han says:

    Does getting saved always result in immediate changes?

    Since July 11, 2011 I prayed a salvation prayer a website. I believed it was sincere. Prior to that, I kept questioning my salvation status and was really scared so I googled about getting saved even though I’ve been to church was I was 8, now 22. I didn’t want to gamble with my soul.

    Before, I quite often kept telling lies, holding grudges, bottling anger, feeling jealous etc, and had barely any interest in the bible. I also kept praying things for myself instead of for helping serve God.

    Now, they are greatly improved and I have more interest in the bible. I don’t know if the changes are because it was out of fear or because God changed me which is why I still doubt a lot. 2 months isn’t a long time and there needs to be more moments of truth.

    What actually happens when a true christian sins or tries to sin? Is it supposed to feel like you are thinking of what you should do?

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Han, no yuou will not change overnight but the more and more you get into the bible, obey it, pray and hav fellowship with other believers, there will be a gradual change. Once you have a new relationship with God, you will hve a new elationship with sin and you will find that the things that you once loved, you will begin to hate, and the things you once hated, you will begin to love. But this is gradual. As stated above. Its not about perfectionbut about direction

  93. baidu456 says:

    I noticed your website searching on google and hoped to contact the author of this post. I had some further questions regarding this.

  94. kendra says:

    i was wondering if i really was saved i was supposedly saved in 2005 but i have done so much since then i guess you would call back sliding but i just dont know if i was really saved or if i need to just repent or what please help thanks

  95. Alan Higgins says:

    Kendra, have you asked yourself the questions on this post? A lot of what I said at http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/how-do-you-know-that-you-are-saved/#comment-4929 can be said for your situation

  96. Donald Jay says:

    HI brother allan, im so thankful that ive found your blog, i learned much for your blog..may God bless you..

  97. Jill says:

    I am a 34 yr old mother of 4. Was saved as a 10 yr old. Went on to be on fire for the Lord in youth group. I had a lot of mental, emotional baggage that I carried into my adult years and marriage. My husband is also a strong Christian. But, my 20’s were filled with very low lows. Children, loss of children, financial crisis, health issues. Obviously I made repeatitive wrong money choices, I withdrew from people. Still wen to church and got involved, but wanted little to do with my peers. I’ve had a bad root of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness for years, because of the pressures of life and the inability to keep good relationships. I have carried the Lord through all of it with me. I have seen His hand of healing and deilverance, but last year it all came crashing down. Last march I caught Lymes disease, which dibilitated me for 5 months, I began to be trapped in the fear of death and leaving my family. I had 2 huge blowups with a family and neighbor. This led to immediate guilt, feelings of unworthiness before God, doubts of my salvation. I dove into the Word to find answers the last 4 months and it has been a roller coaster of not understanding severely condemning verses, followed by constant streams of encouragement by fellow Christian brothers/sisters. I’ve fallen into daily pits of despair, shame, guilt, fear, worry, condemnation and feelings of “missing the mark” at Judgement Day. I’ve felt my relationship with the Lord up to this time was wonderful, yet I wasn’t showing it to others on the outside. God has shown me the roots of pride, anger, self-centeredness that I’m ready to pull out and change, but I can’t shake the guilt for them, and wonder if I’m still His. I’ve been in mass confusion over how grace works. Some say it’s up TO salvation, then “go and sin no more”. Others say ALL is forgiven, just live and apply Christ’s Blood. Verses have said one thing, then others say the opposite about salvation. I want to obey, but then the devil says I’m trying to get in by “works”. I’ve gotten numb in my relationship with Christ, but holding on with fingernails. I try so hard to defeat the devil, but I am powerless. The images he puts in my mind, the accusations, the constant gripping hopelessness of being a fake at the end of all this?? Satan has had me stuck on the unpardonable sin, whether I’ve done it? There are times I’ve spoken to someone saying it’s a Word from the Lord, but then it doesn’t come to pass. I’m afraid I took His name in vain? Or if the unpardonable is rejection, have I now rejected Him because I can no longer say for sure that I KNOW I am saved. It’s a mess! All I want is to drop all of it and run to Christ, and use it to free others. But I need to be free. I need to know the Father’s love and that it’s still there. I need to know can a person go “too far” with doubt. I doubt myself to do all God wants me to, and that I can keep the faith to the measure He expects. I have never doubted WHAT Jesus came to do, but only if I still fall into the category as His daughter. At times of numbness and feelings of fear and distance, did I leave Him? I NEVER meant to. I want Him with all my heart, but feel I was vulnerable and gullible to the devil’s lies. How does God see me now? Can I return or just go from here. I SEE good change from this dark valley, but why does it seem that He’s cut me off? I get crippled with fears and have nightmares, yet so many have given me positive revelations. I just need to understand Scripture, and know that I have not “fallen away”, whatever that means. I do not want to leave Christ for any reason, but my heart and head get blocked in this vice and makes me feel empty and untrusting. Thoughts…

  98. Jill says:

    Also, if I struggle with receiving forgiveness now about things I’ve done as a Christian, and forgetting about it and moving on… is that the same as rejecting His forgiveness?

  99. Jill says:

    I know in the end, a real good question will be, “Were you able to “receive” Christ’s love/forgiveness?”

  100. Alan Higgins says:

    Jill, have you read http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/a-message-to-non-christians/. Our works will never save us but when we are saved, good works should happen as a result

  101. Andrei says:

    am i saved if i recived the holy spirit? cause when i want to take something that isnt mine or tell a lie theres like a voice that tells me dont do it and i dont,but i dont feel like i love my neighbor and God as i should.is making fun of others a sin?can you lose your salvation?

  102. Andrei says:

    Also i have OCD and sometimes i blasphemy the holy spirit but i dont want to and i cant control myself.Is that an unforgivable sin??

  103. Alan Higgins says:

    Andrei, have you answered the questions in my post? How did you do with the answers?

    • Andrei says:

      yes my goals have been changed,my desires,i love others more but sometimes i struggle with lust,lying and outbursts of anger and i hate myself for it

  104. Nicole Shirley says:

    For many years I was just a church goer…..knew certain truths but based on the wrong thought sand attitudes I displayed I knew I was not saved…until quite recently….as I reached out to the Lord Jesus from my heart my desires started changing…I know longer have any desire for sin and darkness and I am seeking God constantly for the salvation of my loved ones……I regret the wasted years…but believe God is restoring as I hunger and thirst for His righteousness daily. may God continue to bless you….

  105. Steve says:

    How does a person know that s/he is a Christian? The simple answer is whether or not that person loves Jesus Christ for who He is more than anything else. Jesus told the scribes and lawyers that the greatest commandment is to “Love the LORD your God with all your mind, heart, soul and strength. Then love your neighbor as yourself.” But we cannot control our emotions, so not only is this commandment hard, it is humanly impossible. How then can we do what is impossible? Luke 1:37 tells us “for with God, nothing is impossible.” God does the impossible. We should pray sincerely (every day for 30 days) this prayer that aligns perfectly with God’s plan for you and me: “God, please help me to love You as much as You want me to love You.” God will honor and will answer that prayer.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Steve you said We should pray sincerely (every day for 30 days) this prayer that aligns perfectly with God’s plan for you and me: “God, please help me to love You as much as You want me to love You.” God will honor and will answer that prayer.” This simply is not the case. God does not work on a 30 day plan. Either see my message to non christians or go to needgod.com or readthisbeforeyoudie.com

  106. cjae13 says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I believe it’s a real eye-opener. God’s really working through you. I’m also going on my spiritual journey and am just starting actually. Only have been a few months since I’ve really received the Lord and listened to His word:) God bless you!

  107. Anjan says:

    I just want to thank God for evetlrything he’s done for me so far. Only He knows what he’s done for me and I don’t know how to truly thank him. However I have a question. Do I have to be baptized to go to heaven?

  108. Alan Higgins says:

    Anjan, the simple answer is no. However, I would say, what would hinder you from being baptised? See http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/what-hinders-you-from-being-baptized/

  109. Randall says:

    I have read everyone of these comments and I have to say, it is amazing how many others wrestle with knowing whether or not we are truly Christ’s redeemed. Considering all of the mistakes we have made and the backsliding that has occurred on our part against God. I know this battle of the heart and mind quite well. It’s the reason I too ended up on this site. In my time of seeking God directly in His word and in prayer, with my whole heart; I came to the truth. God showed me that for many years, I unknowingly had a salvation by works gospel ingrained within me. I didn’t know this, and yet every time I fell short of His commandments, I sought every way possible to atone for it, not realizing, that Christ Jesus already had. I didn’t understand the difference between doing the work of the Lord out of gratitude and love for Him because He delivered me. I now know that doing work for the Lord doesn’t justify me, as Christ’s finished work has done that. I can never with any work ever be justified(Ephesians 2:8). However, being obedient to Him to do as He commands, ensures my place in His kingdom, it also proves my love for Him, but only if the work I do proceeds from a sincere heart. All that we require to be saved is only through Christ Jesus’ atonement and the ongoing work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Repentance itself is an act of God on our behalf, for Christ Himself declared that no man comes to Him, except the Father draws Him. And we know that no one can come to the Father but through Christ (John 6:44,65).
    So why am I writing all of this brothers and sisters. If you question your salvation, simply follow God’s instructions to align yourself in His will. None of you that have written on this blog have stated openly that you hate God and have no desire to serve Him. In fact, your posts declare quite the contrary. If you desire to do what is good, then do what is good by God’s power and grace upon you and make no provision for the flesh. Our struggles are hard, however, God always told me that in the time of temptation and testing, I always have the power of “choice”. When we are tempted, it is then that we must truly pray and do so until we have endured it. Although saints must always pray, unless we fall into temptation, it is important to note, that we shall always be tempted in this life. The key is faith. If God is drawing you to Him, come to Him. If you have come to Him, hear Him through His word. Obey what the scriptures teach us to do. When you need help, ask for it. To avoid sin and temptation, establish an accountability partner. If you fall short, always confess your sins, and pray. 1st John 1:9.
    God is both faithful and just to forgive you and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. God does not desire that any person should perish, and He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked either. So understand God is not sitting in heaven looking for a way to condemn you or me. However, we can condemn ourselves by walking contrary to the word of God. To walk by faith is simply to hear and read God’s word, believe it, and obey it no matter what it costs you. It is not easy, so God provides grace in our struggles. But a struggle is different than a negligent attitude that allows for persistent sinning. We must not place ourselves in compromising situations either. God will not allow us to be attempted above what we are able to handle, so don’t give the enemy or your flesh any extra room to work with. Fasting doesn’t hurt either. However, your faith must be developed through a consistent seeking of God’s will and commands through His word. For the scriptures teach that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
    Again, understand that obeying God requires faith in Him and in what Christ the Lord taught us all. But even our faith is a gift from God and not something we can conjure ourselves! (Ephesians 2:8) So your obedience says two things, that you love God, and that you believe God’s word. Both are necessary for salvation and freedom from the sin nature and both are developed within us as we “yield” to the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus also speaks of the narrow road. Paul shared that he puts his body under, makes it submit to God’s will, forces it to suffer without being appeased, in order that while he ministers to others, he himself won’t be a cast away. So again, to accomplish this, still requires you truly believing God. Even the faith that is wrought in us is a work of the Holy Spirit of God because not all who hear the word believe it. And all who hear and believe, don’t necessarily obey it. As the Lord commands, be not a hearer only but a doer of the word: James 1:22-27 2nd. And here are a few other scriptures that coincide together with James 1:22-27; Corinthians 8:11, Luke 11:28, Romans 2:13-15, Matthew 12:50.
    I shared this lengthy message with you because I am just coming out of a weary battle against condemnation, fear, and anxiety over sins I committed after accepting Christ Jesus as my Savior. The scriptures that give most backsliding believers grief are Matt. 7:21-23, Hebrews 6:6, and Hebrews 10:26-29. I studied these intensely, prayed fervently, and sought God’s mercy and counsel. The fruit of my unwavering seeking of the Lord is manifested in what I share with you today. Many of us “chose” to submit to the desires of our flesh, which means we willingly chose to ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit, rejected His help in fleeing the temptation, and allowed our flesh to be satisfied. However, despite this, Hebrews 7:25- Christ Jesus has been appointed by the Father to be a priest for us forever. So Christ Jesus not only atoned for our sins and sent to us the precious Holy Spirit for our comfort, guidance, and conviction, but He also stands before the throne of God our Father to intercede for us forever! Be assured brothers and sisters, if God has not allowed you to into the grave, you have an opportunity to repent and recover yourself. It’s harder the longer we linger in old sins, which bring with them condemnation, guilt, shame, and fear. When you have turned away form sins, do NOT return to them because your soul can be lost if you don’t do all that you can to press into Christ and walk the strait and narrow path. Apostasy occurs when you have remained in sin long enough for your heart to grow callous towards God, and you begin to digress and return to your former ways, but now you are worse than before.
    Please with the Lord, and seek Him earnestly with a sincere and humble heart. God will not reject you if you are sincere. But be warned, while God’s grace abounds, we are strongly cautioned not to tread the wide path any further. Run for Christ with all of your heart! Make it up in your mind that you have one shot at this life, and you will not forfeit it for anything or anyone here on this earth! Trust God to sanctify you, cleanse you, and make you holy. Allow Him to do His work, and He who promised, will accomplish it in you! Rejoice all of you, because your hearts all cry to God for change and deliverance. You recognize your need for God, and God alone to change you, and to make you righteous through His Son Christ Jesus. That is right where God wants you. For the Lord our God is nigh to them who are of a broken heart, a broken and contrite heart He will not despise. Submit to Christ form now on, and resist the devil and every pleasure of the flesh that is unlawful before God and we will all live. :) God bless you my brothers and my sisters! Get back up, and walk faithfully before our God with renewed passion and hope in your souls. Let the joy of the Lord return to your hearts again, and hold it tightly, never let it go. I close with this quote from King David, whom God loved. An adulterer, a murderer, a liar, and yet God said concerning him, that He was a man after God’s own heart. In the words of King David:

    Psalm 51:1-17-” Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

    2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

    3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

    4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

    5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

    6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

    7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

    8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

    9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

    10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

    11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

    12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

    13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

    15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

    16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

    17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

    Be blessed saints!!! Your brother in Christ Jesus, Randall

  110. Hira says:

    Grace and Peace to you all i have 11 questions to all the kletos (Called) of God
    Answer (Y) or (N)
    Q. (1) Does Man have a free will ( )
    Q. (2) Do we go to heaven when we die ( )
    Q. (3) Is there hope for those on the wide road to destruction ( )
    Q. (4) Has any person apart from Jesus gone to heaven ( )
    Q. (5) Did eve sin before she ate of the forbidden fruit ( )
    Q. (6) Was Satan evil from the beginning ( )
    Q. (7) Are we under the Mosaic Law (old covenant ( )
    Q. (8) Is Christmas and Easter of pagan origin ( )
    Q. (9) Is knowing good and evil a requirement of God ( )
    Q. (10) Was man made in two stages formed from the dust God Breathe ( )
    Q. (11) Is Jesus the Rock ( )

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Hira, this post is not the place to have those questions answered. However, I would point you to gotquestions.org

      • Hopeless says:

        Hi. In 2005 I asked Jesus to come in to my heart and save me and wash away my sins. For years I got on fire for god and studied the bible and over time I began to preach to my family and earnestly seeked to please god and do what was right. Around mid 2006 I read about the unforgivable sin and it scared me to death. I bagan to have chills and started shaking. I had a random thought fly through my mind that I interpreted was blasphemy of the holy spirit. For over a year I was tormented and just felt completely lost. Because of the deep sadness I had I got out of reading the word and feeding my spirit because I figured that it wouldn’t do anything but remind me how I messed up and how god rejected me. Through the help of my parents me studying the bible more and realizing the redemptive work of Jesus I was set free from that bondege. I got back in the word and for at least a year I was back on track. Then around 2009 my uncle died and it really shuck up the whole family. I don’t know how to explane what happend but I drifted away. I began to cuss and I became very angry inside. Some times I would have doubts about the existence of god and questioned gods goodness and will. There were times when I was mad at him for reasons I don’t want to go into. Then around late febuery of 2012 somthing happend I came across an article about loosing salvation and about hell. My cold heart completely melted and went outside and fell on my knees and asked god to have mercy on me a sinner. I felt such conviction and sorrow not just because of the result of my sins but because of how I treated him the past 2 years. I was so sad and felt such remorse that I repented of all my sins I went from cussing and keep in mind I couldn’t stop cussing before but when I repented and asked jesus to heal my soul my mouth has been clean and my love for Jesus and gods word has returned. I have begun reading the word and because of all this my brother also gave his life to Christ. This whole year has been a year of miricles…..BUT…resently I have been depressed again….I remember in Hebrews 6 were it says it is impossible for thouse who have tasted of the heavenly gift and been partakers of the holy spirit if they should fall away to renew them again unto Repentence seing as they crucified the son of god afresh. and Hebrews 11 says somthing similar. About the ” willful sin ” for a while I figured this was the same as blaspheming the holy spirit or rejecting Jesus. But now I’m not sure. Two days ago…..I can honestly say was the worst day of my life. I HAVE NEVER FELT SO LOST IN MY LIFE. and the I thought well I came back to god and repented of my sins…but then I read in Hebrews 12 about Esau how he found no place for Repentence even though he sought it with tears. Is that what I done ? When I came back to god in tears did it make a difference ? I was truly sorry for what I done and I repented and turned my life around. love more my heart is so soft and my love for Jesus and his word is great. I have turned from my sins am getting victory over them everyday it’s gotton better…but am I fooling myself. Will god withhold his forgivness from me ? I’m deeply sadnened over all this ( sorry for the bad grammar I’m really upset )

        • Anne says:

          You’re not fooling yourself. Trust me, things get better. I’ve been going through the same things you have, nearly, and even though it all seems so hopeless you should know it isn’t. God loves each and everyone of us, regardless of how many sins we’ve committed or how many times we’ve repented. Just ask for some kind of clarity to his will for your life, and pray for open eyes that you can walk the path he has prepared for you. And don’t worry about all the things in the past. If you never learn to let it go, you’ll never move on. There’s a song that I know that says “Wings of an eagle, but living life like a night owl” and truly, that’s how I felt for the longest. But now that I understand, or am trying to understand, God’s plans for my life, it’s easier to let go of my past sins and faults and move closer to him. You’re not lost, only a little off track. Get back in there (: And hang on till the end! It’s definitely worth it.

          • Hopeless says:

            Thank you for you kind words :)……your words spoke to my heart and Im ashamed to tell you I’m crying right now. It’s just so hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Like on the Internet on tv and in church’s all around the world people have so many differnt opinions and its SO CONFUSING !!! I only want to follow Jesus and live out the TRUTH not an opinion like one person preaches lordship salvation ( which I don’t believe ) the other eternal security the other conditional security one says the unpardonable sin is saying with your mouth that the holy spirit is evil the other days it’s rejecting Christ ( which makes the most sense to me ) people had told me for years that the fact I’m worrying about my sins shows that the holy spirit is still convicting me. Then I read in Hebrews 12 about Esau and it assumes that even if one seeks Repentence he will not find it. I’m just so SICK OF ALL THE CONFUSION!!!!!!! All I want is to follow Christ and believe and do THE TRUTH not the gospel according to rev Tom dick and Harry. Ugh I feel so hopeless :( but you have shown kindness and genuin care and for that I deeply thank you :)

            • Anne says:

              I understand how you feel almost a hundred percent. I get frustrated at times, and at others I just kind of want to give in, but the best thing I know of is to remember who God is. Remember all his love and goodness and mercy. The salvation he gave us through his son and just reflect on His Word and what He tells us through those words. Oh, it’s hard alright. But I don’t think anyone can experience God for themselves through someone else. We just have to go by what he tells us. And if we want to follow him, follow Him. Don’t worry about what Tom Dick and Harry say, just worry about what God has to say. And hey, don’t feel ashamed about crying. I do that too, we all do. We’re human, we have faults. Faults that God forgives, so just pick your head up and look to Him. He’s waiting with all the answers you’ll ever need.

              • Hopeless says:

                Yeah your right ;) I just love him so much I don’t want to hurt his feelings. Oh if he was here in the flesh I just want to cradled in his arms, it gives courage to he’s always here so I could just hug him and never let him go. Oh and last time I didn’t mean for it to sound as if I’m ashamed to cry I forgot to add I’m not to it :) Anne you are a wonderfulwoman of god :) and I will remember you in my prayers everyday may god bless you and comfort you and may he richley bless your life :)

                • Livey says:

                  Hi Hopeless, ( You are NOT hopeless)
                  The devil is just trying to convince you that you are a blasphemer. Bull whacky with that. You are just like a lot of us, we get off track sometimes and if we don’t jump back on track, we just keep drifting until we thingkJesus doesn’t love us. More bull whacky! He is forever waiting for the prodical son/daughter to come on back home. Tears shows me that the Holy Spirit is squeezing your heart and causing the water to run out of your eyes. Just tell God you are sorry for the things that you’ve done wrong and that you will try your best with His help not to do it again. Talk to Him every day, read some kind of scripture every day and tell yourself that Jesus loves you and you are going to be just fine. God knew what He was getting when He made you. Now it is up to Him to perfect you. You can’t do that on your own, that is called works. Let God do it, He wants to. Tell the devil to take his thoughts, ideas and suggestions and hit the road. That is all the devil has, is thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Think about it. He really can’t hurt you, Jesus has already defeated him over 2000 years ago and the devil knows his time is short so he is really busy trying to fool us into believing he is all that and a bag of chips. He’s not, he’s just a douche bag that can’t get to you unless you let him.
                  I hope I have helped in some way.
                  Livey

  111. Isabel says:

    Hi, I have always thought that I have been saved but I heard that if you sin and it doesn’t bother you that you probably aren’t saved. This has really been bothering me lately and when I sin it doesn’t bother me. I know that God is real, and that he sent Jesus to die for my sins and that he rose again and that he is coming back one day. I just want to make sure that I am saved because I don’t want to miss Heaven and go to hell. I had a dream one night that Jesus came back and we went to heaven and I wasn’t saved and that’s when I woke up. I have asked God to come into my heart so many times because I’m scared but people say that when you get saved that it feels good. I don’t feel any different. I know I need to settle this soon. Can you help me?

    • Livey says:

      Hi Isabel,
      Read Roman’s 10:9 & 10. Read it out loud and and ask yourself after you read each sentence if you really believe what you just read? After you read those 2 verses, tell God that you know you are a sinner and that you are confessing those sins of your past and ask Him to forgive you of all your sins and that you are not going to do them anymore ( it’s called repenting). Then ask Jesus to come into your heart and tell him you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. It must be heart felt and you will know when it is heart felt. It is like something that you can’t wait to do. You can do it in a church, over the phone to another Christian and ask them to lead you in the sinner’s prayer, or you can simply do what I just told you in this post. After you have done this, you need to tell someone that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord. Now you have help in doing what you are supposed to do because the Holy Spirit will guide you. When you do something wrong, you will probably feel a little twinge of guilt or ‘feel bad’ for what you just did. Just tell Jesus you are sorry and that you need help not to do it again. You will get the hang of it and believe me, there is nothing more fun than being a new Christian. All kinds of little and big miracles happen to you everyday. He loves to surprise you with little bitty things like, no traffic when you pull out into the hwy, or no one in the check out lane, a financial blessing in the mail, or send you a new friend. Things like that are so much fun. And in your heart you just know that Jesus was setting you up to bless you.
      Being saved isn’t really something that you necessarily ‘feel’. it is a state of being and that is what counts, Jesus is your Lord and he will guide you and make your conscience remind you that you did something wrong. He will forgive you every single time when you tell Him you are sorry. Just don’t forget to talk to Him every day. He’s waiting to hear from you.
      Livey

  112. diana says:

    OK I know I’m saved, But my question is why do I not feel worthy enough to be in Gods house , and who am I to ask him for anything?? I want to go to the alter to pray with others. But again-who am I? Are these normal feelings? How do I get passed this? Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.

    • Anne says:

      Okay, so maybe this won’t help much. The devil wants us to feel guilt and upset about all the other things we’ve done in the past. His goal is to try and make us think we aren’t worthy, so we fall short in our faith and go under. However, we are forgiven and because we have received Christ into our hearts we are now able to live with faith and knowing that He has forgiven us of all our sins, if we only ask. I don’t know if that helped, but I hope so.

    • Livey says:

      Hello Diane,
      I hope I can help you out here a little bit. You feel you are not worthy to be in God’s house? Are you saved? Yes you are, you said you were. If you are, then you most certainly are worthy to be in God’s House, and expect a mansion in heaven. Who are you asking him for anything, Honey. I will tell you who you are, you are more than a conqueror, a joint heir to Jesus Christ! How would you feel if one of your little children came up to you and said to you the things you said in your post. Wouldn’t break your heart that your own little boy or girl said they weren’t worthy to live in your house and would never ask you for anything? Jesus loves us and he wants you to ask Him for things, and expect to receive them. He came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. He went to the cross so that you could have these things and the hope for eternal life in heaven.
      How do you get passed this???? You look in that mirror, you smile and you say you are more than a conquerer through Jesus Christ, and that you are fashioned and wonderfully made by the mgithy hand of God and a joint heir to Jesus Christ! That means that everything that God has granted to Jesus, He is granting to you and to me and to every other Christian that loves Him and calls Him Lord.
      By the way, that is what the alter is for, to pray. Now if you don’t feel worthy to be there to pray then simply tell God that and then do nothing but listen to what He tells you. Listen for that still small voice inside.
      Who are you???? You are a child of God! Lift your head up and tell the whole world that!
      Livey

  113. famela grace edusma says:

    Good day, i am 15 yrs old. And I have been controlled by OCD or scrupulosity. I struggle sin all the time so I don’t have peace and joy in my life. But, I have accepted Jesus but because of OCD, i sometimes get anxious of the negativity running on my mind all the time. I have been praying peace and joy in my life. With OCD, it causes me to doubt and be confused all the time. I know I have to remember the forgiveness and sacrifice that Jesus did for me, but my anxiety disorder makes me feel i am living of full of fears. My only fear is to not to see Jesus forever, which causes me to have OCD. I also fear of being one of the people in the day of judgement that He will say, “I don’t know you”. Help me, does this mean i am not saved at all because one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit are not displaying me? I always doubt and think negative which is always attacking me and I am tired of it. It seems that Jesus is not happy about me.. The fruits of the Holy Spirit displays me, except joy and peace. And some of the flesh like envy, is still in me but I am struggling and trying to justify it, but still I am very weak to fight it. I have self-control, but most of the time, envy depresses me. I have been thirsting for my spiritual growth to be brave and make my faith hard as a rock. I always wished that I have a strong faith like Abraham’s or like Noah’s, but my anxiety and being fearful are making me backing off. I don’t want to stay like this.

  114. famela grace edusma says:

    Good day, i am 15 yrs old. And I have been controlled by OCD or scrupulosity. I struggle sin all the time so I don’t have peace and joy in my life. But, I have accepted Jesus but because of OCD, i sometimes get anxious of the negativity running on my mind all the time. I have been praying peace and joy in my life. With OCD, it causes me to doubt and be confused all the time. I know I have to remember the forgiveness and sacrifice that Jesus did for me, but my anxiety disorder makes me feel i am living of full of fears. My only fear is to not to see Jesus forever, which causes me to have OCD. I also fear of being one of the people in the day of judgement that He will say, “I don’t know you”. Help me, does this mean i am not saved at all because one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit are not displaying me? I always doubt and think negative which is always attacking me and I am tired of it. It seems that Jesus is not happy about me.. The fruits of the Holy Spirit displays me, except joy and peace. And some of the flesh like envy, is still in me but I am struggling and trying to justify it, but still I am very weak to fight it. I have self-control, but most of the time, envy depresses me. I have been thirsting for my spiritual growth to be brave and make my faith hard as a rock. I always wished that I have a strong faith like Abraham’s or like Noah’s, but my anxiety and being fearful are making me backing off. I don’t want to stay like this.

    • Livey says:

      Dear famela grace edusma,
      First of all let me start off by clearing something up for you. You say you are afraid that Jesus will say He never knew you on Judgement Day.
      Matthew 7:23
      And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
      Where it says he ‘never’ knew you, it means just that. That is referring to someone who has never accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. That is the key word in the scripture, never. You, however, do know Him because you have accepted Him into your heart. So let go of the fear. With you only being 15 years old, in my opinion envy is part of being a teenager. I don’t think the Lord will condemn you for the envy. One reason is because you are aware of that shortcoming and if you tell Him you are sorry, He forgives you and the next time you become envious, just remind yourself that you, and I do mean you as an individual, was fashioned and wonderfully made by the mighty hand of God and He made you just like you are for His own pleasure. He knew what He was getting when He created you so that He can have all the glory when you fulfill your destiny that He planned for you even before the foundations of the world was laid out.
      So when you become fearful just tell satan to leave and leave NOW in Jesus name. Memorize and quote this scripture,
      2 Timothy 1:7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Remind the devil of that any time you are fearful.
      I too am fearful alot and have anxiety so I do know how you feel. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. If he can steal your joy, then he’s got you where he wants you. YOU have authority over him, put him under your feet. Will you maybe have to do this several times a day? Maybe, but the good news is, he have him worried or he wouldn’t be continually trying to put a spirit of fear on you. The battle belongs to the Lord so let him fight your battles for you by using His name. Jesus said He will never leave you nor forsake you. If you are afraid, envious, panicking or what ever and you can’t think straight, just sing the little song you learned years ago; Jesus Loves Me! I will calm you right down and believe me, the devil hears this and Jesus smiles every time you sing it.
      I hope this helps.
      Livey

      • Hira says:

        Blessings Lively you’ve summed it all up the devil will be with us always but yes just rebuke him and he will flee but only for a season (opportune time)

        • Livey says:

          Dear Hira,
          Yeah, only for a season but he knows his time is short so he is working as fast as he can to suck all that he can in to his world.

  115. Kathy says:

    I have been through much of what has been stated on here and wondered if my salvation is sure. I’ve not obeyed God in a season, then repented and began again. I’ve done this three times. I no longer am at a place where I want to walk outside of God’s will. So here is my question: How does one know when the Holy Spirit is guiding them? I know living the Word is required and I’ve heard in so many sermons that God has a “plan” for my life. Well I want that plan. I want to follow the leading of the Spirit. For me there are three things that cause dialog in my mind and heart. 1: The Holy Spirit 2: My own thoughts and 3: Satan. Its pretty easy to tell Satan because he always causes fear or guilt yet even he can parade around as an angel of light to try to fool us And its not easy to tell the difference between my own thoughts and the voice of the Spirit. So I am constantly second guessing is this God or is this not God….I’m too far in my journey to get it wrong anymore. How do I know what God truly wants me to be doing? And I know pray, read the word, repent of sins, etc. I suppose I mean how do I discover the plan he has for my life if I can’t really tell if its Him or my own thoughts in my mind? I would suppose that following the lead of the Spirit would be requied to full the plan he has for me so I’m sort of stuck. Let me just say that I can recognize the Spirit in woship and in prayer…its just this “what should I be doing” question that really has me wondering.

    • Livey LuJah says:

      The Holy Spirit is sort of like your conscience. If it FEELS right doesn’t always mean it IS right. It’s not necessarily about feelings it’s about the right thing. So the next step to find out if it is from God when you feel prompted, ask yourself this; 1) Does it line up with the Word of God? 2) If Jesus dropped by to check out what you did would He be ok with it?

  116. Daniel L. miller says:

    Dan Miller touched by GOD says: Chosen and blessed, it was all done in HIS time and way with my at trying to be in control (not to be). After 38 years of marriage to my sweetheart, lover, wise half, mother of 5 children, and most of all best friend GOD allowed cancer to take her HOME, at my cost of loneliness (GOD knows and has drawn me very close to HIMSELF which might not have happened, but HE knows). I will stay in the process (lonely for what I had), but willing to be content to share GOD’S best with others in love. I believe I will be reunited with this God made friend and walk with her, my LORDS and me, because that is the way HE designed it. I am here to tell and give hope to those hurting– it is very hard at times, but I will have victory at my last day and now.

  117. Lauren says:

    I’ve accepted Jesus as my personal saviour. Most of those listed were what i experienced and what i did or at least tried to do………but i’ve backslidden…gotten into drugs and alcohol. i feel the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart to repent. But it’s really hard in this day and age. Im 18. all my friends drink and do drugs and i don’t wanna miss out on it. i wanna have fun with them by doing the same things. Don’t say..you can have fun without doing those things. I know i can, but it just makes it more fun doing those things. I really truely do want to follow God and have a relationship with Him again…but i also want to do drugs and drink…what do i do?

    • Daniel L. Miller says:

      Lauren always look to the consequent of sin for the answer (it is hell and not fun). The path and gate are narrow by God’s wants, Christian try to widen them as to make it easy to enter GOD’S heaven so souls will be saved at death or rapture, but by faith we are born again and by choice fight the fight of faith to keep as PAUL says. Lauren that kind of fun sin gives is a short season not forever. God gives us a comforter inside ask Him to give you His best (also fun) that is all He can give anyways —that is the way He is made. Seek His face continually give up selfish wants to win the prize. Write anytime Dan

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Lauren, if you have a new relationship with Christ, you will have a new relationship with Christ. What worries me is when you say that you don’t want to miss out on the drink and drugs, and you want to have fun with your friends doing those things. A truly repentant heart will want to stop and yes, there may be a struggle but you acknowledge that its wrong and will do what is necessary to limit/stop your indulgement and that may mean, stop going out with your friends at the weekend. So my question is, have you truly repented of your sins (see http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/have-you-truly-repented/) . I am genuinely worried about you as it maybe that you are a false convert and that is just by me going on your comment and nothing else but take a listen to the videos at http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/so-you-think-that-youre-a-christian-powerful-testimonies-from-former-false-converts/.

      Without a truly repentant heart, you cannot be a christian. Jesus said unless you repent, you will perish so please examine yourself and I will keep you in my prayers

      • Daniel Miller says:

        Lauren search your heart and know that GOD does NOT play games with sin. He does two things with them 1. HE forgives them if they are confessed 2. He deals with them later, which will send you on a heated long vaction (not good). Lauren choose you this day who you want to know and follow. Have at it, get it done and get me a friend for heaven’s sake. Fight the fight and keep the faith, Paul says. It is a long term life insurance. Dan

  118. Joe says:

    Hi, I’ve also been struggling my my assurance of salvation, even questioning whether I’m truly saved (like most on here)…

    Here’s my story,
    I ‘accepted’ Christ last year while watching a YouTube video about Hell, typical altar call. I said the sinner’s prayer yet weeks, months down the road I was living the same. There was no change. I was constantly living in habitual sin and saw no change. I know this sometimes happens to new Christians who are starting the sanctification process, they’re babies.

    However, I woke up on morning in November last year and felt this huge burden upon my shoulders (this may of been when I was saved). I was in tears all day and felt slight conviction. I’ve been wondering whether it was the Holy Spirit. During that evening, I fell on my face and cried out to God with tears of repentance (at least I think so) and since then I’ve seen a gradual decrease of habitual sin. I was addicted to pornography and lust before yet I think God has removed that bondage and now I don’t live in constant rebellion against God. I still struggle with lust and fall at times, being drawn away but my fleshly desires but before November I was practising sin every single day. I won’t get it in this life but I desire to be sinless. I do believe Romans 10:9, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. I know that I cannot justify myself before God by doing deeds as their filthy rags in God’s sight. It’s only through faith. I’m kind of like the tax collector who beated his chest and said “Lord, have mercy upon me a sinner”. I just feel so unworthy (which I guess is a good thing), were made worthy through God’s grace.

    I’ve been wondering that why would a confirmed atheist worry about where their heading when they die, they wouldn’t. < I thought of John 6:44.

    I love fellowshipping with other Christians online, and I really want to go to church (still finding one). It doesn't feel like a chore. I love studying and watching sermons. Sometimes burst into tears learning about God's love and grace. I also desire to do something for Christ, not to earn my salvation.

    However, more recently I've been feeling really down in the dumps, haven't prayed etc and I think I'm backsliding yet I feel uncomfortable with it (might be condemnation from the enemy or God might be chastising me). I just feel "poor in spirit" as Jesus says in the Beattitudes. I just want to be in a close relationship with the Lord and to be with him. I guess I shouldn't base my salvation off of feelings but from the Word.

    • Daniel Miller says:

      Hey JOE—-some weak believers say “that is terrible you feel bad when you sin, everybody does it”, but I am so glad for conviction from the Holy Spirit and know I have another choice to keep following Christ, if I repent. Are you sold out to GOD and born again. No live person is saved, Salvation comes at death or rapture and I believe one can lose his born again relationship with God by going back to the way of the sinful world as some in the bible did. So love conviction and choose to agree with GOD, but find a way to give wisdom through knowledge of GOD to others for that is what we are to do. 1John1:9 always Dan

    • Lyn says:

      Where do you live? Do you live in GA?

  119. The Bible says we are ‘ being saved’ as if it is a continual process. It is like a timeline. You receive salvation, you grow in grace, then when Christ returns you are justified. You can go backwards in your growth, but you can’t go off the line beyond salvation. ” Those that the Father has given me, no one can snatch out of my hands.” The bible says.

  120. Sash Dube says:

    ‘If your christianity is not enough to give you victory over indwelling sin, it may not be enough to get you into heaven..’ Charles Spurgeon.
    There is hope though, Major Thomas another great man of the faith says God expects nothing of the flesh except failure…….think about that.
    Finally the Spirit of God says through St Paul in Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify it’s desires.

    Now you may ask how do we PUT Him on? Every child of God needs the Holy Ghost to clothe Himself with his humanity like he did Gideon( Judges 6:34) and the 120 in the upper room. We ought to be continually be getting filled with the Holy Spirit( grammatical unsoundness intended).
    Also remember why the Holy Spirit was not yet sent when Christ was on the earth….it’s because Jesus Christ was not yet glorified….so the question is if we are not glorifying Christ by our conduct we are quenching the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit is very sensitive and easily quenched by indwelling sin, prayerlessness etc.
    Did you receive this blessing when you first believed (Acts 19:2)? It’s simple and the formulae has been used throughout the ages from Pentecost and by the likes of Ravenhill, D L Moody, David Brainerd, Wesley, Finney, Bunyan etc.

    1.Repent
    2.Ask
    3.Receive by faith
    4.Walk in obedience.

    The Holy Spirit will magnify Christ by pointing us back to Calvary. He magnifies Christ not like a magnifying glass that makes something small look big BUT like a telescope that brings something close because admittedly for a lot of us Christ is often times afar off.

    Love & blessings to you’ll and a massive thanks Alan for a great blog……much apreciated bruv.

  121. Manda says:

    Hello,
    I have been a born again Christian for around 6 years now or so, and I am definitely a dinner. I don’t know what to do sometimes, I’ve been struggling with temptation and addiction problems, and I feel so upset and sad everytime I fall. I feel like I’ve disappointed God, procrastinating, and I just feel like I don’t deserve anything, yet Jesus still loves me.. I get emotional everytime I hear preaching or listen to Christian songs, I cry and I feel it’s a sign of God TELLIN me it’s okay..I struggle and I try to get back up, it’s so hard. I confess my sins to Jesus and ask him to forgive me. I am scared that I’m not saved and i feel like I’m not worth His love.

    Your article is great, and I want to change. I love Jesus and He is an amazing God.

  122. Alan Higgins says:

    9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

    13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
    14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

    This is in Luke 18. Does verse 13 sound like anybody? He felt unworthy too

  123. sophie nkugwa says:

    So grateful for this post.If we are to continue to do the work left to us by Jesus of evangelizing we need to know our position in Him seriously.God richly bless you on this one

  124. Brian says:

    Alan, I was baptized at 14 years old and have felt the Holy Spirit numerous times…But I’m 18 now, and in my years I’ve done terrible things. I’ve lied (and been proud of it), shown arrogance, anger, among other things. I think I may have been in danger of having a totally hardened heart. It’s my fault for failing to attend church and read God’s word as I should have, but now I’m realizing my error and I’m on the path to correct myself. Sometimes, in my struggle with sin, I doubt my salvation, but besides that I find it hard to know what to do with those around me. Most of my friends are unbelievers, as well as some of my immediate family. I’m trying to find a church in my current state to attend, and seeking guidance in these walks of life. Why, I even find myself in love with an unbeliever. Do you have any advice for me?

  125. Alan Higgins says:

    Brian, apologies for the late reply. Please look at http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/but-they-believe-in-god-the-dangers-of-missionary-dating/ and http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/whats-up-with-christians-dating-un-believers/. I live in the UK so I am not in a position to advice in that area. We have all done bad things in our past and no doubt, as christians, we will continue to do so. The question is, how do you react to your sin? I am not saying to cut off your unbelieving friends , otherwise how can you reach them, but its important to have godly people around you to help build you up spiritually. You have to be very careful as you can be influenced if you spend too much time with unbelievers. Its all about balance (See http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/show-me-your-friends-and-i%E2%80%99ll-tell-you-who-you-are/).. I hope that helps

  126. Smitha Fernandez says:

    Bible is the best and greatest book I have ever read. even if I read it a 100 times I still cannot understand the depth of God’s infinity. Who can stand before the wisdom and understanding of Jehovah God

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  130. Joshua Sheldon says:

    Can someone who is backslid in come back to Christ or are they eternally condemned. I am very confused and discouraged. I have heard sermons where it was stated that people who are backslidin can never come back. God rejects there plea for forgiveness. I have also heard sermons calling those who have walked with God and fallen away to repent and return. Which is it? I am fearful of Christ rejection my plea I have struggled off and on in my relationship with God and have been living on the proverbial fence. Part of me says call out to God and seek His face he wants me back. And another side forget it don’t bother you have made your bed now lie in it. Please i need some honest clarity.

    • Matt says:

      For one thing, backsliding and apostasy are different things. Backsliding is just when a believer loses his grip on his devotion to Christ, and gets into a pattern of sin. That sin pattern can lead to spiritual laziness, then deafness and eventually, death. Apostasy is the final result of a life void of any desire to serve or love God. An apostate has rejected Jesus in full, and has “Unbelieved” i.e. has sworn that Christ is false, and that they do not need His salvation. Apostates are spiritually dead, twice dead as Peter says, plucked up by the roots. They are spiritually empty, void of the Holy Spirit’s influence, in fact, it is believed that apostasy and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit are one and the same sin. One who has dis invited Christ is a dry well, they can not be saved again, since to do so would necessitate Christ coming back to earth, and being subjected to the shame of the cross, dying again just for the person who rejected Him. Therefore, and apostate can not be drawn to God, he can not repent, he will never again feel the need to be right with God or restart his relationship with him. The apostate is proud, boastful, arrogant and hates Jesus, or some might say he has a form of Jesus, but denies the Gospel like in the case of false churches, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc. If someone is being convicted of their sins, and drawn to repentance, that person is NOT an apostate. Jesus promises us in John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” So, if you still desire to come to Christ, you are not an apostate, and Jesus PROMISES you He will not cast you out. be of good cheer, you are still saved. Now, go and sin no more!

  131. joshua says:

    i have a question if your salvation is eternal then why are you saying that it can be lost……. by the (blood and ephieshans 4 30 you coulnt deny christ and by john 10 28 when his sheep(which is us)shall NEVER perish by NO MEANS and by romans ch 8 vs 35-39…….so y u say u never lose your salvation but still could lose it

    • Matt says:

      It’s not “losing salvation” as much as it is walking away from it willingly. I personally do not believe in the concept of “sinning away grace” but as a believer, our lives must be devoted to Christ, and we must hate sin and want to distance ourselves from it. If sin had no effect on our salvation, God wouldn’t place so much emphasis on abstaining from it. The doctrine of easy believeism that many weak Christians hold to is not Biblical, nor is it Biblical to say that someone who was once saved can not reject Jesus and be lost again. Part of the problem as I see it is the fact that a lot of evangelical Christians use the KJV and miss some of what is being said because of the stilted language in that version. Another problem is that it is human nature to want to believe we are alright, and safe, and as believers who exercise trust in Jesus, we are. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; whatsoever you sow, you will reap. If you sow to the flesh, eventually, you will reap the reward of the flesh. Jesus is not fire insurance, nor is He a genie, He is the Lord who died on the cross. The book of Hebrews as well as some of Peter’s writings and the book of Revelation tell us that some people will and have abandoned the truth of Christ, and have fallen away and can not ever repent of that because to do so they would have to crucify Christ again and bring Him to an open shame. These people were born again and then died again spiritually, and can never be saved. I personally have no security except Christ and my faith in Him.

  132. Shelly says:

    Thank you for the work you do. I struggle with this topic in a daily basis. I sin daily and when I do, I recognize it immediately and become terrified. The main question I have is “can one loose their salvation?” I fear God but love Him too. I feel like I am always taking a step forward but 2 steps back.

  133. ERIC says:

    Okay so I repented may 2010 in my room alone i felt this tug at my heart no joke had godly sorrow etc and accepted jesus into my heart and i was still backslididng after that than 2012 i came to a pastor and had an intercessory prayer ive been sober from a habitual sin for a year and several months still am but i used to hate bad dirty thoughts NOW I PONDER THEM AND KINDA ENJOY IT BUT THE THING IS IM WORRYING BECAUSE I DONT HAVE RIGHTOUES INDIGNIATION!!!!!!!!!! IM LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IM NOT PHYSICALLY ACTING ON IT ONLY THE THOUGHTS UGGGHG

  134. Komen Dayneah says:

    Gal tell’s me lam save because l be read,oh Jesus Chirst help me to continue life and be over all people on earth…….Jesus l love

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  136. Kendall says:

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  138. Samuel says:

    Hello am very happy ad glad 2 be a christain,i thank God 4 bringing me 2 the strainger path ad show me dy right way,brother ad sisther u have 2 recive christ as ur lord ad pasinal savour .

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