Am I Saved?
I used to think that faith was simply believing there was a God. However, true faith, that leads to salvation, is trusting Christ with your life, in all things. It’s not just with your mind, but your heart. When you choose to trust Jesus with your heart, you choose to trust Gods plan for Salvation. And to know His Plan and His ways, we must study His Word.
He has given us everything we need to know in His Word and He expects us to take the time to study it. He also expects us to seek to know Him better, not just know about Him but intimately know Him. If you don’t have the desire to know Him, or His ways, it’s important to both pray for the desire and to consider wether or not you have truly trusted Him with your life…here on earth and for eternity.
I don’t say all of this to cause guilt, shame or fear, I share this “out of fear”. Out of the fear that when someone I love dies and meets The Lord, they might hear “I never knew you. Depart from me…”.
Truth: Salvation (Heaven) is a Free gift you cannot earn. It comes only by a genuine faith.
Lie: All Good people go to heaven.
The Good news is, both good and bad people go to heaven. God doesn’t expect perfection from us, He wants us to trust Him enough to place our lives in His hands for our earthly lives and our eternal lives. We do this by turning from our sinful selfish ways by handing them over to God and then relying on His strength daily to make choice that please Him. God looks at our true hearts motives, not simply our actions.
Are you daily seeking God through prayer and reading His Word? Are you daily choosing His path of righteousness and purity over your own selfish desires?
We will stumble on this path. However, if our hearts are set to please and love God with all that we are, then when we pass from this life to the next we shall hear Him say “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Below is an excerpt from an article called “What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?” that I found very insightful. The link to the full article is shared below as well:
“There is a series of tests in 1 John that we can use to examine ourselves and our faith. As we look at them, remember that no one will perfectly fulfill all of them all the time, but they should reveal a consistent trend that characterizes our lives as we grow in grace.
1. Do you enjoy having fellowship with Christ and His redeemed people? (1 John 1:3)
2. Would people say you walk in the light, or walk in the darkness? (1 John 1:6-7)
3. Do you admit and confess your sin? (1 John 1:8)
4. Are you obedient to God’s Word? (1 John 2:3-5)
5. Does your life indicate you love God rather than the world? (1 John 2:15)
6. Is your life characterized by "doing what is right"? (1 John 2:29)
7. Do you seek to maintain a pure life? (1 John 3:3)
8. Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life? (1 John 3:5-6) [Note: this refers to not continuing in sin as a way of life, not a total absence of sin.]
9. Do you demonstrate love for other Christians? (1 John 3:14)
10. Do you "walk the walk," versus just "talking the talk"? (1 John 3:18-19)
11. Do you maintain a clear conscience? (1 John 3:21)
12. Do you experience victory in your Christian walk? (1 John 5:4)
If you are able to truthfully answer "Yes" to these questions (or a majority of them, and are working on the others), then your life is bearing the fruit of true salvation.” excerpt from https://www.gotquestions.org/signs-saving-faith.html