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How to Know I'm Really Saved

PART 1 OF 4 IN Knowing Jesus Personally, by The Life Team treasure

How do I know that Christ is in my life?

Did you receive Christ into your life according to His promise in Revelation 3:20? "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."

Knowing Jesus Christ is the most exciting relationship you can have. It is the beginning of a life of adventure with an all-loving, all-powerful God. If you have asked Christ to come into your life, you can be sure that your relationship with God is secure. As a result of Christ's death on the cross, the only sufficient provision for a relationship with God, you have been completely forgiven and accepted by Him.There are many exciting things that are true in your relationship with Christ. Understanding these truths will help you build a firm foundation on which to grow.

My feelings about God keep changing

1. Feelings can be unreliable

You might have expectations about how you should feel after placing your trust in Christ. While feelings are important, they are unreliable indicators of your sincerity or the trustworthiness of God's promise. Our feelings change easily, but God's Word and His character remain constant. This illustration shows the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word) and our feelings.

  • Fact - this chair is strong enough to support you.
  • Faith - You believe this chair will support you, so you sit in it.
  • Feeling- You may or may not feel comfortable in this chair, but it continues to support you.

The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of your will, many things happened, including the following:

  1. Christ came into your life - Revelation 3:20Colossians 1:27
  2. Your sins were forgiven - Colossians 1:14
  3. You became a child of God - John 1:12
  4. You received eternal life - John 5:24
  5. You began the great adventure for which God created you - John 10:10,
    2 Corinthians 5:171 Thessalonians 5:18

2. Dealing with doubts

Even though feelings are important, your relationship with Christ is based on facts, not on feelings that can change daily. Doubts, questions and varying emotions are common parts of everyone's life, but they are very unreliable gauges of anyone's relationship with Christ. The Christian lives by faith in the trustworthiness of God and His Word.

But what if you don't feel like a Christian tomorrow? Place your faith in the faithfulness of God Himself and the trustworthiness of His Word. The more you learn, the more you will be able to answer any doubts with solid facts. Your feelings will begin to respond to the truth of God's Word and not to your circumstances.

Since you have trusted in Christ's payment for your sin, understood the basis of your relationship with God and have learned five truths about your relationship, you can be confident in your relationship with Christ.

You can respond to the questions below to journey with a coach (reminder: you need to be logged in to take advantage of this feature). If at any time you have questions or need prayer, you can connect directly with a mentor.

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  1. 1Christ forgave your sins.

    "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace...." (Ephesians 1:7) 

    What difference do you think it makes to know that all of your sins have been forgiven?

  2. 2Christ came into your life and He will never leave you.

    Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." (Revelation 3:20) 

    Where is Christ right now in relation to you?

  3. 3Christ made you a child of God.

    "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name -- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." (John 1:12,13) 

    What did you do to become a child of God?

  4. 4How secure is your salvation?

    Under what circumstances might Christ leave you?

  5. 5What does it take to be saved?

    According to John 6:37, how many times is it necessary to receive Christ?

  6. 6Christ gave you eternal life.

    "And this is the testimony; God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." (1 John 5:11-13) 

    In whom is eternal life found?

  7. 7Do you have eternal life?

    When did eternal life begin for you?

  8. 8Look at the list of truths in the article above.

    Which of these five truths are especially meaningful to you now? Why?

  9. 9Jesus has given you the wonderful gift of salvation.

    Take a few minutes to write out a prayer of thanksgiving to Him.

  10. 10How Can We Pray for You at This Time?

    Do you have any additional observations, questions or comments? 

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