Salvation

How to be sure of your salvation

Can anyone really be sure that they are saved and forgiven and have a fresh start with God after praying a simple prayer? Yes they can!

It’s really quite simple. The Bible gives us the truth about salvation and we have listed a number of encouraging promises for you to read and place your trust in.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
Romans 10:9,10 NLT  

Therefore, if you have prayed and asked Jesus into your life and believe with all your heart that He is your Saviour, then you are saved. But you might say that you do not ‘feel’ saved. Well, the Bible again says…

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”
John 5:24 NLT

If you now know this, yet feel that you still sin and fail, what then? The Bible goes on to tell us how to respond to sin and failure while God is working in us.

“But if we walk in the light, God Himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins – make a clean breast of them – He won’t let us down; He’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.”
1 John 1:7-9 MSG

You now need to walk in faith believing that God is true to His word and that you are saved. This is the most exciting decision you could make, but there is more…

How to go on and grow in God

In order for you to grow and become all that God has for you in Christ, there are several important steps you will need to take.

Attend a great church regularly

This is where you can receive the spiritual food that you need to grow in your relationship with God and others. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything God is doing in church.

“They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Tem ple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.”
Acts 2:46-47 MSG

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:25 NLT

Sitting under good teaching is like milk for your soul and will establish you quickly in the things of God.

Believe that Jesus Christ has come into your life

If you have asked Jesus to come into your life and be your Lord and Saviour then you can be sure that He will respond and do just that. It is a fact, not a feeling, and you will need to trust His promises, not your feelings. Feelings will often lie to us and make us feel we are not saved. Jesus himself said…

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.”
Revelation 3:20-21 NLT

“He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognise Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
John 1:10-13 NLT

This tells us that we are saved and accepted by God because of our trust in Jesus, not our performance or works. If you feel unworthy or unsure then it is not because God has not accepted you, but that you have not fully believed or understood that God has accepted you in Christ.

Realise that faith saves us and not our good deeds

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.”
Philippians 4:19-20 NLT