- How do I know that what I have experienced is real?
We need to see what the Word of God has to say about what has happened to you:
Your assurance of salvation is based on the authority of God’s Word, not on intellect or emotional feelings.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. (22) But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
We must be doers of God’s Word. We must act on God’s Word. Don’t just hear every week but go and practice what you hear.
You deceive yourself when you don’t practice the Word of God. The devil does not even have to deceive you.
- How do you know you have Eternal Life?
1 John 5v11-13
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. (12) He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (13) These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
V11 – Eternal life is in the Son.
V12 – If you have the Son (Jesus), you have eternal life because eternal life is in the Son.
V13 – If you believe on the name of the Son of God. If you believe in the name of Jesus, then you need to know that you have eternal life.
Amplified says, “With settled and absolute knowledge.” You must settle it once and for all that I have eternal life. No more debate or discussion about it.
- How do you know if Christ came into your life?
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
If Jesus was knocking on the door of your heart and if you opened the door, then He has come in. If you prayed the sinner’s prayer, then He came in.
- How do you know you became a child of God?
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
When you received Jesus into your life that is when you became a child of God. Even when you make a mistake or if you’ve sinned, you are still a child of God.
If you have children and they mess up, they still your children. You love your children on every level. You don’t wait for them to be perfect and do everything right before you love and accept them. And so does God.
- How do you know you have released your sins?
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
In Jesus we have redemption and through His blood we have been forgiven of our sins. Jesus paid the price and penalty for our sin. He came and fetched us and paid the debt we owed. He said, “I paid for their sins and all the wrong they did with my precious blood. You cannot hold their sin against them anymore.”
- How do you know Jesus Christ has received you?
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
If you have come to Jesus, He will in no wise cast you out.
Amplified says, “I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me.”
Even if He is a murderer, a rapist or someone who has done the worse things you could ever think of. If he turns to Jesus, even on His death bed, Jesus will receive him. He will not cast him out. He will not reject him.
- What have you become in Christ?
You have become a new creature and the old you has passed away. You have become a new species that never existed before. So if people or the devil reminds you of your past life, what you did or what you were before you got saved, tell them that that person is now dead, he does not exist anymore, he has passed away and I am now a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5v17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
- How do you know that you are a child of God?
I know I am a child of God because the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit. He lets me know in my spirit that I am a child of God.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
- How do you know that you are born of God and know God?
We know that we are born of God when we love one another. God is love and He comes to live in us, therefore the love of God is in us. We have the nature of love in us. We have God’s ability to love one another.
1 John 4v7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
- What do you know that Jesus Christ will never do?
Jesus said He will never leave you nor forsake you.
…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- How does God see me?
2 Corinthians 5v21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God sees you as righteous. The word “righteousness” means that I can stand in God’s presence without any sense of fear, guilt, sin, shame or condemnation. So God sees you as righteous. The question is; do you see yourself the way God sees you?
Hebrews 10v14; 17
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (17) then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
God does not remember your sins anymore, so why should you? Stop bringing up your sin, stop talking about all your sins, failures and mistakes. If you keep doing that, it will create a sin consciousness in your life and it will hinder your spiritual progress and development. It robs you of your joy.
Ask God to forgive you, forget about it and move on. You also need to forgive yourself for the sin that you committed. God is not a person who keeps a record of all your wrongs in order to play it in slow motion when you get to heaven.
1 John 1v7
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
We need to walk in the light of what we know. God will not hold us responsible for what we do not know. But we need to act on what we know.
We need to get to know God more because the more we know God, the more light we walk in, and the more light we walk in, the more accurately we walk, and the more accurately we walk, the more of God’s blessings and prosperity is released in our lives.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
If you are now in Christ, no one can condemn you because God does not condemn you. The devil is the one who is always bring guilt and condemnation when you sin and miss it.
Especially watch out when you begin to pray. He brings thoughts of accusation, accusing you and reminding you of your past and mistakes.
- How does God regard sin?
1 John 5v17
All unrighteousness is sin. All wrongdoing is sin.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
When you know what is the right thing to do but you don’t do it, to you it is sin.
But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
Whatever is not of faith is sin. The opposite of faith is fear, doubt.
- Who tempts us to sin?
The devil is the one who tempts us to sin.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
A temptation is a solicitation to do evil. You must know and understand that God does not tempt anyone with evil. He does not bring disasters, tragedies or sickness upon people. He is a good God.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by the God”, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (16) Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
- What do we do if we sin?
We must confess our sins.
1 John 1v9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Don’t ignore your sin or live in denial. Acknowledge it. When you confess your sin that is not when God finds out about it, that’s when you get rid of it.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (3) When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. (4) For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. (5) I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
- How can we resist the temptation to sin?
Firstly, you need to understand that God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear. Secondly, you resist sin by submitting to God and resisting the devil.
1 Corinthians 10v13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
True power lies in submission.
Ps. Lester Holland