I do not ever remember a time in which I did not believe in God. Raised in a Christian home, I frequently attended church, and routinely heard sermons about Jesus. However, it was not until older, when at a youth camp, that I accepted Jesus as my Savior. He was no longer just Someone I heard about; He became Someone I knew. Since then, I have never doubted my salvation.
Many believers in Christ do struggle with an assurance. They accepted Him through faith alone, and not by trying to earn grace. They repented of their sins, and then received His forgiveness. They confessed that Jesus is Lord, and fully believe that God raised Him from the dead. Without a doubt, the evidence points to salvation. Yet, many still have lingering doubts, and it need not be so.
I heard it said once that when saved, you will know it in your knower. You will just know. One need not doubt, because when saved there are definitive signs that follow, and all are clearly laid out in Scripture. Here’s how you can know:
1. God’s Spirit will bear witness with yours.
Our spirit is the first witness, where we take God at His word. We trust that after receiving Him, by His power we have become sons of God. He then confirms this by bearing witness with ours, filling us with the desire and right to call Him Father. Abba Father wells up within.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:16
2. God’s voice will whisper and you will know it is Him.
God’s sheep know their Shepherd by His voice. Just as we recognize the voice of a loved one on the other end of the phone, without even glancing as to who it is by caller ID, followers of Christ know their Savior’s voice.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
3. God’s characteristics will become evident in your life.
Followers of Christ follow Him. When saved, we will still stumble into sin, but no longer desire to do so. Pleasing God becomes more desirous than yielding to our flesh. By the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we increasingly become more like Him.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
4. God’s love will fill your heart and then spread to others.
Since God is love, He gives us the capacity to know real love. Since forgiven much, we love much. After receiving His love, even while we were yet sinners, it makes us want to love Him more, and then share it with others.
“For everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
God wants His true children to have a peace in knowing they belong to Him. We can be certain of our salvation. We can know.
Do you know that you belong to Christ? If not, you can do so right now. Cry out to Him in sincerity for forgiveness of your sins, and make Him Lord of your life.