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January 8, 2015

crown of thorns

Assurance is the awareness of belonging to Christ and having complete confidence in Him.

 

Many Christians lack assurance. Because of ambivalence about their relationship to Him, they don’t really experience the joy of the Lord.  The only thing they are entirely sure of is that they have doubts.  Uncertainty can stem from one of the following:

Not being truly converted

A Christian is a person who has trusted in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10, KJV).

 

A person who lacks this experience cannot possibly be certain about eternal life.  Salvation is not based on our own performance, but on our relationship to Jesus Christ. Confident Christians can say, “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12, KJV).

Trusting feelings rather than God’s Word.

Some persons expect a sustained, emotional elation, and when this is missing or lags, doubts come.

 

Our eternal relationship to God cannot be based only on emotion. We must rest on facts based on the Word of God. We are to commit ourselves to the finished work of Christ on the Cross.  Having trusted Him, we continue this relationship confident that “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6, KJV).

Sin and disobedience in the life of the Christian.

These will result in ambivalence and uncertainty. “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8, KJV). Sin must be acknowledged and confessed in order to maintain unbroken fellowship.

 

The Christian who does not nurture his life in the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, and witness will dry up, opening the way to uncertainty and doubts. The biblical admonition to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18, KJV), is not just and idle phrase. We grow or we die!

  1. Job had assurance.

Job 19:25-27. I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!

  1. The Spirit testifies with our spirit.

rom. 8:16-17. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. No if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

  1. We know that we live in him; we know and rely on the love God has for us.

1 John 4:13-16. We know that we live in him and he in us because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

  1. You may know that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:13. 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. Paul had assurance of eternal life.

2 Tim. 1:12. I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

  1. Now we are the children of God, and we shall be like him.

1 John 3:1-3. How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

  1. A Christian has a living hope through Christ’s resurrection.

1 Peter 1:3-5. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

As the old song says; “blessed assurance Jesus is mine.”

Peace of mind, a settled heart, calmness in the midst of the storms of live, all gifts to the believer who has full assurance of their salvation.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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