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September 18, 2016

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Number 3 in the most asked questions; “how do I know I am saved?”

I’m going to approach this one from a different angle this time.

When God brings someone into a relationship with himself through Jesus Christ, he begins to live within that person by means of his Holy Spirit. As the apostle Paul writes to followers of Jesus in Ephesians 1: 13, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” In 1 Corinthians 6: 19 Paul also reassures believers in Christ, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God.” Just as you bring your human nature with you whenever you enter any place, so whenever the Holy Spirit enters any person, he brings his holy nature with him. The result is that all those in whom the Spirit dwells have new holy hungers and holy loves they did not have prior to having his indwelling presence.

They hunger for the holy Word of God, which they used to find boring or irrelevant (1 Pet. 2: 2). They love fellowship with the people of God, finding it unimaginable to live apart from meaningful interaction with them (1 John 3: 14). Hearts and minds in which the Holy Spirit dwells feel holy longings unknown to them previously. They long to live in a holy body without sin, yearn for a holy mind no longer subject to temptation, groan for a holy world filled with holy people, and earnestly desire to see at last the face of the one the angels call “Holy, holy, holy” (Rev. 4: 8). This is the spiritual heartbeat of 100 percent of the hearts where the Spirit of God lives.

A person may be just nine years old, but if the Holy Spirit has come to him or her, then these hungers and desires are planted there (expressed in nine-year-old ways, of course, but they live there because he lives there). And a person may be ninety-nine with a heart encrusted by the traditions and experiences of the years, but pulsing underneath is the ever-fresh, evergreen work of the Holy Spirit manifested in every person in whom he dwells. And according to the New Testament letters of both Romans and Galatians, another of the supernatural heart changes the Spirit creates in all Christians is to cause them to cry, “Abba! Father!” (Rom. 8: 15; Gal. 4:6).

Thus when someone is born again, the Holy Spirit gives that person new Fatherward desires, a new heavenward orientation whereby we cry, “Abba, Father!” In other words, all those indwelled by the Holy Spirit really want to pray. The Holy Spirit causes all the children of God to believe that God is their Father and fills them with an undying desire to talk to him.

NOW ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fine print>>>>>> notice that the bible says we will have a hunger, a desire, a wanting to do……IT DOES NOT SAY IT IS AUTOMATIC.

As the Apostle Paul says elsewhere….. the good that I want to do, I don’t and the bad that I don’t want to do, I do.”

One of the reasons people ask if they can know if they are saved (after being saved) is the tremendous amount of guilt they rack up by not following the plan God puts in their life. We all mean to do better, pray more, read our bibles more, go to church more, but let’s be honest, most of the time we don’t.

The reason is we are trying to serve two masters, Jesus and ourselves. Like a good Jewish grandmother, I’m going to make you feel like crap right now. You don’t do any of those things because even though the desire is there to do them, you’re to damn selfish to do them.

You don’t read your bible because you don’t see the benefit, hey you enjoy comic books, romance novels, you tube, playing with your dog, because the reward is instant. Reading the bible is a chore, praying the same thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say; “I tried that once and I didn’t get what I asked for.” See, selfish, self-centered, self is numero uno.

So is there a great answer, yes to the first question, “how do I know I’m saved,” answer, because you want to do all the things God has put in your heart, but you’re to lazy, to busy, don’t really care and it’s not an emergency.

See what God has to work with, talk about a giant pain in the butt, that’s the human race for you.

Not so simple answer, you have to learn the hard way, you either build your life with gold and silver or wood and hay. You get to choose. Hey, (pardon the pun) it’s up to you.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

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