How do I Know I am Saved?
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“I am not saying that I am never lonely, but I know that the world could be devoid of all human life, except me and God would still be here with me.”
I think some people might expect to see fireworks. You know, you walk down the aisle, you pray, you confess, you ask Jesus into your life and then, you feel changed, but you don’t really see any physical manifestation of salvation. So, how do you know you are saved? I used to struggle this question. I knew that I had confessed God, but because of my sinful nature and my humanness, I wondered if I was really saved.
“Am I really saved?” is not the kind of question that you feel comfortable asking anybody, but God. Of course, I have had many people ask me how I know I am saved. And, for a long time, I was unsure of how to answer the question. But, as I got older and I got into a more intimate relationship with Christ, I realized that there were things that I just could not do or say anymore. I am not referring to what many people say is your conscience. I realized that there were times when the words that came out of my mouth were not my own. It is the Holy Spirit, dwelling in me that caused this dramatic change.
It was not an all-of-a-sudden, glitter falls from the sky, and I start glowing kind of change that people could see. As a matter of fact, I am not sure if anyone else noticed. Nonetheless, over time I felt more free to be who God wants me to be regardless of what anyone else thinks about it. That is what it feels like to be saved. That is what the indwelling of the Holy Spirit feels like. And, the Holy Spirit only resides in you if you are saved.
So, why I am talking about this in devotions about being single? Because nothing that I say will ever help you if the first relationship in your life is not intact. Sure, there are plenty of unsaved people in happy relationships. If I wanted to right now, I could go find someone to be happy with, but that is not good enough for me. I want the kind of relationship that God has set aside for His children. And, in order to have that, I must first be fulfilled by a relationship with Christ, so that I am not putting unreasonable expectations on my future mate.
If you can still do the sinful things that you have always done and it never bothers you; you might want to check your salvation. If you can still go to the same places you know you have no business going to and it does not bother you; you should probably check your salvation. If you can hear people talk about God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit disrespectfully and it does not bother you, you might want to check your salvation. We are not perfect. Notice I said, “it does not bother you.” Sometimes, we will make mistakes and fall back into old behaviors, but it should grieve our spirit. If it does not, we may need to have a reality check about whether or not the Holy Spirit really resides there.
Our dedication to our relationship with God, our first love, will determine how well our relationships work with other like-minded saints of God. And, an added bonus of salvation is knowing that no matter what your relationship status is, you can know that you are NEVER alone!
Thank You, God for the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Please forgive me for all of the times when I do not
listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, please help me understand that I will not lose my salvation,
but I can lose my joy when I am not obedient to Your leading.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.