Assurance of salvation is an issue with which many believers struggle.  From time to time, the child of God doesn’t feel as if he or she is saved.  The Devil deals in doubt (Genesis 3:1), and he desires to keep God’s people from spiritual certainty.  I can remember having struggles with assurance as a young believer.  I attended a small church, and there was a godly man who mentored me.  I recall a Sunday evening service in which I was weighed down with guilt and confusion.  He encouraged me to trust Christ.  He read 1 John 5:13.  It says, “I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  God wants His children to know that they are saved.  When doubts dominate, spiritual joy and progress are elusive.  For this reason, believers need ammunition to remind themselves of their salvation.  Consider four evidences of salvation.  When you’re down in the dumps of doubt, remember them in order to encourage yourself.

Scripture Makes Sense

When a person is born-again, he or she receives a portion of God’s Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:2).  It gives spiritual enlightenment.  Jesus said that it would guide His people “into all truth” (John 16:13).  I remember how the Bible seemed to come alive after I was saved.  What once seemed mysterious suddenly seemed meaningful.   The apostle John taught that such understanding is an evidence of conversion.  In 1 John 2:27, he said, “His anointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie.”  When the Devil tempts you to doubt, remember the way in which Scripture has been a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).

Sin Makes You Miserable 

The change in attitude a believer has towards sin is another evidence of salvation.  I once heard a preacher say that before he was saved he could sin and get away with it.  After he was saved, he couldn’t.  That’s because the Holy Spirit serves as a convicting force (John 16:8).  When we violate God’s commands, He sounds a heavenly alarm in our hearts.  Perhaps you’ve had an experience similar to the preacher I mentioned.  You know the depression, despondency, and darkness that comes when you walk away from the ways of God.  Let that be a comfort to your heart.  It is a proof that you are a child of the King!

You Want to Go to Worship

The Psalmist sang, “Better a day in Your courts  than a thousand anywhere else.  I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of wicked people” (Psalm 84:10).  When God’s Spirit lives within a soul, that soul wants to sing praises to God.  It wants to meet with others who are similarly filled with God’s presence.  If you have such desires, take them as a sign that you are saved.

You Want Others to Know about Jesus

The earliest believers were threatened and told to stop talking about Jesus.  They replied, “We are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).  When you truly know Jesus, you will want others to know about Him.  Have you ever shared your faith?  Is there a compelling urge to see others saved?  If so, it is a confirmation that you are in the faith.  Have hope because of the Spirit’s work in your life!

Dr. Patrick Latham

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