“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Now, right off the bat as they say, the question for you, perhaps the most important question that will ever be asked of you, how is your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior expressed, how do you prove to yourself that you are hid in Christ, that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
There is no debating our salvation in our mind, not as a whole unit, you either know for a fact that you have been saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ or you do not. Forget those fleeting moments of doubt here for a moment, they are your flesh, your old nature trying to come up for air, forget the advances of Satanic forces whispering in your ear occasionally, answer the question, how is your faith in the Lord expressed not to the outside world, not to your spouse, children, friends or family, but in your heart?
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2nd Cor. 13:5)
It’s one or the other, not both, not saved sometimes and the other at other times not saved, it isn’t the foolishness of the Roman Catholic cult and their lie of the “sin of presumption,” it isn’t the Mormons with their works-based ideologies or any other sinful religious organization that should enter into your mind here, it is what does your heart tells you, the heart that the Lord looks at, how does it express the knowledge, the unquestionable fact that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, that you are going to heaven, that you will spend eternity in the presence of the joy of the Lord, experiencing pleasures forevermore?
I hope you did not say, “It’s a feeling I have,” for that heart is deceitful continuously, and faith is not feeling saved, faith is the knowledge that you are saved.
What does your heart say? I hope it’s not any external evidence that sways your heart, plenty of food and water, a warm comfortable place to rest you head at night, fairly good health, or any other item that coerces your heart, as long as those items remain.
Do you believe your salvation is assured, beyond questioning, an absolute guarantee?
I will offer you what I can, but it is not the answer of your heart necessarily, no matter the circumstances or the possible consequences to yourself, that’s the best I have for you. If your heart can say that, then there is a very good possibility that you are indeed saved. But I offer you now, at least in what I have been shown to write in this short letter, one simple verse that will prove to you where your heart truly is, where your faith truly lies.
If you read it and mean it, if your heart rejoices in it no matter where the Lord leads you for the glory of God, if you can honestly say Thy will be done when you read this verse, then rejoice greatly, for your rewards will be great, and you will stand in the presence of God Himself. That verse?
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)