ASSURANCE OF SALVATION


 "The length of our days is seventy years, or eighty, if we have the strength...for they quickly pass, and we fly away...
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."  Psalm 90:10,12
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. " Matthew 7:13-14 
The gate we enter is our choice. The road we walk is our choice. It is a choice that is made today, and not at the "border". 
Jesus, is the "narrow gate". We have an opportunity to find forgiveness for sins through the loving gift of Christ. 
We have an opportunity to finish our days living for our Creator and not for ourselves. Thank God that we can be shaken from worldly distraction by the reality of death, being reminded of the reason for living. 
The reason is Christ. 
We were made for Christ. "All things were created by Him (Christ) and for Him". Colossians 1:16 
We were made to seek Christ. "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us."
Acts 17:24-27
We were made to love and worship Christ. "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only." Matthew 4:10
 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind..." Matthew 22:37
By believing in Christ and changing our lives to be in harmony with this belief, we will obtain what we do not deserve as those who have sinned against a loving God. In Christ we will obtain eternal life, and His peace in times of spiritual and physical turbulence. And every joy and benefit that we derive from satisfying our purpose through Christ will last into eternity with Him.
He is the Guard that stands at the "border". Please know that my tone of writing is in love. I truly believe that salvation is a gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9, How to get to heaven.
But I also believe that true faith bears the fruit of good works that the Father has prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10, John 14:15, John 15:4-6  Although our works (or our lifestyle) add nothing to the gift of salvation (Justification), they can provide clear evidence of a true faith in Christ. "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth..." I John 1:6-7. 
Though we cannot peer into the heart of man, as our God can do, we establish the credibility of the profession of faith by a persons lifestyle (of course this leaves out the private lifestyle that only God sees). Therefore, if we were to hope for salvation, we should not look back at a profession alone, but also examine what followed the profession. 
Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." Matthew 7:21
I firmly believe that anyone who truly believes in Christ will-- in this life --be transformed according to His power that is at work within us.
I say all of this not to shatter hope, but to remember what God has revealed in His word regarding the evidences that lead us to hope. Truly, only the Lord knows with absolute certainty.
Thoughts above suggested by Allen Mercer,mercercafe@yahoo.com

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If you have been born again, these qualities should be evident as
  SIGNS OF LIFE:   


Trust in Christ ALONE for the hope of salvation. 
Romans 6:23; Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:
Certainty that you have eternal life now. 
I John 5:10-12; Romans 8:15-17
A daily prayer life. 
John 15:5-8; I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Daily Bible study and meditation. 
I Peter 2.2-3; II Timothy 3.14-17
Consistent worship and fellowship with other Christians. 
Hebrews 10:23-25; Colossians 3:16-17
Sharing your faith with others. 
Acts 5:42; Luke 11:23; I Peter 2:9; I Peter 3:13-16.
Being a faithful manager ( καλοὶ οἰκονόμοι  oikonomos) of all that God has given us, knowing that ...

1

Our life and body belong to God. We will give an account of how we use all that God gave us; our life, time, and money.

I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 4:13.


2

Nothing should have power over us.

Titus 3:3; I Corinthians 6:12; Galatians 5:13.


3

But rather, what we do and think should demonstrate SELF-CONTROL, a work of God the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-24; Romans 13:14; I Thessalonians 5:21.


4

And be done in Jesus name and in thankfulness to Him.

Colossians 3:17.


5

With a clear conscience.

I Timothy 1:5; Acts 24:16; Romans 14:22-23.


6

Without hindering anyone.

Romans 14.21; I Corinthians 10:31-33.


7

Being an EXAMPLE for others to follow.

I Peter 3:1-4, 15-16; Ephesians 5:8-11; Titus 2:3-5; I Timothy 4:12; Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16.


8

Done in fellowship with and submission to other Christians.

Hebrews 13:7, 17-18; I Peter 5:5-7.


9

Dependent upon and trusting in God's sovereign care.

Romans 8:28-39; II Corinthians 12:7-10.


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