How can I know I'm Saved?
I believe a good place to start is the
book of Romans 10, verse 9. "That if thou confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shall be saved."
Notice the two very important facts of
that verse, the 1st being confess with thy mouth the Lord
Romans 3:23 states "we all have
sinned" that being the case we all need a Saviour his name
is Jesus wow everyone wants a Jesus a Saviour to reach down and
pull you out or thru every problem, but wait. Paul
includes guidance in our confession not just confessing Jesus
for help but for guidance in the title of Lord, many don't want a
Lord, in confessing a Lord you lose your will to His Will!
The second part of this verse, He Jesus
raised from the dead. Look at Romans 6:1-14, read these
verses if you confess His resurrection, you will celebrate
yours! Verse 8 states "if we be dead with Chris, we
believe that we shall also live with him."
"Likewise reckon ye yourselves to
Verse 12 "Let
not" don't allow sin to govern your mortal body.
Verse 13, "Neither yield" giving in to destructive
Can you know you are saved? I guess the best rule don't
compare yourselves with church members, they will do what their
church allows but rather with Christians they will do what Jesus
works never produces Salvation, but also remember true Salvation
always produces good work!
Rule: Church members may not always be Christians
(Christ-like) ... Christians will always be church members (part
of His body)
I baptized in the Holy Ghost?
are if you asked that question you're not, but for sake of
learning we will go to a very important issue knowing what
baptism of the Holy Ghost was for according to the Bible.
Never was it a condition to go to Heaven or a condition for
Salvation (I know this will draw Pentecostal criticism, but
It would do us a
great justice to study carefully the 8th Chapter of Acts.
Read it especially if you have been mis-informed and told
everybody you have been Baptized in the Holy Ghost when you were
Notice in Acts 8
verse 5, Phillip went and preached Christ unto them. Also
very important in verse 12, it says (in the Bible) they
believed, were baptized both men and women in the name of Jesus
(had to be water baptism) because in verse 14 & 15, Peter
and John, apostles over the order of the church went to Samaria,
prayed for them (them being water baptized believers, who had
seen miracles and signs who had continued with Phillips ministry
verse 13) "that they might receive the Holy Ghost:"
And to properly focus on this great truth, they laid hands on
them (Salvation never comes by the laying on of hands) they
received the Holy Ghost. Something happened because verse
18 says "Simon saw" using the Bible, God's inspired
Word to man. It's impossible to teach that you get baptized
in the Holy Ghost at Salvation, at Salvation men and women's
hearts are convicted by God's Holy Spirit. You receive the
Holy Spirit with measure to save us from Hell's grip and give us
eternal life in Heaven. At the Baptism of the Holy Ghost,
we are according to Acts 1:8 to receive the power (ability) to
be witness unto Him in this earth.
it out in your Bible, when saints are baptized in the Holy Ghost
there is a manifestation, the principle one being speaking in
I need to go to church, what is it's purpose for me?
we stated in the answer on "How do we know we're
saved" true born-again Christians have a hunger to assemble
themselves together. Read Hebrews 10:25 "Not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together." The
church is on this earth to be a witness unto the saving power of
Jesus and to show His love, compassion reach a lost hell-bound
world with the good news therefore the church needs you.
But also you need the church! Look at Ephesians Chapter 4
what should be found in your church, verse 11 states gifts imparted
to operate in the body apostles, prophets, evangelists, Pastors
and teachers we call this the five-fold ministry, it would take
pages to explain these offices but for the believer two verses
of scripture explains their purpose it states in Ephesians 4:11,
that God gifts believers (some) with certain ministries, what is
their purpose for me?
4:12, "For the perfecting (other translations use words
completing, maturing, equipping of the saints at this point we
must realize if we hunger to be complete, mature, equipped,
perfected we need to be exposed to those those by God to do
so. The preaching of the cross makes saints, the
ministry of the church completes them!
are being raised up to do the Ephesians 4:12 "the work of
the ministry." So that the body of Christ (church)
will be edified and of course verse 13 puts a time of expiration
on these gifts:
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God: unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."
you continue reading, verse 14 explains a little closer what we
remain without the church and the five-fold ministry, Thank God
for churches that have in operation the five-fold ministry to
help us on this earth.
does the church and it's Preachers always seem to mention money?
you are attending church services and the ministry is not
teaching you the principle of giving (not necessary every
service) they are hindering you from receiving all that God has
purposed for your life.
book of Malachi the third chapter covers in great detail the
curse and blessing of tithes and offering. Look very
carefully at these ten precious promises of blessing brought by
(1) Malachi 3:7
"I will return unto you
saith the Lord of host"
Malachi 3:9 Defines a problem
brought by lack of obedience.
"Ye are cursed with a curse"
Malachi 3:10 Strength
(meat) in storehouse
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may
be meat in mine house,"
Malachi 3:10 the right to TEST
God's Word "and prove
(test) me now herewith said the Lord of hosts,"
Malachi 3:10 an open Heaven
"if I (the Lord) will not open the windows of Heaven."
Malachi 3:10 out-pouring
"and pour you out a blessing"
Malachi 3:10 unexpected amounts
"there shall not be room enough to receive it."
Malachi 3:11 devoured stopped
"And I (the Lord) will rebuke the devourer for your
(9) Malachi 3:11 property
content insurance "and He
(devourer) shall not destroy the fruits of your ground."
Malachi 3:11 alignment of your
seasons "neither shall
your vice cast her fruit before the time in the field."
would certainly be a sad message to preach that God didn't bring
return to those who planted seed in His Kingdom, needless to say
when you pray for dis-obedient people to be blessed, you are
asking God to break the ten promises of Malachi chapter 3,
remember we are blessed not because we handed God a need, but
because we handed God a seed!