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See you in Heaven

I John 5:13 states: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. The following verses are a great encouragement to believers too. They state: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of him.

I feel sorry for those that believe you can lose your salvation. I remember one day back in Missouri in the locker room before track practice, one of the guys came in upset because he found out that you can’t lose your salvation. His dad taught at the Assembly of God Bible college down the road and he had been brought up all his life believing you could lose your salvation. But when he found out you can’t, he became mad.

In John 10:27-29, Jesus said that his sheep hear his voice and he knows them and they follow him. Verse 28 is the key verse. he said he gives them eternal life and they will never perish. No one can pluck them out of his hand and in the next verse he says that no one can pluck them out of his Father’s hand.

Since Christians can not perish once they’re saved, the important thing is to know if you are saved. In John 3, Jesus told Nicodemus he had to be born again in order to see the Father. When the jailer in Acts 16 asked the Apostle Paul what he had to do to be saved, Paul told him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and he would be saved.

Believing in Jesus Christ is a bit different than believing on Jesus Christ. I can believe in Ford cars and tell others how great they are. But until I drive a Ford car and rely on it to take me to wherever I want to go, I can’t say I believe on Fords. The proof is in the possession.

For the first six years of my life I believed in the existence of Jesus. I was brought up in church and heard all the Bible stories. But it wasn’t until I was six going on seven that I finally realized I couldn’t go to Heaven unless I had believed in my heart that Jesus could save me from my sins and by trusting in him, I could receive eternal life. In my bed with my mom helping me to say the right things, I accepted Jesus into my heart and instantly became a child of God. The blood he had shed on the cross had paid for my sins. At the moment of salvation, that blood cleansed me from sin and I became born-again.

The next day, I was so excited about what I had done the night before that I asked the teacher if I could tell the class what had happened. She let me go ahead and I told everyone that I had just gotten saved and I wondered how many of them were saved. I saw some hands raised. I was too young to realize they might not know what being saved was. But my testimony impressed her because she told my dad that she was proud of me.

There have been many times I have doubted my salvation since that time. Satan loves to confuse people and accuse them of things. If he can make a Christian ineffective, he has won a victory. He loves to afflict people and then make them think that God wouldn’t allow afflictions to plague a true Christian.

That is when we should be reminded of Job. He was a very righteous man. Yet God allowed Satan to afflict him to prove to the devil that Job still trusted God and would do the right thing. Job may have questioned God about why he allowed what was happening to him to happen. God had to remind him who had created the universe and him. Job repented for any doubts he had and God blessed him greater than he had blessed him before Satan was allowed to plague him.

If you are truly saved, you won’t want to sin habitually. Paul wrote in II Corinthians 5:17 that if any man is in Christ he is a new creature. Old things are passed away and all things become new.

Before we were saved, we were dead in our sins. Spiritual things didn’t appeal to us. A dead person can’t desire to be alive while he is lying dead. Only God through the Holy Spirit can make a person alive spiritually.

The Holy Spirit convicts hearts of sin. If you are uncertain about doing something, pray about it. If it is wrong, the Holy Spirit will convict your heart. He wants to prevent you from doing something that will displease God.

The conscience can be confused with the Holy Spirit. Here’s a test you can do. It’s not scientific. So it might not be toally accurate. But it illustrates my point.

You are wondering if going to a movie is right or wrong. Many preachers condemn attending movies. But that is mainly a preference. They will use I Thessalonians 5:22 which says we should abstain from all appearance of evil and too often, movies support evil. But if it is a good movie that honors God, the Holy Spirit may not protest your choice. But if people who see you enter a theater don’t know you are going to see some movie like “Amazing Grace” which dealt with England’s opposition to slavery and the man who wrote the song “Amazing Grace,” the Holy Spirit may convict your heart and keep you from watching the movie.

I didn’t see the movie in a theater. But when it was available as a DVD, I bought it. I also bouught the movie about Martin Luther. Both movies are wonderful, God-honoring motion pictures. If you have a DVD player you should add them to your collection. The movies weren’t advertised too much when they were in the theaters. But they will make back their investment through the sale of DVDs.

If you are saved, God will answer your prayers. You may not like the answer. But as Paul wrote in Romans 8:28, all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Don’t think that because you are having problems that you aren’t saved. Remember Job.

God uses tribulation to prove us. He only wants to make us stronger Christians. He knows what you can withstand and will help you endure. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 10:13 that there are no temptatations that afflict you that aren’t common for men. God is faithful and won’t suffer you to be tempted above what you can endure. He will make a way of escape so that you can endure it.

The Holy Spirit will tell you you’re saved as does the Bible in so many portions of Scripture. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior and have put your trust in him, you are saved. If you want to do what God wants you to do, you are saved. You can’t lose your salvation and never will.

See you in Heaven.