ECHO Devotional: Day 4 – How to Know You Are Saved

 

How to Know You Are Saved

I know Peyton, Eli, Cooper, and their father, Archie Manning.  I’ve had dinner with them, played my guitar and sang for them, and played football with them.  I know them and they know me.  However, I haven’t talked to them personally in over 20 years. 

If I met them on the street, I would have to lead with something like “Do you guys remember the All State game in 1992?”  They’d say “Yeah”.  Then I’d say “I was Cooper’s roommate that week.”  Then they’d say “Oh yeah”.  Then I’d say “Do y’all remember me playing the Garth Brooks song on the guitar for all the players and then you guys taking me to dinner?”  And it would all come back.

Even thought we participated in a common, memorable event, we do not have a personal relationship—we are old acquaintances.  They would remember who I am, but they don’t know me.  They’re famous, so I know a lot about them; however, I do not really know them personally. We do not share a two-way pursuit of friendship and mutual relationship.

In order for there to be a two-way personal relationship between Jesus and me, there really has to be an echo between Jesus and my life.  There should be an agreeing confirmation in me where God’s Spirit testifies in me that I’m a child of God in harmony with God.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs… (Romans 8:15-17, ESV).

Evidences of Salvation:

 1. Desire to know and be known by Jesus

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. (Matthew 7:20-23, ESV)

2. Willful submission to Jesus as Lord and leader of my life in my work, my leisure, and my influence of other people.

I can’t separate my life into compartments and pick and choose which parts I let Jesus into. He has to be the Leader in all the areas of my life.

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21, ESV)

3. A pattern of following and practicing the ways of Jesus,

When I blow it, there should be a drawing in my heart to run to Jesus, find mercy, and restore close fellowship.  There should not be a pattern of hardening my heart and running willfully in the wrong direction with no repentance.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  But if we say we have not sinned, then we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our hearts.       (I John 1:9-10, NIV).

4. An echo between my heart and God’s Spirit

There should be a confirmation or echo inside me from God’s Spirit that is in agreement with my attitude toward God.  Do you have a new spirit that is continually crying out for relationship, and wants to follow and submit to Jesus?

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs… (Romans 8:17, ESV).

It is a tragic mistake to think that your eternity is secure because of a one-time prayer or because you believe the story of Jesus and God.  There absolutely must be an inner witness of personal faith that is confirmed in relationship.

It’s also a tragic mistake to think that your performance in the relationship is what saves you.  Your salvation is completely the work of Jesus Christ and He wants you to know with absolute certainty that you are saved and that you know God.  This is why he calls you to know Him, and know God. 

When you walk in the light of fellowship with Him, not only are you secure, but you deeply and personally know with certainty who He is and who you are in Him.  You know Him and He knows you; this is eternal life.  Knowing Jesus and being known is eternal life.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  (John 17:3 ESV)

QUESTIONS

How would you describe the patterns of your life’s approach to faith in Christ?  Is there evidence of a personal relationship?  What is the evidence?

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In what ways does your relationship with God feel like my relationship with the Mannings?  Do you ever feel that there’s more vague familiarity than personal relationship?  When do you feel this way most?

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Take a look at Romans 8:17.  It says that the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.  This means there should be a continual confirmation inside you that you are in relationship with God.  What evidences do you experience of the Spirit of God bearing witness with your spirit?

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PRAYER

God, today I thank you for drawing me into relationship with You.  Thank you for giving me a heart for you and even leading me to read these words and ponder you and them in my heart.  This is a sign to me that I’m seeking you and you are working in me.  Fill me with wonder in my pursuit of you and my response to your pursuit of me.  Today, I’m so thankful for the privilege of knowing You and being known by you.  Thank you for saving me completely and continually confirming your love in me.  I love you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

NEXT STEPS

  • Testimony:  If you have never shared your personal testimony of faith in Christ with another person, to this today.  Set up a time to share your faith journey with someone and tell them where you are in your journey today. 
  • Baptism – if you have never been baptized after receiving salvation, go to myanchorchurch.com/baptism and register for baptism today.
  • GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack.  Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God. Day

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