How to Know You Are Saved

"...too many of us communicate that process like a scientist looking in from the outside; Quite Impersonal. Probably because it is."

A lady called last week. She wanted to know how one could really know one was saved. I know the modern and post-modern answers that use Biblical principal to bring comfort; And some of it is false comfort. Some of it is so oppressively rigid and systematic it makes God out to be cruel robot with no heart.   Some take one character trait of God and ignore the other, either giving false security or total hopelessness.

Yes, Scriptures teach that salvation is a process where we have been saved, are being saved and will be saved. And yes, it is driven by His faithfulness and love, as well as His hatred of sin. But too many of us communicate that process like a scientist looking in from the outside; Quite impersonal. Probably because it is. It doesn't seem real, perhaps because it really hasn't happened in our hearts like we'd love to believe. Parrotting the sinners prayer and having faith in having parroted that prayer is not salvation. Why are so many church goers able to tell others about their preachers, their churches, the programs and even correct doctrine, but so few able to introduce another to their Best Friend. Maybe so few pray for the lost because so few are actually saved.  Which is in keeping with Billy Graham's guess that 9 out of 10 average pew-sitters today are actually lost themselves; Severly impaired by a haughty head knowledge of the Gospel.

But my answer to her went along these lines: Once you have been brought to a place where you come to see that it is you who have murdered Jesus and that while you were doing the deed He was humbly pleading your case in real time as you nailed His arms and feet to a cross; Once you see a love so humble and know that you are in His view and are counted as a reward of His suffering by Him, life can never be the same. Your heart moves from sadness and guilt for one's self to compassion for His heart and suffering.  You cease from proudly worshipping your own heart's wounds and succumb the magnitude of His and are unaccidently healed:-)

Something changes within: Rebirth. A person, with no proud ability of his or her own, becomes captive to His heart and love. One cannot help but be amazed by His love and your heart goes beyond wanting to experience God, but pleasing Him. And the truth of His heart just grows within over time,  saving us from this fading world, a hell deeply deserved and greatest of all, from ourselves.

There is no one with a heart like His. His heart convicts, comforts, inspires and haunts depending on the choice of attitude in any given moment. But the truth of it can't help but take over our hearts during the course of our lives. My short answer to her question: Jesus. You can't stare at Him and not be saved. You can't look at Jesus and not become His prisoner.

Keep staring. The more you stare, the more freedom that comes to your soul. Of course, being brought to that place requires God-inspired prayers by others to open our own eyes.  Salvation is rare today because Spirit-filled prayer is rare and vice versa.

Then I asked her a question: What moves your heart the most? Him saving our sorry selves from a Hell so deserved or the suffering heart which is His? Salvation is not fire insurance; That is merely a by-product. Salvation is the gift of His heart to us.

John 3:14

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***