I know it's a huge commitment when you become a Christian, it means a lot of different things.
Jesus died for me, so I would commit my life to Him, and I will live for Him.
So we, out of a decision of our will, choose to believe in Him, and trust in Him.
Believing in Christ is more than an emotional decision. You have to understand, you have to make a logical choice as well, to believe in Christ.
It's not always about feelings. It's good to feel good about it.
Sometimes you're not going to have those mountain-top experiences, and you're not going to always feel God's presence, but you just have to trust and know that He's always there.
So that sums it all up. Becoming a Christian requires three things. It's a decision that we make with our intellect, our emotions and our wills. It's a commitment of everything we are to the One who gave His life for us.
You know Kevin, I was listening to you talk, and I kind of think that it's like getting married. Now, follow me on this. Suppose that you meet someone who's really attractive. They have a great personality and a lot of other wonderful qualities. But those things alone, would they be enough to marry that person?
No, because there's more to marriage than mutual respect and admiration.
You may say I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for my sins. Am I not a Christian? You are not, if you have refused to surrender your will to Him. Or you may say, I heard a wonderful sermon. My emotions were stirred and I had a great emotional spiritual experience. I even responded to the invitation to go forward for counseling. Am I not a Christian?
You are not if you have never relinquished the throne of your life, your will, to Christ.
How then can you be sure that you are a Christian? Is there not some kind of confirmation that God gives to those who sincerely receive Christ? I believe there is a threefold confirmation that Jesus Christ is in our lives.
Confirmation #1: The Promises of God's Word
God's Word is one way to know you are now a Christian. The promise of God's Word, not your feelings, is your authority. His word is totally reliable.
First John 5:11,12 confirms that Christ is in your life if you received Him:
"This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." (1 John 5:11,12)
John 1:12,13 echoes this promise:
"Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." (John 1:12,13)
Confirmation #2: The Assurance of the Holy Spirit
A second source of confirmation is the inner assurance of the Holy Spirit who lives within every believer. The apostle Paul writes, "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." (Romans 8:16)
Confirmation #3: The Changes in Your Life
A third way to know you are a Christian is by changes in your life. Your changed life is a witness to the fact that you are a Christian. Paul records, "When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!"
(2 Corinthians 5:17, TLB)
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