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How Can I Be Sure That I Am Saved? Marks Of A True Christian (Prose And Poetry)

Updated on January 24, 2016

After hearing one of Paul Washer’s sermons on God’s command to examine ourselves, I decided to write about it. I pray that God may use it to touch every individual who will come across this reading. I pray for every saint who professed faith in God to truly enjoy a blessed assurance, and that those who are deceived be brought into the light and be truly saved today. (If you need to hear the gospel one more time, I will put a link of a video explaining it once more and a link to a page explaining the Romans road to salvation.)

What is the gospel?

Let's Examine Ourselves!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. –Ephesians 1:3-7

I remember the time when I thought of none but mine,

Living a life under my lordship, and filled it with crime,

I was so sure that all was fine, I thought of none but mine,

Then something came to me, a work so divine,

I saw my sin as it is; it brings forth death,

O, for so long! Have I lived without breath

And the crown upon my head was nothing but the kiss of death,

Rightly so! Do I deserve it! My soul stained by my sin,

Grace was indeed at work from the very beginning,

Behold! The time has come when I am washed,

In Him and in his work do I solely trust,

Scarlet blood of the sinless Lamb of God,

Such glorious Light destroyed my righteous façade,

Grace, Mercy, and Justice so true!

His gift of salvation!—Nothing more can I do,

His work is finished, complete and done,

Faith given through Faith in His Son,

Into His Kingdom my lowly soul enter,

Under His sovereignty and Lordship, I found shelter

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?-Romans 6:2

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from allsin.-1 John 1:5-7

Do we weep over sin?

If we truly know Jesus Christ then we will never enjoy sin the way that we did when we were yet lost. Sure, we will be tempted, we will struggle, and by our own choices we will still slip into sin; but we will never find an ounce of joy in it. To know that we are consciously sinning against our Holy God will strip us off any kind of ease and joy. A true Christian abhors sin and mourns over the sin in his life. And he does not just mourns over it, he runs away from it and clings on tighter to God. Have you ever mourned over our un-holiness? Because part of growing in holiness is to see our un-holiness and utterly weep over it and turn from it. We should, like David, cry out to God,Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Christ his Lord, sin he abhors

But when one slip and give in,

Do we find joy or mourn over our sin?

To rejoice in the Lord is to walk in His ways,

To be in Christ is to hate sin every day,

But when we slip and fail to obey,

O, great agony shall quickly come one’s way,

Mourning and weeping! Such anguish, we’ll pay,

Repent and mourn, dear saints!

Repent and run from sin, I say, run away!

No joy, no gladness, no peace until you say,

“Forgive me my Lord! Rebuke my ways!

Keep my eyes on you, and on you alone,

Restore me I pray.”

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.-1 John 2:3-5

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.-1 John 5:3

Is obedience both a duty and a delight?

When we receive His free gift of salvation, we embrace His commandments. And we altogether surrender to His Lordship. And if we truly have come to know Christ as Lord and Savior then obedience becomes both a duty and a delight.

A duty and a delight!—Oh Lord, I’ll serve thee

A duty and a delight! Commandments so lovely!

To protect and lead my soul,

To wash and cleanse my spirit,

A duty and a delight!—I’ll come to know you more!

To see you in your glory! ---Your name to adore!

Are we separated from the world and separated unto God? (A desire for holiness)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.-1 John 2:15-17

For you were not called unto impurity but unto holiness- 1 Thessalonians 4:7/

You shall be holy for I am Holy.-1 Peter 1:16


What my eyes see, what my hands hold,

Let it lead me closer to you,

For unto holiness have I been called,

Desires, longings, dreams untold,

In my youth to my age of old,

Let purity take complete control

Behind and not besides,

The world’s glitter shall not beguile,

Just even a glance will never be worthwhile

The world be around me

The world be not in me

Christ alone satisfies me

To whom are we looking up to?

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.-1 John 2:29

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.-Matthew 16:24-25

Come and follow me,

Leave all that hinders, go quickly!

Come and follow me,

Love as I have loved,

Love for I am love,

Come and follow me

No other will you seek

No other will you want to be

Come and follow me

These you have received;

Love, forgiveness, mercy,

Grace so rich and full!—all this for free!

Now give as you’ve received,

For you say you believe,

Come and follow me,

Prove it’s true, ask one thing,

When they look at you, do they see your King?


Remember that it’s not merely saying a prayer, it’s the God-given faith. It’s not just a one-time decision, but a lifestyle. It’s not a dead profession but a fruitful progression. If you truly trust in Jesus as your Savior, and if you submit to His Lordship; you do not end with merely professing, you continue with living in Him and for Him. Continue---this is what sets apart the fake from the genuine. The Christian life is hard yet fulfilling; though we are instantly saved, we are not instantly made holy. It’s a long process, and growth is going to take up our whole life time. But nonetheless, genuine faith continues. It perseveres and flourishes. (Philippians 1:6)

"Grace that will not change my life cannot save my soul."-Charles Spurgeon


Soli Deo Gloria!




I highly recommend that you watch this series (Part 1)

Part 2


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      3 years ago from U.S.A.

      I completely agree with what you've said here. The part you mention about sin not being the same and the saved hating it and no longer enjoying it resonates true. It is a never ending battle here against sin. I have to admit that I was surprised by what you wrote. I have not been around the religious community much in my life and many I have known didn't fit this definition of saved. Thank you for refreshing my view of others who are saved. I seem to find quite a few on this site which is why I have been checking it daily. Other Christian sites....not so much.

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      Sujin Mikee 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, indeed. Thank you Michael-Milec. Soli Deo Gloria!

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      3 years ago

      So simple, yet complicated and we are- each of us personally know the moment we have been accepted into the family of God. As soon we turned away from the worldly way of living, rejected satan and evil ways, - by simple act of trusting the Living Word - " He is authorize " those who believe to become His children. Then we know, everybody sees the difference and they are asking question about Jesus living in us...

      Voted beautiful


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