By Pastor Dennis Dills


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Booklet Number 6B



The Importance Of Being Sure Of Your Salvation


   It is a Biblical fact that Satan will do all he can to keep lost men and women from being saved.  He will hinder them in every way possible to make sure he can doom them to Hell, where he is going.  He will especially try to keep them from hearing the Gospel of the Grace of God.


   Every passing day that the Devil can keep the lost soul from being born again, makes them another day closer to their eternal torment in the flames of hell.  The longer Satan can keep an individual from repenting and being saved, the harder the heart of the unbeliever becomes and the more the Devil controls the destiny of their soul.


   The Devil works on the sinners soul one day at a time.  He continues this process until he gains the victory over the sinner in death or loses the battle in the sinners salvation.


   But even after you are saved, the Devil will keep on working against you to keep you from doing anything for the Lord. One of the biggest tools he uses against God’s people is doubt.  If he can make you doubt that you are eternally saved, then he can and will keep you from being an effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.  If you are not sure you are going to Heaven and what you have is real, then you certainly can’t convince anybody else that they need the Lord.


   Many are sitting on the Church pews every Sunday not knowing where they will spend eternity when they die.  They are living defeated lives and of course, their lives are non-productive.  In this sad state they become stumbling blocks instead of stepping stones for the Lord.  Certainly, the last thing the real Child of God wants to be is a stumbling block.  The sad fact is, many learn to live with this and never try to overcome.  The Devil has them where he wants them and they have become tools in Satan’s hand.


   On the other hand, there is nothing more joyous than to know that you are going to Heaven when this life is over. To be 100% sure of your salvation is something to be thankful for.  If many are asked the question “Do you know that you are saved?” their reply would be, “You can’t know until you die.”


   Other replies are, “I haven’t given it much thought”, “I’ve been pretty good”, “I’m not sure”, “I hope I would go to heaven”.  These statements may sound good but they are not good enough to die by.  Man can face God with more assurance than that.  As a matter of a fact, man can know without any doubt whatsoever that he will go to heaven when he draws his last breath here.


1 John 5:13, “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.”


   To live without the assurance of salvation is to live below what God intends for you to have.  To have the blessed assurance will give you a joyful, victorious life.  With all the things we see around us in these last days, the assurance of our salvation will give us the added boost that we need to get through our trials.  After all, the best thing that could happen to the Child of God is to be taken to heaven.


   There is nothing on this earth that will compare to what we have awaiting us on the other side.  This should make us live with great anticipation and excitement. But multitudes everywhere are living discouraged lives and they are at wits end when it comes to their assurance of Salvation.


   Many live tormented lives because of their lack of assurance.  The Devil has always been busy putting question marks in the minds of God’s people.


   Are you going to Heaven or Hell?  Do you know the answer right now, or are you waiting to find out after you die?

   Unfortunately, most people DO NOT KNOW the answer and are waiting to see how things turn out.  People are living as though the Bible had never been written. People are living their lives in uncertainty, not considering the fact that God has spoken very clearly about their eternal destiny.  What about you? Are you going to ignore God’s Word, or are you willing to take a few moments to see for yourself that God says it IS possible to KNOW your eternal destiny?


   With and open Bible (King James Authorized Version) and a prayerful heart, take a few minutes to search out the truth about your salvation.


   Remember, after death it will be too late to do anything about it.  Your soul hangs in the balance.  Please not to be confused.  There are basically two reasons why you have doubt in the first place.  Either the Devil is tormenting you and trying to defeat you with doubt or the Holy Spirit is convicting you and trying to convince you that you are lost.


   Once you have determined which, then you can correct this and go on.  Life is too short and eternity is too long to go on living without the blessed assurance that you are truly born again.


   In order to have full assurance of salvation, one must first of all:


Be able to go back to a place when you had a personal

experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.


John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


   Many can remember when they joined the Church or were baptized.  They can remember when they shook the preachers hand or just started going to Church.  But it takes more than that.  You must remember a time when you repented of your sin and called upon the name of the Lord for salvation.  You must remember a time when your life was completely changed.  This change must be from your heart and not from your head.


   There are many who have started going to Church, turned over a new leaf, or just started living better.  All this is good but if your heart has not been changed you are still in your sin and on your way to hell.  If there was not a change from the inside of your heart, then the Devil slipped you a counterfeit.


   You can bathe a pig and wash him clean, powder him, and perfume him, but when you turn him loose he will go back to the mud hole.  That is his nature.  You can change the outside but it takes God to change the inside.  Salvation is of the Lord and from the heart.


   It does not matter how many bad habits you quit if the Lord did not move into your heart to stay.


   Many are trying to get assurance of salvation when they have never been saved.  This is impossible.  There can be no assurance of what you do not have.


Only God can change your heart, your head, your habits, and your household.


   I have met some who claim to have been saved when they were very young. When they reached adulthood, they left the Church, lived in sin, and professed Christ all at the same time.  In later years, they returned to the Church as though they did nothing wrong with no remorse and no repentance and expected to be accepted as though they had always been in the will of God.  Human flesh hates the will of God and will fight to be conformed to it.  Unfortunately, they are accepted and later become unstable church members and trouble makers simply because they have never been born again.  They have been deceived by Satan.


   Let me repeat, an individual who has never been born again cannot expect to have assurance of Heaven when they die.  It just does not work that way.  The first step to obtain full assurance of salvation is to know that there was a definite experience in your heart when you called upon the Lord.


   If you cannot remember a special time and a special place when you repented of your sin and called upon the Lord, then get that established today.  You may not remember the exact minute on the clock but you will remember a place where you repented.  If you can always take the Devil back to a time and a place you got it settled, then you have the battle won.


   So many can’t do this and thus they are always disturbed with their life because of doubt.  If there has never been a time and place that you can remember then you must bow your head and repent today.


   A truly born again Child of God can take the Devil back to his conversion ever time the Devil crawls upon his back.  A Child of God can march Satan back to the altar of repentance with joy and great confidence in his heart each time the Devil tries to convince him otherwise.


   Not only must you remember a time and a place you repented to have full assurance, but:


You must trust and believe the Word of God.


   This means more than just believing that the Bible is the Word of God.  It means having a total commitment to and a trust in the Word of God.  If there is any doubt about the authority of the Bible, then you can rest assured you will never have assurance.  The Bible demands your total commitment and trust.


   You must be willing to trust the Bible for what it says about eternity and your destination.  The Bible is the final authority.  Nothing else will do.  You cannot trust your feelings or your own theology.  The Bible is the Christian’s handbook of life.  Let God be true and every man a liar.


   Many are looking to the doctors and psychiatrists to help them find peace of mind and heart.  Medication may hide the problem but it won’t make it go away.  The Word of God is the means God intends for you to find peace and assurance in your heart.


   There are two extremes that people get involved in concerning salvation.


The idea that lightening strikes when an individual gets saved.


   Many think that an individual is not saved if they did not feel cold chill bumps run up their spine or some great feeling come over them.  The greatest feeling in all the world is when a sinner is changed and transformed by the Grace of God.  But we are not saved by our feelings but by faith.


   I have seen some stay in the altar for hours trying to get saved simply because they had been taught that there would be some type of physical experience to the flesh.  Remember, it is the soul that is saved and not the flesh and this salvation is a free gift of God given by His GRACE and only through faith.


Ephesians 2:8, 9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”


2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.


   Again, you must remember an experience when the Lord changed your heart and made you a new creature.  Salvation is an inward change that will work its way outward.  Many are changing the outside and hoping it will work its way inside.  But this will not happen.  Painting and fixing up the outside does not change the inside.


Matthew 23:27, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”


Another extreme is that Salvation is a change of the mind and not a change of heart.


   Many would have you to believe that you can just change yourself.  This is not so.  Belief of this sort is without repentance.  No one ever got saved without repenting of his or her sin.  Repentance is an act of realizing that you deserve hell because you are a wicked sinner.  Without repenting and confessing is like trying to obtain God’s gift by our own works.  We are not saved by works.  We could never do enough to obtain favor with God.  Our salvation has been purchased on Calvary.  Repentance will change your mind about sin but salvation is more than a mind change it is a heart change.


   Repentance is something that is missing in the lives of men and women today.  But God said it is absolutely necessary in order to go to Heaven.


Luke 13:3, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”


   We are living in a day when many have cheapened the Grace of God.  There are many who have a bad view of what repentance is.  Some can go out on visitation and in one night for a period of two hours or less can win as many as ten or twelve souls or even more.  In this day of apostasy, it is hard for me to conceive this.  I have seen sinners under conviction for days before they got saved.  You may convince somebody they need the Lord in a short time, but it has been my experience when the Holy Spirit convicts a sinner, there is some serious business going on.  Convincing a sinner of Christ is more than selling a set of encyclopedias.  Many sinners have just agreed and stated they were saved just to get rid of those who were visiting them.  Many have been pulled green as a result and will go to Hell.


   Their blood will be on the hands of those who have deceived them into thinking they were really saved.


   Now don’t take me wrong.  I believe that the Holy Ghost can convict and convince a sinner of his sin and save him in seconds.  It does not take all day or all night for Jesus to save a soul.  But as a general rule, I have found that the sinner may live under conviction for days and be troubled for a while before he actually commits himself unto the Lord for Salvation.  Others may bow and confess Christ as their Savior within a few minutes after they are witnessed to.


   The teaching of easy-believe-ism has spread like wild fire all across our nation.  To think that you may approach a mechanic working on a car, witness to him while he’s working, get a profession of faith out of him while he never stops turning a bolt, and be on down the road in a matter of minutes, is absurd.  No man can get saved without old time Holy Ghost conviction and a man or woman under conviction will not be calm or normal.   I remember when I was under conviction, my world was upside down.  The only thing on my mind was getting this settled in my heart.





1. You love the Brethren.


1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”


   The brethren mentioned here are the saints of God.  All those who are born into the family of God are brothers and sisters in Christ.  We are to love our Christian family.  The new birth will bring a strong love for the Church and the Church family.  If you have had an experience and it has not caused you to love the people of God and the Church, then beware, the Devil has slipped you a counterfeit.


2. You love the House of God


   God has given us a command to go to Church.


Hebrew 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”


   You don’t have to pray about going to Church, God has already told you to.  How can you love the brethren if you do not love the House of God.


3. You keep the commandments of God.


1 John 3:24, “And he that keepth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him.  And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”


   The new birth will bring a desire from the heart to obey the Word of God.  There will be a love for the Bible that you never had before. As you study it and read it, you will have a desire to obey its commands.  If this has not developed in your heart, then the Devil has slipped you a counterfeit.


   We as God’s people are not perfect yet, but we desire to obey the commandments of God.  One who has full assurance of salvation will do everything possible to try to live by the Word of God.  He will not want to walk or live against the Bible.


   I have seen multitudes argue with the Word of God.  Especially when the Bible is against what they are doing or the way they are living. But full assurance will give you the peace of mind that the Bible is real and it should be followed.  Remember, sheep hear the Shepherd’s voice and follow him.


John 10:4, 5, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”


4. You will have the Spirit of God dwelling in you.


Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”


   Everyone who has been born into the family of God will have the Holy Spirit indwelling in them.  The Spirit of God is the still small voice that convicts us when we sin.  The Spirit of God also comforts us, guides us, and teaches us of the commands of God.


   The Child of God has the Holy Spirit to ever be by his side in all circumstances of life.  The lost man or woman does not have the indwelling Spirit of God.


   The Holy Spirit will convict the Child of God of sin each time he does wrong.  The absence of this conviction should raise a flag that something is wrong with your salvation or “so-called” salvation.


5. We confess that Jesus is the Son of God.


1 John 4:15, “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”


1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, believes not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:

Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”


   How can a man confess that Jesus is the Son of God except he be of God?  Those who deny Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God do not possess the Lord in their hearts.  They are without God and on their way to hell.


6. We know the Truth.


1 John 4:4-6, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hearth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”


   Those who are born again speak of the things of God.  You can know your heart by the way your mouth speaks.  If you are saved, you will speak of heavenly things.  If you are of the world, you will speak of worldly things.


   I know that I’m going to Heaven because God is preserving me.  I’m not preserving my own Salvation.  I wasn’t saved by my good works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:5), so I do not STAY saved by my good works.


Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”


   I am KEPT by the POWER OF GOD, not by my own power!  God is able to keep me from falling.


Jude 1:24, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”


   I am HIS child and I’m in the palm of HIS hand.


John 10:28-29, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”


   Ephesians 4:30 says that I have been SEALED by the Holy Spirit of God until the day of redemption!  I’m not worried about losing my salvation.  I KNOW I’m going to Heaven because I’m being preserved by God’s power.


   I know I am going to Heaven because God has already given me ETERNAL LIFE.  I am not waiting to receive eternal life, I ALREADY HAVE it as a present possession.


   When I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour, God placed His Eternal Spirit within me and gave me Eternal Life.  As a child of God, I am still waiting to see Jesus, to enter Heaven, and to receive my glorified body, but I am not waiting to be saved.  My soul IS saved, and I know I am going to Heaven because God has given me Eternal Life.


   Ponder these things over in your heart.  Please base your salvation on the Bible and not on the doctrines of men or even on your feelings.  After all, you have to answer to God for your own soul, not someone else’s.  We will be judged by the Word of God and not what we or anyone else thinks.





Booklet Number 6B

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