ASSURANCES

SPIRIT CHECK – ABIDING

The reason we must check ourselves for assurance of salvation is because we don’t routinely replenish ourselves with the truth of Scripture and daily believe and abide in CHRIST.

If I can’t answer, “Yes,” to the following questions may I feel my guilt, LORD, and confess my negligence with a contrite heart, then get into Bible reading and prayer:

Do I seek to be filled with the SPIRIT?   J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p150)

Do I seek to be more and more under the SPIRIT’s influence?  J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p150)

Do I strive to have every thought, and word, and action, and habit, brought under obedience to the leadings of the HOLY SPIRIT?  J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p150)

Do I avoid grieving the SPIRIT by inconsistencies and conformity to the world?  J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p150)

Do I cease quenching the SPIRIT by not trifling with little infirmities and small besetting sins?  J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p150)

Do I seek to have Him ruling and reigning more completely over me every week that I live?  J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p150)

Do I believe that I am a holy person in heart and life because I believe in CHRIST? J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p188-189)

Do I love what GOD loves and hate what GOD hates?   J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p189)

Do I look forward to death, judgment, and eternity without fear?   J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p188)

Because I believe in CHRIST, do I have inward peace and hope?   J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p187)

Do I have a humble sense of my own weakness?   J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p256)

ASSURANCES

REVIEWING

I am becoming more and more concerned with who is “liking” my posts on Facebook and Instagram.

I have dedicated two years of blogs to give you, my friends, an opportunity to check your spirit—whether or not you can affirm you’re going to heaven.  Every one of the posts is designed to create a “yes” answer—or to have a great desire to answer “yes.”

I realize now that since this information is scattered over two years you can read only sporadic posts and conclude you’re heaven-bound.  Humanly we all can be good sometimes.  But, to answer “yes” to two years worth of questions it takes more than what is humanly possible.  Do you recognize your need for supernatural intervention in your life?

The devil has every-which-way schemes to make people feel they are in GOD’s graces.   In reading “Pilgrim’s Progress,” I am reminded again of his slyness.

Let me ask you how you regard sin?  Does your own sin bother you?  How often do you think about it?  Are you content to allow the HOLY SPIRIT to show it to you?

If sin is not an interesting subject to you, beware.  Until GOD Himself plants you face to face with your deep-seated sin you will not need JESUS to pay with His life for it.  A true Christian needs JESUS.  One does not become a Christian because it is a pleasing lifestyle.  Just choosing to be a Christian does not make you a Christian.

I so love all of you who read my posts, but beware, make sure you are honest with yourself; it’s a matter of your home for eternity.

CONFESSION

SPIRIT CHECK

Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 3.30.29 PMSearch me, O GOD, try me. See if there is any wicked way in me (Ps 139:23-24). SPIRIT, point out my misdeeds in the sentences below that I might own up to them, for “[Christ is compassionate] in [keeping] his institutions…—marrying his church to himself…” (ref#35, p266).

Do I love CHRIST enough to stay chaste? When I do not feel His presence, do I look for someone else to fellowship with or simply busy myself with activities (ref#35, p263)?

Do I trust any of my own righteous endeavors to commend myself to CHRIST—like, do I feel a twinge of self-satisfaction after I confess all the sins I know of (ref#35, p264)?

When my soul is in the wilderness will I sit still and wait until CHRIST comes or do I let my good intentions and activities satisfy my soul (ref#35, p264)?

Do I place my joy and comfort in other things besides being filled with joy in the HOLY SPIRIT (ref#35, p265)?

Do I consider it my daily work to get my heart crucified to the things of this world (ref#35, p266)?

Do I invent ways and certain times to worship You and not wait for Your appointment—do I plan my day without CHRIST’s input (ref#35, p266-267)?

Do I embrace everything that only CHRIST has appointed? Do I go to Him for directions and beg Him to lead me in the way that I have not known (Isa 48:6)?