A couple of days ago, a radio personality posed a question to his listeners. He said a man had called into the radio station and confided that he often struggled with doubts of his salvation. The radio personality also revealed that he often struggled with the same questions, so he asked the radio community... How do you know you're saved?
Calls immediately poured into the station. One caller stated, as long as you truly believe, there shouldn't be any questions. Of course this was soon rebutted by James 2:19.
"You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!"
Obviously there is more to it than just believing. So others added Romans 10:8-10
".. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. "
Confession is a HUGE part of salvation. We MUST confess. However, to me this didn't answer the caller's question. "How do I know for sure?" Make no mistake, satan will always come with worry, doubt and fear. He will do whatever it takes to destroy faith. For "by Grace we are saved through faith." Satan will always be there to TRY to produce doubt to the point of unbelief for ALL of God's promises. To me, this was the real question, how can we be certain? God brought 2 Corinthians 5:17 to my mind.
"17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
So I called in and added this to the conversation.
In another incidence, someone hurt me. They knew they were in the wrong and they expected me to react in anger. The human part of me wanted to claws their eyes out but as I drew close to them, something happened. The Spirit within me took charge. My heart changed and for whatever reason, I decided to wrap my arms around them instead. At that moment, GOD loved them through me.
I have seen tragedy. I have faced hardship, but I have overcome them all.