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Assurance
1st John 5:13
The apostle coming to the end of his letter now gives two reasons for writing. These things have I written that Christians may know that they have eternal life and that thy may believe on Jesus Christ. What things has he written that will give us the assurance of our personal salvation and eternal life? 1. Our daily walk not just our words are the evidence of our relationship and fellowship with God, ch 1:6-. 2. We all will sin either by commission or by omission it’s a fact we must accept as believers to admit it and confess it we get forgiveness to deny it makes us a liar. Ch 1:8-9. 3. You can’t love the world, its views, morality and priorities which neglect and reject God’s Word and be a believer ch 2:15. 4. Believers do not live a normal lifestyle in sin, if your normal life practices are against what God says, it shows you are not a Christian. 5. Love for God will be shown as we love others you can’t love God and hate others ch 4.20. In summary your normal life priorities, attitudes and actions are the evidence of your true beliefs, that is your relationship and fellowship with God. Many look back to a time when they prayed a prayer in a church etc and put their trust in that but the evidence in daily life is lacking. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” Our assurance of salvation ir relying on the promises in the Word john 3:16 “ God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We have the Holy Spirit within us confirming our relationship with God. Romans 8:16 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God;” True belief will be shown in one’s actions in life. 2nd Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you , except ye be reprobates?” 1st 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.” The hymn writer spoke of the assurance we can have, in the hymn Blessed Assurance.
Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Perfect submission, perfect delight, Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Refrain
This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long.
Be ready be sure eternity is forever!

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Deception in our society today is widespread as we see daily. From workers knocking on doors to offer services and repairs, the scams spread on the internet and even letters in the mail, and on the phone. Sadly even some as preachers on TV promising if you give (plant a seed) to my organization then God will reward you a hundred times of what you give, etc. The scams today are widespread and various. This is what the apostle john is writing concerning those who seduce and how to avoid being a victim of their lies. Christians have received an anointing, the Holy Spirit living within us to teach us. We don’t just have to rely on another teacher no matter how good it sounds, counterfeits are always close to the real. We each have the Holy Spirit to confirm in our hearts the truth of what is being taught. It’s important to have nothing blocking our fellowship with God, nothing between us and our savior, attitudes, un-forgiveness, etc. God has given many the gift of teaching to help us each mature in our knowledge and walk with Christ. The Holy Spirit can and will reveal what is being taught is truth or false, if we keep our heart open and clean. John also challenges each of us to abide in Christ, that is to keep our relationship, fellowship with Him open to have nothing between. Any sin attitudes, desire or actions we hold to block our relationship with him. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.” The goal set before us is not to be ashamed when we meet Christ face to face either by death or at His return. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. ”27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 1 John 2:26-29. The evidence of ones’ relationship with Christ is presented by their lifestyle, how one lives daily, priorities etc, be very sure of your standing before Christ, I truly believe the time of opportunity is very short. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the only time we have that we can be sure of not even the next minute.
Hymn Nothing Between
o Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.
o Refrain:
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.
2. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between.
3. Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.
4. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.

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