Jan
25

Do You Know for Sure that You Are A Christian?

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What ought to satisfy me that I am a Christian

by the late Rev. A. B. EARLE

1. A full surrender to God.

As the will is the seat of rebellion against God, this stronghold is the most obstinately defended and the very last to be surrendered.

2. The removal of a burden of sin suddenly or gradually.

The burden of conviction for sin varies greatly with different individuals; yet when conversion takes place, the burden is always removed. If your burden is gone, and you feel that some love to Grod and his people has taken its place, you have an evidence of a change of heart, no matter though you cannot tell the time of the change.

3. A new feeling of love to Christians and to Jesus.

This is one of the best evidences, and almost the first change the renewed soul discovers. '' We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."

4. A new relish for the word of God.

All true conversions are followed by a new love for the Scriptures. It is no longer a gloomy book. He exclaims, "0 how I love thy law! It is my meditation day and night."

5. Pleasure in secret prayer, at least at times.

This is a good evidence of a change of heart. '' Behold he prayeth," is one of the first signs of spiritual life; a renewed soul will pray. I think no unregenerated person ever enjoyed secret prayer for a single hour.

6. Sin or sinful thoughts will cause pain.

Unholy thoughts are often thrown into the minds of even the most devoted Christians. But there is no sin in them unless they are cherished. Jesus had such thoughts thrown into his mind, but the thought was instantly hurled back upon Satan, its author.

7. Desire and effort for the salvation of others.

The natural impulse of the "new man" is to lead others to his Savior. This was Andrew's first impulse after his conversion. '' He findeth his own brother Simon,"—he brought him to Jesus.

8. A desire to obey Christ in his commands and ordinances.

Our Master says: "If a man love me, he will keep my words." That means, I suppose, he will desire so to do, and will actually obey those commands so far as he understands them and has opportunity.

9. Deep sense of humility.

This must have a prominent place among the evidences of conversion. The Lord Jesus < ( made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant," and "if a man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his."

10. A growing desire to be holy and like Christ.

This is the crowning evidence of all. The renewed man desires likeness to Jesus above all things else.

Finally: Do not expect all these evidences to be found in active exercise at the same time. And even though you may, for a time, seem to be confined to one, remember that a renewed heart is just as necessary for the production of that one as for all. The tree and the usual operations of nature, are as essential to give a single specimen of ripe fruit as to load our garners.

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