Frequently Asked Questions
4) I desire to be good, honest and God-fearing, yet I fail each day. There are things I still struggle with from my past. Am I required to confess my sin only to God? Am I Heaven-bound? How does one know?
have repented for your sins, as The Bible says to do in Luke 13:3, and
acknowledged that Jesus is the Son of God (John 14:6, 1Tim.2:5, John
6:27,33, John 3:36, 1John 5:12, John 10:30, John 8:58, Heb 1:2, 1
Cor.15:3-4) and asked Him into your life, then you are saved. If you
have done Rom. 10:9 -10, then you can have the assurance that you are
saved. It is not by our works, or by being good that gets us saved. We
can never be "good enough" to earn our salvation and gain Heaven
(Tit.3:5, Eph.2:8-9). We all are sinners (Rom.3:23, Rom.3:10).
Salvation is a free gift (John 3:16). We can all have God's full
assurance of our salvation (1John 3:19, Heb 6:11-12, Heb.10:22,
1Thes.1:5, Col.2:2, Acts 17:31, 2 Tim 3:14.)
God’s great grace (his power, his ability, his empowerment) enables us to resist sin in our lives. It’s not in our strength, but His. If we try to keep God’s Word in our own strength, we fall from grace (Heb. 12:15) and keep struggling. It’s important to listen to sound, biblical teaching about God’s grace and understand that as a believer, you already are the righteousness of God in Christ – it doesn’t matter how you feel or what trash the devil condemns you with. Jesus already paid the price and HE alone is the one who makes us holy, keeps us holy because we are made “right with God” by His blood. We can do NOTHING to earn God’s approval or love --- we already have it whether we behave godly or ungodly. His love for us doesn’t change. Simply ask His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). If you keep identifying yourself as a no-good, defeated sinner instead of identifying yourself with Christ as an overcomer (Rev.12:11), as righteous, as forgiven (Col. 1:12-14; 2:14-15) and greatly loved (1 John 3:1; 4:19; John 3:16), you’ll always be struggling with sin. Struggle is rooted in fear; not rooted in love! (1 John 4:17-18) The fact that you still have ungodly desires or fail does not mean you are not saved. You simply need to grow in the things of God. There is a difference between being spiritually immature and living in direct rebellion to God. Do you want to stop struggling with sin or do you want to practice sin and have nothing to do with God? The number one way is to renew your mind by reading the Word of God – esp. the New Testament. We encourage you to read it out loud engaging your hearing (Rom. 10:17). Listen to faith-filled, solid Bible teaching on CD, DVD or via the internet. It is also very important to pray, attend a strong Bible-teaching Church, fellowship with committed Christians, and stay away from those who do not know Him and practice sin (Prov.3:7; Ps.1:1-6; Prov. 4:23).
We all need God’s help or grace to live in victory. We all need to stay in His Word, read it every day and stay in relationship with Him. It then gets much easier to stay out of sin. We can actually grow spiritually to a point where we hate sin and it comes to repulse us. (Pr.8:13; Ps.119:104). The more we get to know Jesus, the more we will desire to please Him who forgave us. It’s not out of duty or obligation, but from a zeal in our hearts to please Him and follow His plan for our lives.
As far as your past, the Bible say's in Phil.3:13-14, "Forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before, I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Don't be discouraged! Spiritual growth is a process – it’s not instant. This growth happens as we DO what His Word says – by His grace. However, it is your choice to change your mind and begin taking action to receive God’s strength and victory by faith. Receive His help, His mercy, His grace and power to work in your life by faith, just as you did to get saved. Start today.