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“Are You Really Saved??” from the heart of an 18 year old.

The Fruits of Salvation

After a person gives their heart to Jesus the Lord will allow them space to learn and grow in the ways of the Lord and His Word. Some people who already have a knowledge of God and the Bible may come into this growth quicker than others. But no matter if you know a lot or nothing at all about God and His ways the Spirit of God, which you received when you got saved, will direct your steps. Even if you were raised in church like many are or have never been in any church consistently when you get born again everything starts fresh, a new beginning to all things. There is only one way, thats the way of the Bible. Many Pastors and so-called preachers have misconstrued the Word of God, many sit in church every week and are being deceived because of preachers who don't know God or His Word. When a person gets truly born again he will have a genuine desire to know God. He will desire to know more about this Man that just saved his lost soul. He won't go by what everyone else says or thinks, he'll get into his Bible and find out who God is and what God's plan is for his life. He will desire to learn all he can about God, to have a deeper continual understanding of who and what God is.

Another fruit you will see in man who is born again, whether he has just gotten saved or has been saved for some time, he will have a desire to please God. He will be so overwhelmed and thankful for the mercy and love of God that he will desire to give his life to serve this Man who lifted out him out of his sin. He will have a love for the Lord. This love comes from seeing your sin and from seeing how hopelessly wretched and lost you are outside of Christ, when you see that God and only God can rescue you from yourself and you cry out to Him in repentance and He comes and saves your soul you are forever thankful and humbled. Why? Because we do not deserve the Love of God, we don't deserve his mercy on us, we deserve hell today! Even with all our good deeds and all our churchism we deserve hell! The Bible says in Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” that means even the good things about you are useless to God, they are as filthy rags. When you see that you can never be “good enough” to earn God's love and forgiveness and that there is nothing you can do to make up for you sins and then you cry out in desperation and God Almighty hears you cry and saves you when He didn't have to you will be so thankful and so grateful. You will fall head over heels in love with this Man because He knew you and saw you for what you were but still died for you so that you might be saved. Even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us;” Romans 5:8. You will desire to honor and glorify the Lord for all that He's done for you.

Another fruit you will see is a hunger to be in church and hear God's Word preached. Today, we have churches on every street corner just about, but it is hard pressed to find a church where the Truth is being preached with passion and clarity. Many people say they're preachers and that they hear from God, but in the book of 1 Peter we are warned about false teachers, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” When you get born again it is vital that you find a church where the true Word of God is being preached by a man who lives what he preaches. A lot of the theology we hear preached today is a cheap grace, sold on the market place of religion. The Word of God has been melted down till it is a weak, powerless gospel. The real Word of God is the most powerful thing this world has ever heard. The Word of God chastens, challenges, convicts, and encourages the believer. If the gospel you're hearing isn't pricking your heart and challenging your life you are listening to a watered down form of gospel, a gospel that will not keep you holy and righteous before God. You may sooth your conscience but you will not grow and mature in the things of God. At best you will sit in church and never truly know the person of Christ and all that He is.

A man thats been born again wants to be where truth is preached, where he will not be able to relax and feel good about himself, but where he is stirred and provoked to move on with God. He will desire to know God through the hearing of the Word. He will have a desire to pray daily, read his Bible daily, and live his life according to what the Bible says. Anything less than that is not a born again Christian. When you've been experienced real salvation no one will have to push and prod you to be in church or pray or live a life that pleases God. No one will have to beg you to be where you're suppose to be or to obey God, you will be in the house of God every time the doors are open because you're hungry for God and hungry to go deeper with Him. A man thats just been born again or has been born again for several years is not a dull, satisfied, or self-centered man. He is the most happiest man on the face of the earth. Yes he goes through hard and painful things at times, but inwardly he has a peace that God is in control and that “God will work all things for good” (Romans 8:28). A born again Christian is continually hungry for more of God, continually thirty for the deeper things of God. He doesn't get satisfied sitting in a pew, hearing sermons, he is looking for God he is on a search to be all he can be for God.

Another fruit you will see in a Christian is a desire to be used of God. You will be so thankful for all that God has done for you that you will want to give back to Him in whatever way you can. The first way you can give back is to give God you heart. To daily surrender every area of your heart and life to this Man that died for you. Even beyond that you will desire to be used as a instrument in the hand of God. You will desire to tell others about what God has done in your life. You won't hide you light under a bush, you will let it shine for the whole world to see, “Look what God has done for me!”. You will want to know God's will and plan for you life so that you can fulfill it. You will desire to walk in that new found will so that you can be a light and a voice to the lost souls around you. You won't just take up a space on a pew you will take the gospel to the streets, to your neighbors, to your family, your friends, your co-workers, and anyone who will listen. You will want to lift Jesus up for the world to see. Jesus said in John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.” If you don't see these fruits in your life than you have either never been born again or your salvation has become wrought and dry and you need to seek the Lord till He renews your Christianity. If you've never been born again these are some of the fruits you can expect and look for.