How To Know If You Are A Real Christian
Should you find yourself asking a question like this, you must know you’re already on the right track. Asking a question this way is actually a sign that you’re a genuine believer and have received God’s Holy Spirit. Though that doesn’t tell you for sure, you have to examine yourself and connect with God like you never have before. When you’re saved, you’re certain because something became different inside of you that can be described as follows:
- Nope, you can’t describe it
- Overwhelming peace and acceptance is all you initially feel
- You feel as if you’ve been turned inside-out
- God revealed to you every place in your life where He was calling out to you
When you’ve been touched by God in a special way, every fiber of your being becomes something new. The Apostle Paul described it in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians, chapter 5 verse 17.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
As well as becoming new, you are baptized by the Spirit of God by renouncing your sin and believing that Christ Jesus defeat death by His resurrection. Jesus spoke about this to His disciples because He knew He was going to be taken into heaven and would no longer be physically with us.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—“ (John 14:16)
God often speaks through nudges and impressions upon us, sort of like a walking stick for a blind person. Most often we aren’t in real need of huge divine interventions but subtle prods of guidance in daily decision making. It is our goal as Christians to represent Jesus as best as we can, to be compassionate, doing to others what we want done to us.
If you’re unsure about these nudges or impressions, know that God is able to speak in any sort of way to you. Fact is, if God speaks to you, you’ll know it was Him. Jesus spoke about it, for real.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
When you pray, ask for God to speak to with the intention of just knowing what its like for Him to do so. Keep asking and if you believe, you will receive.
A big part about being Christian is avoiding sin to the best of your ability. Once you’ve become a new creation you no longer want to, you feel all kinds of convictions (even false ones sometimes) about many different things you may have done in the past. Push through. Take baby steps to do what you feel Jesus would do and you’ll be fine.
It is imperative that you find someone who’s been Christian for a little while that can answer your questions and pray with you.
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