1 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.”
Knowing that you are saved is vitally important for every believer. Knowing that you are saved is a result of the believer staying focused on their faith and not listening to voices that cause doubt. There are many people who are saved, but they live with doubt about whether they are saved. Let me clearly point out to you that once you are saved, you are always saved. The believer cannot lose their salvation; however, Satan will do everything in his power to get you to doubt your salvation because he knows what it does to your Christian walk.
God says in the verse above that He wrote the Word of God so that you “may know that ye have eternal life.” My friend, God wants you to have the assurance of your salvation, but Satan wants you to doubt it. Several things occur in the believer’s life that the assurance of salvation gives.
First, assurance gives confidence. Verse 14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” The reason Satan doesn’t want you to have the assurance of your salvation is because he wants to shake your confidence in your Christian walk. When the believer has confidence, they will be a better witness for Christ and will also be confident in what they are doing for the LORD.
Second, confidence gives boldness. Verse 15 shows that when the believer knows they are saved, they will be bold enough to go to Christ with any prayer request. You need assurance because you need the confidence that gives you the boldness you need in your prayer life. Boldness not only affects your prayer life, but it also affects your approach to people about giving them the Gospel.
Third, boldness gives hope. Verse 15 shows that your boldness to ask God of anything in prayer will give you the hope that He hears your prayer. Hope that God answers prayer is the critical key to keeping a fervent prayer life. If Satan can shake your hope in answered prayers, he can keep you from bowing the knee in prayer which leads to a defeated walk in Christ.
Fourth, hope gives compassion. Verse 16 shows that when the believer has hope in answered prayer, they will have the compassion to help the fallen brother and to pray for them. You will be surprised how much you will desire to help others to be restored when hope gives you a compassion for people.
These things are the target that Satan has placed on your life so that he can get you to live a defeated life in Christ. However, the cause of these things is up to you. Two things remove the believer’s assurance of their salvation. First, sin causes the believer to doubt their salvation, and second, not reading God’s Word results in doubt. The greatest thing you can do to keep your assurance of your salvation is to stay away from sin. This is your choice. Likewise, it is your choice to read the Scriptures daily. My friend, you don’t need to get “re-saved,” you need to get rid of sin and read the Scriptures and you will find that the assurance of your salvation won’t be shaken.