Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person!
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" (2 Corinthians 13:5)
If you prayed a prayer and took Jesus into your life, is it okay to deliberately keep sinning? The answer is NO! Our salvation is not a license to sin. "They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord." (Jude 1:4)
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:26-29)
Do you claim to have fellowship with Jesus but walk in darkness? "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth." (1 John 1:4-6)
Do you claim to be without sin? "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." (1 John 1:8-10)
Do you claim to know Jesus and do what he commands? "We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, 'I know him,' but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:3-4)
Do you try to be like Jesus in the way he lived? "Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." (1 John 2:6) When you want to be like someone, you imitate their actions. Is sin a big part of your life? Do you live the way that Jesus showed you?
Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Matthew 16:24)
Are you growing in Christ? Was there ever a time in your life that you loved the Lord more? Once we have true fire for God, we will never lose it. People who fall away from God never knew Him! "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)
Once you truly know Jesus you will never look back. The life Jesus has for you is so much better then any other lifestyle. "Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining." (1 John 2:8) Once you come to God you start moving away from the darkness and into the light.
Do you love all Christians? "Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him." (1 John 2:9-11) When this passage says brother, it is speaking of your brothers in Christ, your fellow Christians. You are supposed to love other believers. If you do not love but hate, you do not know God. You should only hate sin.
Do you love the world or anything in it? "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." (1 John 2:15-17)
Do you love money more than God? Do you love your possessions more than God? Do you realize that everything you have is a gift from God? Are you ever satisfied, or are you always wanting more? Possessions of the world, no matter have many you have, will never satisfy. Only God can fill your emptiness.
Which list describes your life more accurately?
The Acts of the Sinful Nature:
Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, arrogance, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild living, cheating, adultery, greed, stealing, and lying.
The Fruit of the Spirit:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)
You either have all of the fruit or you need to seriously question whether or not you are a Christian.
If you failed one question, you need to examine what the bible is telling you. You are not supposed to compare yourself with other Christians. You are supposed to compare yourself with Jesus. Just because you repeated a prayer one day, does not mean you will go to heaven. You will not find that prayer anywhere in the bible. You need to put your faith in God and his word (the bible); not in a prayer. Being a Christian means you are conforming to Jesus and not the world. It means you are giving up your life and following after Jesus. If you disagree with this message, email us the bible references showing that it is wrong. We will repent and ask God for forgiveness. But if you cannot prove this message is wrong using the bible, maybe God is trying to get your attention.