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LIFE'S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!

I.   CAN I KNOW THAT GOD HAS FORGIVEN MY SINS AND I AM "SAVED"?

YES! One of the favorite lies of Satan is to tell us that we have committed so many sins, God no longer loves us; or God no longer wants to forgive us. Sin does separate us from God! However, the Bible tells us, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NIV) The Bible also says that God's desire is for EVERYONE to repent and turn to Him. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

There are a few things that we must do to receive Christ as our savior, but our salvation does not depend on our "worthiness to be saved", our "good works", or "fixing everything that is wrong with our lives" before we are forgiven. Salvation is by the GRACE of God. Salvation is the unmerited, undeserved, gift of God. We could never do enough to "deserve" to be saved. When we are saved, our assurance of Salvation does not come from our emotions. Our "Assurance of Salvation" is a result of our faith that God does not lie and God's word (the Bible) tells us: God loves us and sent Jesus to atone for our sin, and if we repent of our sin, turn to God, receiving Christ by faith as our Savior, God will forgive us.