God wants you to be victorious. He wants you to overcome all of the obstacles that Satan will put in front of you. He wants you to have assurance in His promise of eternal life. If you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you already have eternal life. We need to live with confidence as we understand that Christ keeps His promises.
John declares the message to those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior the message of eternal life twenty-one times in Scripture to those who believe in the name of Jesus Christ. Two examples:
- We can have eternal life. “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).
- We have eternal life. “The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:12-13).
Do you understand that, with your knowledge of Jesus Christ, that you are in a relationship? (Refer to 1 John 5:13-15.) Unfortunately, many people can be saved but are unable to know the power and ability of Jesus Christ. Instead of just living day to day, believers in Christ need to be able to declare that they are going somewhere in Christ. We need to continually (and consistently) die to self and live for Christ. We need to do what is necessary to live in God’s grace by growing in His grace and knowledge. We need to, in building our relationship with God, find favor with Him. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). If you cannot be obedient to His Word, it is impossible to build upon that relationship. This is why many believers are walking only by sight and not by faith. God makes His presence known in our faith and obedience. He reveals Himself to you, through His divine power, everything that you do and seek to accomplish. “For His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). Knowing that we have eternal life gives us confidence. “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for” (1 John 5:14-15). We have the freedom to communicate with God about our lives, and, in turn, in our obedience to Him, He will show us His will for your life. You can ask for anything from Him in accordance to His will. Having knowledge of His Word, of course, will guide you into greater understanding of His will for your life (Romans 5:1-2). God will give you the confidence to step out in faith and do things that you may not have planned to do. You can speak freely to God where you are because we have the ability to come directly to Him in everything that we need (Matthew 27:51).
Knowing God’s will starts with the basics. Knowledge is gained through education; specifically, the education of our youth. If children are unable to read, how can they read Scripture? Knowledge is a good thing! (Hosea 4:6; Proverbs 2:10). Another area where God’s will is apparent is in marriage. He declares that marriage is between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24), and that sex within marriage is good (Hebrews 13:4). Sex outside of marriage is not God’s will. He also desires that all are to be saved. “The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). See also Matthew 23:23. Unfortunately, even though it is His will that all are to be saved, not all will be because they will reject the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
While all sins are transgressions against God, there are sins that do not lead to death, and others that certainly do. Prayer and intercession is necessary once the transgression is made known to us. While we can pray for a person’s salvation, that person still has free will to do as he or she desires. If one does not allow himself or herself to be convicted by the Holy Spirit as to their need to be saved, that person will not be forgiven. “Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters. Because of this, I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven” (Matthew 12:30-31). God will not allow a person, who is a believer in Jesus Christ, to remain in sin (1 John 5:18-20). It is the Holy Spirit that lives within us that convicts us to seek the Lord (1 John 3:6, 9). While the world is under control of the evil one, we are not under the control of the world because God keeps us, protects us, and provides us with discernment and understanding (1 John 5:4-5, 18-21; John 6:44, 14:6; 1 Peter 3:15). Don’t let anything take the place of Jesus Christ as being first in your life. Live in the confidence of God as we listen to His voice and heed His guidance to live a holy, righteous life.