July 22 Conversion Confusion

Scripture reading: 1 John 5:10–15

Key verse: 1 John 5:12

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

When John wrote of the “life” in today’s key verse, he referred to eternal life. He narrowed its conditions to the simplest terms: the person who “has” the Son has eternal life. You cannot “have” the Son unless you ask for Him, unless you receive Him, can you?

God’s people often question their salvation. This is needless worry amid Satan’s psychological mind games. The enemy wants you to be so consumed with your doubts that you focus not on God but on yourself. You can become paralyzed either by fear (of God or of not measuring up) or by overload. A person who doubts his salvation often will try to work his way to righteousness or salvation, an impossible task similar to worldly religions bowing to something man-made.

John assured you that you can know you have eternal life. There is one way, and that is to trust in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died on the Cross for your sins. You are trusting in a person, not an idea or philosophy. If you have recognized that you are a sinner and that Jesus is the Son of God, and if you have asked His forgiveness and His entrance into your heart, then you are saved.

God, thank You for Your life that flows into me and enables me to grow spiritually.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 213). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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