1. Actions that prove we aren't saved:

[The following list is from: Romans 1:18-32; 13:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 4:19, 25, 29, 31; 5:3-7; Colossians 3:5-9; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 2:11-12; 3:3; 1 Peter 4:3; Revelation 21:7-8. (This is not a complete list of all possible sins!)]

NONE of these sins can characterize the life of a saved person.

"That's what some of you were! But you have been washed and made holy, and you have received God's approval in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11, GW)

"Those who live in Christ don't go on sinning. Those who go on sinning haven't seen or known Christ." (1 John 3:6, GW)

"Those who have been born into God's family do not sin, because God's life is in them. So they can't keep on sinning, because they have been born of God." (1 John 3:9, NLT) [This refers to lifestyle – the way you live.]

2. Actions that prove nothing:

MANY (not all) of these are a necessary part of following Jesus. But ALL of them can be done by people who are NOT followers of Jesus. Because of this, they cannot prove we are saved.

3. Actions that prove we are saved:

People who are saved will be willing (and eager) to:

For ALL saved people: God guarantees these things will happen… and he teaches us to do them! He uses Scripture to cause what is genuine to grow in us. He will accomplish our salvation; and in the end, we will give God the credit for what he has done!

FAKES may try to imitate godly characteristics; but eventually, their fakeness will be seen for what it is. They can have fake "assurance." But since they don't base their "assurance" on Scripture, it is just as fake as they are.

The KEY to assurance of salvation is this: When GOD saves a person… changes begin to occur!

Can God's people have lack of assurance? YES, and here are 2 reasons:

1) When you're living a life characterized by obedience:

The DEVIL may accuse you, since you aren't 100% sinless perfect.

But take courage, because God knows the changes he has made in your life. Yes, you can see your weaknesses; but you can also see the changes that God is accomplishing in your life. And since you are imperfect, you know that those changes are there only because of God.

2) If you're starting to drift into disobedience:

GOD may send you doubts as a warning. He may also discipline you.