How to be Certain You’re Right With God

How sure are you that you are on God’s good side? Do you know what it takes to please God and to walk uprightly before Him? Is it possible that you might not be as far along as you think you are with Him?

It’s vitally important to be certain that you’re right with God. Living rightly unto God requires a continual daily effort to choose Jesus over Satan. This means, denying yourself pleasures of the flesh and continually seeking ways to serve the Lord.

In this article, I want to contrast God’s love with God’s wrath. Yes, He displays both throughout the Bible. You only get one chance at this life, long or short. Today’s life expectancy is nearing a century for many, however, this isn’t a guarantee. Isn’t it best to walk prepared each day? Isn’t it best to know that you will go to the right place for eternity?

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Many people only think about their time here on earth. It’s only this minute that matters to them; it’s all that’s real. Heaven and Hell are distant thoughts on their mind – if they believe at all. But this is certainly reckless living at best. It’s important to think about this often and to realize that time on this earth is only a quick flash of time in God’s timeless eternity, whether Heaven or Hell.

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I think it’s important to look at this time on earth as the training fields; a place where each day is filled with lessons and tests all leading up to a final exam. How will you do on your final test when God examines your true heart and your true beliefs and motives? Will you pass the test?

God is a jealous and furious God

Take some time and read through some of the Old Testament. You’ll find many writings and stories of God’s wrath. Read in Revelation. There you’ll find prophecies of His wrath to come.

It’s nice to think that God’s a gentle giant and that He won’t punish anyone, regardless of whether they lived for Him or not. But this is dangerous. Why do people do this? Why do they risk testing the Lord?

Nahum 1:2-3
“God is jealous, and the LORD avenges;
The LORD avenges and is furious.
The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.”

Too many people are creating god. They are thinking up the perfect god for their lives; a god who is okay with sinful living. Do whatever feel’s good, right? Well, this isn’t the way God wants it. Satan is out deceiving the masses and telling them that God surely won’t punish them. He’s telling them that God is all-forgiving and will overlook their sins. The devil’s original question “Did God really say…” is still a powerful weapon since he deceived Eve back in the garden.

But will God punish sinful living?

The Bible clearly speaks of who God’s enemies are and what He does to them. Those who harm His children; those who plot evil and live in sin; those who reject His Son. It never ends well for them.

You may be thinking, well, God is full of grace and will let me into Heaven, anyway.

Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

It’s best not to chance it.

God allows bad things to happen

Nothing gets past God. Everything that God does has to do with lessons for growth and spiritual maturity. Continual living in sin will catch His attention. Through this, He may allow some difficult things to happen in a person’s life. Sometimes, to catch the attention of a person that is going too far down the wrong path, He allows a massive situation to shake their foundation and to draw them to their knees in full surrender to Him.

God has a great plan for each and every person, and although many will not be picked out of a crowd and set straight by God, some will. Is God trying to catch your attention? Are you the victim of a series of unfortunate events?

I don’t want to make light of this kind of stuff. If God is speaking to you in any manner, it’s best to listen. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God’s plan is to prosper you and to give you a future and a hope. His intentions for you are only good. But don’t think that He won’t allow some corrective discipline or attention-grabbing events to occur in your life. This is done out of love for you, and ultimately, to glorify Him.

Discipline is never fun in the moment, but it generally yields goodness. Better living and better thinking are often a result. God can do much more through someone who loves Him and wants to advance the Kingdom of God on earth then He can with someone who refuses and rejects Him. For those people, He often displays His anger and wrath and makes an example, just as in the many nations of the Bible He destroyed.

This is a call to return to God. Is there anything in your life that needs to change? Are you experiencing any form of discipline or seemingly undue difficulties? Perhaps God is trying to catch your attention.

God is loving and provides for and protects like none other

Psalm 84:11
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.”

We have seen how God responds to those who refuse Him and disrespect His authority, but what about for those who surrender to Him and love Him?

God extends His hand to all and will help all who grab onto it. For those who accept His loving offer of Salvation, they will experience providence like none other. Who can receive this undeserved love? Anyone who will receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their life.

God expects obedience and for you to walk in a just and upright manner. But, this doesn’t gain you Salvation. This allows you to have a quiet life free from societal punishment. Salvation, on the other hand, is a free gift of grace that comes from the Father and is given to those who accept His Son. There is no other way to gain Salvation.

Learn more: What is Salvation?

A daily walk and growing relationship with Jesus is pleasing to the Lord. Faith in God is pleasing to the Lord. Living to help others and to grow the Kingdom of God through sharing the Message of Christ is pleasing to the Lord. It’s the selfless living and loving that God wants from you.

Sinful living is selfish living. Virtually every part of a sinful life is to please the flesh or to get a thrill. This is the work of Satan and this can only lead to eternal death. But for those who refuse this kind of living, they will receive the gift of eternal reward.

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God allows good things to happen

Just as bad things can happen, good things happen, too. God doesn’t only interact with you and me when we need correction or discipline. He would prefer to bless us with gifts and rewards. However, His concern is our heart condition far before our blessings.

But when you do walk in a way that is pleasing to the Lord, you open the door to more blessing in your life then discipline. I won’t promise that God’s going to bless you in this way or that, but I will say that God will give more opportunity and responsibility to those who are good stewards – those who do well with what He gives.

Don’t forget the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. In this story, God richly rewarded those who did well with what was given to them, even adding more to their lives. But for the one who was not a good steward, all was taken away and he was punished.

Serving God isn’t about getting rewards and blessings, although it’s nice, right? Serving God now with the right attitude will certainly yield eternal rewards that you can look for later, when the work is done.

For now, it’s God who knows your needs and who decides when to allow good in your life. It’s not owed to you or me. There’s no amount of writing and sharing God’s Word that I can do that will cause God to owe me a blessing. But I do know that it’s the effort that I put in that will yield me treasures in Heaven.

I am learning to walk with God and do the work He puts on my heart because I feel it’s the right thing to do. Many people need to hear the important Word of God; even the hard stuff in this article. God knows the desires of my heart, and I know that He will open all the right doors and allow good things to happen as He see’s fit, even when it’s been a while since He has. It’s about keeping the right attitude and focusing on Him and not what He can do for me.

God extends His grace to all

Psalm 145:9
“The LORD is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.”

In this article, I’ve contrasted between right living and wrong living. I’ve showed that God blesses people and He disciplines people. But just as bad things can happen to good people, what about when good things happen to bad-acting people?

Again, it’s God who allows all things, good or bad. It’s Him who chooses what He gives to each, why, and even when. But I bring it up because sometimes people equate good things with God’s approval. If something good happens in your life, this doesn’t mean that you’re right with God and He’s pleased with you.

Just as a bad thing might be used to catch the attention of someone who is doing wrong, God might give a good thing to a sinful person to catch their attention. Perhaps, by giving a gift, the person might thank God and praise Him and notice that God is good?

Well, again, I can’t answer for this for God. All I can do is speculate. But I know that God allows good and bad for a good reason. God never does things just because He can.

Clearly, all of all the people in the world are God’s creation. He wiped out all of the world’s population except for 8 people in Noah’s family due to their behavior and beliefs. However, He has since extended His grace to all as He has not struck them dead as of yet.

Even if you’re living in complete and utter sin, detached from and rejecting God, His grace and favor are still upon you if you’re breathing. The Bible says in Matthew 5:45 that God causing the sun to rise and rain to fall on both the just and the unjust. There is still hope for you to get right with God. He has a plan for you right until the end, and His desire is that you’ll surrender to Him, accept the finished work of Jesus on the cross for you and seek God’s Will for your life.

God wants you to come to Him and make a choice from this day forward to live for Him while there’s still time. He holds no grudges to those who surrender to Him and repent from their sinful ways.

Psalm 103:12
“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

This means that He forgives and casts the memory of those sins far away, in Hebrews 8:12 God says he will choose to forget your sins.

In Matthew 9:13 Jesus says, “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Conclusion

It’s vitally important to be certain that you’re right with God. Living rightly unto God requires a continual daily effort to choose Jesus over Satan. This means, denying yourself pleasures of the flesh and continually seeking ways to serve the Lord.

The message of this article isn’t to live rightly for God so that you get blessings and don’t get disciplined. The message is that Salvation is a real thing that Satan’s trying to take from you. Living rightly moves you closer to God, and it’s close to God where you’ll find protection from the enemy. Being right with God allows you to walk in the power of His Holy Spirit. If you’re choosing to sin, you won’t be able to resist the devil or make him flee.

It’s right living with Christ that gives you clarity and wisdom and power to stay on the path that leads to Eternal Life with Christ. That’s the message this article is trying to display.

Are you right with God? Are you confident that you’re going in the right direction? Now’s the time to become sure of it.


If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.

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