Do you believe in Jesus, is your faith in Him alone? In this article, I want to leave you with 5 questions to answer just between you and God. These are very important questions that are foundational to building or rebuilding your faith.
It’s God’s desire for you and me to surrender to Him and to live according to His Plan. It’s by walking closely with Him each day and through obedience that He reveals this plan. When you do live this way, He opens doors that may not have otherwise been opened to you.
Let’s get started.
5 questions to ask yourself today about your faith in Jesus
I could think of more questions to ask and I’m sure you could, too. But this is a great start. I encourage you to not only ask yourself these today, but even weekly or monthly. It’s too easy to get caught up with busyness, and I can guarantee that Satan will make you too busy to pray and read the bible and to even remember to ask yourself such things as these questions.
So, it comes down to forming a new habit and possibly even setting a reminder on your calendar or phone. But this is most beneficial for you. It’s not anyone else’s business what your answer is to these, as it’s between you and God.
The questions are:
- Am I right with God?
- Is there sin in my life?
- Have I forgiven everyone who’s wronged me?
- Are there any strongholds for the devil in my life?
- Is there a way for me to help others?
1. Am I right with God?
Getting right with Jesus will be the most important thing you do. It’s not a maybe or a probably; it’s certainly the most important. If you understand that there’s a Heaven and a Hell and a devil who’s trying to keep you out of Heaven, then you will understand the importance.
If you don’t live for God and don’t accept His Son in faith as Lord and Savior, you are certainly destined for eternal life in Hell. Satan will keep messing with you and make you believe that either you can’t go to Heaven, that Heaven and Hell don’t exist, or that there’s time later to get right with God. Any of these are deceptive and will have devastating results.
Getting right with God means to turn to Him and kick Satan out of your life. But getting right with God is not just these; it’s primarily accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’”
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
The acceptance of Jesus is what God the Father requires. You are saved by grace through faith in Christ. This is the way for Salvation and eternal life in Heaven. There is no other way at all for you to gain Salvation.
If you have accepted Jesus and are doing your best to live apart from sin, I can assure you that God is pleased with you and that you are right with Him. However, as we’ll discuss in the next point, sin can cause a mess in your life.
Your walk with God is up to you. The devil will attack you daily and in this daily battle, God will provide protection for you, this is called spiritual warfare. You must put on the Armor of God every day, which you can read about in Ephesians 6:10-17.
2. Is there sin in my life?
“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”
Trying to figure out what is sin and what isn’t can be a task at times. But if you are walking in close fellowship with the Lord each day, the Holy Spirit in you will prompt you and convict you when you sin. This will be an instant knowing. It’s up to you to reject and remove or “put to death” the clutter of sin from your life so that you can hear the promptings of God. Too much sin equals too much clutter; too much clutter in your spirit equals distance from God.
“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.”
When you habitually live in sin of any sort, your mind can become messy and unorganized. Your emotions will go all over the place and you will have more confusion than clarity. This is how the devil works in your life. When your mind and spirit get all messed up and confused, it’s hard to know when God’s talking to you and what His direction is for your life.
Cleaning your life of sin is like cleaning your bedroom; just as you pick up one article at a time, you also identify one sin at a time to deal with. Some people have many sins in their life and others have very little. But in God’s eyes, one sin is the same as many and a small sin is the same as a large one. There’s no difference for Him.
So, once you identify sin in your life, all you need to do is repent from it, which means to make a choice to turn away from it, and then, confess it before God the Father. When you do this, He is quick to forgive and Isaiah 43:25 tells us that He will remember it no more for His own sake.
If you confess and repent of a sin and you keep getting a feeling like God hasn’t or can’t forgive you, that’s the devil trying to bring condemnation into your life, and you simply need to rebuke him. You do this saying, “Satan, I rebuke you. I command you to leave me now in the Name of Jesus.” He must leave.
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
Satan doesn’t leave forever. He comes back quickly to try to bring you down again. This is why it’s called spiritual warfare. But, you aren’t defenseless if Jesus is your Lord. The Holy Spirit in You is far greater than Satan, and Satan must obey the Authority that is in you when you command him to leave. So, you might have to tell him to leave several times per day, or even per hour especially at first.
As it says in James 4, we need to humble ourselves before God. Come close to God and he will come close to us. To keep the devil away stick close to God through prayer, praise, and worship.
3. Have I forgiven everyone who’s wronged me?
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
I did say that God will forgive and basically, forget your sins if you confess and ask forgiveness from Him. However, there are multiple Scriptures that show that God requires the same of you. He requires you to also forgive others just as He’s done for you. If you won’t, neither will He.
God is all about love. The Ten Commandments are a summary of love, and the New Commandment that Jesus gave in the New Testament is to love your God and love one another.
Holding grudges borders on hatred, which is surely a characteristic of the devil and is sinful. God won’t tolerate such a thing. If you have unforgiveness towards anyone for anything in your heart, getting right with God will require you to forgive them.
It can be difficult to forgive someone who’s hurt you severely. But God’s asking you to see the person without the devil in their life. If a person has done something hurtful or hateful, it wasn’t done by God’s Spirit, but by Satan’s.
Let God be the judge of their sins. Forgive them and forget. This doesn’t mean that you have to automatically let them into your life and give them full trust again, but it does mean that you don’t bring it up anymore. Again, you see it as a case that has been submitted to the High Courts and the Supreme Judge will deal with it.
4. Are there any strongholds for the devil in my life?
So, we talked about sin, but we also must talk about how sin gets there.
I want to start by telling you that you are 100% responsible for any sin in your life; the same is true for me, too.
Satan is called the tempter, the deceiver, the liar, the thief, and a whole host of other things. This is because he is this way. Everything he does is deceptive and trickery. He has no power over a child of God unless that person gives him power.
When Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, Satan lost any power, authority, and dominion he had over people who would believe in Jesus and His work on the cross. But the devil doesn’t come along and tell you that.
What the devil does is he comes to you in thought most often and will either tell you lies, put thoughts that tempt you to do something bad, or remind you of a negative situation from your past that you’ve likely already dealt with. He does this because he wants to get your thinking into the gutter.
If you instantly realize that these thoughts you’re having aren’t from God, or resemble God’s way of thinking, then you can rebuke the devil and send him away. At this point, you haven’t sinned, but you handled the attack just as Jesus would.
However, if you listen to the lies or give into the temptation, then you’ve moved into sin, and you will need to bring that before God in confession and repentance.
Strongholds in your life that Satan can have can be in your attitude or behavior or habits. The way you do things and the things you believe will show your true character.
“You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.”
If you aren’t sure what the dominant spirit is within you, look at the fruit you’re producing. Do you strive to do good deeds, and do you want to help people, and do you feel bad when you do something wrong? This is the Spirit of God in you. Do you not really care about helping others or following God or living apart from sin? This is the spirit of Satan.
If you want to break the strongholds of Satan in your life, you must rebuke him and close all doorways to him. Any sin in your life is a way for him to have power, authority, and dominion in your life. If you sin, you give the devil permission into your life. Kick out the sin and the devil and he loses that permission to be there. You can’t keep the sin and kick the devil out. You must choose a side.
5. Is there a way for me to help others?
“And, don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
You have a purpose. God’s given you a spiritual gift if you are a follower of Jesus. These spiritual gifts are used to help build up others in the church body; other believers of Jesus. Each of them is given a gift, too, that is meant to help build you up. It’s up to you to fellowship with them and to be united with them to be of the most benefit to them, or them to you.
Once you fully understand what your spiritual gift is, you will become more useful in building the Kingdom of God. By being an obedient vessel for God to work through, He will do wonderful things through you. Not only will He be glorified, but you also stand to reap rewards and blessings. These might not all come to you immediately, as many of these rewards are eternal and you’ll receive them when you get to Heaven.
But living for God means to practice living like Jesus and being ready and willing to share your faith and belief in Jesus with an unbeliever. When you do this, the power of the Holy Spirit can work through you and that person might ultimately gain Salvation. This is the Will of God and this pleases Him.
Doing good deeds will never get you into Heaven, but it will certainly make your stay there even more pleasant. It also feels really good to help others; this is a feeling that money or buying things doesn’t give you. It’s lasting and there are no negatives attached.
Getting right with God is a personal thing you must do. Nobody can help you with it, aside from giving you some basic knowledge. I believe I have laid the foundation down in this article, and now the ball’s in your court.
Did you find this article to be helpful? Do you believe that you are equipped to get on the right path with God and kick the devil to the curb? Do you have any questions or anything to add, I encourage you to leave a comment below to discuss. As I said, there are more questions we could ask regularly to see where we stand, but this is a good start.
Get rid of the devil and all that belongs to him, put Jesus first in your life as Lord and Savior, and you’ll be right with God!
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.