wow what a way to live, in constant fear. I prefer to live free from fear, in God’s perfect love, knowing He has cleansed me and made me perfect forever. (Heb 10:14)
Hbr 10:14 NKJV – For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Note whom Jesus is perfecting here. Those that ARE BEING sanctified. So if sin in your life is not becoming less, then you are NOT in the process of sanctification. So is Jesus then perfecting you? Are you then saved?
No, I see no reason to live in perpetual fear. As I explained, I believe God will protect and intervene in life, to ensure your salvation.
However, it goes further than this. I also believe you will be rewarded in heaven, for your deeds on earth. Go do a study on this, really fascinating. So fear is not the motivator for sanctification. Love of Jesus is, obedience is, and because you are gathering for yourself a treasure in heaven…
Ever wondered why Jesus would be wiping away tears in heaven? Revelation 21:4
Could it be because people will only then realize what rewards they are missing?
Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Corinthians 3:8 ESV
He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.
1 Corinthians 3:12-14 ESV
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
James 1:12 ESV
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Matthew 25:21 ESV
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Matthew 16:27 ESV
For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
Matthew 5:12 ESV
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Revelation 22:12 ESV
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
Revelation 2:10 ESV
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Romans 11:19-22 ESV
Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
Matthew 5:17-19 ESV
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Sorry, I just realized something else.
A lot of people here seem to think that the fear of losing your salvation is somehow a bad thing. I do not se it this way. The very fact that you have that fear, means you are on the right track. The mere fact that you care enough to fear it, means you are already under the Spirit’s influence and conviction. People that are not saved, will not fear this or care about it at all…
Just keep praying about it, keep moving closer to God. Get to know Him and start trusting in His promises. The fear will go away if you are on the right track – if not, then you should really start praying about deception. Re-analyse your beliefs and ensure they are biblically based and true. We do not know when we are deceived. And the more pride we have the harder it is to repent. Become humble and teachable always…
We need to remember that being saved is a process. It does not happen instantaneously for most of us. It’s something you work at and grow, and if you stop caring for that faith, it will wither die…