HOW TO KNOW FOR SURE YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD

HOW TO KNOW FOR SURE YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD-stonegableblog.com
Did you know that I was not always a child of God? That’s right.  Yes, He created me and I was His creature… but not His child!
I was not always certain I was a true child of God. 
 
And that bothered me. I thought that if I was a child of God I should know. Not just guess I was… or think I was…or have someone else tell me I was. Shouldn’t I be certain of this very basic and very important fact?
 Yes, I needed to be certain and I hope you do too…
 

Most of us know who are father’s are here on earth. We are all born with fathers.
 
It’s the same, in an interesting way, with God! 
 
God created all things… so every person is a creature of God. But not every person is a child of God.
 
God’s children are born of Him too… but born in a spiritual sense!
 
 I don’t know about you, but I would not happy just being a creature of the God of the universe… I want to be His child.
 
The good news is, we can know for certain that we are a child of God.  To see the criteria for being a child of God we need to go to the book of 1 John.
 
What a wonderful little book in the bible… jammed packed with tremendous truths!
 
It just so happens that the theme of 1 John is…. 
 
THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD
 
I love that God wanted us to know this for certain too!
 
Here is how we can know…
 
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.”
1 John 5:1
 
 What God is saying through the words of the “apostle whom Jesus loved” is this… that if you believe that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah of the Jews and that He came to planet earth and died on the cross for your sins because you cannot possibly pay your sin debt… YOU ARE HIS CHILD!
 
That’s it!
 
You are a child of God if you have believed… a belief that causes you to surrender your life to Jesus as your LORD (Creator and Owner). A belief that keeps on believing and keeps on surrendering to your LORD.
 
If you do this you are …
 
born of God
 
In other words, God’s child!
 
If we are God’s child we will love our heavenly Father. It is the only possible response to His saving grace!  But that’s not all… we will also love His other children.
 
We will love other Christians! This is the sign that we are a child of God. Loving! 
 
Now here’s something interesting… God’s idea of love and our idea of love may not be the same.
 
We need to dig into the Word and discover what God’s love looks like and then do it!
 
So now you know! 
 
God wants all of us to be His child.  He is waiting with open arms and salvation for all his human creatures.
 
Will you run into them and be His child?

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  1. Sarah Phillipps says:

    Yvonne, I thank God for you. I belong to Jesus, too, and I think you are doing such a beautiful job with your blog and and ministry. You are anointed.
    God Bless you today for speaking out such simple truth!

  2. Cindy Rasley says:

    Amen!please pray that are beautiful farm cat will come back to us! He did not show up for his breakfast! We are putting this in Gods hands! Thank you!cindy

  3. Sandra Lambiotte says:

    Yvonne:

    Beautiful Post and THANK YOU.

  4. Thank you for your post! I am glad I am not alone, I just realized that I was a child of God 5 years ago, 3 days after my 50th birthday. After growing up in the Catholic church I don’t remember it being stressed that we belong to God and that everything we are and HAVE belongs to him and that he will never fore sake us. I found this out at 50yrs 3days when I was shaken to the core. I felt my knees buckle and my head was spinning suddenly a wave of peace washed over me and an unbelievable clarity over the situation I was facing. God is LOVE,always with us and absolutely AMAZING!

    1. Christy Gallegos says:

      So, does that mean you left the catholic church?

      1. Hi Christy, although The Catholic Church taught me about God and I knew of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, yes I did leave the Catholic church. This was a Holy Spirit lead decision and a personal one for me.

  5. Great word,! Amen,
    Be Blessed

    1. Shirley Thomas says:

      Thank you for explaining the word of God.,it’s a Blessing to all that’s seeking God.

  6. Norma Jean says:

    Words so sweetly spoken to my heart! Yvonne, thank you for today’s message and encouragement. It was just what I needed. 🙂

  7. Cindy Rasley says:

    He’s back! Thank you Lord!

    1. Debra Compton says:

      So glad your cat came home! Those little pets can worry us to pieces!! ☺️

  8. Thank you for this truth!! Amazing to be loved and be His child!

  9. We are all children of God. That is the reason for the Cross. What separates Christians from non Christians is that we have been gifted by God with a knowledge of His Divinity, a recognition that he is the Holy Creator. Because of this our whole perspective changes and we give him the glory for all in our lives. Those who have not been given the gift of Salvation in this life are still His children, they just don’t know it yet! But He will save all because that is His Desire and He is totally and completely mighty to save.! He will not rest until all of the sheep have been found.

    1. Hi Veronika.
      You are on the right track, about Salvation but we need to read and understand what God word says about being a child of God…
      God’s word does not teach that we are all His children. WE are all part of His creation. Here is an example from the book of John that show us that.

      The Pharisees and Jesus were having an argument about who’s children they were. The Pharisees were claiming to be children of Abraham and Jesus was saying that if they were offspring (spiritual) of Abraham they would do the deeds of Abraham. In other words, they would believe Jesus. Because we see in Genesis that “Abram believed and it was accounted to Him as righteousness”.

      The Pharisees continued to press this point and Jesus says…
      “Jesus said to them, If God were your Father you would love Me, for I proceed forth and have come from the Father, for I have not even come on My own initiative but He (God) sent Me. (He sent Jesus to die for our sins)

      Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.
      You are from your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.” John 8:42-44
      People cannot be the sons of the devil and of God, can they? No, of course not!

      The book of Romans talking about how belief in Jesus transfers us from the bondage and family of Satan INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD BY ADOPTION…

      For all who are being led by the Spirit of God (given at Salvation… non believers do not have the Spirit in them… BUT IT IS ALWAYS OFFERED TO THEM), THESE ARE THE SONS OF GOD. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of ADOPTION as sons by which we cry out, Abba (Hebrew for Daddy… intimate word) Father!
      The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.(occurring when we accept Christ as Savior) Romans 8:14-16

      And we see this very clearly in 1 John. There are so so many scriptures that address this because the theme of the book of 1 John is… THAT YOU MAY KNOW YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

      “By this the children of of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness (only can be done through Jesus Christ)is not of God nor the one who does not love his brother (agape love: God’s love).” 1 John 3:10.

      It is important to KNOW and UNDERSTAND what the Word of God says… and believe it.

      The great news is that Salvation and the ability to be adopted into the the family of God is a free gift. Offered lavishly TO EVERYONE by a loving God that longs to be our Father! The cross made it possible for us to restore a relationship with God that He had purposed from before the beginning of the world, but we lost through original sin!

      I hope this helps! Blessings and love to you today!

      1. Thank you so much for sharing such basic truth but yet profound. Now I know I didn’t arrive at your blog by accident but it is indeed God’s will for us to become His children and more so know Him who is from the beginning.

        Thanks so much! May The Lord drive out the wicked nations before you and increase your land.

    2. So glad to see the faith of the family of God explained. Thank you.

  10. Thank you Yvonne! Another gift from such an excellent teacher! I’m sure your words today will bless many people as they have reminded each of His truth for His believers! Amen and Rejoice!

  11. Yes Yvonne, I too once was not a child of God, I too knew I was born of God but there was no real connection. He carried me through so mighty rough years, at the time I did not know that I was being taught that I didn’t have to have those rough times, that He would be there for me to lean on and know that it is He that I am leaning on to see me through the rest of my life. Your words brought all of this out of me today, yesterday I was shown 1John’s true meaning and now today you speak of it too – blessings – blessings all around. Thank you Jesus for this woman – child of God. God bless you Yovonne and all who read your inspiring words.

  12. I enjoy your Sunday morning teachings. They are my Sunday school. Thank you and bless you.

  13. Thank you for my Sunday School lesson today., Yvonne – I need this so badly. My husband has just been daignosed with a horrible cancer and I know God has led us here to these wonderful perfectly correct doctors for a reason. We are His children. He will not foresake us. You affirmed that for me today.

    1. Bless you and your husband Diane! I’m praying for your and your husband! May God manifest Himself big in your lives!

  14. Sandra Jo Ferguson says:

    First Cindy so glad your kitty is back home safe and sound…Again Yvonne what a great message…I think we sometimes make it harder to understand what the Lord wants of us…if we just remember we are a small child to him and never ment to fully understand everything…this would help us to accept how simple it is to follow Christ…

  15. Thank you for these words! So very thankful that I’m a child of God! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  16. Thank you for such a simple explanation of this amazing truth! I was also born of God years ago, but I did not realize how much He really loves me, loves us, until some time later – a fact that has made all the difference in my life! I am still leaning and still learning to lean on His great great love! Thank you for this wonderful post!

  17. As I pondered what you said, I thought of 1 Corinthians 15 – a chapter jammed with scriptural jewels. In verses 1-4 Paul declares the gospel “by which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” The importance of Christ’s resurrection can be found in verses 12-26 of 1 Corinthians 15 also. Just wanted to add this to what you’ve already said. Blessings, Janet

    1. D Rutland says:

      Janet, so glad u addressed that death, burial and resurrection are all three important for salvation.

  18. Connie Callahan says:

    This is so good. It is so refreshing for a blogger to blog about Christ and His Word. I love your blog and you have become a real friend

  19. Oh, the joys of knowing Christ as our personal Lord and Savior!!! I cannot imagine my life without HIM. Thanks for always being so full of truth and being such a witness. Happy week!

  20. This was a blessing to read today!

  21. This is such a good example to tell my 2nd graders that I teach in Sunday School. We are his creations – until we believe and accept Christ in our heart – then we are his child, A simple way for them to understand. It is up to each one of us to make that choice. Thanks for your Sunday devotions.

    1. Marie Hopper says:

      Thank you for the explanations and the experiences posted.

  22. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you, Yvonne for your post. It is so important for those who have accepted Christ into their lives don’t just leave it there. We must continue to seek out how God wants us to live by studying the Scriptures. A Child of God with an unopened bible is not growing and is missing the blessings God has for us. Keep up the Lord’s work.

  24. AMEN….I love your Sunday blog. Witnessing for GOD is what GOD wants all of us to do. When you are GODS child you live every minute putting GOD first In your sayings and actions. GOD IS LOVE. The Holy Spirit guides you……not SATAN

  25. martha mundy says:

    Again you have written about such an important part of scripture and one that is often misunderstood. Thank you for being faithful to share the gospel with your readers and explaining scripture with scripture.
    This part of your response above is a great summary! ” The great news is that Salvation and the ability to be adopted into the the family of God is a free gift. Offered lavishly TO EVERYONE by a loving God that longs to be our Father! The cross made it possible for us to restore a relationship with God that He had purposed from before the beginning of the world, but we lost through original sin!”

  26. You are such a blessing to me & to others! Never stop teaching and sharing your faith! It is so needed! Also many thanks for your daily blog & Facebook posts, I so look forward to them!! Sending heartfelt cheer to you, our Jesus Girl! If you haven’t seen the new Proverbs 31 Ministry app for First5 do so. It is wonderful & blessing me & others!

  27. Thank you so much for your faith posts. Always such encouragement! I, too, love Jesus, and as believers we are to encourage and build each other up! So thank you for your sweet posts and reminders!!

  28. I am his and i know it. Oh what a joy huh !! Bless you and all here . xx

  29. Vanessa Breg says:

    We (HIS Children) are born twice to die once. Praise HIS name!

  30. God Knows Me says:

    In the last portion of your teaching, you said “God’s idea of love and our idea of love may not be the same”. Can you go into more detail on that, please?

    God, I believe, has been working in my life. I’m once again going to church regularly, reading the Bible, and praying for more than I had in past years. God has given me “signs”, if you will, that I think He is letting me know He is with me and hearing my prayers. That has made me want to stay strong in Him.

    Still, it has been a struggle for me each day to accept everything. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin. I believe He died for the sins of all mankind. I believe He was raised from the dead on the third day, and that He ascended into Heaven where He is today. I’m like the man in Mark 9:24 whose daughter has died. He asks Jesus to heal his unbelief. Even though he knows and believes Jesus can do it, there’s still something holding him back in that belief.

    1. DEAR FREIND, most people would love to have your faith! I have prayed that same Mark 9:24 prayer over and over. Believing is not about “feeling” at all! It’s knowing. It’s a choice. It’s a choice to put your faith and life in what you know to be true (from the Bible). Our feelings can be so so fickle and cannot be trusted. We need to believe, not in OUR power to believe but BELIEVE in the power of Jesus!
      Don’t worry… Jesus says that the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. And you have much more faith than that.

      Here’s something else… God is Incomprehensible… meaning that God is so much MORE than us that we can never comprehend or understand Him fully. This is part of His character, or who He is! He is GOD after all. But, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit we can know God pretty well. Amazing! We can’t possibly know the thoughts of God and who He fully is, but we can see who He is and How much He loves us through Jesus! Jesus said, “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father.” Again, AMAZING!

      As far as love… here’s a post that might help… https://www.stonegableblog.com/sunday-scripture-what-is-love/

      May God show himself BIG in your life sweet friend! xo

  31. Judy Swinea says:

    A very important message expressed so well. I pray that the Lord will use this to draw many and that many will become His child. Thank you, it is encouraging to us all living in Him

  32. Thank you for sharing the simplicity of the gospel. So thankful he bestows on us that “agape” love and he’s continually relentless in showing that. His love never fails. It was such a blessing to read your post today.

  33. Yvonne, faith and knowledge of Jesus’s words as you explained it today was so very moving. God has chosen you and your ministry here at Stonegable because you can explain his word in such a simple understanding way. Yes my friend you have been chosen by God please keep up the great work. I so look forward to each Sunday mornings bible study. God Bless.

  34. Thank you for using your blog to share the most important message any of us will ever hear. Lovingly put, beautifully said, and most of all TRUE.

  35. Lolita Martin says:

    I am a child of god and I do know that Gods love is not like our love you r suppose to love Gods people and Gods peoples are suppose to love you if they really know God I don’t understand why I’m only experiencing Gods love it’s like I’m a outcast to my family they don’t want to be bother with me but they say they know God and love him and I have no friends I feel so rejected by every one even in the church and it hurts I haven’t done anything to these people but try to love them like god wants me to y do god allow these things to happen I have God but I feel in a very dark place and it’s been like that every since I was young now I’m tried of trying I do want him to show up in a big way and I really need help now I don’t know what to do !!

    1. Sweet Lolita! God loves you more than you could ever know! Please go to a leader in your church! They are there to help you. I am praying for you!

  36. Martin Simpson says:

    Peace, love and grace to all those in Christ Jesus our Lord

    I just want to say I believe you say that well, peace be with you

  37. You have referenced wrongly for this verse:

    “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.”

    It’s 1 John 5:1, NOT James 5:1

  38. Thank you so much for this post, I’m reading it this morning, Monday and it was answer to a question I’d presented to God in prayer. He always answers me quickly and he did this morning through your post. I don’t always leave a comment but I love your blog it’s always fill of beauty and interest.

  39. Keep reading. 1 John 5:2-3 ties in obedience. No, I don’t believe in “works righteousness,” but if we only search our hearts, we may convince ourselves that we “really believe” when our lifestyle says otherwise. Our hearts can mislead us (and even condemn us, as John has mentioned earlier in the same letter). We are not saved by our works, but we can have confidence if we are living a life striving for obedience that we actually do believe. Who would obey a God they didn’t actually believe?

  40. I all agree with those words written above. The best comfort in this life is having a close relationship with God. Our relationship with God won’t ever be directly as long as our relationship with others isn’t right. Thanks!

  41. The Bible says in Romans 10 vs 10 says you have to confess it with your mouth, only then are you catapulted into salvation. Its not enough to believe but you have to say it!

    1. It’s also not enough to believe, but you must submit to Jesus your Lord! Thanks so much for that wonderful thought of being catapulted into salvation! WOW
      !

  42. Andrew Robless says:

    I am not a child of God as I am not indwelled by the Holy Spirit. I thought I was a believer all my life but I am actually not one. Confined now to the destiny that I would probably be sent to Hell. I hope God will bring me back to Him as I fear I am under God’s holy wrath.

  43. Mary Roberts says:

    Thank you for all your blogs, they are very helpful and informative.

    Thanks again

    1. You are so welcome, Mary! I’m so glad you are part of our wonderful StoneGable family.

  44. Arlinda F Hinton says:

    You will know also by your obedience to God.

  45. Thank you for your blog I Think Jesus Christ and God for everything the Holy Spirit and all the angels I hope God hears my prayer I love you with all brothers and sisters and I hope one day I will see you all in heaven

  46. Alice Justice says:

    I thank God for your input in being a child of God, you know this is what’s lacking in our world today. His should endure through each generation as his word say. His truth is being watered down by man’s greed, this is why there is so much violence in the world and know he has already predicted it in his word that man would become weaker and wiser in the last days,but thank God in him lies our hope that he is more that he that is in the world. He also say if my people meaning his children would humble ourselves and pray that he would heal the land. Thanks for allowing me to read and understand what a God child means and will inherit if I stay true to my Lord. May God continue to bless and keep you and your fam

  47. Douglas H. Mc Clintock says:

    To be a child of God is so special, He has adopted us into His family
    To be a son of my earthly father was great, but to be a child of God is even better !
    He will never disown me but encourages me to be a faithful child !
    And someday I will see Him face to face !

  48. John Ngevao says:

    This is a powerful message
    God bless you
    I’m an Evangelist from Sierra Leone
    The message has teach me lots of things
    Consine God

  49. Enyinnda Kwesi Junior says:

    Great message, my spirit just caught up with this message. God continue to bless you with much revelation

  50. Teganoreka says:

    Thank you for explaining about being a child of God 🙏😇

  51. Thank you for this blog and for being willing to be vocal about your belief in God, what salvation means, and explaining it is free to all who believe. Enjoy your other blogs but look forward to these Sunday posts so much, so encouraging in the world we live in today. These posts may be the “only Bible some have ever read”. May God bless you. Keep posting these wonderful messages.

    1. Thank you so much Judy! I often think that too. As long as God blesses me with life and this blog I will continue to post a hopeful God-centered post on Sunday.

  52. Your writing was so very good I had to look you up child of God and my sibling in God and Christ. We will meet one day, and the beauty is, I will know you and you will know me. Thank you for writing this as a guide to the world.

  53. Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings 👑 WE HAVE VICTORY Because Jesus Died on the cross Risen from the Dead and Ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. Will return one day to gather all those who are Saved. THANK YOU JESUS !!!

    1. Joel meant for Christ says:

      Amen…
      On that view, I want to thank him for the love HE* has shown to us in all situations

  54. P OLUWAGBAMI says:

    Yes I will run into the LORD JEHOVAH WORD
    The message was touch and I gained more knowledge on it

  55. Jorda McFarlin says:

    This changed my life. Once I went to secular college and started partaking in drugs and alcohol my life changed forever. I let go of the church and embraced the sweet succulent love of the emperor below. Satan changed me. I began stealing money from my grandma, to buy homo erotica content on the world wide web. I thought I was gay. If the lord has told me anything though, its that being gay is a sin and I knew that I couldn’t be a sinner forever. Even though I crave that sweet sweet sack, I knew this was the only way to be a child of god, so I dedicated my life to it. After years of trying, I finally think that I am a child of god again. This article was very encouraging.

    1. Jorda, you do not have to do anything to be a child of God. You just have to believe that Jesus saved you from your sins. Please read 1 Cor 15:1-4 That is the gospel. I’m so sorry you are struggling with sin. Sin is sin no matter what it is. Christians struggles with sin! It’s part of our fallen world. God bless you Jorda. Run to Jesus and let Him carry your burdens.

  56. Oluwamodupe Iyabo Kuku says:

    Leave a comment… I have always love GOD, and believe in the only begotten son of GOD (MESIAH) but with the i’m facing & passing through, i pray CHRIST would know me and not deny me. Because i have done terrible things even though i feel theres a spirit behind all have commited,(e.g) aborminable act, fornication, adultery, sourcerer, whoremonger, liar, fearful, and i do not go to church again because i’m told not to. And above all it seems like my soul has been captured, like i’m living another spirit life. And i’m still believing i’m a child of GOD because i still speak the word of GOD. And in my word of GOD its written we can not use another soul to gain the kingdom of GOD except for one’s soul. And thats what makes me believe and have faith in GOD the more, I rest my comment.

  57. Joel meant for Christ says:

    Obviously He is the truth, the way and the truth