When was the last time you questioned your faith? You know….asked yourself whether your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is authentic.

God’s word is comforting and very clear as to how a Christian will live their life if they have a genuine faith in Christ. Our works, deeds, performances, or whatever you want to call it never provide our faith because the work for our salvation has already been provided in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross, but we are challenged to test ourselves by the fruit of our lives.

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 says, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test.”

John MacArthur offers a list of fruits that the Bible says will undoubtedly accompany a person who has a genuine Christian faith.

I – Love for God

(see Ps 42:1ff; 73:25; Lk 10:27; Ro 8:7)

Luke 10:27 says, “And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

II – Repentance From Sin

(see Ps 32:5; Pr 28:13; Ro 7:14ff; 2 Cor7:10; 1 Jn 1:8-10)

Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”

III – Genuine Humility

(see Ps 51:17; Mt 5:1-12; Jas 4:6,9ff)

James 4:6-10 says, “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

IV – Devotion to God’s Glory

(see Ps 105:3; 115:1; Is 43:7; 48:10ff.; Jer. 9:23-24; 1 Cor 10:31)

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving-kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”

V – Continual Prayer

(see Lk 18:1; Eph 6:18ff.; Php 4:6ff.; 1 Tim 2:1-4; Jas 5:16-18)

Ephesians 6:18 says, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…”

VI – Selfless Love

(see 1 Jn 2:9ff.; 3:14; 4:7ff.)

1 John 2:9 says, “The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.”

VII – Separation from the World

(see 1 Cor 2:12; Jas4:4ff.; 1 Jn 2:15-17; 5:5)

James 4:4 says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

VIII – Spiritual Growth

(see Lk 8:15; Jn 15:1-6; Eph 4:12-16)

Ephesians 4:12-16 says, …”for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”

IX – Obedient Living

(see Mt. 7:21; Jn 15:14ff.; Ro 16:26; 1 Pet 1:2,22; 1 Jn 2:3-5)

Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”

X – Hunger for God’s Word

(see 1 Peter 2:1-3)

1 Peter 2:1-3 says, “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”

XI – Transformation of Life

(see 2 Cor 5:17)

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Anthony Summitt

Anthony is the Facilities Director at C Bar N Ministries. He is married to Heidi and they have been on staff since 2013.
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