By their fruit!
Listen saints if someone loves God, they will keep His commandments, they will not even so much as desire to do that which is evil or wicked...it's as simple as that.
Talk is cheap saints, a person can get baptized a gazillion times, and still be lost. They can tell you how much they love God, yet by their works deny their testimony. They can attend a church every time the doors are open, and say, "I'm a Christian", it don't make it so.
A person can stand in a barn and moo, and say, "I am a beautiful Bovine specimen"...it don't make it so, that's just one deluded, deceived soul.
If someone is claiming to be a "Christian" yet living in sin daily, and waiting for God to do a work for them, when He is ready.... while they just do their own thing....they will wait an awful long time...Because God looks upon the heart...He knows our hearts, He knows our thoughts...before we even think them!
John 14:15-Jesus said:
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.Listen saints, there is no peace for the wicked, only turmoil, strife, sickness and misery, because the wages of sin is death.
How many people in the world who live in sin, seem to have everything the world has to offer, money, fame, luxury, prestige, and how many of them see psychiatrist's?
How many take medications for anxiety, depression, and a myriad of other ailments?
How many can't sleep-Michael Jackson couldn't sleep....!
How many commit suicide, from drug overdoses?
Saints, the same things go on in the church...with so called "Christians".
Many seek after so called "Christian" counsellors...to help reaffirm themselves, and stuff themselves full of anti-anxiety, anti-depression medications. Many can not sleep, because they won't let go of unforgiveness, and hatred, and the love of money, which drives them to work themselves to the point that there is no place for God, and yet others are bound by other sins in their lives. Let me tell you saints, unforgiveness and hatred will eat you alive.
So, many suffer, and all because they will not beat their chest and cry out to God, and instead seek to men for help!
"Christians" are in bondage just like the world, because of sin...unrepentant sin...sin that they refuse to let go of, and instead cling to, and "excuse" themselves,.... blaming every one under the sun for their condition, instead of owning their own sins, and repenting and turning from them...and they wonder why they are in such dire straights....well...the wages of sin is death....And our adversary Satan is out to steal from them, kill them, and destroy them for all eternity!
It is the Goodness, and Mercy of God that brings judgement into our lives, to get our attention, that we might repent, and turn from our sins.
Now you might think this harsh...it is just the plain truth...Do you want me to lie to you, and tell you, "Oh just keep on like you've been doing, you'll be OK, God understands, he'll fix you when He's ready?"
If you died today, your blood would be on my hands and you'd be lost, how would that be loving you?
Saints this is no hour to monkey around with our soon coming KING!!!!
REPENT AND TURN FROM YOUR SIN!!!!