Do You Know You Have It?

Devotional #2


1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Have you Got Good Religion. Cert’ly Lord
Have you Got Good Religion. Cert’ly Lord
Have you got good Religion.
Cert’ly, Cert’ly, Cert’ly Lord

This is a very upbeat and sure spiritual. The singer not only emphasizes the fact of a difference between good and bad religion, but it also shows a certainty that the singer possesses this good religion.

This spiritual features a questioner and an answerer. The questioner crys, “Have you got Good Religion,” the answerer answers unashamedly and without equivocation, “Cert’ly Lord.” The questioner asks again, “Have you got Good Religion?” The answerer excitingly answers by shouting, “Cert’ly Lord.” The questioner asks one final time, “Have you got good religion?” The answerer uses repetition in the final answer, “Cert’ly, Cert’ly, Cert’ly Lord.”

The singer of this spiritual knew the importance of knowing that Good Religion was possessed. Today I must face the very important question, “Do I know that I have good religion?”

If I do not have this knowledge, I will live in uncertainty. I will not have the solid rock of purpose beneath me. I cannot live the spiritual life without knowing that I have good religion.

John wrote his book so that I, as the reader, can know that I have eternal life. The singer of this spiritual knew of the possession of good religion. John wanted his readers to know they had good religion. Do I know that I have it? By God’s grace,
I can know.


Prayer
Oh Lord, today I ask you to give me the good religion and the confidence that comes from knowing I have it. Thank you for your great gift that makes this knowledge possible, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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