Since then I have discovered God's providence was the direct result of what I percieved as His silence. During my storm I prayed and prayed, and agonized over my plight wanting God to make it better, but I believe now my problem was not God's silence, but I was not listening.. During my storm I came to believe I was to experience the full impact of my situation mistakes and circumstances because that is how life is. It rains on the just and the unjust, and I was standing outside in a hurricane with only an umbrella deserving of what was to come. Long story sorta short is God answered my prayers.
I survived a great storm, and found God provided for me during and after I worked hard to do my part. The details are not important except to say.. I am so thankful for God's love and His providence, and His answers to my prayers.. I have been gone a long time from posting a blog. My last post was in April on Good Friday. Since then much has happened to me.
The long story made short is.. I sold my business of 8 years, and sold the house I lived in for the last 14 years. Neither decision came without significant pain involved for both myself and my wife. These were stormy times of asking God why, crying to God where are you? These were times of confession, and remorse over mistakes I had made and questioning my value as a man.
The details of what led up to these major decisions is not important, but the fact was my wife and I were in the midst of the great storm in our lives. I felt my prayers were met with silence. My spiritual life was stripped away to the basics as I endured the tempests of my circumstances. Like a modern day Job, I did not curse God, but often sobbed over my lot in life. I was twisting in the wind. While there are still waves as the seas are not yet calm, I feel life gaining order and purpose again. We downsized to a smaller home in a nearby suburb, and while moving is always a bit of a storm itself I find this home is what we need.
It fits like a glove.. Another great blessing is we found a church that is close to home that we really really like. We have made new friends, and are both part of bible studies. It suits us well as we find fellowship and a desire to be involved and serve. Beyond finding a church, my spiritual life is healing. I even find it was good to have it stripped raw during the storm, and to get back to the basics free of any previous church and faith baggage leaving my core beliefs intact. There are still waves in our lives as the details of our past storm still have ripple affects.
Selling my business means.. At this point in my life I am not looking to climb any career ladder, but simply pursuing opportunites that fit my current skill set. Somewhere between brain surgeon and envelope licker is a career for me. It was important for me to own up to my past, and work hard so very hard and persevere in every storm as the only alternative is drowning. I pray this stormy story encourages those of you who are in a storm. Remember to pray, and listen to God even when He seems to be silent.
The lessons learned in this silence are priceless. Blessings Jeff bailing water in the Back Pew Larson. BUT of course the death of Jesus on Good Friday was just a prelude to the complete story of salvation which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ in just 3 days! The disciples never saw the arrest of Jesus coming and ran away in the night at the time of Jesus arrest.
I would like to think these were two entirely different crowds of people, but after enduring a few election cycles in America in my lifetime I have observed man is at best.. So at the end of the trials.. We are all sinners, and Jesus came to Earth to live amongst us, to teach us, to die, and be ressurected for our sins. We are the reason Jesus was crucified for our sins while nailed to that cross. Using my glaring flawed human nature, I don't understand the necessity of Jesus being crucified.
If I were Jesus then I would have chosen a Plan B, and not chose a salvation plan that included me leaving HEAVEN to live, preach, and die for a mix of mankind that in comparison to Heaven is at best a carnival side show. That is why it took the very son of God to live out this plan. This is pure love, perfect love, strong love.. This amazing story of grace and love by the son of God crucified on a cross as a sacrifice for a fallen world is about to be completed on that first Easter morning. God's grace is not about our report card. It is love and forgiveness of a loving parent. While midweek was the calm before the storm..
Thank you for this post. I feel the exact same way. When I was 12 and about to move up to high school my soon-to-be-teacher took me into a little room at my school to talk with me the way she had the other students and then she asked me if I was saved and I told her I wasnt. Monday when my teacher came and got me again she said she could see how under conviction I was Sunday night,and asked me if I wanted to be saved.
I said yes and repeated the prayer she told me to pray. Afterwards I told my principle and my parents and I really did feel happy or at peace, but about three years later in a special meeting I began to doubt. I talked to my mom about it once and she said it was the devil trying to steal the joy of my salvation. I totally agree. But being saved young and not having evidence of a life transformation from sins like drinking,drugs, ect ect, it can be difficult to see the change, even when we can feel it. Thank you.
This is something I am currently struggling with. I am a young teen, definitely FULL of doubts. And I overthink way too much. I doubt so much too I over think it so much I think. God bless you! Yes you are exactly right. I have never thought about it like that. I really appreciate what you said! This happened to me as well. I trusted Christ as my Savior when I was very young. The enemies way of keeping us useless. Thank you for sharing this. It is very helpful. God bless! Excellent post!
Build on that, and you will find peace! Thank you for this. I was not feeling the peace or joy of God like I once did when i first gave my heart to the Lord. I thought I had to accept the torment but now I know this is a battle with the enemy. Thank you for your testimony. It has greatly helped me. You took the words right out of my mouth! Same exact story! I became a born again Christian at a very young age too.
BUT our God has far more power though — and so do we when we fully accept it, so allowing the enemy to cause us doubt is one of the worst things we can do. Thank you ALL for this! I got saved when I was six. I was raised in a Christian home, so Jesus was a daily topic. But I know it was real. The devil will use that to fool you and make you miserable! I have held to my testimony for comfort that what I have is real…no matter how Satan tries to attack! Within a week after I got saved, I had a dream.
I was at my school, and a wicked snake was coming towards me. People now may call it corny or stupid, but praise Jesus for that dream!! It is assurance for me! When I was 11, I witnessed to my cousin who was 7. We got to talking about salvation, and he told me he wanted to be saved.
At churches I went to, I started a Wednesday night class for kids. Two kids got saved as a result. That may not sound like much, but all that happened before I turned You would think with a dream like that and the witnessing I had done, I should never doubt my salvation! But unfortunately, I did. From the time I turned 17, I had major problems with it. My joyous attitude in life and, unfortunately, my assurance in my salvation, had all went away.
I even keep a journal now of my walk with God…which is helping me tremendously! One thing I would like to add to this post: you can testify. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of how God has used us and what he has done in our life! Ten minutes ago, I was miserable, but now I feel renewed! This is what I needed! Thanks for the post!
Kaylin, thank you for your testimony. I have a five year old who wants to be baptized and I have doubts about here realizing what it truly means and encompasses, due to her attitude towards others and her meanness that comes out so strongly. You helped remind me that even the young can do great things for the kingdom of God. Identical story to yours, thank you for saving me from typing again lol! And Thank God for the ability to have Church whenever we are with other believers, wherever they may be!
I am a mother your story is much like my son! I know he was saved at a young age he frequently ask people if they knew Jesus and whiteness at a young age as a child he was so good and wise almost unbelievable far above what you can imagine people were amazed At him. Back when I was ten I thought I got saved on July 15th and that was my papas birthday, but I had doubts every now and then and the. This summer it hit me, I had dreams, would cry in my prayers thinking I was lost and I talked to our pastor we prayed he brought me to salvation.
Ask God for help faithfully and he will provide it for you. I am 34 years old…was saved when I was 17, fell into a life of drugs shortly after. I was raised in an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church where the gospel was preached and I absolutely believe everything the bible says…. This blog has encouraged me and I am thankful for it. Were you convicted, 2. Did you repent? And did you call? Thank you Kristin for this! I have doubted so much since I first saw myself a sinner and called on the Lord at Those 3 points really got across to me just now!
Thanks Kristin. Doubts have come off and on. But, the battle with doubt is so strong sometimes it exhausts me. I appreciate prayers. But I know that God can help me with anything despite my doubts! I am 37 and I am really struggling with this. So it is no just an age thing. It is hard to believe in a God we do not see or hear.
Nowhere in the bible does it say that Jesus will reject someone who truly desires salvation. I have a few more scriptures to add. Isaiah Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. John All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
Hebrews Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. God does not want us to be afraid.
He wants us to know that he loves us enough to save us! Great Passage!! But the last couple months I feel like Lord this is hard , I dont know what happened. Lord I love you , I want o get back on track. Everytime I think im winning , the devil always find a way to get through. If i confess with my mouth. I am 64 years old and have doubted my salvation since I was I am a senior, been saved for almost 50 years, but have struggled with doubt periodically through the years.
Our present pastor said in a recent sermon that if you have doubts, you are more than likely lost. That sent me into a state of anxiety that almost made me sick. I did it one last time earlier this spring. The Lord spoke to my mind through the Holy Spirit. Since that time, if it flits through my mind, I can brush it away. But, thank God we have more than a one time experience to rely on. We have His word. Did He refuse me? I pray that this new mindset sticks.
In fact, it is an extremely effective technique of Satan. Look to the Bible. Look to God. Choose to follow Christ. Thank you, Martha. I appreciate this blog so much. I also grew up in a Christian home. I went to private school, attended church, prayed with my family. Well when I was about 5 I asked Jesus into my heart.
The prayer was so obvious to me at the time, like when they asked me if I believed Jesus was the sun of God I was like yeah of course. Well 6th grade year it hit me so hard. The reality of heaven and hell became so weird. Because of that rude awakening I viewed God as a mean harsh God. Like many that will read this, I prayed the salvation prayer a crazy number of times. It was unreal. Like at least once a day. I had doubt after doubt after doubt. I looked at my friends who had such strong relationships with Christ and I always got mad bc I wanted that.
He actually sent two people to tell me. See most people think that you have to have no doubts when you come to Christ. Look down at your clothes, realize that your cloths are dirty and ratchet. But look up and see the one who endured that hell so he could have your dirty cloths. Take off your clothes. Be real with God. Give him your clothes and watch as he wraps a robe of forgiveness around you.
Look at the scars on his hands, remember the crown of thorns, think of how his own father abandoned him. Think of his soul going through hell. Think of his could body laying in a tomb. BUT now think of the chains of hell being broken, think of the weight of your sin demolished, think of Jesus raising to life. All for you, so he could raise you to life too. Kinda like a poem I guess. But hoped it helped! Please be praying for me bc I still doubt as I will be praying for other people on here! Hebrews But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Seek God with your whole heart and he will give you that assurance. Cling to the word of God. Another assurance verse is Titus In hope of eternal life, which God that connot lie, promised before the world began;. Praise the Lord. I thought I was losing my mind. I will be praying for you all, and please pray for me me through my struggle with doubts as well! Your salvation does not depend on what English Translation you use.
Faith in Christ and not in a particular English Translation is the basis for Salvation. I too have and am still going through this. I have been plagued with this since I was a child. I have asked Jesus to save me many many times. I still doubt. I hear others testify and I get scared. I go to church services and get scared. I analyze everything I think and feel. Which makes me feel more lost scared and hopeless. What if thats me? Or when people say they felt like something was missing.
I do get comfort that I have had prayers answered and feel the Lord guides me and knows me. But sometimes that is all overshadowed by doubt. My husband says if your child were drowning and he cried out to you to save him, would you? Of course is my reply! The one major thing that makes me wonder or worry is how can I be sure I meant it in the right way specifically did I have Godly sorrow which is required or worldly sorrow?
I do reckognise I am a sinner and need God and I know I love Jesus and desire a replationship with him more than anything! Come back to them every time. Just keep coming back to God. It may take a long time before the doubts leave for good ….. Thanks so much! I never used to struggle but seems like the more I try to get in the word and pray more, the stronger the doubts! I know in my head torment comes from Satan! May you pray that I will never doubt again! Thank you!!!!! I so needed this. I suffer from doubt from time to time. I will pray for you please keep praying for us.
It helps a lot to see my thoughts and feelings echoed in the article and comments above. Thank you so much for posting this article. It helps to know that we are only human and others have the same struggles we do! God tells us to put on the full amour of God daily against the devils schemes. Ephesians also, that not find it strange that we r goinh through these trials ,that our sisters and brothers in Christ are experiencing the same things, 1peter.
We need ro remain steadfast and cling to Gods promises regardless of our feelings and emotions. Satan tries make it so difficult, but the lord overcame this world and we have that authority in Christ that we r more than overcomers through Christ who loved us. I to have prayed and prayed and felt like my prayers were being heard I would always get nervous about the rapture and things like that because of this.
This testamony really helped me. Thank you for following Gods leadership and sharing it. Praise Jesus for his goodness. May God Bless you and your family. See you in Heaven one day. My dad killed himself last year right before Christmas some time. So I could ues a lot of prayer s for peace and healing for this. I want peace to where if something were to happen to me like if I get into a car accident or something happens to me that I would go up to heaven.
I no we are not always granite about tommorw so I just would like peace about this for tonight and for Jesus to help me take one day at a time to help me overcome this. Thanks for the prayer s and may God bless you. I pray that God sweeps down his hand and embraces you with all the love and healing he has to offer you. I pray that the Holy Spirit heals your broken heart and makes his presence known to you. I pray that our lord Jesus be your companion and remind you of his endless love. In Jesus name, amen. My dad is a pastor and I was saved at a young age..
I actually prayed the prayer and was baptized at age five and then again at twelve. I felt like not only was I not saved, but I could never be saved.. When she said that I felt love wash over me from the top of my head and go all the way down to my feet. Did I mean it when I prayed? Does my life bear witness to a life lived for Christ?
Was I sorry enough for my sins? Am I not in awe of the cross enough? I am 32 and for the past year I have struggled with this too. I believe in Jesus but at the same time I doubt. So if we doubt at the same time that we want him to save us , then will he? Hi Danielle. About 10 years to be exact. I went through almost every thought, feeling, ritual one could do or think trying to figure out how to be saved. There was a point that I came to, where I felt like it was too late to ever be saved.
That my opportunity to be saved had passed by me. The belief was so strong, that my skin felt like it was burning. I could almost feel the fires of Hell. I wondered if I could smell it too. My point in telling you this is not to frighten you. But to reach out and say, I know how you are feeling. After I came to this conclusion that I had lost my last chance of being saved, and I was doomed forever, a preacher came through my Bible College and to my amazement, his sermon was how he doubted his salvation.
How he at one point thought it was too late for Him as well. And how he found peace. After he preached, I went up to him and told him I was struggling with the same exact thing. He took my Bible and showed me what I had been missing with my understanding of Jesus. I had misunderstood the Gospel. I had turned it into one of works, not on purpose, but by misunderstanding.
Satan had blinded my eyes from the truth. But when he showed me the simplicity of Jesus and what He did and accomplished on the cross for me, it all became so crystal clear. It is the ministry of a man that severely doubted his salvation when he was a pastor even. He has some great messages and materials to go through that can and will help you. I KNOW with all my heart that you can be saved! And Yes Jesus wants to save you even though you doubt. I see this comment is just a few days old, even though this blog post is a couple of years old. I was just skimming through the comments, and saw yours and felt led to reach out to you.
I do not believe this is a coincidence. God is hearing your prayers. I will be praying for you. If you would like to correspond through email I would be happy to talk with you. My email is heather. That site was not helpful at all. This has helped me a lot. I was saved when I was 10 after a very clear presentation of the Gospel. I have grown in Christ greatly because of the type of churches I have been a member of and because I was taught early in my youth about how to walk with God in my Bible reading and prayer.
I am in a strong soul winning church where salvation is strongly emphasized. I have always felt that this is a disservice to people like me who have many times struggled with doubts about their salvation experience. I have tried this before by the way. I have made it my habit to go to the Bible anytime I have doubts. The thing that causes me the most difficulty is when I see adult church members who have had the need to get their salvation settled.
A big to do is made about them getting saved and baptized, and then we are reminded that if we have any doubts we should not fool around. It is as if doubting is the same as being lost. I just wish someone would be honest and say that it is normal for Christians to have doubts, and that it is a attack from Satan to discourage us or to render us useless for Christ. Satan will do anything to get us to stop serving the Lord, and that includes challenging our faith.
I think sometimes preachers will not cover this topic for fear that someone who truly does need salvation will misunderstand and get a false assurance. I have a feeling that this is a bigger problem than anyone is willing to admit. I think you are spot on. What we can do is to share our own stories with those around us — we never know who it may help. It was truly God-led me finding this blog because I have been struggling for years with doubts. I know that salvation does not hinge on how good I can be but on Jesus and His shed blood for me but still I fear.
I admit I have felt true peace before.
That others have the same feelings I do! You have been a great blessing to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! So glad my story could help you. I to have struggled with this issue. I gave my heart to the Lord many years ago. I do not remember the date or year. I do remember it was during a revival and close to Halloween.
Now I have conflicting stories. Many years later I divorced my husband. I am 60 years old so I know that age is not a factor for these feelings. Thanks so much for all of the comments, I have gotten a lot of valuable info from here. I was raised in a Christian home and saved when I was around 7, I think. I was baptized soon after, and lived in peace until I was about I did not know if I was saved, and went to the altar every Sunday praying for assurance and peace.
I was ignorant about the bible, and just begged God over and over for peace and assurance. I talked with pastors and my parents and tons of people in the church, but instead of turning to God I started looking for distractions from my pain. I fell out praying and reading my bible and I started doing and thinking bad things. I repented of the life I was living and asked God to forgive me.
I still could not say that I was saved. I go through the day in torment. I KNOW. But I still have those thoughts and I still do not have assurance. I know how you feel. Just keep coming back to Scripture every time you doubt. For me, it was a gradual process of seeing the doubts lessen. It took time but eventually they were just gone. Or am I not truly accepting him in my heart just in my head. What helped me was thinking back to when I was in 6th grade and I remembered asking Him to save me.
I knew back then I had none of these questions and was sincere so I held on to that and kept bringing it back to Scripture. You are overthinking it and Satan is using that. Believe me I understand how hard it is. But if I doubt if I have enough faith then so I have enough faith? If you desire to give your life to Christ and choose with your will to believe, then He will save.
We need to keep coming back and back to His promises. Hope that helps a bit. If you could pray for me that I would believe on Christ and what He did for me with my heart. This was Satan attacking me. I waited a while and thought this might go away. I looked up what to do and felt like God was pushing me to look it up.
I found this website after another one. I read it and understood that I needed to continue reading verses every time I doubted God until my doubts went away. Satan will fail against my Father and Jesus will win the battle. I put some sticky notes on my wall with the verses on them. This was when ever I walk in my room I can read them and I plan to put them in my locker, lunchbox, binder and other places I often look. This way at school I can have access to them when ever I doubt.
Hope this helps!! I also feel like this might help. Forgive me if I am wrong, but I felt like I needed to answer you. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and what He has done? Your mom, dad, sibling, neighbor, teacher, preacher, etc…? Do you believe those in your life that have said He did it for them and saved them?
He did it for us too. I say us because He did it for you and me and each and everyone of us. He already did it. It is crazy to me that I am the one typing this to you. I say crazy that I am the one replying because like so many of the others who have posted, I battle horribly with doubt. So very simple. All that is required of us now is what I mentioned above. We, like with so many other things in our lives, complicate things unnecessarily. I apologize if I misquoted or misspoke anything and anyone else reading after, please, please feel free to clarify if I have clouded things or missed something or messed up in my bumbling attempt to help.
I be praying eternal life waiting if you just accept Jesus. He died for you he loves you God bless! Mostly because i was told God doesnt owe me anything and people only get 1 chance sometimes. So feared that he would never draw me again. I couldnt sleep, eat, think straight or anything as i cried daily for months. I always thought i was saved because i believed. He showed me i was wrong.
He drew me to the altar time and time again, and each time i rejected for fear and pride. Then i decided to go back to church one day after 4 years i guess, Fathers Day. To die during surgery. The Bible gives us every reason to believe that those who live like described above were never saved in the first place and whatever profession of faith the sinner made was not genuine. Read: "Can we live as we want after salvation? To often teachers of eternal security have often left themselves open to their opponents' fear.
Many evangelists make too little mention of repentance and give the impression that people are eternally saved simply by praying the "sinner's prayer". Not that they may not be saved, but if they are, one will begin to notice changes in these newly born again Christians which will make their profession of faith quite evident. With the conversion will bring many changes in a person's life which is shown in Ephesians and we will discuss in detail later.
The causalities in this battle over whether or not you can lose your salvation are twofold. First, millions of Christians cannot live with joy and confidence, because they do not have the assurance that they will go to heaven when they die. They live in fear that they might fall into sin and lose their salvation. They don't feel that God is near to them. Read: "Joy of Salvation". Second, there are also millions who made a "decision for Christ" but have never moved away from their life of sin. Even so, they have been told that they had been forgiven.
Read: "Assurance. I believe the Bible is very clear that salvation is both permanent and unconditional. This is the doctrine of eternal security or the perseverance of the saints. Those who profess Christ should be aware of exactly what transpires with believers after they give their life to Jesus Christ.
This article should help clarify that process. The Word of God Bible tells us the act of believing in Jesus involving both faith and repentance is associated with the moment of salvation, and those who believe are forgiven of their sins and will be saved. We'll start with some of those scriptures.
Note the bold areas for reference:. Scriptures showing the act of believing in Jesus is associated with salvation and those who believe are forgiven and saved. John "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John " He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me , he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. Acts "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts "Of him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins. Acts "They said, Believe in the Lord Jesus , and you will be saved, you and your household. You cannot save someone else, only yourself.
Rom "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead , thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Eph "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having also believed , you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.
John "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
John "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who behold the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. John "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. John "Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and the life is in His Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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. Now that we see to be saved all we have to do is to "believe in Jesus Christ" and to accept Him.
But what does this mean, all I need to know is that He was God's Son and believe that you ask? No, the demons knew Jesus was the Son of God, but they won't be in Heaven. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their savior, their life will change dramatically. Just as the scripture in Ephesians tells us, the old man dies and the new man is born. The Bible promises by these scriptures that those truly saved will not lose their salvation.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. The witness of the Spirit is the inner assurance of God's truth. One of the conditions of this inner conviction concerning the things of God is obedience to His known will John 7 v.
God uses this ministry of the Holy Spirit to convince us of truth that cannot be understood other than through His divine help Matt. This witness was obvious in Peter's confession to Christ Matt. Even though others had observed Christ and drawn certain erroneous conclusions, Peter received spiritual insight from God as to who Jesus really was Matt. Rom There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Psalm "For the Lord loves justice and does not forsake His godly ones; they are preserved forever. John " Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
The doctrine of eternal security teaches that God is able to complete the good work of eternal life that He has begun in every believer. He is true and just, and cannot deny Himself. Therefore anyone who has eternal life has it forever. God promises that no one can ever be separated from His love Romans Some argue this doctrine leads to antinomianism allowing Christians to live in sin.
This charge however, denies the very nature of salvation, which involves union with Christ and death to sin Romans chapter 6. But to the extent that a Christian fails to serve God, his reward may be lost, though he will be saved from everlasting wrath 1 Cor. The Christian is saved and secured by faith, but in love and gratitude to Christ will seek to faithfully serve Him.
God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Phil "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Heb "In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
In 1 Peter , the portrayal of salvation looks to the future. The work of salvation is described as to its effect. Hath begotten us again refers to a new stage of life that begins at salvation. This lively hope has no element of uncertainty, for it is guaranteed by Jesus' resurrection from the dead.
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The believer's inheritance is described as incorruptible imperishable or indestructible and undefiled morally untainted. That fadeth not away means it is not subject to the ravages of time. Further it is reserved, that is, it has been preserved in the past and still is in heaven.
Kept is a present passive participle, we are secure because we are continually guarded by God, who never relaxes His vigil. Salvation here refers to final salvation, that is, deliverance from the presence of sin and into the presence of God. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? Notice the scripture tells us quite clearly, "he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved". Such a one does not suffer the loss of his salvation, but the loss of reward. The stress in the entire passage is not on a person's relationship to Christ, but on his or her service to Christ.
What does "Believe in Him" really mean? Before listing these scriptures, let us begin by giving some background explanation as to what is meant by the term " I believe in Him ". We'll start by looking at John which tells us: In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God". Verse 14 tells us "and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us". From these two scriptures we can clearly see that Christ is the Word of God.
In John we are told "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. And Romans tells us "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". Note the command associated with Jesus Christ that whosoever believeth in Him , the totality of the Word of God made flesh, shall be saved.
When you receive Him and believe, then through the power of the totality of the Word of God made flesh, you are made a true child of God. The above scriptures show that " I believe in Him " means all the words spoken to mankind by our Almighty Father in heaven. Revealed by "His Word made flesh" and is called Jesus Christ, our savior. When we say we believe in Him , it then means we believe in the totality of God's Word made flesh. Remember denying a word spoken by God means denying our Savior Jesus Christ whom we always say that we believe in.
The meaning of the phrase " I believe in Him " means that I shall obey the totality of both the words and commandments of the laws of God. Then when we really believe, the mighty Word shall come unto us and overtake our life as long as we continue to abide and do the will of God, the Father. But if we only say " I believe in Him ," but fail to do the Word we believe, then we are not true believers and something still has to be done if we really are to be saved. We can now see clearly that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and that through Him all things were created, and without Him there is no life.
Believing in Him means believing in eternal life. We can summarize it this way: when we say that we believe in Jesus Christ, we are saying that we believe in the totality of the Word of God. If we really believe in the Word of God, "Jesus Christ", we should demonstrate this by keeping the whole commandments of God. Do you believe? What does this mean to a "believer"? That word "believe" carries with it the idea of total surrender, putting total assurance in what Christ did for us on the cross, not trusting our good works, not trusting our money, not trusting anything, not ever church membership, but trusting in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Second we must have a changed attitude toward sin. What does that mean? But you know that Christians certainly sin. Do you know what "sinneth not" means? It means "does not practice sin. But suppose we do sin, suppose we slip and fall. Suppose we yield to temptation for a moment. What happens? We have to confess that sin. Name it to the Lord and say "Lord, I have sinned.
But not only are we to confess, we are to forsake.
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There's no use repenting of sin and saying, "I'm sorry Lord, I've sinned," and then going back and repeating it. That is not repentance. Repentance carries with it the idea that we do not repeat it. In other words, sin is no longer a practice in our lives. We may slip and fall from time to time, but it's not a practice.
We don't deliberately choose to do it. That's the reason the Bible teaches that the Christian life is a daily life. The Scripture says we are to "exhort one another daily," Hebrews We are to take up our cross daily. We search the Scriptures daily. And we must renew our fellowship daily. The Scripture says deny self daily. It's hard. We are living in an age when the pressures on us are greater, perhaps more so than any other generation in history.
Third, we must have a desire to obey God. That doesn't mean that we can keep them all the time, but we have a desire to keep them. We are to separate ourselves from the world of evil. When you face something in the world, ask yourself, does it violate any principle of Scripture? Does it take the keen edge off my Christian life? Can I ask God's blessing on it? Will it be a stumbling block to others? Would I like to be there, or be reading that, or be watching that, if Christ should return at that time? When we do sin, God does not reject us or disown us. Our fellowship with Him may be broken, but our relationship is not; we are still members of His family if we have truly committed our lives to Christ.
When we sin we should immediately turn to God, confess our sin honestly, ask His forgiveness, then turn from our sin. The Bible promises, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we truly know Christ and are seeking to follow Him, we will not be complacent and unconcerned about sin in our lives.
In fact, one of the signs of true spiritual life is the hatred of sin and the determination to conquer it. We will not continue to repeat the same sins over and over again, but will seek, God's help by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us , to overcome them. The Bible promises, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" 1 Corinthians Indifference to sin in one's life is a sure sign of serious spiritual sickness, and may indicate that one has never truly invited Jesus into one's life as Savior and Lord 1 John We must understand that redemption does not come through a profession of faith but through a possession of faith.
Those of us who have faith are called to profess that faith; however, the mere profession of it does not guarantee that the genuine article is present. This is particularly so when someone makes a verbal profession strictly as a means of covering his bets or to play it safe and guard against the negative consequences.
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From a biblical standpoint, salvation requires authentic repentance. Justifying faith is a repenting faith. If there is no repentance, then that indicates that the profession of faith is fraudulent. If a person could live his whole life in sin, rebellion, and disobedience and then on his deathbed truly repent and go to heaven, the answer is yes. The same as the thief on the cross met the Savior in his dying moments and was guaranteed eternity with him.
It's certainly not a wise course of action to postpone your repentance until the day of your departure because we don't know when that day will be. But making a confession simply out of fear is not enough, that fear should give pause and cause us to think seriously about our future state. Return to Top. Living in Holiness. There are many passages containing serious calls to holy living.
In Hebrews we are told that without daily holiness, no one will see the Lord. This is a warning against disobedience telling us that those who choose to walk in the world, will miss that experience of God's presence. Holiness must be lived out on a daily basis as we seek the Lord in everything. When we do, we "see" the Lord and experience Him in a deep and intimate way. When we do, we miss God's best for our lives and lose the Joy of our salvation due to our separating ourselves from God.
Only when we repent and ask God to forgive us of our sins that caused the separation, will we regain our "Joy" again read how king David handled this in the 51st Psalm when he sinned with Bath-sheba. Should we trust our feelings? It's important to realize we must not consider our feelings when it comes to being assured of our salvation. They can be easily manipulated by the enemy to deceive us. If today you think you are assured of your salvation and have a great feeling, what happens when we don't have that feeling? Are we unsaved until we get that feeling back?
Hardly, it's simply that feelings are not a reliable assurance of our eternal security. We must trust in the Word of God. But there are ways to be assured of your salvation. Both Paul and John spoke of this. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together Romans What does this mean? How does His Spirit bear witness with our spirit?
One way is simple, and often taken for granted. Do you believe the Bible? His Spirit wrote it. If you agree with it, your spirit and His are in agreement. This is not a minor point. Most people don't believe the Bible is the very Word of God. It's just something we as Christians take for granted. But Paul says it's one way we can know we are children of God.
Also in that great chapter Romans 8, is the following: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God Romans His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit. Romans This occurs by the Word of God. Denominational Beliefs. There are whole denominations that answer yes to the question "Can I lose my salvation".
On the other hand there are the Baptists, the Presbyterians and all of the Reformed churches who insist that a true believer may sin and sin terribly but in the end all truly redeemed will finally enter heaven. It's difficult for us who live in a uncertain world to believe that anyone can be that certain of heaven. How can you be sure? And does this teaching not invite pride and even possible spiritual laziness?
Isn't this doctrine damnable because it encourages believers to sin since they have nothing to lose? These are fair questions so let's begin by looking at two main reasons why some think you can lose your salvation. First, they point to certain scripture passages containing severe warnings of judgment to Christians. This is not an idle point because the New Testament does contain passages that could be interpreted as losing your salvation. Second, they point to professing Christians who fall away from their faith or turn from holiness to live in continued sin.
All of us know cases of apparently born again believers who either drifted away from the church or fell into outright sin. Some repent and return, others do not. What shall we say about them? Have they lost their salvation? Did they ever have it in the first place? This is a question of importance because it leads directly to the whole question of Christian assurance. Can anyone know with certainty, beyond any shadow of doubt that no matter what happens to you in the future, you are going to heaven when you die?
The answer simply is that it depends on who saved you. If God saved you, you can't lose it because it depends on God. If you saved yourself, you can lose it because it depends on you. Philippians says: "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform meaning will finish it , it until the day of Jesus Christ. When Paul says that he is "confident" of these things, he uses a very strong Greek word that means "fully persuaded" or "absolutely certain".
What Paul is saying that he is convinced that the work of grace that God began in the Philippians at conversion will be divinely continued until the day of Jesus Christ. That is, the Lord will keep working in these believers until Jesus returns to earth, at which point He will finish His work, bringing it to completion. This is speaking of the Christian's eternal security. God had a purpose in view when He begins His saving work that will neither be abandoned nor unrealized.
This makes sense when you understand that salvation is God's work from start to finish. He finishes what he starts. Consider the "Golden Chain" of salvation in Romans Paul expresses the five links of the chain this way: Foreknown, predestined, called, justified, glorified. The first two concerns God's decision to save those who trust in Christ, the second two refer to God's activity in actually saving those whom he has chosen.
The last "glorified" refers to what happens when God's children finally get to heaven.
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When we stand before the Lord in resurrection bodies, free from sin forever, we will be in a glorified state. But how is it that Paul can express this truth about our future glorification in the past tense? Simply Paul says it in the past tense because it's so certain of fulfillment that it is as if it had already happened. Sometimes we use the term "eternal life" to refer only to that which happens to us after we die.
But the biblical concept is quite different. In the Bible "eternal life" is nothing more or less than the life of God himself. Because He is eternal, the life He gives is eternal. And that life begins the moment a person believes. According to Jesus' own words, a believer "has", as a present possession, eternal life John He has "crossed over" from death to life. John Christ will lose none of those entrusted to his care. Read Romans when Paul summons all creation to witness to the security of those whom God has called to salvation. The list would appear to be exhaustive: Neither death nor life; Neither angels nor demons; Neither the present nor the future; Nor any powers; Neither height nor depth; Nor anything else in all creation.
None or all of these taken together in small parts can separate the true believer from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Some have asked if it were not possible for a believer to take himself out of God's grace. You believed, so certainly you could "unbelieve" if you wanted to. And some have apparently done that.
They have recanted their Christianity and returned to their former beliefs or gone back into the world and followed the path of sinful excess. Surely God would not continue to save such as person would he? First in the great majority of cases we may say with assurance that such persons were never true believers to begin with. But not counting the cost and having no root or spiritual reality in themselves, believe for a while but soon are offended and defect from the truth because of persecution. Their rejection of the gospel is as speedy as their reception of it.
Their faith was the profession of a religious person, not the saving faith the Bible talks about. They professed what they did not possess. Since they were never saved in the first place, they could not lose what they never had. Second, in the remaining minority of cases we may simply reply that God saves whom He desires to save. There may well be some people in heaven who truly believed but later recanted but were saved as a demonstration of the depth of God's amazing grace. Because Romans says that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We can't even separate ourselves from that saving love! Are you part of God's creation? If the answer is yes, then even you can't "unsave" yourself. This is surely the most stupendous truth relating to eternal security. Remember, we are all saved in the end in spite of ourselves and not because of anything we do. That's why your salvation doesn't rest on you, if it did you would never go to heaven. Eternal security is the reason you can know you are going to heaven when you die.
That is why Romans says there is "no condemnation" to those who are in Christ Jesus. A salvation you could lose is not much of a salvation at all. You can't be sure you have it, and if you have it today, you can't be sure you'll have it tomorrow. And if you lose it, you can't be sure you'll get it again.
And if you get it again, you can't be sure you'll keep it the next time. What kind of salvation is that? It's a man centered salvation that makes heaven dependent on what you do. Remember it all depends on who saves you. If you save yourself, or if you think salvation is a cooperative venture between you and God, then you can certainly lose it. Anything you do for yourself you can lose for yourself. But if God saves you, you are saved forever because it depends on him and not on you.
What God does, he does forever. The Greek words and the Hebrew words that are translated salvation and saved include " security. You will see that when a person says, "I am saved," not only does he mean, "I have been delivered from sin and Hell and judgment, but he also means, "I am secure, and God keeps me safe.
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For a person to say, "I believe you are saved, but I believe you can be lost," is really a contradiction in terms.