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Am I saved for sure, even if I don’t feel like it?


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I sure feel happy sometimes. And I sure feel sad at other times. And then there are times that IÕm sure that IÕm not sure how I feel.

IÕm focusing on two key words in your question: ÒsureÓ and Òfeel.Ó When you add salvation to the mix, youÕre apt to get mixed up.

What I mean is this: you can feel sure that you are saved and yet not be saved. And the opposite is also true: you can be saved and surenot feel like it. (Yes, itÕs even possible to feel lost and be lost, just as itÕs possible to feel saved and actually be saved.)

Your question has more to do with times of doubt. This often happens when youÕve done something that you donÕt think a follower of Jesus should do (like gossip about somebody behind their back and really enjoy it!), or when you donÕt do something that you think a follower of Jesus would do (like neglecting to spend time in private devotions).

If youÕre doing something wrong, then stop! Change! When you stop and change what youÕre doing wrong, thereÕs a term for it: repent. Itmeans that you donÕt want things to continue that way, and you even want to undo the bad things that have already happened. ThatÕs good! So repent.

This could mean that you go to the people you enjoyed gossiping with and say something like, ÒYou know when I shared that personal information about Jeremy and Tasha (and gave it my own twist), it seemed like fun to talk about them at the time, but now IÕm really sorry I did that. I wish I could take it all back. Will you forgive me for talking about them behind their backs? And feel free to stop me if I do something like that again.Ó

Then you may need to go to Jeremy and Tasha and confess to them what youÕve done, confess your sorrow for doing it, and request that theyforgive you (um, they might not be very happy when they find out you were gossiping about them, but they might have already heard from someone else that you did).

And you should definitely come clean with God. YouÕve blown it. Own up to it. Confess it. Release it. Embrace GodÕs forgiveness for you.And if you need a refresher course on this, check out Psalm 51ÑDavidÕs prayer of confession to God after he blew it big-time!

If you doubt your salvation, it might be a nudge for you to get right with God. If so, ask God to remove anything that stands between youand Him.

If youÕre straight with God, and youÕre still doubting your salvation, hereÕs what I suggestÑitÕs what I do. Turn to 1 John 5:11-13. HereÕshow it reads in the New International Version (with my comments in parenthesis):

ÒAnd this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.Ó (Instead of accepting your feelings about whetheror not you really are saved, go with the testimony that God has given, which is: God has already given you eternal life, so itÕs already a done deal! Your eternal life is based on GodÕs gift of Jesus, not on whether or not you happento be feeling it at the moment.)

ÒHe who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.Ó (You canÕt get more simple than this: if you haveJesus, then you have eternal life. If you donÕt have Jesus, then you donÕt have eternal life. Now the question changes from Do I have eternal life? to Do I have Jesus? If you have Jesus, you have eternal life. If you arenÕt sure, then invite Him into your life right now! ThatÕs it!)

ÒI write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.Ó (ThatÕs for peoplelike you and me who donÕt fully believe the previous paragraph. John wrote this so that we can know that we have eternal life. Notice that John didnÕt use the word ÒfeelÓÑhe used the word Òknow.Ó)

If you want another run at it, check out some previous versesÑ1 John 3:18-24.

ItÕs wonderful to feel saved. ItÕs even better to be saved. When you have Jesus, itÕs the best!



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