Are You A Christian Who Struggles With Salvation?

By: Woody Godbey

I receive several messages every month from people who are struggling with whether they are truly saved.  My heart goes out to these people because I’ve been through it myself.  It’s like one day you know you’re saved and the next day you’re lost, or I think I’m saved, I’m not sure……  If you are one of those, I hope this helps you get off that roller-coaster.

 I believe one of the oldest tricks and one of the most powerful weapons of the devil is to make Christians doubt their salvation. When we doubt our salvation, we doubt God’s Word, and when we doubt God’s Word, we are powerless and ineffective tools for Christ.  We spend all our time worrying about whether we’re saved or not and that makes us miserable and ineffective for the Lord.  And that is exactly what Satan wants.     

 A lot of people believe they are saved only if they have some powerful emotion or overwhelming feeling. However, every Christian has times when feelings are not strong, no matter what our experiences may have been in the past. But it is not our feelings that save us—it is Christ.  I learned not to go by feelings because the devil can sure make you feel lost.  I spent years worrying if I was really saved.  Every time I turned around, I was doubting my salvation.  Then one day it hit me that it was by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  Faith?  My faith was on a roller-coaster ride but that day when I really understood faith and not feelings, I got off that roller-coaster and never got back on it.  I know that I know that I know!  Before I was saved, I never doubted that I was saved.  But shortly after I was truly saved, the doubting started.  It seems like Satan makes some lost people feel saved and some saved people feel lost.   

 How can we know we are really saved? Because God’s Word tells us, and God cannot lie. If you have put your personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Bible says God has made you a member of His family.  “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13). Don’t make salvation harder than it is.  When you came to Jesus, you were excepted.  “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will [a]by no means cast out.” John 6:37.  The woman at the well didn’t say a prayer or do anything but BELIEVE.  ABRAHAM, the father of faith just believed. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” Romans 4:3. 

 Remember that God loves you. And if you begin to doubt, remember the promises He has made to you and the way He loves you. Learn to thank Him for that love. When we know Christ, nothing ‘shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8:39).

 For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works less any man should boast.  Ephesians 2. 8-9 God’s favor and your belief saves you, not your feelings.  If you’ve been saved but stay on an emotional roller-coaster believing and doubting your salvation, stop torturing yourself and stand on God’s word.  For God so loved ____________(your name) that he gave his only begotten son that if ____________(your name) believes in him, he shall not perish but have everlasting life.  God Bless!