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They lack the confidence that their sins are truly forgiven and their place in Heaven is eternally secured. It doesn't have to be that way. The apostle Peter said,
The prophet Isaiah said,
When God grants righteousness, He also adds peace and assurance.
Some feel all is well between them and God when it isn't. They don't understand the truth about salvation and fail to discern their true spiritual state. Jesus said,
By receiving false information about salvation. Much of our modern day evangelism contributes to creating false converts. We know that in Romans 10:9 says,
When people you just witnessed to profess that they have done this—the conclusion is that they must now be saved. That seems logical but the problem is, you don't know if the person truly believes that in their heart.
Beware of trying to assure people of their salvation based on an untested profession. Assurance is the reward of tested and proven faith. It is the Holy Spirit who gives it, not a human being.
If you lack assurance—if you have doubts or lost your joy, become empty in worship, passionless in prayer, cold in praise, useless in Christian service or vulnerable to false teachers—there is a cure: obeying the word of God in the Holy Spirit's power.
You can take the first step toward doing that by answering these questions to help you think through what the word of God teaches us about assurance.
Answer: Coming to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ which involves recognizing His death on the cross as the only atonement for sin, and walking in accordance with that relationship.
Answer: No, only those who are truly saved.
Answer: The Lord will have worked in your soul His own sovereign will—that of calling you to Himself through a work of conviction and humiliation so you will have discovered your sin and misery, and, being so seriously agitated and threatened by it, you will long for the Savior.
Answer: A strong and serious affection for Christ as He is progressively revealed to you in the gospel. Such love is the product of saving belief.
Answer: Yes, a desire to shun sin and obey God are the best evidences of a redeemed heart.
Answer: Although every sin deserves eternal punishment, if you regularly confess and repent of your sins, God will grant you mercy and forgiveness because you stand in grace, and your salvation is forever secure.
Answer: Whatever they are, Jesus Christ has paid the price for them so that if you sincerely and earnestly have turned to Him in repentant faith, you will never experience condemnation. Moreover, His gracious provision for those who believe includes power to overcome sin and live righteously.
Answer: Yes, it is the only basis upon which God offers peace and pardon to mankind. However faith—if it is genuine—will not be alone in the soul, but will always be accompanied by true repentance and an eager desire to obey God.
Answer: Union and communion with God here, and blessed fellowship and glory hereafter.
Answer: By affirming the promises of God as revealed in Scripture by the internal witness of the Holy Spirit, and by manifesting the fruit of the Spirit out of love for Christ and the desire to bring Him honor and glory.
Don't continue to live with doubts about your eternal salvation. Rather, live with the blessed assurance God wants you to enjoy as His child if you are truly saved—if not get saved Today!
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