Mark Alan Williams
How I Moved From Doubting My Salvation To Assurance
It’s a wonderful feeling to know you are eternally saved!
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Assurance of eternal salvation is a wonderful thing! On the other hand, doubt and worry about your salvation can be deeply troubling. I know this from personal experience. Years ago, I struggled with the question, “Am I really saved?” Over time, I moved from doubting to assurance of salvation. In this article, I’d like to share with you how that happened. I hope it will help you and others.
Here are the key factors that helped me move from doubt to assurance:
1. Walking and talking with Jesus.
The first reason I found assurance is because I’ve walked and talked with Jesus in prayer. I’ve come to where I feel I truly know Him.
Perhaps others have had a different experience of assurance, but I think for me this has been profound.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10:27-30 NLT)
I’ve spent so much time in prayer and fellowship with Jesus, I feel I’ve come to know His voice. It’s a voice of love and assurance.
Isn’t this a wonderful promise in this passage “No one can snatch them away from me…” It’s His loving assurance that we are His, we know Him and we are safe with Him!
Even in challenging times, I know He is with me and that He loves me. I’ve come to understand that suffering is not His condemnation. Instead, I suffer just as He suffered in this broken world and one glorious day I’ll be released to His home forever! There I’ll know Him face-to-face (1 Corinthians 13:12)!
2. My study of Apologetics has convinced me that Christianity is verifiably true.
My assurance of salvation is far from just emotional! Over the years, I’ve been deeply encouraged by the study of Apologetics. What is that? It is defined as, “reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.”
The evidence for the claims of Christ are IMMENSE. You could study it for the rest of your life and continue to uncover evidence that verifies:
The Bible’s historicity and miraculous nature
The uniqueness of Jesus Christ as God the Son and Savior of the world
These confirm my faith in Jesus Christ. And not only that, they have convinced me that it is far more reasonable to believe in Jesus than not to believe. In other words, it is more rational to believe that there is meaning, purpose and God’s plan behind the universe than to imagine that it all happened merely by chance without God.
Either position takes faith. But I’m convinced that it takes much more faith to deny Christianity than it does to believe it. This gives me intellectual assurance.
Note: If you’re interested in the study of apologetics, in addition to my own writings, I have several sources listed in my Recommended Resources page.
3. Because God’s Word is true, I have confidence that He saved me when I called on Him.
Based on my studies referenced in point 2, I’m convinced that God’s Word (the Bible) does not lie.
Thus, I believe its promise: “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13 NLT)
It doesn’t say you and I…
“Might be saved”
“Hopefully will be saved”
“Someday could be saved if…”
No, God’s promise is that “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
It is a true and faithful promise. If I’m going to believe anyone, God is the One who I’ll believe.
I hope that if you don’t have assurance of your salvation, you’ll come to that place. It is certainly a great feeling.
To get started, please see my Salvation Page.
If you do or don’t have assurance, I’d love to hear from you in the comment area below.
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Additional resources about related subjects on this site:
Five Questions for Those Who Think Many Roads Lead to Heaven
Podcast: Will someone lose their salvation if they commit terrible sins?
Podcast: Have I committed the unpardonable sin?
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