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Some people struggle with being sure they are saved: by Chris Priebe
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I remember when I was younger how everytime someone preached the Gospel I silently said a little prayer and asked Jesus into my heart again. Why? Well, I wondered if I had done it wrong or if I had really meant it. So I kept doing it.
In reality, God saved me the first time and I only have to do it once. What happens though (especially for younger children) is that we grow up in our faith and as the years go by we understood salvation far better than when we were four. But it is faith that saves.
I think there are three main reasons why people struggle with the question of whether they are saved or not
- Some of them have no desire to follow God and so God has not given them peace because He wants them to repent
- Others struggle with a doubt that God can really forgive them for some bad thing they have done
- Others just aren´t sure if there faith has been enough
We will deal with these three in order
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SheriA writes on 2000-12-17
I find this to be very true. In my own walk I had feeling as I didn´t get through or It wasn´t enough to just say it. That God somehow didn´t hear me. I know now it was only my guilt of not giving my all.
- by SheriA
restless_poet writes on 2001-01-06
I think I prayed the prayer 20 times before the age of six. I didn´t feel anything. Growing up I realized there were just things I wasn´t letting God have control over in my life, and wherever I was trying to be in control, I lost His peace! Letting go, I found He´d been with me all the time, I just had my back turned. His mercy is great!
- by restless_poet
martinstl writes on 2001-06-11
Salvation must be accepted by each person in order to be relied upon. Once saved, I believe it is up to us to continue receiving the saving grace, and I believe it is possible to reject salvation
Just the same as if I give my wife a dozen roses to apologize for hurting her, and then turn around and hurt her again, because I am human, I must re-apologize or she will not act the same as she would if I had never transgressed.
For this reason, it is important to continue to examine our conscience and reconcile with our Lord, and continue to receive His grace, which is always offered.
Jesus certainly only had to die once to make us children of God, and heirs of heaven, but without continual acceptance of His Grace, we can fail, and might very well loose for ourselves that which He gave us.
MY RESPONSE: In the Church we have a saying, "I have been saved, I am being saved, I will be saved" The first is in the past since at one point Christ saved me. The second is in the present since although I have been saved my life is still undergoing the transforming work of Christ and need to constantly accept His grace. The third is future since one day I will fully realize the salvation given me when I enter Heaven. Now as to losing ones salvation, this is a much debated question, I am not so sure it is as easily lose as suggested above. The things we know for sure however is we are called to perservere till the end and that if we mess up God´s grace is still there. - Pastor Chris
- by martinstl
deecee4jaycee writes on 2001-07-04
I am a firm believer in John 10:28 ...And
I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. Yet, I am but human and I have had the same struggles....Satan whispers, you did not do it right...you left something out....you prayed wrong! And I let the whispers get louder....yeah, I prayed by myself not with the preacher....uh huh, I waited for over 20 years to get baptized....well, I did go to that movie. Satan is influencing Christians daily but, why does he bother? Because
they are saved! And in keeping Christians enslaved to their own worries and doubts he keeps us from sharing the Gospel. Jesus tells us that no man can pluck you out of his hand and if you read one verse further He also includes His Father´s hand...I choose to believe that....does that mean I don´t struggle? Obviously not....but, keep in mind that I am huMAN and so therefore I, not even I, can take away from Jesus what the Father has given!
- by deecee4jaycee
futbolmamasita writes on 2001-07-22
I was ´saved´ when I was about 5 yrs. old. I went to my pastor´s office after church...to shy to go up with my sister...then I said the prayer and was ´saved.´ Well, one day, my church had a little revival. The speaker was a very good one. While he was talking, God told me..."Ruthie, you are not saved, you only went up because your sister went and the church wanted you to." So, I truly got saved my sophmore year. So if you´re not sure, say it one more time and mean it. God will save you because he loves you and not because you did it for show.
- by futbolmamasita
Melanie writes on 0000-00-00
After years of abuse and pain and then after years of hiding all of that under shame and anger I have spent the last year walking into God„s healing. He is at my side and I am never alone. He told me something a few months ago that I did not remember happening but what was to Him a huge milestone in my life.
I have few memories before the age of 9 and a few more after, none of them are good. God has slowly been revealing my memories so that I could work on them. When I was about 11 or 12 I had been invited to a play at some freinds parents church. I do not remember the friends or feeling particular close to these people but there I was at this church. I don„t remember the play or the music but God showed me what happened afterwards...there was an alter call and I went forward. I got on my knees and asked Jesus into my life. I remeber feeling „funny„ and „weird„ then I had to go home.
In the reality of my daily struggle with life that „minute„ incident was forgotten. At the time I was being molested both in and outside the home and a variety of other things going on kept me far from God or whatever effect He may have had on my life. I could not give any energy to God or what He meant...it was all tied up in living the next hour.
When I remebered this time at the alter..I was thrilled and scared and angry all at the same time. I Was angry I could not remember this before now, and that I could not pursue this then. I was thrilled to see God in my life that far back, calling me. I needed to know that He wanted me and this showed clearly that He did. And I was scared cause I had ignored that call almost from the moment He gave it.
But our God is a wonderful God...He showed me that I was covered, protected from that moment on. I had declared I was HIS. And He did His best to keep me alive. That moment gave me the core in me that never allowed me to commit suicide, that never allowed me to give up, that made me the fighter I am today and that is allowing me to be the Warrier He is calling me to be.
That little „incident„ saved my life...and I did not even realize what it meant when I did it. I did not even remember to 18 years later! Sometimes I doubt being saved...and I wonder if their is enough faith..but then I am reminded of a promise HE made me when I was a scared 11 year old bowing to Her Father. I am in His Family now.
- by Melanie
hugapoohlouise writes on 0000-00-00
It is so comforting to me to know that others have experienced what I have. I am so thankful for this course and to share it with other christians.
- by hugapoohlouise
syrildabelle writes on 0000-00-00
I use to read every tract and do all the things it said ,because in my heart I wanted to serve God. But because nothing ever changed for me, I thought I wasn´t saved or doing it right. But when I actually knew I was saved it was because of Deuteronomy 4:29 it was only when I sought Him with my whole heart did I find Him...
- by syrildabelle
DGH writes on 2004-10-09
I am enjoying these studies so much and the responses too. Like one of the people said I´m a firm believer in John 10:28 too I believe that we are eternally secure in our Lord but I understand also that a lot of people struggle with doubts about their salvation. God´s grace is so wonderful bless the name of our wonderful Lord. I thank him for all that he´s done and is doing.
- by DGH
Elisa writes on 2005-01-20
Satan is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He is busy deceiving and lying to the children of God.Ephesians 2:8, brings me comfort on salvation, it says that we are saved through faith, NOT OURSELVES, it is a GIFT of GOd lest anyone should boast. What do you say when someone gives you a gift? Do you question it or say no I don´t want it? highly unlikely! So we need to accept our salvation as a gift from God, as sinful human beings, we don´t deserve it, but his Grace and Mercy covers us.Romans 10:9, says that if you confess with your mouth and believe it your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead then you will be saved. Sometimes we make our relationship with God so complicated. The bible is full of promises ,but it is 2-fold, there is always something that God will do for us, but there is something that we have to do as well. Some examples of this are : MAlachi 3:10 , 1John 1:9,Psalm 37:4-5. God will do what he says he will do,but we have to do our part. Sometimes we block our own blessings from God by disobedience and expecting God to be a jeanie in a bottle and zap all our problems away while we do nothing. God does not work this way!
- by Elisa
carman2005 writes on 2005-02-15
I know that feeling and in my case it was true. I had followed a false teaching before I found a Bible believing and preaching church. I realized I had not been saved. I ran for 2 weeks and then I gave my all to Christ.
- by carman2005
Kina writes on 2005-09-07
I have struggled also with this question, but somebody told me, that this is one of satan´s traps...and I am saved! And when I understand this, I was releaced.
- by Kina
moj8668 writes on 2006-11-21
I walked an aisle when I was 5. My father was working as the nurse at a Christian camp and I had seen how excited and emotional people got when someone walked down the aisle during the invitation. I liked the idea of being fussed over!!! But nothing that I said or heard made complete sense to me. At the age of 12, I made a sincere commitment to a relationship with Jesus. I truly believe that the first time I "went forward" was simply a ploy for attention since I didn´t completely understand what I was saying. I´m not saying that children at the age of 5 aren´t capable of understanding. It just wasn´t something I grasped at that age.
- by moj8668
benketteringoh writes on 2009-09-17
I didn´t have a doubt that I was saved. The amazing thing was 3 weeks after I was saved, there was an opening in a confirmation class at my church. It was a nice start to my Christen birth.
- by benketteringoh
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