It started way back in the beginning with a question, “Did God really say?” The effort to undermine the Truth of God began in the Garden of Eden when Satan approached Eve and sowed the seeds of doubt in her mind. Satan deceived her, and continues today to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of believers leading them to question their salvation. So why is that such an important mission for him? Think about it, eternal salvation is a wonderful treasure but will a person share something with others in which they themselves have doubt that they possess? What kind of salesmen or witness for The Faith would a person be if they didn’t believe in the product? That is a major problem which undermines Jesus’ Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.
So where do we go to solve this issue? You guessed it, the Word of God of course!
Two questions: Can a person be eternally saved and know it & what do you do when doubts arise? Let’s take a look at the answers:
#1 Yes, a person can be saved, be born again, become a Christian and know it without a doubt! My blog Second Birthday! gives a detailed account of the process and what happens when you trust Christ as Savior so I won’t repeat that here. The focus of THIS blog is really question number two.
#2 What do you do when doubts arise? We are frail human beings and have a fallen nature which cannot and will not believe or comprehend the things of God. That is why when we are saved we are given from God a New Nature or New Man as the Bible calls it. The New Man must be fed the Word of God regularly as 1 Peter 2:2 says “As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.”
The Apostle John, one of the writers of the Bible, also gave us a few passages to assure us in our salvation when doubts arise. We must memorize these verses and use them like a sword against the enemy when he tries to deceive us. Take a look:
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
SO… first of all John tells us it is possible to become a child of God by receiving Christ. Then he tells us in plain language that we can KNOW we have eternal life. There’s no equivocating, no doubting, no second guessing! We can KNOW for SURE we are saved from the penalty of our sins and have eternal life.
I shared the following story with a young believer recently who was having doubts. Maybe it will be a help to you as well.
There’s a story told of a farmer who constantly had doubts about his salvation. Whether it was the world’s influence, the Devil or even his own fallen nature, he kept questioning in his mind whether he was really saved. So one day he went out behind his barn, got on his knees and trusted Christ as his Savior right then and there. Then he got up and wrote the date on the wall of the barn. From then on whenever he had doubts he just said, “Ok Satan we’re going behind the barn! See that date? Now stop bothering me because I know I’m saved!”
You see, for me the “barn” was the inside cover of my Bible. My brother gave me great advice the night I received Jesus as my Savior. He said write this date down inside the cover of your Bible. That way when you have doubts you can go right to that date and remind yourself. So I wrote down the date I received Jesus as my Savior and in those early years when doubts arose, and they did, I just went to that date by faith and chased all the doubts and my spiritual enemies away! Not to mention I memorized the above verses as well!
I pray you have the assurance of your salvation and if needed establish a date or time or year so you can document that eternal event just in case you need to take Satan out behind the barn!
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