Reader comment:”Something else that I think about continually struggle with is, proof of, do I have salvation? I often struggle with “am I saved?? What if I’m not?” It drives me crazy?”
I believe that the very struggle is evidence of authentic salvation (because it’s evidence of the Spirit living in me). If I did NOT have this struggle (or any desire to pursue Christ); then I would have a good reason to question my salvation. When I join Gods’ army the accuser of the brethren starts in accusing and sowing doubt. Why would he bother fake Christians? They are powerful tools suggesting to the heathen that “all Christians are hypocrites.”
What are your thoughts on this?”
I led a support group that had three people who worried that they had committed the “Unpardonable Sin”. Sometimes I felt that they wanted to believe this because it got them out of the struggle of WORKS, of trying to be good. I assured them that ALL, right dividers of the Word of God, have agreed that “If you wish you hadn’t committed the unpardonable sin–Then you haven’t!” As the comment above noted-the struggle proves the work of the Holy Spirit and the battle for your mind and heart. The devil can not steal your Grace but he can lead you to doubt and to not write checks on the account.
Remember what I consider to be the “grain of mustard seed faith” = I can’t see how Gods’ way will work but I sure know that no other way could possibly work. So I hang on to the Lord and his ways and keep walking because: THERE IS NO OTHER NAME GIVEN AMONG MEN THAT CAN SAVE US–WHERE ELSE CAN I GO TO FIND THE WORDS OF LIFE.
The best natural witnesser I’ve known was a missionary we called Brother Oper. Towards the end of his life he became suicidally depressed thinking that his life didn’t count. Then the Lord brought a letter of appreciation at just the right time and pulled him out.
My own father felt depressed for about four years in his late 60’s then the Lord helped him get back on track.
Charles Spurgeon struggled with depression and the Lord led him to the psalms and he started to write a commentary and then the depression lifted. (Probably his best work)
John the baptist went from “behold the lamb of God” to “check and see if he is really the one”
Yes, I struggle. In every case when I feel depressed or wonder if my life counts or did I really get saved, (A common struggle with people who get saved young and can’t remember the exact moment) I find that I have crossed the line from yielding my body members servants to obey God and instead am trying to do God’s work, for him.
To find peace again:I remind myself that all other paths involve works of which I am incapable so Jesus is my only hope. I then thank God for the struggle since I am told to be grateful always for everything. Finally, I then review the elements of salvation and realize they are still present and have been all along since I was saved at age 5.
- I have admitted myself to be a sinner and powerless to pay for my sins.
- I have asked God the father to forgive me, cleanse me and accept me on the basis of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. I remind myself that, when I wonder if I am of the faith, when my heart condemns me–God is greater than my heart . I realize that life is about redeeming the moment in front of me and the devil is trying to get me distracted with doubts. Then I get busy serving him and others, as that is what the devil is after- causing doubt to get in the way of the Lord using you to bless others.