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Dear Church,

Over my years as a Pastor I have had several people ask me the question, “How can I have assurance of my salvation?”  This is one area, Satan holds us captive, he wants us to move in with him into his apartment of doubt & fear.  Even ‘mature’ Christians struggle with this. One of the mistakes we make is; we seek assurance of our salvation in the wrong places. When I say wrong places I mean, we seek assurance of our salvation by comparing it to our obedience to God’s word or our desire for relationship with God or our spiritual growth.  We make a terrible mistake here. While these things can be evidence of our salvation, they are not what we should consider as assurance of our salvation. The assurance of our salvation is found in the truth of God’s word. When it comes to the assurance, the promises of God’s word triumphs over our subjective experiences or ‘feelings’.  God’s word is clear as far as our salvation is concerned.

1.    Believe in Jesus and we will be saved (Acts 16:31; John 3:16)

2.    Believe that Jesus died for our sins, he took upon himself our punishments and rose again from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; 2 Cor 5:21; John 3:16)

3.    Believe that no one, not even we can undo what Christ has done for us and given to us as a free gift (John 10:28-29; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 8:38-39; John 6:37; Ephesians 1:13-14 & many more)

Now, even in our belief in the word of God and His promises there may be traces of unbelieve. That is just the way faith works, it is a gift of God, God authors it and perfects it in our life as He shepherds our faith journey. The word of God assures us of our salvation. Our assurance is NOT based on our feelings or our subjective experiences, it is based on the word of God. If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and you have made him Lord of your life, you are saved. Meaning you are in him and for those in him there is no condemnation, whatsoever. Your ‘feelings’ may condemn you, but a person who is born again will never experience condemnation or perish. This is God’s guarantee.
 
Be encouraged,
Mathews

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