Sunday, May 20, 2012

Doubting Your Salvation?


 God feels very far away. It wasn't like that a few months ago. It truly felt as if the Holy Spirit was changing me. Convicting me of things to change. So having the Holy Spirit's pressure on me I changed a lot of things. But,a habitual sin has come in and God has felt very distant since then. The Holy Spirit is not intervening like He used to. This has got me concerned that the Holy Spirit was never in me in the first place.  It's like I'm  a wandering apostate screaming for God to redeem me.  Yet, He seems silent. How can I repent and depend on faith instead of feelings? Maybe im not saved at all because I am always banking on my feelings. What can i do?


First, it is wise to examine your faith.   Fear not as Christ answered many in the Bible in times of crisis.  You can receive an answer.   You and I did nothing to earn or deserve the grace of God.  We receive it from the merits of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ lived a perfect life.  He was God in the flesh.   He was the perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins.  Christ received the wrath of God intended for law breakers like us.   Christ received our punishment.  When we repent, or turn from sin, we receive forgiveness of sins, peace with god, eternal life in Heaven, and we are declared righteous in the eyes of God all because of what Jesus did for us.  Trust Jesus-not your feelings.  Christ declares you righteous not a youth pastor or evangelist.  Go to Him in prayer now!.

2 Corinthians 13:5

5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?

We as humans, especially teenagers, are beings of emotions.  Again, trust the work of Christ and not your emotions. 

2 Timothy 2:13

13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Do not add or over complicate Christ's straight forward offer to forgive and save you.
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Have you changed since your conversion?
Those of Christ are not perfected until they get to Heaven.  Those in Christ do produce  fruit.

Galatians 5:22-24

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The last book of the Bible, Revelation, twice refers to Jesus Christ as "Faithful and True" (Rev. 3:14, 19:11) because He is.  
Trust in the finished and complete work of Christ for salvation and not your feelings.
Praying for you.  

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