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I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume, because you’re reading this, you’ve doubted your faith. Maybe not recently or maybe right now!
Am I right?
Well, I know I have personally had doubts in the past. They were more frequent in my younger “angry” years (ahem, teenagehood) but occasionally popped up once I was a much more committed believer. But that’s not something one should live with forever. We must overcome this little issue of doubting our faith because so much depends on our confidence and our trust of Jesus and His Great Commission for us (see Matthew 28).
That is why I’m compelled to share with you absolute assurances God gives us. This post is for you if:
- You have doubted your salvation
- You are doubting your salvation
- You are a brand new Christian and have not heard this teaching yet
- You are seeking and want to know what God promises concerning salvation
I happened upon a rock solid book when I married my husband (called Growing in Christ: A Thirteen-Week Follow-Up Course for New and Growing Christians). Since he became a Jesus follower as an adult, he really studied aspects of Christianity on a much deeper level than I did since I was raised in the church and, unfortunately, I took a lot of things for granted. I married into a lovely bunch of resources for new Christians that I’m sure I’ll reference from time to time.
This book is not long, but offers an incredible foundation for your faith. It’s not meant to teach everything about Christianity but is kept simple for a very specific purpose — to get new Christians on their feet and be empowered with some basic truths about their new faith. The first part includes lessons on assurance while the second has lessons on Christian living. You’ll need to pick up the book for the latter. 😉
5 Assurances to Help You Stop Doubting Your Faith
In agreement with the writers of this book, I highly encourage you to memorize each passage associated with each Assurance below. Remember which “assurance” it goes with, too, so that you can mentally draw up this list in times of need.
Assurance of Salvation
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
It’s practically unfathomable, this gift God has given us. If we believe that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved? That’s it? Surely there’s more… It’s likely the enemy will attack you with doubting thoughts like this and it’s important you have the Word etched into your heart. When you waiver, recite the above verse and bask in its promise.
Assurance of Answered Prayer
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24
Do you feel like your prayers go unanswered? Or do you not take the time to ask things, because you don’t think God would be concerned with such trivial matters? “God wants you to come confidently into his presence through Christ and to talk to him about everything (look up Philippians 4:6 and Hebrews 4:14-16). He is intensely interested in you and your needs.” Trust him when he tells you this and start building a beautiful relationship with your Lord.
Side Note: One reviewer of this book wrote a highly negative review saying that certain sections weren’t accurately painting what the greater passage intended. I must give a rebuttal: The book is written as a workbook. Each chapter starts out with the memory verse(s), has a small description of the concept and then several questions with blanks. It is in the questions where the full picture can be obtained. The authors intended for the reader, the new Christian, to do some investigative work in order to better solidify the promises of God’s Word. The questions to answer draw from many different passages — not just the memory verse — and, in my opinion, accurately portray the “assurance” being discussed. I attest to its Biblical accuracy.
Assurance of Victory
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
God wants you to succeed. He wants you to have victory! Remember in times of being tempted that you have His strength working in your life now. Rely on him, trust him and look for his direction away from the temptation.
Assurance of Forgiveness
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Of course, admitting our sins to God is only part of this — it must also be accompanied with the willingness to forsake the sin. But he gives us a black & white promise in the Bible that if we confess our sins and turn from them, he forgives us! He makes us clean and whole again! Remember to read the whole passages which include these highlighted verses to grasp the greater concept of God’s teaching.
Assurance of Guidance
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Isn’t it so hard to not know the future sometimes? Life forces things on us that we wish we could have predicted and it takes a strong trust in God to be able to walk through certain chapters. Then again, it can take an even deeper trust in the better times. Trust that He will lead you perfectly through it all — if you just let Him.
I challenge you to put a plan in place today — a plan to memorize these. Maybe work on one a week if you’re busy, but get them in front of you. Tape them up on the mirror or in the flap of your Bible. Review them. Be able to recite them. I personally like taping up Bible references in front of my treadmill. Whatever works for you, do it! The more confident you are in your faith, the more God will be able to use you for His glory.
“When we truly live in ‘the secret place,’ it becomes impossible for us to doubt God. We become more sure of Him than of anyone or anything else…Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything.” –Oswald Chambers