Tuesday, January 18, 2011

To the Person Who Emailed About Not Feeling Saved

Some of you may have noticed that we didn't have a Monday's Meditation.  Mr. Kirsten Walkup has been ill, so he was unable to submit his weekly "Boss Your Heart" devo.  Please keep him in your prayers for healing.

Someone emailed me recently who was questioning their salvation, explaining how sometimes they wonder if they're really saved.  This devo, written by Sharon Jaynes and shared via the Girlfriends in God email, speaks to the questions that this reader had regarding her salvation.  (I'm sorry that I can't find your email, dearest reader, please know that I really wanted to respond to your questions, but maybe God intended for this devo to be the response He wanted you to hear.)

And now, here's the devo that speaks truth into the question of whether or not you're really saved:

January 17, 2011 
What if I Don't Feel Saved? 
Today's Truth
"I know whom I believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day" (2 Timothy 1:12 NIV).

Friend To Friend
Anna grew up in the church.  It wasn't a church that used the word "salvation" or "saved" very often and there was never a decisive moment she could recall "giving her life to Jesus," as she heard her more evangelical friends recount.  There was no "born again" experience that she could recall.  But she did love Jesus.  She'd loved Him for as long as she could remember.  But, she was not sure if she was actually saved.

Beth remembers walking down the red carpeted aisle of her church when she was twelve-years-old.  She filled out a membership card, signed up for the next baptism service and attended the catechism class for new believers.  She still remembers the feeling when she knew that she was a sinner who needed a Savior, and she wanted to follow Jesus more than anything.  Several years later, Beth packed her bags to go to college and entered the world of liberal teaching, wild sorority parties, and free flowing alcohol.  One night, in drunken confusion, Beth gave away her most valuable treasure to a boy she barely knew. In five minutes or less, her virginity vanished.  "How have I gotten so far away from God," she cried.  "I thought I was saved, but I guess I'm not."

Sarah had been attending a neighborhood Bible study for two years.  Most of the women there had no idea she wasn't a Christian.  "I put on a happy face, do my homework, and use the right lingo," she explains.  "I am really hungry to know God and I've asked Jesus to come in my heart dozens of times, but I just don't feel saved.  Why can't I get saved?"

Can you see how each one of these women has believed the lie that they have to earn their way to heaven? Why? Because they are depending on their feelings rather than the truth. 

Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession to the praise of his glory" (Ephesians 1:13-14).  Having believed, you were saved. Totally accepted. Past tense, finished, complete. 

In Ephesians chapter 6, Paul teaches us to put on the full armor of God.  The very first piece of armor is the "helmet of salvation." We've got to know that we have moved from rejection to acceptance, from guilty to forgiven, from condemned to saved.  If Satan can cause you to doubt your salvation, he will gain a strong foothold into your conquered territory.  Once you are saved, he can't do anything about the reality of your salvation.  You are signed, sealed, delivered...you're God's: signed by God with the blood of Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit for all eternity, and delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ.  Amen!

What does Paul mean when he tells the Ephesians to "put on the helmet of salvation?"  A helmet is designed to protect a soldier's head, and the helmet of salvation is designed to protect a Christian soldier's mind.  In order to have victory in the spiritual battle that we face every day, we must make sure that the helmet of salvation is seated securely on our minds and strapped snuggly in place.         
Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, Satan can't do anything about your position in Christ.  However, he can do much to try and confuse you or cause you to doubt your salvation.  Remember, he is the father of lies.  It's what he does.  It's who he is.  There may be days when you don't feel saved.  Well, rain on your feelings.  They are not the truth.  "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31).

You may not feel that you are saved, but you can know that you are saved.  Timothy wrote, "I know whom I believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day."  Timothy had the chin strap of the helmet of salvation strapped snuggly in place and he knew he was saved no matter how he felt.  That's what faith is all about - believing God regardless of, or in spite of, our feelings.

So where's your helmet today?  Is it strapped firmly in place? 

Let's Pray 
Dear LORD, once again, I thank You for saving me.  Sometimes I don't feel like I'm any different than I was before I said "yes" to You.  But I believe by faith, regardless of how I feel.  I stand firm in the knowledge of my salvation, my eternal inheritance, and my identity as a child of God.  In Jesus' Name, Amen

Now It's Your Turn 
OK, here's the test.  You mess up.  Really mess up.  The devil says to you...how can you call yourself a Christian?  You must not be a Christian after all?  What are you going to tell him?
After you've written down your answer, check out my answer at www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes.

More From The Girlfriends 
Today's devotion was taken from Sharon's book, I'm Not Good Enough...and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves. If you've been believing the enemy's lies that you are not good enough, totally worthless, would be happy if..., etc. and are ready to begin living in victory by believing God's truth, then this book is for you!  It's time to be set free to see yourself as God sees you: His holy, chosen, forgiven, and dearly loved child. Now that's a truth worth repeating. 
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