When I don’t feel Saved
Q: What about times when I don’t feel saved?
Feelings come and go. Feelings may be inconsistent and feelings don’t last. Some days you feel like being indoors, some days, the thought of it annoys you.
When you acknowledge the gospel of Christ, you are different. The wrong things you did have been forgiven and forgotten. You now have God as a constant companion, who will be with you no matter how you feel.
We all have those days when we don’t feel something. When this happens to you, remember:
– God doesn’t change His mind. You made a conscious choice to ask Jesus into your life. God honored your faith and saved you by grace. He gave you a new life. He is not a man, when He commits to something, it is final.
– You belong to a family. Think about your earthly family; some days, you may not feel like a part but how you feel is not going to change your DNA. You are now part of God’s family and that is not going to change.
Remember, God is trustworthy. Feelings change but God will never change. His love and presence remain constant in our lives. Even when we don’t feel saved, we can know for sure that we are saved.
Q: I’m new in the faith but at times I feel tempted by my old ways, what do I do?
As long as you’re on earth, your flesh will always contend with the Spirit, and vice versa. But as you yield to and walk in the Spirit, you will defeat your flesh (Galatians 5:16-17). It’s important to belong to a church were you’ll grow and be edified, it’s important that you keep the company of people that will encourage you in the faith and it’s important that you build a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit in you. If you do sin, know that Jesus is your advocate before God the Father and HE is also the propitiation for your sins (1 John 2:1-2). So when you’re convicted of any wrongdoing, repent (being confident you’ve already been forgiven), pick up yourself and keep pressing on, keep yielding to the Holy Spirit, don’t be discouraged and don’t let your mind or the devil make you feel condemned. This is not an excuse for you to continue in sin.
Q: Can one be born again and still sin?
Yes you can be born again and still sin, if you choose to. What is sin? “Whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23) Actions which don’t come from faith – from treasuring God over all things, are sin. From obvious things like murder, adultery and covetousness to subtle things, sin is not treasuring God above all things, preferring anything more than God. A Christian can decide to fornicate, steal, lie and commit any kind of sin even though that is not his nature. Note that before you were saved, you were under the control of sin, the old man had no power over sin, but in Christ, your new nature is dead unto sin and alive unto God. The new man in Christ is not under the control of sin, even if he commits sin (Romans 6:11-14). A man does not have the nature of a lion, but he can make roaring sounds if he chooses to. You are born again, don’t yield yourself to sin, instead yield yourself unto God, because you’re no longer controlled by your old nature (Romans 6:13, 19). Now, if you do sin, be quick to boldly turn back to God who loves you and gave His life for you. There is forgiveness, justification and restoration in God.
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