by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday, May 25
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Scriptures tell us we can be absolutely certain that we are saved, and yet many Christians are plagued by doubts. What causes this uncertainty?
- Sin can trigger something inside us that gnaws away at our faith. Satan says, "Don't tell me you're saved. Look at your past. Look at your life."
- Another cause of doubt is false teachings. Some people claim there is no way to be certain we are saved. Others teach that we can somehow lose our salvation. But the Bible promises that we can know we have eternal life and that true salvation is irreversible.
- A third reason for doubt is failure to believe God's Word. The Bible promises that if we have His Son, we have eternal life. (1 John 5:12) We can either believe or reject what God promises in His Word.
- Another reason is that we focus on emotions, which can quickly change. If salvation were based on feelings, we would never know from one day to the next if we were saved. What's more, people sometimes doubt their salvation because they compare themselves to other people. Take your eyes off them, and start looking to Jesus!
- Sometimes trials and tragedies make us vulnerable to doubt. And when Satan sees a child of God discouraged or hurting physically, he will often launch a vicious attack.
Our faith must be based, not on circumstances, but on the truth of Scripture. When you doubt for any reason, go back to God's Word and let Him assure you of His love and His provision.
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