March 4

God Is In Control

Psalms 103:19-22

Have you ever wondered whether you are truly saved? Many people struggle with this question, but my goal is for you to experience assurance.

Salvation describes what happens when God rescues us from the guilt and penalty of sin and brings us into a relationship with Himself. Jesus said that He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6); we deservedeternal separation from God because of our sin, but Christ took our penalty by dying in our place. When we trust Him as Savior and commit our lives to follow Him, we are saved.

Questions arise when believers sin and wonder if they could still be in good standing with God. Others wonder whether they ever truly surrendered their lives and believed or just went through the motions.

Let me assure you: the Bible is clear that salvation is not dependent upon any work we do (Eph. 2:8-9). In fact, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our need in the first place (John 16:8). Our redemption is a free gift that God gives to anyone who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Once we are saved, there is nothing that can eternally separate us from Him.  Our heavenly Father adopts us, and though we can choose to sin and be out of fellowship with Him, our salvation is always secure.

Do you struggle with doubt regarding your salvation? You are not alone. God wants His children to experience confidence in this regard. Through the Holy Spirit, we gain the desire and understanding that enable our redemption. Then God Himself saves. We are simply to accept and follow Him. 

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