by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday July 4, 2006
Clearing Up Conversion Confusion
God never seeks to confuse us. Rather, He expresses Himself precisely, because He desires that we truly understand His teachings and how they apply to our lives. Simply put, the Lord wants us to trust in Him with complete confidence.
We have an Enemy, however, who attempts to undermine that confidence at every turn. We’ve all been there — joyfully moving along through life, sure of our salvation, and then, BAM! We stumble into sin, and our feelings take over. The Devil uses our remorse and conflicting emotions to eat away at our confidence. We think, There’s no way I can be saved. If I were truly saved, I would never have done such a thing. Overwhelmed by feelings of regret and shame, we find our faith coming under fire.
It is amazing how effectively our fleeting human emotions can undermine assurance in God’s promises. However, we should not find it all that shocking. After all, men and women have been conditioned to let their feelings lead them through life. “If it feels good, do it” is an all-too-common motto in today’s world.
Yet, the Lord does not speak in feelings; He speaks in truth. Whenever your emotions contradict the Word of God, you can be sure that the Scriptures are reliable. For a believer, “feeling saved” is as irrelevant as a husband or wife “feeling married.” You either are or you’re not; your feelings do not make it so.
Have your feelings of regret stolen your confidence in God’s eternal salvation? Lay your feelings before the Lord today, and embrace the certainty that only comes with His truth.
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