How to Have Confidence in Your Salvation

by Jack Wellman on October 17, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

Have you ever doubted your own salvation?  Has doubt crept into your mind about your being saved or not?  Here is how you can have confidence in salvation.

Saved From What?

We are saved but saved from what?  We are actually saved from God! Yes, saved from God but more specifically, we are saved from “the wrath of God [which] is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Rom 1:18) “For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs” (Psalm 75:8) but the good news is that since “we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10). So we are not simply saved from eternal death in hell fire alone but we are saved from the wrath of God which was poured out on Christ for our sake (Rom 5:1).

Can We Fall Away? Is it Biblical?

I do not like the term “once saved, always saved” because that seems presumptuous of God’s mercy.  Neither do I like what is called eternal security because it is not completely accurate.  I would rather call it the perseverance of the saints.  Sadly, many in the church do not believe that a person can be saved and stay saved.  Some believe you can lose your salvation.  What a fearful thing…one day to believe that they are saved and then not sure if they are on another day.  There are so many Bible verses that I can turn to but time and space limit me to only a select few but these are certainly convincing. Paul was confident in his salvation and so were the apostles but some passages trouble us.  One is in Hebrews 6:4-6 which says:

“For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.”

What is important to note is that they have “shared in the Holy Spirit” but not received the Holy Spirit.  It does not appear that the writer is speaking to believers because they were turning back to the Old Testament laws.  The Book of Hebrews was written to a Jewish audience and not every one of them was saved any more than everyone in church today is.  There are tares (false converts) growing up alongside the wheat (Christians) even today.  The Book of Hebrews is about the supremacy of Christ, a once-for-all sacrifice that is superior to the Old Covenant sacrifices that had to be continually sacrificed and could never take away sin.  Even if this were written to Christians, the writer seems confident of their being saved as he writes, “we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation” (Heb 6:9).  This writer says that “in your case” which is contrasted to those who have only “shared in the Holy Spirit.”  He says he feels “sure of better things – things that belong to salvation.”  It is sad that Hebrews 6:4-6 has needlessly troubled so many but what they do is take a few verses out of the text and don’t look at the full context of what is being said.  If they do this, they simply cannot understand what this chapter is really saying.  Text taken out of context makes a pretext and usually a false one. That is how cults are formed.

If the writer of Hebrews was saying that they could be saved and then fall away, why does he later write in this same chapter that “God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end” (Heb 6:10-11)?  Note that he speaks of “the full assurance of hope until the end” and calls them saints in the present tense. The way this was written is clear that they are saints in the present tense because they have been “serving the saints.”  Clearly, unsaved people don’t serve the saved (or the saints). It’s important to note that all of the Bible is written for believers but not all of the Bible is written to them.  For example God said that the Sabbath is a “sign to you” (Israel) but this does not mean that it is a sign to us today.

Sadly, many in the church do not believe that a person can be saved and stay saved.  Some believe you can lose your salvation.  What a fearful thing...one day to believe that they are saved and then not sure if they are on another day.

Sadly, many in the church do not believe that a person can be saved and stay saved. Some believe you can lose your salvation. What a fearful thing…one day to believe that they are saved and then not sure if they are on another day.

Is Confidence in Salvation Biblical?

Read these verses and you will have a hard time reconciling the belief that a person can receive eternal life and then lose it again.  The emphasis’ put in the text with ALL CAPS are my own to make a point so please indulge me.

John 6:37 “ALL that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will NEVER cast out.”

John 10:28-29 ”I give them eternal life, and they will NEVER perish, and NO ONE will snatch them out of my hand.My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and NO ONE is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

John 6:39 “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose NOTHING of ALL that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”

Romans 8:29-35, 37-38 “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

These verses are very convincing.  Who or what can separate us from God?  Not death, angels (fallen ones), things present (today), things to come (in the future), not height (falling), depth (by accident or drowning), powers (heavenly or earthly)…and to make sure this means everything and everyone Paul adds “nor ANYTHING ELSE in ALL creation.” Whatever is created covers it all wouldn’t you say? Jesus says that we can be born again (John 3:3) and one who is born again is literally born “from above” (Greek) and not born from below (or by our own power).  God has no aborted children!

Did Peter Believe in the Perseverance of the Saints?

First Peter 1:3-9 says:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has CAUSED us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is IMPERISHABLE, undefiled, and unfading, KEPT (held in store or reserved) in heaven (not by you on earth) for you, who by GOD’S POWER are being guarded [literally kept!] through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining (past tense) the outcome (or having already been done since this was past tense), the outcome (completed) of your faith, the salvation (past tense) of your souls.”

Reserved in Heaven

Jude wrote “To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for (literally “kept by”) Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:b).  What Jesus keeps, Jesus keeps for good!  Paul said “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced (assured) that he is able to guard (means to keep protected) until (or “up until”) that Day (of His return) what has been entrusted (Greek, “deposited”) to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit (means like a down payment or promissory note) entrusted to you” (2 Tim 1:12-14).  In the Book of Ephesians chapter’s 1 and 2 speak Paul writes about the Holy Spirit’s work in “sealing us” and what God seals, no man can open.

Conclusion

Is your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life?  God warns us that “if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:15).  God is angry at the sinner (or the unsaved) every single day and since “God is a righteous judge, a God who feels indignation every day” (Psalm 7:11) we need to repent of our sins if we haven’t already done so.  Then, we need to confess our sins before God and plead with the Savior to save us and then trust in Him who alone can save us (Rom 10:9-13, Acts 4:12).

Another article you might be interested in: Where is Heaven? Where is Hell? What Does The Bible Say?

 

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Troy October 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Question. Even though god is angry with sinners every day, does he still love them

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Jack Wellman October 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

God is angry at the sinners is directed to those who are not at peace with God. God loves us and the unsaved in the sense that He is responsible for their being alive and brought into the world but we can be angry at even those we love in our family, right? God loves them but as a father and now a grandfather I disciplined my children when they were young and their behavior made me angry and so the reason I disciplined them was because I loved them. Love = discipline. You can not have love without discipline because if there is no love there is no regard for them. Make sense? Thanks Troy.

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Linda October 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Wow Jack, great one, yep your absolutely right, sometimes I do question myself thinking Im saved then Not, its a terrible feeling, then I re-read John 10:28-29 as its easier to understand then some. Thanks, Blessings,
Linda

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Jack Wellman October 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Thank you Linda…I believe that if a person never, ever has any doubts they might have real reason for concern because a person that is concerned about their salvation or has doubts shows that they care about the fact that their sins might be separating them from God. The unsaved person has no care at all about concern for their salvation because they don’t even ever think about it. Make sense Linda? Thank you my friend.

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Norma October 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Thank you SO much sir! This was awesome! As a baby Christian, oh my gosh I had doubts, etc. This was one of them. Now I KNOW for sure! I also finally had the opportunity after bible study this morning to talk to my Pastor and did he give me some extremely needed advice and assurance as well!

PRAISE God that He gives us each other to help us when we need it the most!

I can’t wait to HUG you in Heaven!!!!

God Bless you!!!!!

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Jack Wellman October 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

Norma, you brought me such joy today after reading your comment. I truly thank God for you and know that you must be an encouragement to others around you for the joy of the Lord is being displayed abundantly in your heart and truly we can both rejoice in that and declare that God alone is worthy of our joy. Thank you.

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Mary October 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

Hi, Ive been taught Christianity all of my childhood but during my teenage years i strayed. I dont know how many people worry about this, but im concerned but im worried i accidentally committed the “unforgivable sin”. I also worry that because the only baptism ive ever had was as a newborn with a water sprinkling that it will keep me from god. Im trying to live the way that god wants us to, and i pray all the time. as much as i can. I am a new christian i guess you would say since its only been a few months since i took god back into my heart and asked forgiveness. Im trying my hardest to live just the way he wants me to be and i know that ill never be perfect to think i could i feel is a sin itself. I just feel that since i cant speak in tongues, or feel the holy spirit, that maybe i did something so bad i cant be forgiven? I want to be closer to god, its hard to explain, i just have this overwhelming need inside to want to be next to him. to have him with me? its really hard to explain i know we cant see jesus yet but i cant help the longing to want to. I also feel like i dont have a god given purpose, my mom once said when i was a baby she thought she heard an angel talking to me, she said she couldnt understand it but it was the prettiest thing she had ever heard and that i was giggling and cooing. i dont remember but i often wondered if thats what it was, why me and what was it saying. sorry this is so long. i just thought if there was a way to answer my doubts this would be the place. im filled with so many questions and i dont know how to get them answered. ive prayed about it but i know we also need to take steps ourselves and god helps us along the way. he doesnt do everything for us. haha

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Jack Wellman October 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

Mary, thank you for such a wonderful comment. It is good to know what you have been going thru. I think you are not alone in eagerly and passionately desiring to see Jesus and knowing that He will put an end to suffering is an even greater hope. I know you seem to have many questions. I would speak with your pastor about these things and he may be able to give you some answers to your questions.

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Dianne Troutt October 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I have been a Christian for over 50 years. I love GOD and
JESUS very much and would love to have a relationship with both of them. I pray every night and thank them for everything I have. And I know that I wouldn’t have such a
blessed family if it wasn’t for GOD giving them to me. I just
don’t know just what I need to do in order to have a relationship with GOD and JESUS. Can you help me?

GOD bless you,
Dianne Troutt

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Jack Wellman October 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thank you for your comment Mrs. Troutt. I am a bit confused and so please forgive me. If you are a Christian, then you already have a relationship with God and since Jesus is God, you have one with Him as well. Let me help clear this up for you. Here is how to have an eternal relationship with God. It means:

Repenting of your sins and turning the other way toward God

Confessing our sins and seeing our sinfulness and realizing our desperate need for the Savior

Believing that Jesus is your personal Savior

Believing with your heart and not just your head

Relying on, fully trusting in, leaning upon, and resting in — Him

Believing that He is your Savior first and allowing the Holy Spirit to help you make Him your Lord too

Believing that there is no other way to the Father in Heaven except by Jesus Christ alone

You can read more in Romans 10:9-13. If this makes sense to you or if you have just now or after having read this, believed in the Lord after repentance, and trust in Him as Savior, then you are ALREADY saved and already have a relationship that can never be cutoff (John 6:37, 39; John 10:28-29). Please let us know Mrs. Troutt.

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Norma October 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

OK, now I need to really stop beating myself up…as a new Christian, 3 months I believe, I was going ughhh, I am trying so hard to get this relationship with Him and wondering if I am.

I grew up in a loveless home, very abusive, etc., then in the military went through several times where I was assaulted, then my last work place was absolutely chaotic and abusive as well.

Since being saved, I am having to learn to love, trust, be patient, believe, etc., and it’s NOT easy!

I battle that evil one everyday…I will not give up though. No one can take me from Him and Him from me.

He has truly blessed me and I see it all around me, with my family etc.

I used to think, gosh, I never was really loved, never really had the chance to just be a kid, etc. Well He /bonked me down a notch or 2 yesterday at Bible study…and I need to look forward and be thankful now that I have both parents and they are both saved (Praise God) and if I need their encouragement (They are my Barnabas’!!) I can call them anytime.

I might not properly pray right now or talk to Him like I should…I sort of just talk to Him in my own way, so I think that is good enough :)…but I know he knows I am trying my best and it’s all I can do. He is guiding me :)

God Bless you all and hang in there :) You mature Christians are what us baby Christians need :)

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Jack Wellman October 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Norma….I believe that “babes in Christ” often show more wisdom that those who have been Christians for a long time for these “babes” are so humble and hungry to learn but many of us who have been longtime Christians lose this first love and your desire to seek to know more about God is truly refreshing. I thank God for you Norma.

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Dianne Troutt October 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Dear Mr. Jack Wellman,
I believe that I really knew that I was saved because every time I hear Gospel songs the Holy Spirit goes into my
body and stays there for a long time. If I wasn’t saved then GOD would not give me the gift of the Holy Spirit.

GOD Bless You,
Dianne Troutt

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Jack Wellman October 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Amen Mrs. Troutt. I owe you and apology and do now give it to you. I am so sorry. My thick skull at times has a hard time letting in clear understanding. I am just curious about what you wrote that “every time I hear Gospel songs the Holy Spirit goes into my body and stays there for a long time” because from what I understand is that when the Holy Spirit brings us eternal life by believing in Christ after repentance, the Holy Spirit does more than stay for a long time….He stays forever in the believer (Eph chapter 1, 2; Romans 8) not for must a long time but forever. The Holy Spirit never goes into a body after hearing music (like Gospel music) but comes into a person once they repent of their sins and then confess them to God and trust in Christ. The Holy Spirit comes and stays and doesn’t really come and go. Does that make sense Mrs. Troutt? Either way, I am glad you are born again (born “from above” in John 3:3 literally).

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Nicholas October 30, 2013 at 2:47 am

I THINK BY WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN IT ALWAYS TAKES READING INTO THE BIBLE AND NOT JUST A VERSE OR TWO , TO GROW IN CHRIST , AND TO NOT COUNT THIS FREE GIFT AS SOMETHING YOU CAN JUST GRAB AND OPEN ONE SIDE OF THE PACKAGE TO SEE WHAT IS INSIDE , YOU HAVE TO WORK SOME TO OPEN UP ALL THAT JESUS SAYS . LIKE OPENING A GIFT AT CHRISTMAS AND YOU SEE WHAT IS IN IT , TOSS IT OVER TO YOUR STACK AND GO ON OPENING OTHERS , YOU NEED TO SEE AND APPRECIATE THE GIFT , SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE , STUDY INTO THE DIRECTIONS OF WHAT IS INSIDE . I KNOW I AM SAVED FOR SO MANY REASONS , I CAN’T JUST SAY A VERSE OR TWO OF SCRIPTURE OR QUOTE A SONG , AND A GROUP PRAYER WITH NON-BELIEVERS , YOU ALWAYS HEAR THE PASTOR SAY NOW YOU MUST GET INVOLVED IN A CHURCH THAT BELIEVES IN SALVATION IF HE HAS ANY TRAINING AT ALL , HE KNOWS THAT THIS GROUP THING COULD MEAN NOTHING PERHAPS IF A PERSON WAS JUST INCLUDING THEMSELVES TO BE JUST A PART OF THAT GROUP AS TO BE SEEN IN THE GROUP , THE UN-SAVED SINNER NEEDS TO KNOW EVEN THOUGH HIS GOOD WORKS WILL-NOT GET HIM IN HEAVEN , IF HE EVEN CARES ABOUT SALVATION HE WILL WANT TO START SERVING CHRIST !!!!!!!

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Lisa Reman January 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

Thanks for the helpful article. I am new to read your site but from now i will visit your site regularly because i love to read article like this. Thanks.

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Jack Wellman January 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

Thank you very kindly Lisa for your words of encouragement and please do keep us in mind when you have questions about the Bible.

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Mason April 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Recently I’ve felt as though I have been disconnected from God. I have been saved as a younger child but it is starting to get harder to find the peace in that. I wondering if this is because I just didn’t do it correctly or that I am somehow falling away from God. I am being raised in a Christian home and have talked to my pastor. I was hoping you might have some answers.

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Jack Wellman April 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I would do this…first thing, every morning…even if you have to set your alarm 15 or 20 minutes earlier, pray before you do anything, read the Bible for 15 minutes, like the gospel of John (which is a gospel of reassurance) and do this every day for a month. When you speak of “I’ve felt” you are relying on human feelings, which are the most unreliable, undependable thing on earth. God’s Word is sure and believe these verses if you believe you can somehow fall away (John 6:37, 39, John 10:28-29 and read ALL of Romans 8 which ends with “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You must trust God and take Him at His Word for God cannot lie. Human feelings do. Stay in John (particularly chapters 6 & 10) and then Romans 8 and come back to us and see if this helps.

Also, I beseech you (beg you, or plead with you) to read this article called “Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?” at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-lose-their-salvation-a-biblical-analysis/ Do these things starting today and tomorrow morning.

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Mason April 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Thank you but I would also like to ask if you would happen to know what exactly is going on. It all began when I was going through some hard things and after being in world religion and science class I just felt like I was alone. I know the Bible says that is not true but I just couldn’t find His presence which sent me into thinking things weren’t right

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Jack Wellman April 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Mason, again, I would speak face to face with you if I could so let me say that all of us go thru such a thing as you are right now…even experienced Christians. You said that you were saved as a young child so this means that you have repented and confessed your sins and then put your trust in Christ. Some children who were supposed to be saved as a young child didn’t really understand what repentance meant which means to turn around and go the other way, forsaking your sins. How young were you when you were saved? Stay in the Bible, read it first thing every single morning and pray first and last thing before bed and read your Bible again, regularly at night. These things will help. Have you read John chapter 6 and 10? Have you read Romans 8? You didn’t tell me if you did these things. Try these and also find it if you really understood what being saved meant? We all have times of doubt. That is the enemy and maybe you are under spiritual attack so please read this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/spiritual-attacks-putting-on-the-armor-of-god/

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Mason April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Thank you so much. God has definitely led me to the right place. I will start this every morning beginning tomorrow. To answer your I was saved when I was 9 but I was reading this article to know if I was actually my decision or just following everyone else. God bless

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Jack Wellman April 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

That is so good Mason. I believe that 9 years of age is old enough to understand what sin is and your comment gives me hope…and hey, I would venture to say you have given others hope who are subscribed to this article. May God richly bless you. I know that the Bible can help lesson fear and fear can lesson Bible reading so your on the right track my friend.

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Mason April 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I spent the past couple of mornings doing what you’ve asked and I can say I am seeing a difference. I was just wondering what can I expect from doubts and what exactly is something I can use to defeat it. I have been dealing with it for 3 months so I’ve figured maybe there is something I’m not doing. Thoughts?

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Jack Wellman April 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Hello again Mason. The most fierce attacks from Satan are when you are experiencing spiritual growth, witnessing to the lost, and have overcome a major sin in your life, so I would say that doubt is always from the enemy and reassurance (i.e. John 6:37, 39, John 10:28-29; Romans 8, etc) always comes from God. When you feel doubt, fall to your knees, ask God to give you confidence in His ability to save and His Word is always true, and I would also get spiritually stronger by making sure to attend a good adult Sunday school course, take notes during the pastor’s sermon to follow up on the message, when possible, attend Weds. night Bible studies, and keep doing what you are doing. The difference between guilt and conviction is that doubt and guilt always are from the Devil but conviction is from the Holy Spirit and is trying to show you where you can grow to be more like Jesus.

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Mason April 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Yes sir I’m very engaged in my church on Sunday and Wednesday.I have weekly meetings with my pastor on Mondays. It’s just this unfamiliar territory to me so I am very thankful for you leading me through it.

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Jack Wellman April 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm

My brother…you are already doing better than the majority of Christians today so you will receive more spiritual attacks…but I say to you that is actually a good thing because then you know you are on the right side and that is HIS side. Many are not doing what you are now…you are striving to grow in grace and knowledge and many, like I was once, are simply pew potatoes and not wanting to feed on the Word on a regular basis. I wished I had men like you my brother in the church that I pastor!

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Mason April 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I’ve had a horrible day. My pastor told me as a young child I just believed what my parents told me but as I start to grow up I begin to find out my personal beliefs. I have just seem to have gotten farther away every day! I’m entering into a spiritual numbness I don’t want to be in. What should I do? Where do I turn now if everything feels collapsed in on me. I know this May seem silly but what does it really mean to believe?

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Jack Wellman April 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Hello again Mason. To believe means to (literal translation) to be living or be walking in. To believe is to be in something like Jesus and Paul often wrote…to believe in Jesus is to trust Him and take comfort in Him. We are commanded to not worry because this is lack of trust or faith in God. To believe God is to trust God…to have faith is to believe what He says is true. Have you read Romans 8? John chapter 6 and 10? When we are down, this forces us to have only one way to look…that is up! Stay in contact with an older mentor. Find one in the church. Ask your pastor for a recommendation. I wish I had you closer to my church so I could speak to you face to face as this is always so much better than by messages. Turn to God. That’s where you turn. Collapse is good if we collapse on our face and cry out to God for He is near the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Read Psalm 103 and see what God thinks of you. When you get down, start praising Him and thanking Him and listen to some worship music and worship Him in song. The enemy must flee when you start praising Him and thanking Him and speak of the precious blood of the Lamb.

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Mason April 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Mr. Jack thank you for the help you give my parents don seem to care and are threatening to take away my mentors if I don’t figure it out. That’s why I’m thankful for this. I have checked out Romans 8. All my life I’ve been such a strong christian confident in my faith. It’s all just been taken away and all I can seem to do is pray which really hasn’t changed much. I’m trying to be as patient as I can but is it possible this could eventually lead to my faith being choked out of me?

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Jack Wellman April 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

It is possible only if someone can snatch you out of the Father’s and out of Jesus’ hands (John 10:28-29) or if Jesus does cast you away (John 6:37, 39) of which neither are possible for God has just lied to us (which of course He cannot lie). Do you live with your parents still? Your parents don’t sound saved? No Christian does such things. Read all of 1 John and see why I say that. They sound like they need to be born again because they may hear some terrible news some day from Jesus (Mat 7:21-23). Keep reading Roman’s 8! Believe God…not your doubts. No parents on earth can thwart God’s Mighty Hand…no way!

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Mason April 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

I guess what I mean is how can I have faith when I am going through hard things. This morning I checked out 1 John. I wanted to ask about James 1 if that applies to the situation. Yes I live with my parents and they too are Christians who always go to church and are saved.

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Jack Wellman April 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

You can have faith not if you are going thru hard times but because you are. God allows all believers to go thru hard times and Jesus said that the road will be narrow and difficult because if it was easy then Jesus was not telling the truth. Ask your parents why they won’t allow an older mentor? There is every reason to have one for Timothy had Paul, and so many other examples. Ask your pastor about a mentor. How old are you Mason? If you are of age, it might be time to leave home and start your own life apart from your family.

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Mason April 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I’m only 13 sir having been raised in the church. Pretty much this is how it is. After being at school(you know how they teach all this stuff against God) I somehow got the impression if all I’ve been growing up in is the truth. So now pretty much I’m looking at every piece of evidence possible and can’t find comfort. I am one of those people who accepts evidence pretty quickly. So why is it any different now? Is it Satan preventing me from growing? I thought nothing can pluck me from his hands so does that mean I was never his? Why do I feel like in being taken away?

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Jack Wellman April 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Mason, Satan has no power over a Christian. He cannot rob anyone from God at all. Greater is He (God) that is in you than he (Satan) that is in the world. I highly recommend you talk with your pastor about your fears of losing your salvation and you can also read an article over this topic at this link my friend at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-lose-their-salvation-a-biblical-analysis/

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Mason April 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Is there any other means of contact I can get (email,etc.) ?you’ve have been key In my endurance and I need this sort of support and answers

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Jack Wellman April 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

You now can contact me thru Facebook…and in fact, I believe you already have become my friend Mason on Facebook.

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Nicholas Head April 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

A friend of mine was saying when he has something wrong , his is pain , one thing that has helped him is to pray for others and this he knows blesses him with his troubles , I know Pastor Jack to have this in him also , and folk that write into this site , a lady I know has really been a GOD sent for me , and I know she has had many things to come up with the health of her husband , her own worries , and her love for her son too , I just wanted to put it in words somehow , I know all this is to GOD be the Glory , but thanks GOD these folk have helped me to have hope , and I certainly want to pray for them , GOD’s love passing through us to show this kind of love means so very much , that love can’t be explained well enough into words , it is just too great , Love to my brother Jack , and Patty …………..

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Jack Wellman April 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Nicholas, I truly thank God for you brother and am so greatful for your caring and compassion for Mason. Praying for others is an incredibly great idea. I will join with you Nicholas in praying for Mason. I just can’t express in words my love for what you are doing for the citizens of the Kingdom brother.

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Nicholas Head April 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm

A NOTE TO MASON — ECCLESIASTES 9 : 14-18 , THIS KIND OF SHOWS ME THAT EVEN WHEN THE ODDS ARE AGAINST ONE LITTLE PERSON OR IN THIS CASE IN THE BIBLE IT WAS ONE SMALL CITY A WISE MAN KNEW WHAT TO DO , AND EVEN THOUGH HE WASN’T REMEMBERED FOR IT BECAUSE HE WAS POOR THAT DIDN’T TAKE AWAY FROM HIS GOD’S GIFT TO THE WISDOM HE USED TO RESCUE THAT CITY .

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Nicholas Head April 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

ANOTHER NOTE TO MASON FROM ANOTHER READER , I HAVE FAITH AND THEN SOMETIME MAYBE I DOUBT , BUT I THINK MY DOUBT IS AT ME NOT GOD , I DON’T FEEL WORTHY , BUT NONE OF US ARE , I THINK WHEN YOU PUT IT IN YOUR MIND SET THAT FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD , JUST KEEP ON READING , AND YOUR FAITH WILL IMPROVE , I HAD A YOUNG GUY ONE TIME AT WORK SITUATION WAS I WAS HAVING A HARD TIME WITH SOMETHING , AND HE KIND OF SMIRKED AND SAID ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO LOVE THE LORD , I LET HIME KNOW I LOVED THE LORD , BUT I THOUGHT LATER , IT DOES RAIN ON THE JUST AS IT DOES THE UNJUST , WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE IT EASY AS A CHRISTIAN , I THINK IT WAS PAUL THAT SAID TO TIMOTHY IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN THE END DAYS , NOT THAT YOU LOSE YOUR SALVATION BUT THAT BY BEING A CHRISTIAN THINGS MAY WORK AGAINST YOU , THIS WORLD IS SO CAUGHT UP IN MATERIAL THINGS , I JUST HEARD A PREACHER SAY DON’T BE PRAISING GOD FOR THAT 54 INCH T.V. YOU HAVE , IT IS AN ITEM THAT ROBS YOUR TIME YOU SPEND WITH GOD , I KNOW THE WRITERS HAVE MUCH BETTER ADVICE THAN I BUT , I FEEL I SHOULD SAY SOMETHING TOO JUST BECAUSE I THINK GOD WANTS ME TO TRY AND HELP AND TO SHOW CHRISTIAN LOVE TO ANOTHER CHRISTIAN .

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Mason April 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Thank you Nicholas! It’s really nice to know someone else who had a similar problem. I will definitely check it out.

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Mason April 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Mr wellman let me ask you, my dad tells me it all comes down to a choice whether to believe or not and I chose to belief but it’s hard to defend. I’m just unstable

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Jack Wellman April 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Yes, it is a choice we all have to make but you have already made that decision, right? When doubt comes, just remember that we can trust Jesus in what He says, right (John 10:28-29)? Have you read Romans chapter 8? Committ that to memory. Learn one new verse a week and then also John 6:37 & 39 and John 10:28-29. Jesus never lies, right? Trust what He says. Read these and memorize the John verses first. Put them on index cards, keep them in your bedroom, in your backpack, just remember that we can always trust Christ but we cannot always trust our feelings.

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