Yesterday a man was sitting across from me in my office. Suddenly he burst into tears and said, “I don’t feel saved. And I don’t know what to do.”
Immediately I replied, “Salvation does not depend upon feelings, it depends on facts and faith!”
God often opens the door to our heart when His Spirit convicts us with feelings of guilt and remorse for the sins we have committed. These feelings may bring an awareness of sin and the consequences of sin but they cannot save anyone from sin.
John’s Gospel states it clearly and simply: “But to all who believed Him (fact) and accepted Him (faith) He gave the right to become children of God (salvation).” We find nothing about feelings in this important verse. What we do find is a statement declaring that Jesus Christ Who is Savior and Lord will welcome anyone who will receive Him. Those who do will be reborn spiritually and will receive new life from God Himself.
This new birth changes us from the inside out. It will change what we believe and how we live, our desires and values. Our feelings remain and can bring moments of doubt. Thank God that the facts of our salvation are certain, decreed and declared by God the Creator and Redeemer. And that it is “by grace through faith” that we are saved.
Prayer: Lord, when moments of doubt arise, may we in faith turn to You for hope and help to believe Your Word. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: