Assurance of Salvation

Maybe you received Christ a few years or more ago.  Yet, you have doubts about whether you are saved, born again, or going to Heaven.

To be assured of your salvation is to have a sense or awareness of belonging to Christ and having complete confidence that you will go to heaven when you die. The following are reasons why you may not feel assured of your salvation:

    1. You could be depending on doing good works or deeds to earn salvation.
      1. You will never feel assured because there will always be a feeling of, “Have I done enough?”
      2. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
    2. You may be depending on just a mere religious profession.
      1. Many people merely say, “Yes I believe in Jesus” from a mental standpoint, only desiring to be a church member and put their names on the church roll.
      2. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe  in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9).
    3. You may be depending on feelings.
      1. Some people look for some type of emotional feeling or experience to let them know something really happened.
      2. The Bible states that we are not saved by our feelings, but by faith.
      3. For by grace are we saved through faith… (Ephesians 2:8-9).
    4. There may be a lack of repentance.
      1. I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:3).
      2. This is the element most people miss in their salvation experience. They believe mentally, but they never repent.  Repentance forces us to deal with our hearts. To repent means that we turn away from our old lives and go in the opposite direction to walk with the Lord.

        Repentance is not feeling convicted or feeling sorry about our sin (although it begins there). It is making the decision as an act of our will to walk in the other direction.
    5. You may not know God’s promises.
      1. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13).
      2. What is written is what helps us know we have eternal life.
      3. I know I am saved because God promised in His Word that if I believe and confess Christ and repent of my sin, I am saved or have eternal life. Only what is written gives us assurance of salvation.
    6. You may be struggling with a secret sin.

Sometimes we may have a secret sin or questionable practice in our lives that we are not willing to confess or give up, so we feel guilty.

      1. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
      2. Yes, sin takes our confidence away from feeling that we are in God’s will. All we have to do is confess that to the Lord, repent, and go in the opposite direction.
    1. You may be dealing with trials, tests, and sufferings.

You may be enduring tests and trials since becoming a Christian, and it may seem like God does not love and care about you.  Hence you may feel you are not saved.

Once you receive Christ by faith and repent of your sins, it is important for you to place the following scriptures in your heart to help you resist the temptation to doubt:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36).

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (John 5:24).

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day (John 6:39).
How to Pray for the Assurance of Salvation

Please repeat after me:

Heavenly Father, Your Word says that if I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead, I shall be saved. I have done this, so I thank You that I am saved according to Your Word.

You also said that if I confess my sins, You will forgive me. I thank You for forgiving me of any sins I may have committed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.