By   •   June 1, 2004


I don’t always feel saved. How can I be sure I am?


Mr. Graham has responded in the following way to one who needed assurance about whether he was truly saved: “I believe one of the oldest tricks of the devil is to make Christians doubt their salvation. When we doubt our salvation, we doubt God’s Word, and when we doubt God’s Word, we are powerless and ineffective tools for Christ.

“A lot of people believe they are saved only if they have some powerful emotion or overwhelming feeling. However, every Christian has times when feelings are not strong, no matter what our experiences may have been in the past. But it is not our feelings that save us—it is Christ.

“How can we know we are really saved? Because God’s Word tells us, and God cannot lie. If you have put your personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Bible says God has made you a member of His family. ‘God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life … These things I have written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life’ (1 John 5:11-13). As someone once said, ‘God said it—I believe it—that settles it!’

“Remember that God loves you. And if you begin to doubt, remember the promises He has made to you and the way He loves you. Learn to thank Him for that love. When we know Christ, nothing ‘shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8:39).”

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  1. Jeff says:

    Daily struggles. Thank you for hope!

  2. Larry Brin says:

    I’ve accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I believe every word in Scripture as true and inspired by God yet I am fearful that I am not saved. This has been a constant struggle for years, which interferes with the peace and joy which should come as a Christian and even thrive within Christian fellowship. Because I don’t have this assurance of my salvation I see this as a sign that I am not saved. I am consumed by this doubt and fear.

  3. Gracie Stewart says:

    By reading this it have made me see things a whole lot different. Thank you for your words and God bless you.

  4. Louise kennedy says:

    Thank you.I really struggle with feeling good enough to get into heaven.

  5. Shawn says:

    I believe in eternal security and I agree with the BGEA answer to the question “I don’t always feel saved. How can I be sure I am?” In fact, its insightful comforting and reassuring. But what If I’ve done several horrible things, some of which were repeatedly and intentionally even though I knew it was sinful and wrong?

    1. Terry says:

      Shawn – Your spirit will testify with God’s spirit that you belong to Him. The fact you recognize your sin is wrong is a good thing. Next, sincerely confess and repent (turn from the sin) and ask God to take control as He forgives you. Acknowledge your own weakness and the fact you cannot, on your own, avoid sin. Remember, none of us has to sin but all of us do fall short of the glory of God. All need Jesus to be our savior. When temptation comes, do as David did when facing his giant (Goliath) and focus on God and not yourself or your own strength.

  6. Garrett says:

    I needed this. It came to me at just the right moment

    1. Scott says:

      I really needed to read this today.