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By   •   June 1, 2004

Q:

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


A:

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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27 Comments

  1. Tasha says:

    I got saved in my neighbors dining room, just her and I (she is an awesome Woman of God). Started going to an amazing church for 6 years. Now we are going to a much smaller church, Sometimes I don’t even want to go, and am starting to doubt my salvation. Could I have not been truly saved?

    1. BGEA says:

      Tasha, this may help answer your questions about your salvation: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/salvation/

      It may also help to talk to your pastor about how you’re feeling; it could have more to do with your expectations of church rather than your relationship with God.

  2. Will says:

    I have gotten saved at a kid but I can’t remember if I was being serious or not I said the prayer and everything I am now 17 and I’m not.sure if I am saved or not is it alright to try it again ?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Will,
      This is definitely something you want to know for sure. Consider visiting http://peacewithgod.net/ to learn more or talk online with a member of our team.

  3. RANDY SCEARCE says:

    THANKS

  4. Bill says:

    I remember giving my heart to Christ years ago but I can’t remember an exact date , even the year, could I be lost?

  5. Daniel dixon says:

    i was saved many years ago, yet i have committed sins. Am i always saved, i am just a little confused. i read some scripture online and in the book, but just don’t know the answer

    1. BGEA says:

      Daniel,
      If you have accepted Christ, you are in God’s family. There is no changing that, but Satan will try to make you second-guess yourself. Take a look at what Billy Graham has to say:

      “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!’ Full Answer: http://billygraham.org/answer/i-dont-always-feel-saved-how-can-i-be-sure-i-am/

      If you would like to talk with someone directly, please visit http://peacewithgod.net/

  6. Kathy says:

    I love the Lord and believe that Jesus died for my sins and I keep telling myself that I am saved.

  7. Greg Medley says:

    I love the Lord and believed that he has saved me based off of his word, I find myself relying on his word, I don’t know if it’s the enemy at times messing with my mind about my salvation or when my mind strays even while I’m praying. I will continue to stay on course , I would just like to have total peace of mind and more control over my emotions and mind.

  8. STEVE. says:

    Sir, glory be to God, and thanks to your ministry, i have resolved either God saved me or not that will not make him to cease to be my God, but sir pray for me, I need ministerial breakthrough.

  9. Allison says:

    This is where I am…I just rededicated my life to Christ.. And I find myself questioning my salvation because I yell and curse and fuss with my husband who has cheated previously and we reconciled… But I don’t trust him and he acuses me of what he has done..this was a year ago..I know I belong to God through Christ… Yet I am still able to do these things and it saddens me because I’m sinning against Christ… I feel so bad yet I’m keep finding myself back in the same sin…I am broken hearted about what I’m doing… I am do hurt by my actions that I overlook why I’m arguing in the first place…my marriage is in a disrespectful shamble and I’m a saved sinnersinner…contradiction and it hurts…