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. jerry says:

    thank you

  2. latoya hutchinson says:

    Thank you for the confirmation.

  3. Stacy says:

    I’m glad I came upon this site, I really needed to hear these words

  4. frank says:

    I have been troubled by this for many years. When my beloved wife died it got much worse because of being alone. I asked JESUS to save me 45 years ago and still ask him over and over to save me. It takes away the little joy I have yet I can comfort others. What is wrong with me? Does anyone know?

    1. Tiffany Jothen says:

      Frank, remember that salvation isn’t about a feeling, but about God’s promise to us. He promises that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

      Salvation doesn’t depend on you and what you have done; it depends only on Christ and what He has done for you through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. By paying the price for our sins, Christ broke the barrier between us and God and provided a way for us to spend eternity in heaven.

      Because we are imperfect, we keep sinning after we are saved, but we are typically convicted to turn from our sins. There is a change in our lives: when we have Christ, we actively try to obey Him. We WANT to stop sinning and we seek His forgiveness. He will help you through whatever issues you are facing and promises that you will not be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). He can help you stay strong even when tempted to go back to your old ways.

      Here are a couple of encouraging verses for you. Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” By accepting Christ, He has forgiven you of your sins. And He can transform your life if you let Him guide you.

      Although you should put your faith in Christ each day, you don’t need to worry about your salvation since you have already accepted Him as your Savior. Instead, pray and ask for wisdom. Ask God to guide you and to help you do His will. Find a Bible-teaching church so you will have fellowship with other Christians. Read the Bible and allow God to speak to you through its pages. He can help you grow in your faith.

      Check out these resources for more on salvation:

      – BGEA staff

  5. Jeff says:

    Daily struggles. Thank you for hope!

  6. 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.

    1. lisa says:

      Larry,I saw your post and wondered how you are doing since you posted this, and if you are still consumed by doubts of your salvation?

  7. 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.

  8. Louise kennedy says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. Garrett says:

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

    1. Scott says:

      I really needed to read this today.