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. Dorothy says:

    Thank you. I know I don’t have much time left. I would like to know I did what GOD wanted me to. I am I am OK with him.

  2. John says:

    Praise God

  3. Ron Botts says:

    I sometimes feel I’ve left something out when asking Christ to save me. I to believe its satan. Thanks for being there.

    1. Dorothy says:

      I understand that feeling. I worry with the same. I think that is our adversary talking to us. I will remember you in my prayers Ron.

  4. Winslow Williams says:

    A great reminder. Feelings come and go but the word of God is true forever and ever….

  5. Jay Whittington says:

    Thank you

  6. Cathy smith says:

    My feelings used to be really strong about my salvation. Now I do not hear or feel God anymore at all. I was just wondering if God is still with me. I do not feel saved at all.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Cathy,

      It’s important to remember that salvation is not 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.

      So how do you do that? 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:

      God bless you!
      – BGEA Team

    2. Shannon Perry says:

      Man Cathy I felt the same way and it has led me in a downward spiral. Billy Graham is so right God’s love is forever if you except it. But with that said 8 know the devil is at constant work to make us thinkJesusand God dont love us or that others do not and can even make us question our own exsistance among so many other things. I am just thinking this out logically as I typing.

  7. Arnold says:

    lots of discouragements, i’m losing my Christian friends, i struggle with my sin, unanswered prayers, i always fail. It feels like i am not a Christian. I believe Jesus is the only way. Seems like God didn’t hear me when i received Him as my savior so i pray sinners prayer again and again. Am i not saved? I’m losing my hope. Please help.

    1. BGEA says:

      Arnold, you might be interested in this article about salvation. There’s a section of it that talks about being sure you’re saved:

      You can also connect online with someone from our team by looking for the chat button on this page:

      We have passed on your comment to our team so we can respond in more detail.

  8. Rita Heckroodt says:

    Thank you so much for all you do to encourage us.