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. 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:

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  2. Rita Heckroodt says:

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