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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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62 Comments

  1. Christina says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. When I feel depressed I don’t feel saved. Please remember me in prayer.

  2. Tanner Billson says:

    I love Billy Graham!

  3. Mark kelley says:

    I need to hear that we are truly saved , even when I doubt Jesus words.

  4. Linda Mallow says:

    Amen!!!

  5. Janet says:

    I ask God to free my son of drug addiction and carelessness. I asked God to heal my son. Why doesn’t he answer my prayer?

    1. Loreal Alford says:

      Hi, Janet, I have struggles too so I can not pretend to have it all together. I think maybe you should pray differently. I’m also having desiring to see family members change. I pray that God will surround them with men and women of God that will encourage them toward God. I pray for external influences because that’s how people become Christians, they experience God through outward experiences that they realize are personal. That’s what I hope you pray.

    2. LUANNE TAYLOR says:

      Like you, I have a daughter struggling with drug addiction. I too prayed God would take it away from her life. Then it struck me that maybe I was not letting go and just let God. I did not have to tell Him what to do but I could pray that she would be drawn closer to Christ. I prayed for Christ’s followers to be put in her path. I prayed that God would use our family’s struggles be used for His glory.
      I pray for all addicts and their families that they know His power that gives believers the peace that transcends all understanding. I pray this for you. After 20 years of pain, heart aches and trying to fix her, I finally came to my knees and gave my daughter to Him at the foot of the Cross. To God be the glory!