Blessed (Lack of) Assurance!

If someone whom you knew was reliable and whom you trusted informed you that someone had put $100,000 in your bank account, you might very well believe it. In fact, you might make plans for some projects that you would like to undertake. However, if your trusted friend was mistaken, wouldn’t you want to know before you got yourself into a hole? Of course you would! Carry that kind of mistake over into the spiritual realm and you may have a very serious problem indeed. A sincere and trusted pastor, Christian worker, friend or family member tells you are saved because you agreed with certain facts from the Bible about salvation. You have assumed that they were right but “deep down in” you have lurking doubts. There is a lack of what Fanny Crosby called “Blessed Assurance.” Often, there are doubts that simply need to be put to rest by a proper understanding of Scripture. On the other hand, if there has been only an intellectual conversion with no fundamental life change, any false assurance needs to be corrected. The short answer is that genuine salvation is not only believing certain facts but includes an embracing of Jesus’ Lordship. Anything less won’t cut it! “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9:10). Selah! Lack of assurance might just be God’s prompting you to “get it right” while you can.  Ron

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