Why Do We Doubt?

Ryan Peyton
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Introduction

Christians doubt their salvation sometimes. It’s just a fact. Why is this and what do we do about it?

Two Ways to Handle Doubt

First, you must realize that doubt is nothing more than the devil attacking you and that fear is meant to paralyze and keep you down.

Satan’s goal is to get you to reject God. We know from scripture that once we are saved that option is off the table.

So then Satan’s only option is to then attack the believer and get them to be less effective for Christ. “Satan’s goal is to get you to reject God.”

When we doubt we let fear take over. That fear we feel can get us questioning what really happened.

We can ask “Was I really sincere?” “Did I really mean it?” and “What if I am not saved?”

Second, revisit your salvation from time to time. Replay the scenario. Every child of God is going to have a different story.

We all were saved at different locations, times and seasons but the solution part is the same. “God convicts with present sin. Satan always uses the past.”

a) We realize we are sinners. b) We can’t pay the debt of sin. c) We recognize God’s free gift we must receive. d) His blood is what saves us. e) We ask for forgiveness and for Him to save us.

If you can’t remember doing that and aren’t sure then there’s no harm in doing it again.

With that being said you don’t have to remember the date, time or location. Just the event.

Satan will tell you that sincerity is what you didn’t have. That you didn’t really mean it.

Salvation is not based on how sincere you are, its based solely on faith! “A man may forget his wedding anniversary date. He may forget the venue. But I bet he remembers the ceremony. He knows if he is married or not. Salvation is the same way.”

Plain and simply, we must trust in what transpired that day.

We receive Christ with what faith we have. It is a true act of faith. In fact, without faith it is impossible to serve God. (Heb. 11:6)

Satan will also bring up your past and use that as a tool to get you to doubt.

Know this, God convicts with present sin. Satan always uses the past, that’s how you know the difference.

Conclusion

Reply the event. Trust in the decision (faith).

Are you doing sin currently? If so God will convict and show you. Remember, Satan brings up the past. God forgives our sin and remembers it no more. Our sins are cast as far as the east is from the west. (Ps. 103:12)

Here’s a way to think about it…

A man may forget his wedding anniversary date. He may forget the venue. But I bet he remembers the ceremony. He knows if he is married or not. Salvation is the same way.

7) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9 (KJV)

I pray the reader will get their feet planted firmly on faith and trust in the decision they made to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tell the Devil the decision is firm, its on the rock of Jesus.

Squash the doubt and fear. Live the joyous Christian life.

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