"Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine." - Isaiah 43:1b
I was five years old when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and to be quite honest,
I struggled with the assurance of my salvation for many years.
I was constantly burdened with the state of my salvation
because as I got older I couldn't remember everything
that took place many years ago when I was a girl of five.
I was too embarrassed to bring up my concerns
because I was supposed to be a "seasoned" believer
and if people knew I was struggling than what would they think of me.
The Lord showed me that my doubts were dragging me down
and hindering my relationship with my Savior.
First of all, once saved, always saved - you CANNOT lose your salvation.
I finally realized that I was being too "technical" about salvation.
I am a perfectionist and it was killing me since I didn't have all the details stored away in my memory.
It's plain and simple - BELIEVE.
Romans 10:9 says, "That if though shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
And Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
All I had to do was believe that my Savior died on the cross,
shed His blood for my sins, and arose from the grave.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." - Hebrews 11:6
A well-known verse is John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
I am so grateful and humbled to have a Savior that loves me and the whole world
enough to willingly die on the cross so that we might have salvation and eternal life
through His great sacrifice.
I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will spend eternity in heaven with my Lord.
What a glorious day that will be!