I started attending church in 1982 on a regular basis. Before that, I would only attend when my parents made me go, and what is funny about that is we only attended at Easter, I can’t remember once going at Christmas time, so I guess you could say we were just annual Christians (can you guess which geographical area I’m from). But in all the years I went to church regularly, I can’t tell you how many times I walked down to the altar and re-dedicated my life. I had no assurance of my salvation! When I could “feel” God, I knew I was saved, but when the heavens were closed and my prayers seemed to be unheard, salvation was so far away.
Then, about 4 1/2 years ago, during a casual conversation with an associate minister of the church my family and I attended, the topic turned to God’s sovereignty. I had heard the word, I had even heard preachers teach on what it meant for God to be sovereign, but it’s fullness never really registered in my mind. This time, however, something changed. I actually started thinking about what it meant for God to be sovereign. This lead me to start thinking about His absolute sovereignty. After just a week or two of dwelling on the ramifications of what it meant for God to be absolutely sovereign, the Word of God opened up to me in an unexpected way. I started seeing God’s sovereignty in scripture like I had never seen before. I read Jonah 2:9b where the Word says, “Salvation belongs to the Lord.”
Like a floodgate being opened, the truth of the doctrines of God’s marvelous grace came flooding into my life. For the very first time, I had complete assurance in the salvation of my Lord and God. What had only weeks before been a heart of stone, was now a regenerated heart of flesh that had a new found desire to serve God.
It has not been without struggles because what happened to me caused me to leave the church my family and I attended, the friends we had, to find a church where the doctrines of grace where taught. It caused a rift with some members of my family which is still there today. I praise God that my wife saw the change and was inquisitive enough to ask questions of me and I was able to take her to the Word of God and show her the scripture that had so transformed my life. Her life too was changed and it is amazing to see the transforming power of God in her life too.
I say all of this because I know it is possible to have assurance of one’s salvation. I know it is possible because I have experienced it and watched it in my wife and with my own mother, both of whom I was also able to talk to and open the Word to. Now, lest you think that I think it was me that lead them to Christ, rest assured that I am a firm believer that salvation truly does belong to the Lord, I was just the instrument that God used to speak His Word’s into their lives. So, I want to share a website that has embarked on a series entitled: Assurance of Salvation. To this point, there are only two entries in the series, but they are definitely worth looking at.
Head on over to The Domain For Truth website and check these articles out.
And a huge UhRah! to SlimJim.