Should we trust our feelings?

It’s important to realize we must not consider our feelings when it comes to being assured of our salvation. They can be easily manipulated by the enemy to deceive us. If today you think you are assured of your salvation and have a great feeling, what happens when we don’t have that feeling? Are we unsaved until we get that feeling back? Hardly, it’s simply that feelings are not a reliable assurance of our eternal security. We must trust in the Word of God. But there are ways to be assured of your salvation. Both Paul and John spoke of this.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8 v.16-17)

What does this mean? How does His Spirit bear witness with our spirit? One way is simple, and often taken for granted. Do you believe the Bible? His Spirit wrote it. If you agree with it, your spirit and His are in agreement. This is not a minor point. Most people don’t believe the Bible is the very Word of God. It’s just something we as Christians take for granted. But Paul says it’s one way we can know we are children of God. Also in that great chapter Romans 8, is the following: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8 v.14)

We have several ways in the Bible to be assured of our salvation.

  • His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit. (Romans 8 v.16-17). This occurs by the Word of God.
  • Being led by God. (Romans 8 v.14)
  • Keeping God’s commandments (1 John 3 v.23-24)
  • Love (agapao) for the brethren (1 John 3 v.14, 17-18)
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