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Hi everyone. What should I do if I don't feel saved? I know that one should not rely on feelings but sometimes I seriously wonder if I am saved and I have said that sinner's prayer (and meant it) countless times.

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Re-read Romans and I John and see what Christ did for you...not what prayer you said or how much faith you had. Remember God made a promise and will keep it, and remember there are always times we do not feel saved...usually when sin is in our lives, even just the sin of not having devotions or a good prayer life.

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Thanks to both of you. I appreciate your replies. Anyway, I'm heading off to church! :lol

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1 John helped me out a lot. I struggled with my salvation for a long time (several years, keep in mind I'm only 18). After hearing some preaching out of 1 John about a year and a half ago, all my doubts fled and I have been completely different ever since.

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1 John helped me out a lot. I struggled with my salvation for a long time (several years, keep in mind I'm only 18). After hearing some preaching out of 1 John about a year and a half ago, all my doubts fled and I have been completely different ever since.


1 John 5:13 - These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Yes, in 1st John he tells us how we can know for sure that we are saved. John also speaks about the sin unto death which can be committed by believers in verse 16. This is when rebellious children of God willfully and continuously sin and fall from their repentant state. This usually ends with physical death as punishment.

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Madeline

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I have found that once I really understood that there are no "grey areas", and that there is only right and wrong, the devil would attack me differently. By this I mean that when you accept Lord Jesus as your Savior...you know what's REALLY going on in the world. It is a battle between God and the devil. Instead of attacks of self-pity, hate, or anger- he would try to make me doubt my salvation. My advice is simple...PRAY PRAY PRAY! I was taught the Lord's prayer at a very young age, and when the devil tries to taunt me- I just start to pray it. It will stop him(devil) right in his tracks. The Lord wants us to turn to Him for ALL, no matter what the problem.
Psalm 50:15 "And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me". Hang in there- our Father in Heaven loves us, and His promises are ALWAYS kept! :godisgood:

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Reflect on the time that you first prayed for salvation and remember the peace that accompanied that prayer. Rest assured that only you and God can know for sure. If sin continually without experiencing Gods' chastising you pray for clarity. Discuss this with your Pastor or his wife. Get it settled quickly. I thought I was saved for many years.

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I come to think those thoughts and feelings is spiritual battle going on . to get you so you dought your self so you dont share the gospel or pray for people , or to do what God would have you to do. it keeps you focused on yourself rather than jesus. I struggle with this constanly still do . some days are worse than others. expesally when I find myself in sin I think Im I really saved christians arnt sopposed to think that or say that or what ever it might be i find my self doing or even my attuidude. when I get like this i just pray that God would forgive me and ask he help me not be this way to rember Jesus died for all my sins past , present and future sins. Jesus already won the victory and I ask that he help me to have victory over this. and help me to obey him and help me to share the gospel and to to love him with my whole heart mind and soul. and to love my neibour as my self.
just rember his promises keep your focus on Him.
I think paul said it best in romans 7:14-25

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Keep in mind that church attendance or membership has nothing to do with salvation.


Oh I know. I don't trust in works for my salvation. I trust in Jesus alone. However, church attendance is a good thing and the Bible even tells us not to forsake church.

Hebrews 10:25 KJV Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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About feeling saved

If in doubt it doesn't hurt to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit, but if you are in Christ Jesus you should have the witness of the Spirit.
Romans 8:16
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God

Randy

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The fact is this. If you believe that Jesus diesd for your sins, rose again to conquer death and is the Son of God...And if you know that you are a sinner deserving to go to hell because you've broken at least one (probably all, like everyone else) of God's laws, but Jesus paid that penalty for you...then whether you "feel" it or not, you are saved! Now whether you're going to start racking up rewards in heaven is up to you. But Jesus only had to die once for the sins (as someone else said, past, present and future) of mankind.

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The fact is this. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, rose again to conquer death and is the Son of God...And if you know that you are a sinner deserving to go to hell because you've broken at least one (probably all, like everyone else) of God's laws, but Jesus paid that penalty for you...then whether you "feel" it or not, you are saved! Now whether you're going to start racking up rewards in heaven is up to you. But Jesus only had to die once for the sins (as someone else said, past, present and future) of mankind.


Amen and amen! I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I could not have said it any better!

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Amen and amen! I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I could not have said it any better!

:clap: :thumb :goodpost::godisgood::goodpost: :thumb :clap:


Well, they're God's words, I just put 'em on this forum. (Really reiterated them...others have basically said the same.)

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The fact is this. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, rose again to conquer death and is the Son of God...And if you know that you are a sinner deserving to go to hell because you've broken at least one (probably all, like everyone else) of God's laws, but Jesus paid that penalty for you...then whether you "feel" it or not, you are saved! Now whether you're going to start racking up rewards in heaven is up to you. But Jesus only had to die once for the sins (as someone else said, past, present and future) of mankind.
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Amen and amen! I wholeheartedly agree with you, and I could not have said it any better!

:clap: :thumb :goodpost: :godisgood: :goodpost: :thumb :clap:[/quote]

Well, they're God's words, I just put 'em on this forum. (Really reiterated them...others have basically said the same.)[/quote]
Agree with above post...Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed me white as snow!

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Hi everyone. What should I do if I don't feel saved? I know that one should not rely on feelings but sometimes I seriously wonder if I am saved and I have said that sinner's prayer (and meant it) countless times.



Hmmm....the sinnner's prayer has nothing to do (whatsoever) with salvation. There is no need for the prayer, don't trust in it. My father struggled with this issue for years, he has often said "I set the world's record in sinner's prayers, and still doubted my salvation. I thought many times, 'maybe I'm just not sincere enough'." The key is to take your eyes off of what you have done - and can do - and rest your eyes on what Christ has done. Nothing you can do will ever be good enough to satisfy the righteousness of God; you can repeat the sinner's prayer, ask Jesus into your heart all you want to, but God will never accept that as atonement for your sins. The only thing that he will accept is perfection, perfection that you cannot achieve. That's why He sent His son to be perfect for you. Do you want to know that you are saved without any doubt? Look to the cross, and behold your substitute. Rest in the fact that Jesus was perfect for you and that when He died he paid the penalty for your sins. There is no prayer required, simply place your faith in what He has done for you and you need never doubt or worry again.

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There is no prayer required, simply place your faith in what He has done for you and you need never doubt or worry again.


Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

That is prayer - not a "sinner's prayer", but definitely a sinner praying.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe I said that there was no prayer required, not that you could not pray. I was simply trying to reemphasize the fact that prayer is not a requirement for salvation. Prayer is something that you may do when you place your faith in Christ, but is not something that you should place your faith in.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
Faith (or belief) comes first.

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Jerry, lets exegete that passage and see what it really means.

The larger context of the Bible, including that of the book of Romans, and the immediate context of the tenth chapter of Romans (Romans 10:4,13), harmoniously assert the Scriptural doctrine of justification by faith alone. What, then, does the Bible mean when it states "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"? If it was here asserted that certain motions of the jawbone and tongue and the consequent formation of words was a condition for justification, the Bible would be contradictory; it would here assert a method of salvation other then that by faith alone in this place. However, numerous pieces of soulwinning literature published by those who believe in salvation by faith confuse the issue through misuse of these two verses. Confession with the mouth is equated with prayer, and it is then stated that one must pray in order to be saved. However, the common word for prayer in the New Testament is proseuchomai, "to pray,? not homologeo, "to confess," or pisteuo, "to believe." Prayer is clearly a different act from believing, which is what the Bible states is necessary to receive justification. Matthew 21:22 and Mark 11:24 speak of saints asking God for things in faith and receiving them, but this is clearly distinct from being justified upon trusting or believing in Christ. Some assert that the confession and belief in Romans 10:9 are synonymous in this passage; the individual is seen as trusting in Christ when he praysto him and asks to be saved. Since "if you pray and trust in Christ, you will be saved" does not logically necessitate "if you do not pray, but trust in Christ, you will not be saved," (cf. Mk. 16:16, Jn. 3:18), which is a false, heretical gospel, this passage canin this manner be reconciled with the the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone. Hope this helps!

Love,
Madeline

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Well, we've been there, done that - so I don't want to do it all over again. I was just commenting on the phrase. But trace out "call upon" or "call on" - and it means prayer. The Bible says you must call upon God to be saved, so I cannot see how someone is saved apart from communing with the Lord - the publican cried out to God, the thief on the cross spoke to Christ, confessing your sins to God involves prayer - every person I know who was ever saved prayed to ask the Lord to save them or forgive them of their sins, etc. So you have your opinion and I have mine - but the Bible says we need to call upon the Lord to be saved.

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Well' date=' we've been there, done that - so I don't want to do it all over again. I was just commenting on the phrase. But trace out "call upon" or "call on" - and it means prayer. The Bible says you must call upon God to be saved, so I cannot see how someone is saved apart from communing with the Lord - the publican cried out to God, the thief on the cross spoke to Christ, confessing your sins to God involves prayer - every person I know who was ever saved prayed to ask the Lord to save them or forgive them of their sins, etc. So you have your opinion and I have mine - but the Bible says we need to call upon the Lord [i']to be saved.


There is no difference between Jew and Greek because "the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." How can men know that the Lord is rich to the ones who call upon him (Gk. present tense)? They know this "for (because) whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved," as Romans 10:13, quoting Joel 2:32, states. Verse twelve is proven to be true from OT Scripture, just like verse 10 is validated by the quotation in verse 11. Neither verse 12 nor verse 13 deal with the means or condition of justification - they present the extent within the body of mankind to whom the offer of the kingdom of God is given, namely,"whosoever." They are not intended to explain the condition of the new birth or the means of receiving it. Those who are able to truly pray to the Lord, even once (if the aorist of 10:13 is taken as point action) and consequently are characterized by calling on Him (v. 12, present tense, cf. Lk. 18:7) have already been saved by faith, as verse fourteen makes clear; it is impossible for those to call (future tense) on the Lord in whom they have not already believed (aorist tense). Romans 10:13 does not give a condition for justification at all; it only proves what verse twelve states, that "there is no respect of persons with God" (Rom 2:6-11). Romans 10:13 can be reconciled to other Scripture, and a false gospel of justification by the religious work of prayer is avoided. However, we must teach what the passage actually declares, not simply "reconcile" it. Whether or nor Romans 10:13 speaks of asking God to be saved will be dealt with below as we shall CLEARLY see. Rom. 10:9,10 does not say "prayer is made unto salvation," but "confession is made unto salvation." The word homologeo is found 24 times in 21 New Testament verses: Matt. 7:23 ("profess"); 10:32; 14:7 ("promised"); Lk. 12:8 (twice); Jn. 1:20 (twice); 9:22; 12:42; Acts. 23:8; 24:14; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Tim. 6:12 ("professed");Tit. 1:16 ("profess"); Heb. 11:13; 13:15 ("giving thanks"); 1 Jn. 1:9; 2:23("acknowledgeth"); 4:2,3, 15; 2 Jn. 1:7. In all of these verses, with the likely exception of 1 Jn. 1:9, public confession before men is in view, not private prayer. 1 Jn. 1:9, unlike the other passages, appears to deal with where the Christian's prayer to God for forgiveness and restoration of fellowship. No homologeo passage refers to a lost man asking God to save him and consequently receiving forgiveness. We are saved by "faith" alone. Hope this helps!

Love,
Madeline

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