September 8

Written by Bill Grandi on September 8th, 2020

I recently had a visitor to my office who struggled with what is common among many followers of Christ: Assurance. She has struggled with cancer and COPD¬† for several years now and she is tired. I admire her spunk and determination though. The doctors told her years ago she only had maybe 6 months left. That was over 4 yars ago. She has gotten to see her two great granddaughters grow up, as well as the birth of her great grandson. She once thanked me for the live stream we are doing. She watches each week and what was especially meaningful to me was she said, “I have found my faith again.” She clarified it the day we talked when she said, “I didn’t lose my faith. I struggled with accepting the cancer. I wanted to say ‘Why me?’ “

Her biggest question though was not about cancer. As we sat and talked her biggest struggle was knowing for sure she was saved, that she was going to heaven. I showed her I Thess. 4: 13-18 but my strongest passage was Romans 8: 31-39. “If God is for us who can be against us?” “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

She isn’t alone, you know? There are way too many people who live in un-assurance. Constantly wondering if they did one thing that would be the deciding factor and they would be lost forever. I don’t see that in the Bible. Unless someone was never truly saved or “deconstructs” their faith to put Jesus to an open shame, salvation is eternal. She walked out a different and much-relieved woman than when she came in.

Do you have that assurance or do you live in fear?

“Father, thank you for assurance. Thank you for all that comes from You in the way of assurance, peace, and confirmation of your love for me.”

 

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Amen, Bill! We can rest with assurance of salvation when we’ve committed our lives to Jesus.
    Blessings!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Most certainly agree Martha. I used to live with the “did I do enough?” mentality. Then I realized it wasn’t about what I did; it was about what He did.

  2. Ed says:

    I used to live in fear for a while. Although I was born again, the fear crept in and hung around for a while.
    But I just dug in and started reading the many accounts in the Bible about losing faith, and regaining it. It took several verses mostly in the Book of Psalms, to get my head straight.