The heart that lacks assurance is within a person who is
either unsaved or within a person who professes to be a Christian, but is
acting carnally. A person who is unsure of his or her eternal destiny or
salvation is unsettled inside. There may be an uneasiness or fear of almost
everything.
People who doubt their salvation have no idea who they
really are. They often spend their entire lives “searching for themselves.” The
Bible is clear about the condition of people who are unsaved; meaning they have
not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
If you are a believer you may lack assurance because of a
specific sin you have committed in the past. I have counseled many women who
carry the guilt of abortion, for example, who are not sure whether God has
forgiven them. It is possible you may be living your life right now as an
unbeliever would, living for self, living for the pleasures of life rather than
the glory of God. This will also cause you to lack assurance.
Women who struggle daily with the life-dominating sins
related to pornography also express doubt about God’s love for them. This is understandable
until you understand the ceaseless, matchless, and boundless love God has for
His children. While He never, ever condones or accepts our sin, His love for us
is greater than the stain of our sin. His love for us is why Jesus Christ came
to earth and died for our sin on Calvary’s cruel cross.
The Bible is the only source of help we have to help us
understand who we really are. From the Creator of man, we have the facts about
man, which are far superior to any psychological theory about man. The Bible
gives us facts about what is normal, what is abnormal, and how to change. If
you do not believe the Bible is the actual Word of God, I would urge you to
reconsider your opinion! I cannot commit much space in this writing to
addressing the accuracy of the Scriptures, but I would urge you to get a copy
of the Bible for yourself and begin to read it. Many books are available to
assist you in understanding what the Bible says about itself:
All
Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make
us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to
do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for
every good thing God wants us to do.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
The superior answers of the Bible lead us to understand
that we can have victory over difficult events of the past and present. It
describes issues and problems of life that are far deeper than feelings. The
Bible has the answers to help people and has the answer to the deepest issue of
your life—your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship is
foundational to victory over every problem in life. No, a relationship with
Jesus Christ doesn’t promise you will be healed from cancer in this life or
that your husband will love you more, or that your circumstances will change
for the better. But, look at what the Apostle John wrote in his first letter
about Jesus and how He affects our lives:
The one who
existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with
our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word
of life. This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him.
And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life.
He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us. We are telling you about
what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship
with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. This
is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no
darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God
but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if
we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have
fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, 
his Son, cleanses
us from every sin.
If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling
ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him,
he is faithful and just to 
forgive
us and to cleanse us from every wrong.
1 John 1:1-9 (NLT)
These are powerful words! Clearly, you are either in the
light or in the darkness. Without the power of God through Jesus Christ, you
are in the darkness. If you are in spiritual darkness, it is impossible to
effect real change in your life. This is because without Christ we are sinful
and incredibly wicked. The Bible says that our sin separates us from a holy, sinless
God.
For
all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23
(NLT)
It isn’t just the sin you commit each day that causes you
to fall short; the truth is that you were “born a sinner.”
You
will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For
I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceivedme. But you desire
honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being.
Purify me from my sins and I will be clean, wash me, and I will be whiter than
snow.
Psalm
51:1-7 (NLT)
Because of sin, there will be judgment. The psalmist David
asked for pardon from his sins, for redemption, for salvation. The Bible makes
it clear that because of their sin, unsaved people will not inherit the kingdom
of God. The judgment to come may be terrible and terrifying news for you to read. If it were the end of the story, I would agree! But
God is gracious toward us, and did not leave us in this condition.
The good news is that Jesus Christ came to redeem sinners
and to set us free from the penalty of sin and death. God has provided a way
for you to be made right with Him through Jesus Christ.
For
God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we
could be made right with God through Christ.
1 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
The only way to be made right with God is through Jesus
Christ. You must understand and believe that there is nothing you can do to
save yourself. Salvation is a gift of God that we receive by faith. You must
believe you are a sinner in need of salvation; you have no way to save yourself
from the penalty of your sin. Instead, believe that Jesus Christ came to pay
the penalty for your sin by giving His life for you on the cross.
For
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous,to bring
you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
Do you see your need for the Savior? There is much confusion
about how a person gets saved or redeemed due to the influence of evangelistic
methods that promote praying a prayer or asking Jesus into your heart. There is
no prayer that saves you. There is no special formula to receive Christ. What
is necessary is a biblical response to the gospel. You must understand that you
are a sinner in need of salvation and that you cannot save yourself by any
works or deeds. You must believe by faith that Jesus Christ came to be your
Savior and that He died on the cross for our sins and accept His free gift of
salvation. If you respond to the call of Christ, it is because you have been
divinely enabled to believe and respond to the gospel by God and in that first
moment of belief several amazing things take place:
You are justified in Christ. You are adopted as a child of
God. You are set apart (sanctified) and made righteous before God. You also
gain access to the throne room of God because you are no longer an enemy who is
under His wrath, but His beloved child.
He also comes to dwell within you in the person of the Holy
Spirit and you are changed forever. He removes your heart of stone and gives
you a heart of flesh that is able to be transformed and conformed to the image
and likeness of Christ.
If you want to pray a prayer, there is of course no harm in
talking to God about what He has done for you in Christ. Many people are moved
to confession of sin and repentance as a part of what God is supernaturally
doing within them. It is critical you understand it is faith—not a prayer—that
saves you.
For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For
it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by
confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us,
“Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.” Jew and Gentile are the
same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his
riches to all who ask for them. For “Anyone wh­calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.”
Romans 10:9-13 (NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by
faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done
for us.
Romans 5:1 (NLT)
…But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 (ESV)

Once saved, you have now been enabled to change on the heart
level (mind, thoughts, desires, intentions, emotions) through the Person of
Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit living His life in you. The Lord
empowers you to make the changes in your heart that are evidenced in your
behavior and this will give you the assurance you presently lack. 

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