CHALLENGING MY SALVATION
It is not wrong to challenge our assurance of salvation. FATHER, I cannot help but feel undeserving of Your great redemption for I so often fail in pleasing You. So in perfect honesty I doubt and am not assured that You still delight in me.
“God has at best but a portion of our affections. It is true there are moments when we sincerely and ardently desire to be fully and unreservedly surrendered to Him, but the ensnaring power of some rival object soon confirms how partial and imperfect our surrender has been” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p123).
FATHER, Satan tells me the truth when he brings to my mind various sins. It is natural for me to question my salvation because of my many sins. My salvation sometimes does not assure me of my salvation.
“…a Christian…finds it no easy matter to be assured of his sincerity, or to establish solid comfort in his soul….we have just cause to mourn the feebleness of our faith, the coldness of our love, and the grievous imperfections of our obedience” A.W. Pink (ref#269 p137).
But remember: “Your death in Christ has freed you completely from the control of self: it has no power over you, except as you, in ignorance, or unwatchfulness, or unbelief, consent to yield to its usurped authority” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p189).
However know: “It is not possible to fatally ‘deceive’ one of God’s elect (Matt 24:24)….1 John 2:27: the Spirit indwells the Christian ‘forever’ (John 14:16)…” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p71).