I lose things all the time: my keys, my wedding rings, my purse and most recently my calendar. It can be super frustrating.
I remember asking the question, “Can I lose my salvation?” a number of times throughout my walk with Christ.
I can still see myself at eight years old, sitting in my interim pastor Gideon Long’s office, crying out to God to save me. I remember being so desperate for God’s forgiveness through the acceptance of His Son, then feeling completely whole and overwhelmed by His love, acceptance, forgiveness and presence in an instant.
I walked down the halls of my church looking up at my mom and asking her, “Am I glowing? I feel like I’m glowing.” I was so disappointed that I wasn’t glowing, and that the evidence of what He was doing inside of me was not available for everyone in Pauline, SC to see at that very moment.
We don’t tend to live fully aware of what God is doing in us or overwhelmed by His presence, glowing from the inside out.
Struggles and some life situations quickly knock us off the mountain top. It is amazing what oozes out of us when we find ourselves in hot water or cooked under a little pressure. We often say down here in the South, “God will never put you through more than you can handle.”
My whole life, I thought that was biblical. I thought when I was in God’s will, things would be easy, and times would look almost like a Disney movie with birds following me and music playing in the background.
That concept is so far from biblical truth that it’s no wonder we doubt our salvation. Some of the struggles the Lord allowed me suffer through were results of my very own sin, and my very own fleshly desires.
I was leaving church one Sunday several years ago with my husband, Chad, when we weren’t living our lives completely surrendered to God, and asked him, “Do you think I am really saved?”
His response was, “I mean, that’s not for me to answer. Why do you ask that?”
I replied, “Does anything about my life say that I belong to God? I just do not understand why I don’t always have this peace that I had the day I was saved.”
We were no less “saved” then than we are today.
We were walking in accordance of our flesh or our own desires apart from God. We did what looked good and felt good physically, emotionally and egotistically. We knew Jesus as our salvation, but were not experiencing the abundant life He offers to us in each moment of every day. We were trusting Christ’s payment for our sin on the cross, yet living each day with very little hope, many worries, and walking in defeat from habitual sins.
We had been raised to life in Christ, and we were new creations. We were simply rejecting His abundant life He came to live in perfect fellowship and complete submission with our Father, because we were too busy living from our flesh and for ourselves.
We didn’t realize that it was His Holy Spirit within us that anchored our souls. We had no picture of what it meant to live life abiding in Christ. Paul writes that it is the Holy Spirit that seals our hearts promising what is to come.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22, NIV)
What is coming?
Well, our spirits have been sealed, our souls (our minds, wills and emotions) are continuing to be renewed, as it reads in Romans 12:2.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Our souls are being renewed daily as we learn to trust and abide in Christ.
When we abide in Christ, and allow His Holy Spirit to have His way in us our thinking becomes more like His, our desires become His desires, our choices reflect His ways, and we are not ruled and controlled by our own emotions.
One day our bodies will also be made new when we see Him face to face.
Paul continues to remind us in 2 Corinthians 5:2-5 that we were sealed by the Holy Spirit, and it will see us unto death and throughout eternity.
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. ( 2 Corinthians 5:2-5, NLT)
What will happen to those who are in Christ if they don’t die a physical death?
God promises to continue the work he has started in us upon our salvation until He calls us home or we meet His son in a cloud.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6, NLT)
Philippians 1:6 is the perfect example of “sanctification,” being made into the image of Christ. We have been sealed with His Holy Spirit, who sits on the throne of our heart, and our soul (mind, will, and emotions) are continuing to be renewed, and His work within us will be complete as we stand before Him in our glorified bodies.
What then do you have to fear? Do you believe Him?
The words of the one who suffered to the point of death for your eternal security are found written in red in John Chapter 10, and should be an encouragement to your heart.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one,” (John 10: 27-30, NLT).
I believe that question on my ride home from church that afternoon was not mine, but the Holy Spirit’s. You see, God was not finished with me. I was His sheep and He was pursuing me. His Spirit was not condemning me. Condemnation is a tactic of the devil. I believe the Lord wanted to convince me that I was not living the abundant life He came to give me.
When we believe we have the ability to broker our salvation through works, good deeds, or trying to be more obedient we cheapen God’s grace and Christ’s death on the cross.
Begin living differently from today forward. Trust only in the cross for your eternal security, and that God will be faithful to complete the work He started in you. Every second is an opportunity to see His hand in your life, whatever your circumstances.
What is God saying to you? Have you received His payment for your sin once and for all?
Please let us know in the comments if you want more information on abiding in Christ. We would love to hear from you.
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