A common concern for many Christians is the notion that they can lose their salvation. At times, doubt over the truths of scripture or even over ones abilities to perform can cause confusion about faith and their assurance as a Christian. This doubt can then produce the worst kind of fear and chaos, which is uncertainty over what will happen in eternity. Amidst this fear and doubt comes anxiety, which leads to unneeded comparisons. We begin to make comparisons between our inability to perform and Christ’s example of perfection. God’s expectation of perfection was fulfilled in Christ and that perfection was given to us in His obedience. At the heart of the issue is a misunderstanding over the effects of the cross, and how that work should lead us to a solid and unshakable faith.
So let us remember, faith does not eliminate emotions or the potential for harmful emotions, but it will turn the perceived negative emotions into constructive guides for everyday living. This faith that we rest on is the faith that comes through the saving work of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Growing and maturing in the Lord will produce a faith that is rooted in confidence, and in confidence we can remember that faith is what brings assurance. As John Wesley once said, “I have never known more than fifteen minutes of anxiety or fear. When I feel fearful emotions overtaking me, I just close my eyes and thank God that He is still on the throne, reigning over everything, and I take comfort in His control over the affairs of my life.”
When doubt and fear over assurance begins, remember the 10 P’s of Faith.
Confidence in the PROOF . . . faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. Hebrew 1:11 Fear reveals what you value most. Faith reveals who values you most.
Confidence in His PROMISE . . . we preach a God we have never seen. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8
Confidence in His PAYMENT . . . the source of your faith reveals the substance of your faith. Our faith is in our Father! But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:8-10
Confidence in the PERMANENCE . . . God’s love is eternal because God is eternal. “You are not strong enough to fall away as long as The Lord is resolved to hold onto you.” 1 John 4:7-8
Confidence in His PASSION . . . God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! Ephesians 2:4 For you to lose your salvation you would have to extricate yourself from the love of God and you can’t make God stop loving you. It is Great love!
Confidence in the PRIVILEGE . . . when He decided to love us, He did not look at us and see how pretty or ugly we are. If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9, 10
Confidence in the POSITION . . . God made you His son or daughter by “birth”! But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12 Your confidence is in the position He has placed you as His child.
Confidence in the PICTURE . . . How can they be a Christian if they are living like that? God’s love is so Great, He wrote a whole book about it. He told Hosea to go marry a prostitute. After you marry her and love her royally, she is going to leave you and go back to prostitution. When she goes back to her old life, you go find her and bring her back. Hosea 3:1 It has nothing to do with how you perform!
Confidence in the PROCESS . . . Trust starts at the end of self….I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:19,20
Confidence in the PLACEMENT . . . Are you holding God’s hand or is He holding your hand? My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish — ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” John 10:27-30