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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Fighting Flaky Faith

(Timothy Griffin)
April 8, 2013

looking_up.jpgLast week, I received an e-mail from a lady that read, “I am experiencing great struggles in my faith. I am having a hard time with belief that I could be saved. “

Well, I know that scripture tells us, “there hath no temptation taken us, but such as is common to man,” and because of my line of work, I know that the temptation of doubt affects many -- perhaps you or perhaps someone that you’re acquainted with. So, in the remainder of this devotional, I share my “slightly corrected -- I wish I had read through it twice” response to the e-mail, with hopes that you can use it in your personal life or as you reach out to someone experiencing similar feelings.

We are told in Romans 10:9-10 “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 with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

If there has been a specific point in your life, whether you were five or 65, when you confessed with your mouth that you were a sinner and believed in your heart that Jesus paid the price for your sin through his death, burial and resurrection, then He is your Savior.

Now, if you are continually living and willfully displaying a life that is contrary to the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-25, you might want to sit down and do some soul searching. But otherwise, I’ll tell you, some days, you may not feel saved and some days you may not act saved, but based on God’s Word, you are saved. And because of that, those days should be minimal.

Why, because as a Christian, you are called to die to yourself daily, allowing yourself to be a vessel that Christ can fill through His Holy Spirit. The goal daily is less of you and more of Him and honestly the ultimate goal is none of you and all of Him.

Again, the doubts in our faith happen when we are not operating in Christ’s power, in His mindset. But the doubts are removed, when we connect with our Father through prayer and the reading of His Word.

As a Christian, you must believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. In which case, you can find the strength of God’s love, found in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

But not only do you find the strength of God’s love, you find the promise of God’s power to keep those who are His. John 10:28-29 tells us, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Your faith is based on the truth of God’s Word. If you believe what God says, and meant what you believed in your heart and confessed with your mouth, there is no way you are not saved. Get in it God’s Word. Stay in it, believe on it and rest in it.

I am praying that you believe that God’s got you and He will never let you go.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.