You might be thinking “I accepted the Lord long ago, but I do not feel saved”. I understand that feeling. It is an attack of the enemy on your already weakened mind and spirit.
Let’s get down to business here. Forget what you “feel”, because right now you also “feel” that it is “too dangerous” to only wash your hands once, or that it is “too dangerous” to not count light posts or that it is “too dangerous” to throw away trash. Your feelings are not accurate. That is why you are reading this book!
So answer these questions, disregarding how you FEEL.
1) Do you believe that God exists?
2) Do you believe that God had a Son named Jesus?
3) Do you believe that Jesus was crucified for your sins and that He rose on the third day?
4) Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Romans 10:9 “That 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. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” NIV
If you confess that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you are saved. Period.
If you do not believe that Jesus is Lord, and if you do not believe that God raised Him from the dead, or you do but choose not to follow Him, then you are not saved. Please reread “What If I Am Not A Christian”.
If you are afraid that you don’t believe, if your mind is filled with “But what if I don’t believe? What if I just THINK I believe, but I don’t! What if I don’t KNOW if I believe?”, then I would say that that sounds like the enemy is using your anxiety (most likely OCD) against you. Rebuke that and draw closer to the Lord. If you want to be saved, then all you need to do is what is in that verse. No overthinking, no panicking about “what if”. Just consider everything behind you as being in the past and make the decision that you DO accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior, and decide that you will not be swayed from that.
I know that feeling of desperate “what if”, of wanting the Lord, but not “feeling” like you did enough so now you’re spun up into a tangled mess of what if’s and second guessing. This is typical anxiety disorder type thoughts, and do not have bearing on reality.
If you think about it, you have this same conversation with yourself about other things that stress you, such as if your hands are clean enough, or if you turned off the light. Your hands ARE clean enough, and you DID turn out the light, but your mind instantly falls into a “What if?!?” mode of thinking. You can almost guarantee yourself that if a thought begins with “what if” or “yeah but” then it is not reality, it is anxiety and therefore can be instantly dismissed as nonsense. Remember that when you doubt.
Your brain has gotten into the habit of over-thinking, of spinning in circles with “what if’s” and “yeah but’s”. Something that you should not doubt, you doubt because you over-thought it. This is your first lesson, your first step towards healing!
But, if you do have any doubts, then just reaffirm your belief right now. Say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that the Lord raised Him from the dead and you will be saved. Do not panic, just do what the Lord said and then renounce the enemy’s attacks when he tries to tell you that “maybe you are not saved”. It is not up to you or him, it is up to the Lord, and the Lord already told you what you needed to do. Do it and it is done. Forever.
Matthew 7: 7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”. NAS