Day 52: Stop Living in Fear
Read: Romans 10:5-13
When I was 8 years old, my parents sat me down and shared the gospel to me. On that day, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. Even at that young age, I came face to face with my depravity and the reality of hell. As I got older, I would once again struggle with my sinfulness. I would feel as if I wasn’t actually going to heaven. How could God love someone like me . . . someone so flawed and capable of sin?
So, when I turned 12, I rededicated my life to God. I had a relationship with Christ and believed in the fact that there was only one way to heaven, that Jesus came to save me through His death and resurrection. But even as my faith grew, the fear caused by my sinful nature still caused me to live fearing death.
The passage in Romans proves that my fears were completely irrational. Romans 10: 9 says, “…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.” Paul explains that there is one requirement to be saved, all we need to do is believe. That’s it, nothing else can bring us to salvation. Verse 13 continues to say, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Neither good works or any other forces on this earth can bring us to heaven. Only God and God alone.
If we have faith, we shouldn’t question our salvation because that belittles what Christ did. When we do, we are doubting His authority and power. It is stated in Verse 6, “But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down).”
We all have our doubts at times, but we need to remember God’s promises to us that are so clearly stated in the Bible. God can save anyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you are from, salvation is an open gift to anyone who believes.
Do you ever find yourself doubting your salvation? Or, scared of what will happen when you die? Proclaim God’s power and faithfulness, and ask Him to give you the assurance of your salvation. D
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