Bible Reading: Isaiah 12:1-6
See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2
LITTLE RICKY was scared to crawl into bed. He had spooky thoughts as he struggled to go to sleep. He saw creepy shapes float across the ceiling. He feared that monsters hid in the dark shadows of his closet.
Believe it or not, there are scarier things. Satan is always trying to make you doubt your salvation-the fact that you really belong to God. He is the one behind the nagging questions that seem to come from nowhere:
- Am I really saved?
- Has anything really changed?
- Why don’t I feel any different?
- Maybe I’m not really a Christian.
- Maybe it didn’t “take” with me like it’s supposed to.
- Maybe I didn’t do it right.
Those doubts are common. But a Christian doesn’t have to feel his salvation in order to have salvation. A Christian doesn’t have to feel different in order to be different, any more than a millionaire has to feel rich in order to be rich. Take a few minutes to absorb the assurance of your salvation from God’s Word.
When Satan attacks you and sets creepy doubts about your salvation loose in your brain, read Isaiah 12:2 aloud several times: “God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Then pray this Scripture-based prayer aloud:
Father, you are the one who saves me. Help me to trust and not be afraid. You give me strength and make me sing; you have saved me. Help me to draw near to you with a sincere heart and a sure faith. Let your salvation grab hold of my heart, not only with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with sure knowledge that the gospel is true. Thank you for the assurance that I belong to you-today and forever. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen. (See Isaiah 12:2; Hebrews 10:22)
REFLECT: Do you ever wonder if you are really saved? Spend some time looking up the additional Bible passages listed above.
PRAY: Write out that prayer above. Put it where you can see it often until God’s assurance takes hold in your heart.