1 John 2:1
My darling little children, the reason I write these things to you is so that you will not believe a lie about yourselves! If anyone does believe a distorted image to be their reality, we have Jesus Christ who defines our likeness face to face with the Father! He is our parakletos, the one who endorses our true identity, being both the source and the reflection of the Father’s image in us! (Mirror Bible)
Are you looking at a distorted image of yourself?
If you sin, does that mean you are not really saved? Absolutely not. This is one of the fundamental attacks against you the devil uses starting the first day you got saved. When the devil actively and continually attacks the truth of your salvation, it might be the Lord is getting you ready for an assignment, even preparing you to be a member of “Special Forces”. Whatever the reason for this particular attack or strategy the enemy is using, you are preparing for war. To have a clear image of yourself, you must be sure of these declarations about salvation.
There are no tricks or steps to be saved.
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. (New King James Version NKJV)
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. (Amplified Bible AMP)
I am saved
Romans 10:9-10 because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation. (Amplified Bible AMP)
I have eternal life.
1 John 5:11 And the testimony is this: God has given us eternal life [we already possess it], and this life is in His Son [resulting in our spiritual completeness, and eternal companionship with Him]. 12 He who has the Son [by accepting Him as Lord and Savior] has the life [that is eternal]; he who does not have the Son of God [by personal faith] does not have the life. (Amplified Bible AMP)
I am not alone
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever (Amplified Bible AMP)
I am equipped
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (Amplified Bible AMP)
Jesus died for my salvation and for all my sins: past, present, and future.
Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer over and over since the foundation of the world; but now once for all at the consummation of the ages He has appeared and been publicly manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Amplified Bible AMP)
Remember, your salvation is a function of your confession. It is not a feeling; it is a fact. To fight this attack, and be successful, you have to “know” Jesus is on your side. You are being changed into the image of God, day by day. Some days you reflect on your walk, you can see the hand of God and identify major changes have happened in your life. Some days when the enemy catches you in a moment of weakness and you will slip, you see yourself as if no changes have happened at all. But remember, in both instances, this is as far as you can see. Always make sure you are looking with the eyes of the Father with a clear, not distorted view.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, my salvation is a difficult thing for me to wrap my head around. I am not saved because of something I did. I am saved because of what Jesus did. No matter what I do, I can’t undo what Jesus did. My heart is toward You but sometimes I stumble; I falter; I slip and I behave in a way not indicative of someone who loves You. Father, I thank You I’m not lost in those moments. You don’t throw me away. Jesus died, so that forgiveness is always available to me. I just have to ask. Jesus bought and paid for my forgiveness with His death on the cross. I just needed to repent. I can’t really understand how or why. I can only say thank You. I will not allow the enemy to convince me You would turn me away. I will especially not allow the enemy to convince me I am not really Yours. He will not stop me from doing what You have called me to do with lies about who I am and what I possess through salvation. I am saved! I will continue to come to You and confess my wrongs. I will continue to seek You and thank You. I will continue to do everything I can do with my life to say, I love You and I’m grateful…