Assurance: Resting in God's Salvation

Assurance: Resting in God's Salvation

by William P. Smith




Does God truly love you? Are you really saved? Lack of assurance in the Christian walk comes from fearing that sin and suffering have a stronger hold on you than God does. Yet ultimately these are fleeting problems.

Your doubts can’t be resolved simply with new or better information, such as clever arguments or evidences for your faith. Instead, you must look to God to grow in confidence of his heart for you. As your Maker, Redeemer, and Sustainer, he is not threatened by your fears and questions but graciously answers them.

A pastor experienced in counseling those who struggle with assurance of salvation, William Smith brings hope and help in this month-long devotional. Using meditations on God’s Word, reflection questions, and practical suggestions for action, Smith draws on the promises of Scripture to assure you of God’s love and care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629954400
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Series: 31-Day Devotionals for Life
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

William P. Smith is a pastor, author, and retreat speaker who has served several churches, been a faculty member of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, and taught practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Parenting with Words of Grace, Loving Well (Even If You Haven't Been), and numerous other books and booklets.

Table of Contents

Tips for Reading This Devotional 9

Introduction 11

Acknowledging Your Uncertainties

Day 1 "How Can God Forgive Me after What I've Done?" 17

Day 2 "I Can't Stop Thinking about What I've Done" 19

Day 3 "But I Keep Sinning!" 21

Day 4 The Unforgivable Sin 23

Day 5 "If God Really Loved Me, He Wouldn't Let Bad Things Happen to Me" 25

Day 6 "Why Does God Let Bad People Get Away with Hurting Me?" 27

Day 7 "I Don't Feel Gods Presence Like I Once Did" 29

Day 8 "Wrestling with Sin Shouldn't Be This Hard, Should It?" 31

Day 9 '"God Doesn't Answer My Prayers" 33

Day 10 "I Just Feel Like God Isn't Happy with Me" 35

Day 11 "I Am No Good in My Eyes or Anyone Else's" 37

Day 12 "I Just Know That God Is Upset with Me" 39

Day 13 "Have I Done Enough to Be Saved?" 41

Day 14 "I See More and More Sin Every Time I Look" 43

Finding Certainty in God's Faithful Acts

Day 15 Jesus Says, "I Have Prayed for You" 47

Day 16 Jesus Says, "I Will Never Drive Away the One Who Comes to Me" 49

Day 17 God Does Not Treat You as Your Doubt Deserves 51

Day 18 You Didn't Conceive Yourself 53

Day 19 You Didn't Resurrect Yourself 55

Day 20 You Didn't Start Loving God before He Loved You 57

Day 21 Your Doubt Doesn't Cause God to Doubt 59

Day 22 God's Justice Removes Doubt 61

Day 23 You Have Life Because God Breathes It into You 63

Day 24 You Don't Pursue God More Than He Pursues You 65

Day 25 You Didn't Lead Yourself to Christ 67

Putting Final Doubts to Rest

Day 26 "But How Do I Know I'm Part of God's Family?" 71

Day 27 What Is Most True of You Is What You Will One Day Only Be 73

Day 28 "I Just Know That God Has to Be Fed Up with Me" 75

Day 29 "But What If I've Denied Knowing Christ?" 77

Day 30 Are You Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit? 79

Day 31 God Is in It for the Long Haul 81

Conclusion 83

Suggested Resources for the Journey 87

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