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::Devotional:: ‘It’s More Than A Feeling’

September 22, 2010

Anyone who read the title of today’s post and is looking for an audio clip from Boston is probably going to be disappointed.   Great song though.  Today’s focus is on salvation – it’s more than a feeling.  Consider this question, “how do you know you’re saved?”  A large portion of people who would answer that question would end up presenting evidence of feelings rather than fact.  While emotions are certainly a considerable factor in salvation, salvation is based on facts and not feelings.  In fact, it’s more than a feeling, it’s truth.

I spent close to 7 years in youth ministry and I lost track of how many students I saw make emotional commitments to the Lord.  Sometimes two and three times over the span of a few years.  Why?  Emotions.  Emotions are like the ocean with an ever constant motion, there’s ebb and flow as it comes and goes, there’s nothing constant in emotions.

When someone’s salvation experience is based on emotion, the “I feel like being saved”, what happens when their emotion changes and they no longer feel that way?  Something has to carry them beyond that point.  That’s why true salvation is based on fact rather than feelings.

Now I’m not saying emotions don’t play a factor.  I certainly felt an array of emotions when I was presented with the facts that I was a sinner in need of a savior based on the Truth of God’s word.

There’s a difference in hoping that you are saved and knowing that you are saved – a world of difference.  1 John is the best book of the Bible to address this subject and over the next few posts I’d like to share some of the incredible truths it contains.  Why is 1 John the best book?  Well, consider what John wrote about it.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  1 John 5:13

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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