I’m sure that won’t happen to you, friends. I have better things in mind for you—salvation things! God doesn’t miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
How do I know I am a Christian?
Youth for Christ
Consider God's promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He doesn't say, "If you feel like I'm close, I won't forsake you." No, He states a fact. You were born into God's family. That's a fact, and it's not based on feelings any more than the law of gravity is. It's based on God's promise to you.
Most people go through a "down time" after accepting God's promise through Jesus. But if you genuinely received then this promise is true. Birth is forever. The relationship doesn't change— your Father (God) is still your Father, and He always will be.
That doesn't mean, of course, that communication can't break down. You can be on the "wrong side" of your earthly father, for instance, because you wreck his car. But he's still your dad. You just have to repair the broken communication—and perhaps, the car!
We must get three things in the right order: facts, faith, and feeling. Facts must be first. They're most important. They are based on God and his Word, the Bible. Then comes faith - our belief in those facts. Our feelings of joy and assurance come last.
These feelings are a great fringe benefit to the Christian life, but they are third in line. If we get the order mixed up, we will stumble. Good feelings are nice to have, but you don't stop being a Christian just because you feel "down".
We all feel rotten at one time or another. But to feel rotten and to act rotten are two different problems. Don't make them the same thing. There are some good examples in Hebrews 11 of biblical characters who operated on faith rather than feelings.
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New You- Harold L. Myra