Read 1 John 5:11-13
Doubt… that little voice in the back of your mind that keeps you from being settled and assured in life. I don’t know about you but doubt had played havoc on my spiritual life for years. Let me tell you a little of my story and how God used His Word to resolve my doubt.
I became a follower of Christ when I was in grade school. During junior high I began having conversations with a friend at school about how long eternity would last. As we would jokingly say “yeah, that’s a long time but add 100 more years…” it began to settle in my heart that this eternity thing was a long time. At that point I began to question where I sat with my salvation.
Not wanting to miss what God had for me, I began a process where every day after I got off the school bus I would ask Jesus to be my savior – “just in case I hadn’t said the prayer properly the 50 times I had said it before.” (by the way…I became quite proficient in praying the sinner’s prayer)
This went on for months and I was unsettled in my heart where I would spend eternity. It was at that time I found a few verses that answered my question and settled my doubt. I realized there was an amazing promise when we choose to have a relationship with Jesus.
Those verses that made a difference that day (and for the years since) are found in 1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 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.”
There is something powerful that happens in your heart when you are sure of something. I love the fact that Jesus doesn’t make us wonder if our name is in the book of life, but with confidence, and without a shadow of a doubt, we can KNOW that we have eternal life! (this is where you say “Amen!”)
Ps… It has been a few years since those awkward junior high days but God still uses these verses to remind me of my citizenship in heaven. Why not take a few moments today to meditate on these verses… have you made that decision to follow Jesus as your Savior and Lord? If so, this promise is for you! I am an advocate of memorizing scripture…why not commit this one to memory?