In the early years of my Christian life, I remember hearing stories about people who “fell away” or “walked away” from their Christian faith. It still happens; only the terms have changed. Today we hear of believers going through “deconstruction” or “deconversion”. It’s a tough time for anybody who is struggling with their beliefs. Unresolved questions about any area of Biblical truth can trigger doubt.
There is one crucial thing to remember in those turbulent times, a fact clearly articulated in Ephesians 1:13.
In one short verse, Paul communicates the steps of salvation. The Ephesians heard the Word, believed the Word and were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. The essence of the term sealed, in the original Greek (sphragizō), is to be secure, to become designated, and made secure as a sign of authentication or ownership. It is legal language that denotes a final act, a definitive action at the moment of salvation that is permanent. The Holy Spirit abides with us forever.
By God’s grace, He has given us a Counselor to fulfill many roles in our lives. The Holy Spirit comes alongside us to advise, exhort, comfort, strengthen, intercede, and encourage us. *
When you struggle with doubts and questions, seek the counsel of the Spirit. Listen carefully, and you will recognize the difference between the Spirit’s counsel and worldly wisdom. Be ready to be led, and remember, you are secure – You are stamped with the permanent seal of ownership. You belong to our loving God.
“Don't let obstacles along the road to eternity shake your confidence in God's promise. The Holy Spirit is God's seal that you will arrive.” - David Jeremiah
When you’re troubled by doubt in your Christian life, where do you turn?
There was a period in my life when I wrestled with many issues related to Christian doctrine. I set about assessing theological issues from all sides, without bias. My struggle led me to pray a lot, read, and study – eventually through formal seminary training. While I still don’t have definitive answers to all of life’s questions, I am reconciled to the fact that some things are just a mystery. I know one day all will be revealed by my Heavenly Father. My trust and faith are stronger having laid all my questions before Him.