Defeated Christians

by Ron Graham

“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.” Ephesians 3:12. You’re experiencing periods of depression because you feel you’re not worthy of God’s free gift of salvation. You’re terrified God might send you to Hell even though you’ve said yes to Jesus Christ. You’re in constant fear because you can’t accept that God would allow you to be saved since your motives for being saved are only to avoid an eternity in Hell. You’re living a defeated Christian life.

Above are some common concerns generated by some of the readers of my past commentaries. Mostly these kinds of feelings are submitted by new believers, but occasionally even the lifelong believer can come to a place where they too feel defeated.

Fears and doubts, ups and downs are commonplace in the lives of believers. I say this so you won’t feel you’re all alone. As we grow in our knowledge and understanding of God’s word, the lack of worthiness and sometimes overwhelming fear about losing our salvation mostly dissipate. Those who neglect a Bible study routine can expect the enemy to use these doubts and fears, frequently leading the believer into a life of defeat.

He Rules Forever by His Power

God says to us through David in

Psalms 66:7 “He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations-let not the rebellious rise up against him”

This one verse along with many others are just reminders while we go through our daily lives and trials as Christians to remember who is in control. God is! No matter what your going through right now, whether it be financial problems, physical problems, anxiety about where are nation is headed because of the hellbent ways of the leaders of the nation or any other trial or persecution you may be going through. God is in control of it all and sees it all. You are exactly where God wants you to be right now. As God says through Peter in

1 Peter 4:12 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”