"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith); for He is faithful that promised."
I can't tell you how long, or how often, I planted and watered into my dad's salvation. The last time I talked to him about it, he was standing on a ladder fixing a ceiling fan. I figured he couldn't get away from me, so I laid it all out for him one more time. He said, "Honey, that's really a nice story, but it's just too good to be true. I don't believe it."
I wasn't there when he was finally led to salvation while camping out with some friends. They must have been sitting around the campfire, and the conversation turned to the Lord. I wasn't there when he was baptized either, because his friends took care of that right then and there - in the river by the campground where they were staying.
This happened one year before he died, and over that last year of his life, he always wanted to talk to me about the things of the Lord. What a joy that was.
I always think of my dad when I hear the hymn "Blessed Assurance, and I played that hymn at his funeral. I wanted to share a hymn that expressed his absolute confidence in his salvation, even coming so late in life.
The lyrics to Blessed Assurance were written in 1873 by blind hymn writer Fanny J. Crosby to the music written in 1873 by Phoebe P. Knapp. Here it is performed by the Elevation Worship team at Elevation Church.
Prayer: If you are struggling with feelings of doubt, I encourage you to ask the Lord for blessed assurance with a prayer like this.
Lord, I’m not sure if I am Your child. I believe that you sent Your Son Jesus to earth to die for my sins. I believe that He rose from the death and is offering me eternal life. I accept Him as my Savior. Thank You for forgiving me and giving me life with You eternally. Help me to have that solid assurance that You have answered my prayer.
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