Reason #18: They are operating on feelings.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” People who doubt their salvation are operating on feelings and their feelings determine their decision-making. We could call this – “Feeling oriented acceptance.” If they feel saved they are. If they do not feel saved, they are not. They might say things like “If I felt more assured, I would be more assured. People who do not doubt their salvation are operating based on facts in Scripture rather than feelings.
Three Men Walking on a Wall
Imagine with me, three men walking on a wall. Their names are Fact, Faith, and Feelings. Fact walks straight ahead. He never looks to the right or the left. He just keeps on walking. Faith follows right behind him. Where Fact walks, Faith walks. Faith has no problems as long as he keeps his eyes on Fact. However, as soon as Faith looks around to check on Feelings, Faith and Feelings fall off the wall and Fact just keeps on walking.
Feelings are fine. They help us cheer for our favorite team. They cause chills to run up and down our spine when we sing the national anthem. They cause us to weep when a family member or friend is hurting. However, feelings are fickle. When we depend on feelings we are unwise. Appreciate feelings, but trust is the facts of God’s Word.