From “Basking in the Benefits” by Dr. Kim Riddlebarger, Tabletalk Magazine February 2009

Even though God saves us through the doing and dying of Jesus (objective, historical, and not at all dependent upon how we feel), our feelings about ourselves at any given moment (whether we have peace or turmoil) are too often the basis of our own understanding of the assurance of salvation. Our emotional state and personal circumstances then become the standard by which we evaluate our progress in the Christian life. Our gaze shifts from the cross to our own navels, and the benefits of what Christ has accomplished for us seem to be lost, even though our Good Shepherd will never let us slip from His grasp (John 10:27-29).


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