What does a person do when they get lost? Some eagerly seek their way back to the destination. They will not stop until they find their way back. They resolve to get back on course, they have a will to seek and to find. They are determined not to stop but keep pursuing to the destination.
Others are not as determined. They lose hope rather quickly and remain stagnant. In fear of the possibility of not finding their way back, they are stunned with immobility. They cry and complain and refuse to move. They feel hopeless and full of despair. These will end up remaining in that state of despair, never finding their way back, never moving towards the destination. They will lose their salvation.
We are often contacted by frantic souls that feel they may have lost their salvation. After watching our preachings or teachings some get the sense of urgency to repent and turn from their wicked ways. They desire to return back to God and endeavor to live Holy once and for all.
“Thank you for what you do brother. You helped a lukewarm Christian return to Jesus, to the truth. God bless you and your family.” -Grego
That is a good thing. They hear the call of God to come home, they respond by packing their bags and leaving the enemies camp and returning to the Father. Praise God!
Others hear the call of God to return but they feel they may have gone too far in their sin. Or they may feel that they are not quite ready to return. Either way, they are complacent and refuse to move forward. While contemplating their journey back to the Father, they stay motionless. Time goes by and they are still contemplating their return, often times years later all the while staying motionless.
I have lost my salvation what can I do now, does it mean I will be going to hell I deserve it I know and after watching your video about losing salvation I broke down and I understand that there is nothing else I can do.”
This man has given up. His language says a lot. Granted, he may be in a moment of shock and despair when God revealed to him his sin but he must get back into motion and endeavor to move forward. If he stays in that state of despair and hopelessness then he will surely die in his sin. He will lose his salvation. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13).
Every man has a soul. The soul is given by God. A soul is grieved when it longs for God’s presence. When the soul is separated from God, it knows it has to return to God. The flesh seeks its own. The flesh wars against the soul of man. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17).
The flesh determines to block the path from soul to God. Hence, the lusts of the flesh which are contrary to the nature of God. As long as one abides in the lusts of the flesh he will remain at a distance from God. When the flesh is resisted then the soul can make its way back to God. The soul seeks harmony with God. There will be no harmony with God if the flesh remains dominant within the man. “As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” (Psalm 42:1).
Here is another example of someone who is at an interesting situation a “crossroads” if you will. He hasn’t fully committed to move forward, although he is contemplating it. He isn’t fully immobile, although he is contemplating that as well. His dilemma is that he is unsure if he has the right to move forward.
“Brother Gabriel, I feel I may have lost my salvation. What do I do now? Is it too late for me?”
He questions if it’s “too late” to move forward. I do understand his situation quite well. I myself was in a dark time when living in willful sin. Though things were seemingly well on the outside and I was enjoying my sin, there was something deep in my soul that was grieved and alarmed. My soul knew it wasn’t on good terms with God. My flesh would try and convince my soul that “all was good.” But the fact of the matter is that “all was not good.” I could only mask the inward pain with exterior, temporal pleasures and futile remedies, e.g., alcohol, porn, weed, immoral relations etc. It didn’t work. My soul was still crying out for God. “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God:…” (Psalm 42:2 KJV).
In my particular situation, I was under the chastisement/wrath of God. It lasted a year and a half. He turned his face from me, in his wrath
“In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.”– (Isaiah 54:8).
When God turns his face from an individual, the individual is then open to torment. He is open to demonic harassment. The hedge has been taken away and the individual is open to spiritual wickedness in high places. The spiritual wickedness have a boundary they cannot cross. They can afflict, they can torment, but they can’t take the life, unless God allows it. Many times the individual takes his own life (suicide) or submits to the flesh (willful sin) and his life falls under destruction.
The time of God’s wrath is undetermined by man. Only God knows when he will return his Face towards the individual and thereby making his Grace to shine once again upon him.
“The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” (Psalm 34:15).
Along with God returning his face to the individual, the soul once again can plead with God and can have his prayers listened to by God. God’s ears will now listen to the petition of the once wayward child of God. Hence, the latter part of Isaiah 54:8: “…but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.”
If one perceives to be “away” from God, they must examine what location [exactly] they are at.
Are they completely lethargic , without any desire to move forward? Stagnant.
Are they moving forward and have faith to arrive to the destination? Hopeful.
Are they desiring a return to the Father but are unsure if they are allowed? Fearful.
Critical analysis of these diverse scenarios is key to returning to the Father’s abode. If we stay stagnant and unwilling to effort ourselves back into the direction of the Father then we will surely lose our salvation. If we are fearful that God won’t accept us back, then we are under a delusion. God is not willing that any would perish. Move forward my friend.
If you feel there is no hope for you and your demise is finalized, then it just may be, but only God knows. I felt the same way but I put it all out on the line and said, “If God forsakes me for moving forward, then I will at least die trying.” “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15).
He rewarded my faith and gave me my life back.
Thank you Jesus~
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).