Tuesday, February 03, 2009

TRUE ASSURANCE

Oh that I could have read something like this during the past 12 years while I struggled with assurance of salvation:

http://heidelblog.wordpress.com/2009/01/31/can-i-have-assurance/

1 comment:

nicole said...

Hi; i found your blog from Michael Spotts's blog.

i, too, have struggled with assurance.

some works that have helped me greatly have been "Trouble of Mind and the Disease of Melancholy" by Timothy Rogers, in which he outlines why some of God's children can think themselves reprobates, "A Treatise on Spiritual Comfort," by John Colquhoun, and "The Cure of Melancholy and Overmuch Sorrow, By Faith," by Richard Baxter.
i have started reading the book by timothy rogers, and i have not finished yet. i have not finished the other works yet either, but i have read portions of them.


Below is the John Colquhoun work. i've read two chapters from it. (I've read the "Of the nature and signs of melancholy," and the "directions to Christians [...]" chapters).

You can read it here:
http://books.google.com/books?id=qggDAAAAQAAJ&dq=a+treatise+on+spiritual+comfort

Here is the one that Richard Baxter wrote:
http://www.puritansermons.com/baxter/baxter25.htm

This is also a work by Jonathan Edwards regarding conversion that brought me much comfort when i read it last year:
http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/HTALLANT/COURSES/his338/edwards/faithfl2.htm

A.W. Pink also has sections in this document for weak Christians who often doubt their salvation:
http://www.spurgeongems.org/awp_assur.htm

i also recently bought "heaven on earth" by Thomas Brooks which is on Christian assurance, but i haven't read it yet. William Bridge has also written a book called "A lifting up for the Downcast" which I have not read yet, nor do i own it.

I hope that those resources will help you in addition to the comfort of God's Presence and His Word. :)