God Said It, That Settles It…
I Finally Believed It!
Religious and Knowledgeable about the Bible – But Lost
I grew up in a Christian home and heard about Jesus all my life, I knew about Heaven, I knew about Hell, I knew about the Bible, and I knew about how God was the Creator of everything! I knew that people had to be saved or born again to go to Heaven when they died. But somehow it was all just something that I knew in my head, and I didn’t really believe it in my heart.
I Prayed a Prayer – But Remained Lost
After my older sister had gotten saved, I wanted to be saved too. I knew I had never actually asked Jesus to save me, and so I prayed a prayer asking Jesus to save me, not really realizing what I needed to be saved from, my sins. I leaned on that prayer as my salvation experience for a long time. God started to convict me, and I wondered what I really needed to do to be saved.
When I was a young teenager, a preacher came through and challenged those of us who had grown up hearing the Gospel to examine our salvation and make sure that we truly were saved as according to God’s Word. It seemed that our Pastor would preach on salvation every Sunday, and I would always dread going because it made me uncomfortable. The Lord was convicting me. Shortly thereafter, my aunt passed away at a young age, and I started to realize that death doesn’t have an age.
“I would die one day, and I wasn’t sure if I would go to Heaven.”
From the time I was a young teenager, I struggled and struggled, trying to be certain that I was saved.
-I read the Bible, said prayers, tried hard to be good, taught Sunday School, and yet I was missing the assurance of salvation, and I had no peace. WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED FOR SURE?
After struggling for years on my own and being too proud to face the fact that I did not know if I was saved, I finally went to my parents, who both loved the Lord and showed that in their everyday living. I had seen God work in their lives and give them peace even when things were hard. I wanted a relationship with God like that. What I wanted was my parents to give me assurance of salvation. But instead they did the following:
-They shared with me how God had convicted them and brought them to salvation.
-They gave me verses about salvation in the Bible.
-My dad gave me some verses concerning people in the Bible whom Jesus talked to about salvation.
-They told me I needed to seek the Truth in God’s Word and in prayer. Only God’s Word could bring me to know the truth of salvation and give me the assurance I needed.
-They promised to pray for me, and they did pray faithfully.
I was finally ready to allow God to show me the truth!
“I was willing to do whatever was necessary to know for sure that I was saved…or lost…I needed to know!”
Seeking Truth – I Started Searching God’s Word
I studied the Bible, particularly the passages about the people Jesus dealt with concerning salvation.
-Nicodemus- A teacher of the Bible…but one who did not have a relationship with God. He had not been born again. Jesus told him that He must believe God’s way of salvation. (John 3)
-The Woman at the well- Jesus told her of her sins in a loving way, and she realized that He was the Saviour that she needed. (John 4)
-The thief on the cross dying next to Jesus- The thief believed in Jesus’ sinlessness and that He could save him from his sins. Jesus saved him that very moment he believed and called out to Him. (Luke 23)
Religious, But Lost…
The ground was level…I was a good girl, but like Nicodemus, I had been trying to get to heaven relying on my knowledge of God and the Bible, not recognizing my guiltiness before the Lord. I was not better than the adulterer or the thief on the cross.
I had lied- I was a liar…
I had been dishonoring to my parents…
I had wanted things that other people had…
I had lusted…
“The Bible said that I was guilty before God and that I would be judged for my sins.”
Romans 3:23, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death…
Hebrews 9:27, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
My goodness was as filthy rags, and there was nothing I could do to be saved on my own.
Isaiah 64:6, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…
The Bible said that I needed to turn away from my sins (repent) and allow the Lord to change me.
Acts 3:19, Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
The Bible said that only Jesus could take away my sins-He already paid my sin debt, and salvation was mine for the asking. Salvation was His gift to me!
Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 53:5-6, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 5:8, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16-18, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The Bible said that I had to let go of everything else that I thought would save me (My good works, my knowledge, my church attendance) and trust only Jesus and His perfect sacrifice for my salvation. I had to come to the end of myself and trust Him.
John 14:6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12, (speaking of Jesus) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Bible said I needed to call out to Him and ask Him to save me!
Romans 10:9-10, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
On May 4th, 2009, I finally turned to the Lord, realizing I was a lost sinner before God, and called out to Him for salvation. I finally believed God’s Word. I had the truth of God to rely on, and I no longer needed to try to feel saved. God said that He would save me, and He did!
“I didn’t need a feeling or experience because I had God’s Word on it.”
Since then, I have seen the Lord work in my life, and I find pleasure in serving Him now. I have a peace only He can give. There are still hard things that happen in life, and there is still sin that wants to creep in. But now I am born into God’s family, and I have His help and guidance every day. When I fail, He forgives. When I don’t know what to do, His Word is there to guide me. Being God’s child makes living here on a sinful earth a lot more peaceful, and getting to live in Heaven forever with Jesus makes death not so scary. Being a child of God has given me a purpose. Having God’s Word as truth adds assurance in a world that offers all sorts of contradictory advice and confusing thoughts on eternity.
The Bible says there is ONE WAY to heaven and that is through Jesus. My friend, as you read this, realize that Jesus is reaching out to you, and He is wanting you to become His Child. Seek Him out as He is calling you. God is not willing that ANY should die without Him. He calls to everyone, but it is your choice as to whether or not you will choose Him.
Please don’t wait! You are not promised tomorrow, and even if you lived one hundred years on this earth, Jesus is a friend and Saviour who will walk all of those years with you.
When you stand before the Lord, will you stand as God’s child whose sins are covered in Jesus’ righteousness, or will you stand as one who rejected Jesus and be in judgment for your sins?