I grew up in a Christian home. I prayed, went to church, listened in Sunday school, read my Bible, etc. But until 2010, I thought I was saved. I knew that grace got me to Heaven, not good works. But, I thought I got saved when I was three or four.
In 2010, I went to a Christian camp about an hour from where I live. The first week, I still thought I was saved. One of my cabin mates got saved one night. That made me wonder. Was I really saved? Was I really going to Heaven when I died? I kept telling myself that I was saved at three or four. The rest of the week, I kept asking myself those questions.
The second week, I still thought I was saved. I had forgotten about the first week. On Tuesday of the week, the evangelist told us that the next day he would preach about Hell. That got me thinking again. It sent shivers down my back. I was frightened.
On Wednesday night, the evangelist did preach on Hell and how we can avoid it. Naturally we can't. Only one Person in the ENTIRE universe can help us avoid it: Jesus Christ! I knew the facts, but, didn't believe them yet. I cried the entire message without stopping. Before that night, I did every time someone (like a preacher or teacher) talked about Hell. I was doubting my salvation. Was I going to Hell?
At the end of the message, the evangelist asked those who wanted to get saved to go the back of the chapel so that we knew how to go to Heaven. I went to the back, still weeping. Multiple girls from my cabin came back with me. They were crying too.
A lady staff member offered to help me. So we when to a bench and went through some verses like Romans 6:23, 3:23, John 3:16, and Ephesians 2:8-9. The lady helped me to really understand. That night of July 14, 2010, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believed. That's all it takes.
If you're thinking that good works will get you to Heaven, you're wrong. In the old hymn "There is a Fountain" (which is my favorite) it mentions drinking of the Fountain. That Fountain of blood is Christ's blood. Grace and forgiveness save us. All we have to do is believe and have faith in God that He will save us. And that Jesus died for us and bore our sins. But that after three days of death, He would rise again! And HE DID!! Jesus was whipped, mocked, beaten; His disciples abandoned Him; a crown of thorns was planted into His skull; huge nails were pounded into his wrists and feet; and He had to carry a heavy wooden cross. He did all of this for YOU!!!! Why would He do this? He loves you!! He wants YOU to be in Heaven with Him!! But, since we are sinners, God can't allow sin to enter Heaven. In the Old Testament of the Bible, the Jews used unblemished lambs to take their sins away. In the New Testament, Jesus, God's Son, came to earth. He was born to a virgin; He lived a perfect life. He was the unblemished lamb that was used to purify the Jews. But, this salvation is for ALL PEOPLE!!! Not just the Jews. It took a perfect person to do this. Not just anybody could do it. Only a perfect person. Are there are any perfect people in the world? Even out of the 7 billion people on this planet, not one is perfect. And we are born sinners. Jesus was born Perfect. Because, He is the SON OF GOD!! All you have to do it believe that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died for you, and rose again after 3 days. When He rose again, He defeated Satan. When we accept Jesus into our life, Satan has no more power over us. We need God's help. No good work will get you saved.