I was saved during a morning church service when I was eleven.
I was saved alone while reading the Bible
I was saved after reading a Chick tract
I was saved after reading a Living Waters tract
I was saved after reading a church tract
I prayed with a friend or stranger
I prayed with a television message
I prayed with a radio message
I was saved after reading the gospel online
I was saved during a crisis experience
I got saved another way not listed (please explain)
I was saved during a morning church service when I was eleven.
My Road Map to Peace...
When I was 10 ,I had a dream about being in a circle with my 3 Aunts and sundenly they where gone and I was left behind. When I awaken I prayed for the Lord to come live in my Heart.
Oct 10, 1975, evening. I was alone in my home on Silver Strand Beach in California. I was searching, anxious, not happy with where my life was going at the time. I looked for a bible that a friend had given me quite a while back and opened it up. I only knew that the bible had something to do with God, but that was about it. This was my first time opening a bible. I was raised in the Catholic church buy don't blame them for that . The first page I randomly opened up to demonstrated God's sense of humor as it was nothing but genealogy. For my first look at the Book, that didn't help... I turned way forward towards the back of the book and ended up in one of the gospels... I believe it was either Mathew or John, unfortunately, over time, I can no longer be sure of the gospel portion that I read. Anyhows, God's Word convicted me, and I proceeded to go through the process of recognizing that I was a sinner, realizing that Jesus died for me, asking His forgiveness and telling Him that I could only see myself living for Him ever more. After much crying I fell asleep. The next morning I woke up and immediately knew that God had answered my prayers, I was forgiven and I belonged to Him. I often quote my salvation date as 11 Oct, but it really happened the night before, I just didn't know it because I fell asleep. This is the short version of events of that evening. Praise the Lord.
Thank You Jesus. Thank You, thank You!
Later, through reading and studying the Word of God, I read about what had happened to me on that wonderful evening.
Last edited by Tall Timbers; September 23rd, 2008 at 12:14 PM.
I grew up in a Christian school and in church, but was not saved. I went to church for several years after getting out of high school, and then got out for about 8 years (well going only here and there, but mostly not going). I was flipping channels one night (9/07/01), and came across John Hagee talking about the future judgments. I knew for sure that night that I was unsaved, but figured that it was too late for me to get saved since I had heard it over and over earlier in life, but had just let it go by.
I started going back to church, but had the uneasy feeling for a couple of months about not being able to be saved. On Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, I was in a church service, and I think everyone in the audience (except a lady beside me and myself) gave testimonies. I had nothing to say and felt like being on the outside looking in. I looked up some salvation articles online Wednesday, and that night found it VERY hard trying to sleep. I kept looking at the clock and had this horrible feeling that hell was my future and there was nothing I could do about it. An uneasy feeling stayed with me most of the day Thursday, and my mother asked me what was wrong later that evening while we were at my grandparents' house, but I did not say. After leaving there and going home, I could not stand that feeling anymore and went into my room and prayed to the Lord there. Sleeping was not a problem that night.
I grew up in a Christian home and school my whole life tyoical Christian family going to church and all that ,I said a prayer of salvation when I was five ,but I didnt really really understand and my whole i had doubts and worried about hell and being left behind ,but in 2006 when i was in 11th grade I was at a chapel service and the pastor was preaching on salvation and my heart wasbeing really convicted and thats when i bowed my head and gave everything to Jesus , its been a struggle its a hard war cause the only thing we can do is pray to God and trust Him which is all we need thank God we're not by ourselves in this fight ,I'm also glad that all we have to do to get to heaven is accept Jesus for who he is and what he did and nothing else or I and everyone else would have no hope I hate sinning and can't wait to go home ,,,,see all you soon ..your brother in Christ our Lord and Saviour
I am not sure and this has led to me doubting my salvation at times b/c its isnt like everyone else experience. I always believed what they taught me in church and believed JC was the only way....even when I didnt know why I believed that .....was I saved then i dont know....when I was 12 I picked up my confirmation Bible and decided Id read Gods last word to us - to see how it all ended b/c I was sure the ending must be significant - WHOAH! that was a big book to read at 12 and it scared me....it defintely made me take it all much more seriously.....I went to college - and started living a life that wasnt Gods best shall we say and was CONVICTED and felt sick every time Id do something I wasn't supposed to do and I felt I heard God say - you either believe me or you dont but if you do you are living a lie.....b/c the message was I was HIS and what I was doing wasnt in aligment with what I belived...so I was told I had to choose....Was I saved THEN or was I already saved b/c I had the HS convicting me? I dunno the exactc moment...... I have always read the Bibe since I was alitle girl and belived it - I didnt read daily more sporadiaclly but I got the message.....
I wish I had had that big conversion experience b/c it might not make me doubt sometimes if I am saved.....but that was it.....basically...I think i as a small child and just belived and that faith grew over time.....I just never gave up on that belief even when I had doubts.....or grew distant....
I was saved after a sermon at church, ito was on Halloween, and my pastor preached about the deceptiveness of the holiday and how satan loved halloween. My pastor was so powerful in his message about how subtle satan is and how we must flee from all evil, that I just went up at the invitation and bawled my eyes out. I knew I was one of the ones satan had been deveiving for years, as halloween used to be my favorite holiday, before Christmas even. It made me sick that I had more exuberance for a holiday that that celebrates the dead, ghosts, witchcraft, etc. Just thinking about it now makes me want to yark. Thank the Lord for His saving grace, and opening my eyes.
Thank you, LRock, for your testimony. It is very inspiring to hear such a wonderful thing that God has done for you in your life. It provides me with encouragement to be reminded that God loves us and will be there for us and will renew our lives in Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.
I was saved by a relative... Not a friend... Not a stranger. I didn't see the "relative" choice so, here I am to explain.
My grandmother would have nightmares of seeing her only grandchildren (me and my brother) buring in the fires of hell, crying out to her, pleading with her to tell us WHY, WHY had she not shared with us the gospel. Our cries would go on to ask how could she let this happen?
Nevertheless, she would wake up in a cold sweat and she made it a top priority to take ONE NIGHT and sit us down and tell us the gospel. She carefully explained the choice I was about to make. She really wanted me to understand that I must "mean" what I say, what I was asking God to do. That I was making a true decision to accept Jesus as my one and only savior. That I understood why he died and how he rose again and what it meant for me as a sinner.
I was 11. And I meant every word I prayed as she guided me. I remember it like it was yesterday. I don't remember the date, but I know it was in July. My dad was in the other room saying the exact same thing to my brother that my grandmother was telling to me. And there was a change. A big one. I knew, just knew that I would never be the same.
I will be eternally grateful to my grandmother. Its sounds flippant to say 'eternatlly grateful' but in its sincerest form; I will be eternally grateful. She is with the Lord Jesus as I type and one day we will meet again.
In the meantime, I won't say that I stayed the perfect Christian through my teen years, 'cause I didn't. I did drift away. I did do drugs, I did engage in immoral activity. And the Lord jerked me back into where I needed to be and I can tell you with certainty it was because of the decision I made at 11 to make Jesus Lord and Savior of my life.
When I was 20 I had the worst dream I ever had in my entire life. So very real, when I woke, I was sobbing. I dreamed that the rapture had happend and I was left behind. Churches were boarded up, signs were posted, letters were written, the believers had left and it was a "celebration" and here I was stuck in hell on earth with no way into heaven anymore.
I know, its a dream, it wouldn't or won't happen that way, but it deeply affected me. I cried and cried. I turned my life around a lot after that day. And I'm not a big believer in God communicating through dreams in this present day and I'm not 100% sure that he did per se', as it could have been just my subconscience, but I eventually got back on track!!
I'm many many years older, but those are the two biggest incidences in my life that redirected the course I currently was on and with every breath I take I thank the Lord above that I belong to Him. I wouldn't have it ANY OTHER WAY!!!
I know this was long! Thanks for reading!
My testimony can be found here, post #227:
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." -Jeremiah 33:3
I was 14 and i felt really alone and upset. Despite attending a christian school (lutheran) i never really felt like i was accepted or like i really fitted in. Then i was reading Psalms, because my religious studies teacher, the only person who seemed to truly care for my spiritual wellbeing, suggested i read it, when i came across Psalm 25. What was really profound was the verse "Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted." I realised that if i only prayed to the Lord, then he would comfort me, because i am his. That was the moment that i truly found salvation, thanks to my Pastor.
Love and God Bless,
This is my explanation to the "other" choice I voted for:
I can't tell you an exact date or time but in 2007 my life changed in a way I never could have expected.
I was raised in the Reformed Church of America. I had gone to church all my life, I had been baptized as an infant, professed my faith in high school, actively participated in Sunday school, youth group, started out in a Bible college after high school, served as a youth group leader, taken leadership courses, participated in church drama productions, choir, taught Sunday school, served through a Christian youth ministry and eventually served as a chaplain in auto racing ministry.
The problem was, I never got it.
That was until my life got so bad and I had made what I felt was the worst mistake of my life. I wondered how I could ever be forgiven. And at a point where most people would have told me to give up, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (as now know it could have only been that) I was given the courage to try once more and I did and because of that God's grace in my life was made real. I found acceptance and love where I should not have.
For all the years I'd spent trying to earn salvation, I found there was nothing I could do but accept the grace Christ offered on the cross because that was the only thing I could ever do that would be pleasing to God. It wasn't that I didn't believe in Jesus. It wasn't that I didn't know enough of the Bible. It was that I had never completely surrendered my life to him. God worked in me a repentant heart. I truly am living proof that one can go to church, even receive the message but never get it. There is something so dramatically different from just saying a prayer or professing faith to actually surrendering our lives to him and truly giving our sins to Him and letting Him remember them no more.
It has made such a difference in my life. I am so at peace, like never before. No longer do I feel I have to do anything for God or that I have to be a certain type of person to be acceptable. No longer am I the legalistic person I once was and no longer do I fear what others may think in regards to my desire to worship and praise the King I serve. I don't worry about being too contemporary or traditional. I could care less what others would categorize me as because I am not Reformed, Methodist, Wesleyan, Baptist...I am simply a child of His - loved and bought by the blood of the cross. I am a part of the Body of Christ, the family of God - right where I belong.
I got saved at Bible camp the funny thing is that I was the lifeguard and I had always gone to church thru the years and I did believe that Jesus was Lord and he died for my sins. but I never took that step until the summer I went to a church camp as both lifeguard and camp counsuler. Before this I kind of was just going thru the motions. I was raised seveth day advenist but things did not feel right after that point I start going to bible church. As I got older i backslided and about three years ago after a very bad divorce, I redecated my life to Jesus and I will tell you I have never known a peace like never before and then I got lead to this wonderful website and I am enjoying the christian fellowship and I am learning more about the bible in the last 2 years then in the 30 years before.
I read "This was Your Life" by Jack Chick as a little kid, but I didn't say the sinner's prayer until I was about 14. For me, getting saved wasn't so much an event but a process, where I had to change bit by bit before I could accept Christ; my heart had to let go of all the things I had learned as a Catholic. Even today, I'm still learning, but I can definitely say today that I am saved.
I can't really say for sure when I was saved, I was pretty young (4 or 5). I have rededicated my life several times since then, but I don't really remember a time when
G-d's hand was not upon me.
Several things led me to Christ. My wife and her family showed me that Christians were not strange hyprocrites like I thought they were. But the main thing was realizing if I believed Christ died on the cross and arose from the dead 3 days later then maybe he knows what he is talking about. I had pretty much decided to give my life but when I saw on youtube "are you ready" I think that is the title where they show the rapture happening it really hit home for me and the next Sunday walked myself down to the front and was saved.
I got saved at a Christian concert. Randy Matthews, to be exact! God bless you, Randy!
I was seven when I responded to the gospel message,I remember the sermon really convicting me of my need for Jesus to be my Saviour,and I can remember thinking that when my Sunday school teacher was going to ask(as she always did each Sun.) if anyone wanted to stay after to talk to her about salvation,that I had to,it was definately more of a knowing that I just had to rather than wanting to (although I did want to).
My parents divorced shortly afterward,and I ended up living with my Mom,who wasn't(and still isn't) saved,and never went to church. I went to church very occasionally from that point on and never read my Bible consistently enough for spiritual growth,and only prayed when I felt that all was lost and it was sort of like a last resort type of prayer. All through these times,though,I can look back and see where the Lord never let me go and kept drawing me towards him and convicting me,keeping me from wandering too far.
I remember the exact day when I knew that something was wrong with my relationship with Jesus;it was when I was watching Dr. Charles Stanley,and he was talking about a personal relationship with Jesus in a way that just seemed so foreign to me,but I could clearly see that he was preaching the truth and I knew that I didn't have what he was talking about. Jesus to me,at that point,was a distant,but real figure out there somewhere.
I prayed that day,and asked God to please,please give me this kind of a relationship with Him. It didn't happen overnight,but during many trials and very hard times (of breaking me) and I started to develop an intimate,personal relationship with my Saviour,Jesus. I should not forget to add that His Word became increasingly more and more important and valuable to me too and I started praying to Him as the Bible teaches we are to do,and have learned to really cling to that precious Word,and to love it.
So many times I have stumbled and sometimes even thought that I was just about ready to give up,and Jesus was always there,letting me know that it's not about how good or bad I am,but it's about Him and His righteousness,and about the fact that He loves me as His child,and nothing,absolutely nothing can change that,ever.
It's kind of funny,because as I'm typing this,I realize that I've lost my former devotion to Jesus and I've become,I guess you could say spiritually lazy,and I'm feeling that yearning in my heart to return to my first love,I haven't been giving the reading of God's word and prayer the priority I used to and I am really feeling it lately. I so much want to be ready for when Jesus comes for His bride,and I really feel that moment could be so soon now!
A certain date I can't give. I was saved about ten years ago at age 46.
Although it was through a crisis I'd been searching for the Truth for a long time. I started seeking His Truth when I was about 22.
Having no Bible knowledge, I started doing on line Bible studies, reading the Bible. At first it was not easy for me to understand the Bible.
Then I had preacher knock on my door at my home asking me if I was saved. I told him I didn't know. He explained Salvation through Grace. Explaining there was nothing "I" could do to attain salvation other than accepting Christ sacrifice for my sins and repent "which I had done."
It was like a light bulb going on. All I had studied on line and my reading of the Bible came together for me, I finally understood-Praise God.
I understood what it meant to be born again. All the guilt I carried was gone. I was able to truly forgive. I no longer lived for myself but to be pleasing to my Lord.
My relationship with the Lord is my greatest joy, as well as the gift of the Holy Spirit.
I Praise God for leading me, teaching me, never giving up on me.
Giving thanks for this site and my wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" Romans 5:1.
I was 6. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, attend church and a Christian school. I was learning about Jesus everywhere in my life. My grandmother was my babysitter while my mom went to work each day, so she played an integral part in my upbringing.
I came to her and asked her 'How do I get to be in Heaven with Jesus? I want to be with Jesus.' She explained to me in a way that a child would understand, about sinning, and the consequences, etc. I closed my eyes and prayed. I was done with my prayer, opened my eyes and said, "I did it!" She didn't realize I was praying, she thought I was just "taking it all in." I told her I accepted Jesus as my Savior.
My mom had great news that day when she picked me up from work!
Later we talked and prayed with the pastor (to make sure I fully understood what I was doing) and I was baptized.