I Timothy 2:4, Who (Jesus) wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. Amplified
Romans 3:23, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Mankind has a sin problem. (KJV)
Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
I Timothy 2:5, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…
Romans 10:9, 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. To repent means to admit to God that I am a sinner and that I cannot fix the sin problem by myself. It means to turn away from sin and to turn toward Jesus Christ, God’s wonderful remedy for my sin.
Romans 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. To believe in Jesus Christ means to affirm that He is God’s son and the He died for me on a cross as the Bible tells me. In gratitude for all He has done for me, I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord.
At the age of twelve I had experienced prevenient grace and seen examples of a superior life as a Christian. I was needy, pliable, teachable, and desperate to know more of Jesus. When I was told that someone loved me enough to allow His only son to die for me, I eagerly accepted.
I met with a Pastor that I trusted and several other twelve year old peers to talk and study the word. I had never been dedicated or baptized. So one faithful Sunday morning (1965) in front of the whole congregation I was baptized and with all my other peers confirmed. That familiar understanding of being watched over, loved, and in total peace returned but it was more intense because I had made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I had no idea of what that really meant or what would transpire after that but I wasn’t concerned. My reality was a sense of “walking on air” as I approached the Pastor that wonderful Sunday and I truly believe I was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit at that moment.
Prayer: God, I accept Jesus Christ as my savior, repent of my sins, and make Him Lord of my life.