Saved by Grace

From Darkness into the Everlasting Light

I was raised in a Christian home ever since I was born. From a little child, my parents always taught me what it was to become a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. They continually instructed me in the ways of the Lord, desiring to impart their love for their Saviour to me. I thought I comprehended most of the truth, so at the age of three years old, I made a profession to accept Christ into my heart as my personal Lord and Saviour. However, as I grew older, I did not remember anything of that profession and my soul was troubling me greatly. I did not quite fathom what repentance was and what is was to express godly sorrow over my sin – sin that had nailed Jesus Christ to the cross of Calvary. You see, being raised in a Christian home I knew HOW to be a Christian, THINK like a Christian, and ACT like a Christian; but I knew I had to do something about my situation. I was lost, living a life in unbeknown rebellion against a holy God.

It was on a Sunday in June of 1993 that my life began to change. Our family was getting ready for church when I decided to talk to my mother and express what my heart was feeling. She, of course, thought it would be best for me to talk to my dad. As we were already somewhat late, we had to leave before delving into a deep discussion. Needless to say, I went to church very troubled.

After the service, I did share my heart with my dad and he, in his wisdom, felt led to encourage me to “stew or ponder” over these matters that were burdening my heart. He didn’t want me to make a quick decision that would turn out to be another profession: quick and half-hearted.

That week was extremely hard for me. I knew what I needed to do but I wanted to be totally broken, contrite, and humble before God. I desired to come to the place of absolute surrender to Him and His will for my life.

Finally, in the evening of June 13th, my life drastically changed forever. My parents and I sat down at our kitchen table and we heavily talked about salvation, repentance, and freedom in Jesus Christ. I knew that there was sin in my life, even as a youth, that I had no victory over. I knew that I needed a deep cleansing of my heart and that could only come from God – it couldn’t be manufactured in and of myself.

My dad took me to the Scriptures and showed me 1 John 3:18-21, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if your heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.” He also pointed out 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

After reading those verses, I really knew that I needed a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord of the Universe.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). I knew right then and there that I needed to get my heart right with God! I was ready to be given over to Jesus Christ and to receive His forgiveness for my sins. I prayed, approaching God as the Saviour, and confessed that I had sinned against Him and that I desired to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Saviour and to be cleansed from all unrighteousness.

From that moment on, I knew I had the assurance that I was a born-again Christian. I then followed Christ, in believers baptism shortly thereafter. What a happy day that was! “My sins were all pardoned, my guilt was all glory – Glory I am Saved!”

I continually praise the Lord for saving me out of that miry pit in His mercy and grace! What a privilege it is to be called a child of God and a daughter of the King of Kings!

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7 Responses to “Saved by Grace”

  1. Abby Martin April 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks for sharing that…I hadn’t visited this “spot” right here. I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old, my sister and I slept in the same bedroom and we were talking about being a Christian and all that. She was telling me that I needed to be older to ask Jesus in my heart. She was about 9 or 10. I didn’t really like her telling me that, so I got out of my bed and told my dad and mom what she said, and that I wanted to become a Christian. Although I think what influenced me to be a Christian, was the fact that then I could have communion (which we have crackers and juice at communion) and that I wanted to be one because my sister was telling me I needed to be older. So, my parents asked me some questions, and then we knelt beside their bed, and my parents accompanied me in praying to ask Jesus into my heart. I was young, and I could only understand so much of what I was saying. But I did know that I wanted to be one. I did feel somewhat of a difference in my heart, and cried some after we were done praying. Years later I started having some doubt in my heart if I really was saved. Inside of my heart didn’t feel right…so, I asked my dad and he and I prayed to the Lord and I asked Him in my life. After that I felt secure in knowing I was His. As I grow older I still learn new things and what it means being a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ. We serve a wonderful Savior and I’m glad that the God we serve is a merciful loving God.

  2. Jubilena July 28, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    For the first time I looked over this part of your blog (partly because my internet connection was good this time)
    I too was saved in 1993 only it was in August…. I too had made an early profession of faith and a few more after that…sometimes it was just the fear of spending eternity in the lake of fire that scared me and I didn’t want to do that so I would pray….I was even baptized.
    However, there came an age where a really understood the whole thing…then I fought it. I didn’t want God to have complete control in my heart and life… I wanted to have to right to rule my own life. For somewhere around a year, I feared and prayed but I was not willing to give my life to Christ. I wanted to rule! Then we had some special meetings at our church and my dad was preaching on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. He vividly told how Christ suffered in agony and I was picturing the whole thing as he preached. I am not sure how long he lingered on the death and all that Jesus went through but somewhere in that time this realization came over me…Jesus did all that for ME….yes, I knew that in my head…and I had heard it thousands of times…but I guess I never really knew that in my heart! It was then that I truly turned my eyes upon Jesus and as the song says “looked full in His wonderful face” and the things of earth DID grow strangely dim “in the light of HIS glory and grace”! Why was I wanting to control my little life when He did all that for me?! It was then that I became willing to give up my life to His and follow Christ…
    I couldn’t wait for my dad to get to the end of the sermon in case I was tempted to change my mind! Everyone thought I was a Christian… I had even been baptized! I don’t really remember what I prayed when I went forward to the alter but certainly I did surrender all! My life began to change right away…Jesus is the sweetest Name I know and He is precious to me. I long to become more like Him as the days go by!

  3. Merica July 24, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    Sara, I came across your blog for the first time today and was encouraged greatly by reading your testimony. You see, I have a similar one and it was a blessing to read and to be reminded of the wondeful grace and love of our Lord! I look forward to reading many more of your blogs…..and thank you for your testimony of your desire to to put the Lord first in all things!
    Blessings!!

  4. Earl October 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    Amen and Amen!

    Will link your site on my blog roll.

    Keep on the firing line!

  5. mages duru May 14, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    thanks for sharing. this is first time i came across a blessed blog!
    have a wonderful life and May God bless your ways always.

  6. sheryl souza June 2, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    What a beautiful testimony.

  7. danzinfo September 15, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    Great. Thanks for sharing. May God bless you & your family.

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