Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 323 T h e r e ’ s a f ly i n m y t e a ! there. God truly broke my heart that day for my sin. I didn’t see myself as a good kid; I saw myself for what I was—a sinner who needed salvation. My years of service didn’t matter anymore. At this point, my thoughts changed to, “But everyone thinks I am already saved. What will they think of me if I admit that I’m not?” I decided that my pride was not going to cause me to spend an eternity in hell, and I accepted Christ as my Savior on July 12, 1995. Personal Relationship I’m saved. Now what? Personal salvation is not the same as having a personal relationship with the Lord. I’m talking about two very different things here—and one does not make the other automatic. At the point of salvation, we have access to a personal relationship with the Lord, but not everyone embraces and develops that relationship right away. After I got saved, there was not a big change in my life. Why? I was already trying to live like a Christian. I continued as I was . . . attending church, finding opportunities to serve, etc. Don’t misunderstand me. There is always a change at the point of salvation. Remember earlier when I said I had no power in my life and I failed over and over in my efforts to “do right”? I now had the power of the Holy Spirit within me. I just didn’t know what to do with it! My life was set on “cruise control” and I continued to go through the motions of Christianity. The Lord would convict me about my lack of growth and prompt me to read my Bible daily. I would make it a few days, maybe even a week, and then a day or two would go by and the next thing I knew I hadn’t read my Bible in a week. Those bad habits that I had formed as a person acting saved were hard to break.