I've Accepted Jesus Christ

Been on this forum long enough, even back before Roosh became a Christian. I am pleased to say God has been calling me and His voice got louder and louder during the pandemic. One night, (ironically while intoxicated) I felt this overwhelming conviction. I wrote in my journal "STOP RESISTING GOD AND JUST LET YOURSELF ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE". It was such a powerful evening, I didn't even really sleep that night.

Can some of you who are saved talk about that day or instance you accepted Jesus Christ?
 
Just to not lose focus. What I need is for my SO to be as hungry as I am, so I'll be encouraging her delicately.

For now, getting deeper in scripture, being in regular contact with my pastors and constantly reminding myself I don't deserve anything.

Do you have any advice?

What you're doing seems correct. Pray daily, read Holy Scripture, fast, and give to the poor.

I don't know if you're Orthodox or not, but I recommend attending an Orthodox Divine Liturgy regularly if you can.

Above all, love Christ and His Church.
 

SiverFox

Robin
Just to not lose focus. What I need is for my SO to be as hungry as I am, so I'll be encouraging her delicately.

For now, getting deeper in scripture, being in regular contact with my pastors and constantly reminding myself I don't deserve anything.

Do you have any advice?

Surround yourself by other Men of Faith. Join a Men's Ministry and/or other small Bible study groups.

Also this, keep God first on your mind. That includes good times as well as bad.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 
When I first got saved, I read something that has stuck with me ever since due to its level of truth (unfortunately I can't remember the name of the person that said it):

Expect trouble in this world.

Remember that the world will not receive you anymore, because God has taken you out of this world.
 
If anyone remembers the day or moment they were saved, I'd love to hear about it.
I have always hesitated to tell people this but the moment I began to believe I was tripping on mushrooms. I had recently met the lady who became my wife and was disappointed when I found out she was a Christian - only because I would not get access to her body without marrying her - yes, I was completely that shallow. Although raised Catholic I had left the church and was what I call a lifestyle atheist, somebody who was an atheist not because I had thought anything through but because I did not want anything getting in the way of how I wanted to live my life. She had taken me to her evangelical church but I was not impressed at all. However, a few nights later out of the blue a thought went through my head that I now believe was the voice of the Holy Spirit. It said you have turned against God because of the actions of people. That was all it took - in that moment I realized you can't blame the Lord for the things fallible human beings do. It was as simple as that, I think that the wall of unbelief that keeps us from Christ is paper thin, God can save anyone. Its a mystery because I always think why did God reveal himself to a scumbag like me but apparently not to others who seem at least to me more worthy, but in all things God is sovereign, he has mercy on who he has mercy on.
 
If anyone remembers the day or moment they were saved, I'd love to hear about it.
I remember it very well, it was Thanksgiving morning, 2008.

Before I tell you about the moment itself, a little background:
At approximately the age of 22, I was deceived into accepting a false gospel, based on a counterfeit, demonic bible that preached another Jesus (not the true Son of God, who is The Holy One of Israel, The Word of God, Immanuel, etc).

Fast forward a few years later, and by the grace of God, I started to get an inkling that something wasn't right with my belief system. I remember looking honestly at my life, and coming to the sobering realization that instead of moving forward in many areas, I was going backwards. It was just an inkling. But then something very strange began to happen. I started to experience demonic attacks at night; sometimes during dreams, other times after I woke up.

This was very disconcerting as the false religion I had accepted actually taught that there was no such thing as demons.

At some point during this process, my mind began to wander back to the man that had introduced me to the counterfeit bible and counterfeit religion. I recalled a conversation that we had years ago, when he had explained to me that someone he knew had claimed that his (counterfeit) bible and (counterfeit) gospel was demonic. At the time I thought it was the wildest, craziest idea I had ever heard, and I laughed it off. But now for the first time I was considering the possibility. Hadn't I gotten into more and more crazy sex over the years? And hadn't I gotten more and more into crazy drugs over the years? I was starting to get a revelation of my sin, a revelation of who I truly was as a person; at that time a wicked person, a sinner, a man whom the wrath of God rested upon, destined for hell, with no hope, no savior, no relationship with God, etc...

I was becoming broken.

One night, Thanksgiving morning 2008, I went to youtube, and keyed in the name of the counterfeit bible that I had accepted with the word 'demonic'. And many hits came up. I watched one of them, and instantly I knew it was the truth. I knew I had been had. It was like a slap across the face.

I asked Jesus to forgive me for being deceived, asked Him to save me, confessed the truth of the gospel that I understood, that He has died for me to pay for my sins, and God saved me that night.

And it's a true glory to the one True God; who is The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, and The God of Jacob.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth is mighty to save.

Welcome to the family, the good guys, the winners, and the commonwealth of Israel.
 
When I first got saved, I read something that has stuck with me ever since due to its level of truth (unfortunately I can't remember the name of the person that said it):

Expect trouble in this world.

Remember that the world will not receive you anymore, because God has taken you out of this world.

Perhaps it was this verse from Jesus?

John 15:18-21

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
 

Aloha50

Chicken
Awesome....welcome home!

I was saved by a gospel tract that a Korean missionary gave to me. I was working at an apartment complex renovating units that people had moved out of and this Korean missionary lived there with his wife and two kids. He was attending Biola (Christian college in Orange County, CA.) and this apartment complex wasn't far away. So as I recall (this was some time ago) I was having the worst day of my life. Partying and girls had taken their toll and I was going through full emotional breakdown. A combination of extreme anxiety and depression came over. Never before or since have I felt like I did that day. I suspect hell for many people will be something like what I experienced. Horrible.

Anyway, Korean missionary see's me around gives me the gospel. I vaguely recall him speaking of Heaven and me thinking 'this is weird....please leave' but then he said, 'later today I'll give you something'. And I distinctly remember thinking, what he's going to give you is good and you are going to receive it. So I'm preparing to leave for home at end of day and thinking where's this dude and sure enough he comes by and gives me a gospel tract. I went home, read it, agreed with it (I'm a sinner, Jesus died in my place, receive him and receive eternal life) and prayed the sinners prayer. Was born again right then, by myself in my room.

One thing stands out. The next day or a few days later, one of the guys I worked with (not a Christian), offhandedly says 'well....the only guy perfect they crucified...' Upon hearing those words, my heart immediately burned within me. I'd never felt anything like that in my whole life. God often (maybe always) gives new believers little things like that (usually it's His peace and joy which you've never known before) to encourage us. God is awesome.
 

Elipe

Kingfisher
If anyone remembers the day or moment they were saved, I'd love to hear about it.
Relating my testimony has the downside of making it possible to identify me, so I'll give a vague version of it. In short, I was raised an atheist and my heart was, at one point in my youth, slowly becoming less hardened against God. I had started to pray to God before I was even a Christian, just in that generic deistic way. So after a series of impossible coincidences occurred in connection with a Christian friend, I decided to attend church with him for the first time. It didn't take long after that for me.

My testimony isn't flashy or anything, there's no road to Damascus moment for me. It just happened gradually.
 
Relating my testimony has the downside of making it possible to identify me, so I'll give a vague version of it. In short, I was raised an atheist and my heart was, at one point in my youth, slowly becoming less hardened against God. I had started to pray to God before I was even a Christian, just in that generic deistic way. So after a series of impossible coincidences occurred in connection with a Christian friend, I decided to attend church with him for the first time. It didn't take long after that for me.

My testimony isn't flashy or anything, there's no road to Damascus moment for me. It just happened gradually.
I also started to pray in the days leading up to my salvation. It was a very weak prayer. I simply said "I love God. I love Jesus."

I believe it was this 'prayer' which got me on the devils radar, leading to demonic attacks. I had an experience prior to being saved that I will never forget:

I'll be candid, I was looking at pornography, doing drugs, and masturbating. But I had a conviction...I knew what I was doing was wrong, and I could feel it much deeper than I had in the past.
And I said "I love God, I love Jesus." But I think what I really meant was that I needed help from God, I just didn't know how to go about getting that help. I didn't know how to ask.

At that moment, I felt an evil presence. No audible words, but I felt the sentiment of the evil presence. The sentiment was a mocking- sure you love God, sure you love Jesus, you can really tell by what you are doing.
And on some level I knew I wanted nothing to do with that evil presence.

A few days later God showed me the truth and saved me. Hallelujah.
 

Penitent

Pigeon
When I first got saved, I read something that has stuck with me ever since due to its level of truth (unfortunately I can't remember the name of the person that said it):

Expect trouble in this world.
"My child, if you come to serve the Lord,
Prepare thy soul for temptations." Sirach 2:1

I also remember the moment I came to serve the Lord. I was standing in front of an icon of Christ, and I bowed to Him. Inwardly, I was placing God first in my life, before myself.
 
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