This is a section to provide a brief summary of my testimony.
I have grown up in a Christian home since birth and I have always gone to church. I went to AWANA’s and later to youth group and I would read my Bible and pray once in a while, but I was trusting in a prayer that I had prayed (The sinner’s prayer) and because of that I thought I was saved. There was no change in my life, nor was there any evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 36:26). I continued to have a false assurance of my salvation until the day before I started college when I saw a video on you-tube entitled: The Shocking Youth Message by Paul Washer. God used that sermon to awaken me to the reality of my sinful nature and to grant me repentance,brokenness over my sin, and faith. The sermon was on Matthew 7:13-23, it was verse 21 that caught my attention because I had been taught that by professing Christ as lord I would be saved according to Romans 10:9, but I didn’t know that it was necessary for my life to be in conformity to the will of God to demonstrate that my profession was genuine. After hearing the sermon I went outside to the garden to pray, under conviction of my sin, and I called out to God in prayer to forgive me until I had assurance that God had pardoned me. Since that day I began to grow in my knowledge of the Word of God and to draw near to God in communion and prayer, which I had never done before. I used to pray as a way to ask for a list of tasks that I wanted God to do for me, like give me a good grade on a test and for material possessions, but I was using God as a means to an end, as a humanist, rather than seeking God as an end in Himself, to glorify Him instead of myself. God has continued to give me assurance of my salvation since that time through the truths found in the book of 1 John. God graciously saved me from my self deception of false conversion with the precious blood of Christ(1 Peter 1:18-19), to set my hope on the living God(1 Timothy 4:10) rather than self-contentment.