My own Christian experience was not instantaneous. I invited Jesus into my heart as a nine-year old boy. I believe that I was saved and filled with God’s Spirit the moment I prayed the prayer. Thanks to my own stubbornness, however, my Christian growth has been a staggered and sometimes painful process. I’ve had many bumps and bruises, and much backsliding along the way. These things led me to doubt the legitimacy of my conversion and caused me to question my faith. I would ask myself, if I really were a Christian, I wouldn’t have done what I just did.
Until you take that first leap of faith you can’t experience the things in life that will validate it for you. The initial leap of faith in Jesus reconciles us with God. It’s the daily walk in faith and dependence upon Him that makes us more like Him. He gives us the power to do it by actually indwelling in us, through His Holy Spirit.
People accept Jesus and still have problems. This doesn’t mean that God has abandoned them. He’s still there. We have the power to choose. We can choose to do what God wants us to do. Or, we can go our own way. After my first confession of faith in Jesus, God was there for me. He never left. I left Him. When I gave my life back to Him, He picked me up, dusted me off and helped me to continue along the way. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that we become perfect. Instead, it means we are on a path to perfection, thanks to what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
 Saved is the Christian belief that we are saved from the consequences of our sins and will go to Heaven after we die.
 The Holy Spirit is a fundamental concept of Christianity. Christians believe that God, in the form of a spirit, can indwell in anyone who asks.