Man Is Desperately Lost
No man can define salvation for himself, choose the means of salvation or bring it about with the result he himself desires. If these things could be done by a man, that man would be God. He could have his own way and still get to heaven. One of the simplest definitions of an idol is a substitute for God. In this case, he would be his own idol. This form of idolatry flows out of pride.
Satan wanted to be equal with God. That was what got him kicked out of heaven.
This is what he said in Isaiah 14:14: I will ascend above the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Fallen man is the same as Satan. He wants to be equal with God. He wants a God he can control. He wants to tell God what to do and thinks God ought to be thrilled with the attention. He does not want to be accountable to God. He is a rebel. He walks on the earth God created, breathing the air God created, in the body God created. And he shakes his puny little fist at God and says I will not have you to reign over me.
Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 3:10-11: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Man does not, cannot and will not cause genuine salvation for himself.
Jonah 2:9b: . . . Salvation is of the Lord.
God is Gracious and Merciful
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4-5: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Man Must Respond in Faith to God
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Isaiah 55:6-6: Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Peter prayed a very short prayer when he had walked on the water toward Jesus and then began to sink. Matthew 14:30b-31: . . . Lord, save me.
You might pray that to the Lord for he has promised in Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
David prayed a wonderful prayer that you might pray. Psalms 51:1-11: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
John 6:37b: . . . him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.