The Bible is quite clear about how to experience salvation as shown to us in Romans 3:23, all have sinned (that "ALL" includes you and me); Romans 6:23 God gives the gift of eternal life (it truly is a GIFT); Romans 10:9-10, confession (which includes agreeing with God that you are separated from Him because of sin and choosing to repent, turn from sin)) salvation is given. There are other scriptures to take into consideration when looking at salvation. One must consider Luke 14 where Jesus tells those "wantabe" followers to count the cost before they make statements about following Him. WHY? because Jesus knew that couldn't or wouldn't keep what they were saying because they didn't fully understand what it meant to commit to following Christ. You see it is easy to have an emotional "high" and react in a way that is based on emotion and in turn that emotional decision is either not sincere or it may be well intended but not real. The membership rolls of many churches are littered with people that made an emotional decision to follow "Christ" but the decision never made it into the "heart" of that person. Think of it like this, there have been many a person that would have never engaged in an illegal activity like rioting, looting, and destroying property but when they were around a group that started getting emotional and "hyped-up" they joined in. It is called "The Mob" mentality and this kind of emotion and "peer" pressure can cause one to do things that they would other wise never consider doing. This is what happens many times with those that are in a church service and emotions start to run high; the "Mob" mentality kicks in and they have to do something so they join in but they have not really "counted the cost" and in reality they never really intend to confess their sins or repented of them (turn from them and stop doing them). Don't miss understand, the Bible is clear that once someone enters into a true personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ then that relationship can never, ever be lost! The problem comes when the emotions has caused a "decision" that has not reached or changed the heart so that person does not a true relationship. A true relationship will cause change in ones life for the good. Jesus said, "a bad tree cannot produce good fruit, and a good tree cannot produce bad fruit." Also consider what we see in Matthew 3:8 where the believer is said to, "Bear fruit in keeping with repentance." Do I believe that once you receive salvation that ever sin that you have in your life will be instantly stopped? ABSOLUTELY NOT!! But I do believe that there are many things that should, according to what I see in scripture. As many preachers have said, "Your 'wanter' gets changed." See what Jesus told the woman at the well "go and sin no more." Was she going to be sinless from that moment forward? NO, but there was going to be that desire to not sin as well as a desire to forsake the sin that had separated her from a Holy and Righteous God in her past. If there is not that desire to change and willingness to move in a direction of forsaking sin then salvation is not what has been experienced!! The experience that one had could have possibly been an emotional one. Oh, the person might try it implement it into their life for a short time but it will not last!! So yes, salvation is by grace through faith and there is nothing you can do to earn it (Eph. 2:8-9) but also understand that salvation is not to be entered into lightly but with thought of where one has sinned and are they willing to repent (turn from) their sins!!
On last thought, no one can determine salvation for another person. Salvation is a personal experience!! But know that it is also an experience that will produce a lifestyle of fruit and good works (James 2:14-26). Good works does not produce salvation, but salvation ALWAYS produces good works!
My goal in writing this is not to discourage you or try and talk you out of the Faith that you have (if what you have is true faith then you couldn't be talked out of it anyways) but what my challenge for you is to do what II Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you fail to meet the test!" May God bless you!!
Bro. W. Dee Daniel