Yes dear...by faith...having faith and following gods word is supposed to be what he asked from us. Since you feel the need for bible verses and apparently don't know your gods inspiring words to his people I'll help you with one<quoted text>No but
it is repentance, faith, trust..that is believing. You said "followed his word as best I could".
A personal relationship with God is by faith through grace. It's not about what you can do.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ( I believe you posted this earlier)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Just for a little bit if the contradiction I spoke of, lets throw this one in...:-)
1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
I could continue, but you should understand now. I followed his word by trusting him, obeying his laws, so on and so on and so on. I did no differently than you do now, I'm sure. As I said...why would I waste time in something that I do not believe or have faith in?