| I always thought I was a Christian. I was 'baptized' (actually sprinkled) when I was a baby and I went to church-school when I was a teenager and was confirmed. I thought that was all I needed to do to be a Christian. You sure couldn't tell by the way I was living that I was a Christian. I thought if I believed in God, I would go to heaven when I die. I figured I could live my life any way I wanted and God would just forgive me. I knew about Jesus but I never had a real relationship with Him.
Then, sometime around Christmas of '97 I read a book about being psychic and I wanted to know if it was real. So I prayed to Jesus to show me the truth. I wound up at the Christian bookstore and found out right away that psychic stuff is an abomination unto the LORD (Deut.18:10-12). Then, one night I saw a preacher on T.V. He was talking about the rapture of the church, when all the Christians will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1Thess.4:16-18). I'd never heard of that before. So I went back to the bookstore and read everything I could about it. I started studying Bible prophecy. Then, I found some books that show the evolution theory is just a big lie straight from the devil. I was reading the Bible more and more, and for the first time in my life I truly believed the Bible was not just a good book, but truly given by inspiration of God (2Tim. 3:16). I suddenly felt very ashamed at some of the things I had done and a tremendous sense of guilt came over me, I knew I was lost and headed for hell. So, I repented of my disobedience and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my life to be the Lord of my life. I seek His will now instead of mine.
I believe Jesus is the Son of God and His death on the cross was totally sufficient to pay the price of my sins. I've been cleansed with His blood, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. My life has totally changed now. Jesus is on my mind all of the time. I've finally found a sense of purpose in my life, to serve and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. I was finally baptized the Bible way, by immersion, in obedience to the Lord. I'm not ashamed to walk around with a Bible in my hand now, because I know it's the truth. I thank the Lord Jesus for opening my blind eyes and giving me faith to believe in Him. God promises those who seek Him will find Him (Matt.7:7). I searched for the truth and found Him, (or rather He found me). JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Amen!