Susan’s baptism and testimony from January 13, 2013:
I was baptized when I was eighteen but I was not a believer. I was dead in my sins and I did all the things that my fleshly heart and mind desired. I did believe in God but the Bible says even the demons believe in God. It says in James 1:22 to prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. At that time I did not read or obey the word of God. I felt like a condemned sinner most of my young life and I knew that I was hell bound, but I enjoyed my sin enough to keep running from God. I had heard that we are all sinners and accountable to God. I knew that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. I knew that he was buried and that he rose from the dead after three days, but it never made sense to me. I did not understand how Jesus dying had anything to do with me. I always felt like a person had to behave well and that would make them a Christian. I am not sure how I came to understand, other than that the Lord revealed Himself to me, but now, I understand that we can only come to God as we are. I started reading the Bible and found out it says that all our righteousness is like a filthy rag to God. Ephesians 2:8 says that it is by grace you have been saved and not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. It is He who gives us a new heart with a new desire to please Him if we believe. I know I am still a sinner, but I also know that my sins are paid for by the sacrifice of my Savior Jesus Christ. I no longer want to live to please myself, I want to please the Lord because I am very thankful that He was so kind to save me. I deserve to spend eternity in hell. Not only did the Lord promise me an eternity spent with Him, but living for Him now brings me satisfaction and joy that my old sin life never could.