For the first twenty years of my life, I was part of the "world" simply because I didn't have a personal relationship with my now Lord and Savior---Jesus Christ! I subscribed to a bit of religion, ever relying to what others say and think about God or Jesus. I remembered reading briefly the first few chapters of the Book of Matthew after receiving a pocket-size Gideon New Testament Bible distributed for free at my elementary school. But I quickly lost the motivation to continue as reading was not my favorite pastime. It took several years before my next encounter with God's Word and it happened when my best friend asked me and another friend to go with her to a home bible study in our neighborhood. She told us that her school friend invited her so many times in the past and that this time, she couldn't think of any excuse to decline the invitation so she wanted us to go with her for support. Not knowing what to expect, I ended up jotting down every verse the preacher shared. My mission was to check the validity and accuracy of the Bible verses they quoted. The three of us declined the invitation to come to the Lord, repent of our sins and invite Jesus to be our Lord and Savior that night because my friends and I agreed not to do so before we arrived at the Bible study. But when I arrived home, in the privacy of my room, I hunted for another Gideon Bible (both Old and New Testament) that I received many years ago from the same school and started to see the truth that was hidden from me by my religion. The verses were crystal clear about Idolatry and how abominable it is in the sight of God. From that day on, I haven't looked at the idols (images and statues) in our home or outside with Godly fear and reverence. I believed that God planted something special in my heart that time.
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