Right before turning thirty I accepted Christ without concentration and my conversion experience was low key and without witnesses. I chose not to walk my talk for twenty some years. However a time came when an illogical paradox weaved its way into my soul; I was imprisoned by Satan and held captive by God.
I would have to choose.
After becoming a Christian, I systematically lied about my two previous marriages. I thought if these Christians knew about my past, they would never want me in their church.
When my husband, who studied his Bible daily using the Navigators Daily Walk, gave me a Life Application Bible and the Daily Walk. I glanced at them briefly, but thought I might look at them now and then. I wasn’t interested in devoting myself to that type of morning ritual—that is until the first week of December. I had awakened the day after Thanksgiving, my head pounding, my stomach rebelling from too much wine and food. The realization that I needed to make fundamental changes to my life hit me like a ton of bricks. I decided to try the Daily Walk at the first of the year.
From the first day I spent with The Daily Walk and my Bible, I was like a dried-up sponge, thirsting for more words to freshen me and make me useful. A vapor was being lifted from my eyes and I knew I was enthralled enough to spend each morning in the Word.
The daily readings weren’t just words soon to be forgotten. As my faith increased, leaps of understanding became a part of me, not word for word, but as concepts and life sustaining precepts I could rely on. I discovered, after several months of study, that I could depend on God’s Word now, and forever more, because it was the same, through and through, no matter whom the inspired writer was. Every single teaching principle flowed through the Old Testament into the New Testament, consistently and without blemish. This was the history of the Universe, told in flawless detail.
My point is this:
We can’t walk our Christian talk until we study the Bible and become familiar with its characters. A Bible believing church wants you, no matter who you are—your skin color—what you’ve done—where you’ve been—or what you’ve believed.