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Hello, my name is Bill, and this is my story…

“Abandoned at 5…Accepted at 22”

I was born and raised in MO, the youngest of 5 children. My mother abandoned me at the age of five. Shortly thereafter I, along with my siblings, went to live with our father and stepmother and began attending a Southern Baptist Church for the next 13 years.

Though I desired to know the Lord in a personal way and have a relationship with Him, I struggled with the assurance that this had occurred. I responded to the invitation to receive Christ twice…once when I was 6, then again at the age of 12. And yet, the acceptance that I craved eluded me. Thinking that sincerity and feelings were the key, I prayed constantly to the Lord for some feeling to indicate that I truly belonged to Him.

At the age of 18, I joined the Army, and though, at the time I hoped that I belonged to God, my lifestyle and language declared otherwise. My personal living was very immoral, and my language was filthy. So much so that at the age of 22, while witnessing to a friend, he turned to me and said, ”Bill, if you are what a Christian is supposed to be, then I don’t want to be a Christian.” I was stunned by his words! I realized that I was nothing more than a religious hypocrite!

Shortly thereafter, while spending time in prayer walking to work, the Lord challenged me and impressed four thoughts upon my heart:

 
  • “Bill, by the life you are living, will you be able to lead your brother to me?”
  • “Bill, do people know that you are a Christian, or do you have to tell them?”
  • “Bill, you show more affection to dogs, than to me.”
  • “Bill, you say that you know me, but I don’t know you.”
 
I was stunned and convicted, and I knew that I did not belong to Him! Bowing my heart before Him, I surrendered my will totally to God, and turning from my sin I desperately grabbed the finished work of Calvary with all my heart, and committed my life to Jesus Christ.
 
Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
 
Though no major feelings were present, there was a great determination in my heart to follow the Lord. And the change in my life was dramatic and undeniable. I immediately had an insatiable appetite for reading the Bible. I also enjoyed being with God’s people, rather than the world, and saw the Lord eliminate my lewd and filthy language. Additionally, I had a craving to know more about Jesus Christ. I had become a new creature in Christ.
 
II Corinthians 5:17…”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
 
The acceptance I had yearned for now was very real. I was accepted by God through the person of Jesus Christ, and I had a new heavenly Father, and a home with Him in heaven!
 
From abandonment at the age of 5…to acceptance in Christ at the age of 22… My name is Bill, and this is my story.
 
 
 

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