clive's testimony

I asked Christ to come into my life 15 years ago during an Alpha Course.  That was the first time I felt what I now recognise as the power of Holy Spirit.  I’ll never forget that encounter even though I didn’t really understand what had taken place.Clive

I only said a simple prayer, asking Jesus to forgive me and come into my life, well, the flood gates opened and freezing cold tears started running down my face.  I just couldn’t rationalise what was happening. After a while, the tears became warm and eventually stopped flowing. I was walking on air for days afterwards.

On reflection, I believe that the Holy Spirit was thawing out my heart, preparing me for a new lift in Christ.  Many of you would have heard my wife Sylvia’s testimony about the trials we went through when Aaron our son was born.  Just very briefly; A couple of days after Aaron’s birth hospital consultants discovered that he had a major congenital heart condition (Transposition of the great arteries).  I thank God this was not detected earlier through pre-natal scans because at that time in our lives we may have made wrong choices and decided to terminate the pregnancy.  To cut a long story short. I often found myself on my knees in the chapel of great Ormond Street hospital begging god to heal Aaron.  I promised to bring Aaron up to know god.  Through many prayers, love and support from our church, our friends and family not to mention Gods mercy and his grace. After three operations Aaron is alive and well today (15 years later).   Praise God.

Finally, Where am I with God now?

Well, although I have been saved for 15 years, I now realise that I have been feeding on milk for a long time. I have been a “Sunday Christian” and although I was coming to church, praying, and reading my bible I was not putting my faith into practice; I wasn’t stepping out in faith.

Since coming to St Mary’s and getting involved with the churches vision hands-on (even in a small way), I have come to realise what a fantastic blessing this has been in my life. I have seen God move in a mighty way.  People giving their lives to Christ, God healing the sick and restoring broken relationships; I have seen prophecies spoken, visions and pictures spoken into people’s lives. I know there’s much more to come as we walk this journey together. 

Last Monday, I tried that “getting down on my face” praying how Malcolm (our Vicar) spoke about.  All I have to say is give it a try if you haven’t already. I prayed about a couple of on-going issues and one in particular that been dragging on for months. That evening, I got a phone call telling me it’s sorted out…

I would like to end with this passage from:

Ephesians 2:4-10

New International Version (NIV)

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. AMEN