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Growing with God

Tell us about what God has been doing in your life recently. You might like to share about something you’ve learned from Scripture, something you’ve felt God challenging you on, or a way that your faith is having an impact on your daily life.

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Stephen shares:

A word of testimony from me to the Church inspired by Ephesians 2: 8-10: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith and that not of your own doing, it is a gift from God so that no-one can boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
And Hebrews 3:7: “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says “Today if you will hear His voice”” [will hear = intentional obedience].

When I reflect on all of the significant events that have occurred in my life to date they have happened as a result of the grace of God and sometimes with my intentional obedience in response to His prompting. For example, there was the time when I initially confessed my disobedience and my need of Him and He filled me with His Holy Spirit.

Another significant time was when I knew He had answered my prayers and given me the opportunity of marrying Yvonne. I had to ask Yvonne if she was willing to be my wife, not knowing what her answer would be.

When my employment with Durham County Council was ended against my will in 2015 on grounds of early retirement / voluntary redundancy, I had to trust God, not knowing it would free up my time to serve Him, His Church and my family in so many different ways.

My most recent experience of ‘hearing’ God and obeying Him has occurred during this period of lockdown / isolation and lots of people in the Church have seen the results (my bald / shaven head). I have ‘hidden’ this baldness since my mid-twenties but God has used the period of lockdown to show me that now is the time for me to reveal my true identity. God also, as you know, has a sense of humour. The longer the lockdown progressed the longer people’s hair grew, except for me. My ‘hair’ was reducing daily and the sparseness of hair was becoming embarrassing for me. This was something I agreed to do all those years ago for the benefit of my then wife and I had no inclination to change things (in fact I told my hairdresser in a message that I was praying my ‘hair unit’ would outlast the lockdown) but God was showing me now was the time to act and He has blessed me abundantly already because of the change. Amen

July 2020


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