29th March 2017
One of the songs that we love to sing at CCBS declares the words from 2 Corinthians 3:17: "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom".
This blog from one of our members captures an intimate time between her and Father God that led to powerful breakthrough!
"For a long time now I have been increasingly aware that I have been living with a fear of rejection. It had become a stronghold in my life that would cripple me and it was pulling me, time and time again, away from God's goodness, His acceptance, and the plans that I know He has for me.
When I was reading the 'Word For Today' Bible notes from the story of Nehemiah on 11th March, it talked about, "Be willing to pay the price." It acknowledged that we all want to be liked, but at some point we have to ask ourselves: "How much am I willing to forfeit in order to be liked and accepted?” In chapter 6, Nehemiah chose not to defer to the opinions of the people around him, but rather to stay up on the wall engaged in the important work that God had asked him to do.
It made me stop and ask myself, “How much time and emotional energy am I willing to waste on worrying about what others think of me rather than what God thinks of me?”
I made it a priority that day to sit in God's presence and pray for a breakthrough. As I sat there, I had a vision of Jesus coming towards me. He looked lovingly and so tenderly at me. He knelt at my feet. It was such a humbling moment. I wept as He untied ropes of bondage from my feet and with an outstretched hand asked me to walk with him into freedom.
I know that I am no longer bound by this fear. I am choosing to live in His realm of love – not in a realm full of fear."
Posted by Gareth McCormick
30th September 2015
We love to hear stories of what God is doing, knowing that He is living and active and busy all the time bringing healing, salvation and deliverance wherever He goes! Here is one of the amazing stories we heard recently. Sit back and enjoy:
"I came to Community Church Bishops Stortford (CCBS) a very broken person. I knew that I had depression but I was refusing to acknowledge it because it would have been just another burden I had to carry. My marriage was hanging by a thread and there were several relationship breakdowns in my family cirle.
My relationship with God was all head and no heart. I could speak the words of my inheritance & identity, but wasn't living with an active or intimate relationship with my Daddy God.
When we came to CCBS I knew that God was very present and that He wanted us here. One Sunday morning, I guess that God must have seen a crack in the door of my heart and just blasted me with His loving and powerful presence! He had been longing to get His daughter back and jumped at the opportunity! I walked out knowing that the cloud of depression that had been over me for so long had gone - Freedom!
My life began to change from that day. Although my marriage is still not perfect, God has given me His supernatural love, and things are getting better through the power of Jesus rather than my striving. There are glimmers of hope in family relationships where there was only devastation last year. God has given me the ability to forgive people that have really wounded me. It is amazing!
Someone prophesied over me recently that the ‘ashes’ that I've lived with for so long are being transformed into beauty. I can really feel that this is true. I can testify that God is a powerful, loving, kind Father and that He most certainly resides in Community Church Bishops Stortford!"
Posted by Nic Lines
26th May 2015
Amy and I have just been watching the film ‘Parental Guidance’ with Billy Crystal. The film is about a father’s relationship with his daughter and his grandchildren. It was a good film. We laughed out a loud a few times and thought it was worth the £3 rental we paid for it.
Although it was said to be a comedy (which it was) the defining moment of the film had Amy and I in tears of emotion. As the film progressed what we saw was that Billy Crystal was from a broken and hurting home where he failed to receive the unconditional love that he needed. This in turn affected the way he parented his own daughter and grandchildren.
It got me thinking about how I parent my own two children. I’ve been reading a book called ‘The emotionally healthy church” which is all about how to maintain your emotional health. Two years ago I probably wouldn’t have realized the need for me to give my time to such a book but having kids has challenged me. I firmly believe that we teach those around us what we know but we reproduce what we are. I want to do the very best by my son and daughter. I want to set them the best example that I possible can. I want to grow and develop a wonderful and beautiful relationship with them.
Outside of the home I want to lead well in areas of church and work and set a great example to friends and family. I believe that in order to be the most completely father, husband, friend, employee, son and brother I need to first take care of my own health and especially my emotional health.
I’m starting to realize that our emotional health affects far more of our lives, actions and choices than our physical, mental and possibly even our spiritual health do.
So, how are you doing emotionally?
Why not check out the book mentioned above? It can be found here.
Posted by Nic Lines