I’m honoured and grateful to Paul Marriott for having contacted me direct about his visit to Capstone Church, as told in the first half of the testimonies published by my friend Michael Marcel. (I noted his confirming my impression of visiting that church as being like Toronto and reference to the burning bush, which featured in my meditations over several weeks.) Paul’s illuminating account of personal discipleship in giving the glory to God is published with his kind permission:
‘I came across your wonderful blog today and it blessed me greatly – thank you…
‘I wrote this testimony below on the 18th August. In the past 10 days my wife, daughter and myself have even been more profoundly affected by what is happening at Capstone and we could probably write several more pages of testimony. The Lord is moving in very deep and remarkable ways in the UK and He is using an extremely humble fellowship at the back-end of nowhere in Ilford, East London, to ignite the London Awakening, which is already having a profound affect across not only across London but also the nations of the UK and beyond into the Nations. I think the key to what is happening is humility – the Lord favours the humble – not so the proud. I hope this encourages you brother.’
MY REFINER’S FIRE TESTIMONY
‘The very top testimony below (ie. previous post) is mine from a week ago. What isn’t stated here is that it was the culmination of a significant period of private prayer where I asked the Lord to lead me through effective repentance of anything that put self above Him. As a result of a discussion with a dear friend whose faith-walk is a yardstick of integrity, I asked the Lord to cleanse me of all hindrances and blockages in me that would prevent me hearing His voice or understanding His word; I asked Him to purify me in His refiner’s fire of all the dross and impurities (the burning bush was not a consuming fire but it represented ‘holy ground’) and finally to make me a holy vessel fit to be poured out for His purposes.
‘On the day I went to Capstone Church Ilford, which I had never heard of before, I’d added a statement in my prayer group, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one could find a church where man completely took his hand off the service and allowed God to run it?” – to which several in that group responded with a resounding “Amen”. It seemed that no sooner had I uttered that and they had responded than the 2 prophecies mentioned below (ie previous) appeared in my facebook feed and the rest of the below became history.
‘Since then my passion for Jesus has grown exponentially, I am totally in love with Him; I have unspeakable love for my wife and family; Amanda and Sarah have been incredibly supportive. I dance like David danced in every time of worship, my love of the lost knows no ends and I am now daily leading people to Jesus or making Him known to them on a journey they are wanting to undertake. Talking of journeys every train and bus trip and high street walk and shop visit is a befriending-for-Jesus-time and even my hospital appointment today resulted in Him being made known to the waiting room in an utterly friendly way and in my praying for various people there to be healed.
‘In 12 days since I first attended Capstone I have been healed of a very painful post-viral knee condition (I laid claim to Isaiah 53:5d – by His wounds (stripes) we are healed); I feel like 26 and not 62; lost 14lbs in weight (1.5 stone over 3 weeks) – largely from “worshipping with all my being” which has now attained a remarkable prophetic edge (who me this previously demure 62-year-old Englishman?) and also within a week have attained an admittedly medically-aided blood-pressure reduction from 173/117 on Mon 7th August to 136/72 which I was told today…is the blood pressure of a healthy 17-year-old! I’ll have that. 1 Corinthians 1:31 says “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord”. Indeed I do and I give all the glory for this transformation to God
‘To my surprise even attempting to share such a testimony has led to numerous negative reactions (to the point where some will attempt to explain each part of the testimony away) but many spirit-filled encouragements too.
‘That however is another story. For now I’ll ‘just’ GIVE GOD THE GLORY.’
Paul Marriott, 18th August 2017
‘That was over 3 weeks ago now and it has not all been plain sailing as the Lord is doing a very deep work in me, showing me the effects of carnal thinking and convicting me of my sin nature and taking me through confession and deep anguish of repentance on my face before Him…a sobering, cleansing and releasing experience. I have discovered that fear of man is a snare that has caused compromise in my life…not pleasant to see where fear leads – but this is a direct as a result of praying and asking Him to make me a clean, pure & holy vessel fit for His purposes. I am learning too the importance of accountability and deeper submission to others (my wife especially!) in their exercise of wisdom & discernment. I have discovered that deep seated insecurities had affected a lot of my thinking and led to people-pleasing above God or family. I have been ‘addicted to doing’ out of guilt feelings rather than a true and deep love for the lost. All that has to go and the Lord is inviting me to take His yoke upon me instead, which, by comparison is light and easy. There is no going back to the religion of compromise – I have discovered that the journey out of bondage is not easy but I sense that the outcome and fruitfulness will be awesome.’