David’s Testimony

 How God changed my life

David Gilbey

David Gilbey

 

 

Alcohol and young ladies!
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When I left school at sixteen, I started work at a bank in London. Very quickly I was introduced to lunchtime drinking and over the next couple of years, alcohol and young ladies became my preoccupation. There were also other issues in my life, of which I was not proud. My interest in church waned although, as a duty, I continued to go along.
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Early in 1980, our family received an invitation to hear a testimony of a miraculous healing. This man had lost every hair on his head. The doctors had told him that it would never grow back, but after much prayer by people convinced of God’s desire to heal, it had all come back. He was asking people he knew to come to the Elim Church to hear his story of what God had done. So we all went along.
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God is real!
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Although nothing particularly touched me that Sunday, God began to speak to me about himself. During a morning service in April that year, following an invitation by the pastor, I slipped my hand up as an indication that I believed that God was real and that I had accepted his son Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour. I had been arrested by the love of God!
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Following my ‘new birth’ as a real Christian I had a real enthusiasm for God.
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During this time I felt I should leave the bank and in 1981 became a police officer with Essex Police. However, I told no one in the Force of my faith in Jesus. Over the next 18 months I found myself slipping into a double life where I would seem to be a ‘good Christian’ at church but at work I was just one of the lads. I wasn’t really paying attention to my work either. As a trainee constable, unbeknown to me, my sergeant was having doubts as to whether my probation should be confirmed.
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Baptised with the Spirit!
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Being a member of a Pentecostal church, we believed in the experience as described in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, of being Baptised or filled with the Holy Spirit. Deep down I was aware something was still missing in my life and was actively seeking this experience. At the same time I was reading a book on the subject which clearly set out how to receive.
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At work things came to a sudden head. I was called in to see my inspector who bluntly told me that unless I showed a marked improvement, I would be out! Head whirling, I returned to my lodgings. That evening I prayed earnestly for the Holy Spirit. A peace descended and then I found myself speaking in a language I did not understand, just like in the Bible! I had received the Baptism with the Spirit and the gift of tongues or language of the Spirit.
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The power of God sustained me!
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After that things turned around. I had a new inner strength and a few weeks later, the sergeant who had expressed his doubts put in a lengthy report saying how well I was doing and that he had made a mistake. My life took a new and exciting turn. Although not every problem was instantly solved, I now had the power of God to sustain me.
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Around this time, I was going out with one of the attractive girls from our church. In 1987 we married and now have three wonderful children all of whom love Jesus. God has a sense of humour too because the man who gave the testimony of his hair returning is none other than my father-in-law.
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Broken toes healed!
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Over the years that followed, I began to take an interest in the Biblical teaching on healing. Since the beginning of 2008, I have started to pray for people to be healed with real faith. As a result, by the power of Jesus, I have started to see genuine miracles happen in front of my eyes. A girl at church had two broken toes but after prayer she was literally jumping up and down, her toes completely mended. There was the man who could not lift his arm, but after prayer immediately thrust it above his head and whirled it around like a windmill. A man with chronic degenerative back pain and walking with a stick, left pain free, carrying his stick, He was wondering what he was going to do with his recently acquired disabled parking badge!
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So I praise God for what he has done and is continuing to do in my life. As the time of Jesus’ return gets closer, I have determined that I will continue to press on with all my heart. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2 v.24. “Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the Cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his stripes you have been healed.” It’s a done deal. Two thousand years ago Jesus died and rose again to set you free from sin, from death and to heal your body so you can live a fully victorious life for him.
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All you have to do is to surrender your life to Him. Don’t delay, He is waiting for you to slip your hand up and ask Him to come into your life. If you are sick, come to Him in faith. He is the healer, the same yesterday, today and forever.
 
David G.
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David has served with Essex Police for nearly 30 years and will be retiring in June 2011. He is a former Branch leader of the Christian Police Association.

 


David Gilbey’s story as published in Voice Magazine of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International in 2008

 

Please Note: David’s testimony is not a result of being prayed for by The Healing Bus