6 December 2015


By John Ollis

I know reminiscing is a sign of old age, but surely it gives a person the opportunity to look back and see the hand of God on a person’s life.
In October last I celebrated the fact I had been a born again believer for 64 years, I was a product of developing alcoholic parents without any Christian influences in my life, yet somehow I started going to a Salvation Army Sunday School and there received Jesus as my personal Saviour. I now realise that in God’s economy He chose me even before the creation of the world, and that my name is engraved in His hand.
In hindsight even as a teenager there was a desire to “disciple” but it took many years for me to really know what it meant, I bungled along for years trying to find out what the Bible really taught about it. I am not saying I understand it all, as all truth must be kept in balance, as Church History is strewn  with horror stories of truth being taken to extremes.
I guess my biggest sadness is that I have not always practiced what I preached, and although I had a desire to do the will of God in every area of my life I have failed the Lord so many times, I thank God for His unchanging love and His willingness to forgive and restore me into a right relationship with Him.
These past three years of struggling health has been the way God has used to make truth a greater reality to me. I am  also aware that “to whom much is given much is expected, and that I must not let my weakened body call the shots or use it to make excuses not to  be the person I am called to be. So firstly and  personally the burden of my life is to live a holy, sanctified victorious life constantly.
I can humbly say, I believe with all my heart God has called me to be a spiritual father and Mentor especially to those who are young in their ministry calling, the proof of this is the many young ministries from  so many countries who are in regular contact with me, I know the ideal is face to face and one on one, but this is the best I can do.
What are the key truths that are essential if we are be men and women of God and fulfil our ministry calling.
When we are born again the Holy Spirit comes into our life and is resident in us, but we will never be all the God call called us to be unless we learn:
To live a life of obedience
Live a life of surrender.
The Holy Spirit must become PRESIDENT in our lives 24/7, we must learn to live the Spirit filled life, and learn to live on the altar of surrender constantly. Rom.12:1. Eph. 5:18. Paul prayed for the Thessalonians  (1 Thess.5:23)that they would be sanctified SPIRIT SOUL & BODY, Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit must be the Lord of every part of us, including our MIND WILL AND EMOTIONS.
We all agree that we have struggles in our mind, will and emotions,  and in our body and soul, and unless the Holy Spirit is PRESIDENT in all these areas we will never live a victorious, holy life. Experience would teach it takes many lessons in life for us to learn this truth, and I guess until the day we die, we must learn to daily live the “crucified life”, but the only life worth living is a life that is surrendered to the Lord,
Rev. John Piper is a great man of God and a leading Baptist Pastor in the U.S. He stated “Do we eagerly long for the coming of Christ? or do we want Him to wait while our love affair with the world runs its course? That is the question that tests the authenticity of our faith”.
We are living in the last days, and we must do as the Apostle John tells us in 1 John 3:3 “He that has this hope in him (that Jesus is coming is soon) keeps himself pure.
Simply put Do you want to be a man or woman of God? Learn to let the Holy Spirit be PRESIDENT in your life and constantly reaffirming Jesus as the Lord of your life.
Do you agree ?????? Talk to me please /