6 July 2016


By John Ollis

I feel I need to follow on this morning’s blog, with another blog on  how to handle and survive the “winter season”. Through lack of Biblical Discipleship this younger generation seems to need the “contemporary up beat music” and lots of hype  to help them stay high. But when the pressures of life come their way, there is a real danger they can collapse like a pack of cards. I am sure not against emotion in praise and worship, but what do we do, when God seems far away?
We need a revelation of the sovereignty of God, that when we cannot “feel” God, it doesn’t mean he is dead.  We may not be able to sing
God’s not dead (Oh, no!)
He’s still alive
God’s not dead (Oh, no!)
He’s still alive
God’s not dead (Oh, no!)
He’s still alive
I can feel Him in my hands (clap, clap, clap)
Feel Him in my feet (stomp, stomp, stomp)
Feel Him in my heart (dum, dum, dum)
Feel Him in my soul (whooo)
I can feel Him all over me.
But we MUST  know in our spirit that God is in control, and declare with the Prophet Habakkuk (3:17-18) Though the fig tree does not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, though the labour of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food, though the flock may be cut off from the fold , and there be no herd in the stalls, YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION.
God has not gone anywhere, but He is permitting “stuff” to impact our lives, remember “all things are working together for good, to those who love God are called according to His purpose”.
When we have this awesome revelation, we can do what Paul tells us in 1 Thess. 5:18 “In EVERYTHING give thanks,   why ????? for this is the WILL OF GOD in Christ Jesus for you.
May the Lord help us, to have an attitude of gratitude, and truly : Give thanks with a grateful heart, amen.
This is the season to press into God, perhaps like never before, and declare, “whether I can feel you or not, You have promised NEVER to leave me or forsake me” and like Jacob of old I will wrestle with you until you bless me”.
Remember, Spring and summer ALWAYS follow winter,  out of the barrenness of winter comes new life, and harvest. Don’t back off, use this season as an opportunity to step up in your walk with God, and learn to walk by faith, and not by sight (of feeling).
If you feel you are in a winter season, I trust you have a prayer partner who can pray with you, if you don’t I would love to be able to pray for you, and believe with you, (that when the Lord has finished what he wants to do in you)  that the new season will be beyond your wildest dreams. God bless you.