9 October 2019


By John Ollis

In my own suffering
Through every pain every tear
There’s a God who’s been faithful to me
When my strength was all gone
When my heart had no song
Still in love He’s proved faithful to me
Every word He’s promised is true
What I thought was impossible
I’ve seen my God do
He’s been faithful
Faithful to me
Looking back He’s love and mercy I see
Though in my heart I have questioned
And failed to believe
He’s been faithful, faithful to me
When my heart looked away
The many times I could not pray
Still my God was faithful to me
The days are spent so selfishly
Reaching out for what pleased me
Even then God was faithful to me
Every time I come back to Him
He is waiting for open arms
And I see once again HE’S BEEN FAITHFUL TO ME
I wrote recently I was listening to the Brooklyn Tabernacle choir singing “He’s been faithful to me”, (words above) and I was overcome with tears, as I could so relate to the words written by the Pastor’s wife of Brooklyn Tabernacle, I had experienced God’s faithfulness tens of thousands of times over my 68 years as a born again Believer, and I bowed my head and heart and thanked God for His faithfulness to me. Some of my readers may have felt I was being condemnatory (in my recent blog on this topic) when I went on and said that God’s people are so often unfaithful because of their ignorance (and Biblically illiterate) to all that was accomplished on the cross in what we call “Christ’s finished work” and do not know much about “His unfinished work” of ever living to make intercession for us. As I was listening to the choir singing again this morning, I became very aware, that even though I now have a greater understanding of Christ’s finished and unfinished work I still fail the Lord so often, I am sorry if some felt I was condemning them, I do believe the Word of God with all my heart, but I guess I also realise  I have a desperately wicked heart Jer. 17:9 NKJV The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?
Please forgive me if you felt condemned.  Solomon echoes this reality very clearly in Prov. 24:16 NKJV For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again. Hallelujah.
I must go on and say, that although the reality is as expressed in the choir song, and Solomon’s words, I must be faithful to the Word of God and shout out Peter’s words in 2 Peter 1:3 NKJV as His divine power has given to us ALL THINGS  that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
The NLT says :By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
The PASSION Bible says:Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.
So I want to LIFT THE BAR, and both challenge and encourage you (and I am speaking to myself as I write this), let this be an ever increasing revelation to us, WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERERS, it is part of our glorious inheritance as a child of God, let us nor listen to the  deceptive words of the evil one, or those around us, but by His grace learn to live and walk in victory, purity and power amen.