18 October 2019


By John Ollis

I am sure no Believer ever forgets that moment on that day when we were born again by the Holy Spirit and the burden of sin rolled away, and we received  that assurance of sins forgiven and received the gift of eternal life. We couldn’t describe the sensation we felt (at that time) but it was to many both physical as well as spiritual. Paul makes an interesting statement in Rom. 8:10 AMP. N.T. But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you].
In one sense our body sure isn’t dead, but when we are born again a new life enters into us,(and we come alive in a new way and it impacted every part of us).
Biblical Discipleship is meant to help a new Believer maintain and deepen that new life. I am reminded of that old statement/greeting “Have you been under the spout where the glory comes out? In other words are you seeking to deepen your intimacy with the Lord?
A modern illustration that we use is, we make sure our smartphone is fully charged, are we keeping our spiritual life fully charged?
Peter in his 2nd Pentecostal sermon expresses it this way in Acts 3:19-20 NKJV Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of REFRESHING may come from the presence of the Lord, Peter puts the emphasis on repentance that will produce that refreshing and blessing.
Just yesterday I read an R.C. Sproul quote “Confession should be a daily activity for the Christian, who’s entire pilgrimage is characterised by the spirit of repentance”. My last blog two days ago was all about confession and surrender.
Paul writing to the Galatians tells us in 5:25 AMP. N.T. If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
Now that we have this new life in the Spirit we must learn to walk in the Spirit, this is where having a “spiritual buddy” (discipler) walking with us can help and encourage is to constantly enjoy this life in the Spirit. Paul tells us we must learn to be continually filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21) Pauls spells out a lengthy list of things we can and should do to maintain and deepen this new life within us.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever (continually) be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.
Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord,
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
May I encourage you to go over this list (again and again until every point is in your heart (including repentance) and practice them until it becomes a lifestyle.
Interestingly, this blog was born because I was saying to the Lord “I get so tired (a sign of aging) can you give me more daily strength”? and I believe the Lord put a verse of Scripture in my heart, from Rom. 8:11.
The AMP. N.T. says And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.
The KJV says But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
The MESSAGE Bible says It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
The Greek word zoopieo translated quicken  in the KJV , can also be translated re-vitalise, make alive, give life. In the past the word quicken(ing) was much used regarding when a woman would feel movement in her womb for the first time around half way through her pregnancy.
The quickening  is physically now, in life, in healing and health, and ultimately in the resurrection if the Believer dies before the second coming of Christ.
So, I am going to take Rom.8:11 as a personal word, AND DAILY CONFESS IT) and as I “keep my battery charged” and “stay under the spout” and maintain a spirit of repentance, and do what Paul tells us in Eph. 5:18-21 I am going to believe for more physical strength to be my portion.
I pray this simple meditation/blog will bless and encourage you. It is Saturday here in Australia, may you have a blest, anointed fruitful weekend.