21 December 2019


By John Ollis

What a glorious promise we have in John 14:18 NKJV I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. The context of this verse suggests Jesus is referring primarily to His second coming but we know from personal experience and the Word of God that Jesus wants to be available to us anytime (24/7). Sadly, because of faulty discipleship some new Believers feel their experience is more like that of  a parent throwing a baby into a swimming pool and saying “swim”.
The Biblical ideal is of course that every new Believer has a Disciple maker/companion who walks with them, and shares with them all that their new inheritance contains, sadly, sometimes the Lord has to personally intervene in our lives so that we know what is available to us.
I love Isaiah 58:11 NLT The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.
The MESSAGE says I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
There are so many glorious promises contained in this single verse.

  1. GUIDANCE always and continually.

James reminds us in James 1;5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. The only reason we don’t receive is because as James 4:3 NKJV says Yet you do not have because you do not ask, let us do as Jesus tells us in Matt. 7:7 AMP N.T. Keep on asking and it will be given you.
Even though there are seasons that include drought, He will always satisfy our thirst.
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Jesus tells us in John 7:38 KJV He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
As we stay under the “spout where the glory comes out” our lives will be like a beautiful, profuse fragrant garden, that will not only glorify the Lord but will bless and impact many people.
When we know what is “written in the will” with our name on it, we have no excuse, as wisdom and guidance can be our constant companion, and even though drought is all around us, we can be as the MESSAGE says in Psalm 92:12-13 Good (righteous) people will prosper like palm trees, (dates are the sweetest fruits)
Grow tall like Lebanon cedars; (with long deep roots into God)
transplanted to God’s courtyard,
They’ll grow tall in the presence of God,
lithe and GREEN, virile still in old age.”
Let me encourage you to meditate on these glorious verses, and I am surer they will greatly bless you and encourage you. Let these truths ring loudly in your heart this weekend as you go to Father’s House to worship and adore Him.