29 July 2023


By John Ollis

I want to share in this blog by giving my current testimony. It is 17+ days since I had my left hip replacement, I have been experiencing ever growing pain for at least the last 18 months. My G.P. referred me to a Pain Specialist who prescribed numerous pain killers ever increasing the dosage which had no effect on my pain levels which also continued to increase until walking was becoming a challenge. I also had a hospital procedure of injections into my back, still this was without success.

I decided to ask my G.P. for a referral to an Orthapaedic Specialist and to get a knee xray. Interestingly the surgeon felt immediately my problem was not primarily my knee but my hip!!!!An xray confirmed this which showed my hip had disintegrated!!!! Within days I underwent surgery and today just 17+days post surgery, there is almost no hip pain and much less knee pain. My knee had been constantly bearing the burden and compensating from my disintegrated hip. The surgeon expects that this will deal with my knee pain, but if there has been damage in my knee he will follow that through as well.

Naturally speaking I have been messed around for 18 months by the Pain Specialist, but I am so thankful I have had an awesome increased understanding of the SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD, as Paul reflects in Romans 8:28 NKJV And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I am reminded often of the words in Heb. 12:6 NKJV My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”

We have heavenly Father who loves us so much that like a good earthly parent disciplines us so we will grow in Grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result of the pain and my greater understanding of the Lord’s sovereignty I have let the Holy Spirit put the spotlight on me, and He has shown me areas in my life THAT NEEDS CHANGE.

I am not going to be specific, except to say it is in the area of my MIND that I have been challenged. I have taught for many years THE MIND IS THE BATTLEGROUND OF THE SOUL and every battle is won or lost in this area. The teacher MUST PRACTICE WHAT HE TEACHES!!!

It is as we all know very easy to develop bad habits in our mind, and when a thought comes instead of instantly dealing with it, we let it linger, and we lose our peace and often it causes us to sin .Even though we are born again we still have the bias within us to sin, and we also have an enemy who goes about like a roaring lion 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Hebrews 12 goes on and says our Heavenly Father wants us to be PARTAKERS OF HIS HOLINESS, and that we would become more aware (and others too) of THE PEACEABLE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in us.

Thus the message to every believer is found in Rom. 12:1 NKJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you (CONTINUALLY) present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. We know from experience the problem with a living sacrifice is that it is always wanting to crawl off the altar.

The N.T. epistles have constant references to the mind and how we need to CONTROL IT OR IT WILL CONTROL US.

I have written recently of another area of truth that has been such a blessing to me and that is GOD’S SO GREAT SALVATION, which is perfect in every way and has the answer to every need, BODY, MIND, SOUL & SPIRIT both now and throughout all eternity. There are some 265 references in the Epistles to our inheritance. We need to see as we read and meditate in and on the Word of God we are READING THE WILL and IT HAS the answer to every need, as every item HAS OUR NAME WRITTEN OVER THEM.

I personally thank God every day fort my inheritance in Christ NOW.

I have also written in the past about the “litte foxes that spoil the vine Song of Solomon” 2:15 NKJV. For me it is:






These have robbed me of my peace more times than I can recall

Yet. for example we have THE BLOOD OF CHRIST TO CLEANSE AND PROTECT OUR MINDS 1 John 1:7 & 9 NKJV But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


The Helmet of Salvation (to protect our minds).

The Breastplate of Righteousness

The Skirt and Belt of Truth

The Peace of God

The Sword of the Spirit (the Rhema Word)

The Shield of Faith


Eph. 6:10-18 NKJV

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. PUT on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore TAKE up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
STAND therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having PUT on the breastplate of righteousness, and having SHOD your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And TAKE the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; PRAYING ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, BEING WATCHFUL to this end with all PERSEVERANCE AND SUPPLICATION for all the saints.

Thoughts often just “pop” into our head and we have let them linger, when we must learn by heart and practice 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS, CASTING DOWN arguments and EVERY high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

We have also been delegated the right to use THE NAME OF JESUS AGAINSTS THE THOUGHTS THAT COME FROM WITHIN OR FROM THE EVIL ONE, James 4:7 NKJV Therefore SUBMIT to God. RESIST the devil and he will FLEE from you.

We literally do not have any excuse not to have constant victory in our mind. May I encourage you to meditate on all these scriptures and this awesome truth and experience that is available to us. Please feel free to comment and ask questions in my website boskoteachingandmentoring.com or email me on johnollisgmail.com