Author Archive: Olivia Hines

Hope Against Hope

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Hope Against Hope

Hope is a thing upon which expectations are built. Hope is to expect and wish with the belief that there is some possibility of fulfilment of a thing. The word of God says against hope Abraham believed in hope. Abraham trusted God so much that he believed every promise God made to him, even if it seem impossible, would come to pass.
God is the Alpha and the Omega so when He is making promises to us He may be standing at Alpha the beginning but He is seeing it done at Omega the end. When God made promises to Abraham concerning his children there were no children. However, God spoke as if Abraham had already fathered many children but in reality in the earth, Abraham had none. Abraham at that time was dealing with what I call the spirit of promise that is the promises that God made but they have not become flesh and manifest in the earth. Sometimes when God makes us a promise we have to wait until due time. Due time is the time when the promise is ripe and ready to manifest as flesh in the earth
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.Rom 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

This is where our hope comes in. God has made us many promises but we need to have patience as we wait for them to manifest in the earth. So we have to do just like Abraham, we have to hope against hope and believe in hope. Call things that be not as though they were. We have to encourage ourselves because we trust God so much that we know that he is not a man that He would lie to us. Even when you don’t see that which you hope for, pray, then get right up and thank God for what He is going to do. Begin to praise God for being a promise keeper. Praise Him for all of His goodness toward us.
Even as you pray and praise obstacles are being moved, people are being raised up, you are being matured and made ready to step into your promise.
It is harvest time!

By Rev. Olivia T. Hines

Take No Thought

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Take No Thought

We are awed by the magnificence of God. Our thoughts of Him is not just how powerful He is but we are amazed by His love and kindness toward us. We ponder the mercy and the grace of God and think of His willingness to forgive us when we sin. But most of all we are astonished that a God with all His Might and Power is concerned about us.

We worry about things for which we should not even be concerned. In fact, worry is an illegal emotion for the believer. The word of God says be anxious for nothing. Your God has already taken care of all of the things that concern you. He said take no thought, don’t worry about what you are going to eat, what you are going to drink, how you will be clothed and if you delight yourself in the Lord he will also give you the desires of your heart.

Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things

The apostle Peter tells us not to hold on to any of our cares but to give all of our cares to the Lord because he cares for us. If there is an inkling or a glimmer of doubt about what our God will do for you, all you have to do is ask. God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask and think. So instead of worrying about things we should give them to God and ask Him to take care of them for us.

Take no thought. Bundle up all things that are concerning you, big things and little things, the things that keep you up at night, the things that trouble your mind and cast them onto the Lord. Everything that you commit to Him He is able to keep. If you are still worrying ask yourself this question, “Can I do it better than God?” If your answer is “God can do it better than me,” hand it over to Him because he cares for you.

By Dr. Olivia T. Hines

The Love of Money

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The Love of Money

The word of God says that it is God who gives us the power to get wealth. The word also says that riches and wealth is a gift from God. Our quest and our desire to have riches it would seem are in keeping with God’s desire for our lives. But the word also says the love of money is the root of all evil. 

1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

King Solomon wrote in the Book of Ecclesiastes that money was the answer to all things. Solomon the third king of Israel was the son of King David and Bathsheba. Jewish history has it that Solomon was 12 years old when he assumed the throne of Israel, that he ruled for 40 prosperous years and died at the age of 52. To me the pinnacle in the life of Solomon was that God gave him an opportunity to make a request and instead of wealth and riches Solomon asked that God give him wisdom. God not only made him the wisest man alive but he also became the richest.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Sadly, Solomon is known as the man of sunsets and shadows because at the time of his death he had lost favor with God. He had allowed his riches which included about 1000 wives to become a distraction to him and to come between him and his first love, God

There is nothing wrong with having things, the word of God says take your portion. There is nothing wrong with having money even lots of money because God wants you to prosper. However, you can’t fall in love with the money.  If you fall in love with your money it will become a beguilement and eventually it will betray you. Even worse it will come between you and God.

 

By Rev. Olivia T. Hines