Author Archive: Olivia Hines

Hate the Evil Love the Good

Hate the Evil Love the Good

Hate the Evil Love the Good

Ro 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Malicious slanderers and those who judge are poisons that kill secretly and slowly. The venom spewed out by the words of a slanderer often hit with so much force that it may be difficult yet not impossible for an individual to make a full and complete recovery. Although the words of a slanderer are heard clamorously, they usually come from a source that often chooses to remain invisible and unknown. The actions of an evil man should not taint our existence. For the word of God has already warned that weapons would form but they could not prosper.

The word of God says in Amos 5:15 that we are to hate the evil and love the good.

The word of God says  the wickedness of Nineveh came up before the Lord. Although there was evil in Nineveh, God saw the good. The word of God says  Nineveh was a great city. God raised up Jonah to go into Nineveh and bring revival. Jonah could only see the evil. He could not see the good.

God knows the end from the beginning because when the king heard the words of the Lord, he rose up, took off his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. He decreed a fast for every man and beast in the city and they prayed to God and turned from their evil ways. God hates evil but because He loves good, Nineveh was spared.

Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Do not do evil for evil. It is not up to us to settle scores. The Lord says that vengeance is His and He will repay.

Ro 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord

Do not grow weary in doing well. Hate the evil but love the good. The word says if the enemy is hungry feed him. If he is thirsty give him a drink. When an evil man curses you, turn around and bless him. When you are persecuted you should pray for those who persecute you. Every opportunity you have to do good, just do it! For it is pleasing to God.

If you continue to hate the evil but love the good, in due time you will reap the harvest of the righteous.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

No Other Help I Know

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No Other Help I Know

I have many memories of my childhood. One of the things that I remember was how my grandmother expressed her relationship with God in word and in song. I remember her favorite song was a meter that she always led when they sang it in church and often I would hear her singing it at home. I don’t know the name of the song but it began “Father, I stretch my hand to thee no other help I know”. As a child that song had absolutely no meaning to me other than that my grandmother liked the song and I would always hear her singing it.

I had to wait until I grew up to understand why she had such a love for that song. It was more than words and melody it was a declaration of her knowledge of a greater source of help. In order to say that there was “no other help I know” I concluded that she had done research and checked out other sources.  I believed that she had looked for other ways and could not find the help that she needed. Then finally after serious trial and error she resolved within herself that no one could help her but the Lord.

Matt 19:26 … With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

I have adopted the phrase “no other help I know”. I too have tried and I too have a record of failures. When I needed help I realized that there is no one who can help me like Jesus. When I stretch my hands to Him I am surrendering to the Greatest God that I know. I am calling on my Jehovah Jireh, the source of my supply. I am calling on my Jehovah Rapha the source of my healing. I am asking El Shaddai the Almighty God who is enough to do anything to help me.

Nothing is impossible with God.

 

by Rev. Olivia Hines

To All Fathers

To All Fathers

In the Pentateuch we find the history of the family. In the beginning it really was a man’s world. The fathers made all of the decisions and they had total control over their families including their wives, children, and extended families. The fathers, known as patriarchs were the ones who God had assigned as the priest and the head of the house and children gave them honor both when they were children and when they were grown. The family depended on the father and the father put his trust in God. They walked with God, talked with God, and they believed God for everything. These men were not perfect and they made mistakes but in adversities they went immediately to God asking His forgiveness and petitioning His advice.

If we fast forward to today many fathers have slid from their positions of honor and respect and their children are out of control. Although fathers were assigned by God the position of head of the family some vacate their position allowing someone else to step in take their authority and exert their control.

PRO 3:33 The LORD’S curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

Blessings don’t flow uphill. They flow from the top to the bottom. If the top is out of place the blessings get hung up and can’t reach the bottom. If the head is sick unto death the body will also die. When a father loves his children he shows affection but he also provides correction.

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Your family is depending on you. Choose this day to assume your position as the head and the priest of your house. Put the devil on notice God gave me authority and I am taking control. This is my house and as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Rev. Olivia Hines

To All Fathers

“ENJOY THE QUIET” – Rev. L. Parish

“ENJOY THE QUIET”

  • Today let’s try something new
  • Take 10 minutes and seek God’s point of view
  • Close your eyes so you can see
  • The things God has in store for thee
  • Relax your mind and meditate
  • In peace and quiet, surrender, don’t hesitate
  • Open the eyes of your mind and the Holy Spirit will reveal
  • God’s plan, His purpose, His will
  • The preparation before you start
  • Is to hide His word in your heart
  • Don’t watch the clock and get stressed out
  • Be patient, wait on the Lord, believe, don’t doubt
  • Relax, breathe deeply, enjoy the quiet
  • Let go of preconceived ideas, just try it
  • Soon your 10 minutes will feel like hours
  • You’ll be refreshed with Holy Ghost power
  • Remember, relax, reflect, get refreshed, let go, let God

Enjoy the quiet

Jer.29:11-13

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Rev. L. Parish (AKA-M.R.)

Enjoy the quiet

Step Back and Look Over

When I step back and look over my life it brings tears to my eyes and praises to my lips.

Sometimes when I am thanking God it’s not just because He woke me up this morning. I have stepped back and my mind and my thoughts have gone back further than that. I have stepped back and I looking over my life. I am thinking about the toilet that sat outside on the back porch at the house and thanking Him for each of the four toilets that now sit inside the bathrooms in my house. I am thinking about pots and pots of collard greens with bacon grease and no meat. I remember the doctor’s admonitions to eat more vegetables and back off some of the thick rich marbled meat. I think of homemade dresses and one pair of winter black and one pair of summer white shoes and a pair of tennis that I got each year for school. I thank God for the closets full of dresses, suits and every kind of dress and shoes of every style and color. I thank God while asking for forgiveness for buying too many things and I recall my deliverance from indulging in excesses.

From this you would think that we grew up in poverty, that’s not true. We were not rich in houses and land, fine clothes and jewelry but we grew up in the midst of great wealth. We grew up in a place where the presence of God was in the house. Although there were eight pairs of feet born into that tiny little house there always was shelter over each and every head. God sent the feet but He also sent the socks, daily bread and provisions so there was no lack.  We learned of His mercy and grace so there was no doubt that we would ever be without.

We have evidence that our God is a Mighty God. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. My thoughts are of how Amazing is His Grace, He is a Kind and Loving Father, Full of Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace. I am filled with gratitude and my thoughts are as I praise Him …My God How Great You Are.

Step Back and Look Over

By Rev. Olivia T. Hines