Tongues On Fire
The word of God has a lot to say to us about the tongue. The word says that the power of life and death is in our tongue. Although our tongues are powerful little members in our body we should also know that the tongue is like a fire that has the power to defile your entire body. We must be aware that the Book of James says that the tongue is unruly, evil, full of deadly poison and difficult to tame. The word of God says if a man says that he is righteous and cannot bridle his tongue that man is not righteous and only deceives himself.
The word also tells us that we have to watch our tongues and we have to watch the tongues of others as it relates to us. The word of God warns us about false lips and naughty tongues. The word also speaks to us about tongues that deceive and tongues that flatter. We get instructions about tongues that come out against us. The Bible says that tongues that rise up against us in judgment should be condemned.
The word says if we love life that we should resist using our tongues to do evil. Refrain from using our tongues for murmuring and complaining as the children of Israel did in the wilderness. We should never use our tongues to deceive someone but we are to let our yes be yes and our no be no. We are to use our tongues to speak kindness and say things that bring glory to God. Give your testimony, talk about the goodness of God. Tell somebody how good God has been to you. Sing Psalms and hymns that praise God.
Finally…you can use that same tongue that you use to rebuke the devil to plead the blood of Jesus over everything that concerns you. Pray and call on God. Use your tongue to call things that be not as though they are. Thank God. Speak blessings rather than cursing, claim every promise and declare to the world… My God how great you are!!
Rev. Olivia T. Hines
God gives the best Gifts
Christmas is a time of giving and receiving gifts but
Isn’t it just like God to gift you exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or think?
Isn’t it just like Him to continue to gift you although He gifted you many years ago?
Isn’t it just like God to love us so much that He sent the best gift, Jesus His only begotten Son?
Isn’t it just like God to give forgiveness when we stumble and fall short?
Isn’t it just like GOD to give order to your footsteps so you don’t falter and get out of place?
Isn’t it just like God to forgive us our sins not because we deserve it but He said if we asked our sin would be wiped clean without even a trace?
Isn’t it just like God to give us mercy and grace?
Isn’t it just like God to give us Jesus who knew no sin to die in our place?
Isn’t it just like God to give us a Comforter to dwell with us and in us and guide us along the way?
Lord you gave us Christmas to celebrate the arrival of your Son
You already gave us the best gift.
Jesus the Light of the World!
Rev. Olivia T. Hines
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Let’s Make Christmas More Like Christmas
This year let’s make Christmas more like Christmas. Start the day with praise and worship instead of opening gifts. Thank God for all that He has given you and all the things that He has done. Thank Him for never leaving or forsaking you and remaining always at your side. Tell Him you know how much He loves you because He sacrificed His only Begotten Son. Focus on your value and how much your life is worth acknowledge that in your place was sacrificed the life of a King.
Let’s make Christmas more like Christmas. Celebrating the time when God prepared a body and sent Jesus to the earth. Not the Holidays or Xmas, decorating trees, buying gifts or shopping in the mall. Not eating and drinking hot chocolate, egg nog, sweets and delicacies and all sorts of good things. Meeting and greeting families and friends for weeks and days of this month celebrating yet forgetting why all of this is done.
Let’s make Christmas more like Christmas. Concentrate on what this season is all about. Focus on unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace. Let the joy in our voice ring out like the Hallelujah choir, Handel’s Messiah or Come let us Adore Him sung by a store front church where only five members in the choir sing. Joy to the World, Come All Ye Faithful or Silent Night not how big the group but the peace and joy that we feel and the presence of the anointing when each choir sings.
Let’s make Christmas more like Christmas. What an awesome God we serve. He deserves our admiration and our praise. Let’s make Christmas more like Christmas.
Jesus you are the center of my joy.
Rev. Olivia T. Hines
The Christmas Depression
The month of December is a time of frenetic activity. We have neared the end of the year. I don’t know what you have been through but most of us have been through something but the key phrase is “you went through”. You may still have a little residue of your challenge on your person but because you got over you know that God has been good.
This is the time of year when we use to say Christmas time. We would say it feels Christmassy. Now we say it is the Holidays. This is the time of year when we should be saying thank you for Jesus. Thank you God for all you have done for me and all you have done for mine. Instead we are focusing our attentions on ourselves. We eat, drink and participate in all kinds of bacchanalia in an attempt to be merry. We indulge our whims, feed our faces, gratify our senses and delight our flesh.
With all of this merriment going on for some it is a time of isolation and an increase in feelings of depression. Statistics indicate that there is a greater incidence of suicide during this Holiday time of year than at any other time. Young people are taking their lives and the lives of others more at this time of year than at any other time. There are masses of worried, confused, unhappy people suffering from depression, not because it is Christmas but because they are unhappy with their lives.
People are trying but they can’t figure a way out and don’t know which way to go. So People both young and old look for the high wherever it may be found because they don’t like the person who looks back at them from the mirror. With all of their personal aggravation and irritation they vent their frustrations on others. So who do they blame? Anyone that they can blame except the person who should be blamed…themselves.
Are you trying to find relief, searching, exploring, but looking in all the wrong places. Today I came to tell you that this is a time of hope. Look to the hills, Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Keep your mind stayed on Jesus.
Rev. Olivia T. Hines