In His Presence
The word of God says in Deu 29:5 that as the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness their clothes grew with their bodies and their shoes grew with their feet. In other words the same shoes that a 2-year-old baby wore out of Egypt were the same shoes that he had on his feet when he was 42 years old and crossing over the Jordan River and going into the promised land. God gave them food to eat and water to drink. Jehovah Jireh***
God gave them miracle oversight and direction. During the forty years in the wilderness God constantly interacted with them. There were many miracles, open manifestations that God was always there with them.
Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
When Israelites were led by the Divine wisdom of God they knew that He was there because they saw the physical evidence of His presence. He gave them signs to let them know that He had not left them. He led the children of Israel through the wilderness with fire by night and clouds by day. Direction was not the only reason for the fire and clouds. God had compassion for their anxiety. The fire and clouds was visible evidence of the presence of God. It was reassurance that they were not alone. He was letting them know that He there with them. He was saying I haven’t left you and I haven’t forsaken you. He was saying I will supply all of your needs. I will not let the enemy triumph over you. I will be there to help you in a time of trouble.
We can tell from their actions, the murmurs, the rebellion and disobedience that the people of Israel got so desensitized to the presence of God that they did not even notice that God was there. Just like the Israelites as we travel along our journey we sometimes don’t notice or we take for granted that God is there. We become desensitized to the blessing and fail to recognize all of the ways that God cares for us or how many ways He supplies our daily needs.
Today, we have the power of God to guide us on this journey through this earth. God with us The Holy Spirit is the power of God on the inside of every believer. The Holy Spirit, God with us, will be with the believer forever. The comforter works for you and with you. We cannot see Him with our physical eyes: but by faith. We know that He is there and daily we see manifestations of His presence.
It is good to be near God to declare His works and to dwell in His presence. Give Him Praise!
Rev. Olivia T Hines
Ready to be Blessed
We have just one more month and then we will be crossing over into a brand new year. This year may have been truly a year of the trials but it has also been a year of triumphs. We know that we were victors and God favors us because we have endured and are making it to the end. By the grace of God, the power of deliverance and hope against hope we are at the end and ready to crossover into another year. Our arrival here is not because we were so good, we were so strong, or because we are so wise but out arrival here and we have come this far by the grace of God.
In Gen 12:7 when God promised Abraham that He would bless and multiply his seed. Abraham built an altar. That altar was a symbol of covenant and promise. It didn’t mean freedom from trial but it was a reminder that he served an on time God who would always keep His promise.
Genesis 15:13 God told Abraham that his seed would dwell in a strange land and that they would be afflicted for four hundred years. Many years had passed when the children of Israel became slaves and were afflicted in Egypt. Exodus 12:41 the word of God says at the end of the four hundred and thirty years all of the children of Israel left the land of Egypt. And just as God had promised when the children were ready to be blessed Jos 3:17 says that the people crossed over the Jordan River on dry ground and possessed the Promised Land.
Many trials and tribulations had already come and had been overcome when Finally* the children of Israel were ready to crossover into the promised land. Just like Joshua told the children of Israel how to be successful in the new land I am saying how to be successful in a new year. The word of God says in Joshua 1:7 live according to the word of God. Don’t turn from it to the right hand or to the left hand. Don’t try to make the word suitable to your style of living but make your lifestyle suitable to the word.
I want you to know that the fate of a child of God does not lie in the hands of man. What God promises He is able to bring to pass. When you are ready to crossover into your blessing you will be blessed.
Rev. O. T. Hines
I want to talk to you about being prepared. During one week I lost two family members who were dear to my heart. It has been hard for me and I will miss them but I know they are gone to a better place. Know that death is final. It is not like they went on vacation and will be returning in a week. There won’t be any more long phone calls where we talk about everything from how is the family to the latest current events. They are gone from this earth never to return to earth as we know it now. Just as I do they both loved the Lord and I know that I will see them again as the word of God has promised. But know this, if Jesus tarries we will all go that way one day.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
On the day that we were born we began a trek back to our permanent home. The word of God says that our days here are numbered. When those days expire we may request more time as Hezekiah did but I don’t know anyone who got an extension. We have to live in readiness for “that day”.
Let your greatest ambition be to live to See God’s face. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that God raised Jesus from the grave. Began to live a victorious life through the word of God. One day you will see God’s face!!!
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Rev. Olivia T. Hines