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Worship Has No Boundaries

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Worship Has No Boundaries
 
EXO 25:21  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 22  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
 
God told Moses to instruct Bezaleel in how to construct a box. God designated the building materials and gave specific measurements including the length, width and the height of the box. The box, known as the Ark of the Covenant traveled in the wilderness with the children of Israel and it served several functions. It became the container that housed the tablets of the law, it was a guide and it went before the Israelites when they went to war. Most significantly the box was symbolic of the presence of God. Many years later when David was king he brought the Ark to Jerusalem and the Ark eventually took it’s place in the temple where the people recognized it as the presence of God. 
 
The Babylonians invaded Jerusalem, defiled the temple and led the people into captivity in Babylon where they no longer had access to the Ark. This was a problem because the children of Israel believed that the presence of God only existed in the box so they felt that with out the Ark they could not worship and enter into the presence of God.
 
EZE 1:1  In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 
 
As Ezekiel stood by the River Kebar he had an encounter with God and this brought about the realization that you could enter into the presence of God with out the box.
 
Worship requires no material artifacts because the essence of worship is spiritual in nature. Our physical conditions do not control God. God has no limits and He does not exist in a box. He controls situations, persons and even nations. Worship does not depend upon impressive buildings, practiced leaders, sheets of music and resounding musical instruments. Worshipping God is contingent upon us having submissive hearts. God is universal we can not confine Him to any specific boundaries because He has no boundaries. Our God is sovereign. He is able to do what He pleases, when He pleases and how He pleases.  Therefore, we can’t restrict God to the narrow vicinities of a particular style of worship. We can’t confine God to a box.
 
REV 15:4  Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” 
Dr. Olivia T. Hines

Eat the Word

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Eat the Word

When Satan attacked Jesus in the wilderness, he relied on the weakness of Jesus’ flesh to make Him fall. Jesus had been fasting forty days and forty nights so satan just waited and attacked Jesus after He got hungry. But Jesus didn’t rely on natural food but the power of spiritual food to strengthen Himself. He relied on the power that came from the word of God to keep Him from falling. When Jesus became weak He quoted the Scriptures. That a man should live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The reason the Bible has outsold every other book is because not only is it God’s Word but in the book there are answers to every issue. The solution to every problem you face is contained in the Book. The Book tells us how to be blessed, why we lose blessings, and what God expects from us. That’s why the Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps 119:11). David the man after God’s own heart expresses in Psa 18:30 that God’s Word has been tried and He is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

The key to get wise is you must study the Book.

· It takes approximately fifty-six hours to read the Bible from cover to cover

· That’s two and one quarter days….. OK you don’t want to do it that way

· If you read forty chapters a day you would complete the Bible within a month.

· If you read nine chapters of the New Testament each day you would complete the Bible within thirty days.

· There are thirty-one days in most months.

· The book of Proverbs which is known as the book of wisdom has thirty-one chapters.

· Just think about how wise you would be if you read a chapter of this wisdom book every day.

· But the best way to read the Bible is just to read it, regularly, and expectantly so that the Word of God can build your faith.

This is what all believers should know about the WORD:

To be strong in faith you must believe the Word of God.

To be successful in life you must practice the Word of God.

By Dr. Olivia T. Hines

Show Me My Tree

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Show Me My Tree

One of the greatest stories of a detour that we find in the bible is the occasion when the children of Israel left Egypt on the way to the Promised Land. It should have been an easy and a joyous transition. Their prayers had been answered. The children of Israel were departing from a 400 year slavery and going to a promised land. They were on the way to a land filled with milk and honey.

The distance from Egypt to Israel is approximately 250 miles. The travel time is about a 21/2 hour trip by car or a 30 minute trip by plane. But since they were walking and traveling by foot it should have taken them 2 to 3 months. However, because of an unexpected detour it took them 40 years to reach their intended destination.

Although things didn’t go as they planned it should have still been an awesome experience. God gave them proof that He was with them He had not left them or forsaken them. As they traveled God kept reaffirming that He was with them. He gave them a cloud by day and a fire by night to direct their path. All they had to do was look up and they would see that the presence of God was with them. He kept saying I am here everything is going to be alright

Instead of trusting God the Israelites believed that the detour had taken away their promise. The possibility of going back to Egypt no longer existed and it seemed that their future was uncertain. They were in a parched desert instead of in a Land of Milk and Honey. They lost hope, they didn’t trust God.

To complicate the situation after three days of travel they found water but it was bitter and unfit to drink. Although Moses did not have the answer when they encountered bitter water and couldn’t relieve their thirst he knew that God had the answer so he looked up and called on God. When Moses called on God he was shown what he needed was already there. In the parched and dried desert was Moses’ answer. God directed him to a tree. When Moses put the tree in the water the water became sweet.

What should we do when our life takes a detour? Don’t lose hope or become discouraged call on God and ask Him for help. Just look up like Moses, pray and give your situation to God. Ask Him to show you your own answer or simply say Lord please do for me what you did for Moses….Show me my tree.

By Dr. Olivia T. Hines

God Keeps His Word

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God Keeps His Word

The word of God says that anything we ask in the name of Jesus He will do it for us. The word of God also says anything we ask believing we will receive. Do you believe that? When the children of Egypt walked in the wilderness, God sent them supernatural bread called manna. There is only one incidence of manna falling from heaven but there are other incidences of God providing supernatural food. The word of God says He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider.

We can know God but we will never fully comprehend God. We will never understand everything that He does. But we can have confidence because whatever He said He would do He does. Now the word of God says that He will provide our daily bread. Now picture this… You are standing before a wooded field, no groceries, stores or supplies and ask God for a slice of bread. You prayed in the name of Jesus, believing that He would keep His word. In order to grant your request, He may have to chop down trees, pull out stumps, plow the field, plant and tend the wheat, thresh it, grind it, AND bake it to hand you a miracle slice of bread. God kept His word even if it required a miracle.

Faith to Win the Battle

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FAITH TO WIN THE BATTLE

Elisha was the man of God who followed Elijah around until he inherited his anointing. God had Elisha on assignment and when God has you on assignment you have to contend with the enemy. Elisha knew who he was and he knew what he had been promised. So on the day when he was under attack by the enemy he had no fear. Elisha’s mindset was it’s not what I see, it’s not what I hear, it’s what I know that gives me faith to win the battle.

The king of Syria whose army was bigger and a more powerful army warred against the Israelites. With his eyes the king saw a victory but God said that this enemy could not win. The enemy was enraged when the Israelites refused to go down. Elisha had a different plan from the enemy. His plan was God’s plan and when God gives you a plan He has a plan to insure the plan. Elisha’s battle strategy was not of this world he looked to the hills the source of his help. His eyes only saw the promises of the covenant and for this he won.

How do we fight these massive battles in our lives? We do what Elisha did … we look to the hills. We know that God is not a man that He should lie. He knows that weapons will be formed against us but He said that they would not prosper. He said that the enemy would not triumph over us that they would be confounded and put to shame. We don’t understand everything that God is doing because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. But this we do know we will win because our victory is etched in stone and covered with blood. In Jesus’ name Amen

Rev Olivia Hines

The Miracles of Jesus

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The Miracles of Jesus

• Turning water into wine (John 2:1-11)
• Healing of a nobleman’s son (John 4:46-54)
• Delivering a man in the synagogue from demonic spirits (Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37)
• Healing Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39; Matthew 8:14-15)
• The first of two nets of fish and the calling of His first disciples (Luke 5:1-11)
• Cleansing a leper (Mark 1:40-45; Matthew 8:1-4)
• Healing a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12; Matthew 9:2-8; Luke 5:17-26)
• Healing of the man at Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
• Healing a man with a withered hand (Luke 6:6-11; Matthew 12:9-13; Mark 3:1-5)
• Healing the Centurion’s servant (Luke 7: 1-10; Matthew 8:5-13)
• Raising the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-16)
• Casting out a dumb and blind spirit (Luke 11:14-26; Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:22-30)
• Calming a storm (Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:18-27; Luke 8:22-25)
• Healing a man possessed by demons at Gadara (Mark 5:1-20; Matthew 8:28; Luke 8:26)
• Healing a woman with an issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34; Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56)
• Raising Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:21-43)
• Healing of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31
• Casting out a spirit (Matthew 9:32-34)
• Feeding 5,000 with five loaves and two fish (John 6:1-14; Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; Luke 9:10-17)
• Walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33; John 6:15-21; Mark 6:45-52)
• Delivering the Syrophoenician’s daughter (Matthew 15:21-28)
• Healing a deaf and dumb man (Mark 7:31-37)
• Feeding another 4,000-plus (Mark 8:1-10; Matthew 15:32)
• Healing the blind man of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)
• Casting demons out of a lunatic boy (Mark 9:14-29; Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42)
• Pulling a coin from the mouth of a fish (Matthew 17:24-27)
• Healing a man born blind (John 9:1-41)
• Healing a woman with an 18-year infirmity (Luke 13:10-17)
• Healing a man with dropsy (or edema) (Luke 14:1-6)
• Raising Lazarus (John 11:1-46)
• Cleansing of ten leper
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• Healing blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)
• Cursing the fig tree (Mark 11:12-26)
• Healing of Malchus’ ear (Luke 22:49-51)
• A second net of fish (John 21:1-12)

I Need a Miracle

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I need a miracle
The disciples walked with Jesus and He did many miracles. He healed the sick, raised the dead and brought sight to the blind. One day Jesus told His disciples “anyone who has faith in me will do the same things I do but they will do even greater things”. Just as it was prophesied Jesus was crucified on the cross, the word of God says that He mocked satan at the cross and made a public spectacle out of him. He took captivity captive and set the captives free. He took on a glorified body, walked the earth for forty days then ascended to sit on the right hand side of His Father and assumed the role of advocate for you and I.
Jesus was gone but in the name of Jesus Peter and John and the other disciples continued to show up in the colonnade. Therefore, the signs, wonders and miracles Jesus performed did not cease. For the miracle working power and the ability to do great deeds passed from Jesus to the church. In the church the power to perform a miracle still resides because God still divinely intervenes in human affairs. What I am saying is that there are occasions when God steps in, overrides the natural with the supernatural and does something beyond intellectual or scientific comprehension so that somebody can be blessed.
God knows that today somebody needs a miracle.
In the book of John 14:14 the word of God says “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
This simply means you have received an open invitation. You have been gifted with a legal warrant that in the name of Jesus your prayers will be powerful and effective. In the name of Jesus amazing feats and miracles will be done. He said anything you ask in my name I will do it. Go into the throne room not in your name but in the name of Jesus and ask God to do a miracle. Tell Him any way you want to bless me I will be satisfied. Whether it be spoken over me, whether it be by the laying on of hands, whether it be by medicines or paste put on my eyes. According to your word I have been given the authority to ask for a miracle. I right now today Lord need a miracle.

Rev. O. Hines

Body is Weak but Spirit is Strong

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Daniel was born of royal and noble birth but in the year 605 BC Daniel along with his three friends known by their Babylonian names Shadrack, Meshack and Abendego were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzer and brought into Babylon. Daniel’s body was held captive by the king but because Daniel was a man of integrity and he refused to lower his standards although his body belonged to the king, his mind, his spirit, his soul remained property of the Lord. Prov 21:1 says that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. Daniel was in a situation that was outside of his control, but God was still in control. The word says that the Lord will make your enemy to be at peace with you. Proverbs 18:16 says “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”. So Daniel the prophet had favor with his captors and they respected him and elevated him so he was not only a prophet but he became known as a statesman because he used his gifts that were given him by the Lord.
In the Old Testament visions were a common form of revelation. Daniel had the spiritual gift of prophesy, he had the gift of revelation, he dreamed dreams, he had word of wisdom and word of knowledge. His anointing increased. First, he only interpreted another’s dream by means of a dream of his own. Later, he interpreted dreams and experiences of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. By the time we get to Chapter 7 Daniel is having his own visions – truly grand spiritual experiences. The story of chapter 8 reports a spiritual “transportation” whereby he received, in a land far from home, a vision of the future as it would affect his nation. His gift becomes more powerful and he progresses to a physical sighting of the angelic Gabriel whom he reports looks like the very Son of God. .
Although Daniel’s anointing was powerful he was not satisfied he wanted all that God had for him. So for 21 days he went on a “chemdah” fast by omitting all of the pleasant things. Often things that we do that satisfy our physical bodies and put a petition between us and God. The word of God says that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. When we fast, afflict our flesh we strengthen the spirit man and we get closer to God.

Rev. O. T. Hines

AMEN

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AMEN

Why do we say amen? The word amen comes from the Hebrew word “aman” and it means “to Believe”. Amen means “So be it”; it is a word of confirmation, binding a saying or an oath. Amen is used as a response to a solemn ratification and expression of faith. . In Gen 15:6 Abram believed in the Lord and said “Amen” to God’s promise Rev 3:14 Jesus is known as the God of amen meaning he is strong and faithful; you can trust what He says. In Mat 5:18, the word “aman” is translated “verily”. The word verily is a pre-certification by Jesus that the statement that He was making was firm and could be relied on.

The word amen became the customary word that the Jews used to express agreement. Christians use the word amen after prayer to signify that we approve and agree with the praise, promise or petition and request that has gone forth. Amen means that we not only agree but claim, when others pray, that the words that went forth are as our very own. When we say amen at the end of a prayer it is a token of covenant and we not only confirm the petition but we invoke the fulfillment of the request.

What should we do when we agree with the promises of God? If we believe, agree and desire God’s blessings we can claim everything that God has promised as our own. All we have do is say AMEN.

Today is the Day

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Today is the Day

Every day when you wake up God has given you a gift and a new chance. In addition, He has given you the opportunity to decide what this day is going to be. Psalms 118:24says :This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. But God will not make you rejoice. You can be happy or you can be sad because God gave you the opportunity to decide what you want today gladness or sadness. He didn’t say that all of the days would be the same, He didn’t say that all of the days would bring perfection but because all things work together for your good regardless to what happens all days will be good days.
Treat each day like it is a gift waiting to be opened. You may have no idea what the contents on the inside are but you can decide how you will receive the contents even before the package is opened. The word of God has already given us a clue as to how the day should be spent. This is a day that the Lord made therefore we have the ability to rejoice and be glad. You don’t have to let the outer packaging be a determinant of how you will spend your day. There is no need to become morose, gloomy, dark and sour because you fathom that the day will bring doom and gloom. Regardless to what you see, hear, feel or even think you have to remember that Psalms 118:24 says this is the day that the Lord made and respond accordingly.

Rev. Olivia T Hines