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Being Confident

When we pray we have to be confident that God will answer our prayers.

Asa the fifth King of the House of David was zealous in his worship of God. Asa encountered an enemy he knew he could not defeat without the intervention of God.  Zerah the Ethiopian along with a powerful army of thousands of soldiers came to do battle with Asa. The army of Zerah outnumbered the army of Asa more than two to one and Asa knew that with an army of that magnitude he would be defeated. So what did he do ? He humbled himself went to the Lord and asked for help saying “This is too big for me but I know that they are not too big for you and you will not let this army of mere mortals defeat you.” Asa was right God did not let the army  of Zerah the Ethiopian  prevail. Zerah and his army were sorely defeated, ran from the presence of Asa and they were slaughtered and destroyed.

2Ch 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.2Ch 14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

Regardless to how big you are, how wise you are and how strong you are sooner or later you will encounter an enemy who is too big for you. It may not be a physical enemy it could be a spiritual enemy or a combination of the two. So what do we do when we encounter an enemy who is too great for us to handle? We do exactly what Asa did we take it to the Lord, humble ourselves and ask God to help us to overcome our enemy. When we go to God we have to be cognizant of what the word of God says.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

In order for us to receive whatever it is that we pray for we have to believe that we will receive it.  Don’t doubt God. You have to be confident that not only is God able to do it but you have to believe that God will do it and He will do it for you

 

Rev. Olivia T. 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

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