About Lin T Rollins

I am a recently retired school teacher married for the past thirty-seven years to my high school sweetheart, Richard, who recently retired after thirty years in the ministry as a Baptist pastor. Together, we have three adult daughters including twins. We are the proud grandparents to nine grandchildren ranging in ages from eighteen-years-old to four months old. I have always possessed a passion for writing. My first faith-based romance novel, “Break Away,” was published in December 2010 by WestBowPress.com. I hope that my daily blogs will become a source of strength, encouragement, and inspiration to my readers. Just remember to always take the time to, "Break Away to Find God in All Things.”

Faithful Attendance

Faithful Attendance

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

With so many people finding excuses these days to leave the church or to stay away from the church, it’s so refreshing to read King David’s prayer unto the LORD that he may remain faithful in the house of the LORD all the days of his life.

King David didn’t concern himself about the unfaithfulness of others to the House of the LORD. Rather, he concerned himself that he might be found faithful. In all honesty, remaining faithful to the House of the LORD should be the prayer of ALL saints alike.

Being faithful in our attendance and how we conduct ourselves towards the House of the LORD not only brings Honor and Glory to God but it also reveals our hearts and attitudes towards God. Going to church shouldn’t be a task that we try to get “around to” on our weekly “TO DO” list…Going to church should be our TOP PRIORITY list!

The Bible plainly teaches us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV). Like many of you, it concerns me regarding the lack of attendance we are experiencing within our churches; especially among our teens, younger adults and younger families. But, like King David, I can only concern myself with my own attendance…And, like King David; I too pray that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life and be found “Faithful” in attendance.

Yes; we certainly need a revival within our nation (land) regarding the importance of church attendance and cooperate church worship. Sadly, it seems that our nation has become more interested in passing laws promoting promiscuity, adult pleasures, and sin than returning to God’s ways. (See II Chronicles 7:14).

As I recently wrote on my Facebook page, “Our nation once seemed like a canvas of Light with only patches of darkness here and there. But, today, it seems more like a canvas of darkness with only patches of Light here and there.” Oh, that our nation’s desire would be to “return” unto God by first returning unto HIS house; the blessed House of the LORD. And, I feel that the best way to do that is for each ONE of us to be found “Faithful in Attendance to our own home churches and synagogues. Like King David, let us behold the beauty of the LORD and enquire within HIS temple…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

Who is Your Trust?

“O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me…My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.” (Psalm 7:1, 10).

In the Old Testament days, King David of Israel fully understood the need to be rescued and delivered from his enemies. He was the king. In those days, kings were not always loved or liked by their family members or those who dwelled within their kingdom. Their lives were constantly in danger and in need of protection and safety from their enemies.

As many earthly body-guards as King David’s court included, his trust safely dwelled in the God of Israel. The same can be true for you and me as well. No matter how many friends and loved ones we may have in our lives none can secure our daily safety and protection like our Lord God through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Like King David our trust should always dwell safely in God. Today, you may be facing an unknown enemy; or an enemy of sickness, disturbance, loneliness, grief, persecution, or discouragement. Whatever the enemy may be in your life you can put your whole heart’s trust in God through Jesus Christ.

The Bible is filled with God’s many promises to those who put their trust in Him. I encourage you to take your eyes off of man and put them solely, by Faith, on Jesus. Jesus is our help in every circumstance of life.

The Bible teaches, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

Today, please join me in Praising God for always being our TRUST, Salvation, and Deliverer. Worthy to be praised is thy Name, O LORD…Amen and Amen!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered!

Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered!

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23)

“There’s a call come ringing over the restless waves, Send the LIGHT! Send the LIGHT!”

Oh, my dear friend how we need to cry out unto God, “Send the Light; Send the LIGHT!” Not only does it appear that most of our planet is operating daily in the dastardly deeds of Satan’s dark, dark domain, but it seems that many of our churches are blindingly operating the same way.

Sadly, and so sorrowfully, there’s not enough LIGHT, which is God’s powerful, revealing, leading, and convicting LIGHT, these days shining within our churches illuminating, or convicting, the ongoing works of darkness; known as sin! But, let us be reminded: Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered! (Sooner or later!)

It is imperative that we, as the Body of Christ, seek out GOD’S LIGHT to shine upon the hearts and lives of man convicting them of their wrong doings, secret lives, and evil ways. The horrific sins of darkness are taking place right inside and within the walls of the local assembly where God’s people are blindingly participating without awareness of the LIGHT… Warning! Warning! Warning! Your sins will find you out.

As true Believers and followers of Christ, we must sound the alarm and WARN, WARN, WARN all those that participate in sin’s arena that there will be a great price to pay! Sin does NOT operate freely…it charges a fee; a great fee…Sin often charges a price that can, and often does, bankrupt forever its participants.

The Bible clearly teaches that there is “pleasure in sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). Why a “season?” Because a season has a beginning and an ending; just like sin. Sin often starts off slowly, softly, and unseen by the naked eye. It creeps up on an individual without their even noticing it until it is in full bloom. A person then has a choice…to seek after the blooms of sin for a season or take heed of the LIGHT and depart from the very appearance of evil.

We must be reminded that sin comes in all types of pretty packaging. And, sin knows no “age” limits or “gender” difference. A man or woman in his or her mid-70’s can commit adultery the same as a young man or woman; it makes no difference the age. An adolescent or teenager can commit a crime the same as an older adult. Make no excuse about it sin doesn’t take into account a person’s age, race, greed, nationality, or gender. Sin also doesn’t mind affecting a person’s socio-economic status either; whether you are rich or poor. Sometimes, society tends to look down on the poorer person who has gotten caught in his or her acts of sin while it tries to make excuses for the richer more affluent person. But, sin, dear friend, is exactly like death…It has no preference towards its victims or respecter of persons. Sin is an equal opportunity destroyer.

Many, many years ago as a much younger Christian, wife, and mother, I was overwhelmed to learn that several of my church leaders were involved in sinful living. This devastated me as I had so much trust and confidence in these people. One morning as I wept alongside of my bed I felt the LORD speak to my heart, “Do not put your eyes on people. Keep them on me; for I AM the only ONE incapable of sinning.” Right then and there the matter was settled. Little did I know that within a few years of that experience my husband would be called into the ministry. My, oh my, how those precious Words of Wisdom spoken to my heart that morning by the Holy Spirit have been my anchor down through the years of service unto the Lord. Oh, how we need God’s anchor of Hope in our lives.

Sadly, I could write a novel describing the different levels and degrees of sins that good, godly people have fallen into as well as the terrible, dreadful, and awful results that they had to pay; some with their own lives.

Sin not only destroys individual lives, but it destroys families, churches, and entire communities. The nature of Sin doesn’t matter who it hurts, devours, or destroys…Sin is an eating machine with an endless appetite that is never, never satisfied. The nature of Sin challenges a person to believe that they can carry on their evil deeds without paying the price; but that is a LIE straight from hell. There is always a price to be paid for acts and behaviors of Sin.

Many years ago, a young attractive married woman with two sons worked at a local business. Over time she became infatuated and involved with her boss. She finally made the choice one night to meet him somewhere and go off together. There in the dark hours of the night she got inside of his car not realizing it would be the last car ride she would ever take. As they drove just outside the city limits they met head-on with a tractor-trailer truck driving on the wrong side of the highway. The terrible sounds of the colliding vehicles woke up an entire neighborhood as the flames from the burning vehicles shot higher and higher into the air. Soon their charred-burned bodies were pulled from the wreckage and discovered. Up until that terrible, fateful night no one knew of their affair. But, oh how sad was the truth as it swept across the community and directly into the lives of her grieving husband and sons. Oh, make no doubt about it “sin” has a BIG price to pay at the end of the line!

Today, our churches, more than ever, need to be WARNING stations echoing to its people of the impending doom and heartache at the hands of the Deceiver. Believe me when I say, “Where there is smoke there will always be a fire.”

Once an evil spirit of deception and darkness enters into the camp the people are often blinded without strength as it winds its way in and out of the lives of those it seeks to devour. These types of cooperate Sin must be exposed and stopped by intercessory prayer, fasting, and the WORD of GOD. Great prayer and supplication must be made for all men everywhere.

And, in many occasions, if and when sin does enter into the camp it is imperative that God’s instructions on discipline, found written within the pages of the Bible, be followed and executed with great love and patience knowing that the end goal is to restore, reunite, and return godly fellowship between God, all involved parties, and the local assembly.

Oh, in today’s world so many do not believe in church discipline…So many would rather the sins of darkness simply remain in the dark…But, sin doesn’t like staying in the dark forever…After sin has reached a certain quota of destruction it will rear its ugly head surprising even the most unsuspecting man, woman, boy, or girl. But, the church MUST GO ON!

When our daughters were at home growing up, my husband and I would always tell them that the church was not a perfect place, people were not perfect, and that we were not perfect either. But, we assured our daughters that we belonged to and served a PERFECT GOD! It is ONLY GOD who is Perfect in Love. Perfect in Forgiveness. Perfect in Mercy. And, Perfect in restoration.

We did not teach this doctrine as an excuse for us or others to “sin,” but rather for the purpose of our daughters not becoming harmed, hurt, and discouraged by the wrongful and sinful acts of those within the church who had fallen. You haven’t really lived until you fully understand what all can go on within the walls of a local assembly! God have mercy…

Over the years, I have discovered that our only defense against Satan is to have an even greater Offense…How do we accomplish this? I feel that we accomplish this by teaching people the Truth about sin, Satan, lies, and deception. We must teach younger and older Believers alike that the one person within the church who seems to be living the holiest of all lives can easily be misleading the entire congregation by living a double-life. It is urgent that we prepare the unprepared heart to hear, know, and accept the Truth… What is the truth? That ALL have sinned and come short of the GLORY OF GOD…ALL like sheep have gone strayed. We must teach our children and others to pray, pray, pray for one another.

But, as Believers, aren’t we glad that JESUS PAID IT ALL…Jesus paid the terrible price of Sin at Calvary’s Cross…And, by TRUSTING in Him we too can become overcomers just as Christ overcame the grave. We have the POWER to overcome sin and temptation in the Name of Jesus!

Believe me when I say that Satan loves to go after innocent Believers through the wrongful acts of church leaders…Satan will pound, pound, pound away with his powerful demonic hammer until the strongest of leaders can fall…That’s why the WARNING of SIN must, must be sounded; and sounded often!

It’s simply NOT enough to just tell the sinner that God loves him…We must also WARN both the sinner and saint alike that Satan hates them and wants to destroy their life while here on planet Earth; and throughout all eternity.

We must explain and teach that the church should NOT be seen as a playground to wink at “sin.” The church is our headquarters sending believers out to engage in spiritual combat on spiritual battlefields where man’s soul hangs in the balance.

We, as Believers, must be fully equipped and fully dressed in God’s armor to engage ourselves in spiritual warfare in a most effective and decisive manner; and having done all to STAND firm against the wiles of the Devil; and not to fall into diver temptations. (See I Corinthians 10:13).

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Sin has a terrible price…And, in time ALL acts of unconfessed and unrepented sins will be made manifested and revealed from shore to shore for the sin it is. Are you really prepared? Are we really prepared?

Oh, that our merciful Heavenly Father and LORD would Send the LIGHT! Send the LIGHT! Send The Blessed Gospel Light to convict the hearts of every man, woman, boy, and girl to turn away from sin, repent, and restore rightful peace and fellowship with God and with others before it is too late. To God be the Glory…Amen… In love, you have now been warned…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Are You a Thief?

Are You a Thief?

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy….(

John 10:10 a)

“Are you a thief?” Before you answer, “No” to that question, you might want to reconsider. First, let’s look at who a thief is and what a thief does…

The basic definition of a “thief” is one who steals or robs something that doesn’t belong to them. A thief is only interested in satisfying his or her own desire at any given expense. So, you might answer once again, “Well, that’s not me; I’m not a thief.” Wait a minute; let’s dig deeper.

A thief basically “takes” things away from others. A professional thief can break into a resident or business in a matter of minutes taking away many valuable assets. When the owner(s) return they are devastated over their losses. And, as good as our law enforcement officials may be many times stolen items are never recovered or returned.

Now, let’s look closer at other ways “things” can be taken away or stolen from us against our will. Have you ever been having a good day when you receive an unexpected phone call from a very negative person and suddenly your Joy is gone? Joy taken. Have you ever been excited about a situation or matter when those around you don’t share in your enthusiasm and suddenly you feel your intrinsic motivation draining from your soul? Enthusiasm taken. Have you ever thought you had a friend or relative whom you could confide until one day you discover that they have been talking badly about you behind your back and sharing all of your secrets? Confidence taken. Have you ever offered a smile, friendly gesture, or kind word to someone and they failed to reciprocate on any level? Warm heart taken.

See, a thief can be responsible for taking away more things from us than just physical belongings. In the New Testament book of John, Jesus calls Satan a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is a professional thief, Satan, who steals our Joy, kills our Enthusiasms, and destroys our Confidence in others and within ourselves. Thieves can even steal, kill, and destroy a person’s self-esteem, positive outlook on life, and many times a person’s love and enjoyment of life. Thieves love to destroy by taking…

Without realizing it, you could actually be a thief robbing and stealing positive energies and positive emotions away from those around you or even people you pass on the street. Your negative attitudes and/or self-centeredness could be stealing away and destroying someone else’s life, joy, self-value, peace-of-mind, and self-esteem. That’s right…A thief will even attempt to steal away a person’s self-esteem leaving them feeling worthless, hopeless, and wondering what’s the use. Remember, nothing good comes from a thief!

There’s only one way to stop a thief…Put a “guard” on your heart and over your life. The next time that devilish old thief comes prowling around your door take the Word of God out and put it right into his or her face and shoot away! Let the thief know that your JOY is grounded in God’s Word and God’s strength. Let that old thief know that your enthusiasm comes directly from God’s throne on high. And, let that old thief know that you are going to trust God with your inner feelings, emotions, and secrets instead of that person you just met a few days ago or weeks ago; no matter how friendly or safe they seem to be…Let God be your best friend in everything; then ALL of your secrets will be forever safe…

And lastly, don’t let a thief cheat you out of another second of blessings. You are a child of the King…Lift up your head; give the world a smile…If your smile is sincere and your unselfish gestures are filled with gladness of heart then it doesn’t matter how the person or persons respond, because GOD sees and hears all…Your rewards are great in heaven! The rewards and recognitions we receive here on earth will one day fade away, but our Heavenly rewards will be forever! Let your treasures be in Heaven and let your heart be where your treasures are!

Now, let me ask the question again, “Are you a thief?” I hope not. I hope that you are living your life in such a way that you don’t go around attempting to steal, rob, kill, or destroy another person’s life, their dreams, hopes, faith, or reputation…I also hope you don’t try to steal people’s joy, happiness, or peace of mind…After all, God himself “hates” sin and taking away from someone what doesn’t belong to you is a sin…

Trying to take away, steal, kill, or destroy a person’s Joy, Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, and Trust are all works of a thief; the master thief…So, be real careful the next time you put someone down or try to harm them with any type of verbal communications. Because, any way you put it the works of a thief are the direct works of the enemy; God’s enemy; Satan. Don’t be a thief!!!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Got Problems?

Got Problems?

Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1)

If you are a human being (and I really suspect that you are!) you have “problems.” Big problems. Little problems. Annoying problems. Relationship problems. Problems in life come in all sizes, shapes, and levels of severity. Let’s face it…Planet Earth is totally problematic!

Most of us don’t like to ponder about our problems. We’d rather them go away. But, every day we are faced with some sort of problem, issue, or adversity. We might face traffic jams, late doctor’s appointments, bad test grades, pluming issues, pesky neighbors, a flat tire, burned out garbage disposal, broken dishwasher, spilled shampoo, leaky juice bottle, bad lab results, or being laid off of our job after decades of dedicated service…Let’s be honest problems and adversities are everywhere!

A few synonyms for the word, “problem” include: trouble, difficulties, dilemma, quandary, setback, crisis, and predicament. In the Old Testament book of Job, we find the author boldly proclaiming that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and FULL OF TROUBLE.” And, if anyone knew about troubles it was Job! So, it would seem to me that we need to better prepare our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren to expect problems!

But, sadly, I feel we do not do a good job at preparing ourselves or our offspring to deal with the matter of life’s reoccurring problems and challenges. We want everything in our lives and around us to be “Disney!” Or, we want to be like a sitcom where everything is “fixed” in less than one hour. But, real life is not “Disney” and it’s not a sitcom. Yes; real life is filled with wonderful blessings dazzled with problems!

Can there ever really be a “perfect” day on planet Earth? Of course, there are seemingly perfect moments such as seeing your first child come into this world or witness the birth of your first grandbaby.Those special times and occasions are so filled with JOY that they drive out any thoughts of problems! But, truth be known life’s many unexpected problems and challenges soon reappear and find their way right back into our thoughts and lives.

So, what should we do about all the “problems” of life? The only thing we can do…TRUST in GOD to see us through each and every problem or adversity in HIS name, in HIS time, and in HIS way for the purpose of bringing GLORY to HIM!

One of my favorite Proverbs is found in Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the LORD with ALL thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy naval and morrow to thy bones.” A “trusting” life brings health (comfort) to our mind, body, and soul…Amen.

I believe that if we, especially those of us who Believe and follow the teachings of Christ Jesus, could all look at “problems” as being opportunities to glorify God in ALL things that we could manage our daily lives better and have a better understanding of how to offset or resolve our problems. By trusting God and leaning not on our own understanding, we would then possess the right attitude and right perspective in order to gain wisdom from God in order to face our problem(s) with boldness and confidence; two life-changing ingredients that help us to be overcomers!

So, the question remains, “Got Problems?” And, the answer is, “Yes, I do.” And, so do you. So, today, let us put all of our “problems” into God’s hands, lean not on our own understanding, and TRUST in Him to be life’s problem-solver in His time and in His way…

Let everything on earth de done to Honor and bring glory unto the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. To God be the Glory for great things HE hath done!…Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

The “Lifter of My Head”

“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” (Psalm 3:3)

How many times in your life have you needed “someone” to “lift up your head?” Perhaps, your head was heavy and bowed low with sorrows or disappointments. Or, perhaps you had received bad news about a friend or loved one; or even about yourself.

Troubles and sorrows can overtake us in any given moment or situation. But, there is ONE who is the “lifter up” of our heads…Our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. As any believer of the Word (Bible) will tell you God doesn’t always deliver us from the many storms and trials in Life, but HE will always be with us to see us through to the other side.

King David said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD sees us through.” (Psalm 34:19). Today, you may be facing an unprecedented time of trouble in your life. Let me encourage you NOT to despair. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who guided the Children of Israel to the Promised Land is the same God, through Jesus Christ, who is leading and guiding His children (those who Believe) today.

God is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever…I encourage you to let God be your Shield of Faith, your Glory of Hope, and the “Lifter Up” of you head. Then, you, too can say as the Psalmist, “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me…Yes; the LORD sustained me…Salvation belongeth unto the LORD; thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” (Psalm 3:8).

How sweet to face each day knowing that the LORD is my shield, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Amen

Remember, God LOVES You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Don’t Waste Your Time

Don’t Waste Your Time…

Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:16).

One of the most tragic happenings in a Christian’s life is “not walking” where, how, and when the LORD bids you. Sadly, we let too many “other” things get in our way. Perhaps, at one time or another, you felt a “calling” upon your life to follow Jesus in a specific direction. Perhaps, you even prayerfully considered attending seminary training or enrolling into a higher educational program that would have prepared you to work and minister to others in a specific area or need. But, over the course of your life you allowed other secular interests, circumstances, situations, and even other people to influence your choices and decisions. As you grow older, you will find that those missed opportunities to serve Christ will become more and more sad for you. It is far better to “redeem” our time wisely for the LORD than to allow those moments to escape our lives. I encourage you to stick to God’s plan for your life and ignore any and all other detours!

Too sadly, one of the most devastating thoughts in a Christian’s life is to “wake-up” one day and realize how much time has elapsed in your life and how little time you have left to engage yourself in God’s plan for your life. But, as long as you have breath in your lungs you can use that breath for Christ! I encourage you to renew your heart’s interests and surge forward by “redeeming” the time for Christ.

June 14th marks a very special anniversary for me. It will be the 48th anniversary of my entering into the hospital for open-heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect. It was nothing less than a miracle that I had lived the first ten years of my life with very little blow blood and no recognizable pulse to the lower extremities of my body. I had a full-blockage in the aorta artery. I was very tiny for my age and very sickly even though God had blessed me with an abundant “will-power” to run, play, jump, and talk! Doctors assured my parents that without the corrective surgery, I would only live a few more years and most likely never see my sixteenth birthday. However, they could only give me a fifty-fifty chance of making it through the surgery. Not very good odds for 1966. But, God had other plans for my life.

At that time, God brought into my life a group of pioneer cardiologists from Emory University Hospital who were willing to meet the risks. Not only did I survive the surgery and recovery period, but if I live to June 24th, I will be celebrating my 58th birthday. However, my acquaintance with medical issues did not stop there. Because of the lack of blood supply in my body for the first ten years of my life, I have encountered several medical issues over the years including two spontaneous brain aneurysms. Thankfully, God sent well-skilled neurologists from the same hospital, Emory University, to take care of those physical needs as well.

So, with all of that being said, I knew a long time ago, around the age of ten, that God had a plan for my life; and HE still does. I haven’t always “redeemed” the time as wisely as I should. Too often, I allowed people, emotions, feelings, disappointments, circumstances, rejection and betrayal, and all other types of hurdles to detour my efforts at times for Christ. But, God has been merciful and has shown great mercy. God’s Grace has always been sufficient in my life.

With God’s Grace and guidance, I was fortunate enough and blessed to serve alongside of my husband in the ministry for over thirty-five years before he retired in 2012. But, let me assure you that there is LIFE after retirement!

Today, I can still redeem the time for my LORD. I write a weekly inspirational article for our local newspaper, and I published my first Christian-fiction romance novel back, Break Away, back in 2010. This past January, I started teaching a Ladies Bible study in our church, and I am celebrating my third anniversary this week writing this particular blog that I hope and pray will always be a source of encouragement. I can assure you that when we are willing, God will always make a way and allow us to serve Him with our time, talents, and energies. Amen…

Perhaps, like me, you may be disappointed that you have not always “redeemed the time” as well as you would have liked for Christ. After all, HE did it ALL for both you and me when HE died for my sins and yours on the Cross at Calvary. That type of AMAZING AGAPE LOVE should always be our “motivator” to stir our hearts and lives in order to serve Him more and more.

When I die I want the world and my family to know without a shadow of a doubt that God loved me and I love Him through Jesus Christ…And, because of that amazing Love, I don’t want to waste another second of time not walking wisely and doing God’s will for my life.

Today, let us rejoice in our time together here upon Earth to serve our LORD wisely by redeeming the time…for the evil days of man are upon us.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

If It Had Not Been the Lord…

“If It Had Not Been the Lord…”

Psalm 124 begins by saying, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side.” Have you ever wondered what your life might be like “If it had not been for the LORD on your side?” I know I have. First of all, my soul would be doomed and forever lost. But, thanks be unto our LORD JESUS CHRIST, my soul has been redeemed. Second, if it wasn’t for the LORD on my side I would not know Peace. Only our LORD can grant us peace in the midst of a very chaotic world where tribulations and daily trials exists. Third, I would not know Agape Love if it was not for my LORD being on my side. God is Love and those who come to Him know Him through Love and are granted an Agape Love for the brethren as it is taught in the book of I John. To know God is to know unselfish Love.

In addition to knowing the LORD is on my side in these areas, I am also very thankful and grateful to know my LORD as my Great Protector. Israel depended upon the LORD to protect them against their enemies. They knew that without the LORD’s protection they could be easily “given over as prey” and devoured from the earth. That’s the same way it is with Christians today. Without the LORD’s protection, we can easily become “prey” through other people’s verbal assaults, gossip, and emotional abuse.

Sadly, there are people in this world who are filled with hate, malice, anger, and condemnation for those around them. These people persecute rather than offer comfort. They boldly attack people with their harsh and angry words and unwillingness to demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness. They would rather keep a spirit of conflict and adversity thriving rather than promote a spirit of peace and unity. But, this is not what God wants for His people. And, this is one of the many reasons why I am thankful that the Lord is on my side.

Israel had enemies in the Old Testament Bible days and they still have enemies today. As a Christian, you can expect to have enemies all of your life as well. The world did not accept Jesus and they will not accept His followers. Psalms 124:7-8 says, “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Yes; our help comes in the Name of the Lord!

Today, you may be facing an unexpected enemy in your own life; someone or a group of many who relentlessly provoke injustices towards you no matter how hard you have tried to reconcile their indifferences. In the name of Christ Jesus our LORD give them over unto HIM and let Him be your Protector against their wicked schemes, verbal assaults, and emotional persecutions. Then, you can say like Israel did, “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side….” ONLY the LORD can deliver us from our enemies…

Oh, such sweet, blessed Peace to have the LORD on our side. Oh, my friend, today, put your Trust in the LORD; our Heavenly Father, in the blessed name of Jesus. Let the LORD be your Protector in ALL things and areas of your life. As the Bible teaches, “If GOD be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Then, you, too, can testify, “If it had not been the LORD who was on my side…” Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Help! Call 911; or 463 (God)?

Help!… Call 911 or 463 (God)?

In My Distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my GOD…(Psalm 18:6)

Emergencies; we all have them. Some “natural” emergencies are more serious than others. Some are even physically life-threatening. Others may just need a quick fix such as a Band-Aid or a stitch or two. Nevertheless, when we do encounter an emergency it requires our immediate attention. In our society, we dial 911 as our natural response to any given emergency situation.

“Spiritual” emergencies are the same way. They need our immediate attention. The problem is that many people still want to call 911 for help even in a “spiritual” crisis instead of calling 463 (God) who is the ONLY ONE who can fix or doctor any type of “spiritual” emergency.

Such was the case in the lives of Jesus’ earthly parents, Joseph and Mary. In the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 41 through 52, we find the account of Jesus getting separated from his parents during their visit to Jerusalem. The two parents had traveled an entire day’s journey when they suddenly discovered that twelve-year-old Jesus was nowhere to be found. As any parent would do, they panicked. In this day and time an “Amber Alert” would be issued. Where was Jesus?

The key to this lesson can be found in verse 44, “But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.”

In a “natural” emergency it is absolutely correct and fully acceptable to seek out help among our kinsfolk, friends, first responders, and secular resources. But, such is not the case in a “spiritual” emergency. And, having Jesus missing from the traveling caravan was definitely a “spiritual” emergency. Anytime, Jesus is missing from our lives it is definitely a “spiritual” emergency!

The Bible teaches us that Mary and Joseph sought Jesus for “three days” among kinsfolk and acquaintances. Three whole days! Three entire days of asking the “wrong” people for the “right” answer. It was not until Mary and Joseph traveled back to Jerusalem and went “inside” of the Temple that they found Jesus being about his Father’s business. Jesus is always about his Father’s business! No need looking for Him anywhere else!

If Mary and Joseph would have called 463 (God) instead of 911 (earthly resources), they would have saved themselves three days of searching and three days of panic and fear. And, that’s exactly what you and I should do when we are faced with “spiritual” emergencies within our lives. We can seek out the help, assistance, and advice of “kinsfolk” and “acquaintances” (friends), or we can go straight to God (463) as our “first responder” and find immediate help for our problem(s), situation, spiritual crisis, or circumstances.

Like Mary and Joseph, it’s easier at times to seek Jesus out among our friends and family, but we won’t find Him. Jesus will always be with the Father. And, we can only find the Father when we find the Son; for they are One and the same (John 17). Where do we find both Father and Son? We can find them in the blessed old Book known as the Bible. We can also find them both on our knees in prayer and fasting (James 5:16). We can find them when we look for them in the “correct” places and not among the world, our friends, or even our family members.

Yes; of course, our friends and family can provide comforting and encouraging words in times of need, but they cannot COMFORT and HEAL or change our circumstances. I am sure that Mary and Joseph’s friends and family provided comforting words in their time of panic, but not even they knew for certain where Jesus was. Jesus can always be found with God…And, only God knows HIS will for our lives. And, we can only find HIS “will” for our lives when we seek God in the right places. It is then, and only then, that GOD can heal and fix our “spiritual” emergency and set us back on the right path.

So, the next time you are faced with a “natural” emergency definitely call 911 and seek help immediately. But, the next time you are faced with a “spiritual” emergency call 463 (GOD) and seek His help immediately! The time you save seeking God’s help instead of man’s help in a “spiritual” emergency may just save your life; both spiritually and physically. Our God is the FIRST RESPONDER we should seek when it comes to “spiritual” emergencies! Amen.

(*Please note, the numbers 463 spell out God on your telephones’ keypad.)

Remember, GOD LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Serve the Lord With Fear…

Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. (Psalm 2:11 KJV).

We live in a society and culture that does not mind rejoicing in the good things of God, but shun and reframe from the more serious and disciplined things of God.

God is a GOOD God. But, He is also a powerful, all-knowing, and fearful God as well. The Bible plainly teaches us to “Serve the LORD with fear…” You may ask yourself, “What does that mean?” It means to serve God with reverence, admiration, awe, respect, and understanding of who HE is!

Our God is a powerful and mighty God who sustains and controls the entire world, universe, and all existing universes beyond. HE knows how many galaxies there are as well as how many hairs are on your head. He cares for the birds and fowls of the air as well as the great whales and creatures of the seas. Yet; he’s not too busy to individually care for the needs of you and me.

Just like the Good Shepherd that He is, He knows his flock. And, like the Good Shepherd that He is, HE also knows how to discipline and correct his flock when they become unruly. God is more than a 4-Star general gallantly leading his armies or a commander-in-chief. He is far, far above all 4-Star generals and any and all commanders in chiefs! HE IS ELOHIM GOD; mighty owner of all existence; things we can see and those things that we cannot see.

For these reasons, we “Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.” The true things of God and the very nature of God should make chills run up and down our spines knowing of HIS majestic greatness. Our God is more than the “man of upstairs,” or the “big one in the sky.” Oh, my friend, Our God Reigns; Our God Reigns. And, today, he can reign in your life as well; if you will only let him. Want you call on this mighty and fearful God to be your God? The God of your life? Who else better to control our individual lives than the very ONE who controls all of existence? “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Yes; it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God…Our God and LORD, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Remember, God LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author