What Do You Value?

What Do You Value?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 KJV)

This morning, I ask the question, “What do you value?”  But, I could better ask, “Where do you place your value?”  We all “value” certain things within our lives and “what” and “who” we value often rule our steps and guide our actions.

Jesus was certainly no stranger to understanding a person’s value system. He stated, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Why did he say this? Because Jesus knew (and still knows!) that “treasure” is something that each of us value in life; some more than others.  But, notice he didn’t just state that we value treasures, he said that our “hearts” will be where our treasures lie.

So, ask yourself this question, “Where do your treasures lie?” “What or who do you really value?”  It’s two very important questions because your answers will reveal where your heart lies….And, out of the heart proceeds ALL issues of life; both good and bad!

To me, there is a significant difference between placing “importance” on something and possessing “value” towards something.  Example…It may be important that I make my doctor’s appointment on time, but if I don’t it won’t necessarily bring me a lot of concern or distress. I’ll simply reschedule the appointment or wait a little longer in the waiting room.  But, if I misplace my wedding ring, I won’t stop searching the house or my every step until it is found…See the difference?  One is important; but the other reflects value.

People most often associate “value” with possessions of wealth; materialistic items of worth, or those things we sentimentally value.  But, Jesus is saying in Matthew 6:21 that our “heart” dwells where our treasures lie.  And, he goes on to warn us that allowing our hearts to dwell on earthly materialistic things is not wise; as all earthly things will one day perish…And, we all know that we certainly cannot take them to heaven with us.

I believe Jesus was actually instructing his disciples to “value” relationships that can last not only a life-time here on earth, but in Heaven as well.  He was also instructing his disciples, and us as well, to put our “value” (our “heart”) on heavenly issues more than on earthly, materialistic issues.  When we do this, our “hearts” will be in the right place and the decisions and choices we make in life will reflect it.  Truthfully, I believe people know where our hearts reside by the lives we choose to live and the choices that we make.

I was thinking about those who, for one reason or another, choose to live lives of prostitution and/or drugs.  I feel that somewhere down the road, they never placed “value” upon their own life; whether it was the fault of someone they once trusted or a continued series of wrong choices. Either way, personal “value” was loss and their lives became imprisoned to the place where their heart dwells.  So sad.  From out of the heart are the issues of life. 

Today, you may be struggling with either being “valued” or where you place your values. Jesus has the answer…Place your “value” on things above and not on earthly things below where moth and rust abide and thieves break in. (Matthew 6). Jesus plainly teaches that He came to give life and give life MORE abundantly. We cannot know the abundant life until our treasure and heart resides in Jesus!

When you place your “value” on things above, you will find it starts with placing value on  “relationships.” The first being a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior. Then, you will better know how to place value on earthly relationships such as family, close friends, peers, and neighbors as well.  Oh, to have our hearts dwell in the right places!  With our “values” being placed upon Heavenly treasures, we will reflect God’s love in everything we do…”For where your treasures lie (what you place value upon), so is your heart.”

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

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Paul’s Effectual Prayer…

Paul’s Effectual Prayer…

“I, Paul, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers…”

…”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (God); the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.”  (Ephesians 1:16-19)

What an example of a “prayer-warrior” was the Apostle Paul. Even as he sat alone in a cold prison cell, he wrote words of encouragement to his fellow believers assuring them that he was praying for them.  Not only did he tell them that he was praying for them, he told them what he was praying for: spirit of wisdom, revelation, enlightenment, hope, riches in God’s glory, and exceeding greatness of his (God’s) power.  

As I read this passage last night, it dawned on me that this is the exact prayer I need to be praying for my family and for our nation.  More than ever, we need our lives to be saturated in God’s spirit of wisdom. We need a fresh on-going revelation of God’s will upon our lives.  We need our eyes to be opened to understanding. We need to be filled with the hope of His calling upon our lives. We need to trust in the riches of His glory we have as his saints. And, we need to be empowered in his powerful greatness.  We are heirs to a heavenly kingdom! Amen…

Oh my friend, I fully understand where you are coming from when you feel so overwhelmed by circumstances in your life.  Like me there are time when you wonder if God even cares and if he even listens anymore to our prayers…But, I can assure you that if the Apostle Paul maintained joyous hope in Christ while sitting alone in a prison cell waiting to be executed, you and I can have that same sustaining faith in the hope of our call in Christ Jesus as well. For God is not a respecter of persons. He will reveal himself to those who seek after Him in Spirit and in Truth.  For Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the very life that we seek after.

Put your circumstances in God’s hands. Allow Him to rule your heart and life with His spirit of wisdom and knowledge. Delight yourself in his riches in glory.  Feel the power of His resurrection flowing through your body…Give it all; give it all to Jesus…After all, only God knows the future and what all it holds for me and for you.

Today, want you pray with me Paul’s prayer for your own life,  your loved ones, and for our nation…After all, it is a very effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man that availeth much! (James 5:16).

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author

“Sealed…”

Sealed…

“In whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise…” (Ephesians 1:13)

When reading this passage of Scripture found in the New Testament book of Ephesians, it might be easy to overlook the deeper meaning of the very important word, “Sealed.”   

A quick reference of synonyms will show that seal means: close, tighten, or shut.  But, researching further in the dictionary we can find deeper meanings of the word, “sealed” that can also be applied to our Spiritual lives as well.

To “seal” something means to make it air-tight and water-tight; filling every gap of space.  Mmmm…Question….Could this mean that when the holy Spirit takes up residency within “us,” as believers, that He is “sealed” within us and cannot “leak” out?  Does this mean that water damage (also known as storms of life) cannot enter into the “sealed” part of our lives where the holy Spirit dwells?  Could this mean that the holy Spirit takes up all the space within our soul and there is no gaps whatsoever?  Yes; Yes; that’s exactly what I believe it means when the Scripture says, “sealed with that holy Spirit of promise!”

Another meaning of the word, “sealed,” is to stamp or mark something as being “authenic or “certified.”  With so many “copycats” of original items floating around within our society, it’s nice when something is “sealed” as being the real thing; “authentic.”  Mmmm…Question…Could this mean that the holy Spirit “seals” us, as believers, as being the real thing in Christ Jesus; authentic and certified born-again believers in the Blood of Jesus Christ?!  Yes, I believe it does!

So, the word, “sealed” carries a BIG punch with it…Today, born-again Christians in the Blood of Jesus Christ are “sealed.”  But, there’s one more definition that can be applied to our lives, as well.  “Sealed” can also mean that something has been “marked” to ONLY be opened by a specific person or designated owner!  Now, that gets my blood pumping!  I am SEALED by my designated owner, Jesus, and He is the only one who can break that seal when I reach my final destination, Heaven!  Yippee; I AM SEALED!!!

Oh, my friend, what a promise we have in Jesus to be “SEALED” until the day of redemption…(Ephesians 4:30)…Our seal is everlasting, eternal, and assured; it cannot leak out and nothing can destroy it within!  And, our seal carries the stamp of autheniticy of being marked, “To be opened only by Jesus Christ!”   Wow! What a blessing the promised word, “seal” actually means to a Christian!

This morning, I pray that you, too, are “Sealed with that holy Spirit of promise…”  If you are like me, we can rest in the assurance that no matter what may come our way, we cannot escape the Love of God whereby we are “sealed!” Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

Blameless

Blameless

According as he (God) hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame (blameless) before him in love…Ephesians 1:4 KJV

Can you recall the first time that you were “blamed” for something that you did or did not do?  I can.  I was somewhere around four years old when I accidentally (I don’t have a clue how I did this!) cracked my mother’s mirror that hung in the bathroom…Ouch!

When daddy got home from work, Momma showed him the big crack that went from one side of the mirror to the other.  I believe she was expecting him to scold me for the incident.  Yet; at that time, Daddy showed me mercy.  I was standing in the hallway crying as he explained to my mother that he had seen a small crack in the mirror a few days earlier.  Afterwards, he did scold me about playing with the mirror, but thankfully he did not whip or punish me.  Honestly,  I believe I remember the incident mostly because of the “mercy” that my dad showed to me that day.

In the book of Ephesians, we read that God will one day hold us “without blame” before him in love… What mercy our God shows towards his children!  As the years have rolled on in my life, since the time I was four years old, I can truly say that there have been times when I was actually “to blame” for things.  For instance, like the time I falsely accused a classmate in the second grade of looking in the teacher’s grade book.  Actually, it was me who had peeped in the teacher’s grade book on a dare from another student.  When the teacher returned to the classroom, she saw that her grade book was not in its rightful location. When she asked the class “who” had been at her desk, I quickly responded, “Lamar.”  Poor little Lamar.  His eyes got as big as a sauser…He didn’t know what to say.  He had to go over and stand in the corner for “his” bad deed…Ouch!  Not only was I the one who had committed the “bad deed,” I falsely accused another student, and he got the “blame.”  (I’m not proud of this memory!)

I have thought about that incident at times down through the years and wish that I could see “Lamar” to apologize to him.  Since I haven’t seen him, I have asked Jesus to forgive me of my childish errors and ways…It was the early 60’s and I was only in the second grade…but I was still to blame for taking the “dare” and accusing another student for the crime!

Yet; God promises that He will present us one day “blameless” before him in love. After all of our sins, transgressions, and iniquities against a Holy God; He is going to see us as being “blameless.”  Amazing… It takes “LOVE” with a capital L-O-V-E to forgive someone of a wrong doing, but to completely erase the crime as if it never happened takes GOD’S LOVE!  And, we, as Christians, are so blessed that God has lots and lots of LOVE for his children (John 3:16 and I John 1:9).

Today, you may be the “blame” of a wrongful act(s), but through Jesus Christ you can find and receive “forgiveness” for your trespasses and sins.  In doing so, you can know and experience the overwhelming liberty of being “blameless” in God’s love.

Oh, God’s  Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me…Yes; God’s Grace is indeed Amazing and totally “blameless!”  This morning, how thankful I am for God’s amazing Love and Grace, and His promise to present me “blameless” in His love….Amen.

And, Lamar (who would be around 56 years old now!)…if you are out there somewhere and remember being falsely accused in the second grade for something you did not do…I want to apologize…I hope it did not scar you for life!!  I’m really sorry! Forgive me…Whew…that feels so much better…(:-)…Amen.

Have a blessed, “blameless” day in the Lord.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

Future Citizen of Heaven…

Future Citizen of Heaven…

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints (children of God), and of the household of God.   (Ephesians 2:19 KJV).

Well, this morning I am back home after vacationing in Destin, Florida for the past seven days.  What a wonderful time my husband and I had.  During our trip, we were fortunate enough to be in Destin for the traditional “Blessings of the Fleet.”  Seeing the harbor filled with splendid ships and boats as they proudly paraded in front of the priests for a special “blessing-of-the-season” was quite an interesting and majestic sight to behold; especially as the sun was setting over the sparkling white-sandy coastline…Breath-taking beauty!  The special, yearly harbor event is only opened to the owners of the ships and their captains along with special invited guests…The rest of “us,” watching from the docks, were only spectators.

As I was reflecting upon that moment, I thought about another parade that will occur in the future, in the glorious city of Heaven, as the saints of God pass before the Throne of God praising Him for all eternity…At that time, I won’t be just a “spectator,” I will be in the midst of the parade!  What a glorious time that will be as the saints gather around the crystal sea praising and thanking God for his everlasting blessings!

I am quite sure that the owners of those magnificence ships paid very good money to own such vessels.  And, with ownership of anything worthy comes certain advantages and privileges…Did you know that we, as Christians, come with certain advantages and priviledges?  Our God paid the supreme price for our ownership…He gave his own life through Jesus Christ to buy us back from the slave block of sin. Now, as heirs of the King, we have access to the Throne Room of God through prayer as well as the many promises granted unto us as his adopted children through the Blood of Jesus Christ.  We are, indeed, blessed of God.  What privileges we have!

Just as those ship owners were granted privilege that day to participate in the “blessings-of-the-season,” I am granted privilege to receive God’s loving blessings, provisions, and protection for the rest of my life!  How?  Through Jesus Christ; my wonderful blessed redeemer!

Oh, my friend, today is a wonderful day in the Lord…No matter what you may be facing; no matter what may be your tide here on earth…God, our great Captain of Salvation, has already made the way and paid the way for you and me to make it safely to the other side (Heaven) where we will one day abide and live forever more in His beautiful paradise…No more night; no more pain; no more worries…What Hope we have in Jesus!

As Christians, we have the secured promise of being future citizens of Heaven with all of its privileges and blessings to behold!  What a Day That Will Be!  Won’t you Praise Him today; our Captain and owner of our Salvation!   

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

American Idols

American Idols

“Before ME no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 KJV)

We don’t really think of “them” as idols or gods, but the Bible clearly teaches that “anything” we set up in our hearts and minds as being “bigger” than GOD, or that we focus our thoughts, time, efforts, and attention more than anything else in our lives is, by definition, an idol.

Scary; isn’t it…The question is NOT what is or who is your idol?  The question is, “How many idols do we have within our lives?”  If we are completely honest, we’d have to hang our heads and respond, “Many.”  Many are the idols of our lives.

Oh, I can hear a few readers responding, “Well, that might be you, but it’s definitely not me. I don’t have any idols in my life!”   Good for you!  But, let me ask you this question.  What “things” in your life are you willing to totally walk away from, give up, or never pay any more attention, time, or effort towards?  I can hear the “rocks” dropping now.  I feel that we are all guilty of making certain things or people within our lives idols at one time or another.  Sadly, it just happens…And, even as Christians, we have to be on our guard not to allow those times to destroy us or to negatively affect our relationship with God…

Out of sixty-six books in the Bible, only one man, Job, proclaimed, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.”  The Bible teaches that Job was a mature, perfect man before God who “never” foolishly accused God of anything; no matter how terrible the situation… Personally, I can’t say that…And, most likely neither can anyone else but Job (And, of course Jesus Christ) boast of such faith and devotion unto God!

So, whether we want to admit it or not…we all have idols at times within our lives…Those specific things that take our hearts and minds away from and off of God and His soverignity…Such things as fear, worry, and anxieties to say just a few…So, what are we, as Christians, to do?

First, we examine ourselves daily in the Lord and see just how “unholy” we really are…Then, by faith we “confess” our sins, faults, and failures asking God to forgive us through his Son, Jesus Christ..(I John 1:9)  Next, we thank God for his daily renewed mercies and daily forgiveness…Then, we ask God to empower us through the Holy Spirit to walk according to His will for our lives and to ever increase our faith to meet each need and care within our lives.  * Please note…This is NOT an easy-step “generic” formula to be taken lightly…I’m using this method as a catalyst to get started allowing the Holy Spirit to take over and direct your own, individual, examination before the Lord.

Also, this is NOT a one-time prayer….Oh, no my friend…Idols “pop-up” in our lives like pop-corn…We are humans and we must always be on guard of our emotions, thoughts, and actions…Before we know it “something” or “someone” can take into captivity our thoughts, focus, and attention away from God…The mind will always be the toughest battleground for a Christian.  Even though the Victory has been won…the battle of the mind (and body) still rages day after day!

Today, you may want to take a few minutes to reflect upon “what” things you think about most often in your own life…Thinking about  the “right” things in our lives such as family, friends, jobs, and securities are never wrong…but they can easily become out-of-balance when we do NOT include God and God’s will within each area…

Prayer:  “Lord, help me not to set up anything in my mind and thoughts “bigger” than you.  Examine my life and let me bring “everything” in my life to your feet. You are my Supreme God and ruler of my life.  Let me be empowered with your Spirit knowing that you have ALL things in control within my life and in the world. Let me give thanks unto you for your daily provisions, protection, and promise to never leave nor forsake me unto the end.  Thank you God for being such a wonderful and loving God… I rest in you…Amen.”

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

From Sea to Sea…

From Sea to Sea…

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. (Psalm 72:8 KJV)

As a Christian, it is impossible to be standing alongside the beautiful ocean and NOT see the mighty Hand of God.  The vastness of the ocean itself provides a small tangible backdrop into the enormity and greatness of our Lord.

Wave after wave reminds me that God controls not only the boundaries of the earth’s waters, but He also controls the boundaries of my life…No man is an “island unto himself.”  We exist because God exists, and we breathe because God breathed life into us.  Amen!!  God’s beautiful world…God’s beautiful creation…

Honestly, I feel terribly sorry for anyone who doesn’t believe in God…I mean what do non-believers think about as they peer out over the beautiful white-capped waves hitting the sandy shoreline?  Do they think about an “explosion” of some sort that brought about all the beauty that their eyes are beholding?  Sad…Do they think about the tadpole that swam ashore and eventually evolved into a man?  Sad…  Do they think about the hundreds of species of birds flying in the sky or the countless number of mammals swimming in the ocean that just popped out and popped up one day?  Sad…  To the sad “unbeliever, I suppose everything has to be in a test tube or have some sort of scientific theory to explain its existence…Ahh…But, as Christians, we have the sweetness of Faith…And, Faith is so much more rewarding!

As Christians, we can enjoy all the Good stuff of God through Faith and in Faith through HIm….Ahhh…He created the ocean…Ahhh…He created the fish….Ahhh…He created the birds….Ahhh…He created the clouds…Ahhh…He created the beach…Ahhh…He created mankind…Ahhh…

Think about it….Believing in God through Faith just makes life itself happier and a whole lot simpler and relaxing than trying to figure it all out without God!!

So, today, as I leave our condo to walk back down to the beach to enjoy God’s creation…my mind can rest in the fact that God has complete dominion from sea to sea….Ahhh…Sweet, peaceful faith…How it adds to the beauty of a Christian’s life and vacation!!

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author