Betrayal…Signs of the Time?

Betrayal…Signs of the Second Coming? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
We are most definitely living in peculiar times. I don’t think I have ever heard of so many good people and good families facing such difficult battles and hardships arising from betrayals, deceptions, criticisms, and false or misleading accusations.
It is never Satan’s intentions to build and protect “unity” among the brethren. His goal has always been to “sow seeds of discord” whenever possible; even in the closest of families, friendships, or churches. And, believe me he doesn’t miss an opportunity to do so! He’s always on the prowl to find “someone” who will aid him in his destructive schemes. Sadly, he doesn’t have to look too wide or too far.
Words are powerful and when we are NOT using them to encourage or build up others, we can very easily be using them to tear down and discourage. I have always heard that if a person will speak negatively about someone to you, then they will speak negatively about you to someone. We can all find negative things to say about one another, because we are all human and we all fall short of the Glory of God. In other words, none of us are perfect; no not one.
As Christians, we learn that there are the sins of commission (doing or saying something wrong; or possessing the wrong attitude) and the sins of omission (failing to say or do that which is right, good, or proper). At times, all of us have missed chances and opportunities to do good. And, sadly, we often mess up by saying or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time; as well. But, God gives us “Good News” for such times. He teaches us to “love” one another and to “forgive” one another; exhorting, encouraging, and building up those in the faith. After all, we are family; God’s family.
But, somehow that Biblical principle has gotten lost in the shuffle of modern-day society. I know years ago it was common to hear Christians greet one another as, “Sister So-and-so,” or “Brother So-and-so.” But, that’s considered “old-fashioned” now a days. The book of Titus teaches how the older and younger Christians are to inter-relate one with another; giving honor and respect to the older and caring for the younger by being good examples and teachers of the Faith. However, our society has become so “youth” driven with more and more “novices” in leadership roles that foundational principles such as “honoring” and “respecting” our elders is no longer valued; neither given nor received. How sad. It seems “betrayal” at all levels of life has become the “norm” of our land.
But, in actuality, that is exactly what happened to Christ. He was betrayed by the “kiss” of a friend only hours before he was to be crucified. So, perhaps all of this increased betrayal, deception, and false accusations are simply “signs” of Jesus Christ’s soon return! After all, the Bible does teach us that the “love of many shall wax cold,” and things in general will wax worse and worse the closer to Christ’s return.
So, let us comfort one another with these reminders from God’s Word, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” and “Who shall separate us from the Love of God?” Oh, my friend, don’t let the pains from betrayal, rejection, deception, and false accusations get you down and discouraged. You are not alone. Look up! For our redemption draweth nigh!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

In His Time…

In His Time…

To Everything there is a season, and a purpose under the heaven.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Hurry up; and wait…That’s seems to be the “norm” for most things in life. Oh, how we often want things to happen when, where, and how we desire. But, if you have lived on planet Earth for any reasonable length of time you have learned that getting what you want when you want it rarely occurs. Even in our “instant” micro-second society “good things still come to those who wait.”
Learning how to wait with integrity and dignity is still an admirable quality in one’s life. I know of no one who “waited” on God more earnestly than Abraham and Sarah. After being visited by the Angel of the Lord, Abraham was instructed that Sarah would bring forth a child who would “bless” the entire world. But, after waiting nearly twenty years Sarah’s patience ran out. So, she designed a plan to “help” God out with His promise. Oh, how many times have I tried to help God out! But, God didn’t need Sarah’s help. And, he doesn’t need mine either! Sarah executed her plan, but it didn’t stop God from executing His. At 90 years old, Sarah gave birth to a son just as the Angel of the Lord had said.
Likewise, God wants to bring about His promises into our lives each and every day. But, too many times we get ahead of God and try to “fix” things ourselves. And, just like Sarah we often “inherit” a life-long challenge as a result! The Bible teaches us, “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”(Galatians 6:9). Relying on “Patience” is actually carrying out “well doing.” Don’t let the word “patience” fool you. It may sound like a passive action, but in actuality it takes stronger, often more determined self-control, and even greater strength to WAIT than to do anything else! I have learned that I am “doing something” when I am “waiting on God!”
Waiting on God involves “spiritual warfare.” The enemy hates nothing more than to see a Christian waiting on God. He moves in with as many “earthly” solutions and suggestions as he possible can. He taunts and laughs at us while we sit back and wait for God to move in the matter. Far too often, like Sarah, we give in to those suggestions. But, God still “rewards” those who firmly plant their feet into God’s good soil and wait for His harvest!
My friend, I encourage you today that if you are “waiting” for God, keep on keeping on until HE arrives on the scene. God is never too early, but He is never too late! In His Time He’s always Right on Time! Remember, if you’d like to read more articles by Lin T Rollins, go to http://www.breakawaybylintrollins.wordpress.com And, check out Lin’s book, Break Away at http://www.westbowpress.com

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

God’s Peace…

God’s Peace
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

There is a formula to finding daily peace; and it’s not always easy to follow. It requires Faith; and sometimes even Greater Faith. But, without Faith, it is impossible to please God. The Bible teaches us to carry “everything” to God in prayer by Faith; not just some things, but everything. Also, as we pray, there is an attitude of “thanksgiving” (gratefulness) that we are to possess as we present our petitions to God.

Using the above formula, it appears that there are three things that will rob a Christian of God’s Peace that passes all understanding…Lack of Faith, Lack of Prayer, and Lack of Thanksgiving. The Bible teaches, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (or doubting). For he that wavers (doubts) is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” Oh, how I can attest to the fact that when my faith is weak and doubts it feels as if I am on a roller coaster of waves! But, the Bible teaches, “We are to walk (live) by faith not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7). The Spiritual realm of life is the exact opposite of the physical realm. In the physical world we walk by sight, but in the Spiritual realm we walk by Faith; “The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT yet seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). By Faith, we know that “all things work together for the good of those who Love the Lord.” (Romans 8:28) Not that ALL things are good, but by Faith we know that “all” things are working out within our lives according to God’s purpose and plan.

The next part of the formula is Prayer. The Bible teaches us to, “Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is simply communication with God. Instead of talking out our problems, needs, and concerns to everyone else, we talk to God about them on a regular, continuous, daily basis. As the old Gospel hymns declares, “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” We may live in a technology-driven society, but there’s never been a greater source of communication than Prayer!

Finally, our formula for Peace teaches us to maintain a heart of “Thanksgiving.” A thankful heart is a grateful and humble heart that places God on the throne of our lives instead of selfish or self-centered motives.
As I get older, I want to guard the Peace of God within my life even greater. Just this past week, I had some developments occur that immediately tried to rob me of Peace. After a day or two being filled with anxieties, the Holy Spirit reminded me of God’s Peace that passes “all” understanding. After I examined my heart, I realized that I was lacking in Faith, Prayer, and Thanksgiving. Once, I entered into my prayer-closet and poured out my heart before God, His Peace took over. Ah, Wonderful Peace! The issue is not resolved, but God is in control and He will bring it to pass according to His will and purpose. Now, I can face the day in God’s Peace.

Author’s Note: Today’s blog is copied from a weekly newspaper article that I write for The Dallas New Era located in Dallas, Georgia.

Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T Rollins, Author