Earth’s Losses…Heaven’s Gain

Earth’s losses…Heaven’s Gains

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. (Romans 8:18 KJV)

I love when the Lord puts a thought into my heart to ponder. As I was driving home today from visiting my mother-in-law in the nursing home, God seemed to say to my heart, “Earth’s losses are only temporary but Heaven’s gains are permanent.” This set my mind into action. Wow! All of our losses here on Earth are only temporary…The loss of loved ones, family members, relationships, friendships, careers, positions, titles and roles in life, financial means, materialistic items, health, and even life itself are all temporary losses to the Christian Believer…

But, everything that we will one day “gain” in Heaven will be permanent! No more dying, no more tears, no more grief, no more sadness, no more loneliness, no more disappointments, no more overwhelming challenges, no more issues to resolve, no more doctor appointments, no more physical therapies, no more sicknesses, pain or diseases, and no more death! What we suffer down here on earth is temporary compared to the Heavenly JOYS we will one day receive that will never, never go away.

Pondering this fact is helping me to process and deal with a loss in fellowship that I have with someone who means very much to me. In many ways, I have grieved over this loss for some time now. But, God reminded me today that my loss is only “temporary,” and that one day I will not only have restored fellowship in the grandest style possible, but it will be for all eternity. We may not have peace and fellowship between us right now, but one day we will stroll beside the River of Life hand in hand.

Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that sixty or seventy years cannot be compared to infinity…Time here on earth, with all of its ups and downs, will one day cease while infinity or eternity is just that; eternal! So, today, you may be dealing with a loss or losses in your own life. And, it goes without saying that such things are challenging, hurtful, and painful at times. But, let your hearts and mind ponder on the glorious news God has in store for his children when HE shall descend from Heaven with a shout and call His children home to everlasting Bliss, Contentment, Joy, and Happiness!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Advertisements

And, The Thunder Rolls…

And, The Thunder Rolls…

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36 KJV)

It’s very troubling when you read a news article and you are not sure whether or not its contents are fact or fiction! I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but one would have to have his or her head deeply buried in the sand not to be alarmed! Unrest. Uncertainty. Unknown. The three “U’s” that now define our nation and much of the world.

There is a saying that goes something like this, “Believe half of what you see and nothing you hear.” Wow! How appropriate for the days we are now living. No one seems to know anymore if what we “hear” or “read” from our news media, including accredited internet articles, are truth, half-truth, twisted truth, or political propaganda. Like the article I read this morning over the internet about ObamaCare. It was outlining “some” of the policies that will be set in place once it is executed in full force. One such policy being that people over seventy-six will no longer be eligible for cancer treatments. In other words, if you happen to be fortunate enough to live with cancer until you are seventy-six, you can go ahead and plan your funeral because you won’t be living until you’re seventy-seven; should you need treatments to do so. Why? Because, the government will then say, “You’ve had enough; be gone.” (IF the article I read has “truth” to it!)

Now, grant it, the Bible clearly teaches that a man’s lot in life is “three score and ten.” That is defined as seventy years: em>”The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10 KJV). For decades, and perhaps even centuries, man has been trying to out live seventy plus years anyway possible; and many do. But, now our nation as a whole is facing the generation known as the “Baby-Boomers.” All those sweet little babies born after our soldiers returned home from fighting WWII! That generation is now between the ages of fifty-five and seventy. In other words, “Boys, we are breaking the bank!”

Even though it has been pretty much our generation’s and that of our parents’ hard-earned dollars that footed the social-security bill, medicare bill, and Medicaid bill, there’s just not enough to pass around to everyone…Flippantly speaking, I mean someone had to pay for all those “babies” who were born out-of-wedlock in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. And, what about all the money it took to “abort” all the other babies whose mothers simply enjoyed the sex part of it, but didn’t want the responsibilities of raising children? Someone had to pay for all of that. Then, what about all those who were, at no fault of their own, born into generational poverty and could not find decent jobs or proper housing. Someone needed to pay for them, too…Therefore, as the old saying goes, “If you keep dishing out more than you are taking in something has to give.” And, according to the article I read, the something that is going to give appears to be our generation! In other words, the solution seems to be, in my own words, “Get rid of the baby-boomers, so the younger generations can move forward with all of their technological expertise and new ways of thinking.” Another way of putting it, “Out with the old and in with the new…”

But, don’t worry about us aging “baby-boomers”…We’ll be fine…We’ve had a lot of experience in dealing with “new” things. After all, we are the ones who first watched TV not only in black and white, but in color as well. We watched a monkey go up into space, a man orbit the earth in a rocket, and a man land on the moon. We launched the introduction of Rock-N-Roll and sent our young men across the globe to fight in two different wars that didn’t make much sense to us; except that we were trying our best to promote and protect democracy. We lived through the cold-war and learned how to hide under our desks at school in case Cuba launched missiles at us. We were the generation that never got very much praise from our own parents regarding anything, but invented the “potty-dance” for our own kids. We were the last generation not to wear “name-brand” clothing down to our under-garments, but made sure that our kids did! We’ve seen a lot of “firsts.”

When you look at it, we’ve been a “giving,” “loving,” “inventful” generation all along…So, what’s one more gift of giving our own physical lives in order to help assure our nation that it will be financially secured enough to take care of our children’s children? I mean, after all, seventy years is what God promised; right! But, not all of us will be granted the full seventy years; if those years are not determined as being lived out with “quality” life…For many of us we will only receive “comfort care” until God’s angels come to take us home…(Like in the old days before modern-day medicine!)

So, it appears that we, living in America, have now reached a stage in life when government will step in to play God…”This one lives; and this one dies.” It reminds me of watching those Holocaust commentaries when Hitler had trained soldiers posted at the train stations. As new families arrived from all over Europe, they would be examined to see which ones would be immediately sent to the gas-chambers and which ones looked well enough or strong enough to “work;” until they, too, died in the camps. I understand from the article that I read this morning that under the new ObamaCare, specific doctors will be trained and “assigned” to make judgment as to which people over “seventy” appear to still have some “quality” of life in them, and which ones don’t. The “don’t” won’t get certain life-sustaining treatments, but will be provided approved, “comfort care.” Well, at least for right now the age limit seems to be seventy years old…But, don’t kid yourselves…When government starts playing God, then man will judge and determine all matters of sustaining life….Like which “babies” are born healthy enough to live quality lives and which ones aren’t…Who will decide which babies will receive “neo-natal” care and which ones won’t? Or, will there even be such a thing as “neo-natal” care? Who knows how far this might go??

So, to my Christian believing friends who were born in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s (and possibly even some in the 70’s), stay strong and keep the Faith; for no man knows the hour when the Son of man will come with a shout…Even so, should we be the ones to die by government-ordered, man-dated lethal injection because of our failing quality of life, we will be immediately ushered into our new Heavenly bodies without pains or cares of this life to live forever more with our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ!…Praise God…Not even ObamaCare can take that away from us!

Want you join me as we pray for our nation’s future: “God, please have mercy upon our troubled nation and deliver us from all means of evil and bondage. Let thy will be done, and if it is your will that we live out our alloted, undetermined, years on this planet, may you, and you alone, receive all the Praise, Honor, and Glory. For it is in Jesus’ name we do pray. Amen.”

Remember, God Loves You (Even as we continue to face Unrest, Uncertainty, and Unknown… We can rest in the assurance that Our God, Jesus Christ, Knows ALL!)
Lin T Rollins, Author

Taking Things for Granted…

Takeing Things for Granted…

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14 KJV)

It’s funny how life’s unexpected happenings, such as a valued broken bowl, can cause you to ponder life’s deeper meaning. Today, as I was dusting furniture, I accidentally dropped a glass bowl that I valued very much. Of course, it made me sick. If something just has to drop and break, why can’t it be something inexpensive from the Dollar Tree! It seems that those items last forever, while things you cherish the most can often break so easily! I know I have picked up that particular glass bowl a million times over the years, but I won’t be picking it up for a million and one! Then, it occurred to me that we toss away things in our lives every day that do NOT hold value to us…Our land fields are filled with discarded trash and broken items we no longer need or require in our lives…

But, not so true for those things that we do cherish. We want to hang on to them and take good care of them. The same is true with family members and friendships we have in our lives…We don’t like to let them go; even when they are broken…And, if they do get broken, we tend to do all we can to mend the breaks! Just like I should have taken more caution and time picking up my valued glass bowl, we all need to make sure that we take more caution, more time, and more effort in showing and sharing our love with those we value the most in our lives.

I suppose after all these years, I simply took my glass bowl for granted and picked it up too quickly without getting a firmer grip on it. And, in a blink of an eye, it was gone…Sadly; we can take people in our lives for granted just the same way. The glass bowl was actually just “stuff.” Stuff comes and goes in our lives all the time. But, family and cherished friendships are more important than “stuff!” Today, there may be someone in your life who you have been meaning to call or visit. I encourage you to stop what you are doing and make preparations for that call or visit, because just as quickly as that glass bowl slipped out of my hand and shattered all over my living room floor, life can be taken away from us in a blink of the eye. For, what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth and then it is gone Amen.

Remember, God Loves You! (And, Praise be unto God, we are never just “stuff” to Him!)
Lin T Rollins, Author

Letting Go of Our Past…

…But, this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…(Philippians 3:13 KJV)

Sometimes, forgetting our “past” is the hardest and most difficult challenge we can face. Why? Because, our past defines us. It is who we “are.” Who we “were.” Our past experiences and past choices are what made us who we are today…When we “forget” those things behind us, we are actually choosing to forget who we are and who we were. We’re choosing to forget the things that once defined our character, make-up, and very existence. Who wants to forget themselves? After all, we are who we are, and if we forget who we are how can we know who we will be or one day become?

Yet; that is exactly what God is asking of us…To forget who we were, who we are, and who we are to become. He wants to make us anew; over again. Like many Christians, I wrestled with this reality in my own life. I would sometimes “look back” at who I was, and the choices I had made, thinking that was the authentic, “real” me. And, in actuality at that specific time, it was the real me. But, that doesn’t mean that the “old” real me still has to dominate or influence the “new” real me in Christ! Sure, I had “old” dreams, “old” desires, and “old” friends who crossed my path and had influence over my life…But, when I gave my life to Christ many of those “old” things I had to “forget,” and reach forth unto the “new” things God had planned and purposed in my life; according to His will.

Oh, how I hate Satan and how he tries to bring up the past or mix the past with the present…We have to be wise to forget the past and not mix the old with the new! We can all have memories that creep into our lives reminding us of the “old” self…But, the Apostle Paul encouraged us to “forget those things behind” and press forward unto our new calling in Christ Jesus. In other words, we all have a past, good or bad, to put behind us in order to press forward in our new walk in Christ Jesus.

Think of the Apostle Paul’s past. As Saul of Tarsus, he was highly educated, wealthy, highly esteemed among his peers, a scholar’s scholar in all manners and matters of religious doctrine…The “go to” guy and guru of the Old Testament Law. If you had a question about the Old Testament Laws, he had the answer. So, in his steadfast zeal he set out to get rid of those pesky new followers of Christ never knowing that he would one day write 2/3’s of the New Testament of Grace! From town to town he marched onward dragging out Christian men, women, and children alike sending them to their slaughter of death…Until the day GOD’s LIGHT knocked him off of his horse and he landed flat on his face in the dirt crying, “Lord, what will thou have me to do?” Notice, that the Great Saul of Tarsus did not say, “God, do you know who I am? I am highly educated, wealthy, highly esteemed among my brethren, and fluent in Old Testament Law.” No, no, no. Saul knew immediately that he was “nothing” and had nothing in his present life or past life to compare to the true God of the Universe! I love his response, “What will THOU have me to do?”

From that moment on, God changed Saul’s name to Paul who would become, in his own words, “the chief among sinners.” Talk about forgetting your impressive resume’…Paul’s new resume’ stated, “Forgetting those things behind and pressing forward in the name of Jesus!” That’s all the resume’ he needed. And, in all reality, that’s all the resume’ any Christian needs…”Forgetting the past and pressing forward in the name of Jesus.”

Today, you may be struggling with things in your past; whether they be of good or bad it makes no difference unto God. For when He touches our life ALL things become NEW…We start and begin a new walk, a new life, a new direction, a new desire, a new “want.” We want to please our Heavenly Father more than anything or anyone else. Don’t let Satan rob you of Peace and JOY by bringing up your past life’s experiences…Be satisfied and content in knowing that Jesus died on the Cross to give you life and life anew in His service…You are a new creature in Christ…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Fellowship With God…

If we say that we have fellowship with God, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth…” IJohn 2:6 KJV

It is almost too sad to think about the countless numbers of people who “believe” they are in fellowship with God when in fact they remain in darkness. God is never impressed or delighted by our made-up agendas for life…He is very satisfied and completely delighted in HIS plan for mankind. Thankfully, God is always patient, kind, and long-suffering towards mankind as they falter in their man-made “darkness” searching for HIS LIGHT! Yet; once, we come out of darkness to know GOD as our personal Savior through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, then we must break away from any and all fellowship with darkness and walk not in darkness, but rather in the Light; for God is Light.

How do we know when we are “walking” in the Light of God? The Bible teaches, “But, if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Fellowship with God means that we stop “arguing” with God and trying to do things “our” way. It is when we have reached a point of letting go of our own man-made agendas and accepting God’s way of Salvation and God’s way of repenting, rejecting, and departing from our “own” ways to following God’s ways.

I believe that having true “Fellowship With God” requires the need to “stop” looking back and comparing our old life style with the one God has set before us. There have been many true believers who have left it all to follow God. The secret to their happiness and JOY was not looking back to see what all they had left behind, but rather looking forward with great acceptance as to what God has placed within their path and lives. We cannot know true PEACE and FELLOWSHIP with God when we are comparing God’s ways with man’s way as if we are missing out on something…This is like having one foot in darkness (things of the world) and one foot in the light (things of God)…the two will not and cannot follow one another; thus fellowship is broken. True fellowship with God is having both feet firmly planted in the LIGHT of God’s word and accepting HIS will for our lives…and knowing for certain that we are not missing out on anything but final destruction!

Thankfully, the Bible teaches us, “If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Thus, established Fellowship With God is imputed into our lives…The anchor of every’s man heart, desires, and wishes…whether or not they admit it. My Friend, the Bible teaches us NOT to love the world and the things therein…To have and possess sweet Fellowship with God, we must learn how to let go of the world, our past, and our man-made plans to accept God and His plan and purpose for our lives. After all, what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or, what does it profit a man to have everything “his” way and in the end lose all!

Today, I encourage you. No, I beg of you, to let go of the world and all that it possesses to enjoy and delight in Fellowship With God…For the world and all it possesses will one day pass away, but he that doeth the will of God will abide forever and ever. How grateful I am to know Fellowship with God…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

God is Light…

God is Light

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (I John 1:5 KJV)

Nothing evil can come from God. God is Love. God is Light. God is Good. Because of the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, we live in a world that possesses the knowledge and manifestation of both good and evil…Yet; evil is NOT of God…It is not God who moves upon a man’s heart and spirit to bring forth evil acts of violence, unkindness, hate, malice, or harm…It is the direct influence of God’s enemy, Satan.

Back in the 70’s there was a popular TV actor who coined the phrase, “The Devil made me do it.” In many ways he was right. The Devil does influence bad judgment and wrongful actions on our part. But, he doesn’t “make” us do them. Satan only plants such evil thoughts into our hearts and mind, but we decide whether or not to act upon them. I once heard a young lady say, “Well, if you’re going to think it, you might as well do it!” What a dreadful thought! Thankfully, I had the opportunity to share some insight regarding her dangerous philosophy. I explained to her that she could sit around all day long thinking about and pondering planting a garden. In her mind and thoughts, she could clear the area, plow the area, and even plant seeds in the area. But, she would NEVER reap a harvest! To reap a harvest, she would actually have to perform the needed tasks; not just “think” about them. Fortunately, she agreed with my words of insight. As children of God, we must learn to discern thoughts of “darkness” from thoughts of “light.” How do we do that? By knowing God’s Word…If our thoughts do not line up with God’s word, then they are not from God…

God’s Word is a LIGHT unto our path. The more we know God’s word, the more our pathway is illuminated; for God’s ways are not hid from us…There is no darkness at all in God…(no evil).

Today, you may be in need of guidance or direction…Just remember, you never have to walk in darkness when you are walking with God…God’s Path can always be found when measured by His Word…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

The Marriage Garden

The Marriage Garden

The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8)

Recently, while preparing to teach a Bible study in October entitled, “Going Deeper in God,” I felt the Lord lead me to a very interesting place in life; the Garden of Eden. For it was in the Garden where God first formed man, then woman. Not only does the “Garden” represent the very Genesis (Beginning) of life but the first union of two human beings; male and female.

Can you imagine what it must have been like for Adam and Eve to live in a Garden that Creator God perfectly created and designed? It had to be absolutely breath-taking in every possible aspect. Foliage as green as green can be. Flowers as lovely as flowers can be. Trees as beautiful as trees can be. River water as crystal as crystal can be. Temperature as perfect as perfect can be. Animals as peaceful as peaceful can be. The absolute pinnacle of Perfection in every manner. Yet; we all know the story. Something went wrong. Something went terribly array. Peace and Perfection were taken over by thorns and weeds which could also be interpreted as Pride and Fear…Pride to “know more” and “Fear” to “hide from God;: their loving Heavenly Creator. How sad for this once sinless, thriving, and loving first couple on planet Earth. Yet; we also know the rest of the story. God, in his infinite Love reached down from Heaven’s portal and offered both of them Grace and Mercy.

Today, I feel that each time a man and a woman marry, they are given their very own Garden to design, toil, work, and develop. Together, they both sow seeds that can bring forth either a bumper crop of goodness, kindness, love, mercy, generosity, and Joy, or they can sow seeds of selfishness, self-centeredness, discord, distrust, dishonesty, failure, and even doom. The choice is ours to make. I realized as I continued to ponder upon this concept that in thirty-nine years of marriage, my husband and I have actually sown both types of seeds…Good and Bad…Just like all the other married couples living on planet Earth, past and present, have done. But, it also made me realize that I want to make even better choices to sow more kinder, more giving, more loving seeds, because I want my Marriage Garden to be strong, healthy, thriving, flourishing, and welcoming for as long as we both shall live…Ahh…what a sweet and loving thought; and a healthy perspective.

Today, you and I can choose to build a more healthy, loving Marriage Garden by surrendering our selfishness, self-centeredness, “it’s all about me” attitudes, and an unwillingness to compromise, love, and forgive…These types of seeds only bring about thorns and unwanted weeds that can take days, months, or perhaps even years to pull out, dig up, and do away with. So, I encourage you to walk in kindness, talk in kindness, show and demonstrate acts of kindness that will help your Marriage Garden to thrive on Love, Mercy, Joy, Happiness, and Godliness…Then, we, too, can say that we know something of what it feels like to live in a blissful Garden created by Creator God, the Marriage Garden! Amen…

Remember, God Loves You
Lin T Rollins, Author