“Chocolate and Tempation!”

“Chocolate and Temptation!”

I have a confession to make…I have a “chocolate” addiction…It’s probably one of the few things I know that I can’t hardly resist…If there is “chocolate” in the house I am going to eat it; and eat all of it until it is entirely gone!

The best way for me to avoid the temptation and desire to eat chocolate is to stay away from it. I have told my husband this for years. Yet, on special occasions such as holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, and occasionally at other unpredicted times he will bring “chocolates” home to me in the form of M & M’s, Whitman Samplers, Kisses, Hershey Bars, and/or other melt-in-your-mouth tantalizing chocolate delights.

When he brings home these tempting seductive mouth-watering treats he tells me, “Don’t eat them all at one time. Just enjoy a few today and save the rest for later.” What he doesn’t seem to understand is that, “I can’t!” If I open the M & M bag I won’t stop until the last piece is gone…When I open the Whitman’s Sampler Box it’s gone in a day and a half…I just don’t have any resistant powers when it come to the delicious taste of chocolate sliding over my lips, across my tongue, and down my throat! I’m the same way with hot chocolate and mocha latte’s…Yum, Yum, Yum…the more chocolate the better!

So, what does “chocolate” and “temptation” have in common? Easy; they are both not good for us in excess of any kind…Some people are as addicted to certain sinful behaviors as I am to chocolate…They just can’t seem to get away from it…The thought of “moderation,” “walking away from,” or “leaving it alone” doesn’t enter into the picture once they start acting upon their sinful impulse or earthly pleasures.

The temptation of “indulgence” can come in many sizes, shapes, fashions, and activities…TV can become an indulgent to some while sports can become an over indulgence to others…Any activity whether it be pleasure, food, or drink can quickly become a tempting indulgent when we cannot control or limit its influence, outcome, or intake into our bodies, mind, and spirit…This is why propaganda such as the advertising media has been so successful since its beginning…It tempts and allures the senses of mankind…

Temptation is the same way…It allures our senses so much so that it’s like a magnet pulling our attentions and desires towards it; often very cleverly with hidden deadly consequences…And, typically while sin is alluring us towards “la-la” land, we very seldom count the cost of its future consequences…Why? Because, we are too busy fulfilling the desires of the flesh at the time to count the cost!

What does the Bible teach us to do about such harmful alluring temptations and sin?” It says this, “Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” (I Peter 3:11 KJV). The word, “eschew” means to stay away from; avoid at all cost, stay clear of, abstain from, distant yourself, and turn your back on…In order words, CHOOSE TO REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE TEMPTATION! I tell my husband in order for me to remove myself from eating “all” the chocolate in the house in one to two days I must reframe from having chocolate in the house in the first place!

As a Christian, may I suggest that you read I Corinthians 10:13 prayerfully over and over until the Power of the Holy Spirit reveals unto you a way to escape whatever temptation(s) may be in your own life. Also, if you have already tried over and over to “eschew” certain evils and temptations without success I would strongly suggest enlisting the help or assistance of a Pastor, therapist, close friend, or Christian counselor. You may very well need professional assistance; someone who can help to hold you accountable as you steadfastly work together to overcome whatever seductive temptation(s) may be immobilizing your life.

I know that my petty “fetish” with chocolate is not a serious temptation and addiction. Nevertheless, just knowing how tempting a bar of chocolate can be for me to resist, I can truly have sympathy and appreciation in my heart towards those who live more painful addictive lifestyles…

If you do suffer from more serious addictions, please seek help. It is my prayer that 2014 will be the year that you “overcome” any dark and deeply secretive temptations and be “free” from all manners of evil and evil’s presence through the Power of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us to, “Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil (the author of ALL temptations and addictions), and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). The Book of Isaiah says, “He (God) giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isaiah 40:29) Won’t you seek help today and ask Jesus to be your “Deliverer?” Help may only be a phone call away and Jesus is only a Prayer away…We are more than “conquerors” through Him who loves us…Amen…

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

“In His Time…”

“In His Time…”

Waiting, and being patient while we wait, is not always easy. We live in an instant society. Modern-day technology has served us well, but it has also left us paralyzed with the inability to “wait” without murmuring and complaining. Nevertheless, no matter how “fast” man can accomplish certain tasks, it cannot ever change GOD’s ways, purpose, and plan for mankind…”Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord.” (Exodus 14:13)

Face it, standing still and being patient while God moves on a situation, matter, or person can cause the most patient of saints to cringe just a little. We want God to “hurry up” and make things right or resolve the matter as quickly as possible. We don’t like discomfort, because we are a society of comfort. It may be difficult to understand this concept, but God is more interested in building our Faith than He is in making us feel comfortable!

As hard as we might try to please God with our efforts, the Bible teaches us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God…” (Hebrews 11:6). And, the Bible also teaches us that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). While we are “waiting” for that particular situation, matter, or person to change, God is changing us! He is strengthening us and conditioning us to place our HOPE and FAITH in GOD who will take care of things in HIS time and in HIS way; not ours. That’s not always an easy lesson or standard to learn and accomplish…We must learn to wait on God and not try to “fix” things ourselves. The Bible is filled with examples of where “man” tried to “fix” things only to make them worse or create even a bigger mess.

Today, you may be “waiting” on God to fix or resolve a matter. If so, I want to encourage you to “Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.” Stand steady in your Faith. Stand steady in your prayers. Stand steady in your faithfulness…And, you are never standing taller in the presence of God than when you are bending your knees in prayer! The Psalmist said, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14). Remember, ALL things work together for those who love the Lord who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)…”In His Time…” “In His Time…” Amen…

Remember (while you are waiting) that GOD LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

New Year “Do Over”

New Year “Do Over”

“Are You Ready for a Do-Over?” At this time of the year a lot of people begin their “Read-Through” of the Bible. The New Year is a great time to find solace in the words, “In the beginning God created.” Let’s face it. We’re living in a time in history when modern-day man doesn’t like to retain GOD in their thoughts much less give HIM ALL the credit for creating and sustaining life.

Those of us who fall under the label of being Christians are finding it more and more difficult and challenging to publicly voice our faith and support of God’s teachings. The media and liberal crowd seem to be winning the battle in silencing God’s teachings on Sin and man’s need of Salvation. It is even getting risky for certain groups of people to voice their disagreements and disappointments with our nation’s current presidential administration. Propaganda now fills our airways in such a way that no one seems to know the truth from a lie or a cover-up. We are in bad need of a “Do-Over!”

We are in bad need of returning to God as described in II Chronicles 7:14…”If my people…” God is not looking to the sinful world to bring about repentance and change; He is looking to HIS people. As my dad used to tell me, “I’m not worried about the neighbor’s kids. They don’t belong to me.” Yes, God loves everyone, but HE knows who belongs to Him from those who choose not to belong to Him. Those of us who belong to God, through His Son Jesus Christ, adhere and abide by His teachings even though modern-day society calls us bias, racist, haters, and ignorant. As my mom used to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me!”

If 2014 is anything like the past few years, Christians better get ready for more and more name-calling by the lost and dying world…But, thankfully God “renews” HIS Grace and Mercies each morning to help us make it through the battle.

It may appear for a short while that the liberal, sinning crowd is gaining territory, but let us not forget who owns ALL of planet Earth…ELOHIM GOD! Yes! “In the Beginning God created.” As Supreme rightful owner of planet Earth, God will have the last WORD…

Yes! One day all the inhabitants of Earth will witness a mighty, powerful, everlasting DO-OVER at the Hands of our Alpha and Omega Heavenly Father! Now, there’s a Do-Over I can live with…For all Eternity! Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

God’s Will…Really?

God’s Will…Really?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8 KJV)

So often, we say that we desire and want God’s will in our lives, but do we “really” understand what God’s will might be?

Have you ever thought that while we are “seeking” and “searching” for God’s will for our life that we are actually living it moment by moment? Every moment that we, as committed Christian believers, live is NOT living outside of God’s will for our lives…As a matter of fact Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). And, if you will recall, that didn’t stop his persecutions, rejections, beatings, or crucifixion…Asking for God’s will in our lives does not “spare” us from the good, bad, or ugly…

Asking for God’s will in our lives is more about surrendering to “FAITH” than getting things our way…As Christians we are taught by Scripture that, Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not YET seen (Hebrews 11:1)…As Christians we must learn to conduct and discipline our lives as, ”believing that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). So, finding God’s will for our lives has absolutely nothing to do with getting all of our prayers answered the way we would like or prefer them to be answered…It’s actually about accepting life as it happens as being what God has purposed, planned, and allowed for our lives at the present moment…

Don’t fret or worry. I know how difficult and challenging this can be. I have been living through a particular family situation that has gone on for over ten years without being resolved…As a matter of fact it seemingly continues to decline and grow wearier with each passing day. I have bombarded Heaven day and night with both my prayers and tears without seeing the matter get any better. I have prayed scriptures over the matter. I have sought the prayers of others whom I felt I could confide; and sadly even a few of them betrayed my trust. I have seen 1AM, 2AM, 3AM, and 4AM come and go night after night without one single indication that the situation is getting even close to being resolved…It goes beyond my human reasoning and abilities to understand or comprehend the complexities of it all…God just continues to remain SILENT regarding the matter…And, it doesn’t appear to bother the others involved one tiny bit…So, I continue to live day by day feeling the blunt end of the heavy burden and major disappointments of it all…Time and days that can never be gained back while here on Earth.

So, this year I have resolved myself to finding a place of “Acceptance” regarding the whole thing. A place where I will just PRAISE the LORD anyway no matter the continued dismal outcome…It grieves me to no end knowing that if the matter is not resolved very soon that I will miss out on precious family quality time, happenings, and events…But, what else can I do? Besides sending up my daily prayers I have jumped through every hoop and walked every plank set before me…But, none of my efforts have brought forth restitution or fellowship…As the Bible teaches, I have sought Peace, Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Restitution, and Fellowship, but without positive results…The other parties involved simply refuse to budge, even though they claim to be Christians serving God with their lives…I have resolved that they have a “will” too, and their “will” is that this matter be “not” resolved; not at this time anyway…Truthfully, I can no longer judge what God allows and doesn’t allow for someone else’s life. He knows the hearts of all men…

So, finding God’s will in this particular matter, or in any other daily matter, comes down to “acceptance-by- faith.” As the age-old Serenity Prayer says:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.
–Reinhold Niebuhr

In 2014, may we all be reminded within our hearts and minds to live each day knowing that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts; neither are our ways His ways. (Isaiah 55:8 KJV) And, may we each one find the Serenity Path to guide our steps along the way. God Bless You…

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