In 2015 “Study to Show Thyself Approved…”

Study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 KJV).

If you have one New Year’s resolution that you stick with, I would encourage you to make it daily Bible reading and study.
Notice that the scripture says, “study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God….” Without Bible study you will never understand nor comprehend how much God really and truly loves you and how much HE wants to be the guide and leader in your life.

There are an innumerable number of things in life all bidding for your time and attention. Nevertheless, only the Bible guides your heart, mind, and life to follow the things of God. Without regular, disciplined study of the Word of God you will never find God’s will for your life nor His Peace that passes all understanding.

There are no hidden secrets, tricks, societies, plans, magic, personal agendas, or “wishes” that can lead you to God. God chose HIS Word to reveal himself…And, God’s Word became flesh through the person Jesus Christ and dwelled among us. (John 1:14). We can only find out about God and His Son Jesus Christ (God manifested in the flesh) through intensive reading and study of His Word, the Holy Bible.

Many a non-believer and skeptic have come away “believing” after reading and studying the Bible. It is still the number one best-selling book of all time and will continue being so until Christ returns.

Ask yourself this question. Why fill your mind and life with manmade philosophies that are unproven rather than filling your mind and life with God’s Word, the Bible? Only the Word of God contains The Truth, The Way, and The Life which pleases God and settles a man’s or woman’s own heart.

My friend, I encourage and beg you to “Break Away” to find God in all things by reading and studying God’s Word for yourself. Make reading and studying God’s Word the number one priority in your life. Read and study for yourself to find out who God really is and discover your purpose for life. Amen.

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

Are You Ready? Choose Wisely…

Are You Ready? Choose Wisely…

In one week (today’s date December 26, 2014) we will enter into the New Year 2015. Are you ready? Well; ready or not it’s coming.

If you are like most people you are already deciding what things you want to do differently this coming New Year. You may want to start a new exercise program, a new diet, a new routine, or a complete do-over either on yourself or in your home. Whatever the case may be in six days you can begin!

One of my goals for 2015 is to graciously “let go” of many different things in my life that I cannot change. Change is always good, but when certain things seem to hang around for years and years it is better to practice acceptance with lots of Grace rather than to try unsuccessfully to change them. The Apostle Paul taught in the book of II Corinthians, “And he (Jesus Christ) hath said unto me (the Apostle Paul), My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I (the Apostle Paul) rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Amen.

Not every circumstance in life renders us weak, but when certain things, situations, and/or circumstances are out of our control we most often do not possess the power to change them. But, God does…And, if HE chooses to change them for His glory He will. But, if He chooses to allow them to remain the same He will, by Faith, provide us with HIS Grace in order to sustain and continue. Either way, God’s Grace is sufficient!

Most things in our life come down to a particular prayer known as the Serenity Prayer, “God, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change those things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.” The key component of that prayer is Wisdom to know the difference!

There are things that we can change within our lives, but most of it has to do with our own actions, attitudes, and perspectives. It’s nearly impossible to change the actions, attitudes, and perspectives of others. I know firsthand; so save yourself a whole lot of stress, agony, and energies…Believe me just stop trying! It won’t get you anywhere and the harder you try the worse things can become!

Being a retired school teacher, I know firsthand the blessed opportunity to instill knowledge into the minds and lives of my students. But, how my students chose to live out that knowledge or how they applied that knowledge within their lives was rightfully within their own power. All of life boils now to personal choices. For example, in this life we can choose to forgive those who have trespassed against us, or we can choose to hold grudges until the day they die. It’s our choice. It’s that simple.

God, being the Master Teacher, instills knowledge into the hearts and lives of His children through His precious Word the Bible. Like my students, those who receive God’s Word can choose to accept and practice God’s teachings, or they can choose to ignore His teachings and press onward in life as they choose. Not even God “makes” His children obey…It’s their own choice….It’s your choice….It’s my choice.

So, as the New Year 2015 begins you might want to recall a popular line from the movie, Indian Jones, “Choose wisely.” No matter our choices; all choices have consequences; good or bad. We must all learn to choose more wisely. Our lives and the lives of all those around us depend upon it.

So, today I encourage you to surrender to God’s sufficient Grace in order to accept the things you cannot change and courage to change those things you can. In doing so you are choosing wisely and shall reap rich bountiful Peace.

It is my prayer for 2015 to reap as much Love, Joy, Acceptance, and Peace as I can. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Remember, God Loves You.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Jesus Saves…

Jesus Saves…

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

No other person, religion, works or belief system can save you except Faith in the person of Jesus Christ; God’s own Son.

Jesus was God, our great Creator, manifested in the flesh. “And the Word became flesh and dwelled among us.” (John 1:14) It is beyond sad and tragic how many false religions and false beliefs are covering the globe at this present moment. However, there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

The world knows of the Christmas holiday, but so many do not know who Christmas is about or why Christmas exists. I recently read where a minister stated, “Jesus is not the only reason for the season. Mankind is also the reason for the season.” Jesus came to be born and to die for the salvation of all mankind; all those who believe in His name. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

This Christmas the best present that you can give or receive is the gift of Faith in Jesus Christ living within your heart. Without Christ you are loss and without Hope. Without Christ you do not have the favor of God or God’s eternal blessings upon your life. Only by receiving Christ into your heart do you have favor with God and inherit His eternal and precious promises and blessings.

My friend, do not be deceived or misled by all the numerous false religions of the world. God is Love and HE manifested His love toward us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Oh, how sweet to know thou art with me, will be with me ‘til the end. Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust Him more!” Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you trust in Jesus Christ? If you do not, I pray that you will.

This Christmas season and every day of your life Trust in Jesus…Jesus Saves.

Remember, God Loves You (through His Son, Jesus Christ)
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

He’s Coming to Town

“You better watch out; you better not cry!”

Remember, being told as a child that Santa Claus is coming to town, so you better be good? And, suddenly you would change your bad behavior.

Just knowing that the big jolly man with the white beard was coming to town was enough for any kid to stop misbehaving and put a smile on their face. But, do you know that there’s a REAL someone much greater than the myth of Santa Claus who really is coming to town in a twinkle-of-an-eye? That someone is Jesus Christ.

Jesus is NOT imaginary or a myth. And, HE really does see and hear everything we say or do; even our thoughts and intentions. Jesus isn’t someone who only comes into our lives one time of the year. For those of us who Believe, HE is with us each and every day.

Jesus wants to come into every little boy’s and every little girl’s heart no matter how naughty or nice they have been. According to the Bible, Jesus came to Earth to save “whosoever” will call upon His Name. (See Romans chapter 13.)

The greatest gift ever given unto man was not found in a sled or in a big red sack, but was born in a manger over two thousand years ago. The Gift of Jesus Christ is the only gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime and throughout all of eternity.

This year instead of keeping an eye out for Santa, keep your eyes focused on Jesus; the real reason for the season.

Merry Christmas and Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author