About Lin T Rollins

I am a retired school teacher married for the past forty years to my high school sweetheart, Richard, who retired after thirty years in the ministry as a Baptist pastor. Together, we have three adult daughters including twins. We are the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren ranging in ages from four to eighteen years old. I have always possessed a passion for writing. My first faith-based romance novel, “Break Away,” was published in December 2010 by WestBowPress.com. I hope that my blogs will become a source of strength, encouragement, and inspiration to all my readers. Just remember to always take the time to, "Break Away to Find God in All Things.”

A Nation Who No Longer Serves God

June 26, 2015…An American Historic and Sad Day…

As I sat in my living room and heard the news of our nation’s Supreme Court’s ruling today regarding same-sex marriage, I began to cry. But, I was not crying because of what our justices had just voted into law or their vote against individual state rights. I was crying because of the tragic loss of our Divine and Spiritual influences of the church, through Jesus Christ, upon our nation and society. Where has our Power and Position gone?

I can only speak of the days and times in which I have lived. I cannot speak of generations and generations ago as I was born in the 20th century; 1956 to be exact. But, let me share what I have witnessed in my fifty-nine years of living in this nation (not necessarily in chronological order).

I have witnessed Viet-Nam; the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; the accomplishments and defeats of NASA including Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon; the first electric typewriter; the first heart plant surgery; the election of President John F. Kennedy and his assassination three years later; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Cold War and bomb drills; the “I Have a Dream” speech; the senseless assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr, and Bobby Kennedy; the ruling of Roe versus Wade (1973); the spread of AIDS and other STD diseases (80’s), the national enforcement of Separation of Church and State; the taking down of the Ten Commandments in public places; the removal of reading the Bible in public schools and public places; not allowing prayer before athletic events in public schools; taking the Biblical meaning of “Christ” out of Christmas; not being able to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” while working in the retail world; the promotion of alternative life-styles; the promotion by social media, TV, and Hollywood to desensitize all moral and Biblical values; the moral decline from family shows such as “Father Knows Best” and “Andy Griffith” to Bart Simpson and Modern Family; the introduction of the personal computer, the introduction of the World Wide Web (90’s), the attack upon and demise of the traditional family unit; the terrorist attack of 9/11; Desert Storm, the rise of Islam and ISIS around the world; watching world-wide catastrophic storms and weather patterns all over the globe; and local churches and Pastors that were once grounded in the Word of God following the “world” and becoming no more than speakers in country club settings and places for fun and entertainment.

With the continued demise of moral values, weakening church-influences upon our society, and the loss of traditional family values, is it any wonder that today’s ruling favored the Homosexual community? No; of course not.

Let me just say this. To disagree with someone’s choices in life is not an act of hate. I disagree with the “practice” of homosexuality from a Biblical perspective. From the beginning, God ordained the family and the act of procreation through one man and one woman. Yes; God loves the sinner (He died for the whole world), but He hates the sins of the world. (See Genesis 1, John 3:16-17 and Romans 10).

Here is my take on the matter. In the book of II Chronicles 7:14 it reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This is a “conditional” promise from God. So, who is to blame for the downfall of our nation and society? I suppose those who name the name of God but who do not follow his teachings in their daily lives.

Just as I have witnessed many changes in our nation’s history over the past fifty-plus years I have witnessed tremendous changes from the pulpits of our churches to the lives of those who attend church. What has happened? Isn’t our God the Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever? Yes; He is…But, we are not.

Do you recall a time in your life when church and church activities set your calendar and schedule for the week, for the month, and for the year? I do. I remember a time when every function in our family’s lives depended upon what was happening at the House of God. My children did not practice or play baseball, softball, or soccer on Sundays. We didn’t shop at the Wal-Mart on Sundays. We didn’t spend summer weekends at the lake or winter weekends at ski resorts and try to fit “church” in when we had nothing else planned. We attended week-long revival meetings where the evangelist preached Heaven sweet and Hell hot. Back then, Holy Ghost conviction was the norm for repenting and calling upon the Lord to save you; not just an emotional response and a simple hand-shake.

Prayer Meetings were actually prayer- meetings where all the people in attendance gathered around the altar to pray in one accord and one mind over the lives of their loved ones and the many burdens they were facing. I recall taking “every” problem we faced to God in those weekly cooperate prayer meetings; as well as personal daily prayers on behalf of my family.
Christians even dressed more modestly back then than they do today. And, they possessed respect for the House of God. You may have worn bathing suits, shorts, and slacks at home and out in the community, but you dressed appropriately for the sacred environment of the church’s sanctuary. Today, people dress as if they are going to a concert or the beach; not to church…Just “whatever” feels good is the fade…And, some churches actually proudly advertise, “We are the church for non-church people.” In other words, come as you are and live as you please…just remember to learn how to smile through every difficulty in life!

Today, we have many good “teaching” preachers and pastors across our nation, but very few “preaching” preachers and pastors. There is a huge difference! Teaching imputes knowledge into our hearts and mind…Then, we choose accordingly to obey or disobey God’s teachings. Preaching, some might even call “Old-Time Preaching,” brings about conviction through the Power of the Holy Spirit to “transform” and “renew” one’s life in Christ. You can teach a person not to drink alcohol or to reframe from other sinful vices all you wish, but without the empowerment of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he or she cannot overcome the temptation.

For some strange reason, the “church” decided to start following the world’s standards instead of maintaining and following God’s standards. In our modern-day world, the “world” sees no differences between their life-styles and many of those who claim to be followers of Christ. The influential Power of the Holy Spirit has been reduced and removed due to our own lack of commitment and blatant sinful behaviors. The world generally sees Christians as “people-haters” filled with biases and judgmental taunts. They no longer see the church as a living institution born through the Blood of Christ that offers Hope and Salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Contemporary and Rock music became the focal point of many churches beginning in the 80’s. Out went the choir lofts and in came the platform stages geared at entertaining the “younger” crowds. Churches brought in worldly sounding instruments played by worldly dressed musicians. The motto became “dress-down” to attract the “younger” world to come “inside” of our churches…But, as we “dressed-down” and learned to jump up and down to the beat of the music, the power of the church through Christ Jesus to “transform” lives became weaker and weaker. We began to have a “form of godliness but denying the Power thereof.

Then, our churches began to teach a “positive attitude Gospel” as opposed to the Good News of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to save us from our sins and reconcile us back to God. At this point, it was no longer a matter of what anyone did or said, or how they lived, just as long as they approached life and all of its trials with a giant smile on their face. After all, we are a happy, happy bunch…Right?

But, Jesus taught us to “sow the Gospel with our tears.” The Bible says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5) There’s not too much to be joyful about when your neighbor or loved one is going to Hell. You can smile all you wish, but your tears will bring them to Christ! Then, you shall reap in Joy!

So, week after week for the last three decades or so, crowds of people have assembled themselves in our churches week after week to have a “form of godliness” while denying the Power thereof. What Power? The Power to see Salvation; a transformed life birthed into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ…Not the self –will power and mindset to smile when all of hell is breaking out around you! In all honesty, if your life is falling apart I suggest you find a closet, close the door, and cry your heart out with hot, burning tears unto a Holy God! Ask God to send a “spirit” of reverence, revelation, repentance, and meekness into your life. Ask God to save you!

So, lastly, here we are….June 26, 2015 and our nation has ruled on behalf of gay and lesbian couples all over our nation to come boldly out of the closet and run to the nearest court-house to obtain a license to legally marry….It doesn’t matter what God and the Bible has to say about it. I suggest that you read from the New Testament Bible in the book of Romans, chapter one, for a complete in-depth teaching on the matter.

Question: Did we, as members of the church, realize how far we were straying away from God? Did we listen to God when we first started compromising with the world? As the old saying goes, “Sin will take your farther than you wanted and keep you there longer than you wanted.” And, that is exactly where we are today…Far, far away from the Holy teachings, practices, and preaching of God.

We have but ONE chance to regain God’s favor and mercy upon our land and that is through actual repentance, prayer, confession, and transformation. Do I mean to throw out all the contemporary songs and just sing, “Amazing Grace?” Do I mean that all the ladies are to start wearing long dresses and hats and sit each week with a frown on your face? No, no, I don’t. But, I do suggest that we go back to “Bethel” and understand what and who the church represents and what its purpose is here on planet Earth; and prayerfully seek HIS FACE for Divine guidance.

The truth is that the church should be a place of separation from the wiles of the world, Satan, and worldly systems. Our distinctness is what should “draw” and “appeal” to a lost and dying world who can’t find the right answers to life’s problems…The true church has the right answer…JESUS CHRIST…. and those professing Jesus should walk and live according to HIS teachings, plan, and purpose.

God wasn’t just filling a page with empty words when He said:
If my people, (Believers in God through Christ) which are called by my name(Christians), shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Amen.

Remember, God Loves You (But hates sin)…John 3:16

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

That Your Joy May Be Full…

And these things we write unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (I John 1:4)

Can you say that you are living the Joyful life that Christ died to give you?  Many Christians, those who believe in Jesus Christ as being the Son of God who was sent into the world to save the world from sin (John 3:16), only know Jesus as a loving Savior, but not as LORD of their life and therefore never fully experience God’s full Joy.

What do I mean by this? Many Believers only want enough of Jesus to get them to Heaven after they die. I once saw this on a church sign, “If your Faith won’t get you to church on Sundays how it is going to get you to Heaven after you die?” The Apostle Paul speaks about “carnal” or immature Christians who never fully mature or develop in the full surrender of Grace, Mercy, and Knowledge of Jesus. How truly sad.

I would hate to know that I lived out my entire life here on Earth never coming to full knowledge and surrender to the very One (Jesus) who died and rose again to give me eternal life.  I want as much of Jesus in my life that I can possess while here on Earth! This doesn’t mean that I am perfect by any means. It actually means that I see myself completely lost and empty without Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can fulfill the deepest needs in a person’s life.  

To experience the fullness of God’s Salvation and Joy is accepting and inviting Jesus into your life not only as Savior but also as LORD of your life. When we make Jesus the LORD of our life then we invite Him into every realm and aspect of our lives; Sunday through Saturday, seven days a week; 24/7.  When Jesus is LORD of our life we make prayer a top priority. We seek to grow and mature in the Word of God through faithful Bible study, faithful church attendance, and faithful gathering with other born-again Christians. Jesus becomes our daily focal point.

When Jesus becomes our focal point or the center of our lives then we begin to truly experience the full Joy that Jesus died to give us.  A “Joy-Filled” life is not a life without pain, trials, difficulties, or hard times. A “Joy-Filled” life is a life fully devoted to Trusting God in all things knowing 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). 

My friends, I hope you are experiencing the “Full Joy” that Jesus died to give you. I hope that your life is saturated in prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other committed born-again believers.  Oh, that our Joy may be full. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

April Showers Bring May Flowers

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2:12) 

Weeks before the beautiful flowers appear on earth there is always a time of refreshing rain. As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”

The same can be said in the life of a Christian. Like a flower, we, too, need good soil, rain, and plenty of sunshine to grow and bloom into the person the Lord wants us to be. Where does a Christian find good soil, rain, and sunshine?  Our good soil is God’s Holy Word the Bible. We must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God to grow, mature, and blossom in our Christian life.  Rain is often used in the Bible as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Oh, how refreshing it is when the sweet Holy Spirit anoints us with His showers of blessings poured out upon our lives!  Then, we have the Lord himself divinely lighting our path. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by me.”(John 14:6)  Jesus is our sunshine, our Heavenly sunshine that sustains our Christian lives each and every day.

My friend as you go about enjoying the spring season that is upon us with all of its beautiful flowers, singing birds, warm days and relaxing warm evenings, I encourage you to examine your inner man’s soil (your soul) to make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your Christian life needs to grow ever more and more lovely. I encourage you to dig deep in the soil of God’s Word removing any weeds that may choke out the beautiful seeds that may blossom in your life. I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit’s showers of blessings through fervent prayer. And, I encourage you to walk in the sunshine of God’s Love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

By doing these things that are listed above your life can become a beautiful rose garden that everyone enjoys seeing and being around.  And, you will be a blessing to God as well. The Bible teaches us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL these things will be added unto you.”  You may ask, “What things?”  Oh, my friend you will experience the beautiful blessings of God’s ever-blooming bouquet of fresh flowers sent directly to you from His beautiful eternal garden each and every day…We call these God’s Faithful Promises…As the old songs says, “There is Land of Beautiful Flowers.”  And, one day those of us who have been planted in God’s Salvation Garden will live forever in the midst of that beautiful land that some call Heaven, but I call it home.

Enjoy the beautiful Spring season that is upon us, and remember, God loves you.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Human Touch Vs. Social Media

The Human Touch…Vs…Social Media

Question:  Can social media, texting, and emails serve as an adequate or equal substitute for good old-fashioned human- to- human, face- to- face, interaction?  I don’t believe it can.  And, sadly, I believe today’s youth are beginning to demonstrate this truth in devastating ways.

Run-aways, suicides, and attempted suicides are on the rise among young people.  The Millennium generation that is now before us has the world at their fingertips through modern-day technology…But, technology cannot hold someone’s hand when they are crying, upset, fearful, or needing assurance.

The craze of “texting” has been simplified or reduced to acronyms and icons in place of coherent sentences.  Instead of communicating face- to- face how one is actually feeling he or she only needs to “click” the appropriate icon and hit “send.”  But, does that truly deal with a person’s inward feelings, emotions, struggles, or need for love and acceptance?

Most professional neo-natal care-givers and stats will tell you that a baby thrives and recovers greater when they are held, gently touched, and talked to.  Eye-to-eye contact is very powerful in healing as well.  The same holds true with any person (regardless of age), patient, illness, or sickness.  The amazing power of human touch and personal human interaction cannot be underestimated in any realm of life.

I have often wondered why so many of today’s teenagers and young people enjoy posing so closely with one another for “selfies” or group-related pictures. It seems that they are just yearning for human contact!  Yet; they spend countless hours of texting without so much as looking into the face or eyes of the one they are communicating with.

Walk into any restaurant and instead of people carrying on old-fashioned eye-to-eye conversation they are deeply engaged in texting or surfing through social media.  The SmartPhone, iPhone, Tablets, and other hand-held devices have taken over the art of social conversation.  Yet; it is leaving a generation feeling null and void.

Not too long ago, I had a close family member to tell me to just “text” them instead of calling them. But, one very strong component of communicating is the chance to hear the other person’s voice and tone of voice.  No amount of texting or writing can take the place of hearing the voice of someone you love.

All of this texting, messaging, and email is causing our youth to suffer through feelings of actual human separation and isolation.  They may have the world at their fingertips but nothing is more comforting than a parent’s, grandparent’s, or loved one’s touch, voice, and focused physical presence.  I believe the same feelings of isolation and separation are also being felt among our elderly and aging population. Nothing can take the place of a parent hearing their child or grandchild’s sweet voice…It’s like music and sunshine to the heart.

Without human contact and personal interactions, many pre-mature neo-natal babies simply give up and die from various complications.  I feel the same is happening with today’s youth. They, too, are simply giving up and seeking a way out of life’s ills the only way they know how…through unfortunate acts that bring forth danger or even untimely death.

Today, I encourage you to take a child’s cell phone away and spend time in eye-to-eye, one-on-one conversation. Hug your child.  Hug them tightly and hug them close to your heart.  Let them know that nothing can take the place of the art of conversation and personal touch.  Let your child know that they can talk with you about anything…And, if they feel uncomfortable talking face- to- face with a parent about a particular subject or matter tell them to seek out time to be face- to- face with a trusted loved-one or trusted friend without the usage of cell phones, emails, or texting.

Also, let me add that if you have a parent or aging grandparent reach out to call them. Let them hear your voice; not just a cold, technical text or voice-mail…Feelings and emotions are to be shared one-on-one; face-to-face; and ear- to- ear…

Today, will you please reach out to listen to the voice of one who may be crying in the wilderness? It could save their life.

Remember, God Loves You…And HE is always available to listen….without using technology!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Be Ye Separate…

Wherefore come out from among the world, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17).

I want to thank the wise, faithful, and dedicated Christians who have lived their lives separated from the things of this world.  So many have been such a personal blessing to me and to my family down through the years. Several of these faithful Christians have already made the crossing and are enjoying the majestic splendors of Heaven.  And, many are still living today and boldly serving Christ even as I type this blog.

Nevertheless, sadly, there is a lethal and powerfully seductive spirit that has overcome so many believers who once lived consecrated lives for Christ. In these last days it is very difficult at times to distinguish between Believers (followers) of Christ from the lost and dying world.

Unfortunately, many of today’s preachers, pastors, and Bible teachers possess very little, if any, Biblical standards that hold them to a life of separation. And, what makes it even sadder is that these same non-standard ministers laugh at, mock, and make fun of those Men-of-God who do.

I can plainly recall when my husband entered into the ministry back in 1980 that he made it a point to separate his life for the calling and sake of the ministry.  Many of our friends and family abandoned us as we abandoned the things of this world. It wasn’t that my husband thought he was “better” than others, he just didn’t want “others” to question his call to serve our Lord.  Like the old saying goes, “If he’s a preacher the woods are full of them.” My husband wanted people to see God’s difference upon his life.  And, God did make a difference in my husband’s life.

It breaks my heart into that so many professing Christians are being deceived and being blinded to the things of the world. It takes continued pursuit and the indwelling of self-control and forbearance (Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22) to come out among, separate, and to overcome the world.  Self-control is something that we, as Christians, must pursue daily. I know that I have to pursue this in my own life.

The Bible teaches that no man can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).  A person will either love one and hate the other or despise one and cling to the other.  Within context, this scripture is referring to the love of money. But, how true can this same principle be applied to our daily living. We will either love the things of the world, or we will love the things of God.

Mind you; I am not perfect. And, I must confess my sins each and every day. I don’t always think the pure thoughts that I should think. And, I don’t always react to situations the way that I should in order to honor Christ. But, when I know that I have sinned, I quickly turn to Christ and ask for His forgiveness that I may not “dwell” in my sin or sinful conduct.  This is not an excuse to “sin.” As Paul states, “God forbid.” But, I’m just saying that when we do sin we can confess that sin and ask God to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9). As Christians, our goal should always be to “keep the faith,” and “finish the course.”

Sadly, there are so many who “claim” to know Jesus or “claim” to be saved while living lives that are either completely contrary to the teachings of the Word of God or live just enough to keep a “toenail” in God’s ways. For example, the Bible plainly states, “Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25). YET;  these so-called “Toenail Christians” will put every activity under the sun above attending the House of God, attending a Sunday school class, or a Bible study.  Since they “feel” that they live a “good” life why do they need church in it?  It’s just hard for me to accept someone as being a “follower of Christ” who never seems to be following Him!

The Scripture states, “Come OUT among them and be ye separated.”  But, so often people who claim to be Christians are not only NOT coming out from among them and being separated from the things of this world, but they preferring, supporting, enjoying, and maintaining a close relationship with the things of the world!  As Paul stated, “God forbid.”

Let me ask you this question: How are you living today? Can the world see Jesus in you? Can they see you living a consecrated life unto the Lord even when you do fall, mess up, sin, or make a mistake?  Do they see you quickly repent, ask forgiveness, seek reconciliation, and continue pressing onward? Oh, I pray so.  For in doing so, you are coming “out from among them (the world)!

My friend if you say that you are a Christian, I hope that you will “come out from among the world and be ye separate (not fashioned to) the things of this world… May the God of Peace be with you today.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Break Away!

Break Away!  I was recently asked why I named my first book, blog site, and weekly newspaper column “Break Away?”  Truthfully, I did not know the answer to that question for many years.

I first began to write the plot to my book, “Break Away,”  in the early 80’s. For decades, I kept the story-line tucked away in my memory. As time allowed, I would pull out the pages, reread what had been written, and add more details, events, and happenings. The dialogue was something that just seemed to flow between the characters as the story developed over time.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the final text was completed and published.  Even though various details changed over the years before the final print, one thing never changed; the book’s title. After the book was published through West Bow Press I set up a blog site with the same title. It was around this time when I felt the Lord speak to my heart that we must all “BREAK AWAY” from our own man-made ideas, plans, philosophies, schedules, and other hindrances that keep us from finding and serving God in all things.

God wants a personal, intimate relationship with His children. He wants to be our number one friend in all things (Proverbs 18:24).  As Believers, God wants us to reach out to Trust Him in all circumstances, matters, and situations within our lives.  The Old Testament book of Isaiah (55:9) teaches us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways (God’s ways) higher than your ways and my thoughts (God’s thoughts) than your thoughts.”

Until we learn to Break Away  from our own ideologies, thoughts, and ways, we won’t know the full Joy of finding God in every circumstance in our lives; both good or bad.  God is our Supreme authority in all matters of life; things seen and unseen.

Like the Prophet Nehemiah, we, too, can say, “The Joy of the Lord is my strength”(Nehemiah 8:10) when we learn to rely and trust Him in ALL things. Today, if you are struggling to find Joy and Peace in a non-peaceful circumstance or surrounding I encourage you to “Break Away” to Find God in all things…I encourage you to place your whole heart’s trust and assurance in Him…For with God Nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:37). Amen.

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires…

Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires

Remember the public service message that started back in the 1940’s and still continues today, “Smokey the Bear says, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” Well, in so many ways that’s true in both our world of nature and physical life. But, what about another type of “fire” that ignites from the emotions of the heart? I’m talking about the “fires-of- life” that can often start with or without our input, interference, assistance, or help. Just like forest fires, the emotional “fires of life,” and those of society, can bring about severe damage and destruction; sometimes even fatal. How can we, as Believers, prevent this type of fire from becoming severely destructive and out of control within our own hearts and lives?

The Truth is that “ONLY God Can Prevent Forest Fires” that originate and ignite from the heart of mankind. Most often the “fires of life” begin with a small spark the same way as natural forest fires do. It can be a “spark” from a negative word, a negative look, or a negative attitude. It can be a “spark” from a wrongful or misplaced desire. It can be a “spark” from anger, resentment, or bitterness. It can be from a spark of jealousy or misunderstanding. Nevertheless, before you know it the spark has taken flight and becomes a roaring out-of-control burning issue that renders everything within its path destroyed. Too often the best of families suffer from these types of fires. Businesses suffer from these types of fires. Neighbors and friends suffer from these types of fires. And, churches (local assemblies) even suffer greatly from these types of destructive fires.

Too often when these types of “fires-of-life” erupt, we immediately seek out the help and support of others that may not be qualified in such fire protection or damage control. ONLY God, our Creator, can put out the fires of erroneous passion, hate, malice, injustice, bitterness, unforgiving spirits, and indifference. ONLY God possesses the tools, experience, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to quench such tumultuous fires.

The overlying problem lies within the heart of man. Sadly, man would rather seek the help and assistance of others to put out life’s fires than to seek out the eternal and experienced Owner of the Forest! Calling upon God is not like calling upon another human being or dialing 911. In order to call upon God to put out the fires of life, one must first humble himself or herself in such a way as to ask God’s forgiveness for any and all involvement they may have had in the situation or matter; whether they believe they may be at fault or not. Humbleness is the first requirement and requisite to call upon God to quench the fires of life. Second, man must be willing to suffer the losses that the fires of life may have caused; whether temporary or long-term. Man (or woman) learns from their mistakes…the bigger the mistake the harder the lesson. We must be willing to “submit” ourselves to God’s school-of-life and be willing to “graduate” ONLY AFTER we have met God’s minimal requirements that include Love of God and Love for one another. Third, we must pray for all stakeholders involved in the matter or situation not as we would have them to react or respond, but as God would have them to respond. This requires our utmost patience, time, and waiting; and often the waiting period can be rather lengthy. Have you ever seen a destroyed forest reproduce and replenish itself over night? No; of course not. Once a beautiful forest has been destroyed by the winds of fire it can take a life-time to recover. But, if you will look closely after you have sought the help of God you can often see the signs of tiny sprigs of new growth lying just below the charred surface. Only God can bring forth “beauty from ashes.”

You may be facing or going through a particular “fire-of-life” right now that has you running for help or even for your life, protection, and shelter. You may be greatly grieving over your losses as you watch the flames of life consume and destroy the things that you love and hold dear to your heart. But, let’s examine the advice of our trained Fire Protectors and Firemen. As the fire safety technique teaches, “Stop, drop, and roll.” Stop running and panicking. Panic only adds wind to the situation and spreads the flames farther and farther. At this very moment just Stop! Next, take in a deep breath and “Drop” on your knees before God. Make God your Fire Chief in all matters of life. Seek out HIS help before you call upon anyone else to deliver you. Lastly, “Roll” on with your life each and every day leaving God in charge of rebuilding your life and everything that you have lost during the fire. Remember, ONLY God can grow a tree. Only God can bring forth new life and new growth. Learn to lean on Him as your forest replenish and rebuilds. Also, learn to lean on Him as your Forest Ranger who looks out for you and shows you how to avoid forest fires through His own Words, The B.I.B.L.E. (Amen!)

No matter what we do to prevent life’s personal forest fires they can occur and come our way with or without warning. We must be ready at all points in life to know the rules of “life’s forest fires.” Remember, before you call 911 to sound an alarm for others to come running, “Stop and Drop,” by humbly going to Jesus first in prayer. Sound out the alarms of Heaven through diligent, fervent prayer. Give Jesus all the facts and details that you know of. Then, trust in Him to bring the right equipment (God’s Word) to put out the “fires of life.” Lastly, “Roll” on with your life while being patient, positive, and productive as God restores, renews, and replenish your losses. With GOD, our Great Fire Chief and Forest Protector, in time your new forest may even be bigger, better, and more beautiful than the forest you lost; or you ever imagined. Remember, Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires…Only God Can Rebuild, Replenish, and Restore…Amen!

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