It Came to Pass…
The phrase, “It came to pass” occurs over and over again in the Old Testament Scriptures. Example: “It came to pass after four hundred and thirty years that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt” (II Chronicles 20). Many times the above phrase is used in association with a long, extended amount of time between happenings and events. However, neither you nor I will ever know the end results of many matters here on earth that last or continue way past our life time. So, how do we learn to deal with such truth?
One way is found in God’s sufficient Grace. God has given His children a very special measurement of faith, strength, and ability to endure such matters in life through His special gift called GRACE. The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that he had found God’s “Grace sufficient in all things.” As a matter of fact, it was actually the LORD himself who told Paul that His Grace is sufficient and we shall find power in our weaknesses (times of enduring and adversities.)
Today, you may be enduring a long-standing matter or situation that has you at your wit’s end. Day after day, month after month, the situation remains the same. Oh, my friend let me encourage you to HOLD ON TO HOPE in Christ Jesus who can give you His sufficient strength in times of adversities. Remember, you are never alone in God’s arms.
Each day, through prayer and supplication, give your troubles, worries, concerns, weaknesses, and long-standing adversities over to Jesus for in doing so you will truly find God’s Grace is sufficient in all areas and matters of your life.
When our three daughters were babies I wrote a song I titled, “Lord, Give Me the Strength I Need.” Today, those same little girls are now wives and mothers of their own depending upon that same strength to get them through each passing day. Whether it be a heavy burden or just a normal day at home you can always find God’s Grace is sufficient for each need.
Also, let me encourage you that whether a situation comes to pass or comes to stay in your life God’s Grace is always sufficient for your every need. Let His strength become your daily strength in all situations and matters. For in doing so you will find Peace that passes all understanding. Amen and Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author
It is good to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night. (Psalm 92:1-2).
You may be in a season of your life right now when offering and giving of thanks seems way too hard and difficult. Circumstances and situations have brought you to your knees in heartache, despair, and tears. You may feel as if you will never smile again. Life can be and is often very tough on the heart. But, there is good news in the midst of heartache and despair. There is ONE who knows and feels your pain and that ONE is Christ Jesus.
Jesus came to die to heal your broken heart and wounded spirit. As we all know, this life offers all things in vain. One day we may have it all and the next day it can all be gone. But, the things that Jesus offer and give are everlasting and eternal. We can even have eternal life through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (See John 3:16).
When in a season of deep despair it is good to look beyond the realms of this life into the life that Jesus came to give unto us. Recently, our family faced two deaths within three weeks apart; one from a long standing illness of Alzheimer’s and the other very unexpectedly. As I stood holding my twenty-nine year old niece while watching her mother take her last breaths my heart was broken. What was to be a two-night stay in the hospital from exploratory surgery to remove two cancerous tumors suddenly turned into our worse fears. While in recovery, my sister-in-law’s blood pressure began to sharply drop. She was transferred to ICU and placed on a ventilator. Within a few days her body began to shut down. My brother-in-law had to make the difficult decision to remove her from life support. She died within an hour. But, we all knew as we gathered around her hospital bed that we would see her again one day in a brand new glorified body liken unto our Lord.
Our Hope is in Christ Jesus. HE is the Hope and promise that Believers possess. Daily, Believers (Christians) can give thanks and sing praises because we know Jesus is the Giver of Life; eternal life.
Today, I encourage you to give thanks unto our Lord and to sing praises unto His name for in doing so you can find strength to overcome and to face each and every day. As the scriptures teach, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).
If you do not know this Jesus yet as your personal Savior, it is my prayer that you too will become a “Believer” and a “Follower”of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Yes, my friend, it is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto His name. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed., Author
By the Power Invested in Me
Most of us have heard or witnessed at one time or the other the life-changing words, “By the power invested in me by the state of (so-and-so), I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Throughout the history of mankind, those who have officiated legal and binding matters are empowered to do so by various licensing boards that give official permission to a person to legally own something, bind something, or to do something.
In like matter, as a born-again Christian, have you ever fully recognized and accepted the “Power Invested” in you by the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary? The Cross at Calvary is the most powerful life-giving and life-sustaining licensing board known to mankind. By the Power invested in me through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary, I have been pronounced and empowered to overcome the world because, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4) By the Power invested in me through the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary I have been pronounced and empowered to forgive and show forth mercy to all those who have transgressed and trespassed against me. (Matthew 6:14) By the Power invested in me through the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary I have been pronounced and empowered to love my enemies and to love my neighbor as myself. (Matthew 5:44; Matthew 22:39) Oh, the power of the blood of Christ that allows me to be pronounced and empowered to obey the Lord’s commands!
Oh, my friend, the Biblical and Spiritual things that we have been empowered to do through the Blood of Jesus at the Cross of Calvary are eternally limitless. There is no greater power than the power to overcome death and the grave. (Matthew 28:18). And, as a Christian I have been given the power over death through my Savior, Jesus Christ through the authority of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. There is no greater licensing board in the universe and beyond than that of, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Bible teaches me that we are, “more than conquerors through Him that loved us and empowered us in His name.” (Romans 8:31-39)
Jesus’ blood was pure and perfect blood without blemish; the only blood that could or ever can set man free from sin; and the wages of sin which is death. (Romans 6:23) Jesus’ blood empowers me to overcome sin and the wages of sin in my own life. Through the precious, shed blood of Jesus I have been set free; free indeed. Oh, the power that has been invested in me by the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary. As the lyrics found in the old Gospel song, “There is Power, Power; Wonder Working Power in the Precious Blood of the Lamb.” Amen…
Maybe you have stood before a licensing committee, or a licensed minister, judge, justice-of-the peace, or some other certified official. Maybe you have stood before a judge to hear the words, “By the Powers invested in me, I declare you free of debt.” Either way, there will never be a more powerful, life changing official in your life than our righteous Judge; Jesus Christ empowering you to be born-again, saved, and washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Today, I ask you this question, Have you ever been empowered through the Blood of Jesus to be pronounced, “Free from the wages of sin; born-again; a Child of God who will one day enter into the glories of Heaven?” If not, it is my prayer that you will seek Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord and receive God’s ever powerful love, mercy, and forgiveness in your own life. (John 3:16) Amen.
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author
“See that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet…” (Matthew 24:6 KJV)
Any good Bible student knows that the end has not come yet; but it is well on the way. “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in many places, ALL these are the beginning of sorrows, then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake…And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold…” (Matthew 7-12)
As Christians, how do we respond to the current happenings and events within our world? The Bible teaches that we must “endure” unto the end; whether the end of endurance comes at the end of the church age or natural death. Either way, all Believers must endure; just as our Savior endured.
But, we cannot endure without being prayed-up and powered-up from on High. Troubling times require the study of “kneeology” on our faces before God seeking HIS Face, HIS Strength, and HIS Empowerment in prayer.
There seems to be two ways many Christians tend to react to the continual assault on Christianity worldwide. Some tend to overlook the events with the mindset and intention that all of this points to the soon return of Christ; so why worry. In part, this is absolute truth. The soon coming of Christ Jesus for His blood-washed church is imminent. The other reaction is a deeper sense of being called to repentance and prayer. I choose the latter of the two while possessing the faith that Jesus is Coming Soon…Nevertheless, I feel compelled to practice the teachings found in II Chronicle 7:14, “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.”
I believe that our current mission as Believers is three-fold…1.) Put our Faith, Hope, and Trust in the soon coming of Jesus Christ. 2.) Humble ourselves, turn from our sin, and seek God’s face. 3.) Be passionate in sending out the Macedonia Cry to those who are lost, unsaved, and/or never heard the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.
While all of these tragic events and happenings are taking place to us and around us, the fields are white to harvest. (John 4:35).
Let us use this time to share our personal testimony with those around us and those we come in contact to give them an opportunity to come to know the same Lord and Savior as you and I do. After all, time is short.
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author
It’s Not My America Anymore…
Do you recognize it? America? I don’t. Its social and political features have changed so much so that I can no longer envision the nation that I once lived. It has changed from North to South and from East to West. My backyard remains the same. The drive to the local Wal-Mart is the same, but the nation itself has changed. Its fundamental infrastructure no longer exists.
Nearly eight years ago, the people of our nation elected as its president a man who is not afraid to point his finger in the face of God and say, “I will do it my way.” And, he has done just that. He promised “change,” and change is exactly what we got…But, not a good change. Evil is now celebrated as being good, right, and courageous while morality, good, and decency are mocked and ridiculed. We are now living in a nation who “does what is right in their own eyes.” (Judges 17:6).
But, let me assure you. None of the events and happenings around the world is a surprise to God. Everything is moving in the right direction according to God’s timetable. And, the current world leaders that HE has placed into their positions are carrying out exactly what God ordained them to do from the foundation of the world. I may not agree nor like my current president’s governing abilities, but he is serving out God’s purpose and plan for our nation during this present day and time; whether or not he is aware of it. But, oh, my friend, one day our nation’s president along with all the other world leaders (past, present, and future) will know who truly leads the events of this planet as every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus as Lord.
I have to admit that even though I am a Christian I was not “looking” each and every day for the second coming of our LORD, or as some refer to it as the Rapture of the Church, as I should have been. I have faithfully served our LORD for the past forty years alongside of my husband who is an ordained minister. We raised our three daughters in church and we built our lives upon God’s Biblical principles. But, I must admit that I wasn’t living with a daily focus on the expectancy of our LORD’S return. I have always loved studying Bible prophecy. I have watched the “signs” for over forty years now, but I wasn’t praying daily, “Even so, Lord Jesus, Come Quickly.” But that has quickly changed!
Like so many other Christians, I know that the Day of the Lord can appear at anytime in a twinkling of an eye. I am thankful to know that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But, I must confess that I possess way too much of this old world in my pocket and in my heart to sincerely pray, “Lord, Come Quickly.” Like most families, I want to see my children and grandchildren grow up, go off to college, eventually marry, and have children of their own. I look forward to becoming a Great-grandmother one day because I already know how wonderful it is being a grandmother…So, the thoughts of another beautiful generation of babies birthed into our family and into this world filled my thoughts and heart with Joy.
But, all of that is quickly fading. I am now very concerned about the world and nation that we call home. We are living in a sickened society where our nation’s top leader calls to congratulate a once gold-medalist swimmer for changing his gender from male to female while he carelessly salutes our nation’s finest Marines with a cup of Star-Bucks in his hand. How flippant and disrespectful can the leader of the free world be?
Also, being a retired public educator, I have always been an advocate of our nation’s public schools. But; not any longer. Now, my grandchildren and future great-grandchildren will be exposed to gender-free environments that indoctrinate and encourage them to “choose” whichever gender they wish to remain as well as experimenting with multiple sexual partners to determine gender preference. Sadly, my grandchildren won’t even feel safe in our nation’s military since they can no longer publicly exhibit their Christian faith, beliefs, and freedoms.
This is no longer the safe and peaceful nation and society that I wish to see my children, grandchildren, or future grandchildren fight to live or survive. I now envision my children living in a beautiful Millennium Kingdom with Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, as their eternal Leader. A place where God’s Laws are the Laws of the Land. I now desire to see my family and friends walk down the Street of Gold that runs alongside the River of Life. Since my grandsons enjoy fishing I know they will enjoy this most majestic River! I now long to see the Twelve Fruits of Righteousness that will blossom to feed the Millennium nations by God’s own Hands….Ah, what visions these Truths hold within my heart! Yes! There is a bright future for those of us who Trust in Christ Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.
Maybe; just perhaps, this is what ALL of this madness is supposed to accomplish…All Christians everywhere letting go of this present day world and looking forward to our Lord’s soon coming and to our eternal home in Heaven clothed in all of its glorious splendor. Let us wake up out of our sleep and Look Up for our Redemption draweth nigh.
Like never before in my lifetime I can sincerely pray with great expectancy, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come Quickly.” Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author
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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
“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