Ask for the Old Paths

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16).

With the news media focusing its attention lately on gender identity do you feel as if the “old ways” of life are dissipating and disappearing?

Sadly, this past week I overheard a news anchor person state, “The gender of a person at birth does not dictate their gender identity.” Well, if that’s the case, then what does?

It appears to me that the WORLD has gone MAD! Each day the WORLD sinks farther and farther into wickedness, darkness, and sin…And, we, God’s people, draw closer and closer to the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The signs are all around us.

In Jeremiah’s day the people also rebelled against God and sought their “own paths” which means they rejected God’s ways and chose what was “right in their own eyes.”

God warned the rejecting people over and over to return to HIS ways, the old paths, but they refused by saying, “We will not walk therein.” That’s exactly what society are doing today; refusing to walk in God’s ways and openly persecuting those who do.

The world’s search for temporary peace-of-mind is always sensual, selfish, and sinful. Their peace comes from pleasure-seeking whether it comes in the form of a pill, bottle, or other self-destructive addictive means. But, choosing God’s ways (the old paths) bring about HIS PEACE that passes all understanding. And, as I recently heard someone say, “You can’t know God’s PEACE that passes ALL understanding until it passes ALL understanding!”

As a Believer and Follower of Jesus Christ, what a JOY it is to walk in the “old paths” leaning and trusting on God.

Today, you may be in need of a long-term Peace that passes all understanding. You may be disgusted with all the hype of the news media and the ever-increasing wickedness of the world. If so, let me encourage you to remain at the feet of Jesus and walk the precious “old path” that began at the foot of the Cross.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Thank you, Sweet Jesus, for the Old Path that leads me directly to you. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

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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

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

The Wind Was Contrary…

The Wind Was Contrary…

…”But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves; for the wind was contrary…(Matthew 14:34)

Have you ever set out to do something that you thought was the right thing to do and in the midst of doing it everything started going wrong? Oh, my friend, you are in a good place to witness a miracle!

In the book of Matthew, chapter fourteen, we read where Jesus instructed his disciples to enter into a ship and, “go before him unto the other side…” The disciples followed our Lord’s instructions and entered into the ship to set sail for “the other side.” While they were sailing alone, Jesus himself went up into a mountain to pray until evening.

It was around the “fourth watch of the night” (3 AM) when the disciples found their ship being tossed about by the waves from the contrary winds. Now, remember these were seasoned fishermen who knew a thing or two about storms…But, no man or woman enjoys being in a storm at 3AM in the middle of a sea! As they were doing their best to steer the ship in the tumultuous tossing winds, they saw a “figure” walking upon the waters. Surely, it was a spirit they thought…Perhaps, they even thought it was a “sign of death.” Their faith was definitely being tested…

But, the Bible teaches us that, “Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (vs 27)…I don’t know about you, but “cheering” because it was the LORD coming towards me instead of an unknown spirit would not have been a problem! I would have been jumping up and down, clapping, and cheering, “Thank you, thank you Sweet Jesus!”

Many of us know the rest of the story. This is when Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk upon the waters to meet Jesus…In ways, I think I would have wished to do the same thing! I mean who wouldn’t want to rush out to meet Jesus when your ship is being tossed to and fro!! But, as soon as Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he began to sink into the waters. Ouch! And, thus we have one of the shortest prayers in the Bible, “Lord, save me!” As a result, Jesus sweetly reached out his hand and pulled Peter from the waters as he admonished him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Doubt comes into all of our lives at one time or another…But, just as Peter called upon the Lord to save him, we can pray the same simple prayer, “Lord, save me.” Whether it be new adventures or an old adventure with a new twist, we can all become apprehensive in our endeavors. That’s when it’s time to call upon the one whom the winds and seas obey…

Today, you may be facing a situation in your own life where you need Faith, Hope, and Trust…Then, my friend, as I said before, you are in a good place…You are in the ship and Jesus is walking upon the waters heading your way! Remain calm and soon you will hear his voice say unto you, “It is I.” Amen!

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

Almighty; High and Lifted Up…

Almighty; High and Lifted Up…

My friend, do you know that you know who God really is? And, what God represents and what God can do with just the utterance of his breath?

Do we as human beings really grasp the full concept of GOD? Do we really understand our inferior nature to HIS superior intelligence and abilities? Oh, how GOD puts up with our inferior ways and lack of abilities each and every day…But, why does HE do this? Simply because HE is GOD and HE Reigns Supreme over all of the Earth and the vast universes surrounding us. HE is ABBA Father, our Creator, and HE knows our weaknesses, our inabilities, and our fallen nature…Oh, but how HE loves me; Oh, how HE loves you and me. So much so that HE was willing to send HIS only begotten Son to die in our place. (John 3:16)

Friend, today you may be tempted to doubt God or doubt what God is allowing to come into your life. You may be facing a terrible storm, a terrible sickness, a terrible divorce, a terrible death of a loved one…Your world may be falling apart right before your eyes and you feel as if you will never overcome and recover…But, that’s not the case my friend. Jesus is LORD…He is LORD right now over every circumstance in your life; good or bad…For no other god can do what our GOD can do…HE can take the hidden things of this life and bring them to light. He can take the fallen and restore them to a place of honor. He can take the pride of an individual and break it into pieces as if it was dashed against the rocks. HE alone can pull the storm out of the person or the person out of the storm…It is in HIS power to do so…Whatsoever God commands that HE can and will do.

The most amazing thing about GOD is how HE shows such great patience and compassion toward HIS creation. No longer will HE annihilate the whole human race as He did in the Great Flood, but instead HE provided a way of escape through HIS own shed blood at Calvary’s Cross. Oh, how HE loves you and me…Oh, how HE loves you and me…He gave his life what more can HE give…Oh, how HE loves you…Oh, how HE loves me…Oh, how HE loves you and me.

Trust HIM today…give HIM your heart and your heartache…Only GOD can grow a tree…Only GOD can mold a man…Only GOD can heal the brokenhearted and restore unto him strength, honor, and courage…HE is ALMIGHTY; HIGH AND LIFTED UP…HE IS GOD!

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

Deliver Me From My Enemies

“Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God; defend me from them that rise up against me.” (Psalm 59).

Possibly, in my life time or since the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, are we seeing such a massive uprising of physical attacks and assaults on a people because of their ethnicity and faith.

It’s getting more and more difficult to watch the daily news without ever-growing concerns for our Christian brothers and sisters living in the Middle East as well as the daily bombardments on Israel. One would have to be completely living with their head buried in the sand to not see what is happening. God’s enemies are boldly moving throughout our globe as they see earth’s final days quickly approaching.

In the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter twenty-four, Jesus himself reveals the “signs” and “events” that will be occurring at his second coming. Could the headlines of today’s news say it any plainer? Yes; many of these events and happenings have been taking place on our planet at one time or another ever since Jesus ascended back into Heaven over 2,000 years ago. But, Jesus also taught that the world’s end-of-time troubles would come on much like birth pangs intensifying stronger and stronger as the day approaches.

I remember when our oldest daughter went into labor with our first grandchild. We took her to the hospital three times in one day as the pains continued. But, on that fourth and final trip the pains had become closer and closer and more unbearable. When we walked through the front entrance of the birthing center that time the nurse took one look and said, “She’s got the look.” What look you might ask? The look of intense pain and suffering! She was suffering and she wasn’t even able to get a good breath from one pain to the other. That seems to be what is happening all around us on planet Earth. We cannot get through one piece of bad news before another one hits right on top of it.

The pains, sorrows, and trials of this life are getting closer and closer and seemingly harder and harder to manage. It appears to me that Jesus’ return is on the horizon. I beg you my friend to make your election sure; your Salvation in Jesus Christ. That you know that you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a child of God’s, born-again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready for your departure ALL in the name of Jesus Christ.

The only sure way to be “delivered” from the enemies of this life and the dreadful Great Tribulation that is upon us is through the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. Jesus is LORD and He is our only “Deliverer.” Great is HIS name. Amen.

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