Family…It’s a God Thing!

 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (II Tim 3)

I am in the midst of doing an interesting and deep Bible study on II Timothy chapter 3. I became especially interested in the statement, “In the last days men will be without natural affection.”

A close study of the words, “natural affection” lead me to the original Greek word, “stergeo” which is defined as a form of natural love specifically between family members.   Yes; it is talking about familial love; family love.

The biological family unit was created by God and still remains one of God’s greatest and most valued creations.  Is it not any wonder that Satan has spent thousands of years doing his best to destroy the natural love that should exist between immediate family members such as parents and children, adult children and parents, siblings with siblings, and even grandparents, aunts, and uncles etc.?

Sadly, we all know that some of the worse hurt and abuse encountered occurs within the DNA family structure.  Another diabolical plan derived at the hands of God’s enemy, Satan. God, have mercy and help us! But, just as sadly, modern-day culture has redefined the meaning of the family unit by encouraging everyone to simply, “love the one you’re with,” or love those whom you have much in common or shared interests.

These days, people love their neighbors (as we should!), their friends (as we should!) their peers (as we should), their teammates, and even their church family (as we should!) but show very little effort, time (if any!)  regard, love and /or respect for natural or immediate family members.

People in this modern-day and time have energies and  willful, blissful time to “hang” with friends and peers six or seven days a week but can’t find time enough  to visit aging parents or grandparents  much less family time with siblings and cousins, even during the holidays.  In this modern-day, holidays, birthdays, and special occasions are just “red” days on the calendar to be ignored at all cost!

But, God designed and chose our DNA family for HIS plan, purpose, and will.  I know that’s hard for some people to swallow!  But, it’s through the ups and downs of natural “family” love, acceptance, and mercy that we learn to give and receive natural love to ourselves and to others as intended by God.

It’s not too hard to love those that love you back and think the same way that you do.  But, it can be rather hard and challenging to accept “uncle” Joe for who he is or “aunt” sally for who she is.  It’s also a challenge at times to accept our parents for who they are and for parents to accept adult children for who they are. But, growing and maturing in God’s Grace, Mercy, and Word is never, never easy.  We must be willing , ready, and “fit” for the challenge. And, there’s no better place to start through this school of obedience than within our own immeidate family!

So, let me ask you a question.  What appears to be the modern-day family’s pathway in these last days that God refers to as being, “without natural affection?”  Here’s my answer:  Separation at all cost; no matter who it hurts or who it bothers.  Simply don’t call.  Don’t text.  Don’t email.  Don’t answer the phone. Block the numbers of family members. Block social media.  Don’t visit.  Just stay away , stay away and stay away.  Let day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year go by… After all, it’s acceptable in society that people are just living out their own lives the best way they know how doing what they enjoy doing…And, it’s accetable that none of us “owe” anyone in life anything; especially our family!  Good grief that type of “thinking” is simply old-fashioned non-sense!  After all, people simply have way too much on their plate to be concerned with family!

The modern-day answer for dealing with DNA family matters is this:  Just don’t think about it…and never concern yourself with it.  Lie about it. Make stuff up.  Cover it up.  Pretend you don’t know what your “family” is doing or what they might be going through.  Keep a pretend smile on your face for the crowd and a cheerful tone in your voice for your “friends”…And, definietly blame the poor family member(s) who “tries” to reconcile any family differences you may have.  Its even acceptable to tell your children that their “grandparents” are a bunch trouble-makers sowing seeds of discord because they try to intrude upon your busy lives.  The best thing is to just leave them alone and out of your lives.  How truly sad for both the grandparents and the grandchildren!

Well, I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this sound a whole lot like the description of the “last days” when men will lose their “natural affection?”

Here’s the thing.   A close, loving, forgiving, accepting biological “family” is the greatest revelation, gift, and application of “agape” love there is on planet earth.  God made it that way.  I believe what God is trying to show mankind  is that when we learn to love, accept, and forgive those whom God has ordained (set aside) and naturally placed within our lives that we will mature and grow to accept ourselves and others for who they are. Thus, the stronger the family unit the stronger the church and the stronger our society.

When a child grows up loving, nurturing, and respecting their parents, siblings, and grandparents and continue along this path throughout their adult life they develop more of a loving “god-like” heart that shows a greater love and respect for authority and for society.  Things that are taught in God’s Word, the Bible.

The Bible clearly teaches that God is no respecter of persons. We reap what we sow. Teaching our children to respect and value everyone, anyone, and everything else above immediate and extended family love is neither healthy nor Biblical.

No one’s family is perfect. Family can be the first ones to let you down and the first ones to pick you back up when you’ve fallen. But, since Family was one of God’s original creations, I think we should take careful stock in making sure that our DNA “family” is a vital priority in our lives.

Be assured, God keeps very good records.  He is the original logistics Creator.  There is a “family tree” in Heaven and one glorious day God will reveal to us our family line as far back as the day of Creation when we will see face to face our original parents, Adam and Eve.  That my friend will be our “earthly” lineage.

But, there is second lineage that God has chosen for those who Believe.   The linage of those “born-again” through the Name and Power of Jesus Christ; the son of God.  For those of us who are born-again into that eternal family where the circle will never be broken we will spend all of eternity with our spiritual heavenly family; our spiritual brothers and sisters.  This shows to me just how important “family” really is to God.

Today, we should all give thanks for our earthly family whom God has hand-picked for us according to His purpose and plan.  As the Bible clearly teaches us to do, Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long.  Thank you, Lord, for my precious family. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You,

Linda R Rollins, M.Ed.

 

 

 

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Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered!

Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered!

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23)

“There’s a call come ringing over the restless waves, Send the LIGHT! Send the LIGHT!”

Oh, my dear friend how we need to cry out unto God, “Send the Light; Send the LIGHT!” Not only does it appear that most of our planet is operating daily in the dastardly deeds of Satan’s dark, dark domain, but it seems that many of our churches are blindingly operating the same way.

Sadly, and so sorrowfully, there’s not enough LIGHT, which is God’s powerful, revealing, leading, and convicting LIGHT, these days shining within our churches illuminating, or convicting, the ongoing works of darkness; known as sin! But, let us be reminded: Warning! Warning! Sin Will Be Uncovered! (Sooner or later!)

It is imperative that we, as the Body of Christ, seek out GOD’S LIGHT to shine upon the hearts and lives of man convicting them of their wrong doings, secret lives, and evil ways. The horrific sins of darkness are taking place right inside and within the walls of the local assembly where God’s people are blindingly participating without awareness of the LIGHT… Warning! Warning! Warning! Your sins will find you out.

As true Believers and followers of Christ, we must sound the alarm and WARN, WARN, WARN all those that participate in sin’s arena that there will be a great price to pay! Sin does NOT operate freely…it charges a fee; a great fee…Sin often charges a price that can, and often does, bankrupt forever its participants.

The Bible clearly teaches that there is “pleasure in sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). Why a “season?” Because a season has a beginning and an ending; just like sin. Sin often starts off slowly, softly, and unseen by the naked eye. It creeps up on an individual without their even noticing it until it is in full bloom. A person then has a choice…to seek after the blooms of sin for a season or take heed of the LIGHT and depart from the very appearance of evil.

We must be reminded that sin comes in all types of pretty packaging. And, sin knows no “age” limits or “gender” difference. A man or woman in his or her mid-70’s can commit adultery the same as a young man or woman; it makes no difference the age. An adolescent or teenager can commit a crime the same as an older adult. Make no excuse about it sin doesn’t take into account a person’s age, race, greed, nationality, or gender. Sin also doesn’t mind affecting a person’s socio-economic status either; whether you are rich or poor. Sometimes, society tends to look down on the poorer person who has gotten caught in his or her acts of sin while it tries to make excuses for the richer more affluent person. But, sin, dear friend, is exactly like death…It has no preference towards its victims or respecter of persons. Sin is an equal opportunity destroyer.

Many, many years ago as a much younger Christian, wife, and mother, I was overwhelmed to learn that several of my church leaders were involved in sinful living. This devastated me as I had so much trust and confidence in these people. One morning as I wept alongside of my bed I felt the LORD speak to my heart, “Do not put your eyes on people. Keep them on me; for I AM the only ONE incapable of sinning.” Right then and there the matter was settled. Little did I know that within a few years of that experience my husband would be called into the ministry. My, oh my, how those precious Words of Wisdom spoken to my heart that morning by the Holy Spirit have been my anchor down through the years of service unto the Lord. Oh, how we need God’s anchor of Hope in our lives.

Sadly, I could write a novel describing the different levels and degrees of sins that good, godly people have fallen into as well as the terrible, dreadful, and awful results that they had to pay; some with their own lives.

Sin not only destroys individual lives, but it destroys families, churches, and entire communities. The nature of Sin doesn’t matter who it hurts, devours, or destroys…Sin is an eating machine with an endless appetite that is never, never satisfied. The nature of Sin challenges a person to believe that they can carry on their evil deeds without paying the price; but that is a LIE straight from hell. There is always a price to be paid for acts and behaviors of Sin.

Many years ago, a young attractive married woman with two sons worked at a local business. Over time she became infatuated and involved with her boss. She finally made the choice one night to meet him somewhere and go off together. There in the dark hours of the night she got inside of his car not realizing it would be the last car ride she would ever take. As they drove just outside the city limits they met head-on with a tractor-trailer truck driving on the wrong side of the highway. The terrible sounds of the colliding vehicles woke up an entire neighborhood as the flames from the burning vehicles shot higher and higher into the air. Soon their charred-burned bodies were pulled from the wreckage and discovered. Up until that terrible, fateful night no one knew of their affair. But, oh how sad was the truth as it swept across the community and directly into the lives of her grieving husband and sons. Oh, make no doubt about it “sin” has a BIG price to pay at the end of the line!

Today, our churches, more than ever, need to be WARNING stations echoing to its people of the impending doom and heartache at the hands of the Deceiver. Believe me when I say, “Where there is smoke there will always be a fire.”

Once an evil spirit of deception and darkness enters into the camp the people are often blinded without strength as it winds its way in and out of the lives of those it seeks to devour. These types of cooperate Sin must be exposed and stopped by intercessory prayer, fasting, and the WORD of GOD. Great prayer and supplication must be made for all men everywhere.

And, in many occasions, if and when sin does enter into the camp it is imperative that God’s instructions on discipline, found written within the pages of the Bible, be followed and executed with great love and patience knowing that the end goal is to restore, reunite, and return godly fellowship between God, all involved parties, and the local assembly.

Oh, in today’s world so many do not believe in church discipline…So many would rather the sins of darkness simply remain in the dark…But, sin doesn’t like staying in the dark forever…After sin has reached a certain quota of destruction it will rear its ugly head surprising even the most unsuspecting man, woman, boy, or girl. But, the church MUST GO ON!

When our daughters were at home growing up, my husband and I would always tell them that the church was not a perfect place, people were not perfect, and that we were not perfect either. But, we assured our daughters that we belonged to and served a PERFECT GOD! It is ONLY GOD who is Perfect in Love. Perfect in Forgiveness. Perfect in Mercy. And, Perfect in restoration.

We did not teach this doctrine as an excuse for us or others to “sin,” but rather for the purpose of our daughters not becoming harmed, hurt, and discouraged by the wrongful and sinful acts of those within the church who had fallen. You haven’t really lived until you fully understand what all can go on within the walls of a local assembly! God have mercy…

Over the years, I have discovered that our only defense against Satan is to have an even greater Offense…How do we accomplish this? I feel that we accomplish this by teaching people the Truth about sin, Satan, lies, and deception. We must teach younger and older Believers alike that the one person within the church who seems to be living the holiest of all lives can easily be misleading the entire congregation by living a double-life. It is urgent that we prepare the unprepared heart to hear, know, and accept the Truth… What is the truth? That ALL have sinned and come short of the GLORY OF GOD…ALL like sheep have gone strayed. We must teach our children and others to pray, pray, pray for one another.

But, as Believers, aren’t we glad that JESUS PAID IT ALL…Jesus paid the terrible price of Sin at Calvary’s Cross…And, by TRUSTING in Him we too can become overcomers just as Christ overcame the grave. We have the POWER to overcome sin and temptation in the Name of Jesus!

Believe me when I say that Satan loves to go after innocent Believers through the wrongful acts of church leaders…Satan will pound, pound, pound away with his powerful demonic hammer until the strongest of leaders can fall…That’s why the WARNING of SIN must, must be sounded; and sounded often!

It’s simply NOT enough to just tell the sinner that God loves him…We must also WARN both the sinner and saint alike that Satan hates them and wants to destroy their life while here on planet Earth; and throughout all eternity.

We must explain and teach that the church should NOT be seen as a playground to wink at “sin.” The church is our headquarters sending believers out to engage in spiritual combat on spiritual battlefields where man’s soul hangs in the balance.

We, as Believers, must be fully equipped and fully dressed in God’s armor to engage ourselves in spiritual warfare in a most effective and decisive manner; and having done all to STAND firm against the wiles of the Devil; and not to fall into diver temptations. (See I Corinthians 10:13).

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Sin has a terrible price…And, in time ALL acts of unconfessed and unrepented sins will be made manifested and revealed from shore to shore for the sin it is. Are you really prepared? Are we really prepared?

Oh, that our merciful Heavenly Father and LORD would Send the LIGHT! Send the LIGHT! Send The Blessed Gospel Light to convict the hearts of every man, woman, boy, and girl to turn away from sin, repent, and restore rightful peace and fellowship with God and with others before it is too late. To God be the Glory…Amen… In love, you have now been warned…

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

Bearing One Another in Love…

“He That Loveth His Brother Abideth in the Light” (I John 2:10 KJV)

Bearing One Another in Love…” Ok, we all have to admit there are times when people simply get on our nerves. It can be a co-worker, neighbor, friend, family member, our own children, or even our spouse. Or, at times, it can be a combination of everyone we know and everyone around us!

Humans have a tendency of getting under one another’s skin from time to time; even with the best of intentions. It is important to recognize when we start having these irritated feelings. If we don’t, it can lead to our saying something in haste or acting in a manner that we might regret later on. I know I have certainly been guilty of “reacting” towards someone or something and later on greatly regretting it.

So, what can we do when we are feeling anxious, irritated, annoyed, frustrated, impatient, bothered, and put out by someone; or a group of someones? If you are like me, you may want to lock yourself in a closet until all these feelings of irritation have dissipated. But, if you are like me you simply cannot afford to lock yourself up in a closet or take a mini-vacation at a moment’s notice! So, you press onward in hopes of not blowing a gasket.

Did you know that God knows and understands the many issues of the human heart? Much of the New Testament is directed at relationships and how we are to “bear one another in Love” in rougher and more challenging times. Instead of telling the “world” when we are experiencing feelings of annoyance why not tell God? In the book of Ephesians, chapter four, Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus to, “Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Being patient within our own strength often fails…We need God’s strength to get us through such times. The key is to remember how much God “bears” (tolerates and puts up) with us!

God is a Holy God, and every born-again believer falls short of His glory each and every day. But, God loves us unconditionally; therefore, he “bears” with us through our worse days; and even worse days. The Bible teaches, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” including going to Him in prayer asking for His strength to “bear” during unbearable times.

We’ve all failed miserably in this area in one way or another. But, the Lord wants to “teach” us how to “bear with one another in HIS love.” Don’t worry if you are still working on this area in your own life…Most of us do at one time or another. Just today as I was reflecting over a particular matter within my own life that is somewhat stressful God reminded me that He “bears” with my shortcomings every day. I immediately replied, “That’s right, Lord, you do.” And, His Peace came into my heart. I love when the Spirit shows up in a matter to give us His victory.

“Thank you, Lord, for teaching us how to “bear one another in love.” May we not forget how much YOU bear with us each and every day. Amen.”

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

God’s Will…Really?

God’s Will…Really?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas, The Most Anticipated Day of the Year

Christmas, The Most Anticipated Day of the Year…

Merry Christmas! Of all the 365 days a year no other day is more celebrated and anticipated than Christmas Day.
Christmas is the day that we set aside to acknowledge and celebrate the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For many, it is also a day filled with a plethora of family traditions. No other holiday except Thanksgiving finds more families gathered together in one place. It’s a time when we Break Away from the hustle and bustles of everyday living to spend time with those we love so dear.

But, most importantly, it is a day and time to give THANKS unto our Heavenly Father for His Gift of Love, Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness, and Salvation. Of all the gifts anyone can ever receive, none other can compare to God’s Gift to mankind; His only Begotten Son, Jesus (John 3:16). Jesus, the Reason for the Season!

During this time of the year, not all families can gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ as they wish. Today, or during this Christmas season, you may find yourself physically alone. Perhaps, your family could not gather together this year for one reason or another. Perhaps, they are scattered from one corner of the globe to another Perhaps, they, or even you, are serving abroad in the military or serving in another state. Perhaps, many of your loved ones and friends have already gone on to be with the Lord in Heaven. Or, perhaps you may be working and cannot get away to be with loved ones during the holidays…Whatever the case might be, know this Truth…Whenever you receive Christ Jesus into your Heart by admitting that you are a lost sinner in need of Salvation, believing in your heart that Jesus is God manifested in the Flesh sent to die for your sins and mine (John 1:14), and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, you will never be alone again (Romans 10). Jesus will never leave nor forsake you no matter the day, the hour, or the season…He is with you 24/7, 365 days a year!

Yes, my friend, Jesus is Alive and Well…living in the hearts of countless numbers of Believers who have received Him into their lives as their personal Savior and Lord….This Christmas, if you haven’t already done so, you too can receive the Greatest Gift ever given, God’s Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ…Then, you can celebrate the real and true meaning of Christmas with the rest of God’s Family…JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD IS COME, LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING! What an Amazing, Awesome Gift!!

In closing, I want to wish you and yours the Merriest Christmas ever and a most Blessed, Happy, and Prosperous New Year, 2014.
Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed
Author

Deception…Satan’s Tool

Deception…Satan’s Tool

The Power of Deception…

In my last blog, I wrote about Trust…Less than an hour after I posted that blog, God led me to read an article and Scriptural verses on Deception…Not only are so many people lacking and unwilling to put their Trust into the ONLY ONE who can be fully trusted, but they have also allowed themselves to become heavily seduced by Deception; Satan’s Powerful Tool…Very sadly, I know this terrible fact from personal experiences within my own family…I’m sure you do, too.

Let me give you a very clear definition of Satan’s role in Deception: ANYTHING that we are believing in or acting upon that is contrary to the Words of God found written in the Bible is a LIE directly from the Father of Lies, Satan…A continual, day by day, consistent way of life that is knowingly in contrast to the teachings of God’s Word is a Bondage of Deception…This my friend is a very serious bondage indeed…

Sadly, the distortion of Scripture is one of Satan’s most powerful tools in the lives of those enslaved to the bondage of Deception…Satan always tells those in bondage, “No, that’s not what that Scripture means, it really means this or it really means that.” Satan tells those in bondage-to-deception that it is alright to hate, not to forgive, to condemn, to judge, to mistreat, to be indifferent, and to feel that they are always in the right and everyone else is in the wrong…Satan loves to work in the realms of a person’s ego when they are being deceived; boosting them into believing they are right and those in opposition to their ways and follies are clearly in the wrong. Many ugly lies hide behind pretty faces…

Oh, my friend, I have witnessed the lives of many ministers who have fallen into the bondages of deception leading their families and congregations into believing that if it doesn’t come from “their” mouth then it has to be wrong. They may tell you to “read” the Bible for yourselves, but if you do NOT come to the same conclussions that they possess then they will tell you, “That’s not what it means.” Then, they will persuade you into beleiving that they have some sort of intelligent “inner” source into the Power of Interpretation of the Scriptures…I have witnessed these deceived preachers taking sections of Scriptures and putting them together to build a case supporting their own personal agendas and ideologies. And, sadly I have watched a many undiscerning believers entranced by their false teachings!

Many of these types of deceived ministers are very smart, clever, charismatic, filled with self-certainties, and false assurances in so much so that many people believe “they” are the ones to follow. Sadly, these ministers reject the fundamental teachings of God’s Word, and they reject those long-standing fundamental preachers who do not “shine” within their own spotlight, but stand assured only in the True spotlight of God.

Oh, but do not be so easily fooled, TRUTH will prevail. One most assured day Truth will prevail…And those sadly enslaved in the bondages of deception will be exposed for who they are and what they are…Men in white-washed tombs. Meaning, they look so appealing and trust-worthy on the outside but full of dead-man bones…

My heart breaks for those who have been mislead and lured away from God’s Biblical teachings to false teachings and false acts of Hope…For many of these held in Satan’s Bondage-of-Deception it is easier for them to “love” the ones they do not know rather than to love the ones they do know…Or, they will only surround themselves with those who believe as they believe and do as they do…Anyone else who is opposed to their teachings or ways are forbidden to “walk” within their spear or realm of life; including close family members who do not see as they see or do as they do.

According to the Words of God, the only way to be rescued from Deception is to be filled with the Truths of God as written in God’s Words alone…One must read the Scriptures for himself or for herself. Steadfastly and daily read what, “Thus saith the Lord,” not what so and so says about it… The Bible teaches, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 KJV). Only GOD’S WORD IS COMPLETE AND TOTAL TRUTH!

If the Bible teaches us to be ye kind, tenderhearted, forgiving, and loving one towards another then that is exactly what it means…FOR GOD IS LOVE….And, NO where in the BIBLE does it teach for one to be “indifferent” and to “separate” themselves from those who do not agree with your every man-made belief, wish, or desire. That my friend is the definition of CONTROL in the highest sense of the word….Both mind control and emotional control…

Today, want you help me to pray for those who are in bondage to deception? Help me to pray that they will come out and see the LIGHT for themselves and come to know JESUS at HIS WORD…Blessed Be the Lord, let it be so. Amen.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Thou Who Judges Another…

Thou Who Judges Another…

Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)

I realize the Biblical command, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” brings forth a plethora of feelings, emotions, beliefs, and opinions. Yet we, as Christians, can put our Trust into the Great Judge, Jesus Christ, our God and Creator.

Nevertheless, as Christians, we are not to turn a blinded eye to “sin,” “sinful behaviors,” or “acts of sin.” God commands us to “be ye separated” and to “come out from among them.” II Corinthians 6:17 says, “Wherefore come out from among them (the lost dying, unbelieving world), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you unto myself.” Meaning to separate ourselves from those who choose to live unrighteous, ungodly lives and to not live among them or do as they do. As a rather popular saying goes, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.”

We are to love the sinner who commits sin and transgress against God, but we are to hate the ungodly and unrighteous acts they commit. Sin breaks the heart of God; so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for the transgression of our sins…(John 3:16). It was the only way that mankind could be reconciled back to a Holy and Righteous God. I don’t believe that God wants the souls that He purchased with His own blood to return to the unrighteous acts of conduct they were in before they accepted his complete works on the Cross at Calvary; known as Salvation. After we receive Christ into our hearts, we are “new” creatures; old things pass away, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

However, what about hurtful actions that Christians commit one against another? How are we to deal and handle such incidents? The Bible is very clear on this matter….”Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”(Matthew 6:12). The Apostle Peter actually asked Jesus this question, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (Matthew 18:21)…And, this is what our Lord answered, “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4).

One manner of behavior that depicts our new-birth in Christ Jesus is a Spirit of Forgiveness and Reconciliation towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. As Christians, we know that we are not perfect and that we have been “bought with the price” of our Savior’s life, death, burial, and resurrection.

An unwillingness to forgive and be reconciled unto a brother or sister in Christ is a sign of “Rebellion” which is called “witchcraft” in the Bible. A brother or sister who is in bondage to unforgivness must recognize this condition and seek the Lord for deliverance. A study in the books of I, II, and III John will show that when we walk with the Lord and in the Lord that we cannot hold grudges or ought against our fellow believers. This also means that we cannot develop an attitude of “indifference” saying that we simply don’t let “it” bother us because we have “moved on.” This is not obedience unto the Lord regarding reconciliation and peace. Anyone who lives with ought, resentment, malice, meanness, indifference, or unforgiveness in their heart against another believer is seriously in danger of Judgment from the Lord himself.

Today, you may be at odds with a fellow believer. If so, I encourage you to seek God, pray, and be ye reconciled as soon as possible. The Bible clearly outlines a process to which you can follow in seeking reconciliation with a brother or sister in Christ. It is found in Matthew, chapter 18. In the mean time, ask the Lord to forgive you for not forgiving those who have upset, offended, or transgressed against you. The big picture is to protect your own heart in obedience unto the Lord and let the Lord do the rest…

This is serious business in the Family of God; one not to be taken lightly. May the Prince of Peace rule supreme in our hearts and lives.

Remember, God Loves You (And, we are to love our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.)
Lin T Rollins, Author