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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A Purposed Life…

A purposed Life…“I will guard (take heed to) my ways lest I sin with my tongue.” (Psalm 39)

Nothing gives us more trouble in life than our own tongue. And, the Bible teaches that our words come from our thoughts that come from the heart which is deceptively wicked above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).

So, how do we overcome these negative aspects of our life? First, by placing our life in the Hands and under control of the Holy Spirit by Grace through Faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 10). Next, by taking notice of what we think, what we say, and how we react or respond to those things around us. Taking self-inventory of what we think, what we say, and what we do produces self-control which is a Fruit of the Spirit.

There are nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering (Patience), Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance (self-control). To obtain “fruit” of any kind it takes purposeful work. For a Christian to fully develop the Fruits of the Spirit takes purposeful work as well. Purposeful thinking. Purposeful speaking. Purposeful actions.

As Christians, we cannot simply live by emotions and emotional thinking to produce healthy, self-controlled lives. Many people live by the “if it feels good do it” philosophy which is a very dangerous and problematic way of life. Living purposefully produces self-control and living with self-control produces purposefully living. The two go hand-in-hand.

So, today I encourage you to begin living a “purposed life” by taking inventory of those things we think, the things we say, and the responses we show or demonstrate. Remember, if our ways do not line up with or reflect one of the Fruits of the Spirit we are giving into a deceptive hearts…And, we ALL must guard our lives and tongues against deception of any source.

May our lives be “purposed” and filled with the precious Fruit of the Spirit… Amen.

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

A Day in February …

A Day in February

February launches a wonderful time and opportunity of reflection as well as a time of anticipation.  Long, cold winter days give way to hours of reading and meditating on those things that bring warm joy into our hearts and lives; rightfully being since February is also known as “heart” month.  So, as you read my blog today perhaps you’d like to have a good cup of coffee in hand with your own personal devotional book to reference as the Spirit leads you.

Let me ask you this question, “How is your heart doing today?  Is it a healthy, happy heart both physically and emotionally?”  Sometimes, our heart can hurt us from a physical perspective. We hear that our heart is beating too fast or perhaps too slow. In either regard there is reason for concern. Sometimes, we may even hear that our heart is struggling to do its job effectively.  Doctors may introduce us to new or different medicines and exercise as a way to help our physically hurting heart to be stronger.  Then, there is the emotional side of our heart…Let me ask you this question. ”Is your heart breaking into right now from circumstances and situations beyond your control?”  Oh, my friend, the precious heart of man…

At my age (age 59), I hear a lot about the heart of matters both physically and emotionally.  Women tend to hurt more than men from an emotional perspective.  Men don’t always understand the “heart of a woman.”  Yet, a woman may not always understand the “heart of a man.”  Men need to feel strong, vibrate, alert, in-charge, respected, and active both physically and mentally.  Even though a woman may need these things as well, she is never more of a vibrate, healthy woman than when she is giving and receiving love from those she loves; no matter her physical shape or condition.  It’s all about love in a woman’s eyes.

There’s nothing stronger on the planet than God’s love and a mother’s heart.  The two make quite a combination of strength and courage.  The two together can conquer most anything thrown towards it…But, when a woman’s heart is broken emotionally so is her spirit.  It’s as if she exists without being seen or heard…It’s like she simply disappears into a background of despair, apathy, and desolation.

Have you ever gone into a nursing home to see a woman sitting alone in her wheelchair rocking a baby doll back and forth?  Her arms long to hold life because she is the giver of life.  People need people and without people there is no reason to exist. And, no one knows this truth more than a mother.

But, where do we turn and what do we do when the world we once knew no longer exists?  Where do we go in times of trials when those we love have all gone on their own path of life forgetting and even forsaking the love we once nurtured, cherished, gave and received?

It’s difficult to hear a loved one tell you that you are not enjoyable to be around because your “joy” is gone when they are your “joy.”  At this point, life seems to become a catch-22; or better yet, like a dog chasing its own tail…nothing works, nothing matters, nothing changes as the circle of dilemma goes round and round…round and round…heading nowhere.

But, by Faith, we must remember that just like winter gives way to spring…and spring gives way to winter…life does change…Live will change; for in a blink of an eye it can actually cease to exist.  So, we must be grateful for the moment; no matter the status of the moment; good or bad.

Yes; these are thoughts that one might ponder on a cold, dreary February day.  But, then somewhere in the crevices of the spirit the thoughts of springtime and a new life emerging etch their way into the mind… and a smile comes on our face as we look forward to warmer days,  warmer nights, lots of sunshine and even planting new flowers just to watch them grow…Springtime…when life returns…And, all is at peace again.

The world is a good place and whatever it is that may have you down and dreary on this February day will soon dissipate and you will once again feel a bounce back in your step and a “joy” in your heart.

Sometimes, we have to get off the beaten path to find our way.  That is one reason I feel that God lead me to create my blog and to title my first book, Break Away.  We must “Break Away” to find God in all things…And, that “breaking away” may include breaking away from old habits, old paths, old ways of thinking…It’s OK to be “all over the radar screen,” as they say, for a short time until you get your sense of direction back.  Long, cold, and even lonely February nights can provide “off the radar” opportunities.  Sometimes, it’s alright to not fly safely under the radar but right into the face of the radar and shouting, “I’m alive. I’m alive. I’m alive.  Can you see me?” We all need to be seen at times as a way of feeling valued, appreciated, and loved.

When our youngest daughter was a little girl she would stand still and place one (just one!) finger up to her eye and say, “Can you see me?”  I thought that was the cutest thing ever that she could imagine that one tiny finger could hide her entire little body.  But, you know some people feel the same way about their life and existence…They feel as if something or someone has blinded and blocked the view of their existence.  No one sees them.  It can even be something very small but suddenly the small obstacle has completely erased a feeling of self-worth and value.  They need someone to say, as I would say to my daughter, “Yes, I can see you. And, I love you.”

What we all need to be reminded is that just as my little daughter could still be seen while holding up her one little finger….our lives can still be seen when clouded with doubt, confusion, trials, and all kinds of intrusive, negative, and destructive feelings.  We can still be seen by those who love us.

We must be reminded that LOVE, even though it may be temporarily unseen, much like a seeding underground still exists waiting until it blossoms into full, splendor of sight…And that no matter what comes into our path to rob us of joy, LOVE  can never truly and actually die…For God is LOVE and as long as GOD is alive…There is LOVE.

May you feel God’s warm Love flowing through your spirit each and every day; no matter the season.

In God’s Care,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Break Away by WestBow Press

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

Yes! Injustices Do Exist!

Yes! Injustices Do Exist!

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.” (Psalm 40:4 NIV).

Sometimes, after a holiday of any kind people can have a “drop” or “low” in their focus, mood, attention, feelings, and even outlook on life. I compare holidays to eating sweets and chocolates. You can get a super “high” and enjoyment from eating your favorite treat followed by a low. To me, that’s how holidays can be. You love having them, but the next day you can be reminded of all the “injustices” and “wrongs” in the world…A high followed by a low.

That’s what happened to me today. On yesterday, I so enjoyed being with two of our daughters and four of our grandchildren to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. But, this morning I was reminded of those who were not with us to celebrate. The ones who for one reason or another weren’t available. Another year. Another holiday. Another time within our lives that can never be gotten back. So, I tried very hard to focus on the good time and the ones I was with and tried very hard not to focus on the ones who weren’t with us.

As I was struggling with these different feelings and emotions, I made a trip to the WalMart. That’s when and where God spoke to me. You have to realize that God can speak when and wherever He so desires; even in the parking lot at WalMart!
I had finished my shopping and was pushing the cart out to my car. The weather was beautiful and I was trying to soak in the sun’s warm rays. When suddenly an older model van came soaring passed me so close that I could have kissed the side panel had it not been moving so fast! As the van’s wind whipped across my face I guess it brought me back into the focus of the moment. Whew! That was close I said to myself as I looked across the aisle at an elderly black woman and either her daughter or care giver alongside of her. The younger middle-aged lady nodded and smiled. I said, “Wow! That driver was really going way too fast for a parking lot. This isn’t a race track.” She responded, “Oh, I thought it was only us. We’re used to that sort of thing.” I realized immediately that she was making a racial comment, but it also struck me that she faces adversities and people’s injustices everyday of her life. Actually, she had become so apparently acquainted with the many injustices in life that the speeding, zooming vehicle had not even broken her stride or concentration. I thought to myself, “As Christians that’s how we should always be. Not allowing the injustices in this life to break our concentration and focus on God!”

I turned to see the speeding vehicle make a wide, wide turn and pull into a handicap parking space. Why not? The young female driver “leaped” out of the car with a large tote bag purse and effortlessly made her way inside the store. If she was “handicapped” there were no obvious outward signs. And, she was certainly not having any problems pressing down on the accelerator! I then turned back to the lady and said, “There sure are a lot of injustices in the world.” She smiled and replied, “Yes ma’am; I see them every day, but the Lord is always good.” I smiled and replied, “Yes ma’am; He certainly is.” From that point we both made our way to our cars and unloaded our bags. But, the whole experience seemed to speak to me.

As I was driving out of the parking lot, I felt the Lord speak to my heart. “I am aware of ALL the injustices in this life. I know those who are mine, and those who are not.” Then, all of a sudden my “blues” and “woes” dissipated. God had gently reminded me that there will be a payday some day and for all who have been unjustly treated or mistreated God will kindly recompense. That’s when I pondered the fact that we, especially as Christians, shouldn’t allow certain holidays or times of the year to affect our lives because things aren’t the way we may perhaps wished they were. Many people, worldwide and of all races, face great injustices everyday; not just holidays or certain times of the year. So, I told my “blues” goodbye and put all of the “injustices” in this world into God’s hands. After all, isn’t HE the only ONE who can do anything about them? Not we ourselves!

Sometimes, we need to be reminded that God is good 365 days out of the year. Mankind has made calendars and placed holidays within its pages. If God is good on Sunday; he will be good on Monday. If God is good on Easter Sunday, he will be good the next day as well.

Yes; it’s hard when our feelings get hurt by other people’s actions or lack of. It hurts when people you love let you down or let you know in no certain terms that they’d rather be somewhere else than being with you. But, God is always with us; no matter the day, the holiday, or the year. He wakes up with us, and He stays right beside us all through the day; even as we sleep. Children of God are never alone.

Yes, there are injustices in the world…And, they will continue being with us until the Prince of Peace returns to set up His kingdom to rule and reign forever on planet Earth. We can rejoice every day that there is one very JUST GOD, and His name is Jesus. May He fill you today and every day with HIS unconditional, most just, and faithful Love. In His Name; every day, all day… Amen. “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.”

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, 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

“In His Time…”

“In His Time…”

Waiting, and being patient while we wait, is not always easy. We live in an instant society. Modern-day technology has served us well, but it has also left us paralyzed with the inability to “wait” without murmuring and complaining. Nevertheless, no matter how “fast” man can accomplish certain tasks, it cannot ever change GOD’s ways, purpose, and plan for mankind…”Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord.” (Exodus 14:13)

Face it, standing still and being patient while God moves on a situation, matter, or person can cause the most patient of saints to cringe just a little. We want God to “hurry up” and make things right or resolve the matter as quickly as possible. We don’t like discomfort, because we are a society of comfort. It may be difficult to understand this concept, but God is more interested in building our Faith than He is in making us feel comfortable!

As hard as we might try to please God with our efforts, the Bible teaches us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God…” (Hebrews 11:6). And, the Bible also teaches us that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). While we are “waiting” for that particular situation, matter, or person to change, God is changing us! He is strengthening us and conditioning us to place our HOPE and FAITH in GOD who will take care of things in HIS time and in HIS way; not ours. That’s not always an easy lesson or standard to learn and accomplish…We must learn to wait on God and not try to “fix” things ourselves. The Bible is filled with examples of where “man” tried to “fix” things only to make them worse or create even a bigger mess.

Today, you may be “waiting” on God to fix or resolve a matter. If so, I want to encourage you to “Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord.” Stand steady in your Faith. Stand steady in your prayers. Stand steady in your faithfulness…And, you are never standing taller in the presence of God than when you are bending your knees in prayer! The Psalmist said, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14). Remember, ALL things work together for those who love the Lord who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)…”In His Time…” “In His Time…” Amen…

Remember (while you are waiting) that GOD LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author