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

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

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

When the Retaliation is Greater Than the Offense

When the Retaliation is Greater Than the Offense

In this piece, I am not talking about wars of nations or the protection of individual lives from perils of injury or death; I am talking about conflicts that can arise between individuals and/or groups of individuals.

Sadly, I believe that our nation, many of our families, and even some of our churches are suffering from a condition where those who choose to sit in judgment justify and often support the “greater” acts of negative reciprocation more than the original crime of offense(s).

In other words, someone may truly offend another person, but when the offended person or group of persons retaliate at such a level of degree that their retaliation far outweighs the original offense, which party is then at greater fault?

We all know people who can be offended and able to recall the very date and hour of the offense, no matter how small or great, thirty years now the road. They will make comments such as, “Well, I don’t like that person because back in elementary school they stole my eraser and never gave it back or said they were sorry.” Now mind you the person making the statement is now seventy years old!! But, that is exactly how some people wish to live out their lives.

Other people who become offended may seek to bring a “crowd” of people to their rescue or defense causing a small matter to suddenly erupt into a larger one. We all need to monitor our own emotions when we become offended and upset at another human being. Truly, we may have been terribly wronged and injustice was served, but to gather a “crowd” in order to “draw a line-in-the-sand” can become quite harmful; especially to those who do not know both sides of the story. And, one sure element of maturity is to know from the get-go that there are always two sides to any story..And, both sides “perceived truth” to them is truth. This is why it takes “skilled” investigators often great lengths in time to truly find the bottom line of truth in any matter…And, it takes lots of dedicated “prayers” by mature Christians to seek out truth and God’s guidance in most matters regardless if it involves home, work, play, or church.

Today, many people want to accept the “perception of the truth” almost immediately without hearing out both sides. Conflicts, differences of opinions, and major differences between personal ethics and personal mannerisms are not easy to differentiate who’s right from who’s wrong when opposed. Both motives and hidden attitudes must be considered as well as who has the most to lose…But, just deciding that the person who has the most to lose is the one in the wrong is not always the case. Take the incident in the Bible where two women claimed the same baby.

One of two ladies tiny baby died during the night. So the lady whose baby had died got up quietly during the night and “swapped” her dead baby for the other lady’s living baby. The next morning the mother of the living baby immediately recognized that the dead baby lying next to her was not her baby. She looked around and saw her living baby in the arms of the other mother. Naturally, a fight erupted between the two mothers. The two mothers were brought before King Solomon to rule his judgment as to whom the living baby belonged. In his very blessed heart of wisdom Solomon ordered the living baby to be cut into half. Immediately, the real mother screamed out not to cut the baby into half but rather give the whole baby to the other mother…That my friend is a “mother’s love.” King Solomon immediately ordered the baby to be returned to the rightful mother. Sometimes, to avoid further harm and hurt in a matter the person who loves and cares the most will sacrifice their own heart for the sake of the bigger picture! So, the one who has the most to lose may very well back off and become the greater victim. Only God knows the real heart of man. (See I King 3:16-28 for Solomon’s story of the two mothers.)

In today’s modern society patience is not highly valued nor appreciated. A person who wishes to “wait” on a matter and allow God to bring all things to light is looked upon as being weak and not “pro-active” as the secular worlds refers. But, in GOD’s spiritual world patience is still a virtue, Fruit of the Spirit, and very much a valued trait; especially among leaders.

Some time ago, I heard of a group of people who decided to take matters into their own hands regarding an ongoing issue. At the most inappropriate time and place, they brought undue and negative attention to an already complex matter. Let me go on record as saying “nothing” good comes from abruptness of behavior in the wrong place at the wrong time; especially when there is an audience involved. A good rule of thumb to follow is that Satan always loves an unsuspecting audience who does not have all the details or facts. Satan thrives on creating confusion, perception, and division. Oh, my friend, it is so sad to see people bound to their emotional ties so much so that they willfully follow the works of darkness by believing that their harmful outward actions will bring things to light. Think about it…how can confusion bring anything to the True LIGHT?! Jesus does not work in such chaos. His voice brings stillness of heart. A good thing to remember and rule to follow.

It appears to me that our nation, government, organizations, families, and many of our churches are suffering from a lack of godly “wisdom.” We stand in need of modern-day Solomon’s to decipher right from wrong. We need men and women filled with the Holy Spirit to mediate and moderate for the overall good of everyone, all stakeholders; not just a select few or group.

When involved in matters of conflict, we need to be careful and mindful to channel our emotions and perceptions for the greater Truth and Honesty. It’s easy to get caught up in matters and situations that touch our lives and hearts. It takes great courage, patience, understanding, faith, hope, and LOVE to endure some of the challenges placed before us…But, like Solomon we can do it; when we seek the wisdom of God and know the tactics of Satan! As the Bible teaches, “No house can stand or survive when it is divided against itself…” (Matthew 12: 22-28). Jesus comes to heal and to bind. Satan comes to destroy and divide. We must learn and be familiar with God’s ways from those of Satan’s.

Today, let me just say that if you are a part of a movement where the reciprocation or retaliation of a matter is bringing forth greater harm than the offense (or, crime), take heed and warning you are NOT moving in the right direction. Repent. Ask for God’s forgiveness. Seek restitution with those whom you have personally offended and ask God for HIS wisdom to bring ALL things to the real LIGHT in the same matter as JESUS himself would do. No one has ever been more offended and personally attacked than Jesus Christ himself. Yet; from the Cross He cried, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus always seeks to restore, revive, and return peace and positive outcome from negative.

Working through issues, differences of opinions, and offenses is not ever easy. There will always be a degree of pain involved; sometimes both mentally and emotionally for all parties involved…But, there is always a right way and a wrong way to go about resolving matters of conflict and personal ideologies.

In closing, I urge you to not let your retaliation or reactions become greater than the crime or offense(s) bestowed upon you or someone you love. As the Bible teaches, “Take heed lest ye fall.” (I Corinthians 10:12)…In time, and through much prayer, allow the Spirit of God to bring ALL things to HIS LIGHT. Only then will both the offenses and reactions be resolved and justified in the eyes of God. To God be the Glory. 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

Who is Your Trust?

“O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me…My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.” (Psalm 7:1, 10).

In the Old Testament days, King David of Israel fully understood the need to be rescued and delivered from his enemies. He was the king. In those days, kings were not always loved or liked by their family members or those who dwelled within their kingdom. Their lives were constantly in danger and in need of protection and safety from their enemies.

As many earthly body-guards as King David’s court included, his trust safely dwelled in the God of Israel. The same can be true for you and me as well. No matter how many friends and loved ones we may have in our lives none can secure our daily safety and protection like our Lord God through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Like King David our trust should always dwell safely in God. Today, you may be facing an unknown enemy; or an enemy of sickness, disturbance, loneliness, grief, persecution, or discouragement. Whatever the enemy may be in your life you can put your whole heart’s trust in God through Jesus Christ.

The Bible is filled with God’s many promises to those who put their trust in Him. I encourage you to take your eyes off of man and put them solely, by Faith, on Jesus. Jesus is our help in every circumstance of life.

The Bible teaches, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

Today, please join me in Praising God for always being our TRUST, Salvation, and Deliverer. Worthy to be praised is thy Name, O LORD…Amen and Amen!

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