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

“It Came to Pass…”

It Came to Pass…

The phrase, “It came to pass” occurs over and over again in the Old Testament Scriptures. Example: “It came to pass after four hundred and thirty years that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt” (II Chronicles 20). Many times the above phrase is used in association with a long, extended amount of time between happenings and events. However, neither you nor I will ever know the end results of many matters here on earth that last or continue way past our life time. So, how do we learn to deal with such truth?

One way is found in God’s sufficient Grace. God has given His children a very special measurement of faith, strength, and ability to endure such matters in life through His special gift called GRACE. The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that he had found God’s “Grace sufficient in all things.” As a matter of fact, it was actually the LORD himself who told Paul that His Grace is sufficient and we shall find power in our weaknesses (times of enduring and adversities.)

Today, you may be enduring a long-standing matter or situation that has you at your wit’s end. Day after day, month after month, the situation remains the same. Oh, my friend let me encourage you to HOLD ON TO HOPE in Christ Jesus who can give you His sufficient strength in times of adversities. Remember, you are never alone in God’s arms.

Each day, through prayer and supplication, give your troubles, worries, concerns, weaknesses, and long-standing adversities over to Jesus for in doing so you will truly find God’s Grace is sufficient in all areas and matters of your life.

When our three daughters were babies I wrote a song I titled, “Lord, Give Me the Strength I Need.” Today, those same little girls are now wives and mothers of their own depending upon that same strength to get them through each passing day. Whether it be a heavy burden or just a normal day at home you can always find God’s Grace is sufficient for each need.

Also, let me encourage you that whether a situation comes to pass or comes to stay in your life God’s Grace is always sufficient for your every need. Let His strength become your daily strength in all situations and matters. For in doing so you will find Peace that passes all understanding. Amen and Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed Author

It is a Good Thing…

It is good to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning and thy faithfulness every night. (Psalm 92:1-2).

You may be in a season of your life right now when offering and giving of thanks seems way too hard and difficult.  Circumstances and situations have brought you to your knees in heartache, despair, and tears. You may feel as if you will never smile again. Life can be and is often very tough on the heart. But, there is good news in the midst of heartache and despair.  There is ONE who knows and feels your pain and that ONE is Christ Jesus.

Jesus came to die to heal your broken heart and wounded spirit.  As we all know, this life offers all things in vain. One day we may have it all and the next day it can all be gone. But, the things that Jesus offer and give are everlasting and eternal. We can even have eternal life through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (See John 3:16).

When in a season of deep despair it is good to look beyond the realms of this life into the life that Jesus came to give unto us. Recently, our family faced two deaths within three weeks apart; one from a long standing illness of Alzheimer’s  and the other very unexpectedly.  As I stood holding my twenty-nine year old niece while watching her mother take her last breaths my heart was broken.  What was to be a two-night stay in the hospital from exploratory surgery to remove two cancerous tumors suddenly turned into our worse fears.  While in recovery, my sister-in-law’s blood pressure began to sharply drop. She was transferred to ICU and placed on a ventilator. Within a few days her body began to shut down.  My brother-in-law had to make the difficult decision to remove her from life support. She died within an hour.  But, we all knew as we gathered around her hospital bed that we would see her again one day in a brand new glorified body liken unto our Lord.

Our Hope is in Christ Jesus. HE is the Hope and promise that Believers possess. Daily, Believers (Christians) can give thanks and sing praises because we know Jesus is the Giver of Life; eternal life.

Today, I encourage you to give thanks unto our Lord and to sing praises unto His name for in doing so you can find strength to overcome and to face each and every day.  As the scriptures teach, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

If you do not know this Jesus yet as your personal Savior, it is my prayer that you too will become a “Believer” and a “Follower”of Jesus Christ.  The Bible teaches, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Yes, my friend, it is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto His name.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed., Author

 

“By the Power Invested in Me”

By the Power Invested in Me

Most of us have heard or witnessed at one time or the other the life-changing words, “By the power invested in me by the state of (so-and-so), I now pronounce you husband and wife.”   Throughout the history of mankind, those who have officiated legal and binding matters are empowered to do so by various licensing boards that give official permission to a person to legally own something, bind something, or to do something.

In like matter, as a born-again Christian, have you ever fully recognized and accepted the “Power Invested” in you by the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary?  The Cross at Calvary is the most powerful life-giving and life-sustaining licensing board known to mankind.  By the Power invested in me through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary, I have been pronounced and empowered to overcome the world because, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4)  By the Power invested in me through the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary I have been pronounced and empowered to forgive and show forth mercy to all those who have transgressed and trespassed against me. (Matthew 6:14)  By the Power invested in me through the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary I have been pronounced and empowered to love my enemies and to love my neighbor as myself. (Matthew 5:44; Matthew 22:39) Oh, the power of the blood of Christ that allows me to be pronounced and empowered to obey the Lord’s commands!

Oh, my friend, the Biblical and Spiritual things that we have been empowered to do through the Blood of Jesus at the Cross of Calvary are eternally limitless. There is no greater power than the power to overcome death and the grave. (Matthew 28:18). And, as a Christian I have been given the power over death through my Savior, Jesus Christ through the authority of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  There is no greater licensing board in the universe and beyond than that of, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  The Bible teaches me that we are, “more than conquerors through Him that loved us and empowered us in His name.”  (Romans 8:31-39)

Jesus’ blood was pure and perfect blood without blemish; the only blood that could or ever can set man free from sin; and the wages of sin which is death. (Romans 6:23) Jesus’ blood empowers me to overcome sin and the wages of sin in my own life.  Through the precious, shed blood of Jesus I have been set free; free indeed.  Oh, the power that has been invested in me by the Blood of Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary.  As the lyrics found in the old Gospel song, “There is Power, Power; Wonder Working Power in the Precious Blood of the Lamb.” Amen…

Maybe you have stood before a licensing committee, or a licensed minister, judge, justice-of-the peace, or some other certified official. Maybe you have stood before a judge to hear the words, “By the Powers invested in me, I declare you free of debt.”  Either way, there will never be a more powerful, life changing official in your life than our righteous Judge; Jesus Christ empowering you to be born-again, saved, and washed in the Blood of the Lamb.  Today, I ask you this question, Have you ever been empowered through the Blood of Jesus to be pronounced, “Free from the wages of sin; born-again; a Child of God who will one day enter into the glories of Heaven?”  If not, it is my prayer that you will seek Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord and receive God’s ever powerful love, mercy, and forgiveness in your own life. (John 3:16) Amen.

Remember, God Loves You,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

These Things Must Come to Pass…

“See that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet…” (Matthew 24:6 KJV)

Any good Bible student knows that the end has not come yet; but it is well on the way.  “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in many places, ALL these are the beginning of sorrows, then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake…And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold…” (Matthew 7-12)

As Christians, how do we respond to the current happenings and events within our world?  The Bible teaches that we must “endure” unto the end; whether the end of endurance comes at the end of the church age or natural death. Either way, all Believers must endure; just as our Savior endured.

But, we cannot endure without being prayed-up and powered-up from on High.  Troubling times require the study of “kneeology” on our faces before God seeking HIS Face, HIS Strength, and HIS Empowerment in prayer.

There seems to be two ways many Christians tend to react to the continual assault on Christianity worldwide. Some tend to overlook the events with the mindset and intention that all of this points to the soon return of Christ; so why worry.  In part, this is absolute truth. The soon coming of Christ Jesus for His blood-washed church is imminent. The other reaction is a deeper sense of being called to repentance and prayer. I choose the latter of the two while possessing the faith that Jesus is Coming Soon…Nevertheless, I feel compelled to practice the teachings found in II Chronicle 7:14, “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I believe that our current mission as Believers is three-fold…1.) Put our Faith, Hope, and Trust in the soon coming of Jesus Christ.  2.) Humble ourselves, turn from our sin, and seek God’s face.  3.) Be passionate in sending out the Macedonia Cry to those who are lost, unsaved, and/or never heard the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.

While all of these tragic events and happenings are taking place to us and around us, the fields are white to harvest.  (John 4:35).

Let us use this time to share our personal testimony with those around us and those we come in contact to give them an opportunity to come to know the same Lord and Savior as you and I do.  After all, time is short.

Remember, God Loves You,

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

It’s Not My America Anymore…

It’s Not My America Anymore…

Do you recognize it?  America?  I don’t.  Its social and political features have changed so much so that I can no longer envision the nation that I once lived.  It has changed from North to South and from East to West.  My backyard remains the same. The drive to the local Wal-Mart is the same, but the nation itself has changed.  Its fundamental infrastructure no longer exists.

Nearly eight years ago, the people of our nation elected as its president a man who is not afraid to point his finger in the face of God and say, “I will do it my way.”  And, he has done just that. He promised “change,” and change is exactly what we got…But, not a good change.  Evil is now celebrated as being good, right, and courageous while morality, good, and decency are mocked and ridiculed. We are now living in a nation who “does what is right in their own eyes.”  (Judges 17:6).

But, let me assure you.  None of the events and happenings around the world is a surprise to God.  Everything is moving in the right direction according to God’s timetable. And, the current world leaders that HE has placed into their positions are carrying out exactly what God ordained them to do from the foundation of the world.  I may not agree nor like my current president’s governing abilities, but he is serving out God’s purpose and plan for our nation during this present day and time; whether or not he is aware of it.  But, oh, my friend, one day our nation’s president along with all the other world leaders (past, present, and future) will know who truly leads the events of this planet as every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus as Lord.

I have to admit that even though I am a Christian I was not “looking” each and every day for the second coming of our LORD, or as some refer to it as the Rapture of the Church, as I should have been.  I have faithfully served our LORD for the past forty years alongside of my husband who is an ordained minister. We raised our three daughters in church and we built our lives upon God’s Biblical principles.  But, I must admit that I wasn’t living with a daily focus on the expectancy of our LORD’S return.  I have always loved studying Bible prophecy. I have watched the “signs” for over forty years now, but I wasn’t praying daily, “Even so, Lord Jesus, Come Quickly.”  But that has quickly changed!

Like so many other Christians, I know that the Day of the Lord can appear at anytime in a twinkling of an eye. I am thankful to know that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  But, I must confess that I possess way too much of this old world in my pocket and in my heart to sincerely pray, “Lord, Come Quickly.”  Like most families, I want to see my children and grandchildren grow up, go off to college, eventually marry, and have children of their own. I look forward to becoming a Great-grandmother one day because I already know how wonderful it is being a grandmother…So, the thoughts of another beautiful generation of babies birthed into our family and into this world filled my thoughts and heart with Joy.

But, all of that is quickly fading. I am now very concerned about the world and nation that we call home. We are living in a sickened society where our nation’s top leader calls to congratulate a once gold-medalist swimmer for changing his gender from male to female while he carelessly salutes our nation’s finest Marines with a cup of Star-Bucks in his hand.  How flippant and disrespectful can the leader of the free world be?

Also, being a retired public educator, I have always been an advocate of our nation’s public schools. But;  not any longer. Now, my grandchildren and future great-grandchildren will be exposed to gender-free environments that indoctrinate and encourage them to “choose” whichever gender they wish to remain as well as experimenting with multiple sexual partners to determine gender preference.  Sadly, my grandchildren won’t even feel safe in our nation’s military since they can no longer publicly exhibit their Christian faith, beliefs, and freedoms.

This is no longer the safe and peaceful nation and society that  I wish to see my children, grandchildren, or future grandchildren fight to live or survive.  I now envision my children living in a beautiful Millennium Kingdom with Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, as their eternal Leader.  A place where God’s Laws are the Laws of the Land. I now desire to see my family and friends walk down the Street of Gold that runs alongside the River of Life.  Since my grandsons enjoy fishing I know they will enjoy this most majestic River! I now long to see the Twelve Fruits of Righteousness that will blossom to feed the Millennium nations by God’s own Hands….Ah, what visions these Truths hold within my heart!  Yes! There is a bright future for those of us who Trust in Christ Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.

Maybe; just perhaps, this is what ALL of this madness is supposed to accomplish…All Christians everywhere letting go of this present day world and looking forward to our Lord’s soon coming and to our eternal home in Heaven clothed in all of its glorious splendor.  Let us wake up out of our sleep and Look Up for our Redemption draweth nigh.

Like never before in my lifetime I can sincerely pray with great expectancy, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come Quickly.”  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

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