April Showers Bring May Flowers

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2:12) 

Weeks before the beautiful flowers appear on earth there is always a time of refreshing rain. As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”

The same can be said in the life of a Christian. Like a flower, we, too, need good soil, rain, and plenty of sunshine to grow and bloom into the person the Lord wants us to be. Where does a Christian find good soil, rain, and sunshine?  Our good soil is God’s Holy Word the Bible. We must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God to grow, mature, and blossom in our Christian life.  Rain is often used in the Bible as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Oh, how refreshing it is when the sweet Holy Spirit anoints us with His showers of blessings poured out upon our lives!  Then, we have the Lord himself divinely lighting our path. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by me.”(John 14:6)  Jesus is our sunshine, our Heavenly sunshine that sustains our Christian lives each and every day.

My friend as you go about enjoying the spring season that is upon us with all of its beautiful flowers, singing birds, warm days and relaxing warm evenings, I encourage you to examine your inner man’s soil (your soul) to make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your Christian life needs to grow ever more and more lovely. I encourage you to dig deep in the soil of God’s Word removing any weeds that may choke out the beautiful seeds that may blossom in your life. I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit’s showers of blessings through fervent prayer. And, I encourage you to walk in the sunshine of God’s Love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

By doing these things that are listed above your life can become a beautiful rose garden that everyone enjoys seeing and being around.  And, you will be a blessing to God as well. The Bible teaches us to, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and ALL these things will be added unto you.”  You may ask, “What things?”  Oh, my friend you will experience the beautiful blessings of God’s ever-blooming bouquet of fresh flowers sent directly to you from His beautiful eternal garden each and every day…We call these God’s Faithful Promises…As the old songs says, “There is Land of Beautiful Flowers.”  And, one day those of us who have been planted in God’s Salvation Garden will live forever in the midst of that beautiful land that some call Heaven, but I call it home.

Enjoy the beautiful Spring season that is upon us, and remember, God loves you.

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

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Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires…

Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires

Remember the public service message that started back in the 1940’s and still continues today, “Smokey the Bear says, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” Well, in so many ways that’s true in both our world of nature and physical life. But, what about another type of “fire” that ignites from the emotions of the heart? I’m talking about the “fires-of- life” that can often start with or without our input, interference, assistance, or help. Just like forest fires, the emotional “fires of life,” and those of society, can bring about severe damage and destruction; sometimes even fatal. How can we, as Believers, prevent this type of fire from becoming severely destructive and out of control within our own hearts and lives?

The Truth is that “ONLY God Can Prevent Forest Fires” that originate and ignite from the heart of mankind. Most often the “fires of life” begin with a small spark the same way as natural forest fires do. It can be a “spark” from a negative word, a negative look, or a negative attitude. It can be a “spark” from a wrongful or misplaced desire. It can be a “spark” from anger, resentment, or bitterness. It can be from a spark of jealousy or misunderstanding. Nevertheless, before you know it the spark has taken flight and becomes a roaring out-of-control burning issue that renders everything within its path destroyed. Too often the best of families suffer from these types of fires. Businesses suffer from these types of fires. Neighbors and friends suffer from these types of fires. And, churches (local assemblies) even suffer greatly from these types of destructive fires.

Too often when these types of “fires-of-life” erupt, we immediately seek out the help and support of others that may not be qualified in such fire protection or damage control. ONLY God, our Creator, can put out the fires of erroneous passion, hate, malice, injustice, bitterness, unforgiving spirits, and indifference. ONLY God possesses the tools, experience, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to quench such tumultuous fires.

The overlying problem lies within the heart of man. Sadly, man would rather seek the help and assistance of others to put out life’s fires than to seek out the eternal and experienced Owner of the Forest! Calling upon God is not like calling upon another human being or dialing 911. In order to call upon God to put out the fires of life, one must first humble himself or herself in such a way as to ask God’s forgiveness for any and all involvement they may have had in the situation or matter; whether they believe they may be at fault or not. Humbleness is the first requirement and requisite to call upon God to quench the fires of life. Second, man must be willing to suffer the losses that the fires of life may have caused; whether temporary or long-term. Man (or woman) learns from their mistakes…the bigger the mistake the harder the lesson. We must be willing to “submit” ourselves to God’s school-of-life and be willing to “graduate” ONLY AFTER we have met God’s minimal requirements that include Love of God and Love for one another. Third, we must pray for all stakeholders involved in the matter or situation not as we would have them to react or respond, but as God would have them to respond. This requires our utmost patience, time, and waiting; and often the waiting period can be rather lengthy. Have you ever seen a destroyed forest reproduce and replenish itself over night? No; of course not. Once a beautiful forest has been destroyed by the winds of fire it can take a life-time to recover. But, if you will look closely after you have sought the help of God you can often see the signs of tiny sprigs of new growth lying just below the charred surface. Only God can bring forth “beauty from ashes.”

You may be facing or going through a particular “fire-of-life” right now that has you running for help or even for your life, protection, and shelter. You may be greatly grieving over your losses as you watch the flames of life consume and destroy the things that you love and hold dear to your heart. But, let’s examine the advice of our trained Fire Protectors and Firemen. As the fire safety technique teaches, “Stop, drop, and roll.” Stop running and panicking. Panic only adds wind to the situation and spreads the flames farther and farther. At this very moment just Stop! Next, take in a deep breath and “Drop” on your knees before God. Make God your Fire Chief in all matters of life. Seek out HIS help before you call upon anyone else to deliver you. Lastly, “Roll” on with your life each and every day leaving God in charge of rebuilding your life and everything that you have lost during the fire. Remember, ONLY God can grow a tree. Only God can bring forth new life and new growth. Learn to lean on Him as your forest replenish and rebuilds. Also, learn to lean on Him as your Forest Ranger who looks out for you and shows you how to avoid forest fires through His own Words, The B.I.B.L.E. (Amen!)

No matter what we do to prevent life’s personal forest fires they can occur and come our way with or without warning. We must be ready at all points in life to know the rules of “life’s forest fires.” Remember, before you call 911 to sound an alarm for others to come running, “Stop and Drop,” by humbly going to Jesus first in prayer. Sound out the alarms of Heaven through diligent, fervent prayer. Give Jesus all the facts and details that you know of. Then, trust in Him to bring the right equipment (God’s Word) to put out the “fires of life.” Lastly, “Roll” on with your life while being patient, positive, and productive as God restores, renews, and replenish your losses. With GOD, our Great Fire Chief and Forest Protector, in time your new forest may even be bigger, better, and more beautiful than the forest you lost; or you ever imagined. Remember, Only God Can Prevent Forest Fires…Only God Can Rebuild, Replenish, and Restore…Amen!

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

In 2015 “Study to Show Thyself Approved…”

Study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 KJV).

If you have one New Year’s resolution that you stick with, I would encourage you to make it daily Bible reading and study.
Notice that the scripture says, “study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God….” Without Bible study you will never understand nor comprehend how much God really and truly loves you and how much HE wants to be the guide and leader in your life.

There are an innumerable number of things in life all bidding for your time and attention. Nevertheless, only the Bible guides your heart, mind, and life to follow the things of God. Without regular, disciplined study of the Word of God you will never find God’s will for your life nor His Peace that passes all understanding.

There are no hidden secrets, tricks, societies, plans, magic, personal agendas, or “wishes” that can lead you to God. God chose HIS Word to reveal himself…And, God’s Word became flesh through the person Jesus Christ and dwelled among us. (John 1:14). We can only find out about God and His Son Jesus Christ (God manifested in the flesh) through intensive reading and study of His Word, the Holy Bible.

Many a non-believer and skeptic have come away “believing” after reading and studying the Bible. It is still the number one best-selling book of all time and will continue being so until Christ returns.

Ask yourself this question. Why fill your mind and life with manmade philosophies that are unproven rather than filling your mind and life with God’s Word, the Bible? Only the Word of God contains The Truth, The Way, and The Life which pleases God and settles a man’s or woman’s own heart.

My friend, I encourage and beg you to “Break Away” to find God in all things by reading and studying God’s Word for yourself. Make reading and studying God’s Word the number one priority in your life. Read and study for yourself to find out who God really is and discover your purpose for life. Amen.

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

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

The “Lifter of My Head”

“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” (Psalm 3:3)

How many times in your life have you needed “someone” to “lift up your head?” Perhaps, your head was heavy and bowed low with sorrows or disappointments. Or, perhaps you had received bad news about a friend or loved one; or even about yourself.

Troubles and sorrows can overtake us in any given moment or situation. But, there is ONE who is the “lifter up” of our heads…Our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. As any believer of the Word (Bible) will tell you God doesn’t always deliver us from the many storms and trials in Life, but HE will always be with us to see us through to the other side.

King David said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD sees us through.” (Psalm 34:19). Today, you may be facing an unprecedented time of trouble in your life. Let me encourage you NOT to despair. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who guided the Children of Israel to the Promised Land is the same God, through Jesus Christ, who is leading and guiding His children (those who Believe) today.

God is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever…I encourage you to let God be your Shield of Faith, your Glory of Hope, and the “Lifter Up” of you head. Then, you, too can say as the Psalmist, “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me…Yes; the LORD sustained me…Salvation belongeth unto the LORD; thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” (Psalm 3:8).

How sweet to face each day knowing that the LORD is my shield, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Amen

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

This is the Condemnation…

“This is the Condemnation…”

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

Last night, I watched a news report on ABC’s 20/20 regarding two teenage girls in high school engaged in a homosexual relationship. The report stated that the older girl, a senior age eighteen, was involved with a younger girl, a freshman age fourteen. The older teen was charged with having sexual relationships with a minor. She was jailed for two years and sentenced three years probation.

Actually, I was glad to see that the Law, in this particular case, “swings” both ways. I am certain that some would have wanted the charges to be dismissed because it was a girl with a girl relationship. But, how many little girls have been the victims of older girls wishing to “experiment” with their own sexual desires, fantasies, and preferences? Many a little girls have been violated by the “experiments” of older girls. And, sadly, the same is true with little boys being molested by older boys and men.

A few years back, while I was still teaching in public school, a group of eight grade girls invited a group of sixth grade girls to a party. When the sixth grade girls arrived, they soon discovered that the older girls were engaged in sexual activities with one another. The object of the “party-game” was for the “new” sixth grade girls to participate. However, a couple of the sixth grade girls refused. So, they called their parents asking to come home. When these parents discovered what was happening at the party, they reported it to the authorities and to the school board. Since all of the girls involved at the party were minors, no charges were legally filed, but lessons were definitely learned.

In another similar account, a group of upcoming freshmen were invited to participate with the high school band at a football game. The eight graders invited were very excited about the opportunity to perform at the high school football game. However, after their half time performance, these same eight graders discovered that many of the band members were blatantly engaging in public display of affection one with another; both heterosexual and homosexual, even as staff members and other spectators silently stood by. The scenes were so disturbing for some of the eight graders that they quit the band and never tried out the following fall.

Scenes like this are becoming too many and too widespread across our nation and globe. Those who prefer to remain in a traditional, Bible-believing, heterosexual life-style are becoming the butt-end of jokes and mockery. Good is being called, “bad,” and “bad” is being called, “good.”

The Bible warns us of these approaching times right before the return of Christ Jesus for his bride, the church. Because of such accounts, we have arrived at a time when parents “must” inform their children of the evil deeds of darkness. We must teach our children and grandchildren that they will be persecuted and mocked for their Biblical beliefs and stand…Yet; we must teach them to stand strong. We cannot afford to take these accounts, events, and happenings lightly…Our heritage depends upon it.

The Bible teaches that man has always preferred “darkness” to the “Light.” Jesus Christ being the Light. The Bible teaches us in the book of Luke that, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me (Jesus Christ). But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21: 16-19 NIV).

The teachings and prophecies of the Bible are sure. They have been forever proven right from the beginning and have no doubt of being proven right for our future…The Lord’s coming is at hand; and we must stand strong against the wiles of Satan and the evil deeds of darkness. Our children and grandchildren will not be able to stand without strong Biblical teachings on these matters. We cannot afford to put our “heads in the sand” and dismiss what is happening all around us. God forbid.

Today, if you have not already done so, meet with your children and grandchildren. Take out the Word of God, the Bible, and plainly show them the future persecutions of those who “believe” and “follow” the ways of the Lord…But, more than anything else show them the future that God has promised to all those who “believe” and “follow” HIS ways. I encourage you NOT to wait for another day…Today, is the day of Salvation…Amen.

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
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