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

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“God’s Wisdom”

“God’s Wisdom…”

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him…” (James 1:5 KJV).

Have you ever actually stopped to seriously consider, ponder, and meditate upon this particular promise of God’s?  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.”  Amazing!  Simply ASK!

By Faith, I can seek God’s wisdom in all matters in life…How?  By simply “asking of God!” Amazing!  I have recently started applying this particular promise to my prayers in all things…Wisdom to know how to handle relational concerns.  Wisdom to know how to handle finances and to make wiser financial and investment decisions.  Wisdom regarding my personal health.  Wisdom to know how to plan my day, routine, and activities.  Wisdom to know how to study God’s Word more abundantly and how to apply it greater to my life…WISDOM!!!

I believe the first thing that any newly converted Christian should do is to ask God for wisdom in all areas and aspects of his or her life.  I feel that every prayer should include asking for Wisdom in each matter.  Without Godly wisdom and divine intervention, our lives would actually become barren and possibly make no sense whatsoever…Without God’s wisdom, we can become just as confused and uncertain about things as the lost and dying world…Oh, for more Faith and added Wisdom to be applied in our hearts, minds, and daily lives.

I believe that it is through divine wisdom that we learn to accept and lean upon God’s full assurance that “ALL things” are working out according to His purpose and plan (Romans 8:28).  Not that “ALL” things are good, or even good for us at the moment, but that God, in his Omnipotent existence, can and will bring those things to pass in such a way as to bring honor and glory unto His divine purpose for our lives.  Oh, to possess such wonderful wisdom from God!

Is there a prayer request that you have been praying for days, weeks, months, or perhaps even years, and have not heard from God?  Then, ask God to grant and give unto you His Wisdom for the matter.  It could be that God has answered and our eyes are not seeing the answer because we “lack wisdom.”  As Christians, we must possess, by Faith, God’s wisdom in order to see God’s unseen hand…Without God’s wisdom we may not see, comprehend, accept, or know for certain God’s will in a particular matter…Wisdom is the “key” factor in receiving and understanding God’s will for our lives in all things…

Today, if you are like me and stand in need of answers….Ask God…Seek God…Knock on Heaven’s Gate until you are filled with God’s Wisdom for the hour and the day.  I believe Wisdom is the cultivated fertile soil that brings forth God’s Fruit of the Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience (longsuffering), Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance (self-control).  Without God’s wisdom, we can not know how to recognize and apply these characteristics into our lives…Oh, the Joy of Wisdom; God’s Wisdom…

The Fruit of the Spirit, as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23,  is manifested in nine areas of a Christian’s life and without God’s wisdom we will not know, or possibly even realize, how to apply these in our daily lives for God’s honor and for our own benefit…  Oh, how we stand in need of God’s wisdom in all areas, regards, and aspects of our lives!  Today, I pray for wisdom…

Ask, Seek, and Knock upon God’s heart today for his promise of Wisdom….For in doing so you and I will find rest for our souls…Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!

Storm? Or, Trial?

Storm? Or, Trial?

Knowing this, that the trying (trial) of your faith worketh patience…Let patience have her perfect (maturing) work, that ye may be perfect (matured) and entire; wanting nothing (fully trusting in God)…(James 1:4 KJV)

There are over two-thousand, two-hundred active storms circling our planet each day.  Storms also blow into and out of our lives: physical, emotional, and spiritual storms.  Storms, no matter their size or destructive forces, have a way of ending; ceasing…calming…They eventually “move” on…Praise the Lord!

But, what about a TRIAL?  Think about it…Some judicial trials end within a few hours while others can take weeks and weeks…Storms tend to leave a path of destruction, but typically in time the destroyed properties can be fixed or restored…If the storms are not too massive in size and nature…But, what about a trial?  In a TRIAL, a person’s life usually changes for the good or bad depending upon the outcome of a particular long-standing trail…

I have come to the conclusion that we, as Christians, sometime refer to ongoing, lengthy, hard-pressing, “unexpected” happenings and events as storms when in fact they are better described as TRIALS…Why?  Because trials last longer, go deeper, and their outcomes often change the heart, soul, mindset, and direction of our lives…

There have been many storms hit my life, as with many of you.  But, I have endured a rather long, ongoing, TRIAL in my life for many years now…It’s constant, daily, steady, continuous, oppressing, depressing, and weighty…Some days I can press onward with more strength than others…(The Joy of the Lord is my strength!)….However,  on some days the long, enduring, steady, and hurtful trial seems as if it is breathing down my neck and pressing me to the ground as if to say, “I’ve won…You’re defeated!”  …On those days, I MUST exercise a greater faith to keep my thoughts and mind from wanting to “do” something to bring about relief; even if the relief isn’t good for me or any other stake-holder involved!!..Those days are tough…On those days, you learn to simply press forward one micro-second at a time…

With “STORMS” there are usually encouraging signs of its ending or disipation…However, there are NO signs when a trial will ever end…You just keep enduring “it” until the day finally comes and the trial is past and over…A moment that we like to refer to as, “Breakthrough!”

I believe trials can be anything from long-term sicknesses, on-going relational problems that seem to never get better no matter what you do, areas in our lives that haunt us day in and day out no matter how many times we have prayed over them, claimed the blood of Christ over them, or rebuked Satan and all of his demons over them to leave us in the name of Jesus!  No matter what we do the next hour, the next day, the next week, the next month, the next year…the “trial” still haunts us…haunting trials…Lord, for YOUR strength we pray to endure haunting trials!

But, I am LEARNING something in my very own, personal, on-going trial…IT IS WORKING  INWARDLY and OUTWARDLY THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT in my life!!!  I am learning that LOVE,JOY, PEACE and PATIENCE (LONGSUFFERING) are fruits I can harvest and enjoy in the midst of my trial…I have learning that GENTLENESS (a calmed-spirit) and GOODNESS (choosing to do good in the face of adversity) are Fruits I can reap even when in distress…I am learning that FAITH (what I cannot see), MEEKNESS (the willingness to be a grateful, life-long, obedient learner),  and TEMPERANCE (maintaining self-control) are Fruits that Honor and exalt my Heavenly Father that I would otherwise not know anything about without “my” trial…

Oh, the far-reaching results of Trials within our lives…They can actually do a body good!  (If we let them produce the Fruit of the Spirit within our lives that God is trying to produce!)

No one likes to be on “trial.”  When we are on “trial,” we are usually examined and questioned about our motives and actions…That’s exactly what God is working out in our lives when we are in “trials.”  GOD is questioning our motives and actions…GOD is stirring up our heart’s plotted soil-of-life to bring forth HIS Fruit…So, that HE will be glorified and honored…Oh, the trials of life…

As the Apostle Paul teaches, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit…” What Spirit?  The Fruit of the Spirit as it is being worked inwardly and outwardly in our lives…Ah, but let “patience” have her perfect works…AMEN!!

Press on weary pilgrim; press on…For in doing so ye shall reap Fruit unto your souls…”That the TRIAL of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ!” (IPeter 1:7 KJV)…

Remember, God Does Love You!  (Even in the midst of the Trial….)

Lin T Rollins, Author

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Digging Deeper…With God…

Digging Deeper…With God…

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing (of the heart), whether it be good, or whether it be evil…Ecclesiastes 12:14 KJV

Examine yourselves…We live in a technology-savy world and global society that shares just about every detail of our lives…Facebook and Twitter ushered in the abilities to share with the world our every move from: “Eating a bag of M&M’s,” to “Standing in line at Starbucks.”  And, we all love it!!

Who’d ever believe that “common” folk would one day be as royal celebrities having followers tracking our every move!  Who’d ever believe that I could sit in the comfort of my dining room and blog my feelings, inspirations, and experiences of life in hopes of encouraging and helping others!  Tis the twenty-first century my friend!

Yet; the Bible is for ALL centuries, past, present, and future…For God is the same yesterday, today, and forever…And, when it comes down to it the only person that we have any control is our own personal self!  Therefore, it is a wise practice to “examine” ourselves…How?  The problem with some self-examination is that too many people examine themselves in comparison to the wrong things or to the wrong people…God is stating for us to “examine” ourselves in comparison to the Bible…What saith the Lord??? God’s Holy Word…How do we measure when compared to its teachings? Only then will we have the right and correct measuring instrument! Ouch!  “Oh, me!”…as the old-timers used to say!

Sadly, many people measure themselves to a particular church, denomination, group, or societal standard…God measures the heart…MOTIVE!!!  With God there are no hidden motives…WE all fall short of His glory!  Pure motive is the result of a pure heart before God; no hidden agenda…Just the “will” to see, know, experience, and have God’s will in the matter. Accepting God’s will and way over that of our own…Not forcing our own thoughts and perspectives but trusting that God will do the changing…if changing needs to be done!  At times, it takes long-suffering and patience to let go and let God…But, in the end…it is so worth it! Hallelujah!

So, what are we to do? Answer:  Humble ourselves before God and let God be the judge of our heart and actions. Submit ourselves to God’s ordnances and let Him work those things out in our lives that are simply too big for us to handle….What a relief!

TRUTH:  We all face problems, issues, complexities, adversities, conflicts, pains and hurts…We live in a post-Garden of Eden world…Ahh…to know what it must have been like before the fall of mankind…But, don’t fret…One day, for those of us who are believers and born-again in Christ Jesus, we will know what it is like to live in a perfect world interacting with a perfect God face to face…Amen!

But, until then…we press on weary pilgrim…press on…And, not just pressing on in agony, but learning to press on in LOVE, JOY, and PEACE….Learning to enjoy and live in the Fruit of the Spirit…LOVE< JOY< PEACE….Ahh…It can be done…But, it takes committment, trust, determination, dedication, and FAITH that God is working all things according to His plan and purpose (Romans 8:28).  Digging Deeper…With God!

So, today…dig deeper; keep DIGGING DEEPER…With God ALL things are possible!!!!  What you and I cannot do…God can do!! Amen

Remember, God Loves You.

Lin T Rollins, Author

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And He gave some…

And He gave some…

And He (Jesus Christ) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)

As Christians, aren’t  we grateful for the “some” that God gave to! The Apostle Paul clearly states that Jesus gave some… for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

Perfecting of the saints…I like the definition, “especially suitable,” having all the necessary or essential characteristics required for a given situation.  A Christian should be “especially suited” for his or her role as a believer in Christ Jesus in any given situation…How? By faith…Believing and knowing that there is a higher power, a divine purpose, and a bigger picture in all things…Those who help to “perfect” our walk in Christ help us to build up our faith.  The Bible says that,  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).  Those who preach and teach the Word of God help to “perfect” our faith!

For the work of the ministry…Of course, we know the word, “work” refers to labor…putting forth action and effort.  But what does “work” mean in this particular verse since we do NOT work for our salvation? (It is the gift of God…Romans 3) I believe it means the day-to-day “walk” of our Christian life that produces the Fruit of the Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, and Faith…”IF we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 KJV).  The effectual “work of the ministry” requires the Fruit of the Spirit…We must “love” our brethren as well as our enemies. The “joy” of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10) . “Peace” is identified as one of our spiritual garments to wear (Ephesians 6).  “Longsuffering” is a means to build patience (and patience builds hope).  “Gentleness” denotes the inward and outward manifestation of a Holy Spirit-filled life., “Goodness” denotes our inward thoughts, motives, attitude, and actions that honor Christ, and “Faith” is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).  All of these,  perfecting, working, and edifying produce the “work of the ministry.”

“The edifying of the body of Christ“…The word “edify” means to build-up, to strengthen, and to encourage…The body of Christ is built up both physically and spiritually  when another “soul” is born into the kingdom.  The body of Christ is strengthened as we grow stronger and more knowledgable in the Word and work of the Lord. The body of Christ is encouraged as we “pray for one another” and “bear one another’s burden” that we may be filled and lacking no good thing.  Amen…

So, today, as Christians we are all accountable and responsible for the “SOME” to whom Jesus gave.  We should all be, “Workman that needeth not be ashamed…” ( II Timothy 2:15)

As a member of the Body of Christ, we each have a job and responsibility to do.  We need not “work” for our salvation for Christ paid it all and finished it all on Calvary. But, we must all “work” while the day is dawning for the “perfecting of the saints,” “for the work of the ministry,” and “for the edifying of the body.”  Won’t you be an effectual “laborer” today?  I know I am going to pray to do so…Amen…

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T Rollins, Author

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Fruit of the Spirit – Part 2

Fruit of the Spirit–On yesterday, I began a short series of writings on the Fruit of the Spirit described in the Bible in the book of Galatians, chapter five.  As outlined by the Apostle Paul, there are nine manifestations of the Fruit of the Spirit that can be evident in a Christian’s life:  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness; Faith, Meekness, and Temperance.

Yesterday, we looked at the first three, Love, Joy, and Peace.   These three reflect our personal relationship with God.  Without these three ruling our hearts and lives, it is nearly impossible to bring forth the remaining six.

The second group, Longsuffering, Gentleness, and Goodness reflect our interactions and relationships one with another.  I don’t think it is a mistake that Paul places Longsuffering as the first fruit in the second group!  Why?  Because God demonstrated much longsuffering in his dealings with mankind in hopes that “All would come to a place of repentance.” (Despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4 KJV).

Just as God commended his Love towards us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, the Holy Spirit wants to strengthen and empower us with the Fruit of Longsuffering so that others might see Christ in us.

There are times when it takes great longsuffering and patience in dealing with various relationships we have on planet earth.  For any relationship to endure, thrive, and become strong in the Lord one must be willing to suffer together (whether as friends, family members, spouses, or co-workers and peers) through all kinds of trials, tribulations, disappointments, and discouragements.  Without a willingness to endure, relationships will most often cease to exist.  Aren’t we glad that God never loss a “willingness” to Suffer for us!

There are plenty of Scriptures given on how we are to act and react one with another; parents and children; children and parents; husbands and wives; wives and husbands; neighbors and strangers; employers and employees; as well as leaders, powers that be, and kingdoms and citizens. God gave much attention in the Bible regarding relationships.  He knew from the start that it would take a person “willing” to endure (long-suffering) to make any relationship succeed.  Always remember,  “There is none perfect (righteous); no not one!”

When we develop and manifest the Fruit of Longsuffering, we can then reap the seeds of Gentleness and Goodness within our lives.  Oh, how sweet to be around a person who possesses a sweet, gentle, and kind spirit.  As a child, I once had a pastor’s wife who seemed to walk in the absolute presence of God at all times.  She didn’t have to “work up” a lot of “Bless your heart” dialect. Her warm, sincere, and gentle smile and mannerisms seemed as if they could vanish away the harshest of fears and worries.  She walked in a Spirit of Gentleness and Goodness and it was evident in every thing she attempted.

Oh, today that we would be willing to “Suffer” for Christ’s sake in our relationships one with another.  That we would be willing to endure until absolute victory was won over jealousies, selfishness, biases, misunderstandings, and hypocrisies.  As the “royal law” states, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…” (James 2:8 KJV).

Our neighbor is not just the person who resides next door to us, but the very person that may be living in the same house as we do; a spouse, a friend, or a relative.  In this current life…we are all neighbors in one sense of the matter. Therefore, let us love as Christ loved us and was willing to “give” himself for us.

Today, if you are struggling with relationships with others, as we all do from time to time, ask God to manifest His Spirit within your heart and life so that you are capable of producing the Fruit of Longsuffering, Gentleness, and Goodness.  In doing so, we are exemplifying God’s love towards us and our Love towards God and others.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV).

As you can see, there are nine inward and outward manifestations of the Fruit of the Spirit.  The first three are imputed into our lives through Salvation; our personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus. The next three exhibit our developing Christ-like mannerisms in dealing with others and circumstances within our lives, and the last three exhibit a mature, well-disciplined, spirit-filled life style founded upon Christ Jesus and His principles taught within Scripture.

This week I will be looking closer at each one of these three groups; starting today with the first group of Love, Joy, and Peace.

Understanding the Fruit of the Spirit is a valuable treasure in the life of a Christian believer.  When we become a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, we are filled with the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.  As we become more and more disciplined in Jesus, the manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit within our lives becomes more evident.  How?  Through the works of the Fruit of the Spirit.

The first three characteristics of the Spirit are love, joy, and peace.  These are directly related to our relationship with God.  “Beloved, let us love one another; for Love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love.” ( I John 4:7-8 KJV).

John 3:16 teaches, “For God so LOVED the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   LOVE is the Fruit of the Spirit that is freely given to us by God and only through God. Without the bearing of the Fruit of Love within our hearts, minds, souls, and lives, there is little hope of ever bearing the remaining eight!  We receive the Fruit of Love when we receive God’s gift of Love for us through His Son, Jesus.

The Fruit of Joy also manifests itself through our personal relationship with Christ.  Biblical Joy is NOT a sense of personal happiness or the world’s definition of happy.  Joy is not found in fulfilling our sensual or earthly desires.  Joy is knowing that we are in full standing and right relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Joy is possessing a strength of Assurance, Hope, and Faith that no matter our circumstances, no matter our failures and blunders, no matter our past sins…we are firmly secured in our relationship with God through Christ Jesus.  (“The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10).  We have Joy in knowing that we are forever His…Like the little child’s song says, “So high you can’t get over it. So low you can’t get under it. So wide you can’t go around it; must be the love of the Lord!”  The Love of the Lord brings Joy into our lives.

The Fruit of Peace is the third fruit that exhibits our personal relationship and maturity in Jesus Christ.  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 KJV).  Sadly, so many people today turn to worldly substitutes to find Peace that can only be found in Jesus.

Our world is filled with the wicked and false substitutes of Peace sought through alcohol, drugs, various addictions, illicit sex and worldly pleasures that try to take the place of Christ within our minds and lives.  These substitutes try to provide a sense of false “Peace;” if only for a short time.   Oh, to personally know that Wonderful Peace…Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace.  When the world around is raging…Stand By Me Wonderful Peace.  When the winds around me howl…Stand By me Wonderful Peace.  When all seems lost…Stand by me Wonderful Peace.  It is only when our hearts and minds are secured and anchored in the Wonderful Peace of God that we can find Joy and Strength to stand firmly and triumph through the many trials and tribulations of this life.

Oh, the precious Fruit of the Spirit…Love, Joy, and Peace.  Let me ask you this question, “Are they reigning in your heart and life today?”   Oh, I hope and pray that they are.

Join me tomorrow and the rest of the week as we look closer at the manifestations of Longsuffering, Gentleness, and Goodness.   

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author