Are You Happy?

Are You Happy?

What makes you Happy? Think about it. What really makes you Happy? A new car? A new wardrobe? A new friend? Perhaps, a trip out of town? When you think about it there are all kinds of possibilities to “make” us happy. But, with these types of things the “new” usually wears off with time and you are left searching for another “fix” to make you happy.

But, what if you found a way to keep “happiness” within you at all times; no matter the situation, circumstance, or matter? God tells us that there is a way. God teaches us to, “Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of Heaven and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33 KJV). It is sad how some people simply refuse to accept and apply this most promising Biblical Truth into their lives. Decade after decade passes and they still run after superficial, shallow, external, and trivial objects to make temporary “fixes” of happiness into their lives. It’s like watching a dog chase his own tail…They just keep running around and around without accomplishing what they are running after. But, I have found that there is nothing more satisfying or brings more happiness in life than Seeking and Serving God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.

For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than sitting on a church pew hearing the Words of God proclaimed and preached from the pulpit. There’s nothing more soothing than singing in sweet harmony the Songs of Zion. There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than seeing a lost soul surrender his or her life to the Lord. And, what’s so wonderful about this type of happiness? It never fades! And, I don’t have to wait for a new, improved, or updated version…God is the Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever…His JOYS are never ending and never ceasing and need not be improved upon…When I trust in Jesus I have the real deal forever and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).

Maybe, you are one who attends church on occasion or when the opportunity presents itself. That’s good; but what is better is when you attend church regularly and faithfully (as your physical health allows) and grow in the Lord with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Making your foundation solid, sure, and steady in the Lord promotes God’s Spirit of Joy and Happiness within your heart that even flows over to those around you. Because my husband is a retired Pastor, I have been at the bedside of one who is about to die. I have witnessed both peace and fear in the eyes of the one dying as well as in the eyes of their loved ones and friends. Not once have I ever heard a dying person say, “Oh, I wish I had one more new car.” Or, “I wish I had one more new dress.” Or, “I wish I had taken one more trip.” But, I have heard them say, “Oh, how I wish I had served my Lord better.” That should be the longing of every Christian’s heart…To serve the Lord better.

I believe we discover real, lasting, and satisfying happiness when we seek to Serve our Lord better each and every day; for in doing so we learn that GOD himself brings into our lives those things that HE knows bring about godly happiness. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. And, all these things shall be added unto you. Amen…Are you happy today?

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

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Happy, Happy, Happy…

Happy, Happy, Happy…

Phil Roberson, from the cast of Duck Dynasty, has made the phrase, “Happy, Happy, Happy” an overnight sensation among many Americans. But, what is the secret to being Happy, Happy, Happy?

The true secret to happiness; especially for a Believer and Follower of Christ Jesus, is found in TRUST(ing) and OBEY(ing) God. I can remember singing the hymn, Trust and Obey, as far back as I can remember. It was one of Mr. Gear’s, our Sunday School Director, favorite hymns. I think he began practically every Sunday morning by having the entire youth department stand and sing, Trust and Obey. How little did we know from the ages of nine through twelve how important the meaning of those precious words would become in our lives…“Trust and Obey for there’s no other way to be Happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey.”

As we get older we somehow get side-tracked into believing that “other” things in life will bring us joy and happiness. But, somewhere along the way we discover that all those “other” things have let us down and the “only” thing that hasn’t let us down is “Trusting and Obeying” Jesus! After we have learned this great life-lesson, we can say with assurance that we are truly Happy, Happy, Happy!

Recently, I have been writing a lesson on God’s Grace. At first, I was really struggling with how to teach and explain the concept of God’s Grace; something so far above our finite minds. God’s Grace is everywhere just like the air we breathe. But, then it dawned on me after days of seeking God’s guidance in the matter that Grace is something we “seek” and “find.” Noah “found” Grace in the eyes of God (Genesis 6:8). After he did, God not only saved him from the pending flood waters upon the Earth, but He saved his entire family. Wow! Now that’s Grace!

Yes; God’s Grace is sufficient, but we must first learn to Trust and Obey Him in order to “find” God’s sufficient Grace within our lives. No amount of struggles, perils, trials, temptations, or battles can escape the powerful force of God’s Grace when we believe and trust that God is doing exactly what God does best…Being God! When we trust God as being God and trust that HE is the Great I Am who has the whole world in His hands only then can we fully know, accept, and understand God’s sufficient Grace…So, in actuality, God’s Grace is found by trusting and obeying…

Oh, how wonderful it is to Trust our Loving God through His Son, Christ Jesus. If you do not know him today, I pray that you will. For in knowing God through His Son, you will find all the Grace you need to make it through this life. Then, you will know what it means to be Happy, Happy, Happy!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Day 12 Celebrating Immanuel – Our Only Hope

Day 12 Celebrating Immanuel – Our Only Hope

“If My People who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive them of their sins and will heal their land…(II Chronicles 7:14)

On this early Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, I thank God in Christ Jesus for His everlasting Love, Salvation, Securities, Promises, and Faithfulness to His people…I thank God for “Immanuel, Our Only Hope.”

Jesus Christ is our Only Hope…There is No Hope found in any other than Jesus Christ.. Jesus came so that we might have Hope and LIFE and have it more abundantly; not only in acquiring personal possessions but in acquiring God’s fullness of Love, Grace, and Mercy.

This morning, I am concerned for my nation and for its people.  The Bible clearly teaches that any nation that turns away from God will suffer. A land that is turned away from God will suffer. And, my friend, today, as a nation, we as citizens of the United States of America are seeing so many suffer as the results of our “turning away” from God and turning aside and away from all things that pertain to God…As a result, we are seeing terrible, tragic, and harsh happenings and events sweep through our land; both from natural causes as well as manmade.

Our nation’s constitution declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   I feel that our blessed forefathers failed to take into account and consideration those who would one day “pursue” Life, Liberty, and Happiness OUTSIDE of the realms of our Creator, God. That one day people’s individual “pursuits” would lead them to self-wickedness, self-centeredness, self-absorption, selfishness, self-willed, self-mindedness, and sinfulness. We have become a nation that pursues “darkness” rather than “Light.”

Over the past two hundred plus years, our nation has taken the “pursuit” of happiness as being a free-ticket to legalize abortion, drugs and alcohol, take God’s Word out of our public schools and government, and to pursue any type of “living” style that seems right to the individual…We are a nation that now calls  “evil” good and “good” evil…The Bible clearly warns what will happen when “evil” is called “good.  “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”  (Isaiah 5:20).

Any time you find the word, “Woe” in the Bible it is a direct warning from God of impending judgement unless the individual or nation returns to God’s commands.  I fear that our nation is seeing the first “woes” of God’s judgment.  Within a few months, we have faced horrible public shootings, killings, natural disasters, and now the loss of twenty innocent children whose only goal on yesterday was to enjoy their day at school and safely return home to their families…But, for twenty innocent lives, that did not happen.  Evil visited their school.

God, have mercy upon our lands, our homes, and our families. Return our hearts unto Thee O Lord. Let us put away our evil pursuits to pursue the One and Only Son of God who was born over two thousand years ago in a stable in Bethlehem. Forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Lead not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Power and the Glory forever and ever…Amen.

Friend, want you join me in praying for our nation and for those who have turned their backs on God?  We must seek God to heal our land. We must ask God to put it into the hearts of our leaders HIS WORDS, HIS WISDOM, HIS COMMANDS, and HIS LOVE…Let us pray that we, as a nation, will turn aside from seeking happiness outside of the realms of God…For it is only GOD who holds the Key to all things and all manners of things within life.

Today, I choose our Lord; I choose Life and the pursuit of happiness through my Heavenly Father.  Only the Lord can allow our hearts not to be troubled and afraid…Yes, my friend we can celebrate Immanuel, being interpreted God is with UsIf God be for us who can be against us… In closing, let us also remember those whose lives were so tragically taken on yesterday; children and adults alike. Let us remember their families and the days ahead as their families deal with their own personal pain and griefs.  Amen…

Lin T Rollins, Author