Jesus Saves…

Jesus Saves…

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

No other person, religion, works or belief system can save you except Faith in the person of Jesus Christ; God’s own Son.

Jesus was God, our great Creator, manifested in the flesh. “And the Word became flesh and dwelled among us.” (John 1:14) It is beyond sad and tragic how many false religions and false beliefs are covering the globe at this present moment. However, there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

The world knows of the Christmas holiday, but so many do not know who Christmas is about or why Christmas exists. I recently read where a minister stated, “Jesus is not the only reason for the season. Mankind is also the reason for the season.” Jesus came to be born and to die for the salvation of all mankind; all those who believe in His name. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

This Christmas the best present that you can give or receive is the gift of Faith in Jesus Christ living within your heart. Without Christ you are loss and without Hope. Without Christ you do not have the favor of God or God’s eternal blessings upon your life. Only by receiving Christ into your heart do you have favor with God and inherit His eternal and precious promises and blessings.

My friend, do not be deceived or misled by all the numerous false religions of the world. God is Love and HE manifested His love toward us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Oh, how sweet to know thou art with me, will be with me ‘til the end. Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er; Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust Him more!” Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you trust in Jesus Christ? If you do not, I pray that you will.

This Christmas season and every day of your life Trust in Jesus…Jesus Saves.

Remember, God Loves You (through His Son, Jesus Christ)
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

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The Wind Was Contrary…

The Wind Was Contrary…

…”But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves; for the wind was contrary…(Matthew 14:34)

Have you ever set out to do something that you thought was the right thing to do and in the midst of doing it everything started going wrong? Oh, my friend, you are in a good place to witness a miracle!

In the book of Matthew, chapter fourteen, we read where Jesus instructed his disciples to enter into a ship and, “go before him unto the other side…” The disciples followed our Lord’s instructions and entered into the ship to set sail for “the other side.” While they were sailing alone, Jesus himself went up into a mountain to pray until evening.

It was around the “fourth watch of the night” (3 AM) when the disciples found their ship being tossed about by the waves from the contrary winds. Now, remember these were seasoned fishermen who knew a thing or two about storms…But, no man or woman enjoys being in a storm at 3AM in the middle of a sea! As they were doing their best to steer the ship in the tumultuous tossing winds, they saw a “figure” walking upon the waters. Surely, it was a spirit they thought…Perhaps, they even thought it was a “sign of death.” Their faith was definitely being tested…

But, the Bible teaches us that, “Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (vs 27)…I don’t know about you, but “cheering” because it was the LORD coming towards me instead of an unknown spirit would not have been a problem! I would have been jumping up and down, clapping, and cheering, “Thank you, thank you Sweet Jesus!”

Many of us know the rest of the story. This is when Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk upon the waters to meet Jesus…In ways, I think I would have wished to do the same thing! I mean who wouldn’t want to rush out to meet Jesus when your ship is being tossed to and fro!! But, as soon as Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he began to sink into the waters. Ouch! And, thus we have one of the shortest prayers in the Bible, “Lord, save me!” As a result, Jesus sweetly reached out his hand and pulled Peter from the waters as he admonished him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Doubt comes into all of our lives at one time or another…But, just as Peter called upon the Lord to save him, we can pray the same simple prayer, “Lord, save me.” Whether it be new adventures or an old adventure with a new twist, we can all become apprehensive in our endeavors. That’s when it’s time to call upon the one whom the winds and seas obey…

Today, you may be facing a situation in your own life where you need Faith, Hope, and Trust…Then, my friend, as I said before, you are in a good place…You are in the ship and Jesus is walking upon the waters heading your way! Remain calm and soon you will hear his voice say unto you, “It is I.” Amen!

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

Help! Call 911; or 463 (God)?

Help!… Call 911 or 463 (God)?

In My Distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my GOD…(Psalm 18:6)

Emergencies; we all have them. Some “natural” emergencies are more serious than others. Some are even physically life-threatening. Others may just need a quick fix such as a Band-Aid or a stitch or two. Nevertheless, when we do encounter an emergency it requires our immediate attention. In our society, we dial 911 as our natural response to any given emergency situation.

“Spiritual” emergencies are the same way. They need our immediate attention. The problem is that many people still want to call 911 for help even in a “spiritual” crisis instead of calling 463 (God) who is the ONLY ONE who can fix or doctor any type of “spiritual” emergency.

Such was the case in the lives of Jesus’ earthly parents, Joseph and Mary. In the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 41 through 52, we find the account of Jesus getting separated from his parents during their visit to Jerusalem. The two parents had traveled an entire day’s journey when they suddenly discovered that twelve-year-old Jesus was nowhere to be found. As any parent would do, they panicked. In this day and time an “Amber Alert” would be issued. Where was Jesus?

The key to this lesson can be found in verse 44, “But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.”

In a “natural” emergency it is absolutely correct and fully acceptable to seek out help among our kinsfolk, friends, first responders, and secular resources. But, such is not the case in a “spiritual” emergency. And, having Jesus missing from the traveling caravan was definitely a “spiritual” emergency. Anytime, Jesus is missing from our lives it is definitely a “spiritual” emergency!

The Bible teaches us that Mary and Joseph sought Jesus for “three days” among kinsfolk and acquaintances. Three whole days! Three entire days of asking the “wrong” people for the “right” answer. It was not until Mary and Joseph traveled back to Jerusalem and went “inside” of the Temple that they found Jesus being about his Father’s business. Jesus is always about his Father’s business! No need looking for Him anywhere else!

If Mary and Joseph would have called 463 (God) instead of 911 (earthly resources), they would have saved themselves three days of searching and three days of panic and fear. And, that’s exactly what you and I should do when we are faced with “spiritual” emergencies within our lives. We can seek out the help, assistance, and advice of “kinsfolk” and “acquaintances” (friends), or we can go straight to God (463) as our “first responder” and find immediate help for our problem(s), situation, spiritual crisis, or circumstances.

Like Mary and Joseph, it’s easier at times to seek Jesus out among our friends and family, but we won’t find Him. Jesus will always be with the Father. And, we can only find the Father when we find the Son; for they are One and the same (John 17). Where do we find both Father and Son? We can find them in the blessed old Book known as the Bible. We can also find them both on our knees in prayer and fasting (James 5:16). We can find them when we look for them in the “correct” places and not among the world, our friends, or even our family members.

Yes; of course, our friends and family can provide comforting and encouraging words in times of need, but they cannot COMFORT and HEAL or change our circumstances. I am sure that Mary and Joseph’s friends and family provided comforting words in their time of panic, but not even they knew for certain where Jesus was. Jesus can always be found with God…And, only God knows HIS will for our lives. And, we can only find HIS “will” for our lives when we seek God in the right places. It is then, and only then, that GOD can heal and fix our “spiritual” emergency and set us back on the right path.

So, the next time you are faced with a “natural” emergency definitely call 911 and seek help immediately. But, the next time you are faced with a “spiritual” emergency call 463 (GOD) and seek His help immediately! The time you save seeking God’s help instead of man’s help in a “spiritual” emergency may just save your life; both spiritually and physically. Our God is the FIRST RESPONDER we should seek when it comes to “spiritual” emergencies! Amen.

(*Please note, the numbers 463 spell out God on your telephones’ keypad.)

Remember, GOD LOVES YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Yes! Injustices Do Exist!

Yes! Injustices Do Exist!

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.” (Psalm 40:4 NIV).

Sometimes, after a holiday of any kind people can have a “drop” or “low” in their focus, mood, attention, feelings, and even outlook on life. I compare holidays to eating sweets and chocolates. You can get a super “high” and enjoyment from eating your favorite treat followed by a low. To me, that’s how holidays can be. You love having them, but the next day you can be reminded of all the “injustices” and “wrongs” in the world…A high followed by a low.

That’s what happened to me today. On yesterday, I so enjoyed being with two of our daughters and four of our grandchildren to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. But, this morning I was reminded of those who were not with us to celebrate. The ones who for one reason or another weren’t available. Another year. Another holiday. Another time within our lives that can never be gotten back. So, I tried very hard to focus on the good time and the ones I was with and tried very hard not to focus on the ones who weren’t with us.

As I was struggling with these different feelings and emotions, I made a trip to the WalMart. That’s when and where God spoke to me. You have to realize that God can speak when and wherever He so desires; even in the parking lot at WalMart!
I had finished my shopping and was pushing the cart out to my car. The weather was beautiful and I was trying to soak in the sun’s warm rays. When suddenly an older model van came soaring passed me so close that I could have kissed the side panel had it not been moving so fast! As the van’s wind whipped across my face I guess it brought me back into the focus of the moment. Whew! That was close I said to myself as I looked across the aisle at an elderly black woman and either her daughter or care giver alongside of her. The younger middle-aged lady nodded and smiled. I said, “Wow! That driver was really going way too fast for a parking lot. This isn’t a race track.” She responded, “Oh, I thought it was only us. We’re used to that sort of thing.” I realized immediately that she was making a racial comment, but it also struck me that she faces adversities and people’s injustices everyday of her life. Actually, she had become so apparently acquainted with the many injustices in life that the speeding, zooming vehicle had not even broken her stride or concentration. I thought to myself, “As Christians that’s how we should always be. Not allowing the injustices in this life to break our concentration and focus on God!”

I turned to see the speeding vehicle make a wide, wide turn and pull into a handicap parking space. Why not? The young female driver “leaped” out of the car with a large tote bag purse and effortlessly made her way inside the store. If she was “handicapped” there were no obvious outward signs. And, she was certainly not having any problems pressing down on the accelerator! I then turned back to the lady and said, “There sure are a lot of injustices in the world.” She smiled and replied, “Yes ma’am; I see them every day, but the Lord is always good.” I smiled and replied, “Yes ma’am; He certainly is.” From that point we both made our way to our cars and unloaded our bags. But, the whole experience seemed to speak to me.

As I was driving out of the parking lot, I felt the Lord speak to my heart. “I am aware of ALL the injustices in this life. I know those who are mine, and those who are not.” Then, all of a sudden my “blues” and “woes” dissipated. God had gently reminded me that there will be a payday some day and for all who have been unjustly treated or mistreated God will kindly recompense. That’s when I pondered the fact that we, especially as Christians, shouldn’t allow certain holidays or times of the year to affect our lives because things aren’t the way we may perhaps wished they were. Many people, worldwide and of all races, face great injustices everyday; not just holidays or certain times of the year. So, I told my “blues” goodbye and put all of the “injustices” in this world into God’s hands. After all, isn’t HE the only ONE who can do anything about them? Not we ourselves!

Sometimes, we need to be reminded that God is good 365 days out of the year. Mankind has made calendars and placed holidays within its pages. If God is good on Sunday; he will be good on Monday. If God is good on Easter Sunday, he will be good the next day as well.

Yes; it’s hard when our feelings get hurt by other people’s actions or lack of. It hurts when people you love let you down or let you know in no certain terms that they’d rather be somewhere else than being with you. But, God is always with us; no matter the day, the holiday, or the year. He wakes up with us, and He stays right beside us all through the day; even as we sleep. Children of God are never alone.

Yes, there are injustices in the world…And, they will continue being with us until the Prince of Peace returns to set up His kingdom to rule and reign forever on planet Earth. We can rejoice every day that there is one very JUST GOD, and His name is Jesus. May He fill you today and every day with HIS unconditional, most just, and faithful Love. In His Name; every day, all day… Amen. “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.”

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Kaleidoscope of Emotions…

Kaleidoscope of Emotions…”Our Tears Do Matter.”

If you are like most human beings you are a myriad of daily feelings and emotions. Our natural “self” responds and reacts to the many things and people around us…From the very first moment that we open our eyes to a new morning we are “feeling” something inside…We either awake with feelings of glee and joy to face the new day or we arise with sadness and possible despair depending upon our circumstances.

Our ever-changing feelings do not necessarily associate with our feelings of “Thankfulness” and “Gratitude.” As Believers in Christ Jesus, we possess a Spirit of Thankfulness and Gratitude hopefully continuously; but that doesn’t always mean we “feel” happy inside. As Christians, we can carry our burdens to the Lord and trust that HE is working on our behalf no matter our current situation; this is an example of Biblical Hope and Trust. But, even Christians can get the “blues” and feel sad from time to time.

I believe that what makes things harder on Christians when we are experiencing the “blues” or times of sadness is that “we” tend to beat ourselves up when we are having a bad day on the inside that possibly spills over into a bad week. Almost instantly, we begin to “judge” ourselves for feeling the way we do. Too often, when we do share our sadder “feelings” with those around us they “judge” us harshly as well. Thus, the cycle begins…In addition to feeling sad, we feel guilt. Then, it “feels” as if we need a pic, hoe, and shovel to tunnel ourselves back to the Light!

Thankfully, no other Power Source can manage to rescue us from our feelings of “blue” better than the Words of God found in the Bible and the leading of the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t get upset, offended, or disappointed in us when we feel sad or face trials or circumstances that leave us feeling “blue” on the inside. As a matter of fact, our feelings of “blue” often lead us to our knees where God is waiting on us!

Actually, we should not ignore or try to dismiss our “blue” feelings. I recently read an article that stated people need to learn to “cry” again…We have become a society of “people-picker-uppers” so much so that we have lost the art and cleansing abilities of crying. Our God put so much emphasis on our “tears” that He places each one in a bottle and records them in His book that He is preserving in Heaven for those who Believe…”Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” (Psalm 56:8 KJV). No wonder Satan and our lost and dying world wants us to feel happy and glee 24/7…Satan would love nothing better than our “bottles” to be empty because he knows that “crying” actually helps to soothe both the mind and body…Psychologists suggest that women and men who “grieve” more openly over the loss of a spouse are more apt to recover sooner and live stronger lives afterwards.

The Children of Israel knew how to “grieve.” They set aside days and weeks for grief…I believe one reason that our society is suffering so much with symptoms of “depression” is because we have simply lost our abilities to take our “tears” to God in honest confession…A pill might make us temporarily “feel” better but it does not resolve whatever it is that is making us feel depressed…Only GOD can make a rainbow out of a storm!

Today, you might be feeling a little down, uncertain, sad, or “blue.” If so, instead of kicking against your feelings why not submit them unto the Lord? Stop what you are doing and find a place to kneel down on your knees. In honest confession unto the Lord tell him exactly how and what you are feeling. Remain there in prayer until your tears begin to flow down your cheeks allowing God’s natural cleansing ability soothe your inward soul…As they say, “There’s nothing like a good cry to make a body feel better.” After you do, you will feel refreshed and renewed. No, your circumstances may not change, but you will. You will sense an inward strength from God to remain steadfast while HE is working on your behalf…We can always carry our Kaleidoscope of Emotions to God!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Thou Who Judges Another…

Thou Who Judges Another…

Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)

I realize the Biblical command, “Judge not, that ye be not judged,” brings forth a plethora of feelings, emotions, beliefs, and opinions. Yet we, as Christians, can put our Trust into the Great Judge, Jesus Christ, our God and Creator.

Nevertheless, as Christians, we are not to turn a blinded eye to “sin,” “sinful behaviors,” or “acts of sin.” God commands us to “be ye separated” and to “come out from among them.” II Corinthians 6:17 says, “Wherefore come out from among them (the lost dying, unbelieving world), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you unto myself.” Meaning to separate ourselves from those who choose to live unrighteous, ungodly lives and to not live among them or do as they do. As a rather popular saying goes, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.”

We are to love the sinner who commits sin and transgress against God, but we are to hate the ungodly and unrighteous acts they commit. Sin breaks the heart of God; so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for the transgression of our sins…(John 3:16). It was the only way that mankind could be reconciled back to a Holy and Righteous God. I don’t believe that God wants the souls that He purchased with His own blood to return to the unrighteous acts of conduct they were in before they accepted his complete works on the Cross at Calvary; known as Salvation. After we receive Christ into our hearts, we are “new” creatures; old things pass away, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

However, what about hurtful actions that Christians commit one against another? How are we to deal and handle such incidents? The Bible is very clear on this matter….”Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”(Matthew 6:12). The Apostle Peter actually asked Jesus this question, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (Matthew 18:21)…And, this is what our Lord answered, “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4).

One manner of behavior that depicts our new-birth in Christ Jesus is a Spirit of Forgiveness and Reconciliation towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. As Christians, we know that we are not perfect and that we have been “bought with the price” of our Savior’s life, death, burial, and resurrection.

An unwillingness to forgive and be reconciled unto a brother or sister in Christ is a sign of “Rebellion” which is called “witchcraft” in the Bible. A brother or sister who is in bondage to unforgivness must recognize this condition and seek the Lord for deliverance. A study in the books of I, II, and III John will show that when we walk with the Lord and in the Lord that we cannot hold grudges or ought against our fellow believers. This also means that we cannot develop an attitude of “indifference” saying that we simply don’t let “it” bother us because we have “moved on.” This is not obedience unto the Lord regarding reconciliation and peace. Anyone who lives with ought, resentment, malice, meanness, indifference, or unforgiveness in their heart against another believer is seriously in danger of Judgment from the Lord himself.

Today, you may be at odds with a fellow believer. If so, I encourage you to seek God, pray, and be ye reconciled as soon as possible. The Bible clearly outlines a process to which you can follow in seeking reconciliation with a brother or sister in Christ. It is found in Matthew, chapter 18. In the mean time, ask the Lord to forgive you for not forgiving those who have upset, offended, or transgressed against you. The big picture is to protect your own heart in obedience unto the Lord and let the Lord do the rest…

This is serious business in the Family of God; one not to be taken lightly. May the Prince of Peace rule supreme in our hearts and lives.

Remember, God Loves You (And, we are to love our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.)
Lin T Rollins, Author

A Matter of Trust

Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

Trust…The word, “Trust” holds great sincerity and value in today’s society. Unfortunately, we have learned NOT to trust most promises given by many of our leaders and NOT to rely upon those whom we thought we could rely; even our closest friends and loved ones at time.

Face it, the lack of Trust has become a real issue within today’s world. People make all kinds of promises they simply cannot keep or won’t keep. I recall a time when Americans could read or watch the News with confidence trusting what was being reported was actual truth or fact. That’s not the case any longer. Propaganda, mistruths, half-truths, and spins are put into just about everything we hear or see in today’s political and media worlds. That old wise saying, “Believe half you see and nothing you hear,” holds more truth today than ever before.

With so much “distrust” abounding it’s hard to believe in anything…But, there’s still one thing of total certainty that we can trust and rely upon…God’s Word; the Bible. The Promises of the Bible are True and Faithful. We can possess great confidence that God will never leave nor forsake us. The Bible teaches us, “Let God be true, but every man a liar…” (Romans 3:4 KJV). Meaning that God cannot lie and man can and often does lie.

God does not have to impress mankind with phony hopes and promises. What HE says HE means, and HE will bring it to pass. Trusting in God is a guarantee that never fades or expires. God is eternal; therefore His Promises are eternal. One of my favorite verses is found in the Book of Proverbs, “TRUST in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). I can put my heart’s entire TRUST in the LORD…I don’t have to worry about it. I don’t have to think about it. I don’t have to wonder or ponder over it…I know the LORD cares for me and will never breach a single promise HE has made.

My friend, today you may be struggling with Trust issues and wondering if you can ever trust anyone again. Perhaps, someone you love or put confidence into has disappointed or let you down. It happens to all of us at one time or another. But, just remember all humans are just that, Humans…And, humans do forget, fail, fall down, and disappoint even with the best of intentions.

Today, I encourage you to place ALL of your hopes and cares upon Jesus because HE is GOD and HE can never forget, fail, fall down, or disappoint…GOD is Faithful and you can always rely and Trust in HIM to do what is best for you in HIS time and in His way…Want you TRUST in Him today?

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author