Ask for the Old Paths

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16).

With the news media focusing its attention lately on gender identity do you feel as if the “old ways” of life are dissipating and disappearing?

Sadly, this past week I overheard a news anchor person state, “The gender of a person at birth does not dictate their gender identity.” Well, if that’s the case, then what does?

It appears to me that the WORLD has gone MAD! Each day the WORLD sinks farther and farther into wickedness, darkness, and sin…And, we, God’s people, draw closer and closer to the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The signs are all around us.

In Jeremiah’s day the people also rebelled against God and sought their “own paths” which means they rejected God’s ways and chose what was “right in their own eyes.”

God warned the rejecting people over and over to return to HIS ways, the old paths, but they refused by saying, “We will not walk therein.” That’s exactly what society are doing today; refusing to walk in God’s ways and openly persecuting those who do.

The world’s search for temporary peace-of-mind is always sensual, selfish, and sinful. Their peace comes from pleasure-seeking whether it comes in the form of a pill, bottle, or other self-destructive addictive means. But, choosing God’s ways (the old paths) bring about HIS PEACE that passes all understanding. And, as I recently heard someone say, “You can’t know God’s PEACE that passes ALL understanding until it passes ALL understanding!”

As a Believer and Follower of Jesus Christ, what a JOY it is to walk in the “old paths” leaning and trusting on God.

Today, you may be in need of a long-term Peace that passes all understanding. You may be disgusted with all the hype of the news media and the ever-increasing wickedness of the world. If so, let me encourage you to remain at the feet of Jesus and walk the precious “old path” that began at the foot of the Cross.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Thank you, Sweet Jesus, for the Old Path that leads me directly to you. Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

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Day 24 Celebrating Immanuel…HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

Day 24 Celebrating Immanuel…Happy New Year 2013!

What a great way to begin the New Year by continuing my 30 day series on “Celebrating Immanuel!”

The birth of Jesus Christ was and still is all about New Beginnings…A new way to communicate, relate to, and live by God’s Holy Word… And, a new way to communicate and interact with fellow human beings on earth…

After Jesus’ birth, man’s relationship with God would NO longer be about serving Him or obeying Him only through a set of strict Laws, rituals, and routines.  It would become a personal relationship; a “HEART” matter.  “As a man thinketh in his heart. so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).  No more would “adultery” just be seen as the very act of committing adultery, but if a man even looked upon a woman with lust in his heart he had already committed adultery!   No longer would the very act of killing or taking a person’s life be judged as “murder,” but even hating a person without cause would be sin!  And, the wages of sin is death!  

After Jesus was born, man’s heart became openly exposed as being wicked, deceitful, and sinful no matter what outward, ceremonial rituals were being performed.  The Law would not and could not save man, because man’s inward heart is wicked….It would take the Holy, Righteous, Pure, Sinless BLOOD of Jesus Christ to cover and to forgive the sins of mankind…And, it would take man’s believing in God’s only begotten Son to receive the Gift of God’s redemption and salvation (John 3:16).

Oh, my friend today is a new day; a New Year.  Only through Jesus Christ can you make a new start…No amount of “resolutions” or self-made plans can deliver you from your inward wicked heart….If you don’t believe me, ask yourself this question.  “How is it that you can be doing a task when suddenly out of no where an unclean, unrelated thought pops into your mind or thoughts?”  Where did it come from?  Answer:  Your heart; your wicked, deceitful heart…And, I have one, too….We all do.  That’s why we ALL need Jesus’ sinless life (Immanuel; God is With Us) and pure heart to save us from ourselves, our sins, and from all unrighteousness.  Amen…

Each day that I live I have the opportunity of beginning a new day with Jesus in my heart and in my life…I can rest assured that Jesus is taking care of my thoughts, ways, mannerisms, wickedness, and deceitfulness…HE will deliver me and show me the RIGHT way to go in my life and the RIGHT way to behave…And, when I do mess up, as we all do…HE will forgive me…”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9).

What a great way to live!  What a great New Year ahead of us with Jesus in our hearts….What a great day to Celebrate Immanuel! What a great day to celebrate Jesus!

Happy New Year 2013…May Jesus be in your hearts and lives and walk beside you all the way.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

Woe Unto Them…

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  (Isaiah 5:20 KJV)

What saddness fills my heart and mind as we continue to see those in high political places within our nation openly speak up for evil and speak out against that which is good according to the Words of God.

For decades now, the Bible has no longer been used or seen as a book of Divine guidance given by a Holy Creator to a needful people.  We no longer look to its truths as our foundation and its boundaries as our compass.  Man is left to interpret, “whatever is right in his own eyes.” No longer do elected politicians represent the voice of the common man, but that of special interest groups and those who “mock” the teachings of the Word of God.

Today, it is more fearful in our nation to stand up and claim to be a Bible-believing Christian than it is to enter a theater and shoot dozens of innocent people; killing and taking lives.  Why do I say this?  Because, a few days ago a young man entered into a Colorado theater armed with enough weapons to take out a small community.  But, as far as I know, no politician in our land has stood up to say that the violence being acted out and displayed in today’s Hollywood movies is having a negative impact upon our land. No, no voice heard…Rather than admit to such beliefs, our media has been overloaded with “stars” and “officials” in support of Hollywood…  However; let a Bible-believing American CEO stand up and declare his support for Christian values and numerous city mayors all across America are asking people to boycott their business.  “Woe unto them who call evil good…and good evil…”

People we better wake up…If these aren’ts signs of the end-of-time, we are certainly missing the mark.  Yes, yes, yes…I know “signs” have always been with us from the beginning of time…Yes, yes, yes…I know that “no one” knows the day or hour when Jesus will return for His bride (the church-born-again believers and followers of Jesus Christ)…But, the Bible does tell us that as it was in the day of Noah so shall it be when the Lord appears… What was going on in the day of Noah?  “Good was being called evil and evil was being called good.”  (represented in Genesis 6:5).

In Matthew 24, we find the account where Jesus’ own disciples asked him what the “signs” would be of his returning. In verses nine and ten, we read, “And ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another…”

Oh, my dear friend how I know the heart-breaking pains of being offended, betrayed, rejected, and hated because of who I am (a Christian) and whom I believe (Jesus Christ).  You haven’t lived until you have been betrayed by the very ones that you ministered to, loved, and prayed for…The very ones you went to church with Sunday after Sunday…Oh, the pain….You haven’t lived until your own family members, flesh and blood, betray you and mock you and refuse to make amends with you because their own heart has grown cold and indifferent..  Yet; they see no wrong in it….”And, because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” 

Everywhere you look and everywhere you go people are doing what is right in their own eyes and refusing to obey and listen to the Word of God….”How can you love the one you haven’t seen when you cannot love the one you have seen?”   (I John 4:20).  People, LOVE…God’s Love is NOT indifferent. It is alive, thriving, forgiving, nurturing, patient, kind-hearted…But, it is never indifferent…Oh, Lord, open our blinded eyes.

Our nation’s moral compass, as well as many of our own churches, is broken. Anything goes…We don’t want to “offend” anyone…We don’t want to stand up for what is right… We don’t want to be seen as backward and ignorant KJV Bible thumpers, narrow-minded and legalistic…Just to mention a few of the “tags” we are labeled with when we stand up and stand upon the teachings of the Word of God…

If I’m going to die for something or if I am going to be imprisoned for something, let it be something worthwhile like the B-I-B-L-E…that’s the book for me!  Patrick Henry declared, “Give me Liberty or give me death!”  Thank God for the passion of these men…If I’m going to be persecuted, mocked, made fun of, called ignorant..so be it…For I’m not alone….Millions before me have faced the same sort of persecution and injustices…Why should I be any different…If anyone needs to come out of the closet…it’s Christian believers standing up and taking back our land; our once blessed, God-fearing land!  Evil will always reside upon planet Earth until the Lord comes back, but that doesn’t mean we sit idle and watch it control and consume our land…God forbid….

I believe in the Bible, and I consider myself an educated person holding a six-year Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision…Anyone can get a college degree if they have the opportunity and the willingness to do the hard work…Having a college degree doesn’t make me anything special, but it does assure that I am not backwards in my cognitive and reasoning abilities to NOT be able to read and choose clearly for myself what I do and do NOT believe in…I don’t need some politician telling me where I should and should not eat, nor do I need a president telling me that his children have friends whose parents are homosexuals, so that should make it right for the whole country!!!!  God forbid…I’ll just let the B-I-B-L-E do my talking for me!  And, when I go on my knees in spiritual battle, I have my King James Version in hand!  I may use other versions as I study, prepare, and expound upon the Word of God, but when it comes to praying and spiritual warfare, I get my trusted KJV; nothing else will do for me in the tough times; and times are getting tougher each day!  And, as far as formal education; some of the smartest and wisest people I know never made it pass the third-grade…Wisdom comes from God!  No teacher or professor can “teach” you that!

“Woe Unto Them…” Oh, Sweet Jesus, how I wish that ALL would believe and trust in your Mercy and Grace and come to know you as their own personal Savior and redeemer.  Oh, how I pray for my land; the land where I live and breath…But, you instructed your disciples to pray always for all man everywhere…And, I do pray this day O Lord to have mercy upon those who call evil good and good evil…For, they will have their day of judgment at the Great White Throne; IF they do not repent. God, help us all.  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author