Tag Archives: Christ

The Amazing Truth of What We Were Originally Created to Be

I firmly believe that we would need to be blind if we haven’t seen the great trouble humanity and the world is experiencing. We appear to be on the brink of imploding. That is, like the ancient Roman Empire, we will not be destroyed from the great forces from outside, but from within. The trajectory of humanity and the world will end in death and destruction, if we don’t return to what we were originally created to be. We need to return to the beginning to understand, the amazing truth of what we were originally created to be. To the very beginning when humanity was created by God in His image, in the image of Him He created them (See Genesis 1:27). No one can really say how long our first parents, Adam and Eve, were in the Garden of Eden or even how many others were there with them. But one thing we know for sure that those who were created had a personal and dynamic relationship with God. For He walked with them in the Garden in the cool of the day (See Genesis 3:8). God spoke to them in an audible voice giving them instructions and seeing to their every need. There was great freedom with only one known restriction. There was nothing to harm them. They had independent thought as they named and had dominion over all other forms of life.

They were living and enjoying their lives as they were created to be in total innocence, until they disobeyed. Every believer knows the story of the fall. How that once beautiful relationship with their Creator was now severed. In essence God let them go allowing them to sink deeper and deeper into the inevitable consequences of their sin. A remarkable thing surfaced almost immediately about human nature. They simply could not continue without some higher power directing them. Someone or something outside themselves giving them comfort or courage when things were not going so well. This longing caused them to fashion all manner of creatures, sticks and stones to guide their paths. As they advanced in knowledge of the universe they chose stars and planets to guide their thoughts and actions. Although God’s chosen people, the Jews, in time threw off these crutches as useless idols and returned to God, they as a people were not ready to accept the culmination of their faith, the restored life in Christ. They along with the larger part of humanity have remained dead in their trespasses, cut off and separated from their Holy God, their Creator. So many then and now have missed the good news that Jesus Christ came to bring life. (See John 10:10)

For the past two thousand years, just a faithful remnant has truly understood the new life and entered into it with great joy. A new life that forgets what is behind and presses on to a glorious future with a peace that defies understanding (See Philippians 3:13-14; 4:7). Yet, the greatest part about this new life is the restored relationship with our one True God, our Creator. To be able to talk and walk with God along life’s narrow way. To long for those times to be in the Spirit, listening and learning from the Master Himself. To receive His counsel when things don’t go so well, or when we are mistreated by others. To receive His direction when we are faced with a fork in the road. To never feel loneliness, anxiety, or depression for more than just a moment in time, because His counsel and love is always ever present. Even so called righteous anger is very short lived causing us to truly forgive and forget. No matter what happens to the rest of humanity and the world we have the assurance that we will not suffer as the pagan. That nothing can separate us from the love of God (See Romans 8:38).

On the other hand, as I have already alluded too, the rest of humanity will not be so fortunate. They have rejected this new life as a lie continuing on to find other things to support them in their misery. Not unlike the pagan who sought out their idols to give them direction, modern man has sought out his higher learning to be his help in the time of need and his sure course to a happy and fulfilled life. The problem, however, is it has not led to a fulfilled life, but to a life of disappointments and deep-seated emotional or psychological problems. In most, leading to a life of greater immorality. At which point we see the God of heaven letting go, allowing them to sink deeper into the inevitable consequences of their sin (See Romans 1:24,26,28). This I believe, is what’s happening right now. Fallen humanity has rejected their God. They have rejected this once beautiful and majestic relationship to independently try and solve their own problems through their higher learning or by creating other gods. So, God has let them go. How tragic. As fallen humanity sinks deeper into the consequences of their sins, they will become the cause of their own destruction.

Should the faithful remnant give up? God forbid! They say that proof is in the pudding or if it works I’ll take it. The fallen world is no longer listening. They have heard the old, old story. They have received the invitations. They have heard the promise, but have they seen it work? We say that God has given us a new life in Christ. We claim that God speaks to us and everything is so rosy, but the world is crying out in agony, yelling at the top of her lungs, “Where is the proof.” Dear friends, we are the proof. When tragedy strikes how do we act? When we are faced with a sudden emotional or even a psychological problem? How do we act? What do we do? Does the world see us running to the world’s counsel (or even so-called biblical counsel based on the methods of the world) and their array of drugs? Do they instead see us kneel in submission to our Father in Heaven listening to His counsel through the indwelling Spirit, through God’s Holy Word the Bible, or from His faithful servants who are proving their worth by walking as they should? When you are wronged in public how do you react? Do you react as the world does and respond with hateful language? Finally, how about your spouse. Can they see Christ living in you at all times? Can they see the new life in-Christ, becoming more like Christ daily?

In conclusion, have we grown indistinguishable from the crowd? We should feel compelled to always stand out from the rest. To let our light shine ever so brightly in world full of darkness (See Matthew 5:14-16). To let people see the changes that God has made in our lives. To always publicly give Him the glory. We need to be cognitive of this every time we take a step outdoors into the public arena and when they ask about the hope that we have be ready and willing to give it (See I Peter 3:15). Let me encourage you to tell them about your brand-new life where old things are passing away and behold all things have become new (See II Corinthians 5:17). To tell them that this was all accomplished by God, through His Son, Jesus Christ on the Cross. Dear friends, we can tell the old, old story, but they also need to see the change in us, they need to see the proof or everything we say is meaningless. There is great power in our personal testimony when they can also see the change. This is the amazing truth of what we were originally created to be, our new life that has a very personal and dynamic relationship with the God of all creation. Amen

Coming Soon: Rev. Blair has recorded this Blog Article as a Tribulation Radio Show in HD Video with local vocalists, prayers, and much more to the glory of God.

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn

This website and its content is copyright of He Reigns Christian Ministries – © Rev. Daniel W. Blair 2018. All rights reserved.

Is Your Name Written in The Lamb’s Book of Life?

The Bible says speaking about the Beast, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:7-8). If you are still here when Satan’s son arrives, who is also known as the Beast or son of perdition in the Bible, you will be controlled and forced to take the mark and worship the Beast, which you will comply with if your name is not written in the Lamb’s book of life. Your entire life as you now know it will be controlled. Step by step all your freedoms will vanish. You will be told what to do and what to think. There’s no escaping that fact. You can’t fight it. You can’t even run from it. If you try to fight or run, some will be caught, and others will be killed. The Bible says, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity, He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:10). Furthermore, if you are not in the Lamb’s Book of Life then you are under the Wrath of God subject to receive all His plagues and Woes to be poured out upon an unrepentant world. The saints who have had their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, those who are truly saved, are delivered from His wrath to come. Praise God. (See I Thessalonians 1:10.) So, we must ask the question, “Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?” Are you truly saved?

Now before you brush this article aside as just another prophecy about the end of time, let me warn you that the time is short. Most Christians believe that Christ will come back soon for His Church. We have all witnessed the increase in evil and the destruction of our planet. We have already witnessed a partial falling away. The Bible says, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (II Thessalonians 2:3). As stated already we have seen a partial falling away, but the son of perdition (or the Beast) has not yet been revealed. Let’s be very clear about this. Christ will not return until the son of perdition is revealed. That is, every true believer will recognize him as the dreaded Antichrist or the Beast. This will happen slowly through one lying deception after another. Through witnessing one miracle after another. This will be done so slowly and deliberately that most will not even know that they are being controlled until it’s too late. Please, don’t be numbered among that group. You must know now: “Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?”

If you think that you can wait you are just fooling yourself. We must all plan now and it starts with making sure that we are hearing the right Jesus. That when we get into the Spirit that it is the Spirit of the living God and not the spirit of the Antichrist. There will be many evil spirits who will claim to be Jesus. Remember, it is clear from the Bible that he can disguise himself as an angel of light. (See II Corinthians 11:14) He will tell you exactly what you want to hear. Your ears will be tickled. You may even feel excitement. He will be exactly what you think you need. He will be exactly what you imagine him to be. There are many people in our world today who claim that they see visions, have dreams, and receive prophecy from God. Unfortunately, most of them our listening to their own imagination or the spirit of Antichrist. So, please continue to read this short article, so that you will know for sure who you are listening to. Let’s make sure that you are listening to Christ, the Son of God. Let’s make sure that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Now, before I tell you how to make sure that you are in the Lamb’s Book of Life, let me tell you briefly how the Beast will trick the entire world into believing that he is god. In the beginning some may have doubts about who he is. You may not respect him much because of his perceived lies. You may even disrespect him for his indiscretions or his outrageous pride and boasting, but that is just the beginning. So, how can an evil Beast, the son of Satan, garner the devotion of the entire world? He can do so by becoming the world’s savior. Saving us from a supposed atomic annihilation by making peace with our enemies. Saving us from an economic collapse by building up our economy. By improving the stock market and putting everyone back to work. Saving us from the evil terrorist and those who wish to do us harm. If necessary by building walls and marking those who are considered dangerous by the government. Saving us from all manner of evil by passing new laws that give law enforcement more power. Giving us affordable universal healthcare. By giving us better living conditions through great plans of renewal and renovation. Finally, by giving us a new economic and religious freedom. All this will be seen as great gifts to humanity. But it won’t stop here. He along with a religious type personality, the second Beast, will do many signs and miracles. Great miracles beyond what you can even imagine. Of course, the major miracle is to mimic our risen Lord. He will receive a death wound, but just like Christ, then he will come back to life. This one miracle will make all previous boasting seem small in comparison. He will claim to be your god thus demanding your worship. It will be the job of the second Beast, the religious type Beast, to convince the entire world that he is god. He will demand everyone’s devotion.

So, as promised, how can we make sure that we are in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Contrary to what many in our world think today, it is very important to know what you believe. Of course, that’s only the first step, but it’s essential that we take it. Remember, Jesus Christ said that the Holy Spirit when He comes will lead us into all truth (See John 16:13.) The truth about Jesus Christ and His Father. The truth about our salvation. And the truth about the Holy Spirit and His work in us. These truths are essential, which are in the simple Gospel. We all know that Jesus Christ came to save the sinner and give them a new life in Him, but what many of us have forgotten is the true nature of sin. Yes, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but what is sin? We will all agree to disobey any of His commandments is sin, but how many can you quote? You might say if I love God and my fellow man then I have fulfilled His commandments, but don’t forget that He has given us over 127 commands in the New Testament alone to show us how to love God and how to love one another. On our own we cannot obey, but with God all things are possible. Not only has He promised to save us but to give us the ability to obey all His commandments and trust Him alone. This is all by the grace of God not by works lest any man just boast. This grace comes through faith believing in Jesus Christ who is the true Son of the living God who died, was buried and raised on the third day opens the door to a new life in Him. This is a life where all our sins are forgiven, and we are made into a brand-new creation where old things pass away. From the very first day we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth producing ever manner of Spiritual fruit. This eternal life misses the sting of death and ushers us into His glorious presence. This free-gift is given to those who are called into His Kingdom. Dear friends, if you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord by placing all your trust in Him to make you into a new creation and to forgive you all your sins then you can do that right now in the privacy of your own home. Come to Jesus right now confessing and repenting of your sins, telling Him that you believe that He is the Son of the living God and the only path to salvation asking Him to take full control of your life as Lord.

Our salvation must always begin with what we believe. Then secondly, we must follow all His teachings. Don’t worry about that because the Spirit will write God’s Laws upon our hearts (See Hebrews 10:16). This is all called obedience. As we start to put off the old life and put on the new (See Ephesians 4:22-24), we will feel the change taking place in our life. It won’t take long, before you will feel the love and peace from God’s words spoken through the indwelling Spirit. In time you will feel compelled to use the Spiritual gift or gifts that He gives to you for the common good of all your brothers and sisters in Christ (See I Corinthians 12:7). In time you will know that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You will know that nothing can snatch you out of the Father’s hand (See John 10:28.) That nothing can separate you from His love, even if you are imprisoned or die as a martyr (See Romans 8:38-39) The last test, of course, to know if you are in the Lamb’s Book of Life is you will refuse to be controlled by Satan’s son (the Beast or the son of perdition). You will not take his mark (visible or invisible). You will not show him any devotion. You will not worship him or his image. Let me be very clear, no matter how many times you say to yourself that you will not take a mark or worship the beast, you will if your name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Rev. Blair has recorded this Blog Article as a Tribulation Radio Show in HD Video with local vocalists, prayers, and much more to the glory of God. Please Click Here

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn

This website and its content is copyright of He Reigns Christian Ministries – © Rev. Daniel W. Blair 2018. All rights reserved.

As A Christian Are We Growing Insensitive to Sin? (Video)

Living in a sin filled world where every segment of society is practicing their sin in the open daily from the highest to the lowest among us we are compelled to ask the question, “As a Christian are we growing insensitive to sin?” It was not that long ago as believers we would be appalled to witness some of the sin we see in our world today. Please share with others.

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn

This website and its content is copyright of He Reigns Christian Ministries – © Rev. Daniel W. Blair 2018. All rights reserved.

 

As A Christian Are We Growing Insensitive to Sin?

Most believers understand that sin is wrong. They know how important forgiveness is and the price Christ paid to give it. They also know the importance of repentance and dying to the old sin nature. However, living in a sin filled world where every segment of society is practicing their sin in the open daily from the highest to the lowest among us we are compelled to ask the question, “As a Christian are we growing insensitive to sin?” It was not that long ago as believers we would be appalled to witness some of the sin we see in our world today. Was the sin there all along or were we just blind to it? Or was everything done in secret behind closed doors? Or have we as a world just gotten more-evil? Perhaps we can answer all these in the affirmative. Have we grown insensitive to sin to the point where we can just overlook it and not be too bothered by it? Insensitive to the point where we can gaze upon it, we can watch it, we can read about it and we can even share it with others. As we shall see this did not happen overnight. It took a very long time for people, especially believers, to feel comfortable enough to look at the sin and have no problem sharing it with others.

So, what does the Bible say about the sin all around us. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (I Peter 1:15-16). We are called to be holy, which means we must separate ourselves from all manner of sin. Before we can separate ourselves from sin we must first recognize it as sin. Oh, how we have fallen when we no longer recognize sin as sin. When did we as Christians stop recognizing pride and lying as sin? When did we as Christians stop recognizing that vulgarity, sexual immorality and adultery as sin? Have we grown that insensitive to sin that we no longer call it sin? Perhaps we should ask what’s causing the insensitivity. Could it be that in our eagerness to get away from one set of sins like homosexuality and abortion that we have run headlong into the acceptance of other sins, such as pride, lying, vulgarity, sexual immorality, and adultery? Can we safely say that one set of sins are better than another? We must agree that all sin is sin, although our Father in heaven tends to take a dimmer view of lying and pride. Perhaps because Satan is known as the father of lies and his pride led him to rebel against a most Holy God.

Perhaps another reason for becoming insensitive to these sins in question is that somehow the old sin nature can accept these better than the unpopular sins of the religious community such as: abortion, homosexuality, the acceptance of other world religions and cruelty to children or animals. Whatever the reason for our insensitivity we must open our eyes and understand that all sin is sin. It should make little difference to the believers if it’s someone of low position or a higher position, if the sin is present we must call it out. If it’s lying, then they must no longer lie and repent of all previous lies by confessing them to God and to one another. (See James 5:16) If it’s pride, then they must stop all their boasting and bragging about their selves and in humility consider others better themselves. In the same way all vulgarity, sexual immorality and adultery must stop with repentance, making a confession to God and to one another of their previous sins. For those in the highest level of authority should they not repent and confess these sins publicly to receive not only the forgiveness from God, but from the people. If not, then how can God fearing Christians continue to support such a person or persons. Have we become that insensitive to sin that we now turn a blind eye to it?

Perhaps another reason for becoming insensitive to sin is that one becomes comfortable with it. It is always easier to do it the second time. Either committing the sin or just participating in it. To listen to the boasting over and over again or the lying one begins to accept it as the new normal. The same is true in listening to vulgarity or being around a hot-tempered person. After awhile it becomes easier to accept. Of course, the same is true in committing the sin. Every time one commits a sin it becomes easier. In the same way, every time one participates in a sin, such as, watching it on TV or on Social Media, it becomes easier. Step by step one becomes more insensitive to the sin. It no longer shocks. It no longer feels repulsive. One no longer feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit thus grieving Him (See Ephesians 4:30). In time after seeing the sin time and again one become insensitive to the sin. Once that happens then it becomes easier to move from being just a participant in watching the sin committed to committing the sin ourselves. As one loses their insensitivity to the sin it becomes an acceptable habit. Indeed, sin is a very slippery slope.

Now, let’s test ourselves and see just how insensitive we have become to sin. Are you shocked, and feel repulsive when you see someone on Social Media beat a defenseless dog, or see a half-naked woman leading the music service in church, or see young boys beating up another boy in the school yard? If you say no, then you have grown insensitive to sin. How do you feel when someone post on Social Media a pastor touching the genitals of a woman, or someone is using vulgar language to express their point, or someone is mistreating their child in the market? If you say that you feel nothing, then you have grown insensitive to sin. How do you feel when you see a man half-nude dressed as a woman? If you feel nothing, then you have grown insensitive to sin. To be holy we don’t comment on those post but turn away immediately. As holy children we must not even gaze upon the sin. How do you feel when countless women say that they had an adulterous affair with the President of the United States of America? Truly now, can they all be lying? Yes, this all supposedly happened before he became President but the lying is happening now. The pride and boasting is happening now as President. As believers have we grown that insensitive to sin or are we simply ignoring it because we like his policies. Because we like how he is standing in the gap for the Christian community. This list could go on, but you get the point. Let’s make sure as believers who have been called to be holy that we have not lost our sensitivity to sin.

Rev. Blair has recorded this Blog Article as a Tribulation Radio Show in HD Video with local vocalists, prayers, and much more to the glory of God. Please Click Here

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn

This website and its content is copyright of He Reigns Christian Ministries – © Rev. Daniel W. Blair 2018. All rights reserved.

What Will Be the Measure of Your Faith When Christ Returns? (Video)

If you had to, how would you describe your faith? More importantly, how would God describe it? That is something we want to be sure about when we consider this question, “What will be the measure of your faith when Christ returns?” Faith has been a very loose term tossed around to describe many different things. … While there may be a certain element of truth in all these definitions, for the sake of this article I will only look at the aspect that Christ looks at upon His return to earth. Please share with others.

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
LinkedIn

This website and its content is copyright of He Reigns Christian Ministries – © Rev. Daniel W. Blair 2018. All rights reserved.