At the last Trumpet, the coming of Christ, and the last Judgment many tears will be shed over the words plainly spoken by the Lord, I never knew you, away from me you evildoers! (See Matthew 7:23) In the twinkling of an eye the apostasy will be exposed, the veil will be removed, and millions will realize that they had fallen away. What a horrible day that will be. In the Spirit I can hear the cries of anguish and the heart stopping screams of those who proclaim their innocence. Even their good works could not save them. How could they not be “known” by the Lord? How could they be so blind to the truth? Yet, we now live in a day where millions are unwilling to see their true condition. They have somehow tricked their mind into believing they are known by the Lord, but have become a part of the great apostasy. To shed light on the apostasy we need to take you back to the beginning. We need to go back to a time before social programs, public education, mental health professionals, and a proliferation of drugs engineered to solve every emotional and psychological problem known to man. We need to return to a simple time when Jesus Christ was all things to all men. He came to a hurting people ravaged by a host of wickedness casting people into deep emotional and psychological problems causing bouts of erratic behavior, physical mayhem, and in extreme cases demonic possession. He came to a people hungry not only for bread but for the bread of life as they stumbled aimlessly behind their religious leaders. Their blind guides where leading them into a pit of greater confusion causing them to put their trust in hollow and deceptive philosophies, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world. (See Colossians 2:8) On the other hand, Jesus Christ came proclaiming that they should put their trust in Him alone to lead them into a new everlasting life free from the heavy weight of their captivity. Continue reading The Apostasy Exposed
Our article today is “The Blessed Hope.” Today we continue our series of articles that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. As we fast approach the end of days the stress on all of humanity is increasing exponentially. This stress caused in large part by the intensity of natural disasters is having a profound effect on the human psyche causing many to lose hope. Hopelessness has trapped many into a life of endless psychological counseling and psychiatric drug addiction, while many others have turned to a life of crime in an attempt to recoup their losses. I am afraid we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg with strange and erratic behavior with a growing sense of hopelessness to contain it. From individuals eating the face off another individual to running head long into traffic, almost no one is pointing their finger at the increasing demonic influence on humanity. If that were not enough, very many people are losing hope in their elected leaders to solve the world’s problems of mounting debt, staggering unemployment, global terrorism, and a real threat of war. As nation states teeter on the brink of bankruptcy with the fear of unchecked anarchy the world is progressively losing its hope. Hopelessness reigns.
What really concerns us in this article is why are many Christians today losing hope? If Jesus Christ does not come back at a time when you expect Him then you along with many others could be shaken in your faith and lose all hope. Every Christian has decided in his own mind when he believes that Christ will return to rapture His Church. The great debate has continued for hundreds of years arguing pre-tribulation to post-tribulation and everything in between. At any point along this timeline one can say, “I’ve had enough, I can’t handle this anymore, where is the promise of His is coming.” When a man loses everything through natural disaster, the loss of employment, loss of relationships, or some other great tragedy, it’s easy for many to lose hope. And when a man loses hope he tends to give up putting him in the snare of the devil and the coming Antichrist. He will make great promises to relive the world of its present suffering. So how do we garner hope for the here and now? While most Christians think of hope is having hope in the afterlife, they typically expect little hope for the here and now. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hope is a grace to be experienced now in the same way we would experience the grace of love or the grace of faith.
Christians have a living hope that includes the here and now. The Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).This is the Christian hope. In our living dynamic relationship with our Father in heaven He lets His will be know through the indwelling Holy Spirit. As we keep in step with the Holy Spirit His will is being worked out in our life. Step by step we will not only feel His presence, but we experience His divine will in our life, with the living hope that God is working all things together for good for those who love Him. This “good” is for the here and now and also for our eternity destiny. We may very well go through some tragic circumstances, because of the great evil in the world. Again the Bible says, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: (Romans 5:3-4). Here we see the working of hope, refining it through our present difficulties to become that robust living hope that carries us to the finish line. From a worldly stand point everything might appear to be lost, but from a godly stand point we know that our hope will not disappoint us, for nothing can separate us from the love of God. We learn to hope against hope by allowing it to grow, and not diminish like the rest of the world.
We are a people who are rejected and despised by the world. Our journey has been long and at times very treacherous, marked with potholes of defeat and grief. As we press on in our upward calling in Jesus Christ, with a quick glance back we are shocked and overjoyed at how far we have come up the narrow path. We thank Jesus and praise His Holy Name for delivering us from so much peril and certain death for if He had not been there to catch us and put our feet back on the narrow way, all would be lost. Each step of the way we press on because of the living hope within us. For we know God’s Word that says, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:18-19). Praise God! Hope does not disappoint us for it not only includes this life but reaches beyond this life, for the anchor of our soul has entered within the veil, which represents the presence of God. Amen
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). Why, because we have already had a preview of things to come. The more we grow in Christ and the deeper our walk becomes we know in all assurance that all the wonder and majesty we have experienced in our relationship with the Father is only a foretaste of our blessed hope. When we finally realize that it is no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me through the Holy Spirit, it changes everything. For once in our life we feel whole. We feel like we have finally arrived at being who we are supposed to be as humans. This earthly relationship with the Father points to our blessed future without death, or mourning or crying or pain. Magnify the few minutes of bliss in our daily communication with the Father here on earth to experiencing it for all eternity. Multiply the glorious times of walking in His presence here on earth with time that’s everlasting in heaven with the Father. This is a future where all things are made new. We will have new bodies that will not grow old or experience pain but have the liberty to experience all the heaven has to offer. Therefore, our blessed hope looks for that glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (see Titus 2:13). What a day that will be, where every eye shall see His glorious return and every knee bow in submission to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is our blessed hope.
So, don’t be one who loses his hope and falls into the snare of the devil, but cast your hope on things to come. If you feel that God has delayed His return based on your own interpretation of the Scripture, then stand fast in the truth that God will deliver on all of His promises in His time and not yours. You must be persuaded that you will stand firm until the end no matter how long that takes. As the world rushes head long into the abyss you must hang on to your hope in Christ Jesus and the things to come. It will see you through the most difficult of times. Fire storms, extreme heat waves, violent storms or power outages should strengthen your faith not dash your hope. Stand on the assurance that God will never leave you nor forsake you. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Dear friends, don’t lose your hope, which can cause a multitude of emotional and psychological problems, but stand firm on His promises allowing them to strengthen your blessed hope.
Copyright © 2016 Rev. Daniel W. Blair – this transcript is taken in part from my Tribulation Radio show on 4/5/2016 and from my book “Revelation Truth” published 2015 (under the Chapter “Don’t Lose Hope”).
Our article today is, “Your Words are Killing Me.” Today we continue our series of article that proclaim that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. The sheer number of those who suffer emotional and psychological trauma from unwholesome words launched against them is staggering. From all the wars that have been waged to all the plagues that have descended upon the planet nothing has come close to the number of those who have been damaged by corrupt and rotten speech. There is great power in the spoken word tragically used to tear down and destroy those closest to us. Make no mistake this power is quickly learned by those being attacked, perhaps in a lesser degree, and used defensively, but it does not excuse their bad behavior. This has caused a flood of casualties seeking relief from the world’s counselors to bind up their wounds. Instead of solving their real problems through godly advice they are led as captives into a life of psychotropic drug addiction with little hope of recovery. For the first time in human history the institution of marriage with its permanent relationships are becoming extinct being replaced by multiple marriages or non-committal cohabitation. If you could have your spiritual eyes opened you would be horrified by the carnage of broken lives caused by corrupt and rotten speech. There is a better way, a path of true recovery and hope for those who are willing to follow God’s counsel from His anointed Word.
The Bible says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed from your mouth…” (Ephesians 4:29a KJV). Now that is a challenge. Make no mistake this will be one of the most difficult things you will ever accomplish. The good news, however is you will accomplish it. James writing in his letter demonstrates the difficulty of taming the tongue and its great power to damage yourself and others. He refers to it as a “restless evil, full of deadly poison.” The biggest lie perpetuated among children is the old saying, “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words cannot harm me.” The reverse is true. Words can do great damage to the mental state of others. It would be nearly impossible to describe all corrupt speech from cursing, name calling, belittling, mocking, insulting, accusing, to flippancy or impropriety it all casts its dagger deep into the heart of another individual. In time the individual hearing the verbal attacks may actually begin to believe it about themselves. They begin to question their own worth before God or their own ability to accomplish even the simplest of task. If left alone and not dealt with using sound biblical counsel it can and most often times leads to depression, self-hate, and in extreme cases suicide. As bad as all this is the final crushing blow comes through lies and a false witness against our fellow man. So what is God’s counsel? “Let no corrupt communication proceed from your mouth.” Put off your old self and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, the key to putting off the old self and its habit of corrupt communication is to put on the new man. And to put on the new man we learn how to communicate “…what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29b). This is truly other centered rather than self-centered. In fact, it takes a great deal of listening on our part to determine their real needs as opposed to their felt needs. If we spent more time listening rather than talking it would greatly help our communication skills. The Bible says, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” (James 1:19a). As we listen to others, not just sort of listen, but really listen then they begin to open up sharing their struggles, unfulfilled desires, and needs. Friends, we are all competent to instruct (counsel) one another from God’s Word, the Bible. (See Romans 15:14) We have all been given the Spirit of the living God to speak the truth with gentleness and respect. “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). Have you ever thought about how important your communication is to others? It can build others up or it can tear them down. Friends, the choice is yours but if you choose the former then grace will abound with every spiritual blessing.
Furthermore, clearly everyone needs love; self-sacrificing love that expects nothing in return. Jesus Christ was our greatest example of self-sacrificing love to the entire world. In the same way husbands are admonished to love their wives. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). True love always looks for ways to build others up by pointing out their God given abilities and helping them see their full potential in Christ Jesus. True love helps them see their value and worth in the eyes of God. True love takes an interest in their hobbies, their passions, and their life’s work. True love goes the extra mile, turns the other cheek, and is always ready to forgive. Although they, along with all of us, have their faults and besetting sin that keeps tripping them up, we who are spiritual should restore them gently. (See Galatians 6:1). Friends, do you really want to walk as children of light then begin today to watch carefully every word that proceeds out of your mouth and ask yourself does this word build up or does it tear down. Ask yourself does this word demonstrate love or does it cast a dagger deep into the heart of another individual causing them undue harm. Let no one cry out, “Your Words are Killing Me!”
Copyright © 2016 Rev. Daniel W. Blair – this transcript is taken in part from my Tribulation Radio show on 3/29/2016 and from my newest book: Revelation Truth, published and Copyright © 2015
Today we continue our series of articles that proclaim that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. As the Church prepares to celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, unfortunately many in the world don’t feel much like celebrating. A dark shadow has been cast over the world from an increase in rampant lawlessness to the destabilization of other nations. The stress level of the world’s population is off the scale due to fear of catastrophic natural disasters, impending pandemics, the possibility of world war, or an increase in bloody persecution of Christians. The world is faced with a multitude of problems. In our struggle to walk as children of light in a dark world we have all lost many battles to the old nature and the enemy. Many Christians who are burdened with life’s problems find little accurate and authoritative counsel from others. For many they find little comfort or direction from the Bible which has resulted in a life of bondage to emotional and psychological problems forcing them to the world’s counselors to find a cure. Often times in desperation they have readily accepted the remedy of psychotropic (mind altering) drugs leading to life of addiction, other dependence, and spiritual depression. By God’s grace I want to spare you of that. Continue reading Finding Answers to Life’s Problems
This article begins a new series that proclaims that God has given us everything we need for all of life and godliness. My heart is grieved over how many people are hurting. I know that God’s heart must also be breaking when he hears the cries of His children. Although at first glance, one can easily blame many things for their struggles and anguish, such as a weak economy, lack of work, or circumstances beyond their control. However, once we take a closer look we soon discover that many of the problems they face are caused by other things not easily recognized or admitted. Before we unearth these causes, it’s necessary to realize that as God’s children His chief concern is the end result. That is, His chief desire beyond anything you experience in this life is to make you into a new creation where the barnacles of the old sin nature fall off and that one day you would stand before Him in heaven as a righteous person in Christ. Continue reading Why Is Life so Difficult?
Out of nowhere a tornado strikes un-expectantly in the Dallas area, while England is submerged under the worst flooding imaginable, then there is the constant threat of terrorism, unknown plagues, or lawlessness in the streets of America. The stress is beyond measure as more people line up at the counselors office or stock up more food and ammo to prepare for the inevitable. And if we are honest many of us or the people we know may already be reaching their breaking point. As we enter a New Year then wisdom says we must insulate our self with the pure teaching of God’s Word now before we reach our breaking point. Continue reading Breaking Point
This is a very practical book not only for lay leaders and pastoral counselors, but for every Christian who desires to help their brethren who has suffered under the hands of secular psychology and psychiatric drug addiction.