A Few Years Ago, Barbara Walters had a Special about Heaven

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(Revelation 22:14; John 14:2; Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 1:4)

A few years ago, Barbara Walters had a special on ABC about Heaven and whether it really exists and all of the different beliefs people hold regarding Heaven. Of course, Walters gave equal time to all of the false religions of the world to espouse their perverted beliefs about Heaven, as well as those who don’t believe there even is such a place. Rather than critiquing her special or getting into a deep theological discussion on the Doctrine of Heaven, let me deal today with Heaven from what God has told us in His Word, our final and only authority in all matters.

The Scriptures clearly teach that there is a real and literal place called Heaven. It is spoken of in the Bible far more than hell. Heaven is the place the eternal souls of men who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity. The Bible teaches we will have a glorified body and dwell forever in Heaven with God our Creator. We know from God’s Word that Heaven will be a place of singing, of fellowship, of serving, and of learning. We don’t have lots of specifics in the Bible about the eternal home of Believers, and there are many unanswered questions about Heaven. Please be very cautious of those who take the glimpses we get in the Word and try to add details and make definitive statements about Heaven that are simply not supported by Scripture.

Here is the most important fact for you to know about Heaven. There is only ONE WAY to get there, and that is by putting your faith in Jesus Christ. PERIOD! Heaven is the home of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is a place of perfection. That is why sin can’t exist in Heaven. We are all born with the sin we inherited from Adam and we all sin during the course of our life. It is our sin that separates us from a Holy God. Jesus was God’s one and only answer to man’s sin problem. He died as the one-time perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. That is why there is no other name by which men are saved. It is faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Chris alone that saves you since He is the One who died for your sins.

Of course, all of the cults and false religions have their version of Heaven. Many of those beliefs were expressed on the ABC special. Never forget, all cults and false religions were started out of the hearts and minds of men who rebelled against God and the Truth of His Word. So their version of Heaven is a perversion of the Biblical Heaven and doesn’t even exist except in their imagination. They have not only promised their followers eternity in a place that doesn’t exist, but in reality, led them to everlasting punishment in hell for rejecting God’s ONLY way to Heaven…faith in Jesus Christ.

(I am always amused at how cults like Mormonism and false religions like Islam dangle unlimited sex, food, and luxury, all powerful motivations of this finite life, as the reward for those who follow their damnable lies!)

Outside of the imaginary “heavens” the cults and false religions have dreamed up, there are two prevailing views on Heaven held by the masses the ABC special documented and I deal with every day here at Liveprayer and on the TV program. The first is that there is no such place as Heaven. For those who have rejected God, rejected His Word, and rejected Jesus Christ, they have also rejected the existence of Heaven. They hold to the belief that you simply die and that is it. Life ends, there is no more. For these people, their “heaven,” is found on earth. Their concept of a “heaven” is the good things that happen throughout your life. These people view Heaven and hell simply as “states” we are in during this life.

However, the most popular view and belief held by most people of Heaven is that it is a place where good people go after you die. Your entrance to Heaven is determined strictly by the amount of good works you do in your life. If you are simply a good person, do good things, help others during your life, when you die you will go to Heaven. Sadly, this is also the prevailing belief held by most people who go to church! It is a combination of two great lies, salvation by works and as long as you do your best you will get to Heaven when you die. These are particularly troubling to me since again, these are the views that are actually taught from the pulpits in many churches across the nation! Pastors who teach and preach these lies are no better than a Muslim Imam, a Jewish Rabbi, or a cult leader, guiding the souls of their followers straight to an eternity in hell !

Paul said in English easy enough for a 3rd grader to understand in Ephesians 2:8,9 that, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” NOT BY WORKS! WHAT PART OF “NOT” DON’T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND??? There is NO AMOUNT of good works that is going to get you to Heaven. I don’t care how many elderly women you help across the street, how nice you are to your dog, how much money you give to Jerry’s kids on Labor Day, or the fact you don’t hit your wife or cheat on your taxes, YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY WORKS, BUT BY YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST AND GOD’S GRACE. PERIOD!!!

Also, this universalism lie from the pits of hell that everyone is going to make it to Heaven is simply that, a lie from the depths of hell itself! The fact is, everyone is NOT going to Heaven. Only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by faith will be in Heaven. The Bible teaches that those who reject Christ’s love will be cast into hell and punished for all eternity. I didn’t say it, God did. The problem is people think they are “good people,” when in fact he Bible says “There are none that are good, no not one.” We are ALL sinners. The Bible declares we have ALL sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. There are NO good people, only lost souls who need a Savior. The only ones who will be going to Heaven are those who ask Christ to forgive them of their sins and accept Him into their heart and life by faith.

MEMO TO JOEL OSTEEN: The next time anyone aks you the very simple question any Sunday School child can answer, “Will Muslims, Jews, and anyone else who rejects Jesus Christ be saved?” Your answer is an emphatic, “NO, only those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved.” You are not judging anyone Joel, and you are not condemning anyone to hell. GOD ALREADY JUDGED MAN AND ALL YOU ARE DOING IS WHAT GOD CALLED YOU TO DO, AND THAT IS TELL PEOPLE WHAT HE SAYS IN THE BIBLE!

I love you and care about you so much. There is so much about Heaven we don’t know. I get emails every day from people asking me specific questions about Heaven that I have to tell them I don’t know the answer. The greatest thing though is that those who know Jesus will find out one day very soon all those answers because we will be in Heaven and experience it first hand. I can’t wait! While there is so much about Heaven we don’t know, we do know the most important thing and that is how to get there! We also know that we will be forever with Jesus. Knowing we will spend eternity in Heaven and that we will be forever in the presence of our Lord is really all I need to know about Heaven. All the rest, the crowns, the rewards, how old we will be, what we will look like in our glorified bodies, who and what we will know, will all be known to us once we get there.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will give you the courage the next time you end up in a dissuasion about Heaven to take a stand for the Truth of His Word. This is a common topic with those who aren’t saved, since most do believe there is a place called Heaven. They are simply confused about how to get there. That is where you come in. Remember, you are not condemning people to hell, you don’t have that ability. The only way a person can go to hell is if they choose to go there. God’s desire is that ALL men come to repentance, that none be lost. I’m convinced after nearly 2 decades of evangelistic ministry that very few people really want to go to hell, they simply don’t believe there is such a place or nobody has ever told them how they can avoid going there.

I love when they do these types of specials, even though they give a forum to all the false religions of the word, since it is a great opportunity to talk to unbelievers about Heaven and about knowing Jesus so they can get there. Sadly, Walters didn’t interview anyone with the guts to simply look into the camera and boldly and without shame give a clear presentation of the Gospel. You can’t talk about Heaven without talking about how to get there, and the Bible tells us clearly that the ONLY way to Heaven is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by faith. There really is a place called Heaven and I’m not only looking forward to getting there, but also in fellowshipping with all those in the Liveprayer family that I never got to meet during this life.

ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN? The fact is you will die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven or be cast into everlasting darkness, forever separated from God your Creator. To know for certain you will be forever in Heaven with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Right Question

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(Isaiah 55:8,9)

I have preached a message over the years called, “The Right Question.” It is a message you need today because everyone comes to that place in life when they ask, “Why God?” I can’t tell you how many times over the last 14 years of ministry I’ve been with people at a funeral, in a hospital room, in a counseling session, and inevitably the same question always gets asked, “Why, why is God allowing this to happen?” “Why is this happening?” “Why doesn’t God care?” “Why doesn’t God stop this?” “Why doesn’t God step in and change this?” “Why, why, why God?”

First of all, that is a natural question. Don’t feel bad. As a matter of fact, if you haven’t asked that question you’re not normal. We all come to that place from time to time, especially in the midst of serious trials in our life when we look up at God and we just say, “Why God? “Where are you?” “Why aren’t you helping me?” “Why God?” Today, I want to help you to ask the proper question. “Why God” is the natural question, however, the proper question is, “What, God?”

Living in this sin-filled world that we do, a world full of men living in utter rebellion to God and His Word, there is incredible evil all around us. Because of that sin and evil, there is always going to be bad things happening. That is simply part of this human experience. Just hours before going to the cross, Jesus took His disciples to the side and said, “in this life, you are going to have trials and tribulations.”

Jesus didn’t want His disciples to think that just because they had walked with Him, that their life was going to be a bed of roses. Anybody who thinks that when you get saved you automatically receive a free pass from the trials and tribulations from life is sadly mistaken. You see, trials and tribulations are part of living in this sin-filled and evil world that we do. Just like death is part of this life, the trials and tribulations we all face during our life are also part of this human experience.

Now, you can go through the trials and tribulations of life, face those difficult circumstances we all have along our journey and whine and moan and complain and ask “Why God,” or you can ask the proper question which is, “What, God?” What God, what can I learn from this situation? God what lesson can I take from this experience? Most importantly, “God, what can I do to serve You through this?”

You read in the Book of Acts about some of the experiences Paul went through. Repeatedly tossed into prison for his faith, chased out of towns, people trying to kill him, but you never read about Paul asking God why. Instead he asked, “What God can I do to glorify You through all that I am going through?” You see my friend, that has got to be your response to the trials and tribulations that you face in this life. Instead of wasting your time and energy moaning and complaining and asking God why, figure out what you can do in the midst of your trials and tribulations to serve Him and bring glory to His name.

You see, our purpose in this life is to serve and glorify God. That’s our purpose. That purpose doesn’t change just because we’re going through a difficult time. I’ll never forget in the early days of Liveprayer when we were facing what seemed to be insurmountable pressures and problems and issues every day. One day I really need to sit down and write a book about the first year of Liveprayer and the miracle it was that we survived, as a testimony of God’s faithfulness. I’d sit here and break down if I started to tell you half of the things that we went through in those early days. But instead of sitting there and complaining and asking God “why” every day, I finally came to a place where I said, “God what can I do to serve and glorify you this day?”

Many of the things you are asking “Why, God,” are out of your control. In most cases, you can’t control the fact that you’ve got cancer in your body, got laid off from your job, your husband or wife left you, or your son or your daughter is living their lives in rebellion to God. So many of the things that we face in our life are things that we have no control over in the first place. It’s at those times that your faith has got to become real and you have to put your complete faith and trust in God. When you do that, you are no longer sitting there asking, “Why, God, why is this happening to me?” Instead, you are asking, “What, God, what can I do for you?”

I love you and care about you so much. Do you want to start living in freedom? Do you want to start living with that joy in your heart? Do you want to start living with that peace the Bible says passes all human understanding? Oh, my friend, when you are not asking why anymore, but instead are asking what, there is a peace, there is a joy, there is a freedom you can’t even put into words. It is indescribable. You see, Jesus, after He told His disciples that there would be trials and tribulations quickly added, “but be of good cheer because I have overcome this world!”

My friend, God knows what your problems are today. Give them to Him since I guarantee you He can handle them better than you can. What that does is free you up to not waste your time and energy asking why, but spend it serving the Lord. You need to ask, “What, God, what can I do for you today, what can I do to serve you today?” I know many of you are hurting and going through difficult times right now. My admonition to you, my counsel to you, my encouragement for you is to change your question. Change your question from, “Why, God” to “What, God.”

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Why does the Way of the Wicked Prosper

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(Jeremiah 12:1, Psalm 37, Psalm 73)

“Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all of the faithless live at ease?” If Jeremiah had a computer back in his day, he may have sent Liveprayer an email with these questions that we read him asking in Jeremiah 12:1. Not a day goes by that we don’t get hundreds of emails from people asking these very questions. A woman who loves the Lord and honors Him with her life has a husband who cheats on her, leaves her and their children for another woman, and is now living a comfortable life while she and her children struggle just to live day to day.

A man who faithfully serves the Lord gives decades of his life working for a company that takes advantage of him, operates with little ethics or morals, and lets him go just before he is scheduled to retire to save money while those who run the company live extravagant lifestyles. A young man trying to follow the Lord and God’s Word struggles to buy a new pair of shoes while teenage thug rappers glorifying and living lifestyles of sin wear hundreds of thousands of dollars of jewelry and drive new exotic cars.

There is an endless list of examples of those who love the Lord, live for Him, yet are currently struggling in their daily lives while those who deny Christ and live in complete rebellion to Him seem to prosper and live in great comfort and ease. So it becomes a legitimate question that the prophet Jeremiah asks. It is a legitimate question that men who love the Lord throughout the ages have asked. It is a proper question for those who serve and follow the Lord today to ask. WHY DO THE WICKED SEEM TO PROSPER?

The answer to this question, like the answers to ALL questions, is found in God’s Word. You need to take time to read the 37th Psalm, all 40 verses. The answer to this age-old question of why do the wicked seem to prosper is found in never losing sight of the big picture of what this life is all about. First, it is God who gives us life and we all have the same general purpose of serving and glorifying Him with our lives. Second, we are all going to die one day. As the Bible clearly tells us, tomorrow is promised to none of us, so that day is not as far away as many think it is. Third, when we die, our soul lives on for eternity. The only issue to be determined is do we spend that eternity WITH God who created us or APART from God who created us. Each person makes that choice in either accepting or rejecting God’s ONLY plan of salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

So what is important to understand is that we actually have a very limited number of days in this life here on earth. The most critical choice we have to make during our life is what we do with Jesus, since that choice will determine our eternal home. For those who have chosen to follow Christ, their days on this earth are to be focused on fulfilling our God-given purpose of serving and glorifying the Lord with our lives in whatever way God calls each of us to do that.

If you haven’t noticed, I have not mentioned having money, possessions, or any of the things of this world. You see, those are simply the temporary things of THIS LIFE and are meaningless in light of eternity. What happens is the righteous, the followers of Christ get caught up in measuring prosperity and success the way the world does by the temporal things of this world. Real prosperity and success aren’t found in the temporary things of this world but in the eternal things of God. Things like peace and joy and living an abundant life that don’t come from this world, but from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Let me ask you a very serious question. This is actually a question Jesus once asked. He said,” What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?” When Jesus was in the desert being tempted by the devil for 40 days and 40 nights, at one point satan showed Him all of the kingdoms of the world and told him to worship him and they would all be His. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’ ” You see, Christ understood that the things of this world are but temporary. The REAL Kingdom is not in this world, but in Heaven. The REAL riches are not in this world, but in Heaven.

I love you and care about you so much. It is natural in our flesh to look at those who have chosen to reject Christ and live their lives in complete rebellion to God and His Word and wonder why they seem to prosper while we may be currently struggling. While they may be enjoying the prosperity this world offers, without Jesus they are SPIRITUALLY BANKRUPT. Actually, rather than envy these people, they are to be pitied since when their brief journey through life is over they will be spending eternity in a place created for satan and his fallen angels unless they come to know Jesus. Bill Gates may be the richest man on the planet, but the moment he dies, all of his wealth is MEANINGLESS. The ONLY THING that will matter when he stands before God is does he know Jesus as his personal Savior.

This is also the problem with the “prosperity gospel” so many today preach in error. There is NOTHING in the Bible that says just because you know Jesus you are guaranteed to have great wealth in this life. What the Bible DOES PROMISE is that if you know Christ as your Savior, you are assured of everlasting life and that during this life you will enjoy the blessings and provision of God. You see, God has promised to meet your needs during this life, needs like food, shelter, and clothing. That is God’s promise to His children. The true prosperity gospel is not about dollars, it is about BLESSINGS!

God NEVER promised you would have a million dollar home, a new Rolls Royce in the driveway, $5,000 suits, a Rolex watch, or any of the many treasures this life can offer. God may allow some to be blessed to have those things during their life, but the wealth of a follower of Jesus is not measured in the temporary things of this world, but in the eternal things of God! God measures the heart of His children not by their bank account, but by their obedience, their faithfulness, and their willingness to completely surrender all they have to follow Him.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will speak to you through these words about how you look on those who have chosen to live their lives in rebellion to God, yet seem to be prospering. The fact is, they may indeed be prosperous according to the standards of the world for a brief season. But whatever we have in this life will one day be gone, and at that point, the only thing that will matter is do we know Jesus. Pray for those who you may have been envious of for what they possess. Pray that they will come to know Christ as their Savior since salvation cannot be bought, it is only available through faith in Jesus.

I have dealt over the years with thousands of people who had great wealth but when the real trials of life came, they realized that all of their wealth and possessions meant nothing. When your spouse or child or loved one has a serious illness and is laying in a hospital bed, when you find out your spouse wants a divorce, when you learn your child is on drugs, when the doctor tells you that you have a serious disease, when you face many of the major battles in life we all face, at that moment your money and possessions mean nothing. Only a deep abiding faith in Christ can sustain you through those dark moments in life.

There is no amount of money that can buy God’s peace. There is no amount of money that can buy God’s strength. There is no amount of money that can buy God’s joy. All of those things come from your relationship with Christ and your faith in Him. The wicked may prosper for a season, but it is the righteous who have true prosperity for all eternity.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Struggle

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(Luke 22:42)

Every day I try to do my best to bring you exactly what the Holy Spirit puts in my heart to share that day. From time to time, there is something so important you need to print it out, read it often, and share it with everyone you know. This is one of those occasions.

The struggle that defines our very life, the ultimate battle each person who lives faces daily (including a struggle Jesus faced daily) is between our will and God’s will. If you want to break down the Christian life to one basic issue, this is it. Our will . . . or God’s will.

Every day we make many decisions. Whether you realize it or not, every time you make a decision, you are deciding whether it will be His will or your will. If you start to think of your decisions in this way, you will quickly see how it is possible to live the life Christ has called for each one of us to live. When we choose His will, we are following Him and fulfilling our purpose. When we choose our will, we are living in rebellion apart from God.

The original sin was Satan choosing his will over God’s will. Our sin nature has been inherited from our father Adam who chose his will over God’s will. When you commit sin in your life, you are choosing your will over God’s will. It really breaks down this easy. It is not very complicated at all.

My purpose today is to simply help you open your eyes and begin to focus each day, even with each decision, on whose will you are actually following. Is it His or yours? You see, God gave us the free will to choose. Otherwise, we would be little more than robots. You can very easily simply say I will do it my way. You can very easily say it is my life and I will live it the way I want. God has given you that ability.

But my friend, you also then are responsible for the consequences of your choices. Many today are dealing with the pain and heartache of decisions years ago when they chose their way instead of God’s way. Many today are going through difficult struggles because they chose to do it their way and not God’s way. I can only challenge you today, encourage you today, that God has given you the freedom to choose, but with each choice there are consequences.

When you choose God’s way, the consequences are blessing, peace, joy, and the abundant life He has promised His children. When you choose your way, there is pain, suffering, heartache, and struggles. Again, the choice is yours, as are the ramifications of your choice. Oh, never forget. When you accepted Christ as your Savior, you gave your life to Him, it is NOT YOURS ANY LONGER.

I love you and care about you deeply. I do my best each day to challenge you, encourage you, and make you look at yourself and your life from a very real perspective. As only the Holy Spirit can do, today I have broken down the essence of the Christian life in one simple question.

Is it His will or your will? Jesus had that challenge in the Garden just hours before His death on the cross. He lived a perfect life because that day He did what He had always done, simply told God, “not my will, but thy will be done”. Therein lies the challenge for each one of us today and everyday, with each decision we must make. Will it be our will, or God’s will?

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

One of the Major Complaints of Nonbelievers is that Christians are Hypocrites

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(John 13:15; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 2:21)

One of the major complaints of nonbelievers is that Christians are hypocrites. Those who don’t even know the great stories of the Bible can tell you in great detail the stories of Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and the preacher down the street who ran off with his secretary. It is one of the most common objections of an unbeliever, that he would be a Christian, but those who claim to be a Christian don’t act like Christians.

I am sure there were many in the first days of the church who said, “I would be a Christian, but look at what Peter did. This man who claimed to be a follower of Jesus denied him. Not once, but THREE times!!” It is a valid point. The fact is, however, a Christian is nothing more than a sinner who is saved by grace. Even though we are saved, we are still frail, prone-to-sin creatures living in a sin-filled environment. That in no way excuses our sin, but it is the reality we live in.

The quickest way to fall away from your faith is to put too much emphasis on a man or woman of God. God uses human instruments to plant the seeds of salvation. He uses human instruments to disciple us in our new-found faith. He uses human instruments to impact our spiritual lives. In a society that is prone to idolize others, such as entertainers, athletes, and successful people, we take that into our Christian lives as well.

We place on pedestals our spiritual leaders. We normally only see them when they are “on”, when they are doing what God has called them to do. Because of that, we almost tend to forget they are humans, men and women who walk in the same frail clay bodies as we do, prone to the same weaknesses that we are. Since we rarely see these spiritual leaders other than the times they are doing the Lord’s work, we lose sight that it is only a part of their life. They have lives outside of their work for the Lord.

THEY ARE ONLY AS CLOSE TO GOD AS THEIR DAILY WALK WITH THE LORD.

Because they are in the spotlight, when they fail, when they sin, it is often made known to the public. Our first reaction is “how can that be possible?” Nobody is immune to sin. No matter who you are, your life flows from your personal relationship with Christ. A minister, a priest, or a spiritual leader is only as close to God as his or her daily walk. Like anyone, if they neglect their daily time with the Lord, they get farther away from God. It is only possible to minister to others from your own personal walk with Christ. As you neglect that daily time with the Lord, you start to be disconnected. You may have some spiritual gasoline left in your tank, but eventually you will use that up.

Those spiritual leaders who fail, fail because they have neglected their time with God. Someone who is in the Lord’s work has to guard, more than anyone else, against neglecting their daily time with Christ. There is a very real enemy who is out to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy is very wise in the art of warfare. Why waste time working on taking out people one by one, when if you can take out a leader, you can wipe out many people at once. The enemy knows that to take down a Jim Bakker or the pastor of a local church, he can take out many people at one time.

The key point I want you to understand today is that you must keep focused on THE man, and not A man. Christ was the only one who did it perfect. My personal philosophy is to take the spiritual wisdom from other men and women of God, but never idolize them, never expect them to be more than the man or woman of flesh and blood they are, but realize that God has touched them in a special way and given them something that can benefit my spiritual life.

I have always called it my spiritual filter. Being in full-time ministry for the last 20 years, having been in over 500 churches of every type and denomination, having spoken at hundred of conventions, being involved for many years in the Christian TV world, I have had a unique opportunity to see an incredible number of God’s choicest servants of our day. The list is a who’s who of spiritual giants.

However, no matter who the person was, I always do two things. I always line up what they said with the Word of God. That is test number one. I don’t care who it is. If it is not in line with the Word of God, it is not something I want. Second, I always look at the man or woman of God as an instrument God was using. I never expected them to be supernatural or anything other than a vessel God was using to bring spiritual truths into my life. The only person I ever idolized, or tried to pattern my life after, was the life of Christ. I have always taken what I can from men and women of God, and tried to use that to help me in my quest to be more like Christ each and every day.

I love you, and care about you so much. Today’s word is an important reminder to never get so focused on a man or woman of flesh and blood, that you let it get in the way of your own personal walk with Christ. God has placed men and women of God in our lives to help teach us and show us the truths of His Word. However, no matter how close to the Lord they may be, the only one we should ever try to pattern our lives after is Jesus Christ, because He is the only one who lived this life without sin. He is our example and the one each one of us should strive to be like.

Take time today to pray for those God has placed in spiritual leadership over you, your pastor or priest. Pray for those that God brings into your life to share the truths of His Word and to help you grow spiritually. But never lose sight that they are mere mortals, men and women of flesh and blood like you and me. Never let your eyes focus so much on a man, that you lose sight of THE man. After all, no man could die for your sins. It was THE man who loved you so much, that He willingly bled and died so that you might have everlasting life. Keep your eyes focused on HIM.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Enemy is So Subtle in the Way he Works

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(Colossians 3:2)

The enemy is so subtle in the way he works. One of my goals from time to time is to expose his tricks so that you won’t be fooled and have to live through the consequences of falling into one of his many traps. How easy we get distracted from our eternal mission and goals, and get focused instead on the meaningless things of this temporal world that will one day be gone.

I think about a few years ago, when millions were glued to their TV sets watching that horrible perversion of God’s plan for marriage, “Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire.” Most laughed at the show, but what a horrible message it sent to so many without any kind of Biblical foundation about how God’s sacred institution of marriage was little more than a way for TV networks to get ratings. Or professional wrestling, one of the most popular programs on TV. Entertainment? Is it really entertaining to watch a huge man body slam a woman through a table? Is that what our “entertainment” has deteriorated to?

The reason I address these issues today is to share that even Christians can get out of focus in their daily lives. It would be nice to assume that everyone watching these types of programs, everyone going into adult bookstores, everyone that buys drugs, everyone that is engaging in so many ungodly activities each day, were simply “the lost.” But unfortunately that is not the case.

Many good, saved, churchgoing people get caught up in the things of this world because they have allowed the temporary, short-term allure of sin to capture their mind. They have focused on the things of this world instead of on the things of God. For most, it happens slowly over a period of time. But by continually focusing on the things that this world has to offer instead of the things of God, they have ended up on roads that they never thought they would be on.

I am not telling you that you should stop having fun. I am however, issuing a warning to you today that when you start focusing too much on the things of this world and not enough time on the things of God, you are inviting major problems into your life. Remember, in the world there is no right or wrong,there is no absolute truth. That is a lie from the pits of hell and why I encourage you daily to stay in the Bible, because God’s Word IS ABSOLUTE TRUTH. IT IS RIGHT AND WRONG.

The world’s goal is to be politically correct and not to offend anyone. The truth in God’s Word is highly offensive to many because it lays out clearly what is right and what is wrong, and those living in rebellion to God are then reminded that the free will choices they have made are not in God’s will. I guess my question for you today is, are you more concerned with pleasing the world or pleasing God?

I love you and care about you. I will be praying for you today to keep your focus on God, and not get distracted by the things of this world. I am so thankful for those of you who have been able to stand with me in this work here at Liveprayer. One day in Heaven you will get a tap on your shoulder and someone will tell you how they gave their life to Christ, or got through a difficult time because of Liveprayer. YOU help make that possible each and every day with your prayers and support of this ministry. Thank you!

Let me close today again with a simple question, “Is your mind focused more on the things of this world or the things of God?” Pray about that today.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Thanksgiving Day

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(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

On this day we celebrate as Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for. I want to point out an aspect of this great verse in Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica that is usually overlooked and almost never preached on. While we are so thankful today for all of God’s blessings, this verse requires a great amount of maturity because it says give thanks in ALL things. How quickly we run over those words without ever thinking about the true meaning. In this society where we are so focused on winning, so focused on the positive, so focused on things being in a state of perfection….God tries His best to help us be realistic about this sinful world we live in.

Aside from our own sinfulness, we live in a world that is infested with sin in every nook and cranny of our existence. Jesus, trying to prepare His disciples for the reality of living in this world without Him, trying to make them understand that despite the close intimate relationship they had, told them that in this world they would have problems and things would not always be perfect. This verse tell us that every day we should give thanks in “all” things.

Spiritual maturity comes in when you understand that this verse is actually telling you to give thanks not only for those things you look at as good, but also the bad things that happen to you as well. That is hard for us to understand why we should be thankful for those terrible things that happen to us along life’s journey, but we have no way of knowing the mind of God, we have no way of understanding completely His plan or purpose, we just can’t comprehend all of the things God does in the situations we live through. It is hard to imagine giving thanks for things like marriage problems, divorce, the death of a loved one, financial difficulties, health problems, strife with friends, problems in your local fellowship, difficulties on the job, and any other bad things we experience in life. Hard to imagine.

But when you realize that God is still on the throne, that He is still in control, then you by faith, have to thank Him and trust Him even in those bad situations. He is working on your behalf and will not let you down. As painful as the experience must be, we have to thank Him because He is often perfecting us for work in the future. We give thanks out of obedience, and out of faith that God knows what He is doing in allowing those bad things we live through in our life to occur. Remember a man named Job?

I realize that today would be a great day to just say some warm and fuzzy things to make us feel good. It is a holiday, many are with family. The Christmas season is upon us. We have so much to be thankful for. But the job God gave me was not to give you something each day to just make you feel good, but to challenge you to a closer daily walk and to help you grow spiritually. Many problems that I see each day occur because people have been given too much “feel good” talk, and not adequately prepared for the reality of this life in relationship to their life in Christ. When the storms come, they just aren’t equipped to handle the onslaught.

The one thing that I will never do is hold back, compromise the Word of God, or tell you something just to make you feel good. I will tell you the truth, God’s Truth right from the Bible, in an attempt to help you be prepared for living a victorious and productive life for Christ. In these last days, He needs bold, mature, fearless men and women to do the work necessary here on earth. It is no accident that you are getting these Devotionals, and no accident that you read them. God is speaking to you through these daily writings to sharpen you, prepare you, encourage you to be all He has called you to be.

I love you and care about you so much. I am so grateful for you. Your love and prayers have been an inspiration to me personally and to our people here at Liveprayer.com. We are pressing forward each day. Thank you again for standing with me, for praying, for giving, for helping us add people to our Daily Devotional list and letting others know about Liveprayer.com. My thoughts and prayers are with you this day. I am truly thankful for you. For those traveling, may His mercies be with you as you go to and from your destinations. For those of you going through the fire today, remember…give thanks in ALL things!!!

May you and your family enjoy a most blessed Thanksgiving!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2011, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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