The One

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(Matthew 18:10-14)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, even though we have no right to ask, please continue to watch over this nation. Thank you for showing us the clear signs of destruction our sin and rebellion have heaped upon our land. I pray today that as a nation we will turn back to you and your Truth. Give me strength as days of persecution are upon us, and let me stand proud and strong for you and your Kingdom. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

A few years ago was a time of great concern for me. God has blessed me with an incredible staff of people that help make Liveprayer possible 24/7/365 for millions all over the world. I am grateful for their loyal service to the Lord. In times of emergency, they have never hesitated to drop what they are doing, leave their families, and work tirelessly to insure Liveprayer is up and running. Very few would ever comprehend the incredible technical feat it is to do all that we do each day with the 24/7 LIVE video prayer feed on our site, not to mention sending over 2.5 million individual emails worldwide. God has given us incredibly gifted people to make it all happen for HIS glory!

One day a few years ago, I realized that out of the approximately 40,000 emails that I received from the previous day, about 26 were accidentally deleted. I called my technical staff to come in immediately, and we spent hours on a Sunday trying to locate the “missing 26.” Now many would ask, “Why be so concerned about 26 emails out of 40,000?” The exact same reason the shepherd who had 100 sheep got so upset when only 99 were rounded up for the evening. ONE WAS MISSING! The shepherd dropped all that he was doing to go out and search for the lost ONE. I stopped all that I was doing early Sunday, had my technical staff come in to try and locate the “missing 26.”

Why? Because the shepherd’s job was to care for 100. He was responsible for ALL 100 sheep. IT WAS HIS JOB AND RESPONSIBILITY TO GO FIND THE LOST ONE! Likewise, God has given me a job to do. It is to provide spiritual guidance to those that God brings into the ministry of Liveprayer. God brings people to this ministry for a Divine purpose and reason . . . NOT by accident. Each person He brings is special to me. I love and care about each one because I know that it is a real person behind that email address, an eternal soul that Jesus Christ gave His very life for. The job that God has given me to do in this season of my life is to be here for those that He brings to Liveprayer with their hurts and pains and needs.

In the scripture today, the shepherd was successful in finding the one that was lost. In the end, we were able to find 24 of the “missing 26”. I am still VERY CONCERNED about the two we could not find! Nothing has grieved me more as those who came to us and we had technical problems that prevented us from responding to them in their time of need. I DO LOVE YOU, AND DO CARE ABOUT YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW. I take the work God has given me to do very seriously, and want you to never forget that no matter what, I am here for you! YOU are special to God, and you are special to me!

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for YOU today. I pray daily for each person that God has brought to Liveprayer. You are NOT just an email address, but an eternal soul Jesus died for so that you could spend eternity with God! While over 2.5 million worldwide get this Devotional each day, you are unique and special to me. I am here for YOU no matter what you are going through, what you are facing in your life. If you were the only person on earth, Jesus would have still died for you! THAT is how special you are to God, and how special you are to me!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Let Me Share Some Insights with You that I have Found to Be True in My Life

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(Romans 7:18, 25, 8:8,13; Galatians 5:17, 6:8; 1 John 2:17)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Let me share some insights with you that I have found to be true in my life and I am sure you have found in your own life. It is in our failures that we learn life’s most important lessons and grow. Nobody wants to fail, but the only person who has never failed is someone who has never tried. Failure is part of life. It is something we all have to experience from time to time. The key, however, is how do you respond when you fail? How do you respond when life doesn’t go as you planned?

Winning, losing, succeeding, failing, these are all concepts that we begin to learn as children. Playing games is something all children do, and quickly we learn there are winners and losers. During our childhood we try many things, music, sports, different hobbies. Again, we quickly learn the joy of succeeding in the things we do and that empty feeling when we fail. While it is important to keep winning and success in perspective and learn how to do both with humility, it is even more important to learn how to handle defeat and failure, as well as the lessons they can teach us.

The first lesson in losing, in failing, is to take personal responsibility and not blame other people or anything else. Having spent 31 months of my life in Federal Prison nearly 30 yrs ago, having ministered to tens of thousands of men and women who are incarcerated, I can tell you the biggest problem I see with people in prison is the refusal to take personal responsibility for the choices that put them in prison. Most people you talk to who are in prison will tell you they are there because of what this person or that person said or did. They are not willing to accept responsibility that they are there because of the choices THEY MADE. A person who is in prison will never be able to move forward and turn their life around until they are ready to accept personal responsibility for THEIR choices.

Whenever we lose or fail, it is always easy to sit back and make excuses. Some of those excuses may even be valid. However, rather than investing the time and energy into finding excuses why we lost or failed, it is far more productive to look at the role WE played in our loss or failure. You learn nothing by blaming someone else or making excuses. When you sit down and are honest to look at yourself, at the choices you made that contributed to your loss or failure, then you are able to learn from the mistakes you made and hopefully not repeat them in the future. We can all learn much from our losses and failures in life if we will simply be honest with ourselves and take the time to analyze our thoughts and actions so we can identify what we did wrong.

The second lesson in losing, in failing, is to not let our loss or failure paralyze us from trying again. Some people become so devastated by losing, by failing, that they simply refuse to try again. My friend, losing and failing are part of life. As I said earlier, the only people I have met who have never lost or failed are people who have never tried. You can’t be afraid of losing or failure. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody likes to fail. However, you will never win unless you also lose and you will never succeed unless you also fail. Rather than being paralyzed by losing and failing, let them motivate you. Learn from your losses and failures so that you don’t repeat the mistakes and poor choices you made that led to them. Instead of losing and failing making you weak, they can make you strong.

*LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME SINCE THIS IS A POWERFUL THOUGHT. INSTEAD OF LOSING AND FAILING MAKING YOU WEAK, LOSING AND FAILING CAN MAKE YOU STRONG!

The third lesson in losing, in failing is this, THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH GOD! In the process of serving the Lord, we will always have times and experiences when we feel in our flesh that we have failed, that we have let the Lord down. That is a lie from the pits of hell! THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH GOD! You can’t fail when you are serving the Lord. The only way you can fail is to NOT serve Him! God uses our obedience and faithfulness in ways we will never see or understand until we get to Glory. The reality is, when we are yielded to the Lord, God uses our lives to do incredible things that we never even realize.

As a matter of fact, I submit that the greatest things you will ever do for God you don’t even know you did them until you get to Heaven. Those are the things you do each day simply by being obedient and faithful . God will give us a little feedback along the way since He knows our flesh is weak and needs encouragement. However, the vast majority of what God does in and through our lives we will never fully comprehend in this life. Don’t forget, our job isn’t to know everything that is going on, it is simply to be obedient and faithful. God can use a willing and yielded vessel!

I love you and care about you so much. Losing and failing are simply part of this life. Things often don’t go as we planned. THAT IS LIFE! How we respond to losing, to failing, when things don’t go as we planned is the key. Never forget, God is on the throne. He doesn’t take naps, or go to the bathroom, or take a break to eat a sandwich. God is on His throne at all times and nothing happens apart from God allowing it to happen. The vast majority of the time we lose or fail is because of the choices we made. God gave us free will, and God allows us to make the choices that lead to our losing or failing. Again, the key is how do we respond when we lose or fail.

Your first response should be prayer. Pray for God to open your heart, give you wisdom, and show you why you lost or failed. Then, you need to pray for God to give you the strength to overcome your disappointment in losing or failing, and help you to move forward. Lastly, you need to seek the Lord to guide you so that you don’t make those same poor choices again. Listen to me carefully. God doesn’t abandon you when you lose or fail. You are not alone. He is there with you each moment, so reach out and allow HIM to comfort you and give you His peace. God is with you in the good times and bad, through victory and defeat, through success and failure.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will speak to your heart today through these words. If you have suffered some defeats in your life recently, if you have failed, know that I am here and praying for you. Losing and failing are part of life. Don’t let your defeats or failures keep you from moving forward. Life goes on. Sit down and learn from your losses, learn from your failures, and work to insure you don’t make those mistakes again. Let me share a secret with you today. As long as you know Jesus as your Savior you can never lose or fail and if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, you can never win or succeed. One more time, say it out loud slowly, “As long as I know Jesus as my Savior I can never lose or fail and if I don’t know Jesus as my Savior, I can never win or succeed!”

My friend, as long as you know Jesus, no matter what may happen, no matter what the setbacks in life you may experience along your journey, no matter what your defeats or your failures may be, you will always win and be successful! YOU ARE ALWAYS A WINNER AND A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF JESUS!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

How the Gospel is Now Seen by CHURCH MEMBERS as a “Controversial Message”

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(Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 3:15)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU…and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for you as evil abounds. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN!!!

How the Gospel is now seen by CHURCH MEMBERS as a “controversial message!” Sadly, we are living in a generation where the vast majority of pastors are gutless and compromised. Faux pastors who support and promote gross sins like homosexuality, abortion, and a social justice agenda created by taking the Bible out of context. Some of these faux pastors are actually proudly engaging in homosexual relations without any repentance! Others clearly aren’t even saved!!!

Some of these compromised pastors have created and packaged man-made marketing strategies like purpose driven/seeker/emerging church/prosperity gospel designed to put warm bodies in their mini-stadiums instead of converts. To keep them coming back each Sunday, they stay away from talking about things like sin, the eternal hell fire and damnation that awaits those who reject faith in Jesus, and anything else that would upset people. Instead, they entertain the people and give them a nice motivational message so they drop a check in the bucket when it comes by!

The end result is a generation of weak, ineffective, and Biblically illiterate people who go to church, many who have never even made a decision to accept Jesus by faith. Because they have never been correctly taught that the Bible is the only Truth there is, they are sponges for the lies and false doctrines of the cults, false religions, and New Age gurus. Most quickly embrace the love of God, the mercy of God, the forgiveness of God, yet dismiss that God is also a God of judgment and punishment and won’t be mocked.

Sadly, one of the lies so many who sit in Christian churches embrace, is the universalistic lie from hell that if people are “good” and “do their best,” they will make it to Heaven. They have bought into the “works based” teachings most cults, false religions, and New Agers promote. They have never been correctly taught the most important decision each person has to make is whether to accept Jesus into their heart and life by faith or not. Subsequently, they don’t put the same emphasis on the eternal souls of men, even though Jesus died for each one and God says it is His desire that NONE be lost!

Because souls are not a priority to most, because most have never been taught the importance of sharing their faith which is a COMMANDMENT from our Lord and not an option, most are reluctant to share the Gospel with another person. Adding to that reluctance is this lie that people will be offended by those who “push their faith” on others. The fact is, people should be offended if someone DOESN’T share the Gospel, since it is the message that determines the eternal destiny of your soul!!!

Let me ask you a question. If we, those who know Jesus don’t tell someone how to be saved, who will? The media? LOL! Seriously, how is someone supposed to even have the option to find everlasting life unless someone who is saved gives them that opportunity? It is hard to blame the people, since the vast majority of churches don’t even give people an invitation to accept Jesus by faith!

It sickens me that the minions of satan are so bold with his lies designed to destroy people’s lives and insure they die and end up in hell, yet the followers of Jesus are so timid with the truth, having the words of everlasting life to save men’s souls but choosing to remain silent. I guess it boils down to the fact satan’s followers truly believe in his agenda, whereas the followers of Christ really don’t believe what they claim to, since if you believe it you will live it and shout it from the mountaintops!!!

I am in NO WAY diminishing “good works.” Good works SHOULD flow from a life that has been redeemed. However, lots of people do good works. The mafia does some good works in their neighborhoods. It is a hallmark of cults like Mormonism and most of the New Age teachings. Sadly these people believe it will help them achieve eternal life. How about this for a novel idea, do good works AND share the Gospel!

The fact is God allows people to cross your path every day who are lost and without Christ. It is YOUR JOB AND RESPONSIBILITY to share Christ’s love with them. In the end, it is up to that person to either accept or reject the offer to accept Jesus, but it is YOUR JOB to share that offer with them!

Sharing your faith with others is like praying. There is only one wrong way to do it and that is not to do it! Over the years there have been thousands of books and tapes produced on witnessing, one evangelism program after another created, and the fact is they are ALL great. You can never learn too much about how to witness to others, how to share your faith. The reality is there is no one way to do it, but many different approaches. In the end, however, they all lead a person to the eternal choice they must make about Jesus.

You have to remember that each person who shares their faith is unique and different in how God has wired them, each person you witness to is unique and different in how God has wired them, and the circumstances and dynamics each time you share your faith are also unique and different. That is why today I wanted to take some time to share with you a simple way to witness and lead someone to faith in Jesus Christ.

The number one reason people don’t share their faith more often, and sadly in the case of most Christians who fail to do it at all, is fear. The biggest fear is the fear of rejection. Witnessing has many similarities to sales which is why you find people who are most proficient at witnessing are usually great sales people. In the world of sales the first thing you learn about is rejection. A good salesperson is able to hear 99 people say no and go into that 100th sales presentation just like it was the first.

That is not easy to do and why it is a gift to be a great salesperson. Even if you are not a natural salesperson, the key is to never forget that if someone says no when you share with them how they can be saved, it is not you but Jesus they are rejecting. Just like a good salesperson never takes it personally when someone turns them down, you can’t ever take it personally when someone you ask to commit their life to Christ says no. Again, they are saying no to Jesus, not you.

Also, the key to being a good salesperson is being a good closer. You will never get the sale if you don’t ask for it, and you will never see someone come to Christ if you don’t ask them to. The basic rule of Sales 101 is ABC or, Always Be Closing. The basic rule to Evangelism 101 is asking the person you are witnessing to if they would like to know Jesus as their personal Savior. At the end of a sales presentation you have to ask the person for the sale, and at the end of sharing the Gospel you have to ask the person to accept the Lord.

Another fear so many people have is being asked questions they can’t answer. You don’t have to be a theologian to tell people about Jesus. If they ask you a question you don’t know the answer to, simply tell them you don’t know but will find out. Contact your pastor or your Sunday School teacher or someone at your church for the answer. This is why the more we read and study God’s Word for ourselves the more confidence we will have when we are confronted with different questions.

However, never forget that most people asking questions are not really interested in the answer as they are in trying to justify their own unbelief. Most ask questions as a way of proving that we are “wrong” and they are “right.” People who reject God’s Word and the love of Christ in their life, will use questions there may not even be an answer to, to feel better about their choice to reject the Lord. That is why I will answer their questions, but immediately put the focus back on them and the choice they have to make regarding accepting Jesus in their heart.

The other great fear people have about sharing their faith is offending the person you are talking to about the Lord and what ramifications there may be to them personally. So rather than offend someone, rather than deal with whatever persecution there might be, they simply say nothing. Listen, it is better you offend someone with the hopes of them coming to know the Lord than sitting back and saying nothing, while they die in their sins and are lost for all eternity.

It is better someone calls you “Bible thumper,” “stupid for believing the Bible,” “intolerant,” “hateful,” “no different than the Taliban,” or whatever else they may say to you to try and intimidate you into being silent, than saying nothing knowing they will die one day and spend eternity in hell. The fact is the Gospel IS offensive to those who reject it, but it is the words of everlasting life to those who choose to believe.

I love you and care about you so much. The bottom line is that God has commanded us, not suggested to us, that we share our faith in Christ with others. This is not a commandment to just pastors or evangelists, but to EVERYONE who knows Christ as their Lord and Savior. If you really love someone, how can you let them die, knowing that without Christ they will be lost for all eternity, without telling them about Jesus?

I will be praying for you today, praying that you won’t allow fear to keep you from being obedient to God and telling others about Jesus. The easiest and most natural way to approach someone about faith in Christ is by simply sharing what Jesus has done and meant in your life. There is no way to deny what you have personally experienced in your relationship with the Lord.

Today, I rebuke that spirit of fear of rejection, I rebuke that spirit of fear of questions you can’t answer, I rebuke that spirit of fear of offending someone by telling them about Jesus, I rebuke that spirit of fear of being persecuted for sharing the Gospel. I pray that God will give you a spirit of BOLDNESS and COURAGE as you tell others about how they too can know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior!

I take a very direct approach to witnessing. I look the person in the eye and ask them if they believe they will die one day. Of course they say yes. I then ask them if they believe they have ever sinned. Again, they will say yes. I tell them that they are right, they have sinned and they will die one day. I remind them that the Bible says tomorrow is promised to none of us and that each day is literally a gift from God.

I go on by telling them that it is their sin that is separating them from a Holy God who loves them so much and desires for them to spend all eternity with Him. I tell them that is only possible because of what Jesus did. He willingly died on the cross for our sins and that is why if you will confess Him as your Savior, ask Him into your heart and life by faith, HE will forgive you of your sins and you are guaranteed to spend eternity with God your Creator when this brief life is over.

I share with them that this choice not only has eternal ramifications, but means something to them right now. Those who know Jesus as their Savior have the power of God residing within them, and can know the peace, the joy, and the abundance of this life that is impossible without Christ. Additionally, they can see the plan and purpose God has for them fulfilled during their brief journey here on earth.

At that point I simply ask them if they would like to know Jesus as their personal Savior. If they say no, I tell them that I will be praying for them and that they need to spend some time alone with God and pray about what I told them. I remind them that God loves them and He is there when they are ready. If they say yes, I spend a few moments to make sure they know that what they are doing is literally giving their very life to Christ. He gave His life for them, and they are now giving their life back to Him.

The key for you to remember is that this is a personal decision each person has to make for themselves. Nobody can make it for them, you can’t force them, or intimidate them, or scare them into making it. It has to be a conscious choice that they make. When they are ready, I simply have them pray with me what is commonly called the “Sinner’s Prayer.” This prayer does not exist in the Bible, though it is taken largely from Romans Chapter 10. These words don’t save anyone but are simply a verbal guide for what they are doing BY FAITH in their heart.

“God, I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I believe in my heart, and confess with my lips, that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart Jesus. Take my life, I surrender it to you. From this moment on, I will live my life according to the Bible and serve you. Thank you for taking away my sins and giving me everlasting life. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Broken Relationships

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(1 Thessalonians 3:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I have strayed from you and want to come home. I have allowed the daily life in this world to lead me astray, to allow me to drift from you, and I miss you dear Lord! Today, I recommit my heart and life to you and to serve you. Use me for your glory Lord. Make my life count for your Kingdom. Above all, bring to me your PEACE and JOY! Give me the joy of my salvation again as I walk close to you each moment of each day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

Broken relationships. One of the common prayer requests I see daily are requests for God to reconcile family members whose relationships have been broken for a myriad of reasons. One of the tests of our spiritual maturity is the ability to forgive, pray for, and love someone who has wronged us. It is especially difficult when that someone is part of our family.

Regardless of who is at fault, who is wrong, the circumstances involved, my challenge to you today is to make an attempt to reconcile with someone in your family that you may not currently have a relationship with. I realize in many cases this is going to be a very difficult task, but it is what God wants you to do, and He will give you the strength and courage to make the effort.

Let me say up front, you are not responsible for the actions of anyone else, only your own. You cannot force a relationship with someone who refuses to accept you. But you can, and God requires you, to make the effort. At that point, it is in His hands. He is the one who has to move on the other person’s heart. Much like in witnessing, you can never force someone to get saved. But God requires you to give them the opportunity, and after that, it is up to the power of the Holy Spirit to move on that person’s heart.

It is important to note here that God does NOT expect you to be abused or mistreated in any way. I am aware that the person you are estranged from may have hurt you deeply in the past. God is still calling for you to forgive that person, but unless they are repentant, sadly, you may simply not be able to have any personal contact with that person until they are. Again, God can give you the strength to forgive them, He calls you to pray for them, but He is NOT asking you to have any contact with them if they are simply going to abuse you in some way.

I am not going to elaborate very much today, because the challenge God has for you is very simple, very straightforward. God is asking you to make the effort to reconcile with someone that you are not on good terms with. Forget the reasons that you are fighting, forget what has happened in the past, make the effort in Christ-like love. At that point, you have done what God has asked you to do, and it is then up to the other person to respond.

I know this is not easy and in many cases will be very painful. I will be praying for you. I will be praying for His strength, words, and love to be with you in a way like you never have known before. God is love. It is His desire to see His children love one another. Honor God today and obey His voice by making the effort to reconcile your relationship with those family members you are separated from!

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying today specifically for you to heed this challenge and to be obedient to God’s voice. I want to see you be all God has raised you up to be. One way you can do that, is by doing those things in life, even the painful things, that you know God expects you to do. You will be surprised how much can be accomplished just by making the effort.

The problems won’t immediately disappear, they won’t wipe away years of pain, but God is able to heal and restore relationships. God is a God of reconciliation and restoration! That is His desire for you today!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

I Warned You A Decade Ago This Day Was Coming!!!

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(Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13-16, 25; Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 5:10)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

I warned you a decade ago this day was coming!!! Today’s Daily Devotional is from a decade ago when I warned people this day of persecution of Christians was coming. As with most of the issues I have raised over these 18 years of Liveprayer, sadly I was on the money in trying to warn people of what was coming if we continued to live in rebellion to God.

LAWS ONLY MATTER WHEN YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN AND THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO FORCE YOU TO VIOLATE YOUR FAITH!!!

The bigger picture is that Christians will continue to be persecuted over this abomination of same-sex marriage and other sins like abortion. You will also see persecution of Christians who stand against other cultural rot like gambling and pornography, as well as challenging the false religions and cults. SIMPLY PREACHING FROM THE BIBLE WILL SOON LAND PEOPLE IN JAIL!!!

As I told you 15 years ago, this persecution of Christians will only get worse because we live in a day when over 50% of our churches make a mockery of what a Biblical church is supposed to be. It becomes easy to persecute those who stand for Biblical Truth when you have “churches” and “pastors” who support gross sins like homosexuality and abortion. The Bible warned us in the last days there would be a great apostasy, a great falling away, as churches and those who call themselves Christians compromise God’s Truth and the faith.

Take a few minutes and read these sobering words from 12 years ago. Realize that what I said was coming is now upon us, and that this is the time for true followers of Christ to take their stand…even if it means jail…or death!!!

(From November 2005) Several weeks ago, I read about three 15-year-old high school girls in Indonesia who were beheaded simply for being Christians. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation and killing Christians, simply for being a follower of Christ, is a common practice in many parts of that country. The reality is, in 2017 there are MANY places on this planet where it costs to be a Christian, and that cost is often a person’s life! I submit to you today that there is coming a day when Christians will be persecuted for their faith, even unto death, right here in the United States of America!!!

For those of us who have lived our lives in the United States, we have enjoyed tremendous freedoms to live and share our faith in virtual peace. The fact is we have never even begun to experience and can’t even comprehend what many of our brothers and sisters in Christ in other parts of the world have to endure, to simply be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Actually, we should be ashamed of ourselves. We can go out and start a church, and nobody is going to bother us. We can go out and preach the Gospel, and nobody is going to bother us. We can set up Internet sites, create TV and radio programs, write books, make movies, and produce music, all to share our faith in Christ, and for the most part, nobody is going to bother us. In fact, there is very little we can’t do in November of 2005 here in the United States, to live out and share our faith in Jesus Christ.

In a way, all of this freedom has made us “soft Christians.” I firmly believe after 12 years of evangelistic ministry, that all of the peace and freedom we have as Christians in this nation make us not really appreciate our faith in Christ. Instead of our faith being the most important thing in our life, it is simply just a part of our life, like belonging to a country club or having a hobby we enjoy.

The main reason is that we pay no price of any kind to get saved, since Jesus already paid that price. But it costs us nothing after we are saved to be a Believer in Christ here in the United States. Most who come to know Christ have that “born again” experience and grow very little in their faith, because they put virtually nothing into their relationship with Christ. Even the basics like praying and reading the Word each day, and going to church, are too great a sacrifice for most who call themselves Christians in this nation!

I wonder if a group of men armed with automatic weapons came into your church on Sunday, told the congregation they had 5 minutes to denounce Christ and leave the sanctuary, or proclaim Christ as their Savior by staying with the understanding that those who stayed would be killed, how many would be left in the pews? I wonder if you were with 20 people who were taken at gunpoint by a man who said he would kill anyone who claimed to be a Christian, and then started asking each person one by one if they were a follower of Christ, when he got to you what YOUR answer would be? The sad truth is, most Christians are afraid to share their faith in Christ with others simply out of the fear of being laughed at, mocked, and verbally challenged!!!

These may sound like unrealistic scenarios but they actually happen all the time in countries around this world. People are beaten and tortured for their faith in Christ. People are put into prison for years, for decades, for being a follower of Jesus. Many people every day are martyred and killed for proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We are too busy to pray, yet brothers and sisters in Christ in some places today are risking their lives to pray. We are too busy to read the Bible, yet brothers and sisters in Christ in some places are beaten and put into prison just for having a copy of God’s Word.

We have no use for Christ’s church, yet brothers and sisters in the Lord in some places are killed for having a church service. My friend, we have it so easy here in the U.S., we take our faith for granted and instead of it defining who we are, it is shuffled far down our list of priorities and simply part of our life, like the Tuesday night bowling league we belong to.

Please, I am so tired of hearing Christians whining about being persecuted in this country. Because we can’t pray in public schools we are being persecuted? Because the town hall won’t put up a manger scene we are being persecuted? Because a department store like Wal-Mart won’t say “Merry Christmas” we are being persecuted? That is not persecution, that is simply part of living in a society that has chosen to live in rebellion to the God of the Bible and reject His Truth and Son Jesus Christ! Should we speak up about these issues? Sure, but please don’t say we are being persecuted. Being persecuted is when someone takes a machete and chops off your head, for no other reason than you have identified yourself as a follower of Christ!!!

However, there is coming a day, sooner than any of us think, when we will endure that type of persecution right here in the United States! Impossible you say? NO, very possible. We have taken our faith for granted, taken the great freedoms we enjoy for granted, and there will come a day when we won’t have those freedoms any longer and we will have to decide how important our faith is to us. At that time, it will COST to be a Christian. It will COST to pray. It will COST to read the Word. It will COST to go to church.

***It won’t cost money but the potential of being beaten, tortured, thrown in jail, and even killed. On that day, I wonder how many will be left willing to pay the cost? Will you?

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that this word will cause you to think, cause you to evaluate your faith. It is easy to say I would die for Jesus, but would you really? Let me challenge you today. If you would die for Jesus, will you live for Jesus? I am actually going to follow up today’s Devotional with one by that very name tomorrow.

I don’t want to let go of this theme since it is critical. If we really love the Lord as we claim, then He should be the top priority in our life. Christ should be such a burning passion in our heart that we should be actively involved in trying to help everyone we know come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

When you accepted Jesus into your heart and life by faith, you gave Him your life. Not just for an hour on Sunday morning, but ALL of your life! The Bible says it is no longer your life, that it belongs to Him. If you really believed that your life is no longer your own, you would live like it was no longer your own. You would be fully and completely surrendered to Christ every moment of every day. It would not be about you, it would be about Him. It would not be your desires, it would be His desires. It would not be you that lived, but yes, the Christ that lives within you!!!

Sadly, it is going to take real persecution in this nation for God’s people to be One. When persecution comes, we won’t be divided any longer by Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, or Pentecostal; we won’t be worried any longer if this person speaks in tongues or that person chooses to worship quietly; it won’t matter if the color of your skin is black, white, yellow, or red, only if you know Jesus. All of the ways we have found to divide ourselves will be gone and we will be bound simply by the blood of our Lord, one in Him. Those God raises up to lead His people in these days of persecution will be true servants, since there will be no money in serving the Lord, only sacrifice. Those who want to lead in these days of persecution won’t have people paying to hear them speak, only people coming to lead them to their death.

But be of good cheer. The Bible proclaims that our citizenship is NOT of this world We are citizens of a different world and are simply passing through this one. Those who know Christ as their Savior understand that this life is but for a brief season and that we have the assurance of spending all eternity with Him. They don’t live in fear of death, since death has no hold on the Believer. Our purpose in this life is to serve and glorify God with our lives and that will be the only goal of those who follow Jesus.

In closing, let me leave you with this thought and challenge. Every day, somewhere on this planet a brother or sister in Christ is literally giving their life for their faith. These are courageous men and women of God who in spite of death have chosen to follow Jesus. I pray that their lives will encourage YOU today, challenge YOU today. God has blessed us in this nation to have a season with great freedoms to live our faith and share our faith. Instead of taking those freedoms for granted, causing us to take our faith for granted, let us use those freedoms to proclaim to this lost and dying world that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and that nobody comes to the Father except thru Him.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A Bondage that is Hidden from Everyone Except God!!!

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***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU…and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for you as evil abounds. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN

Hate to do this, but…..question. Have you looked at pornography in the past 24 hours? How about in the past 24 minutes? It is NO ACCIDENT you are reading this message today! God is speaking to you!

If there was ever a guy who belonged in jail, it is Joe Francis, the infamous founder of the Girls Gone Wild pornographic videos. Sadly, in this nation they don’t put people in prison for poisoning minds and hearts, but a few years ago Francis was in jail on contempt of court charges stemming from a civil lawsuit for using under-age girls in his videos, and has subsequently been indicted for failure to pay over $20 million in taxes. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

The reality is, Francis’ legal problems stem from his ego and pride more than anything else. He settled the civil case he was being held on, settled an incident he had while in jail for being in possession of contraband (his business partner smuggled in a bottle of water, cash, and some sleeping pills), and he wrote a check to the IRS to clear up his tax issues. You see, Francis had the money to buy the best lawyers and pay his way out of these current legal problems. He made that money by being a big contributor over the last 20 years to the ever growing porn monster in this nation with his popular Girls Gone Wild video series.

The Girls Gone Wild video series grosses $40 million a year in sales. FORTY MILLION! There is virtually no production costs since these videos are nothing more than a single video camera filming young girls on Spring Break, in nightclubs, at places like Mardis Gras, exposing their breasts and bodies for the camera. They pay the girls nothing so the only real costs involved are tied up in the marketing of these videos to consumers. The ironic thing is the target audience for this garbage are middle age men, many who have daughters the age of the girls in the videos.

I’ll never forget 4 years ago I received an email from a man who was struggling with an addiction to porn. He emailed me that the last straw for him was sitting down one night to watch a Girls Gone Wild video, when all of a sudden on the screen…was his daughter! He told me that as he sat there frozen, seeing his daughter expose her body for the camera, all he could think about were the tens of thousands of men who would watch that video, looking at his little girl as nothing more than a sex object. It took that experience for this man to come under the conviction he needed to take a stand and fight his addiction to pornography.

Pornography is a problem many men, AND women have battled for a long time. With the advent of the Internet, it has made accessibility to pornography incredibly easy, and has now become a very real societal problem. As with all problems in society, many Christians also end up caught in the traps the enemy has laid to destroy people’s lives. Let me say up front, DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of pornography. Like all sin, it starts almost innocently, but always escalates. One day you are browsing through X-rated pictures, and the next you are actually involved in a real physical relationship. One day you are chatting with someone, the next your chat becomes more graphic, and then you are actually sitting next to them. Like all sin, there is a seductiveness that eases you into it, and one day you wake up and you are in total bondage to that sin.

The reason pornography is a sin is because God’s plan for sex is ONLY for marriage, and with your spouse. Our sexual thoughts are to be only about that person God gives us to share our life with. ALL other thoughts are impure. Fantasies take our mind to places they shouldn’t be going. Even if we never act on them. Jesus said, “If you lust in your heart, you have already committed the sin.” Is that a high standard? Yes! But God has called us to live at a high level in our life. We are to live above the low standards of this world. We are to find our sexual satisfaction in the mate God gives us to share our life with. That means very simply this. First of all, if you are NOT married, you need to keep your thoughts pure and save not only your body, but your MIND for the one God has for your life. If you are married, your sexual thoughts and activities are to be ONLY with your husband or wife. Anything else is not God’s plan and is sin.

Now that we know what God expects, let’s talk about real life. There is to be NO compromise. This is what God expects from us. Now, how do we get to that point. The best case is you are still young, have not been exposed to pornography, you have the warning of this message to guard yourself against it. For those who have been exposed in the past to pornography, the key is to “renew your mind” and flush it out. We do that each day using the spiritual detergent of God’s Word. Stay away from porn and guard your thought life.

Of course, there are those who are currently involved in pornography at some level. It is bondage. Before you can get victory over it, you have to want to quit. Once you get to that point, you must realize it is a battle. Like any battle, to see victory you need a battle plan. You need one or several people in your life to be accountable to. You need the strength each day only the Lord can give you. There is victory over pornography just like any other sin if you really WANT victory.

***IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT YOU ARE READING THESE WORDS TODAY. SATAN WANTS TO DESTROY YOUR LIFE. GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU NOW TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. IF YOU DON’T, IT WILL DESTROY YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, IT WILL RUIN YOUR FUTURE, AND IT CAN LITERALLY KILL YOU. DEAL WITH IT NOW!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you. I realize this is hitting home with many of you. Let it be a special tap on the shoulder from God that NOW is the time to deal with this issue in your life. It isn’t going to change until you decide to change. As you know, any time we pervert the original plan of God, things never really work. We always get cheated out of the best God has for us when we settle for what the world offers. You can only know the true blessings of God, the fullness of what life can give, when we are in His will, living life His way.

Please take a moment and pray for Joe Francis. Pray that through all he is going through in his life right now, he will open his heart to hear God’s voice speaking to him. He is obviously a very creative and talented young man. He could use that talent and creativity to do great things for the Kingdom. Pray that he will open his heart to receive Christ’s love and turn his heart from this world and destroying people’s lives, to Jesus and help save lives!

Since this is such an incredible problem so many face, this Friday, I will be spending several hours praying for those in this bondage to pornography. God is in the deliverance business, and I know that He can deliver you from the bondage of pornography. I will be praying for those people fighting this sin in their life and believing God to touch their heart, bring them under conviction, and help them to have the courage to take the steps necessary to walk away from this sin and live a victorious life. He is able, and can set you free. God is STILL in the deliverance business!!!

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

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Have You Looked at Pornography in the Past 24 Hours?

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(Matthew 5:28; Colossians 3:5; 1 John 2:16)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in these difficult days. I know that in the end, YOU…and YOU alone will have the final word. Give me boldness and courage to stand for you as evil abounds. In the name of Jesus I pray..AMEN

Hate to do this, but…..question. Have you looked at pornography in the past 24 hours? How about in the past 24 minutes? It is NO ACCIDENT you are reading this message today! God is speaking to you!

If there was ever a guy who belonged in jail, it is Joe Francis, the infamous founder of the Girls Gone Wild pornographic videos. Sadly, in this nation they don’t put people in prison for poisoning minds and hearts, but a few years ago Francis was in jail on contempt of court charges stemming from a civil lawsuit for using under-age girls in his videos, and has subsequently been indicted for failure to pay over $20 million in taxes. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

The reality is, Francis’ legal problems stem from his ego and pride more than anything else. He settled the civil case he was being held on, settled an incident he had while in jail for being in possession of contraband (his business partner smuggled in a bottle of water, cash, and some sleeping pills), and he wrote a check to the IRS to clear up his tax issues. You see, Francis had the money to buy the best lawyers and pay his way out of these current legal problems. He made that money by being a big contributor over the last 20 years to the ever growing porn monster in this nation with his popular Girls Gone Wild video series.

The Girls Gone Wild video series grosses $40 million a year in sales. FORTY MILLION! There is virtually no production costs since these videos are nothing more than a single video camera filming young girls on Spring Break, in nightclubs, at places like Mardis Gras, exposing their breasts and bodies for the camera. They pay the girls nothing so the only real costs involved are tied up in the marketing of these videos to consumers. The ironic thing is the target audience for this garbage are middle age men, many who have daughters the age of the girls in the videos.

I’ll never forget 4 years ago I received an email from a man who was struggling with an addiction to porn. He emailed me that the last straw for him was sitting down one night to watch a Girls Gone Wild video, when all of a sudden on the screen…was his daughter! He told me that as he sat there frozen, seeing his daughter expose her body for the camera, all he could think about were the tens of thousands of men who would watch that video, looking at his little girl as nothing more than a sex object. It took that experience for this man to come under the conviction he needed to take a stand and fight his addiction to pornography.

Pornography is a problem many men, AND women have battled for a long time. With the advent of the Internet, it has made accessibility to pornography incredibly easy, and has now become a very real societal problem. As with all problems in society, many Christians also end up caught in the traps the enemy has laid to destroy people’s lives. Let me say up front, DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of pornography. Like all sin, it starts almost innocently, but always escalates. One day you are browsing through X-rated pictures, and the next you are actually involved in a real physical relationship. One day you are chatting with someone, the next your chat becomes more graphic, and then you are actually sitting next to them. Like all sin, there is a seductiveness that eases you into it, and one day you wake up and you are in total bondage to that sin.

The reason pornography is a sin is because God’s plan for sex is ONLY for marriage, and with your spouse. Our sexual thoughts are to be only about that person God gives us to share our life with. ALL other thoughts are impure. Fantasies take our mind to places they shouldn’t be going. Even if we never act on them. Jesus said, “If you lust in your heart, you have already committed the sin.” Is that a high standard? Yes! But God has called us to live at a high level in our life. We are to live above the low standards of this world. We are to find our sexual satisfaction in the mate God gives us to share our life with. That means very simply this. First of all, if you are NOT married, you need to keep your thoughts pure and save not only your body, but your MIND for the one God has for your life. If you are married, your sexual thoughts and activities are to be ONLY with your husband or wife. Anything else is not God’s plan and is sin.

Now that we know what God expects, let’s talk about real life. There is to be NO compromise. This is what God expects from us. Now, how do we get to that point. The best case is you are still young, have not been exposed to pornography, you have the warning of this message to guard yourself against it. For those who have been exposed in the past to pornography, the key is to “renew your mind” and flush it out. We do that each day using the spiritual detergent of

God’s Word. Stay away from porn and guard your thought life.

Of course, there are those who are currently involved in pornography at some level. It is bondage. Before you can get victory over it, you have to want to quit. Once you get to that point, you must realize it is a battle. Like any battle, to see victory you need a battle plan. You need one or several people in your life to be accountable to. You need the strength each day only the Lord can give you. There is victory over pornography just like any other sin if you really WANT victory.

***IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT YOU ARE READING THESE WORDS TODAY. SATAN WANTS TO DESTROY YOUR LIFE. GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU NOW TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. IF YOU DON’T, IT WILL DESTROY YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, IT WILL RUIN YOUR FUTURE, AND IT CAN LITERALLY KILL YOU. DEAL WITH IT NOW!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you. I realize this is hitting home with many of you. Let it be a special tap on the shoulder from God that NOW is the time to deal with this issue in your life. It isn’t going to change until you decide to change. As you know, any time we pervert the original plan of God, things never really work. We always get cheated out of the best God has for us when we settle for what the world offers. You can only know the true blessings of God, the fullness of what life can give, when we are in His will, living life His way.

Please take a moment and pray for Joe Francis. Pray that through all he is going through in his life right now, he will open his heart to hear God’s voice speaking to him. He is obviously a very creative and talented young man. He could use that talent and creativity to do great things for the Kingdom. Pray that he will open his heart to receive Christ’s love and turn his heart from this world and destroying people’s lives, to Jesus and help save lives!

Since this is such an incredible problem so many face, this Friday, I will be spending several hours praying for those in this bondage to pornography. God is in the deliverance business, and I know that He can deliver you from the bondage of pornography. I will be praying for those people fighting this sin in their life and believing God to touch their heart, bring them under conviction, and help them to have the courage to take the steps necessary to walk away from this sin and live a victorious life. He is able, and can set you free. God is STILL in the deliverance business!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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