How Do You Know what the Will of God is For Your Life?

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(Psalms 143:10)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please guide my steps this day. Help me to walk in your light and strength and not in my own ways. Thank you for your many blessings, most that I take for granted. Help me this day to acknowledge your love, grace, and goodness as I live my life for you and do my best to glorify you in all of my thoughts, words, and deeds. This I ask in the name of Jesus. AMEN!

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalms 143:10

This Devotional today is a deep one. One of the most frequent questions people always ask, is how do I know what the will of God is for my life? Much of the difficulty in determining what God’s will is for our life is trying to separate our wants and desires from God’s wants and desires. This is probably one of the most difficult issues you will ever deal with in your walk with the Lord and I just want to give you some basics to help you in not trying to conform God to your will, but for you to conform to His will.

The only way you can begin to understand what God’s will is for your life is to be in a daily, intimate, surrendered relationship with Him. It is critical that you are spending time with the Lord every day through His Word, through prayer, and that quiet time where it is just you and the Lord in fellowship. That is the only way we can learn to hear His voice so that over time we are able to discern whether it is God speaking or simply ourselves. I can’t begin to emphasize enough how important it is to take the time each day to get alone with God and have that time of fellowship. You only begin to know God’s will for your life when you really know God.

The key is you have to be at a place in your life where you are fully surrendered to the Lord. You need to be able to say, “Lord, wherever you want me to go, whatever you want me to do, I am completely yours.” The biggest hurdle to overcome in following God’s will for our life is the fear of the unknown. What is my life going to be like if I follow God? How will my life be different if I really let God have His way? Trust me, He loves you, cares about you, and only wants the best for you. God wants to bless you and those blessings are found as we faithfully and obediently follow Him.

The more we listen to God’s voice, the more we obey and follow His voice, the less time we spend trying to force God to follow what we want to do, and the more time we spend trying to follow what God wants us to do. As we grow and mature in our relationship with the Lord, we find ourselves more concerned with what God is asking us to do and we slowly begin to make His desires our desires. My friend, THAT is the time when you find that special place almost impossible to put into words. That place where your desires have become God’s desires. It is clearly no longer your will that you seek but it is His will.

I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you that you will get serious about finding and living in God’s perfect will each day. It is the only way we truly know the peace, joy, and abundance of this life. In His will, we can do all things because it is not us, it is Him. Outside of His will, we can do nothing. Nothing works or makes sense. Take some time alone with the Lord today and begin to pray in earnest for God to help you begin to quit trying to conform Him to your will, but for you to conform to His will!

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

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The Key to What Being a Christian is Really All About

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(1 Corinthians 1:9; Revelation 3:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for another day of life! Even though this is a special day in the life of your ministry here at Liveprayer, let us never to forget that EVERY DAY is a special day since it is a gift from you! Please let me never take one day, one hour, one minute of this precious life for granted and may I always honor you with my life! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

The key to what being a Christian is really all about. Ever wonder if you are really saved? Ever think that you are doing most of the things you should each day but you are missing real joy in your life? Ever miss church a few Sundays, or didn’t read the Bible for a week, and didn’t miss it that much? Ever go days without praying, and when you do, all you pray about are the things you need? DO YOU EVER WONDER IF YOU REALLY ARE A CHRISTIAN?

Doubt is one of satan’s most effective weapons. One of the common prayer requests that I get daily here at Liveprayer is from people struggling with doubt. Doubt that God exists. Doubt that the Bible is really the only Truth. Doubt they are even saved. These are very common and normal thoughts that ALL Christians deal with from time to time. Doubt becomes a tool the enemy uses to try and paralyze Believers from growing in their faith, from effectively serving the Lord, and from enjoying the joy of their salvation.

The answer to doubt of course is our faith. Faith in a God who created the heavens and earth. Faith in a God who created each one of us in His own image. Faith in a God who loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for our sins so that we could be reconciled back into fellowship with Him for all eternity. Faith in a God who has given us His Word to guide and direct our journey here on earth.

While we all get weak at times and have doubts, the answer to those doubts is maturing in our relationship with the Lord. This is the key to what being a Christian is really all about. Many people who are truly saved and going to Heaven when they die are being constantly tormented with doubt, struggling in their daily lives, and not only missing so many blessings, but not fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for their life because they have never experienced a real, intimate, personal relationship with the Lord! They are saved, but have never developed a real relationship with Christ.

The reality is, in many cases it is isn’t even their fault. How is a person supposed to know what to do next after they get saved unless someone tells them? They feel the same, live in the same place, have the same job, hang out with the same friends, and most of the time keep doing all the same things they used to do. Mentoring new Believers, discipling those who are new to the faith is something we have stopped doing.

Why? It takes time, effort, and commitment to disciple someone and people are simply too selfish to pour their lives into someone else’s. Every Believer should be mentoring or discipling a younger Believer! I have tens of thousands of emails from over the years sent by people who tell me they have been in church all their lives, but until they started reading the Daily Devotional, had no clue, no idea how they were supposed to live to make their faith in Christ real in their everyday lives.

Let me take a few minutes right now and give you the most important and basic element of what being a Christian is all about. It is about having a personal, intimate, vibrant, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ. Your relationship with Christ is like any earthly relationship you have. IT REQUIRES AN INVESTMENT OF TIME, ENERGY, AND EMOTIONS if it is going to amount to anything. If you are married, think where your relationship is with your spouse today as opposed to the first time you met. What is the difference? Lots of time, energy, and emotion! YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST WILL ONLY BE WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT!

I love you and care about you so much. Most people never grow as Christians, get beaten down by the day-to-day problems of life, end up doubting their faith because they have never developed a real relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t do that in an hour on Sunday, or at a Bible study once a week. You grow in your relationship with Christ the same way you grow in any relationship, by investing the time and effort and emotion into it each day!

I counsel people to get up 45 minutes early each day and read the Bible and pray before you do anything else. Start your day with Jesus. It may take discipline at first, but after a while, you will look forward to that time when it is just you and the Lord. Spend 15-20 minutes in the Bible. Take the rest of that time and just hang out with Jesus. Share your needs with Him, make sure you take time to thank Him for all He does for you each day, and make some time to just be silent. You can’t hear when you are talking. Be quiet so God can speak to you!

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will really speak to you through these words and that you will begin to make the time EVERY DAY to invest in your relationship with the Lord. He loves you so much and desires to have a relationship with you! Imagine that. Jesus wants to have a relationship with you! All of the doubts, and fears, and questions will start to fade the stronger your relationship with the Lord becomes. You will live each day with great confidence in knowing that it is not you in control, but JESUS who is in control. That is what it means to walk by the Spirit and not the flesh.

The key to what being a Christian is all about lies in your daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It will become not only the most important relationship you will have during this life, but never forget that it is the only thing that you will take from this life into eternity!

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

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

Jesus’s Compassion for Those Who were Hurting

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(Acts 20:35)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Father, I thank you for this day. I know that today was not promised to me, but it is a gift from You. Dear God, You know the pain I have today from what has happened in my life. I am tired of carrying this pain with me day after day. It is robbing me of my joy, of my peace, of knowing the abundance that this life can offer. I trust Your Word today that tells me that I can give this burden to You, that You will take it from me. I trust Your Word today that tells me to cast my cares on You, because You care for me. In the name of Jesus, I give You the pain of my past today. In the name of Jesus, I surrender it to You. Take it from me, and fill me right now with Your joy, with Your peace, and let me live from this day forward in FREEDOM FROM MY PAST! In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!!!

One of the most compelling things about the accounts of Jesus’ life in the Gospels is His compassion for those who were hurting. Jesus loved people. Jesus had a heart for those who were looking for hope. It does not take a Biblical scholar to understand that as a child of God, helping others is the main job God has given us to do. The scriptures are full of exhortations to help those in need, the poor, the widows. While the needs of some people are obvious, we are also to be there for those whose needs may not be as obvious, the spiritually poor.

You see, the spiritually poor are looking for answers to the questions of life. When the challenges of this life become overwhelming, they are looking for answers, looking for hope. A person in this state of mind, at this place in their life is in desperate need of a word from God. Where does that word come from? From the people God sends into their life, YOU AND ME!

I realize many of you today are facing great battles in your life. Struggles with sin. Struggles on your job or at school. Struggles in your family relationships. Struggles with your finances. Struggles with your health. Let me share something with you that I learned years ago. It was at the height of my personal struggles, when my natural tendency was to focus solely on the battles I was facing, that I would seek out ways to serve God by helping someone else.

Even though my battles didn’t go away, they became more manageable. The struggles weren’t as difficult and answers to my problems came a little easier. Why? I am convinced the Bible teaches us that if we will be about our Father’s business, He will be about our business. It is a spiritual principle that works!!!

I want to challenge you today. Pray about who it is God has put in your life who is hurting and needing hope in the midst of a difficult situation. It may be someone in your family. Possibly a friend. Maybe someone at church. It could be a person at your work or in your school. God has strategically placed you in the life of someone today who is hurting and in need of a word from God.

Once you have prayed and God shows you who it is, reach out to that person. Have a cup of coffee or a bite to eat with them. Go do something together. Get that person in a one-on-one situation and let them know they are not alone in their battle, that they are not alone in whatever they are going through. You are there to stand with them, to pray with them, and to help them see victory. Often, it is not necessary to do more than just reach out in love to that person who is hurting, for them to see and feel the love of Christ coming from you. I have always said it is usually not what we say, but what we do that shows the Christ in us to others.

I love you, and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today because I know you are going through problems in your life. I am reaching out to you to let you know I will pray for you, I will stand with you, and I will be here to help you overcome whatever the battles are in your life. God has given us each other because He never expected us to go through this journey alone. We are to bear one another’s burdens.

Today, reach out to that person God has placed on your heart. Show them the love of Christ through your actions. Let them know they are not alone, that someone cares for them. That can be the difference between victory and defeat in their life, between them living without hope, and moving forward victoriously over the problems in their life. Never forget, helping others is not an option, it is what God has called His children to do.

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

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

Joy!

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(Luke 2:20)

***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 just take a minute today and tell you the reason we can even say the word joy, regardless of what you are facing today!

God, our Creator, has opened our eyes and showed us His plan. He has showed us His Son being born of a virgin in a manger. He has showed us the example of the perfect life as we read about Christ’s life in the Gospels. He has given us the one and only perfect sacrifice for our sins in Christ’s death on the cross. He then verified it all in the resurrection of our Lord on that 3rd day…assuring us of everlasting life when we put our faith and hope in Jesus. I don’t know about you, but if that isn’t reason for joy, I don’t know what is.

I know many of you are struggling with your finances….you can still have joy today because God said you have riches beyond anything this world can offer! I know many of you are depressed because you are alone…you can still have joy today because God promised He would never leave you nor forsake you! I know many of you are having marriage problems…..you can still have joy today because God can mend your broken heart and restore your marriage!

I know many of you are fighting addictions to sex, drugs, alcohol, food, or tobacco….you can still have joy today because God can deliver you and set you free! I know many of you are facing battles at work or school….you can still have joy today because God said He would fight for you! I know many of you are dealing with health issues….you can still have joy today because God is still in the healing business!

It doesn’t matter what the battle is, what the problem is, you can still have joy today because Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, and rose on the 3rd day giving you the assurance that if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus, when this short time here on earth is over you will spend eternity with Him! THAT IS WHERE OUR JOY COMES FROM!

Don’t let the cares of the world steal your joy today!!! God is still on the throne and still hearing and answering the prayers of His children. He is still working miracles in the lives of people today!

I love you, care about you deeply, and want you to know HIS joy this today! Because of His birth, because of His life, because of His death, and because of His resurrection, we can have true JOY in our lives today if we will invite Christ into our hearts and lives.

If you want to know that Joy today, the true joy that only comes from a relationship with Jesus, pray and ask God to open your heart, then read the words at: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.html

Give your heart and life to Christ today and not only receive everlasting life, but everlasting JOY!!!

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

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Satan is a Liar and a Loser

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(1 Corinthians 15:57)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, YOU are my provider. You know my daily needs. You promised to care what I need each day for life….food, shelter, clothing. I put my trust in you. You own the cattle on a thousand hills, and I come to you today to thank you for providing for my needs in the past, and knowing my needs today. Today, I come to you, asking you to meet those needs as I glorify you for your provision. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Blessings my friend, I pray all is well with you and your family. Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day!!! By the grace of God and your prayers and sacrifice, we continue to faithfully provide personal ministry to over 2.5 million people worldwide each day, literally 24/7/365, as we have for 18 years now!

As you know we have been dealing with multiple month financial shortfalls over this past year. It has been a real test of faith, with the enemy often whispering that God has abandoned me and this work. The fact is, God has been doing as much through Liveprayer this past year than ever!!!

SATAN IS A LIAR AND A LOSER!!!

Over this past year we have been so challenged financially, Liveprayer has prayed for and responded to more people, over 15 MILLION in the past year, than ever! We have accumulated just under 2 MILLION praise reports from those prayer efforts. Just over 100,000 souls we know of have given their lives to Christ here at Liveprayer in the past year many were thinking Liveprayer we over!!!

Sadly, in these last 12 months, we have seen many of our long time dear friends who have helped Liveprayer fund our daily work worldwide 24/7/365, finish their earthly journey and are now forever with the Lord. It is a great moment in time when those who have been faithful to the Lord in this brief life, finish their work and enjoy His eternal peace and rest.

Sadly, that loss has not been replaced quickly enough, and this is the reason we have been struggling simply to fund our monthly operational costs these past 12 months. By His grace, many new friends of the ministry have been picking up the slack and going an extra mile or we would not even be here today. For those members of the Liveprayer family who have helped keep us going I will be eternally grateful.

The key for us now is to get current, so we can continue the work we have faithfully executed for these past 18 yrs. We are currently in immediate need of the $61,000 to close out our April operations. That would leave the $65,000 we require for May and June, $130,000, to bring us current. In the scheme of things, this is nothing. Just Friday, Amazon spent over 13 BILLION to acquire Whole Foods to strip that company of most of its’ employees and use it as a base for providing groceries delivered to your door.

*******IT IS CRITICAL FOR ME TO HAVE $7,000 BY NOON MONDAY TO COVER LONG PAST DUE OPERATIONAL INVOICES, ANOTHER $17,000 THAT I CAN COUNT ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, AND THE $37,000 BALANCE OF OUR APRIL OPERATIONS COVERED BY THE END OF THE WEEK. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU NEED ANY INFORMATION IN ORDER TO INSURE WE GET THESE FUNDS ON TIME!!!

I HAVE BEEN PRAYING ALL WEEKEND FOR ONE OR MORE FRIENDS OF THIS MINISTRY TO STEP UP AND HELP ME AT THIS CRITICAL TIME!!!! THIS WILL TAKE A TON OF PRESSURE OFF OF US, AND WE CAN WORK ON COVERING THE $130,000 FROM MAY AND JUNE OVER THE FINAL DAYS OF THE MONTH WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT ANY OF OUR OPERATIONS BEING AT RISK!

MANY TIMES OVER THESE PAST 18 YRS, GOD HAS SENT SOMEONE WHO HE HAS BLESSED AND ENABLED TO HELP US AT A CRITICAL TIME. THE SAMED GOD WHO PROVIDED IN THE PAST, IS THE SAME GDO WHO WILL PROVIDE NOW. IT IS SIMPLY SOMEONE WHO HE HAS BLESSED AND ENABLED TO MAKE THAT SACRIFICE, TO DO SO!!!

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: bkeller@liveprayer.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!

Never forget that GOD IS FAITHFUL!!! Dear friends like you have enabled us to keep marching forward, taking His Truth to this lost nation and world while being here to pray for people in their hour of need. Most important of course, is seeing lost souls every week coming to faith in Jesus Christ!!!

It has been YOUR prayers and YOUR generous sacrifices over the years that has made Liveprayer available tens of millions of people worldwide over the past two decades. You will never know my gratitude for you standing with me, or the impact of your faithfulness in the eternal souls of men, until you get to Glory!!!

***JUNE FINANCIAL UPDATE: Many have been praying for our needs and we have finally cleared up our March shortfall! AMEN!!! We now need to get our April operations taken care of. Please seek the Lord about helping me to cover the $65,000 we need ASAP in order to keep Liveprayer going strong!!!

So far, we have received $4,000 of our April shortfall, leaving $61,000 to go. It is very important to get $7,000 of our April shortfall by Monday close of business, another $17,000 Tuesday, and the $37,000 balance by Friday! Please pray about helping insure these funds are covered as we faithfully serve the Lord daily in ministering to people worldwide, many in a great hour need, will bringing God’s Truth into the marketplace and leading lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ!!!

Many have prayed for our needs and we have cleared up our March shortfall! AMEN!!! We now need to get our April operations taken care of. Please seek the Lord about helping me to cover the $61,000 from Apriil we need ASAP in order to keep Liveprayer going strong!!! God is able!!! He always has a ram in the bush!!!

So many have prayed, many sacrificed over the years as they have been able to give according to their ability from $1 to tens of thousands! By His guidance I have been able to take what has come in to keep our operations up and running. God has blessed me from day one over 18 yrs ago to be able to take a few “loaves and fishes” and multiply it exponentially to accomplish His work here.

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: bkeller@liveprayer.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!

THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIENDS..AND GOD BLESS YOU…I PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR NEEDS DAILY!!!!

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

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

Today is the Day the World Celebrates Father’s Day

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(Ephesians 6:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord bless me and my family today. Help us to never forget to honor you and praise your holy name. Thank you for your blessings. Let us be good stewards of those blessings and never forget to reach out to others and be a blessing to those who cross our path each day. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Today is the day the world celebrates Father’s Day. In our busy lives, it is good that we are forced to take a moment and recognize our dads. I had a wonderful father who unfortunately passed away when I was 16. Even though I missed sharing those young adult years with my dad, it was his love and nurturing in the early years of my life that helped build the spiritual foundation in my life. After praying about today’s Devotional, the Lord has directed me to use it as a special encouragement to the dads out there.

How often do we take what dad does for granted? There are Godly men out there who are the spiritual heads of their homes. They work hard to provide the income needed to sustain day to day life. They love and honor their wife. They realize their children are gifts from God and help nurture and mold their lives. These dads realize that serving God is their divine purpose and being the head of their home is their first and most important ministry.

Today is a day to make sure dad knows just how much we love and appreciate him!!!

For those dads out there that are working hard to be the kind of dad I just described, know that you are in my prayers. Know that each day as you spend that special time alone with the Lord, He will encourage you, prepare you, and make you adequate for that day. You are on the path God wants you to be on as you strive each day to serve Him, making your wife and children your number one priorities. Balance is one of the biggest hurdles you face each day, and I pray the Lord will help you find that perfect balance between work, home, serving Him, and relaxing.

The other big hurdle is being able to give God control. Having so much responsibility each day, letting go and really trusting God at certain time is not easy. Just remember, in John 15:5 it says, “Without me you can do nothing.” God has given you great talents, great gifts, but without the Lord’s strength, and He being in charge, it won’t make any difference. Make your faith real as you learn to trust Him more each day.

I recognize today that there are also many dads who aren’t the kind of dad I described. Unless someone is totally committed and surrendered to the Lord, overseeing the responsibilities of marriage and children often suffer. Without the Lord leading your life, getting caught up in all of the traps of this world happen frequently, and life really never makes much sense. The importance of being a husband or a father, doesn’t have the significance that it should. That is why so many men have left the home, abandoned their children, and continually are caught up in every kind of sin imaginable.

To those dads I want you to know that if you are tired of running from God, tired of the pain, tired of the heartache, tired of nothing working . . . this is the perfect day to turn it all around. Even though, this is a day we celebrate our earthly fathers, there is a Heavenly Father who loves you so much, and if you call out to Him, He will help you straighten your life out.

For those wives, ex-wives, and children of dads who haven’t been the Godly dad the Bible talks of, pray for your dad. Know that deep down he is hurting, and only surrendering to Christ will change that. God loves your dad more than you do, and He is the one who can change your dad’s heart. I’ll pray with you for your dad.

I want you to know that I love you and do care about you. For you dads out there today, let me encourage you by telling you . . . if you keep Jesus first in your life, He will help you overcome the trials of this life, and allow you to see victories in every area of your life. In your marriage, in your children, in your career, in your service for Him….if you will simply trust Him and operate in His strength, you will know blessings and joy above and beyond anything you ever imagined.

Please know that I will be praying for you today, and if you need any special prayer to be the man, the husband, the father, the servant God has called you to be….please don’t hesitate to email me at: bkeller@liveprayer.com . God has given us many great examples of how to be a true father. Follow Him each day and He will mold you and make you into the father He has raised you up to be.

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

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

He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.”

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(Job 17:9; Galatians 6:9; Revelation 3:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know that it is your desire that ALL come to repentance, that none be lost. Please give me a passion for souls. Help me to look at each person and never forget that they are created in your image, that one day they will die, and they have an eternal soul. Take away any fear, any hesitancy, to share the hope we have in Jesus with those people you bring into my life. Let me never forget that without Jesus, their soul will be lost for all eternity and do my part to share with them how they can have everlasting life through faith in Jesus who died for their sins. It is in the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

“He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.’ ” Mark 9:29

The deep things of God never come easy, are you willing to pay the price? I’m going to give you a heavy spiritual lesson today. I’m going to be very blunt with you. Most people are so bound up in their own weaknesses, get so distracted each day by the blowing winds of life, or just won’t make the sacrifice to pay the price to ever get to a place where they can even understand this message. However, for those who do want more of God, do want all of God they can get, are willing to literally lay down their very life and give everything they have to the Lord, this word is for you today!

The word today is PERSEVERANCE. After serving the Lord for nearly 2 decades, I can tell you that it never gets any easier, the battles only intensify as time goes on, and the more you are doing for the Kingdom the more you will have to endure, and the more you will have to persevere. Why do you think so many opt out or take the easy road? Very few people enjoy pain, conflict, being a target and attacked constantly day after day, and run when confronted with these things. That is why most of the Lord’s work is done in the safety of the Christian subculture we have created, behind the 4 walls of the church. That is also why we are having very little influence, and very little impact on this world we live in!

Look at the life of Paul. It would have been easy for Paul to sit back in the comfort and safety of the churches he pioneered and take on that apostolic role and live a life of honor, ease, comfort, and luxury. While Paul did oversee the churches he founded, he never stopped or slowed down in fulfilling God’s mission for his life to take the Gospel to the lost and hurting outside the four walls of the church. He pressed forward, tirelessly, until the very end when he was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ. Despite the great personal sacrifices, putting his life on the line each day, fighting all of the obstacles he had to face each step of the way, Paul PERSEVERED!

My word for you today is this. You are not going to ever fulfill God’s plan for your life in serving the Lord without being able to persevere. That is because the things of God don’t come easy, and won’t come without a fight. There is a very real enemy who will do all he can to stop you. As I share with you often, this is ultimately a battle for the souls of men, and sadly, satan is willing to fight harder for souls than most of God’s people. You can’t persevere by giving God 25%. You can’t persevere by giving God 50%. You can’t persevere by giving God 80%. You can’t persevere by giving God even 95%. TO PERSEVERE, YOU HAVE TO BE SOLD OUT, 100% TO THE LORD!!!

The fact is, it doesn’t take too many men totally sold out for Jesus to turn this world upside down. The work of one man, Paul, is still being felt today. The disciples of Jesus, who after his resurrection and being filled with the Holy Spirit, were totally sold out of the Lord and laid the foundation that the Christian faith has been built upon these past 2000 years. During that time, it has been men and women of God who were sold out for the Lord, 100% committed to Him, men and women who PERSEVERED, that has brought the Gospel to the world and helped millions of people find everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ.

I love you and care about you so much. We are in the last days and now God is calling on men and women like you and me to stand up, be counted, to sell out for him, and to persevere as we bring in that last great harvest of souls before our Lord returns and the last days of human history unfold. This is a clarion call to those who have ears to hear, that the time for playing games is over, the time for playing church is over, the time for being satisfied to live in the comfort of the “Christian trough” is over, the time for using the Gospel simply to generate money is over, IT IS TIME TO SELL OUT FOR THE LORD AND LET GOD USE OUR LIVES TO BRING HIS TRUTH AND THE HOPE OF CHRIST TO THE LOST AND HURTING MASSES WHO WILL DIE AND GO TO HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS!

To accomplish that, you will have to persevere. You will have to face the trials, the tribulations the hardships, the attacks, the scorn, the daily battles, but it is the power of the Holy Spirit that will embolden you and strengthen you and allow you to PERSEVERE! When you get down and discouraged, the Lord will pick you up and give you all you need to keep pressing forward. The Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen. The chosen are the ones who are willing to pay the price, do whatever it takes to persevere! The deep things of God will never come easy. They require a total and complete sacrifice to the Lord. But when this life is over, the things of this temporal world will pass away and all that will be left are the things we did for Jesus!

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

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