A prophet is a spiritual office like a pastor, teacher, or evangelist.

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(2 Timothy 3:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, Thank You for the strength You give me each day to be victorious over my enemies. I know satan is out to kill, steal, and destroy, but he is a defeated foe. Through You, I HAVE THE VICTORY! No matter what things may look like in the natural, let me never forget that there is victory in Jesus. Because You have won the victory, I have won the victory. Thank You Jesus! It is in Your name I pray…AMEN!

A prophet is a spiritual office like a pastor, teacher, or evangelist. A prophet is a person who declares the oracles of God to the people of his or her day. An interesting side note for those in the ministry who have this idea they are here to be served. The Bible says the meal of the prophet was cow dung, not cow meat! There is also the gift of prophecy. It is a spiritual gift. Like all spiritual gifts, every child of God has some but not all.

There is great controversy within the body of Christ reg! arding
gifts, but let me say that the Bible clearly says God gives people spiritual gifts to accomplish His plan and purpose. He gives someone the gift of prophecy to tell people about future events. It is NOT Christian fortune telling or being a Christian version of the psychic friends. Also, remember that a prophetic word will ALWAYS be supported by scripture!

Of course, since it is something that will happen in the future, the prophetic passages of the Bible can be interpreted many different ways and are highly subjective. I think we should go to the Biblical standard for a prophetic word. Those who gave prophetic words were never given the chance to be wrong twice, since they were stoned to death after their first miss! I wonder how many “prophets” would be out in our churches today under those conditions?

WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS. THEY ARE HERE NOW!!! You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to read the words of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy Chapter 3, the words ! of Peter
in 2 Peter Chapter 3, or the words of our Lord in Matthew Chapter 24 as they describe the signs of the “last days.” No man knows the hour the Lord will return but the Bible is clear He may come back at any moment in the “twinkling of an eye.” We are in the last days, Christ is coming back at any second, and because of our gross sin, wickedness, and rebellion to God and His Word we are DUE His judgment.

That is why each day I do my best to encourage you, challenge you, and push you in your daily walk with Christ. God needs every one of His children, now more than ever, working hard for the Kingdom. As a child of God, we have the power and ability to turn from sin. The reason I focus so much on sin is because it is the weapon the enemy uses to keep you from being a productive member of God’s army. He gets you so consumed in your own problems, in your own situations, that you are not able to be part of fighting the larger war for the eternal souls of people.

God giv! es us
glimpses of the future, of the last days, so that we can be motivated to get busy and work while we still have an opportunity to make a difference. There is no time to sleep or rest, because time is quickly running out!

I love you, and care about you so very much. Now more than ever God needs you, needs each one of His children on the battlefield each day. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are immediately drafted into God’s army. It is not an option, but a responsibility. It is not something we should even hesitate wanting to do. After all, we know that those who die in their sin are destined to eternal separation. If we can help even one person avoid eternal damnation, how can we say no?

God has strategically placed you exactly where you are supposed to be. It is no accident you live where you live, work where you work, go to school where you go to school. That is your battle station. As we watch the last days unfold, as we anticipate the re! turn of
Christ at any moment, let us get serious about serving Him. He will guide you, equip you, and make you adequate for the job He has given you to do. All He needs is your obedience and surrender to His plan for your life. I will pray for you today to open your heart and ask God how you can be the best soldier possible.

“Thus sayeth the Lord God of Hosts, I have called you forth in these last days to be my people, to show the lost in this world that I am the hope they seek. Go share that message.”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Do you only call on God in your time of need?

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(Judges 3:9, Judges 4:1, Judges 21:25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as You have promised in Your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

People have not really changed since God created Adam and Eve. While billions and billions of people have lived and died since the first man and woman, people have not changed. A great study in human behavior is found in the Book of Judges. I want to encourage you today to take some time in the next few days to sit down and read the entire Book of Judges. It will take you less than an hour, and be worth every minute.

Sadly, the spiritual lives of most Christians are exactly like the spiritual lives of the children of Isr! ael in
the Book of Judges. Here is how the pattern goes.

While everything is going great in your life, God slowly stops being your top priority. Actually, He often gets put far down the list of priorities. You quit praying every day, having that meaningful time alone, just you and the Lord. You quit reading your Bible every day. Going to church is not a MUST any longer. Allowing God to use you to bless others with your life isn’t a burning desire. If it happens, that is fine, but it is not that important.

As God plays less of a role in your daily life, you slowly start making choices that you would not make when you are in that close, daily relationship with Him. At the time, they seem like harmless choices. But as the days go by, you are making more and more choices that are NOT pleasing to God. Deep down, you know this, but you justify it by telling yourself that you deserve to have some fun, to do what YOU want to do.

Slowly over time, it is no longer what God ! wants
from your life, but only what YOU want. One morning you wake up and your life is a mess. You see my friend, SIN ALWAYS HAS CONSEQUENCES. THERE IS ALWAYS A PRICE FOR SIN . . . A BIG PRICE.

The Bible tells us that satan comes to “kill, steal, and destroy”. When you forget God, when you quit making Him the head of your life, when you put God on the shelf because you think that you don’t need Him, you have opened the door for satan to come in and destroy you! Trust me, at first it won’t be anything that bad. Satan is the great deceiver. He will deceive you into thinking that you don’t need God. He will deceive you into thinking that it is YOUR LIFE, and you should do whatever YOU want to do.

The longer that we live without God, the more choices that we make without praying, the deeper in sin we get. Sin is like quicksand. We sink slowly, and when God tries to get our attention, we ignore Him and sink deeper.

It is only when we are facing insurmountable odds, on! ly when
we have hit bottom, only when life is crashing down all around us, that we finally decide to cry out to God. Look at the Prodigal Son. He had to lose everything and be living in the worst conditions imaginable until he went home to his father. In our desperation we go to God, we repent, we ask His forgiveness, and we re-dedicate our lives to Him. Does that mean all of our problems magically go away overnight? NO! We didn’t create our problems overnight, and they rarely go away overnight.

But we do now have God back in our lives, and He is fighting for us, giving us the strength to get through each day, giving us the hope we need to move forward. Having God back in our lives doesn’t eliminate us from having to deal with the consequences of our ungodly choices, but over time, He will help us to be victorious. Our life will be great again!!!

We will look forward to waking up each morning. We will once again know the peace, the joy, and the abundance that this life ! can
offer. Many however, like the children of Israel in the Book of Judges, will sadly start to forget God again, and the cycle will be repeated all over.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that this message opens the hearts of many, as this trap satan uses so effectively is exposed. Here is the truth that I never want you to forget.

WE NEED GOD ON THE MOUNTAINTOP . . . JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED GOD IN THE VALLEY!!!

Let me repeat that.

WE NEED GOD ON THE MOUNTAINTOP . . . JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED GOD IN THE VALLEY!!!

We all know to call on the Lord in our time of trouble. My word for you today is to call on Him ALWAYS!!! In this life, we will always have trials. No matter how close we are to the Lord, we all have to fight the day-to-day issues of living in this sin-filled world. Nobody can escape that. However, when we stay close to God each day, we can minimize the problems in our life that WE CAUSE through our rebellion!

Do you! only
call on God in your time of need? My admonition for you today is to call on Him EVERY DAY. Keep Him first at ALL TIMES. God has revealed to YOU today a common trap men and women from the beginning have fallen into. Receive this word from the Lord today and walk with God every day of your journey here on earth. Call on Him in your time of need AND in your time of plenty!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

The 50 year anniversary of one of man’s greatest achievements!!!

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(Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to always be prepared to serve You in any way that I can. My life belongs to You. I am ready, willing, and able to answer Your call as I go through my life each day. Use me for Your glory. I am Yours! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

Today is the 50th anniversary of one of man’s greatest achievements, sending a man to the moon and successfully bringing him back to earth! In 1969 the nation was going through so much turmoil. President Kennedy, who articulated a great vision for exploring space and landing a man on the moon by the end of the 60’s had been assassinated just 6 years prior. In 1968, the nation mourned the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King and JFK’s ! brother
Bobby Kennedy as he was running for the Democratic nomination for President. The Vietnam war was raging and in the news nightly.

But on the evening of July 20th 1969, the nation and the rest of the world stopped everything to witness US astronaut Neil Armstrong slowly descend the ladder of the lunar landing module and step onto the surface of the moon, uttering those now famous words, “that is one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind!”

His fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin soon joined Armstrong on the lunar surface. Many people don’t know this, but Aldrin took communion on the moon and cited this verse from John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Some of my fondest memories as a young boy growing up in the ’60s was getting up very early in the morning, turning on the television set, and watching the late Walter Cronkite announce the ! latest
blast-off of a manned rocket into outer space. From the initial single man Mercury rockets, to the two-man Gemini missions, to the three-man Apollo series that was highlighted in July of 1969 by Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, to the current era of the Space Shuttle flights and a manned space station, the space program has been one of man’s great accomplishments.

I also remember the horrible reminders of how dangerous space travel can be. I remember watching in tears as a fire in the capsule of Apollo 1 that was still on the launch pad, killed astronauts Virgil Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Edward White. I remember 33 years ago seeing the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger just 73 seconds after lift-off, killing all 7 aboard. The past 40 years of space travel has been very exciting to witness, has contributed greatly to advancing our existence in this life, and in the future will continue to help us find answers to some of the great questions that we have abou! t our
world.

Perhaps the greatest question ever asked is, “Does God exist?” With over 2.5 million subscribers and having many subscribers forward each day’s Devotional to their friends and family, having it posted on hundreds of other websites and message boards each day, I get hundreds of emails daily with that very question. Anyone that has ever taken a Theology 101 course knows that right after the Table of Contents, the very first chapter is on the “Existence of God.” I could spend hours proving the existence of God because belief in the existence of God is intuitive, it is assumed by the Scriptures, and it is corroborated by various arguments. But I am not going to.

Instead, when anyone asks me “does God exist?” I tell them ABSOLUTELY. When they ask me to prove it, I tell them to do two things. First, go look in a mirror, and second, go outside and look into the sky. When you look into a mirror and see yourself, YOUR EXISTENCE is one of the greatest proofs there i! s that
God exists. After all, one of the questions all men throughout human history have asked themselves is, “where did I come from?” Evolution and other theories have all proven to be impossible. There is only one plausible, legitimate explanation, and that is GOD CREATED US. If God created us, then God must exist.

When you go outside and look into the sky, the EXISTENCE OF THIS WORLD is one of the greatest proofs there is that God exists. Man from the beginning of time has asked “how were the heavens and earth made?” There have been numerous theories put forth, but all have fallen woefully short of even coming close to explain how the world in which we live was created. There is only one plausible, legitimate explanation, and that is GOD CREATED IT.

Of course those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and know that the Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word simply go to Genesis Chapter One. The existence of God is a given fact. Those who have made the choice to r! eject
Christ in the their life, will in many cases also reject the existence of God. It is easier for them to live with themselves by believing that there is no God, that Jesus is a story like Santa Claus, and that the Bible is just a book of fables.

This way, they can live their life however THEY choose, free in their own mind from being accountable to anyone. These people will rely on incredible arguments, unproven scientific studies, and anything that they can find to deny God exists so that they can feel better in their rejection of Him. For people like this, you will never convince them God exists through arguments. The best thing to do is to pray for them, since the God they reject is able to open their hearts to His reality and love for them.

I love you and care about you so much. Only a fool would ever doubt the existence of God. As a matter of fact, it would take greater faith than I could ever dream of having, to even question whether God exists.

Let me! leave
you with some quotes by former astronauts about the existence of God:

“I am convinced of God by the order out in space.” Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan

“But when you leave the earth, in a spacecraft, I personally think there’s a real motivation to look toward God. After being in space, I certainly have a much greater appreciation for the world God has made, the universe He’s created. It’s very clear in my mind that this universe couldn’t have happened by chance.”

NASA Astronaut Col. Jack Lousma

“To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible. It just strengthens my faith. I wish there were words to describe what it’s like…” Astronaut John Glenn

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

The world we are living in for this season. Part Three of Three

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(John 15:19, Galatians 6:9)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, open my eyes to see this world clearly, and show me what You want me to do to serve You in these times we live. You and You alone will have the last word Lord. Let me see this lost world through Your eyes and with Your heart and help to lead the lost and hurting to find Your hope, strength, peace, and salvation! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

“…but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world…” John 15:19

The world we are living in for this season. Today is Part Two of a very different 3-PART Daily Devotional series on recent major events and news stories in the United States and around the world that are shaping the culture we live in today. DO NOT MISS PART THREE TOMORROW!

It is critical for Christians to clearly understand the culture around us so that we can be the Lord’s agents of change as He has commanded us to be. May the Lord g! uide us each
day by His Spirit as we faithfully serve Him!!!

*Kindergartens across California are pushing a curriculum that attempts to normalize the mental health issue of people who are confused as to which gender they are. It is the same “brainwashing” of children that began 20 years ago to normalize to children at the earliest ages the choice of engaging in sex with someone of the same sex.

*China gets many thing very wrong. However, the Chinese government does treat transgenderism as what it is, a mental health issue!

*On the topic of mental health, many mental health organizations are recognizing an addiction to social media as a current mental health issue. The lobbyists at the big tech firms fought this public acknowledgement for many years now, but there is simply an overwhelming amount of empirical evidence that a certain percentage of the population have an unhealthy addiction to social media. Not surprising, the primary group making up the bulk of t! hose with
this problem are young adults from 10-25. Like all addictions, it is an unhealthy focus on using social media that leads to harm in many other aspects of their lives.

*Israel Folau is credited by experts as being the greatest rugby player in the world today. He is from Australia where rugby is a very popular sport. Folau is also a dedicated Christian. He recently spoke out about the sin of homosexuality on Instagram which created a huge backlash within the Australian media.

Sadly, like most democratic countries in 2019, the Australian culture has totally bought into the lies of the LGBTQ community. In response, the team Folau played for voided his $4 million dollar contract and he is currently in a legal battle to have his contract re-instated. Every day there are brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide who are paying for their faith in some form, manywith their very lives!

*Now that sports gambling has been legalized in the United States, look for th! e next
form of easy access gambling to be made available via media companies. There is no argument the ratings for college and professional football are driven to the levels they are because of gambling. Whether it is betting on the outcome of the game itself, or over the past 5-6 years the increased gambling on different players that make up a fantasy team, it is a natural progression for media outlets to offer their viewers the ability to make bets directly through them.

*The pro-life movie “Unplanned,” has been effectively banned in Canada. Movie theater ownership is limited, and the few entities who control the “screens” have decided NOT to show the movie in their theaters. Pro baby-killers in Canada put lots of pressure on the theater owners, claiming the movie was nothing but pro-life propaganda and grossly distorted the abortion industry. Of course that is not true. However, despite much criticism one smaller chain of theaters did open up their screens last ! weekend and had a
big turnout of movie goers. Amen!!!

*Iraq, where many of the oldest Christian churches could be found, has all but eliminated Christians and their churches from the country. Sadly, during the time of the Isis caliphate, Christians were slaughtered or fled for their lives and their churches were burned down. Especially sad was when Isis took over modern day Mosul which is Biblical Nineveh. They killed the Christians who weren’t able to flee and burned their churches to the ground. They even desecrated what was believed to have been the tomb of the prophet Jonah. So sad!

I love you and care about you so much! This is a challenge to stay educated about the world we live in but are not part of, in order to the best ambassadors of Christ we can be as we share His love and hope with this lost and hurting world.

BE OF GOOD CHEER MY FRIEND. WE HAVE WATCHED OUR CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES AND MOST CULTURES WORLDWIDE BECOME MORE GODLESS WITH EACH PASSING YEAR AS B! IBLICAL
TRUTH IS BEING REJECTED. DON’T FORGET THAT GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE!!!

I CAN IMAGINE THE FRUSTRATION OF THE EARLY CHIRSTIANS AS THEY SOUGHT TO BRING THE GOSPEL TO THE EVIL WORLD OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THEY PERSEVERED AND REFUSED TO DO NOTHING WHILE LOST SOULS WERE DYING AND GOING TO HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY. THIS IS ALSO OUR MANDATE FROM OUR LORD. SO LET US NEVER BE WEARY IN WELL DOING, KNOWING THAT IN DUE SEASON WE WILL REAP IF WE FAINT NOT!!! (Galatians 6:9)

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

The world we are living in for this season. Part One of Three

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(John 15:19)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, open my eyes to see this world clearly, and show me what You want me to do to serve You in these times we live. You and You alone will have the last word Lord. Let me see this lost world through Your eyes and with Your heart and help to lead the lost and hurting to find Your hope, strength, peace, and salvation! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

***OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, I HAVE A SPECIAL 3-PART DAILY DEVOTIONAL SERIES ON THE MAJOR EVENTS AND NEW STORIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE SHAPING THE CULTURE WE LIVE IN. IT IS CRITICAL FOR CHRISTIANS TO CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE AROUND US SO THAT CAN BE THE AGENTS OF CHANGE FOR CHRIST THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED US TO BE! PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS INFORMATIVE AND CRITICAL 3-PART SERIES!!!

Part One of Three

“…but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world…” John 15:19

The world we are livin! g in for this
season. Today is Part One of a very different 3-PART Daily Devotional series on recent major events and news stories in the United States and around the world that are shaping the culture we live in today. DO NOT MISS PART TWO TOMORROW!

It is critical for Christians to clearly understand the culture around us so that we can be the Lord’s agents of change as He has commanded us to be. May the Lord guide us each day by His Spirit as we faithfully serve Him!!!

*VP Mike Pence was the commencement speaker at Liberty University for their graduating class. Of all the things VP Pence spoke about during his address, the most important issue was the warning about increased persecution of Christians in our culture. It was a very wise and timely warning, as never before those who believe in Biblical Truth and faith in Christ or being singled out in our culture not just for ridicule, but persecution of all kind. From having our beliefs censored in most mainstream venues,! to
discrimination in the workplace, to forcing people of faith to compromise their beliefs or face some sort of penalty.

*A Texas school system has declared that a person’s gender is determined by how that person feels! So if a biological male wakes up one day and “feels” like a female, that person must be treated as a female. If a biological female wakes up on morning and “feels” like a male, that person must be treated as a male. Isn’t it amazing that when you go against God’s simple order of things, how much chaos ensues?

*COGIC, the Church of God in Christ and the largest denomination of black churches in the nation, has taken a bold stand on the fact that abortion is murder! Far too many black churches and pastors compromise on this issue due to a connection with Democratic politics. While only 13% of our population is black, apx. 40% of abortions are black babies. The evil tool of satan, Margaret Sanger, founded Planned Parenthood in the ea! rly 1900s in order to
wipe out the black race. Since Roe wwnt into effect in 1973, abortion has murdered apx. 26 MILLION black babies!

*The military is lamenting the fact recruiting is way down over the past decade. They also state that even those who want to be part of the military are often overweight and in terrible physical shape, woefully under-educated, and often with drug use in their history that precludes them being part of the US military.

*For people entering that final season of life, if you spend some of your last years in an assisted living facility, it is very likely that your 1 companion will be…a robot! Robot use as “friends” for the elderly is being seen more and more in Asia and no doubt will become more acceptable and common here in the United States in the coming years.

*A mega-church in Atlanta has recently hired as part of their staff a “psychic.” In a day of where we see more and more watered down and compromised pastors and churches, is it! any wonder why
when a Christian church hires someone who is involved in satanic practices to counsel their members! Psychics, witches, mediums are all part of satanic practices the Bible clearly rejects and calls sin. Sadly, King Saul ended a life that was largely devoted to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, by visiting the witch of Endor. How sad it is to compromise the Truth of God for the lies of satan!!!

*Years ago, the state of Georgia created some great incentives for Hollywood productions to shoot in their state. Over this past year, Georgia has passed some laws that put restrictions on having an abortion to cut down how many babies are murdered in their state each day. In response, many actors started a campaign to boycott filming in Georgia. As with most of these types of boycotts, they get lots of attention initially, but rarely amount to much as time goes on.

*I talk about the spiritual state of Europe often, since the United States is lagging about 30-40 ye! ars
behind. Over the past years, there has been a 50% drop in attendance in German churches. In Italy, just belief in God is down over 10%. The simple fact is that Europe is for all intensive purposes is spiritually dark, a fate that we can expect in the United States unless we repent of our sins and rebellion and turn back to God and His Truth.

*Pope Francis is the most socially liberal Pope we have seen in modern times. Rather than spreading the Gospel, he is much more likely to be advocating for illegal immigrants. The relatively unfettered mass migration of Muslims into Europe from Northern Africa and Syria, has resulted in a civil nightmare for most European countries. A government official in Italy wanted a Papal blessing, but was denied due to his strong anti-immigrant beliefs. For everyone who balks at President Trump and his goal of creating a wall on our southern border, there has never been a more effective use of a wall then at Vatican City to help protec! t the
Pope!

*The nation that presents the greatest global threat to the United States is without a doubt is China! We have helped build modern day China due to our trade deficit that over decades has never been addressed. China without shame or even hiding it very much, steals the intellectual property of any company they do business with. Chines hackers that breach the computer systems of both private and government entities to steal sensitive information is a never ending problem. Many US universities are not just educating tens of thousands of Chinese nationals each year, but in the zeal for funds, allow Chinese front groups representing the government to access any information of value from a school various departments.

US high tech companies have helped China created a sophisticated surveillance network so their government can keep track of each of their apx. 1.2 billion citizens. The Chinese military is as technologically sophisticated and powerful as any mili! tary on
earth, including the United States. While we in the United States tend to look at most issues in year and decades, China focuses on 100 and 1,000 year goals!

Lastly, the Chinese government has been a great persecutor of Christians. Their philosophy is that one Chines Christian is one less Chinese citizen. As false as that may be, they have effectively shut down the Christian church in China by burning churches, imprisoning people for just going to church, and torturing and killing pastors and Christian leaders. From the standpoint of the Chinese government, there is no place for both the Christian church and the Chinese government!

I love you and care about you so much! This is a challenge to stay educated about the world we live in but are not part of, in order to the best ambassadors of Christ we can be as we share His love and hope with this lost and hurting world!

DO NOT MISS PART TWO TOMORROW!!!

In His love and service,

Your f! riend and
brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

You can wake up one morning and find yourself in one of satan’s traps you never dreamed you would be in!!!

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(Matthew 26:41; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 4:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I have strayed from You and want to feel Your presence again. 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!

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” – (Matthew 26:41 NIV)

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

Satan is out! to get
YOU and you will be shocked at how he will try to accomplish that, and even more shocked when you wake up one morning and find yourself in one of his traps you never dreamed you would be in!!!

Every day I read emails from people that start out, “I can’t believe I am in this situation.” Sin is so subtle, can start out so innocently. I don’t know how many people we deal with each day who became addicted to pain killers after using them legally under the supervision of a doctor. We deal daily with people who let a few glasses of wine with dinner enslave them to alcohol. Often I hear from dear people who went to play the slot machines at a local casino for a night of “fun,” and have now destroyed their finances due to gambling.

Over and over I hear of work friendships that turn into adulterous affairs. Sadly, I deal too often with pastors and men and women in the ministry who allowed themselves to get too close, too emotionally involved in the life of someone of the ! opposite
sex, and it ended up destroying their marriage and their work for God.

Please hear me today when I tell you to NEVER, EVER, think you are above falling into any type of sin. Just because you may not have a propensity towards drugs and could never see yourself in that bondage, doesn’t mean one day you won’t. Just because you don’t have a propensity to drink and could never see yourself bound by alcohol, doesn’t mean one day you won’t. Just because you love your wife or husband and could never imagine in your wildest dreams having an affair, doesn’t mean one day you won’t.

The point is, NEVER, EVER feel you are above any sin, because you are not. In most cases, it is those areas of your life that you feel you are the strongest where you are most likely to fall!

Perhaps quicksand is the best example of what it is like to be in one of satan’s traps. You sink, slowly to your death in quicksand. If you try to get out by yourself, it only pulls you in deeper. That! is
exactly what it is like when you wake up one morning and find yourself in sin. For some of you, your quicksand may be drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, food, or any of a number of other addictions. For others, your quicksand may be a sexual sin. For still others, your quicksand may be greed and the lust of things this world has to offer. Regardless of what your quicksand may be, the question now is how do you get out?

The first step is to realize that you are in a situation that on your own you can’t get out of. If you were strong enough to get out, you wouldn’t have fallen into this trap in the first place. So now is the time you have to humble yourself before the Lord and come to Him for help. That begins with repentance and asking the Lord to forgive you. I’m not talking about that “I’m sorry I got caught” type of repentance either. But having a real, broken and contrite heart for sinning against the Lord and seeking His forgiveness for your sins. He knows your he! art and
He knows if you are sincere or just trying to use Him to get out of the trouble you are in.

The second step is to fully surrender yourself to the Lord and submit yourself to whatever His plan is for getting you out of the quicksand. We all want God to come swinging down out of the trees like Tarzan in the movies, grabbing our outstretched hand and pull us out of the quicksand, placing us on solid land. He may do it that way too. He also may take us out the slow way as well. We may have to stay in that quicksand for a while, simply being sustained by His grace and mercy. You are in no position to tell God how to rescue you, just be thankful that if you surrender to Him, He will.

Never forget that there are ALWAYS consequences for our actions. Once we are out of the quicksand, it is very possible that we will have to deal with the consequences of our choice to rebel against the Lord. The key is, Christ is our ONLY hope to get out of the quicksand and to eventually ! get our
lives back on track where they need to be. We must surrender ourselves completely to Him and know that it will only be His grace and mercy that will see us through whatever we have to face in that process.

The third step is that time of restoration. After we have fallen, been rescued, we now need to have our relationship with the Lord restored. No doubt one of the greatest examples of this process is Peter being restored by our Lord after he denied Jesus on the night He was taken in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Note: Peter is a perfect example of a man who fell into a sin he would have never expected to. Denying Christ is probably the last sin Peter ever expected to commit, proving my earlier point how we are immune to NO sin.)

The restoration of Peter is a powerful and encouraging message that even if you have failed the Lord, sinned against Him, He is ready to forgive you and restore you to fellowship. The Peter we read about in the Book of Acts after being resto! red by
Jesus, is a powerful and bold man of faith who helped to lead the early church.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that the Devotional on Tuesday and this one today are not easy to read. I realize that it has caused many of you to literally break down in tears as you were reading these words, knowing that God Himself was speaking to you. Listen my friend, He loves you! He loves you more than you will ever know. God is there to try and protect you from satan and his traps. But you do have free will, and in exercising your free will you can choose to obey the Lord or rebel against Him.

Satan does not play by any rules and is out to destroy you. He will use whatever tricks and traps he can to accomplish that. That is why as I stated yesterday you must stay close to the Lord each day thru the Word and prayer, stay busy, especially finding ways to serve the Lord so that you aren’t as likely to dwell on your flesh and the allure of this world. The message! today is
that you are not above ANY type of sin, so you must always be on guard and don’t ever think you are immune from being tempted by the evil one.

We all sin, we all fail God at times. The key is if you wake up one morning and find yourself in the quicksand, realize you can’t get out without the Lord’s help. Humble yourself before Him and submit to His plan in getting you out. Lastly, allow Jesus to restore you to fellowship. Failure does not mean you are finished. Often your greatest works for the Lord come AFTER you have failed and have been restored to His fellowship.

Satan is out to get YOU. However, I want to leave you today with that powerful promise we have in God’s word, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – (1 John 4:4 NIV)

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

Satan’s color is not read….it is GRAY!!!

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(John 8:32; John 8:44, 2 Thessalonians 2:10)

***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!

Satan’s color is not read….it is GRAY!!! Throughout the centuries, the color most commonly associated with satan is red. However, today I am here to tell you that the color which most accurately portrays the enemy of our soul is gray!!! God’s Word clearly teaches that there is ABSOLUTE TRUTH. That means everything is black and white. When it comes to truth there is no such thing as gray. Gray is a lie and the color of the father of lies, satan!!!

My friend, one of t! he greatest
concerns that I have about our society, is the failure to accept the fact that ABSOLUTE TRUTH exists. Life is NOT gray, it is black and white. It is either the truth, or it is a lie. That begs the question, where do we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Society will tell you that each person should each be able to determine for themselves what truth is. That sounds wonderful, but practically speaking can’t ever work. Why? Well, what I feel is right, someone else might look at as wrong. What I think is wrong, someone else may think is right. To allow each one of us to determine for ourselves what truth is, can NEVER work since the standard for each one of us would be different.

That is why the ONLY source for ABSOLUTE TRUTH is God. God took the effort to give us His inspired, inerrant Word. That is where we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH. God also gave each one of us freewill. That means we are free to believe whatever we want. But what one person chooses to believe will not change or alter the! TRUTH of
God found in the Bible. It is immutable; never changing. It is the foundation, the bedrock on which we can live our very lives. Again, you are free to accept to reject what God says in the Bible. Why do you think those who make choices in rebellion to the truth of God’s Word will ALWAYS dismiss the Bible as just a book of stories written by men who use it for their own purposes? Those who rebel against God have to deny His Word, or admit that they are wrong.

It is critical for each one of those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to stand up for the truth of God’s word in your day to day life. God has called us to be the defenders of His truth. Don’t be afraid to call sin sin. People will mock you, laugh at you, call you names, even strike you, but that will not change the truth. We live in a time when the LIE is glorified, proclaimed boldly every way imaginable, and told enough times that people actually begin to accept the lie as the truth.

Yet we! , the
people of faith, the people who possess the ABSOLUTE TRUTH of God’s Word, meekly and passively sit by, watching, keeping our mouth shut, satisfied going into our churches on Sunday and locking the doors so nobody will hear us!!!!

I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO CHALLENGE EACH PERSON WHO READS THESE WORDS TODAY TO PRAY TO GOD, AND ASK HIM FOR COURAGE, BOLDNESS, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.

You don’t have to preach to do this, simply live your day to day life in an uncompromising way that lets the lost and hurting around you know your life is different. You don’t buy into the lies of this world. You don’t fall into the traps so many do because you are armed with the TRUTH. And when those opportunities present themselves, boldly speak up and let people know what God says! God doesn’t call us to think for people.

God doesn’t call us to save anyone. We can’t do that. What we CAN DO is share the truth of His W! ord with
others, that is our job. What they choose to do with that truth, then becomes an issue for them and God.

***ALSO, I KNOW MANY PASTORS READ THIS DEVOTIONAL EACH DAY. TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO GOD HAS CALLED TO DO HIS WORK AND BE GENERALS IN HIS ARMY , LET ME SAY THAT I UNDERSTAND THE TRIALS THAT YOU FACE EACH DAY. BUT THE ONE THING THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO GOD IS COMPROMISE. HEAR THIS WORD FROM HIM TODAY! IN ALL THAT YOU DO, THE ONE THING THAT YOU MUST NEVER DO, IS COMPROMISE THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF HIS WORD. TELL IT LOUD, TELL CLEAR, TELL IT BOLDLY, TELL IT WITH LOVE, AND NEVER COMPROMISE THE TRUTH OF HIS HOLY WORD!

I love you and care about you so much. Your prayers, your love, your support means more then you will ever know. Never forget that it is friends like YOU that allow me to share the TRUTH of God’s Word each and every day with over 1.6 million worldwide. The Internet is perhaps the greatest vehicle ever known to man to share the hope and love of Jesus! Christ
with people.

Over 1.4 million people that I know of have found an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ through Liveprayer! We have over 15 million praise reports from people that have contacted Liveprayer and God has answered their prayers. Your prayers and support have made it possible for us to be here the last 20 yrs for the lost and hurting in their time of need.

Together, we are making an impact in millions of lives by sharing with them the power of God. We are helping people find the ABSOLUTE TRUTH God gives us in His Word, since we know, the TRUTH shall set them free!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller

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