Will Islam be the United States Babylon?

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(2 Kings 24:20, 25:11; Jeremiah 52:28-30)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help us to wake up as a nation before it is too late. We have squandered your blessings, taken advantage of your love and grace, and deserve your wrath. Please oh Lord, be merciful for a few more hours and give your undeserving people one last chance to repent of our sins and turn our hearts and lives back to you. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Will Islam be the United States Babylon? Ten years ago, I wrote a very prophetic word regarding the possibility of God using Islam to judge this nation, much like he did Babylon several times to judge the children of Israel! I remember the emails I received scoffing at such a notion. I can only imagine the abuse the OT prophets took when they warned the children of Israel of God using Babylon to judge their sin and wickedness!

Since 9/11, there has been a dramatic uptick in immigration from Islamic countries with a 66% increase in the past decade. And things are just warming up. Islam is now the fastest growing religion in the United States, with over 3 million and adding apx. 100,000 with each passing year. Also, the overall number of mosques in the United States quietly rose from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010, an increase of 74%. There has been an estimated 500 more built in the past 5 years!

With a President whose administration is sympathetic to and defender of Muslims, we now have Muslims in every department of the Federal government. Like the Pro-homosexual lobby had apologists groups who lambasted anyone who spoke out against the sin of homosexuality, labeled those who did as “homophobes,” and had the complete support and cooperation of the majority of the media, Islam as used that same strategy!

Even though the President or his administration will never tell you the truth, we are and have been at war against Islam for several decades now. It is NOT Islam vs. Christianity, but Islam vs. the United States. It is a war ISLAM started and sadly we refuse to even acknowledge. All of this happening as I type these words makes this prophetic warning from a decade a year more realistic, more possible, more probable than ever.

*NOTE: As I was putting this Devotional together, news broke from the FBI that there is currently 900 open ISIS investigations as of today…in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! WAKE UP AND WAKE UP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!

All throughout the Bible and human history, God has used human instruments to do His work and fulfill His plan and purpose. We read all throughout the Old Testament how the children of Israel would turn away from God, follow the false gods and idols of the world, live in open rebellion to God’s commandments, and eventually He would have enough and pour out His wrath upon them. This was usually done in the form of allowing the enemies of Israel to take them captive and enslave them. As you can imagine, that got their attention real quick.

Eventually, after a period of time and due to His never ending love, grace, and mercy, God would free the children of Israel, give them their land back, and begin blessing them again. Of course it was in this time of captivity that the children of Israel would repent and ask God to forgive them. They would be in a place where God was their only source of hope and strength. They began to worship Him again, trust Him again, obey Him again. The amazing thing is once He set them free, it was like they got amnesia. Almost immediately they would be back worshipping the false gods and idols of the world. They would be getting involved in every kind of sin you could name. Worshiping God, trusting Him, living in obedience to His commandments were all forgotten.

It was like when you were a child and you disobeyed your mother. She would make you go stand in the corner for a period of time. After the time was up, you were allowed to go back to playing and doing what you wanted. During the time you were standing in the corner, you were sorry for what you did. You promised your mother that you would obey her from now on. As you stood in that corner you appreciated the freedom you had to play and do what you wanted. But what happened when the punishment was over? It wasn’t long before you were not listening to your mother any more. You began to do things you knew you weren’t supposed to. What your mom had to say and her rules didn’t matter any more.

Like I tell you often, man has never really changed since the Garden of Eden! Go read the Book of Judges. What a classic illustration of this cycle of sin-> punishment-> repentance-> restoration-> and sin again, you will ever find. You read the Book of Judges and you start screaming at your Bible every time God frees them from their enemies and they immediately fall right back into the same pattern of sin that forced God to punish them in the first place. Over and over and over this cycle is repeated and you think to yourself how stupid these people are! At that moment, most of us have one of those sobering moments when the Holy Spirit says loud and clear, YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT!

Before I deal with our nation, let me deal first with each of us as individuals. We are all susceptible and at different times in our life fall into this pattern of sin. This is why I implore you each day to stay in the Word, pray, keep close to the Lord, be in church on Sunday or some day during the week, and find ways to serve the Lord. You see, all of these things working together insure that you are never far from Christ. It keeps you constantly focused on the Lord and your faith. It makes it very difficult to fall into the many traps satan lays for you each day to tempt you and lead you into sin and away from God.

You know and I know that the first thing you do when you allow sin into your life is that you stop reading the Bible as much, usually stop reading it period. You stop praying as much, again, you often stop talking to God at all. You quit going to church regularly, if you even go at all. You are like Adam who after he sinned, ran and hid from God and we see that great scene of God in the Garden asking, “Adam, where are you?”

Of course, as I tell you often sin always has a very high price tag. You NEVER sin and get away with it. There is always a high price to pay when we choose to sin against God. Eventually the time to pay, to suffer the consequences of our rebellion is upon us. We then go through that season of chastisement, of punishment, and it is during this time that most turn back to the Lord. We ask Him to forgive us, repent of our sins, and in the season of punishment find our relationship with Christ again. Eventually the season of punishment ends and we are back to living our lives again. Hopefully we learned our lesson and have strengthened our walk with the Lord and will do all we have to do each day to stay close to Him, live in obedience to His Word, and enjoy the blessings of that relationship with Jesus.

*Hear my word for you today! The United States is no different than the children of Israel. We are a wicked and rebellious people who have forsaken our God. We have squandered His many blessings and have turned this blessed land into one that is cursed. We have turned to every false god, idol, and philosophy the world has dreamed up in opposition to the God of the Bible and His Truth. We proudly and legally practice infanticide in this nation, slaughtering 4,000 babies every 24 hours. We have embraced, celebrated, and accepted as normal deviant sexual choices that God never intended man to engage in. We have opened the floodgates to allow pornography and every kind of sexual sin man can imagine to exist without any restraint.

As Paul told his young disciple Timothy in 2 Timothy 3, men have become ” lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. ”

Just as God spared not His wrath on his own chosen people, punishing them for their rebellion, so will the wrath of God be felt on this nation for our rebellion. In the past God has poured out His judgment on nations by allowing their enemies to take them captive. I believe today as I type these words that unless this nation immediately repents, turns back to God and to His Truth, ISLAM WILL BE OUR BABYLON!!! Amen.

I love you and care about you so much. For those who have been reading the Daily Devotional for any length of time, you know that I am probably about the most positive person you will ever meet. However, I am also one of the most realistic. I can’t read the Bible and read about God’s judgment on the children of Israel for their cycle of sin and not understand that we are facing His judgment for our rebellion. The Bible is also very clear that even amongst God’s choice servants, when they sinned there was always a price to pay. Why would we think for a second we can sin and get away with it?

My prayer for you today is that you will realize that there is a huge price to pay when we sin. Our rebellion to God always brings consequences. Likewise, God blesses us for our obedience. So it really boils down to a choice between consequences and blessings. I have to tell you as someone who has experienced both, blessings are MUCH better! It really makes sinning not only an act against God, but really stupid since we know we aren’t going to get away with it. I pray today that the Lord will speak to your heart and each time you are confronted with the choice to sin, you will remember that you pay a huge price for that sin at some point. It is just as easy to OBEY God, and instead of dealing with the pain of whatever consequences arise, you can enjoy the blessings that flow from your obedience!!!

As for this nation, I sense our time is very short. I sense in my spiritual gut that at any moment God could unleash His wrath on this land. We are not only due His judgment, we are long OVERDUE! As I see the events of this world unfolding, I clearly see that Islam could very easily be God’s instrument of judgment on this nation for our rebellion, just like Babylon was His instrument of judgment on the children of Israel for their rebellion. I only know the glimpses we get from the Word what being taken captive and enslaved by a hostile people would be like. None of us can even begin to fathom it. I do know that it will be horrible. I also know that it can be avoided IF we act now.

That is why I do what I do, with Liveprayer in operation literally 24/7/365. We have no more time. Our time has run out. Time will eventually tell and history will record the fall of this great nation at the hands of Islam should we stay on the spiritual course we are presently on. We are simply living in freedom today by the grace and mercy of Almighty God. I will keep doing all that I can each and every day to sound the trumpet of warning, to use all of the resources at my disposal to lead this nation back to God and to Biblical Truth so we might be spared His soon coming wrath and judgment.

Our only hope and the only answer is to turn back to God and His Truth, and that is why I ask for your prayers and for you to give what you can to support the efforts here at Liveprayer. We are not only bringing HIS Truth into the marketplace, praying for people in their hour of need, saving souls, but leading the charge to spark a national revival and have that “Nineveh moment ” before the Lord pours out His ultimate wrath and punishment on this land!

Please watch and share this video with everyone you know:
https://youtu.be/BP2SKnQ6OnE

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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A New Type of Warfare We are Losing

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(Genesis 19:24,25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a Godly citizen and honor the laws of this nation. Thank you for allowing me to live in a nation where we can have our voice heard through the democratic process that governs us. Help ALL people find peace, joy, and an abundant life wherever they may live in this world. We know that can only come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Help me to do my part when opportunities present themselves to be part of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people throughout the world. Protect this nation from those who would seek to do it harm, and give those in authority the strength to enforce the laws that govern this great land. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Wednesday December 17, 2014 was another 9/11 that only a small percentage of the people saw and understood. Just ONE MONTH prior, I shared a critical message with you on the incredible vulnerability of the US to cyber attacks, espionage, and hacking by the Chinese and Russian governments. I went on to try and wake up people to not just the potential of having life as we know it change overnight, but the VERY REAL POSSIBILITY since such a threat is not just possible but highly probable!

As the SONY Corporation caved in to the cyber terrorists who hacked into their computer system and held them hostage costing SONY $200 million and counting, very few people in this nation could see that what transpired was no different than the attack on this nation when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, or the planes that were flown into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the one brought down by brave Americans in Pennsylvania intended to hit the US Capital on 9/11/01!

THIS WAS A NEW TYPE OF MILITARY WARFARE THAT WE WEREN’T PREPARED FOR! THE ONLY THING MISSING THAT DAY WAS THE INCREDIBLE VISUALS OF THOSE PAST HORRIFIC ATTACKS, BUT THE DAMAGE WAS JUST AS REAL AND INSTEAD OF AFFECTING ONLY THOSE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT THE LOCATION OF THE ATTACK, THIS AFFECTS EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN THE NATION EVEN THOUGH A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT WEDNESDAY NEARLY A YEAR AGO!

Even though North Korea was being held as the likely responsible party of the cyber terrorism unleashed on SONY, the fact is they could not have accomplished what was done alone, and most likely had extensive help from their “big brother” China. Today, the diminutive and evil Kim Jung Un basks in the glory of his “victory” over the United States, and don’t kid yourself, it was a victory for the enemies of the United States as much as 9/11 was a victory for Muslims worldwide!

There is only ONE RESPONSE required from our nation, and that would be to have sent a message to Pyongyang and the world that we will NOT be bullied by cyber terrorists nor will we sit back and have our companies and government attacked in this destructive way without a swift and forceful response. US military aircraft should have been dropping bombs on strategic targets in North Korea such as the Presidential palace.

At the same time, our diplomats should have reached out to their counterparts in China, Japan, South Korea, as well as the other nations in Asia as bombs were being dropped on North Korea with the clear and concise message to the world that the United States WILL NOT sit back and have the computer systems of our companies or government hacked into and critical information stolen without a response that carries the full force of the United States military!

Sadly, this gutless administration did NOTHING of any significance and we will look back in future years on the date of 12/17/14 in the same way we look back on 12/7/41 and 9/11/01!!! What happened to SONY will keep happening as our lack or response only emboldened our enemies. It may have started with some emails and a movie, but it will end with the very computers that we depend upon for our daily lives!

Read again the sobering words below I shared with you just one month prior to that event almost a year ago. The hand of God’s protection is GONE from this nation. We are subject to being destroyed in numerous ways. None is as easy, as swift, or as complete, as attacks on our cyber infrastructure that runs every facet of our daily lives. EVERYTHING WE DO IN OUR LIVES IS DEPENDANT UPON THAT CYBER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT COULD BE ATTACKED AND DESTROYED AT ANY MOMENT! IT IS A NEW TYPE OF WARFARE BEING WAGED ON THIS NATION DAILY!!!

Will we wake up before it is too late and turn back to God and His Truth, or will we be like the children of Israel numerous times who woke up one morning and spent generations in captivity for their sin and rebellion to Almighty God? With each passing day, our opportunity to repent and turn back to God and His Truth fades away and the full wrath and judgment of God on our nation becomes more apparent!

(from the Liveprayer Daily Devotional 11/18/2014)

The incredible vulnerability of the United States to cyber attacks, espionage, theft, and hacking by the Chinese and Russian governments! Most people have no idea the extent of hacking, theft, and espionage takes place in cyber space on a DAILY basis! Not only is the US totally vulnerable in these areas, but because the infrastructure of our entire lives is now computer based, life as we know it could end in a moment!

As I have shared over the years about God’s pending judgment on this nation for our sin and wickedness, the natural question I often get is how would it be possible for God to punish this nation similar to when He punished the children of Israel many times for their rebellion. I have shared in the past how God could easily impact the lives of every man, woman, and child through the economy, how Islam could become the United States Babylon, but the fact is the easiest way for God to end life as we know it literally overnight would be by destroying our computer infrastructure.

I have talked to you in the past about the possibility of being attacked by an EMP bomb (ElectroMagneticPulse bomb), or E-bomb. Without getting to technical, it is a missile that is shot into space, detonated miles above its target, and emits an electromagnetic mist over its target. The result is all computers are rendered useless. TV and radio signals are blocked. Anything with electronics in it, like your car for instance, are damaged. Just think about having computers rendered useless. There would be no electricity, no water, no communications, no banking, no air traffic, no ANYTHING that is dependent upon computers. In an instant, the affected area goes from the 21st century back to the stone age!

With all of our daily lives dependant upon computers to turn on our lights, get water, put gas in our car, shop, bank, to do ANYTHING, destroying our computer infrastructure by a foreign enemy would take us back into the stone-age overnight! Every day companies have corporate secrets stolen, have the private information of their customers stolen, often have their internet operations held ransom , in addition to simple hacking and intentional destruction of websites and information stored online.

The vast percentage of this activity is not being conducted by organized criminal groups here and around the world, but by foreign governments! It is KNOWN that most of this activity is being conducted by the Chinese and Russian governments. Again, not organizations within China or Russia, but the actual governments themselves!!! To be fair, I have no doubt our own government is involved in similar efforts, but the fact remains corporate America as well as city, state, and government operations are ALL vulnerable to attacks on their cyber infrastructure!

Please understand, this can happen without the foot of one foreign soldier ever stepping on US soil. This is not a James Bond fantasy device. It exists today! My whole purpose today is not to scare anyone, but to help inform and educate you. I hear people all the time act like we are such a great and powerful nation and are immune even from God’s judgment. People tell me all the time that they can’t see God doing anything to us. I am certain that the children of Israel felt the same way. They were the beneficiaries of God’s blessings and no doubt felt they were safe and secure from their enemies and even from God Himself.

Yet the Bible clearly documents how God did judge the children of Israel, many times, for their sin and rebellion. I am certain that in the years, months, weeks, and days prior to God’s judgment falling, they arrogantly lived in open rebellion to God and His Truth, almost like they were taunting Him to do something. Most I am sure, were so blinded by their sin they didn’t even think for a second God might hold them accountable for their sins, even though we have the record of Scripture where God’s prophets in those days warned the people to repent and turn back to God or face His wrath and judgment. Sadly, the people didn’t listen.

*WE SIMPLY CAN’T KEEP LIVING DAY AFTER DAY, WEEK AFTER WEEK, MONTH AFTER MONTH, YEAR AFTER YEAR IN BLATANT AND UNREPENTANT REBELLION TO GOD AND ARROGANTLY THINK THAT WE WON’T HAVE TO PAY A PRICE FOR OUR SINS! WE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY GOD FOR OUR SINS AS INDIVIDUALS, AND WE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY GO FOR OUR SINS AS A NATION!!!

I love you and care about you so much. My friend, this is not a time to run and hide in fear, but a time to stand up and be counted. We are God’s children, we are the remnant, we are the ones who must warn this nation and world of God’s pending judgment and wrath. God will not be mocked. He will not sit back in silence very much longer. We are not due His wrath and judgment, we are OVERDUE His wrath and judgment!

I wonder what the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were doing the morning the fire and brimstone rained out of the heavens and destroyed their cities. I imagine they were simply living their lives, totally oblivious to what was about to happen to them. They were so lost in their sin and rebellion to God they didn’t even think for one second that He would judge them one day. I submit to you that the people in this nation are no different than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah!

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

Bill Keller

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Obama Wants Your Guns and Ammo

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(Mark 12:31)

***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 your 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!

As President Obama continues to do everything in his power to destroy this nation before he leaves office in 14 months, he has finally taken illegal executive action to limit the rights to bear arms as stated in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution by banning certain types of ammunition. Sadly, until he is held accountable by the courts (since Republican politicians don’t have the guts to begin impeachment proceedings for his continual failure to uphold the Constitution), President Obama will continue his lawless attack to take away the right to bear arms from the citizens of this nation.

DO NOT BE FOOLED! JUST LIKE HE HAS TAKEN LAWLESS EXECUTIVE ACTION TO ALLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO REMAIN IN THE NATION, HE WILL TAKE FURTHER EXECUTIVE ACTIONS IN AN ATTEMPT TO RESTRICT OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS!!!

Gun control and the Bible. You don’t get very far into the Book of Genesis until you see the first act of violence as Cain kills his brother Abel. Since that first act of evil, human history has been fraught with man’s violence against other men. Every type of weapon man has dreamed up in his imagination has been used to kill. The first firearms were invented in China in the 12th century. With the current heated debate in this nation over guns, I wanted to look at this issue in a way you won’t hear in the news, from a Biblical perspective.

First, the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, so unless that Amendment is repealed confiscating guns is not even an option. New laws aren’t the answer either since the largest percentage of gun crimes are committed by people who don’t obey the laws to begin with. The reality is, there are exhaustive laws already on the books regarding guns, they just aren’t being enforced.

The mass shootings over the past decade that have received all of the headlines, have all been perpetrated by people with mental illness. The only logical actions that should be considered are doing a better job of identifying people who are suffering from some form of mental illness, getting them the treatment they need, and put into place a way to track those who are most likely to become violent.

Sadly, in the end this is a large country with 330 million people. To enjoy the incredible freedoms we have, it creates an atmosphere for someone who is mentally disturbed to be able to randomly attack innocent people. There simply is not any sort of plan that is going to prevent that from happening from time to time.

THAT MY FRIEND…is why the spiritual state of this nation is so critical. That isn’t going to stop random acts of violence, but it will create an entirely different atmosphere than what we are living with today. We would “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” We would “love our neighbors as ourselves.” We would reject the violence that is glorified in the movies, TV, and video games. Instead of treating life like it has no value, we would embrace life as the special gift from God that it is!

I love you and care about you so much. Only true revival can change the spiritual state of our nation, thus changing the environment that exists today which fosters random acts of violence. While the more spectacular acts make the news, every day in large cities and small towns, innocent people are attacked, hurt, and killed. We have become experts in how to commit violent acts against each other.

This is also responsible for a society today that actually embraces and cheers for the 4,000 innocent babies that are slaughtered every 24 hours. It is such a part of our culture, most people never even give it a thought. In this nation where a culture of death flourishes, the next segment of our society to be put to death will be the elderly. Grandma is going to die soon anyway, put her out of her misery now and save the expense of keeping her alive any longer!

We don’t have a gun problem in this nation, we have a spiritual problem. If every gun was confiscated and destroyed, we would find whatever was handy to commit acts of violence. The only real answer to the violence in our culture is to turn our hearts to God and start living our lives by HIS laws. Our society will never obey the laws of man unless we first obey the laws of God!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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A Message of Hope to Those Who are Overweight

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(Romans 15:4)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a blessing to someone I meet today. Help me to not be so self-absorbed that I miss the opportunity to be a good witness for you. Today, I yield myself to you. Use me for your glory! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

A message of hope to those who are overweight. I have written many Devotionals in the past dealing with keeping our ‘temples” in the best shape possible and doing our part in being healthy so that we can serve Jesus at full strength. However, I realize that many are struggling with health issues beyond your control. Issues that in some cases are genetic in nature.

First of all, let me tell you that God loves you for YOU, not how you look! Even though our society has bombarded us through the media with what the “perfect” person LOOKS LIKE..society has failed to show us what the “perfect person” is INSIDE!!!! To all of those reading these words today that are struggling with your weight and appearance, let me assure you that God is concerned about YOUR HEART…NOT…how you look.

My admonitions and encouragement in the past in regard to maintaining our bodies, our “temples”, has been from the basis that to serve Him the most effectively, and for as long as possible, there is a responsibility on our part to stay in the best possible physical shape. This is NOT to be adored by the ‘world” that we live in, but to be in the best shape possible to fulfill our purpose in this life, which is to serve and glorify God! Nobody will argue that the better you feel, the better you are physically, helps you to accomplish that.

However today, I want to speak directly to those who may have inherited through their genes a body size larger than others, or those who have legitimate medical issues that have caused them to be above the average weight. Never forget, these are issues that you were born with and NOT your fault. This does not preclude you from working as hard as you can, probably harder than many others, to maintain your body in the best physical condition that you can. But it is NOT your fault that you are overweight! You can only do the best that you can!

In the end, never forget that it is not a person that you have to please, but God. God will not judge you by the scale, but by your commitment to HIM! Continue to work with your doctors, do the best that you can to maintain your body in the best physical shape that you can, but never forget, it is your heart…your walk with the Lord…..that is the most important to God.

I love you and care about you so much. From the tens of thousands of emails that I receive daily, I know that many of you are struggling today with the issue of your weight. First, the key is FORGET about pleasing ‘society”, and be concerned about pleasing God. I am not saying to ignore the problem that you are battling, I am not saying give up. What I am saying is that you work first on your relationship with the Lord, THAN on your body.

There is so much great science today that God has given to gifted men and women in that area. I pray and encourage you to do all that you can to take advantage of the latest medical research to keep yourself in the best physical shape possible. But never forget that in God’s eyes, it is not your weight that HE sees, but your heart for HIM!!!!

I will pray for you today. Continue to do your best to keep yourself in the greatest physical shape that you can. God will guide you and help you in this area. The purpose of this is NOT to please society, but to be able to do our best in serving and glorifying God with our lives.

As I get older, I realize more and more that as important as physical appearance is to the world that we live in, God is mainly concerned with our service and commitment to HIM. Our health is important since it is our way of doing our best to serve Him as long as we can. So do your best in that area. But never forget, ***how you look may be important in this world that we spend a brief time in, but your relationship with Jesus is important for ETERNITY!!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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God’s Pop Quizzes

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(Malachi 3:3)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name…AMEN!

I was richly blessed in my elementary school years to have wonderful teachers who really cared about me. They were a big part of my life and like family. I have always thanked God for such wonderful, loving, caring people who gave of themselves to instill the basics into my life. It was a firm foundation that the rest of my academic life was built upon. In the third grade, I had a history teacher, Mrs. Wilson. You had to stay on your toes with Mrs. Wilson because she was famous for her pop quizzes. You never knew when, and usually when you least expected it. Often she would stop in the middle of a lesson, tell us to take out a piece of paper, and proceed to give us a pop quiz.

God does that to us also. Rarely a day goes by that at some point, He doesn’t tell us to take out a piece of paper and proceed to give us a pop quiz. The purpose and use of a pop quiz is to give us a measuring stick to see how we are progressing. Like Mrs. Wilson, God’s pop quizzes come at the most unexpected times, when we least expect it. We may wake up one morning and to our horror see that our alarm clock did not work and we are an hour late. Do we panic start running around frustrated? Or do we take a second, pray, and ask the Lord to help us be where we need to be, do all we need to do even though we are an hour late?

Often the pop quiz occurs in traffic. The thoughts of the day racing in our mind, in a hurry to get to our destination, and of course, someone not driving the way we think they should. Do we get angry, yell at them, shake our fist at them, call them names? Or do we rest in the fact God is guiding us to our destination in His time, not ours? The pop quiz may happen at school or work. We deal with people in our lives daily, classmates, coworkers. How do we handle the problems that always arise from these inter-personal relationships?

Of course, all through the day there are opportunities for the Lord to give us a pop quiz. With our finances, our spouse, our family members, decisions about romance, where to live, where to fellowship, how to serve Him, and on, and on, and on.

I often take a few minutes at night before going to bed, and replay the events of the day. What I did, what happened throughout the day. I try to reflect back and see how I did in relationship to actually living my faith. How did I handle the pop quizzes the Lord threw at me that day. This has proved to be a valuable tool for me in regard to my spiritual growth, as well as identifying areas of my life that I need to really work on. By doing this, I can see those areas that need attention. It also keeps me very close to the Lord, because you CANNOT pass the pop quizzes God gives us each day, and not be walking close with the Lord. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE.

It would be like someone who had virtually no knowledge of chemistry, walking into an advanced chemistry class and taking a test. This daily review also makes it very difficult for us to be living with sin in our life. We become aware of our sins, we repent of them, ask the Lord’s forgiveness, and work on keeping that sin out of our life in the future.

The 20-30 minutes you should spend at the start of every day in prayer and the Word, the 10-15 minutes you should spend with the Lord before you go to bed reflecting on that day, are the most productive minutes of the day. They will ultimately be the difference between living a victorious or defeated life. They are the difference between walking with Christ each day, or running from Him.

I love you and care about you very much. I want to see you getting an A+ on all of your pop quizzes the Lord throws you way each day. To do that however, requires work on your part. The only way I could do well on the pop quizzes Mrs. Wilson would give our class, was to study the material, and be prepared. That is what God is asking you to do as well. Study the material in His Word, and be prepared to put what you read into action in your daily life. The fact is, the pop quizzes God gives us are real life, with real consequences. Failing them in some cases can dramatically alter your life.

This is not a game, but very serious. Men and women in the armed services train diligently, because they know that the training they undertake one day can save their life as well as the lives of many others. As soldiers in God’s army, we need to take our training just as serious, because the eternal souls of many are at stake.

My prayer today is that you will start to really pay attention to those tests God gives you each and every day. They are a way for you to stay focused each day on Him, stay aware of the weak areas of your life, and keep you prepared for the real life spiritual battles we face each and every day. I have to admit, I was very challenged by the pop quizzes Mrs. Wilson gave our class. I made it a point to study hard, always be prepared so that I could do well on them. I try to do that today in my spiritual life, and challenge you to do the same. Never forget, our life is a series of tests, tests that help us in our spiritual growth, tests that help us to stay prepared for the work God has for us to do. Make sure you are ready for that next pop quiz God has for you

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Decisions

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(1 Corinthians 10:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: ***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!!!

Each day we make many decisions, many of them regarding whether to follow Christ or give in to sin. Standing in the face of those decisions always seems easy beforehand, but when the pressure is on and it is time to make your choice, how can you avoid falling?

As you know, I not only try to give you spiritual guidance each day, but realize that we live in the real world. Translating your Christian faith into actual day-to-day living is my number one goal. It is nice to talk about all of these great spiritual concepts, but making them real in our daily life is the true test and what I hope to accomplish.

That is why I stress that to win those spiritual battles in your life, you have to have a battle plan. A real life plan of action that you can work at each day to see victory. So let’s talk about how to stand up to the sin we face each day in our life, from a practical standpoint.

It starts with the basics. Time each day in prayer. Time each day reading the Bible. Belonging to a local church. Finding ways to serve God each day. These become the cornerstones to our day-to-day life that strengthen us and enable us to say no to sin when it comes knocking at our door.

When you are praying each day, when you are reading the Word of God, when your focus is on serving others, when you are being fed spiritually at your local church, working together gives you the spiritual focus and strength to avoid sin. To be honest, it is impossible to be sinning when you are serving.

It is impossible to be serving God and satan at the same time. Jesus even said no man can serve two masters. When you are following Christ, sin has no room in your life.

Now you understand why so often I keep hammering home how important it is to be praying, reading the Word, in church, and serving God. When you are involved in sin, these are the things you stop doing. None of us are immune to sin. We all must constantly be on our guard, since it is the enemy’s desire to destroy us.

All the more reason we must be diligent, faithful, committed, and disciplined to our daily relationship with Christ. This journey is 24/7. We must always be on our toes, always prayed up, always focused on what it is God wants us to do. The second you let your guard down, you have opened yourself up to the enemy getting into your life. This is not to make you live in fear, because if you are walking with Christ, there is nothing to fear.

I love you and care about you a great deal. You can count on my prayers that you will realize the seriousness of your daily walk and time with the Lord. Remember, it is the only thing you will take into eternity from this life. It is what keeps you strong and able to stand up to sin’s temptation. Make it a priority in your life to do the things each day that enable you to stand up to sin.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Putting Your Troubles on Hold

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(Mark 6:31)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name…AMEN!

Putting your troubles on hold. For most, today is the start of the weekend. The weekend is a time to get away from the pressures of work and relax. Even if you have to work during the weekend, let me encourage you to spend as much time as possible in the next couple of days putting your troubles on hold and focusing instead on rest and relaxation. I am not trying to minimize the complex and difficult situations many of you are facing, but we MUST find pockets of time in our life to put the burdens down and simply rest.

You are much better equipped to handle life’s problems when you are fresh and energized, than when you are tired and running on fumes. It is in those run down times when our problems look insurmountable and we are most apt to become depressed and lose hope. Even Jesus had to get away once in a while to recharge his physical body.

A time of rest does many things for you. It helps you to regain your physical strength. However, just as important, it allows you to regain your mental strength. Fighting day after day wears us down mentally and we get so focused on our problems that we lose sight of possible alternatives that may help us in our struggles. Getting worn down also causes us to lose perspective causing us to forget that God is still in control.

Most important though, a time of rest helps us to refocus on our personal relationship with the Lord. In the midst of our trials, we can miss out on that daily, intimate time with Him which just compounds our problems. That time of rest allows us to not only recharge our bodies and minds, but our relationship with the Lord.

Just hours before going to the cross, Jesus told His disciples that in this life they would have many trials. He did not want them to be deceived into thinking that just because they had walked with Him, they were immune from life’s problems. But He promised them that He would always be with them. We are heirs to that promise as follower’s of Christ. It is the Christ living in us that gives us the ability to live victorious lives.

Never lose sight that the Bible tells us that we are more than conquerors through Him. That means whatever you are facing today, whatever obstacles may be in your life, because of Jesus, you can overcome them and be victorious. So in these next few days while you rest, while you recharge, dwell not on your problems…..but on the fact that we have total victory in Jesus!

I love you and care about you. I pray that you will have a wonderful few days of rest and relaxation, that you will be able to spend quality time with family and friends, and that most important you will spend some quality time with the Lord.

He loves you, cares about you, and will make you adequate each day for the challenges that you face. Focus on living life in His strength and not your strength, and those burdens won’t seem as heavy. Enjoy the weekend as you put your troubles on hold, and find that peace that passes all human understanding in Him.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2015, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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