Sixteen Years of Liveprayer

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(John 3:16,17, 14:6, 15:5)

***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!

Sixteen years of Liveprayer! It is easy to get discouraged looking at the world around us today despite the wonderful milestone that 16 years ago at Noon on 8/31/1999, Liveprayer signed on. Over the years Liveprayer has become the most effective interactive online ministry ever. God has used His work here to impact tens of millions of live worldwide while seeing over 1,000,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ. To God be the glory, and it will be the eternal legacy of myself and each member of the Liveprayer family!!!

As I type these words, I think back to the numerous times over 16 years I have exhorted people that our ONLY hope is to turn this nation back to God and His Truth. Liveprayer is the instrument that God has been using to impact individual lives, and as we continue to do that our final work for the Lord is to lead the way for a spritual revival across this land. Unless that happens, unless we have a Nineveh moment where the masses get on their knees and repent of their sins, turn back to God and His Truth, this nation is finished. Only the arrogant and prideful will believe that the same God who judged his own children for FAR LESS sin, won’t unleash His wrath and judgment on this nation!

Over the last 16 years, Liveprayer has become by far the world’s largest interactive Christian website. We’ve sent out just over 5,800 Daily Devotionals daily over these past 16 years that began going out to a handful of people and are now are received by over 2.5 million people worldwide every single day. We have received and responded to over 140 million email prayer requests. We have accumulated a Praise Report archive with over 10 million testimonies of God’s faithfulness.

We’ve broadcasted the uncompromised Truth of God’s Word and the fact Jesus is the ONLY way on over 2,000 “live” TV programs on major secular TV stations, seen by millions of people in Florida, Illinois and around the nation since it debuted in March of 2003. To view the program “LIVE” every Monday-Friday from Midnight-2am EDT on your TV if we air in your market, or digitally on a computer, SmartPhone, or tablet, please go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm To watch previous programs On Demand, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/LivePrayerTelevision

Of course, ALL honor, glory, and praise goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus said, “Without me you can do NOTHING!” That powerful reminder from John 15:5 is on the mirror in my bathroom and the first thing I see every morning. I have been most blessed of men to be given the honor and privilege to serve our Lord in such a meaningful way each and every day. It was 25 years ago this month that I sat in a Federal Prison cell and rededicated my life back to Christ and finally gave the Lord the one and only thing He ever wanted from me, and the one and only thing He ever wants from you…my life completely, fully, and wholly surrendered to Him!

Whatever has happened at Liveprayer these past 16 years is NOT because of Bill Keller, it is because of Jesus Christ. Bill Keller is simply a vessel God has chosen to use at this moment in human history in the fulfillment of His overall plan and purpose. All I did was give my life completely to the Lord and surrender myself to whatever His will for me is each day. I spent nearly 7 years PRIOR to the start of Liveprayer doing my best to serve and follow God faithfully. Whatever Liveprayer has become after these 16 years, is the result of serving and following Christ obediently and faithfully for over 23 years. It was God who has called me to do what I do today and I am simply doing my best to follow His voice as I walk by faith each day.

It is because of what we have done these past 16 years that I have the incredible passion for what we can do in the years to come should Jesus tarry. What drives me each day is the fact that I know Jesus may return at any moment, that tomorrow is promised to none of us and I need to be faithful each day to the work God has called me to do, and that every second of every day someone is dying and going to hell that could be in Heaven if we had been able to reach them with the hope of Christ. Thru the internet and secular television, we have the ability to reach the lost and hurting masses and not only help them find real answers in their hour of need, but the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Seeing the lost won for Christ is what I have given my life to do. With every waking moment, every breath until God calls me home, my only objective and goal is to reach the lost with the Gospel. That passion, that drive, that determination has not waned over these past 192 months, it has intensified. I refuse to let the personal abuse I take each day stop me. I refuse to let the continual threats on my life stop me. I refuse to let the daily challenges of living in this fallen world stop me. I refuse to let finances stop me. I refuse to let anything keep me from giving the Lord everything I have every day. I know that I fall short every day, fail the Lord every day, but I am thankful He knows my heart. Jesus gave His very life for me, how can I give Him anything less?

I LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU SO MUCH! I really mean that each day! The greatest joy of all these past 16 years is this new family God has blessed me with. Every day I cry with those in the Liveprayer family who lose those they love, and I rejoice with those in the Liveprayer family as they bring new life into this world. I remember today the many dear and faithful friends who have been part of Liveprayer over the years, many who helped lay the foundation for God’s work here who have gone on to their rewards in Glory. I also am excited by all the new additions to the Liveprayer family as they grow up to become the men and women of God He has called them to be.

It has been a privilege to stand with so many young adults as they have gone thru high school, college, started their first job, and gotten married, had children. I’ve been honored to stand with those in the Liveprayer family who have lost their job, gotten new ones, faced health issues, struggled with their finances, gone through a divorce, had legal issues, bought and sold homes, moved, dealt with children and grandchildren living apart from the Lord, those how have battled with different addictions, and all the rest of the daily challenges we face along our journey through this life. I’m grateful to be here each day to help bear your burdens.

*”It’s an honor to speak to people about God, it’s an even greater honor to speak to God for people!!!” -EM Bounds

All I can say in closing is THANK YOU! Thank you for your love. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for your financial support of God’s work her at Liveprayer. I tell you often that without you there would be no Liveprayer. That is true. YOU make this all possible each day for millions of lost and hurting people worldwide. Your love and prayers and gifts have made an eternal impact in the lives of tens of millions of people around this planet. Please continue to pray for me and for all those who labor here so faithfully each day to make this all possible. For those who God leads and have the ability, please continue to prayerfully give as the Holy Sprit leads you as we meet our financial needs.

I’m looking forward to the day my work here is complete and I am able to go to Heaven and hopefully catch up on some sleep. I know that at some point, there will be a great reunion of all those people who were part of the Liveprayer family. It is such an honor and great joy of mine each day to be able to actually meet those who are part of Liveprayer. Sadly, I know that I will never get that opportunity to shake hands and give a hug to the vast majority of those in the Liveprayer family during this life. So I look forward to that day in Glory when we will all be together.

In the meantime, God still has much for us to do. While it would be easy and tempting to sit back and be content with what we have accomplished these past 15 years, we can’t because there is still too much work left to do. The Liveprayer Church, the world’s online cathedral. The Jonah Project God’s instrument to help lead this nation back to God and Biblical values. The “remnant” is about to rise up and be heard like never before!

So now is time to keep pressing on towards that prize, being obedient and faithful each day to serve and follow the Lord, and declare to this lost world the Truth of God’s Word and tell the lost of the eternal hope they can have in Jesus Christ. May God continue to pour out His favor and blessings on Liveprayer as we remain faithful each day to our calling of leading this nation back to God and HIS Truth during what God showed me last November would be “year of victory!”

Let me leave you with our verse for the year from 1 Corinthians 15:57, “”But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”

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

Bill Keller

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Honor Your Mother and Father – Part 2 of 2

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(Ephesians 6:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for being the perfect father. No matter what our relationship has been with our earthly mother and father, you are the great example of a true parent as you love me unconditionally no matter what. Help me to be a grateful child of your today and acknowledge your love and nurturing as I honor you with my life. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Honor Your Mother and Father – Part 2 of 2

Depending on the translation you are using, there is a part of this verse that talks of obeying your parents “in the Lord”. The original Greek text actually translates “for the Lord’s sake”. Why is it so important to the Lord that we obey our parents? As we grow up, our parents are the first authority figures we are exposed to. We learn at a very early age that our behavior is governed by others. We learn how to make choices. We learn that there are consequences for the choices we make, good and bad. Obeying our parents teaches us that we are accountable for the things that we do in this life.

Once we start school, we then realize that our actions there are governed by our teachers and the school administration. We then learn that society has laws we must follow and the police, prosecutors, and judges have been put in place to enforce those laws. The reason this is such an important issue is because, while we have those in authority over us during our life here on earth, we also have God, our Creator in ultimate authority over our life. Obeying our parents is critical because if we don’t learn how to obey the authority that our parents have over our life, we will never learn to obey God who has the ultimate authority over our life.

You see, my friend, God loves us. Most of you have or had a parent or parents who love you. When your parents give you rules to follow, it is not to make your life harder, but easier. It is from that love that they tell you what you can and can’t do. Some things are common sense; others are from experience. You see, they know what the end results of certain decisions will be, and they are trying to keep you from making mistakes. That is what God does also. In His Word he tells us things we shouldn’t do, many which are obvious and common sense. Then there are others that come from God knowing what the ultimate outcome will be.

One of the most vivid example is God’s warning not to be unequally yoked. The literal meaning of that verse in context is talking about marriage. A Christian, not being married to a non-Christian. Why? If you could come to Liveprayer someday and read some of the email, you would understand quickly. Just like parents have a reason for rules that we may not totally understand or agree with, so does God. Obedience is a way that we can protect ourselves.

Of course, God gave us all free will. It is understandable, since otherwise we would be little more than robots. But there have been times when I wish I didn’t have the ability to make choices. We usually learn at a very early age that when we make the wrong choice, there are consequences. Often we have to pay a price for disobedience. Those consequences hopefully serve as a mechanism to help us in the future make the correct choice. Punishment for disobedience is designed to help us learn that we can not disobey and get away with it.

In Hebrews 12:5,6 it tells us that God punishes those He loves. Punishment is not meant to make us mad or to push us into further disobedience. Instead it is designed to help us understand that we are to be obedient children, and that there are consequences associated with disobedience. Let me say here, that many have this image of God who delights in punishing His disobedient children, and that all of the hardships we suffer must be punishment for things we did wrong.

While there may be some direct consequences from sinful activity, God loves you, and is not a God of punishment, but a God of grace and mercy. Trust me, if He wanted to inflict punishment on us for our disobedience, we would never be able to live under the weight of the hardships we would have to endure. It is important for us to learn that free will is not a license to disobey, but to obey.

I love you and care about you so much. Being obedient to our parents is something the Lord has asked us to do for His sake. It also teaches us how to obey, since we need to be obedient to Him as well. For some like me, there is a rebellious nature that is obviously part of our sin nature we inherited. Never forget it was Satan’s rebellion that got him thrown out of Heaven.

It was the rebellion of Adam and Eve that brought sin into the human condition. So we are born with a rebellious nature, a tendency to disobey. That is all the more reason why we must be aware of how important our obedience is; if for no other reason, than to avoid the consequences of our disobedience. Ultimately though, we obey out of love.

Our parents love us enough to give us rules to follow to help us in our life. We need to understand that and obey out of love for them. God loves us enough to gives rules to follow to help us in our life. We need to understand that and obey out of love. I pray today that you will see how important obedience is and that out of love, you will obey your parents; out of love, you will obey God!

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

Bill Keller

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

Honor Your Mother and Father – Part I of 2

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(Exodus 20:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for being the perfect father. No matter what our relationship has been with our earthly mother and father, you are the great example of a true parent as you love me unconditionally no matter what. Help me to be a grateful child of your today and acknowledge your love and nurturing as I honor you with my life. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Honor Your Mother and Father – Part I of 2

This is not a suggestion, or a choice we have. This is one of those issues God literally has carved into stone. I want to look at this today from two perspectives. The first is a swift kick in the backside for those who have been neglecting their parents. The second is for those with a more complicated situation where there has been damage to your relationship with your mom, dad, or both.

In the first case, let me just lay an incredible guilt trip on you this morning. You get so busy in your day-to-day life, you neglect your parents. I am so thankful today that during the last two years of my mother’s life, I called her twice a week. Most calls didn’t last long, but it was the effort, the contact, and the gesture to let her know I loved her and was thinking about her.

For me, living the organized structured life I do, I had to put it on my daytimer each week. But I have to put eating on my daytimer. If it isn’t on the daytimer it doesn’t get done. I tell you that to say, whatever you have to do, make it a priority to contact your mom and dad at least once a week. They will appreciate it, you will be thankful for it, and God has commanded you to honor them.

My Father passed away when I was just 15, so during my early adult life I only visited with my mother on holidays. She passed away on Christmas of 1998. I am so thankful to the Lord that in 1992 we reestablished a close relationship, and during the last couple years of her life we were very close. You only have one mom and one dad, so cherish them . . . honor them.

I realize from my emails each day, that many of you have a difficult relationship with your mom and dad for many reasons. With divorce so prevalent in the last 30 years, that has strained many relationships. There are many other factors that have resulted in distant relationships.

Here is what I must encourage you with today. God commanded that we honor our parents. Just like in other relationships, you can never control the heart of your mother or father. Only God can do that. To follow the Lord, you have to put forth your best effort though.

Regardless of the hurt and pain from what may have happened in the past, you need to forgive and love them. If they reject these advances of love, then you have done all that you can do, and we just need to pray for God to move on their heart. But you MUST try. It is not an option.

I realize that it will be difficult for some of you because of things that have happened in the past. But you must rise above your feelings and follow God. He will always honor your commitment to follow Him and obey Him. He will give you strength beyond yourself when you are following Him. Make the effort. Pray, ask God for the strength, and reach out to them today.

I love you, am praying for you, and will be praying especially for you today to make honoring your mother and father a priority today. God has given us some very clear guidelines to live by, and this is one of them. As in everything, when we are in obedience to His will and way, He blesses us. To know the fullness of His blessings, we must follow Him and obey Him.

Let me challenge you to make today a special day. No matter what, at least pick up the phone today and call your mom and dad and tell them how much you love them. Life is so short. I wish sometimes that I could call my dad or mom and just say “I love you”. They are both with the Lord, so I can’t do that. If your Mom and Dad are still alive, then track them down today. It will only take a few minutes. Just simply tell them how much you love them.

God loves you deeply, so show your love for Him today by honoring your mother and father. He commanded that we do this.

Don’t miss Part Two tomorrow!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Today I Am Asking for Your Prayers

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(1 Corinthians 1:9)

***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!

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9

Today, I am asking for your prayers. By the grace of God the Lord has opened the door to finally secure a national syndication deal for the Liveprayer TV program starting this coming January! The program is currently airing on over 110 non-Christian stations each night, including WJYS in Chicagoland that is available to the 10 million people in that metropolitan market. That syndication deal will put the LP TV program on a major national cable and satellite carrier reaching the 90 million TV households in the nation “live” every Mon-Fri from Midnight-1am Eastern!

Just as exciting, this contract will pay the Liveprayer Church an upfront amount of just under $500,000 in December and a monthly payment which will virtually cover all of the ministries operating expenses! Liveprayer is still currently carrying just under $300,000 of debt left over from the nearly $1 million of debt we incurred in 2006 and 2007 as we took the TV program national independently, a move that failed when the financial meltdown hit the entire economy in early 2008.

This initial payment for the syndication in December will allow us to retire 100% of the balance of our outstanding debt! PRAISE GOD! Many professionals advised me over the years to simply bankrupt the ministry and walk away, but this is a MINISTRY, not a Trump casino, and I vowed not to rest until every dime had been taken care of knowing God would honor my heart and integrity!

As you know, the ministry has struggled to cover our monthly operations most every month since 2008, but the Lord has always brought dear friends like you to help at critical times to insure His work here continued and remained strong. I have had to cut staff to a bare minimum and have not taken a salary personally since early 2008, and through these personal scarifies we have been able to keep moving forward without any interruption in our daily ministry to souls worldwide literally 24/7/365.

In the midst we have been able to re-launch the Liveprayer TV program in May of 2013, an incredible minsitry tool that has only aired on non-Christian stations and networks since we debuted the program in 2003. It is still the ONLY “live” minsitry program on any television, and still continues to impact lives each night, save souls, and bring God’s Truth into a marketplace virtually void of that truth.

By His grace, the love, prayers, and INCREDIBLE FINANCIAL SACRIFICES of many in the Liveprayer family along with the personal sacrifices of hours and compensation I’ve made (Even though the additional hours have taken a bit of a toll on my health over the past few years, God has continued to heal me and give me the strength I need each day.), Liveprayer has continued to be the unique beacon of light to this nation, world, and so many lives each day!

As we prepare to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Liveprayer this Monday, we have passed the ONE MILLION mark of people we know of who have accepted Christ as their Savior by faith! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
***AUGUST FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are in the last 4 days of August, so far the first $15,000 of the $65,000 we need for our August operations has come in, leaving us requiring $50,000 over these final 4 days. *$10,000 from the first weeks of the month is critically past due, and I am praying today for 1 or 2 of our friends who can help me with a special one-time gift of $5,000 or more to insure that critical past due amount is covered today!

—>August is our Anniversary Month. On the 31st, Liveprayer will be 16 years old to the glory of God! Let me ask you to pray about sending a special gift of $16 ($1 for each year of ministry), $160 ($10 for each year of ministry), $1,600 ($100 for each year of ministry, or $16,000 ($1,000 for each year of ministry)! Please pray about a special offering to Liveprayer in honor or memory of someone you love who has impacted your faith in Christ. What a powerful way to remember a person God has used in your journey, as they will live for all eternity not just in your life and others they touched along the way, but those lives your gift will impact for the Lord in their honor.

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.

I love and care about you so much. Very few know of the many and incredible personal sacrifices I have made over these past 23 years to serve the Lord, the personal price I have paid in so many ways. I have never complained because it has been the highest HONOR to serve the Lord and give my life to you and all of those the Lord has brought to this ministry, many in their most critical time of need, over these many years. I am happy to undergo as many personal challenges as I need to until the Lord calls me home, knowing my rewards will not be in this life, but will come in Glory!

As we head into the final 4 months of this year of victory, may we labor together as we see the sparks of a national revival to see a mighty harvest of souls and help lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Being Single is Okay

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(Romans 12:12; Luke 21:19)

***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!

I realize that many of my Devotionals deal with husbands and wives, parents and children. I also realize that many of you are not married at the present time. In our society, you are almost looked down on if you are not married or involved in a relationship with someone. Many people feel like something is wrong with them if they are single. Being single is okay!

Whether you are single because of a divorce, your spouse has died, or you have never married, IT IS OK. The point I want to share with you today is to be patient. I can assure you, 99% of the relationship problems I deal with each and every day can be traced back to people who were impatient, good people who jumped into relationships outside of God’s timing and ended up paying a big price. I realize that loneliness will cause you to make poor decisions, but you have got to understand the consequences of those decisions.

The number one problem in relationships is that there is no spiritual base. While money, communication, and other issues are the most popular reasons for problems, I assure you the lack of a spiritual base in the relationship is the reason these other problems exist. Not having a secure spiritual base is why God said not to be unequally yoked. He knew without that base, the relationship could never survive.

The base starts with the personal walk each person has with the Lord. It is then solidified by both people bringing their faith together as one. The Bible talks of the man being the spiritual head of his home. It is important for a man to take this job seriously and be the priest in his home. It is his responsibility to help merge his faith and that of his potential wife. Praying together. Reading the Word together. Serving the Lord together. These are all ways for two people to lay a solid and secure spiritual base. Let me tell you this.

WITHOUT A SPIRITUAL BASE, NO RELATIONSHIP WILL LAST OR HAVE ANY LONG-TERM SIGNIFICANCE.

While I realize finding someone physically attractive, someone with a nice personality, someone with a good job may all be criteria in finding a mate, but if you do not focus first on the spiritual side of the relationship, it is doomed. I want to tell you now, without hesitation. The reason for the high divorce rate amongst the people of God is because there is NO spiritual base in the relationship. This is why patience is critical.

While the downside to being single is loneliness, the upside is it allows you to grow and develop a real walk with Christ. It also gives you the power over what relationships you will enter into. There is a power in the fact you have choices you can make. Be picky. Be patient. You do not have to find someone today. This is where your faith and trust in God becomes important as well. He knows your needs and desires. Trust Him. Have faith in Him that He is going to bring the right person into your life.

I love you and care about you. It hurts me to know many of you are hurting from the loneliness of being single. I pray that today you will refocus on your walk with the Lord. I pray you will realize there is nothing wrong with being single. I pray you will know that God understands your needs and desires, and He will bring the right person into your life. I will add that, like everything, it is a combination of God’s sovereign will and our responsibility.

You can not expect to sit in the house and wait for the Lord to send the right person knocking at your door. Like all battles, you need a game plan, and you need to be faithfully executing the plan each day to see victory. My emphasis today, though, is that as you are out looking for a mate, remember that unless your relationship has a spiritual base to it, it will not last.

Being single is okay. Use the time to solidify your walk with Christ. Be patient. Never forget that the Lord loves you and will bring the right person into your life. rust Him and wait on His perfect timing!

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

Bill Keller

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

Driving Out the Sin in Your Life

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(Numbers 33:50-56)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for the precious promises in your Word. Let your Truth be the lamp unto my feet this day as I faithfully follow you. May my obedience be a sweet smell as I honor you with my life this day. In the name of Jesus…AMEN!

On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places. Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. ” ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.'” – (Numbers 33:50-56)

God’s Word is full of His precious promises. They are the words we cling to in our time of need, knowing they are true. God’s Word is also full of His warnings. I want to share with you today that the warnings in the Bible are just as true as the promises. We often like to ignore or skip over the warnings, but they are there to alert us to danger, to protect us. Today, I want to share with you a warning from the Word today found in the 33rd Chapter of Numbers. It is a warning for YOU today to drive out the sin in your life!

This passage of Scripture is actually a command from God to the children of Israel. He commanded them to drive out the inhabitants from the Promised Land and to destroy all of their carved images, idols, and high places. Why? The children of Israel had just been in the wilderness for 40 years after leaving Egypt. They were spiritually “weak.” God knew they were not strong enough to co-exist with the unGodly inhabitants in the land and commanded His children to “Drive them out.”

This is a good lesson for new Believers. A person who comes to the Lord must be discipled, be accountable to an older man or woman of the faith who can help guide them in their journey of faith. It is critical for a new Believer to read and study the Bible, pray, be part of a solid Bible preaching and teaching church where they can be spiritually fed, and to fellowship with other Believers who can help them to grow as a follower of Christ.

God also instructed them to destroy the carved images, the idols, and the high places. These all represented Israel’s past sins. God was telling the children of Israel that the things standing between them and God had to go. The same is true in your life. The Bible tells us that He is a “jealous God.” If you have a lust problem, destroy your pornographic magazines and tapes. If you have a problem with alcohol, pour the booze down the drain. if you have a problem dabbling in the occult, burn your Ouija board, tarot cards, and horoscope books. God has no desire to coexist with the sin in your life!

After the commandment God gives His children the warning. In Verse 55 God says, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.” He goes in in verse 56 to say, “And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.” God was giving the children of Israel a clear warning about getting rid of the sin in their life. God is giving YOU that same warning today!

The question becomes, how bad do we want the sin out of our life?

When someone comes to me and asks me to pray for them to be delivered, I ask them point blank if they really want to be delivered. That may sound like a stupid question, but it really isn’t. Do you know there are some people who really don’t want to be healed because it means their check each month will stop coming? Do you know there are drug addicts and alcoholics who really don’t want to be delivered because that would mean they could no longer get high or go out drinking?

Do you know I deal every day with people in bondage to gluttony, lust, smoking, gossiping, gambling, homosexuality, who deep down really don’t want God to deliver them because they love their sin so much. You may think I am being really insensitive, but let me ask you, how insensitive was it for Jesus to have to go and be nailed to the cross, bleed and die to break the bondage of drugs, to break the bondage of alcohol, to break the bondage of gluttony, lust, smoking, gossiping, gambling, homosexuality, and every other sin you can name?

God is warning you today to get rid of the sin in your life. Drive it out! The Bible says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” That doesn’t mean you can invite him over once in a while and reminisce about old times! Resist means to have nothing to do this him. Period!

I love you and care about you so much. God has clearly commanded us in His Word to drive our the sin in our life and destroy anything that has to do with that sin. He warned us that if we don’t, our sin will be a constant problem in our life. The sad fact is, too many have learned how to co-exist with the sin in their life rather than drive it out once and for all. Their response is that if God wants to take that away He will. WRONG!!! God already took it away when He sent Jesus to die on the cross. SIN IS DEAD! It is only alive in you because you let it live!!!!

I tell you often, God can’t and won’t bless sin. God blesses righteousness! My word for you today is that it is time to get serious about the sin in your life. Heed the Word of God and drive it out once and for all and destroy everything to do with that sin. God wants to bless you today, bless you above and beyond all you can ask or think. The choice is yours. Do you want your sin or do you want God? Heed this warning from God to you today and drive out your enemies!!!!

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

Bill Keller

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

Living Together

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(1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, 5:22)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to get through this day and the challenges that I will be facing today. Guide me, strengthen me, and give me wisdom as I make choices throughout this day. Please watch over my family and those I love in this world, and keep them safe. I love you Lord, and depend upon you each moment of each day. Bless me as I go through the day, living my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

If there is one recurring theme in most of my Devotionals, it is this. Our way does not work, and there is always a huge price to pay when we rebel against God. God’s way does work, and there are always many blessings when we obey Him. That brings me to today’s topic, is it OK for a man and woman who are not married to live together? The short answer to this question has two letters, and the first one is an N. But as important as the answer is, let’s look at WHY living together is NOT part of God’s plan.

The Biblical case for not living together is built in two areas, avoiding sexual sin and not giving people the impression that your life is in blatant rebellion to God. The Bible is crystal clear about sex. It is a gift from God to be enjoyed by a man and a woman in the bonds of marriage. PERIOD! If you are married and engage in sexual acts OR THOUGHTS with someone other than your spouse, you have committed the sin of adultery. If you are not married and commit ANY sexual acts it is called fornication and is defined as sin all throughout the Bible. If you are not married and have sexual thoughts about someone you have committed the sin of lust.

Are these high standards? ABSOLUTELY! God has called His children to live UP to a high standard, unlike the world that calls people to live DOWN to no standard at all. Like in all things, God’s plan for sex is designed so that we can know the peace, the joy, and the abundance of this life. His ways are NOT designed to deprive us of the enjoyment that this life can offer, but to INSURE the enjoyment that this life can offer.

Those who follow God’s way in regard to sex know the incredible joy it is when that most intimate of all activities is shared with the person that God has given you to be your partner for the rest of your life. Those who rebel and do it their way, know the pain and heartache of the consequences of their rebellion. Break-ups, children out of wedlock, lifetime diseases, depression, financial problems, low self-esteem, the list is endless. My friend, there is ALWAYS a huge price to pay when we do it our way and rebel against God. A bigger price than we ever dreamed of. So the first reason it is NOT God’s plan for a man and woman to live together is to avoid sexual sin.

The second reason is also very important, and that is to avoid the appearance of evil. When someone sees two people living together, they automatically assume that they are also having sex. Even if they are not, it is what people who know them will think. The greatest testimony that we have is not what we say, but how we live our lives before this world. Our lives are the only Bible many people will ever read. As children of God, we are on-call 24/7. We are called “ambassadors of God.” Even the most stone-cold heathen knows that God says sex outside of marriage is a sin. So when anyone sees people who are supposed to be Christians living together, it just adds to the impression that Christians are nothing but hypocrites. Living together destroys a person’s testimony to this lost and unbelieving world.

Lastly, let me deal with a couple of answers that I get every time this issue is addressed. The first is, “We are getting married.” Maybe you are, and maybe you are not. I deal daily with couples that are living together and were getting married….for the last 5 years! Living together is nothing more than a long date. There is NO COMMITMENT!

Get married, then you can live together with God’s blessings! The other is, “We want to see if we are compatible.” I am sorry, but that is what the dating/courting experience is all about. Getting to know one another. Spending time to see if you connect with one another. Taking the time for God to confirm to both of you that this is HIS plan for your lives. Building that spiritual foundation together. And please, don’t give me the lame excuse many try that, “we want to see if we enjoy each other sexually.” If you ever trusted me at all, trust me when I tell you this. Get married, do it God’s way, and you will thoroughly enjoy that aspect of your relationship. GUARANTEED!

I love you and care about you so much. While this issue may seem obvious to most, it is a battle that many are struggling with. Many who are reading these words today are in this very state. My only question to you today is this, DO YOU WANT CONSEQUENCES OR BLESSINGS IN YOUR LIFE? God has given you His perfect plan for living together, it is called MARRIAGE.

I will pray for you today. I fully understand that it will not be easy emotionally, financially, and in many other ways to quit living in sin. But God will ALWAYS help us, God will always make a way for us to follow HIS plan. It all boils down to this choice. Are you going to live your way, in rebellion to God and deal with the consequences of your rebellion? Or, are you going to live God’s way, in obedience to God and enjoy His blessings? If you are living together, you are in rebellion to God’s way. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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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