Making Our Faith in Christ Real in Our Day to Day Life

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(Galatians 2:20)

**DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I pray today that you guide my steps. Let me live this day in a way pleasing and acceptable to You! Let my voice not be silenced when I have an opportunity to take a stand for You and Your Truth. Let my love for You today be shown in my life, for Your glory! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

One of the most difficult things to do is to take that unseen faith in Christ and make it real in our day-to-day lives. Probably the one area the church has failed greater than any other, a huge reason for people not going to church regularly, is its lack of relevance in people’s daily lives. A pastor can stand in the pulpit on Sunday and preach the most theologically sound sermon ever delivered, but unless he is able to connect with the “person in the pew” it has little impact. The reality is, the “person in the pew” is looking for something to apply to their daily life. They are looking for something to help them through the real-life struggles they are facing. They are looking for a way to make their faith REAL in their very real lives each day.

A message on some great theological truth has little meaning to the man who just a few hours before coming to church was having sex with a woman he is not married to. A message dealing with the different views on end-time events has little meaning to a woman who is afraid they will come repo her car while she is in church. A message on church administration has little meaning to a young person who is experimenting with drugs. Please don’t get me wrong, we need messages on the great theological truths in the Bible, we need messages on end-time events, we need messages on church administration, BUT THOSE MESSAGES NEED TO SOMEHOW TIE BACK TO THE DAILY LIVES OF THE PEOPLE HEARING THEM AND HOW THEY CAN MAKE THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST REAL IN THEIR LIVES EACH DAY!

Another issue that comes into play are people, saved and lost, who “have heard it all a million times.” This goes back into making the Gospel relevant to the person who hears it, making the Truth of God’s Word applicable to a person’s daily life. I am afraid some who know the Lord, who have gone to church faithfully Sunday after Sunday, have still never made the connection in taking their faith in Christ and making it applicable to their daily lives. Most people who are lost and have rejected the Gospel, in many cases have rejected it because they could never understand how it could make their life different NOW. My friend, our faith in Christ is not just an eternal insurance policy, it is how we are to live our lives every second of every day RIGHT NOW!

That is where so many Believers fall short in their walk with the Lord. Making that unseen faith in Christ real in their day-to-day lives, finding that connection between their faith in the Lord and all of the real-life struggles and battles they face during this journey through life. Too many of God’s children live defeated lives because they have never learned how to tap into the power that resides within them. It is like the end of that classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” If you remember, after the Wizard’s balloon left without her, Glenda the good witch told Dorothy that she had the power to go home all along in her ruby slippers, she simply didn’t know how to tap into that power. That is the same as a Believer who has the Holy Sprit of the living God residing within them from the moment they accepted Christ as their Savior. Unless you purposely tap into that great power, it will simply sit there unused.

Another reason people fail to make their faith real in their daily lives is by not accepting God’s Word for what it is. It is our final authority in all matters. God has given us so many wonderful and precious promises in His Word for us to hold onto and stand on in our hour of need. Far too often we read the words, we understand the words, but we fail to apply those words to our life. This is not just another book, it is the LIVING WORD OF GOD! There is great power in God’s Word. Applying God’s Word to your daily life is the guide to how we make our faith in Him real each day.

I want to share with you today that if you know the Lord as your Savior, you have the power of the Holy Spirit residing within you and the promises of God’s Word to guide you. The only thing you now lack is…TRUST. You either don’t, or won’t trust God with your life. You have failed to make your faith real in your daily life because you don’t or won’t trust God with it. You aren’t willing to fully surrender your life to Him and are trying to hold on to what you have already given to Him when you accepted Christ as your Savior, your life. The fact is, if you really believe it, you will live it. The rubber meets the road regarding our faith not in what we say but in how we life each moment of each day. WE MAKE OUR FAITH REAL IN HOW WE LIVE OUR LIFE EACH DAY!

I love you and care about you so much. I realize the struggle most people have in trying to make their faith real in their daily lives. The key is to follow God’s Word, to tap into the power of the Holy Sprit, and to trust the Lord enough to live a surrendered life for HIM each day. IT REALLY WORKS! OUR FAITH IS REAL! Your faith is applicable to every situation, every decision, every moment of your life. You should never live even one second outside of your faith. Live it every second of every day. The amazing thing is, as you do this day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, it will become natural and instinctive to live your faith 24/7.

For those who have never made the choice to follow Christ, have heard the “story” many times but never responded, let me challenge you. Faith in Christ is not just about where you will spend eternity, but also about your life NOW! You will never know the true peace, the true joy, the true abundance of this life, you will never fulfill your God-given purpose during this life unless you come to know Jesus as your personal Savior. All of the answers, all of the hope there is in this life come from that relationship with Christ and no other way. Faith in Christ is NOT just some unseen, mysterious, blind leap in the dark hope, but something tangible that we can experience every moment of this life and for all eternity.

If you have never accepted Christ as your Savoir or put you faith in Him, I would encourage you to ask God to open your heart and then read the words on this link: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will realize your faith in Christ is not just something you pull out for an hour on Sunday morning, but something that you live literally 24/7. I pray that you will come to a place where like Paul you will say, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Mental and Health Challenges

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(Deuteronomy 10:12; Matthew 9:9)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, USE ME in these perilous, last days, as a messenger of your hope in Jesus. Father, make me aware of the people you have put in my life each day, many who will die and burn in hell for all eternity for rejecting Christ, and use me as a vessel of your love and hope. I thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins that I might know the free gift of everlasting life, and I ask today that you help me to lead others to that wonderful eternal relationship with Christ. For it is in HIS name I pray…AMEN!

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” – Matthew 9:9 (NIV)

Each day this ministry is in prayer for people of all ages who are dealing with tremendous mental and health challenges. Many prayer requests we get each day are simply for God to give them a moment’s relief from the pain in their body. Sadly, every day we are in prayer for people who have had a family member or close friend die. The reality of this life is that because of sin, our bodies do break down and become sick at some point. Death is a reality that each one of us will face one day. That is why today I want to encourage and challenge you to not waste even one day that God can use your life in His service.

I look back over my life and zero in on that 12-year period when I was not walking with the Lord, living in rebellion to God, His Word, and most of all, His plan for my life. During those years, God blessed me with a clear mind, perfect health, tremendous energy, things that you cannot put a price tag on. I took those incredible blessings from God for granted and instead of using my life to serve Him, chose instead to serve myself. I took those precious gifts from God and did not use them to bring glory to Him, but to myself. I took for granted life itself, acting like it would never end, when the Bible clearly teaches that tomorrow is promised to none of us.

Even though I am only 57 and God has continued to bless me with a clear mind (though some may argue that point on certain days), tremendous energy, and great health, I never take one day for granted, since I know that I wake up each morning and my mind and body continue to function only by the grace of God. That is why each day I do my very best to give God everything that I have. God gives His very best to me each day, how can I give Him anything less than my best?

So exactly what is God calling you to do? Many think serving God means selling everything you have and going to live in some far off jungle. While God does burden many people to serve Him in a missionary capacity, most people God calls to serve Him right where they are at in their life. Don’t think for a second that it is an accident or coincidence you go to school where you do or that you work where you do. It is God who opened those doors and has placed you for this season of your life right where He wants you to be.

GOD NEEDS HIS CHILDREN IN EVERY SCHOOL, IN EVERY TYPE OF BUSINESS, IN EVERY OCCUPATION!

Never forget that your greatest witness for the Lord will always be how you live your life before others each day. People do notice. Also, the greatest thing you can share with someone, after how they can be saved, is what Jesus has done in your life. You are a living testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ! God has you at the school you go to, at the job you work at, living where you do, meeting people in the course of your daily activities, for a reason and purpose. Especially today where the better part of two full generations don’t go to church, you are the only Bible they will ever read and the only contact with Christ they will ever have.

NOBODY IS IN YOUR LIFE BY ACCIDENT!

However, there are some of you reading this today that God IS calling to a new level of commitment and service, and you know exactly who you are. God is speaking to you clearly through this message today. He is telling you that now is the time to step out in faith and trust Him. He has given you a special burden to serve Him and wants you to trust Him today. This word is simply His confirmation of what He has already been talking to you about. The fear and doubt you have are coming from satan. Now is the time to step out in faith, trust Him, and do with your life what you know God is calling you to do.

I love you and care about you so much. Our life is made up of different seasons, and in each season God gives us opportunities to serve Him. We do not have the promise of tomorrow, only the reality of today. I pray today that you will not waste this precious gift God has given to you. He has allowed you to wake up for a reason, and the ultimate reason is so that you can serve and glorify Him with your life. Should you be blessed with many years of life, at some point your body will begin to break down. You will experience sickness and poor health. Eventually you will die.

That is why during this season where you have a clear mind and good health, the mental and physical ability to do great things for God, you have to take advantage of them. Don’t allow satan to lull you into the belief that you will always be able to serve the Lord in the future. His lie is that you need to worry about yourself now, and you can serve God later. God has called ALL of His children, no matter what age you are, to serve Him now, not tomorrow. It is God, NOT YOU, that will provide for your day-to-day needs along your journey as He has promised.

In closing, I again want to speak directly to those of you who have been struggling with God’s calling on your life. For most, you are right where He wants you to be for this season. Keep being the salt of the earth, the light to this world in your school and in your workplace. But for some of you, God is calling you to step out in faith and fully and unconditionally surrender your life to Him today. He wants to use you in a special way in serving His Kingdom.

My counsel to you is this. Be honored God wants to use you. We get a few opportunities along our journey to do something great with our life. Not in the way the world judges greatness, but in the way God judges greatness. There is nothing greater you can do with your life than to serve the Lord. Step out in faith and trust the Lord to guide you and meet your every need, as you answer His call to service. God is calling you to make a difference with your life NOW!!!

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

Bill Keller

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God Has Always Had a People

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(Matthew 26:3-5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, give me the courage and boldness to share your Truth each day with those you bring across my path. Help me Lord to not be afraid to stand for Your Word! Please empower me through your Holy Spirit each day so I can serve you to the best of my ability. Watch over me, protect me, guide me, and give me the words to honor and glorify you. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

I am often amused at the various fringe groups that represent a VERY SMALL MINORITY of people on certain issues, who have been given a prominent “voice” in our society, since most people are afraid to speak out against them. Pro- homosexual groups have found that all they have to do is threaten to call a person or group “homophobic”, and they can basically do whatever they want. PETA has learned to effectively use “bully tactics” and “outrageous stunts” to bring its minority view to the masses. If you take a stand for life, you are lambasted for “hating women!”

Listen, my point today is to help you have a better understanding that there are MANY GROUPS out there, I GUARANTEE YOU they will be coming after the church and all Christian organizations. This IS NOT fear talking, this is NOT paranoia talking, this is simply common sense. It IS ALREADY HAPPENING. In our nation today, it is not politically correct to say anything negative about people of who follow the cults and false religions, it is not politically correct to say anything about people who choose to live whatever perverted lifestyle they have chosen to live, it is not politically correct to really say anything bad about anyone…except Bible-believing Christians!

Yet we are called “intolerant”. Let me tell you something. The Christian faith is the MOST tolerant faith there is. In the cults, in other faiths, outsiders are NOT welcome. FREE WILL is not part of the picture. IT WAS GOD OUR CREATOR, WHO GAVE US FREE WILL TO MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES. How intolerant is that? It was God who said, “whosoever believeth on Him shall have everlasting life”! WHOSOEVER MEANS ANYONE!!! The Christian faith is the most tolerant faith there is. It is ALL INCLUSIVE!

In today’s scripture, the Jewish leadership plotted to get rid of Jesus. There are people in the world today, in our very country, who would love to see the church eliminated and see the Word of God silenced. But as I write these words, I am reminded of that great song Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote that was a standard for the group ‘TRUTH’ for many years, THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. Here are the anointed words from part of that great song of the faith.

READ THEM SLOWLY . . . OVER AND OVER!!!

God Has Always Had A People! Many a foolish conquer made the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the Church of Jesus Christ out of sight, that he had stilled it’s voice and snuffed out it’s life. But God Has Always Had A People! The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it is forced to flow underground. The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has fought it’s way through solid rock. There have been charlatans who like Simon the magician, sought to barter on the open market that power which can not be bought or sold. But God Has Always Had A People! Men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purchase. Yes, God Has Always Had A People! There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the Church’s message was nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized and financially profitable. It has been gold-plated, draped in purple and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, and scorned. These followers of Jesus Christ have been, according to the whim of the times, elevated as sacred leaders and martyred as heretics. Yet through it all, their marches on that powerful army of the meek, God’s chosen people that can’t be bought, flattered, murdered or stilled. On through the ages they march. The Church, God’s Church Triumphant, is Alive and Well! Now listen child of God. It’s alive! Discouraged pastor, it’s His Church and it’s alive! Lonely Missionary sow your seeds with confidence! It’s alive my broken hearted friend! Old saint, you’re not alone and forgotten . . . the Church is alive! Busy mother, cast your cares on Jesus! It’s alive young student. You’re not alone in serving the Lord! Faithful father, there’s rest in the Lord! The Church is alive! Cynical skeptic, you haven’t killed God with your noisy unbelief. He’s Alive! So family of God, raise your hands and praise the Lord. For the Church; God’s Church Triumphant, Is Alive and Well!

I love you and care about you very much. In these last days the people of God will be coming under more fire, more persecution, more challenges then ever before. But the key is, as the people of TRUTH, we must hold firm. We must NOT CONFORM to the political correctness of this world, but stand firm for the TRUTH that God has given to us in His Word. It will rarely be a popular position. But the fact is, we are not called to be popular, but faithful. We are not called to be conform to this world, but conform this world to God. We are not asked to hide our “light” in this dark world we live in, but let it shine brightly.

LET US NOT BE ASHAMED TO TELL THIS LOST AND HURTING WORLD, THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY, JESUS CHRIST!!!

PERSONALLY, I REFUSE TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT . . . AND LIVEPRAYER WILL BE HERE EACH DAY, UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS TO SIMPLY SHARE THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD NO MATTER HOW UNPOPULAR THAT MAY BE!!! WILL YOU?????

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

Bill Keller

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God’s Healing Touch

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(Mark 5:25-34)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please give me the strength to live today in your Spirit. I will no longer walk in the flesh, but live in the Spirit. It is the key to me living for YOU each day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

I know that a large percentage of people reading these words need God’s healing touch. Many of you are reading these words today in tremendous pain. Many of you are reading these words today as you face an upcoming surgery. Many of you are reading these words today as you deal with a serious disease. Many of you are reading these words today as you are trying to heal from a sickness or injury. Every person reading these words today has a family member, friend, or someone you know who needs God’s healing touch. Let me say this very clearly, GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 2015!

Out of the 40,000+ emails for prayer we receive every day here at Liveprayer, out of the phone calls I take 5 days a week from viewers of the Liveprayer TV program, healing is one of the top 3 requests along with financial problems and relationship issues. Several hundred thousand of the over 9 million praise reports we have received since we started Liveprayer nearly 16 years ago, are from people God has healed. Rarely a day goes by on the TV program that a caller doesn’t share a praise report of God’s healing. Don’t forget, Jesus healed 10 lepers and only one came back to say thank you, so I have no doubt God has healed 10x more people who we never heard back from. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 2015!

As you read these words today I want to remind you of a great truth. GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. What that simply means is what God has done for someone else, God will do for you. Please, let me say that one more time so you can let it sink into your Spirit. What God has done for someone else, God will do for YOU!!!

In the Bible, we read about the woman with the issue of blood. God’s Word tells us that she spent all of her money on the doctors of her day trying to get better without any success. Then one day she heard about a man named Jesus coming to her town who was doing great miracles, including healing people. With no other hope, she exercised that “measure of faith” each person has and began to believe Jesus could heal her. We read how when she got to the place Jesus was ministering, a great crowd, the Bible calls it a “throng,” was already present. Now it would have been very easy for this woman to get discouraged after seeing all the people gathered around Jesus and simply give up and go home. But you see this woman was not going to be denied the opportunity to see our Lord, the One she was believing could heal her.

We read how she pressed through the crowd of people. I can picture this woman elbowing her way past people, pushing them out of her way, wading through this sea of humanity foot by foot until she was finally close enough to reach out and touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing. The Bible tells us that the moment she touched the hem of His garment she was instantly healed. Please understand that there was nothing magical about what Jesus was wearing that day. His garment had no magical healing powers. It simply became a point of contact for her faith. She had the faith to believe as she stretched our her hand and grabbed the hem of His garment that she would be healed, and she was!!!

Let me share something exciting with you today. There is a powerful truth in the Book of Hebrews that tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Listen to me carefully now. The powerful meaning of that truth for YOUR life today is simply this. The very same Jesus who healed that woman we read about in the Bible who had the issue of blood, is the very same Jesus who is here to heal you today. Please, stop for a moment and meditate on this powerful truth. THE VERY SAME JESUS WE READ ABOUT HEALING THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD, IS THE VERY SAME JESUS WHO IS HERE TO HEAL YOU TODAY!!!

I love you and care about you so much. My friend, as I come to you today I want you to know that not a day goes by I don’t see the healing power of Jesus Christ at work in people’s lives. Every single day I receive praise reports from people Christ has healed. If you need God’s healing touch in your body today, if there is someone that you know that needs to be healed, I want to encourage you to be like that woman with the issue of blood and exercise that “measure of faith” today. Just like she reached out to touch the hem of the garment Jesus was wearing, you can reach out to Him today through prayer.

Stop what you are doing right now and call on the name of Jesus. Reach out to him IN FAITH ask Him to heal you or the one you love. As you do, remember that the very same Jesus you are crying out to today, is the very same Jesus who healed the woman with the issue of blood. He is no respecter of persons and what He did for her, He will do for you. As the healing virtue of Christ flowed through her body and she was made whole, Jesus looked at her and said, “Go, your faith has made you whole.”

I want you to know that I will be praying for you today. I will be standing in agreement with you today as you take that step of faith for God’s healing touch on your body or the body of the one you love. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN 2015! May you hear Him say to you, “Go, your faith has made you whole!!!”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Government Control over Local Policing and After that Over Religion

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(Proverbs 16:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, I know this is an evil and sin-filled world I live in. Please, protect me, but don’t let me be afraid. Let me be bold in declaring Your Truth to this lost world and not be afriad to speak up. Now more than ever I need your strength to be the servant you have called me to be. Help me, strengthen me, and guide me to do thy will. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

“It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.” Proverbs 16:12

Government control over local policing, after that…OVER RELIGION!!! Way back last summer during the Ferguson riots, I clearly laid out that the false narrative driven by the media was a much larger issue than a thug with a criminal record assaulting a police officer and getting killed in the process. I told you as those weeks went on with the visible involvement of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, as it became known the “protestors” were mostly paid professionals from various anarchist groups, as the demonization of the police by the media continued even after it was clear the police officer involved did nothing wrong cleared by the AG report, and you heard for the first time the term “police militarization,” this was all about federalizing local police departments!!!

Of course after Ferguson came Brooklyn, South Carolina, Baltimore, and other incidents in a steady stream of what amounted to little more than local police interactions with criminals. IN EVERY CASE the media’s “martyr” had a long criminal record and either assaulted the police, was running from the police, or resisting arrest. It is always sad when someone loses their life, however, IN EVERY CASE these were not innocent young black men minding their own business being executed by the police as the media narrative wanted you to believe!

Every day in this nation there are thousands of interactions between the public and the police. It goes without saying there are bad cops out there, just like there are bad apples in EVERY professions. Having said that, well over 99% of our men and women who put on the uniform to serve their communities, literally putting their lives on the line every time they do, are honorable public servants.

For the President and AG to become involved in nothing more than local issues didn’t make sense. For the media to demonize the police non-stop day after day didn’t make sense. For the media harping on the “militarization of the police” was something we have never heard of prior to Ferguson, and was clearly a talking point fed to the media by the Obama administration! Add the presence of Sharpton who become President Obama’s puppet for this effort, along with professional anarchist groups paying “demonstrators,” and it was evident it was all an orchestrated effort to federalize local police departments in this nation!

It was just announced that the Federal Government will be doling out MILLIONS to “community groups” like Sharpton’s and others, to “bridge the gap” between the local police and their communities. This is why so many pastors in many minority communities have exchanged being men of God for “community leaders” in order to cash in on the free government money!

Now you have President Obama’s executive order the other day to prohibit local police departments from acquiring military equipment like tracked armored vehicles like tanks, weaponized aircraft, and high-caliber weapons and ammunition. Also included in this executive order was structuring a new federal agency to work with local police forces!!! DOES ANY MORE NEED TO BE SAID???

I am sharing this with you today since it should set off alarm bells that the Federal Government could soon be overseeing local police departments. In addition, it is a FACT that there is nothing more the Federal Government would love to do than oversee…RELIGION! With their takeover of the internet, it is crystal clear to me that it won’t be long before the US Government will dictate what can and can’t be said in regard to religion.

Don’t forget, it was only a month ago when Hillary Clinton stated people need to change their “religious thoughts” in regard to killing innocent babies. How many times has President Obama ripped Christians for daring to believe the Bible regarding the sin of homosexuality, the perversion of God’s Holy Institution of Marriage, killing babies, as well as their “intolerance” of Islam!

My friend, it is only a matter of time, and that is quickly running out. You already have over 50% of “churches” who have acquiesced and support the various gross sins rampant in our culture. You already have a vast majority of “pastors” who have voluntarily stopped preaching what God’s Word teaches on the issues of the day so they don’t “offend” anyone in their congregation or in the government!

I love you and care about you so much. I have shared this warning in various forms over and over and over during these past 16 years, and with great intensity the past 7 years! Taking much personal abuse from supposed “Christians,” our government, as well as the non-believing world, I have REFUSED to be silent or compromise God’s Truth. They will have to kill me to silence me, since the eternal souls of men are at stake AS WELL AS THE SOUL OF THIS NATION!

Our time is limited so please pray for me and stand with me as we bring HIS Truth to the lost masses, lead people to faith in Jesus Christ, and help lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Putting our Service for the Lord in Proper Perspective

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(Matthew 6:2; Psalm 49:17; 1 Peter 1:24; Matthew 20:26, 23:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for creating me with a plan and purpose, making my life so meaningful. Give me the ability this day to appreciate the fact you can use my life to advance your kingdom. Let me do my best today in the strength you give me through the Holy Spirit to be the best servant I can be. In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

One of the biggest traps there is in serving the Lord in this sinful world that we live in, is buying into the lie of satan that the Kingdom of God depends on what WE do each day. I will never forget soon after answering the call God had on my life to go into full-time ministry, I learned this valuable lesson. One evening I was feeling very “important” about serving God. That evening in my quiet time, I was reading the last few chapters of Revelation, and the Holy Spirit asked me a simple question, “Where is your name?”

That question stopped me in my tracks. The fact is, as I read at the end of the book how our God wins, NOWHERE did it say that God wins because of Bill Keller! MY NAME IS NOT THERE! As a matter of fact, the Bible clearly says that God wins IN SPITE OF Bill Keller, or anyone else!

The point that I want to make today is that YES, we have ALL been called to allow God to use our lives to further His Kingdom. YES, God is pleased when we are faithful to serve Him as He leads us in our daily lives. YES, God will use our service to Him to bless many people and our faithfulness to fulfill His perfect plan. This is what God EXPECTS us to do.

We are not doing something so great when we serve God, we are only doing what we have been called to do when we accept Jesus as our Savior. SERVING GOD IS A COMMANDMENT TO ALL OF HIS CHILDREN! Never forget that God’s plan will be fulfilled with, or without us!

If you really think about it, what an HONOR it is to have the God of the Universe, the Creator of all things, to give us the opportunity to serve Him! There is NO GREATER HONOR in this life. To serve God is not only our duty, but a privilege that He gives us that we should never take for granted.

While there are many things that we can do in our life that can have a profound effect on this world, it is ONLY the things that we do for God that will have a profound effect on eternity! Let me repeat this statement, because it is very deep. While there are many things that we can do in our life that can have a profound effect on this world, it is ONLY the things that we do for God that will have a profound effect on eternity!

That leads me to the subject of rewards. The Bible clearly speaks of “rewards” for our faithful service to God. What these “rewards” are, I have no idea. However, here is what I do know. God is the giver of all good and perfect things. God loves us so much, that He gave us His very best when He gave us Jesus to die for our sins so that we might be reconciled back to Him. Whatever comes from God is just not great, it is the BEST! GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BLESSING! The Bible does not spell out what these “rewards” for our faithful service are, but since they come from God, they must be better than anything that we could think of!

Sadly however, many in service to God, decide not to wait for their Heavenly rewards, and instead settle for whatever little this temporary world that we live in can offer. That is like going through the McDonalds drive-thru for dinner, instead of waiting to sit down to a 7 course feast. ANY TIME THAT WE SETTLE FOR THE THINGS OF THIS TEMPORARY WORLD OVER WHAT GOD OFFERS, WE HAVE SETTLED FOR THE WORST, WHILE WE COULD HAVE HAD THE BEST!

This is not a condemnation on having nice things, on having a comfortable life while we are on this journey. However, some of God’s choice servants have decided that they would rather have the “little” that they can get now, instead of waiting for the “much” that God has promised.

I love you and care about you so much. I want you to never forget each day how much GOD loves you! The only way that we can truly return that love is how we choose to live our day to day lives. Each day, we choose to love Him, or reject Him through the choices that we make in what we do with those 24 hours He blesses us with.

As a child of God, it is not a choice, but a commandment to serve Him. We show our love to God through our obedience, through our service to Him. For most, that is simply by being His “light” where He has planted us for this season. In our schools. In our jobs. Where we shop. Where we recreate. Simply by letting the love of Jesus flow from us to those that we meet in the course of our day to day lives.

For our faithfulness, God has promised us “rewards” when our work here is over. Satan will tempt us from time to time to “sell out” and accept the temporary rewards that this life can offer, sacrificing the eternal rewards that God has promised us. Let me encourage you today. While I cannot tell you what exactly those heavenly rewards will be, I can tell you that there is NOTHING that this world could offer to match what God can give us!

The WORD today is to serve God with your very lives each day, to never sell Him out for the short term benefits that this world may offer, and to know when this brief journey is over, we will not only be forever with our Lord, but enjoy the “rewards” that He has promised us for our faithfulness!

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

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

Ultimate Fighting is the Hottest Sport

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(Matthew 7:12, 22:37-39)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, keep my mind free of the filth of this world. Cleanse it each day with your Word and let my thoughts be your thoughts. Help me this day to dwell on you and your love as I live my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39

Ultimate fighting is the hottest “sport.” How far have we really come (or not), from the days of the Roman Coliseum? One of the contentions I have consistently made over the years is that man has never really changed from the Garden of Eden. We read about man’s inhumanity to man as early as the 4th chapter of Genesis in the story of Cain and Abel. Those sad stories are still being told every day in the news. Most recently the mother in Texas who hung herself and three of her children. Since man’s fall in the Garden, evil has been part of the human experience and is all around us. It takes on many forms. One of those forms has been evil masquerading as sport.

Throughout human history, sports, men competing against each other has been part of our world. In the capitalistic world of today, never before has sport become such a huge and lucrative business. It is very rare to find sports being played in its purest form any longer. In 2015 sports at almost every level are guided and ruled by one thing, money. In looking back on the history of sports, there have always been those physical competitions pitting one man’s strength and abilities against another. Most of these “fighting sports” like wrestling and boxing concluded when one man had an advantage over the other. However, there has always been more violent and brutal forms of fighting that often included weapons. These types of fights would only end when one man killed the other.

We often think back to the days of the Roman Coliseum. The “sporting events” they hosted with capacity crowds in attendance were fights amongst men to the death. As one man would gain an advantage over his opponent, the fight would conclude with the “death shot.” This would literally be one man killing the other to the wild cheers of the crowd. The halftime show at these Coliseum events would include taking men and women, often Christians, and putting them in the ring with a team of hungry lions. Of course, it was only a matter of time before each met their horrible death in the jaws of the lion, again, as the crowd cheered on. Of course we look at those days and say how barbaric, how inhumane, who could find any pleasure in seeing such brutality and death?

Well, the answer to that is WE WOULD! The hottest new “sport” that is now getting mainstream acceptance is ultimate fighting. Ultimate fighting has evolved from the underground fight clubs where men would fight other men with no rules or any other goal but to incapacitate their opponent. The underground fight clubs in Asia have been famous for centuries and death was often the end result for the loser of those fights. Years ago when ultimate fighting began to emerge in the United States as a form of sport, it was still in a pretty no-holds-barred brutal form. As corporate money has begun to flow into this new sport, they have instituted more rules, doing that to sanitize the action in able to market it to a more mainstream audience.

However, even in this sanitized form, it is still a brutal contest between two men with the goal of incapacitating your opponent. I will guarantee you that as this sport gains in popularity, there will emerge competing “leagues” who will do away with many of the new rules to take it back to a more brutal form that the masses will crave. I have said for many years now, that there is only one place for reality television to go, one place for Pay-Per-View events to go, and that is to display people getting killed. The only thing that is missing from ultimate fighting is the “death shot,” that moment when one man has clearly beat his opponent, rendered him helpless, and then wins the match by killing him. I have no doubt that it won’t be very long before you will be able to pay $79 on PPV and see that type of “sporting event.”

My friend, we humans have an incredible capacity to hurt others. Sadly, we see it every day here at Liveprayer. Most do it in non-violent ways. Selfishly leaving your spouse and often your children after many years of marriage. Saying things that we know will hurt someone. Making decisions that inflict pain in people’s lives. There are endless ways man inflicts heartache and pain on others. Why do people love to commit the sin of gossiping so much? They love to hear of others pain. Why do we drive by a car accident and have to slow down to look? We have this morbid curiosity with seeing others in pain.

The fact is, most people don’t love their neighbor nor do they “do unto others.” That is why those who follow these admonitions from the Lord stand out. It is not normal in this fallen world to love others as you love yourself. It is not normal in this fallen world to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These principles go against the grain of how the world lives and teaches people to live. This world teaches people to love themselves above all, to put themselves first at all times. This world teaches to do unto others before they do unto you. It is the law of the jungle, kill before you are killed. So with this being the prevailing mindset of how the world lives, it is no wonder man has no real capacity to love or care for other men. That mindset transcends even to the “sports” they watch to entertain themselves.

I love you and care about you so much. The ultimate fighting craze is only a microcosm of where we are as a people, but I believe a very telling one. It only demonstrates that our desire to be entertained by watching men suffer now becoming a mainstream form of entertainment, is simply further proof of how far our society and culture has deteriorated. It is also further proof of how far away we are from God. We no longer even try to hide our gross sexual perversion or our debauchery. We no longer have any shame or guilt and curse those who remind us of our sins. We live in open and defiant rebellion to the God of the Bible, His Truth and have rejected the love of Jesus in our lives.

We escape through the use of alcohol, drugs, gambling, deny our flesh nothing as we feed it with pornography and illicit sex of every kind imaginable, and find entertainment in seeing men brutalized and killed. Oh, now more than ever this lost world needs to turn to Jesus. He is the only answer and hope. I realize that the world doesn’t want to hear about the Lord, but we see every day the destroyed lives of people who are looking for hope. That is why we do this each day. Fight to reach as many as we can through the Internet. Fight to reach as many as we can through the TV program. Look for new ways to reach the lost masses. I know there are people who are looking for a better life, who are tired of living in sin, who do yearn for real peace and joy. That is why with every breath I have, I will keep doing all I can to reach them with the hope and love of Jesus!

Please pray today for those you know who may find ultimate fighting entertaining. They have bought into the lies of this world that it is acceptable to enjoy watching men brutalize each other. Like drugs, and alcohol, and sex, and gambling, once their appetite for such violence is whetted, they will need to see more brutality, more violence to satisfy their cravings. Ultimately, only seeing men die in the name of sport will satisfy them. This is not a fad that will go away. It is not only here to stay, but will evolve into more brutal forms as the years go by. Ultimately, like in all things, the only real answer is to see the hearts of men changed by the power of God. Changed from hearts that seek to view their neighbor destroyed, to hearts that seek to love their neighbor as their selves.

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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