California has just Passed “Right to Die” Legislation

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(Genesis 2:7)

***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!

California has just passed “right to die” legislation, making it legal for people to take their own life with the assistance of a doctor. Late last year, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard was in the national news after she was diagnosed with an aggressive and advanced form of brain cancer, given only months to live, and took to social media to tell her story that included the date she had chosen to end her life. Maynard and her husband purposely moved to Oregon, one of 5 states that has “right to die” laws, becoming the 753rd person to have participated in that state’s physician-assisted suicide.

This has re-ignited the national conversation of a person’s right to die such as the intense debates on this issue during the reign of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the 80’s and 90’s. I have been inundated with emails about this issue It is something I have sadly dealt with dozens of times over the past 16+ years of Liveprayer with people and families in a similar situation. It is not just a theological issue, but a societal one that we will be dealing with often in the coming years due to the fact we have minimized the value of life by slaughtering apx. 4,000 innocent babies each day in this nation. When it becomes so easy to take a precious life at one end of the spectrum, it becomes that much easier to take a precious life at the other end of the spectrum.

Let me be perfectly clear, and this is the counsel I have always given those who come to me in a similar situation to Brittany’s. Life is from God. Period! It is only God who can give life, and it is only God who can take life. Contrary to secular belief, it is NOT our life, it belongs to God. We never know what God’s plan may be, and when we interfere in that plan by taking our own life we never will!

I am fully aware of the powerful arguments made, especially by people in their later years, whose quality of life has deteriorated to the point there really isn’t much life to speak of. I am also fully aware of the constant pain many deal with on a minute by minute basis, the costs involved, the care involved, a whole host of very legitimate issues that come in to play.

My best counsel to people facing such challenges is that they can control the amount of efforts used to keep them alive. Personally, I have outlined specifically that I demand NO artificial forms of continuing life be used in any way. Like most, I have no desire to be kept alive just to say I am alive. All I ask is for whatever pain medication that may be necessary so I don’t suffer and let nature take its course as it did until the last 50 some years when modern medicine advanced to the point it could prolong human life in numerous ways even when there was no life to prolong.


Suicide is one of the saddest things that I have to deal with every single day is the tragedy of someone taking their own life. It seems that during this time of year, the number of suicides increase. The fact is, right now there are people reading these words who are actually contemplating killing themselves. If this is you, or if you have had thoughts of killing yourself, know that it is no accident you are reading these words today. God is trying to speak to you, so please, LISTEN TO HIM!

You see my friend, God not only loves you very much, but He is the one who gave you your life and wants you to live. It is satan who wants you dead! Never forget that satan has come to what, KILL, steal, and destroy! Satan wants you dead! The thoughts you have of killing yourself don’t come from God, they come from satan. He is the one telling you that you would be better off dead. He is the one who is telling you that you should just give up and kill yourself. He is the one who is telling you that the best answer to your problems is to take your life. He is the one who is telling you that everyone else will be better off if you were dead. He is the one who is telling you that your life is meaningless and it is not worth living any longer.

SATAN IS A LIAR! In John 8:44, Jesus tells us that he is the “father of lies,” that when he speaks, he “speaks his native language,” LYING! The thoughts you have of killing yourself are coming directly from the pits of hell, from the very lips of that liar satan!

God on the other hand wants you to LIVE! God is Truth! It is God who is telling you to live. It is God who loved you so much He sent His very Son to die for your sins. It is God who is telling you to cast your cares on Him and let Him see you through those difficult times. It is God who says you are not alone, that He will never leave you nor forsake you. It is God who is telling you that your life has meaning and purpose. It is God who is telling you that He has given you life and life abundantly. It is God who is telling you to trust Him and LIVE!

So what this really boils down to is who do you listen to, satan, who is a liar, or God, who speaks Truth? Seriously, if you are having thoughts of killing yourself or if you have ever had thoughts of killing yourself, you have got to understand where those thoughts are coming from and ultimately make the choice who you are going to listen to. If you are having thoughts of killing yourself today, or if you have ever had those thoughts, make sure you take a moment to ask yourself the critical question of who you are going to listen to, satan, a liar who wants you dead, or God, who represents Truth and wants you to live.

Now let me answer one of the most asked questions I get each day. Killing yourself does NOT keep you from Heaven, the only thing that keeps you from Heaven is rejecting Christ as your Savior. *THIS DOES NOT MEAN IT IS OK TO KILL YOURSELF OR A PASS TO COMMIT SUICIDE!!! Make no mistake, killing yourself IS a sin. To even think of suicide is rebelling against God. However, the ONLY sin that will send you to hell is rejecting Christ. If you have truly accepted by faith Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you commit suicide, you will spend eternity with God your Creator.

The reason suicide is a sin is because it is God who gives us life for the purpose of serving and glorifying Him, and it is ONLY God who can say when our work here on earth is finished. Remember, if you accept Him into your heart it is NOT your life any longer, it belongs to Him. That means it is NOT your right to end your life. That right only belongs to God. Suicide is an act of rebellion towards God!.

I know there are some people who erroneously believe that if you kill yourself you can’t go to Heaven since you died without repenting of that sin. According to that erroneous theology, if you commit a sin, have a massive heart attack and die instantly without confessing that sin you committed prior to dying you would be lost for all eternity. Sorry, but that is simply not what the Bible teaches.

Some may ask, what are the consequences of the sin of suicide since it ends your life? One of the consequences of all sin is it keeps us from enjoying our relationship with the Lord. Sin keeps us from being all God wants us to be. Sin keeps us from knowing the joy, the peace, the abundance the Lord promised to us in this life. Those who commit suicide have already allowed the enemy to blind them to God’s love, otherwise, they would never make such a horrible choice. Someone who commits this act misses the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan for their life. It is a very sad way to end this wonderful journey, and a way God never intended!

Suicide is really nothing more than an act of cowardice and is one of the most selfish things anyone can ever do. Despite all the reasons that satan the liar gives you to kill yourself, it really boils down to the fact that only a coward chooses this course of action. Rather than deal with the problems of life, fight through them, work towards victory in the power God can give you, you chose instead to simply stop living altogether. That my friend is a coward’s answer to their problems.

Suicide is also one of the most selfish acts a person can commit. One of the great lies satan feeds a person thinking about killing themselves is that their family and friends would be better off if they were dead. The truth is, a person who kills themself leaves behind family and friends, who in many cases, spend the rest of their life carrying around unnecessary guilt over what role they may have played in causing the person to kill themselves. I deal daily with family members and friends of a person who has committed suicide and they experience tremendous guilt over what they may have done to force their loved one or friend into taking their life.

*To you family members and friends of someone who has committed suicide, YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY CHOSE TO DO! They, not you, made this sad and tragic choice. So please, don’t put yourself under the unnecessary burden of carrying around guilt from something you didn’t cause and didn’t do.

Let me speak directly to anyone who may be contemplating suicide this very moment. It is God who gives us this precious gift we call life. Dealing daily with some of the most incredible human situations you can ever imagine, I understand the pain, the difficulty, the hopelessness so many live with each day. It is always at the lowest points in our life when the enemy attacks us. Like with everything, there are always scenarios, always circumstances we can point to, but sin is sin, and no amount of justification changes that. THERE IS ALWAYS AN ANSWER OTHER THAN SIN!!!!

I love you, and I care about you more than you will ever know. The pain I feel daily as I walk with you in your time of need is sometimes overwhelming. But I keep the truth and promise of God’s Word in my heart, and the hope and love we have in Christ in my every thought. I will be praying today for you, that you will never even consider suicide as an option. IT IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE YOUR LIFE BELONGS TO GOD. Only God can say when it is over.

Instead of focusing on the lies of the enemy, on the pain and the circumstances in your life, look instead to the Truth we find in God’s Word, the promises and hope we have in Christ and the fact God will ALWAYS give us a path of escape. God has a wonderful and perfect plan for your life. The key is you have to be alive for that plan to unfold. Don’t ever take this wonderful gift of life for granted, because it will be over soon enough. In the meantime, we need to be focused on what it is God wants from our life, what it is God wants us to accomplish each day for Him.

Let me leave with you two powerful truths from God’s Word. The first is, He loves you so very much. The second is, He is a God of answers. Embrace His love for you today, and let Him help you find the answers to those questions you have. There is only one option if you know Christ as your savior and that is to LIVE for Him.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Our Freedom to Choose

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(1 Kings 18:21)

**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!

Our freedom to choose. One of the greatest responsibilities God has given each one of us, is our ability to make our own choices. We often take for granted the fact that God has given us this free will ability to choose. Even though you do it subconsciously, each day you make hundreds, often thousands of choices.

>From what time you get up, to what you eat, to what you wear, to the roads you drive on, to what you say, and on, and on, and on. The choices you make, ultimately determine the direction that your life takes. Because we make so many choices instinctively, we lose sight of how important each choice can be to how we live our life.

The reason I continually challenge you in your DAILY walk with Christ, is for this very reason. When you start the day, even if it is only 20 minutes, praying, reading the Word of God, it helps to give you a Godly focus to your thoughts and a Godly foundation from which you will be making all of those choices during the course of the day. Church is critical to the life of a believer since again, it helps you build that spiritual foundation in your life from which you make your day to day decisions.

Paul said to “pray without ceasing.” Literally, it means to “stay connected” with God at all times. You see, when you are “connected,” it makes it difficult to make the choice to rebel against God. We make our bad choices, we make our rebellious choices when we are “unplugged” from God.

This is obviously a very deep, and intense issue that people have spent their entire life studying. The point I want you to understand today is that God has given us this incredible ability to make our own choices during this life. Many have questioned why, since it is our freedom to choose that destroys peoples lives. The alternative though would leave us a little more than robots.

God gave us free will, so that we could freely, on our own, choose to love Him, serve Him, and glorify Him. We say with our mouths how much we love God, how important Jesus is in our life. The way we prove that, is in our daily decisions, the choices we make day in and day out. That is how we ultimately tell God we love Him. The old saying, actions speak louder than words is very true.

I love you and care about you so much. I grieve daily as the emails pour in from all over the world. People who have had their lives destroyed by the choices they have made. The good news I want to share with you today is that God is in the restoration business. He can help you overcome the bad choices. He can strengthen you to make wise, Godly choices in the future.

Please be aware that as you make each and every choice in the course of a day, it is a responsibility God has given to us. Take a second and ask yourself if the choice you are making, is the choice God would want you to make. After all, when you know Christ, it is not your life any longer, it belongs to Him.

***Pray!!!! If we prayed as much BEFORE we make our choices, we wouldn’t have to pray so much AFTER we make the wrong choice. It only takes a moment to ask God for guidance.

***Lastly, the most important choice you will ever make in this life, is the freedom that God has given you to choose your eternal destination. The greatest choice of this life is to choose to accept, or reject Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. If you want to make that choice today, simply go to:

God has given us the freedom to make choices in this life, I will be praying today that you will make, wise, Godly choices!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The Bible Teaches Us to Obey is Better than Sacrifice

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(1 Samuel 15:22)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for another day. Please let me never take even one day for granted, since each day is a gift from YOU! Help me to be a witness for you this day in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Let the Jesus in me shine bright during this day so that everyone I come in contact with knows that there is something different in my life. Help me to be a blessing to others and a bold witness for you. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

The Bible teaches us that to “obey is better than sacrifice.” What an incredible truth this verse is for our day to day lives. It supports the verses of Ephesians 2:8 and 9 that tells us that our salvation is by faith and NOT of works. While God is concerned about what we do with our lives, the fruit that we can produce for the Kingdom from our efforts, He is first and foremost concerned with our obedience. You see, our obedience flows from a heart that is yielded to Him, a life that is surrendered to do HIS will and not OUR will.

This very day you will have a chance to obey or rebel against God. In reality, during the course of any given day there are many opportunities that we consciously choose to obey or rebel against God. But I want to focus on the very next decision that you have to make after reading these words. IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT GOD HAS ALLOWED YOU TO READ THESE WORDS. GOD IS PREPARING YOU FOR THE VERY NEXT DECISION THAT YOU WILL MAKE WHERE YOU CAN EITHER OBEY HIM, OR NOT.

The life of King Saul is a very sad commentary of someone that God anointed in a great way and chose to rebel against God. King Saul lived with the same free will that God gives to all of us. He had to make choices each day to obey or rebel against God. Sadly, there are ALWAYS consequences for our rebellion. These consequences come in many forms but there is always a price to pay when we choose not to obey God.

Likewise, blessings will always follow our obedience to God. The greatest blessing of all is that peace that passes all human understanding we receive when we are living our lives the way God has asked us to. When we are living for Him, making choices that honor God, there is a peace and joy that you could never put a price on.

I love you and care about you so much. Today’s Devotional is a special warning for you to be aware of the choices that you will make today. You will have many opportunities today to choose to obey God, or rebel against God. I will be praying that you will make the choice to obey God. To set aside your will, your desires, for His will and His desires.

Jesus promised His followers a life of abundance. That abundance comes from living a life pleasing and acceptable to God. God loves us so very much. Like any parent, He only wants the best for us. When He asks us to obey Him, it is not for HIS good, but for OUR good.

In the Old Testament, many of God’s children were quick to offer up sacrifices to Him, yet their hearts were far away from Him. They honored Him with their lips but God saw their hearts. We obey God out of our love for Him. All of our good works, our good deeds have little meaning to God if our hearts are not right. When we have surrendered our lives to Him it is our DESIRE to love Him, and we show Him that love through our obedience. We can tell our mother or father how much we love them, but we SHOW that love through our obedience. God is the same way. We can sing praises to Him, do great works in His name, but it is our obedience that shows God how deep our love for Him really is.

As you go through the rest of this day, remember these words…TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE. You will be making a choice very shortly in which you can obey God, or rebel against Him. Show God how much you love Him today, and OBEY.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The Real Cause of the Mass Killing at the Community College in Oregon

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(John 17:31; Romans 14:17; Nehemiah 8:10)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, God, thank you for Your love, Your grace, and Your mercy that You have showed in my life. I thank you for allowing me to serve you over these past 23 years. I thank you for giving me the vision of Liveprayer 16 yrs ago, and allowing this unique instrument YOU created to impact tens of millions of lives worldwide, respond to over 100 million emails for prayer, the 10 million praise reports testifying to Your faithfulness, and the 900,000 souls we know of who are or will be in Heaven for all eternity. YOU OH GOD ARE MOST WORTHY TO BE PRAISED!!! In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

The real cause of the mass killing at the community college in Oregon. After listening to the tortured explanations the last few days for the horrific and senseless killings in Oregon, let me share with you the REAL answers to the question people are asking. Why? That answer is simple. We are literally living in an environment that nurtures acts of violence like this, and I am shocked we don’t see them occur more often. For the past two generations, we have cultivated a culture of death. Couple that with the purposeful removal of God from every aspect of public life, is it any wonder why people commit these types of horrific acts of violence?

*In God’s perfect timing, the Daily Devotional yesterday challenged people with the question, “Would they proclaim their faith in Christ if there very life was at stake?” In the Oregon massacre, the killer asked people what religion they were, and if they responded Christian, he shot them in the head! Take a moment and re-read this challenge that many in Oregon were faced with the other day!!! DD 10/2/15:

The media, Hollywood, TV, the internet, have for several decades now mocked and demeaned people of faith, and fought to exclude a Biblcial worldview of daily life. In its place, they have proffered every type of Godless act. God’s Holy Institution of Marriage and the family have been perverted and decimated. We have the better part of two generations who have never been to church and thus have no faith background. Those people have grown up from birth being exposed to every kind of evil in this world, and indoctrinated to believe everything God’s Word stands against. It is in this evil and sinful environment that diminishes the value of human life we are now living.

There is a culture of death hanging over this nation like a black cloud!!!

The other part of the answer is the role mental health plays in these mass killings. THIS IS NOT ABOUT GUNS, AS ANTI-GUN ADVOCATES LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA, EX-NYC MAYOR BLOOMBERG, PIERS MORGAN, MANY POLITICIANS, AND OTHER TALKING HEADS WANT YOU TO BELIEVE! THAT IS A RED HERRING FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO DESIRE TO DEAL WITH THE REAL ISSUE WE FACE AS A NATION WHICH IS MENTAL HEALTH! From Columbine, to Virginia Tech, to Tucson, to a movie theater in Aurora, Co, to Sandy Hook elementary, to the killings in Oregon, those responsible were people with a long history of MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES that should have never even been walking the streets!

When I was growing up in the 60’s, there was a beautiful gated complex a few miles from my home that housed people with mental illnesses. These facilities existed throughout the nation. I am NOT in any way condoning the horrific things that happened in some of these facilities, but for the most part, they served a critical need for society by providing a place for those who were mentally ill, those whose families simply weren’t equipped to care for them.

During the 70’s, the majority of these facilities were closed due to the influx of liberal, privacy, and individual rights legislation passed during that era. It made it very difficult to identify or even treat those individuals who had legitimate mental health issues. Sadly, today the only institution in place to deal with these people is the prison system. The prison system was NEVER designed to be a defacto mental health complex, however, that is exactly what it has become. Over 60% of those incarcerated today in cities, counties, state, and federal jails have legitimate mental health issues.

Due to the breakdown of marriage and the family that I have been talking about for over 16 years now, we have an entirely new generation of people with mental illness brought on by the broken, blended, and destructive conditions they have grown up in. Exponential increases in sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of children has created a new generation of people who grow up with very real mental health issues! Factor in violent video games, a culture that fosters every kind of perversion and evil the mind can imagine, a society that devalues life, and you have generations now growing up with mental health issues our society is not equipped to handle!

What would be a legitimate plan to deal with this societal issue? You can make coffee with your cell phone today! With the incredible technology and brainpower that exists, the private sector (though they will have to fight the privacy advocates) needs to develop a mental health data base. Screen children when they start elementary school, junior high, senior high, college if a person enrolls, and during any job application. This would create a data base of people that need to be watched and insure they are getting the proper help and treatment for any sort of mental health issues they may have!

This is an issue the church and most people refuse to deal with. The mental illness and depression that so many suffer from is a legitimate issue! Let me say right up front. Mental illness is just as real as a broken leg. Just because it is not a visible illness, does not mean it is not as real as someone with a broken bone, a bad heart, or any other illness. MENTAL ILLNESS AND DEPRESSION ARE REAL!

I want to encourage anyone today that is suffering from any form of mental illness or depression to seek out the best professional help possible. God has raised up mental health professionals and given men the wisdom to create drugs to treat mental illness, so that you can live a normal and productive life. Just like there is no reason to be ashamed to see a doctor if you break your arm, just like there is no reason to be ashamed if you have to take medicine to treat a kidney problem, there is no reason to be ashamed to see a doctor or take the proper medication if you suffer from mental illness or depression!

I love you and care about you so much. Pray for the families in Oregon who lost loved ones and for the healing of those wounded. With the culture of death hanging over the nation and a rise in people with mental health issues, we will sadly see these types of mass killings frequently. This is why taking a stand for LIFE is so important. I also realize many people suffer from some form of mental illness that is just as real as any other type of illness.

I will be praying today that those who are suffering from some form of mental illness, will seek out the best professional help possible and take advantage of whatever medication that is prescribed to treat you. God is still in the healing business, and GOD CAN BRING HEALING TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS.

I pray that this word today will help you understand the importance of standing for life. I also pray it will be a breakthrough in your life if you are battling with mental illness or depression. God loves you very much. He wants you to have joy in your life, despite whatever trials and tribulations you may be experiencing. That joy comes from knowing Christ as our Savior. When we know Christ, there is no such thing as being hopeless. It is through Christ that you can find healing from mental illness!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Having the Passion of the Suicide Bomber

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(1 Peter 2:12)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I have strayed from you and want to come home. I have allowed the daily life in this world to lead me astray, to allow me to drift from you, and I miss you dear Lord! Today, I recommit my heart and life to you and to serve you. Use me for your glory Lord. Make my life count for your Kingdom. Above all, bring to me your PEACE and JOY! Give me the joy of my salvation again as I walk close to you each moment of each day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

Having the passion of the suicide bomber. One of the undeniable facts about those who are committing these horrible suicide bombings in Israel and elsewhere in the world, is their total commitment to what they believe. It is misguided and horribly wrong what they do, but I can only pray today that those who claim to have their faith in Christ would be JUST as passionate and JUST as committed to the cause of Christ!

Of course these people represent an element of the false religion of Islam, but the fact is, they are SO committed to their cause, SO committed to their belief, that they are willing to give their very lives for it. My question for you today is simply this. Are you as committed to your faith in Christ to give your very life for Him, if that is what you are asked to do?

In the United States, we have had the luxury of being very comfortable in our faith. We worship in freedom, not having to worry about outside interferences from those who do not agree with the message of our Lord. Even today, there are MANY places on this earth that this is NOT the case. We have many who get this Devotional every day in parts of the world where you could literally be put to death for proclaiming faith in Christ.

I have often wondered what would happen if one Sunday morning a group of soldiers with machine guns came into a church, lined the people up, and simply said, “anyone who wants to denounce Christ can go home, the rest of you will be killed.” I really wonder how many would stand and claim Christ with their last breath. Those students of church history understand that this has been the choice many of God’s people have had to make since the very first church. Are we as passionate about our faith today, to literally give our lives for it?

Today’s Devotional is very short on purpose. We have seen the news reports over the past year especially of many brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East giving their life for Christ. How long before Christians in this country are faced with that challenge? I don’t want you to think about anything else today but this one question. If I was asked to give my life for Christ, would I???

I love you and care about you very much. The FACT is, if your answer is yes, then that means you are willing to do whatever God is calling you to do, whatever God is asking you to do, to further His Kingdom here on earth. We are clearly living in the last days as Jesus described in Matthew 24 and Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 3 and 2 Peter 3. The challenge today is are you willing to literally give your life if you had to, to share the hope and love of Christ with this lost and sin filled world?

God is asking you today to surrender your life to Him, so that He can use you to reach others with the promise of everlasting life. Are you willing to give your life to Him? Are you wiling to do all that He is asking you to do to see others come into the everlasting knowledge of Jesus Christ? ***Only a very few will ever be asked to actually die for the Lord, but ALL of God’s children are asked daily to surrender their lives to Him so that He can use you for His plan and purpose.

The fact is, the suicide bombers are daily giving their life for the lost cause that they have bought into. My challenge to you today is this. ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST? The one thing that we know is that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. It is ONLY through Him that man comes to know everlasting life. Are you willing to give your life to proclaim THAT message? I am, and I pray today that you are too.

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

Bill Keller

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Faith without Works is Dead

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(James 2:17)

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

Faith without works is dead. So often when we are going through a difficult time, people tell us to “have faith”, to “just trust God”. They say it as if God was some magician who snaps His fingers and automatically makes everything OK. While God has that power, and while God will use that power at times, God normally works through people and events. We rarely get in a mess overnight, and rarely are going to get out of a mess overnight.

Part of the “getting out” process is learning how to become totally dependent on Him. It is learning how to make our faith real. It is learning how to work in conjunction with our faith. True faith, Biblical faith, requires action. It is easy to say the words, but putting your actions behind the words is what real faith is all about.

One of the greatest examples from God’s Word of someone putting their actions to their faith was David. He not only had the faith that he could go out on the battlefield and defeat Goliath…He actually did it! You see my friend, if we really believe something, our natural response is to put actions to that belief. While most thought David was being foolhardy to go out and face Goliath, in David’s mind that was the only logical thing to do.

After all, His faith told Him that God would defeat this Philistine giant, and David was simply going to be God’s instrument. That is what our faith demands….ACTION. It is simply not good enough to say I believe. If you really believe, the only logical step is to step out and live that belief.

Why we don’t put actions to our faith simply boils down to the fact that we really don’t believe what we claim to believe. The true test of our faith is our willingness to step out and back up those words with our actions. One of the most difficult things to do for each one of us, and the one area the church has always had a major problem teaching, is taking our faith and making it real in our day to day lives.

Saying we believe one thing, and then living in opposition to that, makes me question how much you really believe in what you claim. The bottom line is if you really believe it, you live it! The translation of our faith in Jesus Christ into our every day life becomes the real test of our walk with the Lord. The world clearly understands this concept. One of the biggest reasons people in the world reject the message of Christ is because they hear Christians profess one thing and then live in opposition to that profession. The visible hypocrisy becomes a major stumblingblock to many people.

How do we do a better job of putting actions to our faith? It is a process that builds day upon day, month upon month, year upon year. Look at the basis of David’s faith when he went out to fight Goliath. He told Saul that in the past when guarding his fathers sheep, he had to defend them from a bear and lion. In both cases the Lord gave David victory. He said it so perfectly when he told Saul that the same God who gave him victory over the lion and bear, is the same God who would give him victory over Goliath.

I say to you today, that the same God who has given you victory in the past, is the same God who will give you victory today!!! It is upon that foundation that you should boldly walk out your faith each day…put actions to your faith each day!!!

I love you and care for you so much. I will be praying for you today that you will begin to put actions to your faith. Make your faith come alive in your day to day activities. The Lord will help you to have more faith each day as you watch Him work in your life. Your faith will grow, giving you even more courage to live each day for Him.

My friend, this becomes one of the benchmarks of our Christian experience. It is simply not enough to believe. It is simply not enough to say that you have faith. Real faith, Biblical faith, REQUIRES action on our part. It requires us to live out our faith each and every day. I will be praying today that you will make your faith real each day as you live your life for Jesus.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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One of the Most Difficult Things in Our Journey with the Lord is Follow Him Where He Wants Us

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(Psalms 123:2, 40:1; Isaiah 40:31; James 1:4)

***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!!!

No doubt one of the most difficult things we do in our journey with the Lord is follow Him to be where He wants us to be, and doing what He wants us to be doing. I have no doubt that it is the ultimate goal of every follower of Christ, everyone that has surrendered their lives to Christ. Having that as our goal, achieving that goal is something EVERY Christian struggles with throughout their life. The million dollar question is how do we get to the exact place God wants us to be, doing the exact thing God wants us to be doing with our life each day.

To find the answer, we have to start with the big picture. Each person that lives was created with the same purpose. That is to serve and glorify God, in this life and for eternity. The starting point of being where God wants you to be, doing the things God wants you to do is in surrendering your life completely, unconditionally to Him. It is the one and only thing that God has ever asked us to do. The fact is, the Bible says that if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, it is no longer your life, it belongs to Him. So in reality, you are only surrendering to Him what is already His to begin with.

Completely surrendering our life to the Lord is one of the most difficult things for any person to do. Our flesh says NO, it is MY LIFE. Satan is there with his lie that you can give God a little bit of your life, but also keep some for yourself. Jesus said that you can’t serve two masters, you have to choose who you will serve. The fact is, it is in LOSING our life that we find it. Many people have tried living with one foot in the church, and one foot in the world. I know I did for many years. I bought into satan’s lie that I could go to church on Sunday, give the church a big check every week, do a few things on the side for God, but still keep my life and do whatever I WANTED. I am ashamed to admit that it took going to Federal Prison before I finally surrendered my life completely to the Lord.

The rich young ruler came to Jesus and when Jesus told him to give away all that he had and follow Him, to turn from the things of this world and completely surrender his life to Christ, the Bible says he went away “sorrowful.” When it came time to choose following Jesus or keeping the things of this world, he decided he could not let go of the things of this world. As Jesus said, YOU CAN’T SERVE TWO MASTERS! You can’t serve God and mammon at the same time. God isn’t impressed with our “scraps of service,”God wants our life! You will NEVER be right where God wants you to be, doing exactly what God wants you to do with your life until you first surrender your life 100% to Him?not 70%, not 80%, not 90%, not even 99% . . . 100%!!!

Once you come to that place where you completely surrender your life to Christ, the challenge then is to find out exactly where God wants you to be, and doing exactly God wants you to do in serving Him. The starting place is to determine what you have a passion for and what are you talented in. It is God that gives each person a passion for those things we love in life. It is also God that gives us our gifts and talents. That is why those young adult years are so critical. It is during those years that as we are exposed to different things, we develop a like for some things over others, and start to understand the gifts God has given to us.

GOD GIVES EVERYONE GIFTS, NATURAL ABILITY IN CERTAIN AREAS, BUT WE STILL MUST DEVELOP AND PERFECT THOSE GIFTS OVER TIME. In addition to gaining an understanding about what things in life we have a passion for, finding our what our natural gifts are, God will open and close doors during our life to guide us where HE wants us to be. Remember, there are NO coincidences with God. Nothing happens by accident. God allows events to happen in our life, allows people to come into our life, to guide us to where He wants us to be, doing what He wants us to be doing.

I love you and care about you so much. After completely surrendering our life to the Lord, the most important thing we can do is spend time with HIM each day in prayer and the Word. God speaks to us through His living Word, through that “still small voice” as we pray, in addition through other people and our circumstances. As our lives are yielded to the Lord, become empty vessels for Him to use, God WILL place you right where He wants you to be, doing exactly what He wants you to be doing.

Never forget, our life is made up of many seasons. Throughout the course of our journey God may have us doing MANY things for the Kingdom. That is why we must be close to the Lord each day, listening to Him with our spiritual ears and watching Him with our spiritual eyes. We are soldiers in HIS army, and as any soldier knows, your commander may have you fighting in one place today and somewhere totally new tomorrow.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will take time to meditate on these words. The last element is patience, WAITING ON THE LORD. Again, it is God who opens and closes doors in our life. There are times we need to be patient, wait on the Lord to not only show us a door, but open that door. The goal of every follower of Christ is to be where God wants us to be, doing what God wants us to do with our life. We achieve that goal by first surrendering our life completely to the Lord, by following those God-given passions while using the gifts He gives us, by staying in a close intimate daily relationship with Him so we can ?hear? and ?see? Him, and be patiently waiting on the Lord to guide us.

The ultimate in life is to wake us each day knowing you are exactly where God wants you to be and doing exactly what God wants you to be doing with your life. I will be praying for you today as you come to that place in your life.

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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