God’s Healing Touch

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(Mark 5:25-34)

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

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 SEPTEMBER OF 2016!

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 10 million praise reports we have received since we started Liveprayer over 17 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 SEPTEMBER OF 2007!

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 out 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 NOVEMBER OF 2016! 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

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Being A Victim of Abuse

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(Mark 11:25; Colossians 3:13)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I cry out to you today. I have no place to turn but to you. My life is yours. Do with it as you will and I will obediently serve you with my very last breath. IN the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..AMEN!

Not one person reading this Devotional today has not had someone at some point in your life hurt you. Some of you may have been physically or sexually abused as a child by a mother, a father, a relative, or someone your family knew. Some of you may have had a wonderful childhood, but in your young adult life been hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Some of you may have been the victim of a horrible crime like robbery or rape.

Still others may have been deeply hurt by your husband or wife who wanted a divorce. There are many of you that have been hurt later in life by your children. Lots of people reading this have been hurt by employers, business associates, or close friends. Sadly, some of you have even been hurt by a pastor or someone in your church. The fact is, EVERYONE reading this today has been hurt at some point in your life.

As painful as the experience was that caused this hurt in your life, so many people have compounded that pain by letting bitterness, even hatred into their life against the person or people who caused your pain. Today, I am going to help set you free from this hurt and pain you have experienced in your life.

In a prison, they have a central lock that can automatically open all of the cell doors in a given area. If you have ever been in prison or watched a prison movie you know what I am talking about. There is the loud buzz, followed by the clanking sound of all of the cell doors automatically opening. Today, many of you are in prison from the hurts and pains in your life. Today, the cell door is going to open and you are going to be FREE!!!

The key to unlocking that door is FORGIVENESS. As simple as this may seem, it can be one of the most difficult things in this world to do. Forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply is one of the hardest things to do in life. It is not something that we can even do in our own strength, but must be done in the strength we get from the Lord.

I realize that many people right now are saying…NO WAY…not after what that person did to me! As a Christian, it should be our goal to be like our Lord every day. What were some of the last words Christ spoke from the cross? What was his last act before dying that horrific death? He asked God to forgive those who had crucified Him!

When we sin, and we all sin every day, what do we do? We go to God and ask Him to forgive us. We do so with the full assurance that He will forgive us because He has promised to in His Word. In Colossians 3:13 the Bible tells us, “To forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

God’s Word is clear that just as Christ forgives us when we sin against Him, we must forgive those who sin against us! That is the key to unlocking the prison door and being free once and for all from the hurt and pain you have experienced in your life. FORGIVE the person or people who have hurt you in your life!

The other problem I deal with each day is people not being able to forgive themselves. Listen, the Bible tells us, “We have all come short of the glory of God.” We are all sinners. We all make mistakes. When you go to God and confess your sins, the Bible promises us that He not only forgives us but cleanses us from all unrighteousness. He not only has forgiven us, but He has forgotten the transgression. God acts like it never happened. The point I’m trying to make is that if God has forgiven you, if God has wiped the slate clean, if in God’s mind the sin never existed…then you need to forgive yourself.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that this is a difficult word for many of you to hear today, but this is going to literally change the lives of those who will receive it and do it! I want you to take a moment right now, stop what you are doing, and take out a piece of paper and a pen. Literally write down the name of the person or names of the people in your life who have hurt you deeply. Now, pray this prayer:

“Dear Father, I come to you today, thanking you that you love me so much. I thank you that you are not only a God of love, but a God of forgiveness. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins. Father, I come today and pray that you will give me YOUR strength to forgive those who have hurt me in my life. Right now, this moment, I forgive (name/names). I not only forgive them, but Father, I ask that you bless them. They need you in their life and I pray that they will come to have a personal, intimate relationship with your Son. Thank you for giving me the strength to forgive and thank you for setting me free from the pain in my life. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen!”

I will be praying for each of you today to pray this prayer. It is time to forgive those who have hurt you, and it is time to forgive yourself if need be. Put the hurt and pain of your past behind you once and for all and move forward with your life. God still has much left for you to do and by forgiving those who have hurt you, you are now free to do all that He wants to do in and through your life for His Kingdom!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The First Miracle

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(John 2:9; Exodus 14:21; Joshua 6:20; John 11:43)

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

The very first miracle Jesus performed was when He turned the water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. I know many who reject the Bible laugh at the miracles recorded in God’s Word. They refuse to believe the Red Sea actually parted, or the walls of Jericho were brought down with some trumpets and shouting, or that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, or any number of miracles that are documented in the Bible. Even if you believe that these Biblical miracles occurred, it still begs the question, do miracles exist today?

Let me end any drama and answer that question right up front…YES!!! I consider myself to be incredibly blessed if for no other reason, I get to come to the Liveprayer office every day and see God working miracles in people’s lives. People being healed, marriages restored, financial needs met, are just a few of the miracles I see on a daily basis. Every single day I personally witness hundreds of examples of God working miracles in the lives of real people.

The Bible teaches us that God is no respecter of persons. That simply means what God has done for someone else He will do for you. The fact is, God is working miracles in people’s lives every day, and that includes people just like you! I can guarantee you there have been numerous times in your life when God has stepped in and done something only He could have done. There is no other logical explanation other than “God did it!” That my friend is what a miracle is. It is God doing what only God can do!

Most people don’t even realize how many miracles God works in their life because they don’t fully comprehend that some of the things God does for them, are things only God could do for them! If you take a moment and think back on different trials that you have had to face in your life, and how God stepped in and met your need, that my friend is a MIRACLE! You can’t manufacture a miracle, you can’t force a miracle to happen, a miracle is something that God and only God can do in accordance with His sovereign will.

YOU CAN’T BUY MIRACLES EITHER! Remember Simon the Sorcerer in the Book of Acts? God’s power is not for sale, however, it is available to those who seek it to build His Kingdom. Additionally, miracles of God can’t be marketed like a box of cereal. They don’t occur at a pre-determined time and place or happen like turning on a light switch, but they happen sovereignly as God sees fit.

Let me share this with you today. When God can take your problems and turn them into blessings, that is a miracle. Only God can take your problems and turn them into blessings. I assure you today that taking problems and turning them into blessings is every much a miracle as when Jesus turned the water into wine! I can think back on my life, I know you can think back on your life, how we were facing some major issue. God didn’t just help us get victory over whatever that issue was, but He turned our problem into a blessing. THAT IS A MIRACLE ONLY GOD COULD PERFORM!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I know today many who are reading this are looking for God to perform a miracle in their life and circumstances. You are at a place where ONLY GOD can help you. The Bible tells us that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! I want you to hear that powerful truth from God’s Word today, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! Now is not the time for despair but for hope. Now is not the time for sorrow but for joy. Our God is still a miracle working God in the year 2006!!!

I will be praying for you today. Praying specifically for the miracle that you need in your life. No matter how great or small your need may be, God can step in and work the miracle that you are looking for today. Whether it is for healing in your body, the restoration of your marriage or another relationship, a financial need to be met, or perhaps it is for a job, or a car, or something at school. No matter what your need is, no matter how great or how small that need may be, God is able to step in and do what nobody else can do and meet your need.

Sadly, so many scoff at the idea of God working miracles. The truth is, their very life is a miracle. The Bible says it rains on the just and the unjust, and likewise God works miracles in the lives of His children as well as the lives of those who have rejected Him. I pray today that those who deny the Lord, who are the recipients of His miracle-working power, will fall to their knees and acknowledge God for who He is and put their hope and faith in Jesus Christ.

Yes, the Bible is full of many great miracles, but God is still performing miracles today. God’s mercy and grace and miracle-working power is available to everyone. No matter where you are today, no matter what you may be facing, open your heart to the Lord and call on His name. I will be praying with you and for you to see the miracle-working hand of God in your life today!

Do miracles still exist today? ABSOLUTELY. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!!! I am praying for you today and for the miracle you need!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Not Holding Back the Truth

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(John 16:29-33)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

I have always been a firm believer of talking straight, plain, and not holding back. The majority of conflict I see in marriages and other relationships is caused by a lack of communication. For some reason, many people are reluctant to have the “difficult conversation”. The problem is, the longer you put off having that conversation, the more difficult it becomes.

I have watched lives ruined simply because people would not communicate with each other. Listen, this is not a test run. God has given us this precious thing called life. We get one shot. It is too short, too precious to be wasted by not sharing the things that bother us…especially with those we love the most.

It is incredible how people tend to get into a pattern in their life. One day they wake up, and they realize things aren’t right. They just aren’t the way they should be. But rather than sit down with your spouse, your children, or your parents, you simply suppress how you feel and stay quiet. Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. Months then turn into years. The next thing you know, you have grown “apart” from the ones you were closest to.

Many people live in the same house with other people, but are like strangers. We communicate on a daily basis as little as possible, and never…NEVER…about unpleasant things. Husbands and wives get involved in things like pornography, gambling, drinking and start to build a secret world that they refuse to let their spouse be part of. They become distant. Communication becomes only about those things necessary to get through the day. Young adults get involved in activities they shouldn’t be involved in and shut out their parents from their life. Communication is minimal.

My friend maybe it is time to sit down with your spouse…your parents whoever you may be having conflict with and get things out in the open. Tell them how you feel. I am a firm believer that many things can be worked out with honest and open communication. It does not make sense to go around miserable, holding inside the way you feel.

Sit down and talk to those you love and begin to work out whatever problems there may be in your relationship. Blending two or more lives together is always difficult because we are each so uniquely created. Without communicating, it is impossible. Things will not change by magic; they won’t all of the sudden be OK. As a matter of fact, they will only get worse until you sit down with that person you love, and talk through whatever the problems may be.

I love you, and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today as you pray over this Devotional. We don’t talk more because we are afraid of what the outcome may be. We live in pain; we live knowing things aren’t the way they should be because of the unknown consequences if we sit down and openly talk about our feelings.

Listen, pray, and ask God to go before you. Let your faith be real as you trust God with the outcome. Make plans to sit down and have that “difficult conversation” with the person in your life you need to resolve some issues with. There is no day like today. God will strengthen you and be there with you. Count on my prayers.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Mental Illness and Depression

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(John 17:31; Romans 14:1, Nehemiah 8:10)

***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!

Mental illness and depression. An issue the church and most people refuse to deal with, is the reality of mental illness and depression that so many suffer from. 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 have shared with you in the past that God’s number one instrument of healing is called a DOCTOR. One of God’s chief methods of healing is called MEDICINE. Where do you think the incredible intelligence and the special gift to be a doctor comes from? It comes from God! Where do you think the incredible intelligence, and the inspiration to create medicine comes from? It comes from God!

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!

For many people that are suffering from depression, I want to help you find the joy in life again. Many who suffer from depression have simply allowed the events and circumstances of their life to overwhelm and paralyze them. We learn at an early age how to deal with the day to day issues of life, how to deal with problems. What happens to many who are depressed, is they have simply been unable to cope with the things that have happened to them and can’t seem to get past certain problems in their life.

Feelings change all the time. Our feelings are based on our perception of an issue or problem. For example, if you have $20,000 of debt and you are only making $30,000 a year with nothing left over after the basic living needs are met, you might perceive that $20,000 of debt to be a mountain that is impossible to move. If you continue to focus on that mountain, it starts to get bigger, and bigger, and soon your perception is that it is impossible to ever be free from your debt. The longer you focus on the problem, the bigger it becomes and that is when depression can set in. Depression is the result of being hopeless.

However, even though you may have $20,000 of debt and are only making $30,000 a year with nothing left over after your basic living needs are met, you might look at that $20,000 of debt, not as a mountain impossible to move, but simply an obstacle that has to be dealt with. In other words, you don’t focus on the mountain, but you focus on a way to move the mountain. You come up with a plan to retire the debt over a period of time, and instead of letting depression set in due to looking at the situation as hopeless, you maintain a positive outlook since that debt is simply an issue that has to be taken care of. Depression can’t set in where there is hope. Let me say that one more time.

DEPRESSION CAN’T SET IN WHERE THERE IS HOPE!

The other part of the answer to depression is serving others. The Bible teaches us that if we will be about our Father’s business, our Father will be about our business. If we will serve others, it is amazing how our own problems become more manageable. If you are suffering from depression, let me encourage you today to get out and start finding ways to serve others. You see, when we serve others, we are serving God. Our God-given purpose in this life is to serve and glorify God with our lives. Depression can’t set in when you are serving others. Let me say that one more time. DEPRESSION CAN’T SET IN WHEN YOU ARE SERVING OTHERS!

I love you and care about you so much. I 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 will also be praying for those of you today who are suffering from depression. The two-fold answer for overcoming your depression and finding the joy of the Lord again in your life, is hope and service. Seeking the Lord to give you wisdom and direction in finding a solution to whatever problems or issues you are facing in your life. If you stay focused on Christ, He will give you the hope to get victory over whatever you are facing today.

The other part of the answer is finding ways to serve others. I pray that you will get serious about finding ways to serve others. God has called us to serve others, and when we are doing that, fulfilling our purpose in life, our own problems simply don’t seem as great. When you are busy serving others, you don’t have time to get depressed.

I pray that this word today 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. When we know Christ, we have a desire to serve Him by serving others. It is through Christ that you can have victory over mental illness and depression!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Thanksgiving

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(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Oh Lord, on this day we set aside each year to take time to be thankful, I give you all glory and honor for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. So often I take your blessings for granted. Let me remember each day to take time to thank you for your grace and mercy in my life. May I show my gratitude in living my life for you and allowing your love to shine through me to everyone I meet. In the name of Jesus I pray….AMEN!

On this day we celebrate as Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for. I want to point out an aspect of this great verse in Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica that is usually overlooked and almost never preached on. While we are so thankful today for all of God’s blessings, this verse requires a great amount of maturity because it says “give thanks in all circumstances!” How quickly we run over those words without ever thinking about the true meaning. In this society where we are so focused on winning, so focused on the positive, so focused on things being in a state of perfection….God tries His best to help us be realistic about this sinful world we live in.

Aside from our own sinfulness, we live in a world that is infested with sin in every nook and cranny of our existence. Jesus, trying to prepare His disciples for the reality of living in this world without Him, trying to make them understand that despite the close intimate relationship they had, told them that in this world they would have problems and things would not always be perfect. This verse tell us that every day we should “give thanks in all circumstances.”

Spiritual maturity comes in when you understand that this verse is actually telling you to give thanks not only for those things you look at as good, but also the difficult things that happen to you as well. That is hard for us to understand why we should be thankful for those terrible things that happen to us along life’s journey, but we have no way of knowing the mind of God, we have no way of understanding completely His plan or purpose, we just can’t comprehend all of the things God does in the situations we live through. It is hard to imagine giving thanks for things like marriage problems, divorce, the death of a loved one, financial difficulties, health problems, strife with friends, problems in your local fellowship, difficulties on the job, and any other bad things we experience in life. Hard to imagine.

But when you realize that God is still on the throne, that He is still in control, then you by faith, have to thank Him and trust Him even in those bad situations. He is working on your behalf and will not let you down. As painful as the experience must be, we have to thank Him because He is often perfecting us for work in the future. We give thanks out of obedience, and out of faith that God knows what He is doing in allowing those bad things we live through in our life to occur. Remember a man named Job?

I realize that today would be a great day to just say some warm and fuzzy things to make us feel good. It is a holiday, many are with family. The Christmas season is upon us. We have so much to be thankful for. But the job God gave me was not to give you something each day to just make you feel good, but to challenge you to a closer daily walk and to help you grow spiritually. Many problems that I see each day occur because people have been given too much “feel good” talk, and not adequately prepared for the reality of this life in relationship to their life in Christ. When the storms come, they just aren’t equipped to handle the onslaught.

The one thing that I will never do is hold back, compromise the Word of God, or tell you something just to make you feel good. I will tell you the truth, God’s Truth right from the Bible, in an attempt to help you be prepared for living a victorious and productive life for Christ. In these last days, He needs bold, mature, fearless men and women to do the work necessary here on earth. It is no accident that you are getting these Devotionals, and no accident that you read them. God is speaking to you through these daily writings to sharpen you, prepare you, encourage you to be all He has called you to be.

I love you and care about you so much. I am so grateful for you. Your love and prayers have been an inspiration to me personally and to our people here at Liveprayer.com. We are pressing forward each day. Thank you again for standing with me, for praying, for giving, for helping us add people to our Daily Devotional list and letting others know about Liveprayer.com. My thoughts and prayers are with you this day. I am truly thankful for you. For those traveling, may His mercies be with you as you go to and from your destinations. For those of you going through the fire today, remember… “give thanks in all circumstances!”

May you and your family enjoy a most blessed Thanksgiving!!!

*Plan of Salvation to share with unsaved loved ones and friends: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Immutable

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(Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Immutable is one of those $5 theological words that describes an attribute of God. It is one of those attributes that allows us to keep our faith and trust in Him daily. It simply means “without change”. That is why we can boldly say the same God who brought you through the storm 3 months ago, is the same God who will bring you through the storm today. He doesn’t change. That is why we can have confidence each day that God loves us. He doesn’t change. It is the fact that God never changes that gives us the ability to go to 1 John 1:9 when we sin and KNOW that He will forgive us and cleanse us.

Part of the foundation of our faith is this wonderful truth that GOD NEVER CHANGES!!!

The point I want to focus on today, however, is that WE do change. Living in Florida these last 12 years, my wife and I, often get away for a few hours and drive just a few miles from our home to the Gulf of Mexico. We often sit and talk, watching the tide roll in and out. I think how our lives are like the tide-always moving, always changing.

The challenge I want to give you today is this. Take a few minutes and get alone in a quiet place. Get some paper and a pen. Make a list of the following categories: DAILY WALK WITH CHRIST, CHURCH FELLOWSHIP SERVING GOD, SPOUSE (if applicable), CHILDREN (if applicable), MOM, DAD, BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND (if applicable), FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, SCHOOL/WORK, FINANCIAL, HEALTH, RECREATION/HOBBIES, BONDAGES (such as alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling, etc.). Now in each category, simply jot down notes as to where you were in this area 10 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago, 6 months ago, and where you are now. Be honest, this is between you and God.

The point of this exercise will be apparent very quickly. WE change. We are not immutable. Unfortunately, much of our change is for the worst and not the better. It doesn’t happen overnight but over a period of time just like the tide that slowly rolls in. It isn’t even something we notice most of the time. Looking over your paper when you are done, will clearly focus you on those areas of your life that you need to work on and make some changes in. This may seem like a waste of time, but trust me, God is speaking to you loud and clear as you read these words. He is trying to get your attention.

The 10 minutes it will take you to do this can be the difference between your relationship with Christ being all it can be or having little life in it. It can be the difference between a better marriage or divorce. It can be the difference between having good health or constant battles in that area. I am not trying to be over-dramatic but the way we change over time, the subtle ways we change without even being aware of it, can lead to many of the problems you are dealing with today. These could be some of the most profitable minutes ever as the Lord reveals to you those areas of your life that need to be worked on.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize many will resist this exercise for many reasons. Ultimately though it is because the enemy will try to stop you from having to face in black and white those things in your life that need changing. We get comfortable in our lives even when they aren’t the way they should be. We get comfortable living with sin. It is like having a mouse in your house. You can’t catch it, and may even get to a point where you will try and live with it. My friend, it is time for a Holy Ghost extermination of those things in your life that shouldn’t be there. The only thing keeping you from all the wonderful blessings God has for your life is YOU.

I will be praying today that you will take the time to pray, put your life on paper, see those areas that you have moved away from God in, and give yourself a real and precise focus. I talk about game plans as a way of overcoming sin in our life. Once you complete this, you will then have identified those areas that need work. The next step is to formulate a game plan in order to get where God wants you to be in every area of your life. It won’t be easy. It won’t happen overnight but over time, working faithfully daily, and in the strength He can supply, you will see victory.

We can be thankful today that our God NEVER changes. We do. Now is the time to see the areas of your life that need to be changed for the glory of God!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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