Battling Goliath

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(1 Samuel 17:11, 26, 34-37, 49-51)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Father, I thank you for this day. I know that today was not promised to me, but it is a gift from You. Dear God, You know the pain I have today from what has happened in my life. I am tired of carrying this pain with me day after day. It is robbing me of my joy, of my peace, of knowing the abundance that this life can offer. I trust Your Word today that tells me that I can give this burden to You, that You will take it from me. I trust Your Word today that tells me to cast my cares on You, because You care for me. In the name of Jesus, I give You the pain of my past today. In the name of Jesus, I surrender it to You. Take it from me, and fill me right now with Your joy, with Your peace, and let me live from this day forward in FREEDOM FROM MY PAST! In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!!!

As you read these words today, I know that at some point in your life you will have to battle Goliath. One of the reasons I exhort you each day to stay close to the Lord through time in prayer and the Word, through being in church to get that spiritual nourishment, to be in fellowship with other Believers, to find ways to serve God, is because we all have those sentinel moments in life when we will have to fight Goliath. At that moment you will either cower in your tent and refuse to fight like the armies of Israel and let your fear defeat you, or you will confidently go onto the battlefield knowing that victory is already yours like David did.

The word I want you to hear for your life today is that you will one day have to fight Goliath. It is not a matter of if, only when. Listen to me very closely now. You don’t defeat Goliath when you actually fight him, you defeat Goliath before you ever step onto the battlefield. This is very deep so let me say it again and listen carefully. You don’t defeat Goliath when you actually fight him, you defeat Goliath before you ever step onto the battlefield! Let me explain.

When you step onto the battlefield to fight Goliath, you are not going to have time to learn how to fight, you are not going to have time to come up with a strategy how to defeat the giant, you are not going to have time to develop the faith and trust in God to lead you to victory. These are all the things you better already know and have. If you don’t, it is no wonder why you would be afraid and are defeated before your battle with Goliath even begins.

Look at David. When he walked onto the battlefield with Goliath, he KNEW he would be victorious. How did he know that? He had fought battles in the past and had been victorious. When he was guarding his father’s sheep, he battled with a lion and won. When he was guarding his father’s sheep, he battled with a bear and won. David had been in battle before. He knew how to fight. More important, he had developed a great faith in God who gave him the strength to win those battles.

So when David was preparing to fight Goliath, he already knew that the same God who delivered him from the paw of the bear, the same God who delivered him from the paw of the lion, was the very same God who would deliver him from the Philistine giant Goliath!!!

This is why I stress to you so often how critical it is to be in the Word every day, to be in prayer every day, to fellowship with other Believers, to be in church and be fed spiritually, to find ways to serve the Lord. All of these things you do each and every day help build you up spiritually and strengthen your faith, while you fight the daily battles of life and God leads you to victory. That way when you have your showdown with a real giant like Goliath, you can go into that battle with the confidence and knowledge that the same God who has led you to victory in the past is the very same God who will lead you to victory today.

I love you and care about you so much. My word for you today is PREPARE! Prepare now for your battle with Goliath. It is not a matter of if that battle will happen, it is only a matter of when. The time to win that battle is now before it ever happens. Faithfully pray each day, faithfully read the Word each day, faithfully fellowship with other Believers, faithfully go to church to be fed spiritually, faithfully serve God. It is your faithfulness NOW that will lead you to victory when you fight Goliath.

I will be praying for you. Praying for you to know VICTORY in your life over those day-to-day battles we all face. It is watching God lead you to those daily victories that will give you the confidence and faith to trust Him when the major battles arise. God is a God of VICTORY. Let me leave you with this Truth. The same God who led you to victory over your battles 10 years ago, the same God who led you to victory over your battles 5 years ago, the same God who led you to victory over your battles last year, the same God who led you to victory over your battles last month, is the VERY SAME GOD who will lead you to victory over your battles tomorrow and lead you to victory when you fight Goliath!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Kids Growing Up with No Mother, No Father and No God

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(Psalm 127:3; Isaiah 8:18; Proverbs 20:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord bless me and my family today. Help us to never forget to honor you and praise your holy name. Thank you for your blessings. Let us be good stewards of those blessings and never forget to reach out to others and be a blessing to those who cross our path each day. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Kids who are growing up with no mother, no father, and no God. After 17+ of Liveprayer.com and 14 years of the Liveprayer TV program, I am seeing every day the family unit decimated and dealing with kids between 10 and 18 who are growing up in a home with no mother or no father, and in most cases, with no God!!! We have a new generation that is growing up void of God, void of His Truth, and void of a relationship with Jesus!!!

People wonder why I am like a broken record about getting God’s Truth into the marketplace. If they sat in my chair, even for a day, they would understand. You see, I deal daily with the very real lives of those people who are growing up right here in the United States, a place with more churches, ministries, Christian media and publications than man has ever known. Yet they are part of the larger percentage of 2 full generations now who have never even been inside of a church, aren’t the target audience of most ministries, and have no contact with Christian media and publications. These people have their lives, thoughts, and beliefs shaped by the world.

These kids have been born in and have grown up in a world that has taught them there is no God and if there is, He is detached from our lives and isn’t really interested in what happens in the world. They have been taught in school that we weren’t created by God, but we evolved from a drop of pond scum and are really little more than a genetic accident. From birth they have been bombarded at every turn with raw sexual images and the message that sex is a sport to be enjoyed at any time, with anyone, and in any way without consequences. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are things everybody does because they make your life more enjoyable.

The games they have grown up with all have violent and death elements to them, numbing them to how special and precious life is. Most have spent thousands of hours every year in front of TV and internet screens with little parental supervision, being exposed to every kind of lie the world can tell about life. Most have grown up totally void of God and Biblical Truth since it wasn’t taught to them at home and they weren’t being exposed to it in the marketplace where they live each day.

I share with you often how what we do here each day is literally a battle for the souls of men. That has never been more evident than in the lives of those kids 10-18. Their entire belief system has been shaped by the lies of this world. They are oblivious to the fact there is a very real enemy of their soul who seeks to “kill, steal, and destroy,” THEM! A growing percentage are growing up in homes with only one parent, and in many cases with a parent who has also rejected Christ and Biblical Truth and have modeled a life that only supports the lies of the world their child has grown up believing.

So when they get a Daily Devotional or turn on to watch the Liveprayer TV program, and they read or hear how evolution is a ridiculous theory and we were created by God, that homosexuality is a sin, how sex outside of marriage is not God’s plan, how abortion is murder, how faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved and the other religions and beliefs the world embraces are lies, THEY FREAK OUT! They have never heard these things before. Biblical Truth flies in the face of everything they have ever heard and been taught, seen and experienced their entire life.

Sadly, we deal daily both on the Internet and through the TV program with so many young lives who have already been damaged before they ever had a chance to live. Fortunately, many of their hearts are not yet so hardened that they refuse to listen to the fact God loves them, gave us Truth to live this life by, and that by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they can find the true joy, peace, and abundance of this life plus know where their eternal home will be when they die. The key is, we have to get out in the marketplace where they live to reach them with this message.

My heart breaks for these kids who grow up without ever knowing the real Truth of this life and end up with their lives decimated and destroyed at such a young age. How many times do I have to say it, THE CHURCH IS PLAYING GAMES, SATAN IS NOT!!! The answer is to follow God’s plan for the family. It starts with marriage, God’s Holy Institution. A person needs to be equally yoked with another Believer, they need to take the time and effort to build a solid spiritual foundation to their relationship, and then follow through on the vows they make to each other and God for life.

It is in that Godly union that children are born. A mother and father, loving and nurturing them, raising them in the admonition of the Lord. Growing up in a home where Jesus is honored and guided by God’s Truth. A home where prayer and Bible reading is part of each day. A home where they have the model of a mother and father who love the Lord and each other. It is this environment that God intended children to be raised. In 2017, how many children are growing up in a home like this?

I love you and care about you so much. So what is the answer? For you single moms and dads, God will make you adequate. You can’t go back and change things, so start today to do all you can to raise your child or children with the love of Christ and guided by the Truth of His Word. Pray of your children every day. Have a time of reading the Word with your children. Make sure they are in church each Sunday. Talk to your children about all that they are seeing and experiencing in their life so you can help bring God’s Truth to contrast the lies of the world they’re being exposed to. Raising your child in the admonition of the Lord is the greatest ministry you will ever have, and God will make you adequate each day.

For those who are single, pray hard and long before you make that lifetime commitment to someone. It is the most critical relationship you will have in this life after your relationship with the Lord. Stay out of the trap of pre-marital sex and possibly having to raise a child without the benefit of a mother and father. Getting married, having children, are life-changing events. If you will follow God’s plan, they can make your life special and fulfilling beyond all you could ever imagine. God’s way works!

Finally, for you young kids and young adults. The world has lied to you about EVERYTHING! There is only one source of Truth, God’s Word. It has the answers to everything in this life and if you follow it, your life will be blessed and abundant, full of joy and peace you can never experience without God. The fact is, God DID create you in His image. He loves you so much. He has a plan and purpose for your life. He loved you so much that despite the fact you have sinned, he sent His Son Jesus to die for YOUR SINS so that by putting your faith in Jesus, your sins could be forgiven and you would have the assurance that when this brief life is over you would be forever with God your Creator.

This is why I so passionately scratch and claw each day to press forward and implore you to help me. Not only are there adults in their 20s to 90s out there lost, hurting, and heading to hell unless they come to know Jesus, we have children between 10 and 18 who are growing up for the most part totally void of God and Biblical Truth, having their thoughts and beliefs shaped by the lies of this world, and unless we reach them, they will become the next generation to grow up and have children who will also be growing up without God and rejecting Christ’s love for them.

Kids who are growing up with no mother, no father, and no God. May we rise up and go into the marketplace where they are growing up and let them know that the Bible is God’s guiding light of Truth and that Jesus loves them, died for their sins, and wants to have an everlasting relationship with them.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Incredible Vulnerability of the United States to Cyber Attacks

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(Genesis 19:24,25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: (A personal prayer of mine each morning as I awake!) Oh Lord, help me today to pick up my mantle, whatever you have deemed that to be, and be faithful. Give me your strength to be all that you have called me to be, and to lead in whatever capacity I have been called to for this season. It is time for your children, men, women, young adults, to rise up and be counted for you in these last days. Guide me oh great Jehovah as I live and lead for YOU! In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I pray…AMEN!

The incredible vulnerability of the United States to cyber attacks, espionage, theft, and hacking by the Chinese and Russian governments! Ten years ago I shared this warning and was called paranoid, a fear merchant. Welcome to the reality of this potential life-changing nightmare that nobody is taking for granted any longer! Most people have no idea the extent of hacking, theft, and espionage takes place in cyber space on a DAILY basis! Not only is the US totally vulnerable in these areas, but because the infrastructure of our entire lives is now computer based, life as we know it could end in a moment!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

You Don’t Have to Live in Defeat but You Can Live in Victory!

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(John 16:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 3:21)

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

I want to give you a word of encouragement today that you don’t have to live in defeat, but YOU CAN LIVE IN VICTORY! Even more important, you have 100% control over whether you live in victory or defeat! That is right. YOU, and nobody else holds the key to whether you live in victory or defeat. This is a powerful, life-changing word today so please open your heart and receive what God is saying to you. You don’t need to go hear the latest motivational guru of the day, or buy the latest books and tapes on being successful, just open your heart and receive this powerful Truth that living in victory is up to you and nobody else!

I know that many of you reading these words today are in a major crisis in your life. You are facing what seems to be insurmountable odds in your finances, in your health, in your marriage, on your job, with your children, in battling an addiction, or whatever your situation may be today. As you face these very real struggles, you see nothing but defeat. Of course, nobody wants to live in defeat, everyone wants to live in victory. That is only common sense. But you have done and are doing everything you can to turn things around. However, your finances are no better, your marriage is no better, your health is no better, your job is still a nightmare, your children are still living in rebellion to God, you are still in some form of bondage, you are not seeing any hope in whatever your battle may be. So you have every right to question me when I state that living in defeat or victory is up to you.

Here is the key to help you. Living in victory has nothing to do with the day-to-day circumstances and challenges we face in our life. I know most of you didn’t get that one, so let me say it again. Listen carefully. Living in victory has NOTHING to do with the day-to-day circumstances and challenges we face in our life. This is heavy so follow me. The fact is, you will ALWAYS have trials and tribulations, challenges and battles to fight throughout your entire life. That is simply part of living in this sin-filled and evil world we do. NOBODY is immune from the trials and tribulations of life. NOBODY. It is part of EVERYONE’S life. You can still live in victory regardless of what your circumstances may be. You can still live in victory regardless of what you are facing in your life today.

YOU CAN LIVE IN VICTORY TODAY BECAUSE OF JESUS!

Choosing to live in victory is the choice you make when you choose to follow Jesus! Jesus won the victory on the cross 2000 years ago, and those who choose to put their faith and trust in Him, invite Christ into their heart and life by faith, live in His victory no matter what may be going on in their lives. Remember that great old hymn, “Victory in Jesus?” It is true. You see when you know Jesus, you understand that in this life you will have trials and tribulations, that you will have tests along the way. But because you know Jesus you have already won the victory. This world is not your home, just a few short years of an eternal existence with Christ. No matter what you may have to face and deal with in this life, it is but for a season since your eternal home in Heaven is secure and waiting for you.

The problems of this life are nothing but hurdles. You can either let them stop you, paralyze you, rob you of your peace and joy and abundance, or you can find a way to get over them. There is no hurdle in your life today that the Lord won’t help you overcome. If your hurdle is finances, Jesus will help you overcome it. If your hurdle is a marital problem, Jesus will help you overcome it. If your hurdle is a health issue, Jesus will help you overcome it. If your hurdle is a problem at work, Jesus will help you overcome it. If your hurdle is a problem with your children, Jesus will help you overcome it. If your hurdle is an addiction of some sort, Jesus will help you overcome it. No matter what your hurdle may be, JESUS WILL HELP YOU OVERCOME IT!

That does not mean you will never have financial problems, or health issues, or problems in your marriage, or an issue with your employment, or problems with your children, or battle some sort of addiction, or face a whole host of other problems. Just hours before going to the cross, Jesus told His disciples that in this world they would have trials and tribulations. He told them that so they wouldn’t be fooled into thinking that just because they had chosen to follow Him they would live without any problems. That is impossible since we are living in a fallen world that for the most part operates in rebellion to God and His Truth. But Jesus encouraged them by saying, “Be of good cheer for I have overcome this world!”

That is why today I can say to you, living in victory or defeat is up to you. You can choose to live a life of defeat by rejecting Jesus Christ and not only deal with the problems of this life, but live without the hope of tomorrow. Your defeat is NOT in the problems of this life but in the fact that when you die, you will live for all eternity apart from God your Creator. By choosing to accept Christ as your Savior, you have a new strength to face life’s problems, to overcome life’s problems, but most important the hope of tomorrow in knowing that when your brief journey is complete you will spend all eternity with God your Creator!!!

I love you and care about you so much. Living in victory has nothing to do with the circumstances you are facing in your life today. There will always be problems to deal with, always be hurdles. If you think back 10 years ago, you had problems in your life. It was God who saw you through those problems. If you think back 5 years ago, you had problems in your life. It was God who saw you through those problems. If you think back 6 months ago, you had problems in your life. It was God who saw you through those problems. The fact is, there will always be problems living in this sin-filled world that we do, but God is there to help you and see you through whatever those problems may be!

Living a life of defeat or victory has nothing to do with the day-to-day trials of life, but it has to do with your relationship with Jesus Christ! You can choose to live a life of defeat by rejecting Him, or live a life of victory by accepting Him into your heart and life by faith. I will be praying for you today as you make the choice to live a life of VICTORY!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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The Book of Haggai

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(Haggai 1:3-11)

***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!

As I was reading the Bible the other night, I was reading the Book of Haggai and realized that people have never really changed even after all of these years. How much the people of God spoken about in the Book of Haggai were EXACTLY like the people of God today. Let me set the context for you. The year is 520 BC. King Darius, the Medo-Persian king allowed a remnant of the children of Israel to return to Jerusalem after being held in captivity for 70 years by the Babylonians so that they could rebuild the Temple.

However, the people of God were not as interested in rebuilding the house of God as they were in building their own houses. God spoke through His prophet, Haggai, to let them know that because of their selfishness, they were missing the blessings of God. That is what I want to share with you today. How because of our selfishness, we are living beneath God’s blessings. How we become so focused on OUR LIFE, on OUR GOALS, on OUR DREAMS, on OUR DESIRES, we have forsaken the work of God and are missing His blessings.

There is not one person reading this today that doesn’t want God’s blessings in their life. Even those who don’t believe there is a God, still want His blessings. The reality is, GOD WANTS TO BLESS YOU! Jesus said, “It is your Father’s pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” But just like there are natural laws that govern the earth, there are spiritual laws that govern the Kingdom of God. Let me give you the key to God’s blessings. GOD CANNOT AND WILL NOT BLESS DISOBEDIENCE.

Let me say that one more time. GOD CANNOT AND WILL NOT BLESS DISOBEDIENCE. If you want God’s blessings, the first thing that you must do is live in accordance with His Word. The Bible tells us that “to obey is better than sacrifice.” God said, “Oh that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever.” GOD’S BLESSINGS FLOW FROM OUR OBEDIENCE!!!

So let’s go one step further and look at the very first commandment. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Most of us feel pretty safe that we obey this commandment. After all, we don’t worship the sun, or the clouds, or a chair, or a tree. We don’t have hundreds of gods that we pray to. But I want to tell you today that whenever you put yourself before God, you have literally taken Him off HIS throne and put yourself on it! You have said, “my will…not thy will be done.”

How can we live in blatant disobedience to the very first commandment and still expect God to bless us? He can’t, and He won’t! That is why the Bible says, “you expected much, but see, it turned out to be little.” If we truly want God’s blessings, the first step is to put God back in His rightful place, on His throne as the Lord of our life and live in obedience to what He calls us to do each day.

I love you and care about you so much. Today’s scripture really shows us how empty this life can be without God’s blessings. It is no wonder why so many turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, food, money…anything to escape. It is frustrating to live without God’s blessings. I am not talking so much about the material blessings as I am the SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. Don’t you realize that there is no amount of money to buy true peace, not enough gold in the world to buy real joy, not enough real estate on the planet to buy the abundant life that God has offered us. What price can you put on hope? This world is lost, hurting, and without hope because it is living without God and without His blessings.

I will be praying for you today to accept the same challenge that the prophet Haggai gave the children of Israel 2,500 years ago. Start rebuilding the house of God in your heart. Take the focus off of building YOUR HOUSE, and put it on building GOD’S HOUSE. Take the focus off of what YOU want to do, and put it on what God wants you to do. God wants to bless you abundantly so that you eat and are full, so that you drink and are never thirsty. God wants to bless YOU TODAY! Isn’t it time to stop living beneath His blessings, and start receiving all of the blessings that HE has for your life?

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A Spiritual Test

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(Matthew 5:44)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for you in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses you, help me to stand for your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to you in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

I am about to give you a quick spiritual test. What is your attitude towards your enemies? We all have those people in our life that we just can’t get along with. We all have those people in our life that don’t like us. We all have those people in our life that do not wish us well. What is your attitude towards those people? It is easy to like your friends, but how do you feel about those who do not like you? On the ladder of spiritual maturity, this is a very big rung. How we feel about and deal with those people in our life that are NOT our friends is a major indicator of our spiritual growth and maturity.

Of course, our perfect example in this area is that of Jesus. How did He handle those who were involved in his death? He loved them, He forgave them, and He prayed for them. This becomes the standard we must work to achieve in this area. We must love those who hate us. We must forgive those who mean to do us harm. We must pray for those who are out to get us. You see, the Bible says the Lord will fight for us, that the “battle is the Lord’s”. The reason God fights for us is that we can get so weary, so worn out, that we become ineffective for God. We become so distracted in fighting those who oppose us, that we lose sight of our mission, which is to serve and glorify Him with our lives.

I realize today that you have people in your life that wish only the worst upon your life. Love those people today, pray for them. Anyone that has allowed bitterness to take such a hold on their life needs our prayers. Those who allow bitterness and hatred to creep into their life are to be pitied. They are hurting themselves, so out of that hurt they lash out at those around them. Pray for them. Pray the Lord will grant them peace. Pray the Lord will take the hatred and bitterness from them and replace it with peace and joy. Love them.

How? In our own strength, it is NOT POSSIBLE to love, or pray for our enemies. That is when we need to tap into the strength only God can give us. In our own strength, it is virtually impossible to love and pray for our enemies. But when we let God take over, when we call upon His strength, it is possible.

AND THIS IS WHAT THE LORD IS CALLING YOU TO DO TODAY!!

Make a list right now of everyone in your life that means you harm. Make a list of your enemies. My suggestion is that you call each on or meet with each one and tell them you love them, forgive them, and are praying for them. At worst, sit down each morning and pray for them.

THIS IS WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO TODAY!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that these are difficult words to hear, and even more difficult to put into action. Trust me, there is a key of freedom attached with what I am telling you today. A freedom that you cannot begin to understand. This is a test, a spiritual test. I will pray for you today that you pass it with flying colors.

It is no accident that you are reading these words today. God is clearly speaking to you. Take a few minutes right now and pray for all of those in your life that are not your friends, that are against you. Pray for their souls, and pray the Lord will bless them and open their hearts to His love.

God is calling you today to rise above the day to day emotions of life. Realize that the wars we fight are not of this earth, not of flesh and blood, but are spiritual. Pray for your enemies today, and be like Jesus!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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God’s People Will Not Only have All Their Needs Met but Many Will Prosper

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(Job 36:11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, please help me to be more like Jesus each day. Help me to be kind to others, to care about others, to share the hope of the Gospel with others. I love Jesus and my greatest desire is to be more like my Savior each day. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!!!

God’s people will not only have all their needs met, but many will PROSPER even as He judges our nation through the economy!!! I want to give you a word of great encouragement today. As God judges this nation through the economy, as more and more people lose their jobs, as more and more people face financial difficulties, I want you to know that the Lord will meet your every need. Not only that. God is going to PROSPER many of His children even in the midst of the economic turmoil.

We read about the judgment of God being poured out on the children of Israel for their sin and rebellion. However, even in captivity, even in the wilderness, God not only provided for their every need, but many prospered! My word for you today is that GOD IS GOING TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED THROUGH THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS, AND MANY WILL PROSPER LIKE THEY NEVER DREAMED POSSIBLE!!!

Take a few moments right now and encourage yourself with these passages from God’s Word!!!

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1

“You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance..” Psalms 66:12

“For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” Psalms 50:10

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

“The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” Deuteronomy 28:13

“So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” Joshua 24:13

“If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” Job 36:11

The promises in God’s Word are true and they are for you and me. Is God going to judge this nation? Yes! I believe His judgment has started. Can we avoid feeling His full wrath and punishment for our sin and rebellion? Yes! I know in my heart that if we will repent, turn our hearts back to God and follow Him, we can escape the full fury of His wrath and punishment. I also know that if we don’t turn back to God, we will continue to see his judgment unleashed on our nation.

For those who God has protected so far, praise Him each day, serve Him each day, follow Him each day, and trust Him each day to guide you through this time. God always has key people He has set aside to play a special role in the midst of His judgment. Through Noah He preserved mankind. Through Moses He led His people out of captivity. Through Joseph His people survived the great famine in the land. All throughout human history, God has had key people, most we will never know their names, who He has strategically used even as He poured out His wrath and judgment.

The Bible says it rains on the just and the unjust. The Bible also clearly teaches that even the faithful remnant suffers along with everyone else when God sends His judgment. However, for the people of God, we have the promises of God that even in the midst of His judgment He will provide for our every need, and many examples of God’s people who prospered. Even during His judgment, we can know His peace, joy, and abundance!!!

For many who have and will lose jobs, God will give you new and better jobs. For many who have seen their businesses close, God will give you wisdom and favor to start new and better businesses. If you have been affected by the current economic crisis, rather than look at your situation with despair, look at it with hope, knowing that God has promised to meet your every need. What you are going through is an OPPORTUNITY to trust God and allow Him to not only provide for your needs, but show you new paths to prosperity- spiritually and economically!

My word for you today is to quit looking back, and look ahead. Stop worrying about the season that was, and start to prepare for the season to come. Nobody likes change, but change is part of this life. Now is the time to trust the Lord and let Him guide you into this new season of your life. He loves you and cares about you and knows your every need. He wants to bless you above and beyond anything you ever imagined or thought possible. The key is for you to trust Him and move forward so that God can open those new doors, show you those new paths.

I love you and care about you so much. For those who God has spared thus far during the economic crisis, know how blessed you are and that God is blessing you so that He can use you to be a blessing to others during this critical time. The Lord always has key people He has protected to insure His work continues, and now is the time to realize that God can really use your life during this time of judgment. God’s people understand their blessings are from above, and they have been blessed to be a blessing to others!

I know many people are struggling right now due to the economy. I want you to know that I am praying for you. God’s promises are true and He will never leave you nor forsake you and will meet every need. Not just meet your needs, but He can prosper you as well. I am praying today that you will not be discouraged by your circumstances, but ENCOURAGED by them. Even though there may be many unknowns to you, there are no unknowns to God. He is still on His throne, still in control, and He loves you. He is not going to fail you.

The key now is to exercise your faith like never before. Be like Abraham and trust Him and His promises. Walk by faith and not by sight. Be faithful each day to serve and follow Him. As you do, the Lord will not only provide, but open wonderful new doors and take you down incredible new paths. Even as He pours out His judgment on this nation for our sins and wickedness, God is going to meet your every need, and in many cases, even prosper you in ways you could never have dreamed of!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2017, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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