Honor Your Mother and Father – Part I of 2

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(Exodus 20:12)

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

Honor Your Mother and Father – Part I of 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t miss Part Two tomorrow!!!

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

Bill Keller

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Today I Am Asking for Your Prayers

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(1 Corinthians 1:9)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for meeting my daily needs as you have promised in your Word. I look to you and your alone for my sustenance through life, and thank you for your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds you entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: http://www.liveprayer.com under the “Donation” link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: bkeller@liveprayer.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.

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

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

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Being Single is Okay

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(Romans 12:12; Luke 21:19)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, even though we have no right to ask, please continue to watch over this nation. Thank you for showing us the clear signs of destruction our sin and rebellion have heaped upon our land. I pray today that as a nation we will turn back to you and your Truth. Give me strength as days of persecution are upon us, and let me stand proud and strong for you and your Kingdom. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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Driving Out the Sin in Your Life

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(Numbers 33:50-56)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Keller

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Living Together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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A Short and Simple Word for You Today

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(Deuteronomy 7:8; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4-5)

***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!

This is a very short and simple word for YOU today, but powerful in its truth! Many days we get so consumed with our lives that we lose sight of just how special we are. Life is filled with many problems, and because of those problems, we sometimes get down and blame ourselves. Not a day goes by that we don?t fail in some way, and so many people tend to live in self-condemnation. Let me encourage you today that God created you in His own image and made each person uniquely different. No matter what you are going through, what you may have done, God still loves you and in His eyes, YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!

Forgiving others can be very difficult, especially when they have hurt us in some way. However, just as difficult, even more so, is forgiving ourselves! The Bible tell us that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. There are no perfect people. But our God is ready to forgive us and cleanse us from all our sin if we will simply confess our sins to Him and repent. My friend, you cannot change what has already been done, but you have total control over what you will do from this point forward.

I pray that this day, you will find freedom in the fact that you are special and God loves you. What may have happened in your life before is behind you. You need to stand on God?s promise that if you are willing to confess those past sins and ask His forgiveness, He will forgive you and give you a fresh slate. If our God is willing to forgive you, than isn?t it time you forgive yourself? Let today be the first day in your knowledge that you are special. God has a plan and purpose for your life. Go forward to accomplish His plan for your life knowing that you are His child and He loves you unconditionally.

I love you and care about you so much. No matter what anyone may tell you, YOU ARE SPECIAL. Special to me, but more important, special to God. HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH! I don?t care what you are facing today, what the issues may be, take a few moments out of your day and just reflect on the FACT that in God?s eyes?YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!

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

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

Modesty

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(1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3-4; Isaiah 3:16-24)

***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!

This is a Devotional that is long overdue and one I have prayed over for many weeks prior to sending it out. It is important that you read ALL of it, and not take one part out of context. This is not only a legitimate issue, but one the church has quit preaching on for fear of offending people. I pray that the Holy Spirit will open your ears to hear all God is saying to you about this issue of the clothing a woman wears.

In dealing with this topic, we have to go to God’s Word, our final authority in all issues. The key word I want you to hear throughout this Devotional is “modesty.” The key verse is found in 1 Timothy 2:9 where the Word says, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety.” I am fully aware that our present culture teaches the exact opposite which is why this message today is so critical. As I have stated often, for the child of God we are to live UP to the standards of God, and not DOWN to the standards of this world.

Let me make this first point perfectly clear. The moment you die and are standing before God, the only garment He is going to be interested in is to see if you are wearing the white robe of righteousness that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior. THAT is the only garment God is concerned about. It is your heart God will judge, not your wardrobe. This issue of dress is one of spiritual maturity, being more like Christ, having a desire to be the most effective servant of our Lord that you can be during this life.

In some churches, they have made it part of their rules for women to be dressed in certain ways. While I respect the heart and intention of these churches, they are not Biblically accurate. It is critical in studying the Bible that you understand the social and cultural issues involved in a passage as well as what God is saying.

In giving the Law, God talks about how a woman is not supposed to dress as a man nor a man as a woman. While we are no longer under the Old Testament Law, it is a good reminder that even though men and women are 100% equal, they are also each unique with different roles to play. God also knew how bad a man would look in a dress.

As fashions have changed over the years, there are lots of clothing like blue jeans, t-shirts, sports jerseys, mostly casual clothing both men and women wear. When it comes to more formal dress, it is very obvious that the pants a woman might wear are very different than the pants a man would wear. It takes nothing away from a woman being a woman by wearing this type of clothing and is NOT what the Bible was speaking against, even in the Old Testament Law. So churches that force a woman to wear a dress are taking an extreme and unBiblical position.

The other issue the Bible speaks of in this area is hair and jewelry. Again, it is CRITICAL to understand the cultural and social issues involved at the time these passages were written. In the days the New Testament was written, Greek and Roman women were little more than property. They found their worth in their clothing, in their hair, and in their jewelry. Of course, as they came to know Christ as their Savior, they brought this part of their life into the church.

Peter helped these women understand where their true worth was found in 1 Peter Chapter 3. These words are just as applicable today as many women are in the same trap the women of that day were in. Trying to find their worth in the fashion of the day, the hairstyle of the moment, and the endless array of jewelry that is as close as your local mall or t.v. shopping channel. Peter said, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Let me come back to the word I want you to clearly hear today, and that is modesty. There is nothing wrong about dressing in a way to feel good about yourself. But the question is, do I feel good about myself because of what I am wearing, or who I am in Christ? Do I get my worth from how other people view me, or how God views me? Do I dress to impress others, or impress God? These are important questions you need to ask yourself.

There are two important Biblical principles I want you to be aware of. One is avoiding the appearance of evil, and the other is to not be a stumbling block. The world sends the exact OPPOSITE message. Appear evil and do your best to be a stumbling block. The media feeds women a steady diet of lies from the pits of hell of how a woman should dress from the music, television, and movie industries.

Don’t you realize when you dress like any of the current stars, you are sending a message that you are for sale? Just as bad, men are visual creatures. There are VERY FEW men on the face of this earth that don’t struggle with lust. Don’t you realize when you dress provocatively, you are being a stumbling block to men? Why give someone the false impression you are not a Godly woman just because of what you wear? Why cause a man to sin by lusting after you because of what you wear?

Pray about what you wear when you are out socially, pray about what you wear when you go to work, and please, PRAY ABOUT WHAT YOU WEAR WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH! When in doubt, remember Paul’s admonition, MODESTY.

I love you and care about you so much. This message today is about maturing in Christ, being a real woman of God. Like many of the women in the early church, there are many women that may be young in the Lord who simply don’t know they need to change the way they dress. That is why older women of the faith need to be involved in the lives of younger women. That is Biblical, by the way, to help them know how God expects them to live, and act, and what to wear. – (Titus 2:4)

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will speak to you through these words. Please don’t misunderstand this message. There is NOTHING wrong with a woman wearing nice clothes, looking her best, having her hair done nicely, or wearing jewelry. Simply be cognizant that in what you wear you do not give the “appearance of evil,” or are a stumbling block to others. The key is to know that your worth to God is not in what you wear on the outside, but in who you are on the inside. It is not your clothes God will judge, it is your heart!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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