The Myth of Karma is an Attempt to Explain What Happens to Us Apart from God

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(Genesis 1:11; Galatians 6:7-9)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to always be prepared to serve you in any way that I can. My life belongs to you. I am ready, willing, and able to answer your call as I go through my life each day. Use me for your glory. I am yours! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Karma originated from the false Hindu religion and has been adopted by other false religions like Buddhism and the various New Age philosophies. It literally means deed or act, and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect that governs all life. The basic teaching of karma is that for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant depending on whether the first event was pleasant or unpleasant. Karma is a philosophy that has NO basis in truth and to be perfectly blunt, is a load of cow manure.

I have told you over and over how satan is the great perverter. Satan takes the perfect things of God and perverts them. He takes the truth of God and turns it into a lie. The TRUTH from God’s Word where the perverted lie of karma comes from is the law of sowing and reaping. We first read about it in Genesis 1:11. The foundation of the law of sowing and reaping was in agriculture. You plant seed into the ground, and in time that seed will produce a crop. This law of sowing and reaping also translates into our spiritual lives as well. The key passage is from Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia where he tells them, “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8 NIV).

I share with you often how our rebellion to God brings consequences and our obedience brings blessings. When we choose to live our lives in disobedience to God’s Word, when we choose to sin, we are then left to deal with the consequences of our sinful choices. God is not going to bless your sin. However, when we choose to live our lives in obedience to God’s Word, when we choose to obey Him, we reap the blessings of God in our life. It is God’s good pleasure to bless His children, He loves to bless us and it is our obedience that unlocks the blessings of God in our lives. That my freind is NOT karma, it is God allowing the consequences of our sinful choices and the blessings of our obedient choices to occur.

The myth of karma is an attempt to explain what happens to us during our life APART from God. In this perverted lie from satan, God is not part of the process. That fact alone exposes this false philosophy since NOTHING happens in your life, in my life, in this world apart from God. God did not just create the world and then decide to go take a walk and come back and check on things later to see how they were progressing. GOD HAS A PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING AND NOTHING HAPPENS OUTSIDE OF THAT PLAN AND PURPOSE.

This, of course, raises the question of why do we have all of the evil and horrible things that happen in this world and in people’s lives every day. As we have discussed in the past, the evil in this world stems from the hearts of men living their lives in rebellion to God. God has permitted the evil and sin in this world for these few years in His desire to see all men come to repentance and that none be lost. We know from reading the end of the Book, there is coming a day very soon when God will step in and wipe away this world as we know it and all sin and evil will cease to exist.

One of the key passages in the Bible to understanding the mind God is found in Isaiah 55:8 and 9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” What God is saying is to quit trying to get into His head because you can’t. We simply do not have the ability to know or even begin to comprehend the mind of God. The fact is, there is no place in the Bible that says we are supposed to.

As humans, we have this insatiable desire to know “why,” and the fact is there are times in our life when we will not get the answer to that question. These are the times when our faith in God must become real and while we don’t know “why,” God has a plan and purpose for everything and we have to trust Him. The interesting thing I see in my life and the lives of others is that we never ask God “why” when good things happen to us, only the bad things. Take a moment and think on that one with me. When was the last time something wonderful happened in your life and you asked God “why?” Probably never. It is almost exclusively when the tragic things happen to us that we are asking God “why?”

I love you and care about you so much. There is no such thing as karma. It is a philosophy born out of the false religions to try and explain the things that happen in our life and is nothing more than a perversion of God’s law of sowing and reaping. Let me tell you something else that doesn’t exist, and that is LUCK. I know I am bursting many bubbles today but luck is a perverted concept of chance that doesn’t exist so take that word out of your vocabulary. The reason karma and luck don’t exist is that they operate apart from God and NOTHING happens apart from God! There is nothing that happens in your life apart from God and that is why we are totally dependent upon Him.

I will be praying for you today. Praying for the Lord to keep you focused on the fact that in this life, God is on His throne at all times. He doesn’t need to take bathroom breaks, He doesn’t need to leave to fix a sandwich, He doesn’t need to take a nap, OUR GOD NEVER SLEEPS NOR SLUMBERS AND HE IS ON HIS THRONE AT ALL TIMES!!! Nothing in this world or in your life happens apart from God allowing it to happen. God allows the consequences you have to deal with from your choices made in rebellion to Him, just like He blesses you for your obedience. That is NOT karma, it is God’s law of sowing and reaping found in His Word.

In his love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Do You Need 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 FEBRUARY OF 2017!

Out of the 40,000+ emails for prayer we receive every day here at Liveprayer, out of the phone calls I take 5 nights 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 2 million praise reports we have received since we started Liveprayer almost 18 years ago, are from people God has healed.

Rarely a night goes by on the TV program that a caller doesn’t share a praise report of God’s healing. Don’t forget, Jesus healed 10 lepers and only one came back to say thank you, so I have no doubt God has healed 10x more people who we never heard back from. GOD IS STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS IN FEBRUARY 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 FEBRUARY OF 2017! May you hear Him say to you, “Go, your faith has made you whole!!!”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Today is the Day the World Celebrates that Powerful Force known as Love

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(1 John 4:8)

***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!

Today is the day the world celebrates that powerful force known as love. The world focuses more on the romantic aspect of this emotion; I want to focus you on the true meaning of the word from God’s perspective. You see, God’s love, Biblical love, has an aspect that the world tries to copy but fails. That aspect is to be God’s love, the love spoken of in the Bible, and must be UNCONDITIONAL.

I can tell you right now, that in our human condition, it is impossible to love anyone unconditionally. However, when you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, when you have the strength that God imparts to you, that element is not only possible, but required of His children.

One of the common threads you will find in my Devotionals is that when you live your life and operate according to God’s plan, things will work out. However, when you rebel, ignore God’s warnings, and do it your way instead of God’s way, it never works long-term, and you end up dealing with heartache and pain that could have been avoided.

For those like me that are hardheaded and stubborn, we usually have to find this out the hard way and endure some of the worst things life has to offer, before we finally realize that if we would just submit our will to His and do it His way, we could avoid many unpleasant experiences.

Love, God’s kind of love, is no different. In a romantic sense, between a man and woman, it was intended for us to have one partner during this lifetime. While I realize that for many it is not the case, that doesn’t alter or change what God’s plan is. For those who have gone through the pain of divorce and broken relationships, you understand very well why God’s plan is the best plan. I want to encourage those young adults today to not hurry into romantic relationships so early in life.

I cannot begin to tell you the mail I get daily from young adults 13, 14, 15, and 16, who are writing because of problems with boyfriends and girlfriends. In all honesty, you have no business being romantically involved at that age.

]The biggest problem that I have seen in many years of ministry, dealing with literally tens of thousands of young adults “in love”, is that the revolving door of relationships that start FAR too young, gives people a mindset that when things don’t work out the way you like, just move on. Sadly, this mindset is carried into marriage, and when thing get difficult it becomes much easier to just walk away, as opposed to honoring the vows to your spouse, and God.

God’s plan is one man, one woman for a lifetime. Again, those who have been through multiple relationships in their life understand why that plan works so well. Patience, faith, and trusting God is the key element in establishing that God-ordained union in your life. It then puts you in a position, with the power of God living in you, to love that person the way you should, unconditionally.

Outside of the romantic arena, unconditional love is the way God expects us to over others. How can you love someone you don’t even know, unconditionally? Think about the unconditional love God showed when He gave His only son on a cross 2000 years ago for the sins of this world, for the sins of everyone, including those who mock and curse Him. That is the true test of unconditional love.

Loving someone who loves you is easy. Can you love, unconditionally love, someone who has been mean to you, done bad things to you, caused you pain and heartache. God did. How do you think God feels about those who defy Him, work against Him, and hate Him. These are the people He gave His son for. GOD LOVES THEM UNCONDITIONALLY.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray that you will think of someone today, this Valentine’s Day, who you might label as your enemy, someone you have had problems with in your life. I want you to get on your knees tonight before you go to bed and pray for that person. Pray for them and then ask God to give you unconditional love for that person. The Bible tells us to “love our enemies.” Again, that is God’s kind of love, unconditional love.

You will not even begin to know the feeling of joy and peace as you pray for that person, the blessings you will know as you love that person unconditionally. God loved you unconditionally even though you were a sinner, how can we do any less?

Make today a special day as you pray for that person in your life who has harmed you in some way, and God gives you the strength to love that person unconditionally. I will be praying today for God to give you the strength to take this step today to giving love God’s way….unconditionally.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Our Busy Lives!

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(Galatians 6:2)

Dear Lord! Today I come to you, asking you to bless the dear people who we faithfully minister to each day. I ask for your protection, that you meet their every need, and bless them and their families richly. As I have each morning for 17 years now, I commit YOUR work to you this day. May your Truth in the marketplace, lives be impacted, and souls saved….FOR YOUR GLORY! My life is in your hands and I simply ask that you use me so you are glorified!!! In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray….AMEN!!!

Every day we are so busy with our daily lives. We have our calendars set. Some are so organized that they can tell you from minute to minute each day where they will be and what they will be doing. That is good. We should be busy, and we should be organized. But did you know that somewhere in that busy schedule, you need to make some room because God has something for you to do for Him?

First of all, never forget why we are here. God created us to serve and glorify Him with our lives. If you start from that fact, then you have to realize, whatever God wants us to do for Him has to take priority over everything else. You see, God has blessed you with talents and gifts to use for His glory.

Most of the time, the job He has for us is to simply be a light in the darkness of this world. That means living a life that is pleasing and acceptable to Him and a living testimony of your faith in God to those you are around each day. Each day He brings people across your path that need a smile, a word of encouragement, someone to take a few minutes to let them know they aren’t alone. They didn’t come to you by accident, God sent them and expects you to show them His love.

We all have many problems of our own to deal with. Some are more severe than others. That is a fact of life in this sin-filled world and will never change until HE returns. The Bible teaches us clearly that if we are about His business, He will be about ours. Trust me, God can deal with your problems much better than you can.

So, why not let Him use you today, and each day to be His living witness to those He brings your way of how real the Lord is. You will not even begin to understand the blessings that flow in your life when you are fulfilling your ultimate purpose of serving Him, and those problems you left in God’s hands somehow seem to get handled.

I love you, care about you, and am praying for you today to really pay attention to the last several messages I have written. It is no accident they are about serving, witnessing, and fulfilling our God-given purpose. He loves you, and the quickest way to know the fullness of His love and blessings is to obediently follow Him.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Were You Once “On Fire” for the Lord and Just Don’t “Feel Him” Like You Once Did?

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(Hebrews 11:1)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a blessing to someone I meet today. Help me to not be so self-absorbed that I miss the opportunity to be a good witness for you. Today, I yield myself to you. Use me for your glory! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

One of the requests I get daily is from people who just don’t “feel” God. Or, they were once “on fire” for the Lord and just don’t “feel” Him like they once did. Don’t make the mistake of judging your relationship with the Lord or your service to God, based on how you feel. Our relationship with Christ isn’t an emotional experience. We accept Christ by FAITH. It is a relationship built on “faith, and not “feelings”.

Feelings will betray you since they can change from day to day, even minute to minute. Our faith, however, is not based on how we feel, but what we believe. Just like your feelings may change in regard to your spouse, parents, children, friends, it doesn’t stop them from being who they are in your life. You accepted Christ by faith. Our relationship with Him is one of faith. Just because your feelings may change, your relationship with Him does not.

As you mature in Christ, as those who have walked years with the Lord can attest, you rely less on how you might feel and more on your faith. The wonderful thing is that God is the same “yesterday, today, and forever”. God is immutable, a $5 theological term that means “unchanging”. So regardless of how you might feel, God is always the same. His promises are the same and He is the same; there are no surprises from God. He doesn’t change the rules on you at a whim. His love, His concern for you never diminishes or fades away.

The longer you walk with Christ and the better you get to know Him, the more you realize that you don’t have to rely on how you feel. You can count on your faith and what you believe to guide you through this journey, because God never changes.

For many people, this is a big hurdle to cross over, the hurdle of feelings versus faith. I will be praying for you today to really understand that you don’t have to count on the way you feel to determine your walk with Christ. It is not measured by goosebumps.

That is why I stress so much the daily time with Him, the 30 minutes or so at the start of the day in the Word and prayer. Just like you can never develop much of a relationship with your friends without actually spending time with them, so it is with your relationship with Christ. How can you have a relationship with Him, when you never spend time alone with Him?

I love you and care about you so much. Today is the day we go to church; our focus tends to be on God and the things of God. I pray that you overcome the hurdle of feelings versus faith, and really commit to having a serious relationship with Christ.

That doesn’t happen overnight, just like an earthly relationship doesn’t happen overnight. It is a day-to-day commitment. Make that commitment today. Luckily for us, He never changes, and He is waiting for you.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Many of You Today are Burdened by the Cares of this World

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(2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, guide me throughout this day. Give me your strength to be a blessing to those I meet along my journey today. Let your light in me shine brightly as I represent you during this day. I love you, and let me show that love as I live for you today. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Many of you today are burdened by the cares of this world. You have mountains in your life that are so large, you know it is only a matter of time before they crush you. You woke up this morning with a glimmer of hope, clinging to that last ounce of faith that today, maybe today, you might get that breakthrough you are looking for.

You are tired, weary, and without enough energy to go on much longer. At this moment, as much as anything, you are hoping and praying for a bit of comfort in the midst of the trials and a little rest from carrying the burdens that are weighing you down.

My friend, put your burdens down, quit thinking about the circumstances you are facing for a few minutes and let God, the One who loves you, give you His peace and comfort today!

As you know, nobody can think clearly or make wise decisions when they are weary. Many times, we compound the problems in our life by making hasty, non-prayerful decisions in the heat of the moment without thinking. Today, go to God, ask Him to comfort you, give you His peace, and His rest.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I sense in my spirit today that many of you simply need to go to the Lord today and find that rest He has promised to you.

Listen my friend, the problems you have didn’t happen overnight, and unless God decides to work a miracle, they won’t go away overnight. But know that God will help you to get victory over your problems in His perfect timing.

This is hard for me to write because I am a very motivated, action-oriented person who likes to work until the problems are solved and then rest.

But that isn’t always practical. Many times God tests us through different problems and He rarely works things out on our time schedule. One of the hardest lessons for me to learn was that there are days and times when I just need to stop, relax, and let God comfort me for a while and carry my burdens.

What this really boils down to, my friend, is an issue of faith. We are so worried and work so hard in our own strength that we drive ourselves crazy due to a lack of faith. Faith is simply believing God can and will do exactly what He says in His Word. The reason it is hard for me to take that time of rest and enjoy the Lord’s comfort is because of a lack of faith.

I just don’t t rust God enough to work things out so I stay busy trying to do it myself. I am not saying we shouldn’t work hard, be concerned about the issues in our life, or try to work things out, but at some point we have to take a stand of faith and trust God.

I love you and am praying for you. Never lose sight that no matter what, God is still on the throne and still in control. One of the interesting parts of the scripture reference I gave you today is that God comforts you so that you, in turn, can comfort others.

Never forget that as you are about His business, God will be about your business. Often, we find that our needs have been met while we are busy caring for the needs of others. It is a powerful spiritual truth to never forget.

My prayer for you today is to take time to find God’s peace and comfort despite the problems you are facing. Go to school or work and do the things you do in a normal day but rest from the worry and concerns of your problems and circumstances. Let God give you rest today from your burdens. Let Him comfort you in the midst of your trials.

Let Him simply love you today. In addition, exercise that measure of faith He has given each one of us and start to trust Him more. Tomorrow, you will wake up fresh, rested, and with a renewed confidence in God. He promised to never leave you nor forsake you. You need to take Him at His word!.

May you find Christ’s peace, Christ’s rest, and Christ’s comfort today even in the midst of the problems and challenges that you are facing.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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How We Market Salvation to the Masses Like We Do Cell Phones and Cars

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(Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Matthew 16:24-25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank you for your blessings. I admit so much of the time I take most of them for granted, but today, I want to acknowledge your love for me and the many blessings you bestow upon me each and every day. It is easy to say thank you, but more important to thank you in how I live my life each day. Give me your strength to live my life pleasing and acceptable to you during this day. In Jesus name I pray…AMEN!

In our narcissistic, “What’s in it for me?” culture, we have learned how to market salvation to the masses like we do cell phones, cars, and hamburgers. In our zeal to win people for Christ, we have been very careful to focus on the benefits of salvation, making sure people understood all the reasons why this is a good choice, while being too afraid to tell them the WHOLE plan of salvation.

We sell salvation just like the late-night infomercials sell weight-loss pills, whipping people into an emotional frenzy by hyping all the benefits of getting saved, but never explaining to them the FULL COST of getting saved. The “fine print” in the salvation message is not what we get but what we GIVE!

I am saddened when I hear people share the Gospel, giving people an invitation to know Christ, but never really explain what a person is actually doing. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am grateful for everyone who shares the Gospel, gives people the opportunity to come to know Christ as their Savior, but my point today is that we MUST tell them the complete truth about what they are doing.

When a person makes the decision to accept Christ into their heart and life by faith, they are surrendering their life to Him. It is called giving your heart and life to Jesus because that is exactly what you are doing. From that moment on, your life no longer belongs to you, it belongs to Jesus. That is the critical part of the salvation message so many fail to tell people.

We are quick to point out that if you accept Jesus you will have the assurance of everlasting life with God your Creator. That is true. It is our faith in Christ, the One who died for our sins that allows us to be reconciled with a Holy God and know that when our brief journey through life is over we will be with Him for all eternity. We also make sure people understand the tremendous benefits of being saved.

At that moment, the Holy Spirit indwells a Believer to supply them with the power of Almighty God. By accepting Christ as your Savior you have peace and joy in your life that is impossible to know otherwise. You come to realize that your life has meaning and purpose and experience the abundance of this life that Jesus promised. All of these things are true and need to be pointed out.

It is easy to see why people would want to be saved. Most people on the planet can accept that there is a Supreme Being or God out there. It is not hard for anyone who is honest to admit they have sinned, so asking for your sins to be forgiven makes sense. Even the heathen with the hardest heart will admit that one day he will die. Everyone knows that is a day each one of us will face.

So, accepting Jesus by faith to have the assurance that when this life is over you will go to Heaven and not Hell is a logical choice to make. To also have the Holy Spirit living within you, know a special peace and joy, have a purpose in life and experience its abundance, all makes the decision to accept Christ very attractive and really something only a foolish person would turn down.

So people make that eternal choice to accept Jesus by faith and nothing really changes. They wake up the next morning in the same bed, the same house. They have the same family and friends. They go to the same school and have the same job. They have all the same problems they did the night before, and maybe even a few new ones.

They do all the same things! Even though the Bible proclaims that they are “Born again,” that they are a “New creature in Christ,” that the “Old has passed away,” their real, practical, day-to-day lives have not changed. This is why so many people who accept Christ are truly saved, but they never grow in their new faith and many of them see very little change in their life from BS (before being saved), to AS (after being saved).

The reason is when they got saved, what was left out or never really explained to them was the complete story of accepting Christ as their Savior. The part of the salvation experience that is often left out and never properly explained to people is the fact that when you accept Christ into your heart and life by faith you are giving your life to Him. It is an act of sacrifice and surrender, two words that most people want no part of.

That is why this most critical element of what it means to be saved is never really spoken about. The bottom line is, when you get saved you are surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. Your life no longer belongs to you, it belongs to the Lord. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He literally gave His life in payment for your sins, and when you get saved, you are making a sacrifice of your life to Him.

This is so important since it goes to the very core of what being a Christian, a follower of Christ, is all about. We have sacrificed, surrendered our life to Jesus. Our life is no longer our own but now belongs to Him. All we do, where we go, everything regarding our life is now in the Lord’s control. When you get saved, you are literally giving Him your life.

That is why so many who know Christ live without His peace, without His joy, without any real purpose, without the victory, because they have refused to fully surrender their lives to Him. That is why most of the false religions of the world are so popular. You simply accept their false teachings but you can still live your life anyway you want to. When you become a follower of Jesus, your very life now belongs to Him.

I love you and care about you so much. That is why even though Liveprayer reaches a massive audience each day through the Internet and on TV and we have people accepting Christ as their Savior every single day, we do our very best to first make sure they understand that in asking Jesus into their heart and life by faith they are literally surrendering their life to Him, that their life now belongs to Jesus. We send them a booklet that helps guide them in the basics of their new faith, things like reading the Bible and praying every day. We do our best to work with local churches to get people plugged in so they can be properly discipled and start to grow in their new faith.

When a person is saved, there is a supernatural change that happens to them spiritually. It is now critical for that person to understand that their life will never be the same again, that they are different now, and to help them begin the process of transforming their mind and day-to-day life to be a true follower of Christ. That doesn’t happen overnight, but over time.

It is that process of sanctification, or becoming more like Christ, that begins at the moment a person is saved and continues to their very last breath. It is vital that each person who knows Christ is not only being discipled by someone more mature in the faith at all times, but that they are giving of themselves to disciple someone who is younger in the faith at all times. We can only grow in our faith as we are helped along by those who are more mature, and we have that same responsibility to help those who are younger in the faith grow in their relationship with the Lord.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that as you share the Gospel with people like our Lord has commanded all of His children to do, that you will clearly highlight the benefits of being saved, but not leave out the fact that being saved also includes surrendering our very lives to the Lord. We are actually cheating people by NOT telling them the whole story, since our purpose in life, the fullness of our peace and joy in knowing Christ, the true abundance of this life, can never be fully experienced unless we have unconditionally surrendered our life to Christ. Getting saved is not just about what we get, but it is also about what we GIVE-our life to Jesus Christ!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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