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

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

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

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

Falling off the Wagon!!!

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(1 Corinthians 10:12)

**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!

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

You have a battle with alcohol and promise the Lord you will stop drinking, 12 days later you drink. You have a battle with prescription drugs and promise the Lord you will quit, 4 days later you take some more. You have a battle with pornography and vow to the Lord you won’t look at porn any more, 17 days later you are looking at porn. You have a battle with your weight and tell the Lord no more sweets, 2 nights later you are sitting at your kitchen table eating a quart of Haagen Dazs. You have a battle with smoking and finally tell the Lord you won’t smoke again, 24 days later you are having a cigarette. What do you do when you decide once and for all to take a stand over whatever bondage you may be battling in your life, to start living in victory over that bondage, and then fall off the wagon?

When you fall off the wagon, you feel like a failure. You are consumed with guilt and shame. You can’t believe after you did so good you fell. You are disgusted with yourself for being so weak. You know in your heart you not only let the Lord down, but broke your promise to Him. On top of all of those feelings and emotions, here comes your old buddy the devil to pour salt in the fresh wound. He reemphasizes what a failure you are, how you lied to Jesus and now He wants nothing to do with you, that whatever goes wrong in your life is God punishing you for falling, how the Bible is lie otherwise you would have been delivered from this bondage, that it is OK to give in to your carnal urges, God really doesn’t expect you to be perfect, and oh yes the best of all, you aren’t really saved or you wouldn’t sin like that.

WOW, are you still with me or did you stop reading and delete this already? The fact is, EVERYONE needs to hang in there and get through this message today since EVERYONE has bondages that we fight throughout the course of our life. Just so you know, lying is as much of a bondage as drugs. Gossiping is as much of a bondage as homosexuality. Anger is as much of a bondage as alcohol. Being mean to people is as much of a bondage as pornography. The fact is, we all have bondages in our life. Some people may not be fighting the more visible and popular bondages, but anything that is keeping you from being like Jesus and living in obedience to God’s Word is a bondage!

Since we all fight different bondages during our life, it is critical to talk about what happens when we fall off the wagon or fail since that is part of the battle. Let me say right up front, when you fail it doesn’t mean you don’t love the Lord or aren’t really saved, it simply means your flesh is weak. Paul summed up this classic battle between our flesh and the Spirit in Romans 7 when he stated that, “He did the things he didn’t want to do and didn’t do the things he wanted to do.” My friend, we are men and women of flesh and blood. Our flesh is weak. Failure is part of the human experience.

Does that make is OK to sin? OF COURSE NOT! Is it an excuse to sin? OF COURSE NOT! Does it mean we are doomed to failure? OF COURSE NOT! It simply means that in the course of battling with whatever bondage you may be dealing with, you may have a moment of weakness and fail God. What I want to do today is share with you how to respond to your failure. What do you do when you fall off the wagon?

The first thing you do is go to God and ask Him to forgive you. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. After you go to God and confess your sins, asking Him to forgive you, the next step is to go back to living in victory over your bondage as you were before you fell. It is the old adage of when you fall off a horse get right back on. Don’t ever forget, you have an enemy that wants to see you fail, that takes delight when you fail. If you do fall off the wagon, ask the Lord’s forgiveness and then get right back to living in victory and freedom over your bondage.

This is where your faith has to take over and becomes so important. You have to realize that even though your bondage is in the natural, what you are really fighting is a spiritual battle. While you need to have the practical day-to-day pieces in place to live in victory, things like being accountable to others, staying away from people, places, or things that could cause you to fall, working hard to keep from being in a position to be tempted, you also have to work on the spiritual aspects of walking in victory. The Bible tells us that our battles are NOT against flesh and blood, but they are spiritual.

That is why we have to be praying every day, all throughout the day. We have to be in the Word of God every day, taking time to study and meditate on His Truth. We have to be part of a local church to be fed and grow spiritually, to have fellowship with other Believers, to serve the Lord. These are the basics we have to be doing to stay connected to the Lord each day and stay strong spiritually. We already know our flesh is weak, so we can never lose sight that it is a constant daily battle to live in victory. We can never take for granted that we have won and are safe, since the second we stop doing the things necessary to keep our faith strong, that is when we will fall.

Today’s anchor verse from 1 Corinthians is the key. We can never stop doing the things we must do to stay strong spiritually or we will fail God. I know in my own life as I have worked to overcome different bondages in my life, to try to become more like Jesus each day, when I am not praying as hard as I should, or when I am not reading and studying the Word like I should, or when I am not doing all the things to stay strong spiritually that I should, that is when I fail God. When you stop doing all the things you need to do each day to stay strong spiritually, that is when you will fall off the wagon.

I love you and care about you so much. Everyone reading these words today knows what it is like to fight some bondage in your life, get victory for a period of time, then fail. That is part of life my friend. The Book of First John was written to Believers and tells us that if we say we don’t sin then we are a liar. God doesn’t stop loving you or caring about you. His promises didn’t change, they are still true. YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR IN CHRIST JESUS! My word for you today is that when you are in the battle over some bondage in your life and fall off the wagon, go to God and tell Him you are sorry and then get back on that road to victory!

Don’t waste precious time having a pity party and being discouraged. Don’t sit there and listen to satan lie to you. Get back to doing the practical and spiritual things you need to do in your life each day and start enjoying the great feeling it is to live your life in obedience to God and His Word and in victory over those weaknesses in your life. God has much work for you to do, so the quicker you get back to walking on the road of victory, the quicker you can get back to fulfilling your purpose in this life which is to serve and glorify Him!

I will be praying for you today. Praying especially for those who have fallen off the wagon. God is a God of restoration and He wants to restore you today so that you can not only live in victory over your bondage, but know the peace and joy of your relationship with Him. We all wish we could go back and do things different in our life but that is not reality. The reality is if you have fallen off the wagon it is time to get up, dust yourself off, and get back into that close, intimate daily walk with the Lord so that you are operating in His strength and not your own. In your strength it is only a matter of time before you fail. In His strength, you will not fail but live in VICTORY!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Most People aren’t Prepared for Major Spiritual Attacks in their Life

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(1 John 4:4; James 2:17; Ephesians 6:13-17; Psalms 68:19)

***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!!!

Most people aren’t prepared for major spiritual attacks in their life, nor are they prepared for major blessings in their life! This is a mature word for you today, so I suggest you take a few moments to clear your head and open your heart to receive what God is trying to tell you in this message. Every day I deal with so many people who find themselves under tremendous attack spiritually. Most of them are not prepared in any way for the onslaught of the destruction satan brings into their lives.

When the attacks are over, their lives look like those horrible pictures of Pearl Harbor after the Japanese sneak attack on December 7, 1941. Likewise, I deal daily with people who have been blessed abundantly, and are just as unprepared to deal with all of God’s blessings as those who are unprepared to deal with major spiritual attacks.

Let me give you a personal observation from dealing with millions of people over 21 years of ministry. Most people CHOOSE to stay on the sidelines because it is safe there. The fact is, they don’t really want to be abundantly blessed and they really don’t want to suffer major spiritual attacks. They SAY they want to be abundantly blessed, but don’t want to pay the price to receive and be responsible for those blessings.

They also live their lives defensively to try and avoid any major spiritual attacks. So they have found the safest place is the sidelines. Sitting in a pew on Sunday morning, attending a few Christian events during the year, going to an occasional Bible study, helping out here and there, but for the most part keeping their heads down and just trying to be “safe.”

Here is the problem with that strategy….IT DOESN’T WORK! Here is another problem…it goes against God’s Word! God never expected His children to be passive in their faith, but ACTIVE! Many people totally misunderstand James 2:17, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” This is NOT a passage declaring you have to have good works to be saved. Quite the contrary. It is a passage written to Believers stating that good works flow FROM your salvation.

In other words, if you have truly accepted Christ into your heart and life by faith, if you have been “born again,” it is natural that good works will flow from your life! GOOD WORKS CAN’T FLOW FROM YOUR LIFE IF YOU ARE SITTING ON THE SIDELINES!

Over and over in the Gospels, we have the exhortation from Jesus to “be about our Father’s business.” We are told to “go out and preach the Gospel,” and to “bring in the lost and hurting.” Many parables are about investing our gifts and talents in serving the Lord. It is clear that God’s Word doesn’t suggest, but COMMANDS Believers to be active in their faith by serving God. As a matter of fact, the general purpose for all of us is to serve and glorify God with our lives. Service is an action word. YOU CAN’T SERVE GOD IF YOU ARE SITTING ON THE SIDELINES!

I realize that a big reason so many Believers are on the sidelines is that they don’t want to deal with the major spiritual attacks that come from serving the Lord. Many have stepped out to serve the Lord and been attacked and immediately retreated. That is exactly what satan wants. He wants to scare you into doing nothing. The reality is, you are going to be attacked whether you are serving the Lord or just sitting on the sidelines.

So you might as well obey God and serve Him and simply prepare yourself for the attacks you know will be coming. After a while, you will not only get used to the attacks, but see them coming since satan is really not very creative. You’ll get to know his entire arsenal pretty quick. That doesn’t mean you can let your guard down, only that you will be ready for him when he comes after you.

Satan will attack you personally. We ALL have weak areas in our life. By trial and error, satan WILL eventually find yours. Constantly shore up those weak areas in your life since it is a guarantee that he will come after you hard in those areas. Satan will attack you through those people you are closest to in this life, your spouse, your children, your parents, your siblings, other family members and friends. Satan will attack you through your finances.

Trust me when I tell you, satan can attack you through your finances whether you have just a little money or vast amounts of resources. Satan will attack you through your health. We will all die one day, and most of our bodies will experience breakdowns along the way. Satan will attack you through your school, employment, and hobbies. Suffice it to say, there is not one area of your life that satan will not attack you.

Listen my friend, God knew that when you chose to follow and serve Him that the enemy would come after you. That is why He has given us that great promise in 1 John 4:4 that “greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” That simply means that the power of the Holy Spirit that indwells every Believer, is greater than the power of satan who is attacking you. We also have the “armor of God” found in Ephesians chapter 6. Again, God knew that those who served Him would come under attack, and has given His children all they would need to withstand the attacks from satan and press forward in their service to Him. It is not a mater of if satan will attack, only when, in what area, and how hard.

Just like most people aren’t prepared for the major attacks from satan, believe it or not, most people aren’t prepared for the major blessings from God in their life! Blessings require accountability and responsibility. God will hold us accountable for our blessings, meaning we are responsible for how we appropriate those blessings.

Do we simply hoard our blessings like some miser holding onto his first dollar? Or do we share our blessings, knowing that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others? Just like we can’t escape the attacks from satan, we can’t escape the rich blessings from God. Let me say that once more since I know that went right by most. Just like we can’t escape the attacks from satan, we can’t escape the blessings from God!!!

God LOVES to bless His children. God blesses us despite ourselves, even though we don’t deserve them! When we are faithful, when we are obedient, when we are honoring God with our lives, God will bless us above and beyond anything we ever could imagine. Those blessings require us to take an even bigger stand for the Lord. Those blessings force us to an even greater level of commitment in serving Christ.

Whatever we may have done yesterday for the Lord isn’t enough any longer. Because of God’s abundant blessings, we have to do more. My friend, no matter what you have done for the Lord in the past, no matter what you are doing for the Lord today, YOU CAN ALWAYS DO MORE TOMORROW! GOD’S BLESSINGS ON OUR LIFE REQUIRE US TO DO MORE!

I love you and care about you so much. Here is my word for you today, please hear me. If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life by faith, you are COMMANDED and REQUIRED to serve Him with your life. Your life is no longer your own, it belongs to Him. Sitting on the sidelines is NOT an option. That means you will come under attack. Be prepared for it. God has given you all you need to withstand the attacks of satan.

Just know going in that he is going to come after you, but that God is watching over you and will protect you. That is why staying close to the Lord through His Word, through prayer is so important each day. That is why following God’s Word in how we live our lives each day is critical. Satan is already going to come after you, so don’t help him by opening the door through sin.

By following the Lord in your life, that also means you are going to be blessed, above and beyond what you ever imagined. Be prepared for it. Know that with God’s blessings comes a responsibility to be a good steward over those blessings. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. As we walk in obedience to the Lord, faithfully serving Him, God will bless us so that we are able to serve Him in greater ways. The more we serve the more blessings we will receive, the more blessings we receive the more we must serve. There is no limit to God’s blessings and there is no limit to our ability to serve Him.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will not be afraid of satan’s attacks in your life, but be prepared for them. They are a sign that you are a threat to the enemy. God will protect you! I will also be praying that you will be prepared for God’s richest blessings in your life as you faithfully serve and follow Him. Receive His blessings as an encouragement to press in deeper into your own daily walk with the Lord as well as your service to Him. Blessings are a gift from God and His way of saying “well done thou good and faithful servant” even now during this life as you honor Him with your service.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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

Helping Others

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(Psalms 41:1-3)

*DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know that it is your desire that ALL come to repentance, that none be lost. Please give me a passion for souls. Help me to look at each person and never forget that they are created in your image, that one day they will die, and they have an eternal soul. Take away any fear, any hesitancy, to share the hope we have in Jesus with those people you bring into my life. Let me never forget that without Jesus, their soul will be lost for all eternity and do my part to share with them how they can have everlasting life through faith in Jesus who died for their sins. It is in the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Helping others. Like sharing our faith, helping others is not an option. It is something that all throughout God’s Word we are told to do. When you read over and over throughout the Bible a certain command or way we should live, God is doing that for emphasis. In many passages in the Old and New Testament, God tells us to help others. As a matter of fact, Jesus says that the great commandment is to treat others as we would ourselves.

So often in this selfish, self-centered world in which we live, it is easy to focus on ourselves to the extent we neglect the hurts and needs of others. I want to challenge you today to think about someone in your life, maybe a family member, a co-worker, or schoolmate, who could use a kind word or some help in their life. Reach out to that person. I have said many times that the most effective witness is not what you say, but how you live your life. Reach out in love and kindness and let them see Jesus in you.

One of the most exciting things that has happened on Liveprayer.com has been the effect of these daily devotionals. So much of what we hear in church and in different situations makes sense, but has little relevance to our own life. My number one objective each morning as I sit down to write these devotionals, is for God to give me the words to touch someone’s life that day. Make it practical, real life, biblically-based, and about the daily struggles and challenges we face not only as Christians, but as real live human beings.

One way to bless someone today would be to sign them up to start receiving this daily devotional. So many have said, “I don’t know who signed me up, but I am so grateful.” Many have signed up their family members, their bible study group, and their youth group. All you have to do is go to our website, http://www.liveprayer.com and hit the daily devotional button, and you can sign up anyone you wish, as many as you wish. I would encourage you today to think about someone in your life that could use the daily encouragement, Biblical direction on real-life issues we all face.

God has a perfect plan for each one of our lives. Some of that plan applies to all of us who know Jesus as our personal Savior. We all have the commandment to help others. That is the whole reason for http://www.liveprayer.com to be a place on the Internet where people can find help and hope in their time of need.

I love you and care about you so much. I want to really encourage you today to take very seriously God’s direction for us to be a blessing to others. He blesses you so you can bless others. Take time today to reach out to someone you know and be a blessing. It doesn’t have to be a major act. Sometimes that kind word of encouragement can make all the difference in the world.

Thank you so much for being part of this great work of God. I pray for you and am concerned about your needs. No one person can touch everyone, but God gives us each a sphere of influence and people to minister to. I take this responsibility very seriously. I pray that this will be a special day for you as you reach out to someone in need and let them know that there is hope, that they aren’t alone, and that Jesus loves them.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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When God Allows Doors to Shut in Your Life

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(Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)

***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!

When God allows doors to shut in your life. With the economic problems over the past year, we are dealing daily with more and more people who have lost their job and those who are dealing with great financial hardships. We always receive emails for prayer every day from people who need employment, people who need financial needs met. However, what we are dealing with in increasing numbers are people who have lost their job after 5, 10, 20, even 30 years of employment. We are also dealing with people who up until recently have never dealt with economic problems in their own home.

Many of these people we are dealing with each day had their own businesses that had been successful for many years. However, due to the economic problems our nation is currently dealing with, they have had to close their business, or have been operating at a loss for many months now with no idea how they will be able to hold on much longer. Many of these business owners are dealing with the frustration of having to let their employees go, feeling as if they have let them down. If this is not you today, it may be you tomorrow, so please let God speak to your heart through these words today.

Today, I have a very practical word for you, especially those who are out of work, those who are struggling financially, those who are business owners and have either had to shut down or are just barely hanging on. First of all, never forget that the Lord loves you and He knows your pain and He knows your needs. He is with you each step of the way, even though you may feel like He has abandoned you in your darkest hour. That is a lie from the pits of hell. Jesus promised to never leave you nor forsake you. He will see you through these difficult days.

Life is made up of seasons. The older you get, the easier it is to look back on your life and see those clearly defined seasons. You can see them begin and end. Nothing happens in our life that God doesn’t allow to happen. That is often hard to swallow, especially when we are facing hard times. It is interesting that very few people question why God allows the good things to happen to us along our journey through this life, but will always question God when we are faced with difficult circumstances.

Obviously, every person’s situation and circumstances is unique. However, let me give you some counsel today that may help you, especially if you are out of work, if you are dealing with economic hardships, if you have a business that has closed or is just barely getting by. We get comfortable with our life. We get comfortable with our job. We get comfortable in making the money we need to live. We get comfortable with how our life operates. We get used to the way we live. When something changes, we lose that comfort level. Most people don’t like change.

So when we lose our job, or when we can’t pay our bills, or when our business is failing, it turns our life upside down. People instinctively seek the Lord in prayer for their job, for their finances, for their business. That is natural. They pray for God to basically put things back the way they were. This is really critical, so please don’t miss this. When we are faced with major changes in our life, we pray and seek the Lord to fix the problem and want things to be the way they were because nobody really likes change. People pray and try to hang on to things as they used to be.

I want you to know today that often things happen in our life because God is allowing one season to end and a new season to begin. Never forget, He loves you and cares about you. He loves to bless His children and only wants the best for you. He often is allowing one season to end and a new season to begin so He can bless you more than you have ever known. Sadly, most people would rather keep things the way they are since that is what they are comfortable with, when God is trying to change things so He can bless you in a greater way!

When we lose our job, when we are having financial difficulties, when we have a failing business, most people need outside counsel. It is their life and because they are so invested in things the way they are, they can’t see anything else. Often it takes an outside pair of eyes from someone who knows the Lord to give you wise counsel and to help you see other paths that you may not be even thinking about. We are so focused on how we want things done and how we want God to move, we often don’t even see or consider other paths. Having wise counsel from the outside can often help us see that there are options we never even considered, ways to get things done we simply haven’t thought of.

In many cases, it is as simple as God closing the door on a season in your life in order to move you into a new and better season. He may allow you to lose your job so He can give you a better job. He may allow you to suffer financial hardships to help you reorganize the financial side of your life so that you can move forward and as He blesses you, make you a better and wiser steward of what He entrust into your care. He may allow a business it fail so that you can start an even better business or possibly so that God can move you in a totally new direction that in the past was impossible because of your commitment to your business.

I love you and care about you so much. Every day we see people out of work get new jobs. Often they are in different fields. Sometimes they are not as good as their old job in the beginning, but as time goes on, they may offer great opportunities and blessings. Daily we see people struggling financially. God gives them favor and wisdom to make it through their struggles, and as time goes on, they are blessed and become wise stewards over their finances. I am dealing daily with business people who lost one business, but started a better one. I am also dealing with business people who God has moved into other endeavors, some into full time ministry.

What I want you to understand today is that no matter what your situation may be, what your struggle may be, God is there with you every step of the way and is guiding you. He will often allow doors to close so that He can open new and better doors. So my word for you is to fear not, and while change is never comfortable, embrace it. Be excited by it. Life is exciting. It is also very brief. You should experience as much of life as you can, and new challenges, new opportunities, only makes your life that much more complete.

Please know that I will be praying for you today. I will be praying for those who need jobs, for those who have financial needs met, for those business owners to be blessed with new business. I will also be praying for those who are in these situations to seek wise counsel and to be open that God may be closing some doors in your life to open new and better ones. Also, be praying, since God may be allowing things to happen in your life to give you the opportunity to answer His call to full-time service.

As these last days unfold, now more than ever we need men and women who love the Lord to serve Him. God may be allowing things to happen in your life so that you can serve Him full time. Know that as you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will insure that your day to day needs are met. Open your heart to the Lord, to HIS will, to HIS plan, to what HE may want to do with your life. As you do, God will not only meet your every need, but bless you above and beyond all you could ever ask or think. He may not allow your life to be “comfortable,” but I assure you He will always meet your needs and make your life exciting!

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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