How to Help Someone Who has Lost a Friend or Loved One

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(Luke 7:13)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, give me a passion for your Word. Give me a desire each day to read and consume your precious Word that really is a lamp unto my feet and a guide for my life. I pray each day that I can not just be a consumer of your Word, but a DOER of your Word. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

One of the questions I get daily here at Liveprayer is how to help someone who has lost a friend or loved one. When dealing with any issue, I try to first go to the Gospels and see how Jesus handled a similar situation in His life. There are several occasions when our Lord was confronted with death.

The Bible says that “he had compassion.” That gives us a roadmap. The first thing we can do for someone is simply show compassion. It is not so much what we say, but that we let them know we care. Just being there is often the best thing you can do. Of course, praying for them is critical, as is sharing with them that the only source of real comfort comes from God.

In these situations, we are often faced with the most difficult question of all, why did God allow this to happen? We obviously have no answer. There are never any good answers. The only thing that we can do is try and help them understand that God is in control, and although we may never know why something happened, it is a time to exercise our faith and trust God. Often, these can be great witnessing opportunities for those who are not saved. This is a time when many people are most open to the spiritual side of their life and are looking for meaning and purpose.

I have a personal belief after many years of ministry that one reason some people die when they do is because the Lord uses it to break through to a hardened heart and allow many to know His love. Just sharing with them that there is a Divine plan and purpose for each of us, and God loves us, can often be the comforting words someone needs to hear to help them. Ultimately, it is only God who can ease the pain and heartache a person goes through during this tragic time.

Unfortunately, there is no exact formula since everyone handles grief in a different way. Having compassion, praying, sharing the love of God are the three things that can at least be a comfort to someone in that position. I wish there were better words, more definite instruction that I could share with you to help you as you face these times in your life. Know this, God is the only source of true comfort there is. Prayer does work. Showing people the love of Christ in these difficult times can be one of the strongest witnesses you will ever give.

I will be praying for you today, that as you have the opportunity in your life to help someone through this difficult time, God will use you in a great and mighty way. It is at these times when we can really fulfill our purpose of serving Him, to allow Him to use us as an instrument of comfort to someone who is hurting. Don’t run from these opportunities, but be ready for them and embrace them.

I love you, I care about you, and I am looking forward to one day meeting each and every one of you in this life or in Heaven. Death is part of life, but for those who know Christ as their Savior, everlasting life with our Creator is our eternal destination. It will be a great day when we have a Liveprayer reunion in Glory and I get to meet each and every one of you who have made my life so special by allowing me to share our Lord with you each day!!! May you be richly blessed this day as we work together for His Kingdom!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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How to Live in Victory Not Defeat

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(Psalms 51:11; Galatians 5:16-25)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, YOU are my provider. You know my daily needs. You promised to care what I need each day for life….food, shelter, clothing. I put my trust in you. You own the cattle on a thousand hills, and I come to you today to thank you for providing for my needs in the past, and knowing my needs today. Today, I come to you, asking you to meet those needs as I glorify you for your provision. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” – (Psalms 51:11)

I believe in my heart that this word today is going to help many who read it stop struggling through life and start sailing through life! This message today is literally the difference between living in defeat and living victoriously. It is the classic battle of the flesh versus the Spirit, a battle that is impossible to win without Christ in your heart and His strength to see you through. It is sadly a battle too many Christians are losing each day, however, I am going to help you focus on this spiritual war we all fight and give you the key to insure you aren’t living your life in the flesh but in the Spirit.

On the day of Pentecost, the “promise,” the Holy Spirit of God fell and began to indwell men. From that moment on, every person who comes to know Christ as their Savior by faith receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is the power of God that resides in a Believer and enables men to do great things for God. The Holy Spirit is our guide throughout life, showing us where to go, what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. It is that presence of the Almighty that we must yield to afresh each day so that we are living our life “in the Spirit” and not “in the flesh.”

For those who know the Lord, there is nothing more comforting (the Holy Spirit is often referred to as “the Comforter”) or reassuring than knowing that the very presence of God is within you. It is the Holy Spirit that transforms mere men into powerful men of God. The Holy Spirit is what gives men the boldness to proclaim His Truth to a world that rejects that Truth. The Holy Spirit is what gives men the confidence to stand in the midst of an unbelieving world and declare that Jesus truly is “the way, the truth, and the life, and that nobody comes to the Father except thru Him.” It is the Holy Sprit that empowers men to literally give their own life for their faith in Christ.

When David cried out to the Lord for forgiveness in the powerful 51st Psalm, he begged God not to take the Holy Sprit from him. David knew that without the power of God in his life, he was nothing but a mere man of flesh and blood and that was all. It was the power of God that enabled him to be more than just a king, but an instrument of God to lead his people. Like David, when we sin and grieve the Holy Spirit we should be driven to our knees asking God to forgive us and cleanse us of our unrighteousness. Our sin hurts our relationship with God and neutralizes the power of the Holy Spirit, since for the Holy Sprit to be effective in our life we must yield to it, not rebel against it.

Today, I know many people reading this are simply struggling just to get through the day. God promised His children a life of abundance. That doesn’t mean everything will go perfect, or that we won’t have to face trials and tribulations along the way. What it does mean is that by fulfilling our purpose in serving and glorifying Him, we can know His peace and joy despite the challenges of living in this fallen and sin-filled world. Even in the midst of facing life’s problems we don’t have to struggle, but can live our life in victory. That is what I want to help you do today. I want to give you the key to not struggle through each day but sail through each day, and that is only possible by living in the Sprit and not the flesh.

(Note: This gets really good, so please pay attention. I am believing God that this special word is going to lead to a huge breakthrough in many lives today!)

Let me start by giving you a perfect contemporary example of what I am talking about. Back in the early ’90s, God raised up by His Spirit a life-changing movement that is called Promise Keepers. Through PK, tens of thousands of men worldwide have come to faith in Christ, millions of men have had their relationship with the Lord rekindled, tens of thousands of pastors have been impacted, something that could only happen by a sovereign move of God. There was a basic organization and structure, but for the most part it was simply a raw move of God’s Spirit in the hearts and lives of men across this nation and around the world.

In the late ’90s, due to its incredible success, Promise Keepers was transformed into this huge operation that took on a typical business model with district offices and representatives, a huge operations staff in Colorado, specialized people in every area, organizational flow charts, everything you would associate with a Fortune 500 company. Now please don’t misunderstand me, God calls us to be organized. We have to have some sort of structure just to operate. However, the classic trap Promise Keepers fell into is that they organized the Holy Sprit right out of the picture! At some delicate point, Promise Keepers went from being a sovereign move of God to a work of man, from being Spirit-led to being flesh-led.

PK is such a great example of what I am trying to share with you today because it still exists and still does a great work for God. Men are still being saved, lives are still being transformed, but it is no longer the Sprit-driven force it was in the beginning. It is now this very structured, polished, organized entity that has become part of the Christian landscape, doing God’s work but operating at a fraction of the effectiveness it once did. It is now more of a work of the flesh than of the Sprit. That is the point I am making. When we are being led by the arm of flesh instead of the arm of God, even when we love and serve God we rarely experience the raw power of the Holy Spirit since that is only possible when it is 100% HIM and none of US.

This is the same problem so many of our mainline churches experience today. Once great and powerful moves of God’s Holy Sprit, most have now become institutionalized monuments where everyone is welcome EXCEPT God’s Sprit! Churches that decades ago preached the uncompromised Truth of God’s Word, now openly accept, endorse, and condone sins like homosexuality and killing babies. Churches that were born out of the commitment of great men led by God’s Holy Sprit, are now led by men who know the name of Jesus but some don’t even have a personal relationship with Him. Most of our mainline denominations are classic examples of what I am talking about today in regard to being a move of the flesh as opposed to a move of the Sprit.

This is also exactly where the VAST MAJORITY of Christians are at in their life today. Their lives are led by the flesh and not the Spirit. They struggle because they operate in the flesh and not the Spirit. Life is hard because they are living in their strength and not His strength. They can’t get victory in their life because they are trusting in their self and not in God. This word today can literally transform your life if you will hear it. As long as you continue to operate in the flesh you will continue to live without the power that is available to you through the Holy Spirit. You will be like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, having the power of the ruby slippers but never using it.

A popular term in sports is “safe is death.” It simply means if you play safe, if you play not to lose, you will lose. You have to play to win. You have to give it everything you have and not hold anything back. Life is the same my friend. Only instead of “safe is death,” “flesh is death!” If you live your life in the flesh you can never win. You need to yield to the Holy Sprit and allow God to control your life. You need to get up each day, treat each day like the gift from God it is and give it everything that you have. You will never see victory in your life if you are operating in the flesh instead of the Spirit. Everyone wants to win, but the only ones who do are those who yield their life completely to the Holy Spirit. You will never win in the flesh, and you can’t lose in the Sprit!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I know the difference in many of you seeing your life change from one of constant struggles to constant victories is to stop living in your flesh and start living in His Spirit. You do that by making the conscious choice each day as you wake up to trust God with your life that day. You make the conscious decision that you will seek after HIS will and not your will. You give your life afresh to Him as you begin your day. You tell God that your life belongs to Him and to use you for His glory this day. This is not something that you do once at an altar and never do again. It is something that we have to do at the start of each and every day. The difference in a life of struggles and a life of victories is whether you are living in the flesh or in the Spirit.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will hear this message and apply it to your life. You have to practice at trusting God. Satan will tell you that you can do it on your own, that you only need God for the “big things.” LIAR! YOU NEED GOD IN ALL THINGS! The goal is to be yielded to His Spirit literally 24/7 so that it is not you, but Him. Yield yourself to the Spirit of the living God that resides within you, let the Holy Spirit have His perfect way with you, and you will know the true peace, the true joy, and the true abundance God has promised you in His Word. You can struggle through this life operating in your flesh, or you can sail through life operating in the Spirit.

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

Bill Keller

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The Real Message of the Book of Job

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(The Book of Job)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, as I face the trials of life today give me your strength. The world may come against me, try to beat me down, but my faith will not waiver. I will still praise you even in the valley. I will praise you in the morning, at noon, and during the night. Nothing can separate me from you and your love, and it is your love that will see me through the challenges I face today. In the name of Jesus…AMEN!

The real message of the book of Job is: 1) don’t quit on God, and 2) don’t quit on yourself! Job has always been the classic example that God gave to us, to help us deal with the very real trials and tribulations of day to day life that we all face. One of the great insights that God shares with us in Job is where these trials and tribulations stem from. When we sin against God, when we rebel, there are ALWAYS consequences.

Sometimes those consequences are more severe than at other times. The important thing to never forget is that sin always has a price, a HIGH PRICE. Yes, we have the precious promise in 1 John 1:9 that when we sin, if we confess our sins to God He will forgive us and bring us back into fellowship. But we still have to deal with the real life consequences of our rebellious choices!

However, what about when horrible things happen to us when we didn’t do anything wrong? What about the great question that is often asked, “Why do bad things to happen to good people?” You see, the “bad things” that happen in this world are a result of sin in the world. God is NOT the author of sin, rebellious man is. Satan is the cheerleader and encourager of man’s rebellion towards God. It is the sin in the world that is responsible for the evil and “bad things” that we experience in our life.

We get an incredible transcript in Job Chapters 1 and 2 of satan and God in conversation about Job. Note for the record, it is satan who has to get God’s permission in order to do anything! While God clearly allowed the horrible things that happened to Job to take place, He also stepped in and would not allow Job to die.

UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN GOD STEPS IN AND BRINGS THIS WORLD, AS WE KNOW IT, TO AN END, BAD THINGS WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE REBELLION AND SINFULNESS OF MAN!

There is little doubt to me that satan decided to “attack” Job because of his faithfulness towards, and love of God. I am sure he took it as a challenge to try and get Job to curse and denounce God. Because of his dedicated life to God, Job was a “light” to those he encountered in his day to day life and the spiritual head of his family. Satan realizes that by bringing down the most faithful, it has a domino effect. When people see a man or woman of God, someone that is in a leadership position fall, it can cause many of those who are not as strong in their faith to fall as well.

Let this be a lesson to not only prepare for, but EXPECT the enemy to attack you full force on every front that you can imagine whenever you are walking close to God and allowing Him to use your life to bless others. Let me repeat this, read it carefully. Let this be a lesson to not only prepare for, but EXPECT the enemy to attack you full force on every front that you can imagine whenever you are walking close to God and allowing Him to use your life to bless others. When you are not doing anything for God, you are not a threat to satan. When you are serving the Lord, satan will do his best to bring you down. That is why the Bible clearly tells us that our battle is NOT of flesh and blood, but it is a SPIRITUAL BATTLE!

Job gives us the road map to fighting whatever battles satan can throw us. First of all, DO NOT GIVE UP ON GOD. When we are under attack, we have to press into God even more than we normally would. The natural reaction is to pull away from God, to question God, to grumble. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SATAN WANTS YOU TO DO! The further he can get you from God, the harder he can hit you, and the more chance he has of taking you down.

While we will never fully understand WHY God allowed the “bad things” to happen, know that He is not the author, and it is the sin in this world that is the genesis of all evil we face in our lives. Never forget that satan is NOT a cartoon character, but a very being that the Bible clearly tells us is here to KILL, STEAL, AND DESTROY. You don’t need much more warning than that. When the attacks come, DO NOT GIVE UP ON GOD!

Secondly, DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. We still live in this real world. When I read the last chapters of Job and how God so richly blessed him with a new family, a greater business than the one that he lost, one thing is clearly evident to me. AFTER ALL OF THE HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPENED TO HIM, JOB DIDN’T LAY IN HIS BED EVERY DAY HAVING A PITY PARTY FOR HIMSELF!

To have this great new family, Job had to put the time and effort into building a new Godly family. To have this business greater than before he had to get out, work hard, make wise choices in his business dealings, and allow his business to grow just like any business does. While we read in the end how God richly blessed Job, it didn’t happen overnight, but over a period of time, and it happened because Job DID NOT GIVE UP ON HIMSELF!

I love you and care about you so much. My heart breaks each day as I get the breakdown of the 40,000 some prayer requests that we get each day. So many of the requests are from people like Job. People who have had horrible things happen to their marriage, to their children, to their jobs, to their health. They email me crying out for prayer, for answers, wondering where God is.

Jesus said it best just hours before going to the cross. One of the last things He told those He was closest to was that in this world, you will have trials, you would have tribulation. You see, Jesus didn’t want them to be fooled into thinking that just because they had a personal relationship with Him their life would be easy. As a matter of fact, quite the opposite would be true. So, out of His love for them He tired to prepare them for the battles that they would face because of the sin in this world and because of their faith in Him. But He also gave them these reassuring words, “But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

So, as you face the day-to-day trials and tribulations of this life, and as the enemy attacks you, never forget the example of Job. DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD and DON’T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. Most importantly, “Be of good cheer; for JESUS has overcome this world!”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Following Jesus

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(Psalms 123:2, 40:1; Isaiah 40:31; James 1:4)

***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!!!

No doubt one of the most difficult things we do in our journey with the Lord is follow Him to be where He wants us to be, and doing what He wants us to be doing. I have no doubt that it is the ultimate goal of every follower of Christ, everyone that has surrendered their lives to Christ. Having that as our goal, achieving that goal is something EVERY Christian struggles with throughout their life. The million dollar question is how do we get to the exact place God wants us to be, doing the exact thing God wants us to be doing with our life each day.

To find the answer, we have to start with the big picture. Each person that lives was created with the same purpose. That is to serve and glorify God, in this life and for eternity. The starting point of being where God wants you to be, doing the things God wants you to do is in surrendering your life completely, unconditionally to Him. It is the one and only thing that God has ever asked us to do. The fact is, the Bible says that if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, it is no longer your life, it belongs to Him. So in reality, you are only surrendering to Him what is already His to begin with.

Completely surrendering our life to the Lord is one of the most difficult things for any person to do. Our flesh says NO, it is MY LIFE. Satan is there with his lie that you can give God a little bit of your life, but also keep some for yourself. Jesus said that you can’t serve two masters, you have to choose who you will serve. The fact is, it is in LOSING our life that we find it. Many people have tried living with one foot in the church, and one foot in the world. I know I did for many years. I bought into satan’s lie that I could go to church on Sunday, give the church a big check every week, do a few things on the side for God, but still keep my life and do whatever I WANTED. I am ashamed to admit that it took going to Federal Prison ( http://www.weeklyplanet.com/2003-12-04/cover.html) before I finally surrendered my life completely to the Lord.

The rich young ruler came to Jesus and when Jesus told him to give away all that he had and follow Him, to turn from the things of this world and completely surrender his life to Christ, the Bible says he went away “sorrowful?” When it came time to choose following Jesus or keeping the things of this world, he decided he could not let go of the things of this world. As Jesus said, YOU CAN’T SERVE TWO MASTERS! You can’t serve God and mammon at the same time. God isn’t impressed with our “scraps of service,” God wants our life! You will NEVER be right where God wants you to be, doing exactly what God wants you to do with your life until you first surrender your life 100% to Him?not 70%, not 80%, not 90%, not even 99% . . . 100%!!!

Once you come to that place where you completely surrender your life to Christ, the challenge then is to find out exactly where God wants you to be, and doing exactly God wants you to do in serving Him. The starting place is to determine what you have a passion for and what are you talented in. It is God that gives each person a passion for those things we love in life. It is also God that gives us our gifts and talents. That is why those young adult years are so critical. It is during those years that as we are exposed to different things, we develop a like for some things over others, and start to understand the gifts God has given to us.

GOD GIVES EVERYONE GIFTS, NATURAL ABILITY IN CERTAIN AREAS, BUT WE STILL MUST DEVELOP AND PERFECT THOSE GIFTS OVER TIME. In addition to gaining an understanding about what things in life we have a passion for, finding our what our natural gifts are, God will open and close doors during our life to guide us where HE wants us to be. Remember, there are NO coincidences with God. Nothing happens by accident. God allows events to happen in our life, allows people to come into our life, to guide us to where He wants us to be, doing what He wants us to be doing.

I love you and care about you so much. After completely surrendering our life to the Lord, the most important thing we can do is spend time with HIM each day in prayer and the Word. God speaks to us through His living Word, through that “still small voice” as we pray, in addition through other people and our circumstances. As our lives are yielded to the Lord, become empty vessels for Him to use, God WILL place you right where He wants you to be, doing exactly what He wants you to be doing.

Never forget, our life is made up of many seasons. Throughout the course of our journey God may have us doing MANY things for the Kingdom. That is why we must be close to the Lord each day, listening to Him with our spiritual ears and watching Him with our spiritual eyes. We are soldiers in HIS army, and as any soldier knows, your commander may have you fighting in one place today and somewhere totally new tomorrow.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will take time to meditate on these words. The last element is patience, WAITING ON THE LORD. Again, it is God who opens and closes doors in our life. There are times we need to be patient, wait on the Lord to not only show us a door, but open that door. The goal of every follower of Christ is to be where God wants us to be, doing what God wants us to do with our life. We achieve that goal by first surrendering our life completely to the Lord, by following those God-given passions while using the gifts He gives us, by staying in a close intimate daily relationship with Him so we can “hear” and “see” Him, and be patiently waiting on the Lord to guide us.

The ultimate in life is to wake us each day knowing you are exactly where God wants you to be and doing exactly what God wants you to be doing with your life. I will be praying for you today as you come to that place in your life.

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

Bill Keller

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Praise Reports

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(Psalms 91:15; Psalms 89:1)

One of the joys in my life is to look over some of the thousands of incredible praise reports we receive every day here at Liveprayer. Real people that had emailed us to pray about real issues in their life. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to stand in agreement with people for the needs they face during the course of their journey through life. I am always moved to see God’s grace and mercy at work in the lives of people as He answers their prayers.

Several times each year, I like to share a sampling of those praise reports with you. I do this because so many of you are facing great obstacles in your life today, and need to know God is there. The Bible proclaims that God is no respecter of persons. That simply means what God has done for someone else, He will do for you. So I want you to know today that no matter what your need is, what your problem is, what the battle you are fighting may be, God not only hears your prayers, BUT HE ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS!

Also, so many of you pray and sacrificially give to the work God is doing here at Liveprayer. I want to encourage you today as well, that your prayers, and your gifts to this work are not in vain. What we do each and every day for over 2.4 million people all over the world is only possible because you care, you pray, and you give. Let these praise reports be an encouragement to you that God is using you to make a difference in the lives of people. God is using your obedience, your faithfulness to reach those who are lost and hurting with His love and hope. May God use these praise reports today to be a blessing to you!

“I asked Brother Bill to please pray for my business. I had a lot of excellent blessings happen since then. The power of prayer is so amazing. I encourage all to pray. As it says in James, the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

“Brother Bill, Thanks for all your prayers. Things are looking up for me with my business. I found a new location with more foot traffic, and seems like a better place for me. I was struggling with not giving into worldly things, but I noticed since I’ve been taking heed to your devotionals and I’ve been aware of trying to be a better Christian, and spending more time in Prayer, my life has been more blessed and I’ve even been happier. Thank you for all you do, I don’t know if you hear that enough, but your ministry has changed my life as I’m sure it has for countless others.”

“Dear Bill Keller, I have just accepted the alter call to be born again.”

“CAMRYN IS DOING GREAT, BILL HAS PRAYED FOR HER TWICE SINCE SHE WAS BORN,SHE WAS IN HOSPITAL TWICE A WEEK BOTH TIMES. SHE GOT BACK A GOOD REPORT. SHE IS GOING TO BE FINE. PRAISE MY LORD..HE ALWAYS HEARS WHEN BILL PRAYS..THANK YOU BILL FOR PRAYING!”

“I just wanted to let everyone know that giving to the lords work really pays off. I have been giving to this ministry what little I can and every time I give the lord blesses me back ten fold.”

“I just said the sinners prayer and would like the info you talked about.”

“I got my miracle. Kodi’s brain tumour has completely gone as per a scan this afternoon. I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and healing. God bless you. One happy grandma.”

“A few weeks ago I asked for your help in prayer concerning a pension plan that I administer that was being audited by the IRS. On Friday, I spoke with the agent who told me that he had found no fault with what we had done, even though we had made some errors, and that I should expect to receive a letter saying that in a month of so. Praise God, in the name of Jesus, for protecting me and this pension plan!”

“Just wanted to let you know that God has ANSWERED our prayers and sent my husband back to me yesterday. I rejoice in this decision and praise God!! Thank You God, our most AWESOME, Heavenly Father for taking the devil’s hold off our marriage and my husband!!”

“Thank you Bill, Your mails really lifted me up when I was at a very dark place in my life some time ago!”

“Hello Sir. I like to thank you for all your prays over the past 3years and also when I was in Iraq 07-08, but now I’m heading back to Iraq in August so can you continued praying for me? Thanks Sir. Infantrymen 1st Infantry division 1-28IN Battalion(BlackLions),(Aco) Attack Company,(WarLions)2nd Platoon,3rd squad,Riflemen.”

“Thanks again for your prayers. I got the results from my surgery and they said the polyps were benign and my kidney’s looked fine. Praise God!”

“Hello my name is Justin, and I just prayed that prayer. Your video asked me to send you an e-mail telling you so, and now I have. Thank you!”

I love you and care about you so much. May these praise reports encourage you today that no matter what your problem may be, God is there for you. Also, thanks to all of my dear friends that so faithfully pray for this ministry each day and sacrificially give to keep us here. GOD IS GREATLY USING YOUR LIFE TO BRING HIS HOPE AND LOVE TO LOST AND HURTING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND OBEDIENCE!!!

All praise goes to our great God for His unconditional love for us and his endless grace and mercy. He is worthy to be praised!!!!

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

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Remain True to the Faith

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(ACTS 14:22)

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

“…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.” Acts 14:22

Remain true to the faith. Along our journey of faith, God knows when we need encouragement, when our flesh is weak and we need to be challenged to press on. I am no different than you or any other man. I have my times of weakness, my moments of doubt, those days when the battles are simply too fierce. Satan is only too happy to seize those moments as he did when Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and nights. He comes to tempt me, acting as my friend who is concerned about my well being, giving me all the justification I need to take my eyes off the prize. This is how satan will come to you as well. Listen to me carefully. SATAN IS A LIAR! HE IS NOT OUR FRIEND! HIS GOAL IS TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY….YOU AND ME!!!

Several months ago a dear friend sent me an excerpt from the writings of that great preacher and theologian from the 1800’s Charles Spurgeon. As God’s timing is always perfect, it came at a moment when I needed some encouragement. The weight of the work was extremely heavy and the flesh weary that day. I sat at my desk and read Spurgeon’s’ words and tears literally ran down my cheeks as I was read about my life, my battles, my challenges in his poignant words. I have printed out that passage he wrote and keep it with me. I refer to it often since it so perfectly sums up my life. It also perfectly sums up the life of any follower of Christ who is sold out to serve the Lord until their dying breath.

I want to share those powerful words with you today. I pray that they will inspire and encourage you as much as they have me so many days. They really sum up what this journey is all about. There is perhaps no greater challenge we have as followers of Christ than to remain true to the faith. So many over the years have been like Demas who we read about in the Book of Acts. Demas was a man serving God, but decided to turn back to the world. In those moments of temptation I often think back to the words of Peter. When asked by Jesus if he would turn away from the Lord Peter boldly responded in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!” That is why the child of God presses on, remains true to the faith. To whom shall we go?

Spurgeon writes: “Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the great Napoleon: he said, “Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must maintain me.” So, under God, dear brother in the Lord, conquest has made you what you are, and conquest must sustain you. Your motto must be, “Excelsior.” He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last, who continueth till war’s trumpet is blown no more. Perseverance is, therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to glory. “It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from this constant warfare.” Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he will whisper, “Curse God, and die.” Or he will attack your steadfastness: “What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do.” Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments: “Why do you hold to these denominational creeds? Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in with the times.” Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by His Spirit you may endure to the end.”

AMEN…AMEN….AND AMEN!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I pray today that you will pray over these powerful words, reading them over and over. They sum up so eloquently the challenge of remaining true to the faith. The challenge to not turn away from serving the Lord after a season to go back into the world. The temptation to indulge the flesh. The lies that the work you do for the Lord is all in vain and makes no difference. The physical battle of fighting weariness and fatigue. The war against apathy and political correctness. These are all very real issues those who serve the Lord must face along their journey through life as they strive to remain true to the faith.

I pray today that these words will challenge and encourage you in your personal journey. It is our steadfastness and perseverance that satan will assail. A Christian does not scare satan, however, a Christian who is steadfast and perseveres no matter what life throws his way is the enemy’s worst nightmare! I hear every day from people who tell me they have followed the exploits of Liverpayer over these many years and have been encouraged by the fact no matter what challenges come our way we keep pressing forward, faithfully serving the Lord and trusting Him each step of the way, and then see the incredible fruit from that steadfastness and perseverance. I try my best daily to set an example for you that Jesus has already won the victory, our responsibility is to simply remain true to the faith!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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Don’t Push God’s Grace

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(Acts 5:1-11)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to not take your grace for granted. I am in awe of your mercy and grace at work in my life and so thankful. Help me each day to do my best to honor you, that the unmerited favor you bestow upon me in now in vain. Thank you for this wonderful day of life. Help me to make it special since it is a day like none other and once over is gone. May my life today count for YOU! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Don’t push God’s grace. I have heard many wonderful messages on “the God of the second chance”. I have to admit that in my life, it has been the God of the “I can’t count that high” chances. I have been guilty in my life of rolling the dice and counting on God’s grace to be there. Let me share something with you today that you MUST listen to. There is NO PLACE in the bible that promises you a second chance.

The messages on “the God of the second chance” are testimonies….NOT Biblical promises. Again, there is NO PLACE in the Bible where God promises you a second chance. However I do believe, that as long as you have breath, you can receive God’s grace. That is where you are playing spiritual roulette. The Bible does tell us that tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. Read today’s Scripture about Ananias and Sapphira.

The point of today’s Devotional is as a warning, a wake-up call to those who are living in rebellion to God’s will and plan for their life. Those who are betting that they can enjoy the fruits of sin and at some point “get right” with God…that may work…you may get lucky. But are you willing to bet eternity on a few moments of pleasure? Let me tell you the other fallacy in that thinking.

Once you are involved in sinful activities, it becomes like quicksand. You may want out, but at some point you realize that you can’t get out. Sin lures you in, like the Venus flytrap, and all of the sudden you can’t escape. You stop praying, you stop reading the Bible, you stop going to church, and you turn off any message of God. It becomes a slippery slope and each day you fall farther, making it harder to escape. I am speaking to many of you today, and you know who you are.

The answer? God sends His Word to you at various times to help you escape. He loves you! He has a perfect plan for your life. This message today is one of those times that God is speaking directly to your heart. This is not an accident that you are reading this today. The answer? Run from your sin and run to God before it is too late. The story of Ananias and Sapphira is NOT a work of fiction.

It happened. These were real people. They tempted God, pushed His grace, and lost! God is giving you an opportunity today to turn away from your sin. He will help you. He will strengthen you. Don’t miss this chance, because THERE IS NO GUARANTEE YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER ONE.

I love you and care about you. These are tough words because I know so many are hurting and in the midst of great turmoil. However, I have to be honest with you, because you need someone to tell it like it is. You can count on my prayers, and if I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The most important question to ask yourself is this. am I really happy with my life, living in rebellion to God? If the answer is no, then find a quiet place right now, and simply ask God to forgive you, repent of your sins, and ask Him to help you come back to Him. He is extending His grace to you today. Don’t take that grace for granted.

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

Bill Keller

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

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