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Are You Having Financial Woes? Let God Help You!

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

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 BIBLE MEDITATION: “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Do you remember when it was rare to hear of someone whose job was either threatened or actually lost due to changes or cutbacks? Well, that’s hardly news anymore.  These days it seems that almost everyone is struggling with financial problems related to job security. You may be struggling and asking, “What good can possibly come from my financial problems?” They are wonderful opportunities to trust your Heavenly Father for your daily bread. I’ve always said that it’s better to have a Father who owns a bakery than to have a warehouse full of bread!

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Never Forget Who You Are And Who You Serve When At Work

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

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WORKLIFE LESSON:   REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE AND WHOM YOU REPRESENT
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

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The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.  (Proverbs 21:1)

Who we deem as important is often evident by our conduct. As Christians, we proclaim to be followers of Christ and that He is God. This means we are to recognize that He alone is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-seeing. In fact, His capabilities and attributes are beyond comparison and beyond our comprehension.

Further, we enjoy a personal relationship with God and have access to Him 24/7 without appointment or having to go through staff managers, executive assistants, secretaries or any other gatekeepers. We can go to Him directly and do not have to justify why we need to speak with Him. Yet perhaps it is this ease of accessibility that subliminally feeds our forgetfulness of Who it is that we know and just how important He is. When we are feeling intimidated in the presence of another human being, we must question both our recognition of these things and our reasoning.

It is fascinating to me how people will feel intimidated in the presence of someone they regard as talented, bright or powerful. They will worry and fret whether their remarks will be viewed with favor or whether their request will be granted. They fear that a question will be asked that they cannot answer. They perceive that a project approval, a new order, or perhaps even career advancement hangs in the balance of this one important person’s response to their petition.

Meetings such as these are best handled by first concentrating on Christ. After all, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1). In addition, “He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning” (Daniel 2:21). All we need to do is pray, prepare and then trust God for the right outcome. He ultimately controls the results of the meeting and determines who has authority in it.

Jesus is not waiting for an appointment to see the CEO of GM, IBM or even the president of the United States. He is not in need of their approval or wisdom. They, just like you and I, are in need of His approval. And do you know what? You know Him! So next time, remember who you are and Whom you represent!

A WORK PRAYER
Lord, thank You for giving me instant access to You through prayer. Help me and guide me today as I work, because ultimately it is You that I represent.  Amen.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (for small groups and individuals)
1.  Are there people in your work situation who cause you to feel intimidated? Is your feeling of intimidation warranted?
2.  In those moments when you feel intimidated, how can you combat the feelings of insecurity or doubt?
3.  Do you ever find that you intimidate others? If so, do you remember to act in a way that is representative of Jesus Christ?

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Having Trouble In Your Relationship? This Bible Quiz Can Help!

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

Please click on this link www.christianet.com/bible/relationships.htm to take quiz and see scriptures that will help you in your relationship.

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Test Your Bible Knowledge: Take The Endtimes Signs Quiz!

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

Please click on this link www.christianet.com/bible/endtimessigns.htm to take quiz.

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Ministry Report: Love And Obey

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

 
Love and Obey
From Dr. J.
Vernon McGee’s  Edited Messages on DeuteronomyGod’s love is actually expressed in law. The great principle of law is love. Therefore the principle of the gospel itself is expressed in Deuteronomy.  “… God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son …” (John 3:16).You and I express our love for God in our obedience. The Lord Jesus put it like this: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).This is still the acid test today. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. Salvation is a love affair. Continue reading here.


A Family UnitedDear Thru the Bible,
My brother was forbidden to listen to your daily Bible broadcasts because our parents wanted nothing to do with religion. They were members of the old Armenian Communist hierarchy. My brother would listen to the broadcasts at the home of a friend. My sister and I began to see a remarkable change in our brother’s lifestyle and demeanor, and we were curiously attracted to the broadcasts. Our parents allowed us to listen to the programs on condition that we report to them our opinions regarding the nature and content. In the following months our lives were dramatically impacted by the Word of God, and we are now true followers of Jesus Christ. Our parents were impressed by our love and prayers for them and joined us in listening to the broadcasts. For the past four years we have gathered every evening at
9:30 for the Thru the Bible broadcasts of Dr. J. Vernon McGee and family worship. We are now a family in Christ and attend a Bible-believing church in
Yerevan
where the gospel is faithfully proclaimed.
From

Armenia


Assembled Together
The Portuguese TTB program contributes to the creation of a new church!

Portugal has relatively few evangelical churches. Most of those are in the major cities. The TTB series has been on the air [in
Portugal] for about 2 ½ years. It is aired over local commercial FM stations. It has been our great joy to see a number of people come to faith in Jesus Christ as a result of hearing the programs. Sunday, 1 October [of 2006] was a very special day for the team that produces the Portuguese TTB programs. We assembled in the southern town of
Boavista dos Pinheiros for a service of dedication.Some months ago we noticed that we had received a significant number of contacts from listeners in this area of the southern region of
Portugal, known as the
Algarve. Normally, we would refer listeners to a local evangelical church, but this area did not have one. The director of our office, Ruben Pirola, asked these listeners if they would be interested in beginning a local Bible study group. Ruben, along with Pastor Paulo Chaveiro (the voice of the TTB series), and another pastor from
Lisbon began weekly trips to Boavista to organize a “

Bible
Study
Center” for these spiritually hungry listeners. By the way, Boavista is known as a center of Spiritism.On Sunday, 1 October, we had the great joy of dedicating the

New
Life
Community Center. In addition to the 20 to 25 local believers, more than 100 believers from the two churches in
Lisbon made the 2-hour drive to Boavista to assist in the dedication service. We praise the Lord for the way he has used the Portuguese TTB programs to help lay the foundation for a new church in a region where there has been no local evangelical witness until now.
–By Tom Streeter, Regional Director for Trans World Radio (from the March 2007 issue of TWR’s InfoServ magazine)


Praise and Prayer NeedsPraise God for the overwhelming response to the new French TTB website, www.cheminsdevie.info ! Within two months of its launch in January of this year, hundreds of programs had been downloaded by listeners all over France.Our Hebrew team has alerted us to an urgent prayer need. They write: “There is a major persecution of a group of messianic Jews and Christians in the city of
Arad. We ask you to pray for those Christians in
Arad…for their safety and for their strength in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Israel.” Please pray for those who are tuning in our programs in all sensitive countries and areas of the world. May our Lord protect them as they are listening and growing in their faith.Pray that there would be an increase in listener response to our Spanish-Castilian program, aired in
Spain. Response has slowed down as of late, and it’s discouraging to the team – so pray, also, that they would take heart and remember that their rewards come from God above. Pray also for those listeners who are staying in touch, as 95% of them are not evangelical Christians. Some are church-going Catholics who are discovering the Bible for the first time and are enthusiastic about  understanding it more, but most are non-believers with no religious ties.
Read more important ministry praise and prayer needs here.


You Said It!
Letters from ListenersKOK BOROK, from
Agartala, India: I am listening to the program regularly and receiving the Lord’s blessings in my life. Since I am working in the government defense department my life involves many risks. I believe that it is only Jesus who is protecting me when I fall into any kind of danger. He is taking care of me. Through this program I have received much encouragement. Pray for my parents that they may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.CROATIAN, from
Croatia: I am very grateful to God but also to you all for your endeavors in God’s work. God is very merciful to me and my mother. We are happy that we can listen to your programs together and pray together. Your programs are for us a great blessing and we need it – especially in this time where the devil is trying very hard to get people on his side. We also have told friends and family of your programs because they also need this blessing of God. I work with young people and I give them the recordings of your songs and teachings on cassette. May God bless you and His Word.ROMANIAN, from
Romania: Your program comforts me every time I hear it and gives me peace. Therefore I had the desire to write and express my gratitude for your work. I simply can’t find my words to thank God for this opportunity that He gave us to listen about Him on radio. In my opinion, [this] work is evangelizing the Romanian people, and in this many souls could be touched. I pray that many people could find salvation of our Lord through you.


Q & A With McGee
Selected from our Questions and Answers program
Q:  What is a “carnal Christian”?A: Paul says, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1). So the carnal Christian is a babe in Christ; he doesn’t understand the Word of God at all and doesn’t have much of a heart for that. Paul continues, “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” (v. 3). The very fact that you have strife in any Christian organization – be it a church, a mission board or a radio program – there you have carnal Christians. That’s the mark of carnality, the fact that they can’t get along with other Christians. The second mark is that some were saying, “I’m with Paul” and others, “I’m with Apollos” – they follow men rather than follow God. That is the problem a great many Christians have today – they follow certain Christian leaders, talking about which radio teachers they like or don’t like. But when you talk like that, it’s carnality. Because most of the men on radio are attempting to teach the Word of God the way they feel God is leading and guiding them, and that’s true in the church. Carnality manifests itself in that way. And there are several other characteristics. One of the evidences of their carnality is that they all wanted to speak in tongues, and that just doesn’t happen to be a measure of spirituality but of carnality. They were also having problems at the Lord’s Table. One was suing another in the law. And they were attempting to do things in the flesh by their own strength. All of these things, friend, indicate the carnality that is in Christians and determines what’s a carnal Christian. Believe me, there are quite a few of them around today.


Coming Up on TTBWant to read ahead in your Bible in preparation for the daily Thru the Bible program? Interested in knowing what Dr. McGee will be talking about in upcoming Sunday Sermon or Questions & Answers programs? Visit our broadcast schedule page to find out and to download our latest bookmark!


Something to Think About
From Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s booklet “How You Can Have the Assurance of Salvation” Lack of love for another believer robs more Christians of real enjoyment and satisfaction in the Christian life than perhaps any other single factor. It not only blights the soul of the Christian, but it also destroys any public testimony.

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Women Preachers Working In The Asian Mission Field

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

To all women with the gift of preaching who are looking for ways to use it while being obedient to God and scripture, below is a letter from Gospel For Asia that should inspire and strengthen you and give you ideas. I want to share with you the amazing story of a dedicated GFA native missionary working in
India. This man went to the mission field after he was already married and had children. Even though his wife, Gitika, was busy taking care of their home and raising the couple’s two children, she always found time to work alongside her husband. You can read more about this couple’s amazing commitment to sharing God’s Word here at www.gfa.org/making-ministry-a-family-affair?motiv=WA74-G2PS.Thanks to Gitika’s example, the couple’s daughter recently joined them on the mission field. Now all three of them spend their days and nights working together with one common goal—to tell people about Jesus. Praise God for a family that is unified and sold out to reach people with the Good News.

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Stand Fast in Liberty!

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

The Galatian church had a problem.  It’s one that you and I can readily identify with.  They started out great in the love and freedom that Christ had paid for on Calvary, but then something hindered them and caused them to stumble back into the bondage of the law.  Somehow it seemed impossible to them that all of their sins – past, present, and future – had been covered by the blood of Jesus.  There had to be more to it than that.  It’s the age old lie that the enemy has used on the church for centuries— God does His part and then man has to do his part through works, through circumcision, through rituals or traditions.

A group called the Judizers had convinced the Galatians that now that they were saved they had to be circumcised and follow the law.  When word reached Paul what the church had been told (and had embraced) he sent them a letter which we now know as the book of Galatians.  The theme of the book is freedom in Christ, and it emphasizes that our salvation is all of Him and none of us. 

Paul has some choice words for the Judizers, who he says are “accursed” and have “perverted” the gospel.  He urges the Galatians to cling to the gospel they accepted and not to be swayed by the lies of the Judizers:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  (Galatians 2:20-21 NIV)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  (Galatians 5:1 NIV)

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?  (Galatians 5:6-7 NIV)

We’ve all been there before; that feeling that I have to do something to earn or deserve God’s grace.  That is a lie and a dangerous one at that.  God’s Word could not be clearer on this subject.  Paul said to the Galatians, “We have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” (Galatians 2:16, NIV)

Why is this lie so dangerous?  Isn’t it a good thing for people to obey the laws and commands of God?  Certainly, God calls us all to good works, but we are not saved because we do good works, we do good works because we are saved!  The lie of the Judizers is dangerous not because people are observing the law, but because people are deluded into believing that through their own righteousness they can earn or deserve God’s free gift of salvation. 

Are you trusting in your works to get you to heaven?  Do you consider something else other than by faith embracing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross necessary for your salvation?  If so, you — like the Galatian Christians Paul was writing to — have become a slave to the law and are under the yoke of bondage to the law. 

Hear the words of the Lord through the Apostle Paul to you today: “Stand fast in the liberty whereby Christ has made you free and do not be enslaved again by the yoke of bondage.” 

Jesus said, “He who the Son sets free is free indeed!”
  (John 8:36)
Alan Riley  is an ordained Baptist Minister. © Streaming Faith all rights reserved.

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An Excellent Scriptural Analysis Of Yoga Master TD Jakes

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

Please click on this link to see how truediscernment.blogspot.com/2007/04/saul-medium-and-lying-spirit-vs.html breaks it down. Oh yes, this weblog also has seen it necessary to give attention to “Prophetess” Juanita Bynum and “Bishop” Weeks as well in this link truediscernment.blogspot.com/2007/04/dr.html.

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Martin Luther On True Liberty

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  2 Corinthians 3:17

In other words, you have gained liberty through Christ- you are above all laws as far as conscience is concerned. You are saved. Christ is your liberty and life. Therefore law, sin, and death may not hurt you or drive you to despair. This is the constitution of your priceless liberty. Now take care that you do not use your wonderful liberty for an occasion of the flesh.

Satan likes to turn this liberty which Christ has gotten for us into self-indulgence. The Apostle Jude complained in his day: “For certain men… have secretly slipped in among you…. who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality” (Jude 4). The flesh reasons: “If we are not under the law, we may as well indulge ourselves. Why do good, why tithe, why suffer evil when there is no law to force us to do so?”

This attitude is common enough. People talk about Christian liberty and then go and cater to the desires of covetousness, pleasure, pride, envy, and other vices.

Since the devil lies in ambush for those who hate the world, and seeks to deprive us of our liberty of the spirit or to brutalize it into the “liberty” of the flesh, we plead with our brethren the way Paul did, that they may never use this liberty of the spirit that Christ bought us as an excuse for fleshly living, or as Peter expresses it, I Peter 2:16, “for a cloak of maliciousness.”

In order that Christians may not abuse their liberty Paul encumbers them with the rule of mutual love that they should serve each other in love. Let everybody perform the duties of his station and vocation diligently and help his neighbor to the limit of his capacity.

Christians are glad to hear and obey this teaching of love. When others hear about this Christian liberty of ours they at once infer, “If I am free, I may do what I like. If salvation is not a matter of doing why should we do anything for the poor?” In this crude manner they turn the liberty of the spirit into self-indulgence. We want them to know, however, that if they use their lives and possessions after their own pleasure, if they do not help the poor, if they cheat their fellow-men in business and snatch and scrape by hook and by crook everything they can lay their hands on, we want to tell them that they are not free, no matter how much they think they are.

As for us, we are obliged to preach the Gospel which offers to all men liberty from the Law, sin, death, and God’s wrath. We have no right to conceal or revoke this liberty proclaimed by the Gospel. And so we cannot do anything with the swine who dive headlong into the filth of licentiousness. We do what we can, we diligently admonish them to love and to help their fellow-men. If our admonitions bear no fruit, we leave them to God, who will in His own good time take care of those who disrespect of His goodness. In the meanwhile we comfort ourselves with the thought that our labors are not lost upon the true believers. They appreciate this spiritual liberty and stand ready to serve others in love and, though their number is small, the satisfaction they give us far outweighs the discouragement which we receive at the hands of the large number of those who misuse the Spirit’s liberty.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) was the father of the Protestant Revolution. © Streaming Faith all rights reserved. Technorati Tag:  

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Liberty Is An Inalienable Right By Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

 Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  II Corinthians 3:17.

LIBERTY is the birthright of every man. He may be born a pauper; he may be an orphan; his parents may be altogether unknown, but liberty is his inalienable birthright. He may be uneducated… he may be poor as poverty itself… he may never have a foot of land to call his own… he may barely have a shred of clothing, except a few rags to cover him, but, poor as he is, nature has fashioned him for freedom… he has a right to be free, and if he does not have liberty, it is his birthright, and he shouldn’t rest until he gets it.

Liberty is the heirloom of all the sons and daughters of Adam. But where do you find liberty unaccompanied by religion? True it is that all men have a right to liberty, but it is equally true that you can’t just find it anywhere; you find it in the Spirit of the Lord. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Thank God, this is a free country.

In no other land but where the Bible is opened, and in no other realm but where the Gospel is preached, can you find liberty. Roam through countries where Christianity hasn’t taken root and you will find yourself afraid. You feel you are under an iron hand, you are not free. Why? Because you are under the tyranny engendered by a false religion: you do not have free Christianity there, and it is not until Christianity comes that there can be freedom. It is where the Spirit of the Lord is that there is liberty, and nowhere else. Men talk about being free… they describe model governments, but they are dreaming because there can be no real freedom in the world, except, “where the spirit of the Lord is.”

He is the free man, whom the truth makes free. He who has grace in his heart is free… he has righteousness on his side… he has God within him… the indwelling Spirit of the Holy Ghost… he is a prince of the blood royal of heaven… he is a noble, having the true patent of nobility… he is one of God’s elect, distinguished, chosen children, and he is not the man to bend, or meanly cringe. No!  Sooner would he walk the burning furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego… sooner would he be cast into the lion’s den with Daniel, than yield a point of principle. He is a free man. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” in its fullest, highest, and widest sense. God give you friends, to have that “Spirit of the Lord;” for without it, in a free country, ye may still be bondsmen; and where there are no slaves in body, you may be slaves in soul.

The Bible speaks of Spiritual liberty; and now I address the children of God:

Brethren, you and I enjoy spiritual liberty if we have “the Spirit of the Lord” within us. What does this imply? It implies that there was a time when we did not have that Spiritual liberty… when we were slaves. But a little while ago all of us who are now free in Christ Jesus, were slaves of the devil: we were led captives at his will. We talked of free-will, but free-will is a slave. We boasted that we could do what we pleased; but what a slavish liberty we had! It was an imagined freedom. We were slaves to our lusts and passions… slaves to sin; but now we are freed from sin; we are delivered from the Devil, our tyrant, and we are free!

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England’s best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. As his fame grew among the Christian community of England, the number of people who came to listen to him speak in different venues exceeded 10,000 at times. Many of the great theologians and preachers of the last century such as D. L. Moody, J. Hudson Taylor, F. B. Meyer, George Muller, and William Robertson Nicoll have said that Spurgeon greatly influenced their spiritual lives. Technorati Tag: 

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Marriage: For Better Or Worse Part I

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

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Part One of Two “For better, for worse.” Having had the honor and privilege to marry dozens of couples during my years in ministry, without a doubt the most critical part of the marriage ceremony is when the bride and groom make their vows to each other and to God. Often, the importance of those vows is underestimated, the words taken lightly. When I have the opportunity to counsel a couple prior to them getting married, I always make sure they fully understand what they are saying when they vow, “for better, for worse.” It means exactly that, “FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.” Marriage is God’s Holy Institution between a man and a woman for life. Other than your relationship with Christ, it is the most important relationship a person will have during this lifetime. God’s plan for marriage is one man, one woman, for one lifetime. Anything else is a perversion of that plan. That is why no matter how man may try, marriage will never be between two people of the same sex. God’s definition of marriage will always be a man and a woman. Another perversion of God’s plan for marriage is divorce. The most important thing to understand about divorce is that it was never, is not now, nor ever will be part of God’s plan for marriage. God clearly expresses His feelings on divorce in Malachi 2:16 by simply stating that “He hates divorce.” Divorce is a sin, period. The biggest misconception about divorce comes from the poor teaching that there are Biblical reasons for divorce. This is mainly due to a misunderstanding of the passages in Matthew chapters 5 and 19 where it appears adultery is a legitimate reason to get divorced. Let me say this as clear and concise as I can. There are NO, ZERO, NADA reasons for divorce. Marriage is a LIFETIME commitment. In all of the weddings I have performed over my years in the ministry, I have never yet said “till death do us part… unless.” There are no “unlesses” in the marriage vows you make to your spouse and to God. The exception for adultery is NOT from God, it is an exception from man. It comes from the Jewish laws of marriage and divorcement and is a MAN-MADE reason for divorce. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 19:8, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” That is why when you say “for better, for worse” you better understand the commitment you are making to your spouse and to God. Of course nobody ever has a problem with the “for better” part. We all look forward to and enjoy the “for better” days of marriage. A husband and wife sharing the accomplishment of doing well in their careers, making the home you live in a special place, taking time off to travel, the incredible blessing of having children, the joy of seeing each other grow in your relationship with the Lord, and just sharing your love with the one you have committed to spend the rest of your life with. It is the “for worse” days that people struggle with. Nobody stands at the altar on their wedding day thinking for a moment that “for worse” will ever happen to them. I want to encourage you today that if your spouse has left you, if your spouse has committed adultery, if your spouse is in bondage to alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling, or anyhting else, if your spouse has become ill and you are their primary care giver, if your spouse is not working and finances are a problem, if your spouse is not following Christ and living for Him, if the intimacy and love is missing from your marriage, if you and your spouse can’t agree on raising your children….these are some of the “for worse” days that you promised to endure when you made that vow to your spouse and to God! It is during these “for worse” days that we need to find our hope and strength in the Lord and make our faith real since only He can sustain us. Let me share a powerful truth with you today. The same God who is God during the “for better” days, is the very same God who is God during the “for worse” days. The same God who sees you through the “for better” days, is the very same God who will see you through the “for worse” days. I love you and care about you so much. This is why I have tried so hard in past Devotionals to share with you how serious the decision to get married is. It is for LIFE. You are making a lifetime commitment to your spouse and to God. That is why I encourage you to take it slow when you are in a relationship that may lead to marriage. Don’t rush into anything. First of all, don’t ignore God’s warning in 2 Corinthians 6:14 by getting involved with a non-Christian. Take the time to build a spiritual foundation to your relationship. Get to know the other person over TIME. So many of the problems I see each day in marriages could have been avoided if people would have only been patient and taken the time to get to know their spouse BEFORE they got married. I am well aware that this does not insure you will have a perfect marriage. There is no such thing. People make choices every day. Sadly, even people who know the Lord make the choice each day to live in rebellion to God. You are NOT responsible for the choices your spouse makes if at some point in your marriage they choose to rebel against God. However, you can be much more assured of who your spouse is if you are patient and build a spiritual foundation to your relationship prior to getting married. My heart breaks today knowing how many people are going through “for worse” days in their marriage right now. I will be praying for you. If you are having problems in your marriage today, please know that God is your hope and strength. He is still a God that changes lives and can bring healing and restoration to your marriage. It is satan who is lying to you, telling you to just give up. It is God who speaks truth when He says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10 NIV) May God’s blessings be upon you as you honor your vows “for better, for worse.” *LOOK FOR PART TWO TOMORROW! In his love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at: bkeller@liveprayer.com ***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm ***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now available via AUDIO each day. Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling, 1-845-510-2722

***ROSIE IS LEAVING THE VIEW! Rosie announced she would be leaving ABC’s “The View” this June. Because of the way the TV syndication schedule works, it will be September 2008 before she resurfaces with her own program. Count on that happening! Like a typical bully, she has refused to debate me on her anti-Christian views and statements, but I am not surprised. People like Rosie are cowards. Do pray for her. I am still believing God to open this door and that Rosie will bow her knee and give her heart and life to Jesus! ***COMING MONDAY, does the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion mean the end to this legalized slaughter of innocent babies, and how this issue will impact the upcoming election for the next President. Don’t miss any of the powerful Devotionals each day!

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Spousal Abuse And Domestic Violence Caused By Refusal To Obey Bible

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

Read: When They Pierced His Side: The Blood And Water Of Jesus Christ

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“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” Ephesians 5:25 “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. ” Ephesians 5:22 Have you been abused in your marriage? There is not a more difficult issue that I have to deal with every day than abuse. People are abused in many ways. Physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and financial are the most common forms of abuse and can happen at every stage of life. Children are abused. Teens are abused. Adults are abused. The elderly are abused. This is such a sweeping, widespread issue that so many face in their life I could do an entire month of Devotionals on just this one topic alone. I have dealt with abuse many times over the years. Just earlier in the year I dealt with the sexual abuse of children. However, today I want to focus strictly on those who are in an abusive marriage. One of the dark secrets in the church is the amount of abuse that takes place in so many homes, from pastors and those in leadership down to the person in the pew. Remember, these are not homes of people who deny God’s existence, reject the Bible as Truth, or have rejected the love of Christ. These are homes of people who do believe in God, do believe the Bible is Truth, and do believe in Jesus! These are also homes where one spouse is abusing the other, and in some cases, both spouses are abusing each other! To people on the outside, these may look like perfect marriages. Only the husband and wife know that there is a dark side to their marriage, abuse. Let me say that this is why I implore people to take the TIME and the EFFORT to build a spiritual foundation to their marriage BEFORE they get married. Everyone is on their best behavior, says all the right things when they are dating. However, over time, you begin to know who the person you are planning to marry really is. It is very difficult to pray with someone, read the Word with someone, go to church with someone, find ways to serve the Lord with someone, talk about all of the key issues of your future life together, do this over a year or two, and all of a sudden after you take your wedding vows discover the person you married is an abuser. Does that happen? Yes! People do change over time. When you add in the pressure of careers, children, the issues of life we all have to face along this journey, on top of what I have always said is the most difficult thing in the world, making two flesh become one in marriage, people do change. Abuse CAN enter into even the most Christ-centered marriage. The key is to deal with it IMMEDIATELY. Don’t let abuse exist. Fight it right away. The very first time it occurs, deal with it! Otherwise, like all sin, it will only grow and get worse. ABUSE DOES NOT JUST GO AWAY OVER TIME, IT ONLY GETS WORSE OVER TIME! Please understand that God NEVER intended you or anyone to be abused. If your husband or wife abuses you in any way, confront them immediately since they need professional and spiritual help. If the abusing spouse refuses to get help, do not be a hero! You are going to accomplish NOTHING by staying in an abusive marriage. Your very life could be at stake. Please listen to me carefully. I am NOT saying to run out and get a divorce. I am saying to separate yourself from your abusing spouse until they are willing to deal with their abuse and get professional and spiritual help. Saying I’m sorry is NOT going to make everything better. Abusers are professional apologizers. They are masters at it. I don’t doubt that they are sincere. So is the alcoholic who is hung over, feeling like it would be better to die and vowing to never drink again. Or the gambler who loses a huge bet saying he will never bet again. Until they are serious enough to seek out help, seek the Lord for the strength to live in freedom from their abusive ways, they are not going to change. Like any addiction, an abuser has to want to stop and then take the steps necessary professionally and spiritually to get victory over their abusive ways. Only after time has passed and the abusive spouse has shown a track record of making changes in their life, should the abused spouse even think about moving back into the same home. What are they supposed to do in the meantime? Stand in the gap for their spouse. Pray for them to turn to the Lord and find His strength to turn from their abusive ways. Press into the Lord since they will need His strength and His presence to heal and move forward with their life. The biggest trap during this time is getting involved with someone else. Remember, you are still married! Did you really mean it when you made your vows to your spouse and to God, “For better or for worse?” Now is the time to make your faith real, shun the wisdom of the world that says get divorced, find someone else, and move on. Take a stand for your marriage. God is NOT going to bless a relationship you get involved with outside of your marriage. As a matter of fact, it will only compound your problems. Remember, God will not and is not going to bless sin! We all come to those places in life when we have to put our faith to the test and really trust God. It is at those moments of our life that we find our faith, we learn how to depend on and trust in God with everything we have, and come to realize that the promises in the Bible really are for us and they are true! God will protect you, provide for you, care for you, love you, and keep you as you give yourself completely to Him! I love you and care about you so much. This issue today only highlights again how critical it is to build a strong spiritual foundation with your future spouse over a period of time PRIOR to getting married. You can potentially save yourself so much pain and heartache if you do. Marriage is an incredible blessing from God, a wonderful journey through this life with the person God has given you to share it with. It should be the greatest relationship in your life outside of your relationship with Jesus Christ. To have this person you have committed the rest of your life to abuse you is so sad and tragic. When we talk about the abuse issue, we normally think of physical and sexual abuse. However, the most common form of abuse in most Christian marriages is verbal, emotional, and financial. For you men and women who are currently abusing your spouse in any way, you know this is not how God has called you to treat your wife or husband. Out of the billions of people on this planet, this is the ONE PERSON God has given to you to share your life with. Why would you abuse that person in any way? God is speaking to you today. God is telling you today to get the help you need, professionally and spiritually. Being an abuser is no different than being an alcoholic, drug addict, or having any other bondage. You need God to set you free! I will be praying for you today. Praying that the Holy Spirit will bring you under conviction and that you will fall on you knees today and ask God to forgive you. Then go get the help you need to find freedom from your abusive ways. I will also be praying for you wives and husbands who are being abused. I pray that God will watch over you and protect you, that He will give you the strength to stand up to your abusive spouse and hold them accountable for their abuse. That the Lord will help you to make whatever tough choices you have to make so that you are not living your life each day being abused. I will be praying for God to bring healing to your life, help you to forgive your spouse so that you can move forward. In the end, this tragic issue like all boils down to Jesus. Those who live in rebellion to God and His Word, who have rejected Christ’s love in their life, will never understand why you need to be saved and marry someone who is also saved They will never comprehend why it is so critical to build a spiritual foundation to your relationship PRIOR to getting married. They have bought the lies of this world that sex is a sport to play with whoever is willing. They wake up one morning, their lives are a mess, they have been abused in every way imaginable, and they can’t understand why. For them, their only hope and answer is to know Jesus and allow Him to bring healing to their life and transform them into a new creature in Christ. For those who know the Lord as their Savior, they have no excuse for not calling on His name. We all sin and do things we wish we didn’t do. The key, however, is recognizing our sinful actions, repenting, and asking the Lord to forgive us. We need to remember that when we are weak, He is strong, and to call upon His strength to live a life pleasing and acceptable to the Lord. God does not desire anyone to abuse their spouse but to love them like He loves us. God does not desire that anyone lives in an abusive marriage, but one of peace and love with Christ at the center. In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at: bkeller@liveprayer.com ***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm ***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now available via AUDIO each day. Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling, 1-845-510-2722 

***ROSIE IS LEAVING THE VIEW! Rosie announced she would be leaving ABC’s “The View” this June. Because of the way the TV syndication schedule works, it will be September 2008 before she resurfaces with her own program. Count on that happening! Like a typical bully, she has refused to debate me on her anti-Christian views and statements, but I am not surprised. People like Rosie are cowards. Do pray for her. I am still believing God to open this door and that Rosie will bow her knee and give her heart and life to Jesus! ***COMING MONDAY, does the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion mean the end to this legalized slaughter of innocent babies, and how this issue will impact the upcoming election for the next President. Don’t miss any of the powerful Devotionals each day!

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The Faith To Believe In God

Posted by Job on April 28, 2007

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The faith to believe God. I have always loved the Biblical account of how Joshua and the children of Israel destroyed the city of Jericho. I love reading this passage of Scripture because it is the personification of the walk of faith we have been called to make during our journey through this life. The city of Jericho was taken because the man God raised up to lead His people, Joshua, was in an intimate relationship with Him so he was able to HEAR God talking to him, he had the faith to BELIEVE what God said to him, and he had the courage to ACT on exactly what God told him to do. If you will simply read and meditate on the first 20 verses in Joshua Chapter 6, you will know everything you need to know about being a mighty man or woman of faith. These 20 verses give us the blueprint to how we can do great things for God today. You might say, but I’m not Joshua, I’m nobody special. Listen, what made Joshua special was the fact he loved God. He honored God with his life. He had a close, intimate relationship with God. He believed God. He had the faith to act on his belief in God. That is what made Joshua and many of the men and women you read about in the Bible special. They were born just like you and I, they died just like you and I will, they were flesh and blood with human weaknesses just like you and I. What made them special was their relationship with God. What makes you special is your relationship with Jesus!!! Let’s look at how the city of Jericho was taken by the children of Israel. Joshua was the leader of God’s people. Never forget that he was a mighty man of war. His business was war. He was God’s man to drive out the heathen from the Promised Land. The city of Jericho was going to be a big problem since the key feature to the city was its high, impenetrable walls. The children of Israel had a real dilemma since there was no way to take the city unless they could come up with a plan to take down those walls. I have no doubt that Joshua gathered the best demolition experts from the children of Israel and sought their expertise on how to take down the massive walls of Jericho. As a military man, I am sure he gathered his top military advisors and discussed all the various plans on how they could get the walls down and take the city. I can envision in Joshua’s war room, he had put together several plans for the destruction of Jericho. It was about this time that God spoke to Joshua. I hear people all the time say, “How do you know it was God,” or, “Why would God speak to you?” or, “God doesn’t speak to men any longer.” First, you know it is God because you learn how to recognize His voice. That doesn’t happen overnight, but over time. We have a huge advantage over men like Joshua since we have His Word and God will never tell us something in contradiction to His Word. The more you listen to God, the better you become at hearing His voice. Second, why would God speak to you? The fact is God speaks to ALL of His children. The issue isn’t whether God speaks to us, the issue is do we pay attention when He does. When you come to know Christ as your Savior by faith, you enter into this close, intimate, personal relationship with Him. Like in any relationship, you talk to Him and He talks to you. People who are in a relationship talk to each other. So of course God speaks to you if you are in a relationship with Him. Third, where in God’s Word does it say He no longer speaks to men? That is sheer foolishness to believe such a lie. Again, God has been speaking to His children since Adam. There is NOTHING in God’s Word to remotely suggest that the same God who spoke to Abraham, to Joshua, and to Paul, doesn’t still speak to His children today. NOTHING! Again, if you aren’t hearing God speaking to you, you simply aren’t listening! Because Joshua was in this intimate, close, personal relationship with the God of Abraham, he was able to HEAR God speaking to him. God is a God of specifics. When God began to speak to Joshua about the plan to take down the walls of Jericho, He gave Joshua very detailed and specific instructions exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. This reminds me of when God spoke to Noah about building the ark. He didn’t just tell Noah to go and build a boat, he gave Noah the detailed plans to the inch of exactly how that ark was to be built. God is a God of details and specifics. We are now at a very critical part of these events. No doubt Joshua had already been preparing his own plans after consulting with the best minds he could find on exactly how to take down he walls of Jericho and destroy that city. About this time, God, who Joshua has a wonderful relationship with, speaks to him and tells him in great specificity how to take down the walls of Jericho and destroy the city. I am certain that after hearing God’s plan of marching around the walls for 6 days, on the 7th day march around them 7 times while blowing trumpets, and than have everyone give a loud shout which will cause the walls to come down, this war general and military strategist was on the floor laughing. God’s plan made no earthly sense at all. My friend, you will find that God’s plan often doesn’t make sense to us. First of all, God knows things we don’t. In case you haven’t learned this yet, God is smarter than we are. God’s plan will often be something that in the end, when it works, people will have to sit back and say, “Only God could have done this!” This way it is God, not man, who gets the glory and it becomes a testimony of His power and majesty to this lost world we live in. This critical point was whether Joshua would go with his plan or God’s. Ultimately, he had to decide whether he had the faith to BELIEVE what God told him. That takes us to the final step, which is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to our faith, acting on what God has told us to do. I have said to you often that if you believe it, you will do it! James, in talking to Believers tells us that faith without works is dead. True Biblical faith REQUIRES ACTION! Saying you have faith but never acting on that faith is not really faith. Joshua heard from God, he believed what God told him, which left him no choice but to ACT on exactly what God told him to do!!! I love you and care about you so much. In case you can’t feel it, I am fired up today! This is the meat of the word that motivates me, challenges me, and drives me each day to be all God has called me to be. I have spent literally tens of thousands of hours fellowshipping with God to be able to hear his voice clearly. Over these many years of following and serving the Lord, I am now at a place where I have seen His mighty hand in my life and millions of lives every day that when God says it I believe it. Because I have learned how to hear His voice and believe what He says, I have no problem stepping out and acting on what He tells me to do. I never even owned a computer or sent or received an email until Liveprayer started in 1999. But I heard from God, I believed Him, and I acted on that belief. Even though I had done considerable work on Christian television, I had no idea what to expect when I went on major secular network TV stations and began telling a nonChristian audience each night what the Bible says and that Jesus is their only hope. But I heard from God that this is what He called me to do, I believed Him, and I acted on that belief. My friend, this is what walking by faith is all about!!! I will be praying for you today. God is calling YOU to walk by faith just like Joshua did. The first key is to HEAR from God. Next, you must BELIEVE God. Lastly, you must ACT on what God is telling you to do. It is time for you to take your stand for the Lord just like Joshua and all the faithful men and women of God have over these past 6,000 years of human history. God loves you and wants to use your life. Your greatest blessings flow from obeying Him. I will be praying for you today to hear God speaking to you, praying for you to have the faith to believe God, and praying for you to act on what God is calling you to do!!! In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at: bkeller@liveprayer.com ***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY? The fact is you will die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator. To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to: http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm ***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now available via AUDIO each day. Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling, 1-845-510-2722

***COMING TOMORROW, a message for all women and men who have been abused by their spouse. Next Monday, does the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion mean the end to this legalized slaughter of innocent babies, and how this issue will impact the upcoming election for the next President. Don’t miss any of these powerful messages!

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