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Immanuel: Jesus Christ Is Here!

Posted by Job on September 25, 2009

I was having something of a difficult time this morning. Fatigue, stress, uncertainty, fear, finances and so forth. Plus the world that we live in is in such turmoil. Right now, my hometown is experiencing flooding that has killed several people and left many more without homes, and still more rainfall is on the way. (Ironically, this region recently emerged from a historic drought.) There is also a massive violent crime wave in this city and nation that not only refuses to spare children – even babies – but actually seems to be targeting them. Also, the evil one and his agents keep attempting to buffet my mind to provoke irrational feelings of hate, anger, and resentment against people, feelings that had no cause, justification or basis whatsoever and were thoroughly sinful. Keeping my mind holy and pure this morning, even simple choices such as resisting the fast food breakfast despite knowing that I am A) on a budget, B) on a diet and C) fast food frequently makes me physically ill, was a battle.

And then I began thinking of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of all who believe in Him and abide in Him by keeping His commandments! I remembered that I am part of the church, which is the Body of Jesus Christ. The Bible declares the church as the Body of Christ to be a fact (1 Corinthians 12:27Ephesians 3:6, Ephesians 5:23, Romans 12:5). This is not something that the Bible only declares to be true in a mystical, magical, typological or a metaphorical/ allegorical manner, but declares it to be true in the same way that creation, the flood, the exodus, the exile, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, ascension, and the second coming are declared to be true.

Then my thoughts switched to anthropology: what is a person? According to the Bible, a living person is considered to be the union of  a body and a spirit (Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 3:19-21). Again, the church is the Body of Christ, and is unquestionably alive now and forevermore just as Jesus Christ is the same. And the Body of Christ is united with the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of this same Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Peter 2:5, John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). So if the church is the Body of Christ and it is indwelt by the Spirit of Christ and has as its head Jesus Christ (this same Head which will literally physically bodily return one day and judge the quick and the dead Acts 1:11, Revelation 19-20) then most surely and truly God is with the church while we yet remain on the earth! Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23)!

God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), He will never leave lacking strength or reassurance (John 14:17-19) and in our times of sorrow, trial and tribulation He will never give us more than what we can bear, but will instead give us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Even when we sin, our Lord Jesus Christ does not abandon us, but forgives us if we confess our sins and turn away from them (1 John 1:9), and He does not do this haphazardly, arbitrarily or capriciously but justly and faithfully.

What a mighty God we serve. What a mighty God we love. What a mighty God we know. And what a mighty God is with us. Praise be to God! Glory be to God! And thanks be to God!

If you are not in the Body of Jesus Christ, or even if you are unsure, and wish to be in communion with Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and partake of this beautiful, excellent perfect and eternal fellowship, follow the Three Step Salvation Plan below.

The Three Step Salvation Plan

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A Very Nice Testimony

Posted by Job on September 19, 2009

It opens:

I want to tell you about how the Lord is restoring my life.

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Nothing But The Blood

Posted by Job on September 7, 2009

Nothing but the blood.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. Leviticus 17:11

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood. Revelation 1:5

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28

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A Hard Life Lesson On Why Being Thankful To God In All Circumstances Is Required

Posted by Job on November 14, 2008

Please read link below for this heart rending story. It is yet another example of why children should be targeted for evangelism.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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In Worship And Praise Of Our Sovereign Lord

Posted by Job on November 14, 2008

Please click on this link to read this excellent devotional. You will be sorry if you do not!

Exodus 15:18 – The LORD will reign forever and ever.

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Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance On The Subway Part 4

Posted by Job on February 15, 2008

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#4) « The Word on the Streets

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#4)All of this four part testimony took place in one day. It just goes to show you what God wants to do through all those who avail themselves and want to be used of God for His glory and His Kingdom.

After Dan stood up, we all hugged on him and such joy was in our hearts. Now here was a man who just a short time before, was totally intoxicated from drinking wine. Now he was sober and in his right mind. Praise God!

I have tried to do my best with God’s help to describe what took place, but words do have a limit.

He then asked if he could sing another song, we all said “by all means, let her go”. It was awesome to hear him sing every verse with passion and clarity. By the time he finished, we all knew something was about to break loose.

He yelled out, “DO YOU MIND IF I PREACH?” We smiled and said, “GO FOR IT”. First he started out with his testimony about how God had just delivered him from alcohol. Then he went into The Gospel. It was right on, every word. He shared also about seeking God while He can be found. He told the crowd how that God had said to him, “will you just seek me, I am here if you will seek me” It was awesome!

About that time a lady starts shouting and she walks over and tries to stop the flow of what God is doing. (this is almost standard procedure, the devil does not want things like this to take place so he fights hard.) This other brother goes over to her and finally gets her to go somewhere else.

Out of nowhere, walks up this lady and she says, “can I buy you guys some coffee?” She had been watching all that took place. She takes out her tablet and takes our order. Off she went, and returns with four large coffee’s. What a blessing she had been to all of us. She smiled and hugged us all, and off she went. God bless her richly!

Dan(the brother that just received Christ) continues to preach several times. Many were listening as they waited for the train. About that time another brother walks up and recognizes Dan. He said that he was with the local rescue mission. We then proceeded to tell him all that happened. His eyes began to water. He was very thankful. He said to Dan, “Are we now going to see you in church on Sunday?” Dan said, “You Bet”. Thank you God!

It was time for me to leave and catch the last bus out for the night. All six of us gathered in a circle and lifted up prayer and thanksgiving to God for what He had done that evening.
As another brother was finishing prayer, I heard the sound of Satan again. I looked over across the way, and sure enough his messengers had come to try one last time.

There stood three of them all dressed in black with their long coats, yelling out loud about Satan and saying all their usual junk. They had known what just took place, and they were there to stop it. TOO LATE. THE WORK OF CHRIST HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE. PRAISE HIM!

I pleaded THE BLOOD OF JESUS and we finished prayer and went on our way.

I trust this testimony was a blessing to you. This is just a drop in the bucket of all that God wants to do in these days. If you are not yet a part of what He is doing in the earth today, you need to be. Pray and ask Him, he will show you. He is about people. People are the apex of His creation. He loved them all so much that He gave His Son to redeem them back to himself.
May you be blessed also as you go out and do your part for Him and His Kingdom.
Amen.

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Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance On The Subway Part 3

Posted by Job on February 15, 2008

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#3) « The Word on the Streets

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#3)In the last post, I had forgotten to mention that on my way to the city in the train, I needed to stop off and use the bathroom at a local store. After that, the Lord wanted me to go to a bus stop close by that I had been to several times before.

After praying, I jumped in and started to preach The Good News on one corner. One young kid didn’t like it, so he sounded off. (I spoke with this kid later, he is one step closer to Christ now) Then a young black guy came over to talk. He listened real well as The Holy Spirit moved upon his heart. It took probably close to an hour before he made the move to receive Jesus. But he did! Praise God! He went off changed by the power of God!

I called him that night on the way home. He said that he was at home resting. Now this was Friday night close to 8:00pm. He was saved from drugs and may have been either in a gang, or had came out of one. But glory to God he is changed! He said to me as we parted on the phone, “pray for me, I just want to live”. That tells it all.

Back to where I left off in “Part#2″.
It was 4:00pm at the train stop and it’s Friday night and there are people in need of hearing The Gospel everywhere as they wait for the train to go home from work. I started in and before long James showed up. We took turns preaching and God’s Spirit was moving as several came up to either take a tract or talk.

Then the distractions came once again. This young guy who had a plastic cup full of wine, starts to scream and yell and gets in our faces. James calms him down as I finish. I went over to him and tried to talk with him. He seemed surprised that I would have come over to talk with him after all his yelling and carrying on.

As we talked, God through His Spirit began to speak to him, a little at a time. He said he had to go use the bathroom, and asked if I would be there when he came back. I assured him I would. I miss out from time to time, but I knew there was hope for this guy. He came back with more wine and seemed to be even more intoxicated. What I really liked about this encounter was that the fact that he was still drinking, but God was still coming after him. I could see transformation taking place.

Now James comes up to talk to him, and gets real straight with him. The guy blows a gasket big time, screams and yells. The crowd turns and begins to listen in as to try and figure out what is going on. The guy storms off. I thought we had lost him then. James begins to preach again.

Minutes later he returns in a huff. I with the help of God, calm him down, and once again we(the Spirit and I) start to share Christ with him. He shares a lot of his problems and fears. Now, it was pretty obvious that this guy was a outcast by others, by the things he shared with me. But God was loving on him big time. I could see His love being poured out on our soon to be brother.

He takes off to smoke a cigarette across the street. I shared with James what was taking place. When he returned glass in hand, James apologizes for some of the things that he had said earlier. They hugged and forgave each other. It was powerful to behold.

James starts in again, sharing God’s love and power to change lives to crowd. The guy who I will call Dan, comes over to me again. This time I am noticing that he is listening more and getting closer to The Kingdom as we spoke. All of a sudden, HE TAKES THE CUP OF WINE AND THROWS IT 30 FEET DOWN THE BRICK WALKWAY. Wow! I was taken back! HE THEN BEGINS TO SING THE SONG, “CREATE A PURE HEART IN ME, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME” He sings every word of the song. I noticed that he was sobering up as he was singing. God was moving!

He finishes the song and immediately DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND STARTS TO REPENT BEFORE GOD AND CONFESS. It was really powerful to hear him repent before God and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to be his Saviour and then his Lord. I knelt down with him and prayed for complete deliverance through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. (now remember, this is all taking place in a public square with lots of people standing around watching and listening) Praise God!
We finally stood up together and gave praise to God! He is Born of The SPIRIT OF GOD!

I will continue with “part#4. Wait and see what happens next. It’s a real testimony, glory to God!

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Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance On The Subway Part 2

Posted by Job on February 15, 2008

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#2) « The Word on the Streets

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#2)After I had finished praying with the man that was blind, I continued to share The Gospel and pass out tracts.

After a while a “transit security” guy came by and said, “you can’t do that here”. I have heard that one before, so I asked him some questions. He said that the property that I was on is being leased from the city and that the transit company does not allow people to preach out loud. I asked him where I could get the information in writing, and he told me where.

So I continued to pass out tracts for a while. I don’t believe in making a big seen and challenging the law when you don’t know for sure if what is being told to you is true or not. I have had a security guard come under conviction before and tried to tell me that I couldn’t preach where I was at. Come to find out he was wrong. Later he told me about how he was away from God etc.

Soon the Spirit was leading me to move to another city. After leaving on the bus, I went to the train that goes into the city. Waiting for the train, I struck up a conversation with a lady sitting on a bench. Come to find out she was a believer. Praise God! We got on the train and she shared with me how God had delivered her from drugs that she had been on for years. Awesome testimony! To God be the glory!

I went to the usual square in the center of the city where we minister from time to time. I did the usual prayer walk for a while. I spotted my brother James from a distance, ministering the Gospel and passing out tracts. I stopped and had prayer for him.

Soon, I walked around the square to where he was. As I approached him, I noticed two brothers standing off to the side praying as James was ministering. I had never seen these two before, so as James finished we all came together and introduced each other. Now this was another divine appointment set by God. Praise Him!

These two brothers, one of which is just getting his feet wet in street ministry are called of God. We shared and had prayer, exchanged telephone numbers. They had to take off to get their car which was on the meter, but both James and I know we will see them soon back out on the streets, the Lord willing.

James and I continued to share with those who would put the brakes on and come over and talk with us. Soon another brother who I haven’t seen in a year downtown, came by and we prayed and ministered together for a while.

I looked at the clock and it said 4:00pm. I had remembered that the Lord had shared with me that morning how he did want me to share in the later afternoon at a particular train stop at the square. So I told James to come over if God so leads him after our other brother had finished preaching.

Well, the post is long enough again. I will stop for now, but do go to “part#3″ when it comes. It’s awesome to hear how God delivered an alcoholic and he sobered him up to preach The Gospel. Powerful! Praise Him! To God be the glory, great things He has done (because it was yesterday) and great things he is doing today.
Also, I left out a soul that God had saved that day.(God help me)

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Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance On The Subway Part 1

Posted by Job on February 15, 2008

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing! « The Word on the Streets

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!I woke up early this morning giving God praise and glory for what He did yesterday. God is showing forth His power on the streets, big time. He is changing lives. Restoration is taking place right before our eyes. To God be the glory! I pray that you will be inspired to get out and use what gifts and callings that God has blessed you with. You are unique and because of that, you can reach people that I can’t, and vice verse. Isn’t that so like God? He is unique and He made you unique to reach unique people.

It was one of those days where I did not receive orders from Him as to where to start exactly. I was impressed to just set out and see what happens. This is something that I did on a regular basis for about a year, and it was “oh so awesome”. Going out, but not knowing where. I pray that if God has yet to impress you by His Spirit to do this, that He would and that He would do it soon. Amen.

The first human encounter was a young guy at the traffic light on my way walking to the bank. I shared with him and he really listened. I believe it was another seed planting. He took a tract, and I pray that He will come when God again draws his heart to come to Him.

After the bank, (praise God there was money in the bank!) I went to the bus stop and talked (tried to) with a Hispanic man. I don’t know Spanish (but I should) so lately God has had me use a key from my pocket and tell them that the key to God is Jesus Christ. He smiled and nodded his head. I pointed to the heart also.

When I got on the bus, I immediately saw a young kid that I have talked to before. He is very quite. I sensed that there was pain and sorrow in his life, so I asked him, “has there been some painful things happen in your life?” He said yes. I said, “Have you lost a mother, or father? “A family member?” He said no, but that he did not want to talk about it. God knows and I can pray for him.

Soon I got to the first city and the local transit mall. The Lord had me do the usual prayer walk around the block. Then had me stand and start to pass out tracts and do some preaching. A young guy and his girl friend came up and wanted prayer. I first asked them if Jesus Christ was their Lord and Saviour. They said no. So I went through The Gospel with them and praise God they turned from the old life to the new! We prayed and they received Him as Lord and Saviour! The Angels where singing again! Hallelujah!

Well, of course about that time a messenger of Satan shows up (standard procedure) and we rebuked him in Jesus name and pleaded the blood of Jesus Christ. He flees, praise God!

Another brother which I just met a couple of weeks ago, stops by and we have an awesome time talking about God and His goodness. We share out loud what He has done. This is real powerful in a public setting. Whether on a corner, or in a building elevator, or on a bus or train, give God the glory out loud. You will be amazed at what takes place.

I moved across the street and there stood a young black man who was blind. My heart went out to him. I stood there praying for him quietly. Then God’s Spirit moved and I began to talk with him. I asked him if Jesus was his Lord and Saviour. He smiled and said “oh yes”. I asked him how long he had been blind, he said “since I was a year and a half old.” My heart swelled with compassion for the man.

I stood there and The Lord reminded me of my morning walk to the bank earlier. As I was walking along, God began to show me my five senses. I went through all of them one by one. I smelled, I saw, I heard etc. I ran my fingers along the concrete divider. I began to weep and appreciation came over me. Why me? as I thought of others that don’t have some of these senses. I certainly didn’t deserve it. God in His love and mercy has given them to me for His glory. May they be used for Him.

So as I stood there with this blind man, tears of compassion began to flow as I prayed to The Father for him. I looked up and saw the blue sky. The trees with their leaves turning. I pleated with God that he might see again. I asked him if I could pray with him for complete healing of his eyes. He said, “sure”.( before this I was a little reserved, because I have learned that you need to be very careful and sensitive with people who have disabilities). But I really sensed that God’s Spirit was working and He wanted to heal him.

Just as we started to pray, I looked up and there was a girl standing next to us that I have met out on the streets before. I had to refresh my memory and ask her if she was a believer or not. She said she was. I explained to her what was taking place and asked her if she believed that God could restore this man sight. She said, “yes” so we prayed together.

When we finished praying, I asked the man if he could see. He said. “not yet, but I believe I will”. Praise God he will! I believe!

He gave me his telephone number and I expect when I call him, that he will tell me he now sees. Praise to God! He is healing our brother! He will see this side of eternity! He will look up and see the blue sky, the trees! Oh praise God with me! For He is great and greatly to be praised!
“To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!”

I will stop here because I personally don’t like long posts. So if I don’t like them, I will not make them, right?
The above is only one quarter of what God did that day. With His help, I will try to write some more later.

I write these testimonies so that first God would be glorified in them, and second that you the reader would be encouraged to go out and use your gifts and callings for Him and His Kingdom. Amen

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Psalm 107:22 Do Not Let Life Wear You Down

Posted by Job on January 23, 2008

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(Psalm 107:22) You cannot turn on the news or pick up the newspaper without being bombarded  y all of the problems and evil that exists in our world. Each day you are
confronted by family members, friends, those you work with or go to school
with, that are hurting and going thru a difficult time in their life. 99% or
better of the over 40,000 prayer requests that come into Liveprayer every
single day are people who are in pain, fighting the battles everyone fights
during the course of their life. The fact is, we are all dealing with
problems every day, that is simply part of life.

The worst thing that can happen is when we allow our problems to overwhelm
us to the point we forget to be thankful to God. Never forget, no matter
what your problems may be today, without God you would have no hope. He is
your source of strength when you feel like you can’t go on. He is your
source of encouragement when you don’t see any answers. He is your source of
hope that tomorrow will be better than today. It is God who loves you when
nobody else does, and it is God who will never leave you when everyone else
has. In the midst of whatever your battles may be today, don’t forget to
simply say, “Thank you God!”

I know this message today may seem very elementary, but it is amazing how
when we are under the pressures of daily life, we can often forget the most
basic truths. No matter what may be going on in our lives, God deserves our
thanks because of who He is. He is God! He is the Creator of the heavens and
earth. He is OUR CREATOR! He loves us unconditionally and cares about us so
much. He has given us so many wonderful and special promises in His Word
that we can count on. So never let the cares of this brief life keep you
from taking the time each day to thank Him.

I realize today as you read this, you may be facing a serious health issue,
or your marriage may be in trouble, or you are dealing with a huge financial
problem, or you need a job, or someone you love has recently died, or you
are battling with some sort of addiction, or a myriad of other problems. It
doesn’t matter what your problems may be. Take a few minutes right now,
forget about your problems, and simply focus on God. Now, say THANK YOU GOD!
Say it again. Again. Again. Tell God you love Him. Tell God you worship and
adore Him. Forget about everything else for a few moments and simply
concentrate on God and thank Him!!!

Listen, thanking God is not going to make all of your problems go away. What
it will do is bring joy to your heart, peace into your life, and give you a
renewed sense of hope as you face the day to day trials life may bring your
way. Facing your problems, dealing with your problems become 100 times
easier. You get blessed when you thank God! By getting so wrapped up in your
problems and not taking the time to thank God you are missing blessings.

I love you and care about you so much. I am guilty so often of not taking
the time I should each day to simply stop what I am doing and just spend
some time thanking God. It is so easy to focus on what is wrong with our
life, that we often forget how much is right with our life. We get so bound
by our problems that we forget the simple act of saying thank you to God.
Without Him, there would be no answers, no solutions to our problems and
this life would have no purpose and be meaningless and hopeless.

I will be praying for you today. Do me a favor. No, do yourself a favor.
Stop whatever you are doing right now. Take the next 3 minutes. That is 180
seconds. Use those 3 minutes to do nothing else but say thank you to God.
Thank Him for His love. Thank Him for all the wonderful blessings He bestows
on you each day. Thank Him for caring about you. Thank Him for all that He
does for you each day. I can assure you that you have MUCH TO BE THANKFUL
FOR! Take the next 3 minutes and spend it thanking God.

The Bible only gives us a brief glimpse of what our eternal existence will
be like. One thing we know is that we will be worshipping God our Creator.
Now is a good time to start doing that . Each day, we must take time out of
our busy lives and simply spend it thanking God. We will always have
problems in this life. That is simply a fact of living in this dark and evil
world where so many people live their lives in rebellion to God. But the
Bible tells us that when this brief journey is over, “There will be no more
death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed
away.” Make sure that no matter what your problems may be, that you never
forget to take the time each day to say thank you to God!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

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Psalm 30: Rejoicing During Trials

Posted by Job on January 23, 2008

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I have a very simple, but special message for you today from the 30th Psalm:
“I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not
let my enemies gloat over me. O LORD my God, I called to you for help and
you healed me. O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from
going down into the pit.”

Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger
lasts only a moment but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a
night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” O LORD, when you
favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I
was dismayed.

To you, O LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What gain is there
in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness? Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O
LORD, be my help.”

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me
with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I
will give you thanks forever.”

I realize today that as you read these words of comfort and hope, you are
facing some of the trials that we all face along our journey during this
life. No matter what those trials may be, you have the promise from God
Himself that He will see you through. He is not going to let you down. You
need to understand that God loves you more than you could ever begin to
comprehend. You are important to Him. You are special to God. That is why no
matter what you are going through, He will never leave you nor forsake you.

For those of you dealing with health issues, weeping may remain for a night
but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing with financial
problems, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the
morning! For those of you dealing with problems in your marriage, weeping
may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you
dealing with problems at school or work, weeping may remain for a night but
rejoicing comes in the morning!

For those of you dealing with the death of a loved one, weeping may remain
for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you dealing
with problems with your children, weeping may remain for a night, but
rejoicing comes in the morning! For those of you battling with some sort of
addiction, weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the
morning!

NO MATTER WHAT THE TRIAL YOU ARE FACING IS, NO MATTER WHAT THE BATTLE IN OUR LIFE MAY BE TODAY, WEEPING MAY REMAIN FOR A NIGHT BUT REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING!!!

I love you and care about you so much. I know the pain and heartache many of
you are dealing with in your life today. I wish I could snap my fingers and
make it all go away. I can’t, but I know the ONE who can! God is not going
to abandon you in your hour of need. He will be there with you every step of
the way. Call out His name, He will answer you. I pray today that you will
know His peace in the midst of the trials you may be facing. Praise Him even
in the midst of those trials since you already have His promise that weeping
may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller 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
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Feeling Like A Failure? There Is NO Failure With God!

Posted by Job on January 17, 2008

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(Deuteronomy 29:9; 2 Chronicles 31:21) (C) Copyright 2008, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.Let me share some insights with you that I have found to be true in my life
and I am sure you have found in your own life. It is in our failures that we
learn life’s most important lessons and grow. Nobody wants to fail, but the
only person who has never failed is someone who has never tried. Failure is
part of life. It is something we all have to experience from time to time.
The key, however, is how do you respond when you fail? How do you respond
when life doesn’t go as you planned?

Winning, losing, succeeding, failing, these are all concepts that we begin
to learn as children. Playing games is something all children do, and
quickly we learn there are winners and losers. During our childhood we try
many things, music, sports, different hobbies. Again, we quickly learn the
joy of succeeding in the things we do and that empty feeling when we fail.
While it is important to keep winning and success in perspective and learn
how to do both with humility, it is even more important to learn how to
handle defeat and failure, as well as the lessons they can teach us.

The first lesson in losing, in failing, is to take personal responsibility
and not blame other people or anything else. Having spent 31 months of my
life in Federal Prison, having ministered these past 18 yrs to tens of
thousands of men and women who are incarcerated, I can tell you the biggest
problem I see with people in prison is the refusal to take personal
responsibility for the choices that put them in prison. Most people you talk
to who are in prison will tell you they are there because of what this
person or that person said or did. They are not willing to accept
responsibility that they are there because of the choices THEY MADE. A
person who is in prison will never be able to move forward and turn their
life around until they are ready to accept personal responsibility for THEIR
choices.

Whenever we lose or fail, it is always easy to sit back and make excuses.
Some of those excuses may even be valid. However, rather than investing the
time and energy into finding excuses why we lost or failed, it is far more
productive to look at the role WE played in our loss or failure. You learn
nothing by blaming someone else or making excuses. When you sit down and are
honest to look at yourself, at the choices you made that contributed to your
loss or failure, then you are able to learn from the mistakes you made and
hopefully not repeat them in the future. We can all learn much from our
losses and failures in life if we will simply be honest with ourselves and
take the time to analyze our thoughts and actions so we can identify what we
did wrong.

The second lesson in losing, in failing, is to not let our loss or failure
paralyze us from trying again. Some people become so devastated by losing,
by failing, that they simply refuse to try again. My friend, losing and
failing are part of life. As I said earlier, the only people I have met who
have never lost or failed are people who have never tried. You can’t be
afraid of losing or failure. Nobody likes to lose. Nobody likes to fail.
However, you will never win unless you also lose and you will never succeed
unless you also fail. Rather than being paralyzed by losing and failing, let
them motivate you. Learn from your losses and failures so that you don’t
repeat the mistakes and poor choices you made that led to them. Instead of
losing and failing making you weak, they can make you strong.

*LET ME SAY THAT ONE MORE TIME SINCE THIS IS A POWERFUL THOUGHT. INSTEAD OF
LOSING AND FAILING MAKING YOU WEAK, LOSING AND FAILING CAN MAKE YOU STRONG!

The third lesson in losing, in failing is this, THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH
GOD! In the process of serving the Lord, we will always have times and
experiences when we feel in our flesh that we have failed, that we have let
the Lord down. That is a lie from the pits of hell! THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH
GOD! You can’t fail when you are serving the Lord. The only way you can fail
is to NOT serve Him! God uses our obedience and faithfulness in ways we will
never see or understand until we get to Glory. The reality is, when we are
yielded to the Lord, God uses our lives to do incredible things that we
never even realize.

As a matter of fact, I submit that the greatest things you will ever do for
God you don’t even know you did them until you get to Heaven. Those are the
things you do each day simply by being obedient and faithful . God will give
us a little feedback along the way since He knows our flesh is weak and
needs encouragement. However, the vast majority of what God does in and
through our lives we will never fully comprehend in this life. Don’t forget,
our job isn’t to know everything that is going on, it is simply to be
obedient and faithful. God can use a willing and yielded vessel!

I love you and care about you so much. Losing and failing are simply part of
this life. Things often don’t go as we planned. THAT IS LIFE! How we respond
to losing, to failing, when things don’t go as we planned is the key. Never
forget, God is on the throne. He doesn’t take naps, or go to the bathroom,
or take a break to eat a sandwich. God is on His throne at all times and
nothing happens apart from God allowing it to happen. The vast majority of
the time we lose or fail is because of the choices we made. God gave us free
will, and God allows us to make the choices that lead to our losing or
failing. Again, the key is how do we respond when we lose or fail.

Your first response should be prayer. Pray for God to open your heart, give
you wisdom, and show you why you lost or failed. Than, you need to pray for
God to give you the strength to overcome your disappointment in losing or
failing, and help you to move forward. Lastly, you need to seek the Lord to
guide you so that you don’t make those same poor choices again. Listen to me
carefully. God doesn’t abandon you when you lose or fail. You are not alone.
He is there with you each moment, so reach out and allow HIM to comfort you
and give you His peace. God is with you in the good times and bad, through
victory and defeat, through success and failure.

I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will speak to your heart
today through these words. If you have suffered some defeats in your life
recently, if you have failed, know that I am here and praying for you.
Losing and failing are part of life. Don’t let your defeats or failures keep
you from moving forward. Life goes on. Sit down and learn from your losses,
learn from your failures, and work to insure you don’t make those mistakes
again. Let me share a secret with you today. As long as you know Jesus as
your Savior you can never lose or fail and if you don’t know Jesus as your
Savior, you can never win or succeed. One more time, say it out loud slowly,
“As long as I know Jesus as my Savior I can never lose or fail and if I
don’t know Jesus as my Savior, I can never win or succeed!”

My friend, as long as you know Jesus, no matter what may happen, no matter
what the setbacks in life you may experience along your journey, no matter
what your defeats or your failures may be, you will always win and be
successful! YOU ARE ALWAYS A WINNER AND A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF JESUS!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller 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
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God Himself Wants To Use Your Life

Posted by Job on November 15, 2007

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A word of encouragement for you today. As you sit in your home, your office,
or wherever you read the Daily Devotional, I want to give you a word of
encouragement today. God wants to use your life for His glory! Think about
this for a moment. The God who created the heavens and earth, the God who
created you and me in His image, GOD HIMSELF, wants to use YOUR LIFE! I
don’t know about you but just the thought blows me away. The fact that THE
GOD wants to use me is mind boggling. It is true, God wants to use your
life!!!

I love reading the Biblical accounts when God calls a person to serve Him.
Some say no, some obediently follow, and others make excuses why they aren’t
adequate. The reality is, all men are born to serve and glorify God their
Creator with their lives. That is the universal purpose for all men. So we
shouldn’t be shocked or surprised when God calls us, since He is only asking
us to do what we were created for, to serve Him!

Apart from our universal purpose to serve and glorify the Lord with our
lives, God calls each of us to do that in unique ways. He gives each of us
special gifts and talents in order to be able to serve Him in the specific
area He calls us to serve. Most people understand their universal purpose in
life is to serve God, but are not very clear what God is specifically
calling them to do with their life. This is another area where your daily,
intimate, personal walk with the Lord becomes so important.

The closer we are to God, the better we “hear” God, the better we understand
God, the easier it is for us to find those areas of service He is calling us
to. Never forget the passions you have, what you enjoy doing, what gets you
excited, exist because that is how God made you. In serving the Lord, you
should find ways to serve that incorporate the things you enjoy and are
passionate about in this life. Serving God is not supposed to be something
that you dread but something that you look forward to and enjoy!

Remember that a couple of the big ways God speaks to us is through other
people and through our circumstances. Nothing that happens in your life is
an accident or a coincidence. God brings people into our life, speaks to us
through other people, God allows things to happen to us, He opens and closes
doors in our lives, all to guide us where He wants us to be and doing the
things He wants us to be doing. That is why we need to be tuned in to what
God may be saying to us through others and through our circumstances. Often
it is God speaking to us and trying to guide us where He wants us to be.

In serving God, don’t be misled that this means doing something on a grand
scale or what the world would notice because it was something so visible and
affecting so many people. I would guess that 99.9% of the people who have
served the Lord over the ages were people whose name the world never knew.
Most people know who Paul is, and Billy Graham, and many of the world-renown
men and women of God who have made an impact on millions with their lives.
But in the eyes of God, the faithful service of someone carrying groceries
to a poor family, someone using their gift of music in their local church,
someone visiting those in the prisons and nursing homes, someone who holds a
Bible study at their job, someone who passes out tracts, is just as
important as someone whose name is known by the masses.

You don’t need to stand in a pulpit and preach to thousands, or write books
read by millions, or reach nations on TV or radio, or operate an
Internet./TV ministry reaching millions of people worldwide daily to serve
the Lord. We are ALL called to serve the Lord, each in our own special and
unique way, and nobody’s service is more important than someone else’s. What
IS important is that we are faithful and obedient to serve the Lord to the
best of our ability. Never forget, it is our heart that God sees and is
concerned about.

I love you and care about you so much. My word of encouragement for you
today is that God, yes THE God, has called you to serve Him. I want to
encourage you that serving the Lord is not only the universal purpose of
life we all share, but as a follower of Jesus Christ something we are
commanded to do. My challenge to you today is to open your heart and seek
the Lord and let HIM guide you to those areas of service He has called you
to. Each of us are special and unique, with special and unique gifts and
talents, so we have all been called to serve our Lord in different ways.

Never forget that we live in a world that has rejected God, the Truth of His
Word, and Jesus. It is to this lost and hurting world that God has called us
to service. As each son and daughter of the Lord answers that call to
service, we are being the salt of the earth and the light to this world
Jesus has called us to be. It is through our service to the Lord that this
lost world sees Jesus in us and has a desire to get to know Him. The Bible
says that we are His ambassadors. It is in our service that we bring the
hope and love of Jesus Christ to the lost and hurting in our world each day.

I will be praying for you. I pray today that God will move on your heart and
help you to continue serving Him with even more conviction and enthusiasm.
If you have not been doing all you should in serving the Lord, let this word
today motivate you and challenge you to follow Him and as He guides you in
your service. He will open and close doors, speak to you through others,
cause circumstances to occur in your life to show you the things that you
should be doing for Him. Don’t forget, service is not an option it is a
commandment from our Lord.

In these days when the world preaches and teaches that your success is
judged by how many people serve you, let me remind you that in God’s eyes,
your success in this life is measured by how many people you serve!!!

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, 1-727-342-5673
(C) Copyright 2007, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.

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