DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY AUGUST 28, 2014 (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:9-11) ***LIVEPRAYER IN THE NEWS (Please share on your social media and with your email contacts): http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/isis-chief-challenged-to-biblical-elijah-showdown/ ***LIVEPRAYER'S 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY MONTH! Don't miss the special 15th Anniversary message coming this Friday, August 29th! On August 31st, Liveprayer will celebrate 15 years of faithful service online. Tens of millions of lives impacted worldwide, over 100 million emails for prayer over and responded to, and more than 800,000 souls we know of who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Liveprayer is a living testimony to the Lord and an eternal legacy to all of those in the Liveprayer family who have prayed and sacrificially given over the past 15 years to make this unique "last days" ministry possible. As we are into our anniversary month, please pray about a special offering to Liveprayer of $15, $150, $1,500, or $15,000 in honor or memory of someone you love who has impacted your faith in Christ. What a powerful way to remember a person God has used in your journey, as they will live for all eternity not just in your life and others they touched along the way, but those lives your gift will impact for the Lord in their honor. God bless you for your love, prayers, and sacrificial giving as together we have begun a great work that will not be finished until this nation turns back to God and His Truth!!! ***AUGUST FINANCIAL UPDATE: With only 3 days left in August, we still require $35,000 for our basic August internet operations and the $25,000 we require for our August TV budget. $10,000 of that August internet budget was due the first days of the month for the bandwidth we require simply to operate. --->I have been in prayer all weekend for 1 or 2 friends to help with special gifts to get the $10,000 we desperately need from the first week of August that is over 2 weeks past due!!! CHICAGO TV UPDATE/VICTORY REPORT! PRAISE GOD!!! One of our new friends from Chicago made a huge sacrifce last week of $15,000 to insure the program would not be cancelled. That gift leaves us needing one more payment of $22,000 by the end of the month to clear-up the amount we have been in arrears for several months now. This will insure the Liveprayer TV program can continue "live" every Monday-Friday from 11pm-1am in the great Chicagoland market of 10 million people. During the 6 months we have been on, tens of thousands of lives have been impacted and over 4,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus! Please pray for someone to help me insure we can keep this INCREDIBLE door open to reach that great metropolitan area! Pray with me for the $82,000 we require to over the last 3 days of August to end the month with all of our financial obligations current! God uses human instruments. Everyone expects someone else to answer the call, and miss many of His blessings that flow from our obedience. Please take a few minutes today and ask the Lord what HE is calling you to do to insure this need is met over these next few days. TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: bkeller@liveprayer.com , or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible. ***LIVEPRAYER TV!!! To view the program LIVE Monday-Friday from Midnight-2am EDT on your TV if we air in your market, or digitally on a computer, SmartPhone, or tablet, please go to: www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm To watch previous programs On Demand, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/LivePrayerTelevision ***ASK BILL! Send your questions for the "Ask Bill" segment each day to: bkeller@liveprayer.com ***ALL NEW AND FRESH!!!! CHECK OUT THE POWERFUL AND PERSONAL LIVEPRAYER DAILY VIDEO MESSAGE! http://www.youtube.com/liveprayerdaily/ ***THE LIVEPRAYER CHURCH!!! Haven't been to church yet this week? Join me for this week's service at the LivePrayer Church. This week's relevant and applicable message is, "Talking with satan" Please visit the website and be part the worship service. Each Sunday there will be a new service at: 12:01am EDT at: www.liveprayerchurch.com ***ASK BILL: You mentioned President Obabma being a very weak leader IN dealing with ISIS. Would his opponent in the 2012 election, Mitt Romney, have been a stronger leader dealing with the ISIS (despite being a Mormon?) ANSWER: There is little doubt a person like Romney who has years of experience "leading," would have been far better for our country in dealing with the issues of the day, including in matters of foreign policy and dealing with a threat like ISIS. In the run-up to the 2008 election, I warned people over and over that if God allowed Obama to become President, he would not only oppose God on every spiritual issue our nation faces, but he has ZERO experience running or leading anything in his life, even a lemonade stand! I don't know why anyone expected anything different than the utter incompetence and inability to make decisions in the daily running of the affairs of our nation that we have seen over the past 5 1/2 years, nor will that change throughout the balance of his term. As for Romney, his destruction of our nation would be in the form of driving the final nail in the coffin of our only hope to turn this nation back to God and His Truth. As a 5th generation high priest of a satan worshipping cult leading souls to hell with a false gospel, he would be satan's insurance that the spiritual fabric of this nation was destroyed once and for all. Sadly, I shared earlier this year a Devotional making the case that if this nation is still in all out rebellion to God and His Truth as the 2016 Presidential election rolls around, I see God allowing Romney to be the Republican nominee and winning the Presidency, thus sealing the spiritual fate of this nation once and for all! Here is a link to that Devotional: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5630 My calling from God is to be an evangelist. Seeing the lost won to Christ is what God has called me to do with my life. Over these past 15 years I have had the joy of sharing the hope of Christ with millions of people in person, through radio and television, in various publications, as well as over the Internet. I am grateful to God for each day He blesses me with to serve Him and pray that I will be faithful to His work until the day He calls me home. One of the biggest lessons I learned very early in my ministry was the importance of a person not making a decision for Christ based on sheer emotion, but to understand that the choice they were making to accept Jesus Christ into their heart by faith was a life-changing event. I have no desire to scare a person, manipulate them in any way, or use emotional tactics to get them to accept Christ. You see, if a person is not making that commitment from their heart by faith, they are simply saying some words and at best having an emotional moment. For a person to be saved, or "born again," they don't need to understand systematic theology or to have even read the Bible. What they do need to know is that they are a sinner and that it was Jesus Christ who died for their sins. They need to understand that they are made in God's image and will live for all eternity. The choice they have to make is whether they will live forever with God their Creator or apart from Him. By asking Jesus to forgive them of their sins and asking Him into their heart and life, not only will their sins be washed away but they will have the assurance that when this life is over they will spend all eternity with the Lord. There are no magic words to save you. What we often call the "Sinner's Prayer" is simply a guide for the person who is making that commitment to know Christ as their Savior. It is putting into words what they are doing in their heart by faith. It is important for a person who makes that commitment to Christ to understand that they are not joining the Boy Scouts or becoming a member of the PTA. Getting saved is not like joining a club that becomes just one part of your life. When you get saved, Christ BECOMES your life. The Bible says that when you ask Christ into your heart and life, it is no longer your life, that it now belongs to the Lord. People have got to understand that when they confess Christ as their Savior, they are making an eternal commitment to the Lord. You are surrendering your life to Jesus Christ! At the moment you are saved two wonderful things happen. First of all, you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the living God now resides within you. Your body literally becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. Once you are saved, when you drink, smoke, do drugs, engage in sex outside of marriage, it is no different than if you were drinking in church, smoking a cigarette in church, doing drugs in the sanctuary, or having sex with a person who is not your spouse right on the altar. That is why we have to do all that we can to stay pure, since we are literally the temple of the Holy Spirit that indwells each Believer. It is God's Holy Spirit that empowers the Believer to live up to the standards of God and His Word. It is the power of His Spirit that allows the Believer to live a victorious and overcoming life. The Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to understand the Truth of God's Word. It is the Holy Spirit indwelling every Believer that guides and directs our lives. Paul said that we have to "die to self daily." What he is saying is that each morning we have to surrender our lives afresh to the power of God that is within us so that we can live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to the Lord. The second wonderful thing that happens at the moment we are saved is we begin the sanctification process, or that process of being more like Christ each day. You see, that process can't even begin until a person is saved, since you have to have the power of the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to begin transforming yourself from the old man into a new man. The Bible proclaims that when you are saved you become a "new creature in Christ." This is the life-changing experience I spoke of. It doesn't happen overnight but over time. It is a process. The four critical elements to this process are reading God's Word each day, praying each day, getting into a good Bible-believing, teaching church, and finding an older man or woman in the faith to disciple you. You have got to understand that after a person gets saved, the next morning they wake up in the same bed, in the same house, with the same family, and with the same problems. On the outside it looks as if nothing has changed, and it hasn't. The change took place on the inside. The process of transforming the rest of your life is something that you will be engaged in until the moment you die. Your spiritual growth or becoming more like Jesus, is dependent on you and how much time and effort you put into that process. That is why it is critical for all Believers to read their Bible and pray every day, to be part of a good church, and to have people in your life who are more spiritually mature to disciple you. As you grow and mature in your faith you begin to understand who God is and what He desires of you. You begin to realize that He has a plan and purpose for each one of our lives, and start to fulfill that plan and purpose in your life. It is an incredible life-long journey that makes waking up each day exciting and rewarding, and where the true joy, peace, and abundance of this life come from. I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. If you already have made that commitment to Christ, I will be praying that you will continue to grow and mature in your faith, to be more like our Savior each day. That does not just happen by magic, it takes time, effort, and commitment. Let me remind you again, if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, the Bible says that it is no longer your life but it belongs to Jesus. So quit holding onto what isn't yours and fully and completely surrender your life to Him today so that He can use you for His glory. If you have never made the commitment to ask Christ into your heart and life by faith, let me tell you that the most important decision you will make in this life is not who you will marry, or where you will live, or what kind of job you will have. The most important decision you will make in this life is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. God's desire is that none be lost, that all come to repentance. He is speaking to you today. The Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation. I would invite you to go to, http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm Pray to ask God to open your heart, listen to the words, pray the prayer, and accept today God's free gift to you. Getting saved is not just an emotional moment, it is a life-changing experience!!! In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller

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