Daily Devotional for Tuesday February 26, 2013
(Psalms 91:15, 89:1)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what is a Prophet? Who were the Prophets? What is the purpose of Prophets?
ANSWER: The "Prophet" is a spokesman for God. In the OT, prior to the completion of the Bible, God spoke through the prophet to foretell events as well as lead the people in ways of righteousness. Now that we have God's Word in its complete form, the modern day prophet is not a "Christian fortune teller" as many portray themselves, but a FORTHTELLER. Nothing a prophet says can contradict God's Word. Their purpose is to share God's Truth as found in the Bible and lead the people in the ways of God. The prophet was never and still is not a popular person since they have made a solid commitment to God above all else, and have always been despised by the formal religious community for telling people the raw truth and not being involved in the politics of the church. The true prophet is not able to be bought off and his allegiance is to the Truth of God's Word and building the Kingdom of God. By the way, this is another reason Mormonism is a cult from hell, since they claim to be "modern day prophets" with a "new revelation." That is a DIRECT contradiction to the last verses of the Bible and exposes them as "false prophets," which by definition is someone who leads people AWAY from God's Word and faith in the Jesus of the Bible.
One of the joys in my life is to look over some of the thousands of incredible praise reports we receive every day here at Liveprayer. Real people that had emailed us to pray about real issues in their life. It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to stand in agreement with people for the needs they face during the course of their journey through life. I am always moved to see God's grace and mercy at work in the lives of people as He answers their prayers.
Several times each year, I like to share a sampling of those praise reports with you. I do this because so many of you are facing great obstacles in your life today, and need to know God is there. The Bible proclaims that God is no respecter of person. That simply means what God has done for someone else, He will do for you. So I want you to know today that no matter what your need is, what your problem is, what the battle you are fighting may be, God not only hears your prayers, BUT HE ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS!
Also, so many of you pray and sacrificially give to the work God is doing here at Liveprayer. I want to encourage you today as well, that your prayers, and your gifts to this work are not in vain. What we do each and every day for over 2 million people all over the world is only possible because you care, you pray, and you give. Let these praise reports be an encouragement to you that God is using you to make a difference in the lives of people. God is using your obedience, your faithfulness to reach those who are lost and hurting with His love and hope. May God use these praise reports today to be a blessing to you!
"I sent a prayer request in yesterday about my coworker's friend that has cancer and was not a Christian. She was saved last night. PRAISE GOD! I just wanted to say thank you for your prayers."
"I have to report that through all my financial difficulties where I thought I would never find enough money to pay my bills, that I thought my checks were going to bounce, that I faithfully continued to give my same offering to my church that I had before I lost my high paying job, I still continued to give to Liveprayer.com, I still continued to support my local Christian radio station and the racetrack chaplaincy program. I KNEW that it is as the Lord says, that if you continue to give to HIM, HE will take care of you. AND He always has come through. Right now He is working such miracles that I have to keep blinking to make sure that I am not dreaming. God bless Bill Keller and his work and thank you GOD for your blessings and the strength You have given me to keep my faith going."
"Thanks for your continued love and sharing your wonderful devotionals with us each day. Because of your devotionals, I have made life changes and look forward to what Jesus has planned for my life! AMEN !!!!"
"TO YOU & ALL OF YOUR DEVOTIONAL TEACHINGS....LIVE PRAYER WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF MY STEPPING STONES THAT LED ME TO MY SALVATION..I AM TRYING HARD DAILY TO" WALK THE WALK" IN HOPES TO BE AN EXAMPLE FOR MY FAMILY."
"When Dr. Spellman walked into that examining room today and announced "Goiter" I about fell off the examining table. I didn't think my ears were hearing what they were hearing. I said, "No cancer?" and he repeated "Goiter". With that I put my arms around his neck and cried. Even my husband was teary eyed. I told the doctor that Jesus had removed what was there. Then I turned my eyes towards Heaven and thanked Him again."
"Dear Bro. Bill, A few weeks ago I sent in a prayer request for a neighbor's child who the Doctors thought might have a rare form of cancer. You prayed, plus our church prayed along with others. The end result....it wasn't cancer after all!!!!"
"Dear Ones in Christ, I thank you for the prayer for me when I wrote several months ago. Being recently divorced from a pastor at that time and having total unforgiveness in my heart, it was so difficult to function in the body of God. To my surprise, there was a response informing me to draw up a battle plan. I followed that very Godly advice. Now many months later, I have become a "snake killer" with the enemy under my feet. A prayer force of women meet in my home weekly praying for all needs and I can be used by the Lord again since the unforgiveness is totally gone. I never knew what a horrible feeling spiritually, emotionally and physically one can have from unforgiveness. A tremendous weight is lifted and I know God will use me in ministering to others with the same circumstances I was in. I thank you for the prayers, am grateful for your obedience to God. I could not ask others for prayer under my circumstances so God made a way through your ministry and I am so grateful."
"Thank you and everyone for your prayers. My husband was awarded custody of his daughter last week. Praise God for without him and all the prayers, we wouldn't have her."
"Dear Bill, I have pray and confess my sins to the Lord...I'm excited that Jesus is in my life and in my heart...thank you for your daily devotional...i ask of you that i may have some information to help me in my new life with Christ...thank you again and God Bless You! "
"Brother Keller, Since your devotional on how to lose weight with no pills, just prayer, I have lost 20 pounds! I am eating healthy now, and eating wayyyy less! Thanks for your wisdom."
"My name is Debbie and I've written you a few times with requests of prayer and you have been so good in writing back to me. I have only been a Christian for a year and one half. I used to practice witchcraft and had very bad depression with over 6 attempts at suicide over 7 years. The very moment that I asked Jesus to be my Savior, God swooped down and lifted me out of the dark hole that I was dying in and brought me back to life!!!!!!!!"
"Thank you all for praying that I pass my board exam. Like Bill said, he would be waiting for that praise report and here it is. Thank you all, and thank GOD for everything."
"DEAR BILL, ABOUT A YEAR AGO I ASKED FOR PRAYER FOR MY COUSIN DOLORES, SHE WAS GOING THROUGH A TRIAL AND HAD TURNED AGAINST THE LORD , THE LORD ANSWERED MY PRAYER, SHE HAS BEEN MADE WHOLE AND COME BACK TO JESUS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS, THE LORD IS GOOD IN HIS TIME." "Dear Bill, I have often come to you to ask for your support in prayer but rarely ever come to you to testify to the power of faith in the Lord. I recently wrote to you asking to pray with me to the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ to lead me through a financial endeavor that I was going through with school. Well, very recently, after putting the Lord first in my life telling Him that I wanted Him to go before me and lead me by taking control of the situation, I was able to register for my classes and am enrolled for the upcoming term. GOD IS SOOOOO GOOOOOD! I know I could not get through this endeavor without Him and that it was only through His mercy, His grace, and His love that I did. I want to thank you Bill for praying with me in faith and for allowing God to use you to be a source of inspiration each day."
"Bill, after I wrote you this morning, I got a phone call an hour later...and I got a job. Working at the children's daycare at our church. Praise God...and thanks for praying and for your daily message, what a blessing you are."
"Praise the Lord I have been freed from the sin of homosexually. I thought I was a lesbian or bisexual but found out that it was simply a sin I was fighting (just as I was fighting the sin to steal). I feel so free now that these sins are out of my life."
"I had just written you not many days ago asking you to pray that our mobile home, in the mountains, would sell. It is sold!! Praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers. We had been praying for over two months and here comes this buyer out of nowhere. "
"I have written you many times in my journey from "fair weather Christian" to daily follower. I have been married for 9 years and have been in the past "unequally yoked". I am proud to tell you that I have prayed for the Lord to bring the touch of the Holy Spirit upon my wife and He has. She, myself and our seven year old son now pray together daily at her request and it is having a dramatic and wonderful effect on our marriage."
"I wrote last week asking for my daughter, Ashley, who was taking a cosmetology test for the THIRD time - she PASSED. PRAISE GOD. Through it all she has come back to church..."
"I wanted to give you a short testimony about your wonderful site on your 5th Anniversary. Five years ago on August 20 I found out my husband of 12 yrs. had been having an affair with a 20 yr old he worked with. He was 32. We had four boys, the oldest was 11, then 7, 2 and a newborn only 4 months old. I was devastated. I don't know how I found your site, but I know God took me there. A lot of people told me to give up, but I felt God was calling me to be obedient and follow him. I did and now we just celebrated our 17th anniversary! My husband began a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus and is a changed man. So I am thankful first to God, but also to Liveprayer. It was a very important part of making through a very difficult situation. Nothing is impossible with God!"
"Today I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior."
"Bill ,I just had to write to tell You ,God is still in the prayer answering business , Today a contract was signed to sell my house, And we did get the full asking price for it ! May God Bless and Keep you and continue in the work God has called you to do , Praise The Lord ! We will close on the house in about 30 days !"
"I watch your show every night and love it! Your ministry has been there for me when my infant son was killed and through other problems I have had on and off."
"Thank you for your prayers.We have found a job, a place to live, and a home for our daughter. Thank you Jesus, thank you Live Prayer, and thank you for your faithful ministry."
I love you and care about you so much. May these praise reports encourage you today that no matter what your problem may be, God is there for you. Also, thanks to all of my dear friends that so faithfully pray for this ministry each day and sacrificially give to keep us here. GOD IS GREATLY USING YOUR LIFE TO BRING HIS HOPE AND LOVE TO LOST AND HURTING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITHFULNESS AND OBEDIENCE!!!
All praise goes to our great God for His unconditional love for us and his endless grace and mercy. He is worthy to be praised!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,