Daily Devotional for Sunday August 31, 2014

The Word People Need More Than Any Other Today is That It is Going to Be Okay

(1 John 1:9)

***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what does the Bible mean by "filled with the holy spirit" in the Books of Acts?

ANSWER: It was the initial infilling of Believers with the Holy Spirit, "the Comforter" Jesus promised would come after He was gone. Now, ALL receive the Holy Spirit at the moment they accept the Lord by faith. Yielding to the power of the Holy Spirit to be guided "by the Spirit and not the flesh" is the challenge of every Believer each and every day.

I had a whole list of current issues to deal with, different sins people are struggling with, but as I was in prayer this morning the Holy Spirit said that the word people needed more than any other today was that it is going to be OK! It is easy to get weary fighting the evils of this fallen world. It is easy to get weary fighting the battles each one has in their own daily lives. It is not only easy to get weary, but at times feel defeated. You see evil flourishing around you, you see the unrighteous prosper, you see the injustice that exists, you see all of the pain and heartache each day, and you can get down. My friend, let me give you a word straight from the throne room of God today . . . IT IS GOING TO BE OK!!!

By now, most of you know me well enough to know that I would never say something just to "tickle your ears." One of the things Liveprayer does each day is bring hope to millions worldwide, but not false hope. So when I tell you "it is going to be OK," I am not just saying that to make you feel better or to give you hope that really doesn't exist. I tell you that it is going to be OK BECAUSE IT IS! We have the promises of God in His Word that no matter what is going on in the world around us, no matter what is going on in our own lives, it is going to be OK . . . because of Jesus!

No doubt, it is easy to look at this fallen and sin-filled world we live in and get very discouraged. A world that is living in utter and total rebellion to God and His Word. For many, looking at the current circumstances of your life can be very discouraging. Financial problems, health problems, marriage problems, addiction problems, employment problems, children problems, legal problems, and a whole host of other problems cause many to look at their lives each day and feel hopeless. Between the evil in this world that we live in and whatever battles we have in our own life, the fact is that there is nothing to be hopeful about without the hope we have in Christ.

You see, my friend, I can say with 100% assurance to you today that it is going to be OK because of Jesus Christ. It is Jesus that has overcome this sinful world we live in. It is Jesus that allows us to live in victory despite the problems we face in our life. That is why the one and only hope for this world and for our life is faith in Jesus Christ. Those who put their faith in anything or anyone else will not only be lost for all eternity, they will go through this life never knowing the true peace, the true joy, the true abundance this life can offer, despite the evil in our world and the problems we all have to live through. It is Jesus Christ and Him alone that allows us to live this life and for all eternity in complete and total victory!

I love you and care about you so much. As I type these words directly to YOU today, please hear this message. Don't let the things in the world around you discourage you. Don't let whatever problems you are facing in your life today discourage you. Today, be ENCOURAGED because of Jesus. He has overcome this world, and He will allow you to live your life in victory. He loves you and He cares about you. He loves you enough that He died for your sins and He cares about you enough that He promised to never leave you nor forsake you. So no matter what is happening right now, God is saying to you that IT IS GOING TO BE OK!

As I close today, let me leave you with some powerful promises from God's Word. They are for YOU today! Read each one, meditate on them, and let them be a reminder to you that no matter what is going on in the world today, no matter what is going on in your life, IT IS GOING TO BE OK!!!

"He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him." (Psalms 91:15)

"He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows." (Isaiah 30:23)

"Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence." (Psalms 91:3)

"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD, because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares." (Jeremiah 30:17)

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3)

"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." (Psalms 34:7)

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

"For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict." (Luke 21:15)

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon." (Psalms 92:12)

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

"He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son." (Revelation 21:7)

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

Bill Keller