Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 8, 2014
The Soul of A Nation Hangs in the Balance
"You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities." Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" Amos 3:2-3
The soul of a nation hangs in the balance, the stakes could not be higher! Sadly, most people can't see what is happening right in front of them in the natural, so to expect them to see what is happening spiritually is a huge task. As we look back on the great prophets of the Old Testament, over and over this was their lament as they tried to warn the people of God's pending judgment but the people chose not to listen!
In today's anchor Scripture, we have one such example as the prophet Amos condemned Israel for breaking God's laws. He prophesied at Bethel which became the center of idol worship and the residence of King Jeroboam II that the Israelites would be taken captive by the Assyrians. "You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities." Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?"
Over the 15 years 1 month and 9 days of Liveprayer.com in the Daily Devotional I have faithfully written each morning for these past 5518 days, the nearly 12 years of the Liveprayer TV program only airing on secular stations and networks, I have tried my best in the midst of dealing with the issues of the day and in people's lives from a Biblical worldview to warn you of the spiritual peril this nation was in. With each passing year, the intensity has increased as I have clearly seen God's blessings and protection being removed, and his judgment clearly being poured out on our land for our sins, wickedness, and rebellion!
These warnings began in earnest in November of 2007 with a prophetic warning about God clearly showing us His judgment on our nation beginning in 2008. Later that year I unveiled the Jonah Project (http://www.liveprayer.com/jonah/) as a prayerful and deliberate plan to lead this nation back to God and His Truth. In November of last year I shared a prophetic word of HOPE regarding 2014 being the year we would see the sparks of a true revival and the start of the nation turning back to God and Biblical Truth, just like Nineveh heeded the warnings of the prophet Jonah and repented, turned to God, and a great revival broke out as His hand of judgment on that people was stayed for a season!
As we came down to the final 100 days of this year, once again God spoke through me words of satan's plans to insure that this nation would be in so much turmoil, under such a barrage of pain and evil from every direction, that revival and a turning back to God would be the last thing the people were thinking of. However, as God had me share with you, it would be precisely in these final days of this year as we face great trials and tribulation, that the sparks of a true national revival would be seen and a turning back to God and His Truth would begin as people wake up to the only hope and answer we have!
Here is a link to that powerful prophetic message on the final 100 days of 2014: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5718
I am going to share with you some emails I have received and will respond to them in this Devotional They are being used to try and wake up those who are slumbering, those who still have not opened your spiritual eyes and ears. Just like the priests in the days of the prophets in the Old Testament were too busy building their own kingdom to even notice God's pending judgment, so are the "priests" of today.
Of all the major national Christian leaders with tens of millions annually at their disposal, NOT ONE is warning the people of God's pending judgment! They are too busy playing on people's greed and desires for the things of this temporal world, tickling the ears of the masses telling them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear, as they have been blinded by their own ambitions and desires to even see God's pending wrath and judgment just ahead!
I am not surprised in the least that never before in these past 15 years has Liveprayer been under such an attack on our finances. Despite requiring pennies compared to the massive amounts of money local churches reaching a small local congregation raise, we are in a struggle to simply keep this incredible and proven platform God has created for us to share His Truth and hope to the lost and hurting masses around the world each day. In this greatest hour of our work for the Lord, we are reduced to begging daily for simple scraps simply to do that work!
THAT IS BECAUSE SATAN KNOWS AFTER OVER TWO DECADES OF SERVICE, BILL KELLER CAN'T BE BOUGHT AND WON'T COMPROMISE GOD'S TRUTH UNDER ANY CONDITION! THE ONLY WAY SATAN CAN SILENCE ME OR RESTRICT THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WE CAN REACH IS BY CUTTING OFF OUR FINANCES! AS YOU READ THE REST OF THIS POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT I BEG YOU TO READ OVER AND OVER AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN ORDER TO SEE AND UNDERSTAND THE PERILOUS MOMENT OF HUMAN HISTORY WE ARE LIVING AND THE IMPORT OF THE MOMENT, PRAY ABOUT TAKING YOUR STAND AND MAKING WHATEVER SACRIFCE YOU MUST MAKE TO HELP ME TODAY!!!
"Pastor Bill, you are right! Everything that you have been saying is coming true! It is a shame no one is listing except save a few. I have been saying the same thing for quite sometime now, but just like you no one pays any attention or thinks you are crazy. Well I for one along with my wife have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on our side, we know where we will be when the end comes, and I believe sooner then later. It is only going to get worse instead of better. This country as a whole has forsaken the Heavenly Father that has protected us all of these years and we have thrown it all away. I am just glad that at my age I am on the way out. It is a shame that all those that have served this country in time of war and peace and some gave their all, it has all been for nothing. Anyway God bless you for standing up for the God of The Bible and telling it like it is. The only consolation that you and I have is knowing where we will be in the end, in the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
I hear this brother's frustration, I know it well. I will say that those who have served our nation to keep it safe and free these many years, as well as those who have faithfully served the Lord, have not done so in vain. The lives they helped impact and souls of those who will be in Glory will be their eternal inheritance!
"Dear Bill, I know you're busy so I'll make this quick. Christians who focus upon apocalyptic tend to be mired in more in fatalism, that this world is already over, and even that the rapture's main point and purpose is to "beam us up "Scotty." Christians who are interested in kingdom-building (are often mired in a social gospel that is more social than gospel- taking on the world's priorities, as opposed to God's priorities. I notice that you: a) maintain a belief in the value of the socio-prophetic ministry, and yet b) still believe in a Christian voice in the marketplace. It's a powerful combination. Question: how have you managed to navigate the narrow way between a debilitating fatalism (and apocalyptic escapism) on one side, and a mere anthropocentric kingdom-building social justice on the other?"
We have but one life. For those who live in the United States, we have been blessed with an incredible opportunity to live in a nation where we have the freedom to share the hope and love of Christ with the world. Sadly, this nation once under the blessings and protection of God, like Israel, has turned from God to the gods of this world. God will not be mocked and at some point His grace and mercy run out.
People don't like to remember that God is also a God of judgment. Each person as well as each nation can't escape His judgment. So, while this nation has chosen to turn our back on God and His Truth, while we can expect nothing less than His wrath and judgment for our sin and rebellion, we also have the opportunity until that moment to see souls saved and a nation possibly saved by turning back to God and His Truth like Nineveh was saved for a season!
"Pastor Bill, David Limbaugh was on Glenn Beck's program selling his new book about the Christian faith. I'm supposed to interview him today (Limbaugh, not Beck) about his great new book, but I'm losing my desire to do it now. I'm not asking you to tell me what to do, but it seems to me that this was another compromise. Limbaugh is a good man, and he's written a powerful testament of faith, but I really doubt he will correct Beck about what Mormons believe since is there to simply sell his book. Your thoughts are appreciated."
I shared with this brother that I would do the interview and in that interview call Limbaugh out for going on the program of a satan worshipping cultist who lies that he is a Christian, who lies when he says he believes in "god" and "jesus," and in order to sell a few books allows the lies of this minion of satan to go unchallenged. This is especially egregious since the book Limbaugh wrote is a defense of the Christian faith, and Beck and those in his Mormon cult are no more a Christian than a Muslim is! If Limbaugh wants to make money off of Jesus, he needs to be held accountable for selling out that same Jesus by helping Beck lead unknown numbers of souls to hell with the lies of his cult.
For the record, my friend made a personal decision to write Limbaugh's publicist to cancel the interview and explained why which was a class move. I sent him a note that he is a bigger man than I am, but that is probably because I spend my life in the bloodied sands of the arena battling satan for the souls of men and have no patience or sympathy for what amounts to modern day Judas' who can be used by a tool of satan like Beck to sell a few books!
"Pastor Bill, the Session of our Presbyterian church voted not to support the action of the General Assembly to change the definition of marriage as being "between a man and a woman," to "between two people." More recently the Session voted not to permit same-sex marriages anywhere on our church property. The GA cannot impose its will on our conscience!"
Is it any wonder why this nation is under God's judgment when a "church" is even discussing such an abomination?
"Pastor Bill, I recently read about a Christian 'swingers' ministry. They make the case using the Bible that this is a way for them to reach people the church is not reaching. I know you think "out of the box" to reach the lost, what are your thoughts on this?"
Jesus told the woman taken in adultery to "go and sin no more." He didn't tell her to get back to work! Sadly, many "churches" think that in order to reach people, they have to support acts the Bible clearly calls sin, or even worse, purposely not speak out against sin since that will offend people. Memo, SIN OFFENDS GOD!
This is the byproduct of the man-made marketing schemes like seeker/purpose driven/emerging church/prosperity gospel to fill "campuses," no longer called churches bearing the cross of Christ, full of warm bodies! This is the result of the "Osteenization" of the church that never talks about sin, or hell, since that won't make people feel good because people who feel good buy books and send money!
I love you and care about you so much! Now more than every I need your love, prayers, and sacrificial support. I am praying that by the end of this week we can cover the $46,000 we are still short from our September operations. $18,000 of that is for our basic internet operations that are starting to be put in serious jeopardy, and I my knees are bloodied from spending this past weekend asking God to simply send one or two friends to take that immediate burden from me!!!
I know satan is fighting us for every dime people are sacrificing to help God's work here, since there is NO REASON we should have to worry about these amounts to simply operate. Local churches are spending millions on buildings that will one day be rubble, and national ministries take the millions they are donated to buy vast amounts of real estate they can own tax free, private jets, luxury automobiles, and multiple mansions.
As we are over a week into October, we are still $18,000 short of covering the balance of our September shortfall for our basic internet operations, as well as the $28,000 we are behind as of the end of September for our Chicago TV contract, leaving us requiring immediately $46,000 so we can begin to work on the $65,000 we require for our basic October internet and TV operations.
By the grace of God, our core TV operations that covers the satellite feeding over 80 stations nationally and our internet feed our current! Chicago represents a market of over 10 million people that we reach on a major local station every Mon-Fri from 11p-1a (Chicago time). Since we are behind, the station has cut us back to just one hour for the balance of this month, and if we can't get our account current they will cancel the program!
We have fought to keep the incredible blessing God bestowed on us this past February, and every month we have more and more people helping us from the Chicagoland market so that we are only a few months away from having those costs 100% covered by our viewers. *Please PRAY and if you have the ability to be that "ram in the bush" or the young man sacrificing his lunch so the multitudes could be fed, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-420-7005.
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Thank you for your love, for your prayers, and for your sacrificial gifts. Together over these many years we have impacted tens of millions of lives around the world, prayed for over 100 million people who came to us in their hour of need, and seen over 800,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our work here is not quite finished, as God has called us to help lead this nation back to Him and His Truth! Please pray for me to know His wisdom and strenght each day, and for those who have been blessed and able to help me financially as our nation has that "Nineveh moment!!!"
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,