Daily Devotional for Monday February 26, 2018
A World that is Silencing the Truth of God's Word and the Gospel
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know I have only one life, one life to live for you. This is my moment in human history. Please Lord, let me make the most if it. Use my life to do great things for you as I surrender it afresh to you each morning. When I take my last breath, let there be no regrets, no sadness, that I didn't use my life fully for your Glory! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
A look at how a culture that opposes God, His Son Jesus, and Biblical Truth doesn’t even try anymore to convert people to their beliefs, but simply seeks to silence Christians from being able to share theirs!!!
I really dislike people who proudly and often arrogantly proclaim “I told you so!” That is why I fight that urge often, since after writing this Daily Devotional on the issues of our day from a Biblical worldview for nearly 19 years I could do an “I told you so” Daily Devotional 5 out of 7 days each week!
FOR THE RECORD, I WISH EVERY DAY I WAS WRONG ON SO MANY THINGS I HAVE WARNED YOU ABOUT.
During these many years, especially last year when we faced the most serious financial crisis ever that literally threatened our ability to continue ministry operations, people have counseled me on how to raise all the money we would ever need.
For those who know my history, I was blessed to, almost accidentally made over $5 million dollars in my last year of college selling computers when the first home/office computers hit the market. I spent the next 10 years of my life running from the Lord while making millions of dollars building a large computer/office supply business with offices around the country, in Canada, and hundreds of employees.
I sold the business in the mid-80s and went into the stock market full time trading my own funds on options and commodities. I did very well until the crash of ’87 when like many others, I lost everything. I had developed some great contacts in the financial world and in desperation to gain back the millions I had lost, ended up making some trades on insider information.
I was caught up in an insider trading investigation in the late 80’s in Chicago where I had been living and ended up going to Federal Prison for 2 years. During that that time re-dedicated my life to the Lord and committed to serve Him the rest of my life. While I was in prison I worked on completing the bulk of my Masters of Divinity education.
My personal testimony is on my website and has been heard over the past 25 yrs by tens of millions worldwide as a message of God’s grace and mercy and what He can do with a life fully and unconditionally surrendered to Him!
I share that to say I know how to build a great organization, and after a quarter decade in the ministry have seen every possible way others have used God’s work to personally enrich themselves by tens of millions of dollars.
This is why sadly few churches have real local outreaches to those outside their four walls any longer, and over 95% of your major ministries operate in the Christian “echo chamber” consisting of churches, Christian TV and radio stations and networks where those they reach are already Christians!
That is why after 6 years of a more traditional evangelistic ministry in local churches, when the Holy Spirit gave me the vision for Liveprayer in 1999 (someone who didn’t even own a computer or know anything about computer) it was to be centered in prayer. Prayer was a vehicle to reach ALL people, especially non-Christians, since everyone who lives faces the same challenges of life.
Even those who reject the Bible as Truth, Christ for who He is, maybe even rejects that God exists, are open to prayer when life hits them between the eyes. Sickness, divorce, financial problems, employment issues, addiction, death, and literally everything else that we all face in this lifetime, virtually all non-Christians are open to someone praying for them in their hour of need.
Because the vast majority of churches and ministries have money as a big portion of their goal, they target those who are most likely to support them financially. I get it. If you need tires you are going to talk to people who can help you get tires. As someone who has been responsible year after year for raising the funds necessary for us to do the work God has called us to, I understand the need for finances as well as anyone.
However, my Bible talks about God using the simple things to confound the wise. From day one, I put our finances in God’s hands. You see my goal was never to have one, two, three multi-million dollar mansions, Bentley’s and other luxury cars, and to live like the ruler of a small nation like so many leaders of many major churches and ministries do.
All I asked God for from day one was what we needed for that 30 days to do His work. I start the first day of every month on my knees with that same prayer, “Lord, here is what we require this month, please meet this need!” I had ready tasted the best of this world early in my life and it only leaves you thirsting for more. My life was dedicated to JESUS...not MYSELF like it had been for those 10 years when I knew I wasn’t doing what God had called me to do with my life.
So despite having the knowledge of how to create a huge organization that could raise tens of millions of dollars, to play all the games so many ministries play simply to generate money, I have walked by faith and instead of using HIS ministry as a marketing operation to create great wealth, I stayed focus on it always being a MINISTRY to bring His Truth and hope to the lost and hurting masses around the world!
Sadly, because churches and ministries have created their own subculture, their own “echo chamber” to preach to the choir for comfort, safety, and PROFITABILITY, the lost masses who never go to church and have no faith foundation never hear the Truth of the Bible or the hope of Christ except from the world that mocks it.
By taking the salt and light out of the marketplace, it has been replaced by the lies and agenda of satan. The media that once aired Billy Graham, Bishop Fulton Sheen, Oral Roberts, and all the major ministers of the day, now mock, demean, and literally spit in the face of Christians and what we believe.
Our culture, the mainstream media, no longer even debate what they believe. They simply state that sexual perversion is not just acceptable but something to be glorified, that killing babies is a perfectly fine and acceptable choice for a woman to make, that you can be whatever gender you choose to be, that there is no Absolute Truth and the Bible is simply at best a book of stories and ideas, and God can be whoever you choose him/her to be so at the end of the day you can live however you desire without any consequences.
I love and care about you so much. If you choose to oppose the cultural narrative the media spews 24/7/365, you are called derogatory names, ridiculed and scorned, but worst of all you are blocked every way possible from even having your beliefs heard.
You are no longer allowed to share what you believe in most public forums, thus, even if you want to, never having any opportunity to reach those who need to hear the Truth of God’s Word and the hope of Christ the most. You are welcome to go to Christian-friendly media outlets, Christian-friendly sections of social media, but keep your ignorant and bigoted beliefs out of mainstream forums!
I, William Keller, have never and will ever accept this. With every breath the Lord blessed me with, I will continue using as I have these past 2 decades whatever SECUALR vehicle possible to bring to this lost and hurting world the only Truth there is, the words of the Bible, and the only hope each one alive has, faith in Jesus Christ who died for their sins so they could have everlasting life!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller