Daily Devotional for Monday November 22, 2021

Critics of the regime are “disappeared” in China, and now the US! and, Holiday feasts!!!

DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2021

(Proverbs 25:27)


***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, thank You for the strength You give me each day to be victorious over my enemies. I know satan is out to kill, steal, and destroy, but he is a defeated foe. Through You, I HAVE THE VICTORY! No matter what things may look like in the natural, let me never forget that there is victory in Jesus. Because You have won the victory, I have won the victory. Thank You Jesus! It is in Your name I pray…AMEN!


***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Did you know a tennis ball could be exponentially bigger than a basketball? Chinese women’s tennis star Peng Shuai seems to have been “disappeared!” Autocratic, dictatorial regimes like the Communist Chinese Party often “disappear” critics. Being “disappeared” means the person is no longer seen or heard from in public. They have either been taken to prison or simply killed. When will our government start "disappearing" citizens or are they? Early this month Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai accused a high-ranking CCP official of sexual abuse. SHE HAS NOT BEEN HEARD FROM FOR NEARLY 3 WEEKS NOW! Under intense scrutiny an “email” from Peng Shuai was released to the public claiming she is fine and just taking a break, but most intelligence sources doubt the authenticity of that email. To their credit, the WTA which is the governing body of women’s tennis, has stated they will pull all of their events out of China, costing them millions of dollars, until they are assured that Peng Shuai is alive and safe. Now listen, I understand that the size of a basketball is many times larger than the size of a tennis ball. However, social justice warriors like the NBA’s LeBron James, coaches Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich, always chime in with uber-liberal hot takes on issues here in the USA like race. Sadly, when it comes to calling out their Chinese masters their voice is nowhere to be found! They slam a juries acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse who simply defended his life from evil anarchists who were looking to kill him, yet NOT ONE WORD ABOUT A FELLOW WORLD CLASS ATHLETE WHO HAD THE AUDACITY OF TELLING THE WORLD SHE WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A CCP OFFICIAL! Good for the WTA for taking a principled stand on this issue, REGARDLESS WHAT IT COSTS THEM IN DOLLARS AND CENTS! Too bad in this case a basketball is actually much smaller than a tennis ball!!!

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With Thanksgiving this week and Christmas ahead, it is a time of year for great feasts. In my years of ministry, I could always get the "Amen corner" into my sermons when I preached against homosexuality, preached against the more visible sins. On those occasions when I preached on the sin of gluttony, it usually got very quiet. I realize this will be a difficult read for many today, but that is one reason I am here to challenge you.

Let me say right up front, gluttony IS a sin. God said so. Anything that you do in excess, to your detriment, to the detriment of your ability to serve God, that is ahead of your daily relationship with God, is a sin.

Let me also add something very important. There are just as many skinny gluttons as overweight gluttons! Let me say that once more. There are just as many skinny gluttons as overweight gluttons. Being overweight can be caused by many things, and just because a person is heavy, does NOT mean they are a glutton. Again, ANYTHING that you put ahead of your relationship with the Lord is a sin. If you are a thin person, but put food ahead of your relationship with Christ, you are a glutton!

I know that during the Holiday season many sit down to some incredible feasts. I am not saying you shouldn't, and I am not saying you should not enjoy food. I believe God gave us food to nourish our body, our taste buds to enjoy food, and eating is a wonderful part of our life. Gluttony however refers to eating in excess. I know many fine men and women of God that live tremendous lives and do great works for the Lord. However, this is an area that they struggle with and that is why I bring it to you today.

Like all sin, gluttony can be overcome, not in our own strength, but in His. Like all sins, if you fight this battle, you need a battle plan. God can give you that plan, the strength to carry it out, and the perseverance to get victory. Like in other sins though, the question becomes, do you really want victory? Do you really want to conquer this foe? Do you even recognize that this is a problem in your life?

At this point, you have either accepted through the prompting of the Holy Spirit that this is an issue in your life, or you have realized that this is not something that you battle with. If you are in the latter category, then I would encourage you to pray for those who do fight this battle each day.

I have no doubt that you know people in your family, school, workplace, church, that are going through this struggle. Pray for them today. Pray that the Lord would open their eyes and show them this is a problem they need to deal with. Pray that they will have the courage, like anyone who is dealing with a specific sin, to admit it and allow the Lord to help them get victory over gluttony.

I love you, care about you, and realize the sensitive nature of this sin. But there is no use in hiding it or candy-coating the problem. It is time to recognize it as a problem, and get busy fighting it and letting God help you to become victorious over this battle in your life.

If you are struggling with gluttony today, I will be praying specifically for you. I realize what a difficult struggle this can be. If you will take that first step, admit this is a problem, God will help you be victorious in this battle with gluttony!


In His love and service,

Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,

Bill Keller