DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2012
***JUNE FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are down to the last 9 days of June, please
be in prayer with me for the operational finances we need to bring in right
away. We are only $2,000 short of covering our May operational budget, and
it is critical that we bring in those funds right away. I am pryaing for 1
person who can make a special one-time gift to cover this past due amount,
and for everyone to pray about helping me with the best gift you possibly
can as we still need to cover our entire June operations of $40,000. That is
$42,000 over these next 10 days. All I ask is that you pray and than give as
the Lord purposes in your heart. Never forget that God will honor your heart
as you obey His voice. Will you help me today? Will you please take a minute
today, and pray, seek the Lord what He is asking you to sacrifce to help me?
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***ASK BILL: Bill, are all the problems in our life caused by satan and
allowed by God, or does God give us problems in order to bring us to Him or
help us to mature?
ANSWER: Satan is the author of ALL problems, since in the beginning, God
created everything in perfection. Sadly, man's sin spoiled that perfection
and as sin was introduced into the human experience, a byproduct of that sin
are the trials and tribulations we all face in this fallen world. As Jesus
told his disciples in the Garden just hours before going to the cross, he
reminded them that in this world we will face trials and tribulations, but
to be of good cheer because HE has overcome this world. It is in those times
of testing our faith become real, and as we trust the Lord, our faith is
sharpened and increased.
Why not live however you want and simply accept Christ right before you die?
These are two questions I get asked often from both Christians and
non-Christians. Many non-Christians are looking for an "angle" with God.
Those Christians see people living this way and think it is unfair,
especially when they are living a life of obedience to God. Today, I want to
look at the answers to these questions to help the non-Christian realize
that you can't play games with God, and for the Christian to understand that
God's grace is available to everyone.
Why not sin and just ask God to forgive you afterwards? Sadly, this is a
far-too-common mindset, especially among Christians. They are faced with the
opportunity to sin and the knowledge that God will forgive them actually
motivates them to give in to sin. Of course, satan is there encouraging this
perverted thought process, telling the person to, "Go ahead and sin, you
know God will forgive you." Some look at the promise of God's forgiveness as
a license to sin.
First of all, will God forgive you? Absolutely. God is not a liar. If you
repent and ask Him to, He will forgive you, but listen to me carefully. God
knows your heart! Never forget that consequences ALWAYS follow sin, just
like blessings ALWAYS follow obedience. Will God forgive you if you repent
and are serious? Yes. However, that does not stop whatever consequences
there may be from your sin. As I share with you often, sin costs. It costs
much more than you ever expected to pay. So yes, God will forgive you when
ask Him, but what you are doing by sinning is opening up your life to
whatever consequences there may be from your sin.
Why not live however you want and simply accept Christ right before you die?
This is what I call "salvation roulette." Can a person live their life in
complete rebellion to God and His word, and then right before they die
accept Christ and be saved and spend eternity in Heaven? ABSOLUTELY! That
thief on the cross lived his life without Christ and it was with his last
breaths that he came to know Jesus. Some may think this is a great plan.
Live your life however you want and in those last moments accept Christ and
God's free gift of everlasting life with Him. Only one problem. You may
never get that chance!
How many people die instantly in a car accident or some other accident? How
many people die of a heart attack or suffer some other health issue where
they are incapacitated? People die daily as victims of crime, in natural
disasters, in every way imaginable. Those people never had the opportunity
to accept Christ in their last breath and if they were living their lives
apart from Him, are separated from God their Creator for all eternity. No my
friend, you are playing with your eternal soul when you take on the mindset
that you will simply live your life your way and right before you die accept
Now many people who love the Lord and do their very best to follow Him each
day, get enraged when they see people living a life of debauchery and in
their last moments accept Jesus. They feel like they have been "cheated" in
some way. This is exactly what happened to the brother of the Prodigal Son.
He became infuriated with his father that his brother, who chose to live in
complete rebellion to his father, was given royal treatment when he returned
home. He felt like he got cheated, like it wasn't fair.
First, never forget, NONE of us are worthy of God's love or His promise of
everlasting life. NONE OF US! We are all saved by faith and GOD'S GRACE, His
unmerited favor that we did nothing to earn. As I stated earlier,
consequences follow sin and blessings follow obedience. The person who lived
their life apart from God has had to suffer the consequences of their
rebellion throughout their life. Without the Lord they never knew the peace,
the joy, the abundance that this life offers. Their rebellion kept them from
fully achieving God's plan and purpose for their life. Sadly, their
rebellion throughout their life kept them from knowing the fullness of God's
The person who does follow the Lord throughout their life has enjoyed God's
blessings, even in the midst of the trials and tribulations we all face in
this world. That person has lived knowing God's love as well as His peace,
His joy, and enjoyed the abundant life Christ spoke of. The person who
follows Christ in their life also has the blessing of allowing God to use
their life for His plan and purpose. Never forget, serving and glorifying
the Lord is our purpose in this life. I can assure you that a person who
follows Christ throughout their life enjoys a full and rich journey that
those without Christ will never know.
I love you and care about you so much. So many people are deceived by satan
into thinking that they can simply sin against God and than go ask Him to
forgive them. The fact is, they can. What satan conveniently forgets to tell
you is that you now have to pay a price for that sin. Oh yes, God WILL
forgive you, but that does not stop you from having to deal with the
consequences of your sin. You can't sin and not pay a price and often that
price is so much greater than you ever imagined it would be.
The other lie of satan so many buy into is that you can live your life
however you want and at the last moment, accept Jesus and God's free gift of
everlasting life. The fact is, you can. However, you are playing games with
your everlasting soul since you may never have the opportunity to confess
Christ as your Savior and you will die in your sin and be lost for all
eternity. That is why the Bible proclaims, "Today is the day of salvation."
Even if you do have the opportunity to accept Christ at the very end, you
have sadly forfeited the peace, the joy, and abundance this life can offer
by not having Christ in your life earlier. In essence, your life has been
Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm
I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will not fall for either
of these lies of satan. Satan wants to destroy you, God wants you to have
the very best. Destruction comes when you listen to and follow satan,
blessings come when you listen to and follow Jesus. Jesus said, "If you love
me you will obey me." We prove our lives for Christ through our obedience,
faithfully serving and following Him every day. Instead of looking for ways
to sin, and live in rebellion to God, look for ways to serve Him and bring
glory to His name in how you live your lives each day.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,