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DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2014
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
***I AM PRAYING FOR TRAVELING MERCIES FOR ALL WHO WILL BE TRAVELING DURING
THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS! MAY THE LORD'S ANGELS ENCAMP AROUND YOU TO AND
FROM YOUR DESTINATION!!!
***NOVEMBER FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are now 27 days into November, we still
require $33,000 for our November basic internet operations and the $25,000
required for the Liveprayer TV program during November. That is $58,000 we
require over these final 3 days, and making it more difficult is that many
people are out of touch during the Thanksgiving holidays. OUR GOD IS ABLE!
PLEASE PRAY AND PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP ME!!!
*As a note, $16,000 of our November internet operations are now past due! It
is CRITICAL that we cover that $16,000 operations immediately! I am asking
for one or two of our friends God has blessed to pray about allowing Him to
use you today to help me with a special year-end gift to insure this $16,000
is taken care of !!! IF YOU CAN BE ONE OF THOSE I NEED TODAY TO INSURE THIS
CRITICAL NEED IS MET PLEASE CONTACT ME AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
--->With under 5 weeks left in the year, please pray about a special
one-time year-end gift of $1,000 or more to help me insure Liveprayer
continues to be a beacon of light to so many each day! If you can't do that,
simply "give as you are able to give" as the Bible teaches! Many will be
getting a year-end bonus. Some of you have recently sold a home, some
property, a business, stocks, or something else. Please pray about sending a
portion of those funds to help God's work here at Liveprayer!!!
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***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, if someone is diagnosed with a terminal disease
and chooses not to have surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, is that a sin?
ANSWER: No. However, it is not wisdom. God's 1 healing instrument are
doctors and medicine. It was God who gave people the wisdom to become a
doctor, and God who inspired people to create medicines. In the end, God has
the final word, but people should use the resources God makes available to
On this day we celebrate as Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful
for. I want to point out an aspect of this great verse in Paul's letter to
the church at Thessalonica that is usually overlooked and almost never
preached on. While we are so thankful today for all of God's blessings, this
verse requires a great amount of maturity because it says "give thanks in
all circumstances!" How quickly we run over those words without ever
thinking about the true meaning. In this society where we are so focused on
winning, so focused on the positive, so focused on things being in a state
of perfection....God tries His best to help us be realistic about this
sinful world we live in.
Aside from our own sinfulness, we live in a world that is infested with sin
in every nook and cranny of our existence. Jesus, trying to prepare His
disciples for the reality of living in this world without Him, trying to
make them understand that despite the close intimate relationship they had,
told them that in this world they would have problems and things would not
always be perfect. This verse tell us that every day we should "give thanks
in all circumstances."
Spiritual maturity comes in when you understand that this verse is actually
telling you to give thanks not only for those things you look at as good,
but also the difficult things that happen to you as well. That is hard for
us to understand why we should be thankful for those terrible things that
happen to us along life's journey, but we have no way of knowing the mind of
God, we have no way of understanding completely His plan or purpose, we just
can't comprehend all of the things God does in the situations we live
through. It is hard to imagine giving thanks for things like marriage
problems, divorce, the death of a loved one, financial difficulties, health
problems, strife with friends, problems in your local fellowship,
difficulties on the job, and any other bad things we experience in life.
Hard to imagine.
But when you realize that God is still on the throne, that He is still in
control, then you by faith, have to thank Him and trust Him even in those
bad situations. He is working on your behalf and will not let you down. As
painful as the experience must be, we have to thank Him because He is often
perfecting us for work in the future. We give thanks out of obedience, and
out of faith that God knows what He is doing in allowing those bad things we
live through in our life to occur. Remember a man named Job?
I realize that today would be a great day to just say some warm and fuzzy
things to make us feel good. It is a holiday, many are with family. The
Christmas season is upon us. We have so much to be thankful for. But the job
God gave me was not to give you something each day to just make you feel
good, but to challenge you to a closer daily walk and to help you grow
spiritually. Many problems that I see each day occur because people have
been given too much "feel good" talk, and not adequately prepared for the
reality of this life in relationship to their life in Christ. When the
storms come, they just aren't equipped to handle the onslaught.
The one thing that I will never do is hold back, compromise the Word of God,
or tell you something just to make you feel good. I will tell you the truth,
God's Truth right from the Bible, in an attempt to help you be prepared for
living a victorious and productive life for Christ. In these last days, He
needs bold, mature, fearless men and women to do the work necessary here on
earth. It is no accident that you are getting these Devotionals, and no
accident that you read them. God is speaking to you through these daily
writings to sharpen you, prepare you, encourage you to be all He has called
you to be.
I love you and care about you so much. I am so grateful for you. Your love
and prayers have been an inspiration to me personally and to our people here
at Liveprayer.com. We are pressing forward each day. Thank you again for
standing with me, for praying, for giving, for helping us add people to our
Daily Devotional list and letting others know about Liveprayer.com. My
thoughts and prayers are with you this day. I am truly thankful for you. For
those traveling, may His mercies be with you as you go to and from your
destinations. For those of you going through the fire today, remember...
"give thanks in all circumstances!"
May you and your family enjoy a most blessed Thanksgiving!!!
*Plan of Salvation to share with unsaved loved ones and friends:
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,