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DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2015
***TUESDAY 11/24/15 DAILY DEVOTIONAL TECHNICAL ISSUE! For some reason, many subscribers didn’t receive all of Tuesday’s Daily Devotional. If you missed it, here is the link: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=6499
***COMING MONDAY 11/30!!! Just when you thought we couldn’t be any more blatant in our rebellion to God, what I am going to share with you may be as repulsive and blasphemous as anything ever done in publicly cursing God our Creator! DON’T MISS IT!!!
***OCTOBER FINANCIAL UPDATED: With only 5 days left in November, and losing 3-4 days around Thanksgiving, we still require $45,000 to end the month with all of our financial operations current. Please pray about what God is asking YOU to do to help me insure we end November with all of our operations current! It is your love, prayers, and generous sacrifice that has kept Liveprayer online for over 16 yrs and TV over 12 yrs, literally impacting tens of millions of lives worldwide and seeing over 1 million souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ. GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Between now and the end of the year in 36 days, we will need $110,000 to cover all of our basic internet and TV operations to end the year with a zero balance. 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! Just 110 of our friends making a special year-end gift to the Lord's work here of $1,000 would insure what we require for operations are taken care of. 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!!!
*We have operations payments from the first weeks totaling $10,000 that are past due and need to be paid immediately! PLEASE take a moment and pray about stepping up as so many have over the past 16+ years and make a special one-time year end investment in the Lord's work here at Liveprayer to insure these critical operational payments are taken care of immediately!
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***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, as we prepare to celebrate your birth in a few weeks, prepare my heart to make this Christmas a special time in my life. I pray that the impact of God’s gift to the world will be felt by my, my family and friends, and the world we live in. Thank you for your love for me, personally, and help me to be able to repay that love as I share it with everyone I come in contact with during this Christmas season. May the evil the penetrates this world today, give in to the JOY of celebrating your birth! I ask and pray this in the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!
***ACTION STEP FOR NOVEMBER IN THESE LAST TWO MONTHS OF THIS YEAR OF VICTORY! As I had you praying for a sovereign move of God's Holy Spirit in September, praying for at least one lost family member or friend and sharing the Gospel with them in October, here is your action step for the month of November. In John 17:21, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." This is a pray that is yet to be answered 2,000 years later! Each day during November, make this YOUR prayer. Join YOUR faith with the faith of Jesus that His body become ONE!!!
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With Thanksgiving tomorrow 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 and brother in Christ,