Daily Devotional for Monday May 1, 2006
Rosie is Back
(Exodus 23:25; Ephesians 6:7; Psalms 37:3; Hebrews 13:16)
Homosexual rights advocate and a leading proponent of gay adoption is back on daily TV. Rosie O'Donnell is coming back to TV, taking Meredith Vieira's slot on the ABC talk show "The View." People like Rosie, Ellen DeGeneres--another lesbian who is a bold and visible homosexual rights advocate--false-hope merchants like Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Montel, are a big motivation for the Liveprayer TV program. Whether you realize it or not, these people who are seen nationwide 5 days a week have an INCREDIBLE amount of influence on the thoughts and views of millions of people.
Let me break this down for you. Think of any of the people you see on Christian television. The cold reality is outside of the Christian community, in the marketplace, the average person on the street hasn't got a clue who any of these people are. The only ones with any kind of name recognition in the marketplace are Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson due to their heavy involvement in politics and Billy Graham who became well known and established in the era before we separated ourselves from the world by creating our own little subculture I refer to as the "Christian trough."
Because these major Christian media ministries primarily target those who are already Christians and market their message and resources to those already in the Body of Christ, they have left a void in the marketplace that is filled by people like Howard Stern and others who live their lives in rebellion to God and His Word and lead the masses in unrighteousness. Every day tens of millions of people have their views of life influenced by the people they see on television. 24/7 the secular networks pump out every kind of Godless, anti-Biblical message imaginable that pollutes the hearts and minds of the viewers. The lies of the world are told without opposition and become the "truth" in the lives of those who hear them day after day.
God has called us to make a difference in this world we live in! One of the biggest problems I see in the daily lives of most followers of Christ is that they live DOWN to the standards of this fallen world we are part of for these few years, and not UP to the standards of God so that they are making an impact with their life. This is exactly what Christ was talking about when He said that we are the "salt of the earth" and the "light of this world." If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, if you know the Lord in the pardon of your sins and have given your heart and life to Him by faith, God has called YOU to make a difference with your life in this world we live in!!!
Sadly, most Christians think it is the job of their pastor or those who have been called into the Lord's work full-time to be the ones to make a difference for Christ in our world. In reality, God has called ALL of His children to be a difference maker within the sphere of influence each one has in their daily lives. Yes, a pastor, those who work in the ministry full- time have been specially called to sacrifice their lives 100% for the work of the Lord. These are the ones God has raised up to lead His people, called to set the standard of sacrifice and service in taking the Truth of His Word and the hope and love of Christ to this lost and dying world we live in. But each child of God is also called to serve and sacrifice for the Gospel as well.
Every person who knows the Lord can witness their faith to others. You don't need to be a Bible scholar to tell people what Jesus has done in your life and to share the simple plan of salvation with those in your life who are lost. Jesus said the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. There is so much Kingdom work that needs to be done, enough for every child of God to find the areas they are passionate about and serve God in those areas. All of God's children should be prayer warriors. All of God's children should be utilizing a percentage of the resources God has entrusted to you to further His Kingdom. These are all ways each one who knows the Lord can make a difference with their life.
However, the greatest impact you can have for the cause of Christ is simply how you live your life each day. By simply living according to God's Word, you become part of the "peculiar people" set apart from those in the world who live without Christ in their hearts, simply by the choices you make each day. Never forget, you may be the only Bible a person will ever read. Your greatest witness for Christ will never be what you have to say, but how you live your life each day.
It is no accident you live where you live, work or go to school where you do, shop where you shop, recreate where you recreate, or are involved in any of the activities you are involved with in a given day. God puts people in your life every day who are hurting, lost and without hope, and the greatest impact you can have on those people is simply how you live your life for the Lord each day. Making Godly choices, living your life according to God's Word IMMEDIATELY sets you apart from the masses and makes you stand out as "different." How you handle the daily problems we all experience in life, exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit, simply living each day with the peace and joy that comes from the Lord, sets you apart from most people and allows those around you to see that you are "different."
My challenge to you today is to realize that as a blood-bought son or daughter of the King, you are CALLED to make a difference with your life in this sin-filled world that we live in. It is not an option, but our duty as a child of God to make an impact in our world for Christ. You do that for better or worse every single day whether you realize it or not. Those who don't know you are a Christian should know there is something "special" about you without you ever saying a word. Those who do know you have put your faith in Christ will watch you carefully to see how you live your life. It is a huge responsibility God has given to us, a responsibility that too many who know the Lord fail to perform.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will clearly hear God's voice in this message today as He is calling you to make a difference with your life, to make an impact in this fallen world that we live in. That does not mean you have to quit your job, pack up and move to some jungle in South America. No, God has called you to make that impact right where you live each day. He has strategically placed you right where you are at today for a Divine reason and purpose. Part of that reason is so that you can make an impact with your life for Christ! Again, the greatest way for you to do that is simply by living your life each day for the Lord and following His Word!
Here is something for you to think about. Those who don't know the Lord are making an impact, albeit it a very negative one, on this world each and every day. Look at the impact people like Hugh Heffner and Larry Flynt have made with their lives, lives in complete and utter rebellion to God. Look at the impact a man like Adolph Hitler made. He came from very humble beginnings, he didn't have money or position, yet impacted this world in such a profoundly negative way. Madelyn Murray O'Haire, one lone women was largely reasonable for taking prayer out of the schools. The examples of men and women who live their lives in rebellion to God and make a huge negative impact on this world are almost endless.
Perhaps the most dangerous people who live their lives in rebellion to God and make an impact in this world, are those who lead people AWAY from knowing Christ and His free gift of everlasting life. This would include those who are part of the false religions of the world, the cults, the New Age philosophies, all who reject Jesus Christ and operate in complete rebellion to God's Word. Included in this would be people who have a huge influence on our culture today. People who are in the movies, on TV, singers, and others in the entertainment industry. Believe it or not, today with so many people who are void of any relationship with God but are hurting and looking for answers, they often turn to these types of people who will lead them AWAY from the one true hope and answer there is, faith in Jesus Christ!
A HUGE motivation for the Liveprayer television program was the people on secular television who have tremendous influence over millions of people every day and are leading them AWAY from Jesus Christ. That is why the Liveprayer TV program is only on SECULAR stations, and in just 9 weeks from today nationwide "live" every Monday - Friday from Midnight - 1 a.m. on the PAX (now called Ion) Network. If these people can use that air time to lead people AWAY from Christ, why can't that same air time be used to lead people TO Christ?
Just like you, God has called Bill Keller to use my life to make in impact in this world as well. One way I have chosen to do that, is to take on the Rosies and Oprahs of this world, going after their same audience and telling them that there are answers, there is hope. However, their answers aren't found on the Rosie or Oprah show, they are found in God's Word. Their hope is not in Rosie or Oprah, it is in JESUS CHRIST! May God be with us each night on the Liveprayer TV program as we bring His Truth and His hope to the lost and hurting masses who need Jesus!