Daily Devotional for Thursday September 18, 2008
Kicking Down the Door
(1 John 3:8)
Kicking down the door! I'll never forget back in 2003, right after we had invaded Iraq. I was meeting with one of the pastors on my staff and on the TV in my office was the coverage of the war. All of a sudden, this pastor looked at me and broke out laughing. I knew immediately what he was laughing at. On the screen was footage of the American troops that had taken over Saddam Hussein's main palace. They were sitting on his furniture, cleaning up in his shower, using his bathroom, resting on his bed-they had kicked in the door and taken over his home. It was a real-life-visual picture of what I have often shared with my staff, that we did at Liveprayer over 108 months ago.
On August 31, 1999, empowered by the Holy Spirit, Liveprayer.com literally walked up to the home of the "enemy", kicked down the front door, went into "his" kitchen and fixed a snack, went to "his" living room, sat down in "his" favorite chair, and turned on "his" TV. Within a few weeks, the ENEMY returned and found "his" door kicked in, Liveprayer sitting in "his" favorite chair, eating "his" food, watching "his" TV, in "his" house. Of course, the "enemy" was enraged.
Over the next several months, Liveprayer.com came under SERIOUS attacks on many fronts. Some of those attacks could have been fatal, but God kept HIS hand on this ministry and it survived. In the last 108 months, I could spend hours listing the litany of attacks that Liveprayer has come under, any one of them that could have destroyed God's work here. One day, it would be encouraging to put the history of Liveprayer in a book, so people could see in detail just how faithful God can be when our hearts and lives are totally committed to Him.
The fact is, after 108+ months, Liveprayer.com is STILL in the house of the "enemy," the door of his house is still KNOCKED DOWN, we are still sitting in "his" chair, still eating "his" food, and still watching "his" TV! Is the "enemy" still upset? OHHH yes. Are the attacks still coming? OHHH yes. Are we leaving? OHHH no!!! Over 225,000 souls that we know of have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior! We have over 3.5 million praise reports! We have claimed the Internet for the Kingdom of God and are not going anywhere!!!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? This. You can either do like most people do and stay as far away as possible from the neighborhood the "enemy" lives in, or you can boldly walk right into the neighborhood, walk right up to the front door of the house the "enemy" lives in, and-not knock-but KICK THE DOOR DOWN!!! Never forget that as a child of God you are covered by the blood of the Lamb, and GOD will protect you! The FACT IS, the enemy will be relentless coming to YOUR house, hunting you and your family down, to DESTROY YOU anyway! His goal is to KILL, STEAL, and DESTROY-YOU AND THOSE THAT YOU LOVE!!! So you can either wait for the "enemy" to come into your life, or you can launch a pre-emptive strike and attack "him." God will not only protect you, but give you the SAME VICTORY that He has given to Liveprayer.com!
I love you and care about you so much. The key point today is to not be passive in our relationship with Christ, but be bold, proactive, and walk in the victory that Jesus won on the cross over 2,000 years ago. I do that daily here at Liveprayer, and will not live any other way! Life is too short NOT to make the greatest impact that we possibly can during our brief journey here. I just want you to know how deeply I appreciate your love, prayers, and support for what we have literally been doing 24/7/365 these last 108+ months. Whatever God has done in the lives of millions of people's hearts worldwide since we "kicked in the door" is all because of YOU!
***With less than 2 weeks left in September, we still need just over $28,000 to cover all of September's financial obligations.. I am asking you today to be praying about what God is calling you to do to help me this month as we look to keep this great outreach moving forward each day to reach more souls for Christ while bringing His Truth into the marketplace. It is your love, and prayers, and sacrifice that make it possible.
Thousands have sacrificed over these past 108 months as Liveprayer has impacted tens of millions of lives all over the world. This is your opportunity to join that faithful group as you give to help impact lives for all eternity. I am not asking you to make ridiculous pledges out of emotion, I am not going to pervert the Scriptures to give you false hope just to get you to give, I have no "love gifts" to offer you, nor am I asking you to give what you don't have.
I am simply asking you to pray and let the Holy Spirit guide you in taking your stand with me as we bring the hope of Christ to the lost and hurting. For some it may be a gift of $10 or $20, for others a gift of $50 or $100, and still others can give $200, $500, $1,000 or more. Simply give as you are able and let the Holy Spirit guide you.
TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Fl 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
Thank you for being faithful and being OBEDIENT, since our blessings flow from our obedience!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller