Daily Devotional for Monday September 13, 2010
A Chance to Change the Spiritual Course of Our Nation
A chance to change the spiritual course of our nation. I have never wavered over the 11+ years of Liveprayer, that the Lord has raised up this ministry in the last days as one of His chief instruments to change the spiritual course of the nation. We have operated outside the boundaries of the traditional church/ministry world. While that has hurt our ability to garner large followings of Christians and the tens of millions of dollars it would bring in each year, it has also kept us free from the politics, the compromises, the unhealthy associations, the watered down messages, all major ministries eventually fall into. It also allowed us the freedom to reach tens of millions of people worldwide outside the four walls of the church with the Truth of the Bible and the fact Jesus is the ONLY hope and answer for each person.
These past weeks in New York City by ground zero has greatly impacted me. I didn't need to get involved in what was going on in New York City, and gave God 100 reasons why I didn't want to (including the money it would cost). But God said "Go, trust Me!" I have seen the incredible need there for a true work of God that is designed to simply reach the hurting, the lost, with the hope of Christ. I have also seen that such a work in New York City could not only spark a real revival in that great city, but across the nation and world!
I have also witnessed how even the most simple Gospel message has been missing from the mainstream culture for so long, that it is now seen as hate speech, intolerant, and rejected by the lost masses. Even worse, it is even rejected by many so-called churches!!! I would say the vast majority of the "churches" today rarely, if EVER, share an invitation for people to make that free-will decision to accept the Lord as their personal Savior by faith.
I have been acutely aware of these facts, since my work over these many years has been in the marketplace. I highly doubt most people really understand the extent just the Gospel message is reviled and hated in the culture today. It is no wonder why we are dealing with the social ills that exist today, why so many people support clear gross sins like killing babies and making a mockery of God's holy institution of marriage. Hundreds of millions of people in this nation now bow down and worship every kind of false god and idol man has created in his evil imagination. The Gospel has always been an offense to the non-believer, but in this once great Christian nation, never before has it been so boldly and visibly rejected
To survive all of these years while reaching several million souls worldwide daily through Liveprayer.com, the TV program on secular stations and networks, has required me to develop an incredible faith in the Lord to use our efforts to impact lives and provide the resources we need to operate. Many marvel how we have been able to accomplish so much with so little. That is because I don't use the money people sow into our work for buildings, huge staffs, private planes, huge mansions, new luxury cars, nor do I take a multi-million dollar salary like I was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Over 93 cents of every dollar we receive goes directly to reaching people for Christ.
God has brought millions of people through Liveprayer over these past 11 years who have prayed for me and the ministry, and thousands who have selflessly sacrificed to support His work here. Together we have done an incredible amount of great work in tens of millions of lives around the world. We have also developed the ministry resources necessary to turn this nation back to the God of the Bible and to HIS Truth. I wake up each morning frustrated at having to struggle to simply survive week to week, due to the fact I won't compromise, sell-out, or simply have a nice church somewhere and leave the lost masses alone. Frustrated that for a very small amount of money in the scheme of the world's finances, we could be a real force against satan in helping to turn this nation back to God, His Truth, and tens of millions to faith in Jesus Christ!
As I come to you today, we have some very critical financial needs. As you know, we accrued over $100,000 in shortfalls during 2009 due to the downturn in the economy and a drop of nearly 37% in donations from the previous year. We have been blessed, since over the past 2 years of this economic downturn, thousands of churches and over 10,000 non-profits have closed due to a lack of funding. We have pressed hard this year and because of some specail large gifts, have covered $80,000 of those shortfalls. I have been asking 4 people to make a special one-time gift of $5,000 to help me clear this up.
Due to cutting everything possible to continue effective operations, we have held our own so far this year, despite an additional 8% drop in donations from last year. We just finished paying off our August budget, so we still have to cover the $40,000 for this month. Lastly, we had one dear family cover the $7,000 for the first week of the new "9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero." I still need to cover the $7,000 for this past week, and for the last 2 weeks of this month. So by the end of the month, we need to bring in $81,000 to end the month at zero, and that is all I have ever asked the Lord for from day one. Not one penny more, just what we need for that months operations.
***I AM ASKING GOD TO SEND ME 4 SPECIAL PEOPLE TODAY. FIRST, I NEED ONE PERSON WHO IS ABLE TO WIRE TRANSFER OF FEDEX $15,000 TODAY. THIS COVERS $15,000 OF THAT $20,000 WE STILL OWE FROM 2009 AND NEEDED TO BE PAID LAST FRIDAY. SECOND, I NEED ONE PERSON WHO IS ABLE TO WIRE TRANSFER OR FED EX THE $7,000 FOR THE 9-11 CHRISTIAN CENTER OPERATIONS LAST WEEKEND. THIRD, I NEED ONE PERSON WHO BY THIS FRIDAY CAN COVER THE LAST $5,000 OF THE $20,000 FROM 2009. FOURTH, I NEED ONE PERSON WHO BY FRIDAY CAN COVER THE $7,000 FOR NEXT WEEKENDS 9-11 CHRISTIAN CENTER OPERATIONS. I HAVE BEEN ON MY KNEES PRAYING TONIGHT FOR THE LORD TO SPEAK TO 4 HEARTS, AND FOR THOSE 4 PEOPLE TO BE OBEDIENT. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE FOUR, CONTACT ME AT: firstname.lastname@example.org AND I WILL GET YOU THE BANK WIRE OR FEDEX INFO YOU NEED.
I love you and care about you so much. Everyone can pray for these needs to be met this week and by the end of the month. Most can sacrifce something, even if it is $1. God is not impressed with the amount you give, but with your obedience and the heart you give it with. We are on the verge of something incredible. There is a spiritual war going on, and sadly, so many works of God are content staying in their own little fiefdom they've created, not worrying about the culture at large or the hundreds of millions of lost souls who will die and end up in hell without Jesus.
I have been on the front lines, taking the bullets, for nearly 20 years now. I refuse to retreat to the safety and profitability of the "Christian trough" while this nation is destroyed by satan and his minions and souls needlessly end up in hell. I have but one life, and when it was over, I want to be able to stand before God and know that I gave everything I had for the Kingdom. I want to take my last breath knowing my life's work is complete and I held nothing back in my service for the Lord.
I have only been able to fight this fight these past 2 decades because of dear friends like you. Now more than ever I need you to stand with me. Pray, give as you are able in accordance with what the Bible teaches, and take your stand with me. Also, keep this in mind, for $8 million dollars, lots of money in one respect, virtually nothing in the scheme of things, we have the ability to turn this nation back to God and HIS Truth and save tens of millions of souls. God has showed me there are several people reading these words today who have the ability to either give such an amount, or the people who can and will.
The time is short, the spiritual state of this nation hangs in the balance, the souls of hundreds of millions of people are at stake. It is time to act!!! THE ONLY WAY SATAN CAN KEEP ME DOWN IS BY LIMITING OUR FINANCES!!!
--->You can make a gift to Liveprayer on your major credit card at our website www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" button, or you can give from your PayPal account by using my email address, email@example.com , or you can mail a gift to: Liveprayer 6660 46th Avenue North St. Petersburg, Florida 33709 *For a gift to the 9-11 Christian Center, please mark 9-11 on your check, or put (9-11) next to your name on the credit card or PayPal form. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller