Daily Devotional for Monday April 4, 2011
A 5-day Fleece Before the Lord
DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY APRIL 4, 2011 (Matthew 25:23)
A 5-day fleece before the Lord. There are only a very few people who could ever begin to understand the daily barrage of attacks I deal with that come from every possible place you can imagine. The reality is, over the years I have had to learn how to quit trying to anticipate where the next attack would come from, since that only took time and energy away from my service to the Lord. Instead, I have had to trust the Lord for His protection no matter what form or how sever the attacks were.
Satan is NOT omniscient (nor is he omnipotent or omnipresent as Jesus is). After 8 yrs of evangelistic minsitry in churches, nearly 12 yrs ago in August of 1999 the Lord led me to start Liveprayer.com. At that time, there were no interactive Christian websites that existed, simple static information pages. There were also no websites featuring live streaming video other than pornographic ones.
Liveprayer tapped into that technology and for our first 9 yrs, had a live person on camera 24/7/365 for people to send prayer requests to, then watch and listen to them pray for their needs live. The Daily Devotional was emailed directly to the INBOX of subscribers so every morning, 24/7/365, they were able to hear about the issues of the day and life from an unashamed and uncompromised Biblical perspective. Each day, people would send in emails for prayer and counsel and a team of retired pastors would send personal responses to let people know someone cared for them.
8 years ago, the Liveprayer TV program went where no other ministries would go, secular TV with a program geared not to people who were already saved, but the lost and hurting outside of the four walls of the church. Done in a "live" format, taking calls from the viewers, it brought Biblcial Truth to the issues of the day and to the very real lives people were living. The vast majority of those who watched each night had never even been inside of a church.
Liveprayer has boldly gone into the marketplace like no other minsitry has today. I've had the opportunity to share without hesitation the fact Jesus is our only hope, and the Bible our only Truth, on FOX news, CNN, MSNBC, and hundreds of other TV and radio programs. I have been on Howard Stern's program many times, as well as his prot?g? "Bubba the Love Sponge." Our YouTube channel has had millions of views of the hundreds of videos we have created to reach that audience with God's Truth on the hot topics of the day. We have been on the cutting edge of video over cell phones as well as using social media sites to reach the lost and hurting.
Liveprayer was honored to be a feature sponsor for several years of the Florida State Fair, with a gospel tent where we had several dozen gospel music acts appearing each day, and where I was able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to tens of thousands of people who came by our tent. Liveprayer has stood up to the cults of our day like the Mormons, the Freemasons, Scientology, and Kabala. We have taken on the false religions like Islam like very few ministries have, resulting in over 5 fatwas I know of on my life.
Through it all, the Lord has allowed us to impact tens of millions of lives worldwide, minister each day to over 2.4 million people worldwide, respond to over 40,000 emails for prayer each day, over 70 MILLION since we began, and mot important of all, see over 500,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ!!!
This has all been possible because of the dear friends over these past 12 years who have prayed for me and the ministry, and those who have generously sacrificed some of their treasure to support God's work here. All that we have accomplished for the Lord has been due to the faithfulness of those in the Liveprayer family. If Jesus came back today, our legacy is rich and rewards many. We have stayed the course, been faithful to the Gospel, and have kept our eye on the prize!
I come to you today weary. Weary of the attacks. Weary of the responsibility. Weary of the daily need to generate the funds we must have to operate. However, I have no choice since it is not my life, it is His! I have no choice, since my work is not yet complete. I have no choice since before God calls me home, I have one last task to fulfill.
I shared in 2007, right before the housing bubble burst and the economy began to nosedive, that God would use the economy as a form of His judgment on this nation. I also shared that the Lord has been speaking to my heart about Liveprayer being an instrument He would use to not only help bring in one last great harvest of souls, but to turn this nation back to Him and His Truth.
Four years later, no matter what claims are being made in Washington, the economy is in shambles, millions are struggling and hurting, sin abounds without restraint, satan's minions are having a feast, and the Christian faith has either disappeared or is waning around the globe. This once great Christian nation now has "churches" and "pastors" who embrace every kind of lie from hell and sin there is.
The good news is, THERE IS A REMNANT! The good news is, PEOPLE ARE LOST, HURTING, HUNGRY, AND SEARCHING FOR REAL TRUTH! The good news is, THIS NATION AND WORLD IS RIPE FOR REVIVAL! Sadly, that revival won't come from the church or Christian media because they are too politically correct, too fractured, too envious, too greedy, too afraid. Otherwise, this nation would not be in the spiritual freefall it is! No my friend, that revival is going to come in the marketplace at the grassroots where the lost, hurting, hungry, and searching live!!!
I have never lost sight that God has called Liveprayer to play a major role in this last days revival. What we have done in the marketplace over these past 12 years has allowed us to perfect all of the media and other tools necessary and makes Liveprayer uniquely qualified to lead the way. Starting next Monday, I will be sharing a 5 part series on turning this nation back for God and HIS Truth and how you can play a big role. This is something not one church or ministry has any plans to do, yet in the next 60 days Liveprayer will be boldly and visibly leading this charge.
My main concern today is getting through to the end of May when our plans begin. Today, I am laying a fleece before the Lord. From day one, all I asked Him for was to move on enough hearts to bring in what we needed for that month. I have never asked for millions to buy buildings, or private jets, or mansions, or the opulence so many ministries use the funds they receive to buy. My prayer is to simply bless us with what we need to do His work that month.
It was by the grace of God moving on several hearts during the first 3 years of Liveprayer that allowed this ministry to move forward. The next 6 years, God blessed our work so each month I only had to share on one or two occasions our needs and they were met. Sadly, as the economic decline in this nation began 3 years ago, we have been struggling more with each passing month just to cover our basic operational needs.
It would be easy to do what the other major ministries do and promise things Scripture doesn't promise to induce people to give. I could abandon the marketplace and simply preach to the choir as the rest do. I am well aware of the ways to generate tens or millions of dollars, but I am not here to see how much money I can raise. When my life is over I have to stand before God, as we all do, and give an account for my life.
Today, I am doing something I have never done in 20 years of ministry. It is time to break satan's hold on our finances and let the Lord show Himself strong in this area. I refuse to be held hostage any longer, and am calling on the Almighty God to answer by fire in the next five days and rain down manna from Heaven to meet our needs!
If Liveprayer is to continue, to fulfill God's plan for His work here, God will move on the right hearts to help me. Between now and Friday, I am asking the Lord to move on enough hearts to bring in in cash and pledges to be fulfilled by the end of April, of $150,000. We ended March $25,000 short of meeting all of our basic operational needs plus $5,000 of the $10,000 we had to spend to buy new servers. Our April and May operational budget is $40,000 each month. Lastly, we still need $40,000 to open the "9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero" the first week of May. That is a total of $150,000.
Here is what I am asking you to do today. First, pray. Pray for the Lord to move on hearts so that by Friday we have cash and pledges of $150,000. Second, most every person can give something, even if it is only $5. Pray about what the Lord is calling you to give or pledge by the end of April. Third, I desperately need $15,000 of the last $25,000 from March no later than Tuesday at 2pm. If God has blessed you with the ability to make this sacrifce, please email me at: email@example.com and I can give you our bank wire or FedEx info so we can get those funds in on time. Fourth, please share this need with your church or others you know who love the Lord and can help me with a gift right away or pledge by the end of the month.
To make a special gift to Liveprayer, you can send your 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, firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can mail it to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
I love you and care about you so much. There comes a time in the life of all followers of Jesus Christ and every work of God, when you have done all you humanly can do and now have to look to the Lord to move. We are at that place. It is God who raised this work up 12 years ago, God who has sustained it over these many months, God who has used it to impact tens of millions of lives worldwide, and God who will deliver us at this hour to enable us to help bring in that last great harvest of souls while turning this nation back to His and His Truth.
All that has been accomplished here at Liveprayer, has only been accomplished because dear friends like you prayed, made the sacrifce, and have taken your stand for the Lord with me. Our greatest work is still before us. I will never stop no matter what satan throws my way, no matter what the obstacles may be. My life belongs to Him, and when my race is finished I want to take my last breath knowing I gave everything I had to our Lord and hopefully be able to hear Him say, "His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord!"
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,