Daily Devotional for Tuesday November 6, 2012
A Prophetic Word from Five Years Ago is Applicable Today
(2 Chronicles 7:14; Jonah 3:10)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what exactly is required to surrender 100% to Christ and live by faith?
ANSWER: Die to self daily. That is done by waking up praying, getting in the Word first thing, and staying "plugged in" to God throughout the day. During the day, make decisions pleasing and acceptable to God. Don't forget for one minute you are HIS ambassador. Find ways to serve Him. Trust Him with the problems you encounter throughout the day. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, you learn to die to self daily and live for Him instinctively.
(After writing this Daily Devotional every day for over 13 yrs now, it is amazing to look back and to see how the Lord has spoken through me to warn the people. This is from 10/16/07, and has proven to be an incredibly prophetic word uttered 5 years ago that was spoken to prepare people for the beginning of God's final judgment on this nation. Within weeks God's judgment through the economic collapse began. As the nation goes to the polls today, this word is just as fresh and 5 years later, has come to pass. I can only pray that tomorrow the nation wakes up and no matter who God allows to rise to power, focus on the fact that unless we turn back to God and HIS Truth it is only a matter of time before this nation is destroyed!)
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
"When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened." Jonah 3:10
The year 2008 is going to be the most important year ever in human history should Jesus tarry in His return! I sense in my spiritual gut that 2008 is going to be the most critical year ever in the history of this nation and in all of human history should Jesus not return during this time. We face the very real possibility of God unleashing His wrath on this nation at any moment for our gross sin and wickedness. In just over a year we will elect our next President who will almost certainly, based on who currently has a legitimate chance at winning, will lead this nation deeper into the spiritual abyss we find ourselves in today. As dark as this picture may be, the bright hope lies in the fact that it will be an incredible opportunity to see souls won for Christ and I firmly believe, see this nation come back to God and Biblical values!
I have shared with you often over these past 8 years that we are not due God's wrath, it is long OVERDUE! It is only God's grace and mercy that has spared us thus far. We are a wicked and rebellious people. Of course, there is a faithful and loyal remnant, but the nation as a whole hates God, lives in rebellion to His Truth, and has thoroughly rejected His Son Jesus. We legally slaughter 4,000 innocent babies every day, we glorify, accept, and even proudly parade the sin of homosexuality, we bow down to the false gods and idols of this dark world, we have even made a mockery of God's Holy Institution of Marriage by joining together two men and two women in that special bond. You don't need to be a Bible scholar or even believe a word the Bible says to understand that this nation is spiritually bankrupt and in spiritual freefall.
In just over a year from now, we will elect our next President. Based on who the most likely person to hold that office will be, she or he will only exacerbate the spiritual decay of our nation. She or he will most likely protect and continue the legalized infanticide we practice every day across our land. She or he will most likely support changing God's definition of marriage. She or he will also help to further destroy the foundation of our society, the family. I have received tons of emails asking me who a Christian should vote for. Many asked if trying to choose the lesser of two evils is the choice we will be left with.
I have never before and never will tell you who to or not to vote for. I will tell you that I don't know how any follower of Christ can with conscience vote for a member of a satanic cult or someone who supports the slaughter of innocent babies. If these are the choices the two major parties are going to give us next year, it really boils down to denying our faith and supporting someone who will rule in opposition to God's Word, vote for a 3rd party candidate who will champion Biblical values but not have any chance to win, or stay home.
As sad as these choices are, the exciting thing I see coming out of this Presidential race is that it is finally going to force Christians to stop looking for spiritual leadership from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but from those men and women of God He raises up who won't sell out Christ for the temporal fame and fortune of this life, and who without compromise will lead this nation back to God and Biblical values!!!
My friend, just like Abraham left Ur by faith to go to "the land I will show you," I too am on that walk of faith. I don't know all God still has for me to do, but as I look back on these past 18 years of ministry, especially these past 97+ months of Liveprayer, I can clearly see that God has raised up this work to help lead our nation back to Him and His Truth while leading lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. While whoever wins the White House in 2008 was raised up by God according to His Word to lead this nation politically, I feel the responsibility and burden God has placed on my life to help lead our nation back to God and Biblical Truth.
Can't you see the hand of God at work? Nine years ago, God gave me the vision to minister to people over the Internet. I didn't even own a computer and had never sent an email in my life! In just over 8 years now, He has built up this work to become the largest interactive Christian website in the world, allowing us to have the ability to reach over 2.4 million people worldwide daily with His Truth, and personally minister to literally tens of millions of people over these years while seeing just under 200,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ! In addition to the internet, God opened the door almost 5 years ago to do what nobody else was doing on secular television, developing and perfecting a program that could reach the lost masses with His Truth and hope while competing with the secular programming the world produces.
OUT OF THE 6 BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET, GOD BROUGHT YOU INTO THE LIFE OF THIS MINISTRY HE BIRTHED! IT IS NO ACCIDENT OR COINCIDENCE YOU ARE READING THIS TODAY! GOD HAD A PLAN IN ALL OF THIS FROM THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH BEING FORMED! HE SPARED MY LIFE, GUIDED AND TESTED ME THROUGH NEARLY 2 DECADES OF SERVING HIM, RAISED UP THESE INCREDIBLE COMMUNICATION VEHICLES ON THE INTERNET AND SECULAR TELEVISION, AND HAS ALLOWED YOUR JOURNEY THOUGH THIS LIFE TO BE PART OF LIVEPRAYER AT THIS VERY MOMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY....FOR A REASON!!!
It is time my friend to prepare ourselves for 2008. It is time for those few who refuse to bow their knee to Baal, to the allure and luxuries of this temporal world, to give all of their time, talent and treasure to be part of God's plan. Most will hold on tightly to what they have and leave it all behind when their life is over. Others will be like Abraham and answer the call, willingly sacrifice all they have as God uses their life to make an eternal difference in the lives of millions and reap the rewards of Heaven when their journey is over. This battle for our nation isn't going to be won at the ballot box but at the altar. The princes of this world will only lead the masses further from God and His Truth. It is the saints of God who cannot be bought and paid for, who without compromise will make the sacrifices to boldly lead this nation back to our Creator and to the values of His Word!
I love you and are about you so much! As I deal with the real day-to-day issues we face in our world and in our lives, helping you to navigate your way through the trials and tribulations of this brief life, perhaps now you can sense why God has not let me have any peace since early in 2005. I sensed at that time something was up as we put together "The 300" which allowed us to expand the TV program to the rest of Florida for a year and go nationwide for the brief time we did last year. The almost 98 months of Liveprayer.com, the nearly 5 years on TV, have all been to prepare me and this ministry and YOU for 2008.
The world as we know it, life as we know it, is nearing an end. As the final days of human history unfold, people will either be on God's side or aligned with those who oppose God. Even now, we can already see that sharp divide occurring. This is why I am on you constantly about taking your stand for Christ. The battle lines are being drawn and it is time for you to decide whose side you are on. I echo the words of Elijah on Mt. Carmel, ""How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." Jesus said you can't serve two masters. It is time for you to decide!!!
This word today is designed to prepare you so that in the coming months you will not get discouraged as the 2008 Presidential race unfolds. Regardless who the two parties nominate, remember that it is not a politician who is going to lead this nation back to God and His values, but the spiritual leaders God raises up for this moment in time. In the challenges and frustrations and temptations of this year, for the first time in nearly 2 decades I entertained the thought of leaving the ministry, just taking my life back and enjoying my final years with my wife in peace and quiet and obscurity. But the words of Peter to our Lord kept haunting me when he said, "Lord, to whom shall we go?"
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,