Daily Devotional for Friday November 9, 2012
Why Men of God No Longer Take a Bold and Uncompromised Stand for God's Truth
(2 Peter 1:21)
"For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." 2 Peter 1:21
*Watch a powerful message on "The Priest and the Prophet" at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4nU5P3yyuA&feature=plcp
Why men of God no longer take a bold and uncompromised stand for God's Truth! The short answer is most people don't want to hear it, and they can raise a fortune by simply telling people what they want to hear! In the end, they are committing spiritual malpractice and will be held accountable by God. Worse, they are actually hurting those who they are speaking to since in the end, the only thing that works is the TRUTH of the Bible, regardless how difficult that truth is!
Modern day prophets of God are not FORETELLERS, they are FORTHTELLERS, speaking to the people for God under the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with what the Bible teaches. The job of the prophet is to call the people back to God and to the Truth of the Bible. It involves warning them of the consequences of their actions and a call to repentance. At times it is a message of God's plan for the future of His Kingdom. Through the prophet God speaks His message of love for sinners and warns them of the consequences of their sins. The heart of the prophet's message is God's promise of eternal redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.
Just like in the Old Testament, the prophets are hard to find, while there is an abundance of "priests." The OT priests are like the majority of pastors today. They willingly compromise the Truth of God's Word for political expediency and to generate revenues. They will tell people what they want to hear to avoid offending anyone, which of course impacts their bottom line. They want to be loved, so they have no problem setting aside the Absolute's of the Bible in order for that to happen.
A little over 20 yrs ago when I finally answered God's call to the ministry, my only incentives were to save souls, minister to people in their time of need, and bring God's Truth into the marketplace to compete with the lies of satan. I had NO OTHER goals, NO OTHER desires. In my previous life I had made and lost millions of dollars in the business world. I no longer had a desire to the things of this world, but the things of God.
I also had ZERO desire to be famous or known, since I understood to achieve that you had to compromise your beliefs and become a sell out. I had vowed to devote whatever time left God gives me in this life, I would spend it serving Him boldly, and without fear, shame, or COMPROMISE!
One of the reasons people have followed Liveprayer over these past 13+ years is because they know the one thing they can always count on is that I will tell the Truth in accordance with God's Word and never compromise that Truth! They know that I will not shy away from the difficult issues, no matter how controversial they may be, and share what the Bible teaches in regard to those issues. They know that my heart is passionate about seeing souls won to Christ, while ministering to the needs of hurting people, and boldly take God's Truth into the marketplace no matter who may be offended or upset. The Bible says of itself that it is offensive to those who don't believe!
In May, once it became clear that the choice in November would be President Obama and Mitt Romney, the Lord spoke to me after receiving tens of thousands of emails from people confused, perplexed, and unsure who to vote for. That was when we started the Vote for Jesus campaign as a way for people who love the Lord who weren't going to vote for either of satan's sons, to at least exercise their duty as a Godly citizen and vote without compromising their faith. More evangelicals Tuesday didn't vote than the record number who didn't vote in 2008. At least those who took a stand for their faith by writing in the name of Jesus, also voted for men and women who shared their values downticket.
I knew that because the evil of President Obama, an evil I have documented over and over the past 5 yrs, many people would be upset I wasn't behind the alternative. After educating and warning people over these past 13 yrs about the satanic Mormon cult, supporting a member of that cult which leads souls to hell with a false gospel was never even a fleeting thought or an option because the evil his cult represents. To have done anything would have been hypocrisy, compromise, and selling out the Truth of God's Word.
I also knew that even though we have struggled financially over the past several years, not supporting Romney would cost the ministry needed finances. However, God spoke to me clearly that I either trust Him or myself. God reminded me that it was HE who has moved on hearts of people over the past 13+ years to provide for the needs of His work here. As I always have in a little over 20 years of ministry, I did exactly what God called me to do and put the finances of Liveprayer in His hands.
I KNOW THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR PEOPLE WITHHELD FROM SUPPORTING LIVEPRAYER, GOD WOULD MOVE ON THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE TO MAKE IT UP 5-FOLD!!! GOD'S WORD AND HIS WORK IS NOT FOR SALE!!!
As we are 9 days into the month of November, we are still carrying a shortfall of $30,000 from October. All of that is seriously past due, and our ability to simply operate day to day is at stake. I am desperate for 2-3 people who God has blessed to help me today cover this shortfall. These are simply basic operational costs that enable us to be online 24/7365, to bring God's Truth to 2.4 million worldwide daily through the Daily Devotional, respond every 24 hours to apx. 40,000 emails for prayer and counsel, and lead apx. 2,000 souls a week to faith in Jesus Christ!
***$6,600 of that October shortfall is due by 5pm today!!! If God is speaking to you today about helping me with a significant gift, if God has blessed you to be in a position to help me, if the Lord has ministered to you through Liveprayer, I really need your help today. If you can wire or direct deposit a gift to our Wells Fargo account or overnight a check, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you the necessary information.
The OT prophets lived a far different life than the priests and needed much less. They didn't work in beautiful temples, live in palaces, wear the finest robes, eat the most sumptuous foods, or ride on camels. They lived in caves, wore camel hair, ate cow dung, and walked. For the past 3 yrs as we have struggled financially I have sacrificed my salary and only take what is necessary to live each month.
Liveprayer has operated from day one out of the back of a used car lot one of our Board Members owns, I live in a modest home, wear conservative clothing, eat a healthy and inexpensive diet, and while I don't walk, I do drive a modest car. I don't need money to build beautiful buildings, or to live in a mansion, or to buy $5,000 suits, to dine in private restaurants, drive luxury cars, or fly in private jets, an dI would never ask you to give me money so I could!!! I don't do this for money, for fame, but to serve the Lord. I give myself literally 24/7/365 to minister to and serve others, despite 8-10 death threats a month and the hatred from those who oppose God.
What Liveprayer needs each month to operate is a bit over $1,000 a day or the budget of a local church with 500 members. What I ask you to give to help me isn't for "overhead," but to literally feed several million each day, minister personally to tens of thousands each day, lead lost souls to faith in Jesus, and boldly proclaim His Truth and the Gospel in the marketplace virtually all ministries have abandoned!
Once we cover the $30,000 we are short in meeting our October operations, we need to begin work on the $40,000 we need for our November operations. With just 53 days until the end of the year, losing a week for Thanksgiving and two weeks at the end of the year, we need to bring in $110,000 to end of the year with all of our basic operational expenses covered ($30,000 October shortfall, $40,000 November operations, $40,000 December operations). That would be just 110 of our friends making a special one-time, year-end gift of $1,000! Please pray about being one of those 110 to send a special one-time, year-end gift.
Everyone can pray for our needs, and I ask that you will. Most everyone can sacrifce something, even if it is $5. Many of our friends are out of work, but if God has blessed you with a job, help pick up the slack for those who can't give! The Bible teaches to give according to your ability to give. It is not the amount that God sees, it is your heart. If you have been blessed by Liveprayer, please help me today. Don't expect someone else to do what God is calling you to do, or miss the blessings God has for you as you are obedient!If everyone will give as they are able, make the sacrifce, God will use your sacrifce to insure all of the operational needs of the minsitry are met!
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: email@example.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
I love you and care about you so much! It has been a great honor to serve you and minister to you each day over these 13+ yrs. We still have some work left before the Lord returns. I am as excited as ever as we undertake our final work for God in helping to turn this nation back to the Almighty and His Truth. I can't do this alone. I need your prayers, your love, and your sacrifice as we stand together in these last days.
It was sad for me to see $6 BILLION spent on the election that just finished, when in the end NOTHING changed. People throwing around tens of millions that accomplished NOTHING! With even 10% of that amount, we could turn this nation...and WORLD, back to God and His Truth. When you don't have to build and maintain buildings, pay a huge staff of people, live like the ruler of a small nation, have a private jet, it is amazing how far $1 will go. Over .93 of every $1 we raise goes to ministering to people and saving souls. I would never ask for one dime for myself, but when I see people giving to so many different causes, have no problem asking you to help me with the greatest cause of all...THE GOSPEL!
Thank you for your love, for praying for me, your words of encouragement, and making thee sacrifce to help me. I pray for you and your family daily. Together, we have made, are making, and WILL MAKE an impact in the eternal souls of men and on our nation and the nation's of the world!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller