Daily Devotional for Thursday January 3, 2013
The Fiscal Cliff is Not the Real Problem, the Spiritual Cliff Is
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I believe Jesus was immaculately conceived by God and born of a virgin, but what about the sin of Mary? She wasn't born without sin, so how did her sin not pass to Jesus?
ANSWER: That is why our Lord was immaculately conceived by the Holy Spirit and not Joseph to a virgin. The fact Mary was a virgin, does NOT mean she was sinless. Despite being God's vessel for the birth of our Lord, she was a human being, conceived in the normal way, and like ALL people sinned during her life in addition to being born with "original sin" (the sin of Adam). If Jesus had been conceived by Joseph and Mary, their sin would have been passed on like Adam's sin is passed on to each person born. Being conceived by the Holy Spirit allowed Jesus to be born void of original sin, and the fact He lived a sinless life, is why He could die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.
The fiscal cliff is not important, the spiritual cliff is!!! While thousands of hours of TV and radio, pages and pages of commentary on the internet has been devoted to the fiscal cliff, people are focused on the WRONG THING!!! Does this nation have serious financial issues? Absolutely. Are the financial issues we face going to affect everyone in some way? Absolutely. However, those issues, as critical as they may be to people in their daily lives, are nothing compared to the spiritual issues we face as a nation.
I told you in late 2007 that God's judgment would begin in earnest on this nation through the economy. Over the past 4 years we have seen incredible financial hardships. Sadly, few people are awake and paying attention. I told you in November of 2011 that if the election this past November was between President Obama, a true enemy of God, and Mitt Romney, a 5th generation high priest of a cult that worships satan and leads souls to hell with a false gospel, it would be a furtherance of His judgment no matter who was elected.
GOD'S JUDGMENT ON THIS NATION IS NOT SLOWING DOWN, IT IS ESCALATING!!!
I have been warning people for over 13 years that unless we stop the legalized killing of apx. 4,000 innocent babies each day, stop the perversion of God's Holy institutions of marriage and the family, quit bowing down and worshipping every false god and idol man has created in his evil imagination, we are doomed. Read the warning in Deuteronomy 8:18-20!!!
MY FRIEND, WE ARE OUT OF TIME!
The church, the bride of Christ, God's agent of change has failed miserable over the past 40 years as our culture has deteriorated. Church used to be about hearing a Biblically based message, being convicted of sin, a place where the lost could find faith in Jesus. Now? It has turned into archaic denominational institutions that are about politics, power, and money, not Biblical Truth and souls. Compromise to accommodate sins such as homosexuality, gay marraige, abortion, being part of a satanically inspired cult like Freemasonry, has gutted the church.
Over the past 20 years, we have seen an explosion of man-made marketing models like seeker/purpose driven/emerging church/prosperity designed to simply put warm bodies in the pews. That sounds wonderful, but instead of than preaching the Truth of the Word, sharing the fact all who reject Jesus will die and end up in hell, to keep the warm bodies (and their money) they entertain them with great productions and preach a watered down, mushy, feel good. motivational message so people aren't offended.
What has been the results? A nation where people celebrate and vigorously defend the ability to kill innocent babies. A nation that glorifies homosexuality and every sexual perversion you can name. A nation that promotes and sanctions gambling in every type of form. A nation that has perverted God's plan for marriage and the family. A nation where the media mocks and demeans people of faith while promoting every lie of satan he has spewed. A nation that has embraced every sort of false religion and belief system man has dreamed up in rebellion to God. A nation that has rejected Biblical Truth. A nation where those who follow the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ are condemned and demonized.
ALL OF THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE IN JUST THE PAST 40 YEARS!!!
My Bible says what God did for one He will do for another. I read the Book of Jonah and how the people of that wicked nation heard the message of the prophet declaring God's wrath was imminent, getting on their knees in sackcloth and ashes and repenting of their sins. A great revival broke out and people were saved. The Bible says God stayed His hand of judgment for a season.
WHAT GOD DID FOR NINEVEH HE CAN DO FOR THIS NATION...IF WE RESPOND LIKE THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH DID!!!
I love you and care about you so much. After 160 months online, having impacted tens of millions of people worldwide and seeing over 700,000 we know of come to faith in Jesus, Liveprayer is working on our final work for the Lord. In addition to our daily online ministry, later this month the Liveprayer TV program will be back on and accessible to people worldwide. It is the final piece of our ministry that God has raised up in these final days to lead this nation back to God and His Truth while saving souls in the process.
Please be in prayer with me today as we prepare to take our stand and lead this nation back to God and His Truth. As important as the fiscal issues this nation faces may be, they pale in comparison to the spritual issues we face. God's judgment will continue and increase in the coming months. As Jonah warned the people of Nineveh, for 13 years I have been warning the people that this nation is finished if we don't respond as the people of Nineveh did.
We are out of time, our work is before us, and as we stand together we can take a nation that is in the spritual abyss, lost in the lies of satan, and guide her back to God's Truth. The prophets in the OT warned the people of God's pending wrath and judgment. Sadly, they only listened when it was too late. We don't have to incur the full wrath and judgment of God. We can turn our nation around. What happens over the coming 12 months will determine if we end up like the children of Israel under God's judgment or the children of Nineveh under His blessings!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ.