Daily Devotional for Friday January 4, 2013
Liveprayer is Here for Millions because of Your Prayers and Your Sacrifice
(1 Corinthians 15:57)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, some people think God chose who he was going to be saved even before they were born. I tend to think He just knew who was going to follow him and who wasn't. What is your opinion?
ANSWER: It is the age old debate about "election." God in His omniscience knew before the foundations of the earth was formed who would accept Him and who would reject Him. Having said that, despite His knowledge, man has the free will to accept or reject Christ and God DOES NOT interfere with that free will choice, meaning each person is responsible for what they do with Jesus. Otherwise, there would be no need for preaching the Gospel, there would be no point in evangelizing, and all of the commandments regarding telling others (Romans 10) would be meaningless.
"my name is don,and i would like to thankyou for what you are doing....i was seriously backsliding and looking at girly pictures when i got your daily devotional.....i prayed immediately,and god heard me,and i prayed some days after that,and i kept getting this message in my head, god doesn't want part of us....he wants all of us, we must commit to His will completely and totally....I have finally done just that,and i will be baptized in a good bible based christian church shortly....i feel happy for the first time in many years,because i never committed totally before,....I feel like i have come home! thank you bill...thank you jesus for bills ministry,and please bless it to continue and grow ,bringing the good news everywhere."
"Just today I told my Mom I just feel like quitting, commit suicide, go to bed and just lay there. I have sent you many emails and I'm sure you don't remember me because you probably get a lot of them. Your devotional today has lifted my spirits to not give up and trust in God. Thanks to you I am feeling better and am going to keep the faith."
"Good day,I found your website this morning browsing the internet looking for the definition of Prayer and I just prayed the prayer in Salvation."
Blessings as we lead this nation back to God and His Truth in 2013!!!
Every day, no matter how many hurdles we face, no matter the financial pressures we are under, I realize that I can never give up or stop because we are reaching people daily the church and most ministries will never reach because these dear souls. The vast majority, of people today live outside the "Christian trough."
If over 13 years ago Liveprayer.com was set up like other major ministry sites, we would have no financial issues other than how to build a bigger building or buy a newer private jet. While we are simply trying to raise $40,000 each month that is reaching millions worldwide daily, seeing apx 2,000 souls a week come to faith in Christ, a major ministry is trying to raise $40 MILLION for a new private jet!!! Rather than create a website to generate money, Livepayer was set up as a free oasis of hope on the Internet to generate SOULS!
The same is for the TV program. 9 years ago I could have put the Liveprayer TV program on all of the Christian networks, become a "Christian star," generate tens of millions from the flock to live like the ruler of a small nation, and enjoy all of the love and adulation from the body of Christ. Instead, I went on secular TV. I'm not a star, but a hated target of those who oppose God and His Truth. I don't ask the lost viewers for their money, only their time to listen to how much Jesus loves them, while I am constantly shunned by most in the Body of Christ for not "going along," and "playing their game."
It is funny, since over the past year, I have sat with some very high profile Christian businessmen, men who give millions to Christian causes. At the end of the meeting it is usually the same answer. "Bill, I love your courage, I love what you do, you are like one of those Old Testament prophets. You have no fear to go where most won't go, and to say what most won't say. I will be praying for you, but I can't give to your work since you are just too controversial for me to be associated with."
My friend, it is God who is our provider and has been for over 20 years now! God has brought millions of people through Liveprayer over these past 13+ years who have prayed for me and the ministry, and thousands who like you, 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, with over 700,000 souls we know of who have accepted Jesus as their Savior!
THANK YOU to everyone who prayed, and those who were led and able to help me cover our December operational budget. We ended December with a shortfall of $27,000 and are now down to $25,000. $20,000 of that is now a few weeks past due, so I am praying for 3-4 people who can make a special one-time year-end gift of $5,000 or more to cover this amount.
If you can give a gift of $5,000 or more I can give you our bank wire or FedEx information so we can get those funds working right away. Just contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If everyone else will give as God leads you, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, we can bring in the $25,000 we need to bring all of our basic operational costs current and begin working on the $40,000 for our January operations. Please take a moment today and pray about what God is asking you to do to help me today and give the most generous gift you can!!! I desperately need your help today!!!
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. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
*DATE YOUR CHECK 12/31/12 AND IT WILL GO TOWARDS YOUR 2012 GIVING!
I love you and care about you so much. I have been on the front lines, taking the bullets, for over 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.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me and Liveprayer during 2012, and for those God has led and were able to help me financially. It was another year of faithfully serving the Lord 24/7, impacting millions of lives worldwide while seeing over 80,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus, bringing the total to over 700,000 since we began over 13 years ago.
All of that has only been possible because of YOUR prayers and YOUR faithful sacrifce. Please pray about helping me today, since the year of 2013 is our year to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,