Daily Devotional for Monday April 29, 2013
Our Day is Here
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I heard a Pastor say, "no one can change the past, not even God." How do we know that to be true and why can't, or couldn't, God change the past?
ANSWER: I am not sure the full context of that statement, but taken alone it is true. However, to fully understand that statement, it needs to be stated that it is God who already knows the future and allows whatever to occur to occur. Sadly, we often have NO IDEA why God allows certain things, but stand in our faith that if we trust Him, He will guide us through both the good times and difficult times of this journey though life.
"Dear Bill, I've been the beneficiary of your strong, undiluted messages of truth for about seven years. During that time, you never wavered or hesitated to boldly share the truth of God.
It has been my privilege to help you financially as God has allowed me. I believe it might be easy for many of your Live Prayer recipients to fall into a state of complacency by thinking "some of the other millions of people will give ... I don't need to." Well, we ALL need to give back! If every recipient gave $1 a month to receive the daily truth of God, you wouldn't need to 'beg' each month for what is rightfully God's money to support your ministry!
This month, I stepped out in faith to try to help 'fill the gap.' Due to some clerical errors, my social security check stopped ($602/mo.) and I haven't received a dime for a few months! A supervisor at my local office went to bat for me, but as yet it looks like there will be no money forthcoming until next month.
Fortunately I have been a good steward of what God has given me so I am able to pay my mortgage and other expenses. I know God will work all of this for His good but the point is ... if I can give out of my circumstances, trusting God all the while, then others can surely give in their circumstances too!!! Trusting in Jesus everyday!"
After what seems to have been 4 years in the wilderness, despite the fact that we have continued to faithfully feed over 2 million worldwide daily, respond to apx. 40,000 emails for prayer every 24 hours, remain in the secular media to bring the Truth of God's Word to the issues of the day, while seeing 5,000-6,000 souls each month come to faith in Jesus, in one week we will re-launch the Liveprayer TV program on all media platforms as we have the final piece needed to help lead this nation back to God and HIS Truth in these last, dark days.
THE SACRIFCE AND PRAYERS OF SO MANY FOR MANY YEARS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!! PRAISE GOD!!!
While it is easy to see the spiritual dearth that exists in this nation, the similarities to the children of Israel when they suffered God's judgment and wrath for their sin and forsaking Him for the false god and idols of the world, I also know that as long as we are operating under God's mercy we have a chance to not end up as did the children of Israel.
Years ago, God gave me the vision that this nation could be the Nineveh of our day. We must never forget that eventually God's judgment DID rain down on Nineveh, but for a season, they repented, were spared His wrath for that season, and a mighty harvest of souls was the bounty for God's Kingdom!
WE CAN BE THE NINEVEH OF THIS AGE!!! THIS IS THE TIME..THIS IS THE MOMENT..MAY THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHINE THROUGH HIS WORK HERE AS WE BOLDLY AND WITHOUT COMPROMISE STAND FOR HIS TRUTH!!!
God has always taken care of us over these nearly 14 yrs. The past several years have been so challenging as we have cut our operations to the bare bone without compromising our daily ministry, usually running apx 1 month behind in just taking care of our basic operating expenses. Satan would lie to me often that God is shutting the door, that I have been wrong all along in simply telling the Truth while those who compromise and sell false hope, raked in millions.
LIVEPRAYER WILL SHUT DOWN BEFORE I EVER COMPROMISE THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD SINCE WHEN I DIE AND STAND BEFORE THE LORD I WANT THAT TO BE A GREAT DAY, NOT A DAY TO FEAR!!!
TODAY, I AM ASKING FOR YOUR PRAYERS, AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE, TO MAKE A SACRIFICE TO GOD'S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER. THE AMOUNT IS BETWEEN YOU AND GOD. THE BIBLE TEACHES TO GIVE ACCORDING TO OUR ABILITY TO GIVE. FOR SOME THAT MAY BE $10, OTHERS $20, OTHERS $50, WHILE OTHERS $100, $300, $500, $1,000, OR MORE!!!
In our greatest need, those who believe in the Truth have rallied to keep us moving forward. NOW IS THE TIME!!! It is critical to bring in at least $27,000 in the next few days to end the month current!!!! This is no longer about me, it about YOU and what will YOU do to preserve one of the only places people can come to hear the TRUTH!!!
In 2007, I wrote a Devotional stating that 2008 would be a monumental year, a year of great change. It was. We saw the financial crisis that has impacted tens of millions of people in this nation, hundreds of millions more around the world explode. We saw an election that no matter who had won, it would help to lead this nation deeper into the spiritual abyss.
While over 12,000 churches have shut down, 120,000 non-profit organizations closed their doors, and with the property of nearly 40,000 churches in foreclosure, Liveprayer has continued to press forward despite seeing a 67% drop in donations from 2008 and losing 29 of our core group of 30 people who had the ability in times of financial difficulty to be able to overnight or wire $10,000-$30,000 to help us over a rough edge.
That is why over the past years I have had to come to you more often than I would like to ask you to pray about supporting His work here. During the first 9 years of Liveprayer, we only had to share our needs 3-4 times a month. With the economic downturn in the nation, we now have to share our needs 11-12 times each month, though it is still less than 3% of the content we produce each month.
As I type these words, I am praying for you to help me. For nearly 20 years, I have literally sacrifice my life, my time, my talent, and my treasure to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and HIS Truth boldly and without compromise into the marketplace, as very few are doing, virtually none at a national level in the secular media
I come today asking you to help me. Over nearly 14 years, Liveprayer has sent personal responses to over 70 MILLION emails. We still get over 40,000 a day. Tens of millions of live worldwide have been impacted. Over 700,000 we know of have come to faith in Jesus. THIS IS MY ETERNAL LEGACY AND MY TRACK RECORD OF SERVICE THESE PAST 12 YEARS!!! THAT IS THE ETERNAL LEGACY OF ALL OF THOSE WHO PRAY AND SACRIFCE TO SUPPORT GOD'S WORK HERE. HOWEVER, IN THESE LAST DAYS, OUR GREATEST WORK IS BEFORE US!!!
All we have done has only been possible by dear friends like you who have prayed for me, and sacrificed to support me financially. In these nearly 14 years, I have never asked for anything for myself, and despite sacrificing the vast bulk of what little personal compensation I took over the past several years, my only goal today is to cover the $27,000 I need to simply keep Liveprayer alive for one more month. This is the way we have operated each month for the past 14 years. I have simply asked the Lord to provide what I need to get to the next month.
My friend, I am counting on you today. I need to hear from you today. This is critical, and I desperately need your help. We are so close to seeing the fulfillment of all Liveprayer has been raised up to be. I can't see everything stop now over a few thousand dollars, even if it was a million dollars. Somebody will lose that tonight in Vegas. Will you reach down, make the sacrifce, and help me today??? I desperately need you and will be in prayer for the Lord to move on your heart to help me!
The fact is, I need to bring in $27,000 over the next 2 days to get our basic operational expenses up to date! If you have the liquid cash to wire to our bank, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you the info. If you are able to send a gift of $2,000 or more, FedEx it to our office in St. Petersburg, feel free to mark "bill recipient" and they will be our special account. After 14 years of pouring out my sweat and blood, literally 24/7, I will not see God's work here slowed down or thwarted, and definitely not shut down. I know there are enough people with resources who can help me.
WE HAVE THE ABILITY, BASED ON 14 YEARS OF PIONEERING THE INTERNET AND BRINGING CHRIST TO THE MASSES ON SECULAR TV, OF BEING GOD'S AGENT TO TURN THIS NATION BACK TO OUR CREATOR AND HIS TRUTH. THE TIME IS NOW, OUR OPPORTUNITY IS UPON US, AND NOW MORE THAN EVER I NEED YOU TO HELP ME!
Please don't think that just because there are 2.4 million subscribers, someone else will take care of this. It has been friends like YOU over the years who God has spoken to, who have responded, who has made Liveprayer available to bring hope and salvation to so many. It will take someone like YOU today.
Also, I know there is someone reading these words who God has richly blessed, you have been praying about a place to use your resources where God can multiply them exponentially in the lives and eternal souls of men. THIS IS IT! CONTACT ME AND LET'S CHAT HOW YOU CAN HELP ME!!!
To 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 it to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33709. One the credit card or PayPal form after your name simply mark (9-11). All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
I love you and care about you so much. Do you want to do something great for God with your life??? STAND WITH ME!!! I CAN'T DO THIS ALONE!!! I am asking you today to simply pray about what God may be calling you to do to help me with this effort. I am also asking you to please forward this to every person you know, personally reach out to those who God has blessed with financial resources and encourage them to support this new work, and share this email with your pastor and ask him to pray about having your church make a special missions gift towards this effort. I will keep you posted how we are doing with our financial goals over the coming weeks and months.
When this brief journey through life is over, what do we have to show for it? The only lasting legacy we have are those things we did for the Lord. I have taken my stand and will proclaim His truth with my dying breath. Today, I am asking you to pray about joining me and let's turn this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
Will you stand and help me lead this nation back to God and His Truth??? Will you help me usher in a "Nineveh moment" in the United States???
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,