Daily Devotional for Saturday June 29, 2013
This Message is about Reaching The Lost Souls God has Commanded Us To
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I have recently read a daily devotional that really has disturbed me as it said it is an insult to God for Christians to ask for forgiveness. Because He died for all our sins (previous and future). So if this is true, how can Christians truly repent?
ANSWER: First, you NEVER read that here. Sadly, in the internet age, there is a plethora of people writing online with ZERO theological training. That is why it is critical to know WHO you are reading. What you read is 100% INCORRECT. In 1 John 1,written to Believers, that we ALL sin. Just because we have confessed our sins, asked forgiveness, repented (turned from our sin), we still need to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness daily...since we ALL sin and fall short of the glory of God. The wonderful thing is we have the assurance from God's Word we will be forgiven.
TODAY, I AM DOING SOMETHING THAT I HAVE NEVER DONE IN 14 YEARS OF LIVEPRAYER!!! I've told you often that satan is very predictable. I had NO DOUBT that after the door God opened to share His Truth and the hope of Christ with Howard Stern's audience, satan was going to be coming hard. What happened that night was the equivalent of preaching the Gospel in a Mosque, in a strip club, in a packed nightclub on a Saturday night. It was literally walking into satan's house, eating the food out of his refrigerator, sitting in his favorite chair, and watching his television.
I spent days fasting and took several hours when I would normally be sleeping to go into my prayer closet. I was not only praying for God's protection from whatever attacks we would be experiencing, but as I have been praying for months now, for God to give us the breakthrough we need to get the TV program available worldwide digitally and on 30 cities, back on a national platform. I have been praying specifically for God to bring one person along side who has the $6 million we need to sustain the program nationally for 6 months so that it can survive, or to bring me one person who has the vision and burden for what we are doing, and the ability, gifts, and connections to put together a group who can give the $6 million we need.
Liveprayer TV: http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm
I know God has someone reading this today who either has the personal resources to meet this need, or the ability to put together a group of people who do. I have been praying for that person to step up and let God use them in a way that will literally impact tens of millions of lives across the nation, and could even be the vehicle to bring true revival to this nation and cause us to repent and turn back to God! That is what this is about. Not a TV program, but a vehicle to reach the nation with His Truth and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and literally change the spiritual course of our nation!
*THE WHOLE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH STERN'S MILLIONS OF LISTENERS WAS THE PRODUCT OF THE 10 WEEKS WE WERE ON NATIONWIDE SEVERAL YEAR AGO,HAVING THE ONLY "LIVE" DAILY NATIONWIDE PROGRAM THAT DEALS WITH THE ISSUES IN THIS WORLD AND IN PEOPLE'S LIVES FROM A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW. THERE IS NOBODY ON TV COMBATING THE LIES OF SATAN. WHY DO YOU THINK SATAN IS FIGHTING THIS SO HARD???
What I want you to do today is pray, really pray, before you read these words. It is no accident you are reading them again! Ask God to open your spiritual eyes. I don't want you to just read the words, but HEAR MY HEART as I pour it out to you in the words There is a lost world out there, with people dying and going to hell every second. Many of these people are perishing for all eternity needlessly, simply because nobody ever really reached out to them and invaded their life and told them there are answers, there is hope in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
This message is not about doing an hour radio special on Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite Radio channel, or a TV program. THIS MESSAGE IS ABOUT REACHING THE LOST SOULS WE HAVE BEEN COMMANDED BY GOD TO BRING THE GOSPEL TO! So I am begging you, please, take 10 minutes, stop what you are doing, pray and ask God to open your heart, and hear HIS VOICE in these words. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support. Thank you for standing with me as we boldly, visibly, and without shame take Christ to this nation!!!!
"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.' " John 4:35
What I am sharing with you really encapsulates the whole vision of what Liveprayer is about and the vision God has given me for His work here. I can tell you this, I have come back from NYC and the Stern experience even more focused, more sold out and fired up about what God has called me to do with my life . The past few days were God's clear affirmation on all that we have done through Liveprayer for 14 years now and the green light to move forward in bringing His Truth to the masses and the hope of Christ to the lost and hurting!
Twenty years ago when I was running from God, I made many trips to NYC for business and pleasure. This was my first trip to NYC since going into the ministry. Obviously, I had a whole new perspective and saw things with a very different mindset. I remember getting up early Sunday and looking out over Central Park, watching the tens of thousands of people in the park walking, running, riding their bikes, and walking their dogs. For a second, God gave me "spiritual eyes," and instead of seeing tens of thousands of people, I saw tens of thousands of souls! So many of them simply living their lives oblivious to the fact that they would die one day soon and spend eternity in hell.
How sad and how unnecessary. Jesus already paid the price for the sins of all mankind. Watching the throngs of people in Central Park, my heart was breaking knowing so many of them would perish for all eternity when they could just as easily be heading towards a mansion in Glory when their life here is over. Some, of course, have heard and rejected God's love. Many have bought the lies of different false religions, cults, and New Age philosophies. However, there were so many who have simply never clearly heard that Jesus loves them, died for their sins, and has a wonderful plan and purpose for their life. Every day, so many people die and go to hell needlessly because they have simply never been confronted and challenged and given the opportunity to commit their lives to Jesus!
I remember going through Times Square. As I sat in the taxi, crawling along Broadway inch by inch, I was mesmerized by the endless attempts to get my attention. A 50 foot picture of P-Diddy advertising his clothing line. Huge billboards advertising Broadway shows and the newest movies. Huge lit banners promoting Sony, Nike, Revlon, and scores of other products. Several 20-30 foot TV monitors playing ads for cars, jeans, alcohol, and various TV programs. It was actually sensory overload as these Madison Avenue creations were all competing for the hundreds of thousands of eyeballs in Times Square.
As I sat there taking it all in, something was clearly missing in all of these images. Glaringly absent was any message that when you are hurting, dealing with life's problems, there are answers and hope in Jesus. THERE WAS NOTHING, NOT EVEN ONE SIGN, TELLING PEOPLE THAT JESUS IS THEIR HOPE AND ANSWER! P-Diddy won't save anyone's soul. Sony won't save your marriage. Nike isn't going to help you find freedom from some addiction. Versace wants to take your money not help you when you need to pay your mortgage. Chivas Regal is not the answer you need. Where is the vision of the Body of Christ? In the midst of all the bright lights, the billboards, the modern day electronics, the only real hope and answer for people's lives WAS MISSING!!!
Monday afternoon, I had the joy of spending some time with a man who is part of the Liveprayer family who has sacrificed greatly to help us reach the lost and hurting people around the world we do each day. His office was on 5th Avenue across from St. Patrick's Cathedral. I mentioned to him that St. Pat's would be an incredible place to open up during the day and night and hold a great revival. What a wasted facility.
Again, as we talked, I looked at the teeming masses down on 5th Avenue, seeing lost souls, not people. So many lost souls on a conveyor belt to hell, many oblivious of what awaits them when they take their last breath. I told my friend that while it is great we go to foreign countries to bring those people the Gospel, we don't need to go any further than next door to reach the lost for Christ. I've stated before, the greatest mission field in 2013 is not some remote jungle or isolated country, but right here in the United States!
The hour special on Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite Radio channel was exactly what I expected, and other than having two of the people live in the studio with me, pretty much what I deal with each night on the Liveprayer TV program. If you have not heard the program, the audio for the hour special is located at: http://www.liveprayer.com/stern1.cfm In the aftermath of the program, we received over 2200 emails for prayer, 80% were from people who were seriously looking for prayer, counsel and guidance. We had 5 people we know of pray with me at the end of the program to accept the Lord. One person summed it up pretty well when he stated" When I heard that Howard Stern let a man preach the Bible and Jesus to his audience I knew hell had just frozen over and there had to be a God!"
In the end, Stern and his audience are all just people. Clearly many have thoroughly rejected God's Truth and Christ's love, but they still have problems, trials, issues like all people do. In their time of need, many are willing to reach out. I was there to do what I do every day here on Liveprayer.com and on the TV program each night, reach the masses with God's Truth and the lost and hurting to let them know they are not alone, someone cares, and there is hope. One of Stern's regulars who was with me in the studio was a man they call "Jeff the drunk." Jeff had a car accident years ago and lost the use of his right arm. Every day Jeff drinks and smokes pot and is literally floating through life until he dies.
After Jeff got past his persona and I was able to get him to really open up (Howard actually called in and was supportive of Jeff reaching out. That was one of the amazing moments of the hour.), he admitted he would love to be a carpenter. I got all of Jeff's information after the program. He actually lives in E. Berne, outside of Albany, New York. I have made it my mission to get Jeff into some sort of carpenter's apprentice program in Albany and plugged into a church that will truly reach out to him and help him find the hope he needs each day to turn his life around.
The rest of the program consisted of a man who had a sex change operation and clearly had no desire to change his very confused life and a prostitute from Montana who thinks she is the Messiah and was also not interested in any real help. They were both part of Howard's infamous "Wack Pack." The phone calls were across the board, no different than what I get every night on the TV program. One that stood out said he had called to make fun of the program but after hearing Jeff and the fact we were gong to try and help him turn his life around, decided not to. I closed the program like I do my TV program every night, asking people to think about their eternal souls and giving them the opportunity to accept the Lord as their personal Savior by faith. All in all, it was a great hour and the name of Jesus was lifted up and glorified!
I love you and care about you so much. As motivated and pumped up as I am every day to do all God has called me to do, I am even more fired up. I have an even greater sense of urgency in what we are doing in these last days. Having literally seen the lost masses I speak of so often, it has given me a greater passion and desire to reach those who are hurting and will die and spend eternity in hell without the Lord. I have the answers they are searching for, God's Word, and I can point them to the hope they want, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
Getting the TV program back on nationwide before that door closes for good is my number one priority right now. Pray that we can find the right person or group who will give us the $6 million we need to get the program back on nationwide. It would only take a small group of men and women God has blessed financially to do it. Pray that the Lord will bring the right company or business who could benefit from advertising to the Liveprayer TV and Internet audience and has the resources and vision to be part of this unique move of God to bring His Truth and the hope of Christ to a nation who so desperately needs Him today.
In the world's economy, $6 million is very little. Having come back from New York City, there are tens of thousands of individuals and businesses who could write a $6 million dollar check and never miss it. There are people reading these words right now who have the ability to write a check for that amount. Please pray about who you know who might be able to help me.
I am convinced that if we can have an unabated run of 6 months, we will have the ratings and attract the attention necessary to bring on board the right commercial sponsors who will see the great value in reaching the Liveprayer TV and Internet audience to keep the program going long term. The biggest problem in TV is finding a program people will watch. We have a very unique problem, since we have created a very successful program that people love, but due to the content (the Biblical worldview I take), we have to find the right companies who care about seeing the Kingdom advanced, have the money, and almost as important the guts to stand with me.
Over 20 years ago, I started out my walk of faith in serving the Lord. God equipped and called me as a 21st century prophet to use the Internet, secular television to bring the lost and hurting masses His Truth and hope. I don't have buildings, or mansions, or airplanes like so many who are the "big time" ministers. You see, I am not interested in raising money for the things of this world that will one day be gone, but in using the resources of this world to see lost souls rerouted from everlasting damnation to everlasting life though faith in Jesus Christ.
God allows me physically see those lost souls each day, He allows me go into the lion's den and come out victorious, and it only makes me more determined to bring Jesus to this lost world until I take my last breath and He calls me home!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,