Daily Devotional for Thursday August 29, 2013
God is the Only Truth
(John 8:32; 2 Thessalonians 2:10)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, my brother has been going to church and has taken notice that some people pray to God others to The Lord and others to Jesus. In your opinion what verse can I take him to that would show him which one he should pray to. His daughter made him start going. I love her.
ANSWER: We pray to our heavenly Father, in Jesus' name. We are told to address all prayer to God the Father (Matt 6:9, 1 Pet 1:17, Eph 3:14.b). We can only approach the Father in the name of Jesus, the Son (John 14:13 & 14). And PRAISE GOD for his daughter!!!
My friend, one of the greatest concerns that I have about our society, is the failure to accept the fact that ABSOLUTE TRUTH exists. Life is NOT gray, it is black and white. It is either the truth, or it is a lie. That begs the question, where do we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Society will tell you that each person should each be able to determine for themselves what truth is. That sounds wonderful, but practically speaking can't ever work. Why? Well, what I feel is right, someone else might look at as wrong. What I think is wrong, someone else may think is right. To allow each one of us to determine for ourselves what truth is can NEVER work since the standard for each one of us is different.
That is why the ONLY source for ABSOLUTE TRUTH is God. God took the effort to give us His inspired, inerrant Word. That is where we find ABSOLUTE TRUTH. God also gave each one of us free will. That means we are free to believe whatever we want. But what one person chooses to believe will not change or alter the TRUTH of God found in the Bible. It is immutable, never changing. It is the foundation, the bedrock on which we can live our very lives. Again, you are free to accept of reject what God says in the Bible. Why do you think those who make choices in rebellion to the truth of God's Word will ALWAYS dismiss the Bible as just a book of stories written by men who use it for their own purposes? Those who rebel against God have to deny Him or admit they are wrong.
It is critical for each one of those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to stand up for the truth of God's word in your day-to-day life. God has called us to be the defenders of His truth. Don't be afraid to call sin sin. People will mock you, laugh at you, call you names, even strike you, but that will not change the truth. We live in a time when the LIE is glorified, proclaimed boldly every way imaginable, and told enough times that people actually begin to accept the lie as the truth. Yet we, the people of faith, the people who possess the ABSOLUTE TRUTH of God's Word, meekly and passively sitting by, watching, keeping our mouths shut, satisfied going into our churches on Sunday and locking the doors so nobody will hear us!!!
I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO CHALLENGE EACH PERSON WHO READS THESE WORDS TODAY TO PRAY TO GOD AND ASK HIM FOR COURAGE, BOLDNESS, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
You don't have to preach to do this. Simply live your day-to-day life in an uncompromising way that lets the lost and hurting around you know your life is different. You don't buy into the lies of this world. You don't fall into the traps so many do because you are armed with the TRUTH. And when those opportunities present themselves, boldly speak up and let people know what God says! God doesn't call us to think for people. God doesn't call us to save anyone. We can't do that. What we CAN DO is share the truth of His Word with others, that is our job. What they choose to do with that truth then becomes an issue for them and God.
ALSO, I KNOW MANY PASTORS READ THIS DEVOTIONAL EACH DAY. TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO GOD HAS CALLED TO DO HIS WORK AND BE GENERALS IN HIS ARMY, LET ME SAY THAT I UNDERSTAND THE TRIALS THAT YOU FACE EACH DAY. BUT THE ONE THING THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO GOD IS COMPROMISE. HEAR THIS WORD FROM HIM TODAY! IN ALL THAT YOU DO, THE ONE THING THAT YOU MUST NEVER DO IS COMPROMISE THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH OF HIS WORD. TELL IT LOUD, TELL CLEAR, TELL IT BOLDLY, TELL IT WITH LOVE, AND NEVER COMPROMISE THE TRUTH OF HIS HOLY WORD!
I love you and care about you so much. I am SO thankful for the tremendous outpouring of love that you showed to me during my health issues earlier this month. NOTHING, EVER, will slow me down. As a matter of fact, it only emboldens me to do more. Your prayers and your love mean more then you will ever know. Thank you very much as we press on towards the prize and the fulfillment of God's final work for His ministry here to help usher in a nationwide revival and for this nation to turn back to the Almighty and His Truth!!!
***PLEASE READ AND PRAY!!!
What a 14 years it has been! This Saturday at Noon, Liveprayer is officially 14 yrs old! What a 14 years it has been!!! I could have never dreamed 14 yrs ago when Liveprayer began as nothing but a vision from God that we would have impacted tens of millions of lives around the world, sent personal responses to over 70 million emails for prayer, an archive with 7 million praise reports, and have 700,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus!!!
ALL OF THAT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE PRAYERS AND FAITHFUL SACRIFCE OF THOUSANDS OF FRIENDS LIKE YOURSELF THESE PAST 168 MONTHS!!! THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO FULFILL GOD'S CALLING ON MY LIFE THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT OF THE LORD'S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER!!!
As much as I have been tempted over the past few years to sit back, look at all we have accomplished, and get off the front lines to live the rest of my life peacefully, God won't let me. Just when I began to seriously think about ending this wonderful season of Liveprayer, the Lord has challenged me with one final work for the Kingdom, and that is to be used by Him to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth before we face his ultimate wrath and punishment for our rebellion.
To be honest, on the surface it sounds wonderful but doesn't seem possible. That would be easy to conclude, but when you read the Book of Jonah, he was sent to a completely secular society nearing God's ultimate wrath and punishment. However, the people of Nineveh repented, turned to God, and for a season were spared his judgment. It was possibly the greatest single revival in human history!
The Bible teaches that God is no respecter of person, and what He did for Nineveh He will do for us. The key of course is IF we respond the way Nineveh did! The Bible also clearly teaches that nothing is impossible with God. After watching his miracle working power over and over each day these past 14 years how could I ever doubt Him?
After all, when He gave me the vision for Liveprayer the year prior, I knew nothing about the internet an didn't even own a computer. Look at what HE HAS DONE!!! So my resolve is stronger than ever, my focus sharp, my hand to the plow not looking back.
I desperately need a few friends to help me today. We still need to bring in $28,000 to cover the balance of our basic August operations over the next few days. I need $10,000 of that amount IMMEDIATELY since they are operational expenses due the first days of the month, meaning they are 4 weeks in arrears.
I am praying today for God to send 2 friends today who can help me with a special one-time gift of $5,000. If you can wire the finds, or deposit them into our Wells Fargo account at a local branch, or overnight a check to us, it would take TONS of pressure off of me. Email me at: email@example.com and I will give you the info you need. If 5 more people will send a special one-time gift of $2,000, and everyone else will give as God guides you to give, we can end our 14th year with our basic operational budget current!
Please, take a minute today and pray about helping me. We have a huge task before us. God has opened the door for us to be back on TV (http://www.liveprayer.com/liveprayertv.cfm) since May with a growing viewership each week, that is already translating into new members of the Liveprayer family to help support our work here. Now more than ever it is critical for us to insure our basic operating budget is current as we press forward. I am counting on you to help me at this important time. Please pray and give the most generous gift you can!
--->ANNIVERSARY!!! August is Liveprayer's 14th anniversary month. If Liveprayer has been a blessing to you, please pray about making a special one-time gift to Liveprayer for $14, $1 for every year online, $140, $10 for every year online, of $1400, $100 for every year online and the cost of one day of Liveprayer.com's operations!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
THANK YOU for standing with me over these many years. Please, pray about what you can do to help me end this anniversary month with our operational budget current so we can begin Liveprayer's 15th year with no shortfall to worry about. Thank you for your love and prayers, and know that I pray for you and your family each day.
Together, we have done some incredible things for the Lord these past 14 years, bringing God's Truth to the marketplace, impacting lives worldwide daily, and saving souls. Our greatest work is before us. May we be found faithful as we keep our eye on the prize and finish our race!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,