Daily Devotional for Sunday March 9, 2014
Giving to God
*** ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, do you have to be baptized in water to go to Heaven ?
ANSWER: NO! The Bible clearly teaches we are saved by our faith, plus God's grace, plus NOTHING. Here is a Devotional on this issue: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=4727
"Bill, I've received your devotionals since a few weeks after you started. I never miss one, even if I've been away for a few days I still read them all and catch up. You have solidified my faith in Christ over these years and while I'm 60 years old, you've helped form my Christian personality. I'm also a Buckeye born and bred, though having left Ohio in 1984. I pray for you by name each day and thank you for your stand for Christ!!"
"Pastor Bill, we were wondering if you could please send us that book you speak of that you send out to those who are saved on your show. My wife and I were saved back in October on two separate days :) Thank you for giving of yourself for others and being such an inspiration that our life does matter now and for all eternity!"
"Your life has great meaning, preaching the Word of God! Over six years ago, while watching your Live Prayer program on TV I was saved! I spent my entire life in the Roman Catholic Church, but was saved watching your program! God Bless You and please continue to do your work for the Lord!"
Paul wrote to his friends in Philippi, "Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
As I read that passage of Scripture, it reminded me of my feelings towards you and the work here at Liveprayer. Paul took the Gospel to the lost and hurting in the world of his day by faith, trusting that God would provide for the day to day needs of his ministry. He looked to those that he ministered to support his efforts to take Christ to those who were living without His love in their life. He was not ashamed to ask them to help him bring God's Truth to the world of his day and to save souls! THEY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR PAUL TO DO WHAT GOD HAD CALLED HIM TO DO!
He reminded them that in their giving, they were not giving to Paul, but they were giving to God. It was their obedience and faithfulness that God would credit to their Heavenly account. Likewise, as you give to Liveprayer, you are not giving to Bill Keller, but you are giving to God. It is your obedience and faithfulness that God will credit to your Heavenly account. YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO WHAT GOD HAS CALLED ME TO DO!
I made a choice 22 yrs ago when I answered God's calling to the ministry, that I was never going to seek funds for my own needs, or to build my own kingdom, only to bring God's Truth to the marketplace and build God's Kingdom. I have been faithful to do that month after month without wavering.
We are at a critical time in the history of this nation. There is no doubt as I shared with you last November, this is the year we can start to see this nation turn back to God and His Truth. The start of a true nationwide revival that can't be dismissed! GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE AND ANSWER!
One thing I have demonstrated over these 15 years is that I will NEVER compromise God's Truth, even when it would be financially profitable to do so. Sadly, very few are left who won't compromise simply to raise money!!!
This is the very time for which God has raised up Liveprayer. Our time is now. As we prepare to take advantage of new doors the Lord is opening for us during the first week of the year to have a highly visible place in the marketplace to help lead the true remnant as one body and call this nation back to God and His Truth, I'm simply asking you to pray today and seek the Lord what He is calling you to do to help me insure our basic operations are taken care of each month to continue to be that bright beacon of light to so many around the world each day!
The Bible teaches to give according to your ability to give. For some that may be $5, for other it may be $20, for others it may be $50. Still others God has blessed and you can make a sacrifce today of $100, $300, $500, $1,000, or more. Never forget that it is not the amount God sees, but your sacrifice, and He will honor your heart as you obey His voice.
Will you help me today? Will you please take a minute today, and pray, seek the Lord what He is asking you to sacrifce to help me as we boldly stand where virtually nobody else will, in the marketplace declaring His Truth as unpopular as that is today, to help lead this nation back to God and Biblicla Truth while leading the lost to faith in Jesus Christ!
I love you and care about you so much. For 15 yrs I have walked by faith, not trusting in the devices of man, but God to move on hearts to help me. Together we have impacted tens of millions of lives worldwide and over 800,000 souls we know of will be in Heaven. However, our work is not quite finished, and I need you now more than ever!
Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifce as we take our stand in these last days leading this nation back to God and His Truth! The time is very short, our time is now! Will you stand with me as the saints at Philippi stood with Paul?
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller