Daily Devotional for Monday April 21, 2014
Now is the Time to do Great Things for God
(2 Corinthians 8:3-4)
**ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, what do you think about the leading atheist group in the nation holding their national conference in Salt Lake City to target Mormons?
ANSWER: Having debated in the media and public forums over the last 15 years some of the leading atheists in the country, I have always pitied the pathetic logic required to hold the position there is no God. For those who hold a belief there is no God to target a satanic cult who believes in a non-existent fantasy "god" that they teach was once a man like you and I, I personally find hilarious. I can only imagine the great laugh the one true God of the Bible is having while watching two groups who are led by satan arguing, one that there is no such thing as God, and the other for the existence of the imaginary "god" of their cult!!!
Now is the time to do great things for God!!! I have always loved to read about the man called Saul, who became Paul. A man who was a leader in persecuting the first church, had that incredible transformation on the Damascus Road, and then proceeded to live one of the greatest lives of service ever recorded.
Hours upon hours I have studied Paul's life, and in the end I came to the conclusion that his success in serving the Lord was due to the fact he had no fear of what God could do and lived out his belief that all things were possible with God. Listen to me closely. Paul did not just say it . . . HE LIVED IT!!! If you are going to do great things for God, you must have no fear and LIVE each day without doubting that God is able to do all things.
I hear many people condemn the church, condemn ministries for always talking about money. I agree that perhaps too much effort does go into fund-raising, but I want to remind you that one of the most effective fund-raisers in the history of the church was Paul himself. He understood that to spread the Good News in a massive way took the financial support of those who were already in the faith.
I appreciate his approach in that he always made it clear it was not the size of the gift, but the attitude of the heart that gave. It was not the amount, but the sacrifice involved. Paul was realistic because he understood that to take the Gospel to all the world, it required hard work, sacrifice, and finances. Being the intelligent man he was, I have, no doubt, that he sat down, figured out what it would take for each of his missionary journeys and the planting of the new churches, and then asked God for wisdom in how to raise the amount needed following God's plan.
My heart is so open this very moment as I am typing these words to you. I sense in my Spirit so many wanting to do more for the Lord, so many wanting to make a bigger impact. I want to tell you in love, the only thing stopping you is YOU! God is ready. We have a BIG God. He can do all things. Only YOU can limit what God can do!!!
I want this message to be an encouragement and a challenge for you to get out there and see how big God really is. Don't be afraid of failure because there is NO failure in the things of God. I am encouraged by the great men of vision alive at this point in time, men who have challenged God and done great things for God, men who were not satisfied sitting back waiting for someone else to do something.
Liveprayer has been on the front lines for the past 15 years. Our work is not finished just yet. With Liveprayer.com and the Liveprayer TV program that has been back for one year at the end of this month, we have the proven ministry pieces in place to help lead this nation, more ripe than ever for a real revival, back to God and His Truth!
We only get one life. This is our one and only opportunity to do great things for God our Creator! I am coming to you today and asking you to help me finish the work we began together 15 yrs ago that has impacted tens of millions of lives worldwide and led over 800,000 souls we know of to faith in Jesus!!! It has been dear friends like you who have prayed and sacrificed greatly to make that all possible!!!
NOW IS THE TIME TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR GOD!!!
I love you and care about you so much. As we live in these critical days, now more than ever the lost masses who have never even been to church, never heard the Truth of God's Word, will die and end up in hell without faith in Jesus! That is what the mission of Liveprayer has been for 15 yrs now online and 10 yrs on TV, to utilized the Internet and secular TV to bring the truth of the Bible to the hurting masses and the hope and love of Jesus Christ while helping to spark a national revival to lead this once Godly country back to our Creator and His Truth!!!
God is speaking to you today my friend. This is not a coincidence or accident that you are reading these words. Will you help me? It has been the faithfulness of so many friends of His work every single day these past 15 years who have exercised their faith and sacrificed to make an eternal impact in lives they will never meet until Glory!
It is a very small percentage, less than 1/4 of 1% of those we minister to worldwide each day, who every send a dime to help me which is why every month we are forced to rely on 2-3 of our friends who have the ability to send a large gift of $5,000 or more! Many of those who help Liveprayer have sacrificed month after month for over a decade as they have laid up incredible treasure in Heaven during that time for their obedience.
Unlike the major ministries who have to raise tens of millions since such a huge percentage goes to "overhead" such as buildings, the cost of having hundreds, even thousands of employees, the opulent lifestyle so many heads of ministries live and often flaunt with their private jets, multiple mansions, new luxury cars, and huge salaries, Liveprayer can accomplish all that we currently do for under $900,000 a year!
THAT IS SIMPLY THE ANNUAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE COSTS OR FUEL BILL FOR THE PRIVATE JETS OF MANY MINISTRIES WHO BY DESIGN ARE SIMPLY PREACHING TO THE CHOIR AND HIDING FROM THE LOST AND HURTING MASSES IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE FOUR WALLS OF THE CHURCH AND CHRISTIAN MEDIA!!!
I know there are tens of thousands, hundred of thousands reading these words THIS MOMENT who have the ability to send a gift of $5, $10, $50, $100, or more. If God has blessed you through His work here, especially if you have never given to Liveprayer in the past, will you please take a moment and pray today about helping me. If just 3,000 people would send a gift of $10 in today, the balance of our April budget would be covered over the next few days! Just 251 people sending a one-time gift today of $100 would insure our Chicago TV time for May is paid on time by this Friday! Will you allow God to use your life, your treasure, and your talents to help me fulfill His mission for Liveprayer?
WILL YOU DO GREAT THINGS FOR GOD???
***APRIL FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are down to the final 10 days of April, we are working on the $40,000 we need for our basic internet operations this month. So far the first $10,000 is in leaving $30,000 to go. Please be in prayer what the Lord is calling you to give to insure we end the month with all of our basic operations current. Thank You so much for praying and making the sacrifice to help me!!!
Also, please be praying about our next 4 week payment of $25,160 due this coming Friday the 25th for May's programs in Chicago. After just under 3 months we are already averaging apx. 200,000 viewers "live" every Monday-Friday from 11p-1a in that market alone, with a potential audience of 10 million who live in the greater Chicagoland area. I am praying for 4 friends who can send a special one-time gift of $6,290 this week to insure that our payment to the TV station is covered by this Friday. IF GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH THE RESOURCES,PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY AND SEEK THE LORD IS HE IS ASKING YOU TO BE ONE OF THOSE 4 THIS MONTH!!!
To send 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, firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can mail it to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,