Daily Devotional for Friday November 21, 2014
God's Judgment Being Poured Out on This Nation as the Final Days of 2014 Unfolds
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I am reading the ask Bill question today and my problem is I don't love myself! So evidently I cannot love others correctly. How does one learn to love their self?
ANSWER: Here is a good starting place. God loves you, UNCONDITIONALLY! Jesus loved you enough to die for your sins. If they love you THAT much, shouldn't you love yourself also? No matter how others view us, even those closest to us like our spouse, our family, doesn't change God's love for us nor should it affect how we view ourselves. We all have parts of our life we need to do better, but we always will. Here is the key, we love ourselves because the Lord first loved us, and it is from there, that we in turn love others...even when they aren't very lovely!
God's judgment being poured out on this nation as the final days of 2014 unfold! With a thoroughly unqualified and incompetent pathological lying narcissist enemy of God leading this nation, the national security of our country has never been more compromised! No matter what your feelings and views on allowing 5 million criminals being rewarded for their lawless behavior may be, this is first and foremost a spiritual issue that further demonstrates the judgment of God being poured out on this nation.
The instability, financial costs, and great threat to the national security of this nation are all the result of this failure by our government to properly guard our borders and will only become a greater nightmare after President Obama spits on the US Constitution and has arrogantly taken on the role of a king! God has allowed this to happen as a result of the unrepentant rebellion by this nation to Him and His Word!
Outside of the plethora of scandals plaguing the government, perhaps the greatest issue with far reaching national security implications is the immigration problem. I have been sad to see "Christian" groups trying to make theological arguments in support of what really is nothing but blanket amnesty for those who CHOSE to break the law, with virtually NOTHING being done about using our vast modern resources to once and for all secure the borders to Mexico AND Canada!
What does God say about the immigration issue? The last I checked, there were laws in this nation governing how people who are not citizens of the United States can come here legally. It really confuses me why immigration is such a hotly debated issue. It is very simple. If you are in this country illegally, you should be deported back to your country of origin. I don't care if that means deporting 100 people, 1,000 people, or the apx. 12 million people who are in this country illegally, send them back to the country they came from!
Many argue that it is not reasonable to deport the apx. 12 million people in this country illegally. It is not only reasonable, but if we don't then we should change the immigration laws to state anyone can come to this country without any restrictions. I assure you that if you were in any other country illegally, you would be deported. Try going to say, Mexico, or Canada, without proper documentation and see what happens to you!!!
I am well aware that people argue we need the 12 million illegal aliens to do jobs that others won't. It is also argued "big business" is all for illegal aliens since they can pay them far below fair market value. Again, this is not difficult. If a business is hiring illegal aliens, prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. There are laws on the books governing this type of practice by business, enforce them!
Those in the "religious left" who support the legalized slaughter of innocent babies, same-sex marriage, the enemies of Israel, and opposes most everything else God loves and stands for in the Bible, also support allowing illegal immigrants to stay despite the fact they broke the law to get here. They claim it is the compassionate thing to do and Jesus would be all for illegal aliens. Really? I don't know what Bible they read but the Lord said to obey those in authority over us. JESUS SAID TO OBEY THE LAW, NOT BREAK THE LAW!!!
People are free to believe whatever they want in regard to this issue, but the Bible is very clear. Nowhere in the Bible does it support breaking the law. This nation, like all nations, has very clear laws regarding how foreigners can come to this nation legally. Those who break the law should be deported immediately just like you would be deported if you were in another country illegally.
I have not even dealt with the national security issue at stake. Only God knows the number of Muslims and other "evil-doers" who have entered this country illegally and have "blended in," simply waiting for the right time to carry out some type of terrorist act on our soil. We already know far too well the number of illegal aliens involved in criminal activities like drugs, guns, human trafficking, and kidnapping to name just a few.
THE ONE JOB THE GOVERNMENT MUST PERFORM IS SECURING THE SAFETY OF ITS' CITIZENS. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED MISERABLY DUE TO NOT ENFORCING THE EXISTING IMMIGRATION LAWS THAT EXIST!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I realize that this is a passionate issue for many. Everyone is free to their own opinion on immigration, but I choose to go to our final authority in all issues, the Bible! God is clear that breaking the law is never acceptable. Those who have come to this country illegally have broken the law and should be immediately deported.
If Congress wants to change those laws, let them do it. But until they do, the government has a responsibility to enforce the laws that currently exist and protect the citizens of this nation from those who would come here illegally, many of those people coming here to commit other criminal acts, and no doubt, some of those who have come to commit acts of terror on our soil!
This is not a complicated issue. ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT EXIST! THAT IS WHAT JESUS WOULD SAY TO DO AND THE BIBLE COMMANDS!!!
***NOVEMBER FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are now 21 days into November, we are down to the final $1,000 to cover our October shortfall, plus the $40,000 for our basic monthly internet operations and $25,000 for the Liveprayer TV program in November. That is $66,000 we require over these final 10 days and making it more difficult is that many people are out of touch during the Thanksgiving holidays.
*As a note, the first $10,000 of our November internet operations are now past due! It is CRITICAL that we cover the $1,000 balance of our October shortfall and the first $10,000 of Novembers operations IMMEDIATELY! I am asking for a couple of our friends God has blessed to pray about allowing Him to use you today to help me insure the $11,000 we require right away is covered today!!! CAN YOU CONTACT ME (firstname.lastname@example.org) ABOUT HELPING ME TO COVER THIS $11,000 TODAY???
--->With less than 6 weeks left in the year, please pray about a special one-time year-end gift of $1,000 or more to help me insure Liveprayer continues to be a beacon of light to so many each day! Many will be getting a year-end bonus. Some of you have recently sold a home, some property, a business, stocks, or something else. Please pray about sending a portion of those funds to help God's work here at Liveprayer!!!
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THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU! As much as I hate to have to bare my soul in sharing our dire financial needs, at this moment I simply don't have that many left in that mall cadre of friends with who have been blessed financially and given me the permission to contact them at those critical moments. Up until the past several years, I could make a few private calls and secure $10,000, $20,000, up to $50,000 within a few days to take care of those times when we were in a difficult place financially.
I am a bit embarrassed that I have to share such critical needs with everyone in the Liveprayer family, however, if I don't share our needs we simply won't be here to minister to anyone. So, thank you for those who have stepped up to help me in the past 24 hours. We secured $4,000 of the $15,000 we desperately needed right away, and I am standing in faith for a few others to contact me today letting me know they can help with the balance. Thank you and God bless you!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,