Daily Devotional for Friday December 12, 2014
Paul Wrote to His Friends at Philippi
***ASK BILL: I have been getting into the spirit of Christmas listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing some of the great beloved carols about the birth of Jesus. Please explain to me how such inspirational music honoring Christ is from a bunch of "satan worshippers" as you call them!
ANSWER: Satan was the choirmaster in Heaven before getting booted for trying to usurp God! There are PLENTY of great choirs just as powerful and inspirational who actually ARE Christians!
"Bill, I want you to know you have came in my life by GOD alone! I just want you to know you have been one of the only gateways of spiritual feeding in my life - since I have let my heart and focus wonder off the path of GOD! Keep me in your prayers and thank you for faithfully being there every morning for me and so many others who depend on you!"
"Bill -You & your team have really been on my mind & in my thoughts. I strongly believe you're doing things the right way, & it breaks my heart that because you give the gospel for free - because you're out doing things God's way - you don't have financial support from the American church to get out in the secular marketplace & to go toe-to-toe with false prophets. My wife & I gave a gift today which isn't close to meeting your needs or requests, but I pray God blesses it with multiplication. I want to encourage you - your blunt honesty & the fact you do things the right way (no professional fund raising companies, no buildings or extravagant salaries) are why we're giving today. It's time for me & other Christians to put our money where our mouths are & quit paying mortgages & utilities for big buildings. Please keep telling the truth, God's truth. If the finances don't come in, God forbid, and you are forced to close down any part of your ministry, you have done your part by being obedient before God. It would be the rest of us who failed. Thank you for being on the front lines! Thank you for leading & feeding me spiritually, both in word & deed! I pray today that God move hearts in a powerful way and deliver far more money than you've asked for. May He raise up more faithful partners, freeing us from fear & making us better able to hear His commands and then, more importantly, obey them. I realized about a month ago that you are my preacher. Thank you for the daily word. I promise I will lift you up in prayer & give financially to LivePrayer. I pray our Lord bless you & keep you. In God's love."
"Bill, You are a daily inspiration to all of mankind worldwide. I thank you today for being straight forward and calling a Spade a Spade. I was living in total rebellion to God for years now. I can only thank God that he used you as an instrument bring this Prodigal Son home. I am back to my passion and that is Hospital Ministry which I so dearly missed while feeding and eating with pigs for almost 3 years. Thank you for helping me come back to my first love, the Lord and His work!"
"My husband and I have been in prayer many many many months about our finances. We were near foreclosure on our businesses . Mr. Keller, thank you for praying! I'm blessed to be able to say that God met our need at the end of the year and we managed to save the businesses catch up on utility bills, celebrate Jesus' birthday and still have money left after doing our taxes. Please accept this gift from our refund to your wonderful ministry that has been so critical in our lives, and no doubt so many others. When it feels as though you are praying in vain and that you are standing in an empty dark room where no one can here your cries............let me say GOD IS LISTENING! Thank you for being there and being faithful!"
"Hello Bill, I have just prayed the prayer to accept Jesus as my Savior. I am requesting more information on living as a better Christian. May God bless you and your family for all of your wonderful work."
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 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 20 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, God has removed His hand of blessing and protection from our land. for our rebellion to Him and His Word. GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE AND ANSWER!
As we go into the last 19 days of the year, please be in prayer with me for the operational finances we require right away. We still require the last $15,000 of our November shortfall and I am praying for 1 of our friends in the Liveprayer family to help us with a special year-end gift to insure this amount is covered so we can begin to work on the $40,000 we require for our December internet operations and the $25,000 we require for the TV program in December.
--->With just 19 days 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! Just 15 people making that special sacrifce would cover our November shortfall,and 80 people would insure we end the year with 100% of our basic internet and TV operations current!!!
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!
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: email@example.com,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
I love you and care about you so much. For over 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 900,000 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 and that this is the most blessed Christmas season ever. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifce as we take our stand in these last days. The time is very short, our time is now! Will you make a sacrifice today and stand with me?
In His love and service,| Your friend and brother in Christ,