Daily Devotional for Friday March 20, 2015
The Lesson of a Selfless Little Boy
***WATCH VIDEO CLIP: Friday night on the TV program, like EVERY night, we get people who have never seen the program, up late at night and going through the challenges life can bring, flipping stations, and "accidentally" find Liveprayer. Such was the case Friday night of Sandra, a dear woman battling cancer, her husband involved in multiple affairs, alone, and simply crying out. THAT IS WHY FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS I HAVE DONE THE TV PROGRAM 'LIVE" ON NON-CHRISTIAN STATIONS AND NETWORKS, TO BE THERE FOR PEOPLE LIKE SANDRA!
Please take a few minutes out of your day, watch this clip of her call from last Friday, and pray for her as God brings healing to her body from cancer, moves on her husband's heart and heals their marriage, and brings her true peace and joy once again! Clip from Liveprayer TV program Friday, March 13, 2015: http://youtu.be/E3zWdqLvxu8
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be open to using my life and the blessings you have bestowed upon me to bless others. I appreciate all you have done for me Lord, and the greatest way I can show my appreciation is in my service to others. Guide me through the Holy Spirit and show me how to use my life to impact the lives of others for you and your Kingdom, in the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
The lesson of a selfless little boy. Most people know the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with the a few loaves and fishes. What I never hear when this powerful miracle is recounted, is the fact that many of the people present had food to give, but it was only that one lone boy who was willing to give Jesus all he had in order for EVERYONE to be fed.
When I think about this powerful truth, it reminds me of today. How many people are blessed with 24 hours a day, talents and gifts, financial resources, yet refuse to share them with others? It is amazing that the few who do share their time, their talent, their treasure to further the work of the Lord, how God multiplies what is given to feed the multitudes, just like he multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes on that day!
At the end of August, Liveprayer will be 16 yrs old. In that time, we have raised a bit under $9 million dollars for our internet and TV operations. Many ministries raise that in a month to pay for their buildings, staff, private jets, and lavish living expenses, and in the end are only preaching to the choir! The funds we have raised has been done due to the sacrifce from less than 10,000 faithful friends over all of these years. That is right, less than 10,000 of the TENS OF MILLIONS we have reached and impacted have ever given a dime to God's work here at Liveprayer. That is a fraction of 1%!
There are many reasons for that. First, all we have done here at Liveprayer has been done for FREE. However, there is a cost involved in getting the Gospel and God's Truth out to the masses. We have never charged anyone for anything, I don't bribe people to give with "love gifts," and we don't sell books, tapes resources. All we have done has been without charge since the Gospel and God's Truth is freely received and is to be freely given. Also, over 20% of those we reach are outside the US, another 20% are under 25, both groups who struggle to get by and rarely can send a gift.
Second, I don't "tickle ears." I am not a motivational speaker like the gutless Joel Osteen, nor am I trying to build my own kingdom like the seeker/purpose driven/emerging church/prosperity marketeers have done. I have had more people RUN from Liveprayer than anyone can imagine because I would not back down from the difficult issues, and told people the bare Truth of what the Bible says even though many didn't want to hear it.
Lastly, well over half of the people we have reached through the Internet, on TV, radio, in print, are not Christians. We are one of the few ministries that has dared to walk into satan's living room and share the hope and love of Jesus with the lost and hurting right where they live!
What has been accomplished? Tens of millions of lives have been impacted, we have sent personal responses to over 100 million emails for prayer, broadcast over 2,000 TV programs that have been viewed by millions, sent out over 5500 Daily Devotionals each morning since Liveprayer went online that is read by millions around the world, and most important of all, seen over 900,000 souls we know of come to faith in Jesus Christ!
For 16 years, Liveprayer has been one of the few places people could find the unadulterated Truth of the Bible preached daily without compromise on the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview. Despite the opportunity to generated tens of millions annually by "playing along," going on Christian TV, charging people to come to conferences or buy products, backing off the difficult issues that offend people, make decisions based on money instead of souls, joining forces with major ministry organizations which require setting aside the Absolutes of the Bible and compromise God's Truth!
I have listened to the voice of God and done my best to be faithful to deliver His Truth to the lost and hurting masses each day regardless the personal and financial cost! A Devotional reader sent me an email the other day, "Pastor Keller, I have said this before that I feel one of the biggest and most important opportunities Liveprayer provides is the opportunity to set the Biblical record straight. So many people have either misinterpreted the Bible, or have in MANY cases, have been given mis-information!"
Compromising the Truth of the Bible, looking the other way when it is financially expedient, not talking about difficult issues so people won't get upset with me, are things I have and will continue to REFUSE to do, since like every person, I will die and stand before God one day. At that moment, I don't want to have to explain why I didn't obey Him. I want to hear the words all followers of Christ desire to hear, "well done thou good and faithful servant!'
I love and care about you so much. Just like in that crowd of 5,000, it was only one little boy who was willing to give up all he had to the Lord, while everyone else refused. My challenge to you today is simply this. Will you be like the little boy with your time, talent, and treasure, or the like the rest in the crowd that day and hold on to all the Lord has given you?
***FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are now 20 days into March, I am praying for 1 of our friends to pray about helping me with a special one-time gift to cover the last $9,000 of our February shortfall that we desperately need to clear up ASAP. IT IS CRITICAL FOR US TO COVER THE $9,000 STILL UNPAID FROM FEBRUARY AND I AM ASKING FOR GOD TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE TODAY ABOUT HELPING ME INSURE IT IS TAKEN CARE OF BY THE END OF BUSINESS TODAY! WILL YOU PRAY ABOUT BEING THAT ONE?
I am standing in faith that we can cover the last $9,000 today so we can being to work on the $40,000 we require for our March internet operations and the $25,000 for our March TV programs. $15,000 of our March internet obligations and $10,000 of our March TV budget are already weeks past due! That is $34,000 we need IMMEDIATELY, leaving us the final 11 days of the month to cover the final $40,000 of our March internet and TV budget!
--->I am asking 3 or 4 of our friends to PLEASE step up and help me over the weekend with a gift of $5,000-$20,000 to enable us to take care of the $34,000 we require immediately. If you can wire or direct deposit to our Wells Fargo account (if you have a Wells Fargo branch close by), or overnight to our office a check, or give via your credit care of PayPal, it would help me greatly to get these critical payments taken care of right away.
Everyone can pray, and most everyone can be like that young man and make a great sacrifice in order for us to feed the multitudes. Thank you for praying and thank you for giving! God Bless You!!!
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Thank you for your love, for your prayers, and for your sacrifce. It is friends like you who stand with me that enable Liveprayer to do all it does every 24 hours for so many lost and hurting souls around the world, while bringing HIS Truth into the marketplace and helping to lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,