Daily Devotional for Monday February 17, 2003
There are So Many People I am Grateful for Today
There are so many people that I am grateful for today. First of course is my Savior Jesus Christ who has made all of this possible. I ran from the Lord for so many years, yet He never gave up on me. I never forget for a moment that all I am is because of HIM, and whatever I do is not me doing it, but Christ who lives inside of me. I am grateful for my wife. She too stuck by me through some very difficult times. She keeps my world balanced, and is the perfect helpmate and friend. I am grateful for a dear brother in Christ and his wife that have believed in the vision and what God was doing here at Livepayer since day one. They have made incredible financial sacrifices to help make Liveprayer possible for million of people worldwide these past 42 months. He and his wife have also made the launch of he TV program possible, and only eternity will tell the number of souls in Heaven because of their faithfulness to the work of God here at Liveprayer. I am also most grateful for the Godly men and women the Lord has led to work here at Liveprayer over the past 42 months. I can promise you that without their tireless dedication to God's work, none of this would have been possible, Each one has been accruing many crowns in Heaven for their faithfulness here when their journey on earth is finished.
Lastly, and most especially, I am grateful for YOU. For close to 42 months now Liveprayer has been sharing the hope and love of Christ literally 24/7 here on the Internet. What started out as a revolutionary new Internet site that would have a live person on camera 24/7 to pray for people on the Internet, now attracts over 20,000 unique visitors a day from all over the world. The Devotional that was originally emailed to a few people as a courtesy, now goes to over 1.6 million people worldwide every day. Over 30,000 that we know of have accepted Christ as their Savior, and we have an archive of over 800,000 praise reports. ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY YOUR LOVE, YOUR PRAYERS, AND YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!!!
You have become an important part of my life, and I think of those who are part of Liveprayer as a member of my family. The only regret I have is that I have only had the opportunity to meet a handful of people. Every week at least 30-40 people stop by our office in St. Petersburg Florida. People from all over the country, and even a few from other countries who are in Florida and get the Daily Devotional, take the time to come by and say hello. While I usually have no problem with words, I honestly can not come close to sharing with you how much you mean to me. Through all of the battles over the past 42 months, when I was really low, someone would send an email of encouragement. So many of you take time out of your busy lives to let me know how much Liveprayer has meant to your life. You will never know how much that means to me. This is what God has called me to do with my life, and I try my best each day to follow the example of our Lord and be a true servant. However when I get weak in he flesh, it is your love, your prayers, and your encouragement that keeps me going.
Let me also say a word of THANKS to those of you that have been able to, have been led to, and have been obedient, in giving to the work here at Liveprayer. I pray for the day God may bless the work here so that I won't ever have to ask you to support this ministry financially. But this is a ministry, not a business, and while I could have made incredible amounts of money over the years using the ministry to sell products and services, I declined. God's model for His work has always been for His people to support it.
I have walked that walk of faith for 42 months, striving only to see the needs for that month met. YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL, AND YOU HAVE PROVIDED EACH MONTH THE NECESSARY FINANCES FOR US TO GO ON ONE MORE MONTH! EACH MONTH ALLOWS US TO SHARE THE HOPE AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH MILLIONS WORLDWIDE! This is NOT a plea for money, this is simply me trying the best THAT I can to say thank you for standing with me with your financial support.
I love you and care about you so much. You will never know how much. These are not just gratuitous words, but words that I mean each day. I know that many of you are facing difficulties in your life today. You have great obstacles in your path. Let me give you a word of encouragement. The same God that has blessed Liveprayer, is the same God that will bless you today. The obstacles, the trials are part of this life. But God is greater than any trial, greater than any obstacle! What He has done for Liveprayer, He will do for you. Has it been easy? NO! Will it ever be easy? NO! But that is OK. God encourages us along the way, and most important, doesn't make us take this journey alone. He gives us people to share it with. THAT is what makes the journey so special. The challenges over the past 42 months have been incredible, and I have no doubt they will continue to be incredible. But the joy of the journey has been to have friends like you to share it with.
Please remember to pray for me, and pray for all those who will be working on the Liveprayer TV program. I can assure you that the demons of hell will be in an uproar that Jesus Christ has invaded their domain, secular television. They were very upset when we started Liveprayer, and still are. But we are here on the Internet until Jesus comes, and we will be on secular TV until Jesus comes, and there is nothing that the enemy can do about it. The spiritual warfare will be intense, so please remember me in your prayers. Also, if you are in the Tampa market, tell those you know about the program. The better ratings we get, the quicker we can start expanding the program into other markets. Above all though, pray for those who will watch the program. Pray that the lost will find Christ, and that the hurting will find hope in their time of need.
***LIVEPRAYER IS NOT BILL KELLER. LIVEPRAYER IS AN INSTRUMENT THAT GOD HAS RAISED UP IN THESE LAST DAYS TO SHARE THE HOPE AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THIS LOST AND HURTING WORLD. LIVEPRAYER IS A WORK OF GOD THROUGH HIS PEOPLE. THROUGH THOSE WHO WORK HERE EACH DAY, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THIS PART OF THEIR LIVES THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND DAILY DEVOTIONAL. IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT GOD HAS BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER AT THIS TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY. WHILE WE PRAY FOR EACH OTHER, WHILE WE HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS JOURNEY OF LIFE WE ARE ON, WE ARE ALSO BEING USED BY GOD AS A GROUP TO TAKE THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD TO THE LOST AND HURTING. MAY WE REMAIN FAITHFUL EACH DAY TO DO ALL THAT GOD HAS CALLED US TO DO!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller