Daily Devotional for Wednesday April 9, 2003
There are NO COINCIDENCES with God
( 1 John 3:8 )
KICKING THE DOOR DOWN! There are NO COINCIDENCES with God! When the Holy Spirit is guiding you, everything falls into place in ways that only God could orchestrate. On Monday I shared about personal accountability, and how God will hold us accountable for the choices that we make in this life. On Tuesday it was an exhortation to not be ashamed of Christ, and to dare to do great things for God. Today, in the culmination of these three Devotionals, I feel like a football coach sharing those last few words with the team right before they take the field to play the championship game. I pray that these words will motivate and inspire you today!
The other morning I was meeting with one of the pastors on my staff. On a TV in my office was the coverage of the war. All of the sudden, he looked at me and broke out laughing. I knew immediately what he was laughing at. On the screen was footage of the American troops that had taken over Saddam Hussein's main palace. They were sitting on his furniture, cleaning up in his shower, using his bathroom, resting on his bed....they had kicked in the door and taken over his home. It was a real life visual picture of what I have often shared with my staff, that we did at Liveprayer over 43 months ago.
Kicking the door down! On August 31, 1999, empowered by the Holy Spirit, Liveprayer.com literally walked up to the home of the "enemy", kicked down the front door, went into "his" kitchen and fixed a snack, went to "his" living room, sat down in "his" favorite chair, and turned on "his" TV (by the way, watching a re-air of the Liveprayer TV show). Within a few weeks, the ENEMY returned and found "his" door kicked in, Liveprayer sitting in "his" favorite chair, eating "his" food, watching "his" TV, in "his" house. Of course, the "enemy" was enraged.
Over the next several months, Liveprayer.com came under SERIOUS attacks on many fronts. Some of those attacks could have been fatal, but God kept HIS hand on this ministry and it survived. In the last 43 months, I could spend hours listing the litany of attacks that Liveprayer has come under, any one of them that could have destroyed God's work here. One day, it would be encouraging to put the history of the first 3 years in a book, so people could see in detail just how faithful God can be when our hearts and lives are totally committed to Him.
The fact is, after 43+ months, Liveprayer.com is STILL in the house of the "enemy", the door of his house is still KNOCKED DOWN, we are still sitting in "his" chair, still eating "his" food, and still watching "his" TV! Is the "enemy" still upset? OHHHHHHHH yes. Are the attacks still coming? OHHHHHHH yes. Are we leaving? OHHHHHHH no!!!!! Over 30,000 that souls we know of have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior! We have over 900,000 praise reports! We have claimed the Internet for the Kingdom of God and are not going anywhere!!!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? This. You can either do like most people do and stay as far away as possible from the neighborhood the "enemy" lives in, or you can boldly walk right into the neighborhood, walk right up to the front door of the house the "enemy" lives in, and..not knock....but KICK THE DOOR DOWN!!!!! Never forget that as a child of God you are covered by the blood of the Lamb, and GOD will protect you! The FACT IS, the enemy will be relentless coming to YOUR house, hunting you and your family down, to DESTROY YOU anyway! His goal is to KILL, STEAL, and DESTROY...YOU AND THOSE THAT YOU LOVE!!!!!! So you can either wait for the "enemy" to come into your life, or you can launch a pre-emptive strike and attack "him". God will not only protect you, but give you the SAME VICTORY that He has given to Liveprayer.com!
I love you and care about you so much. The key point today is to not be passive in our relationship with Christ, but be bold, proactive, and walk in the victory that Jesus won on the cross over 2,000 years ago. I do that daily here at Liveprayer, and will not live any other way! Life is too short NOT to make the greatest impact that we possibly can during our brief journey here. I just want you to know how deeply I appreciate your love, prayers, and support for what we have literally been doing 24/7/365 these last 43+ months. Whatever God has done in the lives of millions of peoples hearts worldwide since we "kicked in the door" is all because of YOU!
As you know, it takes $30,000 each month for us to cover all of our operational costs. After 9 days, we still need $23,700 this month. To operate the ONLY LIVE 24/7 non-adult video feed on the Internet, to send this Devotional EVER DAY to over 1.6 million email accounts worldwide, to send personal answers to over 40,000 incoming prayers requests every day, ALL for only $1,000 a day is a modern day miracle. YOU help to make that happen!!!
I am asking you to simply take a moment today and ask God what He would have you do today to help me this month. The Bible teaches to give according to our ability to give. I AM NOT TELLING YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO GIVE $1,000 TO BE BLESSED. I AM NOT TELLING YOU THAT THE MORE YOU GIVE THE MORE BLESSED YOU WILL BE. I WILL NEVER TELL YOU THAT IF YOU GIVE SO MUCH MONEY, YOU WILL GET OUT OF DEBT. I WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO MAKE A PLEDGE THAT YOU CAN NOT HONOR. ANYONE WHO SAYS THOSE THINGS IS PERVERTING GOD'S PLAN FOR GIVING! All I ever ask is that you pray, ask God what amount He wants you to give, and then be obedient. For some, that may be a gift of $20 or $50, for others it may be $100 or $200, and for others it may be $1,000, $5,000, or even 23,700. God is not concerned with the amount, only your heart! Simply pray, ask God what He wants you to give today to help me, and then be obedient.
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Thanks for helping me continue to occupy the house of the "enemy". Trust me, I have NO PLANS to leave. Liveprayer has taken this house over, renovated it, and transformed it from a house of pain and suffering into a house of hope and everlasting life! YOU HAVE MADE THAT POSSIBLE! Let me encourage you today to have the boldness to not be afraid of the enemy who seeks to destroy you. HE IS A DEFEATED FOE, A TOOTHLESS LION! God will not only protect you, but empower you to be victorious. Satan has NO POWER over your life today. NOW, GET OUT THERE, AND GO KICK THE DEVIL UP AND DOWN THE STREET LIKE AN OLD SOUP CAN!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller