Daily Devotional for Sunday October 19, 2003
KICKING THE DOOR DOWN!
( 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. Each morning as I sit down to write the Devotional, I rarely know what I will be writing about the following day. It is amazing when I look back on a week, how each days Devotionals seem to all fit together like a puzzle. Some days, 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!
Last March, 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 a sudden, he looked at me and broke out laughing. I knew immediately what he was laughing at. On the screen was a video 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 49 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 49+ 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 4 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 49+ months, Liveprayer.com is STILL in the house of the "enemy," the door of his house is still KICKED IN, 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 40,000 that souls we know of have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior! We have over 1,000,000 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 "his" 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 49+ 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!
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