Daily Devotional for Thursday March 3, 2016
The Example of Paul and The Church at Philippi
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for meeting my daily needs as you have promised in your Word. I look to you and your alone for my sustenance through life, and thank you for your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds you entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
"Thank you Bill for your honest interpretation of the Bible. This world is full of wolves and it's nice to hear it not being sugar coated. I was the caller who chatted about TBN being a money hungry monster. I am a new Christian and you are the ONLY preacher on TV I have seen that that doesn't preach harvest seed nonsense, if you give them money you will become wealthy, and spend their program selling books and tapes. Please pray for me to be strong. I'm delivered from drugs and alcohol. Thank you again and God Bless!
"I prayed your prayer tonight and accepted Jesus. Thank you for being there for people like me."
"I am writing today with heavy heart but not yet a broken soul. Pastor Bill, you helped me thru what I thought was the most difficult time in my life 9 yrs ago when I left my husband and family, returned home but tried to end my life. The Lord used you to bring me out of the pit of hell I had let myself go and I again thank you and God for giving me these years with my husband and family. My wonderful and loving husband John (of 41 yrs marriage) was suddenly taken to heaven on Sunday. I've been praying for the Lord to send whatever it takes to bring my children to know him knowing if it's his will, it will all be turned to his purpose. I pray here and now that 'this' be the moment for my children Karen, Kristina, Jonathan and Coralie to know intimately the love of Jesus. I pray that we stand as one united family together in heaven with our own personal Savior! I need others to pray for us to get thru this. I love you, I thank you for your ministry."
"God bless you Bill! My wife and I will not sit by and watch Liveprayer go down. This ministry has helped us in countless ways. It truly is one of the last voices for truth in this world with a platform to speak the truth. As a long time readers...and long time donors...I challenge everyone to give $10. I'm tired of God's people having to beg to get His word out. He is the King of Kings! The Lord of Lords! If this is a last stand...than we stand with you!!!"
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 24 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. GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE AND ANSWER!
One thing I have demonstrated over these past 14 years is that I will NEVER compromise God's Truth, even when it would be financially profitable to do so. Sadly, very few are left who won't compromise simply to raise money!!!
I love you and care about you so much. For these past 17 yrs of Liveprayer, 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 1,000,000 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. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrifice as we take our stand in these last days. The time is very short, our time is now! Will you stand with me?
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,