Daily Devotional for Wednesday February 17, 2021
LIVEPRAYER DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2021
(Matthew 6:24, 12:30; Mark 9:40)
***HACKING UPDATE! I deeply appreciate your prayers over the past week. We have the main website up, however, all links and some sections may not be fully functional until Monday. Our “Donation” section is fully functional. So you know, all of our credit card info is not on our servers but our processor First Data who is the largest in the world and who we have used for 22 yrs of Liveprayer without any issues. The Liveprayer TV program is back on LIVE as of last Thursday night! Amen! Please keep praying. The tech team we had to hire to work with our main tech is going to cost us right at $10,000 when all is completed. So be praying for all of the Liveprayer operations to be fully functional over the next few days, and the Lord’s provision for this unplanned expense. GOD BLESS YOU!
***FEBRUARY FINANCIAL UPDATE: We ended January with a shortfall of $25,000. So far we have received another $20,000 from January leaving a shortfall of $5,000. We need to cover the balance of our January shortfall plus our February ministry operations of $55,000. That is a total of $60,000 we need to bring in over the last days of this short month.
Please pray about helping me, whether it is $10, $20, $50, $100, $1,000 or more, and give cheerfully unto the Lord as an act of worship! DON'T FORGET A GIFT OF $1,830 COVERS ONE DAY OF MINISTRY AT LIVEPRAYER!!!
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***LIVE ON AFTER YOU ARE IN HEAVEN!!! By remembering God's work here at Liveprayer in your will/estate planning, you can still help me share His Truth with the masses, be here for people in their time of greatest need, and help lead the lost to faith in Jesus even after God has called you home!!! In the 20+ yrs of Liveprayer, I have never employed professional development (fundraising) people or those who specialize in planned giving (wills). Even without such people, God has led many of our friends in the Liveprayer family to remember His work here in their will. Most of the time we weren't even aware of this Legacy Gift until we were contacted by an attorney or executor of their estate. Please pray about this opportunity to continue and partner with me in the Lord's work at Liveprayer, even after you are enjoying your rewards and the eternal peace of Heaven! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at: email@example.com
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to always be prepared to serve You in any way that I can. My life belongs to You. I am ready, willing, and able to answer Your call as I go through my life each day. Use me for Your glory. I am Yours! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: In China now, primary school teachers are required by the government to promote atheism. Asking why is a legitimate question. The answer is in any communist/Marxist/socialist/dictatorial regime, total loyalty to the state is REQUIRED! That is why in any of these types of governments, minimizing, attempting to eliminate Christianity is a top priority. They want their people to be 100% loyal to the state. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR LOYALTY TO ANYONE ELSE...LIKE JESUS! As the nations of the world meld into one global family, those in leadership over each country will make it a priority to eliminate all faiths, especially Christianity. During the reign of the anti-Christ, the one-world religion will be some sort of new-age type philosophy. The new agers don’t require a belief in absolute beliefs, there is no commitment to any personage, there is no accountability, so it is the perfect “filler” for that spiritual huger all people have without being seen as a danger to the state. The fact is, we are well on the road to this type of belief mindset right here in the US! The fact the vast percentage of the last 2 generations and now a 3rd who have never been to church, the efforts underway to eliminate God’s Truth from the marketplace, the rise of the new age movement are all contributing to a nation that will easily fall into a one-world religion that will not be seen as a concern for a globalist state that will rule over us. This does NOT mean Christianity will be wiped out here or anywhere on the planet. It does mean practicing our faith will become more of a challenge unless we see this nation turn back to God and His Truth!!!
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One of the things that has greatly troubled me recently, is the number of people who say that they believe in God, say that they are a Christian, yet have no problem supporting choices that are clearly defined in God's Word as sin. My friend, Jesus said it best when He said that "No man can serve two masters." The Christian faith is not a smorgasbord where you can pick and choose what you like. You can't claim to have faith in Christ, yet support the things that the Bible speaks against. To borrow a political term, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CHRISTIAN MODERATE. Either God is real or He is not.
Let me first clarify what a Christian is. A Christian is a person who has made the personal choice to repent of their sins and ask Jesus into their heart by faith (John 3:16; Romans 10:10; Ephesians 2:8-9). It is your personal faith in Christ that makes you a Christian. The church you belong to cannot save you. Having a priest or pastor baptize you when you were a baby did not save you. Living a good life does not save you. The fact that your parents are Christians cannot save you. Only making the choice to repent of your sins and ask Christ into your heart makes you a Christian.
If this is something that you have never done, the Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation. Pray, ask God to open your heart, then click on this link and read what is written: www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.html . God has made it so easy, but it is a choice that only YOU can make.
Once you have gotten to this point, the next step is that you MUST accept the Bible as God's inspired, inerrant Word. It is IMPOSSIBLE to be a Christian and not accept the Bible as God's Word. You see, to come to Christ by faith, you have accepted that this is God's plan to give His creation, which is separated from Him because of their sin, a way to come back into a relationship with Him. This is God's ONLY plan!
That is why faith in Buddha will not save you. That is why faith in Muhammad will not save you. That is why faith in a golden statue will not save you. It is ONLY faith in Jesus Christ that saves you because it was Jesus Christ who God sent to die for your sins! He was God's perfect sacrifice to give fallen man a way back into everlasting fellowship with Him. So, if you accept THAT, then you have to accept the ENTIRE BIBLE as God's inspired, inerrant Word. It can?t be only partially right!!!
The reason is God cannot lie. The Bible is an all or nothing proposition, it is either ALL true or NONE of it is true. This is very serious, so please hear what I am saying to you today. You can’t live your faith with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. You either believe it all, or you don’tt really believe any of it. Either God is true, and we can count on EVERYTHING He says, or God is a liar, and we are the most foolish of all people. My friend, there is NO MIDDLE GROUND!!!
This is where so many Christians break down in their life. They simply don't want to let go of the things of this world. The fact is, this life is only a brief journey anyway. When it is over, the things of this world will be gone, and the ONLY thing that you will be left with is the fact that you have Christ in your heart, or you have rejected His love for you. PERIOD.
I love you and care for you so much. I realize that this is difficult for so many of you to read. I already know that there will be thousands of very angry emails about how intolerant I am, how the Christian faith is horrible for excluding so many good people. The fact is, the only thing intolerant about the Christian faith is accepting sin in a person's life. Would a parent feed their child a plate of garbage to eat? Of course not. Why? Because they love them and know that it would be very harmful to them. When God says don’t sin, He is saying don’t eat a plate of garbage because it is harmful to you.
As for the Christian faith being exclusionary. That is the FARTHEST thing from the truth. The Bibles says, "Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish." Whosoever is potentially EVERYONE. Everyone has the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts and accept God's free gift of everlasting life. I don't find that exclusionary, but INCLUSIONARY!
I will be praying for you today. Praying above all that you realize how serious it is to make a full and total commitment of your life to the Lord. The fact is, when we ask Him into our hearts, the Bible says that it is no longer our life, but that it belongs to Him. We surrender our life to Him. I realize as much as anyone how unpopular our faith can be to the world that we live in. The sad fact is, much of that world is lost, hurting, and living without ANY hope. They have chosen to reject God and live life the way they want to. That is fine. God has given everyone the free will to make that choice.
Sadly, though, no matter how they may appear on the outside, inside they never experience the true joy, peace, and abundance that this life has to offer. As they get older, they start to realize that there has to be more to life, and in their search for God, get caught up in every kind of New Age, crazy philosophy that exists. What they are REALLY looking for is the peace that ONLY comes from a personal relationship with Christ.
As a Christian, you, me, each one of us, is called to be a light to this dark world that we live in. We can ONLY let our light shine bright when we are living fully, 100% for HIM. If you believe that God is real, THEN LIVE EACH DAY FOR HIM!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,