Daily Devotional for Friday July 23, 2021
What we do literally 24/7 is making a difference in the hearts and lives of people around the world thanks to your help!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, Thank You for your blessings. I admit so much of the time I take most of them for granted, but today, I want to acknowledge Your love for me and the many blessings You bestow upon me each and every day. It is easy to say Thank You, but more important to Thank You in how I live my life each day. Give me Your strength to live my life pleasing and acceptable to You during this day. In Jesus name I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: I love this country. I thank God each day I was born in this great nation. As those who follow Liveprayer know, I also love sports. I did something the other morning that I had never done in my life, I ROOTED FOR THE UNITED STATES TO LOSE! The US Women’s Soccer team had their first game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics early Wednesday morning against a very good Swedish team. The US women were on a 44 game winning streak and are expected to cruise to the gold medal at these games. As the teams came out onto the pitch, the US team was wearing jackets, not with USA on them but Black Lives Matter! Can you imagine the outrage if they wore a jacket that said JESUS? Prior to the start of the match they “took a knee” to protest racism. I have to be honest, I am really sick of those who support a violent Marxist organization who by their own admission are out to destroy the nuclear family. Anyone who follows Liveprayer knows that the 1 problem in our society, THE ROOT OF EVERY SINGLE SOCIETAL ILL WE FACE TODAY, can be traced back to the destruction of marriage and the family. THEY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR CULTURE!!! Obviously these women are free to express themselves however they choose, just like I am free to disagree with their choice. As the game unfolded, it was obvious the US team was not themselves. After many scoring opportunities, the Swedes finally put the ball into the back of the net late in the first half. The US team was just as futile in the second half as Sweden scored two more times for a 3-0 win. I fully understand in the scheme of things this one soccer match means very little, but for me I had enough of athletes and their political protests, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE REPRESENTING OUR COUNTRY! Over this month of July we have been told the US flag is racist, the National Anthem is offensive, and if you use the word “patriot” it is a code word for hate. All of this is part of a concerted effort to destroy this nation. Trust me, if those who so loathe this nation ever get the unbridled power they desire, the first target on their list will be CHRISTIANS! That is not just a historical fact, but it has already been floated many times recently that CHRISTIANS are a huge problem in this nation. FOR THE RECORD, CHRISTIANS ARE ONLY A PROBLEM FOR SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS!!! So while this one soccer game is simply a cultural event, why the trashing of our flag, anthem, and those who love this nation is just rhetoric, please do not take lightly the very real undercurrent of hatred for this nation and all of the good it has stood for these past 245 years. This is a time for all followers of Christ to rise up. Jesus reminds us that if they hate us, they hated Him first! He also told us that if we belonged to this world, it would love us a its own. However, we DO NOT belong to this world and that is why the world hates us!!!
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"Hello Bill Keller, I wanted to say thank you for coming to my bedside, held my husband's hand and mine (as I lay on life support), and prayed!!! My Al felt alone until you walked in and reminded him that he was a follower of the Lord. And he will never be alone! The fact that you came back to pray with him until I opened my eyes, then we all were able to thank the Lord for another day together, I can't even put into words how grateful we both are. Your prayers lifted us and got us back our road to the Lord. It was the will of God that you were at my hospital bed, and I have been reading your Daily Devotionals that give me the spiritual food I need for the day. With all of our gratitude and respect."
"I believe you are being tried and tested Pastor Bill (financially). As someone the Lord put in my life once said as we were speaking in our Church prayer room, daily manna....daily manna...daily manna. Whereas before God in His goodness supplied the bulk of your need (Phil 4:19) by those with great resources, now it will be MANY sacrificing His resources who will help you. This is so God will be glorified when we come empty handed! He certainly does use the wealthy, but perhaps He will convict everyone who has been so blessed by YOUR daily sacrifice, and who can, but do not give out of their resources. It all adds up in the end! I will be sending you $50.00 by money order as God has provided me. Where do I send it to? Be encouraged Pastor Bill!"
"Bill, I got baptized a long time ago, when I was a young girl. I have been getting your LivePrayer emails for a while now, and I just re-dedicated my life to Jesus! Thank you for this wonderful messages that you send out every day! I know you are helping and changing so many lives! God Bless you!"
I am in a very difficult place today! After nearly 22 years of Liveprayer, we have close to 1.8 million of these wonderful praise reports archived. They are a constant reminder to me each day that what we do literally 24/7 is making a difference in the hearts and lives of people around the world. They are also a constant reminder that without you, my dear friends in the Liveprayer family, I wouldn't be able to do what God has called me to do with my life.
Everyone who prays for me and this ministry, everyone who makes the sacrifice to help me financially, is part of each praise report, each changed life, and each person who makes the decision to accept Christ as their Savior by faith! Over the past 18 months we have never seen the amount of prayer requests as the world has been dealing with the bio-weapon China has unleashed on this world! Additionally, never before has our voice in the marketplace been so vital as this nation deals with God’s judgement for our gross sin and rebellion!
As we are at the last days of July, I desperately need your prayers and your help. Liveprayer is in a difficult place financially, but a place that we can fix virtually overnight if you and everyone in the Liveprayer family will make the sacrifice to pray for God’s work here and for those able, help me with the most generous gift you can today.
We have been ending each month most of this year with a shortfall. It has been deep into the next month that we are finally clearing up the previous months basic operational needs. For one of the few times over the past 22 years, we actually came into July still trying to cover the May shortfall plus ALL of June’s budget.
2 weeks ago we finally covered the balance of the May shortfall, and so far have taken care of the first $30,000 of June, leaving the final $25,000 in addition to the $55,000 we require for our July ministry operations. That is a total of $80,000 to end July with all of our ministry operations current as we head into our Anniversary month.
Is that possible? ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! I know that if everyone in the Liveprayer family will take a moment, first pray, than seek the Lord what He is calling them to do to help me at this critical time, that between today and the end of the month we can cover the $80,000 we require to end the month current!
Liveprayer's basic operations each month cost a little over $1,800 a day. For the same budget of the average local church with 500 members meeting once a week, we are online 24/7 reaching apx. 2.5 million souls worldwide each day, responding to over 40,000 emails a day for prayer and counsel, and seeing apx 1,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus each week.
Don't expect someone else to do what God is calling you to do and miss YOUR blessings! Would you pray about making a special gift to help me today? As a suggestion, in a few days we will begin to celebrate our 22nd anniversary during August. Pray about a special gift of $22, $1 for every year, $220, $10 for every year, $2,200, $1,000 for every year, or $22,000, $10,00 for every year!
TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card at: http://liveprayer.com/donate.cfm or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible!
I have always believed a true leader leads by example and never asks anyone to sacrifice what they aren’t willing to. It has been over 4 years since I took a regular salary from Liveprayer other than my basic living expenses. I have lived and breathed this work for the Lord literally 24/7/365 since we started August 31, 1999, and won't stop until the Lord returns or He calls me home to Glory! Despite getting older when most correctly consider their finances in those latter years , I know the Lord will always provide for my needs and am only focused on serving Him each day!
I could never ask you for a dime for myself, but like Paul, I have no problem asking you to help me take God's Truth to this hurting world and His Gospel to the lost!!! Every day people are asking for funds for many important causes, however, there is NOTHING as important as bringing God’s Word to this hurting world and the Gospel to the lost!
Those who have been part of Liveprayer for any amount of time know I don't care about money, but it does take funds to operate. If I cared about money, I would do what virtually everyone else in the ministry does. Simply preach to the choir, sell products to Believers, have conferences for Believers, and never speak about anything that is controversial or would upset someone. Just tickle ears and tell people what they want to hear, let the money roll in and buy buildings, have a huge staff, and of course the obligatory mansion, private jet, and luxury fleet of cars!
My friend, I got into the ministry 30 years ago not for fame or fortune, but to serve the Lord. I have never been the equivalent of the OT priest or religious leader, I am simply a grateful and humble modern day prophet crying in the wilderness that God’s Word is the ONLY Truth and Jesus is the ONLY answer for each person, this nation, and the world!!!
People may not always agree with everything I say, but nobody can deny that I have a 22 year track record of making souls the number one priority, challenging people daily to be all God has called them to be, and without fear or concern for myself taking the unadulterated Truth of the Bible into the marketplace where few go any longer because most don't want to hear the Truth...nor is it financially beneficial.
For 22 years I have NEVER sold out the Gospel and I have NEVER compromised the Truth of God's Word, even when it would have been easy and advantageous for me to do so!!!
I love you and care about you so much! Thank you for your love, your prayers, and encouragement. They mean more to me than you will ever know, and sustain me in the most difficult times. For 22 years now I have walked by faith and trusted God to provide what we needed for that month, never asking for a penny more. I only ask you to help me to bring God's Truth to the marketplace, hope to the hurting, and salvation to the lost!!!
In 50 years most reading this today will have departed this brief journey of life. Our only real legacy will be those lives we helped touch for Christ and souls who will be in Glory for all eternity because we were faithful and obedient. LET THE HISTORY OF THIS WORLD YEARS FROM NOW SHOULD JESUS TARRY, TELL FUTURE GENERATIONS OF BELIEVERS WHEN IT WAS OUR TURN WE TOOK OUR STAND FOR CHRIST AND FOR OUR FAITH AND WERE FAITHFUL TO THE END!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,