Daily Devotional for Monday August 1, 2022
Welcome to Biden’s America! and, Selling your soul to win the LOTTO!
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DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY AUGUST 1, 2022
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care. You and You alone are my provider. I pray for Your wisdom and direction as I provide for the needs of my family and cheerfully make my sacrifice to Your work as a regular act of worship. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: Whether you call it a recession or not, this is Biden’s America!!! 4 out of 10 people are cutting back on groceries each week. Food banks and feeding operations across the nation are being stretched to the max with people in need, most serving 2-3x more than last year. 60% of small businesses couldn’t pay their rent in July. There is an epidemic of auto loans in arrears and defaults with cars being repossessed. 30% of cell phone bills are past due. Millions are covering the increased costs of daily living by maxing out their credit cards. 64% are living paycheck to paycheck. HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!!! Despite this, Jesus said in Matthew 6, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” He also says in Matthew 6, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable.” In Luke He reminds us, “Why even the hairs on your head are all numbered.” My friend, never forget it is not man who has promised to meet your daily needs, IT IS JESUS!!!
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Selling your soul to the devil to win the LOTTO! This past weekend, a multi-state LOTTO jackpot of $1.28 BILLION DOLLARS was one by one person who bought their ticket in suburban Chicago. It reminded me of a story from 2008 about a man Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett from Dundalk, Maryland who was one of 4 people who won $82 million dollars, which one of the biggest lottery prizes at that time.
What made Bartlett's winning ticket unique was that he said he made a bargain with the multiple gods associated with his wiccan beliefs: "You let me win the lottery and I'll teach," referring to the fact he taught wicca at a new age bookstore.
So did this man make a deal with the devil to win the LOTTO?
Let me say right up front that the LOTTO is one of the biggest money scams there is. It is a modern day version of the old "numbers" game that organized crime used to run in local neighborhoods. 32 years ago when I was going through my legal problems stemming from insider trading, I was being held without bond at the Federal detention center in downtown Chicago (the Metropolitan Correctional Center) at the same time many members of the Chicago mafia were there after a major crackdown on organized crime.
I remember talking one night to the infamous mob hitman Harry Aleman about the Illinois lottery, and he was lamenting the fact that he and many people in his world actually went to prison over the years for "running numbers." Yet now the state was in the numbers business and they brazenly advertised on billboards, on TV and radio, encouraging people to gamble away their money.
Over the last 5 years, each one of our 50 states is now little more than a legal bookie. In addition to the lottery, many states are now booking bets on sporting events. Gambling, that used to have a stigma attached to it was now seen as mainstream “entertainment” and socially acceptable in our culture today.
In 3 decades of ministry, I can tell you without any hesitation that a huge percentage of people I have dealt with in bondage to gambling, weren't betting in casinos, or on sports, or at the horse track, but on the lottery! The states love to make you believe that you are helping out the education system or other important areas that need funding. They advertise that the money they make from the lottery is helping to keep your taxes lower and the state's economy healthy.
ALL WERE BIG FAT LIES THEY USED TO SELL STATE RUN GAMBLING TO THE PUBLIC AND NONE OF THOSE PROMISES EVER MATERIALIZED!
The states have now been in the gambling business long enough that we know all of their claims were false. The education system is no better, in most states it is worse. State taxes aren't going down, they are going up. Most states economies are not in the black, they are in the red. The lottery being some sort of financial answer has proved to be a lie sold to the public by lazy politicians with no conscience.
In the wake of that lie are the very real and destroyed lives of millions of people!!!
As for Bartlett. The odds of having that winning ticket were apx 1 in 176 MILLION! These "multiple gods" he made a deal with had no more to do with him winning than someone who rubs a rabbit foot for good luck. The fact is there is only one God, the God of the Bible. These multiple gods of wicca are no more real than allah,, the false god of the mormon cult, or Mickey Mouse. THEY ARE ALL SIMPLY THE CREATION OF SOMEONE'S IMAGINATION! It was nothing more than mere chance that Bartlett won.
Sadly, with the better percentage of 2 full generations now that have never even been to church, as people get into their 30s, 40s, and 50s they begin to realize that there has to be more to life than just working and paying bills, more than just partying and having a good time. It is in these years that many people begin to explore the spiritual side of their lives. Having little or no connection with the church during their life, these people become easy targets for false religions like wicca and Islam, cults like mormonism and scientology, and all of the various new age philosophies that are out there.
God created us to have an eternal connection to Him. Our sin broke that connection, creating a spiritual hole that most men will seek to fill. There is only one way that hole can be filled and that is by coming back into an everlasting relationship with God your Creator through faith in Jesus Christ. All of the cults and false religions and worldly philosophies attempt to fill that hole, but can't. Faith in Jesus is God's one and only plan for man to be reconciled back to their Creator.
That is why it is so critical for those who know the Lord to follow the admonition of our Lord and be about our Father's business. While some have been called to serve Him in far off lands, I have made the case often that the greatest mission field in the year 2022 is right in your back yard, LITERALLY! Most need go no further than next door, or to the adjoining cubicle at work, or to the desk next to you at school, or to the person on the treadmill next to you at the gym, to find someone who needs to know Jesus!
I love you and care about you so much. When I read about people like Bartlett I have to laugh at how foolish people are to buy into a lie like wicca. This man has bought the lie to the extent he is out teaching other people their lies. He is now firmly convinced his imaginary gods helped him win and he will even become a more passionate spokesman for and teacher of those lies. I also feel great pity for this man since I know he is following the lies of wicca literally to the depths of hell for all eternity.
I can only encourage you today that if you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you know and possess the Truth. If someone can be so passionate about a lie to teach others, how much more passionate should we be about the Truth and out teaching others? Sharing our faith is not an option, it is a commandment God has given to all who know Him. In these last days of human history, now more than ever we need to be in the marketplace, sharing the hope we have in Jesus Christ with the lost and hurting who will die and go to hell unless they come to know the Lord by faith.
I pray today that Bartlett he denounced the lies of wicca and turned his heart and life to Jesus. I pray that the money he won was used to bring help to the hurting and hope to the lost through Jesus Christ. I pray that like Paul, the Lord supernaturally visited this man and he turned his heart to Jesus who is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, since nobody comes to the Father except thru faith in Him!
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In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,