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DAILY DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2016
(John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:9-11)
***MARCH FINANCIAL UPDATE!!! Over these many years, Liveprayer has been in some difficult cash binds that required significant gifts. We have had friends of the ministry help with those gifts of $20,000, $50,000, $80,000 on one occasion, and $100,000 on another. Fortunately, I have been able to communicate directly with these people and not have to publicly share the dire financial straights the ministry was in. Sadly, since the economic downturn in 2008 and with several of our friends going home to be with the Lord, I no longer have that ability and have had to publicly share our needs with the entire Liveprayer family.
As much as I hate to do it, the choice is to do nothing and let the ministry close down. I have fought daily to keep this infrastructure we have developed that ministers to over 2 million worldwide daily, responds daily to apx. 40,000 emails for prayer, along with the live TV program 5 nights a week. The fruits have been tens of millions of lives impacted, over 100 million emails for prayer responded to, 10 million praise reports archived, and most important, over 1 million souls we know of who have come to faith in Christ.
I will say that as I am barraged daily by endless emails from politicians asking for money to pursue their worldly goals, I don’t feel bad asking people to help me bring God’s Truth to the marketplace, hope for the hurting, and salvation to the lost. The money that Liveprayer uses is making an eternal difference in the lives of people, while I watch hundreds of millions squandered on failed political aspirations.
I do need your help today. I desperately need one or two people that can get me $26,000 in the next 24 hours. It is critical to the ongoing operations of Liveprayer. As I have from day one, I will simply share the need with our friends, pray in faith, and look for the Lord to move on the heart or hearts of those who are able to help me. God Bless!
I deeply appreciate those who have stepped up to help Liveprayer over the last few days as we have been battling a financial crisis that could force the ministry to close. As we have had to carry over our monthly operations costs month after month for several years now, we have found ourselves in an incredible financial bind. By His grace we are still pressing forward. However, I have done all I can possibly do, and simply must have funds to cover our operational costs immediately or our daily ministry operations will be shut down.
As you know, we ended March with a $35,000 and Monday cleared up the final $2,000 of that shortfall and through the first of the week and we have since covered the first $12,000 of our April operations. With just a few days left in the month, we have the final $53,000 we require for our April internet and TV operations. ALL OF THAT IS NOW PAST DUE AND IT IS CRITICAL TO GET THESE FUNDS IN OVER THE WEEKND!!!
*******URGENT!!! I am in prayer today, standing in faith for TWO OR THREE of our friends in the Liveprayer family God has blessed will step up TODAY with a special one-time gift of $5,000 or more to bring in the $53,000 we require immediately. If you are able to help me today, email me at email@example.com and we can work out whatever details we need to.
I desperately need one or more of our friends who the Lord has blessed to step up and help me take care of this critical need to prevent Liveprayer from having to close down our operations due to not being able to pay the costs involved. That is a total of $53,000 we need IMMEDIATELYOVER THE WEEKEND!!! PLEASE PRAY ABOUT HELPING ME TODAY!!!
Please pray about what God is calling you to do in these coming days to support His work here at Liveprayer! Your gift, $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 is an act of obedience and worship as our blessings flow from that obedience. Thank you for standing with me today as we take our stand for the Lord in these final days!!!
TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
***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!
My calling from God is to be an evangelist. Seeing the lost won to Christ is what God has called me to do with my life. Over these past 17 years I have had the joy of sharing the hope of Christ with millions of people in person, through radio and television, in various publications, as well as over the Internet. I am grateful to God for each day He blesses me with to serve Him and pray that I will be faithful to His work until the day He calls me home.
One of the biggest lessons I learned very early in my ministry was the importance of a person not making a decision for Christ based on sheer emotion, but to understand that the choice they were making to accept Jesus Christ into their heart by faith was a life-changing event. I have no desire to scare a person, manipulate them in any way, or use emotional tactics to get them to accept Christ. You see, if a person is not making that commitment from their heart by faith, they are simply saying some words and at best having an emotional moment.
For a person to be saved, or "born again," they don't need to understand systematic theology or to have even read the Bible. What they do need to know is that they are a sinner and that it was Jesus Christ who died for their sins. They need to understand that they are made in God's image and will live for all eternity. The choice they have to make is whether they will live forever with God their Creator or apart from Him.
By asking Jesus to forgive them of their sins and asking Him into their heart and life, not only will their sins be washed away but they will have the assurance that when this life is over they will spend all eternity with the Lord. There are no magic words to save you. What we often call the "Sinner's Prayer" is simply a guide for the person who is making that commitment to know Christ as their Savior. It is putting into words what they are doing in their heart by faith.
It is important for a person who makes that commitment to Christ to understand that they are not joining the Boy Scouts or becoming a member of the PTA. Getting saved is not like joining a club that becomes just one part of your life. When you get saved, Christ BECOMES your life. The Bible says that when you ask Christ into your heart and life, it is no longer your life, that it now belongs to the Lord. People have got to understand that when they confess Christ as their Savior, they are making an eternal commitment to the Lord. You are surrendering your life to Jesus Christ!
At the moment you are saved two wonderful things happen. First of all, you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the living God now resides within you. Your body literally becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. Once you are saved, when you drink, smoke, do drugs, engage in sex outside of marriage, it is no different than if you were drinking in church, smoking a cigarette in church, doing drugs in the sanctuary, or having sex with a person who is not your spouse right on the altar. That is why we have to do all that we can to stay pure, since we are literally the temple of the Holy Spirit that indwells each Believer.
It is God's Holy Spirit that empowers the Believer to live up to the standards of God and His Word. It is the power of His Spirit that allows the Believer to live a victorious and overcoming life. The Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to understand the Truth of God's Word. It is the Holy Spirit indwelling every Believer that guides and directs our lives. Paul said that we have to "die to self daily." What he is saying is that each morning we have to surrender our lives afresh to the power of God that is within us so that we can live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to the Lord.
The second wonderful thing that happens at the moment we are saved is we begin the sanctification process, or that process of being more like Christ each day. You see, that process can't even begin until a person is saved, since you have to have the power of the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to begin transforming yourself from the old man into a new man. The Bible proclaims that when you are saved you become a "new creature in Christ." This is the life-changing experience I spoke of. It doesn't happen overnight but over time. It is a process.
The four critical elements to this process are reading God's Word each day, praying each day, getting into a good Bible-believing, teaching church, and finding an older man or woman in the faith to disciple you. You have got to understand that after a person gets saved, the next morning they wake up in the same bed, in the same house, with the same family, and with the same problems. On the outside it looks as if nothing has changed, and it hasn't. The change took place on the inside. The process of transforming the rest of your life is something that you will be engaged in until the moment you die.
Your spiritual growth or becoming more like Jesus, is dependent on you and how much time and effort you put into that process. That is why it is critical for all Believers to read their Bible and pray every day, to be part of a good church, and to have people in your life who are more spiritually mature to disciple you. As you grow and mature in your faith you begin to understand who God is and what He desires of you. You begin to realize that He has a plan and purpose for each one of our lives, and start to fulfill that plan and purpose in your life. It is an incredible life-long journey that makes waking up each day exciting and rewarding, and where the true joy, peace, and abundance of this life come from.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. If you already have made that commitment to Christ, I will be praying that you will continue to grow and mature in your faith, to be more like our Savior each day. That does not just happen by magic, it takes time, effort, and commitment. Let me remind you again, if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, the Bible says that it is no longer your life but it belongs to Jesus. So quit holding onto what isn't yours and fully and completely surrender your life to Him today so that He can use you for His glory.
If you have never made the commitment to ask Christ into your heart and life by faith, let me tell you that the most important decision you will make in this life is not who you will marry, or where you will live, or what kind of job you will have. The most important decision you will make in this life is to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. God's desire is that none be lost, that all come to repentance. He is speaking to you today. The Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation.
I would invite you to go to, http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm Pray to ask God to open your heart, listen to the words, pray the prayer, and accept today God's free gift to you. Getting saved is not just an emotional moment, it is a life-changing experience!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,