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DAILY DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2014
(Hebrews Chapter 11)
***APRIL FINANCIAL UPDATE: As we are down to the final 12 days of April, we
are working on the $40,000 we need for our basic internet operations this
month. So far the first $7,000 is in leaving $33,000 to go. Please be in
prayer what the Lord is calling you to give to insure we end the month with
all of our basic operations current. Thank You so much for praying and
making the sacrifice to help me!!!
--->$10,000 of that balance left was for basic operations due the first week
of the month that needs to be covered ASAP! I am really praying for ONE of
our friends who has the ability to help me with a special one-time gift to
cover that critical past due amount today or tomorrow! Will you please pray
God moves on the heart of the one who He has blessed to be able to make such
a sacrifce, to step up TODAY and be used by the Almighty as we press forward
for HIS KINGDOM!!!
GOD IS GREAT!!! On Tuesday of last week, the second friend we desperately
needed to help us with the $12,580 balance of our Chicago TV costs for April
contacted me to let me know they were making a special sacrifce to cover
that amount. AMEN!!! Thanks be to God as we are pressing forward in reaching
the 10 million who live in the greater Chicagoland area "live" every
--->Please be praying about our next 4 week payment of $25,160 for May's
programs due this coming Friday, April 25th. If the Lord is speaking to you
about helping me insure that payment is to the TV station on time, let me
know!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR EVERYONE WHO PRAYED FOR THIS NEED TO BE MET AS
WE PRESS FORWARD!!!
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**ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, if the anti-Christ is alive today, does he know
he's the anti-Christ or will this not become apparent to him until later?
ANSWER: Great question. I honestly am not 100% certain, though, I have a
feeling someone who has the incredible abilities to bring together a
one-world government, a one-world-economy, and a one-world religion, may
even feel they are inspired by God! Never before have all of the pieces to
make this a reality been more available than today. Another thing, none of
this will be possible simply through brute force, so the anti-Christ will be
an incredibly charismatic, incredibly intelligent, incredibly gifted person
to bring together the world under one single banner. However, once in
control, the evil of one human being controlling the entire world will
become apparent. Very scary.
I have always enjoyed history. Two of my favorite television channels are
the History Channel and ESPN Classic. In school I loved American History.
The incredible stories of how our nation was founded. All of the various
wars we have been engaged in throughout our nearly 238 years. Being a sports
fan, I enjoy reading about those who pioneered the games of football,
basketball, and baseball. So I guess it was natural for me to love the great
stories in the Bible, the greatest history book of all time. I love to read
the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus. Studying the history of the
church throughout the years has been a passion of mine.
What makes history most exciting though is not just the great events, but
the men and women who were responsible for, and made those great events
happen. Only God knows how many billions of people have lived throughout
human history. The fact is, we each make this journey called life just once.
It is a very brief journey, measured by an average of only 50 some years.
Whatever opportunity we may have to put our stamp on this world we are
living in, to contribute to history happens in those few years. Should
Christ tarry in His return, the history those in future generations will
read about is being made each and every day right now!
With the understanding that this is a brief journey we are on, we should be
motivated to get the most out of each and every day. Our focus each day
should be on fulfilling our reason for being alive, and that is to serve and
glorify the Lord through our lives. I have written previously that the
greatest legacy we can leave is the lives we have influenced for Christ
throughout our journey. We will live on in those God has brought across our
path during our years here on earth. In serving Him, we should not be afraid
to dream big. You see my friend, we have a big God. He is only limited by
our faith. The Bible says, "Where there is no vision the people perish".
What God needs in these last days more than ever is a people sold out to
Him, not afraid to dream big dreams, and have total faith in Him.
Every day people die, and will be forever separated from God because they do
not know Christ as their Savior. Every day people all over the world are
dealing with the trials and tribulations of every day life, hurting, without
hope because they do not know Jesus. God has called us to be the light to
this dark world. We must allow Him to use our lives to be that light in the
midst of the darkness so many live in. That is what He asks me to do each
day, and what He asks you to do each day. As we are faithful over a little,
"He makes us ruler over much." He will use our lives to whatever degree we
allow Him to use us.
Our motivation is critical. The Bible teaches in many places that we set our
desires on the things of heaven, not on earth. You can spend your entire
life trying to be the best athlete, the best businessman. the most
successful actress, the recording artist who sells the most records, the top
military man in your country, a scientist who makes many wonderful
discoveries, or the best at whatever profession you want to name, and you
But unless you were doing it for the Lord, allowing the Lord to use your
success to bring His message of hope and love through Christ to people, the
best you can hope for is a paragraph in history books that one day will no
longer exist. That means your lifetime accomplishments are temporal at best.
That is why when our motivation is Heaven-bound, the accomplishments have an
eternal significance in the changed hearts and eternal souls of people.
I love you and care about you so much. I realize many of you are being
buried with the cares of this world today. I work hard each day to encourage
you, pray for you, try to help you overcome these distractions since they
keep you from fully focusing on all God has planned for your life. It is a
tactic of the enemy to keep us so distracted that we aren't able to be all
God calls for us to be. I am praying for you today to see victory over these
battles in your life, knowing that God has more for you to do before your
journey here is over.
The fact is, there will always be battles in our life, always be
distractions. We must deal with those battles but never lose sight of the
fact God has a plan and purpose for our life. Many say I'll serve God when
my life is straight. Guess what, your life is never going to be 100%
straight, and you are giving the enemy a victory he doesn't deserve when you
do that. Every great man and woman of God fought the daily battles in their
personal life. That is part of the human condition. The difference was they
didn't let those battles stop them from being all God called them to be, and
serving Him with their life.
It is no accident that you are reading this message today. It is no accident
that we are living at this very moment in human history. We can either just
live out our time, or we can use this precious gift God has given us to
serve Him and glorify Him. I want to personally challenge you today to take
15 minutes during the next 24 hours. Get alone with God, just you and God,
and pray this prayer:
"Dear God, here I am. You know all about me. You know my weaknesses, my
strengths. You know the battles I am facing in my life right now. But I
believe that you have a perfect plan for my life. I want to surrender myself
to you this very moment so that your plan for my life might be fulfilled. It
is NOT my life, it belongs to you. Show me what you want me to do, and I
will do it. Today is the day. Now is the time. Guide me and direct me to do
your will. IN Jesus' name, AMEN".
Now spend some time with the Lord, and I promise you the Holy Spirit will
begin to speak to you, and God will open doors in your life, and He will
reveal to you through the Word, through prayer, through other people,
through the circumstances in your life what it is He is asking you to do. He
will start small, and as you are faithful in a little, He will give you
more. TODAY IS THE DAY AND NOW IS THE TIME! It is our turn to make history,
eternal history in the lives of hurting and lost people!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,