MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2003
(I Corinthians 15:58, Galatians 6:9, II Timothy 4:7)
***GOD INVADES YBOR CITY! Ybor City
is the nightclub district in Tampa, Florida. It is equivalent to the
French Quarter in New Orleans or Rush Street in Chicago. Saturday night,
September 27th, Liveprayer will bring God to Ybor City in a bold and visible
way. We have secured a vacant lot right on the main drag where we will
have a stage erected. At 11 p.m., we will have over 2 hours of great
Gospel music by a variety of artists and choirs. At 1:30 a.m., I will
share a special message geared to the app. thirty thousand people that come to
Ybor City every Saturday night searching for alcohol, drugs, and illicit sex.
I ask you to be praying for me and that God will use this event to bring many
people that come looking for a party, to find an everlasting relationship with
Do you work for the things of God as hard
as you work for the things of this world? Last January, Jon Gruden, became
the youngest coach in history to win the Super Bowl, leading the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers to victory over the Oakland Raiders. Living in the Tampa area,
I have had the opportunity to follow Coach Gruden since he became the coach of
the Buccaneers. One of the trademarks of Coach Gruden is his incredible
work ethic. He is famous for getting up at 3:17 a.m. each morning, and
working until 10 or 11 p.m. each night. His entire life is focused on, and
dedicated to winning football games. On Super Bowl Sunday, he received the
ultimate payoff for all of his hard work and determination as the Bucs won Super
I have had the pleasure throughout my life of personally knowing many people
that are extremely successful by the worlds standards. The one common bond
that they all share is an incredible work ethic. They are driven to do
whatever it takes to succeed in their given profession. They will
routinely put in 100 hour plus work weeks, they will make whatever sacrifices
they have to, in order to be successful. There is literally no price that
they are not willing to pay to achieve their goals.
My question to you this morning is this. If people are willing to
literally give their very lives for the temporary success that this world can
offer, how much more should the men and women of God be willing to work for the
eternal success the Creator of this world can offer?
Let me ask this question again, and I pray that right now you will stop whatever
you are doing, and ponder it. IF PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO LITERALLY GIVE
THEIR VERY LIVES FOR THE TEMPORARY SUCCESS THAT THIS WORLD CAN OFFER, HOW MUCH
MORE SHOULD THE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD BE WILLING TO WORK FOR THE ETERNAL SUCCESS
THAT THE CREATOR OF THIS WORLD CAN OFFER? If Jon Gruden is willing to get
up at 3:17 a.m. and put in 20 hour days to win a football game, that in the
light of eternity is absolutely meaningless, how much more willing should the
men and women that God has called to His service be willing to do to win souls
My sole motivation for this word to you today is this. We can ALL do more. EVERY
man, woman, and young adult that has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal
Savior, is called by God to His service. Sharing the hope and love of
Christ is not just the job of your pastor, or an evangelist, but is the job of
EVERY person that has accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives.
THIS IS NOT AN OPTION.
It has only been because of the tireless work and efforts of those saints who
have gone on before us that we share in this great faith today. It is OUR
JOB AND RESPONSIBILITY to insure, should Jesus tarry, that the next generation
of saints who are still not even born, have a rich and solid Christian heritage
and family throughout this world.
That will not happen by accident, but through the hard work and efforts of men
and women of God all over the planet. There is a very real enemy that
would love to destroy the people of God. We live in a world today that
will not let the message of hope and love through Jesus Christ be heard without
a fight. We have to fight, we have to work hard to make sure that the
TRUTH of the Bible is boldly proclaimed.
The enemy has no shame or fear in telling people the lie that there is no God,
that there is no truth, that you can live any way you want. We have to be
equally as bold and fearless to tell people worldwide that there IS a God that
loves them very much, that there is TRUTH found in the Bible, and that the only
real peace, joy, and abundance that this life can offer comes from living for
I love you and care about you so much. I pray that you will be encouraged
and motivated to take some time and ask God what more you can do to serve Him.
There is nothing wrong with working hard to be successful in whatever your
earthly profession may be. However, should we not be equally as passionate
and diligent in our work for God?
I think back on what a handful of mostly uneducated men totally sold our for
Jesus did right after his death. These men that had no great position in
life, they did not have great financial resources, traveling was very difficult,
and there were no form of modern communication. Yet they literally turned
the world upside down as they helped lay the foundation of Christianity.
With our incredible education opportunities, people in the Kingdom that have
vast resources, being able to fly around the world as easy as it is to drive
down the street, and all of the amazing communication devices we enjoy....HOW
MUCH MORE CAN THOSE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD WHO ARE SOLD OUT...MAKE AN IMPACT FOR
THE CAUSE OF CHRIST???
IF PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO LITERALLY GIVE THEIR VERY LIVES FOR THE TEMPORARY
SUCCESS THAT THIS WORLD CAN OFFER, HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD THE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD
BE WILLING TO WORK FOR THE ETERNAL SUCCESS THAT THE CREATOR OF THIS WORLD CAN
OFFER? God is speaking to YOU today!!!
In His love and service, Your
friend and brother in Christ,
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can contact me through my personal email
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