Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Suffering (Part 50, Conclusion)
Heroic Lives: Your Destiny
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:12 (NIV)
For you yourselves know that we have been destined for this.

1 Thessalonians 3:3 (NASB)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18 (NKJV)
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:3 (NKJV)
A great number of the Lord's performers live in the capitol of media: America, the land of promises, the top exporter of celebrity and the world's most idolatrous nation. We are unapologetically proud of our overt materialism.

Therein, our celebrities are worshipped by earth's lost, empty and aimless people: those hoping to be found, full and happy. So they follow stars who seem like they are.

I'd like to say our churches are immune to the red carpets of entertainment: that we refuse to parade our assets like a s_xy girl in a low-cut top; that we follow just one Celebrity and He had different priorities... but proud churches and pastors like to strut.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Regarding God's theme of suffering, I conclude with three things to ponder:

1) Jesus suffered. He said we would, too. To follow His humble Example and agree with His Orders... is hard. Even so, we're told to count it joy, because His purpose is served through it; because mourning turns into dancing; because The Light conquered the darkness. And so will you, if you continue.

2) Most media glorifies darkness and pathways to accumulation. The worldwide web is a giant net and millions of lives are stuck in it. The Lord allowed its development, so He could reap where He did not sow. You enter the labor of others as field workers in entertainment. You will be stars, if you continue.

3) Your destiny is to rise and shine. Nobody, except Satan's cronies (furthered through reality TV and stars who seem to rise without work), said this destiny would be easy. The Lord's Word reveals the opposite. Every one of His heroes suffered. So don't give up. Instead, continue.

This is the role you made to play.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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