Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, May 20th, 2011
A Bad Offer
And the devil said to Him, 'I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.'
Luke 4:6-7 (NAS)
Satan presented Jesus with three bad offers--after His forty days of fasting in the desert; one was worldly power and fame.

Most people believe money and celebrity are desirable goals. Most people are wrong.

Jesus rejected the bad offer. As His followers, we must reject it, too. Our bad offers may not be as bold as Satan's enticement to Jesus, so look for the small things: 'Want to come to a party and meet some power players?' or 'Let me give you this gift. No strings attached.'

Keep the words of scripture in your heart and mind: 'You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just' (Exodus 23:8).

The Holy Spirit will tell you when a choice is wrong, often through the prickling of your conscience or circumstances that refuse to line up. Following the Spirit usually means going against the crowd.

Big mistakes are often preceded by small compromises. If you accept a bad offer, no matter how small, it pushes you one step in the wrong direction. Multiply those steps and you become lost.

As God's stars in the entertainment industry become more famous, bad offers will become more enticing. Satan knew Jesus' potential, so he laid the entire world at His Feet.

Don't accept the world's offers. Follow the example of Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit. In doing so, you will stay on track, and your star of celebrity will shine brightly and truly for God.

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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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