Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, October 17th, 2020
Acting School 2020: The Sword Of The Spirit
And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (NKJV)
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword..."
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
Jesus changed everything--including the way we fight. He simplified it. He reduced our enemies to a single source: Satan.

He revealed Satan's strategy and exploited his weakness, which is pride. The Captain of our salvation (in the form of a Man to teach us) engaged the devil in a brilliant counter-offensive.

Jesus won a resounding victory, and the ruler of this world was leashed, but not muzzled. In a grand plan only God understands, the evil one continues to run a government on earth--until the King of kings returns.

In this mean time, we are told to fight as soldiers in the army of Christ.*

We are told to submit to the rules of our leaders (even the corrupt ones), because God allows them. But...

We are told to resist the flow of a corrupted culture. Against it, we must move upstream with a smile on our faces--picking up anyone we can along the way.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: here's a three-step battle plan:

1) Look good. Be magnetic. Attract attention. Act like a professional.

2) Rise above the muck of media, but never condemn.

3) When God lifts you high enough to fly, expect resistance from the prince of the power of the air. If you won't fly in his direction, he'll try to knock you down. Don't let him.

Because your witness is desperately needed. Millions are stuck in the muck, and they're not happy. Remember: your enemy is not them, nor even media's masters. Your enemy is the flying serpent called Satan.

So here's how to punch him in his slimy gut: put God's Word in your head and heart. Speak It through your mouth. You are actors. Recite His Lines with authority, because Jesus gave Them to you:

'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).

Here's how to get him to leave you alone:

'Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).

Don't forget the prerequisite: submit to God. Once done, resist that serpent of old, because you're new: you're cool and hot at the same time, with the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Use the Sword God gave you as often as necessary, because the enemy won't leave you alone this side of Heaven. But wield it in private.

Faced down with God's Word, He will flee every time.

## Acting School 2020: The Sword Of The Spirit (Part 32)

* 'Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses' (1 Timothy 6:12). 'You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier' (2 Timothy 2:3-4).

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2014 Shine Devotion series, ...Acting School.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School 2020 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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