Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, September 13th, 2020
All Things New 2020: Your New Blessings
The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NASB)
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16:25 (NASB)
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 (NASB)
Understandably, Christians seek God's blessings. Generously, God gives them to His devoted followers. Within His Word, abundance is promised, but the form of our abundance is up to God.

He heads the fulfillment department. John 10:10 is a favorite among prosperity preachers, but Matthew 16:25 is seldom discussed.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider both Verses. Jesus does not contradict Himself, so how can losing our lives bring us abundant life?

Are we talking about Heaven? Certainly, but Jesus also said 'The kingdom of God is within you' (Luke 17:21). That means here and now, not just there and then.

Could losing our lives mean the surrender of selfishness?
Could finding our lives mean the victory in selflessness?

Consider a 19th century comment on a 21st century problem:

'The reign of God is 'in the heart.' It does not come with pomp and splendor, like the reign of temporal kings, merely to control the external 'actions' and strike the senses of people with awe, but it reigns in the heart by the Law of God; it sets up its dominion over the passions, and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ' (Barnes Notes on the Bible re: Luke 17:21).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus lived God's definition of earth's best blessings, and He gave His life so we could enjoy them, too. Consider a few:

1) The unencumbered joy of a simple and humble life.

2) The unbreakable fellowship His apostles would form.

3) The unrivaled fulfillment in working for His Father.

4) The unquenchable hope that sustained Him through His trials.

5) The unceasing assurance faith that true justice would triumph.

6) The unfailing love that gave Him strength unequaled and victory unending--without lifting a Finger to fight.

Therein, don't be fooled into believing bogus definitions of blessings. Instead, seek what Jesus enjoyed, and God will help you find it.

## All Things New 2020: Your New Blessings (Part 19)

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series, 'All Things New.' 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 All Things New 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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