Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, September 11th, 2020
All Things New 2020: Your New Strength
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV)
Strength is deceptive. Compared to others, you may be strong. But compared to God, you're a helpless puff of hot air.

Here's the thing: God hates bragging. The minute you fall into the temptation of pride, you begin to lose spiritual strength. Because 'God opposes the proud' (James 4:6).

Here's the second thing: What is physical conforms to what is spiritual, because what is physical is temporary, but what is spiritual is eternal.

'Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away' (Matthew 24:35).

Therein, for obedient believers, God's Word is like a buff body with a face-lift: 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit' (2 Corinthians 3:18).

So if we subdue the beast of pride and cherish a humble heart, we begin to strengthen internally... and then externally. It's inevitable.

Although God does the building, consider four steps of agreement:

1) We must believe it.
2) We must speak it.*
3) We must work for it.
4) We must wait for it.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider yourselves babes:

'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger' (Psalm 8:2). This Verse is all about communication, and you are God's 21st century communicators.

If you think being called a babe is derogatory, think again: 'Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven' (Matthew 18:3).

So as you mount up with wings like eagles onto the airwaves of media, smile. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) can't stop your rise, because God ordained it.

But to maintain your altitude, leash your attitude. Stay humble.

## All Things New 2020: Your New Strength (Part 17)

* Joel 3:9-10:

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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