Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
All Things New (Part 20)
Your New Authority
He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 7:29 (NKJV)
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 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus gave you the authority to stand tall in spiritual warfare. By His Word, you can 'Stand against the devil's schemes' (Ephesians 6:11) and 'Extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one' (v.16).

Even so, warriors must be mature believers: 'Those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil' (Hebrews 5:14). Therein:

1) Stay in God's Word and exercise It daily; 2) 'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8); 3) Expect 'The Spirit of wisdom' (Ephesians 1:17) to increase your discernment; 4) Fight for the lives of the innocent. The root of their problems is spiritual.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus also gave you the authority to stand tall in earthly performances. 'You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them' (Matthew 10:18); 'Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:3); 'A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men' (Proverbs 18:16).

But remember the difference: Before 'Spiritual forces of evil' (Ephesians 6:12), be fierce in God's Word. But before worldly forces in entertainment, be meek in His Example. Because Jesus was meek.* Because the meek 'Will inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5). Because 'There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God' (Romans 13:1). Because it's wise and will help you rise.

Therein, your new authority is both spiritual and physical. Like Esther; 'Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?' (Esther 4:14). God knows, but my vote is Yes!

'I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation' (2 Corinthians 6:2).

To Be Continued...

* 'For I am meek and lowly in heart' (Matthew 11:29, KJV).

* Meek is not weak. Meekness is humility: strength under control.

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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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