Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
American Idols (Part 5, Conclusion)
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8 (NKJV)
But I said to their children in the wilderness, 'Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols.'
Ezekiel 20:18 (NKJV)
He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Revelation 1:16 (NKJV)
The words of Jesus are more powerful than any weapon on earth. Their sharpness cuts two ways: outward toward the king of lies and inward toward the lies within us. The army of Jesus Christ has the privilege and responsibility of using His words.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ dance on the front lines of God's offensive movement. You are His performers: His communication task force to the outside world. Understand your position and prepare for it by studying spiritual warfare, learning the Word of God, and practicing your skills.

Beware of American idols, especially the one that may become your biggest temptation: celebrity.

The idol called 'celebrity' hosts a super-awards game show. It's a game for fame and the stakes are high. A limitless lineup of hopeful performers try to get on the team to run in the field where the winners become idols. This game for worldly fame bears Satan's name.

Remember that Jesus became the most famous Man on earth during His three-year tour. Crowds surrounded Him everywhere--hoping to touch Him, to hear Him, and maybe to be like Him. His Star Power was undeniable, but Jesus humbled Himself in a way no star can match.

And He avoided celebrity.

He refused to be crowned king by men, deferred all honor to God, and frequently isolated Himself to pray. Nevertheless, He became famous. It was a job requirement. He used His fame for the glory of God and the love of mankind. He never turned away a fan.

Therefore, imitate Christ. Avoid the American idols of s_x, sports, sons, superficial adornment, spending, success, and celebrity. Avoid all idols presented to you.

Cherish and adore God only. Set a new standard in Hollywood.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the American Idols 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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