Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, June 25th, 2011
Be Defiantly Optimistic
They marched out defiantly in full view of all the Egyptians.
Numbers 33:3 (NAS)
The dictionary defines 'defiant' as 'boldly resistant' and 'optimism' as 'the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.' Since Jesus (good) won the war against Satan (evil), we who follow Him march in defiant optimism through Satan's lies.

Until I read the phrase, 'defiant optimism' in a devotion book, I never thought about putting these words together to describe a Christian. However, God loves a good paradox.

If 'The joy of the Lord is our strength' (Nehemiah 8:10), then defiant optimism is a battle tactic.

If 'The Lord laughs at him, for He sees his day is coming' (Psalm 37:13), we laugh, too.

If we 'Walk through the valley of the shadow of death' (Psalm 23:4), we fear no evil.

If Satan says, 'you can't', we say 'God can' (see Philippians 4:13).

If Satan whispers, 'you're a loser', we say 'no, you're the loser' (see Deuteronomy 28:13).

If Satan brags, 'I own Hollywood', we say 'God owns everything' (see 2 Chronicles 20:6).

God's heroes are defiantly optimistic--not only through lies, but also through lying circumstances. Like evil giants that face us, like a million troops against us, like bad kings who chase us, like prison walls around us, like casting calls that reject us... things like that.

Because the truth is, in defiance of false witness, tragedy, betrayal, seeming defeat, or the madness of media, 'We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28).

The victory is won, and we're on the winning team. Success is only a matter of time.

That's defiant optimism.

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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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