Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, April 25th, 2011
Be Persistent
But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
Luke 5:19 (NAS)
We learn the value of persistence from every hero in the Bible. Each one was tested; doubt, adversity, enemies, delays, rejection, ridicule, and imprisonment stood in the path to victory.

Noah built an ark; Abraham blazed a trail; Moses parted a sea; David killed a giant; Joseph married an unwed mother; Jesus rose from the dead. Not only is every hero unusually determined, but each one does something new, something amazing.

In the story of the paralytic, Jesus calls the remarkable persistence of the men and the paralytic 'faith' (see Luke 5:17-26). Therefore, we must conclude that God transforms remarkable persistence into a powerful faith that blows the roof off of houses: faith that overrides life as we know it.

Remarkable persistence is bold, brave, creative, and defies logic. How can men do such things? They can't, but God within them can.

Actors and artists for Christ carry God within them. They have a built-in advantage on auditions. Combine God's power with remarkable persistence, and the miracles that await you cannot be stopped.

Therefore, embrace newness. Defy logic. Smile at the long shot. Laugh at the clock. Ignore ridicule, and never give up.

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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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