Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
Bearing Through Grafting
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, 'Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.' Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.

Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in His kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
Romans 11:17-23 (NIV)*
I realize I'm not supposed to judge, but still I wonder: Is pride the worst sin? Satan was proud and caused a rebellion. Adam was proud and wanted God's knowledge. I was proud and thought I didn't need God.

Our Lord calls pride an abomination.

I'm still fighting against pride in myself, and I'm sad-mad to see it in the church. Like when...

Christians brag about how long they've been saved,
Or the time they spend in daily prayer,
Or how pure they were before they married,
Or when churches start bragging about size,
Or the number of people they've baptized,
Or how they're closer to God than others,
Or how non-Christians are going to hell!

Says who? God? Do we think we know His Mind?

Let's not forget our 'grafted-in' status or the sinner on the Cross next to Christ.

Is Jesus the Door into God's Presence? Yes!

But when this Door is entered means nothing-- in terms of a heavenly hereafter. So I remind high and mighty Christians: our Father wants all people to be saved. Only He knows a heart's final status.

## Bearing Through Grafting (Part 12)

*Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the Blood of Christ' (Ephesians 2:13, NLT).

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