Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Beginnings (Part 20)
Your New Strength
Have you not known?

Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the Lord,

The Creator of the ends of the earth,

Neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall,

But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV
Strength is deceptive. Compared to others, you may be strong. But compared to God, you're a helpless puff of hot air. Here's the thing: God hates bragging. The minute you fall into the temptation of pride, you begin to lose spiritual strength. Because 'God opposes the proud' (James 4:6).

Here's the second thing: What is physical conforms to what is spiritual, because what is physical is temporary, but what is spiritual is eternal. 'Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away' (Matthew 24:35).

Therein, for obedient believers, God's Word is like a buff body with a face-lift: 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit' (2 Corinthians 3:18).

So if we subdue the beast of pride and cherish a humble heart, we begin to strengthen internally, and then externally. It's inevitable. Although God does the building, consider four steps of agreement: 1) Believe it. 2) Speak it.* 3) Work for it. 4) Wait for it.

So as you mount up with wings like eagles onto the airwaves of media, smile. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) can't stop your rise, because God ordained it. But to stay strong and maintain your altitude, leash your attitude.

To Be Continued...

* Joel 3:9-10:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beginnings series. To read similar devotions, please see the All Things New 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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