Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, February 13th, 2021
Character Development 2021: The Action Plan
Be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man.
1 Kings 2:2 (NKJV)
We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.
Romans 5;3-5 (NKJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
John 15:8 (NASB)
These Verses provide the action plan for your character development... per God.

Preceding them is Step One, the Great Commission of Jesus Christ: 'And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' ' (Mark 16:15).

As actors, models and talent for Christ, you go into all the world on the airwaves of media. Travel has never been easier.

You don't just talk about your faith, you prove it.* 'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go' (Joshua 1:9).

Whatever trials you face (doubt, delays, rejection, ridicule), you thank God! Because you've been counted worthy to be in God's training camp. Therefore, wave the banner of faith, hold tight to your hope... and be patient.

Graduation with honors awaits you.

When you suffer with a smile, people marvel. They see your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

These qualities are appreciated in all cultures--even Hollywood. They are calling cards for Christ. Pass them out liberally.

By this action plan, you bring fruit and glory to God. Whether you're auditioning or headlining, whether you're a principal or an extra... you illuminate Christ to every person who sees His Character in you.

## Character Development 2021: The Action Plan (Part 4)

* James 2:18 (NASB): 'But someone may well say, 'You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.' '

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2013 Shine Devotion series, Character Development. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Character Development 2021 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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