Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 33)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:2-8 (NKJV)
Doubt is a splinter in the foot of a Christian. But when you're walking barefoot on God's narrow path, what else can you expect? Satan's subtle sliver will slide into your soul. At first, it's an annoyance. Left unattended, it becomes a pulsing pain to stop you in your tracks--which is, after all, his goal.
So how do you prevent splinters of devilish doubt? Get geared for the grade. Get clad for the climb. Dress for success in the armor of God--which includes the footgear of peace.* Because to ‘Seek peace and pursue it' (Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11), is to seek the 'Prince of Peace' Himself (Isaiah 9:6). And when you seek Him, ' 'I will be found by you,' says the Lord' (Jeremiah 29:14).
'And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:7).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Satan hates your path. Within entertainment, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) has paced in the pride of his power. Your stage right entrance onto a field he thought he owned... is a thorn in his own foot (or paw, as the case may be). Nevertheless, the real Owner, Who is God, has leashed him for now--to allow His stars to rise into their appointed positions.
Even so, the enemy may drop splinters of doubt along your way: 'Are you good enough?' 'Is this real?' 'What if you don't make it?' 'Maybe you should stay home and play it safe.'
Understand the purpose of doubts. They're tests. If you step on one accidentally, remove it at once--and proceed. Better still, don't give the enemy an inch of unprotected skin. Because you have a race to run, and you need to stay in shape.
'Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith' (Hebrews 12:1-2).
It might seem like the finish line will bring you victory--and it will. But don't forget the fans who follow you. Your victory may become their salvation. So stay in the race.
To Be Continued...
* The Armor of God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:10-18
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.