Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Complaining (Part 1)
The Deal Breaker
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world...
Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV)
I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.
John 4:38 (NASB)
Doubtless, people suffer in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. Wrong seems right and bad seems good. Doubtless, Jesus suffered to make crooked places straight and corruption incorrupt. The veil was torn from our eyes.

Seeming became seeing, and we met the great 'I Am' (Exodus 3:14): 'The Light of the world' (John 8:12) revealed Himself and Satan. Confusion lifted, and the Truth was clear. The enemy fell, and men understood.

The battle was won by love. We became blameless by Blood. The Lamb of God took our sins, and we were freed to follow. Because Good News must be shared.

In the mean time, Satan remains. He runs a puppet government. Its purpose is to test and sift: to prove who really loves the King. But believers hold the power:

'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Clearly and repeatedly in the Words of God, your job is to rise and shine. It's taken almost 2000 years for the development of this launching pad. Its name is media, and the entertainment industry is its starring act.

Yes, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) built it, but that process is biblical. We enter into the labor of others. Therein, God reaps where He did not sow.*

But in your duty to rise and shine, a deal-breaker reeks like a bad smell: complaint.

To Be Continued...

* ' 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'

'But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed...' ' (Matthew 25:24-26). Consider re-reading The Parable of the Talents:

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