Friday, September 4th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 26)
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
Psalm 91:14-15 (NKJV)
Love is God's most pressing priority. He loves us enough to call us His Own. He loves us enough to guide us through life. He loves us enough to forgive our sins. He loves us enough to die in our place. We can't comprehend the depths of His love, but it's immeasurably comforting.
Love is also our top priority: to love God first and our neighbors second. Apparently, love sums up His orders. First Corinthians shows how love should act, and I can't say I've mastered these Verses.* But Jesus promises to perfect us. Our role in this play is continuance.
Also know this: love delivers. It not only covers our sins, it casts out the demons of fear.** When Jesus defeated Satan, He didn't use words or weapons. As a Lamb hung upon a Cross, His love did the fighting for Him.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Love is your casting prerequisite. Love is your disarming gentleness. Love is your offensive weaponry. Demons can't stand in its presence. Just speak out the Words of God's power. When you do, you're presenting Jesus.
Within the fields of entertainment, you'll find all kinds of ways to show love. Consider one AMTC grad, coming to Nickelodeon:
'What I noticed is, when I was doing AMTC, everyone around me was a Christian. So then going to LA, there's way less people in the faith over there. So it was different going from an environment where everyone was, to where a lot of people weren't. I met some people on set that were Christians as well, like my friend Victor. And I think I was able to use my faith, just by being nice' (Ricardo Hurtado).****
To Be Continued...
* 1 Corinthians 13: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13
** 'Love covers all sins' (Proverbs 10:12).
** 'There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear' (1 John 4:18). Note: My love isn't perfect, but God's love is, and He Personally fulfills this promise upon request.
*** 'Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8).
*** 'For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Romans 8:38-39).
**** Ricardo Hurtado: http://www.amtcworld.com/the-results/real-life-stories/ricardo-hurtado
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.