Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Deny Shy (Part 2)
No Turning Back
It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.
Job 39:22 (NIV)
The one who is in the field, let him not turn back.
Luke 17:31 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'
Luke 9:62 (NKJV)
Consider one definition of shy: 'To draw back, as from fear or caution' (American Heritage Dictionary). Clearly, God does not want us to draw back, look back or turn back:

'I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My Commandments' (1 Samuel 15:11). 'Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies' (Joshua 7:12).

Instead, God commands us to look in one direction: forward, toward Him. 'Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith' (Hebrews 12:2). The apostle Paul says: 'One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:13-14).

When Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, advised Ruth to turn back and go home, 'Ruth replied, 'Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God' ' (Ruth 1:16). Ruth's reward? Physical and spiritual prosperity.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: don't give shyness an inch. Instead, rebuke it. Shyness is not a teddy bear to hug. Because inside this plump pet are thorns of timidity. When you squeeze in, they poke you and draw blood. But that blood is not His Blood, and it cannot protect you.

You are commanded by God to move forward in His strength by your courage. You are not too small for this job. 'Through God we shall do valiantly' (Psalm 60:12). As for your movement into the mission field of media, a land of giants?

'A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time' (Isaiah 60:22). Its time is now. This Verse is God's concluding promise in the chapter of Isaiah that begins with your marching orders: 'Arise, shine, for your light has come.' (Isaiah 60:1).

Forward is where your destiny awaits.

To Be Continued...

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