Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, January 20th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 66)
Contend With God
A Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, 'Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.' But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, 'Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.' But He answered and said, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, 'Lord, help me!' And He answered and said, 'It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.' But she said, 'Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master's table.' Then Jesus said to her, 'O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.' And her daughter was healed at once.

Matthew 15:22-28 (NASB)
Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.

Isaiah 43:26 (NKJV)
To contend means to wrestle or debate, to struggle or to argue earnestly.

Big heroes like Job, Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David contended with God. So did a pleading Canaanite woman and a friend begging for bread at midnight.

Job was contending his own innocence. Jacob was contending for a blessing. David was contending his dire struggles. The rest were contending to help others.

Perhaps the Lord enjoys a good debate, if we challenge His will respectfully. Undoubtedly, He likes initiative, and we know He insists upon courage. Maybe He feels the pride of a Father when a child displays guts, grit and glory.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: You perform with guts, grit and glory. You contend for jobs in media, which is, at best, a difficult post. Since God gave you talent, intellect and the daring to stand up and lead, learn how to contend successfully. Consider some proven strategies, that may well impress the King of kings--and even the kings of Hollywood.

1. Respect must be your opening line.
2. Knowledge of the King is your homework.
3. Strength of heart and purpose is required.
4. Your objective must be selfless, or...
5. Your objective must make good sense.
6. Your contention can't contain hatred.
7. You need endurance to hold the course.

Once your contending is concluded, you must accept the King's decision, and be thankful He allowed the match.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders 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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