Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 4)
Rise Restrictors
'Let us rise up and build.' Then they set their hands to this good work.
Nehemiah 2:18 (NKJV)
But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews... 'What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish--stones that are burned?'
Nehemiah 4:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 'Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!'

But He turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.'

Matthew 16:21-23 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you have a mission to rise in the dark skies of media: to become stars for God. The size of your star is irrelevant, but the rise of your witness is crucial. If you're not there, whom do the lost have to follow? You've been called up.

Because heroes are not spectators. They're players.

For too many decades, Christians sat in their pews and complained, stayed in their homes and relaxed or sneaked to their screens and enjoyed. By staying out of the entertainment industry, they decided to play it safe. But look where it got the world.

Millions have followed earth's wandering stars, because they never met the better Guide. They never saw the 'Sun of righteousness' (Malachi 4:2).

Nehemiah, the prophet, was called up. He was called by God to do a seemingly impossible job: to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. With God's help, he did. But he had to overcome threats and taunts from the rise restrictors of his day: dream haters who mocked his mission.

Jesus, the Man, was called up. He was called by God to do a seemingly impossible job: to hang from a Cross and rise from the dead. From misplaced love, Peter tried to keep the Best Man down. Peter failed, and we won.

For a moment, he allowed fear and worldly reason to overcome his faith. At the same time, Jesus denied fear and worldly reason to overcome our death.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: rise restrictors can be enemies with ulterior motives, or friends with limited understanding. Your glory is not the goal. His glory is the goal. As long you clearly understand which goalpost is yours, rise and move toward it.

To Be Continued...

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