Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Friends To Success: Going Forth
Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you.
Genesis 12:1 (NAS)
And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'
Mark 16:15 (NAS)
Today we embrace 'going forth' as a necessary course of godly action. We encourage each other to keep walking, running, or marching--as God calls us to move ahead.

Have you heard people say, 'I wish things would stay the same. I don't like change'? Nothing in the Bible or the nature of God confirms such wishes are godly. Every scripture, every day, every rotation of His planets speaks of inevitable movement.

The big question is this one: where are we going? We can choose to move in ceaseless circles around the mountains in our lives like the Children of Israel in Exodus, or directly away from God like the Prodigal Son. The 40-year journey of the Jews leaving Egypt resulted in the death of every adult male (except two). The Prodigal Son almost starved to death in a pigsty.

The good news includes the Jews making it to the Promised Land and the Prodigal Son coming home to a loving father. But they could have avoided years of heartache by going forth whole-heartedly toward God.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ who choose to pursue a calling in the entertainment industry choose to go forth into a foreign land. They are gifted strangers with smiles on their faces. Love is their calling card, talent their foothold, and hope is their flag.

If you are God's rising star, your courage to go forth pleases your Father. Hold His course and remember this absolute truth: God is the beginning, middle, and end of your journey. Keep your focus on Him, and you will succeed. You will reach the Promised Land. It's only a matter of time, patience, and perseverance.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success 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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