Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, October 5th, 2018
Gotcha's Detours: Naysayers
But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
Matthew 5:22 (NLT)
In 35 years with AMTC, traveling and finding bright new talent, I've met more naysayers than I can count... causing delayed (or ruined) destinies. Each time it happened, I felt sad and mad.

Judging by God's Words regarding scoffers, I believe He may feel sad and mad, too. Surely, we want to avoid His anger.

'The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell' (James 3:6, NIV).

'Malicious slanders and censures are poison that kills secretly and slowly' (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Matthew 5:22). Note: hateful words can be said with a smile and/or a phony pretense of concern.

So before we shoot down or criticize another person's work, dream, goal or path, we might want to tape our dirty mouths closed. Because killing a dream may kill ours, too.

On the other side, if you've been delayed by mean words that sliced through your confidence, forgive and forget the cut--and move on. Ask God to restore your dream and calling... and for help to walk toward it again.

## Gotcha's Detours: Naysayers (Part 48)*

* Previous Devotions:

* Dream Haters (a 26-part series), Part 1:

* Young Leaders (Part 5):

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! 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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