Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Leadership: Twisted Truth
Prepare the way of the Lord;

Make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled

And every mountain and hill brought low;

The crooked places shall be made straight

And the rough ways smooth;

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Luke 3:4-6 (NKJV)
Can the Truth be twisted? No, the Spirit of Truth cannot be conformed to the images of men, nor to the visions of their minds. Instead, the Spirit of Truth seeks to transform men into the Image of Christ and to the vision of His Mind.

He is the Transformer Who untwists every lie.

'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Even so, the enemy can twist a crown of lies and make it look quite nice. Before we know it, barbs dig into our brains and harm our values.

Here's the thing: the Truth is hard. It's beautifully and perfectly Hard. If you're not sure, just read every Blood Red Word of Jesus in your handy, dandy Bible.

It hits us in the face and goes straight to our hearts, growing what is good and severing what is bad.

'For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart' (Hebrews 4:12).*

If what you hear in church is softly lit sweetness, a cushy crown with hidden thorns may be aiming for your head. If you're concerned, go directly to His Word. He will keep you straight.

Actors for Christ: 'Arise and go to the street called Straight' (Acts 9:11). 'Strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed' (Hebrews 12:12-14).

Where Christ is concerned, your job is to set the record straight.

## Leadership Series: Twisted Truth (Part 3)

* 'The Holy Scriptures are the Word of God. When God sets It home by His Spirit, It convinces powerfully, converts powerfully and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient. Sinful habits, that are become, as it were, natural to the soul and rooted deeply in it, are separated and cut off by this Sword. It will discover to men their thoughts and purposes, the vileness of many, the bad principles they are moved by, the sinful ends they act to. The Word will show the sinner all that is in his heart' (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on Hebrews 4:12):

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