Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Leadership: Unwilling To Yield
Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving.
Numbers 11:4 (NKJV)
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him.
Proverbs 7:21 (NKJV)
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
Proverbs 1:10 (NASB)
Yielding to God is wise and strengthening. Yielding to Satan is foolish and dangerous.

Few people would bow down to Satan willingly. But 'The father of lies' (John 8:44) is a master of disguise. He specializes in subtlety. The truth of his identity is a gradual reveal...

Quite patiently, he woos you like a dream date. He's remarkably attractive and says what you want to hear. He knows your desires. He works through proxies: people you want to trust.

By them, he offers sweet treats, flattering words, easy paths, cool stuff, fast promotions and prime parts. In return, he asks a small compromise. But that first handshake becomes a death grip.

Thank God 'The Deliverer' (Romans 11:26) came to set the captives free.*

Even so, don't tempt your Father by dancing with the devil. Don't make dangerous choices and expect God to catch you.

If Satan took Jesus to 'The pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here' ' (Luke 4:9), he'll take current church leaders to the same place.

High risers are high profile targets.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: As surrogates of the superior Suitor, you, too, are called to set the captives free. How?

With a better offer. With love, kindness and unselfish service. You are leaders who hold the Truth, so reveal Him. Don't make your Betrothed a well-kept secret. Rise and shine.

But in the process of rising, don't step away from God's protection. Because you're not daring the devil. He's daring you. To him, be unwilling to yield.

## Leadership Series:Unwilling To Yield (Part 18)

* 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).

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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