Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 11)
The Fire
Do not quench the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NKJV)
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God.
2 Timothy 1:6 (NIV)
Hollywood calls charisma the 'It Factor'; with 'it' performers burn brightly. Eyes turn in their direction when they enter a room. Their presence ignites interest before they speak, sing, or make a move. Their fire simmers unmistakably beneath the surface; once booked, they 'explode' on a set.

Charisma, the 'It Factor,' is power. It's confidence. It's passion. It's risk-taking exuberance. It's more powerful than talent, which is why some celebrities aren't particularly talented. However, when this power is combined with talent, superstars are launched. Agents know it when they see it.

They 'fight' for control over the molding and guidance of potential stars. So do heavenly hosts and demons.

Jesus showed us that Satan, the temporary ruler of this earth, has power; 'Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me and I give it to whomever I wish' ' (Luke 4:5-6).

If all earthly power comes from one of two sources (God or Satan), then Satan seems to be empowering many stars today. When you listen to their music, watch their videos, or see the story of their lives, the darkness is apparent.

Therefore, actors, models, and talent for Christ (and those who love them) must fan the flame of the Holy Spirit, so they may act 'In the power of the Spirit' (Luke 4:14). So they may be irresistible to casting directors. So they may shine for God in the night skies of entertainment.

In the natural world, flames grow by fanning, by movement, by adding fuel, and by blowing our air upon them. In the supernatural world, the flame of the Holy Spirit grows by encouragement, by bold action, by adding the fuel of God's Word found in the Bible, in prayer, and in fellowship. It grows when God blows His life-giving air upon us.

Wet blankets not allowed.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action 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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