Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Multiplication Tables
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.
Mark 4:8 (NIV)
God's math is not our math. His thoughts are not our thoughts. In fact, King David's other big mistake (besides the sin surrounding Bathsheba) was counting his assets--in this case, his people (see 1 Chronicles 21).

God is not pleased when we count our assets and forget their Source: Him! We must trust Him in every challenge and remember Him in every blessing.

God gives us many lessons about multiplication. One is found in the Parable of the Sower. In it the Sower, God, casts His seed, the Word, far and wide. Unfortunately, some seed is lost for various reasons. 'Still other seed fell on good soil,' and great multiplication occurs: an abundance far surpassing the actual seed.

God's math allows us to get the role, increase our assets, grow our families, and even gain fame. Still, such blessings become curses without remembering the Multiplier.

What does this lesson mean for Christians? Surely, we must cast the Word of God far and wide. Heaven cheers our efforts--even more at His result.

Yet, God's gift of multiplication applies to other situations in our lives.

As talent, we go on many auditions to get a big break--one job that launches an abundant career. As savers, we invest our money diversely, but one asset increases exponentially. As His church, we tithe 10% of our income, but God returns to us far more. As family, we meet countless people before finding the friend or spouse who blesses our lives forever.

The lesson? Keep sowing, speaking, auditioning, investing, tithing, befriending, and moving forward in every positive path. Hold onto hope with an iron grip. Be patient. Believe God's laws of exceeding abundance on investments in His name. Expect His supernatural returns.

Thank Him in advance.

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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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