Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Peer Pressure
You shall not follow a crowd to do evil.
Exodus 23:2 (NKJV)
For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you.
Deuteronomy 23:14 (NKJV)
Behind God and your parents, your 'crowd' is life or death to you. These strong words come from the Bible.

As actors, models and talent for Christ, we must go into the world as God's disciples and ambassadors. But we do not live there. 'Our citizenship is in Heaven' (Philippians 3:20), and we must seek closest kinship with fellow countrymen.

'No one can serve two masters' (Matthew 6:24). Intimate association with ungodly people presents an inevitable conflict of interest; it becomes a great temptation.

Jesus speaks clearly about avoiding temptation in the Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:2-4), and in His final Words at the Garden of Gethsemane: 'Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak' (Matthew 26:41).

Purposely hanging with the wrong crowd once their hearts become known to you may cause God to 'turn away from you.'

When you're in a foreign country (the entertainment industry), being a role model, helper, or leader is good. Being a follower is not. Remember your peers are saints and angels--brothers and sisters in Christ.

Therefore, love everyone. Visit them. Minister to them. Invite them to see where you live, but hang closest with God's in-crowd. They are your peers, and the only pressure you will feel from them is the encouragement to press forward.

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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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