Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 9)
A Narrow Climb
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Psalm 24:3 (NKJV)
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:14 (NKJV)
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk.
Psalm 143:8 (NKJV)
We know Jesus is the Way, and the way is hard. We must follow His lead, carry a cross, cover the earth, communicate love and smile in the process--because good news requires a smile. We must risk our own lives to find His Own peace. To sit in safety is not our commission. Therein, we must move.

But it's how we move that matters most: not how fast, how far or how high--but how we look in the process. Not only does God watch every step we take, so does 'A great cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider yourselves high fashion models on a runway. God invented style and Jesus perfected it. Eventually, your walk will be perfected, too... if you practice every day. Therein:

'Rise up and walk' (Luke 5:23); 'Walk at liberty' (Psalm 119:45); 'Walk as children of light' (Ephesians 5:8)...

Walk 'blamelessly' (Luke 1:6); 'Walk orderly' (Acts 21:24); 'Walk humbly' (Micah 6:8); 'Walk prudently' (Ecclesiastes 5:1); 'Walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), 'That you may walk worthy of the Lord' (Colossians 1:10)...

'Walk in truth' (3 John 1:4); 'Walk in love' (Ephesians 5:2); 'Walk in newness of life' (Romans 6:4); 'Walk in the Law' (Psalm 119:1); 'Walk in the Spirit' (Galatians 5:16); 'Walk in His ways' (Deuteronomy 8:6); 'Walk in the same manner as He walked' (1 John 2:6)...

'Walk after the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 13:4); 'Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us' (Ephesians 5:2); 'Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called' (Ephesians 4:1)...

'Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside' (Colossians 4:5); 'Walk through the valley of the shadow of death' (Psalm 23:4); 'Walk through the fire' (Isaiah 43:2), 'For the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you' (Deuteronomy 31:6)...

'As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore' (Psalm 125:2)...

In the narrow climb is the highest style.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect 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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