Regarding the fourth abomination, I felt pretty sure I wasn't guilty. I can't remember lying in bed or spending a day devising wicked plans.
Quite the opposite: I love helpful plans. I don't wish evil upon anyone. I take pride in having good intentions. Aha! Up pops a little puff of 'pride.'
How easily the righteousness of Christ can be twisted into self-righteousness: surely a leading Christian temptation.
So what bad angles has my heart devised? Perhaps assigning evil to others: too quickly pointing a finger of blame or rushing toward faithless conclusions?
Or, I'm assigning evil to myself by harmful thoughts of self-condemnation. Why do I keep making the same mistakes? Why can't I speak and act more perfectly? I forget transformation's a process. I forget God's love and my worth to Him...
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You've been assigned most wonderful plans, 'To give you a future and a hope' (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV). You're brighter than my generation, and you've seen the effects of bad plans:
Plans herding saints into church corrals, plans keeping their lights undercover, plans condemning different people, plans dividing Christians from culture, plans harming children by media, plans promoting immorality and plans preventing your own progress.
In knowing you're the body of Christ, remember your hearts belong to Him--and defend them like well-armed soldiers. 'Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life' (Proverbs 4:23, NKJV).
Each day put on the armor of God, because only He can protect you.
Don't think because you're a believer... the enemy will give up on you. If He didn't stop testing Jesus, he's not going to stop testing you. Your heart is his primary target.
## Proverbs For Performers: Don't Dream Evil Schemes (Part 26)
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.