Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, May 20th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 11)
Understanding Gain
Apply your heart to understanding...

Lift up your voice for understanding...

Understanding will keep you,

To deliver you from the way of evil...
Proverbs 2:2,3,11-12 (NKJV)
The entrance of Your Words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:130 (NKJV)
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21 (NKJV)
The word, understanding, is mentioned 52 times in Proverbs alone.* Understanding is found on a bridge connecting God's people with heaven. Bankrolling its construction is wisdom, a gift God supplies for the asking. Knowledge of His Word builds binding ties, allowing understanding to clear our path as His communicators.

One Bible scholar puts it this way: 'Those with understanding are able to abstract the meaning out of information. They see through the facts to the dynamics of what, how and why. They are teachers. Understanding is a lens which brings the facts into crisp focus' (Acts 17:11 Bible Studies).**

The benefits we reap from godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding aren't just for our personal pleasure (such as love, joy and abundant life), they're social media devices. They're international translators, giving disciples the way and means to broadcast Good News over borders, cultures and disbelief--with finesse.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your kind and uplifting behavior, your gentleness and understanding, are nourishment to burned out people. They're baskets of bread and plates of fish.

Because people are tired and hungry. Their books and teachers didn't help them. Their wisdom didn't make them happy. Their knowledge became insufficient. They don't understand this crazy world, but through the Lord's Mind and Heart, you do.

Without any forcing on your part, fans will ask you how you know so much: the Reason for the Hope you carry, the Answer to life's toughest questions, the Source of all the good things you have...

To Be Continued...


** Acts 17:11 Bible Study on Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom (look toward bottom):

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers 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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