Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 13)
Fishing With God's Bait
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4 (NKJV)
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His Covenant and His Testimonies.
Psalm 25:10 (NKJV) *
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're all about putting on a show. In this way, you are fishers of men. Your talent is bright, beautiful bait; drawing attention in dark places. Your hook is impressive behavior; acting compassionately off stage. Your net of salvation is Good News; writing One Word in the sky: Jesus.
He's not just working on land and sea, but also through media's airwaves. The Captain of our world's salvation commands a group of fighter pilots: courageous, attractive dare devils. They storm the gates of the enemy.** They enter a land called Hollywood, confident they have nothing to lose, assured they have everything to gain.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're a squadron of flying aces. Your only enemy is Satan, and your weightiest weapon is love. In you, 'Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed' (Psalm 85:10).***
The hardest kind of love is mercy, but you're the hardest kind of fighters. Because mercy is love when it's tough: toward villains who don't deserve it and losers most often overlooked.
The most revealing kind of love is truth, but you're the revealers of Jesus. Because Jesus is the Truth as Light: exposing a church without mercy and lost lambs in need of compassion.
By fishing with the bait you've received, by flying into entertainment, by waving wings in truth and mercy, you'll inspire shy brethren in the church and invite new brethren in the world - to go higher than they've ever been.
To Be Continued...
* More Verses about mercy and truth: https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?search=mercy+truth&version=NKJV&searchtype=all&resultspp=500
** How to Storm the Gates of Hell (article in Charisma Magazine): http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-warfare/21789-how-to-storm-the-gates-of-hell
*** Psalm 85:10 in context (below) and in full: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2085&version=NKJV
'Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good;
And our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps our pathway...' (Psalm 85:10-13).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.