Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 36)
Bad Counsel In Church
The thoughts of the righteous are right,

But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Proverbs 12:5 (NKJV)
But it was you, a man my equal,

My companion and my acquaintance.

We took sweet counsel together,

And walked to the house of God in the throng.

Psalm 55:13-14 (NKJV)
Not all church kin or counselors are right. When David, a man after God's Own Heart, was rejected by almost everyone and hunted by the king he defended, his haters included believing friends: best-bud companions in the house of God.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Churches filled with child-like faith are few. Because kids are designed to grow up, our A.D. churches have grown up, too. But have we grown up in the right way? Into humble, sacrificing saints? Into God's Good News ambassadors?

Or do we look a lot like the world? Dressed up, puffed up and filled up by men: righteous and judging others guilty. Because modern scribes and pharisees have claimed church leadership positions, spinning God's Word and penning their thoughts. God said, 'You will know them by their fruits' (Matthew 7:16).*

So consider the fruits of their work. Are they books, looks, fame, wealth, words and wares? Or are they evidence of service, especially to those forgotten: the ones Christ calls the least of us?**

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Like King David, Jesus was betrayed. He got bad advice from church leaders, and even his beloved disciples: the prior from evil suspicions; the latter from unseasoned beliefs.

So before you trust church counselors, ask your questions directly to God. His Spirit is your perfect Teacher. He promises to give you guidance, and I believe He will affirm it, both though the Words of His Study Book,*** and also outside circumstances. Even a humble church counselor.

To Be Continued...

* Full Paragraph, Matthew 7:15-20:

** Along with spreading Good News and making disciples in all nations, this is the work God desires us to do:

*** King David's Words: 'Your Testimonies also are my delight and my Counselors' (Psalm 119:24). The entirety of Psalm 119 (the longest Psalm, which I love!):

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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