Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Speaking From The Heart
The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:1 (NKJV)
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
A good actor isn't artificial. Through research, empathy and emotions, he connects with the character he plays. Finding common ground, he speaks from the heart. Intrigued by his engaging honesty, the audience is drawn to his drama.

A good Christian isn't artificial. Through His Son, His Spirit and the Bible, he connects with the Source of life itself. Finding higher ground, he speaks from the heart. Intrigued by his engaging honesty, the audience is drawn to his Savior.

One paparazzi payoff emerging in this age of media is the exposure of phony speakers: people who talk pretty but act ugly. God said all secrets will be brought to light.* If He spoke through an unscrupulous priest,** He can speak through snarly reporters.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider three defining issues:

1. Authenticity of performance is essential for lasting success. Fraudulent fakers won't reach the top: not before the entertainment kings and never before the King of kings.

2. Because the condition of the heart is discoverable through the mouth, imposters will trip on their own words. Because God promised it would happen, slips of the tongue will cause men to fall.

3. Since God says 'No one can tame the tongue' (James 3:8), no human can leash it completely. Therefore, preparations of the heart (as in giving it all to Jesus) precede honest communication.

Because He owns the copyright on truth.

## Proverbs For Performers: Speaking From The Heart (Part 72)

* 'For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light' (Luke 8:17).

** Short, referenced article: God Speaks Through Caiaphas,

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.

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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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