Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: War Of Diligence
The hand of the diligent will rule...
Diligence is man's precious possession.
Proverbs 12:24, 27 (NKJV)
And the Lord said to Satan, 'From where do you come?'

Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.'
Job 2:2 (NKJV)
Be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
Diligence is a constant and earnest effort to accomplish a certain goal.*

Because you must stay in it to win it. 'He who endures to the end shall be saved' (Matthew 10:22, 24:13, NKJV).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: your goal line is making good bolder throughout the platforms of media. You enter the game with God's favor, but after most Christians left the field.

On this long break, Team Bad grew stronger. Their offensive starters became stars, scoring goal after goal after goal. Because their captain is diligent, his warriors are diligent, too.

In the fight of good versus evil, diligence is a battering ram: determination that pushes through. It's a persistent course of action, in spite of hardship and hindrances.

But now, Team Jesus is pushing back.

If hell's angels hit relentlessly, then God's saints must love relentlessly: through barriers and interference, through indifference and faithless fear; through fickle fans and prickly agents...

Through bench-sitters and hateful hecklers, and even through the smothering holds of families who cling too closely.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, the Apostle Paul laid it out this way:

'We desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises' (Hebrews 6:11-12, NKJV).

## Proverbs For Performers: War Of Diligence (Part 56)

* Definition of diligence:

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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